BABY ARCHER || KENT ISLAND, MARYLAND

File this under new experiences: I stuck around to get in on some speedy Jeopardy! action at the end of my shoot with this gang!

Getting to know Archer and his parents was so laid back and easy to do, and we took full advantage of all the beautiful light in all the nooks and crannies of their home and back yard on this gorgeous spring day.

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Congratulations on this beautiful, healthy, sweet little boy! - MEJ

NICOLE + BOBBY || DENTON, MARYLAND

Maybe it’s because I don’t get to do a heck of a lot of winter weddings, and maybe it’s because it’s such a fabulous break from the winter blues to have so much love and sparkly light condensed in to a day, but I just can’t get enough of the cold weather I-Do’s. Bobby and Nichole did the dang thing SO RIGHT, and I was beyond enchanted by every moment of their day for so many reasons.

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Firstly, the venue they picked was a place I’d driven past probably a hundred times and never suspected just how rad it was. Along the highway, the Old Sale Barn looks like a pretty sizable antiques store. Inside? Oh boy. There’s an auction floor with stadium style seating, high gabled ceilings and….is that an airplane?! Yes, yes it is. So, yeah, +1 point for this unique backdrop!

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Secondly, I know this was technically Nicole and Bobby’s big day, but they both made it very clear that Ava and Ella were basically going to steal the show because they’re little wild pixie rockstars in twirly dresses that’re fierce and funny and I almost melted in to a puddle when they saw their mama in her wedding dress. +1, tiny adorable humans.

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And then we’ve got eye contact. Y’all, my monitor has had sparks flying out of it while editing these photos - the way Nicole and Bobby talk to each other without saying a single word is truly an awesome thing to behold and to photography. The intensity of that gaze, the evident love and respect was something I picked up the first time I met them, but it was truly magnified on this day. Seriously, clock all these portraits of the two of them being completely grounded within each other. +1 for radiating that good love.

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Let’s do a +1 for familiarity, because I’ve photographed three weddings out of their six attendants. Travis is the amazing father to my goddaughter and the husband to one of my oldest and dearest friends Rachael, Bobby officiated Laura and Niki’s wedding, and I got to meet the whole Bach clan last year at Michelle and Michael’s wedding. Nicole and Bobby’s officiant Renee is also a rockstar vendor that I always recommend to couples on the look out, and Missy, who coordinated everything, is a KI local I’ve known for a hot second. To say that I love and was so excited to work with this group of people is a wild understatement.

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(I was so not joking about that eye contact. Seriously, whether they’re six inches or sixty feet apart - sizzle, sizzle.)

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Their ceremony was incredibly personal, and both Nicole and Bobby ended their vows with literally the same line with zero knowledge of the other’s intentions. +1 for serendipity.

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(I mean, deep eye contact AND high fives?! C’mon.)

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Quite possibly my most favorite wedding memory that I’ve ever captured was this one, where everyone is giddy and giggly in the first minute after they had been officially pronounced husband and wife. Ava, older sister to Ella, and generally a tough as nails babe, walked in to the room crying.

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Nicole noticed immediately, and leaned in to ask what was troubling her. But there was no trouble - Ava was crying tears of joy, and said that she was overwhelmed with happiness. Immediately, the room went teary-eyed. Honestly, I cry at just about every wedding - I feel things in big ways, and it never gets in the way of shooting. I was legitimately ugly crying with fogged up glasses and a snotty nose, and I’ve never been so glad that my ability to shoot while mostly blind is so on-point. +1 for the vulnerability and love of kiddos.

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And another +1 for their ability to literally jump in to Spinny Dress Mode Yay about 30 seconds later. Respect for that emotional flexibility, Ava.

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What else? +1 for the amazingly rich florals and golden lights and warm tones throughout the barn, and seriously THAT CAKE. We didn’t get snow on the big day, but this cake looked like a winter wonderland - so gorgeous!

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+1 point for incredible speeches that had the entire room laughing hysterically, crying again, and then cracking right back up, and another +1 for an amazing photobooth chock full of props that was in constant use all night.

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Nicole’s dad gets +1 for a little limited mobility but still being the best dancer on the floor while seated, and another +1 for his walker being a fabulous dance partner.

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And honestly, just +1000 for this wedding being everything that a wedding should be - completely focused on love and laughter. All the fun, none of the fuss. Thank you, thank you, thankkk youuu for having me document this incredible day. Congrats to N+B, wishing you all the happiness in the world! -MEJ

SEE BOBBY + NICOLE’S FULL GALLERY HERE

VENDORS: Venue - Old Sale Barn || Makeup + Hair - Makeup Couture by Jaclyn Lee || Coordinator - Pretty Little Wedding Co. || Officiant - XOXO Ceremonies || Florist - Keleidoscope Custom Florals || Caterer - Chesapeake Culinary Center || Cake + Dessers - Happy Chicken Bakery || Videography - Avail Visuals || Photobooth - Smith Landing Photobooths || Dress - Love and Lace Boutique

SHERRILL + DAVID || ANDELOT FARM - CHESTERTOWN, MARYLAND

Maybe because there’s snow swirling around outside right now, but it feels oh-so-dreamy to step back in to Sherrill and David’s wedding weekend. Wait, nope. Snow is a great contrast and all, but this really was a wedding that was seriously magical. There was so much rugged Eastern Shore scenery, nonstop delightful details, delicious food, warm hospitality, and a charmingly huge crew of family, friends, and four-legged buddies to keep me happily snapping throughout.

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There was a quick rehearsal on Friday evening, followed by cocktails and an intimate dinner provided by David’s mother.

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The next day was breezy and bright, and started off with the ladies primping at the White Swan Tavern, and the gents skeet shooting, and followed with another magnificent matriarch meal - David’s grandmother held a wedding luncheon at her home.

Beyond the ride-or-die Eastern Shore sticker I peeped, I’m beyond infatuated with a wedding luncheon. Firstly, it makes sure everyone has a square meal in their stomaches, which combats the wedding hanger/fatigue that is SO real. Secondly, it calms everyone down a few notches with an opportunity to get excited before the final big I-Do’s.

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On to the main event! Sherrill, who I met on the mat at Foundations Island Yoga is a Vermont native, and per everyone I’ve ever met from Vermont, she’s super down to earth and an absolutely fun human to be around. It was such a joy getting to spend some quiet moments with her between the rush of the day, she truly brought some of that good, calm energy where it was needed. Also, THOSE CURLS! And that DRESSSSS! I’m swooning, y’all.

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(David, you’re handsome as all get out and you know it, but I’m just gonna gush over your gorgeous wife s’more.) Bride in a baby blue leather jacket and sunnies. UGHHH, YES! Y’all, lemme just beat this issue more like I do in just about every blog post about how much more fun your wedding day is when you bring in the little twists that are so true to who you are.

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After our beachy first look, we had some time in the pastoral and so stunningly picturesque fields before we rolled out to the ceremony.

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After they made it officially official, it was on to this stunning reception. The tent was a haven of mouthwatering treats and temptations and new surprises in every nook and corner. Antipastos, breads, oysters, finger foods, orange crushes (their signature drink!), and a mobile bar outside serving three types of Old Fashioneds? You were bound to find something that was to die for in this spread.

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The sun cast the warmest glow just before it set while Mr. & Mrs. Blitzer were announced (y’all so totally planned that, didn’t you?) and we got well in to the dancing and toasts.

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Dinner was a seat-yourself-wherever and hop around to the varied food stations to grab grub. Another delightful way to keep things flowing and casual, and so fun! With live music and a bright moon, guests danced up a storm and helped devour the many sweet treats floating around.

And with an explosion of white rose petals and cheers from those party peeps still celebrating, David and Sherrill were outta here (to keep celebrating off-site!). Seriously, I told you this was magical - be sure to check out the link below for more photos of the wedding weekend. So many congratulations to these fabulous humans! -MEJ

FIND SHERRILL + DAVID’S FULL WEDDING WEEKEND HERE

Vendor Shoutouts - — - Makeup - Julia Collins || Wedding Luncheon + Reception Catering - Catering By Design || Music - Groove Street Orchestra || Mobile Bar - Thirteenth Street Cocktails