DOROTHY + MATT || GOVERNOR CALVERT HOUSE - ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND


What's the perfect fall wedding? Well, besides any one that happens in the fall (can you tell I'm partial??), there's something magical with golden sunsets, brisk weather, crunchy leaves, jewel tones, sparkling lights, textures and patterns and colors in the autumn palate - yes please! 

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Dorothy and Matt's big day was nothing short of all the loveliest bits about fall, and - okay, yeah - maybe the weather was a little bit HOLYCRAPIT'SCOLDOUTHERE, but for as extreme of a temperature dip, D+M and allllll of their friends and family kept it sweet and spicy and a little silly all day long.

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Even with a little bit of a hectic schedule with timing portraits and the general rush that happens at every wedding, Dorothy and Matt were cool, but most importantly, so ridiculously blissfully happy. Seriously, having known Dorothy since high school, I thought she had one of the most infectious grins I've ever seen, but Matt? Well, she certainly found the perfect match there.

After an indoor ceremony at the Governor Calvert House, we ventured with the family + wedding party out to State Circle for some portraits before hitting a striking sunset on (and under!) the Naval Academy bridge.

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There was a quick chance to thaw out back at the reception (seriously, Dorothy - mad props to you for being out in such biting weather in a strapless gown!), and then it was on to the p.a.r.t.y.!

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Besides being a group that knows how to tear up a dance floor, I (and just about everyone else in the reception) legitimately was in tears from laughing so hard at the speeches delivered. We can’t repeat what was said, but props to brothers and closest friends for making our bellies ache with ridiculous recounts.

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I'm so appreciative of Dorothy and Matt for being such troopers in the colder temperatures with a serious light time crunch, but mostly just thankful to have been there to document this fabulous day Huge congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Russo! - MEJ

SEE DOROTHY + MATT’S FULL GALLERY HERE

VENDORS: Venue - Governor Calvert House || Florist - Fantastic Flowers || Cake + Sweets - Honeyhive Bakery || DJ - C&J Entertainment

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

THE STUART FAMILY || HOLIDAY FAMILY PORTRAITS IN HISTORIC ANNAPOLIS

Quick! You totally forgot to take your holiday photos and it’s already December? No sweat! Grab the kiddos, get ‘em festive, and let’s get a weekday morning shoot in. Historic Annapolis near the Capital building is awfully gorgeous this time of year, and definitely decked out with bows and wreaths…

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I gotta give it up to the Stuart family’s energy - those kiddos were so happy to run and play in the cold weather, and not a single peep about being chilly. Happy holidays, y’all! -MEJ