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There is nothing better than an emotional bride. However, when the emotion comes when she is hugging you goodbye and thanking you for everything you did? Well, that is just amazing. Nicole, I miss you.

These two sweethearts took an “unconventional” route and got married outside their tiny town in Brookfield, MA. They chose the gorgeous Wyndridge Farms as the backdrop for their day. It is a beautiful barn in the rollings hills of Pennsylvania. The food at Wyndridge is phenomenal; they brew their own cider & beer and make their own wine. It is just an amazing place. Ok, back to Nicole’s wedding day…it was COLD. Like, bitter cold that day. Nicole and Tom were total troopers with taking outdoor photos. They were armed with hand warmers, blankets, and were all too eager to cuddle for warmth. Nicole and Tom decided that purple and birch would be their wedding theme. Tom spent days finding just the perfect birch trees to make their stunning arbor. I told him he needs to start selling them because it was breathtaking. They etched the table numbers in birch branches & accented the barnwood tables with purple florals. Wyndridge light a fire on their outdoor patio for anyone brave enough to go outside & everyone danced the night away (complete with a singing performance by one of the guests) on this picture perfect wedding day!

As a reward for dealing with the cold these two headed straight to Hawaii! I hope you enjoyed your honeymoon <3

Photographer: Cronin Hill Photography

Venue: Wyndridge Farms

Wedding Planner: Sara Reynolds Events

Florist: Fosters Flowers

Cake: Custom Cakes by Jen

DJ: Provolve Entertainment

Officiant: Pastor Bill Reid
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This was definitely one of my favorite styled shoots to design. The funny thing is, it wasn’t my idea! My husband came up with the idea for a Maryland inspired shoot. You see, my mountain grown man has fallen in love with the Chesapeake Bay and I have gladly followed suit. I really can’t imagine living anywhere else now. (Sorry, Connecticut)

The idea behind this shoot was to embrace everything that stood out about Maryland. We had (real, live, feisty) blue crabs, a waterfront location, brown eyed susans, Orange Crushes, Berger cookies, and so many other items. My husband has also fallen in love with waterfowl hunting so for the groom I ordered an amazing bowtie made from duck feathers. This shoot took place on a hot, humid day with the winds whipping; during the shoot we would have to hold the item, wait for the photographer to say she was ready and run out of the shot & just hope it would stay up long enough. Luckily, Hannah is a rockstar and produced some amazing photos.

Photography: Hannah Leigh Photography

Venue: Silver Swan Bayside

Planning/Design: Sara Reynolds Events 

Florals: Bay Blooms

Invites/Paper Products: Lauren Perry Studio

Rentals: 2Hands Studio

Hair and Make-up: The Highlight

Bridal Gown: K & B Bridal

Wood Duck Bowtie: Murky Water Tie Company

Monogrammed Ribbon: Oatmeal & Lace

Featured on: My Eastern Shore Wedding

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If I had to use one word to describe my 2016 it would be “WOW”. I fooled even myself when I was able to quit my day job in July. It has been a crazy, faith driven ride so far and I am loving it. Some days I work 12 hours,  look around and wonder how I ever managed this with a full time job. I truly feel I am able to love and serve my brides the way I was always supposed to now that I am full time with this endeavor.

2016, what a ride; we had a venue close down unexpectedly and I had to relocate two weddings. One we had almost a year until their wedding date but the other one we had 3 weeks. That was almost as stressful as relocating Danielle and Jared’s wedding (ironically the venue that saved their wedding day is the one that screwed so many couples. Ugh, Elk Manor, I am still mad at you). We had a hurricane move up the coast for a St. Michael’s wedding. Many thanks to Gourmet by the Bay for their quick actions to ensure a gorgeous wedding day! I worked with some of the best vendors in the industry this year (along with a few choice characters that I wouldn’t ever, in one million years, recommend again). The brides this year were so amazing, so in love, and enjoyed every single moment of their wedding days. I was able to provide floral design services for the first time this year! I had many shoots & weddings published this year. I expanded my design work with brides that trusted me completely and loved the end results. I love this job. I really truly love this job. Here are just some highlights from the year/the weddings the photographers shared their photos with me ;)!

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Brittany Thomas Photography

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Brad Nguyen Photography

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Nicole Barr Photography

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Amanda Adams Photography

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Michael and Carina Photography

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Tracy Marshall Photography

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Alicia Lacey Photography

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Chelsea Blanch Photography

I have one more wedding in 2016 and that is New Years Eve. Man, oh man…what a year! I am so excited to move full steam ahead in 2017. I am so thankful for each and everyone of you that trusted me on your biggest day!

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When I tell you that Brett and Matt’s wedding is going to be THE wedding to see in 2017; I am not kidding. Their wedding is going to be GORGEOUS! In two short weeks Springfield Manor will be draped in fabric & flowers, vintage details, and turned into one rocking party. For now, come meet this adorable couple and be on the lookout for their wedding blog post!

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Brittany Thomas Photography

How did you two meet? 
We met at work, as Assistant State’s Attorneys in Frederick County. I had been at the position for about 10 months when Matt interviewed for an opening. I heard from the interviewing attorneys that they may have hired “my husband,” and they described him as tall, well-mannered, and good-looking.  We didn’t date for a while, and tried to keep it secret even longer, but I eventually realized that the hiring committee was right!
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How did he propose? 
After Matt left the State’s Attorney’s Office for private practice, he organized a surprise proposal at one of Brett’s attorneys meetings.  Only a few people were in on it, one of whom was the State’s Attorney. At the end of the meeting, he told the group of prosecutors that he was going to start a “5 questions” game in order to get to know each other better. The attorney whose turn it was would stand in front of the group and answer 5 questions about themselves from the audience, and I was “first up.” After a few questions from the group (who is your favorite band, what is your favorite holiday, etc.) Matt busted through the back door of the grand jury room and bent down on one knee with a question of his own! I was in total shock. He had asked my parents months before, and both sets of parents came up that night for a celebratory dinner at the Wine Kitchen.
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What do you think will be your favorite part of your wedding day? 
My favorite part I’m sure will be seeing Matt standing at the end of the aisle waiting for me, and seeing all of our family and friends enjoying what we have worked so hard to plan!
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Can you provide some planning advice to brides in the thick of it right now? 
It can be so overwhelming to plan an event of this magnitude, but just remember to chose what you love, hire good people, and enjoy the day!
What are you most looking forward to about married life? 
Making a life with my husband and Chip!
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Where do I even start with these two? Seriously! In case you missed their intro post, here, these two contacted me with about 6 months to plan their wedding. I was still working full time and I just remember putting “meetings” on my calendar, sneaking off to the quiet conference room and making phone calls to venues pleading to see if they had any availability in October. And then we found one! Luckily, since these two are so active in their church we were able to pull a lot of talent from their congregation on short notice. John’s dad married them, their DJs were family friends, the florist had done the flowers for every single Correlli wedding, and their photo booth was donated by a member of the church.

I had to constantly remind myself throughout the planning process that Christiana was the first of her friends to get married. Her wedding was actually the first she had attended! I met with both of them constantly to ensure we were on time with tasks and that this poor girl wasn’t overwhelmed with all the to-dos! We were in the final countdown and I went to their house to go over some last minute details; I don’t remember exactly what I said to Christiana but she looked at me and said “I am way more focused on the marriage now. I know you have complete control over the wedding day.” Friends, this. For a bride to feel that confident in me AND to realize that everything we are doing had such a larger purpose. Man, I am tearing up just writing this.

I think my favorite part of their wedding day was actually a surprise to me up until the rehearsal! Mr. Correlli announced that John can kiss his bride (yay)! However, their first act as husband and wife was to take part in communion together. I melted into a tiny ball of emotions when I heard that. They were very clear that the Lord would be the center of their marriage-it was so beautiful.

Christiana and John, thank you both for being amazing clients and for refocusing me when I needed it the most.

Venue: Elkridge Furnace Inn

Photographer: Chelsea Blanch Photography

(Second Shooter: Megan Bennett Photography)

Florals: Heavenly Flowers

DJ: KoKo Brothers

Escort Cards Display and Signage: 2Hands Studio

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