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With Gratitude

2011 was a pivotal year for us, energizing and uniting as a collective. Here's a tribute to all of our couples who celebrated their unions in 2011. Thanks for inviting us in, and entrusting us to faithfully document your experiences. It's pretty mind blowing to see everyone together like this.

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Michelle and Kofi

Michelle is the first bride I've ever punched, so I knew this wedding was going to be extraordinary. Ok, I should probably elaborate…I met Michelle in a kickboxing class about three years ago at the gym. When not swinging fists, and tossing kicks, we started talking and learned that we were both from Massachusetts. One day, Michelle came into class with her beautiful ring, and news of the engagement. Soon after, she invited me to coffee to meet her beau and talk about the wedding.

 

It was a joy to witness Michelle and Kofi's family come together on this perfect summer day. Their ceremony took place on the lawn of the stunning Evergreen Mansion, though it felt like we were transported to Europe. The dinner began with toasts to the testament of character and friendship, and ended with everyone cutting a rug. Michelle blew everyone away with her sleek wardrobe change just before cutting the cake.

 

 

 

Vendors:

Photography: Lindsay Hite, Readyluck

Make up: Kelley Unthank, Hela Beauty

Venue: Evergreen Museum and Carriage House

DJ: Absolute Entertainment, Gordon Thorn

 

Jessica and Ryan

Jessica and Ryan declared their love for one another on a picturesque autumn day. Jessica explained, "After much searching for the perfect venue, we fell in love with the antique and eclectic décor of Gramercy Mansion. Built in the 1800s and turned Bed & Breakfast, this Tudor, cottage-style mansion provided the warmth, charm, and the intimate setting we were looking for.  We got married in the beautiful backyard garden surrounded by lush greenery and all of our family and friends. "

 

Jessica and Ryan were friends as teenagers, but Ryan moved away for a few years after they met. "By the time Ryan moved back to the East Coast to attend college (we ended up at different schools), he and I had formed a lasting friendship that would take us through seven years of dating and into marriage!" It is this serendipity and whimsicality that made the day feel so genuine. The couple is so comfortable together that it made meandering through the fairy tale-like location for portraits very endearing. I enjoyed witnessing their connection and recording their love amongst a landscape showered by golden light. 

 

Jessica was a bridal model as a teenager, and it definitely showed in her grace and natural approach to the camera. She looked so elegant in her Maggie Sottero dress which was simple with an antique flair. Details were very important to the couple and both bride and groom participated in the selections. Jessica says,"We wanted it to be a personal experience for us and our guests and added touches of our personalities and story wherever we could, from invitations, which we designed and crafted, to our handmade favors-- sachets of mulling spices, a recipe we created and tested ourselves." This creative and loving couple showered their guests with an unforgettable celebration that I really felt lucky to document. You can view more images in the extended gallery. A special thanks goes out to my second shooter Marcela. 


Venue: Gramercy Mansion
Dress: Maggie Sottero
Caterer:  Hunt Valley Catering
Cake: Yia Yia’s Bakery
Flowers: Fleur de Lis Florist
DJ: Electra Entertainment
Hair and Makeup: Sweet ‘n Sexy Hair