Last Saturday was the perfect small wedding. Loved it! Four total folks in the bridal party including our bride and groom and 50 of their closest friends and family. Talk about low stress! Brie and Ed did it up right… they trusted completely in their photographer and end result was some phenomenal spontaneous images that they’ll have forever to remember their perfect wedding day at the Historic Kent Manor Inn in Stevensville, Maryland. Many thanks to CJ Curtis from Crowe Entertainment and Danielle. I was happy and sad at the same time on this wedding day as it will be the last time I get to work with Danielle at Kent Manor. I am so lucky to have been able to work with her over these last few years and will surely miss her. Danielle, I wish you the best in your future endeavors!
Great couple to work with this last weekend at the Kent Manor Inn in Stevensville, Maryland. Love working with Danielle as usual and Chris Temple from C&J Entertainment. Weather held out for us to enjoy photos, ceremony, and cocktail outside. Toward the end of the evening, our groom Nathan surprised our lovely bride Susan with an awesome fireworks display. Got the perfect pic too!
Glorious wedding in Bel Air, Maryland this weekend with Britney and Alex. Always nice to get away from our comfort zone of Annapolis. Very quaint Catholic Church and the reception at Top of the Bay on the Aberdeen Proving Ground Army Base.
I was honored to be at my lovely niece Katie and her true love Michael’s wedding in Annapolis yesterday. It was the sweetest little wedding ever! After a quick ceremony in the Annapolis courthouse we walked around town and captured some great photos on the grounds of the State House. Then off to The Narrows for a delicious dinner. Thanks Uncle Ron!!!! Kass Humphreys from For Goodness Cakes took care of our family again with the best cake ever. Looking for a wedding cake? Take my word for it… she’s the best! Reach her at www.kass-forgoodnesscakes.com.
Ended the day with a spectacular sunset overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.
Mega thanks to Ashley from Updosforidos for working their magic as usual.
When I first met Vivienne and Travis I knew this would be a wedding that would make an indelible impression on my life. I was so right. I am a better person to have met them. You see, they are both hearing deaf. All my life I thought as the deaf as a handicap. Sure, hearing is great… I’ve been blessed to have the sense of sound all my life. However on Saturday, I learned that the deaf make up for it a thousand-fold in other ways! I almost felt like I was missing something. The way this couple, their friends and family communicated among themselves and toward me touched my life in ways that I cannot express in words. And to witness this wedding through my camera’s eye was unlike anything I have ever experienced in all my life. Fourteen years of weddings, weddings on most weekends throughout the year, I will NEVER forget this couple! My assistant Paul couldn’t stop talking about the experience with his family since Saturday. At first I was worried the communication would be difficult. It was totally the opposite! I’ve never communicated better with a couple in all my years.. and I can’t even sign! Yet. I want to learn now. There was something so magical about how Vivienne and Travis spoke to each other with their hands, their eyes, their body movements. Before their first sight, Viv and Travis exchanged gifts and love letters separated by a partition outside Vivienne’s room. I never witnessed a more touching moment in all my life when all I could see was their hands as they touched and signed the most loving conversation. I was moved to tears. Again, I am a better person having met Vivienne and Travis. God Bless this couple and I pray they have a long happy life together. Amen!
I’d also like to mention that we worked a miracle by getting all 20+ people in the bridal party into 8-10 cars, we convoyed down to Bayfront Park and had a great photo shoot on the beach all in record time. And talk about karma – We arrived on the beach… walked to this awesome clay cliff and to our surprise, etched in the wall was a big heart with the letters (V + T). Talk about good karma! It was so cool to see that! Totally not planned. I believe God and/or the angels came down from heaven and did that for them. Seriously!
Awesome thanks go to their DJ Kazeem Babatunde. This dude plays it loud let me tell you! So glad I brought ear plugs. It was LOUD! Lots of bass so everyone could feel the music. And I can attest to the fact that it worked great. These folks can move!
Also many thanks to the two interpreters Mary and Cody. They were my voice for the day and they didn’t miss a beat and to the crew at Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland who put on a first class event for our couple.
Saturday turned out to be a perfect day for a gorgeous wedding on the Severn River. Aboard the Catherine Marie, Watermark Cruise’s premier wedding vessel afforded 95 feet of luxurious space with never-ending 360 degree views of some of Maryland’s most beautiful waterfront scenery. A constantly changing view.. from one horizon to the next, I think I just about burned up my shutter! Fabulous bride and groom and bridal party to work with. Going with the flow, their personalities truly made for some great care free photography and a day I will not soon forget. They also had an amazingly fun and talented band called Right Foot Red from Sam Hill Productions.
We took it Uptown this past Saturday at Pasadena’s Celebrations at the Bay. Led by the great Catering by Uptown – first class establishment and hands down one of the best vendor meals ever! And a phenomenal view of the Chesapeake Bay. Jenna, Chris and their bridal were super chill and followed our every lead. The end result was great photography and they were able to experience a wonderful wedding day. A few showers but everyone knows I love shooting under the umbrella. This is something you better be accustomed to if you live anywhere in Maryland. The weather held off just enough for our lovely couple to have their ceremony outside overlooking the bay. A quick photo shoot on the lawn during cocktail hour and we were off to a fabulous evening of dinner and dancing with CJ Curtis of Crow Entertainment. CJ is a MASTER of his craft; that’s all I can say about this young man. Truly one of the best mix-masters I’ve heard in a long time. Shout out to hair stylist Christin from Up Do’s for I Do’s Christin and makeup artist Ryan Krasney from Blend. Our girls could not have looked any better on this monumental day!
Triple header weekend! Kicking off this crazy jam-packed weekend with Alyse and Pat down at the Herrington Harbour Marina on the Polynesian Lawn for an outdoor wedding. You’d think the weather would be warm and muggy… NOT! The crazy weather system that all but destroyed Oklahoma City made its way to Maryland just in time for Alyse and Pat’s wedding. With some pretty significant sustained winds and gusts, it was a rather cold and blustery outdoor ceremony. Despite the non typical May weather, everyone snuggled up and held each other close during the vows and soon enough we were inside celebrating. Crow Entertainment was at the boom box helm and kept everyone dancing the night away as usual. Was honored to be working alongside my good friend Matt Buerhaus from Buerhaus Design Videography.
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First class couple. PERIOD! What a great day we had on Saturday. The weather has really been nice for us so far this spring. Let’s see if I can keep the mojo going. Anne and Rob were such a nice couple to work with. I remember when they came to us a number of months ago they asked us what they could do and what vendors they should research to make their dream wedding day come true. I think they used every one of the recommendations I gave them! Ha! Cink Deveas from Alchemi Design created some really nice table top decorations. Hair and makeup from Up Do’s for I Do’s of course (the best in town), D. Bryant Photography (ha!.. that’s me.)… and one of my favs and very unique to the reception, CFCigars.com. Hand rolled Dominican with Connecticut wrappers… MMMmmmm! Sweet smokes for sure!
The first setting was where we met our beautiful Anne and her girls getting ready; the gorgeous home of Debbie Buchanan in Annapolis. This is one of the most gorgeous homes. Brides, grooms and their families often rent this amazing home for the weekend. Awesome view of the Chesapeake Bay right on the water. Debbie spares no expense when it come to maintaining her gardens. Second setting was none other than the United States Naval Academy Chapel. We love working with Claire MacCallum and the wedding ladies…. and when it comes to organs, Monty is the man; a one man Orchestrion.
Final setting was at the Silver Swan Bayside in Stevensville on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. I was telling my wife that this must have been such a wonderful time to be a guest at a wedding. Everyone just relaxing outside playing games, enjoying a cocktail, the view, the perfect weather. It was simply a stellar day. Fun band too! Retrospect was their name and everyone seemed to have such a great time dancing and singing…. guests too!
Another fabulous wedding at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club last Saturday. Adrienne and John were such a fun couple to work with and let me tell you, their guests and family sure do know how to party! Gorgeous fall weather for an outdoor wedding on the Beach House lawn overlooking the Chesapeake Bay and Bay Bridge.. and reception in the Tavern Bayside. Ran into Sarah Campbell-Angers from Intrigue Design and Decor. The bouquet’s and centerpieces were spectacular! Got to work with Gavin from Absolute Entertainment for the first time. This kid can mix!
Double header weekend with a day in between to recharge… We began our journey on Friday with Whitney and Leigh who are probably well on their way to somewhere tropical as I type this out. Our happy couple decided to see each other ahead of time. This is such a great idea and if you think the emotions and excitement are diminished by doing this you are so wrong. It’s even more exciting from what I’ve witnessed in my years of photographing weddings and so much less stressful for everyone. Leigh got to see his beautiful Whitney for the first time overlooking the vast expanse of the Chesapeake Bay…blindfolded I might add! How about that zebra print? Ha! These two have the best personalities for being the subjects of a photographer. Little direction on my part was needed to capture the true love they have for one another. Our bridal party – as big as it was – was so easy-going; hardly any instruction was needed to capture the true camaraderie of our groomsmen or the loving support of our bridesmaids for our bride. Everyone including the family was so in the groove which made for a great day of smooth sailing photos. Fabulous weather too! They say Karma is a … well you know what… but in this case Karma was a true lady especially for Whit and Leigh. The perfect day weather wise, a great venue with awesome food at Celebrations at the Bay Catering by Uptown and Dj Phil Petersam “Oorah!” from Event Entertainment did a great job keeping the dance floor packed. I had no doubts that this gang wouldn’t dance. It was insane! I have to admit I do not drink at weddings, however, when Leigh grabbed Jill and I by the hand and insisted that we have a drink with him, I simply could not resist. What a gentleman. It’s so awesome when we are made to feel like part of the family. We certainly have been blessed with some of the best couples this year.
Fabulous wedding day with Michael and Katherine at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, Maryland overlooking the beautiful Chesapeake Bay and bridge. Our wedding day started at the St. Christopher’s Catholic Church not too far from our reception venue where Mike and Katherine exchanged their vows. I couldn’t have asked for a better venue and vendors to work with that day as well. All the best too! Teresa and DJ coordinated in the Tavern Ballroom and Chris Riddle from Beat 2 Beat DJ’s was on site and maintained an impeccable flow and mix of various tunes keeping the dance floor packed up till the last-minute. And Katherine looked as good at the end of the night as she did when Jill and I first saw her and the girls at the church… all thanks to Ashley Riddle from Up Do’s for I Do’s. Banging day!
Another stellar couple to kick off a double-header weekend last Friday and Saturday. Friday evening we were at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club with Erin Janes and the gang doing it up in style at Maryland’s Eastern Shore premier wedding venue. It was a super hot one too… temperature-wise. Linsday, Kris and our bridal party roughed it out just enough for us to capture some amazing photographs on the beach during the magic hour. I even got to share our bride and groom with videographer Robert Betz from Ripple Effect Productions. As usual, amazing hair and makeup provided by Up Do’s for I Do’s… and an awesome job done by one of our favorite dj’s Dan McGinty from Beat 2 Beat.
You can’t plan your events around Maryland weather that’s for sure; you get what mother nature gives, it’s that simple. Fortunately for Melissa and Charles they booked their wedding at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. The views no matter what the conditions are gorgeous – rain or shine. On Friday Teresa and Greg made the command decision for the family to have the ceremony inside the Tavern Ballroom… and it was fantastic! We were fortunate enough to go outside on the beach with our bridal party for a few minutes before we lost all daylight to shoot some amazing photos before the thunder struck. Tornado’s in the forecast, torrential rain outside… and thanks to Jacob Jensen from Absolute Entertainment, we were Thunderstruck in the ballroom! A fabulous time had by all the family and guests and another amazing photographic opportunity outside the typical wedding day box. Awesome floral decorations by Michael Design Florist of Annapolis.
Another Double header wedding weekend… Round one was at the Lutheran Church on Cox Neck Road in Stevensville, then off to the Tavern Ballroom at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club to celebrate the reception. Steve Moody of Entertainment Connection was the master of ceremonies and did a fine job! I even got to see a real live Raven’s cheerleader. Lots to edit so I’m going to keep it short. Another double wedding weekend in a few days! Loving the summer time. Time for feast.
Finally! I did a wedding at Love Point. Now I know what all the hoot and holler is about. The view… is unlike any other view of the Chesapeake around… especially for wedding venues. One word… Spectacular! Worked alongside my good wedding buddies DJ Jason Canaan and videographer Matt Buerhaus. We couldn’t have planned the lighting more perfect. Right when the ceremony started a beautiful blanket of high cumulus created a natural softbox of diffused light and then when it was time to capture some bride/groom shots with Sherri and Jeremy down by the water… the sun magically appeared fora picture perfect sunset. Mother nature cooperated with this event. The venue offers a fabulous deck overlooking the bay and the circular reception hall is just fantastic. I hope to get more weddings at this venue for sure. The owners Rich and Joanne were very easy-going and very accommodating and they are partnered with one of Maryland’s premier caterers, Catering by Uptown. Jeff was the lead guy in charge and he did a fabulous job coordinating the event. And the food offered by Uptown is second to none! Scrumptious! Can’t wait to work with this gang again real soon.
Well… we thought it was going to be “epic” warm today but we’ll take the 47 degrees we had over anything colder that’s for sure. I think we all are overly anxious for the warm spring air to arrive; I know I am! For a last-minute engagement shoot this one was fantastic. I’m pretty good at capturing emotion and expression but I have to say when I get a couple like Sam and Trey, they make it mega easy. Awesome shoot today!
I learned a new word today… Epic!
Fabulous wedding day Saturday. The most cooperative group of bridal party folks I’ve worked with in a long time! Lots of energy and very attentive to our bride and groom Jenny and Joe. Wedding ceremony was at the St. Martin Lutheran Church on Spa Road in Annapolis, Maryland. Many years ago this was one of the first churches I ever photographed a wedding. Memories! Reception was set at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, Maryland… The Beach House. My assistant Karen Ames and I arrived on Kent Island just in time for the sun to pop out over the horizon for some dramatic red glowing sun-lit shots our newly weds. The Beach House was decorated just spectacularly, floral centerpieces by Great Expectations Flowers by Inka. They even had a photo booth! And my favorite part of all was the band… HERO! The best (period). I love this band so much that they have my exclusive recommendation. Very talented musicians. I mean c’mon! They played Billy Joel and Kinks? They are hot!
It was windy! I was thinking to myself… “please let this bride embrace the wind… please… “… and sure enough when I saw Amy step off the limo bus with a huge smile I heaved a sigh of relief. Amy was a glorious looking bride! Her smile and eyes spoke volumes.. she was in love and this was the day she would be wed to the love of her life… David. So, the weather was perfect; well, almost perfect.. just a little gusty. Very gusty! And the venue was perfect… overlooking the Tavern lawn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, MD, the waves were full onshore… non stop. No umbrellas on the flash today that’s for sure. The wind made for some very interesting shots with the veil especially during the ceremony with the wind at Amy’s back. Dave got a mouth full of veil every so often! After the ceremony we were graced with a magnificent sunset for some fun, creative photos on the wind and wave swept beach. I was excited to find Mr. John Paul Berry from Absolute Entertainment and his assistant Chevy at the helm of the MacPro and huge sub ready to rock the house. The guests danced their butts off! Thanks to Teresa, Sharon, Brandy and a bunch of other great people over at the Beach Club for helping to make this another great wedding memory. Oh, and I can’t forget Carolyn Bruckner from Cache’ Fleur for providing some beautiful floral arrangements and bouquets. Carolyn Rocks!
We thought Hurricane Erin was something to worry about. It was. But Saturday brought more rain than we ever expected less the insane wind. Saturdays’ wedding was at the Queen Anne Marina – better known as the Silver Swan Bayside… and little did we know a few showers turned out to be one torrential downpour! As I always say, if you have the right bride and groom, weather does not matter at all. Shannon and Andrew rolled with the punches. They were determined to get married outside no matter what – and that’s exactly what they did. It poured and who cared? They got married and we got AMAZING pictures. Joanne and Michelle from Silver Swan adjusted accordingly and made it happen… and I got to see some very dedicated employees doing what had to be done to make sure our bridal party and guests were as comfortable and dry as humanly possible. I got to hand it to the guests… they stepped up and out and got wet with everyone else for the nuptials. Great group of people. Jim Dunlop from Premier Mobile DJ’s did a great job as well, so kudos to him. I was impressed. By the way, the food at Silver Swan rocks! One word – Robust! Love the food there.
Danielle and Tyler did it up in true style Saturday with a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church followed by a first class reception at non other than the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, Maryland. Danielle in one word was… Stunning. Just a beautiful bride. And her girls were equally as gorgeous. Thank you and special shout out to Up Do’s for I Do’s for doing fabulous makeup work as usual. For a July day wedding when it should be killer hot, temps were actually quite comfortable. Tie in a nice breeze off the Chesapeake Bay, open up the windows on the Tavern Bayside, and you’re in paradise right on the Eastern Shore! Tyler was super hip alongside his dashing groomsmen. They also departed the church in true muscle car style with a vintage cream-colored Chevy Camaro… Bud Lite cans in tow. Great wedding overall.
Before the week gets totally away from me, I wanted to post some photos from last weeks’ wedding at the Silver Swan Bayside Queen Anne Marina in Stevensville, Maryland. I got to work with my buddy and hot as you know what DJ Jason Canaan of Quality Entertainment. Also got to work with the lovely Stacy Canaan from Pink Lily Memories officiating. Fantastic day. Killer hot temps but cool pics! Thanks be to God for air-conditioning.
Ben and Kristie were a great couple to work with!I knew they were my kind of couple when I looked at the shoes… custom Nike Air with the wedding date hand stitched on the backs of each heel. Everyone in the bridal party sported the new robust colored kicks… bright pink, blue, green, metallic black… you name it the color was there. Ben got some real air too; you’ll see what I mean in the one pic below. Their ceremony was held on the Tavern lawn and reception in the Tavern Ballroom at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, Maryland. Everyone knows this as my favorite location… ever. The scenery was fantastic, the sunset was just the best and temps and humidity were very comfortable for everyone – even me. Jason Wallace from Absolute Entertainment did a fantastic job as always and everyone had a great time dancing and toasting to our new couple well into the evening. Double header weekend. … up early tomorrow for round two. Shew!
Transportation from Annapolis compliments of Discover Annapolis Tours (the trolley).
By Saturday all the rain had finally left the area. Tracey and Jeff were blessed with an amazing day to celebrate their wedding vows at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, Maryland. The ceremony was on the garden roof top overlooking the majesty of the waterfront and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Words can’t describe this place; thank God I take pictures! The reception was held in the Sunset Ballroom and Garden Room. Our sunset was amazing. Special shout out to DJ Chris Hart. A true professional and his sound system is second to none… and hair and makeup by the best in the business… Up Do’s for I Do’s. They are amazing! Tracey’s hair was out of this world!!