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Lauren and David at The Walters Museum of Art

September 2, 2009

Lauren dressing at her parent’s house. All the comforts of home and very nice light too! Genuinely the nicest of people , Lauren and David allowed us the opportunity to create images for them that were timeless.

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Lauren, contemplative. This day was long in the planning. Beauty and joy are the order of the day.

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Mt. Vernon. The bridal party at ease on a gorgeous June day.

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Transition to ‘museum-quality’ black and white images – no problemo. We teach our photographers how to capture images in the super rich Camera Raw mode as opposed to a  jpeg files. Jpegs are compressed files that cast off visual information which is critical for color fidelity and texture in printing.

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Early evening light reflected back onto Lauren and David by our assistant.

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A moment.

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The bride and her father coming down the aisle at that most wonderful of venues, The Walters Art Museum.

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ceremony walters wedding baltimore

ceremony walters wedding baltimore

The color scheme (pink) for the tables and linens, contrasted nicely with the neo-classical setting of the Walters. Our good friend, Talyia, represented Linwoods, who catered this wedding.

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Dancing after dinner. The party was a celebration of two hearts becoming one.

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Amanda and Brian’s Evergreen Wedding-It’s all in the Details!

August 27, 2009

Every wedding we create images for is a unique event. Every bride we photograph is beautiful. We go to these events full of anticipation and excitement knowing  that we’re going to see and experience  moments that will unfold before us only once and never again. Both myself and my associates bring open hearts and a passion to do this work at the highest levels possible.

Amanda and Brian were married a just few weeks ago at Evergreen.

Brian grew up in Boston and is a HUGE sox, pats, celtics, bruins fan. He’s currently getting his MBA at UNC @ Chapel Hill. As for Amanda, she’s a graphic designer and did all of the graphics for her wedding- invitation, fan, donation card, the big banners, etc. Amanda and Brian love cooking together, really enjoy wine and  have two cats they’re slightly obsessed with. They love to travel. Amanda’s  really into art- oil painting and photography. Amanda will be starting photography classes soon and I think I’m being ‘groomed’ as her adviser. ….my pleasure.

In the mid-19th century, when railroads were king, Baltimore’s Garrett family ruled the rails. Evergreen, their home for two generations (from 1878-1942), is a superb example of Gilded Age architecture set on 26 landscaped acres in Baltimore and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Amanda and company dressed at the Radisson Cross Keys as did Brian.

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The bride had very specific ideas about locations at Evergreen that she wanted as backdrops for creating images. I love this interaction with my clients, we’re eminently  open and available to their ideas and suggestions as this  often results in great images.

Amanda is walking towards the walled garden where Brian is waiting to see her for the first time on their wedding day.

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One of things I think we do better than anyone else out there is to allow people to be themselves. I had everyone in the bridal party walk around and then re-group in a different arrangement. It only took a few minutes before they were having the time of their lives trying to do it differently each time. Here’s just one of many totally fun, irreverent images that resulted.

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Amanda and Brian in the lower garden at Evergreen. They were such a joy to work with.

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The grounds at Evergreen offer a great variety of killer locations to shoot in. While not every couple chooses to see one another before the ceremony, Amanda and Brian, wanting to maximize the time we had together, did. It made for an early start, however the couple had plenty of time after the ceremony to enjoy their cocktail hour on the veranda.

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Amanda’s dress was from Victorian Rose.

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For some reason, it had never occurred to me  to use the side of the carriage house as a backdrop. While we were all strolling back to the main area from the lower garden, I saw what a perfect  contrast it was to Amanda and Brian’s physical beauty – set against the aging patina of old wood and stone work. The scale of the wall, doors and window is harmonious and draws the eye inward to  focus on Amanda.

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This image was created by my long time associate, Philip J. Weber, who was there with me that day. Philip is an amazingly talented wedding photojournalist in his own right. When he isn’t shooting his own ‘gigs’ with his team for the studio, we’ll work together.

Philip could have stood anywhere to capture this image, however, his highly sophisticated ‘eye’ instinctively registered the arch in the background behind Amanda and her Dad, lending a subtle framing for them.

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The grandeur  and majesty of Evergreen is pretty extraordinary and makes it possible to create sweeping panoramic images like this one.

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George Rickels owner of Swoon  Creative Group conceived  the overall ‘look’ for this wedding in collaboration with Amanda and her father. The wall pieces are entirely hand made of paper by George just for this wedding and are evocative of the fabric flower adornment on Amanda’s dress. Pretty darn cool, eh?

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This became distinctly more of a family affair since Linwood’s was the caterer and our good friend Sherri, who manages weddings for them, was actually a guest. Sherri’s daughter was one of Amanda’s bridesmaids.

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I think all the best vendors have an innate sense of style. Seemingly unimportant details such as how the glasses are arranged at the bar take on a whole new visual significance when a top caterer like Linwoods gets involved.

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At the end of this truly breathtaking wedding, it really comes down to the fact that Amanda and Brian fell in love and were married.

We were privileged and honored to be the ones to create images that this couple, their families and loved ones will cherish for generations to come.

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Silvia and George at Maryvale Castle

August 13, 2009

Not too many weddings outside of Europe take place in a castle, however, Silvia and George had theirs at Maryvale Castle. Maryvale has it all, green expanses of lawn, secret gardens, turrets and great rooms.

Silvia and George used to work at the same company in Virginia, where they met and their romance blossomed.

They enjoy watching movies, going to comedy shows, cooking and trying new recipes, working on home projects, spending time with family, friends and their beloved dog Chiquita, but most importantly, spending time together.

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Luis, Sivia’s father was born in Nicaragua, his father was from El Salvador and his mother was from Nicaragua. Zoila, Silvia’s mother was born in Peru, both of her parents were born in Peru.  Her grandfather on her mom’s side was from Italy.

The look of love and adoration on Luis’s face for his daughter on her wedding day is  very , very, palpable.

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bride and bridesmaids maryvale

Silvia’s dress was an Alvina Valenta in white (Italian silk and French lace) and her veil was a mantilla veil with French lace to match her gown. Crème Silk Duchess Satin strapless A-line gown, deep alencon lace border at hem, Satin sash and brooch at waist, covered buttons and loops over zipper at center back, sweep train.

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We turned, we saw, we captured this image of George. It begged to be black and white.

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Maryvale has it’s own small chapel just off the main ballroom. Deep , dark,  rich woodwork – hand carved by 19th century master artisans.

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The reception was catered by the best of the best, Linwoods. The videographer was Blue Sky.

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reception maryvale wedding

reception maryvale wedding

Giant sparklers blazed as the newlyweds left the castle after a joyful celebration with friends, family and loved ones.

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A Fine Art Wedding at The Walters Art Museum

March 19, 2008

This being our very first blog posting, I thought I’d start off with a bang!

Betty and Jarrett were married at The Walters Museum of Art followed by dancing at The Harbor Court Hotel. It was glorious!

We consider Betty ‘family’ having worked with her many times, in her capacity as second – in command to Elizabeth Bailey, the top wedding planner in the mid -Atlantic. Needless to say, with Betty having worked with many of the very best wedding photojournalists in the region, we were honored and flattered that she chose us to create images for her. Elizabeth Bailey was an honored guest at the wedding. Christina Hagen and Kate Bittrick, Elizabeth’s associates, made sure that every detail was attended to.

Betty and her entourage dressed at The Intercontinental Harbor Court Hotel. The energy and joy was palpable and set the mood for the entire evening that followed.

Betty chose all of the best vendors for this once in a lifetime wedding, most of whom have long ago become our good friends. Betty and her bridesmaid’s make-up, by Amanda Dureza was flawless, as were the hairstyles by Ashley Riddle .

Of course, a more magical setting then The Walters Museum of Art for the wedding ceremony and seated dinner that followed would be hard to imagine. Some of the images we were able to create were only made possible by Robert Zimmerman, the liaison from The Walters, who personally gave us access to an otherwise restricted gallery and from which we were then able to shoot the ceremony and dinner from above. Bob’s generosity and graciousness were indicative of the kind of person he is, willing to go to that extra length in order to have the very best for the bride. Bob, we thank you.

Imagine the collective intake of breath when the guests descended from the cocktail area to see this setting! Our bride chose her venue well, having a degree in art history that no doubt informed her aesthetic sensibilities. Gene and Leslie Perkins of Perkins Productions, whom we’ve worked with many times, enhanced the mood and atmosphere with subtle and romantic lighting as well as creating a projection of Betty’ and Jarret’s monogram. What can we say about the flowers? Wow! Time and again, when we see the arrangements and color pallette that Victoria Clausen, owner of Romance of Flowers, has designed for our brides, we are simply stunned.

Dinner was provided by Linwoods, with Linda Brown in attendance making sure that the guests received the incredible service and gourmet fare for which Linwoods is justifiably renowned .

After dinner, it was back to The Harbor Court Hotel for dancing until the wee hours. Betty and Jarrett provided a photo booth for everyone to have their pictures taken, along with an espresso bar and ice cream bar, which made the dance party even more fun, if possible, for all.

This was a great wedding, by any standard. My long time second wedding photojournalist, Philip J. Weber, and I left after midnight, with the party still going strong, knowing that Betty, Jarrett, their families and loved ones had received our absolute best efforts and passion in creating images that captured all of the beauty, joy and emotion at this wedding.

I love my job.