There is just so much I could say about this sweet girl. Working with her for over a year and a half has been so. much. fun. She’s just as happy and relaxed and kind and fun as she looks in photos. I was so excited to see her bridal look knowing that her wedding style was coming together to be SO beautiful, so I knew she had something fun up her sleeve, and I was definitely right. This dress was Cate all day long, and paired with loose curls for her long blonde hair, her signature side bang (heyo side bang club!), a gorgeous sash, simple flats, and best of all…this incredible bouquet from my favorite, Cote Designs, Cate was just stunning.
We had such a great time playing at the Lace House on yet another cloudy day (Fun fact: Cate & Nick were chased by the rain their entire engagement…from their first rained out engagement session to the second that threatened rain on and off, to the downpour right as we left her bridals, to a downpour in the middle of their wedding day – these two have the rain luck!) and I’m in love with the portraits we captured. So many favorites of this stunning bride!
At this stage, many people don’t know that I actually started my business on photographing pet sessions. Working with animals was my first passion and is such a huge part of who I am so though my work has moved much more toward my love of weddings and my couples, any opportunity to get some four-legged kids in front of my camera is no doubt a good time!
I was so excited to work with Ashley and her crew of four dogs; Sage, Finn, Piper, and Banks. I was a little intimidated at first, knowing three were border collies and would likely look very similar, but once I met them, saw them working, got to know their personalities, and saw their distinguishing marks, it was easy to see they each had their own unique set of ways. We started the session at a farm just south of Annapolis, Maryland where Ashley often works two of her dogs; Piper and Banks, on sheep. From there, we headed to a local beach on the Chesapeake Bay where Ashley regularly walks and enjoys the water, sun, and sand with all four of her dogs. I loved this evening…talk about fun and these guys keeping me laughing! I’m excited to share a few of my favorite images below!
When it comes to planning an engagement session that encompasses how they like to spend their time and with whom, Marina and Kyle nailed it. Even though it was unusually cold for a May morning in Maryland, we met bright and early at one of the parks on the Patuxent River where they put their boat in to fish and spend time on the water.
First they had their two labs, Waylon and Winnie, join them, and I can 100% identify with the love they have for those pups. They were so much fun and I know they, along with their third dog Leia, are such a big part of how Marina and Kyle spend their time together. Then they launched their boat and we got out on the river for a bit. Of course including the dogs is hard to beat but seeing them, especially Kyle, so in his element and to see them enjoying their time together was the best. I’m so excited about these images and cannot wait until their wedding day this coming October!
I’m a South Carolina and Georgia wedding and portrait photographer. I’m also a wife, bonus mom, animal lover, and passionate about creating real, timeless, and romantic images that tell a story and are full of life. I’m inspired by light, love, the outdoors, and adventures with my family