Aspen Wye River Wedding- Jessica & Paul

I am so lucky. I seriously get the best couples. Paul & Jessica are the most adorable couple in the world and the way he looks at her just makes you want to melt. They got married at my favorite venue in Maryland the Aspen Wye River Conference Center with all their friends and family staying with them for the weekend. Despite the rain it was an absolutely beautiful wedding. Paul's soft side showed when he saw his beautiful wife for the first time. 

While Jessica was getting dolled up with her girls, Paul and the guys were getting a professional shave and a hair cut in the game room. Both were enjoying Jessica's favorite (and quite possibly every one in Maryland's favorite food ) Chick Fil a . They were so excited that they were providing food for their wedding that they even sent a card with signatures from all the people that worked there! 

It was my second wedding at Wye River in 2016 and the second time it rained. Fortunately, Wye River has a lot of beautifully tree covered areas that you can kind of hide from the rain. The weather made no difference. Jessica, Paul, and their wedding party were up for anything! Because of that we were able to get amazing photos in the pine tree forest by the venue. And of course we played in the rain at night time!

Names: Jessica Bland and Paul Esposito

Wedding date: October 8, 2016

Wedding Venue: Aspen Wye River

How you met: We met working at a hotel in downtown DC in 2010.  Paul says he saw me when I came for an interview and he knew I was the one.  I wanted to make a good first impression with my boss and wasn't interested in dating a co worker.  For six months he would walk by my desk and call me everyday at 2PM to tell me a joke.  I finally asked him if he was ever going to ask me out.  We went on our first date to the Baltimore Harbour and the rest is history. 

Proposal Story:  We were living in a small basement apartment with only two small windows.  I'm not a morning person and would always get mad at Paul for turning the lights on so bright in the mornings.  On a random Wednesday morning after the alarm went off Paul turned on all the lights and walked out of the bedroom into the kitchen. I stormed into the kitchen complaining about leaving the lights on and there he was, out of nowhere, down on one knee! We celebrated afterwards with my favorite meal, mimosas and breakfast, at the bakery we go to on the weekends up the street. 

Favorite moment from your wedding: Seeing each other for the first time.  We have been together for six years and even with a house, dog, and routine of daily life, we were both surprised with how nervous we were to see each other. 

What went in to planning your wedding: We wanted to keep our wedding thoughtful, simple, and representative of what is important to each of us as individuals and a couple.  We spent a lot of time thinking of ways to make it a special weekend for our guests and have them feel like they were a part of the celebration as opposed to just attending a wedding. 

Where did you go on your honeymoon: Newport Rhode Island.

 

Vendors: (If you loved your vendor please put a star by their name!)

Florist: Grand Floral *

DJ: Andrew Larris 

Photo Booth: None

Dress Designer: Bhldn

Dress Shop: Anthroplogie Georgetown

Suit Designer: Hart Schaffner Marx 

Suit Shop: Bloomingdales Tysons Corner

Bridesmaid Dress Designer: JCrew

Jewelry: My grandmothers Amethyst necklace and earrings

Cake: Done by a friend, Heidi Lord

Caterer: Aspen Wye *

Videographer: none

Invitations: Minted.com

Wedding Planner: none

Hair and Makeup: Something Blu* 

Anything else special that you have from your wedding: Being surrounded by our loved ones was the most special to us.  

Liberty Mountain Fall Wedding- Alyssa & Michael

Alyssa & Michael had the most beautiful November wedding at Liberty Mountain Ski Resort. You seriously couldn't pick a more perfect day or location! The weather was in the 60's the trees were the perfect fall foliage colors and the sky was bright and blue! 

There are 3 hotels on the property and Alyssa & Michael's family and friends took over all of them! It was literally a party resort just for them for the weekend! 

Alyssa and her girls got ready in the Bridal Suite where Alyssa the amazing make-up pro that she is did her own make-up while her and the girls enjoyed Apple Cider Mimosas. One of my favorite moments from their wedding was at their first look I told Michael after I count to three you can turn around whenever your ready. In his excitement, he missed the after I count to 3 and immediately turning around. After realizing he had turned to early he jumped back around and we all just started laughing. In true Gilligan fashion their first look was unique to them.

Their reception was a huge party where the flower girl and ring bearer did try to steal the show. The real fun was when Paradise by the Dashboard light came on and on split sides the girls and guys traded parts singing back and forth. 

After the wedding was over we played with Sparklers, the stars, and smoke bombs for even more fun photos!  

Names: Alyssa and Michael Gilligan

Wedding date: November 5, 2016

Wedding Venue: Boulder Ridge Lodge at Liberty Mountain Ski Resort

How you met: Online (OKCupid)

Proposal Story: Michael proposed to Alyssa on July 4, 2015 at his aunt and uncle's beach house in Brigantine, New Jersey. He proposed on the docks overlooking the bay on a beautiful sunny day. Alyssa was so shocked that she hit him!  He coordinated Alyssa's family and closest friends to join his family in New Jersey.  Upon seeing her family and friends, Alyssa became overwhelmed with emotion and started to cry. It was a perfect proposal that embodied what Alyssa and Mike stand for: family, friends, laughter, and love. 

Favorite moment from your wedding: "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" (FO SHO) 

What went in to planning your wedding: It's all in the details.  We imported a scottish tartan from Scotland and had the runners custom made by a family friend.  The entire wedding was inspired by this plaid and was echoed in the ties, ribbons, runners, and invitations.  My sister-in-law  (Elaine) and I designed the stationary ourselves and it only took about 6 versions! ;-) The ceremony was masterfully planned by my mom (Tammy). She coordinated the horse drawn carriage with a grand entrance serenaded by bagpipes and a string trio.  The wedding was filled with small personal touches from friends and family: The guest tree painting was painted by my bridesmaid Sarah Daugherty,  the engraved cake cutting set was a gift from mother of the groom (Gloria), and the Kate Spade champagne flutes were a gift from Elaine. The night ended with all of our guests gathered around the fire pit roasting S'mores which was their favor!

Where did you go on your honeymoon: Centara Ras Fushi Resort in The Maldives (AH-MAZING)

 

Vendors: 

Florist: Blossom and Basket *

DJ: Great Scott Productions**

Photo Booth: n/a

Dress Designer: Casablanca

Dress Shop: Potomac Bridal

Suit Designer: 

Suit Shop: Men's Warehouse

Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Bill Levkoff

Jewelry: 

Cake: Karen Rodkey Cakes*

Caterer: LMR

Invitations: Designed by Elaine Gilligan and I, printed by Catprint.com

Wedding Planner: My momma!

Anything else special that you have from your wedding: String trio: Frederick Strings,  Bagpipes: Gus Person**,  Carriage: Bee Tree Trail, Rentals: Chairs, linens, chargers, Grand Rentals, GORGEOUS escort cards: etsy, DK wedding designs**

Maryland Wedding Photography- Top of the Bay Wedding-Lindsay & Matt

I met Lindsey & Matt when they were made into Zombies for Lauren & Nick's Wedding. (Lauren may hold the record for one of my most photographed clients. ) While they were getting their make-up done and baby oil in her hair they were actually in the process of finding out if they were going to get a house that they placed a bid on. 

One house and three dogs later Matt finally proposed to Lindsey! I'm not going to lie, when certain couples that I love get engaged I secretly (and semi patiently) wait for them to write me about their wedding. 

Lindsey & Matt had a really interesting way that they met... She was a 911 operator (now works in records for a police station)... He is a Maryland cop. Matt saw her at Wawa one day after having a few life changing months. He told himself that he needed to go up and say hi to this girl... So he did. When they first met, Lindsey had a boyfriend so Matt patiently waited "randomly" running into Lindsey at Wawa. Finally, she was single and he made his move... The rest is history. 

They got married at Top of the Bay in the Aberdeen Proving grounds. It was a beautiful wedding. Lindsey and her girls went with a pin-up style. Their make-up was done by the amazingly talented Leana Stewart. 

 

After the wedding was over we went over to the same Wawa that they met at... and we just happened to run into some local officers who allowed us to use the lights from their cars to add to the photos.