Judah – Two Months



I photographed Brian and Rachel’s epic Westin Annapolis wedding more than three years ago! Hard to believe how quickly time flies… Anyway, I was super excited to hear they were expecting a new addition to the family because I knew with smiles like theirs, they were destined to produce a beautiful baby. And Judah is every bit of that and more! This kid is adorable and I loved that he was so wide awake for most of the session. He gave me some great expressions that I never would have captured if he had been sleeping the whole time. It was perfect.

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Kelly & Jeff – London Town Wedding Photography



I really like Kelly and Jeff. As Jeff’s dad said twice in his toast, “Jeff has the biggest heart of anyone you’ll ever meet.” I couldn’t agree more – both Jeff AND Kelly do. And even though I joked with them that they should have maybe just eloped because the stress of wedding planning was killing them, I was so happy to see them finally able to relax and enjoy their day with all their friends and family. This was one of those twelve-hour days that flew by for me, and by the end of it, I was wondering where it all went. From the morning boudoir session with Kelly (which is a great idea, and I think all brides should consider it!) to the emotional First Look in downtown Annapolis to the beautifully choreographed first dance at London Town to the send-off through raised light sabers  – the whole day was jam-packed with awesomeness.

Cake: Main Ingredient
Catering: Ken’s Creative Kitchen
Church: Our Lady of Sorrows
DJ: Kyle / Mixing Maryland
Flowers: Little House of Flowers
Hair & Makeup: Behind the Veil
Photobooth: 2 Catz Events
Photographer: Emily Chastain Photography
Reception Venue: Historic London Town and Gardens
Second Photographer: Jessica Veltri Photography
Steel Drum: Orlando Phillips
Transportation: Lighthouse Limousine (bridal party) / Limousines Inc. (guests)
Videographer: The Documentist
Wedding Planning / Day-of Coordination: Angie / AJK Events

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Elizabeth & Adam – Federal Hill Baltimore Engagement Photography



This session was awesome! Maybe mostly because I was slightly enamored with Elizabeth and Adam’s adorable puppy Lucy. Seriously, what an incredible doggie model, especially for just being a puppy! (And those ears….) But enough about the dog. I’m equally enamored with Elizabeth and Adam, who are really cool people and easy to talk to. Their wedding is coming up next month, although I just discovered they are already married! When the stress of wedding planning was turning the experience into something they didn’t enjoy, they decided to elope on the beach instead. So now they’re looking forward to their wedding in a few short weeks, which will no doubt be super fun and a relaxed day for them. Can’t wait!!

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Jessica & Ben – Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Engagement Photography



I really love photographing new places, so when Jessica and Ben said they wanted to use the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens for their engagement session location, I was pretty excited. What a neat place! I have never seen so many lotus flowers and water lilies in my life! The wildlife was pretty legit too – multiple turtles, a great blue heron (as opposed to the mediocre one), and then of course lots of bugs. And only one other human being, ha! Ben was pretty knowledgeable about all these nature-y things, so it was fun to walk around and explore and learn something at the same time. I love that they brought their dog Daisy too, although I’m sure we wore her out for the whole day!

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Caithlin & Mark – Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant Wedding Photography



These two were so comfortable and natural in front of the camera, I couldn’t get enough! Mark’s nervous energy before the wedding was so cute, and I knew these guys were the real deal pretty immediately. Caithlin and Mark actually met in Ireland while both studying abroad, so their wedding was Irish-themed (with a hint of Scotland.) The centerpieces were Scottish and handcrafted by Mark’s aunt to include Caithlin’s grandmother clan tartan, McInnes. So many personal touches and so much love!

Also want to say a big thanks to my assistant Dan Evans, who has been awesome and helped me out at quite a few weddings this year. He is great at keeping my gear organized, keeping me relaxed, and jumping in with a camera when needed. Thanks Dan!

Cake: Victoria’s Cakery
DJ: Bob / Artman DJs
Flowers: Bloom Fresh Flowers
Hair: Meghan Dorsey / PR at Partners
Harpist: Monika Vasey
Makeup: Bride’s sister-in-law, Erin / Ardan Medspa + Salon
Photographer: Emily Chastain Photography
Venue & Food: Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant

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Jenna & Tommy – Herrington on the Bay Engagement Photography



Jenna suggested Herrington on the Bay when we were brainstorming location ideas with a beach, and I jumped at the chance to shoot there again. It’s serene and beautiful, and I feel like my time there for weddings is always so short. And then she mentioned that Tommy has a boat named Wedding Crasher at the marina, and I gave her no more options. Perfect location! Jenna and Tommy are really great together, totally cute and playful, and I was amused by all of Tommy’s many faces (included a few in here for fun.)

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Sarah & Corey – Ceresville Mansion Wedding Photography



Sarah and Corey – so much love! That’s what comes to mind when I think about their wedding. Their First Look was one of the sweetest and most tender First Looks I’ve ever seen. I didn’t do engagement photos with these guys, so I was expecting a little initial stiffness but they were so comfortable in front of the camera and totally easy and affectionate. As Marcella (my awesome second shooter) pointed out, Corey gave Sarah the sweetest looks and glances all day long. And he was always doing cute things like kissing her hand or her shoulder with absolutely no prompting from me. Adorable. I also liked watching Corey and Sarah make a real point to spend time with each other throughout the day. They stole several moments alone after the ceremony and even during the reception, keeping it as a wedding should be – all about love and all about them.

Cake: Sugarbakers
DJ: Amplified Entertainment Services, LLC
Flowers: Candlelight Floral Designs
Guitarist: Chris Dunn, Classical Guitar Ceremonies, Inc.
Hair/Makeup: Progressions Salon and Spa
Photographer: Emily Chastain Photography
Second Photographer: Marcella Treybig Photography
Venue and Catering: Ceresville Mansion 

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Caitlyn & Steve – Belmont Country Club Wedding Photography



This was my first time at Belmont Country Club, and let me say it is GORGEOUS. It didn’t hurt that the weather was absolute perfection – all the crazy storms cleared out in the morning and it was a beautiful mixture of sun and clouds, light breeze and warmth…. ahhhh! And then adding Caitlyn and Steve to this already lovely mix took it to a whole new level. They are so incredibly sweet and I can tell they truly value each other. Steve and Caitlyn are already a family – together they have an adorable boy named Evan, plus Steve’s daughter Brooke. They are living the day-to-day of what most couples don’t usually experience until a few years after the wedding. All these challenges of real life and finishing school and raising a family have only brought them closer together and strengthened their bond. I’m guessing that their honeymoon in Antigua is pretty welcome and highly anticipated! Caitlyn and Steve, I hope you guys have a blast! You deserve it!

Cake: Cakes by Linda
DJ: Mike Bell / MyDeeJay
Flowers (Bouquets): Affordable Arrangements
Flowers (Reception): family friend
Hair/Makeup: Jordan K Winn & Co
Photo Booth: Party Booths
Photographer: Emily Chastain Photography
Second Photographer: Jessica Veltri Photography
Venue: Belmont Country Club

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Montine & Joey – Alexandria Maternity Photography



So great to see these guys’ faces again! You might remember their beautiful wedding from last year on my blog. I was really happy when Montine contacted me for some maternity photos. Our session actually turned into quite the adventure… getting kicked out of our location for it being after-hours, and then chasing groundhogs at location #2, finding random unknown animal carcasses, and finally avoiding pockets of poison oak. (I now know what that looks like, thanks Montine!) A memorable evening, and a fun one. I liked Montine’s idea to have Joey make the outline of a heart with his hands in paint on her white shirt. Of course it didn’t come out quite as we had envisioned, but nothing a little touch-up paint couldn’t fix! Looked pretty awesome by the end! :) Can’t wait to meet the little one when she arrives in August!

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Alex & Chase – London Town Wedding Photography



Alex and Chase… Let’s start by talking about how much Chase hates having his picture taken. Like, a whole lot. Haha. He put grudgingly put up with a short engagement session for Alex, but I don’t think I actually won him over until I photoshopped a ghost in the window of one of the photos (long story.) Anyway, I showed up for the wedding and he was suddenly a great smiler. And of course, posing with his dog Bowser certainly helped. He told me at the end of the night he had been dreading the photo part, but thanks because I made it really painless. Which was the best compliment he could possibly give me. :) Alex, of course, was stunning and couldn’t be happier. Such a fun party – I think I actually stayed a little longer than I was supposed to because I was enjoying photographing the crowd so much on the dance floor. As always, beautiful Historic London Town provided so many perfect backdrops. I really do love it there!

Shout-out to Bowser, one of my favorite client doggies to date. He came running over to me when I arrived at the dock to take pictures of the guys, and then he did a great job of posing with Chase and his friends. Such an easy-going dog, and who doesn’t love watching a bulldog run? Adorable.

Bride’s Bouquet: Michael Designs
Catering: Saucy Salamander
DJ: Robert Ogle III / Bassline Productions
Flowers: Bride’s mom and aunt
Hair: Morgan Gerard Salon
Makeup: Maria / Amie Decker Beauty
Officiant: Bud Stupi
Photographer: Emily Chastain Photography
Rentals: Rentals to Remember
Venue: Historic London Town and Gardens

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