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Sarah & Patrick | Woodend Wedding | Chevy Chase

Sarah and Patrick had a really lovely and down-to-earth ceremony at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring and then a beautiful reception with killer light at Woodend Nature Sanctuary – one of my favorite venues in the area. There were approximately eight thousand fireflies in attendance.

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We started the day at the Hilton Garden Inn Silver Spring North with much makeup-ing and hair-ing and nail painting-ing.

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Sarah and Patrick chose to do a first look in his parents’ lovely back yard.

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Their church was very relaxed and welcoming.

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And the pastor did a fantastic job.

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Marriage accomplished, we headed over to Woodend for family pics, couple pics and much partying.

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As always, I love Woodend’s wall of stuffed birds. I was determined to photograph Sarah in front of the birds, as I normally only get the groom up in there. The lady at the desk provided very excellent motivation.

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Mattie & Justin | Thorpewood wedding | Thurmont, MD

Mattie and Justin got married at ThorpeWood in Thurmont, Maryland – a drop-dead-gorgeous setting for one heck of a wedding. Mattie cried all day long, she and Justin made out like crazy and her mom even got in a Wendell Barry quote. Also: composting toilets (really! ThorpeWood has composting toilets!), a million pennant flags cut out from maps and a “pine cathedral” (seriously). Mattie and Justin:

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I got a little confused when I first arrived and ended up using my venue scouting time literally hiking up switchbacks. On the plus side, I communed with nature.

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Thorpewood’s getting-ready space is actually a locker-room-type shower area. Otherwise, it’s perfect!

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Apparently there are scads of ceremony options at the place, but Mattie and Justin went with the old pine cathedral. Not a bad choice, really.

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Mattie losing her ‘ish.

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Megan, Pritpal & family | newborn documentary family photography | Bethesda, MD

I’ve had the pleasure of documenting several of Megan and Pritpal and family’s major life milestones. Their engagement, then their wedding, then moving into a beautiful new house, and last week I met a tiny new person they created out of thin air. Baby S was incredibly good for the whole shoot – not even falling asleep, as nine-day-old tiny people tend to do.

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Jack makes an excellent big brother.

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They have an amazing house. It was pretty awesome to shoot in when it was empty and now that they’ve filled it with some really sweet decor, it’s irresistible for compositions and things.

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Congratulations again, you guys! Keep on rocking the life.

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