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Michelle & Jared | Maryland Farm Wedding from 2012

I'm honestly having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that I second shot this wedding with Marcella Treybig all the way back in 2012. Especially since I think about this wedding all the time. Whenever anyone asks me about my "most memorable" wedding or the "coolest thing I've ever seen," I always think of Michelle and Jared. Marcella finally told me I could blog it, and unlike all the other weddings I second-shot from years back, I actually wanted to post this one! Aaaaaaaand, at some point, I threw out all the images. Digital storage is cheap, people - don't get rid of things just because you think you will never have a use for them again (oy). funky-barn-wedding-in-maryland-1 Anyway, here are two images from the wedding. They're nice enough - Michelle is totally beautiful and wore this awesome black dress and veil. But what I would really love to show you is the crazy rainstorm and ensuing food fight. All the guests ran out in the rain and got drenched and then came back in and took shots of Jack Daniels. And smashed cake in each others' faces. It was AMAZING. And for some reason I didn't think to keep a single photo from the scene. Anyway! Enjoy these two. It was a great wedding. funky-barn-wedding-in-maryland-2 And now you're going to ask me: where is that venue!? and I will tell you: I don't think it's a thing anymore. I'm pretty sure it never had a name, and when I search for the address in Google, it is a for-sale listing. Womp womp. You'll have to get your crazy-awesome-funky-slanty barn venue elsewhere.

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Jude & Mark | Danby Castle wedding | North Yorkshire, England

Before I start gushing, let me say a huge thank you to the amazing Kari Bellamy, who let me tag along at Jude and Mark's wedding. If you're a long-time follower of the blog, you might recall that I spent a good month in England and Belgium last year. As luck would have it, Kari needed a second photographer in that timeframe for a wedding in Yorkshire. In a castle. With an incredible couple. With a vintage tea party theme. Are you excited yet? Oh my god, this wedding. Also, it was in the English countryside and the heather was in bloom. Seriously, guys, this wedding. bride and groom portraits in the heather These are the kinds of venues wedding photographers get to work in England. This is Danby Castle, in North Yorkshire. It's the place where Catherine Parr moved after Henry VIII died. No, really. danby castle wedding wedding guests at danby castle ceremony flower girls at danby castle wedding wedding ceremony at danby castle north yorkshire wedding ceremony in a castle I learned all about English weddings, which are surprisingly different from American ones. For instance, there's a part of the ceremony you're not allowed to photograph - something legal. first kiss at north yorkshire england wedding being introduced at danby castle wedding little girl looking at the bride and groom at danby castle wedding danby castle wedding recessional danby castle wedding scenery One of the great things about this day was that Jude and Mark hadn't hired a second, so I was "off the book" so to speak. Which means I could take whatever photos I wanted all day, without worrying about "getting the shot" or making anyone happy other than myself. little girl running into the camera at danby castle wedding bride and groom in front of castle ruins in north yorkshire guests laughing at danby castle wedding wedding reception in north yorkshire, england little girl playing with blocks at danby castle wedding watching the cat go by at danby castle wedding animals at danby castle in north yorkshire, england little girls walking hand-in-hand at danby castle wedding groomsmen at danby castle wedding portrait of the groom at danby castle wedding bartenders at danby castle wedding reception little girl in castle ruins in north yorkshire, england random scenes from a wedding at danby castle in north yorkshire Also, vintage tea party theme. I mean, could a wedding have a cuter set of decorations? I'm not sure it could. vintage tea party theme wedding wedding with a vintage tea party theme love with pennant decorations love decorations at danby castle wedding So another different tradition, is you have the ceremony (which has to take place under very specific regulations), then you have a "wedding breakfast", regardless of what time the meal actually takes place. Later, there's dancing and then another meal is served - weddings are allllll day affairs in England. speeches at danby castle wedding reception best man making a speech at danby castle wedding In fact, the time to do portraits, rather than between ceremony and the meal, is between the "breakfast" and the "reception." We got to steal Jude and Mark away to go do portraits... bride and groom portraits in castle ruins in north yorkshire, england wedding portraits at danby castle ... in the freakin' English countryside, which was covered in heather. Yes, I was freaking out. wedding portraits in the english countryside bride and groom portraits in north yorkshire, england Seriously. bride and groom photos taking in the heather in the english countryside Picking flowers for his bride. picking heather for his bride relaxed wedding portraits in north yorkshire, england Seriously. landscape photo of the english countryside playing with lawn games at danby castle wedding cutting the cake at danby castle wedding Then after the breakfast, after portraits and some more hanging around in a "cocktail hour" type setting, you have the reception with a "disco." first dance with purple dj lights first dance with her hand on his butt at danby castle wedding first dance photographs from danby castle wedding little girl dancing at danby castle wedding guests dancing at danby castle wedding little girl jumping off the stage at danby castle wedding kids dancing at danby castle wedding reception bride dancing with the kids at danby castle wedding reception dancing at the danby castle wedding reception dramatic dance photo from danby castle wedding Yeah just in case you can't tell, I loved this wedding. Loved this wedding. I can't thank Kari enough for having me along and Jude and Mark for not minding another photographer hanging around on their day. Maybe some day I'll have my very own English wedding clients (hint hint y'all).

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Love Point at Kent Island | Eastern Shore wedding

I'm so pleased to share this beautiful wedding I second shot with Jessica Shepard late last year. The couple was so adorable and joyous and I loved their beachy decorations (and orange touches!). One quick note - before you fall in love with this venue (as I did), know that they have had some serious problems and are currently closed. Too bad - it was such a lovely place for these happy kids: dancing at love point at kent island wedding I don't often go out to the Eastern Shore - not sure why, just don't get that many folks asking about it (though I would love to do a beach wedding this year!). So it was really nice to be by the water. Here's the view from the bride's hotel suite: maryland eastern shore wedding eastern shore wedding getting-ready groom at eastern shore wedding groom getting ready at eastern shore wedding Love Point at Kent Island really was a gorgeous venue. I had to stop the car on the drive in and take some photos. wedding at love point at kent island Orange at a wedding. It's the best. wedding decorations at maryland eastern shore wedding bride and her father going out to the ceremony All morning, it rained and these big dark clouds filled up the sky. Just in time, with only a few minutes to spare, it cleared up. The staff dried off the chairs and the wedding went on at Love Point's gorgeous balcony overlooking the ocean. wedding ceremony at love point at kent island bride laughing during the wedding on the eastern shore bride and groom at love point at kent island Forgive me so many detail photos. I really liked their classy but laid-back setup - orange napkins and wicker chargers and little bits of seashells here and there. beautiful beach and orange wedding decorations orange and brown wedding decor wedding decorations at love point at kent island And it's fair to say that I was obsessed with this tulle-and-Christmas-lights thing they had going on on the ceiling. You'll see more of it below. wedding details server at love point wedding reception Just before they're announced. bride and groom kissing before they are announced laughing during the first dance at maryland eastern shore wedding sunset on the eastern shore portraits on the beach at maryland eastern shore wedding hugging his brother at the eastern shore wedding cake photo at maryland eastern shore wedding bride and her father at maryland eastern shore wedding dancing with her father at love point wedding dance party at eastern shore wedding bride and friend dancing at love point wedding bride and groom sharing champagne at maryland eastern shore wedding group dancing at maryland's eastern shore wedding dancing at the wedding reception getting groovy at orange and brown-themed wedding Congratulations you guys! And thanks again to Jessica for having me out.

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