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Ronny and Jon's Baltimore Street Car Museum Wedding

This memorial day weekend I met Ronny at Hotel Indigo where she got ready with her girls before heading to the Baltimore Streetcar Museum. This girl had a smile on her face all morning that I just couldn't stop capturing! The joy that filled the room was contagious and I was thrilled to carry it around all day with me. I snuck out to the library to meet Jon, all decked out in his custom Baltimore suit (one of the coolest suits ever - including baltimore socks, cufflinks, red tie and all). As the groomsmen arrived, hugs were given, beer was had and laughter filled this space, too. The moments ticked by, the guys left the space, and Jon waited patiently to see his bride. 

Ronny was a vision in her beautiful dress and before long it was time for her to meet Jon just down the hall. The joy that Ronny emanated became the sweetest tears of joy as she walked up to her husband to be. Their first look was so full of love, but my goodness, what came after that... Ronny and Jon decided to write their own vows, for just the two of them. So, after their first look and a few portraits they sat down together and read their vows a loud to one another. It was so difficult to hold back tears as these two poured into one another their memories, admirations, and promises to each other. It was such a beautiful moment that I can only imagine these two will cherish forever. 

Soon after we made our way to the Baltimore Streetcar Museum and snuck in a few portraits just before we got back into the cars to go in for the ceremony. Literally - sheets of rain came pouring down the moment we closed the doors! The rest of the day was on-and-off showers, which didn't keep anyone from having the best time. From their heartfelt ceremony (including mad-lib vows!), to some of the best food I've ever tasted (thank you The Food Market!), to the streetcar rides for guests, the whole day was just extra full of life! And the details of the day!! Ronny made practically everything, including their incredibly detailed cake toppers and pinwheels for her bridesmaids! Such a colorful and beautiful day. 

The blog version of a P.S.: Very quickly we have to talk about this venue. First, I am absolutely in love with this space! But you need to know, one of the primary reasons Ronny and Jon chose Baltimore Streetcar Museum is because it only takes a few events their to fund the museum for the whole year. This means that on top of the fun, unique and antique vibe, Ronny and Jon knew that choosing to have their wedding there meant giving back to the community. And that is just something that blows me away about these two. The friends, family, and even vendors at the wedding couldn't stop talking about how wonderful this couple is - and I couldn't agree more. Congratulations again Ronny and Jon!

Wonderful vendors
Planner: Renee at RCC
Getting Ready Location: Hotel Indigo Baltimore
Venue: Baltimore Streetcar Museum
Hair & Make-up: Salon921(Hair), Makeup by bride
Brides Dress: Modcloth
Brides Shoes: Kate Spade for Keds
Invitations: Made by bride
Florist: Flowers and Fancies
Catering: The Food Market/Hoopla Catering
Cake/Desserts: Patisserie Poupon (Cake) & The Charmery (Ice Cream)

Jenny and Ryan's New Beginnings Farmstead Wedding | New York Wedding Photography

Last month I was pulling up to New Beginning's Farmstead in Hudson Valley, New York on a beautiful, sunny September day. Greeted by sheep, sunlight, and a great big yellow barn I made my way to sweet Jenny who was getting ready to go from Miss to Mrs. in just a few short hours. SO much joy filled the room as she and her girls were in the midst of getting their hair and makeup done. I stepped up to the hay-barn-turned-bridal-suite and began photographing Jenny's perfectly country details! From her custom wedding gown to sunflower bouquets, her mother's wedding veil and all of the girls boots - the yellow against the rustic blue barn walls, my goodness I was in heaven!

Jenny's sister had surprised her with a beautiful handmade scrapbook complete with photos and notes from each of her girls right before she stepped into her dress. These moments are always so special and just a privilege to capture. It wasn't long before she was quickly tucked away again, anticipating seeing her soon-to-be-husband who was getting ready. 

Now before we go any further I have to point something out: Most of the time when a couple decides to have a DIY wedding they put together the most beautiful decor and details and Jenny and Ryan did, but this couple took that one step further. They did and helped with everything. Like, everything including this hay barn/bridal suite, helping to make another wagon to take people up to their ceremony site, and tending to the fields where they got married. Every time Jenny or Ryan casually mentioned something that had made or helped with my mouth opened even wider. 

Ryan's face was priceless as he saw Jenny for the first time t their first look! They enjoyed some time together just the two of them before their bridal party showed up for more photos! It wasn't long before we were taking those wagons through the woods and up to a great open field. I love that they brought their guests up to their ceremony this way! So unique. It had the nostalgic feeling of a hay ride but was so romantic and awe inspiring to ride in the open air surrounded by sun dappled trees and dirt roads.

Their sunflower ceremony was just gorgeous. Smiles the whole time, even with tears streaming down faces as they did a butterfly release in honor of Jenny's mother, who was certainly there with them. Husband and wife jumped on a wagon and headed down to a sun drenched field for family portraits and enjoyed a few peaceful moments and backlit portraits (my absolute favorite!) before heading back to enjoy cocktail hour with their guests. 

Everyone ushered into the large barn and it wasn't long before this couple was causing everyone to tear up again with their sweet first dance. We enjoyed the best barbecue possibly ever, toasts from wonderful friends and dancing soon began! 

Thank you so much for having me to capture your beautiful day, and happy one month anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Coon! Enjoy celebrating all over again!

 

Wonderful venors!
Venue: New Beginning's Farmstead
HMUA: Sarah Palen
Flowers: Albany Votec
Food: Mirabellas
Music: Chewy Down Productions DJ Service
Bride's Gown: Allue and Maggie Sottero

Kristen and Andrey's Summer Hotel Du Village Wedding

Over the summer I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Kristen and Andrey's wedding day alongside Andrea Tracy Photography at the Hotel Du Village in New Hope, Pennsylvania! Let me tell you, it was nothing short of stunning. The flowers, colors, venue itself; Kristen DIY'd so many details...I was blown away.

More than that, though, was the love shared between these two. Nervous excitement was so apparent in Andrey leading up to their first look; he was so giddy with excitement to finally see his bride! Goodness, those are my favorite things to capture. Never have I met a more silly, carefree couple - during their vows there was a mixture of laughter and happy tears from nearly every person in attendance. Following their ceremony (and the sweetest first kiss) was a Ukranian bread tradition, portraits by the field and a reception FILLED with dancing! 

So much joy filled this day and it just filled my heart to be there to help capture it all!