A morning that came and went in an instant. The sweetest father-daughter first look. A church filled with the perfect wedding ratio of smiles, laughter, joy and tears. This hardly begins to describe not even half of Samantha and Andrew's wonderful wedding day! This is a couple who I met and instantly clicked with - from our conversation that lasted far longer than the normal client-consultation to their baltimore engagement session (throwback to that one here) to feeling like I was there with two good friends on their wedding day...It's a really special thing to connect with a couple like that and I just feel so honored to have met them and captured their day <3
There's this really wonderful feeling you get when you walk into that first place on a wedding day. Everyone is bustling around, there's usually music playing in the background, chatter from moms and aunts and bridesmaids happening in every room... but there's still space for this sort of quietness that settles in the spaces between all that's happening. It's a beautiful feeling that I believe is unique to only these days - and it is my absolute favorite. Details, hair, make-up and getting ready was captured in what felt like an instant and before anyone knew it we were all on our way to Loyola University for the ceremony! We pulled up to the back of the building where Samantha's father was waiting to see his daughter. Smiles began there and became the common theme throughout their ceremony. From the moment Andrew saw his soon to be wife coming down the aisle to him until the very last guest was greeted after their ceremony, everyone was beaming!
The campus of Loyola University gave us the perfect spot for portraits, especially when the sun showed up for a moment and gave us a warm backlit sky. Samantha's veil blowing in the wind, some really wonderful doors, and two brand new-newlyweds made my job pretty easy. We took advantage of the quieter moments of just the two of them before headed over to their reception site for a few more photos and cocktail hour!
Parking and walking along the blue wall of Accelerator Space I just knew that we were heading into an incredible industrial reception venue! We paused along the lantern filled walkway with Samantha and Andrew for just a few more bride and groom portraits before heading inside. Flowers, candles and incredible bulb string lights brought such a warmth into this space which was perfectly matched by the energy of the room. Speeches that were filled with so much joy, a blessing of the meal and some amazing food by Zeffert and Gold kicked off the night! The bouquet and garter toss seem to be slowly dying out in the wedding world, but I have to tell you, Samantha and Andrew's was so much fun! That is the only way to describe this couples reception - just, fun! As my moments there came to a close we snuck outside for some amazing night portraits of these two (special shout out to my second photographer Allie for not only helping me capture this day, but being the best lantern holder around!) We ended the evening with quiet moments of these two, lots of hugs, and the sound of music playing in the background as they partied on. Congratulations again Samantha and Andrew!! So thrilled for you both and your first month of marriage <3
Planner: Aly Smith at Satin & Sage Events
Ceremony: Loyola University
Reception: Accelerator Space Baltimore
Hair: Caitlin McVicker from Studio Eleven Hair
Make-up: Polina Pyshkina
Brides Dress: Alfred Angelo
Florist: Eden Floral Design
Catering: Zeffert and Gold catering
Cake/Desserts: Stephanie's Bite Size Bakery
Music: Shew-sical Entertainment