50′s Glamour Bridal Portraits

When Allana, a bride whose wedding is coming up in December, told me that her dress was a 1950′s style gown, visions of Hollywood bombshells filled my head and those gorgeous black and white images they were in. Fortunately for me, Allana was up for a bridal portrait session in that style. We timed it so it was on the same day as her hair and makeup preview. We broke out the “hot lights”, which are continuous lighting sources and actually hot! Had to use gloves to adjust the light once it was on to avoid burning our skin.
The Ceresville Mansion’s elegant rooms were the perfect backdrop for the imagery.
I was so happy to try something new, to create in a way that I had never done before and I think we got some amazing images. Now that I’ve tried it once, I’d love to be able to do it again, learning from this first time, and striving to improve upon the lighting, next time.
Thanks to Allana for being adventurous enough to give it a try and Ceresville Mansion for letting us use their room!

Hair and Makeup- by Brenda Dalton of Rosebrook Studio www.rosebrookestudio.com
Location- Ceresville Mansion www.ceresvillemansion.com
Gown- David’s Bridal

The Lodges of Gettysburg- The wedding of Mike and Sarah

The Lodges at Gettysburg – The wedding of Sarah and Mike

Sarah and Mike had a gorgeous wedding at the Lodges at Gettysburg,http://www.gettysburgaccommodations.com/ , a very beautiful venue, tucked among the rolling hills of Gettysburg. They are the sweetest of couples. There were many moments during the day that I really loved, between the two of them, between them and their families and friends. With such a strong sense of family already felt between the two and their families, their years together are sure to be long and loving.
Thank you Sarah and Mike for giving us the privilege of photographing your day.

I love this photo of the first time Sarah's father sees her on her wedding day.

Mike, at his most handsome!

This photo came from an idea from friend and photographer Alexa Bedwell. Fun!

What a gorgeous spot for a wedding!

What a great bridal party showing off their "theatrical skills"

I envisioned this shot when we did a site review and it turned out just as I imagined.

To view more images check out this slideshow

A Walker’s Overlook Wedding- Jill and Todd

Walker’s Overlook wedding photography
I heard this saying from another photographer “Your photos are only as good as your clients are” and the truth of that hits me time and time again, when couples and their families allow me to capture their most emotional moments, tears and laughter and overwhelming joy. Jill and Todd’s wedding could not have been better. They were fun to work with and they were totally natural and relaxed as I photographed the day. They were zoned in on each other and their guests and that’s the way I like it best.
Jill and Todd had picked the perfect place for their country, casual wedding.It was my first wedding at Walker’s Overlook, http://walkersoverlook.com/Home.html ,and it was amazing, from the pinball machines in the groom’s room to the antique truck in the yard. Beautiful light and views,combined with the couple, their family and friends… I enjoyed every minute. Thank you Todd and Jill for inviting us to capture your day. It was amazing!

Makeup by Jordan K. Winn & Co. http://www.jordankwinn.com/#/bridal-info/

How cool is this!? Pinball machines in one of two groom's rooms.

Jill and Todd had a first look and for them, they were the only two in the world as Todd brushes a tear from Jill's cheek.

Love the look on these little flower girls during a pre-wedding prayer.

Love a great smile.Jill's reaction after they announced as husband and wife.

A fun bridal party!

The wine cellar in the basement of Walker's Overlook.

The end of a great day.

Strong Mansion- The wedding of Hannah and Olivier

Strong Mansion Wedding Photography- Hannah and Olivier

Hannah and Olivier had an amazing courtship, topped off by a beautiful, ecelectic and joyous wedding. They were the second couple I have photographed to have their courtship documented in the Washington Post’s, On Love column. A great story of love across the continents. If you have a few minutes take the time to read the link below.


Thanks Olivier and Hannah. We so enjoyed photographing your big day!



One of my favorite moments at any wedding, when the bride sees how beautiful she is in her gown.

A fabulous area for photographs at Strong Mansion.


ThorpeWood Weddings- A feast of photo opportunities

While editing the images from Kathy and Rob’s wedding at ThorpeWood, I realized how many truly beautiful, unique places on the grounds of ThorpeWood there were for romantic, fun photos. And each season has it’s own charms. Different flowers are blooming or fading, from pines to ponds, photo opportunties abound.
Kathy and Rob’s fun-loving nature made them a blast to photograph as we walked around the grounds of the venue. We didn’t have to walk that far to get these beautiful images of the very happy couple. Thank you Kathy and Rob. It was my sincere pleasure to be with you, capturing your wedding day memories.
For those still looking for a venue, if you love the outdoors and natural, rustic settings, ThorpeWood is definitely worth a visit as you search for your wedding venue.