Aubrey + Drew | Mt. Airy Mansion Wedding

Aubrey and Drew were married in September at the Mt. Airy Mansion in Upper Malboro, MD. The two actually reside in Oklahoma, but chose Maryland because it’s where Aubrey is from.

The Mt. Airy Mansion in Upper Marlboro, MD was the perfect spot for the wedding and reception. The mansion has a long history of hosting weddings, dating back to the 17th century. It was built by Charles Calvert, the Third Lord Baltimore, as a one-room hunting lodge before eventually becoming the 13-room house it is now. The lodge hosted its very first wedding in 1774 and bore witness to the marriage of George Washington’s step-son. Washington was present at the wedding and later became a frequent visitor of the lodge. The lodge survived two fires, the second of which was during its time as a restaurant. It was then purchased by the owner of the Times-Herald who restored the mansion. In the 1970s it was purchased by the state and 10 years later, renovated again after being leased. In addition to its long history, the property sits in the midst of 1,000 acres known as Rosaryville State Park.

The history and elegance of the mansion combined with the surrounding outdoors made for a gorgeous wedding backdrop. Aubrey’s colors of black and gold sparkled, with pops of color added courtesy of red and white roses. The bridesmaids’ sequin dresses were the perfect touch, especially when paired with the groomsmens’ classic black tuxes. Aubrey’s dress was gorgeous with just the right amount of lace and Drew’s classic tux paired well with his custom cuff links. The two had a gorgeous ceremony followed by a reception in which everyone danced the night away. As a special touch, Aubrey surprised her new husband by singing. The reception was the perfect end to the day.

Vendors:

Venue: Mount Airy Mansion
Dress: Kenneth Winston purchased from Serendipity Bridal and Events
Hair/makeup: Eye Do Makeup and Hair
Florist: Weaver’s Fresh Cut Flowers
Tuxes: Stephen Geoffrey from Jim’s Formal Wear
Bridesmaid dresses: Bari Jay from Serendipity Bridal and Events
Catering: Pineapple Catering
Cake: Poppyjeans
DJ: dbF a Media Company
Videographer: KB Photography
Invitations: Zazzle
Favors: Beau-coup.com

 

Originally featured on Southern Maryland Weddings

Deanna + Robert | Orange Virginia Maternity

I’m delving into the archives to highlight a beautiful summer session from 2016. It’s not often that I get to have a session close to home, so when Deanna contacted me about her maternity session in Orange, I was super excited! Taylor Park, which I’ve walked and driven by a million times, has great brick sidewalks, greenery and a large fountain in the center. It was the perfect spot for the session, offering up a lot of variety in one easy to access place. Being the summer, it was warm outside, but not terrible and the golden hour glow didn’t disappoint. We were able to get some great photos of these two as they awaited the birth of their son. And, spoiler alert, I’m even more excited to capture their wedding next month!

 

Back that thang up…

No, not that “thang.” The other “thang.”

The unthinkable happened yesterday. I lost my phone! I’m not someone who is tied to their phone and I enjoy unplugging, however, losing it wasn’t part of the plan. I have insurance on my phone, so while it would be a pain to replace it, it’s something I could do. It’s not the phone I care about; it’s the things on it that make it irreplaceable–photos and videos from the past two years. Those are photos of my pregnancy and Hartley. Photos that go back to when we prepared her room and when we brought her home from the hospital. Those are irreplaceable images that I can’t get back.

I always back up any and all images I take with my camera including both personal and client work (and then I back up the backup), but for some reason I hadn’t gotten around to backing up my phone and while it was set to back up data like phone numbers and text messages, it wasn’t set to back up photos and videos. Ya’ll, I’m a photographer. I know better!

Thankfully, I found my phone this morning, (turns out I had left it in a board meeting room and the head of maintenance picked it up and turned it in to the board clerk) but I learned a very valuable lesson-BACK UP YOUR PHONE! Seriously, just do it. And especially do it if you have children. So many of life’s moments are captured on our phones. Gone are the days of taking stand alone cameras everywhere. We just pull out our phones and snap a photo or record a video. What would you do if you lost all of those? What would you lose? I would have lost so many photos that I can’t recreate.

Photos like these:

 

They’re not award winning photos, but they’re important moments that can’t be recreated–all 1,600+ of them.

Needless to say, the first thing I did when I got home was back up my phone! I took the mini SD card out and downloaded all of my photos and videos onto an external hard drive. Then I set my phone up to back up all of my images to Google Drive. If you haven’t done this yet, do it. If you don’t use a mini SD card in your phone, you can plug your phone into the USB port on your computer using the charging cord and download them that way. It takes so little time to save your photos and videos.

Here’s some information on how to set your phone to back up your images and videos via the cloud:

To back up to Google Photos with an Android or iPhone:

I found this to be the easiest way to back up my photos. It’s as simple as downloading the free Google Photos application from the Play Store or Apple Store. Once installed, start the app and grant it permission to access your photos by following the on screen prompts. Tap backup and sync and all the photos will be backed up to the Google Photos application allowing you to access them from anywhere. Google Photos has unlimited free storage for smaller photos or you can purchase additional storage for your full size pictures.

For an iPhone:

Disclaimer here: I don’t have an iPhone, but apparently there’s something called iCloud which is similar to Google Photos, but is already built into iOS. You automatically get 5GB of storage free, but can pay per month for additional storage. To access it, connect to WiFi, tap settings, then iCloud, then Backup. Turn on the iCloud if it isn’t already on and tap Back Up Now.

I’m sure there are other programs and apps to back up images and videos so feel free to post in the comments if you have one you love. Now go back that thang up!

 

 

Spring Wedding Inspiration | Part Two | Stevenson Ridge, Spotsylvania, VA

If you caught the previous post, you’ve already had a glimpse of this amazing spring wedding inspiration shoot at the beautiful venue, Stevenson Ridge.

The shoot was so beautiful and had such amazing elements that I’ve broken it into two separate posts. This second post features not only the pink and blush details and amazing florals of the main table, but also stunning couples portraits of Amara and Michael. These two are so sweet and actually just welcomed their third child. Amara made a beautiful bride in her Borrowing Magnolia dress with a handcrafted belt and headpiece by KnR Handmade. The pieces added just the right amount of sparkle to the gown. Florals by Petal by the Shore added pops of color and complimented the romantic overall vibe of the shoot. Michael wore a classic black tux and bow tie with a pop of pink provided by his boutonniere.

The beautiful woodsy backdrop and dock area of Stevenson Ridge made the perfect setting for the romantic shoot.

Vendors:

Nilo Burke Photography (Host/Planner)

Stevenson Ridge (Venue)

Borrowing Magnolia (Bridal gowns)

Rent the Runway (Gold sequin engagement gown)

Men’s Wearhouse (Tuxes)

Petals by the Shore (Flowers + Design)

Beauty by Sue (Bridal hair and makeup)

Giovanna Vaz (Bridal hair and makeup)

Sweet Reasons (Cake + Cupcakes)

Snazzy Lime Design (Stationary)

The Mrs. Box (Ring box)

Kelly & Katie (Bridal shoes)

KnR Handmade (Bridal jewelry and accessories)

Southern Grown Vintage (Gift box)

Sponsors of the event:

Brandilynn Aines Photography

Mini-Backdrops

Southern Grown Vintage

Spring Wedding Inspiration | Part One | Stevenson Ridge, Spotsylvania, VA

There’s nothing I love more than spring and this spring wedding inspiration styled shoot hosted by Nilo Burke had me swooning, so much so that I’ve broken it into two separate posts.

Nilo chose the beautiful Stevenson Ridge as the location for the shoot. The popular Spotsylvania, VA wedding venue has everything a bride could want–historic homes, an indoor reception space, wooded areas, a pond, a dock and more. It’s a very versatile venue and offers something for everyone, perfectly complimenting the romantic style of Nilo’s vision.

The romance was amplified by pink and blush tones, sparkling jewelry and headpieces, a blush sequin bridesmaid’s gown and beautiful dresses from Borrowing Magnolia. Pink and blush flowers were provided by Petals by the Shore and added the perfect pops of color.

In addition to a variety of details and a gorgeous tablescape, the shoot featured a stunning bride, an anniversary couple and a bridesmaid and groomsmen. A second bride and groom were also included, which will be the focus of a future post.

I hope you love this gorgeousness as much as I do.

 

Vendors:

Nilo Burke Photography (Host/Planner)

Stevenson Ridge (Venue)

Borrowing Magnolia (Bridal gowns)

Rent the Runway (Gold sequin engagement gown)

Men’s Wearhouse (Tuxes)

Petals by the Shore (Flowers + Design)

Beauty by Sue (Bridal hair and makeup)

Giovanna Vaz (Bridal hair and makeup)

Sweet Reasons (Cake + Cupcakes)

Snazzy Lime Design (Stationary)

The Mrs. Box (Ring box)

Kelly & Katie (Bridal shoes)

KnR Handmade (Bridal jewelry and accessories)

Southern Grown Vintage (Gift box)

Sponsors of the event:

Brandilynn Aines Photography

Mini-Backdrops

Southern Grown Vintage