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Sam + Steve : Grand Historic Venue Wedding {Maryland Wedding Photographer}

I really am loving having my brides and grooms tell me what it is they love most about the other person.  It’s such an intimate glimpse into the relationship of people I sometimes don’t really know all that well so far, and yet they’re letting me into their world and their relationship.  It’s such a simple question, and a lot of times, as was the case with Sam and Steve, a fairly simple answer.  But those simple answers speak volumes and show that the love between two people so excited to get married is pure and easy and doesn’t have to be a complicated thing.  Steve loves how every day is so much fun with Sam.  I saw how he genuinely found joy in seeing Sam smile and dance and have the time of her life on their wedding day.  Sam loves how kind and considerate Steve is and how he always treats others with respect and genuinely cares about the people around him.  I had never met Sam and Steve before their wedding day because they live in Nebraska, and had never even talked to Steve over the phone.  After their first look was the first time I had even said a word to Steve.  Yet he immediately treated me as if he knew me and we were friends and was even offering to carry my bags around for me.  The groom was trying to carry my bags.  Nicest guy ever.  I really do love how I get to see these traits in my couples come to life before my eyes.  It just makes me smile  🙂
What also makes me smile is thinking back on how I had this sweet bride and groom hanging out in the park across from The Grand Historic Venue after taking their portraits and waiting for the bridal party to come outside, and one of Baltimore’s finest ladies comes strolling along (who I also learned was hanging out with Steve and Marisa, my second shooter, right before we did their first look….so she was coming back for round two) and she started talking craziness and asked which one of us wanted to fight her and I quote “I mean physically fight” while taking one hand and punching it into her other hand.  Oh yeah.  The people you meet and the fun little quirks of a wedding day.  I have to say I was at a loss of what to do at that time and I felt horrible that this was happening to Sam and Steve while we’re trying to have a fun time with photos, but I’m sure they’ll look back on that moment and laugh just like I do.  And I’m glad that I get the pleasure of working with the absolute best brides and grooms that they could find humor in it, too.
Anyway, aside from the randoms we met in Baltimore, Sam and Steve’s wedding was one of the most enjoyable ones to date.  Genuinely fun and sweet people all around combined with the GORGEOUS Grand Historic Venue, absolutely seamless and perfect planning from Stephanie of Dream Day Planners, awesome music from Ivan of Crow Entertainment, and the just as awesome work of the rest of the vendors and people that had a hand in this wedding……….I really couldn’t ask for me.  And, as always, the kick butt photos and help from my second shooter Marisa!  🙂
So Sam and Steve……who wants to fight me?  I mean like physically fight?!?!  😉  Hope you love the photos you two!!

All the vendors!!
Venue: The Grand Historic Venue
Coordinator:  Dream Day Planners
Photography: Lauren C Photography
Second Shooter: Marisa of MisaMe Photography
Flowers:  Divine Designs & Events
Hair/Makeup: K.Co Designs Salon and Day Spa
DJ: Ivan of Crow Entertainment
Napkins: Dreamers Event Rentals
Invitations/Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas
Cake/Desserts: Santoni’s Marketplace & Catering
Bridal gown and tuxes: The Bridal Boutique

I don’t normally do “special” edits to photos….I like to keep things clean and natural.  But I loved this photo so much I played around with it just a little bit and love giving it a more vintage feel.  Steve, it’s a topiary!!  😉

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  • JenniferJuly 18, 2014 - 10:24 am

    These are amazing! I just love all of the bridal party groupings you did and the bride and groom portraits are just stunning!!!!ReplyCancel

  • BreaJuly 18, 2014 - 12:39 pm

    Wowza Chickadee! These are amazing! I have my first wedding there in October and this has gotten me PUMPED! I love the stairs and holy cow you rocked it with lighting! Amazing!ReplyCancel