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Last November I had the pleasure of photographing a fabulously floral wedding at Antrim 1844. The bride and groom were DC-based florists, Jo & Robb of Highway to Hill Florals. Leah and I had such a fabulous time photographing these two love birds! Don’t forget to check out their wedding on Style Me Pretty today!

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Creative Team:

Ceremony location: Trinity Lutheran Church, Taneytown, MD

Reception & Cocktail Venue: Antrim 1844, Taneytown, MD

Florals: Highway to Hill (DC)
@hwy2hill / instagram

http://www.highwaytohill.com/

Photography: Lisa Marie O’Quinn, Sweet Tea Photography (DC)
@SweetTeaPhotography/ Instagram @SweetTeaPhoto / Twitter

Wedding Gown: Robinson Bridal

Beauty: Up does for I dos

DJ: MyDeejay

Cake: Charm City Mead

Cake: Snickerdoodle Bakery Coffee House

Pies: Dangerously Delicious Pies

Coasters: Fancy Seeing you Here

Rings: Tiny Jewel Box

Good morning friends! I hope you’re staying warm on this frigid Thursday! I’m excited for this week’s final “newborn baby week” post! Do y’all remember these two love birds from their Fairmont Hotel Wedding? They are excited to announce the arrival of their baby girl!

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This week I’m going to share some new babies with y’all! Cutie pie overload!! I tell you what, I’ve been a busy bee shooting maternity and newborn portraits over the past few months. So it’s about time I start sharing those with you!

A week or two before Christmas, I was able to photograph a beautiful little girl named Audrey. Her mother Kelsey has been a friend of mine for about 5 years now. During those years I’ve watch her take big grown-up steps like shifting jobs, buying a home, marrying her dream boy, and now adventuring into motherhood! I’m so flattered she thought of me for this special photo shoot and I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!

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Toot the horns! I am making a big announcement this morning! Both Courtney Porter, of Dogwood Events, and I will be hosting a workshop series for styling and photography, called Sip & Style Workshops!

This workshop will give you a full day of inspiration and creativity!  Including an elaborate styled shoot for you to photograph, instruction on how to put together and photograph styled shoots, and direction on how to use these shoots to grow your business.Th is will be a fun-filled day to challenge yourself in a creatively stimulating environment without the pressure of client expectations. You will spend the  day connecting with other like-minded photographers building new friendships and learning from one another. We seek to build a sense of community among our participants where you can grow as a photographer and as a business owner and share your passion. We hope that you will be inspired by the setting and by each other. In addition to networking with other photographers, you will have the opportunity to network with and learn from the talented team of creative industry professionals that is collaborating to design and create the styled shoot that you will be photographing.


We will sit down and talk to you about planning and photographing styled shoots and how to use the images and experience to grow your business. You will learn about submitting images for publication and what it is that high end publications are looking for. After we are finished with the styled shoot portion of the day, there will be ample time for networking and head shots of each photographer. You will be free to explore the grounds of the venue and take any additional shots that you wish.


There will be snacks and refreshments, informational material for you to take home, and plenty of fun surprises. You will be invited to join our exclusive Facebook group where you can keep in touch with the other participants, ask photography or business-related questions and offer each other support.


To keep each workshop intimate and productive, we will be accepting a limited number of attendees on a first come, first serve basis.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email SipANDStyleWORKSHOPS@gmail.com

Register for the first workshop of the series here!

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I can’t believe I’m finally sharing these images! So this past September Matthew and I took a week-long trip to California. I was lucky enough to have my own personal tour guide during our travels! Matt went to Stanford and spent many years living in various locations in California, so he was very excited to show me around. We started the trip in San Francisco, which I had been to before but was so excited to go back and explore it with someone who was more familiar with the local spots etc. In San Fran we biked the golden gate bridge, ate my first artichoke in Sausalito, caught a Giants game at their beautiful stadium overlooking the ocean, got lost in nostalgia at Amoeba Records, and of course ate about every 2 hours.

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From there I got a nice tour of Matt’s alma mater. I always enjoy visiting college campuses especially if they are completely different from my college experience. After exploring the campus we made sure to hit up In-and-Out burger on our way to Big Sur!

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A road trip on Highway 1 has always been on my bucket list but of course, I didn’t realize how twisty and wild the ride would be….I ended up having to take Drymamine which caused a little drowsiness but at least caught a few beautiful photos on the way. It’s truly a spectacular view. We stayed the evening at Ventana Inn & Spa, which was such an amazing experience. If you ever find yourself in Big Sur, you must check this place out. From the views, the branding, the rustic but luxary look of the entire place, and the dining experience….this place is a class act. We had two meals at their restaurant and I have to say it was the best food and best dining experience I’ve ever had. We also enjoyed the heated pool which was open all night!!! We had it all to ourselves and it was incredibly romantic.

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Of course leaving Ventana and Big Sur was hard to do but I was excited to finally see what L.A. is like. I had always wanted to see what L.A. was like and Matt was so excited to show me around. We started the trip with a bang by staying at Chateua Marmont. Our room was spectacular and felt like a old movie stars apartment. Because we were a guest in the hotel, we were able to dine in their restaurant which is crawling with celebs! We had a lovely time spotting a few of our faves. Matt’s being J-La and Chris from Coldplay and mine being Neve from Catfish:DSweetTeaPhotography-14

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The next evening we stayed at the Bel Air Hotel which was a totally different experience from the evening before but just as lovely. During our time in L.A. I got to see the Holloywood sign, the stars on the sidewalk, and I went shopping on Rodeo Drive just like Pretty Woman!

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The last night we spent at Shutters which is a lovely Santa Monica Hotel overlooking the beach! We were able to rent bikes from the hotel and ride around exploring Santa Monica and Venice Beach! It was such a hoot! Needless to say, my sweet butterbean spoils me and I feel so blessed to have such a adventurous man in my life.

Last summer I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful bride. Today has been such a beautiful Winter day..almost Spring like and it’s really making me excited for warm weather!

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Savannah is such a enchanting place and I feel truly fortunate to have studied photography in such exquisite town.  As most of you might know, I went to Savannah College of Art & Design for my graduate studies, about 6 years ago. My time in Savannah has proven to be invaluable. I guess you would say that I found myself in Savannah. I realized my passion for wedding photography and nurtured some of my most treasured friendships. One of those friends has been working by my side for most of my weddings for the past 3.5 – 4 years. Many of you know who I’m talking about…it’s Michelle! During our time in Savannah, Michelle and I knew from the very beginning that our interests lined up. We were both crazy about fashion photography and styling shoots…..and just crazy in general. I fell in love with her work ethic, her creativity, and pretty much everything she created. I really don’t know what I would have done without her these past few years. Sweet Tea Photography would not be where it is without her help and encouragement. Next week Michelle will be moving to Denver, Colorado and she will be dearly missed. *My eyes just filled up with tears*

Another friendship that blossomed while studying in Savannah, was with the fabulous Mrs. Bevin Valentine Jalbert. When moving to Savannah, I knew there was another Hollins alum in the photography graduate program and reached out to her immediately. She proved to be one of the most darling, intelligent, and fun gals I have ever met. When I found out that Bevin was getting married this August to her true love, I was so excited to make the trip down to Savannah! The months before the wedding, I was filled with inspiration and the desire to add some moss-draped oaks to my portfolio. Eventually I talked to Bevin and Siobhan about doing a styled bridal shoot for their southern Art & Style webzine. They were completely on board and we started planning from there. We brought on some of the most amazing vendors and I am thrilled to share the photos with you!

Make sure to check out the editorial spread in Paprika Southern!

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Creative Team:
Venue: September Oaks
Art Direction: Paprika Southern
Stylist: Yoj Events
Florals: Colonial House Flowers
Photography: Sweet Tea Photography
Wedding Gown: Ivory & Beau
Groom’s Jacket: Charleston Tuxedo
Rentals: Snyder Rentals
Beauty: Megan Mateo
Male Model: Sergi Saurus
Female Model: Dallas Johnson

I hold my portrait sessions with these two gals close to my heart. They are incredibly energetic little whipper snappers. I have so much fun getting great candids of these two. Their sessions allow me to show a different side of creativity that I rarely show on my blog. As a typical Gemini I have two sides to me. One side is minimalistic, Type A, obsessively precise, and clean. The other side of me is carefree, messy, wild, and child-like. These girls remind me that I just need to have fun…after all I’m living the dream!

I usually shoot digitally with these gals but this time I brought my Canon EOS-1 35mm camera and shot a few rolls of black-and-white film. I was so happy how these came out!

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