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I had such a wonderful time collaborating on this playful berry themed styled shoot. Thank you to Alex Meyer of Alex Meyer Events for styling this fabulous shoot and to Rockland Farms, who let us take over their farm! Make sure to check out this shoot on Inspired by This today!


Creative Team: (Our dream team!)
Florals: Sidra Forman
Styling: Alex Meyer Events
Venue: Rockland Farms
Hair & Make-up: Alison Harper & Co.
Rentals: Something Vintage
Wedding Cake & Table: BIJOUX Fine Cakes
Doughnuts (Food Gift):GBD Fried Chicken and Doughnuts
Bridal Gown: Garnish Boutique
Placement cards & invitation: Meant to be Calligraphy
Photo Assistant: Brett Denfeld
Film Processing & scanning: Indie Film Lab

  • July 22, 2014 - 6:42 pm

    Alex - Woo! Thank you for capturing the shoot so beautifully!!

Jim and John were married at the Wye River Estate in Queenstown, Maryland. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful wedding this was! Make sure to check out this love-filled wedding on Style Me Pretty today!





Their love story began in Washington, DC, at an event in 1984 called “At Home with the Saarinens” featuring furniture designed by Eliel and Eero. Their passion for architectural design (Dulles Airport (Virginia) and TWA terminal at JFK), and furniture design brought them together. Jim was 24 and John was 29.

After 28 years of dating, they continue to carry beautiful memories of how they met and fell for one another:

From Jim: “John’s deep blue eyes, and mischievous smile across the room drew me in, and a dinner of marinated grilled shrimp on his balcony in Adams Morgan, several weeks later sealed the deal…I have been looking at that tender face, and eating his lovingly prepared meals ever since.”

From John: “Across the room, I spotted a tall, attractive young blond fellow. “I want to meet him” and I marched across the room and introduced myself. I didn’t remember Jim’s last name, but luckily remembered the firm where he worked. When I called there the next day, they connected me with another Jim. I was a couple of minutes into my pitch before the wrong Jim stopped me and transferred the call.”

Jim and John moved to Maryland in 2000, when Jim was given the opportunity to lead his architectural firm, Gensler, in the Baltimore based office.

The Maryland legislature passed the law providing for marriage equality in March, but it was a tough battle to get necessary votes for passage. In order to get the last couple of votes, a compromise with several legislators was agreed to which delayed implementation of the law until January 1, 2013. Clearly this was inserted to allow the opponents to gather signatures and attempt to repeal the law thru direct votes of citizens. Never before had voters in any state signed on for marriage equality. Marriage equality was achieved in all other states through the courts or thru legislature. We felt strongly the needed to work towards implementing the recently passed legislation. We hosted a fundraiser for Maryland Marriage Equality, reaching out to friends and family for support. It worked and we prevailed!

On November 6, 2012 the voters of Maryland upheld recently passed legislation, which provided for marriage equality, fighting back an attempt to overturn the law. When the election results were clear (2:00 am November 7th) I asked Jim if he would marry me.

Jim and John were married at the Wye River Estate, just over the Bay Bridge in Queenstown, Maryland. The special occasion took place on September 7th, 2013.

John has done architectural design work on several waterfront estates on Maryland eastern shore. He found the manner in which the land and the water meet in the estuaries of Maryland simple magical. They thought that the Wye River Estate was less pretentious than some of the other properties they had visited and the porch with the farm table was hospitable in a way that jived with their style.

Friends and family from near and far joined them for the ceremony held in the back yard of the Wye Estate. John’s mother Audrey gave him away while Jim’s sister Marsha gave him away. The officiant was Judge M. Brooke Murdock of the Baltimore Circuit Court. In 2006 Judge Murdock granted summary judgment in the case of Deane & Polyak v. Conaway (marriage equality case), but was overruled by the Maryland Court of Appeals.

“Emotions were definitely running high on the afternoon leading up to the wedding. During the ceremony, my best man Randy leaned over and whispered a naughty and amusing comment in my ear. After the ceremony, I conveyed Randy’s bon mot and both Jim and I broke down laughing/crying. Our guest assumed we were overcome with emotion, and I suppose we were,” said John.

A cocktail hour was held following the ceremony on the back patio of the Estate, which included a signature cocktail of a traditional Negroni on the rocks with an orange peel twist.

Jim and John’s Golden Retriever puppy, Windsor, visited with guests during this time. What a fun time the pup had getting so much attention from everyone. Windsor was named after Edith Windsor, who challenged the Defense of Marriage Act, prevailing at the Supreme Court in June of 2013.

Dinner was served in a family serving style, under a tent overlooking the shore. The menu included: a whole roast pig and braised prock, seared sustainable Pacific cod, house made corn bread, fingerling potatoes, and grilled Mediterranean vegetables.

The whole suckling pit was cooked in a pig box under charcoal and was carved table side by Chef and Chef Expressions Owner Jerry Edwards and served family style. The dessert station featured assorted pies, orange Grand Manier lollipops, and margarita lollipops with candied lime.

“Seeing and feeling the air of love and happiness from our friends and family…. It was magical and the one thing I did not anticipate when we were planning the event, that made the whole day absolutely perfect,” Jim recalls.

For floral and décor, they were going for a late summer, Maryland wild flower concept, which Soo Son of Silverstems developed into a more sophisticated concept, adding fruits, leaves, and other unique options.
They chose a rich brown wooden table as the table accents as well, which played well with the yellows and oranges.

Jim and John live with their young puppy, Windsor, in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland.

Creative Collaborators:
Venue: Wye River Estate
Photography: Sweet Tea Photography
Florals: Silverstems (Soo)
Caterer: Chef Expressions
DJ: Lady Bunny
Rentals: Eastern Shore Tents & Events
Filme Processing & Scanning: Richard Photo Lab

This past October I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful wedding at the Textile Museum!  Make sure to check out this wedding on Style Me Pretty!

Creative Team:

Photographer:Lisa Marie, Sweet Tea Photography

Venue:Textile Museum

Catering: Windows Catering

Florals: Sidra Forman

Tent: Sperry Tents

DJ: Brian George Music – Tony Gaetano

Hair & Make-up: Alison Harper & Co.

Photobooth:Poshbooth – Neil

Invitations: Rifle & Co.

Programs & Menus: Etsy vendor – Written in Detail

Brides Shoes: Alice and Olivia

Oh my goodness, I must be a pretty lucky lady to get to travel to shoot this wedding in Key West! What a hoot it was! make sure to check their wedding out on Style Me Pretty as well!




Creative Team:
Planner: Kelly Fowler of Just Save the Date

Photographer: Lisa Marie, Sweet Tea Photography

Venue: Southern Most House

Catering: Great Events Catering

Cake: Blue Heaven

Florals: Love in Bloom – Shannon

Hair & Make-up: Beauty Boutique

Officiant: Steve Torrence

Dress Boutique: J. Del Olmo, coral gables florida

Dress Designer: La Sposa a designer from Barcelona

Entertainment: Visualize Entertainment

I was so excited when Lisa and Will asked me if we could shoot their engagement session at Will’s parent’s home in Annapolis…obviously I was thrilled. Though we battled with the wind a bit, I just love how these came out. I’m looking forward to their wedding at DAR Constitution this fall! Make sure to check out their engagement session on Bayside Bride today!

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Alissa and Nate fell in love in our nation’s capitol, so it made perfect sense for them to do their engagement portraits in the District. I met Alissa and Nate about a year and a half ago, and I remember thinking how natural they were as a couple. I met them right in the beginning of their courtship and it’s been so exciting to watch their love for one another blossom. Their upbeat personalities, positive outlook on life, and kind spirit are magnetic. I’m lucky to be able to call them my friends!

I’m looking forward to their wedding at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida, on October 25th, 2014. Make sure to check out this session on Capitol Romance today!

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Last September I had the pleasure of photographing Sarah & Dave’s gorgeous wedding at Fathom Gallery, in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC. What a beautiful and unique venue it is! To learn more about these loves birds, check them out on Capitol Romance today!


Creative Team:

Venue: Fathom Gallery
Photography: Sweet Tea Photography
Day of Planner: Whitney Garman
Caterers: 42 Degrees Catering
Florist: Lynn Vale Studios
DJ: Rich Baretto, Bialek’s Music

Danielle and Andy were married at St. Marry’s Catholic Church and then held their reception at Hotel Monaco of Alexandria. After booking their venue, they realized that the Old Town Alexandria St. patty’s day parade was the same day. Everyone in Alexandria was celebrating with the happy couple!

had their wedding the same day as the Old Town Alexandria St. Patty’s day parade!

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Creative Team:
Photography: Sweet Tea Photography
Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Alexandria
Reception Venue: Hotel Monaco Alexandria
Catering: Jackson 20
Cake: Alexandria Pastry
Florals: Highway to Hill Flowers
Hair & Make-up: Bridal Beauty associates
Film Develop & Scan: Indie Film Lab

Hello friends! I’m so thrilled to share share Megan and Todd’s November wedding with y’all today! These two love birds were married at The Morrison House, which is a small boutique styled hotel in the middle of Old Town Alexandria. I used to live 2 blocks from this beautiful hotel, so I always feel right at home shooting at this location. Megan and Todd were such a delight to work with!




































Creative Collaborators:

Planner: Christie McGuire, Events in the City

Photographer: Lisa Marie, Sweet Tea Photography

Venue: Sarah Aiello, Morrison House

Catering: Morrison House

Cake: Buzz Bakery

Florals: Petal’s Edge

Rentals: Liz Waylan, DC Rental

Officiant: Maureen Burke

Dress: Hannelores

Make-up & Hair: Alison Harper & Co

Violinist: Kathy Scarborough, Bialek’s Music

DJ: Craig Nalley, Bialek’s Music

I thought today would be perfect for posting this lovely snowy day engagement. I hope y’all are staying warm and cuddled up on the couch with a festive movie. Katie and Skyler live right around the corner from me, so I was thrilled when they contacted me to do an improv snowy day engagement session. Boy was it cold…but we had a jolly ‘ol time.

  • February 14, 2014 - 5:35 am

    martha noonan - Looks like a great time in the snow. Blowing the snow in the air made for some very creative shots.