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I am pretty sure all 4 things mentioned in the title of this post were accomplished two weeks ago when Kendrah and Karlis tied the knot at the beautiful Potomac Point Winery in Stafford, VA. Kendrah and Karlis’ wedding wrapped up my first season as a wedding photographer, and I don’t think I could have ended on a higher note. These two are amazing, their friends and family are amazing and this wedding was nothing short of amazing as well. Kendrah and Karlis thank you for inviting me into your lives and for allowing me to document such an important day. Congrats!

A HUGE thank you to Jaime Windon aka The Blonde Photographer for second shooting with me. I always have a great time when you are with me!

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The cutest ring boxes ever!

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The cutest flower girl ever.

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It took an army to button all of the buttons on Kendrah’s dress. I think she was just thankful they were all there, someone stole all of the buttons off of her dress while it was still in the bridal shop!

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It’s go time!

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I love this shot! Grandma waiting for the bride;)

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First dance.

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Awesome cake topper by Kelly of Kelly’s Clay Creations! Check out her site here!

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Awesome cake eating. haha.

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A little grape stomping!

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Kendrah and Karlis were just about to eat dinner and I said just one more shot, the sky is amazing. Without hesitation they dropped their forks and ran outside. Thanks again for doing that you two. This is one of my favorites!

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Terps Cornhole Board: $100

Huffy Beach Cruiser: $84

12 pack of Heineken for Party Bus: $15.99

Seeing Mike D. do the splits on the dance floor: Priceless

It has been 12 days since Gillian and Mike were married and the smile has yet to leave my face. What a couple and my what a party!! I have rewritten this post at least 8 times now and have finally realized there are no words that I can write that will do this day justice. It was just AMAZING, hands down! Gillian and Mike  thank you a million times over for asking me to be your wedding photographer…I had such a great time documenting your wedding! Congratulations!!

I also feel a special thanks are in order to the tailor that made Mike’s pants…I think he did the splits a total of 3 times and they didn’t rip once! Amen! And of course a HUGE thank you to one of DC’s finest (if not the finest) photographers Jaime Windon aka The Blonde Photographer for  shooting this wedding with me!

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Thank you very brave bridal party for getting up on that wall…you all are awesome!!

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I love this shot. haha.

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Mike thought it was so cool that Gillian’s ring fit inside of his. This ring shot is for you Mike.

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A surprise proposal?? No, just friends but it made for a good picture;)

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Possibly my favorite shot of the day. Mike kept twirling his ring, taking it off, putting it on… I was able to grab this shadow shot of him putting it back on. This shot was not set up, could be why I love it so much!

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Cornhole!

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First dance…soon to be followed by one of the craziest dance floors I have ever been witness to.

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He may have had the skins mask on but the real MVP at this party was Katie.

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The Honfest fun continued on into Sunday evening with a dunk tank, belly dancers, fantastic music, food, drinks…and all the bubblegum in the world (story for another time)! Enjoy!!

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The queen Hon! Quinn had a 6 foot tall cardboard Hon that she doodled made for the photobooth. Here she is!! Isn’t she lovely;)

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And here is the fabulous doodler herself, Quinn of Quinnep Doodles. 

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The belly dancers were unbelievable! 

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After the belly dancers, the Hons took the stage for Bawlmer’s Best Hon Contest!

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One of the runner ups! She was so excited!

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Charlene is crowned Bawlmer’s Best Hon 2009!!

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Denise Whiting (creator of honfest) and Charlene!

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After Bawlmer’s Best Hon was crowned, Jaime and I headed over to the dunk tank to watch Denise Whiting and other’s get dropped into the ice cold dunk tank!

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Denise in her fabulous swimming attire!

After Denise got dunked, we headed over to watch the Cold, Cold Heartbreakers perform! I found a family of Hons along the way! Hey Hons!

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Hampden Jack!

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Rodney Henry, getting down!

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And last but not least, Boh! What would a Bohtimore festival be without him!!

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** UPDATE** Click here to view Honfest gallery!

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Last weekend, I made my way back up to Maryland to join the rest of the fabulous gals that make up the blonde creative (Jaime Windon, Mk McKenna, & Quinn Peyser) to help photograph Honfest 2009! What is Honfest, you ask? HonFest is a local tradition in Baltimore. A Bawlmer (Baltimore for those of you that do not live in Maryland) term of endearment, Hon, short for Honey, embodies the warmth and affection bestowed upon our neighbors and visitors alike by historic working-women of Baltimore. HonFest is an annual celebration in honor of these women. The festival was created by Denise Whiting, owner of Cafe Hon and is definitely a highly anticipated event in the Hampden neighborhood in Bawlmer. People came from all over to attend this event, myself included! Here are a few of the images I was able to capture. Most of these are from the first day during the Lil Miss Hon and the Miss Honettes competitions! 

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Little Miss Hon crowned!!

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Miss Honette crowned!

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Even the dogs got in on the action!

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i am excited to report that i am in maryland for the weekend to help celebrate and photograph honfest 2009.  we will also publicly launch the blonde creative! to find out more about this exciting festival and new artistic endeavor please follow the links to the sites below!!

honfest is an amazing festival that takes place on the streets of hampden – one of the most fabulous neighborhoods in baltimore! hampden is home to tons of inspiring artists and characters, and lots of just plain good people. the annual honfest is much more than a local tradition – it is truly an international craze! the classic baltimore (bawl-mer) term of endearment, hon (short for honey), is at the root of this exuberant celebration that honors the honest, hard-working, fun-loving women of baltimore. yeah hons!

this year i will be joining the blonde creative as we bring even more energy and excitement to the festival with an amazing booth featuring blonde photoquinnep doodles5ringsphoto and mary kate mckenna photography! in addition to all sorts of surprises and fun, there will be raffles and giveaways, and a super-fun photo booth (complete with life sized hon- doodle!) to help capture the hon in everyone! 

more info to come soon – click here for more details – and we hope to see you there!

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