Upon arriving at Gramercy Mansion I was struck by the lush foliage as I drove slowly up the driveway. I immediately forgot I was in Baltimore and strolled around the grounds to soak it all in. I walked through winding paths that seemed to go no where in particular and yet it was clear they all had purpose. I stopped every few steps and took pictures…imagining my Bride and Groom with me later taking their “first look” pictures. On my way into the mansion I noticed the sky was looking a bit gray and there were clouds rolling in but I continued onward to meet with my Bride for the day. Lynnee soon arrived and just like that my day was underway. Hair, makeup, bridesmaids, daughters, sisters, matching robes, music, tv, shoes, dresses, gifts, keepsakes, something borrowed and blue, garters and champagne….. the hustle and bustle of the morning was in full affect and all seemed right with the world. I moved around the mansion getting my bearings and planning the first look location… back outside, I picked the perfect location and then plop…. a raindrop fell on my head. I looked up and another fell on my cheek. What? Rain? A dream location?….. Noooooo…….. I apprehensively made my way back to Lynnee and held my breath before I told her what was going on outside. In the meanwhile… the hurried excitement in the bridal suite was in full effect.
the perfect dress…
Lynnee’s daughter writing out her notes for a toast to her mom!
Michael’s daughters getting ready for the big day!
Exquisite bridal bouquet……
And she stood by the window and watched the rain fall… Thinking, hoping, praying it would pass over so her dreams
of getting married in a garden would be fulfilled, Lynnee remained hopeful until she could no longer.
Unfortunately, the rain never subsided. Plan B, for all involved, quickly went into full effect.
Sisters…forever together…. Forget the rain, your getting married!!!
With her daughter clutching her close, she turned the corner to see him standing there among her closest family and friends…
a prayer..a song…a passage…
The rain never cleared so we cleared a little corner to take some photos outside. Plan B my photography friends….gotta have a plan B…
In between the salad and entree I walked outside and caught a window of no rain just before dark. Michael and Lynnee were happy to run outside for a few quick pictures before the rain resumed! I love, love, love my clients….
Blended family love!
Lynnee’s mom and dad taking it all in…
Mom and dad dancing for the first time in years… not a dry eye to be seen!
Handmade, homemade ice cream anyone?
Three generations of beautiful!
And then they’re off…. to the rest of their lives together!!! Congratulations Mr and Mrs G!
Something about this day was very special… the girls were together, relaxed and waiting for the time to get ready. Porscha owning her chill and her right to be relaxed and in the moment as the room buzzed around her. Yes, the room was a-buzz with mom and friends who were fun, lively and dedicated to ensuring a spectacular union. I could tell from the interaction that they had been friends for quite sometime and will be for a long time to come. As I got to know… asking all the questions that I normally do to get to know the puzzle pieces, everything seemed to fit. Perfectly! I excused myself to go to the grooms room that was in stark contrast…. at first.
Sydney was diligently working on rewriting his vows… Oh, they had already been written he assured me…. he was just rewriting them so they would be neat and presentable. The room was quiet and he was there alone reflecting and clearly ready to walk down the aisle to meet his bride. You could actually see the excitement in his eyes. His family ans friends quickly joined him to help him get dressed for his big day. Mom organized, orchestrated and made sure everything was just so… Love Her!
The day unfolded as many do… crazy anticipation then cool and calm as the vows are recited before the world and the room settles into the idea of this new couple embarking on a journey that many have partaken and others perhaps dream of. Man and wife…
Sydney and Porscha, thanks so much for letting me into your world for just a moment in time to capture this special time in your lives. May you continue to be blessed as you take this journey together. I officially welcome the two of you into the #whimsy4life family.
Watch Slideshow to see the wedding love story unfold…
Oh What A Special Day!
Dress from Joy’s Bridal…
Mother daughter moments are always so special!
Own your cool!
Just Beautiful…. makeup by Laura London
Rewrites are a good thing!
Later his room was abuzz as well…
Prayer circle before the aisle!
Mom and her guys… I can’t tell what a pleasure it was to meet her…
Met me at the alter my love!
Mr and Mrs….
Master Productions had the place jumping all night long… What a treat to work with Percy Norman
Matt and Melissa’s wedding was such a pleasure to capture. We met several months before the wedding but he, being overseas, had to relied on her ultimate taste to plan all the details of their wedding. Wow… she certainly did an awesome job. As I entered the room she was calm and collected as her best friends moved softly around her to make sure she was ok. They were not there to be bridesmaids, as there was to be no traditional wedding party, but they were a comforting presence that kept her calm as she got ready… No worries there… Melissa was ready and from the looks of things down in Matt’s room, so was he. As I looked for the details to photograph I was taken by the thought that was put into every detail, including the cologne and perfume bottles… how cute!
Matt I want to personally thank you for your service to our country and pray that you will remain safe until your feet touch back down on US soil later this year. Melissa… now a military wife… thank you for having his back and keeping it all together as he serves.
I love the getting ready hour… time that gets my creative juices flowing!
My heart skipped a beat when I laid eyes on this stunning floral by “Designs by Oochay” and the ring ta’boot!
The perfect shoes and the perfect dress!
Matt getting ready in his Navy uniform!
Friends that are the best!
The Westin Georgetown provided the perfect backdrop for Melissa and Matt’s “First Look”
I love taking to the streets to get a little something extra…
Can’t say enough great things about Andrew Roby of Andrew Roby Designs and his stunning event designs… I love eye candy to capture!
His look when he sees you coming toward him down the aisle
Another Jaw dropper… What a stunning cake by Fluffy Thoughts
a unique touch… games rolled in for family and friends to enjoy!
To see more of Matt and Melissa please feel free to click their slideshow below!
Select Event Group for Table linen
Designs by Oochay for Flowers
Andrew Roby Events for Wedding Planning
Warren from Beyond a Dream
Westin Georgetown venue
Wedding Cake is Fluffy Thoughts
Wedding Invite is Fingers In Ink
Fun Events provided the games