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Diana & David {A Southern Maryland Summertime Wedding by Wendy Zook Photography}

Elegance.
Joy.
Tenderness.

Diana and David’s summertime wedding at The Barn at Pleasant Acres had all of these things and more. The most gorgeous things -- from a romantic lacy wedding gown to colorful florals and sleek suits and everything in between -- punctuated a day that was filled with big love and little details.

The atmosphere was super laidback and relaxed -- no one seemed stressed or overwhelmed and loved ones just flitted in and out of getting ready rooms with food and messages and love. Speaking of getting ready -- the Bridal Suite at the Barn at Pleasant Acres is dreamy -- it’s huge and bright and filled with little details that make the bride’s early hours on her wedding day even better. And, how amazing was Diana’s hair and makeup? Be sure to follow Kristen C Artistry because she is so talented and such an amazing lady.

The entire day took place at The Barn at Pleasant Acres and the venue provided ample room for portraits around the nearby field, trees, front porch, gorgeous wooden doors and more. The venue staff were beyond helpful. They held open doors, drove golf carts from one spot to another and were able to assist with the most random and most minute requests.

The ceremony brought some of my favorite moments of the day -- David smiling with excitement as Diana approached, many people wiping away tears of happiness and a few moments of giggles and joy.

During the reception, it was all about the dances -- with their parents, with each other, a surprise dance from their best man and singing along to favorite songs. The night ended with bubbles and a limo getaway while dozens of loved ones surrounded David and Diana and cheered them on as they departed.

A wedding day’s success is of course mostly about one couple’s love and the telling of the next chapter of their love story, but it’s also made possible by a team of amazing vendors. Many thanks to this wedding day’s vendors:

Wendy Zook Photography
Photography by Virginia
The Barn at Pleasant Acres
Hardesty Haven Catering
Crow Entertainment
Scarborough Farm Flowers
Kristen C Artistry
Couples Limousines

If you’d like to see more of this awesome couple, be sure to check out their engagement session here, too!

Diana & David: A Southern Maryland Waterfront Engagement Session in Springtime

Meeting Diana and David was like a breath of fresh air. They are easy to get along with, talk to and enjoy time with -- they are both hardworking, kind, considerate people. Perhaps its their chosen professions which both deal with helping others, but I couldn’t help but immediately feel like we were old friends.

For their springtime engagement session, we decided to meet just a couple of miles from their wedding venue, The Barn at Pleasant Acres, in Calvert County, Maryland. We explored near flowering trees and waterfront boardwalks at Jefferson Patterson Park.

We kept their engagement session easy and comfortable -- strolling, exploring, adventuring and definitely they smooched, hugged, held hands and whispered sweet things to one another.

I loved how cozy each of them appeared throughout the whole session -- Diana is gorgeous inside and out and David has an incredible smile that I loved photographing.

We ended the day with gorgeous golden light and waterfront glistening in the background of every shot. Some of my favorite shots from 2019 came from their session together.

I loved spending the day with them. Stay tuned soon for a peek into their incredible summertime wedding day!

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Tuesdays Together & The Rising Tide Society {How a Spontaneous Leadership Role Changed Me and My Photography Business}

When I moved to Rochester, New York, two years ago, I was at a wild crossroads. My identity was all over the place -- not only with new geographic surroundings and a new place to call home, but also with my still-new photography business that had just crossed state lines and plopped down in an entirely different area. Even my role as a mom was being flipped all over the place with my kiddos entering school and all those hours as Momma coming to an end. 

I wanted my wedding and engagement photography business to not just survive, but thrive. But I didn't know what tools I needed, which people I needed to make it happen. Just months before our move, I had started hearing about a group of creatives called The Rising Tide Society -- a national group of small business owners and entrepreneurs who were networking online and meeting in person during monthly get-togethers called Tuesdays Together to discuss a variety of business-related topics like Pricing, Relationships, Social Media and more. I wanted a place like that to be a part of my new identity. 
 

Over the next few weeks, I put myself out there by semi-stalking and reaching out to some local photographers and one day, in a coffee shop in Victor, three of us sat in a corner enjoying some amazing muffins and sharing our dreams and wishlists. We talked about Tuesdays Together and how we wish we had a chapter in the Rochester area. And in what felt like an out-of-body moment, this very-INFJ, super-shy, sweats-in-the-center-of-attention fish out of water said "I don't mind applying for us and leading if you want me to."

I thought the application and approval process would take months, but, in less than a week I was logged in as admin to a local Facebook group and was joining leaders' email lists and planning our first meeting, held less than one month after that first exciting coffee shop date. 

My first meeting went something like this internal dialogue:
6am: I am SO excited! Oh my gosh, why do I have to wait 12 hours?!
7:15am: I'm canceling it. This was a terrible idea. 
12pm: ::checks RSVP list::
12:02pm: This is going to be amazing. Fresh start! Woot!
12:03pm: ::checks RSVP list::
12:30pm: I should skip it. Maybe they won't notice.                                                                           4pm: OH MY GOSH, TWO HOURS. It's 10 minutes away. Should I leave now?
4:05pm: ::checks RSVP list::                                                                                                                5:30pm: OK, let's go. You got this. You're basically Beyonce. You're Eleanor Roosevelt. You got this.                                                                                                                                                      5:45pm: ::sitting in parking lot, lots of sweat::                                                                                  5:55pm: "Hi, I'm Wendy! I'm so excited you're here! Wow, I'm so glad you're here! Are you so excited?" (very high-pitched, very very quick)
6pm: ::Pathetic nervous fake clearing of throat::

I spent the entire meeting freaking out SO much. I was filled with self-doubt, insane nerves and constant thoughts of "These people are so good and SO talented -- why do you think you can lead them?"

It was somewhere around the 4th or 5th meeting that I had a moment. Nothing specific happened, although I had definitely grown more comfortable (I still got nervous in my 18th meeting!); I had made incredible connections; I had received some really sweet comments and expressions of gratitude. Over time, however, I realized it wasn't about me. I had joined this movement for me, but it became about so much more than my selfish need to feel like I belong. It was about a community, a network. It was about the way certain topics REALLY helped our vendor friends that attended -- the way you saw their businesses take off on social media or the pride we all felt when they shared a success with a difficult client or with their new prices. It was about the friendships we started to see forming, the way we all felt like equals. It became about greater things like giving back to the community last November during our Philanthropy month; it was about the way our Facebook group grew to nearly 300 people who had all needed a home; it was the laughs and tears and dreams and worries we shared around coffee shops and gallery couches. 

Photo by:  Lauren Carnes

Photo by: Lauren Carnes

 



No one believes me at meetings when I tell them I'm painfully shy and timid -- and that new-found courage and comfort is because of The Rising Tide Society and my small role in Tuesdays Together. I carry myself differently now. I believe in myself so much more nowadays.

And my business has taken off in so many ways, and so much of that is because of what I've learned in 18 meetings next to other people who just "get it." They get the long days and late nights alone in your home office; they get the commitment and self-motivation it takes for a small victory and the 15 setbacks along the way. They get the family-work balance and the tricky tightrope that can be. They get being "on call" so much of the time. And they give -- they give encouragement, support, positivity and love.