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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!

Becky & Mike {Elegant Spring Wedding in Frederick County Maryland}

It was like something out of a postcard -- a pair of newlyweds at the top of a hill with seemingly-endless mountains behind them, leaning against a stunning Rolls Royce while the bride’s veil blows in the breeze and two new wedding bands clink together as he holds her hand.

But this Frederick County wedding was real and beautiful and surrounded by a thousand other picture-perfect moments -- the way Becky’s dad reacted to seeing his daughter in her wedding dress; the sweet moments in a family’s beloved church; the tears of happiness during dances with their parents; laughter from bridesmaids saying cheers with champagne flutes; the snap of a polaroid taken by the groomsmen during the getting ready time.

With backdrops of the historical St. John Evangelical Roman Catholic Church in downtown Frederick and the picturesque Maryland National Golf Club in Middletown and surrounded by adoring family and friends, Becky and Mike celebrated their love story in June.

Becky was absolutely gorgeous in her wedding gown and with flawless makeup by Poetically Brushed Hair and Makeup. Her bridesmaids glowed in different styles of long, pale green dresses. They were such a tight group of friends, sisters and sisters-in-law and filled the air with laughter and excitement.

The mood around Mike and his groomsmen was lighthearted and fun, too. They were there to help Mike out with whatever he needed and were great sports during photo time, too!

There were so many special moments on this day. I loved the way the toasts and speeches included funny memories and poignant anecdotes about how wonderful these two were as kids and now as adults and how well-connected they are and how in love they’ll be forever.

From a photography standpoint, it doesn’t get much better than a hazy summer-like day overlooking mountain ridges with a gorgeous, so-in-love couple, a Rolls Royce and a fantastic second shooter like Photography by Virginia. Grateful to Virginia for being a fantastic wedding photographer partner and friend and for her creative eye.

We had not just one, but two opportunities to photograph Becky and Mike outdoors at Maryland National Golf Club. About halfway during the reception, with the incredible DJ Mele keeping the dance floor packed and fantastic music playing, Becky and Mike gifted us some time with a setting sun and a beautiful field just outside the reception hall. Those photos are some of my favorites of the day -- the pressure and schedule worries of the event long gone, the golden glow all around and pure love and joy captured.

Congratulations, Becky & Mike!

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