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Courtney & Ned — Hayfields Country Club — Maryland wedding photography

Courtney & Ned are both school teachers. When we met last winter, they told me they both feel somewhat awkward in front of a camera. I, however, wasn’t the least bit worried. Just watching them together — the smiles they bring out in each other, the looks they exchange and the comfort they obviously feel as a couple — I knew they’d be lots of fun to work with at their wedding.

I could not have been more correct.

My day started at the Hayfields Country Club, where the staff always help plan fantastic events. There, Courtney got ready with a gaggle of women, including her mom, sisters, nieces, friends and others.

I love the expression on her face here as she sees her hair and makeup for the first time.

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Some fun details:

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Before getting into her dress, Courtney called her about-to-be-husband. I caught only a snippet of her conversation while I was shooting. “Hey there. Whatcha doin’?” she asked. So sweet.

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I should mention here that Courtney & Ned had the most adorable children in their wedding. And there were a *ton* of them. Wait ’til you see them all!

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I love the suite that Hayfields makes available to its brides. It’s simple and has great windows. On Courtney’s wedding day, there was fantastic light streaming in.

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Arriving at Corpus Christi Church in Bolton Hill.


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No, it wasn’t raining. And no, it didn’t look like it was about to rain. But it was quite windy. So Courtney’s bridesmaids shielded her — and her perfectly coiffed hair — from the breeze with an umbrella from my alma mater. Go Terps!

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Here are some more candids of those cute kids I mentioned before…

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And finally, it’s time to get married.

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Giving her away at the end of the aisle, Courtney’s dad told Ned, “Well, I guess she’s all yours.

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The vows.

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The departure.

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And some quick portraits before the skies opened up. I just love this one — the look they’re exchanging, the way they’re holding each others hands, the light. Everything.

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Then, we’re off to Hayfields again for the reception.

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And because there was a performance that night at nearby Oregon Ridge Park, that meant free fireworks off in the distance for Courtney & Ned and their guests!

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Congratulations, Courtney & Ned. I couldn’t be happier for you. It was a joy to work with you on your wedding day!

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