Tara & Phil — McDonogh School Chapel and Linwoods — Baltimore Wedding Photography

I am waaaay behind on blogging. I had such a busy fall that in November, I just plain gave up on blogging so that I could focus all my time on getting my clients’ weddings and portrait sessions and holiday print orders edited, processed and delivered. I’m now trying to get through all those other jobs that fall further and further down my to-do lists during my busy season — updating portfolios, designing new sample albums, etc. — but also wanted to get a few of my favorite fall weddings on here.


So without further ado, let me introduce Tara and Phil. They met each other through a remarkable combination of luck and fate and whatever the noun form of meant-to-be is. Meant-to-be-edness? Or maybe just love? Anyways. Phil is a golf pro. Tara is a gym teacher who loves to play golf. For something like *two years,* they occasionally spotted each other and nodded in each others’ direction at a local driving range. One day, Tara introduced herself after hearing Phil mention that he worked at Hayfields Country Club. She gave him her number and asked him to let her know if the club was ever looking for seasonal help. Well, Phil lost the scrap of paper. Or forgot to call. Or something.


But Tara is persistent. She dropped by the club one day. And as soon as Phil saw her walking toward him, he remembered. Hayfields was looking for seasonal help, it turned out, and they hired Tara. She recalls actively disliking Phil at the beginning. That obviously wasn’t the case for long. Over the course of many hours in the golf shop and many rounds of golf, they fell in love. They were married on a spectacularly gorgeous — if a bit blustery — October day in the chapel of McDonogh School, Phil’s alma mater. The ceremony was followed by a lovely champagne brunch at Linwoods. Here are a few of my favorites from their fabulous day:


Tara’s two nieces, Katy and Mallory, served as flower girls. They couldn’t have been sweeter.

Tara and Phil decided to see each other before the ceremony and built plenty of time into their schedule for a fun photo session with the two of them. I love when clients leave lots of time for that. It’s one of my most favorite parts of the day.

They were so happy to see each other.

Checking each other out.

There was this gorgeous, glowing, early-morning light outside the chapel. When I scouted out the campus ahead of time, I thought this hill might be a good spot for photos with them. When I saw it on their actual wedding day, I was giddy with excitement at being able to photograph them there.

I tell all of my clients at some point during our portrait session to try to ignore me and just enjoy being with each other while I shoot from a distance. Tara and Phil were so good at that!

Whenever my clients choose to get married in the fall, I try to showcase the trees and colorful foliage since it lends a real sense of time and place to the images. McDonogh’s campus — ablaze with fall colors — complied nicely.

Yes, that’s a leaf actually falling through the air in this next image.

I love this one of Tara and her mom just before the ceremony.

A few quick bridal portraits with Tara looking lovely.

I loved her flowers and the combination of Tara’s short, sassy wedding gown and her sister’s matron of honor dress.

And finally, it was time to get married. Flower girls tossing their petals.

Tara’s grand entrance.

A little emotion from the parents of the bride.

I love the way they’re looking at each other here.

And I love this series from the pronouncement of their marriage. (I think series like this are always so much fun in an album.)

(And no, that’s not a cropped image on the right. I saw out of the corner of my eye that Tara was up on her tippy toes to hug her new husband and quickly zoomed in for a single detail frame…)

I love the feel of these next two. They’re so wonderful together!

A reflection of the bridal bouquet — from Dutch Connection — in the pew of the church.

Tara and Phil very tastefully incorporated a few golf details into their reception at Linwoods Restaurant.

A few toasts.

A few tears.

And a little dancing.


What a perfect day. Congratulations, Tara and Phil. I could not have had more fun photographing your wedding day. I’m so glad you two found each other!


Vendor credits:

Bridal attire: BCBG from Nordstrom

Hair and make-up: The Red Door Spa

Ceremony: Tagart Chapel at the McDonogh School

Flowers: The Dutch Connection

Brunch reception & catering: Linwoods

Jazz musicians: The John Winnete trio with Sam Hill Bands

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