Cara & Andy had their wedding on the fourth of July at Pond View Farms in Whitehall, MD. Andy describes himself as a working class guy who likes to have fun and likes more simple things. Cara is a country girl with a quick wit and a awesome personality. Cara & Andy had originally hired another wedding photographer, but I was asked to do their engagement shoot. Once we worked together it was such a great fit, that they decided to hire me to shoot their wedding instead!

They both have a strong sense of family and wanted to get images from their wedding but not spend too much time focused on the photography so they can enjoy themselves. Of course, I had to get a few shots of the both of them that looked amazing!  They settled on a casual yet upscale wedding with only the best food and entertainment. They served differ buffet style with pit beef, BBQ & crab cakes.  All Baltimore natives know of Detour Dave, and he was their MC, followed by a band from Dewey Beach called Love Seed Mama Jump. Guests mingled, played Corn Hole (check out these boards I LOVE THEM), and chatted by the  bar under a covered porch. The evening was a send off of spectacular fireworks that were shot off beyond the pond.

Here are a few pics from the wedding to give you a feel for their special day.

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Coordination & Styling: Courtney Kappus at Moore & Co Event Stylists

Video: Wise Films

Band: Love Seed Mama Jump

DJ: Detour Dave

Venue & Caterer: Pond View Farms

Here is a sneak peek from Friday’s wedding at Pond View Farms in Harford County. Megan & Kyle travel internationally and are coffee importers so with the help of their family & Moore & Co Event Stylists, they planned a fun and casually elegant outdoor wedding. Kyle wore blue and white gingham checked shirt while Megan opted for a simple and classic sheath wedding dress. They both had huge wedding parties so they opted for the first look and to do all their formal pictures ahead of time so they could party the night away. Everything was personalized from color coded sunglasses, funky groomsmen socks, guest place cards with personal notes from the couple, and even a firework send off at the end. I have so many images to sort through, but in the meantime, here is a preview of some of the shots from their wedding. Megan&KyleWebPeak0001 Megan&KyleWebPeak0002 Megan&KyleWebPeak0003 Megan&KyleWebPeak0004 Megan&KyleWebPeak0005 Megan&KyleWebPeak0006 Megan&KyleWebPeak0007 Megan&KyleWebPeak0008 Megan&KyleWebPeak0009 Megan&KyleWebPeak0010 Megan&KyleWebPeak0011 Megan&KyleWebPeak0012 Megan&KyleWebPeak0013 Megan&KyleWebPeak0014 Megan&KyleWebPeak0015 Megan&KyleWebPeak0016 Megan&KyleWebPeak0017 Megan&KyleWebPeak0018 Megan&KyleWebPeak0019 Megan&KyleWebPeak0020 Megan&KyleWebPeak0021 Megan&KyleWebPeak0022 Megan&KyleWebPeak0023


Photographer: Photos by Carlotta – ME!

Videographer: Ethan Wise at Wise Films

Wedding Planner & Stylist: Rebekah Thorsett at Moore & Co. Event Stylists

DJ: Frank Marsden at Friendly Entertainment

Venue & Caterer: Pond View Farms 

Dreaming of planning your perfect wedding? Getting overwhelmed with the process? Take a look at this stunning transformation by Rebekah Thorsett and Moore & Co. Event Stylist. Lavender & Creme for a classy elegant castle wedding. Rebekah made Karen’s dreams come true by pulling together this classic look. Wedding planners can be so helpful in helping you realize your wedding day dreams and they can also be surprisingly affordable. KarenMuFlowers: Blush Floral Design

Wedding Planning: Rebekah Thorsett at Moore & Co Event Stylists

Venue: The Castle at Maryvale


Everyone loves waterfront shots, but there is very small window of opportunity to get those gorgeous images. Water acts as a huge light reflector creating really harsh and bright light during most of the day. However, there are a few key times when the lighting is perfect. The best time for these waterfront wedding pictures is either first thing in the morning or the last hour before sunset. If your having a night time reception, think about allowing 15 minutes to sneak outside and grab a few shots when the lighting is ideal. These waterfront shots were taken at the Baltimore Inner Harbor right after the wedding reception ended while the lighting was still soft.

Harbor Front Wedding Pictures

Having enough time for the detail shots really rounds out your wedding day images. Plan for an additional hour before your group formals to get some great detail shots. If you want hair and make-up covered also, opt for starting two hours earlier.


I want to take a moment to thank all my amazing couples in 2014 who have supported my business and taken time to share their praise. Photos by Carlotta is successful largely because of the support of our clients. I am proud to have received the award this year, placing my wedding photography business in the top 5% of all wedding vendors in Baltimore & Pennsylvania. xoxo


Jackie & Ryan had their wedding at St Ursula in Harford County Maryland and their wedding reception at the Mansion at Valley Country Club. Jackie and Ryan live in Baltimore and Jackie attended school at St. Ursula. A full post will be coming soon, once I get through her wedding!

Getting Ready

Fun with the girls

Flower & Rings

Peek of the Shoes

Fun with the Boys

Black Tie & Boutineer


Casual Shot

Glimmering Place Settings

Hold Me


Wedding Cake

Outside Tables

The Kiss

Last One

Photos by Carlotta: Engagement Portrait Session in York County, Pennsylvania

One of my favorite ‘go to’ locations for both my Maryland and Pennsylvania couples looking for engagement sessions is the Heritage Rail trail in York County, PA. There are so many varieties of locations for pictures, it makes it very easy to tailor an engagement session to the specific needs of my engaged couples looking for an pictures. Cara & Andrew are getting married next year with their upcoming wedding taking place over the fourth of July weekend at Pond View Farms in Norrisville Maryland. Courtney Kappus from Moore & Company is styling their wedding and she sent Cara and Andrew my way for their engagement shoot.
Cara & Andrew were looking for a very casual engagement session. Neither wanted a ton of romantic poses, they figured they would save that style for the actual wedding day photography. Cara indicated that she grew up around railroads and Andrew restored a 1986 Ford Truck, so those were two must have themes for their engagement session. They were both a bit shy to start, Andrew was worried that he would hate getting his picture taken, but after about 10 minutes we were getting along famously, and Andrew made it through a whole 2 hour engagement session! Getting my clients comfortable during photography sessions is very important. Being a wedding photographer, being able to have people relax is key to having the day flow smoothly. Engagement sessions are a great way to learn how you work together and to figure out the best style for the couple. All these photos are property of Photos by Carlotta and created by Carlotta Shelton Lopata. Please keep the watermark on the images.

Railroad Portrait



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Today I photographed a wedding for a Maryland couple, T’Jae & Theo. Their wedding was in  Towson Maryland at a Mount Calvery AME with the reception at the Family Life Center in Towson Maryland. T’Jae and Theo both found love again later in life. T’Jae’s Daughter, Grace, was even featured on the local ABC news station for creating a charity called ‘We Cancerve’. This charity helps orphans get school supplies in Kenya. You can even see her TV Debut here: Story. I can say, this is a special family and these are the days when I LOVE to be a Maryland wedding photographer. I get to meet the most amazing people and document one of the best days of their life. T’Jae bought her lovely gown at K&B Bridals and had day of wedding planning from Moore & Company Event Stylists. I will write more about their wedding when I have the full blog post ready, but I had to share some of my favorite images from today. Every bride needs a quick peek at her wedding images the day of!! Hope you enjoy the images!!












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Gown: K&B Bridals Wedding

Planning: Moore & Company Events: Nikki Willem & Courtney Kappus

Flowers: Blush Floral Studio

Photography: Photos by Carlotta

Eva and Steve are a young couple that love to have a lot of fun. They just got married this summer at the Wellwood Club in Harford County. If you have not been to the venue, it is a super versatile space where you can have a waterfront wedding ceremony and then a reception in a large canopied tent. The styles there are endless, from a casual backyard feel to super high end, they really have a lot of variety in their space. Eva & Steve chose to have a fun wedding with a more causal feel with some super feminine touches- rhinestones and roses!  Guests were given Beer Cozies and at every turn, the reception was filled with laughter and a lot of fun. Now, Eva is from Poland, so her family also likes to party. Apparently in Poland, weddings can go on for days. Well, this wedding didn’t but, it was very easy to get the feeling of the fun and relaxed nature of their wedding and reception. Here are some of my favorite pictures. If you love this style and think this is your type of wedding, be sure to email me so we can talk about documenting your day like this!


Eva’s Bouquet. Hydrangea, Yellow & Orange Roses and Lilly


A dress shot in the hotel room


Eva getting some love from her bridesmaids


The bridal bouquets. The main colors are creme and orange with a focus on hydrangea


Shoes that sparkle


Some fun group shots of the girls. The shoes were the worst in the grass so we improvised and got this cute group shot.


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