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. Flowers: Blush Floral Design
Wedding Planning: Rebekah Thorsett at Moore & Co Event Stylists
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
I have worked with Moore & Company for the last 3 years, photographing events from elegant back yard BBQ’s to modern weddings in downtown Baltimore. Just this year, the owner of Moore & Co. Event Planners decided to open a one stop shop for brides. The new business combined her wedding planning business (Moore & Co Event Planners) with her bridal boutique (K&B Bridals). She expanded her venture by including her favorite florist, make-up artists and bridal jeweler. This group is now housed under the name ‘Be More Inspired Wedding Studio’. I work mostly with Rebekah Thorsett & Courtney Kappus as we work with the bride the day of. Courtney & Rebekah set up the day, I photograph it.
Rebekah reached out to me to stop by and photograph the grande opening that occurred last saturday. Of course, I had to go.
I have to start this post with a picture of my favorite gown of 2014….
Maggie Sottero-Esme.. LOVE
So, here are a few pictures from the event. If you attended and I took a quick picture of you, feel free to email me and I can send you the file. Otherwise, be sure to check out Moore & Co Event Planners for their blog update on all the great things happening over there. Of course if you need a wedding planner, call Rebekah or Courtney and if you need a photographer, Call ME!
Hair and Make-Up was done by Lavish, Flowers by Blush Floral Design, Jewelry by Faye Daniels and styling by Moore & Company. This entire event was done in house, so if you see something you LOVE, give them a shout.
This is the amazing room that couples meet with Moore & Co. Event Planners to style their dream wedding.
Looking for a dress… they have many many options…
Girls do need to have fun
These Mr. & Mrs. chairs adorn the client meeting room. What a cute idea!
So, in between all the weddings I have been shooting, I had the opportunity to do a maternity shoot for a local couple that are getting ready to have a baby boy. We did a portrait style session at the local park so we could get the trees and fall colors in the background. Then we wen’t back to the clients house to grab a few more pictures. I am madly editing away, but I love a big pregnant belly. My goal was to get some great portraits of the client while then grabbing a few focus pictures of her beautiful baby bump. So here they are. I hope you enjoy them!