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!! Love these images? Share them with friends and family or contact me to find out how I can document your wedding day.
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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.
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!
This BelAir Maryland wedding was unique, offbeat and had lots of quirky details, which were displayed at this beautiful venue. It was my pleasure to photograph this fun wedding at the Rockfield Mansion for Kim & Chris. The incredible Hulk, Comics and Science were the focus of Kim & Chris’s offbeat themed wedding. Kim is a scientist and she incorporated a lot of really cool elements from that- everything from chemical compound necklaces for her and her bridesmaids, to lab beakers on the tables. The bride and groom are also huge comic fans. The groom loves the incredible hulk and every groomsmen had a different plastic figurine on their lapel (forget the traditional flowers for this couple!). Check out the Incredible Hulk in his lapel! The bouquets and centerpieces were hand made out of comic books formed into paper flowers. The vases on the tables were beakers from the science lab. This little photo mash up I have made is just some of the coolest elements of their day. Check out the cake topper- its the Incredible Hulk and a miniature of the bride (along with their two kitties!).
The thing I love about being a Maryland wedding photographer is having the chance to work with clients who love to show their quirky side. Everyone wants to look stunning on their wedding day, but gone are the days of boring vanilla princess parties where every girl must look alike and follow tradition.I will follow-up with more of my favorites in a few weeks, but I wanted to take a minute to post this. I skipped most of the posed shots, because I think the highlight of this wedding was all the great details.
Are you a fan of non traditional weddings? Contact me today to talk about how I can document you on your wedding day in a way that is uniquely you ! Don’t live in Maryland, DC, or PA? No Problem. I travel.
I had another engagement shoot tonight. This time at the Hike and Bike trail in New Freedom, PA. The bike trail is a great area for a ton of different types of pictures. It covers everything from forest, to railroad tracks to old buildings. I have a ton of pictures to go through from the shoot, but in the interim, I wanted to post a few. Here are a few that I took tonight!
One of the best things about being a wedding photographer, is having the chance to shoot my couples before their big day. Engagement sessions are a great way to get comfortable in front of the camera and to figure out what styles of photography look the best for you.
I just got back from a full engagement session at Oregon Ridge Park. My couple Marcy & Shane are having their reception at the Wellwood Club in Cecil County next year. Today we just walked around and had fun. Here are a few previews of what is to come. Oh, and I found Ivy!!!
I was hired to photograph the wedding of Laurel & Juan, who held their wedding in the backyard of their Monkton home. Intimacy, laughter, family, great food and wine was the focus of their day. Laurel decorated their huge backyard with a large white tent that housed farm tables. Roses and wildflowers filled the tables, along with flickering white candles. Laurel was escorted down the isle by her two children as Juan waited at an alter of vines. After the ceremony, cocktail hour was filled with gourmet cheese and dips followed by a dinner of crab cakes and filet mignon. Guests mingled, dined and danced on their large deck. Their cake was a local confection covered with sugared fresh fruit. The fabulous food was catered by Zeffert and Gold Catering. Here are a few pictures from the day. Contact me today if you are still searching for the perfect photographer to document your day.