US Naval Academy Wedding: Etta + Brian

Etta and Brian first met in June 2010, at Pensacola, FL at the Flora-Bama bar. They then kept in touch ever since, and during Etta’s next trip to Florida in August 2010 to visit her friends, they went on a date. She was in college in Alabama at the time and he came to visit a few weekends after their first date. From then on they switched weekends driving to visit one another. After she finished school, a year after the first date, Etta moved to Hawaii with Brian.

In November 2013 during a weekend trip to Maui, they rose early to go see the sunrise at Haleakala mountain, where Etta almost ruined it all when trying to warm up her freezing hands in Brian’s pockets… where he had the ring. Once the sun came up and the tourists faded out, he got on one knee and popped the question. Of course, she said “Yes!”

Silhouette of Bride and Groom almost kissing on a historic American flag. USNA, US Naval Academy military wedding at Annapolis Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

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4 Responses to “US Naval Academy Wedding: Etta + Brian”

  1. Janet Parnell

    Those are awesome, Leo! Love the weaving of their story with the photos. Can’t wait to see more. Thank you so much for your professionalism and exquisite eye for detail. Then again, you had great subjects!

  2. Leo Dj

    Thank you so much, Janet! It means so much to me. :)
    You’re most welcome. My pleasure!
    Yes, Etta and Brian are great looking couple! I wonder who their parents are? LOL.

  3. Nanci Richards

    Magnificent Photography! Thank you for capturing the most beautiful day for our Brian and Etta. Your work reflects the joy and love they both share for each other and their sweet, playful nature. Well done Leo! Very well done!

  4. Leo Dj

    Aww… Thank you so much, Nanci. That means so much to me!
    It was really great working with all of you. I do love capturing their relationship and like you said, their playful nature!

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Quiet Waters Park Engagement Photo Session: Lindsey + John

Lindsey’s first encounters with John in middle school didn’t go that well ever since he professed his undying love for her in 7th grade science class, while she wanted nothing to do with him. Since their last names were in alphabetical order, they were often assigned seats together and even had lockers next to each other, so she couldn’t avoid him even if she wanted to. Luckily for Lindsey, as the years went on, John toned down his love professions and they eventually became friends in high school.

After they graduated, he went into the Marines and she to college at UMD. They reconnected through AIM when he was serving overseas and IMed her. Their daily chats turned into daily emails. When John finally got home from deployment nearly 6 months later, they met up, something between them clicked, and they spent nearly everyday of his 2-weeks leave together. A long-distance relationship followed afterwards for 2 years, where they managed to see each other every 6-8 weeks, except for when John went away on second deployment. Once he finally got out of the marines after serving for 5 years in June 2010, he moved back home to Maryland. Lindsey graduated from college a year later and they moved in together.

In August of 2013, they were vacationing in Bethany Beach, DE. It was a Friday, the last day of their vacation, and they had dinner at their favorite restaurant, Off the Hook. They walked home on the beach afterwards, talking about what a great week it had been, under light rain. Halfway home, John suddenly stopped and dropped to one knee. He was intensely emotional that he couldn’t actually get the words out, so Lindsey had to ask, ” John, are you asking me if I want to marry you?!?” which she obviously said yes. They later celebrated with a bottle of champagne well hidden in the refrigerator for the perfect occassion.

To this day, John loves to say he has known that they were meant to be since 7th grade.

Engaged man and his fiancee embracing each other by the woods. Quiet Waters Park Annapolis Maryland pre-wedding engagement photo session, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

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Annapolis Maryland Engagement Photo Session: Nita + Leo

Nita first heard of Leo from her roommate. Though they didn’t meet until summer of 2009, they sort of knew one another since both were Indonesians and shared the same mutual friends. Nita used to go to a small Christian school in central VA for college, while Leo went to Virginia Tech. Whenever he drove from DC to VTech, he had to pass her school and he used to make jokes of it by saying,”Who will go to that school?”.

After their initial meeting, they didn’t reminisce again until early 2010, when they started to hang out quite a bit since both lived close by, but without any intention to date each other. Yet from friendship, their feelings grew for each other and they decided to start dating in September 2010.

Late last year, the couple were heading to Tysons Corner to catch a movie. Halfway through, Leo suddenly turned to a jewelry store across the street from the mall and asked Nita to choose any ring she favored as an engagement token. A few weeks later, they went back to Indonesia and had a small party to formalize the engagement with their respective families.

Engaged couple holding each other on the dock. Annapolis Eastern Shore Maryland pre-wedding engagement photo session at downtown, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

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The Tidewater Inn Wedding: Aimee + Brian

After their romantic engagement photo session in Annapolis, finally, the most anticipated time had arrived for me to photograph Aimee and Brian’s Wedding day.

The couple searched through several places in the greater Chesapeake Bay area before settling on their choice. They wanted a venue which would focus on them and not run multiple weddings a day, with rooms available either on-site or nearby since many of their guests were coming from out of state. They found their preference at Tidewater Inn, which was equipped with enough rooms and also endowed with inherent beauty of a uniquely “Maryland” vibe with no requirement for additional work or decorations. Additionally, Easton itself is a quaint small town they both enjoyed exploring. Aimee and Brian knew right away that it was the perfect setting.

Bride and Groom lying on the floor kissing, framed by the circular stairway. The Tidewater Inn wedding, Easton, Eastern Shore, Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

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Maryland Yacht Club Wedding: Lauren + Chad

After photographing their gorgeous engagement session at the Baltimore National Aquarium, it’s now another privilege for me to capture Chad and Lauren’s fun filled wedding at the Maryland Yacht Club.  The couple decided on the venue because they felt it would be great to do the wedding outside on the water with an amazing sunset.  The Club was close by to them and to all of their friends, which was an important concern. Nevertheless, the weather didn’t cooperate and the entire party were rooted inside, but the venue did a good job of keeping everything flowing well regardless. Plus the food was ridiculously good.

Bride and Groom sitting, cuddling and kissing. Maryland Yacht Club wedding at Pasadena Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

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Annapolis Bridal Shower: Sarah

I was really ecstatic when Karey of Historic Events contacted me to document the decor details of their design and some event coverage of Sarah’s bridal shower. It was an honor to be chosen to photograph for them.

The theme of the bridal shower was “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, an ode to the Bride’s love of Audrey Hepburn. All the guests were dressed in their favorite Little Black Dress.

Sarah’s party was held at the Sky Lounge, Annapolis. It was quite a cold and windy day which ended up with snow, a beautiful surprise that added more allure into the lovely event.

Beautiful Bride-to-be in her little black dress similar to Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany's. Historic Events Annapolis bridal shower decor and event coverage at Annapolis Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

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2 Responses to “Annapolis Bridal Shower: Sarah”

  1. Janet Parnell

    Those are awesome, Leo! Love the weaving of their story with the photos. Can’t wait to see more. Thank you so much for your professionalism and exquisite eye for detail. Then again, you had great subjects!

  2. Leo Dj

    Thank you so much, Janet! It means so much to me. :)
    You’re most welcome. My pleasure!
    Yes, Etta and Brian are great looking couple! I wonder who their parents are? LOL.

  3. Nanci Richards

    Magnificent Photography! Thank you for capturing the most beautiful day for our Brian and Etta. Your work reflects the joy and love they both share for each other and their sweet, playful nature. Well done Leo! Very well done!

  4. Leo Dj

    Aww… Thank you so much, Nanci. That means so much to me!
    It was really great working with all of you. I do love capturing their relationship and like you said, their playful nature!

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Bow Ties & Bubbly Event: Breezeway

During the Bow Ties and Bubbly Event, the 2015 wedding show at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, there were many rooms with different vendors and its own design team with the appointed photographer. In the Breezeway Room, the design team was Lauren Niles Events, Garnish Boutique, 27 Studios, Little House of Flowers, 2hands Studios, whereas Hamilton Photography was the assigned photographer. Unfortunately, Christina and Mark had weddings that day, so they asked me to take pictures of the design details for them. Apparently at the same time Lauren Niles, the designer and owner of Lauren Niles Events, had asked Krista Jones of Krista A Jones Photography to cover for them. However, during the show, I wanted to make sure and asked Lauren if the photography had been covered. She said yes, but she didn’t mind and would be grateful if I wouldn’t mind taking additional pictures. I said, “Of course!” It would be an honor to do so.

Wide view of room design by Lauren Niles Events. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Bow Ties and Bubbly wedding show photos at the Breezeway, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

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Bow Ties & Bubbly Event: Tavern Bayside

It was a privilege to participate in the annual wedding show at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. This year, the main theme was Bow Ties & Bubbly Event: A Wedding Soiree on the Shores of The Chesapeake. I was especially honored to be selected as the official photographer for the Tavern Bayside room and worked along with the fabulous design team of the room which consisted of Vintage Affairs, Wicked Willow, Pops of Plum, and Select Event Group. The main color theme of the room was purple, violet, and some hints of silver and gold. The beautiful flowers were provided by Wicked Willow, the vintage furniture and props were from Vintage Affairs, the linens from Select Event Group, and Pops of Plum taught the mini design floral class.

Large violet and purple paper flowers from florist Wicked Willow on old table lamp from Vintage Affairs. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Bow Ties and Bubbly wedding show photos at the Tavern Bayside, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

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Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Wedding: Megan + Phil

I covered Megan and Phil’s romantic engagement photo session at a private estate in Easton. If you haven’t followed their stories, please see the blog and find out how they met leading up to the proposal. It’s an epic journey involving a helicopter ride and walk in the canyon!

And now the day finally arrived for me to photograph their beautiful wedding at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay.

Both Megan and Phil were from the Eastern Shore and preferred a local venue where their guests would enjoy the option of having somewhere to stay on site. When they visited the Hyatt, they were extremely impressed by the gorgeous setting, wonderful amenities, and attentive staff. All the things which eased their choice in selecting the Hyatt as their wedding venue.

The Bride, Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids showing their flower bouquets. Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay wedding at Cambridge Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

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