Grand Historic Venue Wedding: Ann + Jonathan

Ann and Jonathan met each other while they were both studying at the University of Maryland. As their love and bond grew stronger, Jonathan finally proposed to Ann on spring of 2013 at the National Arboretum in Washington DC.  Ann and Jonathan picked out the ring together, so Ann knew that he was going to propose to her.  She anticipated that Jonathan was not going to propose to her until after he finished his classes in May.  However, Jonathan had a different plan and wanted to do it sooner. Unbeknownst to Ann of his true intention, he suggested that they should go to the National Arboretum to see a whole hillside full of blooming azaleas. There was one occasion, however, where Ann thought that he was going to propose to her because she saw a box-like bulge in Jonathan’s pocket. Apparently it was only his cell phone. ;)

The day finally came for them to go to the Arboretum. Because of the previous “incident”, Jonathan had to be sneaky and decided to hide the ring in his wallet. When they arrived to where the azaleas were, it was crowded with visitors, and so it was hard for Jonathan to find a nice secluded spot. Luckily, he found a great spot for them to sit down. They sat on a rock under a beautiful tree.  Although being super sneaky, Jonathan had thought that she knew that it was coming. Apparently he caught her completely by surprise!
Great job Jonathan! :)

Bride and Groom posing with Best Man, Groomsman, Maid of Honor and Bridesmaid. Tremont Grand Historic Venue wedding, Baltimore, Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

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Tidewater Inn Wedding: Erin + Dan

I sure had fun doing Erin and Dan’s engagement session in Washington DC, but what got me more excited was knowing that I would be photographing their wedding! On top of that, I was also excited knowing that their wedding would be at The Tidewater Inn, the historic and elegant venue in Easton, Maryland!

So why did they choose this beautiful venue? Erin told me, in her own words: “We chose the Tidewater because we knew we wanted to do a winter wedding on the Eastern Shore and the Tidewater was perfect for this. We were able to have the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception in the same building (but different spaces) and have all our friends and family stay in the hotel. We loved the idea that our guests would not need to get back in their cars once they arrived and still be able to get out and shop, explore the town, etc. The Tidewater really was like renting a big house for the weekend with all our family and friends – it was the perfect place! ”

Groom kissed Bride's forehead on lobby's stairway by a Christmas tree. The Tidewater Inn wedding, Easton, Eastern Shore, Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

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  1. Dave Smith

    Hi There

    Great set of images, made a really good job of a less than inspiring background! I really liked the monochrome image of the couple on the staircase

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HIA Governor Calvert House Wedding: Jen + Ryan

Jen and Ryan first met in High School in South Jersey. He was a senior and she was a sophomore, but they sat next to each other in French class. A few years later, they met again through friends of friends and hit it off. They made long distance relationship work despite her being in Australia and him in the US. Then later with her in State College and him in New Jersey. When Jen graduated, Ryan quit his job and they both moved down to DC together.

In November 2013, they went to DC to (what she thought was to) celebrate Ryan’s acceptance into the Naval officer program. They went to Jen’s favorite spot on Pennsylvania avenue, which was in the bike lane in the center of the road with the Capitol building and the entire city in sight. When they were finally at the spot, Ryan distracted Jen to look the other way. When she turned back, he got down on his knee and asked her to marry him. :)

Surprisingly, they decided to do the wedding really soon, just a over a month after their engagement, before Ryan had to go for his military training program. If they waited after the training program, then the wedding could only be held two years later. So their only choice was to do it within the next two months, or they would have to wait two years. They did not want to wait that long, so they worked really hard and fast in order to be able to get everything done soon. Everyone was surprised that Jen and Ryan was able to pull of a beautiful wedding in a very short time! Way to go guys! :)

For the wedding venue, they decided that the Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House would be the perfect place for their beautiful wedding.

Bride and Groom along the waters of the US Naval Academy campus kissing. Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House wedding Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

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  1. Dave Smith

    Hi There

    Great set of images, made a really good job of a less than inspiring background! I really liked the monochrome image of the couple on the staircase

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Marriott Washingtonian Center Wedding: Kara + Connor

Connor and Kara met when they were still freshmen in high school. Kara had a crush on one of Connor’s best friends. Connor said that he would help Kara to get to know his friend. During that time, Connor and Kara would talk every day, getting to know each other. All the while, Connor knew his friend didn’t like Kara back, but Connor continued to play it out as an excuse to talk to Kara. Eventually, Connor asked her out and they began dating–and the rest is history!

Their engagement happened in June of 2012. Every year since Kara was a kid, her family would go on vacation to a resort in the Pocono Mountains called Woodloch Pines. Kara said that it was and will continue to be her favorite place on earth.  On the last night there–which happened to be the night before Kara’s birthday–the resort staff puts on a fun variety show as a way to thank their guests in a send-off just before they leave town the next morning. At the end of the show, Connor and Kara were called on stage for Kara to blow out birthday candles in front of hundreds of guests. As it turns out, this was just a pre-planned way to get her on stage. Connor took the microphone, told their story, got down on one knee, and proposed in front everyone present–including Kara’s parents, brother, and one of her bridesmaid’s family. Kara said, “It was crazy to have strangers we didn’t even know come up to us and congratulate us that evening and the next morning during breakfast!”

Such a sweet story! :)

Finally the wedding day came! Kara and Connor decided to celebrate their big day with their friends and families at the Marriott Washingtonian Center at Gaithersburg, Maryland.

First dance of Bride and Groom. Marriott Washingtonian Center wedding at Gaithersburg Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

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Aspen Wye River Conference Centers Wedding: Tara + Rob

While it was fun to do Tara and Rob’s engagement photography session at Georgetown, Washington DC, I also had fun photographing their wedding at the gorgeous Eastern Shore Maryland waterfront venue, Aspen Wye River Conference Centers.

One of the interesting thing about their wedding were the theme they picked! The decorations, the Bride’s wedding dress, bridesmaids dresses, shoes, and everything else were inspired from the beautiful art deco era which was made famous again by the latest Gatsby movie remake, starring Leonardo de Caprio. However, Tara had this idea before the movie came out and became popular.

Bride and Groom with art deco style headband posing inside a golden wooden frame doing the dip. Aspen Wye River Conference Centers wedding at Queenstown Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Love the beautiful art deco style head band! :)

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Annapolis Engagement Photo Session: Shannon + Matt

Matt and Shannon first met as colleagues in the work place.  Although they had always been friendly, it was only after Shannon left the company for a new position that a romantic relationship bloomed. Matt asked Shannon out to dinner; Shannon accepted elatedly. Thereafter, they quickly and effortlessly fell for one another and had been inseparable ever since.

One warm June evening, while watching the sunset over the Chesapeake Bay at the end of the docks at their home (something Matt and Shannon do often) Matt surprised Shannon by pulling a ring out of his pocket and proposing. The moment was perfectly organic and incredibly romantic.

Shannon and Matt also love hanging out at Annapolis downtown and Eastport. Therefore, for their engagement photography session, they wanted to have their photos done there.

Engaged couple pretending to ride a painting bicycle. 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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Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Wedding: Sarah + Brian

Sarah and Brian first met in their senior year of high school back in 2004 through a mutual friend on Valentine’s Day. A month later they officially became a couple and had been together ever since.

Few years later, just a few days before Christmas 2011, Brian surprised Sarah with the proposal. One night, Sarah had made a nice dinner. When Brian got home from work, he surprised her by bringing champagne and flowers. After dinner, they had a fire going in the fireplace. Sarah left the room for a bit to come back to the lights off and the only light was the fireplace and the candles. Brian then told Sarah to close her eyes. When she opened her eyes he surprised her with the engagement ring while down on one knee. :)

Bride and Groom hugging by the infinity pool. Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay wedding at Cambridge Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

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  1. Dave Smith

    Hi There

    Great set of images, made a really good job of a less than inspiring background! I really liked the monochrome image of the couple on the staircase

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Chestertown Engagement Photo Session: Laura + Kevin

Kevin and Laura met at the bar where Kevin was working, Second Chance Saloon, in September of 2009.  Laura and her best friend were sitting at the bar and Kevin happened to be bartending. Kevin made it known that he was interested in Laura. Then after they were done that night, Laura’s best friend convinced Laura to leave her number on the receipt for Kevin. Laura then quickly ran out of the bar without saying anything to him, slightly embarrassed to have left her number. Surprisingly Kevin texted her that night. They then decided to meet up that following weekend, and had been inseparable ever since.  :)

When it came time to take the next step, Kevin held onto the ring for six months trying to plan the perfect proposal. He eventually proposed in the comfort of their own home one chilly December evening. It was a perfect and completely genuine moment.

After their engagement, they decided that they wanted to do their engagement photo session near Chestertown in Eastern Shore Maryland. It was a bit drizzly that day, but we managed to work around the unfavorable weather to get great shots. :)

Engaged couple wearing Washington Redskins football shirt and jersey posing on the street. Chestertown Eastern Shore Maryland pre-wedding engagement photo session by the water, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

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Queenstown Family Photo Session: McNurlan Family

I met some of the McNurlan family members at a school event because their son happened to be in the same school as my son’s. However, I had met the boys’ Grandmother a few years before at a swimming school. At the school event, the Grandmother introduced me to the boys’ Mom and told me that I was a professional photographer. Their Mother immediately told me that she might be interested in having her family pictures taken by me. So I gave her my card.

A few weeks later, she contacted me again and told me that she had seen my work on my Web site and became really interested in having me do candid lifestyle portrait of her family. I was really happy to hear that! I really love capturing emotions and relationships between family members, among the children, parents, and grandparents. :)

I didn’t get to meet the whole family until the photo session day. When I met them, my first impression was that everyone was very nice and accommodating. The boys were shy at first, but then gradually warmed up to me. I also noticed that they’re one happy family that likes to play and spend time together.

Toddler boy on the floor laughing as Father tickles him. Queenstown, Eastern Shore Maryland candid children and family lifestyle portrait photo session by photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

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