Loews Annapolis Hotel Wedding: Jenna + Lee

It was awesome to capture Jenna and Lee’s love for each other during their stylish romantic engagement in downtown Annapolis, Maryland. However, their wedding at the Loews Annapolis was super fun! They sure knew how to party, not to mention that they hired a 26-piece music band!

Jenna and Lee looked all over the DC and Maryland area for a wedding venue. They didn’t know exactly what they wanted. However, as soon as they walked into the Loews, they knew that it would be perfect. Despite the Loews being a large corporation, nothing about the hotel felt corporate. Suitably located in Downtown Annapolis, it felt more intimate than any other location they had visited. Everything about the hotel was beautiful, especially its atrium with the open ceiling and natural light, a unique place to hold a ceremony.

Bride and Groom leaning on a wall, almost kissing. Loews Annapolis Hotel Maryland wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

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Leesburg Virginia Engagement Photo Session: Lynsey + Brad

Brad and Lynsey met through family friends and became best friends. During the years Brad asked her out frequently, but Lynsey would always turned him down so as not to ruin their friendship. He oftentimes would say “I just know we are supposed to be together”. Crazy as it might have sounded, turned out that he was right! After four long years they finally started dating, and it had been an amazing journey ever since. “Teenage Dream” was their theme song, since being with Brad makes Lynsey feels like a teenager, as he always planned for adventures and was the funniest person she knew.

For the engagement proposal, Brad planned elaborately from a month before by including her parents. Lynsey blew it by changing plans last second by going to the movies with friends instead of a hike, and thought it was really weird that Brad wanted to watch The Hunger Games too. When they got home she went outside to play with their dog Weegle in their backyard, and he joined them. They laid on the ground looking at the sky on a beautiful day in Autumn. He had the ring in the pocket the whole time, then at the spur of the moment when Lynsey got up and turned around, Brad was already on one knee with the ring. Lynsey was really surprised! When she called, her Mom thought that Lynsey had got in a car wreck because she was crying so much. It was the most perfect proposal ever, being outside in the lovely yard with their dog!

Engaged girl playing swing with her fiance, having fun and laughing. Leesburg Virginia pre-wedding engagement photo session at River Creek Club, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

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The Oaks Waterfront Inn Wedding: Karen + Ross

It was fun when I did the engagement session at St. Michaels with Orioles Baseball themed gears for Karen and Ross. Little did I know that the wedding party was even better. It was a blast!

Karen & Ross chose The Oaks due to its laid back, relaxed, and private feel. They wanted a beach wedding but somewhere that would be only theirs for the weekend. The couple immediately fell in love with the Inn and how peaceful and at ease they felt being there, with its stunning views and scenery from the water, to the dock, to the Inn itself. It was also wonderful having so many venues being served in one: reception/ceremony, food, drinks, and a place for the wedding party to stay. It just felt like them and they couldn’t wait for their friends and family to see it on the big day.

Bride with open dress back holding Groom showing her tattoo. The Oaks Waterfront Inn wedding, St Michaels, Eastern Shore, Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

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2 Responses to “The Oaks Waterfront Inn Wedding: Karen + Ross”

  1. Doug noble

    Wonderful photos!
    Great memories !
    (And please remind Ross that
    I AM HIS FATHER !!!
    And, Karen, your Father-in-law ! )
    : { )
    XOXOXO

  2. Leo Dj

    Thank you so much, Doug!
    Hahaha… He knows, but had to deny it when Darth Vader choked him. 😉

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The Oaks Waterfront Inn Wedding: Courtney + Zach

Although Courtney and Zach grew up in the same town and attended high school together, they only knew each other as acquaintances. A year after college, both ended up back in Baltimore and ran into one another at a local bar when they were out with their respective friends. Six years later they owned an old farmhouse that they are slowly renovating, and are proud parents of 2 cats, 2 dogs, 3 goats and a mini pig!

On one fine evening, Zach popped up the question to Courtney. He proposed with her great-great-grandmother’s ring while they were enjoying drinks and dinner on the edge of their property that overlooks the fields where the sun sets. A perfect setting for such a special occasion.

Bride and Groom posing with their dogs. The Oaks Waterfront Inn wedding, St Michaels, Eastern Shore, Maryland, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

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Annapolis Maryland Engagement Photo Session: Jenna + Lee

Jenna first met Lee in March 2012 at Blackfinn, Bethesda, during a night out with their respective group of friends. A little introductory talk led to hanging out with both groups, and though they parted ways that night, Lee had her number. He called Jenna over the week, but being the technologically-challenged lady she is, he was left with limited responses until after two weeks when she surprisingly managed to call him back, and they arranged to meet at Annapolis for their first date. One date led to another and many more, and they’ve been together ever since, to the time Lee decided to pop up the question.

The couple was traveling together to DC in July 2014 and Lee arranged for touring a dozen of monuments. After the 2nd one, they sat down on a bench for a break. Lee started some small talks, then bent down on one knee and asked Jenna to marry him. A few seconds of shock and then it’s YES. They celebrated by taking pictures and called their families and friends to share the news. Lee whisked Jenna for a high tea at Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner, Virginia, and later in the evening they had dinner with their parents at Busboys and Poets. The couple and their families continued the celebration at Hotel Monaco’s bar, Poste, with some close friends. An amazing proposal indeed!

Engaged man hugging and kissing his fiancée by a fountain. 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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Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Wedding: Lindsey + John

During their engagement session at Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis, Maryland, I was glad to discover that Lindsey and John are truly an amusing and happy-go-lucky couple. Both are enthusiastic and willingly went through all the arduous locations or experimented with various poses. We then ventured on several ideas for their wedding pictures, some of which I am very thrilled to present here.

Lindsey and John fell in love with the beautiful Eastern Shore views from the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. Since the majority of their wedding guests would be from out of town, the couple wanted to show them some of the most scenic spectacles of Maryland. As the Chesapeake Bay is truly iconic and beautiful, it had to play a role in their wedding. Ironically, the weather didn’t cooperate and they didn’t get to have those amazing views they had planned on. Nevertheless, the rain stopped after the wedding ceremony and the guests finally had a chance to wander outdoor and experience the Bay on their own.

Groom kissed Bride on forehead outside by the water with stormy clouds. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

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Annapolis Maryland Engagement Photo Session: Lena + Mike

Lena and Mike met through his best friend who was flying back to his army post in Hawaii as Lena sat next to him and they struck up a conversation about gaming. Before parting ways, both of them exchanged gamer tags.  A week later Lena was invited to play Borderlands 2 with ‘a few of the guys’ including Mike and his best friend.  Even over group Skype calls, Lena and Mike were drawn to each other as they played BL2 with everyone, though originally she only knew him as “Kryton07″ and he knew her as “Rinachu”.

Mike lived in Tennessee and Lena was in Maryland. About a month later they decided to meet up half way and see each other in real life. Hence the start of their long distance relationship.  Seven months later, Mike got promoted at his company and was able to relocate closer to Lena.  They moved in together and shortly thereafter he surprised her with an intimate proposal at home.  Mike purposely parked his car further away so she would not know he was home. Lena arrived home, greeted by candles, flowers, and the aroma of Mike’s signature dish, lasagna.  He walked to her from the bedroom to the front door, went down on one knee, and asked, “Will you marry me?”.

Engaged girl hugging her fiancé at the porch. 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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Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Wedding: Shannon + Brendan

It was a real pleasure for me to do Shannon and Brendan’s romantic engagement session in Washington DC at Lincoln Memorial, because they are truly a nice couple, totally cooperative and great to work with. However, their wedding at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club was what I had been looking for all along. I was really excited when the day finally came and I got to work with them again! They are one of the nicest couples I’ve ever met.

Shannon and Brendan had always wanted to get married on the water with a strong nautical feel. Unfortunately, Virginia doesn’t have a lot of suitable choices for such venues. Nevertheless, everything was in their favor, because eventually they found the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. They visited it for a bridal show at the beginning of their engagement just to get some ideas, and immediately fell in love with the gorgeous place, all the incredible staff and amazing vendors who answered all their questions on that first day. Shannon and Brendan were so happy to have chosen this astounding venue with its beautiful views and wonderful team who ensured that their wedding day would be truly amazing and special.

Bride and Groom touching heads inside reception hall seen from window outside. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

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Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Wedding: Ilana + Andrew

After their lovely engagement photo session at the Gettysburg , finally, the most anticipated time had arrived for me to photograph Ilana and Andrew’s Wedding day at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club.

For Ilana, her dream wedding would be somewhere on the beach, as it always bring a sense of tranquility, pleasure, and romance… everything a wedding should be. The Club was the first place the couple had visited. It overlooked the Chesapeake Bay and the famous Bay Bridge, and offered just what Andrew and llana were looking for – a classic and cultural Maryland wedding. They fell in love with the venue immediately without looking elsewhere!

Early on, Ilana had chosen the date, May 23rd, without realizing that the venue comes before any arrangement. The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club books up far in advance, and the couple had only started looking for a place in August. At first they were told that most dates were already booked up for the upcoming summer. Then, just their luck, The Club informed that a cancellation had just occurred for the 23rd of May. Ilana knew right then that she was meant to have her wedding at this beautiful venue and she couldn’t have picked a better time or place, for it was a perfect day with not a single cloud in the sky.

Bride and Groom holding hands almost kissing under the chuppah. Kent Island Maryland Chesapeake Bay Beach Club wedding photo, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

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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. Doug noble

    Wonderful photos!
    Great memories !
    (And please remind Ross that
    I AM HIS FATHER !!!
    And, Karen, your Father-in-law ! )
    : { )
    XOXOXO

  2. Leo Dj

    Thank you so much, Doug!
    Hahaha… He knows, but had to deny it when Darth Vader choked him. 😉

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