Most times, when I receive an email to book photography, be it for a newborn, maternity, family shoot, or wedding, the email comes from the mom, the wife, or the bride (respectively). So it was refreshing to hear from a groom for once right off the bat! According to Sherry, her planning was actually stress-free because Jeff did all the work.

And on a hot day in June, they got married! The wedding was held on the beach at ‘Tween Waters Inn on Captiva Island near Fort Myers.

Sherry was pampered in the hotel spa and while she was relaxing, she told me how she and Jeff had met. Sherry was opening a restaurant and Jeff worked for corporate, so it was a match made at work. Knowing that Jeff was Mr. Right, she moved down to the sunshine state to get married!

I love this image of the three generation of women in Sherry’s family being beautified all at once. 🙂

Another really unique touch was Sherry’s engagement ring, unlike any I have ever seen before. It actually reminded me of the most recent Sex and the City movie, where Carrie is presented with a black diamond. But Sherry had it first, so the movie copied her!

When the ceremony began, Sherry made her grand entrance on a golf cart and was escorted down the aisle by her father.

The rain held off for the ceremony and for the champagne toast on the beach afterward.

Jeff and Sherry’s kids and families blended so perfectly together; it was very touching to see how they already bonded with each other. And everyone cheered when Sherry and Jeff entered the reception!

Sherry’s dad was tearing up the dance floor at the reception, which was held in the Canoe and Kayak Club. First, he was dancing with Sherry. Then, he took to the floor with his wife; this couple is an excellent example of a long-lasting marriage! Music was provided by the fittingly named Mr. and Mrs. entertainment group.

And after the rain cleared, this new Mr. and Mrs. headed out to the beach for a few final shots with just a glimpse of the sunset, the perfect ending to a wonderful wedding day.

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On the last day of 2009, Lindsay and Emerson came out on a chilly day in Pittsburgh to do their engagement photos. We lucked out and found a bridge closed to traffic, and one of my favorite images ever took shape. You can see their engagement shoot here!

And on June 5th, I flew up to Pittsburgh to photograph Lindsay and Em’s wedding, which was a destination wedding for them in Deep Creek, Maryland.

They rented two large houses at Wisp Ski Resort to host their nuptials. (One house was appropriately called “Double Diamonds” for all you skiers out there!) Lindsay, Em, and friends all enjoyed their cocktail hour at Double Diamonds, then had their ceremony and reception in the neighboring home.

The beautiful bouquet was made by Country Garden Expressions in McHenry, Maryland. The windows in the house were HUGE and let in a ton of light, even on the overcast day.

The rain didn’t cooperate much that day, so the ceremony was held inside, but the house was so beautiful with the exposed wood beams that it really gave an outdoor, rustic feel. The officiant was Judy Day with Deep Creek Lake Weddings.

How appropriate that today is Father’s Day because I love this shot of Lindsay and her dad and grandpa right before they started down the aisle.

After the new Mr. and Mrs. were announced, they made their way to a side bedroom to wait for everyone to leave the ceremony area. I happened to catch this little moment between the two of them when they didn’t know anyone else was around. 🙂

Lauren from Railey Mountain was the coordinator and kept the party running smoothly and kept the pink champagne fountain full!

During the cocktail hour, some of the kids climbed in a wildflower field. This little guest was ready to mug for the camera.

A special touch that Lindsay incorporated was chiavari chairs. These chairs made the ceremony location just that much prettier. After a delicious homemade meal from Jearbryo’s and some heartfelt toasts, Lindsay and Emerson danced their first dance as husband and wife.

Rather than use a traditional cake, Lindsay and Emerson opted for an assortment of cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory and a candy buffet. Their little son D. was definitely enjoying that candy all night long!

Hope you two had an awesome time on your Miami honeymoon! You deserve it after all the hard work that you put into your wedding day! 🙂

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