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Traci and Andrew’s Tree-Themed Wedding, Frederick MD

I will always think of Traci as the hugging bride! :-) No matter what pose we gave Traci and Andrew, it always turned into a hug, which we did NOT mind – that’s how it should be!! But also, anytime she felt stressed or saw someone else overwhelmed with emotion, Traci reached out with a big hug – even if it was right in the middle of the ceremony :-) Traci and Andrew wanted an informal ceremony, where an impromptu hug wouldn’t be an interruption at all. In fact, EVERYTHING about Traci and Andrew’s tree-themed wedding fit their personalities and interests perfectly. Sometimes, brides want a natural look to the day, but Traci and Andrew managed to create a natural FEEL also, from their tree-planting ceremony down to kicking off their shoes and stepping into a stream for pictures.

Let me tell you more… :-)

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I’ll be honest – I gasp every time I see a wedding gown and it’s really, truly sincere.  They’re all gorgeous.  But if I could go back and re-pick a dress for MY wedding, it would definitely be Traci’s. Frederick, Maryland Wedding Photographer Frederick, Maryland Wedding Photographer
Traci and Andrew had a gorgeous ring box handmade, complete with a beautiful tree carving on the top and their initials inside.  The lacey trim was the same lace on her broach bouquet. Frederick, Maryland Wedding Photographer Frederick, Maryland Wedding Photographer Frederick, Maryland Wedding Photographer Frederick, Maryland Wedding Photographer bride getting ready Frederick, Maryland Wedding Photos bride getting ready Frederick, Maryland Wedding Photos bride getting ready Frederick, Maryland Wedding Photos

 

Writing vows.

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Traci and Andrew opted for a first look.  While we never push a couple one way or another (I didn’t do a first look when I got married, Susie did, and neither of us would change our decisions!), I am SO GLAD Traci and Andrew did.  When I went to bring Andrew out, he asked if we should wait to pin his boutonniere on.  I told him, No, Traci really needed to see him… and it was true.  They were both so, so relaxed and happy once they were in one another’s arms :-)

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Elegant, elegant Traci… BUT… bridal portraits wedding photos by Frederick, Maryland photographer bride & groom wedding photos by Frederick, Maryland photographer

 

…seriously, she offered to kick off her shoes to walk through the mud, over stones, and into the stream!!

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Every guest received a stone and program upon entering the ceremony.  As the said their vows, guests were to hold the stones in their hands and make wishes for the couple.  As they exited the ceremony, they left their wishes in the right-hand compartment, which Traci and Andrew will keep in their home. tree wedding programs wedding photos

 

The programs were beautiful and perfectly in keeping with the wedding’s feel. tree wedding programs wedding photos

 

Rather than a unity candle, Traci and Andrew chose a tree-planting ceremony.  They planted an oak tree, for its symbolism of strength. tree planting instead of unity candle stones and wishes for bride & groom unique wedding details

 

Susie NAILS this shot every single time :-) grooms face as bride walks down the aisle

 

They were married under a huge tree with nothing but a hill and more trees behind them.  I LOVED this simple ceremony site that suited them perfectly. simple ceremony site for wedding in frederick, maryland simple ceremony site for wedding in frederick, maryland exchanging of rings by frederick, md wedding photographer ceremony photos by frederick, md wedding photographer tree planting ceremony photos by frederick, md wedding photographer

 

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… and… still the first kiss :-)

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After dinner, we went out for a few more bride and groom portraits.  By portraits, I mean magazine covers.  They make it look so EASY, don’t they!!! sunset photos of bride & groom by frederick maryland wedding photographer sunset photos of bride & groom by frederick maryland wedding photographer sunset photos of bride & groom by frederick maryland wedding photographer sunset photos of bride & groom by frederick maryland wedding photographer sunset photos of bride & groom by frederick maryland wedding photographer

 

Traci and Andrew, if I were you, I would blow this up, put it on my bedroom wall, and smile at it EVERY SINGLE DAY OF MY LIFE!!!!!  I love this image so much, I’m not you and I’m still considering doing  :-) sunset photos of bride & groom by frederick maryland wedding photographer first dance wedding photo first dance wedding photo fun dancing wedding reception photos fun dancing wedding reception photos fun dancing wedding reception photos

 

I have to end with this one final image of Traci and Andrew under a strong, beautiful, wild tree… so fitting for the day and of our prayers for your marriage and life together!!! sunset bride & groom wedding photos by frederick, md photographer

Venue:  Stone Manor Country Club
Makeup/Hair:  Le Mariee
DJ: Shew-sical Entertainment

– Becky

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Shirley Odom - April 16, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Beautiful pictures. Created their love for each other, and their love of nature.

LaToscha Daniels Athey - April 16, 2014 - 5:09 pm

Stunningly beautiful

Lorraine Odom Brown - April 16, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Awesome pictures!

Georgia Sies - April 17, 2014 - 1:49 am

What a unique and beautiful wedding

Robin Yates - April 17, 2014 - 9:22 pm

YOU GUYS LOOK AWESOME!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brooke Lipscomb - April 18, 2014 - 1:45 am

What beautiful pictures. Congratulations!

Lightroom Tips: Removing Redness from (my own very red) Face

This past off-season, I really concentrated on improving my editing skills. To be perfectly honest, a huge part of the reason I put time into becoming a better post-processor is a little counter-intuitive – Susie and I plan to begin out-sourcing most of our editing soon.  The problem is, I knew I couldn’t do that if I couldn’t really communicate what I wanted.  There’s nothing worse than a customer that says, “Umm… I don’t know… it’s just not what I was looking for.”  I don’t want to be that customer :-)  There are a bazillion presets out there and a lot of really, really good ones at that, so for a while, I thought maybe they would be the answer.  But something makes me uncomfortable about shopping through my preset library until I find one that fits a shoot.  So I decided I just had to get BETTER.  It’s not that I was terrible before, it’s just that sometimes I would have a vision for an image and just play and play and sometimes never get there.  But slowly but surely, with some experimentation and a lot of pushes in the right direction from some friends (Jay!! get me a website I can link to SOON!! :-)), I like where I’m headed.

One thing that’s always eluded me is dealing with redness in skin tones.  This is kind of a big deal to me because I have extremely red skin.  In fact, one of Marcus’ first grade classmates felt compelled to comment on it when I was volunteering in their classroom a few weeks ago :-)  I’d prefer not to black and white ALL of the photos taken of me, so I’m happy to be making progress on this one.  I’m going to go ahead and share with you the process I took to edit a photo that Susie took of John and me last weekend with a focus on the skin issue.

So it came into Lightroom like this.  We have our own little preset that gets our RAW files back to a pretty close approximation of what they looked like on the back of our cameras.  This is a GREAT exposure (I expect no less, since Susie took it!). Although we’re a little dark, the cherry blossoms have all of their detail preserved, which means I have plenty of room to work with on the light side of my histogram.


First stop is to just warm it up significantly, bringing back a little of that sunny feel to the light in the background and on my hair.
Next, I needed to deal with how dark our skin is.  I want to do this, however, without losing a lot of detail in my background.  So instead of increasing my exposure, or even messing with my highlights, I went to the tone curve, grabbed a spot on my skin using that little circle-shaped tool in the upper-left-corner, and then pulled up the curve at that point.  As you can see, it did increase the exposure across the entire range, but most dramatically on my face.
So here’s where I started dealing with the redness issues.  I attacked this two ways, both on the HSL (Hue, Saturation, Luminance) panel.  First of all, I should say that I used to try decreasing the saturation of the reds, and honestly, it really doesn’t look good. Yes, my skin would be less red, but it also looks… less alive :-)  What I’ve learned – and I think it was Susie that first showed me this – is that it all happens by subtly adjusting the hues.  Start there and just play around a little bit.  This works wonders for taking a greenish tint out of skin too – move the orange slider back away from the yellowish-green side and do the same with the yellow slider as well.  The other thing that I did was to increase the luminance of the oranges and reds.  This just lightens up the parts of my skin that are the reddest.  All in all, you can see the difference below.  I personally feel MUCH better about the one on the RHS.

I did a little gradient to the left, just so the tree would be back to it’s normal exposure.  I like framing the subject with something a little darker.  I also did a final increase of all-over exposure.


And here we are.  Really a lovely photograph.  Well done and thanks to Susie :-)

If anyone else has tips and tricks for reducing redness, I’d love to hear them!!!

– Becky

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