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Shauna and Kyle’s Fall Wedding, Frederick MD

Wedding days are, of course, first and foremost about the bride and groom and the commitment that they are making to one another. Nevertheless, I have to begin this post by talking about Shauna and her mom, because it was the first thing that struck me on their wedding day. Shauna and her mom share the same beautiful smile and sweet outlook. Both immediately went out of their way to try to make me feel valued and comfortable, even though they’re the client and that’s supposed to be my job!! I loved watching them work as a team through the getting ready process and could see how much they support and respect one other. Kyle seemed to understand this also, because the two times I saw him get teary-eyed throughout the day were when he danced with his own mother and when he watched Shauna dance with her mom.

Kyle and Shauna’s day was everything you would want for a couple as warm, generous, and hard-working as Shauna and Kyle.  I felt so happy and thankful to be there and I hope this wedding day story does justice to all the joy and beauty experienced by that everyone in attendance!!

Orioles garters!!

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Shauna and Kyle had the prettiest advice tree I’ve ever seen!!  I wanted to ask her if she painted it this beautiful silver or if she got it that way?!  I’ve never seen one quite like this, but it was so pretty and classy.

These advice cards were so pretty both individually and arranged together in the basket.  Just as with the florals, I was compulsively taking pictures of these cards.

Not even zipped up and already looking gorgeous :-)

Kyle, you made her cry!  But I think that’s a good thing :-)

Ory Florals also blew me away with this garland.  It was gorgeous.

Shauna and Kyle both work at The Arc and they chose a student to be the one reader at their wedding.  He prepared diligently for months to read the two Biblical passages that Shauna and Kyle chose for him.  He read the words with great expression and when he said, “Love NEVER FAILS” with great emphasis on those last two words, I know I wasn’t the only one in tears.

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Family photos don’t normally go in a blog post but the background was so pretty… and so were the subjects!!

This is the tallest set of groomsmen I’ve ever met.  Keep in mind that the shortest guy here is 6 feet tall!!!!  They were also super fun… Two insisted on taking a picture with me because “no one ever gets a picture of the photographer”.  Still waiting to see that one! :-)

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There really was just one little beam of light right here. :-)

There were candied apples, caramel apples, and also apples with fun halloween sprinkles.

I feel like there’s so much pressure on wedding parties these days with their entrance dance moves.  This couple pulled off a really great pose :-)

I promise I didn’t ask them to do this.  We’re all about just being observers at this point in the day.  But it did make for an awfully cute photo :-)

I don’t know how long it’s been since I’ve seen a cake smash!!!

Remember how tall all these groomsmen are?!

So how did Shauna’s nephew manage to catch the garter TWICE?  The kid’s got heart :-)

Congratulations, Shauna & Kyle!!

– Becky

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Bridget Patterson - October 30, 2014 - 3:24 pm

those are the best wedding pictures I’ve ever seen! Absolutely stunning

All In For Lunch: Rich, Flavorful Mushroom & Sausage Pasta

Have you ever had a hungry day, where you eat all the right stuff but you just can’t get full?  Last Thursday was one of those days.  I arrived home from running errands absolutely ravenous.  I opened the fridge and saw a package of spicy Italian sausage and a big container of mushrooms.  And right then, I decided to make exactly what I was craving – a steamy, rich, meaty, flavorful pasta dish.  It’s been months since I’ve had pasta and it was just… time.

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First, I cooked the sausage links until they were nice and brown, and then removed them from the pan.  I added a little olive oil to the flavors already on the bottom of the skillet and threw the mushrooms in to caramelize.  Once they were crackling and a deep brown on the bottom, I tossed them and let them cook a little longer.  I sliced the sausage, which was still a little pink in the middle, and threw it into the pan with the mushrooms.  Once that was done cooking, I used white wine to deglaze the pan and get all the flavorful brown bits turned into a deep, rich sauce.  It smelled SO GOOD!!

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Finally I added heavy cream (what can I say?  I was all in for this dish!) and seasoning.  I dished it up along with some steamy pasta and ate until I was FULL.  Fair to say that it stuck with me all the way through my 4pm shoot :-)

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p.s. Yes, we’re wedding photographers – you’re not in the wrong place! But I (Becky) have to cook plenty for my family of 6, so naturally, food photography is one of my hobbies!! :-)

– Becky

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