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Hanging with the Hadeeds at Brookside Gardens

You probably already know this, but just in case – Susie and I are sisters-in-law.  While I’ve always been anti-working-with-family, it turns out that not only do Susie and I work together, but so do John (my husband) and Akie (Susie’s husband).  When John needed to hire his first employee, he really didn’t want it to be anyone besides his brother and best friend, Akie, whom he trusts completely.  Given how well we get along, it’s a little surprising how little time we spend just RELAXING together.  When we do, it’s always a time of open, interesting conversation and LOTS of laughter.  A few months ago, we set aside time to go downtown to see the cherry blossoms when they were in peak bloom.  Unfortunately, when the day came, I wasn’t feeling well, so everyone agreed to just go to Brookside instead.  They’re nice people, my husband and in-laws :-)

Honestly, I love these pictures.  They’re not what we’d bring back from a session, but I like them just as well.  These are truly US in real life and when I look at them, I’m happy for our family :-)

 

Jack’s pretty good-humored about being a jungle gym.  As you can see, this comes from the Hadeed line!

 

We were kind of tired of staring into the sun, so we moved underneath an enormous weeping cherry tree.

 

Brookside Gardens is under construction and hardly it’s most picturesque… but Marcus and Joshua would much prefer a huge mountain of dirt to a pretty view anyway.

 

Joshua’s dancing but no one looks entertained.

 

“Mom, why can’t I be the center of attention ALL the time?”

 

I love this picture on the left of Akie and Jack.  I was amazed going through these pictures how many there were of Akie & Susie just listening to my kids.  Honestly, I think that’s one of the best things you can give a kid…. just listening.  I’m glad my kids have so many amazing aunts and uncles, including Akie & Susie!!!!

– Becky

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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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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

 

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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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A referral is the best compliment you can give us!  If you know of someone who is getting married, or needing a photographer
for engagement photos, we'd love if you give them our information.
Here's why people refer us:
-Natural & comfortable experience
-Authentic & emotional photos
-Unique & creative style of photography
-Professional & client centered
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!

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