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Tamika + Mark: Married!

Tamika + Mark got married at Fountain Rock Park and Nature Center in Walkersville, Maryland. I loved this sweet little wedding!

My favorite things about this wedding were:

• How nervous Tamika was before she walked down the aisle

• How Mark and Tamika giggled the whole ceremony

• That even though they only had a small handful of guests in attendance, they had quote the reception party!

Thank you Tamika + Mark. I was honored to be the wedding photographer for your sweet Frederick wedding.


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Leadership Frederick :: History Day

I am a member of the 2014-2015 class of Leadership Frederick. It’s a great opportunity to meet others in my community who share a passion to make things better, as well as to learn a boatload about this place I call home. It’s been a fantastic experience so far.

The photos below are from History Day. I’ll also share the text about the day, written by fellow classmate, Scott Bowen:

Leadership Frederick County selects a group of individuals each year to participate in a nine-month program exploring local issues, leadership development, and greater connectivity with all of that Frederick County offers. And, as we all know, the best way to start learning about Frederick County is to examine its past.  We went to many sites on History Day but the Catoctin Furnace and its exposed framing and simple layout was especially appealing to me, an architect.

After driving around the City of Frederick we stopped at the Catoctin Furnace in Thurmont Maryland. The furnaces were used to produce pig iron, which was used to manufacture tools, wheels, cannons and cannonballs. The first furnace was built in 1776 and provided ammunition used in the Battle of Yorktown during the revolutionary war. Three furnaces were built in Thurmont and used for pig iron production from 1776 until 1903. Johnson, Isabella, and Deborah were the names given to each furnace. The remaining furnace, Isabella, was built in 1856. Deborah, the third and last furnace, was blown out in 1903. Isabella is the only one that remains becoming an historical example of early American industrial architecture.

Industrial architecture is typically designed with function in mind and the Catoctin Furnace, or Isabella, is no different. At one end of the structure is the furnace; a massive masonry chimney to capture and retain the heat required to produce pig iron. The rest of the building provides open space for the casting operation. The casting shed framing is simple but elegant with its modified mortise and tenon joinery. This joinery reflects on the utility nature of this structure much like modern wood trusses used today. An open cupola runs the length of the shed. This open cupola allowed the heat coming from the furnace to escape. Since the casting shed has one open side it would naturally draw air from that side and create a convective loop through the space. This would have an added benefit of generating air movement for the people working in the shed.

While I am certain at the time this structure was considered architecturally insignificant, today it tells a story of manufacturing, use of local materials, older construction techniques, and history of the people. Its use of natural stone, wood timber framing, and wood shingles and simple layout makes it a structure with timeless elegance. The Catoctin Furnace is a great example of industrial architectural history in the Frederick, Maryland.


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The Snyder Family

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Their little man was on the go, so I got a great workout in, too. It’s hard keeping up with those little ones!Snyder2014-005Snyder2014-036Snyder2014-034Snyder2014-009Snyder2014-017Snyder2014-020Snyder2014-024Snyder2014-021Snyder2014-064Snyder2014-069

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Four Reasons to Get to Know Minted

So let’s talk about Minted. Minted is one of my favorite companies on the planet for several reasons.

1. Everything on their site is gorgeous. Seriously. If you’re never snooped around their site, do it right now!

2. They make things easy. As your photographer, I can upload the files directly into your account and they are ready to go for whatever you need! Save the dates, thank yous, holiday cards, personalized art- anything! My clients love the convenience. Who loves it the most? New mommas! I can upload all the newborn photos straight to their account and they can order birth announcements and go. On top of that, you can add in the addresses of your contacts so they are printed directly on the envelopes- included at no additional charge. Addressing envelopes is a great step to skip when you’re short on time… and hands.

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3. They have the best holiday card options! Don’t believe me? I’ve used them for the last four years for our personal cards.


3. They have great gifts! My favorite gift is their notebooks. You can personalize them, too! Here’s a few I’ve given in the last few years:


4. Their Save the Date collection! I love love love them. They are a huge hit with my clients.

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So there you go. I have used Minted for several years and love the quality and customer service. The turn around time for cards is quick and you will love the thick, luxurious paper. Give them a try!

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Natalie + Terence

In September, Natalie + Terence got married with a ceremony and reception at Hotel Monaco in Alexandria. Virgina. I loved their laid-back attitudes and the thoughtfulness of each part of the wedding.

My favorite things about this wedding were:

• Natalie getting ready with her mom, sister and friends. It was such a calm environment, and they just had so much fun!

• Natalie’s dad seeing her for the first time. Lots of happy tears!

• Natalie & Terence’s first dance! A beautifully choreographed that wowed all their guests- and me!

Thank you Natalie + Terence! I was honored to be your wedding photographer for your Hotel Monaco Alexandria wedding.

Ceremony & Reception :: Hotel Monaco, Alexandria
Florist :: Growing Wild Floral
Hair & Make-up :: Bridal Artistry
Bakery :: Edibles Incredible
DJ/Band :: Bialek’s Music (Band: Essence)
Invitations :: Kleinfeld Paper’s Sweet Sophistication from The Papery of Princeton
Groom & Groomsmen’s Suits :: Tommy Hilfiger, Macy’s
Bride’s Dress :: Anne Barge’s “Emmanuelle” Gown, Nordstrom
Bride’s Veil :: Nina ‘Kate’ Veil, Nordstrom
Bridesmaid’s Dresses :: Monique Lhuillier


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