I photograph really wonderful couples, and Kristen & Rocky were no exception. They were married on Saturday, March 31st at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, and it was my very first time doing a wedding there. As if that wasn't enough to make their wedding really memorable, what happened later in the evening was just SO incredibly special. But rather than spoil the surprise now, scroll down and keep on reading! Here are a few favorites and the story of their day as told through my lenses. Enjoy!
The day started off at the Loews Hotel...
Where the beautiful Kristen was getting her makeup done.
She was so calm...
She even helped her Mom finish her makeup.
Off to the Naval Academy. While waiting to do some portraits, I focused on some details...
This is one of my favorite ring shots ever!
The gorgeous bride.
She was glowing...
Loved the flowers in Navy colors.
So I thought this would be a fun way to show them off.
These girls were adorable!
Then it was Rocky's turn...
He was ready to see his bride.
But first we did just a few pictures...
I think Rocky was surprised that it was even a little fun. ;-)
An emotional walk down the aisle...
Giving away his little girl.
It was a beautiful ceremony
In an absolutely breathtaking chapel.
Sealed with a kiss
And they're married!
Classic. Love it.
It was cold that day...
But Kristen and Rocky braved it to get some great outdoor shots...
Because as she said, at least it wasn't raining.
We did these portraits in the Superintendent's Garden.
It was so colorful and pretty.
We even borrowed these little stakes for a picture or two. Fun!
Such a beautiful couple!
And then we were off to the reception at the Loews Annapolis Hotel...
First it was cocktail hour, and I focused on "details"...
Like place cards...
And food. Yum.
The first dance...
Was followed by some fantastic toasts.
First by Kristen's sister and Matron of Honor...
And then by the Best Man.
The most fabulous toast of all though was given by these TWO...or should I say THREE?!
Rocky told everyone there was a letter to read from a mystery wedding guest.
It was truly a masterpiece that they had written -- from the perspective of their unborn child.
As they told their parents that they were going to be grandparents, Kristen couldn't hold back the tears.
Kristen's parents opening the ultrasound photo...
There was even a card from 15-week old "Baby A".
Rocky's parents were just ecstatic.
And of course, so were the newlyweds and parents to be. In all of the weddings I've photographed, I don't think I've ever seen something THIS emotional.
The whole room gave them (and Baby A's letter) a standing ovation.
After that, Kristen's Dad got to dance with his little girl, now a wife and mother. I don't know how he made it through. ;-)
Then it was just one big party. A little Top Gun serenade.
Was followed by some cake cutting...
And a whole lotta dancing.
Kristen and Rocky, I am honored to have been your photographer and to have captured these precious memories for you. I am so happy for you and your little boy is very lucky to have you as parents. Congratulations! With love and appreciation ~Kristine
First of all, Happy 1st Mother's Day to Andrea, the glowing Mommy in this post! :-) I hope you had a wonderful day celebrating with that precious little man of yours.
Meet 12 day old Alek. He is just that. PRECIOUS.
From his perfect little fingers...
To his perfect little toes.
Andrea and Boyan are over the moon...
And they should be. Look at that face.
Love the adorable hat that Andrea found.
"The blurry parents shot". I like doing these with babies/kids of all different ages.
"The upside down shot". I've always wanted to take a picture like this.
In trying to get this picture, Alek kicked his Mommy in the face a few times and had us all laughing. ;-)
Andrea, you are beautiful.
Alek was a really good sleeper.
Baby bear's bed was just right.
Harvard class of 2034. Love it!
All this posing is making me sleepy again.
The weather was warm enough to go outside for a few...
Swaddled up newborns are just so cute.
I have so many favorites from this session...
And they kept telling me it was a lot of fun.
Coming from two likely sleep-deprived first-time parents, that really made my day.
Andrea and Boyan, I am so happy for you.
Alek is absolutely gorgeous!
And I can't wait to do more pics for your family as he grows. Congratulations and Happy Mother's Day once again! Hugs! ~Kris
Michael's first year. It all started with Katie and Derek's maternity session in the winter of 2011. It coincidentally snowed a LOT just 2 days before their shoot, but the roads were clear for me to make the trip to NOVA. I did, however, get stuck in their driveway and Derek had to push my car out. Embarrassing!!! ;-) That was the first time I had met them. No pun intended, but it definitely broke the ice, and from there the laughter just continued. Michael is such a giggly little man, and he and his family are just as adorable as can be. Here are a few favorites, mostly from Michael's most recent 12-month session, but also a few from their maternity, newborn and 6-month sessions too. Enjoy!
A maternity session in the snow -- one of my favorite shoots ever!
Katie and Derek -- so excited to meet little Michael! They have this one as a large wall portrait in their home. Love.
Michael was born in early April of 2011. He loved the camera from the very beginning.
In the fall of 2011, we did a 6-month session.
During that session, we included some very special family members -- even Great Grandma.
And of course, Michael's doggie Coco.
He LOVES his doggie!
During his 12-month session, we also included someone very special...
Michael's au pair, Henne, from Germany. She has been part of their family for the past year, and I know they will miss her terribly when she leaves. Such a doll -- both of them!
In the beginning of their most recent session, we did a few with Coco before Henne took her back home. So so sweet!
Cutest little dog walker ever!
Thanks Coco - you are one photogenic little pup!
Later, we did a few portraits with Mommy...
And Michael just giggled away.
Then a few with Daddy.
Sometimes I have to work really hard to get babies to smile...
Not in this session.
Katie and Derek are raising one happy little boy.
My session fee includes my silly animal noises and singing.
Katie and Derek really wanted a shot like this. I'm so glad I could give it to them.
Next up -- a more casual outfit. Could he be any cuter!?!
We did some candid close-ups...
And some scenic landscapes...
And then we just played.
I wanted to make sure that Katie and Derek had some of Michael's first steps forever documented.
Katie and Derek, thank you for allowing me to capture the first year of Michael's life. It has been an absolute joy to work with you and to see him grow, and I hope we can continue to work together in the future. Hugs! ~Kristine