hagerstown, md wedding photographer | justin + jeanna.

When I met Justin and Jeanna (you say it like Gina, not Jenna, just a head’s up) fo talk about their wedding, they had big plans. Over two-hundred guests, meetings with caterers and bakers and florists. Jeanna was going to town on DIY projects and decorations and, as always, I’m impressed by the amount of work my couples take on in addition to having homes, careers, and families.

So when Jeanna e-mailed me a few months afterward to say they were scaling things back - I could hear her sigh of relief coming through the computer screen. She explained their decision to have a smaller wedding instead, to make it an intimate day filled with their closest family and friends, and to not let the stress of wedding planning stop them from doing it their way.

It was so, so beautiful. Justin + Jeanna were married in his grandparents’ backyard with just 35 guests and flower vases hanging from the trees. There were iced bottles of Coca-Cola, a slip gown covered in lace, and cowboy boots and it was easy, relaxed, and exactly the kind of wedding I like to shoot in early August when wedding season has been nuts and an intimate affair is perfectly in order.

After the ceremony, we spent a leisurely hour taking their portraits (#spoiledphotographer), just the three of us, so I figured it would be alright if I took my shoes off for it. Their reception at 28 South was like a fabulous dinner party I somehow scored an invite to and you better your bottom dollar I didn't leave without a black-bottom cupcake.

Justin and Jeanna, thank you so much for having me be a part of your gorgeous wedding day! It was a joy. Enjoy the sneak peak!

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