Stuff in the ‘life events’ Category
Exciting news from one of our preferred Vendors – The Maryland Theatre
The Maryland is here to assist every couple on their big day with our grand event spaces including the historic auditorium, Ballroom, Cocktail Lounge and Grand Lobby. Each event rental includes an event manager; setup, and tear down of all in-house inventory (tables, chairs, stage, mobile bar, etc.); and technical assistance. The Maryland Theatre holds its own liquor license and bartending staff. Through our partnerships with local service providers, The Maryland Theatre can help connect brides and grooms with florists, caterers, photographers, bakers, officiants, bands, and DJs.
Popular Wedding/Reception Combinations
Grand Lobby (wedding) • Ballroom* (reception)
Historic Auditorium (wedding) • Ballroom* (reception)
Ballroom* (wedding) • Cocktail Lounge or The View Studio (cocktail hour) • Ballroom* (reception)
*The Bridal Suite (dressing room) is included with all wedding Ballroom rentals.
The Maryland Theatre has created small packages to support smaller, COVID-friendly events:
Intimate Weddings – Celebrate one of the most important days of your life with the people who matter most to you. Intimate Wedding Package at The Maryland Theatre allows you to maximize your budget without minimizing the experience. You’ll be able to keep the entire celebration, but on a much smaller scale (saving more money for that ultimate honeymoon)!
Vow Renewals – Celebrate your marriage and let the world know you would do it all over again! The Maryland Theatre is offering an opportunity to reaffirm your commitment to one another with a Vow Renewal Celebration. Make a lasting memory inside the crown jewel of Western Maryland.
To setup a private tour or inquire about event spaces The Maryland Theatre Performing Arts Center – visit mdtheatre.org or contact Events Manager, Melissa Fountain, at firstname.lastname@example.org/301-790-3500 x101
This summer was pretty busy with weddings and I have decided to share a fun one that happened just a few weeks ago. The day started around 12:15 pm with my second meeting the groom and his men at their “getting dressed” location and me meeting my bride and her gals at Greengrove Gardens where they were getting dressed.
We had a lot of fun with everyone, including some sweet moments between my bride and her flower girls, my bride and her mom and the bridesmaids getting all of the underskirts of the wedding gown into the right position. We had some good laughs and I captured it all.
Within a couple of hours we proceeded to the church in Smithburg for the ceremony, a beautiful little church with gorgeous stained glass windows. My second was already there with the men and was setting up in the balcony to capture the vows on video, while also catching some stills of the church, the details and the wedding party as they entered from above.
One of my favorite moments is always that first glance between my bride and groom and his reaction to seeing her in her gown, gorgeously arraigned for their special day. It was very touching as some tears were shed upon that first look.
After the ceremony we got some great shots of everyone in front of the church and the typical photos of the bridal party and all of the family inside. Two of my favorites are shown here. That special moment I was able to capture when my bride and groom forgot I was there while we went looking for a groomsman gone AWOL.
Another great shot is of my couple in front of their church after I sent everyone else back in to gather their things so we could depart for the reception at Greengrove Gardens.
My second had preceded us there to catch the detail shots of décor and cake and guests milling about. After we arrived back at the venue, I caught a few more shots of the bridal party before the big entrance.
Another favorite of mine is the first dance of husband and wife and the daddy daughter dance. My bride had chosen “butterfly kisses” for her song, which always has me on the brink of tears, as I have daughters who have those little rituals with their daddy as well.
After dinner we took our couple back out onto the grounds for what I call the specials. It’s that time when the guests are happily settled and I can sneak my couples off to get wedding day portraits without being rushed. The sun was setting and with the help of a bit of portable lighting, we got some great shots. Please look below to see some samples.
To finish the day, we came back inside to catch the tossing of the bouquet and garter, and after checking with our couple to make sure they did not want us to do anything else, we called it a night around 9:30pm.
Yes, weddings are long, they are tiring, but they are one of the most rewarding and fun events we love to record for our clients. We make sure that not a moment is missed, we are on our feet the entire time with just a few minutes to eat while everyone else does the same, and at the end of it all, we return to the studio to create a sneak peek for our couples that is posted to Facebook the same night. Within two weeks each wedding is edited and ready to be relived in our studio during the viewing session, when we help our couples decide which photos go into the album that comes as part of their wedding collection.
Please browse our website for recent events, weddings and senior pictures and call us to book your next life event or family/senior session with us. We are ready to create memories for you that will last a lifetime.