Boston Bridal Wars

I had some unexpected issues come up but I am so glad to be back to blogging.  I am even more excited to share some very fun pictures my 2nd shooter took during the Boston Bridal Wars event.

If you haven’t heard of Bridal Wars, you should absolutely check it out, because it is too much fun! It’s a bridal show but each vendor booth has a game for brides and their teams (usually bridesmaids) to compete in.

The Boston Bridal Wars took place back in April at the Marina, and my second shooter got some seriously entertaining shots. The teams were all so unique, showing up in matching team “uniforms” that included tutus, bright neon colors, and veils galore. One team even dressed up as a bride with her minions (from the Despicable Me movie)!

Overall, I think all the teams had fun, and if you’re engaged, you should definitely see if there’s an upcoming Bridal Wars near you!

Romantic Red Roses With Urban Vintage Twist

Set in the middle of snow-covered D.C., this January vow renewal put a vintage twist on the modern architecture of the American Institute of Architects. The setting and décor were perfect for the couple that wanted a classic event with a little bit of edge. The ceremony took place outside with snow still covering the city. Bride Hayley had a classic, sparkling, white ball gown, topped off with a fancy, vintage up-do by Liz Miiller Beauty, a dainty garter from The Garter Girl, and a luxurious wedding cape to keep warm. Hayley and Luke endured the cold for a romantic ceremony, officiated by Larissa Parks and with music from the Dapper DJs, before heading inside the institute for an even more romantic reception.

The open-layout foyer hosted the dreamy reds and grays of the reception, while the wall of windows gave view to a stunning sunset. As the night continued into a dinner by Simon Cuisine, tables were lit by candlelight that cast an intimate glow on the gold accents in the décor. Bee Inspired Events created floral designs showcasing deep red roses and black calla lilies that couldn’t have been more perfect for the classic but modern tablescape. The flowers and greenery also adorned the naked cake, by Sorby Sweets, topped with tasty winter berries. Even the stationery from The Stationery Barn, kept with the theme, written in elaborate fonts and covered in shades of deep reds and dark grays. The happy couple enjoyed their evening from an intimate sweetheart table, while being photographed by Marianne Blackham and recorded by Capital Films.

In a statement made by the bride about the evening she mentioned, “The whole event was beautifully decorated – so elegant and romantic. It was even more than we had hoped for, and truly reminded us why we got married in the first place.”

--As written by Fairytale Pursuits for wedding blogs, like Brenda's Wedding Blog and United With Love.


Venue: American Institute of Architects

Planner: Fairytale Pursuits

Second Shooter: Pedro Alicea

Cinematography: Capital Films DC

Floral Design: Bee Inspired Events

Caterer: Simon Cuisine

Cake: Sorby Sweets

DJ: The Dapper DJs

Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.

Wedding Gown: DressilyMe

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids

Wedding Cape: J and L Designs

Garters: The Garter Girl

Stationery: The Stationery Barn

Signage: Created by Joedi

Officiant: Hitched360

Hair & Makeup Artist: Liz Miiller Beauty

Garcia + Abbey: Hawaiian Elopement

I just can't say enough about elopements!  When you see this carefully planned sunset ceremony in Oahu, you'll know exactly what I mean.  This sweet couple combined their love of the ocean and Hawaiian culture, with beautiful details that resulted in luxurious wedding, without all the noise. 

Everyone knows what 'their day' looks like...and while some of us dream of hundreds of guests in evening gowns, others just need a few.  Peaceful, warm, and full of love - it's what a wedding day is all about. 

Congratulations Garcia & Abbey! 

Featured Artist: Two Rivers' Framing the Future Gala

On March 25th, I was proud to be included as a Featured Artist at Two Rivers' Framing the Future Gala.  The event, which is the school's largest fundraiser, supports their arts education program, bringing in over 30% of their budget in one night!


I stepped off the plane for my Hawaiian getaway and it was everywhere.  In the sky, in the trees, on the people – and in a way that we just don’t experience when we’re in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  It was COLOR and it was everywhere. 

Bethany + Joshua : Anniversary

You’re engaged.  The ring is sparkling and you think, “I need engagement pictures.”  They’ll go on your mantle, on the holiday cards, and probably on your soon-to-be-mailed Save the Dates.  Then the wedding, oh the wedding.  You’ve dreamt your whole life of timeless images capturing family, friends, and the big moments.

September Intimate Elopement

"Dear Marianne, 

Congratulations! Simply Elope has accepted your submission of the Smith & Smith album for publication! No action is necessary on your part right now. If the editor needs additional information, they will contact you directly. 

The editor estimates that this event will be published by 01/25/2017. This date is just an approximation of when your album will be published, but if you have questions about the exact publication date or other questions specific to the submission, please contact the editor directly. You can email the editor, Adrianne Miller, of Simply Elope at The contact information for this editor can also be found in your Community tab. 

Editor Note:This elopement is GORGEOUS!!!! I can't wait to share it! Thanks so much for submitting!"

Watch for details about this awesome elopement to come in Feb. 2017.  Until then feel free to enjoy these teasers.

Co-shooting:  Cynthia James --

Makeup:  Kat Soundara --

Day of Coordination, Stylist, & Decor:  Jacquelyne Millender --

Officiant:  Larissa Parks --

Gown:  Ebrada Atelier --

Stationery:  Diesha Reynolds --

Hair:  Courtney Maricle --

Baker:  Buttercream Bake Shop --

Locations:  Shaw and DC War Memorial

It's All About You

When I sat down to write the first post for my new blog, I wanted to tell you something about me.  I wanted you to know who was behind the camera, but turns out, it was harder than I thought, because my entire business is actually built on you.