Jessica and Rob are one of my favorite couples! These two are the most amazing couple and Greg and I were thrilled to spend the weekend with them up in Deep Creek Lake.
On Friday we got up to Deep Creek Lake just in time to check in to the hotel and get over to the rehearsal, where we got to know all of Jessica and Rob’s great family and friends. After a run through of the ceremony with incredible weather everybody headed over to Smiley’s for a casual and fun dinner of pizza, wings, beer and salad, followed by arcade games and go-carts. Everybody had a great time!
As I’ve mentioned before, I watch the weather EVERY DAY, all week long, anticipating the weather for my couples…and leading up to Jessica and Rob’s wedding Tropical Storm Hannah was heading to the east coast! I was none too thrilled, knowing that the venue (Chanteclaire Farm) for Jessica and Rob’s wedding and reception was amazing and of course I wanted to capture it all!
On Saturday morning I started the day off with the girls at the Deep Creek Salon, where they got their hair done. The skies were a bit overcast, but the sun started to peek out as we headed back to Wisp! All the girls got ready back at the hotel and then I wisked Jessica over to the amazing Chanteclaire Farm where Greg and Rob were waiting for the ‘reveal’. It was really great - the sun was shining and Jessica and Rob had a GREAT ‘first glance’ - very sweet and emotional. I love when I get to capture this moment with the bride and groom!
After the reveal the bridal party arrived promptly at the Farm and just after I got the girls set up for some fun casual portraits the clouds rolled in and it started raining - hard! We stood inside the barn and waited patiently for the weather to cooperate and we finally did get to run out and finish up some casual portraits just in time for the ceremony to start.
The ceremony took place right in front of a beautiful little pond with a fountain in it, backed with all of natures glory, with the sun shining bright and radiant bride. The ceremony was touching and Jessica and Rob couldn’t have been happier to be getting married! After a few family photos it was time to party - and boy was it a party! Complete with keg stands and all! And that rain - it stayed away the rest of the evening for us!
I have to take a moment out to talk about Chanteclaire Farm. This place is SO AMAZING!! Christiane and Fred, the owners have put so much into this gem of a location and it is a true paradise. They renovated the barn to maintain it’s original structure and charm and boasts 2 full floors, with amazing decor and gorgeous grounds surrounding it all. Christiane does EVERYTHING - she does all the cooking, the cake, the decorating…she does it all and she does it well. The whole event was truly amazing. I don’t feel that the photos do it justice at all, but trust me when I say it was truly incredible! I felt so lucky to have been able to photograph a wedding there, but especially for Jessica and Rob!
So, here are just a few of my favorites from the wedding, including a few more details than normal, but CLICK HERE to see the entire slideshow!
I thought this was a really sweet moment between Jessica and her mom.
This is right before Jessica and Rob got to see each other….Rob was a good guy and kept his eyes closed until her had was in his….
Like I said, it was a little bit emotional, but I love that.
Some simple casual portraits…
Isn’t Rob cute? I just love this guy!
We went out into the big field across from the barn during the reception to try a little fun lighting. It was pitch black out there, and along with the deer that we probably scared to death, there were lots of creepy crawlies out there! Aren’t they brave?
Now, I have to say that this was one of the cutest sets of kids in a wedding! They loved the fields, flowers, and everything about this place. They were so cute - and you KNOW I have a thing for the little ones…
Some sassy gals…
…and some tough guys.
The ceremony was really sweet.
I was proud of Jessica - I was not sure she was going to get through her vows, but she did it!
First dance action…
I HAD to put this one in - YES, they really did keg stands! Jessica’s sister AND her cousin also did them IN their dresses and all - it was HILARIOUS! My face hurt from laughing so hard!
And now for some really cool details…
This is Jessica and her grandmother. As a little girl Jessica LOVED to play in her grandma’s jewelry and her very favorite item was her grandma’s wedding ring. Her whole life she loved that ring. So when she and Rob got engaged they took her grandmother’s ring and had Jessica’s ring designed to match it! Isn’t that the sweetest thing you’ve ever heard?? Well, wait - there’s another super sweet thing about their wedding a little further down.
Beautiful tables and flowers at the farm.
Jessica did all her paper products herself - including these programs…
…the cute tissues wrapped and tied with ribbons…
A little dress detail.
…and her invites.
Super awesome gold sparkly shoes!
Here’s the other super sweet thing - Jessica had her wedding bouquet made up of all the flowers that Rob gave her in the very first bouquet of flowers when they started dating years ago! Isn’t it gorgeous?!
More table details.
This bull cracked me up!
Nothing like a good candy buffet! It was a big hit!
The cake - isn’t it cute?
And some pretty shots of the farm…
And I don’t usually do this, but this one is especially for Jessica and Rob! Nothing like a little self-portrait!
We love you guys and are so blessed to have spent the weekend with you! Thanks for believing in our vision and having faith in us to capture your wedding day memories. We wish you both an incredible life together!! HUGS!