This wedding was a special one for this Pittsburgh wedding photographer for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, it was our first out-of-state wedding. Secondly, it was for our good friends, Tess and Phil (check out their engagement photos here!). And thirdly, this wedding literally had the most redheads I have EVER seen at a wedding (and if you know me, you know I love redheads!! And in case you don't know me, I love them because I married one!)

Phil interned at the church Nick (who's a middle school youth director) works for, and Tess, after moving to the area last year, started attending the Bible study I'm a part of last summer. We have gotten to know these two VERY well, and along with that, we've gotten to know their hearts and intentions around their marriage and their wedding day. There's something so special about a wedding day focused on what truly matters, and what will last long after the dress is put away and the flowers dry up: a lifelong love and commitment.

I started out the wedding day with Tess and her bridesmaids, who were getting ready at Tess's parents house with a beautiful rustic barn (perfect for a dress shot!) and a sunlit boat dock out back! One of my absolute favorite parts about photographing Tess & Phil's wedding in Maryland were all of the docks and the close proximity of everything to the water. It was so calming throughout the day!

After getting ready, we drove over to the ceremony and reception venue, The Anchor Inn, which sits right on the bay. From there, Tess and Phil had an emotional, intimate first look, then jumped straight into portraits with the two of them, then adding in their awesome bridal party! The ceremony took place on a dock looking over the bay (someone pinch me!) with Tess & Phil surrounded by their closest friends and family. Their ceremony was full of love, laughter, and a bullhorn (you'll see what I mean!), and later, the two shared their first dance, laughed until they cried during toasts, and shared the night celebrating with their friends and family.

To Tess & Phil - it was truly and honor to be a part of your day. You'll never know how much it meant to us that we were able to document your love! We love you guys so much!

And without further ado - take a look at Tess and Phil's wedding day!