RA Sushi - Raising Breast Cancer Awareness

I was recently given news that our dear family friend Monica had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Suddenly the pink ribbon representing the cause to raise breast cancer awareness and fund breast cancer research took on a new meaning. The "cause" was replaced by a familiar beautiful face and it became painfully personal. My initial reaction was sadness followed by anger. I was angry that someone so wonderful had to deal with this major roadblock in her path. It wasn't until yesterday, while I was sitting at RA Sushi that I began to see the positive side to this.

Two weeks ago I sat a few tables away from where I was sitting and a brilliantly colored pink sheet grabbed my attention. In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, RA Sushi was offering a Signature Pink Roll, of which 100% of the profits go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. While I admired and supported the sentiment I didn't feel compelled to order the roll. Yesterday however, I did. In two short weeks something in me changed and I had a vested interest in the cause.

If there is a silver lining to all of this, it is that when someone as loving, supportive and as giving as Monica meets, everyone whose lives she has touched will come out to help her tear that roadblock down. It is my hope that our support will ensure a clear path for the future.

Tomorrow she undergoes surgery. I hope she knows that even though I will not be there in person, I will be there in spirit and all of her family and friends are wishing her a very speedy recovery.

Over the course of a lifetime, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, thanks to a number of factors such as earlier detection, new treatments and a better understanding of the disease, breast cancer survival rates have increased tremendously.

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Beyond The Sea - Karla and Du'vaughn

I met Du'vaughn at the Baltimore Inner Harbor in front of the Spirit of Baltimore and we waited for his beautiful bride Karla to arrive. When she started to walk towards us, I turned to look at him, and I couldn't help but beam when I saw the expression on his face. He looked SO happy. I was so caught up in the moment I almost forgot what I was there for.

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First kiss...

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Karla and Du'vaughn were married in a small intimate ceremony on the Baltimore Inner Harbor by the lovely Kelly Hilton. In attendance were Karla and Du'vaughn's dear friends, his mother, and his brother.

It was a beautiful ceremony at sunset on the water and very fitting. The end of the day of October 8, 2011 marked the beginning of the rest of their lives together as Mr. and Mrs. After the ceremony they set sail for an evening of dinner and dancing in celebration of their newly joined union.

Karla and Du'Vaughn, best of luck to you as you move forward in this new phase of your lives!!

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Karla's family was unable to attend but thanks to technology they were able to watch the entire ceremony on Skype. She so happy but became emotional when she spoke to her parents afterwards. It was a very touching scene.

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Right before they jumped on the boat to set sail for their evening of celebration, I made sure to snap a shot of her sassy gold heels!

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Oxon Hill Manor Wedding

Here are a few highlights from last Saturday's wedding at the lovely Oxon Hill Manor. I loved the beautiful colors of Fall.

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Ash Trashed the Dress!!

I've always had a tough time with goodbyes, but ever since I became a photographer, I'm having an even tougher time. I know I'm supposed to be this person lurking in the shadows snapping candids of unsuspecting victims, and I'm completely fine with that. Still... something happens when I'm shooting a wedding or an engagement session. My clients become more than clients. I mean, think about it, I spend time with them, I laugh with them, and I get all up in their business. And so who could blame me if at the end of it all, I feel like I've made some new lifelong friends. Still that isn't always the case. Sometimes goodbye really is goodbye... for now.

When I shot Ash'Leigh and Marcus' engagement session, I did not know what to expect. It was my very first engagement session with a couple I'd never met and I was a little nervous. Turns out, there was nothing to be nervous about. They were both amazing to work with and I had a really great time with the two of them. At the end of our session, I was faced with my first case of the bittersweet goodbye. Luckily for me, Ash'Leigh was having none of it and we've kept in touch ever since.

She sent me a link to her wedding photos which were shot by the very talented Cassidy Duhon and they were spectacular. They both looked so beautiful and I couldn't be happier for them.

When she contacted me to do her Trash The Dress session, I was ecstatic and could not wait to reconnect. We decided to do the session around Jonas Green Park in Annapolis. It was a slight leap of faith on my part because I'd never been there before. I got the tip from the lovely ladies of Bayside Bride. Turns out it was exactly what I was going for.

Ash'Leigh brought her dear friend Reneika along to do hair and makeup and all I can say is WOW. She does good work! My new favorite makeup artist. :)

Now without further ado, here are the photos from Ash'Leigh's Trash the Dress Shoot:

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And now... We're off to Trash... That... Dress!!!

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