Come Rain or Come Shine - Lisa and Elad

Lisa and Elad were married before their family and friends in a beautiful ceremony at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. I could not get over the breathtaking waterfront view of Baltimore's city skyline, which proved to be the perfect backdrop for portraits of a perfect couple.

One of my favorite moments of the day was in the bridal suite as Lisa was getting ready. Surrounded by her closest friends and family, Lisa spontaneously yells out, "I'm getting married!" Lisa was such a beautiful bride, not because of the dress, makeup or gorgeous up-do, but because she had the radiant glow of a woman in love about to marry the love of her life.

Both Lisa and Elad were all smiles the whole day. A few dark clouds in the sky and a little rain did nothing to dampen the spirit of their special day. You learn a lot about a couple when stressful situations arise and what I learned about them was that, rain or shine, as long as they have each other nothing else really matters.

The wedding party made their way down the aisle to the soft sounds of Jake Leckie's Jazz Trio, and exchanged vows under the chuppah using Lisa's great-grandmother's wedding ring. Elad brewed a special batch of summer ale called Matrimoniale and surprised us all by serenading his new bride with a song he wrote especially for her. They really personalized the day so that it was uniquely theirs.

All in all it was a wonderful wedding with gorgeous florals done by The Flower Cart, delicious eats provided by Zeffert and Gold Catering and musical stylings by the awesome DJ Billy Zee. I had so much fun I wish they could get married every weekend. I'd like to give a special thank you to my second shooter, Jesse Price for capturing some amazing moments. 

Congratulations Lisa and Elad!

Enjoy this sneak peek of images from your wedding day!

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I am so in love with this dress!

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Elad has such swag...

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Lisa shared a sweet moment with her nana as she walked down the aisle.

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Doubles For Life - Marlena and Curtis

This is a very special post for me because I've known Marlena since, well, before she was a Marlena. A few moons ago, my mom and her mom used to work together, and somewhere along the way their light water cooler banter blossomed into a lifelong friendship. As long as I can remember, Marlena's mom has been my "auntie" and Marlena has been my cousin.

This is us here... Weren't we adorable? :)

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Photo courtesy of my dad. :)

So, flash forward some years later and here we are. My little cousin is ENGAGED!

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Marlena and Curtis met playing volleyball in Hermosa Beach, and not long after they became partners both on and off the court. Some might say that its actually more difficult to find the right partner on the court than off. I think its because in sports, all strengths and weaknesses are pretty much on display at all times. This is why selecting the right doubles partner can be tricky and frustrating if you don't know what to look for, yet very rewarding if you do.

So here it is, Kara's tips for a successful doubles partnership:

1. Compatibility - One of the most important things to look for in a partner is someone whose style of play not only fits with your game but also complements your game. Its okay to have a different style, as a matter of fact its great. Means that you're able to fill in each other's gaps. Its not good, however, to clash on a personality level. If both partners don't have the right attitude and level of commitment, all of the chemistry in the world won't help you win a game.

2. Work - Even perfect partners work at staying perfect. They're always trying to improve their game. That's how they remain on top as a team.

3. Study the Pros - Why reinvent the wheel? Learn tricks of the trade from the ones who do it best.

4. Forgiveness - Forgive and forgive quickly. The game will be over before you know it.

Having watched Marlena and Curtis' relationship blossom over the years, I have seen them demonstrate that they do have what it takes. They are compatible, willing to work together, they have great role models, and most important, they can never stay mad at each other for long. I'm so happy that my cousin has found the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with, and I'm happy that man is Curtis.

Here are the beautiful images from their Hermosa Beach engagement session. Hope you like!

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