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BRIDAL SPOTLIGHT: Anna + Sam

BRIDAL SPOTLIGHT: Anna + Sam

her love story...

Sam and I met 11 years ago at an extra-credit luncheon in our hometown. A lunch that I was bribed into attending by my older sister who didn't want to sit through it alone. It wasn't until 5 years after that first run-in, that Sam and I decided to take a break from being 'just friends' and finally went on our first date in downtown Baltimore, just down the street from where we live today.  

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That evening before dinner, as I sat cross-legged on his kitchen counter-top with a glass of sweet, white wine in my hand, we caught each other up on our lives, and I felt in my heart that this date was different. 

Not surprisingly, what I had originally thought would be a summer romance before my semester away, wound up being the last first date I would ever go on. From that night forward, Sam and I immediately became inseparable. We held hands through museum exhibits, played tourist in the big city, grew closer over quiet dinners, ordered take-out on rainy afternoons, and not long after, began planning our lives together.   

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on her engagement...

We knew from the very first year that we were going to get married. Only a month or so after our first date, half of my closet was already overflowing from Sam's tiny dresser. We discussed our future consistently and very openly through the past 6 years. So much so, that my dad had referred to Sam as my "husband" to everyone he met for several years. 

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"It is only a matter of time", we would say. Being as young as Sam and I were when we met, we had a checklist of milestones that we wanted to hit before tying the knot. Now that we have proudly hung our matching college diplomas in our office, have settled into our home in Locust Point, and feel confident in our careers, we know that the timing couldn't be more perfect. 

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on styling her engagement shoot...

Sam and I currently run a successful lifestyle blog based out of Baltimore called Lifestyle by Anna Elizabeth. We are no stranger to the camera and styled shoots, but I knew that we wanted to make this engagement session different from anything we had done in the past. For the full month after we were engaged, I spent my time designing this day to be one that we would never forget. 

As a stylist and admirer of editorial shoots, there was no question in my mind that I needed to design our engagement session myself to ensure that it was extra special and personal. I first came up with the idea of shooting on the peak of Rocks State Park when I visited with a girlfriend and was reminded of how absolutely incredible the view is overlooking the trees below. Sam and I had never hiked this particular park before and I just knew that he would be as in love with the unique setting as I was. With this peak being as popular as it is on the weekends, I came to the realization that we would have to shoot our session at sunrise to avoid the crowds. Quickly, as I typed out our day-of schedule, I discovered that this meant I would be getting ready at 2:30AM, that we would be traveling to the mountain at 4AM, and hiking in the pitch dark to set-up before sunrise around 5:30AM.

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on her engagement photos...

On the morning of, Sam, Jade (our photographer), Nick (our videographer), and I rummaged through the forest, tripping over rocks, totally unable to locate the real trail, carrying all of our very heavy equipment, and dripping fresh sweat from head to toe. Did I mention that this was after we went back to the house to retrieve my forgotten engagement ring, dodged a few excited deer, and the curls in my hair fell out entirely? No stranger to the "real BTS (behind the scenes)" that it takes to get the perfect, Pinterest-worthy shot, I knew that this vision I had for the session would be no easy feat. I also knew that after rolling up our pants, and maintaining a positive attitude and a killer sense of humor, it would be totally worth it and that we would cherish these photos for the rest of our lives. 

So, while it may have been humid and our hair may not have been Kristin Ess-glam, the moment that the sun started breaking through the clouds, giving off the most energizing light, I knew that this was exactly the place we were meant to be. We read the lyrics of our first dance song, poured champagne, and twirled at the edge of this jaw-dropping cliff. 

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on getting married...

The chaos of the morning floated away and the only thought running through my mind, over and over, was "I get to marry this man". After 6 years of promising each other that we would get married someday, this exciting new season was finally beginning. It was the perfect way to honor and celebrate the beginning of our wedding planning journey.

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Photography: Jade Nikkole Photography / Videography: Nicholas Koetz / Calligraphy: Pine & Pen / Florals: Les Fleurs by Jes Wilson / Ring Box: The Mrs. Box / Earrings and Belt: Mary's Bridal Boutique / Styling: Lifestyle by Anna Elizabeth (Website / Engagement Session)

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: GENEVIEVE TARGONI of LA FLEUR DU JOUR

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: GENEVIEVE TARGONI of LA FLEUR DU JOUR

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: SUSIE SALTZMAN

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: SUSIE SALTZMAN