Bernadette and Joel’s Woodsy Wedding

This wedding brought me back to my naturalist days as a snowshoe guide in Vail, partly because it was out in the woods in Thurmont, Maryland, and partly because it was bitterly cold. Poor Bernadette and Joel had planned to get married outside at Thorpwood and have the reception in an unheated barn, but it was so cold that we ended up having the ceremony in the barn and a very cozy reception in the main cabin, with a fire going and all. Good thing, too, because when I met up with Joel and his groomsmen to take some getting ready shots and portraits, we encountered some snow flurries, believe it or not. Regardless of the weather, spirits were high and Bernadette and Joel had a beautiful and intimate wedding day with wonderful family and friends. Everyone celebrated with some heartfelt toasts and a really really delicious pre-thanksgiving fried turkey buffet.

The day started with portraits of Joel and his groomsmen, and then of Bernadette and her bridesmaids. We then went to the barn for a beautiful ceremony. They even provided gloves with the program. Afterwards, while the guests enjoyed wine, beer, and cheese, we stayed out in the bitter cold taking pictures. We had some real troopers in that bridal party and ended up with some great photos. The main lodge offered the warmth we needed, where they had a wonderful reception, featuring a giant fireplace, delicious buffet with fried turkey, toasts, caramel apples as gifts, and lots of fun dancing. It’s always a good party when people pull out their awesome dance moves! I was also pleased to see the engagement session look book as a guest book.

I had the pleasure of meeting Bernadette and Joel earlier this year for their Georgetown engagement session, and after spending a couple hours with them walking around the town, I knew we were going to have a great time at their wedding. I loved working with Bernadette and Joel; it was a wonderful way to end the wedding season!


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