When I think about how we nearly missed the privilege of meeting Maggie and Tony and photographing their wedding, I’m just so thankful for the way it all worked out! Maggie and Tony had actually hired another photographer, but through a series of unfortunate events, she became unavailable for their wedding. Maggie and Tony’s longtime friend Kelly (of Petals by the Shore) texted us just a little while back to see if we were available. We *almost* said no, because their wedding fell within a fully booked week in an intensely busy month. But we always treasure the opportunity to work with Kelly, so we set up a phone call with Maggie to feel out the situation. Immediately upon speaking with Maggie, who was so lively, candid, and kind, I knew that we wanted to be there on her wedding day!! Fortunately, she also felt that we’d be a good fit. The entire time elapsed from contact to booking was just a matter of hours!
After that, I met Maggie and Tony for a little mini-shoot, just so they would be comfortable with us on the wedding day. I left that session even MORE thankful that God orchestrated this meeting, because I saw that Tony was Maggie’s perfect match – not quite as lively perhaps (few people are as lively as Maggie!), but solid, mature, and equally as funny and kind as Maggie. I listened to Maggie and Tony talk about their families, their wedding, and the things that were important to them and I became a little emotional as I saw how much they appreciated their families and wanted to use their wedding as a way to honor them. The rest of our correspondence before the wedding was by email, where they did what I called the “Good Cop/Funny Cop Routine”. I don’t think I ever sent an email that wasn’t responded to by BOTH Maggie and Tony, which is very unusual. One would write something informative and always affirming. An hour or so later, the other would follow up with something hilarious. As I sat at my desk working and their emails popped in, they just made my day! Then, at some point along the way, Susie and I had to share some personal news that was perhaps going to affect their wedding day. You’re not even going to believe this – Maggie was so gracious and compassionate, she offered to come CLEAN MY HOUSE. What?! As I said – this is an uncommonly kind couple! (By the way, I declined – that’s what I have kids for, right?! ;-))
On the day of Maggie and Tony’s wedding, I saw everything that I had seen in them before – love & appreciation for their families and their kindness & humor – but I also saw something I hadn’t noticed before. Tony and Maggie are truly a team that looks out for one another’s interests and desires. They’re wonderful about compromise. Sometimes wedding days can be hard on a couple, because the expectations are so high, it’s easy to get upset if things go a little differently. Not for Maggie and Tony! – nothing mattered to them except being together with their dearest. As minor decision points came up, they listened to each other and easily made choices based on concern for the other. That was a beautiful thing for me to see and gave me so much excitement for them as they enter marriage!!! I’m so happy for Maggie and Tony and so, so thankful that they chose us to document this day!!! Maggie and Tony – thank you, congratulations, best wishes and highest hopes for many years to come!!!!!!
Venue: TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm
Ceremony Venue: St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church
Caterer: TPC Avenel
Videographer: AM Films
Hair and Makeup: Chelsey Dame of Beauty by Terra
Barber: Andrew, The Suite Barber Shop
Men’s Suits: Jos A Bank
Dress: Designed by Casablanca, Found at White Swan Bridal
Florist: Petals by the Shore
Band: Prime Time
Officiant: Fr. Salah
Limo: Martin’s Sedan