Maggie & Chris | Swan Harbor Farm Wedding
Maggie & Chris | Swan Harbor Farm Wedding
When I first met with Maggie & Chris over the winter, to discuss photography for their upcoming Swan Harbor Farm wedding, I knew I was going to love working with them. They seemed totally in tune and in sync with each other, and not in the typical “finish each other sentences” sort of way- it was more of a “calming glance” way. As if they can just look at each other and know what the other is thinking or feeling. They told me about their amazing travels and how they like to spend their free time hiking and camping around the world. In fact, I’ve been saving this blog post, to wait for them to return from their honeymoon- backpacking through France and Spain.
The thing that really sold me on just how awesome these two are, was the fact that Maggie revealed to me that she bought her wedding gown at a place called Hussey’s General Store. No, really. It’s an actual store- that sells bait and fishing licenses and of course, wedding gowns. And so, it was in that moment that I knew these were my people and that their wedding was going to be nothing short of amazing. The week leading up to their wedding called for significant rain all throughout their wedding day and all I could do was track the radar and hope for the best. Luckily, their day was absolutely beautiful and we didn’t see a drop of rain until my ride home! We started our day at the Vandiver Inn, where Maggie & her girls were getting ready.
Then, it was off to Swan Harbor Farm, to meet up with Chris and his guys. Initially, Maggie & Chris did not want to do a first look. However, after going over their time line for the day, they realized that without it, they would only have roughly 5 minutes for couples’ portraits. After weighing their options, they decided to go ahead with the first look, which meant that we had plenty of time for photos of the two of them together. As you’ll see later in the post, I think they made the right choice! Plus, I love how sweet these first look images are of the two of them. I don’t know the story behind the flamingos, but I’m certainly hoping someone will fill me in! These little flower girls took their job *very* seriously, and were sure to pass out their flowers to the guests as they walked down the aisle. Too cute! Maggie’s good friend made the naked cake, and Maggie made these amazing DIY stone and log centerpieces! Maggie & Chris shared their first dance to “At Last” by Etta James
After dances was a fantastic round of speeches! Maggie and her dad danced to Three Night Dog’s Joy to the World and it was fantastic! While Chris and his mom chose to dance to Forever Young- so sweet! Chris now makes the 3rd groom who I’ve photographed feeding himself the cake! I love Maggie’s reaction! Once the dance floor opened, it didn’t stop and it wasn’t your typical wedding playlist, either. I distinctly remember getting in my groove to some Rusted Root and couldn’t have possibly had a better time! Maggie & Chris- thank you so much for choosing me to be your photographer! I had a blast working with you and can’t wait to hear all about your amazing honeymoon!
Venue: Swan Harbor Farm
Getting Ready Location: The Vandiver Inn
Caterer: Dean & Brown
Cake: Kakes for Kids by Sara Grogan
Make-up: Pearl Ada
Ceremony Music: Perry Hall High School Students
Centerpieces: Maggie Toolin
DJ: Steve Moody
Florist: Talmar Gardens
Photographer: Jennifer Smutek Photography
Photographer’s Assistant: Dan Evans
NatalieAugust 6, 2015
What a gorgeous sky that evening! Beautiful images of a spectacular day!
DaniAugust 6, 2015
First off, kudos to them! I love where they did their ceremony!! It is perfection. And the light during their portraits – so pretty!!
Lauren R SwannAugust 6, 2015
Such a sweet first look! I love the way that you captured their day, Jennifer!
stacy hartAugust 6, 2015
I love the getting ready and first look pictures. So sweet!
ReneeAugust 6, 2015
So sweet! Their first look… ahhh!
Lauren CAugust 6, 2015
Ok they seem like super awesome people Anyone that buys a wedding dress at a place called Hussey’s has to be awesome.
And that light!! And those silhouettes!!! Especially that last one….so gorgeous!
TaraAugust 6, 2015
This looks like such a fun and awesome wedding!! The light in their portraits post-ceremony — stunning!! Beautiful job Jennifer!
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