Maggie & Chris | Swan Harbor Farm Wedding

Posted on Aug 6, 2015 in Weddings | 9 Comments


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.
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Swan_harbor_farm_wedding-352 After dances was a fantastic round of speeches!Swan_harbor_farm_wedding-357 Swan_harbor_farm_wedding-365 Swan_harbor_farm_wedding-372Maggie and her dad danced to Three Night Dog’s Joy to the World and it was fantastic!Swan_harbor_farm_wedding-381 Swan_harbor_farm_wedding-384 While Chris and his mom chose to dance to Forever Young- so sweet!Swan_harbor_farm_wedding-387 Chris now makes the 3rd groom who I’ve photographed feeding himself the cake! I love Maggie’s reaction!Swan_harbor_farm_wedding-393 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!Steve Moody Wedding DJ Steve Moody Wedding DJ Steve Moody Wedding DJ Steve Moody Wedding DJ Steve Moody Wedding DJSwan_harbor_farm_wedding-376Maggie & 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

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  1. Natalie
    August 6, 2015

    What a gorgeous sky that evening! Beautiful images of a spectacular day!

  2. Dani
    August 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!!

  3. Lauren R Swann
    August 6, 2015

    Such a sweet first look! I love the way that you captured their day, Jennifer!

  4. stacy hart
    August 6, 2015

    I love the getting ready and first look pictures. So sweet!

  5. Renee
    August 6, 2015

    So sweet! Their first look… ahhh!

  6. Lauren C
    August 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!

  7. Tara
    August 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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