Oh, y’all. I am excited for this one.
Carina and Matt are two beautiful souls who I had the privilege of getting to know during my time at Penn State. They are incredibly funny, incredibly sweet, incredibly gifted musically, incredibly devoted to the Lord, and incredibly in L-O-V-E. I knew that their day was going to be so joyful and fun, and I had been looking forward to it ever since Carina first sent me that so-exciting message asking me what I happened to be doing on a certain August 9.
I arrived at Carina’s childhood home in Olney, Maryland where she and some of the best people in her life were getting her ready to say I Do. With the bridesmaids each wearing sunglasses emblazoned with the official hashtag for the day, #teachmehowtwoDuffy (genius.), my suspicions of a fun day were 100% confirmed. And as Carina put on her gorgeous gown, it became pretty clear that the day was going to be just as beautiful as it would be filled with joy.
Together, Carina and Matt are encouraging, hilarious, kind, pair that just make others want to be around them. It’s pretty phenomenal. But one of the best things about these two is that I couldn’t even begin to imagine a better match for either of them. They have found the one whom their soul loves and it just makes me shake my head in happiness to see them come together in MARRIAGE, and in anticipation of all of the incredible ways that their husband-and-wife team will love the people they meet in through the rest of their lives.
Alright, enough sap from me :) C+M, I am SO daggone happy for you two! I am beyond thrilled to get to share a few of my favorite moments from your day with you. Thanks for your love, your laughter, and your infectious joy. You two are the good kind of somethin’ else.
Introducing: Mr. and Mrs. Duffy.
I loved all of Carina and Matt’s florals, but especially the miniature boutonnieres for her ring bearers!
The best sunglasses ;)
CARINA!!! You at you, you stunning bride!!
Carina’s sister-in-law made her this stunning shawl to match the colors of her day.
Just the cutest.
The perfect guestbook alternative for these two! An old guitar signed by their closest friends and family!
The bridal party stopped by Needwood Lake for photos and I am 100% planning on returning! This lake was the perfect spot for portraits!
Beautiful, beautiful people.
(ps- see if you can spot all of the past Steph Dee brides and grooms! There are quite a few of them in this shot!)
Maybe my favorite groomsman photo to date ;)
The first shot of their portrait time and of course it’s a stunner! You two are just the best.
Perfect. Beautiful. Wonderful. And all the rest of the gushing adjectives you guys can think of.
And then it was party time!
Carina’s father daughter dance was to a version of the classic “Butterfly Kisses” that she and her dad sung THEMSELVES! The remake was “Butterfly Stitches” and it couldn’t have been more perfect!
Anytime Carina and Matt are guests at a wedding I’ve shot, they ALWAYS tear up the dance floor, so I knew their reception was going to be a good time!
Congratulations, love birds! And thanks to the vendors who made the day possible: