Weddings require a lot of work. Perhaps it’s preparation for what is to come in the actual marriage: teamwork, planning, communication, execution… Either way, the wedding itself requires vision and supporters of that vision. The first time I saw Erika & BJ together was for their engagement shoot, which was highly planned and styled (Erika is a prop stylist by profession). I had no idea just how much work and planning had gone into the shoot prior to having taken the pictures until I showed up on the scene. Erika had a vision, and BJ was behind the scenes making it all happen… unloading giant, green sofas from the bed of his truck, untangling tiny, gold paper garland, etc. Right then, I knew that these two made an awesome team. They supported each other and truly had fun in the process.

When it came time for their wedding, I knew that the details and execution would be stunning. Both the ceremony and reception took place at Sotterley Plantation, here in Southern Maryland. The weather was gorgeous and the wedding was a sight to behold. The ceremony took place under a giant oak tree, the cocktail hour commenced under the patio of the old plantation home, and the reception carried on inside a beautiful and rustic barn. There was so much joy in celebrating Erika & BJ’s nuptials that it was hard not miss in their pictures. Clearly, everyone else thinks that Erika & BJ make up an awesome team too. Congratulations to you both!

Check out the amazing video highlight from Jon Key!


Photography: Melissa Barrick, MB Photography, LLC

Bridal Gown: Nordstrom/Jenny Yoo

Bridal Accessories: Made by the Bride

Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew

Hair: Halo Salon, LaPlata, Maryland

Tuxedos: Jos. A Bank

Wedding Cake: Michelle’s Cakes

Cake Topper: Made by the Bride

Other Assorted Desserts: Groom’s Mother

Vintage Rentals, Styling, Centerpiece Floral Design, Stationary: Love Nora (Bride’s Company)

Catering: Rita B’s

Tent Rental: Bailey’s Party Rentals

DJ: DJ Schemes/Scratch Weddings

Film/Videography: Jon Key Wedding Films






And THIS is why First Look’s are amazing. Side-by-side views of what I captured at the same time my assistant captured the moments.

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The picture below was taken by my assistant, Kate. I LOVE the tilt-shift lens effect on here.








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Erika & BJ’s Plantation Wedding: Southern Maryland Wedding Photographer

  1. Jenn kehres

    July 2nd, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    This wedding is just gorgeous and you can tell there was a lot work put into every single detail! It definitely belongs in a wedding magazine!! Love love it!

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