It was just one month before they were to be married when James and Melissa contacted me about photographing their wedding. Despite my busy summer schedule, I happened to have their date free! I’m so glad I was available to capture this amazing couple’s special day! Besides their previous photographer canceling, their hotel also closed, and they had to shorten their guest list by over half of the original expected attendees. They had already changed their wedding date because of COVID, now they had to scramble to get everything re-planned. They were overwhelmed. The tears, discussions, frustrations, and fears, felt at times, unsurmountable. Melissa was starting her first year as a principal and could not imagine postponing her wedding for a whole year. Who knew if next year’s situation would be any different? They took a risk to move forward with their plan, and are so glad they did. With Ben Reeder Photography providing a live stream experience for their guests watching from home, James and Melissa felt like they could go on with their planned festivities. I’m so glad they did… it was an incredible day!
The day had finally come. After nearly a year of planning, re-planning and planning again, Anya would finally be Mrs Joel Gatchell. They had met when they were pre-teens, and were high school sweethearts. After college, Anya began working as a nurse while Joel finished his senior year at Cedarville University. When COVID hit, Joel’s last semester of college, along with his last season of track was cut short, and he headed home to finish up. It was still months until their wedding, and they both thought that by June everything would be back to normal. I think we all thought (or hoped) that. Their venue and guest count changed so many times in the few months before their wedding, they were almost ready to just head to the courthouse, if they had to. Thankfully they didn’t have to that. Only a month before their wedding they booked the most beautiful location they could have dreamed of. The Barn at Artemis is a hidden gem, in the small community of Brogue. It over looks the Susquehanna River and has beautiful views from every direction. With it’s relaxing, natural and woodsy vibe, It was Anya’s dream come true.
Anya and Joel are probably one my couples most looking forward to getting married. They’ve had some stressful moments in their lives these last few months. Joel was all ready to finish up his senior year of college, and prepped for his last track season when the pandemic brought an abrupt end to his dream of competing this spring. Anya, a registered nurse has had her share of stressful moments as she puts herself in a vulnerable position by serving others through her profession every day.
One of the things I love most about photographing weddings is capturing moments in a very beautiful way. When you think about the timeline of a wedding day, there are so many moments that weave together to make the fabric of the wedding day. From the very first moments in the morning, when the bride […]
Congratulations to Jeramy and Jen were married on April 8th, with a ceremony and reception at the Maryland Science Center! Jen and Jeramy’s Maryland Science Center Wedding I always love when I’m asked to photograph a wedding at a unique venue like this. Every wedding is different, of course, and I’m always able to find […]
Congratulations to Hannah and Matt were married on November 7th, with a ceremony at the Towson Presbyterian Church and reception at the Peabody Library in Baltimore! Hannah and Matt are both singers and entertainers who travel all around the country, and you can absolutely tell! Their awesome vibes were all over this wedding, especially in their choreographed […]
Welcome to my blog—and to the new website! It’s always exciting to start something new, and I wanted to take the time to introduce myself and my work. My passion is in giving clients beautiful, natural photographs. Because I look for the romance and artistry in everything, I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate […]
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