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the east coast half of MaeWood Photography and a wedding and portrait photographer as well as a special educator. We capture the special seasons of your life and all the sweet little moments in between so that you have materialized memories to share for generations to come. We hope you enjoy following along with out stories as well as those we photograph!
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little corner of the world wide web! I am Jessica Wood a wedding and portrait photographer based in Phoenix, Arizona! I travel often to beautiful wedding locations with my best friend, Megan Yohn, the Lancaster, PA location of MWP. When we aren't together, you will find my other partner in crime is my husband, Michael! We hope you enjoy grabbing your favorite drink and snuggling up on the couch to read your own love story or to find inspiration and the 101 on how to make your portrait session or wedding day a breeze!
oudoir simply means a
woman's bedroom. When it comes to photography however, it means something a little deeper. Boudoir Photography is loving your body and who you are in your skin at this point in your life. It is feeling free and beautiful to be you, for you, and no body else! Our boudoir sessions are classy and more empowering than sexual. We are capturing the art work that your body is, no matter what shape, size, or shade.
October 3, 2019
Tears were streaming down many a face when Val & Ryan swayed together to the tune of Coffey Anderson’s “Better Today” for their first dance as husband & wife last Saturday. All wedding days have their fair share of emotion & sentiment, but this wedding…this was one for the record books.
It may have been the majestic ambiance of their Lakeside Pavilion ceremony & Mansion House reception sites at the Maryland Zoo. Or that there couldn’t have been a more perfect September day. Though the sun was shining in a cloudless, cerulean sky, the temperature never inched above 85 with a cool breeze tickling the tops of our shoulders throughout the day. Periwinkle blue blossoms mixed with playa blanca roses & eucalyptus accents were set aglow by twinkling chandeliers overhead. It was absolute perfection.
Perhaps the most poignant source of giving us ALL the feels was the fact that Ryan has been courageously battling Kidney Disease for years, Val by his side every step of the way. Though Ryan is currently on the donor list awaiting a match for a kidney transplant, neither he nor Val allowed that to stop them from soaking up every second of their joyful celebration. On the contrary, it gave them even more reason to be truly present in the moment.
So often, we just assume that our lives will follow a sequence & timeline we’ve envisioned for ourselves well in advance. But life doesn’t always go according to plan. It gets messy. It can throw curveballs we never expected to have to field. This very special day, at least for us, reinforced the importance of appreciating every moment we are given & never taking anyone or anything for granted. As photographers, this represents the nexus of our why for what we do: we immortalize the love & cherished memories our couples share. Because life is short, & we never know what it will throw at us next.
BUT, possibly the COOLEST part of their big day was the Guest of Honor. Ryan & Val are avid animal-lovers, one of the primary reasons they wanted to have their nuptial celebration at the zoo. So naturally, they wanted to include an Animal Ambassador on the guest list…
Keep scrolling to meet Dawn, an African Penguin named after the dish soap that saved her! This cheeky little chickadee was front & center to kick off the Panzer-Heaps reception, though not before she could spend some quality time alone with the bride & groom. And we are SO grateful we were there to capture all the adorable moments wrapped up in revelry!!!
Looking at the pictures of Val & Ryan gazing into each other’s eyes under the handcrafted arbor Ryan made himself, or giggling uncontrollably as they watched Dawn nuzzle into Val’s dress, or busting a move on the dancefloor with their nearest & dearest, one thing is for sure:
Val & Ryan, we love you like a penguin loves herring!!! Every second of your day was an amazing adventure, & we can’t thank you enough for letting us have a bird’s eye view of your ZOO-tastic shindig!!!
Venue: Maryland Zoo | @marylandzoo
Videography: Dare Visuals | @dare_visuals
Photography: MaeWood Photography | @maewoodphotography_my & @maewoodphotography_jes
Hair: Lavish Salon & Spa | @lavishoffallston
Makeup: Fleurt Beauty Co. | @fleurtbeautycompany
Florals: Fleur De Lis Floral Design | @fleurdelisbaltimore
Catering: Santoni’s Marketplace & Catering | @santonismarketplace
Wedding Dress: The Bridal Boutique | @bridalboutiquecolumbia
DJ: Mark Hemler | @mchemler
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