Abbey & Todd made their marriage federally official at the DC Courthouse on a Friday morning. Then they gathered together with a handful of their closest family members and spoke their vows in a circle under the columns of the National Arboretum. A bee may or may not have made it’s way up my dress mid-ceremony, but it was entirely worth it. Especially when each family member spoke a line from one of the most beautiful poems I know, Desiderata by Max Erhmann.

 

“Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself…  You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.”

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If there was ever a thought in my mind that there is a strong relationship between being by the water and connecting to some sort inner peace or harmony, Riane & Sam‘s wedding on the Chesapeake Bay confirmed it. I arrived at Wades Point Inn on the Bay in St. Michaels, Maryland and was overwhelmed by this amazing, palpable sense of calm. It lingered throughout the day alongside nervous excitement, laughter, tears, love and pie, of course. A special thanks to Joanna Day Photography for making the trip from Minneapolis to come and shoot some lovely images with me.