Alice & Benjamin

THE COMUS INN AT SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN WEDDING | DICKERSON, MARYLAND

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While the bride was getting ready, only her MOH was present. A few minutes later, the bridesmaids were asked to close their eyes, and the Bride joined them outside. Some call it a Bridesmaids First Look or the Bride Reveal – but I call it really sweet! Look at the bridesmaids’ reactions as they opened their eyes!

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Ever since I had a First Look at my own wedding, I cannot express enough how amazing of a moment it is! In my experience, the First Look doesn’t take away from walking down the aisle – in fact, it enhances it! Plus, it makes a huge difference in having a more relaxed, fun wedding timeline. I’m so thankful that Alice & Ben had this special moment together – look at Ben’s reaction to his beautiful bride! Alice was tearing up right before the First Look, but as soon as she was in the arms of her groom, she was all smiles!

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Before any guests arrived, they had a quiet moment together to enjoy their wedding day. To hold each other, to give little kisses, to laugh – and let any worries melt away.

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Alice! Oh my stars. You are breathtaking!

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I asked Ben to whisper something in Alice’s ear that he was excited about for the wedding day ahead. I’ll never know what he said, but it sure did make her happy!

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Pink and white blooms, wrapped in lace and burlap – what lovely bouquets for a rustic wedding!

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The guys were dapper in grey Tommy Hilfiger suits, navy ties, and white rustic boutonnieres. And of course, navy Chuck Taylors!

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One of the first things Alice told me when we met is that she wanted her portraits to be lovely, but also fun! We definitely had a good time making that happen.

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Palm Strings, the string quartet, filled the country air with sweet music. The processional included “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars, and “Your Song” by Elton John. After the first kiss, the Bride and Groom walked up the aisle to “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles.

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Unplugged Ceremony – what a good idea! This sign says it perfectly.

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The Comus Inn isn’t a winery (although there is one down the road), but the ceremony had a vineyard feel with wine barrels and a Unity Wine Ceremony. During the processional, Alice’s mother poured red wine in one carafe, and Ben’s mother poured white wine in another. Later in the ceremony, the couple poured the wines in a single glass, to symbolize the blending of their two lives and families. Together each drank from the new blended wine, signifying their unity.

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A favorite from the day – I suppose this is the ‘Second Kiss!’AnnaKernsPhotography_Alice&Ben_45

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This gorgeous traditional Chinese dress was a gift from a relative, which Alice wore during Cocktail Hour!

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Let the celebration begin! Even I started cheering as Alice & Ben were announced into their reception!

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“Spread the love” jam favors were such a nice touch on the guests’ place setting. And who could resist a flavor like Blueberry Lime, yum!

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And this is why I ask my couples to allow me to take them outside for a few minutes before sunset!

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I’ve never seen Ben laugh so hard as he did during the toasts!

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The reception band Keynote kept everyone on the dance floor!

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Alice’s mother had some awesome moves on the dance floor! Work it, Mrs. Hung!

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In lieu of sparklers, due to a local supply shortage, the send-off was fragrantly fun with a Lavender Toss!

Rustic Wedding at The Comus Inn | Photo by Anna Kerns

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Kim!

Wedding Designer and Event Coordinator:  Alex Meyer Events  |  Wedding Dress and Shoes:  David’s Bridal  |  Bridesmaid Dresses:  Ann Taylor  |  Suits:  Tommy Hilfiger  | Hair:  Chaos Salon  |  Makeup:  Susan Lim  |  Favors:  Miss Shelley’s Southern Jams & Jellies  |  Bouquets and Ceremony Altar Flowers:  Petal Burst Floral Design Studio  |  Reception Centerpieces and Ceremony Aisle Flowers:  Lulu Florist  |  Ceremony Musicians:  Palm Strings Quartet from Bialek’s Music  |  Reception Band:  Keynote from Entertainment Exchange  |  Videographer:  Adora Wedding Films  |  Invitations and Ceremony Programs:  Shannon Joe Paperie  |  Ceremony and Reception Venue:  The Comus Inn at Sugarloaf Mountain

  • What a beautiful, fun couple! Your day was a dream, Alice and Ben!! Well done, Anna. I LOVE these images!

  • Anna, these are gorgeous!!!! Definitely some of my absolute favorites of yours!!!

  • laura dake

    anna, these are amazing shots! just beautiful!!

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