Howard County Conservancy Wedding: Emily & Daniel

Some people you meet and you can just tell they have good souls.  That is Emily and Daniel.  They have devoted their lives to the noble pursuit of conservation of native pollinators, including bees, and you can see that in little details throughout their wedding.  Up until ten minutes before Emily and Daniel’s wedding ceremony at the Howard County Conservancy, the weather was gorgeous.  The light was bright, but soft from a big pillow of clouds.  Just as the bride made her way toward the aisle, the sky opened up and it pretty much poured straight through the ceremony.  Luckily, it stopped again a few minutes later.

Because marriage is an adventure.

Emily and Daniel’s family and friends helped arrange the gorgeous DIY wedding flowers lining the aisle and dinner tables.

Emily and Daniel had a beautiful Quaker wedding ceremony with a few personalized elements.  For example, I learned that at a strictly traditional Quaker wedding, no one speaks until someone feels moved to say something.  The officiant, and the couple’s good friend, explained that he was moved to start speaking right away.

The rings were passed to each guest to allow everyone an opportunity to say a blessing over them.

Another Quaker wedding tradition is the signing of a marriage certificate.  All of the guests had an opportunity to sign it as well.  And loved ones were on hand to make sure it didn’t blow away in the rain.

Thanks so much to Emily and Dan for walking through the grass for this shot.  I hope you love it as much as I do.

First Dance Song:  “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke.

Congratulations!  Thank you so much for having me at your gorgeous wedding!

Corradetti Glassblowing Studio Wedding

Happy Labor Day!  I was honored to shoot two weddings this past weekend for wonderful couples, and I hope to share those photos soon!  In the meantime, please enjoy some wedding inspiration from a Corradetti Glassblowing Studio wedding I shot last year.  If you are getting married here, I would LOVE to be your photographer!

With Gratitude xoxo, Olivia

Something unplanned is likely to happen on your wedding. I’ve seen a bridesmaid rip her dress, a bride lose her veil, and more.  At my own wedding, the DJ played the wrong first dance song!  Gabi’s wish was simple. She had been praying for no rain for weeks. Rain would be incompatible with the outdoor fête celebrating her wedding. I checked the weather every day too and remained hopeful. And then the day came. The sky was slate and sputtering. Gabi said they held off for as long as possible before finally setting up the festivities indoors.  Still, the reception was beautiful and the bride and groom glowed. Guests laughed and danced. Happiness and grace outshone the misty rain.

Though I know it is easier said than done and that you may have heard it before, don’t let a little rain (or a ripped dress or the wrong song) change the fact that your wedding is a supremely joyous time. My initial irritation over my first dance song has faded into just a funny story, but there is still that one picture of me looking mad at the reception that I am not too fond of. So, thanks very much to Gabi and Farhan who figured all that out much faster than I did, and for having me at your celebration. Your day was beautiful and I can’t wait to share all of the pictures with you!

Portraits of E: NYC Shoot for The E List

The E List is a newly launched blog showcasing “great works by today’s hottest creatives.”  I hopped the Acela to NYC to take a few photos for Erin– the ‘E’ behind The E List.  Check out a few of my favorites below:

NYC was the perfect backdrop for a blogger who lives by the motto: “Smart. Hot. Creative.”  Regarding her connection to NYC, E said:

I also happen to currently make my home in New York City, about which I am most passionate.  I live in the Bowery and feel so blessed that every day I can step out the door of my apartment into an environment throbbing with an energy and creativity that is palpable.

E explained the inspiration behind The E List:

I’ve always been captivated by Gertrude Stein and her Paris salon.  Located on the Left Bank, the Stein home was a gathering place for rising artists, writers and other creatives.  Thus, the birth of The E List – a child of the traditional salon and modern social media.  Inspired by the energy of New York City and infused with a passion for the global community.  At The E List, we are all about everything smart, hot and creative[.]

I loved shooting for The E List in NYC! (And not just because The E List featured Olivia Jacob Photography here.)  Thanks so much for having me!

E - The E List LOVED working with Olivia Jacob Photography! What a great day to spend with such a great talent. xo

National Museum of Women in the Arts Wedding: Ariel & Will

Ariel and Will were married at Georgetown University’s Dahlgren Chapel, just steps from where they had their first kiss!  We met early to take plenty of couples’ shots before the ceremony.  Afterwards, we headed over to the National Museum of Women in the Arts for delicious cupcakes, cute favors, and a beautifully choreographed first dance.

Great first kiss angle by second shooter, Minh Pham.

For anyone who knows me, this is my kind of party favor!

First dance song: “To Make You Feel My Love”

Beth and Tom - Ari and Will,

I just love the one of you looking up at Will, nest to the last picture. I have seen that same pose many times the last few years and it is so you two!

Love you, Mom