Maryland Wedding Photography- Woodend Sanctuary Sarah & Josh

Sarah & Josh got married at one of my absolute favorite venues Woodend Sanctuary ! 

Married 5.20.2016 

Sarah: 25, born and raised in stewartsville, NJ. ER nurse at Sinai hospital in Baltimore city. Daughter of Mark and Cherrie Weisel, who still reside in Stewartsville, NJ. 

Joshua: 25, born and raised in Towson, MD. ER nurse at Saint Agnes hospital in Baltimore city. Son of Ray and Sandy Steward, who still reside in Towson, MD. 

Their story: First saw each other across the room in bible class their Sophmore year at Messiah College. Josh noticed Sarah, sitting in the front in Sweatpants, a bright yellow hoodie and a carheart jacket, next to her friend dressed to the nines; and Sarah wasn't the biggest fan of the loudmouth in the back of the room. They finally met in anatomy and physiology class, both having to retake the class after failing it the first time. Sarah noticed Josh as a familiar face and sat next to him, eventually the two began talking and studying together which transitioned into a friendship that lasted for three years. Josh eventually transferred to a college in Maryland, but continued to visit Sarah at Messiah, each time growing closer and realizing how much she meant to him. Sarah, however, was harder to convince, but the two eventually started dating a year after Josh asked her. 

The proposal: one of the first dates the couple went on was in deep creek MD on the 4th of July, watching the fireworks on the top of a black diamond at Wisp Ski Resort. Three years later, they returned to the same place to watch the fireworks on the 4th, this time with a ring in Josh's pocket. Josh took Sarah on a walk to the top of one of the nearby black diamonds to look out over the lake. Sarah's sister was there taking pictures, and as they turned for a picture, Sarah felt Josh drop. Afraid he had fallen backwards down the hill she jumped around to see him down on one knee. 

Flowers: bouquets were provided by Maher's florist. Center pieces were made by mother-in-law, flower curtain at the ceremony site was made by bride and her bridesmaids. Color scheme inspiration were spring flowers. 

Brides dress: designer was Essence of Australia, dress had an illusion neckline, with a beautiful lace backless design. 

Bridesmaid dresses: designed by JLM couture. MOH was in dusty rose, three in frosted violet, and three in eggplant. Also inspired by the colors of spring. 

Men's: Josh wore a tux from the line Black by Vera wang, as did the groomsmen. Josh had a black tie while the groomsmen wore a tie matching their assigned bridesmaid. 

DJ: was DJ Paul from mix masters entertainment. The couples first song was "mean to me" by Brett Eldridge

Food and desert: food and cake both provided by Corcoran Caterers. Cocktail hour saw caprese skewer, cheddar beef biscuits, and spring rolls. Dinner served was short rib and chicken options. Open bar was available by ACE liquors. 

Favors: all guests received a Koozy personalized with the bride and grooms name and wedding date