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I am SO excited to shoot Michelle and Eric’s wedding this fall and equally excited to shoot the pair’s Old Town Alexandria engagement photos.

These two met in HIGH SCHOOL.  That’s right; Eric asked Bob who asked Jane who asked Michelle out.

He. Was. Smitten.

Michelle agreed, and they made googly eyes at each other across the dance floor for a solid 15 minutes.  Eric explains word soon came back to him that Michelle was dumping him for another boy.  The brief romance of googly eyes and smiles was Eric’s first, but it made a lasting impression!

Old Town Alexandria engagement photos with Michelle and Eric. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

Old Town Alexandria engagement photos with Michelle and Eric. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

Now, years later, they are planning a fall wedding in Harper’s Ferry.  Eric is marrying his first love!

While Eric changed into outfit two of our photo session, and Michelle and I chatted, she let me know they dated again in high school, and her family loved him!  Eric and Michelle split romantically to move away and attend college, and in the eyes of Michelle’s family, subsequent boyfriends never lived up to Eric.  “He’s nice, but he’s not like Eric….” Michelle told me her sister would lament.

Old Town Alexandria engagement photos. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

Old Town Alexandria engagement photos with Michelle and Eric. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

And, I’m sure it’s true!  These two just “fit.”  They joke and play like young loves, and smile until their eyes crinkle.  Michelle said that it may sound cheesy, but when she kisses Eric, she actually feels butterflies or fireworks.  Not cheesy at all!  I can personally attest to magical power of a good kisser.

Old Town Alexandria engagement photos. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

Old Town Alexandria engagement photos. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

Michelle and Eric reconnected when Eric was working in the Washington, DC area and Michelle was working in Frederick.  Quickly, they fell back in love– if they ever stopped loving one another, which is highly doubtful!

They now live just south of the Beltway, and wanted to shoot Old Town Alexandria engagement photos because the mix of history, small town feel, water, and so many spots they love!  We even stopped outside of Ben and Jerry’s where the smell of sweet treats and bubbles wafted in the air!  Cobblestone streets were also a must.

Old Town Alexandria engagement photos with Michelle and Eric. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

Old Town Alexandria engagement photos. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

Old Town Alexandria engagement photos with Michelle and Eric. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

Old Town Alexandria engagement photos with Michelle and Eric. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

Old Town Alexandria engagement photos with Michelle and Eric. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

Michelle and Eric, thank you for letting me play stalker to your sweet love!  I can’t believe I am the lucky photographer who gets to photograph your wedding!  I can’t wait to see where the next 6-ish months will take you!

For more Old Town Alexandria engagement photos see here.

Before getting to the Ceresville wedding photos, let me share a little about Eric and Matt’s wedding ceremony at Grace United Church of Christ in downtown Frederick, Maryland.  After getting ready and their first look in downtown Frederick (you can see a blog post on that here), Matt and Eric waited for their ceremony to start while chatting with their handsome wedding party.

Matt and Eric

And then… it was go time!  Emotion ran high while everyone walked down the aisle.  Then, the doors closed, and everyone waited.  Though small windows at the back of the church, the couple scanned the crowd and wiped away tears.

Mom walking down the aisle at her son

Matt and Eric

During the ceremony, Eric and Matt sat on opposite sides of the aisle.  They made googly eyes at each other nearly every moment they were apart– totally solidifying their “awesome client” status in my book.  I LOVE couples who are undeniably in love.

Matt and Eric

Halfway through the ceremony, Eric sang.  At most weddings, yeah, it’s nice.  Maybe even in key.  Now, image that you are marrying a professional opera singer!  Like one that has performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Italy.  When Eric sang, it sent chills down my spine, and Matt reached for a tissue.

Eric sings opera at his gay wedding in Frederick, Maryland. Images from Jalapeno Photography.

Groom cries at his gay wedding in Frederick, Maryland. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

Then, Matt and Eric served communion to their guests.  I absolutely LOVE this tradition!  Plus… you get a few extra sneaks of this beautiful church and its stunning stained glass windows.

Matt and Eric serve communion at their gay wedding in downtown Frederick, Maryland. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

Eric and Matt serve communion at their gay wedding in downtown Frederick, Maryland. Images by Jalapeno Photography.And like that, all the planning and thinking and planning came to a head…. and they were married!

Eric and Matt were married at Grace Reformed Church in Frederick, Maryland. Images by Jalapeno Photography.

After the wedding, we shot until sunset around several Frederick landmarks before going to Ceresville.  Ceresville wedding photos are out of this world (have you seen their pond?!), but Matt and Eric are Frederick.  It was amazing to capture them by “the creek” and the covered bridge near Baker Park.

Eric and Matt

Eric and Matt

Eric and Matt

Eric and Matt

Eric and Matt

Eric and Matt

Eric and Matt

Then, as the sunset, we left for their reception at Ceresville Mansion.  The Ceresville wedding photos are so much fun!  It’s such a great venue!

Eric and Matt populated their decorations with simple blue accents and a fun cupcake tower which included a BACON cupcake!  It was banana, nuts and bacon.

Ceresville wedding photos of Eric and Matt

Ceresville wedding photos of Eric and Matt

Eric and Matt walked into their first dance.  These two!  Gosh!

Ceresville wedding photos of Matt and Eric

After dinner, the party started with roasts… I mean “toasts.”  Check that, I really mean ROASTS!  My cheeks were sore from laughing.

Ceresville wedding photos of Eric and Matt

Ceresville wedding photos of Eric and Matt

Then, Eric and Matt opened the dance floor by dancing with some of their dearest loved ones.

Ceresville wedding photos of Matt

 

And then EVERYONE danced.  The atmosphere was loving and just plain FUN.  A huge shout out to Matt of Shew-sical Entertainment.  Every wedding we’ve worked together has been VERY different, but he always has everyone dancing.

Ceresville wedding photos of Eric and MattEric and Matt

Ceresville wedding photos of Matt and Eric

Eric and Matt ended the night with cake and more and more dancing!

Ceresville wedding photos of Eric and Matt

Eric and Matt is was a honor to be part of your amazing day, even as an observer!  I cannot wait to see where life takes you two.

 

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