elisabeth + garreth’s wedding in the maryland woods
On a warm July morning, Jamie, Kat and I drove through rural Maryland towards Savage River State Forest. After a winding drive, we arrived at three yurts sitting in a little opening among the tall trees. Inside, we met the beautiful bride, Elisabeth, as she relaxed with her best girls and soon to be mother in law. We immediately fell in love with her contagious laugh and desire to bring joy into every situation.
Honoring tradition and legacy was a deep value of Elisabeth and Garreth’s wedding day. Little tokens of significance were woven throughout the day, from a relative’s pendant attached to Elisabeth’s bouquet to the traditional African outfits saved for the afterparty. The ceremony included the tradition of hand fasting, symbolically representing the uniting and connecting of two individuals, as well as a traditional act of “Jumping the Broom”, which is a long standing African-American practice to conclude the event.
It was a deep honor to help capture the story of Elisabeth and Garreth on their wedding day. Thank you to all of the sweet family and friends that warmly welcomed us in to the day and made us feel right at home!
Cheers to the Hayes!
Photographer : KT Sura
Second Shooter : Jamie Thompson
Video : Kat Albanese
Venue : Savage River Lodge