03.19.24

Beneath the historic and stately gaze of the circuit court of Baltimore County, I got to watch Elise and Kiara vow to navigate the ebbs and flows of life together. Their wedding was such a tribute to the fact that love requires no grand audience to validate its depth.

Sometimes, a courthouse, two brides, and a city brimming with history are all it takes to celebrate a union that’s as beautiful as it is profound.

Elise and Kiara’s day was marked not by the number of guests or the lavishness of their venue, but by the intimacy and personal significance of each moment they shared.Their extremely intimate ceremony, surrounded by the quiet support of a few close loved ones was the height of simplicity, undistracted by the fanfare that often accompanies more traditional celebrations.

Elise, with her flair for creativity and attention to detail, handcrafted the underskirt of her dress to match the color of Kiara’s, adorning it with flowers in a labor of love that symbolized the care and thoughtfulness they pledged to bring into their marriage. It was jaw dropping. 

Following their vows, the newlyweds embarked on a photographic journey through urban Baltimore, transforming the city’s iconic locales into backdrops for their love story. Mount Vernon Place’s Washington Monument offered a serene and majestic park setting that was positively glowing that afternoon as we wound our way around the walkways. 

But perhaps the most fun stop was Baltimore’s Center Stage, an emblem of the city’s vibrant arts scene. The couple had the entire space to themselves, turning the theater into a private canvas for their love. 

We played with vast echoing spaces and private book-lined books; we walked through the hallways and danced in and out of shadows. It was such an adventure to explore the building and see what areas inspired the imagination. 

Kiara’s limited mobility was never seen as a limitation but rather an opportunity to savor each moment fully. The couple took their time at each location, embracing the quiet intimacy of their day. This deliberate pacing allowed them to truly relish in their surroundings and in each other’s company, making each photograph not just an image but a captured moment in time, filled with the emotions and love shared between them.

Exploring urban Baltimore with Elise and Kiara was an adventure in discovering the beauty of love’s simplicity and the unique ways it can be celebrated. Their wedding day was a powerful reminder that love doesn’t need a grand event to be real or meaningful. Sometimes, the most unforgettable celebrations are those that are shared in quiet corners of the world, made special by the people in them and the love they share.

Their story showcases a love that transcends all boundaries and norms. It speaks to the heart of what it means to commit oneself to another, not through grand gestures, but through the small, meticulously planned details and the quiet, shared experiences that truly reflect the depth of one’s love and commitment.

To Elise and Kiara, thank you for letting me glimpse into your special day. Your journey, marked by the steps you took through the courthouse and the streets of Baltimore, is a testament to the enduring power of love, the importance of celebrating it in ways that are meaningful to you. 

Take a look at their day below.