Turf Valley Resort Wedding: Jessica and Wayne


“If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she’s late?” — Holden Caulfield, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The May 7, 2016, nuptials between Wayne and Jessica may have started a bit late, but I can attest to the fact that she did indeed look swell (as did he).

Dressed in a sleeveless gown with her hair up and back, Jessica was escorted down the isle by her father, Paul, who also performed the ceremony, earning the playful nickname of “Reverend” for the remainder of the evening.

After almost two weeks of daily rain in the area, the weather could not have been better this particular Saturday at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland. Not too hot, not too cold, it was juuust right for an outdoor evening wedding in the middle of spring.

The ceremony and post ceremony pictures were taken at the gazebo behind the Turf Valley hotel and adjacent to the facility’s golf course. With a colossal weeping willow and a fountain off in the distance, we didn’t need to go far for a beautiful backdrop.

I met the guys and gals before the ceremony in their hotel rooms. I already knew two of the bridesmaids, Heather and Sam, because I used to take pictures of their former band, “Who’s Heather?” I also photographed Heather’s wedding at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis in 2014, which is where I first met Jessica and Wayne.

But I had not met Cassie, the third bridesmaid, nor had I met the groomsmen, Tim, Frank, and Jim, and I can truly say that I am better off for having met each of them. And that goes doubly so for the bride and groom’s parents, Paul and Carrie (Bride), and Vern and Rick (Groom). When you’re surrounded by caring individuals who value the service you are providing for them, that’s when the magic happens, people.

The hotel rooms at Turf Valley lent themselves nicely to a relaxed but elegant atmosphere for our shoot, and I was especially fond of the double mirror in the bathroom, which I might’ve had a little too much fun with.

The reception was held in the Wedgewood Ballroom, a picturesque scene fit with a dance floor and crystal chandelier. The master of ceremonies was DJ Eddie “The Hitman” Hitt, who kept the party going all night long. Bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces were created by Flowers by Judy, and the moistest cake I’ve ever had the pleasure to consume was made by Cakes by Debbie.

Because the ceremony got off to a late start, couples portraits were postponed until after the reception, which was some time around midnight. I had purchased blue glow sticks especially for Jessica and Wayne’s wedding to attempt a light painting or two, and after a few false starts, and little help from our friends, the couple and I are very happy with how they turned out.

A few backlit shots from underneath the willow tree turned out incredibly well, as did the pictures with the golf course’s water fountain in the background, which, in the dead of night, looked more like flames from a fire than liquid from a pond.

I really can’t say enough about this wedding. It was truly a pleasure to photograph and I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to provide these beautiful people with the all-too-important family heirlooms they so much deserve.

Click here to see additional photos from Jessica & Wayne's wedding. 

Do you like what you’ve read here? Subscribe to my email list for more photography-related articles and promotions.