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Victoria + Bobby, a Maryland Family Farm Wedding

bvictoria bobby-25-1.jpgVictoria and Bobby met way back in middle school, and just last weekend, these two tied the knot!  Victoria and Bobby became friends in middle school, but then lost touch because they went to different schools.  It wasn’t until years later, when Victoria was in college and Bobby was serving in Afghanistan, that these two reconnected through Facebook – and the rest is history:) Victoria and Bobby’s wedding day was so special – and their venue was truly a one of a kind wedding venue! These two held their wedding ceremony and reception in a place that was very near and dear to both of them – right in Victoria’s grandparents’ backyard! Victoria’s grandparents have a gorgeous farm with rolling fields and the perfect flat space for a ceremony and a tented reception. It was such a gorgeous space, and Victoria’s family transformed this so incredibly! It was so special that the wedding was so close to home; in fact, when we were talking a few weeks before their wedding day, Victoria said that her parents’ house was just down the street in case she or Bobby forgot to bring anything! (On my wedding day, I forgot our gorgeous cake tablecloth and the pink cotton candy for the candy bar – but we were way too far from home; Victoria had the right idea!). It was so nice too that this beautiful backyard space lent itself so well to a natural indoor/outdoor flow; guests relaxed on the ceremony benches while others partied on the dance floor and the kids had fun in the photo booth!

In addition to the family farm as a backdrop to their wedding, Victoria and Bobby included lots of unique touches. Each guest was gifted a cute mason jar mug customized with their name in chalkboard paint (and these two even had ones for Kelsey and I! They are so thoughtful!!). In addition to that, the beautiful arbor that these two said their vows under was built by Victoria’s grandfather, and they had a custom made bobblehead cake topper that looked just like them – all the way to the detailing of Victoria’s dress!!

The month of May in Maryland has been extraordinarily rainy; we’ve had rain and clouds almost every single day this month, and Victoria and Bobby’s wedding day was forecasted for more of the same – plus thunder and lightning! I was a little nervous – mainly because everything was scheduled to be outdoors! – but Victoria was so prepared and calm! The day of their wedding, I was checking the forecast probably every fifteen minutes (and getting updates from my husband too!), but early in the day, the forecast predicted that the rain would end by 3:00. As Kelsey and I were driving to the farm, it started raining. I panicked, but Kelsey checked the forecast again and told me it would be over soon – and she was right! And once that rain ended, we were SO blessed to have gorgeous sunny skies! It was incredible after all of the rain we’ve had this month to have such a beautiful, sunny evening, and as Victoria and Bobby’s family and friends said, it was truly a gift.

After our beautiful portraits (this farm is just stunning!!), Victoria, Bobby, and their family and friends partied the night away LONG into the night! (And this group can dance!! It was a fun party!). Enjoy some favorites from Victoria and Bobby’s beautiful wedding day:)
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Maryland_Farm_Wedding-925.jpgMaryland_Farm_Wedding-915-1.jpgThe officiant had everyone create a bridge with their fingers and try to take their ring fingers apart; the fact that they couldn’t demonstrated how strong a marriage is.  It was so sweet seeing everyone participate!
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Maryland_Farm_Wedding-900.jpgPortrait time!  How sweet are these two?bedited veil2.jpgbvictoria bobby-25.jpgAnother absolute favorite!
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Yay!!  Married!
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Maryland_Farm_Wedding-225.jpgThis wonderful group!!  I love this one Kelsey got of everyone having fun during portraits!!  They are definitely a fun bunch:)
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Maryland_Farm_Wedding-221.jpgI carry way too many cameras, and Sage was hanging out with Kelsey and I, so I handed her a camera so she could join the team for a bit – and she did a great job!  Check out the photo after this – she took that one!

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Maryland_Farm_Wedding-500.jpgThese two have such a good sense of humor!  Their dance was so funny!
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These three have this same photo from childhood!:)

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VENUE | Private family farm

PHOTOGRAPHER | Brooke Tyson Photography

WEDDING DRESS | Stella York from Today’s Bride

WEDDING CAKE | Terry Tuttle

FLORIST | Adored Occasions

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES | The Dainty Yard

GROOMSMEN TUXES | Joseph A. Bank

DJ | Dan Violette

HAIR | Emerald Mackey

MAKEUP | Miranda Paige Beauty

CATERING | Mission BBQ

INVITATIONS | X3 Designs

May 22, 2016 - 5:27 pm

Penny Welch Clark - Beautiful!!

Amy + Clarke, a Georgetown University Wedding

Leading up to October 3, the entire East Coast was preparing for a coming hurricane, but Amy and Clarke were preparing for their wedding day! As Amy and I chatted in the weeks before her day, she was so incredibly calm, relaxed, and easy-going. I was so impressed that even a coming hurricane didn’t faze Amy, but that is so much who she is – Amy looks at the positive in every situation, and always has such a bright outlook on life. Thankfully, the hurricane ended up just being some off-and-on rain throughout the day and some wind, and Amy, Clarke, and all of their guests didn’t let that stop their fun!

And fun was definitely the theme of this day! Amy and Clarke’s wedding was so personal and unique. Amy and Clarke met at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and then these two celebrated their wedding in the same spot! Amy and Clarke got ready, had their ceremony, and did their portraits on the Georgetown University campus, and then everyone headed to the National Press Club downtown for the reception after. Amy started the day by having her hair and makeup done for her wedding in a classroom on campus – but not just any classroom. This was a classroom that she sat in as a student just a few years before!! Clarke also got ready in a classroom just down the hall!  Their ceremony was in the chapel on campus, and after the ceremony, we headed across campus to the Mortara Building where these two met when they were both students at Georgetown! Georgetown University was truly the perfect location for Amy and Clarke’s wedding:)

I loved getting to know these two, and being there as they tied the knot. When Amy and I first spoke on the phone, we were so surprised to discover an unusual connection we both had – with chocolate! Amy is from Eerie, PA, which is the same town my father-in-law grew up in! The first time I met my then-boyfriend’s parents (now my in-laws!), they gifted me sponge candy from Stefanelli’s in Eerie. It turns out that the first time Amy met Clarke’s parents, her own parents sent her sponge candy from Stefanelli’s to give as a gift! At Amy and Clarke’s wedding, they so sweetly gifted me and Kelsey some wonderful Stefanelli’s sponge candy!! It was so thoughtful of them (and such a wonderful late night treat for our drive home!)  :)I just loved getting to know Amy and Clarke, plus their family and friends. Enjoy some of my favorites from their beautiful Georgetown University wedding!

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These girls were such a sweet bunch – and aren’t they gorgeous?  They are like a walking J. Crew ad!!

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Ceremony time – and perfect timing because it had just started to rain!
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Georgetown_University_DC_Wedding-352.jpgUmbrellas can be so fun at a wedding!!

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This is where Amy and Clarke met!!  In grad school, these two both found themselves sitting in the Mortara Building on the Georgetown University Campus during the government furlough.  I love that we were able to get a picture of these two on their wedding day in the same spot where they met!!
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His speech was so sweet:) Kelsey and I just adored Amy’s parents; they reminded us so much of our parents!

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Georgetown_University_DC_Wedding-589.jpgThe Press Club was so stunning; we had to sneak away for a few minutes for a couple portraits!

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Georgetown_University_DC_Wedding-654.jpgToward the end of the night, we stepped outside for some portraits.  It was a little chilly and drizzling, but it was SO worth it!!

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May 12, 2016 - 11:57 am

Christa Rae - I love that they got married at where they met. Great to see another wedding from that hurricane weekend where the couple didn’t let the weather damper their day!

Victoria + Bobby, a North Beach Sunrise Engagement

I am SO excited for Victoria and Bobby’s wedding this week!!  These two are such an adorable pair!  I’m so behind on blogging, but I am playing catch up – and I love Victoria and Bobby’s North Beach engagement session from last summer!

When we first talked over Skype, Victoria and I connected right away:) My cats are obsessed with my computer (we actually used industrial strength double stick Velco to secure our desktop of the desk because the cats LOVE laying around it and we were sure they would knock it off!).  So of course, whenever I use Skype, all of my cats come dashing over to hang out with the computer and me!  Luckily, Victoria loves cats too, and after my cats introduced themselves, Victoria introduced her two adorable cats too!  It was so cute!!

Victoria and Bobby live near North Beach, Maryland, and they thought the beach would be a beautiful spot for their engagement session.  I had never been to North Beach, so it was so fun to see this beautiful little town for the first time!  We chose sunrise to avoid the crowds – which was a good choice – the beach was nearly empty!  North Beach was about a one hour drive, and when Justin and I arrived, Victoria and Bobby had chai tea and coffee ready and waiting for us at 6:30 am!!  They are just so sweet!  :)

When we started shooting, we were SO lucky to have a gorgeous sunrise!!  In addition to the great light, these two were so fun and easy-going; they had such a good time and made our early morning session so fun!  Justin and Bobby discovered that they share the same favorite football team: the Miami Dolphins.  These two had a blast chatting about the Miami Dolphins and all things football!  After our session, Justin and I grabbed breakfast at a cute little cafe in North Beach.  This is such an adorable town; I definitely want to go visit again this summer!  Below are some of my favorite from Victoria and Bobby’s North Beach engagement session; I can’t wait for their wedding this week!!
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May 11, 2016 - 5:58 am

Ashton Kelley - Beautiful images, girl! Such a sweet couple and such amazing light.

May 11, 2016 - 11:35 am

Natalie - This session is absolutely beautiful!

May 11, 2016 - 12:04 pm

Christa Rae - Such a gorgeous North Beach session!

May 11, 2016 - 1:22 pm

Sarah - This is such a pretty location and I just love these sun-soaked images. Beautiful!

Zarena + Elrid, an Emerald Green Wedding at the Mansion at Valley Country Club

Zarena and Elrid have so much history together and a love that grew from a childhood friendship that started when they met running track together.  Zarena and Elrid started dating when they were younger, and the rest is history! Now, Zarena and Elrid coach track together, helping to inspire their same interest in running in others. And on April 22, Elrid and Zarena tied the knot at the beautiful Mansion at Valley Country Club in Towson, Maryland with a tons of beautiful green details (Zarena’s favorite color!) that complimented this Earth Day wedding perfectly.

I first met Zarena at Julie and Brian’s wedding (remember these two? I just love them!). Zarena and Julie met in law school (they met their friend, Ashley, there too – another sweet Brooke Tyson Bride!!).   Zarena was Julie’s maid of honor, and she was SO prepared; she had this emergency kit that rivaled any I have ever seen (and one year later, Julie was just as incredible of a maid of honor – these two are such incredible best friends!)! And Elrid was so helpful on their wedding day – both to Julie and Zarena! Zarena and Elrid were recently engaged at Julie and Brian’s wedding, so I was so excited when Zarena emailed me a few weeks later to talk about her wedding the following year!! It has been so wonderful getting to know these two, and it was so fun for Kelsey and I to celebrate their day with them. Zarena and Elrid are the types of people that just make you feel comfortable right away; they are so friendly, loving, and generous, and it is easy to see why so many people love them!  The reception at The Mansion at Valley Country Club in Towson, Maryland was filled with friends and family, and the enthusiasm and good cheer was so apparent!  Zarena showered her bridesmaids and family with so many adorable gifts (personalized robes, cups, shot glasses, wine, and more!) and toward the end of their reception, these two gathered in a beautiful room upstairs at the Mansion at Valley Country Club to toast their marriage with their entire wedding party. Elrid brought out a bottle he had saved for the occasion called Pappy – a twelve-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – and the group cheered and celebrated the end to a joyful day.

On the wedding day, the forecast called for rain all day, but we were so lucky that instead of rain showers, we just had overcast skies and a few drizzles in the afternoon. Zarena and Elrid knew they didn’t want to do a first look, but these two decided to read their personal vows to each other before the ceremony alongside the maid of honor and best man. Holding hands around a corner, they read their romantic, emotional vows to one another. It was so touching! During the ceremony, they incorporated Game of Thrones, since they are both lovers of the series, and the Supreme Court Ruling on marriage equality. From the vows before the vows to the personal and unique ceremony to the fun reception, this was such a special day, and it was such an honor to be there to photograph it! Kelsey and I just adore these two, and we have loved getting to know them.  Zarena and Elrid even showered me with gifts too!  After their wedding, I was surprised with a huge, gorgeous bouquet of irises and lilies in my favorite colors!  These two are just some of the sweetest people you could ever meet, and I feel so grateful to call them my friends!

Congratulations, Zarena and Elrid!!  It was such a tremendous joy being part of your day!!

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Zarena’s jewelry was just stunning!
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Zarena, you are such a beautiful bride!!
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These four are such a sweet group of friends!  The inside jokes, the stories, and the kindness and love they showed for each other is truly unique.  Look at Julie and Zarena holding hands!  :)
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Reception time!!

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Photographer: Brooke Tyson Photography

Venue: The Mansion at Valley Country Club

Invitation Suite: K. Batty Designs

May 10, 2016 - 12:10 pm

Zarena Cason - Brooke, I absolutely LOVE this and you! Thank you so much for caputing our special day!!

May 10, 2016 - 12:53 pm

Brea - Wow! What a fun group! They seem to be having the time of their lives 😀 All of these are beautiful, Brooke! I especially love that final night shot- gorgeous!

May 10, 2016 - 1:41 pm

Lauren C - I think I would have been a crying mess listening to them exchange their vows privately like that. So sweet! Everything is so perfectly done with this wedding, Brooke! Amazing work!

May 10, 2016 - 3:45 pm

Zutta Codjoe - Hello Mrs Cason dearest! Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing. I’m so sorry I wasn’t able; I hard it was memorable. I wish you all the bust. You should come vist Colorado soon. Big hugs

May 10, 2016 - 9:53 pm

Sarah W - These are great Brooke! All of their portraits came out wonderfully! The reception definitely seems like it was a good time. (:

May 10, 2016 - 10:50 pm

Ivan - Awesome!!! The pictures say it all. Wish you two the best in marriage and so much happiness just as it was on your special day.
Great pictures.

Saoirse, a Spring Howard County Dog Photography Session

I am so excited to share this beautiful dog portrait session with Saoirse the Dalmatian because it was truly beyond STUNNING!!  I was so lucky; we had just the most incredible light, the most beautiful blooming flowering tree, and most importantly, the most well behaved and STUNNING dog, Saoirse! Isn’t Saoirse amazing?!

It was so wonderful meeting Christy, Saoirse’s person and a wonderful local veterinarian, near my parents’ home in Howard County a few weeks ago. Christy and Saoirse work so well together; Saorise is SO well trained and such a kind, beautiful Dalmatian. Christy is so sweet, and she knew EXACTLY how to get Saoirse to focus… and the secret is VERY surprising! Christy brought Chick-fil-a french fries, which are Saoirse’s absolute favorite treat! My sister, Kelsey, started off holding less exciting treats for Saoirse, and then when she upgraded to the french fries, Saoirse was SO fixated on the french fries!! It was so funny! I don’t know if I have ever had Chick-fil-a french fries, but judging by how much Saoirse liked them, I think I need to get some for my pup, Cara, and I to share! Something else I learned about Saoirse was that her unique eyes are actually more common in Dalmatians! I never knew that Dalmatians tend to carry a trait for blue eyes, or, like Saoirse has, two color eyes, or heterochromia. And Saoirse’s eyes are so gorgeous!! My dog, Cara, also has two colored eyes, and I just think they are so cool!:)

I LOVE LOVE LOVE photographing dogs, and this session was SO much fun!! It was so wonderful getting to know both Christy and Saoirse, and I am so excited to share some of my favorites!!

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Look at that gorgeous face!!
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SaoirseFinal-3.jpgI love this one of Christy and Saoirse!!
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Howard County dog Photographer
SaoirseFinal-6.jpgSaoirseFinal-9.jpgSaoirse-10.jpgSaoirse just has such a sweet face:)
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May 5, 2016 - 3:07 am

Christy Kraken-Shoup - Brooke, we just LOVED meeting you and Kelsey! And she was so great to hold those fries! You can see the difference in the intensity of Saoirse’s expressions from the first photos you took of just her with the magnolia, progressing to the ones of the two of us when we pulled out the fries. That was an intense stare! I’m planning to give one of these photos on canvas to my mom. She’s going to adore it.
We will DEFINITELY be getting more photos with you in the future. Both because I’m that nuts about my Dalmatian, and because you are so amazingly talented! I can’t believe how many beautiful photos you took in such a short amount of time. That’s an art!

May 11, 2016 - 6:00 am

ashton - This dog is the CUTEST! I need to hug it. Love those eyes!!