It was a treat meeting out-of-town sweethearts Stephanie & Ian for the first time prior to their Maryland wedding rehearsal. Since I was photographing their rehearsal dinner, why not squeeze in a few beautiful portraits before the festivities began? The small garden at Immaculate Conception Church provided a lovely green backdrop for them to get comfortable in front of the camera. (Spoiler alert: they were perfect and didn’t need any help from me.) It just so happened that Stephanie & Ian are real nature lovers, so they were completely in their element. Dinner was held at Cunningham’s and elegantly set by planner & florist Diana of Eventi. In a nod to Ian’s southern roots, guests were greeted by a bluegrass band, crab mallet place cards, and an invitation to sip bourbon on the patio. It was the perfect kick-off to their Southern meets Lebanese wedding weekend!