I’ve mentioned it before, but one of the most rewarding things that can happen for us in this industry is referrals — but out of all the referrals I get, my absolute favorite are those that are for family members of past brides and grooms. A few years ago, I shot Shelby’s sister’s wedding here in Baltimore and I was so excited when Shelby contacted me to do hers this past September. Working with sisters is always such a fun thing for me. Since I have a sister, I’ve always seen sisters almost like cookies from the same batch — they’ve got the same substance but are different in really unique ways. Like her sister, Shelby is one of the sweetest and kindest girls, with an absolutely gorgeous smile and wonderful personality to boot. Her charming rustic and country themed wedding at Belmont Manor was so beautiful — but also really relaxed and family-friendly. Shelby and Thomas had games for their friends to play out on the lawns of the Manor (which the completely spectacular September day really lent itself for) and their dance floor was packed with all their friend’s kids to start out the reception. But that’s the type of people that Shelby and Thomas are — relaxed, easy-going, and joyful. Here are some of my favorites from their beautiful day.