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A lesson in hiring professionals | Charleston Stems | 05.15.2014

As Lesley was getting her hair and makeup done for the wedding, Kelsey, one of her beautiful bridesmaids, shared the news that the wedding flowers had arrived! Lesley was so…

Wedding Reflection – MaryKate and Pete | 02.22.2016

MaryKate and Pete were married on October 24, 2015 at Saints Peter and Paul Polish National Catholic Church, where MaryKate’s grandparents were married 67 years ago!  How special is that?  1. When…

As you may remember from Lesley and Clayton’s engagement session, they have a love of the water. In fact, you could say it is in their blood. Lesley’s dad sailed across the Atlantic from England many years ago arriving in Annapolis, the place he would fall in love and welcome his sweet daughter, Lesley, into his life. He was an adventurer. And although he passed away a few years ago, he is still very much present in so many ways.

His love of the water shines through in Lesley. She is comfortable and at home on the water, most especially on Flying Angel. Her compass has never wavered, but in Clayton she has found a new North Star to adventure through this life with!

It only seems appropriate that Flying Angel escorted Lesley to the Yacht Club on Saturday. It was her dad’s way of proudly walking her down the aisle. And we have no doubt, he is one incredibly proud dad and incredibly happy to welcome Clayton to the family!

Lesley and Clayton’s wedding was nothing short of AMAZING! Their love is so visible and present. In fact, as Lesley’s uncle shared in a beautiful poem he wrote for them, their love is, in fact, a present.

“…And so to the present both a time to be glad
And a loving present to her loving dad
Gift wrapped with their wedding vow
Their gift of love for ever now
To Lesley and Clayton man and wife
A present and a future happy life.

Friends and family share in their happiness
Wish them a life of love and all that’s best
A home that is warm and full of song
A life that is rich their love so strong
Lesley and Clayton two families now united.
Sutherlands and Alexanders, happy and delighted.”

– Owen Sutherland

Lesley and Clayton, thank you for sharing your beautiful day with all of us. Ryan and I are so grateful to have been there to document this special part of your love story. You two are so incredibly beautiful, both inside and out! You have touched our hearts in a special way and we know that is true for all that you come in contact with. Thank you for being you. Congratulations, friends!

Huge thanks to the AMAZING team of wedding professionals who came together to help make Lesley and Clayton’s day so special:

Wedding Planner: Wedding Savvy, Leslie Jefferson | Stationery & All things paper!: Paper in the ParkHair Stylist & Makeup Artists: Behind the VeilFlorist: Charleston Stems, Anne Bowen | Venue: Annapolis Yacht ClubOfficiant: Gene Rasmussen (Uncle of Bride) | Ceremony Music: Chesapeake StringsBakery: Palate PleasersDJ/Band: Doug Segree Band | Videographer: Simple Flare Productions | Rentals: 2 Hands StudiosXOXO Vintage RentalsBride’s Attire: Elizabeth JohnsGroom & Groomsmen’s Attire: Brooks Brothers, Jos. A BankBridesmaid’s Attire: LulaKate | Photographer: Liz and Ryan

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  1. A lesson in hiring professionals | Charleston Stems | Liz and Ryan

    […] Lesley was getting her hair and makeup done for the wedding, Kelsey, one of her beautiful bridesmaids, […]

  2. Colleen gray

    These are by far the most awesome pictures made with love!!!

  3. Cathy

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! So much pretty!!!!!!

  4. Emilia Jane

    Beyond stunning!

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