This Cove Point Lighthouse wedding was absolutely gorgeous! After a rainy week (or month) the skies cleared up just in time to allow us to celebrate under the blue skies, with this sweet couple and their best friends and family. I was so excited to get back to this spot to shoot again. Almost exactly two years before Samantha and Paul’s big day, myself, Amanda and the Hitched by Heather team also worked together on a stunning wedding, here. It was so much fun to have a mini-reunion! I absolutely love the look of this place and the lighthouse. Even though you know you are looking out onto the Chesapeake Bay, and you know you are in Southern Maryland, you really feel like you could be somewhere else. It is one of the most unique places I’ve shot in Maryland! Congrats to the newlyweds!

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Wow, what a gorgeous early spring day we had with Shelly and Bill at their National Mall wedding! These two picked the Jefferson Memorial as their backdrop and even though the cherry blossoms had already come and gone, there were still enough beautiful scenes and even a few flowering trees left, for some photo-ops. Part of the fun for this wedding was the adventure that we had. We all piled into their limo bus in Waldorf and drove into the city together. After their short and sweet ceremony and photos on the lawn of the memorial were finished (and we resolved being stopped by the police for our photo permit!) we headed on to the gorgeous Sequoia restaurant. Their day was one of the first sunny and nice spring weekends, so it was packed with people out enjoying the sunshine, along the Georgetown waterfront. Shelly and Bill along with about twenty of their friends, family and fellow church members dined on their amazing brunch buffet and wedding cake, then they were off to their honeymoon in BORA-BORA! It was a fabulous day with their closest friends and family. Congrats to the newlyweds. <3

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Wow, this day was special in so many ways! First, let’s talk about how on April 9th I started my commute in a snow storm… once I made it through that, we were left with chilly temperatures and some off and on rain but it was warm and beautiful on the inside of Prospect Bay Country Club, the wacky weather did not even matter! My connection to Taylor and Gunther goes back a few years. I have mostly gotten to know them through several of their friends’ weddings – where they were either guests or part of the bridal party. When they themselves became engaged, I was happy to hear that this time around it was going to be their turn in the spotlight!  I saw how easy it was to photograph them, last summer, at their beautiful engagement session on their family farm and at one of their favorite beach spots. I knew this wedding was going to be awesome!

The color scheme they chose perfectly fit the spring season and they really helped to brighten up the reception and lift the mood on an otherwise, dreary day. While we were not able to have the ceremony outside as planned, we were all grateful that the weather improved enough for us to go outdoors for all their portraits and their first look. When approaching a rainy wedding day, instead of being scared of the elements we decided to utilize what we were given to create some unique shots. I really liked the patterns of the trees in the puddles and I’ve always loved reflections in photos. These shots ended up being some of my favorites. Our goal is always to tell the story of the day, and this day was wet, we could not deny it, so why try to hide it? We embraced the rain! We had a great night having fun and dancing the night away, we always enjoy our time with this group! Congrats to the newlyweds. 🙂

 

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Who gets married on Leap Day, you know, the day that only comes around every fourth year? That’s right, these two! It just made sense, since it was already their eight year dating anniversary and they are excited to also be expanding to a family of three, later this year. Now was the time to finally get hitched! Their anniversary also fell on a Monday, when the Anne Arundel County Courthouse is open, so it was the perfect fit. The weather was warm and beautiful for any time of the year but especially February, I believe a few days later it was cold and snowing but not on their day. And believe it or not, there were other weddings going on, downtown but this one was the best! 🙂 We started off with the bride and her best friends at The Maryland Inn, right in the heart of downtown. After a quick first look at the inn, we headed over for a short and sweet ceremony in the cute courthouse and finished up with portraits and lunch at the amazing Iron Rooster! It was a fun afternoon. Congrats to the newlyweds and to my first wedding of 2016!

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So, if you follow me on social media, you know that I’m not one to post a bunch of photos of myself but I had to do an “after” shot from my experience at Atelier Aveda Salon + Barber on Kent Island. I had never been into their old location but I was able to check out their new spot, right down the street, and it is amazing! As soon as you walk in, the style and smells make you feel so relaxed. I started off with a manicure, pedicure and foot scrub with some of the Aveda oils, which smell so good. I definitely recommend adding on some of the extras, they are worth it! Samantha was super sweet and took her time, obviously making it relaxing and fun. We had a few others in the room and we had a great time chatting. I went with the gelled nails and it’s been almost a week and they still look awesome.

Next, I moved over to the salon for a quick touch up of hair color on my roots, with Johnene. Since I already had extensive highlights, I just needed a quick fix and the color matches what I already had perfectly. While I was there, I had my brows waxed, then we moved over to getting my hair styled. As usual, Johnene pointed out that I have a lot of hair and it’s on the longer side but she didn’t mind and blew it out and styled it, which I was able to pull off for that night and the next day!

Finally, we used all the awesome Aveda products they have, and she did a full makeup application. I kept calling this day my “Makeover Day” and I was so excited for it. I think I even lost some sleep due to my excitement. It came at the end of a busy portrait and wedding month, so it felt so good to sit back and relax for a few hours. Here is what I looked like when I got home, not too bad for a gloomy Wednesday! 🙂 salon atelier kent island

Some shots from their page, of the new space:

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After all of this, I thought it would be cool to do a Q&A with them:

1)    Where is your salon located?

For the past three years we were located in a little white Tudor bungalow on Postal Road but just this March we relocated to a much larger 3,000 square foot location on the second story of the Rainbow Plaza in Chester. We love our new spot, it’s over double the size of our first location and we managed to fit in an entirely separate area for the guys in our barber lounge and an awesome new spa area.

2)    Approximately how many employees do you have?

Our team is pretty modest but slowly growing as we fill in our new space. Currently we have a team of 25 including myself with 7 stylists, 2 barbers, 5 nail therapists, 2 massage therapists, 2 estheticians, 2 coordinators and 5 attendants. We just moved to a new 7 day schedule with three of those days 12 hours long so we will be nearly doubling our team over the new year.

3)    How long have you been offering salon services? How long on Kent Island?

We have a team that is made up of a mix of people with lots of experience in the industry (20+ years) all the way to relative new comers. That’s one of the things I love about our team, we really foster an environment of constant growth and learning. We opened our doors in December of 2012 and haven’t looked back since!

4)    What are some of the most popular services you provide?

We offer so many! Our salon floor is constantly busy with guests receiving color services. We use Aveda color which is 98% naturally derived and really produced beautiful results. All of our spa services are totally customizable from the treatments offered to the pure-fumes we use to infuse the products and each product is created naturally and holistically. We live by a “beauty without compromise” mission statement and what that means to us is that we will never compromise the health of our guest or the earth we live on by using harmful products.

5)    Do you offer wedding hair, makeup etc? If so, does the bridal party come to your salon or do you provide off-site? What is the minimum and maximum numbers of clients you can see, at one time?

We absolutely do! As you know this area is a huge destination hot spot. We see a lot of wedding parties who seek us our specifically because we are an Aveda concept location and they know that that means we are constantly educating ourself on new techniques so there is pretty much a guarantee that the looks we create will be not only timeless but also modern. We offer both in-salon and on-site wedding services depending on the need of the guest. We really don’t have a limit to the number of guests we can see at any given time for a wedding party. We’ve done small parties of 3-4 all the way up to large parties of 20+. Like I said before we do a lot of training through Aveda and part of that training is editorial and runway work. When you’re backstage at a fashion show or on the set of a shoot you have to create amazing, striking looks that will stay in place and you have to do it fast so speed and precision is something that we have in spades. Several members of our team have received hands on training from lead runway and editorial stylists with credits that include VOGUE, Alexander McQueen, and Vivienne Westwood among others, NAHA winners and Aveda global creative directors on styling for events, runway and editorial so I wouldn’t hesitate to say that we have to most incredible makeup and styling team in our area.

6)    How many weddings can take on, for hair and/or makeup, on a given day?

It all depends on timing. A wedding party of 6 who are all doing hair and makeup we can typically have camera ready in about 2 and a half hours. We’ve done up to 4 in one day before with no problems. It all depends on when the ceremonies are scheduled for.

7)    How early should a bride book and confirm her hair stylist and/or makeup artist?

We recommend at least 3 months in advance, especially for larger parties. Wedding season is also busy season in the salon industry and Saturdays especially tend to fill up quickly. If you have a party of 3-4 then there’s a good chance we may be able to get you in last minute if you don’t mind the appointments being staggered but if you have a large party or you would like on location styling and makeup we can’t stress enough booking in advanced.

8)    What are some of the hottest bridal hairstyle trends, right now?

For the past few years the trend has been either fairly rustic, lots of big texture and braiding, or super retro, big wages and barrel curls. Recently we’ve seen those two trends become more refined. The retro trends have made a push towards more polished, finished looks with a modern twist on the classics. The chignon and the French twist have never gone out of style but they’re seeing a huge resurgence. Lots of clean lines and smooth edges in very sleek, almost futuristic styles. For those who love a more relaxed look, the center part is super on trend, especially when coupled with the romantic styles we’ve seen on the runways for Dolce and Gabbana and Valentino that really update the more rustic ‘undone’ looks. Everything is becoming a bit more refined and finished without losing the romance. Even the most rustic weddings are getting a little more ‘just so’ calling back to Renaissance paintings.

9)    Do you have any salon services that cater to the groom?

We absolutely do. The men’s grooming trend has seen a huge boom. There’s nothing more relaxing than having a straight razor shave and I can speak from experience. Beards are also super on trend and that’s not something that will go away anytime soon. A lot of brides are requesting our services to get their grooms and the groomsmen’s beards cleaned and tightened up so they look sharp in their photos without loosing their ruggedly appeal. We recently did our first groom’s services on location at the Aspen Institute on Wye River where we did straight razor shaves on the groomsmen who didn’t have bears and beard trims on the groomsmen who did. It was awesome and something we can’t wait to do more of!

10) What is your favorite part about owning a salon?

I can honestly say that my favorite part about owning a salon is the team that I work with. I cannot speak highly enough of the people that I spend my week with. They are all so creative and such amazing people. We truly are a family environment; my mother (Julie) is an owner, my sister (Samantha) manages the spa, I have another sister (Sabrina) who works as a coordinator, an aunt who is Lead Attendant (Kate), an aunt who is a nail therapist (Heather) and two of our lead stylists (Evelyn and Sydney) are also siblings. That really creates an amazing environment full of love and support. When we opened Atelier we always knew that we didn’t want to be any old salon; we really intended us to be a springboard for the careers of our team members. We aren’t happy with a team who is just busy; we want a team who goes on to become too editorial stylists, NAHA winners, celebrity stylists and educators making our industry even more amazing than it already is.

 

Be sure to contact them for whatever salon services, you may want or even the ones you don’t know you want yet….you won’t regret it!

www.salonatelierki.com

Address: 1551 Postal Rd, Chester, MD 21619

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