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  • Welcome to our blog!

    I’m Monique, and I’m Melissa,

    Together, we are MoniLissa…photographers who also happen to be best friends :)

    We’re not to be confused with Da Vinci’s infamous portrait; we are not as well known nor do we resemble her.

    We get REALLY excited about taking pictures, which includes oohing and aawing over things that other people may not find quite as exciting. This includes: fallen trees, brightly colored doors, dilapidated barns, and anything with a reflective surface (mirrors, windows, water…you get the idea)

    This blog is our visual diary, a place we can document and display the unscripted moments that we anticipate and then capture.

    Have a look around, and should you like what you see …give us a shout!

    *Photo Credit: Renee Hollingshead Photography

We loved watching the sweet connection between Chris and Heather at their engagement session, and it was even more awesome to see them light up in each other’s presence on their wedding day. They had a quiet ceremony under Turf Valley’s pergola, where they were surrounded by family, friends, and some gorgeous scenery. The entire day flowed beautifully, and everyone enjoyed celebrating their marriage.

We loved Heather’s gorgeous lace gown…

How cute is this flower girl?

Some beautiful black & whites:All the girls looked radiant…Love these portraits next to the greens: Chris & his groomsmen were on their best behavior for pics…This sign was a special surprise for Chris: The end to a beautiful ceremony…This afternoon light was perfect!2014-07-13_0071We took some portraits at the ceremony site…and then on the green next to this awesome fountain: A personal favorite of Heather:)Officially Mr. & Mrs…Congrats to Heather for the first cake smash we’ve seen in a while…

Chris & Heather, we were honored to be part of your wedding day!

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  • July 14, 2014 - 10:29 am

    Renee - Gorgeous wedding ladies! Haha, I love a good cake smash!ReplyCancel

    • July 14, 2014 - 3:17 pm

      MoniLissa - Thanks Renee!ReplyCancel

  • July 14, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    Darlene Pugh - The pictures are amazing!!! I was glad to be part of your and Chris wonderful day!!! Love you both Aunt DDReplyCancel

  • July 14, 2014 - 7:44 pm

    Kristen Fulton - Your mom has shown me some of the pictures from the honeymoon these are great.I have known you since you were a little girl and you have grown into a beautiful young woman. You look so happy congrats. Kristen and JulianReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2014 - 4:42 am

    Paula August Helmlinger - BeautifulReplyCancel

Zach & Teresa have been engaged for two years, and they were sooo ready to tie the knot when their big day finally arrived. We’ve had the pleasure of shooting weddings for both their friends and some family over the past couple years, so we felt right at home all day with their guests. These two are truly blessed with really awesome people in their lives. Everyone was so sweet and happy for the couple, and it didn’t hurt that they also know how to have a good time! We know how excited Teresa was to finally be the bride, and we couldn’t have been happier for them on their wedding day!

We started the day with the girls and all of Teresa’s beautiful details:

 

 

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Love these dramatic B & W’s…

and can’t get enough of this infectious laugh:)

 

 

 

 

 

Teresa did a mini first glance with her dad, which was really sweet…

 

Zach and his groomsmen…who obviously know how to have a good time: 

 

 

This is our first formal shot on a swing set…
This is also a first for us, you guys are too much!

 

 

 

Zach and Teresa opted to do first glance, so we got some beautiful candids outside the Kurtz’s Beach cottage…

 

 

 

 

 

 

We LOVE first glance:)

 

 

 

This place is beautiful!!

 

Teresa, you look fierce!

 

 

 

 

Some bridal party fun…

 

 

 

 

Love these group shots, you guys are awesome!

 

We couldn’t resist using this old shed as a backdrop, and everyone looks great…

 

 

 

We had time for more bride and groom portraits:

 

 

 

This light is fantastic!!

 

 

 

 

 

Grandma made an awesome flower girl, love this!Right before walking down the aisle: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This ceremony shot is a personal favorite:)

 

 

 

We took a few minutes to rest under the trees…

 

 

 

and sneak onto the dock: 

 

 

 

 

 

This family really does know how to have good time…

 

 

 

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and they throw a great party!

 

 

 

 

 

A few beautiful sneak away shots to end the night…

 

 

 

Zach & Teresa, you guys are adorable! Enjoy married life:)

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  • June 13, 2014 - 10:32 pm

    Mary Brown - Awesome photos!
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Meet my newest nephew, John Joseph! He is the youngest of three and was born two weeks early. I took a few newborn pictures for my sister when he was just 13 days old, so I was hoping he would sleep for the majority of the session…baby John had other plans! This was okay with me because I was able to capture some very sweet moments with him and his Mama.

How adorable is he?

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Cuddles with big sister, Willow
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and big brother, Isaac!
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Getting sleepy…
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and finally asleep:

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Congrats on baby #3 Megan and Brandon!

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  • May 6, 2014 - 12:42 am

    Muriel Werking - Beautiful pictures!!!! What cute, cute little ones!!!!ReplyCancel

  • May 6, 2014 - 12:44 am

    Steph Schmuck - Love these pix! So cute!!ReplyCancel

  • May 6, 2014 - 11:34 pm

    Natalie Sitkowski - Amazing photos!
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We were super excited to kick off our wedding season with Jeff & Chrissy at the lovely and historic Elkridge Furnace Inn. These two met at a board game meet up, which we thought was both awesome and unique. They incorporated this into the wedding day with board game centerpieces, personalized dice favors, and Jenga pieces for their guests to write special notes on. Their family and friends made it apparent that these two had truly found that special someone. We didn’t need any convincing; we could see that these two have a perfect and special love for one another. It was evident in their emotional outdoor ceremony, their sweet interactions with one another, and their nonstop smiling and giggling.

Chrissy had some really unique details…

including this beautiful handmade ring box!

 

 

 

 

The Inn has an amazing bridal suite…

 

 

Love this candid shot:)

 

 

 

Chrissy, you were a beautiful bride!!

 

 

 

 

A personal favorite…How handsome is Chrissy’s son?

 

Some shots of the very handsome groom and his gents:

 

 

They had a special patriotic surprise for Chrissy…

 

 

 

A special gift for Jeff: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love that moment when the groom first sees his bride…

 

 

 

This was a very sweet and emotional ceremony:

 

 

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We loved the idea of layering sand in a keepsake frame…

 

 

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Officially Mr. & Mrs. Marshall:)

 

 

A rustic building + the perfect couple = perfection!!

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How cute are these two?!

 

 

 

 

 

The sweetest first dance to “Love of a Lifetime”…

 

 

 

 

 

The kids are always the best dancers…

 

This was a beautiful moment between father and daughter:Sneak away at sunset…

 

We love when a couple is willing to sit in the grass, totally worth it!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa’s last shot from the stairwell, stunning!

Jeff & Chrissy, thanks for allowing us to be a part of your special day :)  We wish you all the best!!

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