Amanda + Dan | Cloisters Castle, Lutherville Wedding

April 9, 2014 Amanda + Dan | Cloisters Castle, Lutherville Wedding

This Saturday I had the pleasure of photographing Amanda and Dan’s beautiful wedding at Cloisters Castle in Lutherville, Maryland. You may remember Amanda and Dan from their engagement session this past November in Fells Point. From my first meeting with these two I loved their relationship and personalities. Amanda had said for years that she would never get married, but when she met Dan, everything changed. From their touching first look, to their willingness to go out into the cold for some night shots, to the milk and cookie bar–this is one of my favorite weddings of all time and was the perfect way to kick off the 2014 wedding season!

I started off the day at the hotel where Amanda was getting ready to get some shots of her and her girls getting their hair and makeup done, and also to grab the dress and other accessories/details to take with me to Cloisters. Amanda got ready at the Radisson Cross Keys, which although was a beautiful hotel with ample space for details, I’m so glad I was able to shoot at Cloisters. You’ll see why :)

2014-04-07_00022014-04-07_0004 2014-04-07_0005Cloisters is such an amazing venue just off of 695 in Lutherville. I can’t believe I lived in that area for so long and never knew this was tucked away back there! Such a gorgeous place!2014-04-07_0057 2014-04-07_0058Amanda’s bridal gown was absolutely stunning. I’m so glad she trusted me to take it to the venue and get some shots of it with the beautiful backdrops that Cloisters had to offer. I am obsessed with how these turned out. The lace detail, the ruched top, and the beaded sash combined so many gorgeous elements into one perfect gown!2014-04-07_0006 2014-04-07_0007And the spiral staircase made for an amazing backdrop!2014-04-07_0011 2014-04-07_00122014-04-07_00082014-04-07_0009I am a wee bit obsessed with Amanda’s engagement ring. The emerald is so stunning and vibrant! Her wedding band was made with diamonds from Dan’s grandmother’s wedding ring. I love how perfectly it fit with her engagement ring, and yet also had a completely different look to it! I’m a huge fan of non-matchy ring sets and this one had me swooning.2014-04-07_0013 2014-04-07_0014While I was waiting for Amanda to arrive, I went across the hall to photograph Dan and the groomsmen getting ready. 2014-04-07_0015 2014-04-07_0016Dan had the coolest Baltimore cufflinks, and purple Vans for his “dancing shoes”.2014-04-07_0017 2014-04-07_0018 2014-04-07_00192014-04-07_0021 2014-04-07_0022Once Amanda was dressed, we headed outside for their first look. Amanda says to Dan “So this is the surprise. Do you like?” and his response melted my heart: “This is the best surprise of my life.”2014-04-07_0023 2014-04-07_0024 2014-04-07_0025Amanda surprised Dan with a Tardis pocket square, which is incredibly awesome. 2014-04-07_0026We had plenty of time before the ceremony for portraits of the lovely couple and bridal party photos! I’ll let these speak for themselves. 2014-04-07_0027 2014-04-07_0028 2014-04-07_0029 2014-04-07_0030 2014-04-07_0031 2014-04-07_0032 2014-04-07_0033 2014-04-07_0036I never see any photos of this amazing room when I look at Cloisters weddings. There is a library that would make any little girl who grew up wishing she was Belle from Beauty and the Beast giddy. The bar took up most of the room but we were still able to get a few shots showing off the library’s awesomeness.2014-04-07_0037Of course, the famous spiral staircase was used as well. These are some of my favorites!2014-04-07_0038 2014-04-07_00392014-04-07_0083 2014-04-07_0084Amanda was such a stunning bride. She just radiated happiness.2014-04-07_0034 2014-04-07_0035 2014-04-07_0041 2014-04-07_0043 2014-04-07_0044 2014-04-07_0045 2014-04-07_0046 2014-04-07_0047The florals by Ellen from Local Color Flowers were fun and colorful and gorgeous as always!2014-04-07_0048 2014-04-07_0049The ceremony site was decorated with more of the beautiful wildflowers. It was such a beautiful day, in a perfect spot to get married.2014-04-07_00502014-04-07_00632014-04-07_0065 2014-04-07_0066 2014-04-07_00672014-04-07_0069 2014-04-07_0070 2014-04-07_0071Amanda and Dan chose to do a handfasting ceremony. With questions like “Dan, will you anger Amanda?” and answers like “Most Definitely” (don’t worry, the follow up question was “is this your intent?” and the answer was “no”) this ceremony was both sweet, honest, and funny. Which perfectly embodies what I know of their relationship. 2014-04-07_0073 2014-04-07_0074They both had written their own vows, which were very sweet and caused many to shed a tear, myself included.2014-04-07_0075 2014-04-07_0076 2014-04-07_0077 2014-04-07_0078Yay! Married!2014-04-07_0080The reception was held inside the Cloisters “Castle” itself. As well as beautiful flower arrangements, each table had family photos spanning many generations, and their guests enjoyed going from table to table to see each of the photos!2014-04-07_00952014-04-07_0051 2014-04-07_0052The cake/cupcake table had pictures of little Amanda and little Dan! So cute!2014-04-07_0053As well as delicious cupcakes, there was also a candy bar, and later on in the night, a milk and cookie bar. So many yummy treats!2014-04-07_0054 2014-04-07_00552014-04-07_0085 2014-04-07_0086 2014-04-07_0087Touching speeches were given by both dads, the Maid of Honor and Best Man. 2014-04-07_0088 2014-04-07_0089And following the father/daughter and mother/son dances, it was party time!2014-04-07_0090 2014-04-07_0091 2014-04-07_0092Following the cake cutting, a milk and cookie bar was set up. I’ve honestly never really been too keen on milk, but these little shots of milk were the perfect combination (and portion) to go along with the delicious cookies!2014-04-07_0094 2014-04-07_0093Towards the end of the night, I took Amanda and Dan out for a couple of night shots… as always, I love to mix it up!2014-04-07_0097 2014-04-07_0098 2014-04-07_0099 2014-04-07_0100Amanda and Dan, I’m so glad you chose me to be your wedding photographer. I have loved getting to know you and spending your wedding day with you! I hope you love your photos and enjoy your honeymoon to GREECE! Ahhhhh, so jealous! :)

Photographer: Photography by Brea
Assistant, bag-holder, and overall lifesaver: Jeana Lombard
Officiant: Paul Kaup
Caterer: Matt from Zeffert and Gold
Bakery: Pink Rhino Cupcakes
Dress: Allure Bridals from Arielle Bridal
Florist: Ellen from Local Color Flowers
Hair: Leanna Bernsten
Makeup: Sarah Berkowitz with Featherweight Makeup Artistry
Invitations: By the Bride!



  • Kathy
    Posted at 06:42h, 09 April Reply

    This whole wedding is lovely!! BEAUTIFUL attention to details! Looks like a gorgeous venue! :D

  • Natalie
    Posted at 06:59h, 09 April Reply

    Such a beautiful wedding! Love that stairwell – amazing!

  • Tara
    Posted at 07:09h, 09 April Reply

    That staircase!! Beautiful wedding!

  • Katie
    Posted at 08:28h, 09 April Reply

    Wow! What a cool venue! Awesome wedding!

  • Emilia Jane
    Posted at 09:12h, 09 April Reply

    Love that black and white portrait at the end!

  • alison harper
    Posted at 09:40h, 09 April Reply

    What a beautiful wedding! I adore Cloisters. Did you know that is where Will and Jada Smith got married? Crazy huh? Great shooting!

  • Emily
    Posted at 09:43h, 09 April Reply

    Wow you knocked these out of the park Brea! Fantastic details, expressions, and posing. :)

  • Local Color Flowers
    Posted at 13:18h, 09 April Reply

    Amazing work! you perfectly captured the joy and beauty of the day perfectly! It was a pleasure working with you! too bad we couldn’t capture the scent of the flowers too!

  • Michael and Carina
    Posted at 21:43h, 09 April Reply

    UM HELLO?! What an amaaaaazing venue!! Seriously, just looked it up and bookmarked it.

    Great shots and as always, love your reception pics especially!

  • Aunt Gail
    Posted at 08:10h, 10 April Reply

    AWESOME AWESOME pics !! I sat here a smiled the whole time I was looking at them! So happy for you both! XO

  • Dan "The Groom"
    Posted at 20:06h, 10 April Reply

    I think the greatest compliment that can be made is from my friends who hate pretty much everything (some of whom were photography majors). These are the guys that have been paying compliments to your photos.

    As the groom you could put up fairly mediocre photos of my wife and I and I would be content. But truth be told these photos are amazing, I couldn’t be happier with the full spread that Brea has given us.

    Thank you Brea for being a part of our special day. Your photos make me smile almost as much as I did for the events they have captured.

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