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Dani Leigh 

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Melissa & Dor – Linganore Winery

Sep 25, 2012

I am seriously in love with this couple. I remember their first meeting with me, it was Melissa and Dor, Melissa’s mom and one of her best friends, Kari, all sitting around a small Starbucks table talking about their wedding day. Dor was a bit quiet. I think it was a little bit of oh my goodness, I just got of an airplane from Israel literally yesterday and now we are booking a wedding photographer, despite the fact that they were already wed in Israel. And Melissa was chipper and asked all the right questions and seemed to be the outgoing one. Fast forward to the engagement session – holy cow was I wrong. Dor is way outgoing and talkative and has surprise dips and spins and all kinds of tricks up his sleeve. I knew that day that I could not wait to photograph their wedding and it lived up to every expectation I had.

I loved everything. The colors, the people, the fact that it rained the whole time we signed the ketubah and skies gave way just in time for the outdoor ceremony with the most incredible view, and the overwhelming sense of happiness everyone there had.  I loved the stories that friends and family told – how Melissa met Dor on her birthright trip to Israel, how she said that she was going to visit her friend in Texas only to really hop on a plane and go visit Dor in Israel, how the first time Melissa’s family met Dor he wore a shirt that said Wacko for Flacco only it was written in Hebrew making it all the more hilarious, and how Melissa saved her twin brother’s life once when they had gotten into a car accident riding in the back seat. These two together combined with Melissa’s compassion, amazing smile, and genuine caring and Dor’s eagerness and ability to make anyone smile, make an amazing couple and I know they have an amazing life ahead of them.

Venue: Linganore Winery

Florist: Bella Fiori Flowers

Makeup: Maryland Wedding Makeup

Hair: Le Xanadu Salon and Spa

This was Melissa’s grandmother’s garter and her mother wore it and now she wore it. 🙂

Her awesome maid of honor Amanda made Melissa her something blue handkerchief with her grandpa’s initials. He sadly passed away about 4 weeks before the wedding day but I could tell he was there and in everyones thoughts.

Melissa hates shoe pictures. But I took a few anyway.


First look!!

Stormy yet gorgeous skies!!


The storm was cleared out by the start of the ceremony!!

 Thanks, second shooter Steve!!!!

comments +

  1. Emilia Jane

    September 25th, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Loooove her shoes!!

  2. Melissa

    September 25th, 2012 at 10:29 am

    The pics are fabulous!!!

  3. teri pozniak // tPoz

    September 25th, 2012 at 11:12 am

    DANI! WOW. What gorgeous skies and amazing captures!! The stormy ones are my fave! What lens were you using in the one of them standing in the gravel & him kissing her forehead!?? LOVE.

    ps – how can she hate shoe pictures!? Especially with such pretty ones!!?

  4. caitlin elizabeth

    September 25th, 2012 at 11:18 am

    wow – the sky was SO pretty that day!!!

  5. Ali

    September 25th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Beautiful! The pic of just the chuppah is so amazing it doesn’t even look like real life!

  6. Margaret Hobson

    September 25th, 2012 at 2:15 pm


  7. Emily

    September 25th, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Lovin’ the sky! And your awesome bridal party posing skills.

  8. Lindsey

    September 26th, 2012 at 12:57 am

    What a sweet wedding and beautiful images. 🙂

  9. jennifer

    September 26th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Amazing! I love all the details!

  10. Melissa + Dor = Maya » Dani Leigh Photography

    March 12th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    […] these two, they got married more than a year ago at Linganore and had the most amazing sky in their wedding photos, I even have a photo hanging up in my studio of them. I loved hanging out with them this weekend […]

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