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Megan & Phil – Elkridge Furnace Inn

Apr 17, 2013

Advanced warning: this one is a huge tear jerker. I can’t tell you how many times I teared up behind my camera.

Back in 2009 at Fedex Field in section 126, Megan and Phil were innocent bystanders of cupid’s arrow. Both there to watch the Skins dominate, they had no idea that by halftime they would be making out in the bleachers. Six days later Megan bought her wedding dress. I know, you are thinking that is insane, she has known this guy all of six days, this girl is nuts. But she isn’t. Her mother was dying of ovarian cancer and she wanted more than anything to be there when she bought her wedding dress. So, Megan’s amazing friend Sara arranged a ton of appointments at different dress shops, explaining the sensitive situation, and the girls made a day of it until she found her her dress – a dress that would still be classy if she didn’t get married until she was 45, Megan joked. A week after she bought the dress Phil and Megan made their relationship official and he was able to meet her mom before she passed away. Megan’s brother Ryan recounted a funny story of the first time Phil came over to the house to meet her mom. Less than a foot away was a picture of Megan in her wedding dress with her mom at the dress shop. Having known each other less than 2 weeks, all Ryan could think about was needing to hide that picture because Phil is going to freak out and leave. But Phil is just as amazing as Megan and much to everyone’s surprise, he stuck around, even attended their mom’s funeral after knowing Megan for 3 weeks and then so willingly helped with everything that happens after someone dies. Two years and 3 months later, on Christmas Eve, Phil proposed to Megan. And she said yes. And last Sunday she got to wear her gorgeous wedding dress and marry her true love.

Crying yet? Me too.

Megan and Phil were nuts and went back to work for 3 days before leaving on their honeymoon cruise on Friday. I hope they drink a million boat drinks and have the time of their lives!!!

Also, I am super grateful for my second shooters this past weekend – both Anna (at Marie and Ricky’s wedding) and Brea were incredible to work with and I cannot wait to have them at more weddings this year!! Brea’s photos are prominently featured in this post – the groomsmen and most of the detail shots are hers. Couldn’t thank them enough!!


Venue: Elkridge Furnace Inn

Florist: Mobtown Florals

Guestbook Tree: Fancy Prints

Cake Topper: Life is But a Dream Shop

Dogs Bow Ties: Little Blue Feathers

Invitations: Vintage Bells and Co

Hair & Makeup: Baltimore Bridal Beauty

Brides Hair: Keep It Natural Hair Salon

I did not make the makeup process any easier – definitely made Megan laugh too much.

We had some downtime where Megan told me stories and we cuddled in bed. I have the best brides ever.

Sorry Megan, couldn’t help it.

To calm the mood this awesome bridesmaid decided to try some therapeutic techniques she uses on her students – breath in was “smell the cookies” and exhale was “blow out those birthday candles.” Adorbs. I instantly loved her.

Simply gorgeous, Megan. Seriously.

Yep – crying behind my camera. Super glad they are in perfect focus.

These flowers were so amazing!!!!! I loved them!!

Her amazing brother escorted her down the aisle. 🙂

Walking out to Hail to the Redskins!! Brilliant!!!

Post ceremony party shoes – teal for ovarian cancer awareness. 🙂


I wanted to shoot in some nooks and crannies that I hadn’t shot in so much before (I have only once for Sarah & Jay’s wedding). I think this might be my new favorite space.

After all those super emotional dances, all of the cousins and bridal party had an awesome flash mob. The tears didn’t last long!!


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  1. Brea

    April 17th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Yay! I’m so happy to see this post! I had such a blast with you and I really really loved meeting Megan and Phil. I also cried a million times at their wedding and I felt like a total goober doing so since I hardly knew them, but they really are a totally special couple!

  2. Emily

    April 17th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Wow, what a story! Amazing couple and equally amazing photos.

  3. Brea

    April 17th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I also died with laughter when they walked back down the aisle to Hail to the Redskins. I also think I may have been one of very few people there who knew all of the words.

  4. Kathy

    April 17th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    LOVE!! I was in tears before I even started looking at pictures. Haha. Such a touching story and its proof that when you know, you know! 😀 Stunning bride – love her bouquet and I adore your ability to incorporate chairs for stunning bridal party photos. Seriously – how do you do that? Hahaha. 😀 Awesome job Dani!

  5. Mirtha

    April 17th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Great job Dani, you captured the love in this wedding! Fantastic photos!

  6. Erin Wheeler

    April 17th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Oh wow what a touching story and such a beautiful wedding!!

  7. Sarah

    April 17th, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Yay for nooks and crannies! Beautiful story and wedding.

  8. sophie

    April 17th, 2013 at 9:27 pm


  9. teri pozniak // tPoz

    April 18th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I couldn’t love this post any more. the tear-producing story, the details with meaning behind them, the emotions you captured. I love you snuggling with the bride, I love her shoes – both of them, and of course their DOGS!!! great work, both you & Brea!! xoxo

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    May 14th, 2013 at 6:50 am

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    May 14th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    […] Dani Leigh Photography did an amazing job of capturing Megan & Phil’s incredible story. Their love could not be more evident. In addition, I was so touched by all of their wonderful guests, most of whom surprisingly knew me by name! Approached with open arms and countless hugs and “thank you for what you did for them”…how could I not feel fulfilled and happy and gratified…and reassured knowing that I’m doing just what I should be with my talents. ♥ Take a moment to read Dani’s touching account of Megan and Phil’s road to marriage, in which timing played a role, as well. You might be teary-eyed, but you won’t be sorry. 🙂 […]

  12. Margaret Rocha

    September 2nd, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Hello Dani, my name is Margaret Rocha, as a Photographer ( and someone who lost my sister in law Grace and niece Erika (mother and daughter) within the last two years, both to ovarian cancer, 2 years apart from each other (after they both fought together my sil for 5 yrs passing away at 43 and niece 4 yrs passing away at 20- yes you counted right she was diagnosed at 16 – I can tell you this story really moved me … Both Megan & Phil sound like an amazing couple…I wish them both the best of luck. Also congrats to you and your team you guys captured it beautifully & emotionally …. I found your blog while surfing stuff about ovarian cancer to post on our nonprofit page for ovarian cancer awareness month- September. I would love to post share it on our FB page if its ok with you let me know. FYI the page is: please feel free to contact me if you would like, thank you, Margaret Rocha

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