Farewell, 2013 // A Year in Review

2013 was a good year. We’re sad to say our goodbyes, yet we’re excited for our adventures in the new year. We’ve developed new friendships and documented so many awesome couples and individuals. In addition to spending our time in the MD/DC/VA/PA areas, we traveled to Florida, Idaho, Nevada, North Carolina, Louisiana, New Mexico, California, Iowa, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Canada.

To all who have touched our lives this year: We thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. We truly cannot wait for what 2014 brings and hope you enjoy this collection of favorites from this past year (the majority which have yet to hit the blog in full force)!

Treaty Oak Wedding Photography in Jacksonville, FL by Love by Serena

Stephanie & Soner’s Treaty Oak Wedding in Jacksonville, Florida (coming soon)

Emily & Alex’s Fletcher’s Cove Engagement in Washington DC

Georgetown DC Senior Rower Portraiture by Love by Serena

Austin’s Senior Lifestyle Portraits in Washington DC (coming soon)

Thorpewood Autumn Wedding Shoot & Annapolis Elopement by Love by Serena

Autumn Amber Wedding Inspiration (featured & coming soon) / Aoife & Dante’s Annapolis Elopement (coming soon)

Boston, MA Lifestyle Portrait Photography by Love by Serena

Stephanie’s Lifestyle Portraits at Jamaica Pond Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Santa Monica Pier, California Engagement by Love by Serena

Ashley & Trevor’s Santa Monica Pier Engagement in Southern California (coming soon)

Nags Head, NC Destination Wedding by Love by Serena

Bethany & Chris’ Destination Wedding in Nags Head, North Carolina

Elizabeth Messina's A Lovely Workshop in Sea Island, Georgia

Elizabeth Messina’s A Lovely Workshop in Sea Island, Georgia (coming soon)

Jacksonville, Florida Engagement by Love by Serena

Stephanie & Soner’s Urban Engagement in Jacksonville, Florida

Edgar Allan Poe Wedding Inspiration by Love by Serena

Edgar Allan Poe Wedding Inspiration for Baltimore Bride Magazine 2014 Editorial (on newstands & coming soon)

Destination Wedding in Key West, Florida by Love by Serena

Miranda & Jeremy’s Destination Elopement in Key West, Florida (coming soon)

Clifton Inn Wedding in Charlottesville, VA by Love by Serena

Whitney & Jeff’s Clifton Inn Wedding in Charlottesville, Virginia (coming soon)

Banner Elk, North Carolina Destination Elopement by Love by Serena

Alicia & Nick’s Destination Mountain Elopement in Banner Elk, North Carolina

The Chicory Destination Wedding in New Orleans, Louisiana by Love by Serena

Lydia & Chris’ Destination Wedding at The Chicory & Maison Dupuy in New Orleans, Louisiana (coming soon)

Emerald Isle Wedding Inspiration by Love by Serena

Emerald Isle Wedding Inspiration (featured)

Newton, Iowa Lifestyle Portrait Photography by Love by Serena

Emily’s Lifestyle Portraits in Newton, Iowa (coming soon)

LGBT Destination Elopement in Washington DC by Love by Serena

Kimberly & Joelle’s Destination Elopement in Washington DC

Baltimore Wedding Photography & New Orleans, Louisiana Engagement by Love by Serena

Erica & Chris’ Baltimore Wedding (coming soon) / Joey & Michael’s New Orleans, Louisiana Engagement

Point Dume Engagement in Malibu, California by Love by Serena

Katie & Zak’s Point Dume Engagement in Malibu, California (coming soon)

Johns Hopkins & Georgetown Engagement Photography by Love by Serena

Amy & Christian’s Baltimore Engagement (coming soon) / Elizabeth & Doug’s Georgetown Engagement (coming soon)

Baltimore Evergreen Museum & Library Wedding by Love by Serena

Nicole & Pat’s Baltimore Wedding at the Evergreen Museum & Library (coming soon)

Baltimore Wedding & Thurmont Engagement by Love by Serena

Kristen & Pat’s Freeland, Maryland Wedding / Emily & Steven’s Catoctin Mountain Park Engagement (coming soon)

Grimmel Farms Wedding with a School Bus by Love by Serena

Ali & Kevin’s Grimmel Farms Wedding in Jarrettsville, Maryland (coming soon)

Coastal Wedding in Havre de Grace, Maryland by Love by Serena

Nancy & Charlie’s Coastal Wedding in Havre de Grace, Maryland (coming soon)

Patapsco Valley Park Anniversary Portraits by Love by Serena

Nicole & Rose’s Anniversary Portraits at Patapsco Valley Park

Sunrise Engagement in Jamestown, New York by Love by Serena

Miranda & Jeremy’s Sunrise Engagement in Jamestown, New York (coming soon)

Autumn Maryland Elopement at Richardson Farms by Love by Serena

Steph & Zach’s Maryland Elopement at Richardson Farms (coming soon)

Rhae & Nick’s Philadelphia Engagement (coming soon) / Katie & JJ’s Baltimore Engagement (coming soon)

Sargeant Creative at Griffith Observatory by Love by Serena

Leanne & Paul (Sargeant Creative) at Griffith Observatory Park in Los Angeles, California


Meredith - Serena, your work is unbelievably amazing. Seriously!!

Marco - Amazing!

Ruben Nunez – Monterey Wedding Photographers - Gorgeous Work! What a great year for you.

Martin Price - Fabulous set of images :-) Looking forward to seeing some weddings from 2014!

Martin Price - Fabulous work!

Karen Julia - A stunning set of photos & so many happy couples! Looks like it was an awesome year!

Rob Dodsworth - Gorgeous, really elegant frames!

Linus Moran – Somerset Photographer - Beautiful work Serena – looks like you had a brilliant year. All the best for 2014!

Barney Walters - Cool Selection, especially the last one for me, slight but of humour and lovely light.

Stephen - Super Duper Machismo! Awesome work this year, duh! MORE AWESOME WORK NEXT YEAR PLEASE!!!

Brea - You are amazing! So much beautiful stuff! Happy new year :)

Kina - Amazing year, amazing you!!

Michael and Carina - Soft and wonderful! Love!

Kate Ann - These images are so gorgeous! I hope you have a wonderful New Years!

ashley barnett - I just love love love your work Serena! So soft and pretty!

tPoz - what a great year filled with beautiful couples!! Happy New Year!

Jessica - oh just a lovely year!!
xo Jessica

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Erica + Chris // Rock Climbing Engagement at Seneca Rocks, WV

I honestly don’t even know where to start with this session. It was, hands-down, one of my absolute favorites to date.

I first met Erica in high school. We weren’t in the same grade, so we only crossed paths occasionally in the hallways, during assemblies, or while in the library. When she got engaged to Chris, I was honored that she reached out to us about her wedding. We met over some delicious chai spiced lattes at Baltimore Coffee & Tea and everything just fell into place.

We also must note: We did a double take when we first saw him, because we thought he looked incredibly like Neil Patrick Harris. (Yay or nay? We’re accepting votes in the comments below!)

Oh, and did I mention they’re awesome rock climbers? Small world – but it turned out that we had all been climbing at the same gym (Earth Treks) at one point in time. Since their first date took place at Seneca Rocks in West Virginia, we decided to make a weekend road trip for a combination of engagement photos and a good climbing adventure. It was a pretty incredible time, with no communication with the outside world (NRQZ – National Radio Quiet Zone). I couldn’t believe how relaxing it was to be social media free.

We spent the first day climbing, stayed the night in a super cute cabin, then woke up at sunrise to get some beautiful photos. It was pure awesome.

After this next photo, we packed our gear and followed suit. Rappelling is my favorite.


Lam SM - love is simple , moments is love.

Kat Forsyth - These look so classic and effortless and just REAL. Love!

Tomasz Wagner - Okay — I need to get back into rock climbing. My kind of engagement session! Nice work.

Ross Harvey - Beautiful :)

Dennis Pike - I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for the conversation when rock climbing during the engagement shoot was brought up. It turned out awesome! great job.

Tyler - So much goodness.

Stefanie - Rock climbing! That’s pretty amazing!

Porter - absolutely stunning work serena! your processing is gorgeous, and i love the shots along the gravel path. also the rappelling images made my hands sweat, you guys are brave!!!

ed peers - Just beautiful Serena…

bryan - Absolutely gorgeous images. Beautiful location and couple :)

Stephen - I hate you. You have such awesome sessions. I hate you.

TJ - What a magical place to take photographs! And that night sky is a dream!!
xo TJ


Joseph Hall - Ooooh – so loved up and so lovely!

Chris - Cutest couple ever! the first wedding I sold at Pier 5 and a very fun couple to deal with.

Katie - OMG!!! I have been dying to do a rock climbing shoot! This is fabulous and all things wonderful! What a stunning couple!

Alicia + Nick // Destination Elopement at Banner Elk Winery, NC

When it came to getting married, Alicia and Nick were firm believers in keepings things simple (which I love). This summer, I was invited to photograph their destination elopement on top of a mountain at Banner Elk Winery in North Carolina… and it was incredible. I live for the beautiful outdoors, so it was perfection to witness such a stunning view and partake in such a relaxed and intimate special day.

A huge thank you goes to my good friend, Emily Chastain, for accompanying and assisting me on my road trip down to North Carolina for this fun day!

Bridal Gown: Macy’s (off the rack)
Cake: Banner Elk Winery & Villa
Cake Topper: PNZdesigns via Etsy
Cuff Links: White Truffle via Etsy
Earrings: Divine Jewel via Etsy
Embroidered Dress Bag: The Brown Bobbin via Etsy
Florals: Banner Elk Winery & Villa
Hair Comb: Paris XOX via Etsy
Hair Styling: Leah Amador
Just Eloped Sign: The Summery Umbrella via Etsy
Men’s Attire: Banana Republic
Photography: Serena of Love by Serena
Photography Assistant: Emily Chastain
Shoes: Hand-dyed by Paris XOX via Etsy
Tie Clip: Hibiscusdays Jewelry
Venue: Banner Elk Winery & Villa


Alina Thomas - The Santa Monica Pier Engagement was my favorite but also loved the “just eloped” sign. Beautiful images and lifetime memories!

Lindsay Anne Dransfield - Ooooh love these [insert cat with heart eyes emotion] ;) I’m going to through your blog to find all the shoots you told me about this weekend!

Kat Forsyth - Super sweet and pretty!

Denis Adonis - I love the portrait session :)

Joseph Hall - Love the couple shots – so romantic

Justin - Beautiful work, love your style!

Heather Kanilopoolos - Awesome work!! I love those shots in the forest. Gorgeous!

Luke Hayden - Fantastic work Serena!

Anton Chia - Love the light and the glow of your photography. Very beautiful.

Jessica Oh - gorgeous. so light + airy. and those trees!

Caryn - Sooo lovely! Especially that portrait with all the detail in the twigs in the trees! So natural!

ALMA // - Wow..The whole set is amazing!!

Mercedes - This is absolutely beautiful! I love the sweet, romantic mood.

Dominique / York Place Studios - A beautiful set :)

/mariahedengren - This place is so gorgeously decorated with the flowers dropping from the barn ceiling. I love the portraits in the forest.

Sarah Adams - That first shot?!??! Insanely gorgeous. I love the romance in elopements- and the way you captured it?!? timeless, gorgeous, elegant. so much beauty!

Lauren C - What a beautiful setting! Everything is so romantic. You did an incredible job!

Jackie Phillips - Beautiful! I love the intimacy and romantic feel of elopements!

Kathy - THOSE TREE SHOTS – Unreal beautiful!! The whole set is gorgeous! Beautiful job!!

Emily - Yay!!!! Was looking forward to seeing these appear. :) Sooo awesome – you totally nailed it!

Michael and Carina - LOVELY work!! Truly incredible, simple, timeless shots. Great job!!

Laura - Gorgeous work and I love the location! You found some many great outdoors spots to work with and the barn too!

Natalie - This is one of the most beautiful elopements I’ve ever seen! So genuine and beautifully captured. Well done, Serena!

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