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Laidback State Park Wedding in Maryland // Gabi & Marc

Gabi & Marc are kind of amazing. And I seriously mean that. And their Laidback State Park Wedding in Maryland was amazing too.

They’re two of the healthiest, most positive, and genuinely fun people I’ve ever met. Hands down. They run marathons together. They cook together. They’re raising 5 amazing and uber-talented kids. They have crazy-impressive jobs {rocket scientist and a government agent!}.

Photos from their Laidback State Park Wedding:

And their families are unbelievable, too.

Laidback State Park Wedding in Maryland

family prepares for Laidback State Park Wedding

Almost every single aspect of Gabi & Marc’s wedding was lovingly handcrafted by either themselves or a family member. Marc’s daughter made their cake & cupcakes. All of the flower arrangements, including the bouquets, centerpieces, and corsages, were made by Gabi’s sisters. Her mother rolled and styled her hair. And, sister-in-law did her make-up. Her younger brothers & friends set up the reception space. Then, her sister helped her dress, and Marc’s youngest son helped him get ready.

classic wedding dress for Laidback State Park Wedding

Because both Gabi & Marc have children from previous marriages, they were married by the water in Annapolis, Maryland in a ceremony that not only combined the two of them, but their children, as well. Each of them spoke to the others’ children; telling them how they weren’t coming in to replace anyone, how they promised to be good, and fair step-parents, and how they love them and were so happy they were a part of their lives.

Shoot, I’m tearing up again.

teal wedding shoes for Laidback State Park Wedding in Maryland

bride prepares for Laidback State Park Wedding

romantic Laidback State Park Wedding portraits with You Are Raven

Anyway, it was a gorgeous ceremony. Then there was the unique unity ceremony: the building of a rock cairn. Gabi, Marc, and their kids took turn building a pile of smooth stones, followed by everyone in attendance adding on their rocks to the pile, as well. All symbolizing the building of a strong foundation that blends the two families.

couple walks through State Park in Maryland after first look

black and white Laidback State Park Wedding portraits

bride holds bouquet during Laidback State Park Wedding ceremony

What made the biggest impression on me is how much of the entire day reflected who they are as people. From start to finish, it all spoke of their love: for nature, for their families, for each other.

They’re such fantastic people, and I’m so thankful I got to spend their Laidback State Park wedding day with them.

Thanks again, Gabi & Marc. You. Are. Awesome.

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