I’m so honored you’re considering me to photograph your day! In order to provide you with a beautifully finished product and the best experience possible, I accept a limited number of commissions each year. If you’ve set a date, be sure to inquire as soon as possible to ensure rates and availability.
Wedding photography coverage is offered in full-day collections which include at least eight hours of continuous coverage, a second photographer, heirloom products, and the high-resolution digital images. Add-ons such as rehearsal dinner coverage and an engagement session are also available.
Wedding Planner – Catherine Dooley from North Corner Haven
Catering – Taylor Ranch
Florist – Pamela Lovett
Hair – SH Cuts
Makeup – Dollbox
Ceremony Music – Jasmine Lloyd
Cocktail Music – Big Dawg SlingShots
Videographer – Alex Lewis Films
Cake – Karen’s Cakes & Cafe Pharr
Reception Band – Rhythm Nation
Dress Designer – Designed by Made with Love Bridal; purchased at Lovely Bride
Veil – Aleksa Karina
Shoes – Jewel Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid Dresses – designed by Joanna August
Ceremony Venue – The Ridge
Reception Venue – The Venue
Planner – Jillian Eilers
Hair/Makeup – Flawless
Bride’s Dress – Martina Liana purchased at Brickhouse Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses – Jenny Yoo purchased at Bella Bridesmaids
Groom’s suit – Hugo Boss purchased from Nordstrom
Groomsmen suits – Jim’s Formal Wear
Florals – Flora
Cake – 50/Fifty
Transportation – Elite Line Transportation
Band – The Royal Suits
Michelle has been absolutely amazing! From the moment we met her for our engagement shooting she was wonderful to work with. She made us feel comfortable in front of the camera and captured lovely pictures. On our wedding day she was incredible. With everything going on she made us feel special and took away any stress related to capturing all the moments of our big day. She had an amazing way of capturing our love and emotions. We highly recommend working with her for any event.
- Veronica & Patrick
"Michelle and her team were fabulous, I would highly recommend her!! Our wedding photos came out perfect and we also had an engagement session with Michelle which also came out perfect! My husband and I are not really picture people, we always feel awkward when posing for pictures however Michelle made the whole process feel natural and gave us great direction!! She would check in with us throughout our entire engagement to see if we had any questions and really made herself available...I would highly recommend her!!"
- Dayana & Troy
"Michelle Abernathy, of Michelle Whitley Photography, is an absolute joy to work with! She is kind, attentive, and focuses on what is most important of her clients. On wedding day, she comes super prepared and has a wonderful team. She is flexible, easy-going, and just an overall wonderful person. Her work is beautiful and she truly captures her clients special days with the utmost creativity. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a light and airy photographer that provides such exceptional and personable experiences."
- Katie Baynard, Wedding Planner
Falls Church, Virginia
Michelle did an amazing job as our wedding photographer! After many emails and a planning phone call before the wedding, I felt completely comfortable going into the wedding day...I honestly felt like she was one of my friends by the time we got to the big day. My husband and I could not be happier with our wedding pictures. I look at them every day. Michelle was extremely professional, responsive, and accommodating. I highly recommend her as a wedding photographer. I mean just look at her pictures! They speak for themselves.
- Amanda & Brent
WHAT DO YOUR WEDDING PACKAGES INCLUDE?
Every wedding collection includes at least 8 hours of continuous wedding day coverage, second photographer, and custom online gallery with the high-resolution images.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PHOTOGRAPHING WEDDINGS?
My 2020 season will be 6 years and counting!
DO YOU SHOOT FILM?
I enjoy shooting film and digital at every wedding and nearly all of my portrait sessions are captured on film. While I love the look of film, I feel there are definitely times on a wedding day that call for the speed and low-light capabilities of digital photography. All of my digital images are carefully edited to match the look of my film images.
WHEN CAN WE EXPECT OUR IMAGES?
A sneak peek is delivered to you within 7 days after the wedding. Full galleries are typically delivered within 10 weeks but I do my best to try to get them to you sooner, if possible. Portrait sessions are typically delivered within 4 weeks.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU GET SICK OR CANNOT PHOTOGRAPH THE WEDDING?
In any emergency, my second photographer is trained and would take over as your lead photographer.
DO YOU TRAVEL?
Yes! For weddings within a two-hour drive of Frederick, Maryland, travel is included in your collection costs. Your wedding location will determine travel costs based on mileage, which would be applied to your final balance. Domestic and international collections are also available for destination weddings with travel beyond 8 hours. Contact me for a custom travel quote!
HOW CAN WE BOOK YOU AS OUR PHOTOGRAPHER?
Prior to booking, I'd love to hop on a quick call to learn more about what you have planned! If you feel we're a great fit, please send an inquiry to set up a consultation or to begin the booking process. A signed contract and non-refundable 40% retainer is required to hold your date. The remaining payment is due 30 days before your wedding.
For investment details and availability, please send me a message using the contact form and I'll be in touch!
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