Ali McLaughlin Photography bio picture

Taylor & Nathan { Evergreen Country Club, NYE Wedding, Haymarket, VA}

Sometimes Love Stories are Unexpected. The kind when you aren’t really looking and then it sneaks up on you. This is how Taylor and Nathan’s love story began. She first laid eyes on him at the local Sheetz parking lot and told him she liked his boots and he was intrigued by her, so much so that he stalked her on FB and messaged her that night. She told him she was busy sleeping. It was 8p.m. 🙂

By another chance meeting they would run into each other again, this time on NYE at Fat Tuesday. Nathan told everyone Taylor was his girlfriend, much to her dismay at the time. By the end of the evening his charm must have paid off as they rang in the New Year with a kiss!. Not only did Nathan fall in love Taylor but also quickly fell in love with her son Mason. As they say, the rest is history!

Taylor and Nathan had an amazing wedding day and beautiful details from the bridesmaids gold, sparkly Badgley Mishka dresses, to that cathedral veil and cake!!.. loved her fun New Years Eve details they spent hours working on from the midnight Hershey Kisses to the poppers with each guests name on it. It was a fun party that didn’t quit until the Ball dropped at midnight.

I loved the sweet moments during the wedding how Nathan’s eyes would tear up when he saw Taylor walking down the isle or during speeches when friends and family talked about what a great dad he was to Mason and how his eyes filled with tears. It’s clear how much love they have for each other, Mason and their soon to be little boy they are expecting.

Thank you for allowing me to be part of your special day. Wishing you both years of love and Happiness and may you always remember that first NYE, why you fell in love, and every special NYE Anniversary to come! XO….




              Love these funny moments of Mason stealing some of his mom’s limelight!  Too cute…

Vendor Team:

Venue- Evergreen Country Club

Florist- Greene Ivy Florist

Dress- Kenneth Winston

Bridesmaids Dresses- Badgley Mischka ( Rent the Runway)

Hair & Makeup- Salon Emage

Wedding Planner- Brooke at Evergreen Country Club

D.J- Soundwave Entertainment

Cake- Crumbles Bakery

Invitations- Vista Print

Second Photographer- Tammy Morin Photography

January 12, 2017 - 5:56 pm

Petra - Beautiful photos! I love the NYE theme!!

Rachel & Adam { Amp, Betheseda, MD Wedding}

sb1Rachel and Adam were married Oct 1, 2016 in a beautiful Jewish Ceremony at Amp, in Betheseda, MD. From the moment I met Rachel, I knew she was such a sweet, genuine person, I loved sitting down with her and talking about her love for Adam, how they met while working together and how they both had a vision of a more modern wedding affair. I got to meet them both at their Old Town Alexandria engagement session and I could see how apparant their love for each other was.

Their wedding was amazing in every way, from the sweet moments of their first look, which as soon as they saw each other calmed their nerves and allowed them to really be present with family and friends the rest of their day. That was probably my favorite memory of their wedding how present and in the moment they got to be.

I wish you both a beautiful life and future together! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day. Enjoy your honeymoon in Antigua.


sb10sb9sb-detailssbdetails8sb8sb6sb1sb4sbgroom1sbgroom2sb2sb3sb10sb8sb12sb9sb11sb10sb13sb30sb2sb1sb27sb27sb29sb20sb3sb28sb26sb2sb3sb19sb26sb25sb29sb3sb21sb6sb6sb8sb5sb4sb20sb12sbringsb2sb1sb32sb1sb2sb31sb33sb34sb35sb1sb13sb16sb21sb26sb23sb25sb24sb18sb6sbreception-2sbreception3reception-4sb4sb7sb-reception4sbreception-5sb15sb-reception-1Thank you to all the vendors who made the day possible!

Venue- Amp, Bethesda, Maryland

Events by Elisabeth, LLC

Florals- Scentsational Florals

Rouge Catering

Photographer- Ali McLaughlin Photography

Assistant Photographer- Melinda Snyder Photography

Lauren & Ken’s Spring Garden Wedding { Antrim 1844 Taneytown, MD Wedding}


Last Spring, I second shot Lauren & Ken’s Wedding with my good friend, Melinda Snyder Photography. This past year we teamed up working weddings together and it’s so great to find a genuine friend in this industry that you really enjoy working with.

Of course shooting at the place I got married myself is always fun to come back to! Lauren and Ken were SUCH a stunning couple and I was so happy they picked Antrim, it’s such a wonderful venue with gorgeous views and a lovely, historic mansion from the 1800’s.

They had such a beautiful, flawless day, full of love with family and friends. I loved their first look together, they are so sweet, not to mention gorgeous together.

Best wishes for a life full of Happiness Lauren & Ken! XO.



September 23, 2016 - 3:33 pm

Petra - So pretty!!!

Our 5 year Anniversary. { Tides Inn, Irvington, VA}

When we got married,  my husband and I agreed we would plan a special getaway commemorating every year we were married. We joke that the first year we went BIG, to Costa Rica.. unfortunatly not every year can be that expensive, but nevertheless it can still be special! It’s always nice to get time away to remember why you fell in love!

We picked the Tides Inn this year since we wanted somewhere quiet and relaxing, and we both love small coastal towns. It was so quaint, and quiet. Just what we needed for a couple days away. I really recommend the Tides Inn for a relaxing getaway with plenty activities, like boating, kayaking and crabbing. Not to mention the food is amazing! I loved their Banana Foster’s waffles, the Lancaster Lemonade, and the amazing fish and chips and filet mignon dinner.

We took a boat cruise around Carter’s Creek the first day, and then spent the afternoon at The Dog and Oyster Vineyard. I loved this winery! It was so cute and the Rose is amazing! We also tried raw and roasted oysters. Not a huge fan of raw, but the roasted oysters were so good! I loved the dogs that roam around the property guarding the grapes. We loved all the oysters laying on the tables too, so you could draw a little keepsake to leave at the winery saying you were there!

We ended the evening with a fabulous dinner overlooking the bay. We had it all to ourselves. It was very romantic and worth the price!

The next day we planned to kayak, lay by the pool and bike, but it rained all day, so I got a massage and then we had lunch at an amazing little spot in town for more oysters and fish tacos. It was an amazing weekend we won’t forget. Some day we will have to go back!


September 22, 2016 - 2:12 pm

Petra - Beautiful photos!! Happy 5 years!! You guys are so awesome! ❤️