The Secret Garden

As devastatingly romantic as fairytales can be, nothing beats the fervor of real life love.  No one understands this more than soon-to-be newlyweds, Cait and Ethan.  While singing on ‘open mic’ night at a local coffee shop, Ethan spotted his beautiful bride Cait sitting in the crowd.  By the end of the night, the two were inseparable and their real life fairytale began.  Four years later, the two lovebirds are set to be wed and came up with a fitting way to celebrate their engagement.  Photographer Christina Maldonado explains:

Their story spans years… it is a modern day fairytale, which oddly enough was the theme for the engagement session.  When Cait told me she wanted a fairytale, I knew exactly the place to shoot her session.  There is a somewhat abandoned grotto out by where my friend lives.  The setting makes it look as it it is from a dream.  I teamed up with the gals from Anna Jane Styling.  I told them Cait wanted it to feel somewhat ethereal with hints of pinks and then I let them run with it!  The set up was divine.  They had vintage his and her’s couple chairs.  A table set out with ornamental keys, florals, six foot candelabra, handmade cupcakes, and a french wedding cake. Every little detail was amazing!

Photography:  Christina Maldonado Photography // Event Design: Anna Jane Styling


Sam Temsah-Deniskin

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the whimsical life of accidental photographer, stylist, & writer, Sam. Her approachable and fun style has received critical acclaim from such media outlets as The Huffington Post, Real Simple Magazine, PopSugar, and Buzzfeed. In addition to running a successful photography & content creation business, Sam also serves as a contributing writer for and Scary Mommy.

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