Styled Shoot // An Organic, Modern Love Shoot in Baltimore, Maryland

We wanted to create an organic, modern atmosphere mixing hard and soft elements. Combining the Assembly Room’s brick walls and graffiti with pastel florals, candles, and organic dress details really made that theme come alive. 

We also wanted the true love between Hassan and Dymir to stand out as much as possible. I used directions and fun techniques to make them feel at home and focus on the connection they have with one another. They were the most humble couple I have ever met, and so deeply connected, that it was a dream working with them.

I reached out to four different planners with my vision, and only one got back to me — she sent me Brandi's name from Charming Grace Events. Brandi agreed with my vision wholeheartedly. We both felt we need to be a part of the solution of expanding diversity within the wedding industry. We believe in being active and directly inclusionary.

We found other vendors that shared this vision and want to continue it with their own business practices. We understand that representation matters, and wanted to give other LGTBQ couples a chance to see themselves in this shoot.

Words by Corinne Thompson of Love to the Core Photo, as told to Amber Marlow.

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Photography | Love to the Core Photo

Planning | Charming Grace Events

Venue | The Assembly Room

Models | Dymir ArthurHassan Henderson

Menswear | Christopher Schafer Clothier

Florals | Floret and Vine

Makeup | Michael Owen O'Donnell

Rentals | Paisley and Jade Rentals

Calligraphy | Allison Dee Calligraphy

Styling Board | Heirloom Bindery

Ribbon | Torn and Tied Ribbon

Rings | Amazon

Corrine Thompson Love to the core photo


I photograph weddings because what the world thinks about people who are weird is bullshit. My mission is to photograph the weirdest people having the most authentic wedding because being yourself is the most important thing you can do in this life. When you met your partner, it’s because of who they were at their core and that’s the beauty I will draw back out of both of you.

Brandi Erhard


Brandi is the leader behind Charming Grace Events and offers full service planning, partial planning, and month-of coordination to couples in the Annapolis, Maryland and Washington, DC area.