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Who is Jessica Fike & Why For the Love?

Hi friends! I’m Jessica Fike – mama to three kiddos, wife to Garrett County native Brian, and photographer of families and weddings. Since 2013, my family has called this corner of Maryland “home” and I’m excited to share it with the world…because we, along with so many others, LOVE it here!

Even though I haven’t been here long, my ties to Deep Creek started long ago…

In 1974, my Grandma and Grandpap Smith bought a cabin on Marsh Hill Road here at Deep Creek Lake, just beyond the entrance to Wisp Resort. My mom and her brothers were all kids in school at the time, so they began spending their summers at the cabin, learning how to water ski and enjoying “Buttercup”, their family boat. Fast forward fifteen years and my siblings and I started doing the same. I remember hanging out on the oversized deck, coloring inside when it rained, talking to neighbors through the open windows as they walked by to go to the water, and frequenting the Honi-Honi by boat. I also remember visiting Deep Creek Lake State Park for beach time and exploring Swallow Falls. Mini golf at Smiley’s at The Fort and ice cream at Lakeside Creamery were always on our to-do list, too.

Fast forward another 15 years and I'm living at Deep Creek. Never would I have thought this would be my home because for the longest time, I didn’t know Deep Creek beyond summer. I didn’t know people lived in Garrett County year-round and that the winters were actually pretty harsh (#TundraofMaryland). I didn’t know that millions of other visitors came to the lake to get away. I didn’t know that Deep Creek was so well-cherished for its outdoor beauty and relaxing appeal. And I didn’t know that I’d fall in love with all of it.

For the Love of Deep Creek exists because I love it here, and so do many others. This place brings people together for vacation, reunions, weekend getaways, group retreats, weddings, community events, and second-home opportunities. This place has power and I want For The Love of Deep Creek to be a resource, and to serve and excite those who come. Serve the 1 million+ visitors who come to Garrett County each year, along with the hundreds of local businesses who feel their effect. And excite those who already love Deep Creek, as well as those who have yet to find us.

DISCLAIMER: All the information on this website is my own opinion. No one is paying to be a part of this website and there are no advertisers. It’s all based on personal experiences and preferences. The website is also not all-inclusive or exhaustive, so there is more information out there! DeepCreekTimes.com, VisitDeepCreek.com and the LakefrontMagazine.com would also be online resources to check out.

Vlog Episodes

This vlog was created in 2017 and has evolved into a platform for sharing Deep Creek with the world. With a recent focus on Garrett County wedding vendors and their businesses (because hey, I’m a Garrett County wedding photog), and the possibility of a new focus on all things Garrett County and Deep Creek, it seemed only fitting for these to live on FTL in some way.

But before we share all about the wedding vendors, let’s pull some from the archives first! There might be some helpful and enjoyable Deep Creek info these…


This one includes a visit to Deep Creek Donuts, along with some family time and a reunion at Deep Creek Lake State Park.
Two Garrett County favorites for sure…Candyland and Savage River Lodge, both in this episode.

Now on to Creative Conversations Over Coffee series of the vlog! Originally inspired by Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee show, this was an attempt at showcasing some of the wonderfully talented wedding vendors we have here in Garrett County. Our wedding scene is hip and happenin’ and we couldn’t make it happen without these folks!

However, in order to truly share Deep Creek with the world via video, I should go beyond weddings in these episodes. So stay tuned for continued refocusing of the vlog! In the meantime, if you’re getting married or just enjoy weddings, here are some episodes for you…


Blue Moon Rising! A tiny cabin village that offers a super unique wedding day setting.
Hannah! A creative, talented local artist who can paint on just about anything! Wedding signs, stationery, watercolor portraits…she does so much good stuff.

To see more episodes, visit the YouTube channel.