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    Hello there-- I’ve been waiting for you!!! You know who you are and are true to yourself, you are a liver-of-life, a collector of moments, a person who appreciates great photography and its ability to press the pause button on life’s most incredible moments.

    You want a photographer who is able to handle all aspects of wedding photography with ease, capturing: candid, romantic emotion; flattering, beautiful portraits; breathtaking scenery & architecture; the joy and energy out on the dance floor and all those sweet wedding details that you have been working on for months in an artful, creative way.

    I have great news for you—I’ve got you covered!!!

    My work is creative & thoughtful. My goal is to share your unique love story. I get to know your interests & personalities in order to capture them forever in beautiful, personal, artful photographs that tell your story. I invest my time helping you become comfortable in front of my camera & find the most flattering lighting and angles for you and your surroundings.

    If this sounds good to you, and you’d like to reach out to me to find out more, please connect here.

Ranked “Top 50 Wedding Photographers Worldwide for 2016”!!!!

I am delighted to share that Fearless Photographers has listed me as one of the “Top 50 Wedding Photographers Worldwide for 2016”!!!!  I share this honor with fellow photographers from  Indonesia, France, Romania, England, China, Italy and Brazil to mention a few :).

It is humbling to be surrounded by such amazing photographers, literally in this case, haha– see me in the middle?

2016 Top 50 worldwide

Awards are given by a rotating panel of judges from all over the world.  They look for innovative photographs that creatively tell a story.  They want to be stunned, amazed or feel like your images are redefining wedding photography.

Fearless Photographer rankings are based on the number of international photography awards given by several panels of judges throughout the course of the year.  Winning photographs are chosen for showing creative imagery, bold storytelling and consistent vision.   Narrowing the top wedding photographers across the globe takes time and there are several steps in the year-long process.  In the interest of keeping the judging as impartial as possible, images are anonymous, the panel of curators changes for each collection, and there are rules/limits (especially on photo-shopping etc).

In 2016, there were 689 photographs that earned Fearless Awards worldwide.  I received 4 of those awards, which placed me of the “Top 50 Photographers of 2016 list.”  If I would have earned one more award this year, I would have made the “Top 10”, that can be a goal for next year, haha!  Here are my award-winning images for 2016.  I am surprised by how many are black and white!

This one requires a closer look ;)…

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Alessia & Tim’s surprise engagement guest:

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Cheerleader, Sarah’s wedding morning:

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A fondue-loving flower girl at Lauren & Dan’s Lehigh Valley Wedding:

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This is my third year being listed in the top 100 wedding photographers internationally by Fearless Photographers, as I was on the top 100 list in 2014 (top 50), 2015 (top 100) and 2016 (top 50).  This is also my second year on the “Top 100 Photographers of All Time” list due to my 13 international award winning images over the past three years.   Here are my 9 other award winning images from previous years:

Kyrie & Andrew’s Stormy Lehigh Valley Wedding: 

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Geri & Nick’s timeless Philadelphia Wedding:

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Khoa & Tina’s elegant Harrisburg Wedding:

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Kyrie & Andrew’s Stormy Lehigh Valley Wedding: 

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Lori & Thomas’ fabulous New Jersey wedding:

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Eileen & Kevin’s artful Hoboken wedding:

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Max & Julia’s sophisticated beach Wedding:

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Angela & Sean’s Harrisburg riverside Wedding:

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Ashley & Jake’s turkey farm engagement in the Lehigh Valley:

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Thanks to the support of my family, friends, fans, colleagues and amazing clients I am able to have a career that I am passionate about and absolutely love! Congrats to all of the others on the top 50 list, your work inspires me!!!

To see the full top 2016 list visit here.  If you’d like to see more and even give little hearts to your personal favorites please visit my Fearless Profile here.

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Carnegie Institution for Science Wedding Photographers: Dan & Chris

A winter wedding in Washington DC that included freshly falling snow and these two dapper gentlemen…

I had such a blast working with these two!  Our first meeting began with Chris saying, “Your work is so crisp, clear and exactly the type of high-quality photography that we are looking for!  Thank you so much for making this decision so easy for us!”

Dan elaborated, “We are also really struck by your ability to capture emotion and personality!  Your photos are creative and fun but not over-done.”  They both mentioned loving my familiarity with the Carnegie and my ability to incorporate the architecture into the photos as well. 🙂

As far as aesthetic, they shared, “With a December wedding, we wanted subtle winter/holiday elements of burgundy and gold, accented with evergreens, winter florals, and candles. We opted to go with tailored navy suites to balance out the stateliness of the venue and keep things a bit more casual.”

I love to play with different photographic elements on a wedding say.  The image above embraces shadow to allow the vibrant, delicate foliage to pop!

The image below plays with the symmetry of  the room and the couple.  They were so much fun to be with, always laughing and joking around!

I love to play with light and enjoyed capturing that golden glow and shadowy silhouettes as they pin their boutonnieres…

Chris and Dan’s home has been in the family for years!  Chris’ grandparents moved into the basement as newlyweds in the 1940s and rented from his grandfather’s aunt & uncle who owned the home.  After a few years, they were asked if they wanted to purchase it when the home was slated to be put on the market.  They did purchase the home and raised Chris’ father and uncle in the house.  Chris & his brother Bryan spent their entire childhood visiting their grandparents there.

Although the house has been significantly updated, it was important to keep many of the family’s furniture pieces and make sure that any new elements tied-in seamlessly with the character and history of the home.  Chris shared, “Our family has been gathering in this house for holidays and special occasions for seven decades which is why it felt so important to have photos taken there on our wedding day.  It’s exciting to have so much history in a house and to be carrying it into another generation.”

Dan shared a bit about their relationship, “How could I not fall in love with Chris? He is truly a one-of-a-kind guy and not a day goes by where I don’t stop and think how lucky I am to have him by my side. I fell in love with Chris because he was the funniest and most genuinely caring person I’ve ever met.  He’ll do anything he can to help out our family and friends.  There’s no one who can make me laugh like he can!”

Chris shared, “I fell in love with Dan’s kindness, warmth, and fun nature.  Dan keeps me grounded and provides tremendous support.  I like the person I’ve become with Dan in my life.  We both seem to complement each other very well!”

On the way there, I snapped this photo– I liked the way you could see the snowflakes sticking to the window and couldn’t resist reflection on the ceiling of the limo!

They shared, “Our day was truly perfect!  The snow was incredible — enough to make the atmosphere feel incredibly special and the scenery beautiful, but not enough to cause travel headaches for anyone. The snow was unreal, just incredible and really put us in a festive mood!”

Chris shared, “My life is truly complete with Dan in it and I feel very fortunate!  I’m looking forward to officially strengthening our partnership, traveling together, and building a family as a married couple!”

Such handsome gentlemen!!!  I just love the touch that the snow adds and the light this time of year!  Their suits and ties were from Suit Supply in Georgetown.

They shared, “After visiting a handful of potential venues, we knew that the Carnegie Institution of Washington was the perfect choice for us. We were going for a very “DC” wedding, and we felt the venue really gave off a genuine and authentic DC vibe.  It simply felt right and embodied all the elements we wanted for our wedding day.  The library, rotunda, boardroom, and staircase all added special elements to our special occasion.”

To say that I appreciate the architecture in the Carnegie is such a huge understatement…

So happy together!

This was a very emotional part in the ceremony for everyone, here Dan’s sister is reading the Supreme Court’s decision aloud…

Justice Kennedy stated, “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family.  In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were.”

This was of particular significance, especially with Dan’s involvement and work on the cause…

They shared, “We met through our friend Joanna, so it made perfect sense to have her officiate our wedding. We could never thank her enough — she put an enormous amount of time and energy into planning and writing our ceremony from scratch, and it could not have turned out better. Walking into the rotunda with each of our moms — and seeing all of our friends and family gathered in one place — was a truly overwhelming experience for us, in a good way!!”

I focused on the ring in this photo as it wanted it to be super crisp and clear…

With this ring, I thee wed…

They shared “We had so many people visiting the city we call home that we wanted elements of Washington, DC incorporated into our big day as well.  One of those elements was our D&C wedding logo, which of course was DC, yet also our initials!”  Here you can see the logo projected during their ceremony along with that stunning, classic DC architecture…

It’s official…

Oh wow– the snow!  It was such a beautiful touch…

Dan shared, “I’m excited for the adventures we have ahead of us and the family we’ll build together in the years ahead.”

I love playing with depth of field…

High fives all around– Chris’ brother Bryan was his best man…

Molly was Dan’s best woman…

The couple shared, “Having Bryan & Molly as our best man & women was the only option we ever considered for our wedding party.  Bryan and Molly are terrific in every sense and we knew they would be absolutely perfect on our wedding day.  We are fortunate to have lots of amazing friends, so keeping the wedding party simple just made the most sense.”

Chris and Dan shared, “We loved spending this time together in the snow with our bridal party as well wishers passed by on the street!”

They shared, “We do complement each other very well! When one of us is stressed, the other one can usually balance out and calm the situation. We support each other in pretty intuitive ways.”

Let’s get the party started!!!  I loved the gold beaded chargers and burgundy linens– such festive touches… these details and so many more were coordinated with the assistance of Kaitlyn and her team at Cheers Darling!

Dan and Chris explained, “For the tables we went for a very simple yet refined place setting.  Everything from the name cards, menus, and napkin-fold had been thought through, and the added sprig of rosemary was simply the final touch to tie-it all together.  We actually didn’t get a chance to see the table settings so we are very excited to see the photos!”

I have a wide variety of lenses and have to shoot wide and really capture the whole atmosphere…  here the entire crowd cheers and the bridal party stands as D & C enter the wedding reception.  I love how you can see the architecture of the room as well as the excitement of the happy couple!

I moved in a little tighter to show their dance moves…

A fun perspective of the first dance…

The mother-son dances were so much fun!

Joy-filled…

They shared, “Our day was so much fun!  We really want photos that capture that!”

Dance floor action…

Dan and Chris said, “Our friends and family are top priorities for us and it was extremely important to have several photos take with them, especially large group photo in the rotunda.  That was such a fantastic idea and we’re so glad you suggested it!”

A huge shout out to Michael Bell from MyDeeJay for helping with the logistics of this shot

Milk and cookie shots were a festive tie-in and absolutely adorable!

Chris shared, “At the end of the night, I honestly felt like my life was complete.  I am so fortunate to be married to Dan!”

There were so many light temperatures effecting the Carnegie that night– the street lamps, the spots, the lamp…  it was if all were celebrating this union!   I embraced it all and added my own, too for a little extra pop…

Chris and Dan shared, “We absolutely loved working with you!  You were so much fun and really had a stress-free attitude!!  You helped us to create a wedding day schedule and follow it diligently, consulting us if time was becoming a factor.  You were so flexible and super helpful, even asking us which photos we’d prefer to have you focus on!  Thank you!”

Many thanks, Dan and Chris for being so amazing to work with– I hope that these photos are just the sort of crisp, creative, architectural, unique, emotional images that you were hoping for!

If you’d like to see more of Chris and Dan, check out their engagement photos here.

Huffington Posts’ ‘most romantic moments’ include 2 of my photos!!!

Nick & Maggie, Kyle and Kaylan– I have some pretty crazy news for you…

The Huffington Post considers one of your wedding moments to be one of the most “romantic wedding photos” because it captured “pure unadulterated love”!!!  Thanks so much for being your awesome selves and trusting me to capture such an important time in your lives!

Falling for you… 

It happened: Maggie fell in her wedding gown!!!

What might have been a nightmare to some couples was a moment that Nick and Maggie embraced with love, laughter and anti-bacterial wipes, haha! *AND* Huffington Post recognized it as one of the most “romantic wedding photos.

All that gym time paid off as Maggie completely saved her dress by catching herself in a perfect yoga plank. Unfortunately this bloodied and wounded her hands.  Nick helped her up and joked about her ‘officially being a Staver.’

We grabbed our first-aid kit from our car and passed it to Nick, who shared that Maggie’s resilience is something that really attracted him to her — that Maggie is joyful, strong and someone who is able to roll with the punches.

To see more of Nick and Maggie’s wedding day, click here.

Defying gravity…

This photo was inspired by this couple’s love for classic literature, specifically the Peter Pan quote that Kaylan chose to engrave in Kyle’s wedding band: ‘Come with me and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land.

To see more of Kyle and Kaylan’s wedding day, click here.

Thanks again to the editors of Huffington Post for following my work, it’s an honor!

Hershey PA Wedding Photographers: Anna & Neil

From Neil serenading Anna on bended knee to experiencing an incredible sunset on the stunning grounds of The Hotel Hershey with the scent of chocolate in the air– Anna & Neil’s wedding day was straight out of a fairy tale!

Anna shared a little about why they chose Rhinehart Photography, “Your photos are so beautiful and unique. I love the creativity and attention to detail they put into every picture.”

Neil added, “You were recommended by friends and your name popped up time and time again. We can be rather picky, but loved all of the photos we saw on your site– they were so professionally executed and creative.   I could see a lot of personality from the couples coming through in the photographs!”

Anna shared, “I’m really anxious to see photos of our family and friends and some of those artistic shots!”  Well, here you go Anna, this was a really tricky photo I captured in camera with Anna and her wedding gown… I love that it also ties in the plum color that her bridal party wore.

Anna explained the style of her wedding, “We wanted a romantic, wintery feel with plenty of sparkle.”  Her wedding gown and jewelry started off the morning with some sparkle!

I bring several lenses with me and use them accordingly– the lens I used for this photo is specifically made for photos taken at extremely close range.  I wanted her sparkling jewelry to pop and chose a dark background in shade while allowing light to skim and sparkle.  I arranged them to draw your eye in and fill the frame.  😉

Anna smiled when I asked about her brides-man, John.  “It’s 2018, bridal parties aren’t just for girls anymore!”

She continued, “John has been one of my closest friends since High School.  He is absolutely hilarious and he needed to be a part of the bridal party.  He was super excited to wear his robe and be with the girls.  He even wore a beautiful long green wig at the bachelorette!”

Here he pops the champagne…

Cheers to Anna & Neil!

Anna shared, “The bridal suite at the Hershey Lodge was more than I could have hoped for!  The rooms were huge and it was the perfect place to hang with the bridal party and family while getting ready for the big day!  The night before the wedding my sister and I stayed in the room together and I wrote my letter to Neil.”

Here two of her bridesmaids admire the dress and take it down so that Anna can get dressed.  I love to use different elements in the room to add a little artistry and pop, there was so much for me to work with in the Hershey Lodge bridal suite!  Here is her beautiful wedding gown from White Swan Bridal Boutique.

Anna shared, “One of my family-friends gave me blue initials of my Pop-pop’s name to use for ‘something blue’ to sew into my dress.  This was very special to me because my relationship with my Pop-pop was extremely close and it has been very hard for me to not have him here.  I am glad he was able to a part of our special day!”

Khara Williams Make Up puts on a few final touches.  I silhouetted them together in the window and I love the contrast of Khara’s hair down, standing with the make-up in hand and Anna’s hair up, sitting, as her lipstick is applied.

Neil shared about falling for Anna, “Anna is just awesome, in every way.  She was a good friend of mine for several years before we started dating.  I really grew to enjoy being around her more and more (and I’m glad she felt the same way about me!).”

Neil shared, “Every time she’s met friends or family of mine for the first time I always hear about how much they like the atmosphere she brings everywhere she goes, and that smile…”

Anna shared about her incredible bouquet from Splints and Daisies, “I absolutely loved my cascading bouquet with the mostly white, some plum and calla lily flowers.  It looked so romantic!”

Anna’s dad walked in the room and saw his daughter as a bride for the first time.

Anna shared, “It was so special to have that moment with my dad before walking down the aisle.  He told me how proud he was of me and that Neil was definitely the right person for me.  I could tell my dad was truly happy for us.”

Anna shared about her relationship with Neil, “I think we really complement each other well.   We have a lot of similarities when it comes to our interests, sense of humor and careers, but we also have differences that complement each other well.  When I’m stressed he’s calming,  when he’s upset I try to make him smile.”

Anna requested a Vogue-inspired bridal party photo after seeing some on my blog.  I’d say that they definitely rocked it…

Anna stated, “We are so thankful for all the help from our family and friends for putting all of the aspects of this wedding and the journey together. We are especially thankful to my mom, who worked tirelessly on every detail to make sure everything was perfect for us. We are so lucky!”

Here is one of their more traditional family photos:

Neil’s brother asked Neil when he knew he wanted to marry Anna and his answer caught him off-guard…

Neil said, “I always knew that I was going to spend the rest of my life with her, but it was a moment that we were watching TV after a long day of work and she laughed at some joke or something. I had this feeling that it was time. I was at my mom’s the next day and we were alone so I said it out loud for the first time, ‘Mom, I’m going to ask Anna to marry me.’ The rest is history.”

Neil shared, “The wedding day was so emotional for me and I have no problem saying that! I wrote my note during some down time and was able to channel my thoughts. I told her that my promise to her is to be the type of husband she deserves and every day I will work every day to make sure she feels how much I love her.”

Anna shared, “Neil and I were close friends before we started dating. I fell in love with his smile and his out-going personality and funny sense of humor.  He is always making me laugh and I always have so much fun and laugh so hard when I am with him.”

She went on, “I am never afraid to be myself when I’m with him and he has always been very supportive of everything I have ever wanted to do.  Neil is the perfect partner for me.”

Whenever I asked Anna & Neil what they were looking forward to most about their wedding day it was always the people– friends and family.

The line-up of men by his side dressed to the nines and ready to go on the morning of his wedding really said to me that they feel the same way about him!

I love how my second photographer was about to really capture the blue sky in this photograph.

Neil shared about the gentleman at his side, “My best man, Connor, is my older brother and best friend. We’ve gone through a lot in our home life which has really brought home my motto of “family is everything.” My brothers are the ones I always know are there for me. Throughout the years and struggles, he’s always been there for me and vice versa. I know he would do anything for me.”

The couple was wed at the “Holy Name of Jesus church” in Paxtonia, just outside of Harrisburg Pennsylvania.  I loved working there!

Anna smiled, “The church was big and beautiful.  There were three big white arches and large wooden doors greeting our guests in the front.”

Anna recalled, “My favorite part of the wedding day was when I saw him at the end of the aisle in the church.  The way he looked at me was a moment I will never forget!”

Neil shared, “I’ll admit I cried when I first saw Anna in her wedding gown.  I didn’t realize I could see her through the back windows when she walked up with her dad and before everyone turned around. I was stunned. I knew I would cry but I could never have anticipated the range of emotions that washed over me.”

He went on, “Those 30 seconds from when I first saw her and when the crowd stood and turned around left me in this surreal world that I relive every day. It was just me and her and no one else. I started laughing while also holding back tears!  I couldn’t believe that we made it to this point. That euphoria stayed with me through the rest of the day, and still remains.”

So I have this thing for symmetry and I have to say I really liked working in this church :).  The priest was also super friendly.

The funniest moment of the ceremony: when Neil tried to kiss Anna before the appointed time and the priest had to stop him!!!!

Wow– this is it– they are all smiles you could tell that they were in the moment and soaking it all in!  This is probably my biggest piece of advice for my couples is to enjoy their day and take in every moment…

More balance, and framing…

The bridal party stood outside of the church waiving streamers and welcoming the newlyweds, they may or may not have been chanting “booze and snacks” haaaaaa….

So happy together!  Neil said, “I’m just pumped that I can finally have her to myself!!!  Anna, you are so beautiful!!!”

Neil went on, “The Hershey Hotel was a perfect place for us, it was gorgeous and the lighting was great.  We couldn’t have asked for nicer weather.”

Anna shared, “Our time at the Hershey Hotel was the most ‘alone-time’ we had all day and we really enjoyed it!”

Anna continued, “It felt like we were on castle grounds in the back of the hotel with the white stairs, topiary and fountains.  I felt like a princess.”

Anna went on, “I wore my grandmother’s fur when it got chilly.”

There is something so timeless and classic about this photograph…

There was a quiet moment and Neil looked down at his hand, and noticed the wedding band and got a little emotional…

Neil shared, “I think we both bring optimism to our home. Being with her is always the cure to a long day at work or any other struggles I may have.”

He continued, “We spend most of our time together– laughing.  It’s just what we do!”

Gorgeous cake by the Couture Cakery— I’m obsessed with this cake topper!

Anna shared, “I loved using our engagement photos from Lisa for the table numbers.  I think it really tied everything together well.  It was a personal touch that was artistic, romantic and added a little sparkle too!”

Anna said, “I loved our entrance and our first dance to the Sam Smith song, “Latch”.  We took a few dance lessons before the wedding, so I am glad they paid off!!!”

Neil shared, “My mom is my #1. After college I had some very difficult times and it was really ‘us against the world.’ I viewed our dance as a big life moment. It was more than a dance in my mind – it was much more of a statement that we made it through those tough times together and came out on the other side.”

He went on, “She’s an inspiration to me and it meant the world to have that dance. We also changed our song choice so we wouldn’t cry too much…”

Anna shared, “My dad and my sister’s speech were so perfect to me.  They made me laugh and cry!  They did such a great job and I could not ask for a better family!”

I love to get creative, here I used the bubbles from the champagne glasses to bring some extra visual interest into the best man’s speech!  (Yes it looked like this in camera, it wasn’t layered on in photo shop after the fact). 😉

Anna stated, “You have to have a candy bar when your wedding is in Hershey!!  It was so much fun!  People took bags home to share.”

Neil explained, “James Madison University is where it all began for Anna & I!  We met at school, I proposed on the quad, our friends that we made there are still are good friends now…”

Anna added, “Including the JMU Duke Dog was a must for us!”

Anna continued, “It was so fun take him out dancing on the dance floor and to get a group photo with JMU graduates!”

Anna shared, “The dance floor was electric.  Everyone was having a great time.  At one point we had a large conga line for the song ” I would walk 500 miles” and we played a big range of songs.  Neil even sang “I think I love you”.  DJs were great!”  She is referring to the team at Klock Entertainment.

Anna laughed, “At the end of the night, Neil picked up the mic got down on one knee and sang the Partridge Family song “I think I love you!”

She went on, “Neil was so funny and brave when he sang that song!  Maybe had a few too many cocktails, haha!”

They agreed, “At the end of the night, we thought about how lucky we are to have each other and such great friends and family in our life.  We would not have changed a thing!”

Anna and Neil, thanks so much for trusting me to capture these once-in-a-lifetime moments for you and your families and friends!  I hope that they are as creative, beautiful and unique as you had hoped and truly capture the story and spirit of your day!!!  I can’t wait to hear what you think!

Lori BosshardFebruary 2, 2018 - 11:00 pm

Lisa,
These pictures are amazing! You captured the day so beautifully.
I am so impressed with everything you did! The engagement pictures were stunning, you were so helpful throughout the whole process and you and your husband were so professional, yet you felt like old friends. We picked the perfect people to share the day with. The photos are a treasure to us, I can’t believe how great they turned out! Thank you for such beautiful keepsakes!!!!

Moonstone Manor Photographers: Loren & Josh

A romantic storybook setting, vibrant fall foliage and a pup that can *smile*: you won’t want to miss this sweet Moonstone Manor wedding engagement….

Loren shared, “After reviewing many other photographer’s portfolios, we took one look at Lisa’s work and were hooked! We fell in love with the authenticity and uniqueness in her photos. After our first chat, we knew she would be the perfect person to capture our special day!”

She continued, “It was important for Josh and me to find someone who would capture photos in a timeless and classic way that we will still want to hang in our home 30 years from now. Most importantly, Lisa has been such a pleasure to work with – she was responsive, receptive to our ideas, and made us feel at ease from the moment we met!”

I knew that Loren and Josh wanted a very timeless, romantic look for their photos and suggested the beautiful Moonstone Manor in Elizabethtown for their engagement session.  We had so much fun exploring the property there!  I also used a combination of lenses and camera settings that would bring out that soft, airy feel…

Loren shared, “I fell for Josh from the start!  He really brings out the best in me and is always keeping me laughing! In fact, I knew he was a keeper when he cranked up the radio on the drive home from our second date and we sang Will Smith’s “Miami” at the top of our lungs. I think that we would say what we love most about each other is that we can be perfectly imperfect together!!!”

I wanted to capture their laughter along with the vibrant roses at Moonstone and a little of that beautiful architecture.  I love photos with layers of emotion and color…

Loren continued, “I never imagined I would find someone as special as Josh. He is humble, kind, and compassionate –  I admire his determination at work and his devotion at home.  I’m unbelievably lucky to call him mine!”

Loren shared, “As soon as I saw photographs of Moonstone Manor, I immediately fell in love and knew it would be the perfect fall setting for our engagement session. We felt like we were in a story book with all of the natural elements: the lush greenery, and freshly fallen leaves scattered around the Manor.”

I love to bring an interesting perspective and thought that shooting from above Loren & Josh and capturing those scattered leaves would be a fun and unique point of view…

Talking about leaves, they found one that was gigantic!  I wanted to play with a shallow depth of field for this photograph– privacy please 😉

Josh shared, “Loren is bubbly– her enthusiasm for life and compassionate nature became evident from our very first date and is what I treasure most about her.”

Josh continued, “She helps keep me to be grounded and brings out some of the best qualities in me. We have shared many journeys together including our move to Harrisburg and starting our lives together there.”

He went on, “It is so enjoyable to have Loren and Penny, a family to come home to, it quickly became the highlight of my day!”

Loren shared, “Penny is the light of our lives! She is gentle yet energetic, eager but affectionate, loyal and loving. I honestly can’t remember what life was like before having her!”

Penny!!!!  Is it just me or is this dog *smiling*?

Josh said, “Give mom a kiss” and Penny planted one smack dab on Loren’s lips, haaa!

Loren continued, “Josh’s mornings are early and his nights can be long, but he always makes time for Penny and I.  I think it’s so sweet that he says we are the best part about coming home.”

Loren explained, “Josh and I were actually introduced by mutual friends and set up on a blind date.  We texted back and forth a few times prior and settled on a date to meet.  I went shopping for a new outfit and even thought about what I’d say to him when we met!”

Loren continued, “Josh picked me up at my apartment and I remember almost every single detail once we arrived. The restaurant was small and cozy, lined with white tablecloths and fresh cut flowers were placed on the tables.”

She went on, “We placed our orders and I don’t think there was another moment of silence between us! We talked about life, family, friends, school, work, hobbies, you name it – jumping from one topic to another!”

She concluded, “We just talked and talked and talked some more until suddenly, I noticed the staff sweeping the floors and turning the chairs upside down on the tables!  I left that night knowing that this was it!”

I love stories like that!

Loren stated, “I’m so glad Lisa suggested Moonstone!  It was incredible outside, but when we walked through the door and our jaws dropped. The amazing architecture and unique collection of artifacts was absolutely breathtaking!”

I had so much to work with creatively at Moonstone, interesting lighting, cool architecture, mirrors, control of the light, I loved it!

Check out all of the interesting colors, textures, silhouettes and reflections here…

Loren you are gorgeous!  I love her expression here!

As the sun set, I pushed my camera and lenses to the max, really trying to capture all of the beautiful details and color in the low light of evening.  I had to stay super-still for this shot, haha!

Loren and Josh, it was such a pleasure to photograph you two (and Penny!).  Thank you so much for opening up and sharing your story with me and for trusting me to do “my thang.”

I’m super excited to hear what you guys think of these (feel free to comment below) and to see you both again at your Omni Bedford Springs wedding in the fall!!!

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