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    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.

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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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Crystal Springs Resort Wedding at Grand Cascades Lodge: Dana & Joel

Waterfalls, rainbows and a National Park wedding theme– you won’t want to miss this Grand Cascades Lodge couple…

Dana shared, “We first noticed Lisa’s work on Fearless Photographers.  We immediately noticed her crisp, vibrant photos and her eye for unique angles.  We checked out her blog and loved reading other couple’s stories and seeing first-hand how well she really gets to know each individual couple.”

She continued, “Lisa didn’t disappoint!  On the wedding day she had this crazy idea to capture the entire wedding location in my dress photo.  She literally climbed stairs, walked long halls, and coordinated everything to make her vision a reality.  I was totally game, it’s one of my most eagerly anticipated photos!”

Dana shared, “The rustic tree drawing and seal combined with the dark brown wood grain pocket fold of our wedding invitations set the tone for our National Parks themed wedding day. ”

Dana explained, “We incorporated similar flowers throughout our wedding day.  We had patient garden roses, bella star, astromelia, pink lizzianthus, terra copit gerbera, blue delphinium, mini rosa, astilbe, white snap dragon, calendula, orange rose, billy bottoms, queen anns lace, bluperum, and a lot of greenery.  Angela from Floriography Designs was absolutely amazing with everything.”

Dana shared, “Another reason that we chose Rhinehart Photography for our wedding day is because we love a mix of photos and really love the unique ones that are different angles, but also wanted traditional and candid photos, too.”

Here I caught a candid moment of Dana’s maid of honor, Julie joking around with Dana’s mom.  I like how you can see all of the wedding details present– dresses hanging breakfast, smiles and laughter all around…

Dana shared, “Morning Mimosas are a tradition for my mom’s side of the family.  My mom and I knew we wanted to have them and to toast to the big day in the bridal suite.  I thought it would be fun for everyone to have their own champagne glasses with their name on it as a little memento/token of the morning.”

Dana shared, “Looking at myself in the mirror for the first time after getting all dolled up was one of the times where it really was finally real!”

I captured her reflection in the mirror along with the ornate armoire design and you can see how well the dress hugs her body in the foreground too, framing her.

Dana shared, “Every time we were outdoors, we were blessed with blue skies.  Every time we didn’t need it to be nice out, it poured down rain.  I know some people may not see it this way,  but to me, it was my Gram.  There were really two times the entire day I got emotional – one was at the first look and the other was when it wasn’t raining on us and I knew Gram was there.  She was a very special part of the day and I was happy she was there in spirit.”

Wow, and the blue skies she got were just incredible!!!

Dana explained, “I wanted the dress colors to be different shades of green to go with our concept of the outdoors.  We chose to have my maid of honor in yellow, then the colors went from yellow green to mint to deep green.”

She continued, “While we selected to colors, the bridesmaids could select whichever style they liked best.  I wanted to do this because not everyone’s body is the same and I wanted everyone to feel amazing wearing them and be comfortable.  All the girls also had different shoes all along the lines of tan, champagne color again just filling into the comfort part.”

Dana shared, “I thought the ‘circle spot’ would be an ideal spot to have the first look because the circle symbolizes eternity– without beginning or end.  I thought it would be symbolic for me to walk and join him in the circle.   I had been thinking about the moment Joel was going to see me for a long time!”

While I hid on the ground level beneath the shade of a tree, I had my assistant, Kris, in the upper level bridal suite and framed up this ‘bird’s eye view’ for him to capture from the top, tweaking settings to bring out the mountains sky and circles…

Joel shared, “My relationship with Dana has been nothing short of a fairy tale.  She is open, understanding, patient, supportive, thoughtful and kind.  I still am in disbelief that I have found a person who truly and whole-heartedly completes me the way that she does!”

He continued, “I was absolutely blown away during our first look!  Dana looked absolutely stunning!!!  I was absolutely speechless.  She was glowing and absolutely radiant! I don’t believe I have ever cried such tears of complete happiness and joy!”

Dana smiled, “I wanted him to watch me walk towards him rather than tap him on the shoulder because I wanted him to see the entire effect.  I wanted him to see me walking, see the way the dress moves with my body, see the full effect of the train, see the beading sparkle, see my hair pins sparkle, and then as I get closer see everything up close.  I think it added anticipation.”

She continued, “The first look was by far my favorite part of the day.  I really liked being able to talk to him about how we looked and just be happy and take a moment to ourselves before the hype and craziness of the day kicked in.  He told me I looked beautiful.”

I climbed into the shrubbery for this photograph, haha!  I knew how much they love the outdoors, greenery and mountains, so I created a visual Dana and Joel sandwich with the mountains and greenery as the bread, lol…

Dana shared, “Joel and I share so many interests and that’s what originally attracted us to each other.  Joel is also very hardworking, caring, and loving and always has our best interest at heart.  He tries very hard at everything he does and sometimes things work and sometimes they don’t. When things don’t work out as planned we support each other.  We genuinely just like to make each other happy. ”

I wanted this photo to showcase the tall grass, water and even a bit of the waterfall, as well as Dana and Joel.  I feel like this imagery fits will with their sentiments of how they support each other and make each other happy as they seem to be doing that literally here:

Dana continued, “She continued, “Overall, we fill in each others weak areas and together make a very strong couple. I fell in love with him because of how caring he is and how well we just simply work together. He cares about me so deeply and I know we both will spend our entire lives finding new ways to make the other one happy.”

As a storm approached, of course it was perfect timing and we were able to move inside– I love the vibrant colors in the background of this silhouette:

Dana shared, “We were aware of the summer heat and wanted the groomsmen to be comfortable, we also liked the more rustic look with the men in vests with sleeves that were rolled up.”

Note that “Gram blue sky” again 😉

Dana shared, “The church was my home church.  My parents actually live a block from it and I have had all my sacraments there – baptism, penance, communion, confirmation – and thought it would be really meaningful to continue my sacraments there.  I noticed you up in the balcony at points and can’t wait to see what you captured!”

In this case, it was Dana’s gorgeous train as her father walked her down the aisle, the pews of her home church and her reflection in the clock on the wall– if you look closely you can even see the time she started to process down the aisle. 😉

I liked the high arching ceilings and accentuated them with a super-wide angle lens…

The entire ceremony was so joyful…

Dana shared, “The priest also knows my late grandpa, so he knows our family well and has been friends with the Butler family for a very long time, so it was special to have him.”

I love to play with colors and reflection and found ample opportunities during the homily 😉

For me, this recessional was almost foreshadowing of the rainbow to come, haha! Pink tones in the front then yellow, green and the blues and purples of the altar…

Dana shared, “The national park theme was important to us – Joel and I have a goal of going to every national park in our lifetime (there are 59 of them).  Our first vacation together was camping in Shenandoah National Park and every year we go back to Shenandoah.  I have been to about 20 parks in my lifetime and now Joel has been to eight!”

Dana explained, “We engraved the little wooden place markers featuring National Park table names with the help of Joel’s dad.  They bring out our National Parks theme and double as Christmas ornaments that people can hang on their trees to remember the day.  We also tried to put people who have been to national parks at tables they have been to.”

Dana shared, “The concept of miniature trees with wildflowers at the base for the centerpieces was also an idea that came out of talking with one of my aunts while vacationing in Yosemite!  I thought this worked perfect with the overall woodsy idea we were going for.”

She continued, “Angela and her team went above and beyond creating the most amazing forest/woodland wedding. She really turned our dreams into a reality incorporating so much greenery, flowers, moss, trees, lanterns, and candles absolutely everywhere.”

Dana continued, “The wood wall in front of our head table was something out of a fairy tale. My aunt and uncle actually cut a tree down for us that was in their yard and cut it to the perfect size pieces so that we could make the wall.  The florist put all the flowers, candles, and lanterns on it and it transformed into amazing-ness.  When Joel and I walked into the ballroom it was one of the first things we saw and it was just unbelievable.  It was so much more beautiful than we ever could have imagined.”

Dana smiled, “Giving our guests saplings as their wedding favor was a part of our great outdoors theme that we loved.  It was really a group effort to make all of those moving parts come together!”

Dana shared, “The cocktail hour room alone was the exact feel we were looking for.  I loved the wood beams and the cobblestone looking floor.  There was soooo much incredible food throughout the evening.”

Here is a tiny peek at the space and most basic starters during cocktails…

Dana smiled, “Our first dance was choreographed, something that was a surprise to the vast majority of our wedding guests, including my maid of honor!!   We chose the song ‘Better Together’ because we wanted something that fit our relationship and we really are better together.”

Awww I love how happy they are here!!!

Joel shared, “Everyone was kind of holding their breath when it came to Brian’s speech, haha!  He’s not the most refined or sentimental guy, but he spoke from the heart and it really made the moment special.”

Dana shared, “The rainbow outside was another fantastic happening!  After it only rained when it didn’t matter it started pouring during the speeches which then caused a rainbow a little later.  I don’t think many people have rainbows on their wedding and it was another thing that we think was the people who were there with us in spirit showing us they were there.”

Warm sunlight streamed in the window silhouetting wedding guests and illuminating drink glasses and flowers on the centerpieces…

Guests had a blast and totally got out on the dance floor!  There are so many photos of people dancing, but I chose this one as I highlight because of its layers– you have the groomsman with his colorful socks and Air Jordans and several dancing guests as well as Dana cutting a rug, perfectly framed in the background.

Joel shared, “The sunset was a beautiful end to the best day of our lives.”

Dana and Joel, I hope you enjoyed seeing a few highlights from your wedding day!  It was such a pleasure to capture this very important time for you and your friends and family!  If you want to see more photos of Dana and Joel, definitely check out their outdoor engagement session here— it featured a tent under the stars, their pups in a boat and more!!!

 

Vendor list:

Venue – Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort

Florist – Floriography Designs

DJ – DJ Sully

Transportation – Broadway Elite

Dress and Alterations – Kleinfeld Bridal

Hair and Makeup – Reflections Spa from Grand Cascades Lodge

Favors – Evergreen Memories

Guest Bench – Poverty Gulch Rustics

Invitations – Impress Ink

Cake – Palermo Bakery 

Dance Lessons – Fred Astaire

Ceresville Mansion Wedding Photographers: Jackie & Steve

Colorful, playful, fun and intimate…  you won’t want to miss this adorable engagement session at the stunning Ceresville Mansion in Frederick, Maryland:

Jackie shared, “Haha, we knew we hired the right photographer when you climbed into a flower bush just 5 minutes into our engagement shoot in order to get the perfect shot!!”

Haha, I sure did, and the flowers were incredible– they looked like fireworks!!!  I loved working with these two, they were fun-loving, intelligent and up for anything– I had such a great time photographing them!

Steve added, “We saw your photographs of Steph and Will’s wedding and loved your creative photography style– it captures the couple’s personality and the location uniquely well.”

The Ceresville Mansion is stunning– I had so many unique aspects to play with, one of which was the reflecting pool and lily pads– above Jackie touches the water, causing ripples and reflections and wow, check out that ring!

Head over heels 😉

Steve shared, “Jackie is pretty much the best person I know.  She always has a smile on her face and has an amazing sense of humor.”

These two troopers wanted to get up in the wee hours of the morning to capture a sunrise shoot!  It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and was totally game!  I love the warm, misty glow, so sweet!

When the day of the shoot arrived it was completely overcast– no sunrise!  I got creative, and techie and used everything in my tool box (mentally and physically) and created this “sunrise” I actually kind of surprised myself, haha!

Jackie shared, “I grew up in the Frederick area and attended many events at Ceresville Mansion. I always loved the historical and traditional feel of the venue. Steve and I also love to get dressed up for date nights, so it was fun to get a little fancy!”

Jackie shared, “Steve has the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever met. He goes out of his way to make sure others are happy. He is always making me laugh and cheering me up if I’ve had a bad day. His support has meant so much to me over the past few years as I have pursued my PhD.”

Steve added, “Jackie is incredibly smart but also so humble.  She is insightful, gives great advice, and is always up for new adventures.   She truly makes me want to be the best version of myself.”

The mansion itself is stunning and a place I knew I wanted to capture.  As I set up my lighting and was composing the next photograph, Jackie and Steve just started playing around with their umbrellas, haha!

Jackie laughed, “These umbrellas were our best Target purchase in a while!”

She continued, “I know our lives together will be filled with laughter, love, and playfulness.”

She laughed harder, “Steve first said I love you while completely covered in mud on top of a mountain in California!!  That was when I knew he was the one!!”

She explained, “Our first trip together was to San Francisco.  We enjoyed exploring the city together and one day, we spontaneously decided to rent a car and get out of the city to hike.   When we got to the trail, we realized Steve was woefully under-prepared with no hiking shoes.  He had only packed basketball shoes which had absolutely no grip left on the bottom…”

I think you can guess where this is going… right in the mud, lol

She went on, smiling, “We got up to a very steep stretch of the trail with no areas to grab on and Steve is struggling to make it up the hill.  Few feet up, slip. ..A few more feet, slip again.   I tried to help him up the hill, but when we were almost to the top Steve lost his balance and fell into a large puddle of mud which completely soaked his pants!!!”

She concluded, “The view from the top turned out to be amazing and we could see the Golden Gate Bridge!  It was here…sweaty, laughing, and covered in mud that we first said I love you. I knew we could tackle any mountain, literal or metaphorical, together.”

These two are smart, supportive and kind…  throughout our time together I couldn’t get over how darn cute they are together!

We went inside for a bit (I think it started raining again?) and I found some very interesting things to play with…

I got super creative and abstract, and love the results!!!

Jackie and Steve, I had such a blast working with you!  I am beyond excited to photograph your upcoming Woodlawn Farm wedding this fall–  and can’t wait to hear what you think of these photographs!!!

Harrisburg Civic Club Rotunda Wedding Photographers: Anne & Dennis

A vibrant, romantic, unique Harrisburg wedding at the Capitol Rotunda and Harrisburg Civic Club

Dennis shared,  “We chose Rhinehart Photography because we saw your work and loved your style. We really liked how you are able to capture natural, authentic moments between people and nothing feels staged.”

Annie added,  “I think your eye for lighting, staging and gorgeous backdrops is really remarkable. My matron of honor is an amateur photographer and she commented to me during the day that she could just tell that you knew what you were doing- something I already knew!”

Annie shared,  “I was really going for a timeless look with our wedding- with flowers inspired by a traditional English garden.”

Annie shared, “Dennis chose my engagement ring because blue is my favorite color and I really like that my ring is a little more unique.”

Wait until you see her eyes, the blue is such a similar shade…

Annie shared,  “I loved my make up by Carmina Christina (who is possibly the sweetest person ever!)- she did a great job of matching my colors and making me feel beautiful, but also not over done.”

I liked how Annie’s make-up matched not only her coloring, but all the colors in her bouquet etc!

I loved the rainbow coming through the window at the Civic Club and the reflection off of the piano as Carmina put on Anne’s final touches.

See what I mean about the colors with Anne’s make-up?  Perfection!

Anne added, “Our florist, Wildflowers, did a really great job working with our vision.”

Everything at the Civic Club had an almost Victorian feel…

Annie smiled, “I love my dress as well, it is both very traditional and modern at the same time (and I LOVED the back!)”

What a beautiful bride!  Just stunning…

The bridal party was so much fun, and super supportive and helpful throughout!

Annie shared, “Mike was my bridesman- one of my best friends from high school. I really wanted him to be a part of my wedding day and it just made sense to make him a part of my bridal party- something he was very enthusiastic about!”

Now it’s time to put Dennis is the spotlight!  Here my second photographer, Kris, photographed his morning preparations…

I love this show through the door, such interesting light and perspective.

Hehe, anyone suddenly in the mood to listen to the Abby Road album?

Time for the first look…

Dennis shared, “Our first look was really special- the anticipation of standing there waiting to see her was enough that I teared up waiting. When she tapped on my shoulder and I turned around and saw her for the first time-I cried even more!”

Annie shared, “When I first saw him for our first look I was overwhelmed by his emotion and the love I could see in his eyes- it took me aback, we both cried!”

I love catching moments like this!!!  Annie and Dennis wiped their tears at the same time!!!

Dennis shared, “When I first saw Annie, I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to be marrying my best friend.  I’m looking forward to starting a family with her and traveling the world.”

Annie shared, “I fell for Dennis because of his kindness, loyalty and (slightly off beat!) sense of humor. I think Dennis is strong and steady, as well as one of the most intelligent people that I know.”

Annie continued, “I’m looking forward to starting our life together, hopefully with children and lots of laughter.”

Sometimes I like to give my couples a bit of privacy, though not every cherub seems able to do that hehe…

Dennis shared, “We chose the locations because we felt like it was our neighborhood. We both live and work nearby, and it made sense to us to let all of our friends and family experience it– we love Harrisburg so much.”

Annie shared, “We chose the Civic Club because we loved that its a restored older mansion- and the river view and garden were really the icing on the cake for us.”

Strike a pose!!!  I love how chic and sophisticated this bridal party looks!  This was so fun and fitting for them, I thought it was fun to play with a bit of tilt-shift as well…

Annie shared, “We chose the Capitol because its gorgeous! The marble, the sculptures, the gold leafing, as well as the history behind it- you can’t get any better than that.”

The ceremony began.  Annie explained, “I loved the string ensemble Vivace Live and loved that they did a rendition of ‘Annie’s Song’ by John Denver as I processed down the stairs to the wedding ceremony, its always been a favorite of mine and they did a beautiful job covering it.”

She laughed, “The entrance with my step dad was incredible- though I was really terrified of tripping down the those marble stairs! Walking down the staircase to Dennis to ‘Annie’s Song’ was really special- and I really liked that not many other people could see our first look at each other (we both cried, again!) , unlike if we had done the traditional walk down the aisle, because it made it feel more intimate.”

Here she wipes a tear…

I *loved* working in the rotunda!  You better believe I was all over that place during the short ceremony– on the top level behind the columns at the bottom on the floor, haha, I was a ninja– and the photographic results were so worth it!

I made sure to get many different angles and perspectives, I want them to be able to re-live these moments and remember details of this time and space for many years to come!

With two photographers, one of us can capture a more standard shot and one of us can get creative.

Haaaa playing with the columns during the ring exchange…

This would look incredible as a canvas.  The rotunda is stunning and the support fro the guests and bridal party is almost palpable:

So much gold leafing!

I move a lot and have many tools at my disposal, constantly crunching numbers to calculate exposure, switching lenses, even physically moving around…

Following the ceremony felt so natural.  We stepped outside to the intense light and shadow among the sculptures.

Why hello Harrisburg…

The Civic Club was so close to the rotunda that we could easily walk.  A local shop keeper was cleaning off the brick walkway in front of his shop, Annie lifted her dress as Dennis carried her boquet, with her wedding gown beading sparkling in the sunlight…

Dennis shared, “Annie is incredibly strong, generous and sweet to everyone in her life and mine. I’m incredibly proud of her for working on her masters in social work while also working full time- and her passion about all things social justice related has opened my eyes and made me a better person.”

Annie added, “Annie: I think that we work well together because we are so different in many ways. I’m higher energy (and stress!) and Dennis is steadier, which means that we balance each other out well. ”

Annie explained, “We wanted out wedding to be traditional yet fun.  We hired a magician,  David Pepka and he did a wonderful job of keeping our guests entertained with fun card tricks etc. Dennis saw him at a Bat Mitzvah and loved him and wanted him at our wedding- something that really fits Dennis’ fun loving personality. When we decided on having a magician, I decided I wanted a cartoonist, Dylan Rinker, who we had really enjoyed at our friends’ wedding the previous year. It just really fit what we wanted from the wedding- a mix of formal and fun!”

There is something so timeless, perhaps Victorian or even more modern-vintage and French inspired about the Civic Club.

Annie shared, “I bought the mismatched antique dishes and our wedding coordinator Dana McGinley did a great job putting them all together and making them look cohesive.”

I love to play with interesting perspectives and noticed this view of the guests during cocktail hour…

Dennis shared, “The band, Philadelphia Funk Authority, was amazing- they learned all of the first dance songs.”

I photographed their first dance as golden sunlight from the early evening streamed through the large river facing windows of front street.  I love how you can see the expressions of Annie & Dennis as well as those of so many of their friends and family!

Annie said, “Literally one of my favorite parts of the day was my dance with my stepdad- I love him so much and I could tell it meant a lot to him.”

Dennis shared, ” My mom and I are very close! She choreographed our dance in about three minutes during Easter Dinner and we had so much fun doing it. The song had special significance to her because when I graduated high school because I graduated from high school she made a scrap book with those lyrics throughout the book- so it was very special that that was our song.”

Dennis shared, “The sweet treats were from our local bakery.  They were a hit and delicious-we chose flavors like earl grey, nutella and mojito and we really couldn’t pick a favorite!”

Dennis shared, “My favorite part of the wedding day was the time we got to spend dancing with our friends and family- the band was amazing!”

Meow 😉 (check out her hair clip)

Annie shared, “I’m sure the photos you took at the end of the night with the sunset and the river were gorgeous- it was also a really nice way to step away from everything and have some time alone.”

I love the detailing on the back of Annie’s dress and just the natural beauty of this moment.

A marvelous night for a moon dance…

Annie and Dennis, thank you so much for sharing your story with me and inviting me to photograph such an important moment in your lives!

If you are just checking out the blog and want to see more of Annie and Dennis, you will want to see their downtown Harrisburg engagement session here.

Here are just a few of the incredible team of vendors who came together to make this event a success:

 

Nashville Engagement Photographers: Felicia & Justin

Nashville!!!!  Color, creativity, architecture and a super sweet couple and their love story… without a *shadow* of a doubt, these two are meant to be together 😉

I was first contacted by Justin in a top-secret sort of way before he proposed to Felicia!  He knew that I booked up super quickly and that Felicia had her heart set on having me capture their wedding and engagement photos…

Felicia shared, “I have been following your blog for such a long time and love how your photographs are so creative and unique– you capture a couples’ interests and personalities, and every single person’s photos are completely different!”

She continued, “I knew if I ever got married, I wanted you to photograph it.  So, when Justin and I started talking about getting engaged, I mentioned that we would need a fairly long engagement if we wanted to work with you, haha.  He surprised me by contacting you, even before he even popped the question!”

Haha, Justin did contact me and mentioned wanting a Spring wedding, but being totally flexible with the date aside from that which basically guaranteed us being able to work together.  I was so incredibly excited to photograph their Nashville engagement.  It seriously was a highlight of my summer!  I’d totally do it all over again.

I am located in Central Pennsylvania, but travel all over the USA for photography– DC and NYC are fairly common for me, but visiting a new place like Nashville was super exciting.  For one, I absolutely love architecture and there was so much for me to play with!

Felicia shared, “Nashville is where we met so we wanted to capture that.  We wanted to start in Cumberland Park and cross the Pedestrian Bridge because it showed off the view of the city and would take us into downtown.  It also gave a more natural feel, so we could have both the city and nature incorporated into our photos.”

I think this photo captures both the trees and park space along with the more modern architecture and walkways.  I love how the lighting is just perfect her, almost spotlighting Felicia and Justin– I love to play with perspective, too, so this was a really fun one!

Felicia shared, “What I love most about Justin is that he makes me laugh and smile all the time.  We have so much fun going out but we can also have just as much fun staying in.”

She continued, “Something he likes to do is act like he is not interested and then surprise me and be super romantic out of nowhere.”

Yes, I witnessed this phenomenon several times during this engagement session, lol!  (See the photo above and below.)

When we got to downtown, I was totally blown away!  There was so much energy– honey-tonks and rooftop bars lining Broadway.

If you look very closely you can see Felicia and Justin…  it’s like Where’s Waldo, haha,  I used a tilt-shift technique to make them look even more in “miniature”

As they walked down 4th avenue together I couldn’t help but notice…  They were following a “one way” sign to “Paradise Park” (the place they met) and there was another couple, quite a bit older, also a cute blonde with a tall bearded man holding hands just a little bit in front of them, walking in the same direction!  I couldn’t help but this about their future…

I adjusted my shutter speed to capture the movement and both of the couples and all of the energy that is Broadway…

Speaking of rooftop bars, we stopped at Jason Aldean’s, which had recently opened and was pretty darn amazing.  The sky was just incredible when they were up there and I was able to silhouette them against it.  Bottoms up!  😉

Justin shared, “I love Felicia because she is intelligent and challenges me every day. We have similar personalities and like to do the same types of activities.  She was the quiet girl in the bar full of loud people which drew me to her because she was different. It didn’t hurt she is super pretty.”

Haaa I just thought this one was fun– man/woman all the colors and reflections.  Slightly American Gothic…

I loved the contrast, light and lines in this space– it also literally says Nashville, which I thought was kind of cool.

Two into one… my eye stars at the “real” Felicia and Justin, and cycles around to the clear reflection and then the upside down blurry one, where they almost morph in to one person.  🙂

Here Justin is bringing out his inner Don Juan again, slow dancing with Felicia in the park.  She’s totally game.

Felicia reminisced, “Ah the weekend of our engagement we went to Gaitlinburg and rented a cabin in the mountains.  He had planned a surprise helicopter ride over the mountains for us, but the weather was too foggy to fly…”

I like the foggy look of this photo and the way Justin is looking at Felicia here 😉

Felicia went on, “He had planned to take me to Dollywood following the helicopter ride and proposal, so he just took us there instead, moving the helicopter to Sunday.  But as we approached Dollywood, he started to get nervous about having my engagement ring in his pocket when we would be riding roller coasters!”

Justin shared, “I started out with, ‘Well it wasn’t supposed to go this way…’ and proposed to her in the parking lot of Dollywood, haha!  It didn’t’ seem to matter all that much to her.”

As the sun began to sink low in the horizon, I noticed these long, golden shadows forming on the pavement…

The sunset was kind of perfect…

Felicia shared, “When we explored downtown, we just wanted it to feel like a night out on the town and it did!”

The town was literally illuminated after dark!  I brought my little assistant along (what an amazing first job!) and she held lights for me to make these short of short possible…

Yes, this is their first date location…

Felicia said “We wanted to capture where we met, Paradise Park.  We met there when I was visiting for a long weekend with friends.  We talked for a year and then I came back down a year later for CMA fest.  We then started a long distance relationship, and eventually  I moved to Nashville after 2 years.   The week after we took our engagement pictures, we found out that Paradise Park was closing.  We are so glad you were able to capture this for us!”

Felicia and Justin, thank you so much for bringing me all the way to Nashville to photograph your engagement!  I had so much fun with the two of you and will not forget this trip!  I hope that these photos are just the sort of creative, unique photos that will capture your love for each other and Nashville!

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