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Highlights from 2015: Creative, vibrant, unique wedding photography

In 2015, I captured 36,585 photos!!!  Here are roughly 50 images, set to music, along with a few of the reviews that colored my year.

I create personalized, emotional images that tell a couple’s unique story.  I have an eclectic style and enjoy the diverse photographic opportunities that abound in weddings.  I capture everything from portraits and landscapes to details and photojournalism.  I enjoy capturing creative, vibrant, thoughtful photos.

Here is my year in a couple of minutes set to music.  I’d love for you to check it out….

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Four Seasons Baltimore Wedding Photographers: Rachel & Tommy

An elegant,  joyful celebration at the Four Seasons Baltimore with perfectly-timed rain a special guest appearance…

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Rachel and Tommy met on a blind date.  He fell for her from the start and set out to impress her with his charm and athleticism ;).  The met at the state fair and while he had difficulty with some of the fair games initially, he made sure that Rachel’s evening ended with a stuffed animal in tow and a sense of Tommy’s relaxed, fun-loving nature.

Rachel reached out to me because she loved the unique, creative and personal feel of my wedding photography.  She also appreciated my ability to capture emotion and a sense of place.  She said she was impressed at how well I worked with large groups and how comfortable I made everyone feel on the wedding day.  She noted that a wedding day is such a personal event and it felt incredibly natural to welcome me into it :).

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Rachel and Tommy’s stationary was elegant, personal and professionally executed by MLC Designs.  They incorporated the Baltimore skyline and even commissioned a personalized watercolor map.

The map highlighted key locations in Baltimore– the Four Seasons, the Christ Lutheran Church, even the spot where they got engaged and a a little black lab in the park, representing their dog, Cash.

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Rachel shared that one of the things that made her start to fall for Tommy were his sense of humor and his devoted love for her.  He is undoubtedly her best friend, he makes her feel safe and is very supportive.  Here Rachel reads Tommy’s words to her on her wedding day, such a sweet moment…

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I like to play with reflections and light and I love how Rachel’s dress appears to glow as she and her maid of honor reach to take it down from the window.  I also like how some elements of the Baltimore skyline are visible in the reflection.  Can you see the bolack stacks from the iconic “Power Plant”?

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Tommy shared that Rachel is an authentic, caring person who is driven and dedicated to getting the most out of life.  It didn’t take him long to fall for her and every day his feelings for her get stronger.

Here Rachel is dressed in her wedding gown, what a beautiful bride!

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Rachel and her father are close.  He actually helped her to choose her wedding gown, but seeing everything come together on the wedding day and seeing his little girl as a bride left him in awe:

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It rained on and off all day, so we literally  went with the flow ;).  There were plenty of indoor spaces at the Four Seasons Baltimore for us to utilize, so we would pop in and out all day.

Here Rachel takes a moment to stop and smell the roses quite literally as her bridal party gathers for portraits…

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Rachel and Tommy are Georgia Tech grads and knew that they wanted to incorporate gold into their wedding color palette.   Purple seemed to be a natural compliment to the gold and Rachel is a Ravens fan.  When the bridesmaids tried on the purple gowns it really sealed the deal.

Looking gorgeous, ladies!

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Now on to the men…  here is the groom, Tommy!

Tommy is genuine, down-to-earth and a lot of fun to be around.  His easy-going personality is the perfect compliment to Rachel’s detail-oriented personality.  They really balance each other out and are able to accomplish more when they are together.  They share similar interests, passions and family values.

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There are many beautiful aspects of the Four Seasons Baltimore, but one of my favorites has to be the sunning view of Baltimore Inner Harbor.

High winds and intermittent rain was the forecast for Rachel & Tommy’s wedding day.  There was a gap in the rain, and the men hopped out for a quick photo in front of the iconic Baltimore skyline.

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Each of the men wore personalized socks to fit their interests and personalities.

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Tommy said that waiting for Rachel during the first look was an intense moment for him.  Rachel recalled the wind blowing and his suit flapping in the wind.  Tommy said it was all he could do to contain himself and wait for her tap on his shoulder.  I think all of that emotion really comes across in this next image:

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When he turned he saw the most beautiful bride that he could have imagined.  They kissed.  It was lovely.

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If there was one word to describe these two it would be joyful.   They lived in the moment and took it all in.

Rachel shared that she is a real planner and had put all of the work in ahead of time, and on the day of, she and Tommy decided that no matter what happened, they would make the best of it and enjoy it and they did through wind, rain traffic jams and all!  They truly were unaffected and celebratory!

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Rachel mentioned being most drawn to my creative, unique wedding photographs.

Here I caught Rachel & Tommy’s reflection off of the Four Seasons Baltimore as he whispered in her ear.

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Rachel shared that Tommy is one of the smartest people she knows and that he was a huge help to her in school.  They both studied engineering at Georgia Tech and Tommy taught her how to study more efficiently.

She used to spend hours reading her textbooks before starting on her problems and Tommy had her do the reverse.  She’d start on the problems and reference the textbook when she was confused.:) It was so much more efficient and was a huge help!

He was also a few years ahead of her in school, so he had already taken her classes and still remembered everything he had learned in previous years.  He’s a mechanical engineer and she’s a civil engineer.

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Rachel shared that she was so happy to have chosen to have a first look, it allowed them to spend one hour of their wedding day alone together and really just enjoy each other and the stunning grounds of the Four Seasons.

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I am inspired by the editorial photographs that I see in magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair and like to take a contemporary portrait of the bridal party that has a similar style.  Here is a more serious, “blue steel” version, haha:

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Here is a more fun, celebratory photo:

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Rachel and Tommy were married at the Christ Lutheran Church in Baltimore.  It was not only beautiful, but the pastor and congregation were amazing.

Here Rachel & Tommy’s mothers light the unity candles:

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I love to capture traditional shots as well as wide shots that capture all of the architectural detail like the image about and below.

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Pastor Amsalu was a joy to work with!

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Rachel shared that one of the things that surprised her most was how emotional the vows were for her.  It was beautiful to witness…

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I liked how the vibrant blue of the stained glass bounced off of the marble floors during the ceremony and caught it in this photo:

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Rachel and Tommy’s guests greeted them with a shower of fresh lavender, it smelled amazing and was small and biodegradable (in keeping with the church rules).

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I used a slower shutter speed to capture the movement of the lavender and the excitement of the crowd.

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Rachel wanted a large group photo with all of her wedding guests present.  She set aside some extra time after the ceremony for us to gather everyone, planned ahead with the church to get me a 16 foot ladder (haaa!) I climbed it and voila:

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Cocktail hour was back at the Four Seasons Baltimore and just beautiful!

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The reception was just as lovely.  You can see the gold and purple coming into play with the chaivari chairs, uplighting and lovely centerpieces.  Rachel’s cousin, Michael Collins of Michael Collins Decor.  They were in the Four Seasons Baltimore Colbalt Ballroom.
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Guests were greeted by gold place cards, a nod to Rachel & Tommy’s dog, Cash:

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They were also greeted by the Baltimore skyline both in the Cobalt Ballroom and on their menu…

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The night started out with all of the wedding traditions– the first dance, toasts and parent dances.

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During Tommy’s dance with his mother, he played a song that he sang to her when he was a child.

It was Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”

He broke out into song while they danced, which really tickled his mom.  :)

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The weddings guests  were a lot of fun and had no problem getting out on the dance floor thanks to DJ Carl from Classic Collective DJs

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The surprise of the night was THE Georgia Tech mascot, Buzz arriving on the dance floor.  It was a huge surprise to Rachel and all of the Georgia Tech grads were thrilled!

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Rachel and Tommy ended the night embracing the rain fully and stepping outside of the Four Seasons momentarily.  What a perfect end to a fantastic wedding day!

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Rachel & Tommy, thanks for inviting me to be a part of your big day!  It was such a pleasure to work with you and I hope that these photos give you a taste of the creative, unique, personalized images that you were hoping to see in your wedding photos!  Many more coming soon :).

Harrisburg Wedding Photographers: Steph & Dan

A fun, elegant, romantic, cross-cultural wedding celebration in downtown Harrisburg…

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Steph and Dan chose the Harrisburg Hilton as their wedding venue, with it being downtown, nestled between the remarkable Capitol Building and Susquehanna River.  With so many guests coming from out of town (many of whom were even out of the country) it was a perfect chance to acquaint them with Harrisburg.

Their wedding style was elegant and sophisticated with a romantic garden look.  The colors were primarily cremes with pinks.  Here I photographed their invitation against the marble table in their Hilton suite.  The cream colors pop against the green and the orchid brings in a bit of that garden feel…

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I was first contacted by Kevin, owner of KLB Events, a wedding planner who I have had the pleasure of working with before.  He introduced me to Dan’s parents, and eventually all of us video chatted with Steph and Dan, who were living several hundred miles south of Harrisburg, in Florida!

Steph and Dan said that they fell in love with the quality of my work and the way that I was able to capture the unique aspects of every wedding that I photograph.  They mentioned enjoying the way I capture emotional moments and  my creative, outside-of-the-box photos.

With unique, creative elements in mind, here is my photograph of their rings.   A bright blue sky with billowing clouds greeted them on their wedding day– I used its reflection to make the rings look as if they are hovering in it…

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Here Steph opens her wedding card and gift from Dan.  I like the close perspective of this– it feels very intimate with the movement of her fingers and the card visible and the untied leather chord.  I also focused on her lovely diamond engagement ring.:)

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Blaine from Hair Visions created beautiful and unique hairstyles for the ladies and Carmina Cristina did the same for their make-up.  Everyone was polished and gorgeous!

The bridesmaids wore matching rompers and toasted to the bride to be with glasses of Rose.

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When I talked with Steph and Dan initially, one of the Harrisburg locations that they were interested in incorporating was the Walnut Street Bridge.

No this was not photo-shopped, or a double exposure– is anyone able to tell how I brought the bridge into the suite? (feel free to comment below) 😉

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Steph’s wedding gown was extraordinary!  It was a romantic lace gown by Spanish designer Yolan Cris.  You can see some of the detailing above and below along with her stunning bridal bouquet.

The bouquet included peonies, lavender and eucalyptus leaves and looked elegant, timeless and beautiful!  Well done, Petals with Style!

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Dan shared that he was immediately attracted to Steph from the moment he met her.  She had so much confidence, humor, beauty and love… she was driven and family-focused– a true beauty on the inside and out!

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Here, Steph’s father sees his little girl in her wedding gown.  It is such a beautiful, loving look and one of those emotional moments that I believe Steph will cherish:

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Steph wanted each bridesmaid to shine in their own unique way– she allowed them each to choose their own style of bridesmaid gown, and united them by having each be floor-length and  be in the pink palette that she had chosen.  Steph is flanked on either side by her beautiful sisters.:)

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Steph shared that Dan is her best friend.  He is motivated, passionate and makes her feel loved, appreciated and is a true family-man.

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Check out those socks…  a fun group of groomsmen:

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The first look… The happy couple chose to have a first look prior to the ceremony so that they could enjoy the company of their family and friends during the cocktail hour and enjoy several different outdoor spaces downtown together and with their bridal party.

They met in the shade of a grove of trees beside the capitol building– suspense building…

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When Dan turned around he said he was absolutely blown away.  He knew she would be stunning, but she was everything he had always imagined his bride to be…

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The Pennsylvania State Capitol provided such a stunning backdrop.  I felt like we were in Europe somewhere, perhaps Italy, with all of the lovely marble columns and detail…

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Dan shared that they have so much to look forward to– buying a house together, raising a family, traveling and he is so happy to be by her side every step of the way.

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Steph mentioned falling more in love with Dan everyday during his trip to visit her family in Argentina.

He immersed himself in her culture and got to know everyone.

She said that he is very loving, supportive and great with kids so she can’t wait for the next chapter of their lives to begin…

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We traveled to the Walnut Street Bridge, a pedestrian bridge crossing the Susquehanna River, connecting Harrisburg’s downtown to City Island, an area mainly used for leisure and sports activities (go Harrisburg Senators!).

I love to play with camera settings and exposure and captured both the image above and below on the bridge using very different camera settings and techniques.

I wanted to give the image above a soft, romantic feel and the image below a crisp, dramatic feel that would capture the architecture and vibrant color of the sky, water and island in the distance…

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The wedding traditions started with the Ketubah signing…

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It is a beautiful Jewish tradition and was an incredibly emotional moment for all involved…

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Steph and Dan were married beneath a lovely Chuppah decorated with flowers and olive branches.  It represents the home that Steph and Dan will build together.

They added a few mementos from family that had passed away, such as a Tallis, pearl necklace and eyeglasses from their grandparents.

I have many photos of the ceremony that have a more traditional look, but I like the little bit of artistic flare going on in this image…

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Writing their own wedding vows was Dan’s idea, and one that grew to be Steph’s favorite part of the wedding day.  They wrote 10 vows, secretly, and did not get to hear them until the ceremony.

While it was completely unplanned and not discussed, their vows were very similar and even complimented each other as if they wrote them together!

They both had themes surrounding family, food, travel, love and watching bad TV haha.  Here they are exchanging rings.

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The kiss!  I made sure to capture the chandelier throughout, but really like this photograph:

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Cocktail hour was lovely and included several different stations, here are just a few:

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The room was stunning!  Everything from the gold linens to the chiavari chairs and centerpieces had the soft, garden feel that Steph and Dan wanted.

The look of the ballroom and entire wedding was brought to life by a talented team lead by Kevin of KLB Events along with Daniel’s mother, Sheri.

Petals with Style created the most gorgeous centerpieces, the elegant Hilton Ballroom was transformed into a charming, romantic garden!

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A closer look at the centerpieces…

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The bride and groom’s gold table cloth matched the golden hues of the candles and the vibrant blue lights and instruments set the stage for the epic evening of dancing that awaited the guests.

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The bridal party got the party started with their colorful and creative entrances:

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They continued with a group dance number!  It was actually a really creative idea and worked even though the group is very separated by distance.

They each learned popular dance moves on their own (whip, running man, etc.) and played a mix of songs that allowed them to all show off those dance moves (“My Boo” “Watch Me” “Party Rock Anthem”), for an extra special nod to these Penn State graduates, the DJ, Roberto Flay, separated each mix with a Nittany Lion roar.

Everyone had a blast!

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The first dance was to “Stand By You.”  They ended with this dip– spectacular!

I drew the focus to Steph and Dan, but you can still see guests clapping, smiling and shouting in the background :).

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Dan’s father gave an incredibly touching speech– it was very well written and highlighted many of the key players in the room.  He even mentioned *by name* every vendor who worked on the event and was the first I’ve heard of it’s kind.

I like this photo because at one point he asked his wife, Sheri to stand beside him.  It really gives you a feel for Dan’s close-knit family and the supportive relationship that his parent’s share.

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The blessing was given both in English and Spanish, and done together with members from both the bride and groom’s family.

Sheri thought it would be a nice way to show both of the cultures coming together in Steph and Dan’s marriage.

The “Motzi” featured the breaking of the challa by both Dan’s Grandfather and Steph’s Uncle.  Dan’s Aunt. Lori, baked the Challah in the shape of a heart for the couple.

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The maid of honor’s speech was given by Steph’s sister– it was clever, touching and ended with giving two huge hugs to the bride and groom.

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One of the highlights of the night was Dan’s grandfather singing “Hello Young Lovers” in memory of his late wife.

Dan said he lost his grandmother about a year and a half ago and he was very close to her.  The relationship that his grandparents shared is an inspiration to him.

The lyrics, “I had a love like you!” really hit home to the newlyweds…

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Wendi from Sweet Treats baked dozens of delicious creations for the dessert table, each beautifully and remarkably presented.

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Here are just a few of the selections– Steph said it was like her Pinterest dream had just came to life!
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The Hava Nagilla began to play and everyone from both families began dancing the hora together.  It was a joyful celebration!

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The bride and groom were lifted on chairs…

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Even the parents were lifted on chairs!!!  Dan’s father’s expression is priceless along with his sister’s laughter which you can see at the bottom right…

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The band was incredible.  The band members from LiveWire Entertainment were talented and really knew how to keep the crowd out on the dancefloor!

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A few of the wedding guests celebrating…

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At the end of the night, I wanted to bring the focus back on Steph and Dan and their union.

I used a chandelier at the Harrisburg Hilton to create a frame for the couple that gave a sense of space…

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Steph, Dan, Kevin, Sheri and Michael– thank you for inviting me to be a part of such a momentous occasion in your lives and that of your family and friends.  I wish you many years of happiness and hope that these wedding photos will allow you and your loved ones to re-live this day for countless years to come.  :)

Lehigh Valley Wedding Photographers: Rachel & David

This unique Lehigh Valley wedding included a traditional Filipino dance and surprise wedding guest that had the entire dance floor cheering…

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Rachel and David contacted me looking for wedding photography with a “wow” factor.  They wanted creative photos that were filled with emotion.  They wanted photographs that would capture all of the beauty and excitement and allow them to re-live it for years to come.

The image above offers an interesting perspective of the couple vibrantly silhouetted in what appears to be a gravity defying scene.  I hope that it has the “wow” factor that Rachel was seeking.  The next photograph is one with a lot of heart (for you, David).  Here you can almost feel Rachel’s emotion and all of the textures that fill this frame:

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Rachel’s mother and maid of honor helped her to dress, their joy is almost palpable…

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Rachel and David wanted a simple, elegant wedding and chose a color palette of navy with gold accents…

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David shared that he thought Rachel looked beautiful and had a radiant smile that seeing his bride made him incredibly happy and grateful.

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David is a Lehigh University Alum while Rachel is a Penn State graduate.  Here you can see the ladies sporting Penn State Colors (blue and white) with the stunning Lehigh University campus in the background.  Such a perfect fit for these two!

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Rachel is an intelligent, confident young woman who is following her dreams of medical school, which David is fully supporting.

I like how Rachel’s confidence and determination really come across in this next photograph…

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Now it is David’s turn to get all dressed up…

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Rachel shared that David is her best friend.  He has a great sense of humor and can always make her laugh, he is calm, supportive and incredibly loving.  They are better together than they could ever be apart…

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The groomsmen were an interesting cast of characters…

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They were so much fun and up for absolutely anything– here they are photo-booth style– the best man is in the center…

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I told you they were high-energy and up for anything.  We haven’t done a jumping photo in a long time, but this was definitely the perfect group for it!  They got some serious height!

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The ceremony began with Rachel’s mother escorting Rachel down the aisle of Packer Chapel.  The architecture there is stunning, but what stands out even more to me in this photograph is Rachel’s mothers’ hand as she blots tears from her eyes…

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So happy together…  Again I love all of the breathtaking woodwork and stained glass, but pure joy that you can see on Rachel & David’s faces and those of their friends are what the day was all about…

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Following the ceremony, wedding guests gathered outside of Packer Chapel and welcomed the happy couple with hundreds of bubbles…

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Two of those guests were David’s parents who were married on Lehigh campus almost 30 years ago!

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The happy couple…

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I love to photograph the bridal party in a chic, modern way, and am inspired by spreads in Vogue and Vanity Fair.  Rachel and David’s bridal party pulled it off beautifully!

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Time for Rachel and David to spend some time alone….

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They moved from Lehigh University to Riverview Country Club in Easton, Pennsylvania.  Honestly though, with the lush greenery and style of the footbridge and gazebo, it almost passes as a tropical island…

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They shared that they look forward to spending the rest of their lives together, experiencing new things together and even starting their own family…

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Rachel and David embraced this Filipino tradition, which is meant to give a couple good fortune…

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The speeches were lovely, but this moment was incredibly touching– her maid of honor started to get a  little emotional and Rachel stood by her side while she finished her toast…

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Bouquet toss– I love how you can see the blur from the motion of the bouquet and everyone’s expressions, too…

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Now for the surprise guest– I shared that Rachel is a huge Penn State fan, she is also a planner and had meticulously planned most elements of the day, but this was one element that took everyone by surprise…

Rachel literally doubled over laughing when she saw *the* Penn State Nittany Lion walk ont the dance floor.  Everyone started chanting “We are” “Penn State”– it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments, so fun!

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Craziness ensued:

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And a huge group hug that included members of Rachel and David’s families– pretty sweet!

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And they lived happily ever after…

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Rachel and David, these are just a few photos from your wedding– there are so many more coming your way!

I hope that these help you to relive your day for years to come and also provided that “wow” factor that you were both looking for– creatively and emotionally speaking.

Thanks again for entrusting me with this privilege  — I wish you all the very best with all of your future endeavors!

Hershey Wedding Engagement Photographers: Chelsea & Matt

A beautiful story that left me teary and a sweet, fun-loving couple…

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Chelsea and Matt were looking for a wedding photographer that would “wow” them and were having some trouble.  They asked their wedding planner, Lauren from the Gala Event, who she would recommend.  When they looked at my blog, they fell in love with the creative style of photography, use of vibrant colors and architectural photography that they saw.  They said they were able to feel the emotions of people in the photos.

When they met me in person they both agreed that my personality was a perfect fit for them.  They realized that they would have their wedding photographer by their side for most of their big day and wanted someone who they could enjoy and have fun with during the whole process.

While I love artistic, architectural photos, I also make sure to include a few standard portraits as well :).  Everyone meet Chelsea & Matt:

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They wanted to find a “summery” outdoor setting for their engagement photos that had modern architecture and natural, romantic settings as well and found the perfect fit for them on the campus of the Milton Hershey School.

I’ll start with a bit of modern architecture, as I love this next image!  All the clean architectural lines, their cool confident stances and the playful surprise of copper fish below.  It really fits their positive, upbeat natures so well!

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Matt shared that Chelsea is smart, thoughtful and encouraging.  He said his life will always be positive and hopeful simply because Chelsea is in it.

Chelsea shared that Matt puts his whole heart into everything that he does and that he makes her laugh when she is stressed, comforts her when she is sad and is incredibly supportive.

I think that their mutual trust and supportive natures can really be seen in this next photo…

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Matt said that they compliment each other so well and just mesh naturally.  Chelsea said that he challenges her to be the very best version of herself and makes her ordinary days wonderful.

Whenever he thinks of the future, he never pictures himself anymore but rather them as a team.  Chelsea said that with Matt by her side she feels like everything is possible.

For me, this photo has a surreal feeling, as if they are looking to the future and seeing blue skies and balance…

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Chelsea met Matt while she was working.  On the way to their first date, it took her so long to decide what to wear that Matt thought that she had stood him up!  He was walking out to his car when she saw him…

Fast forward only three dates later, and Chelsea realized that she had found the man that she would marry!  She kept this to herself, but eventually Matt realized that he shared the same deep feelings for her.:)

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A few months later, Chelsea’s mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  Chelsea came home after sitting with her mom all day at the hospital and found a note taped on the bathroom mirror.  It was from Matt.

It said that he wanted her to look into the mirror and see the beautiful, strong woman that he sees.  He wrote that he will always be by her side to support & comfort her and that they can get through anything together.

She came out of the room crying and found Matt waiting for her.  He told her that he loved her for the first time that night.   Now for their engagement story….

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A few years later, Matt pulled Chelsea aside on just an ordinary day in April.  Everything seemed to be normal until Matt started shaking and stuttering his words.

He told her that he wished that her mother could be there, but standing next to her urn was the best way to allow her to be part of the experience.  He asked Chelsea to marry him.

With tears in her eyes, Chelsea said yes and the rest is history.  I love the softness and intimacy of this next photograph…

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Chelsea and Matt had the unique opportunity of having their engagement session photographed after dark.  It allowed us some really unique opportunities to get creative after the sun went down!

Here Matt and Chelsea are silhouetted against a colorful sunset.  Chelsea shared that Matt is charming, thoughtful and a true gentleman.  I think those qualities can be seen in this photo:

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This next photo was taken following sunset.  Chelsea and Matt relaxed together on the bridge as I set up a second flash and triggered it manually using a radio signal from my camera.

Focusing was difficult as the scene looked completely black through the viewfinder of my camera, which was made more difficult when the bright light flashed behind them, haha.   I used a slow shutter speed and a tightly closed aperture to get the tree leaves in sharp focus and the vibrant blue of the evening sky.

“Seeing spots” was totally worth it as I love this next photo!   I know a canvas comes in your package guys, and I think this would be a perfect photograph to use for it!!!

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I love the intimacy of this final image.  It was challenging from a technical standpoint as it was now pitch black and impossible to see.  I needed to go on my instinct and knowledge base for this one.

I knew I wanted to back-light Chelsea’s sweet eye lashes and Matt’s thick hair.   I used a shallow depth of field and allowed the leaves in the background to blur into spheres of golden-green light.  I allowed the light to peek into the frame from the side, creating a bit of flare to add an emotional or spiritual feel.

In a way, it could almost be seen as a nod to Matt’s proposal and keeping Chelsea’s mom there in spirit…

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Chelsea and Matt, thank you so much for choosing to work with me and for opening up and sharing your beautiful love story with me.

I am so happy that you were wowed by my images and that other couple’s photos allowed you to feel the moments and hope that you are able to feel all of the emotion in your photos as well.

I had a blast working with the two of you during your engagement session and cannot wait for your wedding at the Gettysburg Hotel next year!

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