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The Palace at Somerset Park Wedding Photographer: Sofia & Paulo

This romantic, Spring wedding centered on family & was overflowing with emotion…

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When I first met with Sofia, she said she was looking for a photographer who was creative, with vibrant, dramatic, crisp photos that would capture all of the romance and emotion of her wedding day.  She loves that I am able to show a variety and range from soft romantic images to bold, vibrant photos, you will see both here.

Sofia & Paulo are amazing people, they are both smart, stylish (in the fashion industry together) and have a deep rooted love for eachother and their families.  They are both Portuguese and visit their families in Europe as much as possible, usually every year or two.  Their reception was held at The Palace at Somerset Park.

I’ll open with a photograph of their wedding rings on the vintage 1920′s baby grand piano in Sofia’s parents’ home.  I believe it will set the stage for the charming, nostalgic, tender images to come & give a nod to the importance that music played in Sofia & Paulo’s wedding day…

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Sofia has always loved her mother’s wedding dress.  Her mother kept it in her parents home in Portugal.  When Sofia was small, she would spend her summers in Portugal, she would play “dress up” with her cousins and sneak the wedding dress out of it’s bag to try it on.

Sofia brought her mother’s dress back to the United States and  hung it next to her own wedding gown.  She presented her mother with an album of photos of Sofia wearing her mother’s wedding dress, beautifully photographed by her cousin.  It brought back so many memories!  Here they are both tearing up…

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Sofia’s grandfather passed away last year, he and Sofia’s grandmother were married for over 60 years.  Sofia’s family lent her his wedding band to sew into her dress as an omen of good luck and of a long lasting marriage.  It was also a reminder of her grandparents and a way for them to be at her side during her wedding day.

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What an absolutely stunning bride!!!!  This is one of the many beautiful portraits I photographed of Sofia.  I like image because you get a feel for who she is– a strong, bright, beautiful women who is simultaneously soft and fierce; she loves with all of her heart.

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The bridesmaids wore floor length blush colored gowns and carried lush garden roses.  Everything was soft, romantic and light, even their mood.  :)  Here they are standing in The Colonial Park Gardens in Somerset– such a pretty Spring backdrop for these lovely ladies!

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These ladies have played such important roles in Sofia’s life, Monica (below, on the right) introduced Sofia and Paulo (I’ll actually be photographing her wedding soon), Rosa (between Monica & Sofia) is Paulo’s sister and now Sofia’s sister-in-law, Cati (to the left of Sofia) is her longest and best friend, Natalie is a very close friend and actually the one to introduce Sofia & I, (I photographed Nathalie’s wedding a few years ago).

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Paulo & Sofia were married at St. Genevieve’s Parish, where Sofia has performed all of her sacraments, sang in the choir and taught CCD, so it was a natural fit.  This photo is actually of the stained glass windows reflected in the Holy Water.

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I loved their dramatic entrance into the church– light streaming through the door and stained glass window, and the three entering together (Sofia, her mother & father) so humbly and very small in the frame…

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The sight of Sofia in her gown brought tears to Paulo’s eyes, here he is wiping away one of them as she proceeds towards him.   They shared that they were feeling so many emotions– overwhelming happiness, nerves (the good kind), love, everything all at once.

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I get goosebumps just remembering this young woman and her inspiring voice…  One of Sofia’s bridesmaids, Nathalie Pires, is an accomplished Fado singer– she has performed in Carnegie Hall & internationally– the Boston Globe has called her “the fresh face of Fado.”

Nathalie sang Ave Maria in Portuguese during the traditional “Rose to the Blessed Mother.”   I have heard her perform before (during her wedding and her cousins’ wedding) and each time I need to wipe my own tears as I snap pictures.    Here is her new music video– you will love Fado!!!

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The flower girls were so pretty– they looked like little dolls wearing their floral crowns!  Here is a candid photo showing the flower girls during the ceremony, Alex is praying while Lily (Sofia’s Goddaughter) watches Sofia & Paul and Joanna (the little peanut behind them) is playing with her petals while her parents watch.

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Cheers to the happy couple!!!

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It was important to Sofia that we capture a photograph with all of the wedding guests in it as they are so seldom together, being that many of the guests traveled over 4,000 miles to be there.  Another big thank you to Nathalie for helping me to gather everyone so quickly!

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Sofia and Paulo were blessed with an amazing Spring day, the sun was warm and the sky was a lovely shade of blue– it felt like a fairy tale.  Here are photos of Sofia & Paulo and their bridal party at The Palace at Somerset Park.

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Paul calls Sofia “Pollito” or “Quail” and quails became the theme for the wedding as they found invitations, cake-toppers etc. with quails– their centerpieces were gold bird cages.

One of my favorite items that really shows of the elegance and creativity of the decor along with the gold & glitter is the seating chart.  Sofia made this herself!

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Guests were greeted with Sofia & Paul’s signature drinks, Lychee Martini (Sofia) & Tom Collins (Paulo) and buttled hors devours, including sushi and other tasty food items.

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The decor on their sweetheart table really pulled the whole theme together with the blush roses and baby’s breath bringing softness, and the gold framed silhouettes adding that timeless elegance and drama…

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Sofia was drawn to The Palace at Somerset Park because of its chandeliers and classic, dramatic interior.  I photographed part of Sofia & Paulo’s dance from the balcony above to capture a photograph with the full view of the dance floor.  They danced to “At Last” by Eta James, the same song Kris and I dance to at our wedding.

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Sofia’s dance with her father was off the charts amazing!  They danced the waltz beautifully– Sofia’s father has always had “fancy feet” and loved to dance with his little girl.  They looked so elegant!

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Thriller– the entire party received dance lessons and danced to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” together, what fun!!!

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Sofia & Paulo, it was such a pleasure to work with you and your family and friends!  Thank you for choosing Kris and I to be at your sides on your wedding day and for being your fabulous selves.  I hope that these photos will allow you to re-live this day over and over again for many years to come!

The Bond York PA Wedding Photographer: Personalized, Creative, Artistic

Great news!  A brand new wedding venue is opening in central pennsylvania *this weekend*!!!  It is chic, modern, sophisticated & you can check it out here:

I just finished working on images for their promotional materials (as I am thier preferred wedding photographer) and thought I’d give all of you a sneak peek into “The Bond”– so exciting!!!

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The Bond is a very unique wedding venue– it is chic, sophisticated, modern, urban and can be used as a “blank canvas” with beautiful, natural light and a cute downtown space surrounding it.

You can see the light in these past two images and how versatile and flexible the space and look can be, even with the same couple in the same space, I am able to create very different looks.  ;)

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The whole atmosphere fits seamlessly into my candid, creative, personalized photography style and is really the type of unique space that I can see many of my  couples enjoying, too.

I am thrilled to have had a first hand look at this space, thanks to Steve, Abby and the rest of The Bond team with the JDK group, who are currently managing the the Bond event space.

They reached out to me and other top-notch local vendors (yes there is a full list at the end of this blog post) as well as newlyweds, Melanie & Matt, about helping to show what a wedding day would look like in The Bond.

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Here Melanie standing in the space where she would be waiting to walk down the aisle, she is naturally lit by floor to ceiling windows, accented with custom chandeliers– giving an overall feel of romantic, urban elegance…

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This next image features the large windows and exposed brick which exist throughout the venue.

These windows bring in tons of beautiful natural light and are located throughout the Bond.  Natural light is a real plus for wedding photos, and can help brides to breathe a sign of relief if they are concerned about rain as natural light can be photographed in the Bond rain or shine.

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This space is really a blank canvas and can take on many “looks” but here you can see the romantic decor and detailing provided by the JDK group, including florals by Bill Murphy, who is also with the JDK group.

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The ceremony and reception space contain several large chandeliers which can give the space an elegant,  timeless, romantic aesthetic…

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I was able to find plenty of indoor opportunities for naturally lit, romantic images & portraits…

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There is plenty of outdoor space as well. The Bond is the cornerstone of the Royal Square in downtown York, Pennsylvania, so surrounding the 10,000 square foot space of the Bond is a lovely downtown space to explore.

Taking some time out of your wedding day to be together and enjoy the moment and let it all sink in is always part of  my photography approach, but having this neighborhood space to use is really cool… 

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We walked along the blossom lined streets, popped in a cute coffee shop and photographed some sweet, candid images of the couple…

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These brightly colored doors caught my attention, too but there was really plenty for me to work with…

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We headed back into the Bond here the reception was completely ready to go.  They had a hand-painted, mirrored menu, stunning florals, beautiful tables, linens and chiavari chairs among their sparkling chandeliers…

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We ended the session with an elegant first dance with the early evening sunlight streaming through the windows.

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I hope this gave you a feel for this unique new venue and a little bit of a feel for what I would be able to do with this space as your wedding photographer ;).  As promised, here is the list of vendors who came together to work on this shoot…

Photography: Rhinehart Photography

Design: Weddings by JDK

Florals: Bill Murphy, AIFD, The JDK Group

Make-up: Maggie King, Maggie King Makeup Artistry

Hair: Lindsey Hershner, Blush Style Studio

Gowns: POSH Bridal Shop

Linens: Special Occasions & Queen St Linens

Video: Lavon Films

Models: Melanie & Matt Dennis

Creative Hazleton Wedding Photographers: Sarah & Joe at Capriottis

An adorable cheerleading bride, a handsome down-to-earth groom, and an amazing story of a grandfather who recovered from his stroke to walk his granddaughter down the aisle– you won’t want to miss this one, guys!!!

This  Wilkes Cheerleader turned pharmacist was absolutely swept off her feet by the love of her life, Joseph, at Capriotti’s in Mcadoo, Pennsylvania ( just outside of Hazleton).

Their day was amazing– I can’t wait to tell you all about it!  I’m going to start with a romantic image of these two lovebirds in the moonlight…

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Sarah first contacted me in *2012*, yes 3 years ago, about photographing her 2015 wedding.  I feel like I’ve known her forever and have come to see what a kind, hardworking, genuine person she is.  You may remember Sarah & Joe from their amazing Baltimore engagement (Raven’s Stadium & Baltimore Aquarium).

I mentioned Sarah was a cheerleader, she actually competed nationally and was even broadcast on ESPN!  I can’t imagine a better entrance for her into her wedding day story that an image that captures all of her pure energy and excitement– here is Sarah, leaping down the stairs towards her wedding gown…

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Sarah joked with her bridesmaids that she felt like she was getting ready for a cheerleading competition with all of the morning make-up and hair preparations and the butterflies in her stomach!

Her bridesmaids were wonderful and really focused on all of Sarah’s preparations.  Photographically speaking, I am a fan of high contrast black and white images– see how Sarah’s dress really “pops” in this image?

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Sarah’s grandparents played a huge role in her life.  She spent a lot of time with them growing up and was their only grandchild.  They have always been so supportive of Sarah’s decisions and very proud of her.

Sarah’s grandmother helped her get ready for school many mornings, so to have her there to help her into her wedding dress meant to much to both of them…

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Sarah you are absolutely stunning!!!

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Sarah’s David Tutera gown was purchased during a special trip to Philadelphia.   I really wanted the image below to capture Sarah’s confidence.  The beautiful colors in the background are from the Pennsylvania mountains…

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Now onto Joe– he is an intelligent, down-to-earth guy who has a great sense of humor and is super loyal.  All of Joe’s groomsmen grew up together as kids.

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They used to play basketball  on these same courts as children.  Between games they’d head to Joe’s house, where his mom would make them snacks or lunch.  They picked up a ball for old times sake…

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The next image shows Sarah arriving at Saint John Bosco for her ceremony in Conyngham, Pennsylvania (also near Hazleton, PA).   I love the reflection of the ladies in the mirror in the limo, I think it helps you to feel how surreal the moment was for Sarah & her maid of honor…

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For Sarah, having her grandfather at her side was priceless.  He was the main father figure in her life growing up.  A year ago, her grandfather suffered a series of strokes and lost his ability to walk.

Walking Sarah down the aisle was important to him and gave him a goal and motivation to push through his recovery.  Through much rehab and hard work, just weeks before the wedding he was able to walk on his own.

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Joe is definitely a “man’s man” and is not one to get emotional, so to see him trying his best to hold back tears as Sarah walked towards him on their wedding day was incredibly touching.  He loves her very deeply…

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Love the expression on Joe’s face here, too– it’s the big moment– here come the rings:) The priest had instructed Joe during the rehearsal to “practice his outside voice” so everyone could hear him.

Sarah is laughing in this photo because she was imagining the sound of Joe’s “outside voice” (which is more of a yell), Joe is, too.  He really made an effort to keep Sarah laughing and relaxed.  They are adorable.  That a team!

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Joe and his mom have always been super close, she has always takes such good care of him (the best man joked that he never thought Joe would move out of his mom’s house haha).  He she is watching their vows and shedding a tear.  Such a beautiful moment…

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Husband and wife!!!

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Joe was such a gentleman, carrying her dress, etc.  Whenever I’d make a comment about how sweet he was being, he’d just say “A happy wife is a happy life”  hahaha.  When I mentioned a pretty “off road” spot, Joe instantly swept Sarah off her feet (literally) and carried her there.

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After photographing the bridal party and couple’s portraits at  Penn State Hazleton, we were on our way to the reception venue, Capriotti’s.

Capriotti’s was particularly important, as it was where Sarah was hired for her first job, at age 16.  She and one of her bridesmaids worked there together for over 7 years!  It is actually even how Sarah first met Joe!!!

Sarah & her friend have seen hundreds of weddings together and were enjoying being on the receiving end of the festivities.  The reception hall was lit in Baltimore Raven’s purple, and their lovely cake was on display.

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Sarah & Joe’s first dance ended with an adorable dip and kiss…

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While working at Capriotti’s, Sarah had the opportunity to see the work of hundreds of wedding vendors, and she planned her wedding so far in advance that she was really able to have her pick of all of her favorites.

One of those favorites was Adam Skuba, of Skuba Entertainment.  She knew first hand that he would be great at getting everyone out on the dance floor and lighting the room while keeping the reception timeline on track, and Sarah was right, as is evidenced in the photos below…

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There are two things that really got the wedding guests laughing, one was Joe’s entrance for the garter, he arrived in his full Penn DOT attire (complete with headlamp) ready to find that garter.

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The other was the Polish Wedding Circle, which Sarah’s family calls “rescue the bride”.  Joe’s friends surrounded Sarah, their arms locked tightly in a circle and tried to keep Joe out.

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Joe made several attempts of breaking through the circle, but his friends were strong and there were many of them.  Joe finally broke through with a giant leap, haha– no-one was injured, Sarah was “rescued.”

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I already shared the moonlit image of the couple, this is the other “happily ever after” image that I photographed of Sarah & Joe.  I made sure to capture Capriotti’s, as it was the start of their relationship, Sarah’s workplace before and during pharmacy school and their wedding reception venue.

Sarah shared that taking this time out together made her think about just how well everything had gone, that they couldn’t have asked for a better day or  a better group of family/friends to share it with.

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Sarah and Joe, it was a real pleasure to work with the two of you and all of your family and friends.  I wish you many years of happiness and hope to see you both again soon.  All the best, –Lisa

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