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A York PA Autumn Wedding Engagement: Kayla & Mike

A romantic, autumn orchard engagement for a loving, free-spirited couple…

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Mike and Kayla love the fall– from the weather to the warm drinks and scary movies, it is one of the things they bonded over during the beginning of their relationship.

They chose Flinchbaugh’s Orchard for their engagement photography session because it was the perfect autumn location and a place that has warm family memories as well.

Kayla & Mike contacted me looking for wedding and engagement photographs that would be fun, colorful, and full of life and spirit…

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Kayla received devastating news in 2013, she had cancer in her abdomen…

Even though they were “just friends” at the time, Mike was there for her through every hospitalization.  He supported her then and continues to do so now, as her fiance.

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Mike had planned a Christmas proposal for Kayla, but those plans abruptly changed when she was hospitalized in the ICU.  Mike spent every night in the hospital by her side for the entire week.   As soon as she regained her strength in January, Mike told her he wanted to take her out.  She got all dressed up, despite the pic line in her arm.  She didn’t suspect a thing…

Mike drove Kayla to a fantastic restaurant where he asked her how long they had known each other, it had been seven years since he doodled little dinosaurs in her  microbiology notebook.  He said, “Seven years, that’s quite some time… I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives has in store for us.”  He opened the box and her jaw dropped.  “Oh my gosh!!!  Are you sure?!?!?” she asked.  He said, “Yes, I am sure.”  The whole restaurant burst into applause.

Here is his little reenactment…  what a beautiful story!!!

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Kayla shared that they are really open and honest with each other and that avoid a lot of pitfalls by making communication a priority.

They are not afraid to show anything, even their dorky sides to one another.  I used a little “forced perspective” to make them both look like “pumpkin heads,” haha!

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While I love capturing creative images that are unique, I also really enjoy photographing more traditional portraits as well.  I like how close they are in this next image, you can also see how genuinely happy they are and it just feels natural.

I chose a location with beautiful lighting that brought out the color of their eyes creating a soft, smooth background:

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Speaking of their spontaneity, let me show you how they walked down this path– they were just walking, smiling side by side for a moment, then Kayla pulled Mike, he played along and spun her around…

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He spun her a few more times and then dipped her back.  I like the soft light, the tiny colorful orbs of  light and their body language and connection– wow!!!

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Both of these photos feel ethereal and other-worldly.  I love the way that you can see Mike’s strength here as he holds her up and fully supports her.

It captures that part of their relationship so well!  Mike, a man of few words noted, “I’m all in.”

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Back on the ground, surrounded by hay-bales I captured a portrait of them that is more natural and relaxed, I think you really get a feel for their lifestyle and love…

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They climbed the hay bales and I climbed onto a wagon, haha.  This gave me another creative perspective of the orchard.

The hay bales, orchard and farm house were all visible, but I focused my lens on Kayla and Mike and how happy they are in each others’ arms…

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At the end of the night I wanted to try something a little creative/unique.  I wanted to illuminate the corn field but leave them dark and shadowy, just silhouettes.

It was a nod to their love of scary movies and also fits the autumn theme so well….

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Kayla and Mike, your love for each other is very apparent and it was such a pleasure to spend an evening with you and watch as you lived life and enjoyed the little things.

Your story is beautiful, inspiring, and it has been a privilege working with you two and capturing it!  If you haven’t seen enough of Kayla & Mike, checkout the soccer portion of their engagement session!

York PA Wedding Engagement Photographers: Kayla & Mike

A surprise soccer engagement for a groom that supported his bride through her battle with Cancer…

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Kayla received devastating news in 2013, she had lymphoma in her abdomen.  While Kayla and Mike were “just friends” at the time, he was there for her through every hospitalization, and now that they are in an official relationship (and engaged!) he continues to be incredibly supportive.

Kayla wanted to do something special for Mike, and while she had her heart set on fall engagement photos at an orchard (more on that soon), she knew that US Soccer was totally Mike’s passion and that it was something unique that they enjoyed together.

She went all out– surprising him with personalized jerseys and shoes.  He was on cloud 9!  I love the detail and vibrant colors in this next photo that shows off their team spirit and fan gear:

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Kayla shared that she and Mike fell in love with my creative, personalized approach to photography after her mom had suggested that they check out my work.  They especially liked the way I tell a couple’s unique love story in images and words.

They wanted me to capture the deep love that they have for each other and  show their spontaneous sides, with photographs that are full of fun, life and spirit.  😉

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Mike played soccer throughout school and while he felt like we was pretty rusty, I caught some of his moves in camera and I must say, I have *never* been able to do anything like that with a soccer ball!

I had them face off and Kayla did manage to score on him once, haaaaa love this next photo as it shows his downtrodden expression and her victory dance!   Adorable!

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Kayla shared that there are things in life that you have to take seriously (her situation with her health for example), but when life doesn’t demand seriousness, she’s a firm believer in having fun, laughing it off, loving and living.  🙂

Kayla and Mike overlook the little things, enjoying the time that they have together.  They are spontaneous, playful and just a whole lot of fun to be around.

This has to be one of my favorite photographs from the shoot– Mike picked Kayla up and spun her around, both of them laughing, it was just a really sweet moment.  I used a slow shutter speed to capture their positive energy:

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Kayla was introduced to soccer when she and Mike started dating and she said that she was blown away by her first soccer game.

She was most impressed with the international soccer community and how they put their differences aside for the love of the game, she found it to be such a beautiful thing!

Something even more rewarding for Kayla at a game is seeing how happy Mike is– seeing him happy makes her happy.  🙂

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While I love capturing spontaneous, candid images, there is something to be said about having a couple of high-quality, professional portraits as well.

I wanted to show their authentic smiles, soccer jerseys and engagement ring while capturing them in great light from a flattering angle.  I focused my lens of the happy couple and allowed the background to blur into creamy greeness…

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OK, enough seriousness, back to that love story and all of that sweet emotion!

Kayla and Mike met in college.  He sat next to her and would sometimes flirt a little by drawing a dinosaur in her notebook in class.

He still draws them now, as a little love note, sometimes on their calendar at home, sometimes on on random pieces of paper.   😉

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Kayla had her jersey personalized with the last name she will be changing to in the near future.  She said she can imagine them wearing the gear going to USA soccer matches in the future, when she is Mrs. Kapusta.

This photo focuses on her new last name and also shows their natural affection…

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The sun began to set and I wanted to capture a silhouette against the vibrant sky– the purple and orange tones were quite amazing.

Mike (the guy with zero soccer ability, haha) was able to head the ball in the near dark, lol!  I like the color  and the high-contrast action captured in this next photograph.

I think the ball almost looks like a moon, in some sort of crazy eclipse, but the real moon is that tiny bit of light shining over Kayla’s head :).

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The color of the setting sun intensified and I photographed a more intimate image of Kayla and Mike at close range.

I think that you get a real sense of the love and deep respect that they share for one another.

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Kayla and Mike, I hope you enjoy this soccer blog post!  I hope that I was able to capture your loving, supportive, playful relationship and your now combined interest in US Soccer!

You have more soccer photos coming soon, then a blog post featuring your orchard portion of the engagement session soon.  🙂   I can’t wait to hear what you think!!!

Reeds at Shelter Haven Wedding Photographers: Allie & Tim

A sweet, nautical wedding on the bay of Stone Harbor…

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Allie was first introduced to my work by her wedding venue, The Reeds at Shelter Haven in Stone Harbor.   She liked how all of my couples looked very natural and at ease, and said that she was able to experience that first hand during her own Boat House Row engagement session in Philadelphia and again on the wedding day.  I think that level of natural comfort can be seen in the image above.

She said she was impressed by my crisp, bright photography and my use of different photographic styles.  She liked how I was able to create an editorially inspired group photo and pose the bridal party as if they were in a magazine spread, and then also capture more emotional, artistic images, too.  The next image has a more artistic feel.

I captured her reflection off of the artwork in her bedroom– it showed umbrellas (which I thought gave a little nod to the beach vibe of her wedding) and I liked the lines that it created and how they meshed with the lines of the blinds in her window…

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Allie absolutely loved her dress.  It was Carrie by Hayley Paige.  In the photo below you can see the crystal straps, and draped, sweetheart bodice.

It was perfect for her and she said she was so comfortable and happy to wear it.

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Family is very important to Allie.  She and Tim chose The Reeds because of having fond memories of summers at the shore with Allie’s family.  They enjoyed relaxing at her parent’s beach house and being on the bay.

Allie’s wedding day preparations began at her parent’s beach house.  Here her parents are seeing her as a bride for the first time– you can see how close they are:

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The architecture of their beach house is lovely, I like this aerial perspective of the winding stair.  I think the lines of the stairs are interesting and I like the way her white dress pops against the dark wood.

I also like how you are able to see some of the crystal detailing on Allie’s veil and keyhole back of her dress.  It also offers and interesting view of her bouquet….

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Here is her reveal to the bridesmaids.  I included Allie’s arm and part of her dress in the frame to help to tell the story.  You can see that she is turning the corner and all of her girls have such fantastic reaction to seeing her in her wedding gown!

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Allie said that selecting her sister as her maid of honor was an obvious choice.  “When I went to college in Baltimore and Kim was also living in Baltimore, as well, we became more like friends than sisters.  I know that she will always be there for me.”

Here you can see a watercolor portrait of Allie and her sister as children.  I wanted to emphasize the portrait and show that it wasn’t just something that happened to be in the background.  I used a shallow depth of field and focused on the portrait while allowing the sisters to be soft, framing the painting in the foreground.

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Allie chose a navy and coral color scheme as she wanted a preppy, nautical look that was fun and vibrant.  The ladies bouquets are wrapped and navy and white striped ribbon.

I think that vibrant, fun feeling really comes across in this next photo– the vibrant green lawn and landscaping in the background while the ladies laugh as Allie’s veil is caught by the wind.

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Again the wind was really on our side as I photographed Allie’s bridal portrait in front of her parent’s house just before we left for the Reeds.

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As we arrived at The Reeds I noticed several seagulls flying in formation, checking out activity on the deck that overlooked the bay…

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Allie and Tim chose to have a first look.  This allowed them to be able to enjoy cocktail hour with all of their weddings guests and to take their time and enjoy the venue together without missing the reception.

They stood on the deck of The Reeds for their first look.  Tim had his eyes covered and was so happy to see his bride-to-be!  He said, “When I first saw her, I thought she looked beautiful!”

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The bridesmaids didn’t want to miss the moment and viewed it all from the balcony of their suite– here they are waving from above, haha…

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Tim shared, “One of the many things that made me fall in love with Allie was how much she loved her family, and how much it meant to her to also love my family and friends. She has told me about how nervous she was the first time she met my parents, and it was because she really cared. A few nights before Allie met my parents, she spoke to my brother on the phone. Brian said, even over the phone you could tell how much she wanted to make a good first impression and how much Allie cared for me as well.”

I think you can really see the affection that they have for each other here and you can also get a feel for how big Allie’s heart is.  I like the natural feel of this photograph and the way that the wind has captured a single strand of Allie’s hair. It just feels right.

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While I love to capture more candid moments like the ones above, I also enjoy traditional portraiture as well.

Here you can see genuine smiles, flattering poses and the docks, bay and beach houses subtly in the background giving a sense of location.

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Here Allie laughs as Tim kisses her hand.  Tim’s manners were one of the first personality traits that caught her eye.  She shared, “I knew on our first date that he would be my husband, I just knew. He was such a gentlemen!”

She was really impressed with his kindness and how well-mannered he was…  yes, this is another reflection 🙂

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Tim and Allie compliment each other well.  They are both caring, supportive, family-focused people.  I think their body language conveys much of that care and support in the next photograph.

Allie shared, “We are looking forward to so many years of anniversaries, and raising children together some day.”

I like the bright, natural lighting in this photo– for me it conveys purity.  I also like how the light fixtures in the background provide a little sparkle and seem more modern and futuristic.  😉

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Allie had mentioned enjoying the Vogue/Vanity fair inspired group photos that she had seen on my website.  I created one for her using the lobby of The Reeds at Shelter Haven.

The bridal party was great to work with– they were all on-the-ball and ready to go, even Allie’s little nephews were part of the portrait!  If you haven’t heard about their involvement in the proposal, you might want to check out their engagement story, here.

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Allie & Tim’s ceremony was on the lawn on the Reeds.  They loved the open-air ceremony and reception concept.  This is a wide, aerial view of the wedding processional.  You can see the wedding guests, lawn, bay and houses…

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Allie shared, “For both of us our favorite part of our wedding was probably our ceremony. Our philosophy throughout the wedding planning process was that as long as our ceremony went well, the rest would be icing on the cake. Our ceremony really meant a lot to us as it was the time in which we actually got married and became officially a Mr. and Mrs. before God, our family and friends. Not to say that the rest of our wedding wasn’t great (it was!!), but as a couple we were looking forward to the ceremony and were ready to be Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Pacek.”

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I love this next scene– from the happy couple surrounded by thier closest friends and family, to the background and wow– the florals!!!

Manic Botanic created amazing floral arrangements throughout the day.  The creativity and uniqueness of these pieces, and the way they were tailored specifically for Allie’s event conveying that bright, preppy nautical feeling really impressed me, and I see a ton of floral arrangements.  😉

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Throughout the heartfelt ceremony, Allie’s nephew continued waving his “here comes the bride” sign.  He was adorable and it was so sweet to see his little hand pop up and wave the sign from time to time.

Here you can see Allie’s mother noticing him, too.  Look at that little hand!  (I certainly have photos of him processing down the aisle as well, but this moment was truly unique and made my “highlight reel”) 😉

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I love the elegance and simplicity of this next image.  As Allie and Tim listen to their reading, they hold hands.

Their hands stand out, rim-lit by the sunlight– they are symmetrically balanced, flanked by the florals and you can also get a closer look at some of the intricate detailing on Allie’s wedding gown while also seeing a vague outline of some of the beach houses in the background.

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The ring exchange– again so classic, elegant, simple and beautiful.  I  kept her ring and bracelet (showing a heart shaped lock) in sharp focus.  You get a feel for the intimacy and purity of this timeless moment.

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Man and wife…

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Large navy blue pom-pom balls were tossed as the bride and groom recessed down the aisle.  It was a fun gesture that was so celebratory, fitting and joyful.  Watch out, Tim!

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Speaking of celebrations, here is a unique perspective of Tim and his groomsmen toasting on the deck…

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Allie & Tim’s preppy nautical theme was elegantly executed using navy and white stripes, rope and pops of coral.

They cleverly used *beach tags* as place cards, having them personalized for the event.  The reception centerpieces looked as if the flowers were anchored in the sand by a knotted rope and surrounded by coral.

Again, unbelievable work by Manic Botanic!

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I think I caught Tim wiping a tear from his eye during the first dance.  I focused on his hand and love the way you are able to see his wedding band and Allie’s dress sparkling.

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The best man’s speech was a little long, haha…

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Allie’s dance with her father was very special.  I really like the expression on his face and the sparkling bokeh in the background…

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Allie shared that not only was her family amazing, but she also really was looking forward to having wonderful “in-laws.”   She said, “Tim’s family was always so welcoming, that I felt like a Pacek, long before I actually was Mrs. Pacek.  It made our love that much sweeter knowing that I would be a part of his loving family.”

Tim surprised his mother by having the band play “Wind Beneath My Wings” for their mother-son dance.  She used to sing it to him when he was a baby.  This thought touched her very deeply…

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Tim also had a special song picked out for the cake cutting, “Sugar” by Maroon 5.  Whenever they heard the song, Tim would pretend to smash cake in Allie’s face, haha.   So Jen, Tim’s sister, offered to help protect Allie.  She put together a whole kit of things– goggles, a poncho, etc.

Allie recalled, “I was definitely expecting a cake-smash, but, in true Tim fashion, he didn’t smash cake in my face when we cut the cake.  He did however put a little bit of cake on my cheek when we got back to our seats and no one was looking.”  😉

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The Tribecca Grand Band provided entertainment for the night and was phenomenal, so talented!!!  They could play anything and really had everyone on their feet.

Allie mentioned, “Everyone just loved the band. My favorite moment was when the DJ started rapping to Beyonce, it was so unexpected and fun.”

I have several photos of band members, but this one is really unique, I love the vibrant colors and lighting it really gives the impression that he is singing something that is full of soul…

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To say that people enjoyed the reception would be a huge understatement…

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It was very important to Allie to have time to appreciate the sunset and get a few minutes alone with Tim as the sun set on their wedding day.

While it was cloudy most of the day, there was a vibrant strip of sky just at the edge of the horizon.

I liked the unique look of the sky and the gulls dipping down low in the bay.  Here they are silhouetted against the reflection of the orange sky.

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Allie and Tim, It was such a pleasure to work with you and your families and friends during this whole process, from the engagement session to planning to the wedding photos, and we still have albums to go :).

I hope that these wedding photos captured the love, joy and heartfelt emotion of your friends and family members.  I hope that they are just the sort of unique, crisp, bright, vibrant, stylistically eclectic photographs that you were hoping for.  These are just a few of my favorites, there are hundreds more coming soon!

I’m so excited to hear what you think!

 

National Gallery of Art Wedding Engagement: Christine & Alec

A fun, modern Washington DC engagement at the National Gallery of Art

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Christine and Alec first came across my photography in the Washingtonian.  She appreciated the style and creativity of my work.  She liked the way I was able to capture an eclectic mix of photos.

While some of my photographs capture architecture, others show creative angles, while others play with exposure.  The image above incorporates all three!

She also liked how some photographs are more traditional  portraits of couples…

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Christine was particularly interested in photos that look natural and capture emotion, but also have an artistic flair.  I think the next image does both. 😉

As Christine and Alec walked outside of the National Gallery I caught this reflection off of the skylight below.

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They chose the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art because it showed the more modern side of Washington, DC.

Inside the gallery, Christine & Alec stopped to view some of the art.  This piece is called “Tiger.”  I framed Christine and Alec in the white space as they pondered…

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During our initial meeting, Alec shared that while they can both be serious and focused, they also have fun sides, too.

While they’d want some photos to be more chic and sophisticated, they definitely wanted some that just show them being goofballs, too!

That comment inspired me to capture this, hehe…

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Alec and Christine also shared the story about how they first met each other.    Alec said, “We met at a birthday party.  I couldn’t help but notice Christine”.

Alec walked out to the deck with two of his friends, not only to grab a drink, but also to tell them that he’d appreciate them not mingling with Christine– he was smitten.  😉

Insert stalker picture here, haha…

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(In reality I really like the lines, symmetry and  negative space in the photo above, but it is so fitting with the story that I couldn’t help myself).

He spent the entire evening trying to flirt with her, but she was oblivious to his wooing.    Luckily, Alec did not give up that easily…

He arranged for their mutual friend to invite both he and Christine to a music show.  Luckily he did a much better job of wooing her the second time around.  🙂

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Christine said that she has come to love, “Alec’s outgoing personality, his sense of humor and his GREAT looks.”  🙂

While we already had a more traditional portrait of Alec and Christine, I wanted something that was a little different, a wider shot that would show more than just their faces.

I noticed this vine growing outside of the National Gallery and could envision the way I could frame both of them between it’s foliage and branches.

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Alec shared, “I really love Christine’s nurturing personality, her patience with me, and the fact that she is one of the sweetest people I ever met!”

I think you can see both her sweet, nurturing, supportive sides in this next photo and the way Alec appreciates her.

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I’ll end with a photo taken *inside* of an art installation by Leo Villareal.   It is called Multiverse and was created for the underground walkway between the East and West buildings of the National Gallery of Art.

It reminds me of stars and is a bit futuristic.  For that reason I believe it fits the last statement that Christine shared with me very well.  “We are very much in love and looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together!”

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Christine and Alec, thanks for opening up and sharing your lives and love story with me.  I absolutely love the new renovations in the East Wing and had a great time working with you two.

I hope that these photos captured your modern, sophisticated style, genuine and fun-loving personalities and the love that you share for each other.  I am looking forward to photographing your wedding next summer.  🙂

For any future clients looking for a great indoor location for your indoor engagement session, I’d highly recommend the National Gallery East.

Independence Seaport Museum Wedding Photographers: Evan & Sheri

This nautically inspired Philadelphia wedding took place at the Independence Seaport Museum on Penn’s Landing.  It was vibrant, emotionally-charged and took it’s red-white-and-blue theme even farther with a blessing from a wedding guest who is also a national hero!

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Evan and Sheri contacted me looking for a photographer that they could trust to provide unique, artistic images and custom tailor the wedding day photography coverage to fit their needs and desires.  Following a friends’ recommendation, they looked at my work and knew immediately that we were the perfect fit.

Their nautical theme incorperated navy blue and white stripes with pops of red.  Sheri’s shoes were adorable and had little bows that tied in the back.  They chose red roses because they really stood out against the navy bridesmaids dresses and gray tuxedos.

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Evan and Sheri’s wedding bands were stunning– they were both very ornate and  really shimmered and gleamed in the sunlight.

I wanted to show off those elements by contrasting the bright ornate rings against a dark, solid background where they could get all of the attention.

I found a surface that not only did that, but was also reflective, intensifying the effect…

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One of the reasons that Sheri and Evan chose the Independence Seaport Museum in Penn’s Landing was its proximity to the iconic Ben Franklin Bridge.

I noticed this black and white photograph of the bridge on the wall and if I stood at just the right angle I was able to see the reflection of Sheri and her wedding gown.

I thought it was a unique way to bring the Ben Franklin Bridge indoors and into their photography…

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I really like photography’s ability to freeze time.  here Sheri’s make-up artist is applying a finishing spray.  I snapped this photo just at the moment before the spray touched her skin, illuminating it against the dark window curtain of the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing.

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Evan shared that Sheri is the most amazing woman that he has ever encountered.  They first met in high school, Sheri was “the new girl” and had been in Catholic School up to that point.  They had classes together, but she was very quiet.  They both had secret crushes on each other, but nothing really came of it until after they graduated.

While Sherri is quiet, Evan shared that she has more drive, perseverance, strength and determination than anyone that he knows.  She is physically strong as well and invests time on her fitness, too.  I like this photo because it shows her quiet side as well as her strength.

Her body language conveys her more demure and humble demeanor, while the dramatic lighting and positioning of her arm shows her strength, all the while showing that she is absolutely gorgeous :).

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Evan went on, “Sheri is extremely smart and excels in everything she does.  She is so beautiful, she goes out of her way to help so many people. Her heart is bigger than the world.  She is so supportive of me and has backed me since day one… I feel so blessed and lucky to now be able to call Sheri my wife!”

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Here Sheri stands in front of the Ben Franklin Bridge.  I told her she should totally be on the cover of Philadelphia wedding magazine.  🙂

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The bridesmaids joined in.  They were so such fun and so excited for Sheri and Evan!

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One of the highlights of Evan’s day was arriving at the Independence Seaport Museum by boat.  His friend piloted his boat past the Moshulu and other historic ships that were docked at Penn’s Landing.

If you look closely at the next photograph you can see Evan arriving with his groomsmen along with Philadelphia’s skyline and two historic ships.

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Evan went straight from his arrival to the “First Look” where he saw Sheri for the first time on their wedding day.   He was looking very dapper and was eager to see his bride-to-be!

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Sheri said, “We went back and forth about doing pictures before or after the ceremony, and I personally struggled as it is tradition for the groom not to see the bride until she walks down the aisle. Eventually we decided to have a first look, so we could enjoy cocktail hour with our guest. I had no idea what to expect with the first look, but Lisa and Kris made it such a beautiful, special, and private moment for just the two of us.”

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Evan shared, “The first time I saw her on the wedding day I honesty almost cried. Standing in front  of me was the most beautiful and amazing woman I have ever seen. It almost felt like a dream. I’ll never forget it.”
His face says it all…

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Sheri felt similarly and said, “The first time I saw Evan on our wedding day I was in awe.   I was filled with happiness that we would be life partners and that he chose me to be his wife! I am looking forward to many more memories and years of happiness together, living our life together, and one day starting a family of our own.”

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Evan and Sheri’s relationship has grown over the last *ten* years.  Sheri said time has really helped them to grow as individuals and as a couple.   She said that they work well together probably because of thier support and encouragement of each other.  Evan was a huge support to Sherri when she went back to grad school, and Sheri supported Evan starting his own business.

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Evan and Sheri both live active lifestyles.  They love mountain biking, boating, kayaking, really just enjoying each others company, especially on the water.

They were looking for a wedding venue that would be different and unique and when they came across the Independence Seaport Museum everything just clicked.

Evan was particularly interested in the historic boats harbored in Penn’s Landing.  Here you can see them strolling along the waterfront…

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Sheri said she was impressed with the way I was able to accommodate for their unique needs as a couple.  I was able to have a strong creative vision of my own while also being collaborative and even laid back at times, too.

She was especially appreciative of the way I took time to understand their priorities so that I would be on the same page as them throughout the wedding day.

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Sheri was eagerly anticipating their wedding ceremony.  Not only was it a decade in the making, but they would be surrounded by thier closest friends and family at the Seaport Museums’ rotunda overlooking the water.  The site was absolutely breathtaking.

While I’m not nearly as physically fit as Sheri, I make sure to keep in shape so I can capture photographs like this.  I literally ran from the ceremony site to climbing a few sets of stairs to a deck that was quite a distance away.  Kris covered for me at the ceremony site in case anything out of the ordinary happened.  😉

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I was back with plenty of time to spare– here you can see the ring exchange.

I love their expressions here:

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The ring bearer was adorable.  While the wedding officiant spoke, he eventually sat down and played with flower petals, haaa such a cute moment…

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The kiss– I love all of the energy in this photo from the kissing couple to the clapping bridal party and guests to the wind and waves in the background there was so much movement and excitement!

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To say the bridal party was happy for Sheri & Evan would be a huge understatement.  😉

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Their cocktail hour was held on the deck of the museum.  It provided a view of the Delaware River Waterfront and Penn’s Landing as well as an interesting view of several tall buildings surrounding the museum.

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The gathering felt very hip and luxe, part of that was the atmosphere above, but part was also the music.  Sheri mentioned, “Chris Dougherty, Steve Watkinson, and Carol Borelli from Keystoned played our cocktail hour, we loved that they incorporated a variety of some of our favorite songs from Dave Matthews Band, Bob Marley, Jack Johnson, and more!”

I liked the look of the Edison Bulbs, with the Ben Franklin Bridge in the distance.  The band was tight and really created some real ambiance.

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I moved inside to prepare for the bridal party entrances and noticed Sheri through an open door.  She was chatting with her guests and enjoying her time t cocktail hour.  I like the way the pains of glass break up the frame and the open door and white dress draw attention to the bride…

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The bridal party entrances were fun and far from ordinary.

One of the bridesmaids was escorted in by *two* groomsmen and she totally embraced her inner diva while the groomen danced around her.  Another bridesmaid, who I effectionately called Elsa hehe, embraced the red white and blue theme and waved an American flag while perched upon a groomsman’s shoulders…

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Sheri & Evan  decorated the Seaport Museum with blue up-lighting which gave it an almost underwater feel.  I captured that unique lighting during their first dance.

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The flower girl *loved* Sheri and during the first dance when van spun Sheri, the flower girl ran up to her to give her a hug and dance along.

Evan and Sheri smiled and kept dancing.  Evan said, “Sheri is so great with my nieces and nephews, all kids really.  She will be the best mother someday.  We already have names picked out, haha!”

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Remember how I mentioned the guest of Honor?  It was actually Evan’s grandfather.  He is 93 years old and like a second father to Evan, and also a true American hero.

While fighting in World War II with the Army Airforce, the B17 plane he was in was shot.  The plane split in half and only his grandfather, Horace Hosbach, and the radio man were able to parachute out, the rest lost their lives.

Touched, Sheri went on, “After the plane was shot down, he was immediately captured by the German Army and was a POW for 14 months and held in several POW camps in Poland and Germany. It is amazing this man is alive to tell his story today. We were honored that he was able to give a blessing on our wedding day, as both Evan and I and the whole family love him and look up to him so much.”

You can see all of that in Evan’s eyes…

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The guests were a lively and fun bunch.  They enjoyed the speeches and toasts and were very participatory in everything.

Here you can see them raising their hands in agreement when the best man brought up some of Evan’s recent Facebook posts, haha!

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The speeches made Evan and so many of the guests laugh out loud.  Here you can see Evan’s nephew, who was such an awesome kid, he seems to be looking up to Evan…

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Group hug!  This happened following the best man’s speech!

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Cake smash!!!   Sheri had every intention of giving Evan a polite little bite of cake.  That is when the crowd began egging her on (I told you they were feisty) and she went in for the all out smash:

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Haaaa this has to be one of my most creative compositions ever!    If you look closely you can see that Evan snapped the garter, as if he was hiking a football.

You can see it hovering between his legs as several men watch and one springs into action.  I love the expression on his face hahaha!!!

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Sheri hit the dance floor with confidence while guests resourcefully incorporated props from the photo booth…

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There is something about this photo that I really like– it captures the fog machine as light beams through it.  You can also see a cocktail illuminated the the light and the crowded dance floor.  The ladies are looking fabulous :).

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I’ll end their set with a romantic photo from the end of the evening.  I liked the lights from Penn’s Landing and allowed them to create patterns of light in the background while silhouetting Sheri & Evan against the dark sky and making them pop with a bit of rim-light.

Everything about this image says that they lived happily ever after…

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Evan and Sheri, thanks for inviting me to spend one of the greatest days of your life by your side.  It was a pleasure to capture you and your family and friends– your event was unique and a lot of fun!  I hope this text and these images do it justice!

Thanks for your kind words, “We instantly knew we wanted Rhinehart Photography to capture our day. Lisa was very thorough throughout the entire planning process, which was great since Evan and I had no idea what to expect. We are so glad we chose Rhinehart Photography to be a part of our day.  They were very accommodating– anything we asked, they found a way to make it happen!”

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