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Linwood Estate Wedding Photographers: Laura & Jeff

Love, laughter, style, a “first look” that literally made the groom loose his balance and an unbelievable sunset…

Laura shared, “We met Lisa and Kris at our wedding planner’s Christmas party a few years ago. When she told us she was a wedding photographer, I immediately went home and pulled up her Facebook – and was beyond impressed! I knew from that moment that I wanted to have her as our photographer.”

Jeff explained, “On top of Lisa’s amazing photography skills, we felt like her personality fit really well with ours.  She appreciated our back-and-forth banter, be it in front of the camera or just hanging out, and it was nice to know she understood and valued us, that we were more than ‘just another client’ to her.”

They went on, “We’re hoping that our pictures bring back memories of our amazing day. We also are looking forward to seeing our guests’ experience through a different perspective and maybe seeing some moments that we may have missed that day.”

They continued, “Working with Lisa was so much fun! She really encouraged us to be ourselves the whole time and made sure that we got every shot we wanted. We knew from our engagement photo session and other experiences that Lisa goes above and beyond – climbing trees, getting up on the bar, etc. Her number one concern is capturing the moment– this is why we hired her. She gives 150% to everything she does and it shows!”

One thing that I really loved about working with Laura and Jeff, aside from their banter, which is both hilarious and adorable, was the way that they valued, respected me and trusted me to “do my thing.” It really allowed me to flex my creative muscles and present a comprehensive and eclectic view of the day, one that will allow them to relive it for years to come… honestly I probably posted way to many photos, but it is so hard for me to choose favorites…

Laura explained their overall look and style, “We really wanted something classic, chic, and timeless. The goal was to have a modern upscale, but relaxed vibe.”

I personally appreciated the light-airy aesthetic and how it felt classic/romantic and also involved sparkly sneakers!

I tried to bring that overall chic look and color palette to all of their detail photos and found spaces throughout Linwood Estate that would incorporate silver, gold, white, blush, etc…

I placed their rings in sunlight to allow the diamonds to sparkle and to create beautiful orbs in the background:

There is something so intimate about this moment– I used a special macro lens that is able to catch even the most subtle detail, like the texture of the card…  It is my goal that when they look at these photos they are literally transported back to the day…

Linwood Estate is one of my very favorite wedding venues!  For starters, it is a mere 16 miles from my house, so my commute is amazing, haha, but it has everything from breathtaking mountain views, to Grecian-style topiary gardens, to a large, exquisite ballroom with grand crystal chandeliers to a historic, to open fields and lawns, even a pond with a dock and elegantly decorated mansion.

Laura shared, “My mom was my sidekick planning this wedding and we really had a lot of fun.  I loved being able to spend time with my mom alone in the bridal suite before all of the reveals, first looks, pictures, etc. I know she’s dreamt about my wedding day since I was a little girl, so I wanted to make sure her and I had some special time together.”

Here Laura’s mother helps her to button her wedding gown in the beautiful bridal suite…

Laura shared, “I found Linwood Estate on Instagram a few years back and immediately fell in love. I knew I would get married there – I just needed the man! Luckily Jeff loves Linwood as much as I do, so there wasn’t too much to discuss there, haaaaa!”

She continued, “Everything is breathtaking – the main house is the perfect combination of grand and cozy. The grounds offer countless options for photos. The chandeliers in the ballroom really give it that spectacularly grand feeling that I really wanted our wedding to have.”

Laura peeks out the window at the fall foliage…

There was something about the way the light kissed the beading on Laura’s veil, her fingers and diamond ring that caught my eye…

Jeff shared, “Laura’s laid back personality compliments my more outgoing self.  She’s a very caring person, and it shows. I can always count on her to have my back and be by my side.  We can spend all day talking about anything and everything, or both comfortably sit together in silence.”

I wanted this portrait of Laura to convey her more reserved side and strength simultaneously…

Jeff continued, “I’m comfortable being my true self around Laura.  I have never had to try to be someone I’m not, she loves me for me.”

He went on, “I’m constantly challenged to be a better person for Laura, because I want to support her and give her everything she deserves.”

I am totally blown away with all of the chandeliers in Linwood Estates, there must be more than 50!  I thought there was something interesting about the light and shapes created by the crystals, it fits that light, airy, classic, romantic vibe of their wedding so well, and again capture’s Laura’s inner confidence and wow those eyes!!!

Jeff shared, “My favorite part of our wedding was being able to spend time with friends and family on the grounds at Linwood Estate throughout the entire weekend. Having everyone we love together was such an awesome experience.”

Laura continued, “To us, it was all about the guest experience. In planning every aspect, we really tried to put ourselves in our guests’ shoes to create the best possible scenario for them.  We also wanted to really swag our bridal party out for the day.  One of our special gifts was matching monogrammed robes for the bridesmaids.”

Laura explained, “The bridesmaid reveal was one of my most anticipated moments of the day. I was SO nervous because my dress was a secret that none of them knew about!”

Laura continued, “Their reaction was priceless!  I love surprising people and planned small surprises for our wedding guests throughout the day– it was so worth it!”

I am obsessed with this next photo of Laura!!!  I wanted to capture her movement down the staircase as well as the unique lines and contrast created by the white banisters and dark hardwood in the mansion.

It was technically quite challenging and required me finding the perfect: lens, angle, shutter speed and moving my camera in complete synchronization with her to allow some elements to remain in clear focus.   I love the feel of this shot…

Another more artistic, creative shot of Laura’s father reading a card that Laura wrote for him…

Laura shared, “I’ve always been ‘daddy’s girl,’ so I knew doing a little first look with him would be a great way to represent the importance of our relationship.”

She went on, “I had written each parent (as well as my in-laws) a nice little note to read before the wedding – I had no idea that it would be such an emotional moment for them! But I’m glad that they could see the enormous impact they’ve had on my life and how much I love them through that note.”

I exposed for the highlights to draw attention to the card and Laura’s father’s expression.  I think his facial expression says it all!!!

His first look with Laura– there were so many cute shots, but I really like the smile and hugs here:

Laura shared about the overall look and wedding style, “We chose gold and navy because it really fit the feel we were going for. With more formal wedding party attire, that helped accentuate the upscale aspect, but having the men in a trim fitting tux and the bridesmaids in slim dresses put the modern twist on it. We went with white flowers and kept it simple – we really wanted to let the beauty of the property speak for itself.”

And speaking of beauty– wow these ladies are knock-outs!

Now it is the men’s turn for the spotlight…

Jeff shared, “As much as the day was about us, it was also about how we got there. The reason we got there is because of our friends and family, and having our closest friends and family in the wedding party to me felt reflective of how important they are in our lives. I was really excited to dress up the guys and make them feel special after everything they did from planning the bachelor party to being in our wedding. I wanted to do something special for them for being supportive of me throughout my life.”

Getting in some creativity with this silhouette– I love how you can see the Linwood grounds subtly in the background:

Jeff shared, “Growing up, you don’t realize how important your parents are. Now that I’m an adult, I really appreciate every opportunity they provided me and all of the sacrifices they made to raise me and mold me into the person I am today. For the longest time, my parents have been my two biggest supporters. It makes me happy that they’ve welcomed Laura into their lives and have really made her a part of the family.”

Laura shared, “When I met Jeff, he was authentically himself, and let his outgoing, goofy personality shine. I loved that he was just so comfortable being himself. He loves to be social with friends or go out and experience new things, and if it weren’t for him, some of the best experiences of my life wouldn’t be some of my favorite moments and memories.”

She went on, “Jeff loves with his entire heart, and that’s why I wanted to marry him. He never misses a chance to tell me he loves me or that I look beautiful (even in sweatpants) or to give me a quick kiss. Neither of us have it all figured out, but it’s okay because we have each other.”

I love downtown Carlisle and the beauty of the lands that connect my hometown (Shippensburg) to Carlisle.  There are forests and streams and fields.

The land that surrounds Linwood Estate is particularly beautiful– rolling hills, golden fields, all that sky!!!

Getting in a little putting with the groomsmen…

Jeff gifted the groomsmen with these incredible watches saying that he wanted to so something special for them, and thank them for their support thought his life!

The first look was awesome!!!  When Jeff saw Laura for the first time he wiped tears from his eyes and nearly lost his balance!!!

Laura shared, “Of everything on our wedding day, I was most excited for the first look! I was really looking forward to finally show Jeff my dress and spend some quality time with him before the whirlwind of the wedding.  When I saw him tear up my first thought was “Awww!” and then it was ‘Victory!!” haha!”

Jeff explained, “I had something in my eye, I wasn’t crying, haha!   In all seriousness, I was just thinking about how gorgeous she looked. She is everything and more that I could have hoped for in a wife!”

While I love to capture natural, candid moments and spend the vast majority of the day watching, waiting and creating, I also make sure to get a good amount of traditional portraits as well…

I love the golden tones of these leaves– part of it is fall and part of it is light… and how happy they are:

Laura shared, “Everyone says marriage is a lot of work, but I know he is fully devoted to making our marriage a great one. I’m looking forward to just doing life by his side – going on adventures, experiencing new things, visiting new places, I am so happy that Jeff is my husband!”

I mentioned the pond and dock at Linwood Estate— it is just one of the many beautiful locations on this 300 acre estate.

I must share that this photo was also made possible by Laura’s wedding planner, my friend, Kevin.  I have an “out take” of him leaping in the air with the veil in his hands to get it to catch the breeze!  Kevin’s cocktail party is how Laura and I met, and also a time that I got to know the Solomon family (an amazing family that I photographed last year in Harrisburg) better as well!   So yeah total shout out to Kevin (of KLB Events) here as well as for coordinating the whole day– wait until you see the reception!!!!

You need to see the color of the water– it is so beautiful!

The mature trees surrounding the pond are stunning as well!  In this photo I wanted to allow the trees to fill the frame and give you a feel for the majesty of this space.

For me this photo captures Laura & Jeff’s personalities so well– the way they are humble and think of other’s before themselves, the way they look inward towards each other for strength and don’t feel a need to be someone else or have it all figured out…

Jeff shared, “Laura & I have similar traits, but one person’s weakness is the other’s strength.”

Laura agreed adding, “He is definitely the more outgoing of the two of us, and I think that meshes really well with my relatively introverted personality.”

Another traditional portrait of the couple…

Laura shared, “Family is super important to both Jeff and I.  We wanted to include my great grandmother’s antique settee and chairs because they brought in that familial element and because they fit our wedding aesthetic of timeless/romantic/classic.”

Laura  continued, “We included family in several other ways, all of our siblings were in the wedding party, my grandfather officiated, our brother in law read during ceremony, my cousins were included as ushers and passing out programs.”

The wedding decor was simply beautiful, white beads caught the sunlight as roses caught the wind and swayed in the breeze…

The ceremony began…  this handshake says so much!!!

Wow what a scene!!!  The fall foliage, the backdrop and florals:

Kevin Braasch of KLB Events and Erika Hegedus of JDK really outdid themselves… and this moment!!!

Laura shared, “We were both really excited to recite our own vows – it was something we worked hard on and thought that would add a great personal touch to our ceremony.”

Awww Jeff’s face as Laura recites her vows…

Laura said, “My favorite part of the wedding day was our ceremony!  To be surrounded by all of our loved ones but to be solely focused on marrying the love of my life was absolutely amazing. Our vows came together really nicely!

They saved and held their vows in a box that their best man brought forward for them…

Jeff laughs while reading his vows, I love the vibrant gold fall foliage in the background…

Just adorable…

The ring exchange: 

Husband and wife…

Here come the Hermans…

Cheers to the newlyweds!!!

I really wanted to capture the Linwood Mansion itself and the perfectly manicured trees that surround it…

We took that timeless, classic, look up a notch with this chic bridal party portrait– Vogue and GQ called and want their models back 😉

We captured a few more traditional shots…

And then had some fun:

Laura and Jeff stepped into the Appalachian Ballroom and the sight literally took Laura’s breath away!

The sweets table by Jasmine Clouser of Couture Cakery as seriously out of this world…

The Appalachian Ballroom was absolutely stunning!!!  Well done, Linwood Estates, JDK Group and KLB Events!

As you can probably tell, I really like the chandeliers and wanted to try to really capture the feeling of the whole room and the perspective that a guest would have to share with Laura and Jeff who did not get to experience this side of things…

Laura shared, “Our first dance song was Please Keep Loving Me by James TW.  Jeff randomly found it on YouTube one day and we just loved it, so our band learned it for us.”

Laura shared, “When my dad cried during the father-daughter dance, I was shocked! He is even less emotional than Jeff, so the fact that both of them cried at some point during the day really showed me how important the occasion was to them and it made my heart full to know that they cared so much.”

I opened up the aperture of my camera to turn the chandeliers and candles into these pretty orbs of light and focus the attention on Laura’s reaction to her dad’s tears…

Laura’s grandfather gave the blessing.  I focused on him and allowed the ballroom windows, couple and guests to fade into the background…

Jeff shared, “Everyone nailed their speeches!  They were the perfect combination of humor and heartfelt, with some great stories thrown in there from our friendships.”


Laura shared, “The Band, ‘Rio’ of EBE Events was phenomenal! They played Jeff’s sister’s wedding and Jeff’s parents knew they wanted to bring them back for Herman wedding: round 2!”

There are so many awesome photos from out on the dance floor!  As always, Rio was incredible…  grandma is out on the dance floor cousins are singing–

Everyone had a total blast, there was so much joy in the room!!!

Laura and Jeff reserved stools at the bar for their dads– it was adorable to see these two interact…

A Cumberland Valley cheerleaders wedding wouldn’t be complete without a lift!!!

Laura explained, “Quite a few of my good friends (the two bridesmaids Tricia and Zara) I met through my high school’s cheer program – Cumberland Valley. On top of that, my mom has remained friends with both of their moms and some of the other moms who made the journey through the program.”

She continued, “Everyone in the picture had some sort of involvement in the cheer program, be it an alumni, former parent, or even coach (yes the two Varsity coaches were there as well)! It’s a tradition to put the bride up in a stunt on her wedding day, so that’s exactly what they proceeded to do!”

Haaa!  My chandelier obsession continued!

Laura shared, “At the end of the night I was also exhausted but felt so blessed and fulfilled. The day was everything I had ever dreamed of and more. I was so excited to finally start this adventure with Jeff!”

Jeff shared, “At the end of the night, I was married to my best friend! Our wedding day couldn’t have been better!”

High five…

Heel clicking…

And hand-holding ensued…

It was the perfect end to the perfect day, and I’m so blessed to have been there by your sides to capture it all!!!  Laura and Jeff thank you for entrusting me with the privilege of capturing these important memories for you!  I hope that these photos allow you to re-live your day!  I am so excited to hear your thoughts!  Please feel free to comment below :).

Huntingdon wedding photographers: Brigid & Chris at Boxer’s Pub

Leather jackets, cold brews and waffle fries to the face…  you won’t want to miss Part 2 of Brigid & Chris’ engagement session, but first you must know these important rules:

“ALWAYS order fries.  Waffle fries MUST be seasoned.  NEVER leave a fry behind.”  Got it?  Ok you are good to go…

Brigid initially reached out to me looking for creative photography that would capture authentic moments and fit their unique personalities and style.  I absolutely love having the freedom to get creative and authentic and love the unique images that result.  I knew from the moment I met them, that Brig & Chris were a perfect fit for me, and am so thrilled to be working with them!

Brigid explained, “I am known as the photographer for my family and friends, I just love photos.  So having amazing pictures of Chris and I was incredibly important to me.   I did so much research to find the perfect photographer!  I wanted someone that could capture personality, beauty, moments and do it all with creativity.   After meeting with you I knew that you would be able to do it all, and have fun doing it!”

Chris weighed in, “To be honest I didn’t care who the photographer was as long as Brig liked them– photos are super important to her.  I was surprised how much fun I had during our photo shoot.   I am actually looking forward to seeing all of our engagement photos just as much as Brig is now!”

Brigid and Chris wanted to choose a location that was totally “them” and chose Boxer’s in Huntingdon as it is their “go-to” hangout…

Brigid elaborated, “If we want to celebrate something we go to Boxers.   If we don’t feel like cooking we go to Boxers.   We might be halfway into cooking and get a call saying, “Hey you want to join us we are going to Boxers?’ and we throw our food back in the fridge and go!”

Here Chris holds the door for Brigid as she enters the pub– I like so many things about this photo– the patterns (you can find so many ‘hidden’ circles and squares in the photo) they seem to give it a feeling of fun/life/energy, the way Brigid’s face pops in the photo against the dark atmosphere of the tavern where you can see a few customers on their bar stools…

Brigid shared, “There is so much to love about Chris, but for one, he is true a gentleman– always opening and closing doors for me.   He supports me in anything I choose to do in life.   I can always count on him– Chris is always there for me to lean on during the good times and the bad.  That is incredibly reassuring and one of the things I really appreciate about him.”

Their wardrobe fit the setting perfectly!  Brigid explained, “Boxer’s is a cool place, comfortable with an edge.  We work clothing that we’d normally wear there.  I love anything fun, funky, edgy and colorful.”

As they hold hands you can see the leather and metal details in their attire & seating,  as well as a collage of specialty beer cases that ‘wallpapers’ the bar, not to mention her sparkling diamond engagement ring!

Brigid shared that she was a ‘moment junkie’ in our initial meeting and that she wanted photos that were authentic and captured their personalities.   When they were eating their waffle fries (seasoned of course, remember the rules!) I just watched them interact and do their thing.

They were cute and fed each other at first but eventually Brig went all in for a waffle fry smash, lol…

I used the dark pub and window light to my advantage, it draws all of the attention to her hand…

They both totally cracked up…

Brigid said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.    Be silly, be goofy, just have fun and be you!   Luckily Chris agrees and doesn’t embarrass easily, haha!”

I love how the light kisses the fries, beer foam, the Boxer portrait on the table and his face:

Chris shared, “Brig is so much fun to be around!  She has an incredible passion for nearly everything she does. I love to just hear her talk about things that make her happy, which in turn makes me happy.  I love how much she supports me with the good and the bad.”

He continued, “She listens to my stories from work and is there for me when I get bad news.  When I get home from work at night and I am with her, for a brief moment, everything is right in the world.  Brig has an independent personality. It can be frustrating at times, but at the same time I admire and respect it.”

In this photo I wanted to really show off her ring and the leather details, I wanted to keep the pub atmosphere included with the beer in the background and play visually with the reflection from the table top…

Brigid shared, “Chris surprised me with the necklace I’m wearing.  He knows that I love that fun-funky-edgy-colorful style and this company in the UK called Nocturne.  I had ben searching for something for months and it was just perfect!  I love the color and fun patterns.”

Here is a more traditional portrait that I snapped on the stoop outside of Boxer’s.  Something a little more traditional, I try to give my couples a good, eclectic mix of coverage.

Brig got a little sentimental, “Chris is very caring and loving.  We love all things brewed and he will turn the tea kettle on for me when I’m ready for a cup of tea, it’s those little things that I appreciate most.  He is an incredibly thoughtful person.”

The two of them are so affectionate and sweet together, I really had such a blast working with them!

Their first experience at Boxers together was years ago, and Brigid shared the story…

Brigid reminisced, “Our first Boxers experience together was for a wing night.   Wing nights (especially then) were a blast–  I would go with a table full of people.  The wings are *only* offered on Tuesdays starting at 7:30 so Boxers gets crazy.”

She continued, “Chris had heard how good the wings were and how much fun we had doing wing nights and asked if it’d be OK for him to come along.   I am always up for having another friend come along,  so I said of course.”

She went on, descriptively, “Cold pitchers of IPAs lined the tables and the aroma of cajun and buffalo wings filled the air.  Chris joined the crew for wings for the first time that night (little did I know, he liked me) and soon enough he would be joining my crew forever!”

Brigid & Chris, thanks so much for introducing me to your neighborhood hang-out and the place that is “uniquely you.”  I am so happy to have captured such a significant place in your life and relationship.  I think just being in that atmosphere really helped to bring out your interests, style and personalities (hello waffle fry to the face, haha).

I hope that these photos are just the sort of artistic, creative shots that you wanted to capture this time in your lives.  I can’t wait to photograph your wedding at the brand new wedding venue, Rolling Rails, in Central PA!!!  It’s going to be amazing!!!  Until then, I’m super excited to hear your thoughts on these photos :).

Oh, and if you haven’t had a chance to see Part 1 of Brigid & Chris’ engagement session, you won’t want to miss it!  It is completely different– very soft and romantic and at McCann School of Art, right outside of State College, PA.

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McCann School of Art Wedding Photographers: Brigid & Chris

Vibrant, colorful, natural, artistic and fun– you won’t want to miss the fall beauty of this McCann School of Art wedding engagement…

Brigid explained, “I am known as the photographer for my family and friends, I just love photos.  So having amazing pictures of Chris and I was incredibly important to me.   I did so much research to find the perfect photographer!  I wanted someone that could capture personality, beauty, moments and do it all with creativity.   After meeting with you I knew that you would be able to do it all, and have fun doing it!”

Chris weighed in, “To be honest I didn’t care who the photographer was as long as Brig liked them– photos are super important to her.  I was surprised how much fun I had during our photo shoot.   I am actually looking forward to seeing all of our engagement photos just as much as Brig is now!”

They chose to have a two part engagement session in their wedding photography package as they wanted to capture two different aspects of their relationship: the funky, fun, gritty, downtown pub atmosphere that is their favorite hangout (Boxers) and the outdoor, artistic, romantic setting of McCann School of Art with its autumn colors (above) and unique, sprawling grounds…

Brigid shared, “McCann is the first wedding location we looked at and we just loved it.   While it did not work for us as a venue, we loved the indoor and outdoor aspects of it and wanted to find a way to incorporate it in some way.    Having our engagement photos at McCann School of Art was a perfect solution!”

She went on, “McCann is just this beautiful, artsy place with amazing outdoor areas.   Autumn is also both of our favorite times of year so taking photos outside in fall was important to us.”  Here Chris gives Brig a twirl in front of McCann’s Circle of Life Sculpture Garden.  Their expressions are priceless :).

Chris shared, “Brig is so much fun to be around!  She has an incredible passion for nearly everything she does. I love to just hear her talk about things that make her happy, which in turn makes me happy.  I love how much she supports me with the good and the bad.”

He continued, “She listens to my stories from work and is there for me when I get bad news.  When I get home from work at night and I am with her, for a brief moment, everything is right in the world.  Brig has an independent personality. It can be frustrating at times, but at the same time I admire and respect it.”

Here is another photo of them twirling, for this image I focused on Chris and the way he was looking at Brigid and she laughs and twirls.  I think it captures his admiration and affection for her as well as her passion and spontaneity, even a bit of that brief moment of feeling that everything is right in the world…

Brigid shared, “There is so much to love about Chris, but for one, he is true a gentleman…   He supports me in anything I choose to do in life.   I can always count on him– Chris is always there for me to lean on during the good times and the bad.  That is incredibly reassuring and one of the things I really appreciate about him.”

Brig literally jumped on Chris’ back here, and I just love that while it is a more traditional photos in a way their joyful expressions really shine through.  I also think it visually captures the emotional sentiment of supporting, trusting and being reassured and having someone you can count on throughout life…

One of my favorite spaces at McCann and don’t get me wrong I have many, was the Circle of Life sculpture garden.

The C. Barton McCann School of Art grounds literature explains, “The Garden features sculptures imported from Florence, Italy. These sculptures form the circle of life; beginning with the Mother and Child and traveling through childhood, adolescence and adulthood.

Here I framed Brigid and Chris in two statues that seemed to be dancing together.  I love how the light lightly brushes the statues and illuminates Chris & Brig.  Their bodies seem to perfectly fill that little window of space…

“Chris is very caring and loving.  We both love all things brewed and he will turn the tea kettle on for me when I’m ready for a cup of tea, it’s those little things that I appreciate most.  He is an incredibly thoughtful person.”

Here orbs of light move across the frame from Chris to Brigid.  I love capturing little photographic anomalies, they seem to make it all the more authentic and real– symbolizing that deep, almost spiritual connection between a couple…

Chris shared his proposal story:

He explained, “I planned out the night I proposed right down to the spot I wanted to pop the question. Brig had mentioned a date night idea that she had always thought would be fun– a restaurant tour.   I thought it would be a perfect way to propose and began looking for the perfect locations.”

He continued, “I decided to pick a few places we have been to and a few we have never been to. Places we have memories in and places to create new ones. I made reservations at a few restaurants in Downtown Harrisburg and waited a few months for everything to fall into place.”

He went on, “We went to Tröegs Brewery for drinks (old}, Bacco Pizzeria for appetizers (new), The Firehouse for dinner (old), and Los Tres Cubanos for dessert (new).”

How thoughtful, right?  I love the way these two look at each other, how comfortable they are together and the way their body language says so much…

Chris honestly admitted, “As for most plans, nothing really goes as planned, haha!  I missed a golden opportunity right before appetizers to propose to Brigid on the Walnut St Bridge at sunset.”

He continued, “But, I had it in my head I had to stick to the plan. As we were taking our chilly walk along the river, on our way to get dessert, I got down on one knee and told her I want to be with her for the rest of my life. I asked her to marry me and she said yes. We never made it to dessert!!!”

Brigid and Chris loved the door in the photo above and even remembered the back story of how it was brought to the property from a downtown location and how the designer had bought the entire downtown building in order to acquire the door that now serves as an entrance to the McCann School’s Studio House.

The lighting on the door itself was dark and shadowy, something I could overcome with creative aperture settings when I was only photographing the area just around the door.  But, when I wanted to also capture the entire atmosphere including the surrounding trees, the blue sky, the warm brick and wood siding, I needed to get more creative.

I ended up programming one of my flashes and placing it to the side of the couple to illuminate the stoop, while telling it when to fire via radio signal.  It was a little complicated logistically and mathematically to get everything just right, but I am super pleased with the result and how it really captures the entire environment.

I was really stuck between whether or not to post this image in black and white or color– while the color of Brigid’s long locks is absolutely stunning and something that I sought to photograph throughout the session there is something that the black and white does to highlight the authenticity of her candid “wrinkled-nose-smile” and freckles.

It just feels so intimate and fresh in black and white…

I complimented Brigid’s colorful, flowing dress that was also super comfortable and practical and really allowed her to move around and explore the grounds of McCann and also get some knock-your-socks-off twirling action in as well.  🙂

She laughed, “The dress situation was kind of funny!  I had ordered something from Rent the Runway but it didn’t end up working, so once I figured that out, I purchased two back-up options online (can you tell I’m a planner? haha), but both were being shipped to me and neither had arrived by the morning of our engagement session!”

She continued, “Literally, ten minutes before we left to go to the session, this dress arrived–  I tried it on and it was perfect!  Talked about being stressed out until the last minute!!!  But it all worked out in the end.”

The light was pretty spectacular on the evening of their photo shoot. It had been quite intense earlier on, which allowed me to capture dramatic contrast and vivid color.  Now as “golden hour” approached, all of the autumn colors were even more intensified and the light became soft and gentle.

At one point as we were traveling from the Studio House to Lake Jeanette, I stopped several times to snap photos in that spectacular golden glow… again I love the natural candid feel of this photo, just how comfortable they are together with the light and lines of the woods and trees in the distance:

Brigid recalled, “Lake Jeanette & its island, bridges, dock and gazebo was one of the elements that really attracted us to The McCann School of Art initially.”

Here they sit together on that very dock surrounded by the saturated yellows of autumn…

Here I crouched down in the brush, framing the couple in a window to capture this sweet moment– what gorgeous architecture!

Inside the structure, I was able to silhouette the couple against the backdrop of the forest with its fall leaves…

I love how distinct their profiles are– they almost look like one person and their heads sort of form a heart together:

Brigid and Chris, I absolutely loved exploring the McCann School of Art with you for Part I of your engagement session.  I am super excited to post Part II, at Boxer’s Pub involving leather jackets, cold brews and waffle fries to the face, haha… and then we also have your Rolling Rails wedding coming up in the State College area!

So much to look forward to– I can’t wait to hear what you think of these :).

[…] This is only a peek at the photos, I have hundreds more, but if you want to see more of Brigid and Chris *now* check out their two part engagement blogs here: Boxers Pub and McCann School of Art. […]

Central PA Wedding Photographers: Meredith & Lawrence

*Twin white-tailed fawns* grazing outside of a home-made outdoor chapel, a forest carpeted in wildflowers, sparkling crystals that appear from a winding stream, hand-carved initials on a tree, a playful sunset and a clear blue-velvet starry night… this romantic woodland wedding is straight out of a fairy tale!!!

My commute to Lawrence’s family’s land was one of the shortest ever for me– while I spend a great deal of time photographing weddings in DC, Philadelphia, NYC etc Meredith and Lawrence live right near me in Central Pennsylvania, Chambersburg PA to be exact!

Meredith shared, “I was first introduced to your photography when two of my co-workers suggested that I check out Rhinehart Photography.  I instantly fell in love with your unique style and told Lawrence that I had found our wedding photographer!  You were the first vendor I booked because let’s face it, I totally would have changed our wedding date if you wouldn’t have been available!!!”

She continued, “You were a dream to work with on our wedding day. You were extremely prepared and kept us on track. You had so many great ideas and you kept me calm and smiling! You were truly a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend that others choose you as their wedding photographer! I’m hoping to be reminded of my wedding day every time I look at my photos.  I can’t wait to have beautiful, unique photos to display all over our house.”

I must echo that Meredith was a dream to work with as well and that I loved capturing beautiful photographs like the image above and truly unique photos like the image below of twin fawns visiting their chapel in the woods…

Meredith shared, “Lawrence and I both love the mountains.  His family spends nearly every weekend visiting their cabin in the woods and exploring the beautiful land surrounding it.  This land in particular is special to us on a number of levels, one being it is the place where Lawrence proposed!  Lawrence and I now have a cabin there as well and look forward to making tons of future family memories there, too!”

She continued, “Lawrence’s father, Larry, suggested that we wed on the land surrounding the cabin, and the four of us walked the fields trying to find the perfect spot.  I found a place at the top of the hill wrapped in a canopy of trees.  Larry created a rough sketch of arches that began our DIY journey of working together to create our ‘Chapel in the Woods.'”

More about that soon, but here is a little peek…

I began by photographing details of the wedding, front he chapel design to Meredith’s shoes and gown, everything came together to really tell the story of the day and capture the look and feel of Meredith and Lawrence’s wedding day…

There was a garden planted just outside of the cottage where Meredith was getting ready– I was captivated by the large trumpeting flowers and felt like they echoed the look of Meredith’s shoe’s perfectly while giving in a natural, organic look…

Meredith shared more about her romantic bridal bouquet…

Meredith beamed, “Darlanna from Hope Valley Gardens was amazing to work with. I love that she has her own garden and that I got to choose all of my own flowers from it. She does a garden walk with each of her brides and does a great job explaining all of the flowers, making a small bouquet during the garden tour. I felt like I was in capable hands and she certainly did not disappoint!”

Meredith shared, “I purchased my wedding gown at J&B Bridals in Chambersburg. It was a lot more sparkly than I had expected but I knew it was the one for me as soon as I tried it on. I knew I wanted a dress that had a lot of beautiful detail in the back and I wanted a higher neckline. I figured it added a flair of elegance to our wooded wedding.”

I photographed the dress in the wooded bedroom window of the cabin where Lawrence and Meredith plan to retire on weekends to get some much needed r&r (they are both attorneys).  I thought the location may have significance and also liked the exposed wood walls and the way the window light naturally passed through the dress illuminating all of that beautiful detail…

Meredith smiles as one of her bridesmaids fastens the tiny buttons on the back of her gown.   I captured her reflection in the mirror so that you would be able to clearly see both the buttoning and her expression simultaneously ;).

Here Meredith sits on a floral swing that she and Lawrence created together, holding her beautiful bouquet.  I have many beautiful images of Meredith, but this has to be one of my favorite.  It captures not only her beauty but also her work ethic and ability to work with Lawrence to create anything really…

Meredith explained, “The floral swing started as a picture on Pinterest, gravitated to a tutorial on YouTube, and turned into reality. I found a metal log holder on amazon and used that as the base. Lawrence secured a piece of wood as the seat and created a wooden box to go around the metal hook to hang the swing. We wrapped the whole thing in plastic netting to give the greenery and flowers something to adhere to. I picked out natural looking greenery and flowers and spent hours decorating it to my liking.”

Her hair and make-up was completed by Jessica Brown and Casey Lehman from Meraki Salon and Spa

We love to play with reflections!  This is actually Kris’ shot– I like how he played not only with two reflections, but also with framing and symmetry as Lawrence and his brother dress to prepare for the big day…

Meredith shared, “My husband’s sense of humor and ‘jack of all trades’ personality made me fall for him. He honestly can do anything- dressing up in a suit every weekday and taking care of his clients, to coming home changing into “dirtball” clothes and working on a rental. He can build anything I craft up in my mind and he does it willingly and with a ton of jokes.”

For me this photo shows a witty, dapper gentleman who is comfortable anywhere…

Lawrence’s mother, Patty, played a key role throughout the wedding day.  I arrived early to scout out the land and noticed her roaming the grounds on a UTV putting on finishing touches at various locations.  Here she pins on Lawrence’s boutonniere…  

Lawrence shared, “Having a first look was initially a tough choice for Meredith because she had pictured a traditional reveal, but it was the right decision for us. Even in the hour before getting dressed we were all rushing in preparation for our wedding, the first look gave us a private moment to see each other in the serenity of the chapel.”

Meredith agreed, “It was wonderful to have a few minutes of peace and quiet time before the big moment and spending that time alone with Lawrence was absolutely perfect.”

Lawrence shared, “Meredith was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined!”

Meredith shared, “Lawrence could have not looked more handsome!  I kept thinking about how lucky I was to get to marry my best friend!”

I subtly ‘framed’ them in the chapel arches, but allowed the architecture to blur into the background and have all of the focus on Meredith & Lawrence…

Lawrence shared, “Seeing her in her wedding gown brought a sense of reality to what today was truly all about.  It confirmed all of those little choices that came together to make this one moment happen for us.”

Meredith shared, “I love the way that he believes in me– he saw potential in me even before I discovered it!”

She continued, “I truly feel like I can do anything with Lawrence by my side.”

Lawrence shared, “I fell for Meredith because she is my equal and because she has a good heart and head on her shoulders.”

He continued, “As we dated I admired her work ethic and motivation as she pursued her legal career and I am proud to have her alongside me in that today.”

While I enjoy helping my couples to feel comfortable and really soak in the moments of the wedding day, we also typically capture a few more traditional portraits as well.  Here is one of Meredith and Lawrence that I really like…

After the first look Meredith and Lawrence re-visited the proposal site, where white wild flowers carpeted the woods like a fairy tale…

Here I focused on the flowers and allowed Meredith and Lawrence a little more privacy, hehe…

Lawrence playfully got down on one knee which made Meredith laugh out loud…

Then he explained that the exact place where he proposed was beneath the bows of a specific tree.  We walked to it and they stood beside the location where they had carved their initials and proposal date in a tree…

Meredith shared, “After a solid rain, beautiful crystals literally appear in the stream.  Lawrence’s family has been collecting them for years and has a whole container full of them.  On the day of our proposal, Lawrence told me that we were going crystal hunting…”

Here is one of the crystals found in the stream… so pretty!!!

She continued, “Funny enough, we did find a pretty large crystal when we were down there, but eventually Lawrence got down on one knee revealing the best “crystal” of them all, haha…

They took one more moment alone to let it all soak in before heading back with their family and friends…

There was a blue butterfly fluttering about the brick wedding aisle as friends and family members began to gather there…

I pointed it out to Lawrence’s mother, Patty who mentioned that she thought of it as Lawrence’s grandmothers’ giving their blessings on the day and letting us know that they were there in spirit.  Both grandmothers had passed within the last few years.

It only stayed still for a moment but I was able to photograph it here.  Shortly after the adorable ring bearer and flower girl began processing down the aisle:

I discreetly move around quite a bit on the wedding day trying to capture unique vantage points and perspectives.  I have had several couples ask how I ever managed to get such varied shots, some that look so close up during the ceremony when they don’t remember seeing me at all, lol!

Here I walked far from the ceremony to show the canopy of tree branches that surrounded the outdoor chapel.  It is my goal for the couple to be able to re-live the day through their photos, and believe images like this really set the scene…

Here is a closer perspective of the same scene…

Meredith shared about their wedding officiants, “We chose Reverend Baker to be a part of our wedding ceremony because he’s such a well-respected gentleman in our community and a good family friend. We knew that he had stopped performing wedding ceremonies a few years back and we were thrilled when he agreed to be a part of ours. Judge Walker is also a good family friend and were honored to have such a well-respected member of the legal profession marry us.”

She summarized, “Lawrence and I are both lawyers so it was fitting to have our favorite Reverend and a well-respected Judge marry us.”

Meredith recounted the process of creating this incredible outdoor chapel…

She stated, “While it started small it became quite the project– we began in early spring and did not finish it until a few weeks prior to the wedding. Larry played a key role in leading this project- we certainly could not have completed this chapel without him, Patty (Lawrence’s mother), Justin (Lawrence’s brother), and Pap (Lawrence’s grandfather).  They truly are a ‘jack of all trades’ type of family!”

I used the beams creatively to frame the couple, officiant bridal party lanterns and cross– it was a little tricky to find the sweet spot…

Meredith continued, “We all spent countless hours clearing and flattening the earth, trimming trees, securing timbers for the arches, laying crushed stone, constructing the arches, finding a lumber mill to cut the benches and stumps, constructing windows, and laying the brick for the walkway, etc…”

The space is just incredible… I have no doubt future couples will inquire about using this space ;).

They explained, “It was surreal to be finally finished with the chapel and to be surrounded by our friends and family as we made some pretty big promises to one another.”

Another view of the chapel, this time with the sun peeking through the treetops… you can see so many of the details as well from the windows and crosses, even to the harpist who provided beautiful music throughout the ceremony…

Meredith shared, “I’m not a particularly emotional person and writing my vows took a lot of thought and preparation to perfect because I knew I only had one chance at them and I wanted them to reflect everything I felt for Lawrence on our wedding day.”

I wanted to under expose the next photo a bit to draw attention to the ring and show off the beautiful detailing of their wedding day attire… here she slides the wedding band on his finger and gives his hand a tight squeeze!

Husband and wife!!!

I met with Meredith and Lawrence prior to the ceremony to create a custom photography timeline that would allow them time to capture a few of their favorite details, people and locations together on their wedding day…

Here they took a few minutes before the ceremony to enjoy “golden hour” together.  It is the hour right before sunset that on a clear day lights the day up in a golden glow!  It couldn’t have hit at a more perfect time in the day!

Here they playfully spin as the sun sets into the mountain bringing out multiple, colorful hues.  I love the dramatic blue of the sky and the dense purple clouds and the orbs of hot sunlight moving in from the side of the frame…

Meredith laughed, “Golden hour was amazing- you had so many great ideas and that was really one of our favorite times! I loved spinning around and sitting on top of the hay bale. It was so much fun and so beautiful, too!”

Meredith shared, “I chose burgundy and navy as our wedding colors because I thought they were perfect fall colors that complimented each other nicely. I also thought that they were a nice rich color palette that would really stand out in the woods.”

Meredith liked the editorially inspired bridal party photos that she noticed in some of my other weddings, here is hers :).  Wow, what a stunning bridal party!

Now it was time for the wedding reception!!!

The hand painted wooden signs pointed to the large tent nestled at the base of the hill.  I moved to the perfect location halfway down the hill that allowed me to photograph it along with its surroundings to give some context to their story…

The sun perfectly illuminated the rolling hills and mountains, the hay bales pop against the vibrant grass and you can even see a dirt road and more fields in the distance…

Guests entered to the sound of a string quartet playing pop covers, even NIN and Korn were played, haha…

All of the flowers were stunning, but these colorful Dahlia’s whose petals reminded me of honey comb in the table arrangements really caught my eye!

Speaking of eye-catching, wow that cake!

Meredith explained, “I was really interested in using a lot of local, small business shops for our wedding vendors. I truly think we picked some of the best wedding vendors around. The cake was amazing and Karen Rodkey did an amazing job creating what I pictured in my mind. We will definitely be using her for future cakes!”

Cake cutting happiness…

Favors were apples and honey and super cute, fall themed and edible :).

Lawrence laughed, “I am notorious for not having a serious bone in my body (when not working) and I am notoriously not a dancer. In jest, I suggested the chicken dance as our dance and my mother felt it was appropriate to start with that before cutting to the more serious song of her selection. She was so excited for the fake out routine and I was happy to make that memory with her.

In the collage below you can see both the mother-son dance that Lawrence described as well as Meredith’s more traditional father-daughter dance…

Meredith shared, “I have no idea what my style for the wedding is called. I heard that guests walked into the reception tent and said “this is Meredith.”

She continued, “I would say that my style was a mix of fixer-upper, vintage, romantic, and farmhouse.  I really wanted a beautiful, unique wedding and I tried to show that through my decor. I chose bold florals and chose to incorporate eucalyptus as well.  I loved the color, shape, and the scent could not be beat!”

Here is one of the seating areas at the reception…

The reception traditions were followed by socializing and music.  Christopher Washabaugh of Club CJ provided music for those inclined to hit the dance floor ;)…

It was important to Lawrence that I captured his group of friends that he affectionately refers to as “the mountain view guys.”

He explained, “I don’t mean the literal mountain view we saw in the wedding, but the group that lived next to each other in school. I have many great memories of growing up with this group of friends.”

I love the flower chandelier overhead!  Cheers guys!

Meredith shared, “Now that we’re married, I’m looking forward to tackling everything life throws at us with my best friend.  Working, cooking, playing with our two Labradors and basically doing everything together.  I look forward to ‘crystal hunting’ together for the rest of our lives!”

There evening ended with an incredible starry night– a blue-velvet sky full of crystal clear stars!  If you look closely you can even see constellations!

Meredith and Lawrence, thank you for choosing Rhinehart Photography to capture your wedding story and memories!  I hope that you are seeing just the type of beautiful unique photos that you always wanted to display “all over your house.” 🙂  I’m excited so excited to hear your thoughts!

Historic Acres of Hershey Wedding Photographers: Lauren & Cary

This romantic, fairy tale wedding united high school sweethearts, Lauren & Cary, while incorporating their strong faith (with a home-made outdoor chapel & heartfelt visit) and their football/cheer-leading backgrounds (with a tailgate-themed cocktail hour and more!) at Historic Acres of Hershey

I first met Cary several years ago when I was photographing his senior portraits involving football and VW busses!  Since then he went on to play college football and earn a pre-med degree at Bucknell and propose to his high school sweetheart, Penn State grad, Lauren.

Cary and Lauren reached out to me looking for vibrant wedding and engagement photography that would be creative and personalized to tell their unique story.  They were looking for an eclectic mix of photos the captured their relationship in a personal, thoughtful, artistic way.

Lauren and Cary shared,“We really appreciate is your ability to photograph the individuality of each couple, you allow each couple to be different and unique. We love when your photos highlight the environment and capture the energy and emotion in the moment.  We are so thankful for your creativity and are very excited to relive our day over again through your eyes!”

I wanted to start by capturing their unique style– the romantic, rustic, natural aesthetic of their wedding day…  I photographed Lauren’s dress against the wooden interior of the barn and her shoes among the ivy and stone and her flowers on a weathered bench…

I really like the mystery of this next photograph– I used a low perspective and focused sharply on a wisp of lace detailing and bead work on Lauren’s dress and veil while allowing the rest be subtly fade into the background as she makes final adjustments in the mirror…

Here is another photograph taken within seconds of the first, this time I changed my focus to be on Lauren’s reflection in the mirror…

Lauren’s faith is very important to her.  Here she prays on the morning of her wedding day…

Beautiful bridesmaids…  I wanted to use the weeping willow as the backdrop for Lauren’s photos with her bridesmaids because the soft, airy, romantic look would perfectly compliment her bridesmaids’ gowns.

Lauren allowed each bridesmaid to choose their own elegant gown in the gold, rose-gold or blush pink tone.

Here I placed Cary’s ring on Lauren’s grandfather’s Bible– I wanted to signify the two families joining and the important role that faith plays in their marriage.

I also wanted to incorporate Lauren’s grandfather, a life-long pastor who had intended to marry them, but passed away a few months before the wedding…

Lauren shared a few of the attributes that drew her to Cary, “He is a handsome, ambitious, intelligent, and has a genuine heart filled with compassion for others. His strong-willed, all or nothing mindset, mixed with morals that keep him grounded, has always attracted me to him.”

Lauren continued, “Cary’s gentle, kind heart made it easy for me to entrust giving all of my heart for him to protect and keep.”

Cary loves football through and through and played both in high school and college.  I suggested that Kris set up a shot with Cary as quarterback– Cary loved it!

Cary bought each of his groomsmen super hero t’s to wear under their tuxedos– something a little quirky, playful and well, Cary….

Kris also captured more traditional photos, too– all buttoned up and dapper 😉

One of the most touching moments of the day was when Lauren visited her grandfather’s church and grave site before exchanging vows with Cary.  She really wanted to honor him on her wedding day.

Lauren shared, “I always thought about how special it would be when the day came for my Papa to marry Cary and I.  Unfortunately he passed before he was able to.   I wanted to comfort that void by visiting a place he held near and dear to his heart – his church.”

She continued, “I could feel his presence seeing his little, bricked church – I could hear him preaching to the congregation, telling the church what page to turn to in the hymnal and joyfully singing.”

In this photograph I captured her grandfather’s little brick church, his grave site and the moody sky and wind that blew as she walked:

Lauren continued, “My walk with God has been largely influenced by my papa and his exemplary love for his wife, his church and family.”

Lauren kneeled down and touched the letters of his name, the wind blew her hair.   I used a slow shutter to capture the beauty and intimacy of this simple moment…

We returned to Historic Acres of Hershey, and shortly after the men began processing into the outdoor chapel.

I love this photo, it reminds me a little of the Beatles cover on Abby road, haha!

Cary explained, “When I first saw Lauren on our wedding day my breath was taken away, literally.”

Here Cary closes his eyes for a moment as Lauren’s father kisses her cheek and places her hand in Cary’s…

Lauren shared, “When I got my first glimpse of Cary on our wedding day, I saw him for the first time as my husband– I was just in awe!”

Cary continued, “Lauren will tell you that when she took my hand the first thing she noticed was how pale my hands were and I had to remind myself to breathe!”

Lauren explained, “Since our ceremony was outdoors, our hope was to create an outdoor church space with the doors and cross at either end of the aisle and string quartet placed off to the side playing hymnal songs such as “The Lord’s Prayer.”

Cary shared, “I was really excited to build the cross, with the help of my family, for the ceremony. I think it is a great representation of our faith and how it is the foundation of our relationship.”

Here is my photograph captured during nearly the same moment– it is interesting how two perspectives on one moment in time can look so different.

I love how they both come together to tell a more unified story and capture the environment and aesthetic that were important to Lauren & Cary.

Lauren shared, “Both Cary’s and my parents have been married for over 25 years.  They have both been examples for us as we have watched them take on life together, endure difficult times and celebrate the good times. ”

She continued, “They have set an example for us and the type of spouses we can be for each other and the type of parents we hope to be one day.”  Here Lauren’s parents watch as she and Cary exchange vows.

While I make sure to capture all of those key moments of the ceremony: the ring exchange, vows etc in a more traditional way, I also keep an eye out for any special intimate moments as well.  Lauren’s father had the sweetest smile on his face as they exchanged vows and I captured that here:

Unity candles can be tricky with wind, lol…

Lauren’s brother stood in her Papa’s place as the wedding officiant, I love that he is smiling in the background as they kiss, hehe:

Husband and wife!  I photographed this moment through the “chapel doors” capturing the wreaths as well as the happy couple and cheering guests (with pom-poms, a little nod to Lauren’s cheer-leading background)…

Three cheers for the Mr & Mrs 😉

They wanted an eclectic mix of photos, so here is a more traditional photo of the bridal party…

And also something more modern– strike a pose, guys!

Lauren and Cary spent some time alone, taking it all in as I snapped away– I love their laughter here:

Here I focused on some wildflowers to give them a little privacy, haha…

Cary shared, “I am looking forward spending each day with her, something that we weren’t able to do when we were dating, and seeing our family grow one day.”

Cary shared, “I first fell for my *wife* way back in high school.” 🙂

He continued, “Lauren is strong, driven and resilient, she’s always able to handle anything that comes her way. If she said she was going to do something or achieve something, she just went out and did it without questioning the ‘what-ifs.’ And even if something happened that would change her path she easily adapted to it and changed her plan so that she would still achieve success.”

He went on, “I wanted to make her my partner for life because of how she supports me and eases my anxiety even if it is over something silly. I hope that I can return the support she gives me every day.”

I liked how Cary encouraged and really lifted up Lauren and her personality and character– I thought this photo would really capture that attribute of their marriage well…

I love to get creative and have fun playing with some more artistic elements on the wedding day.  Here I captured their reflections in the pond.

I really like the emotional, surreal look and love how Cary is such a gentleman, here he carries her wedding gown as she walks…

Lauren shared, “I loved spending time alone with Cary, exploring Historic Acres of Hershey.  One of my favorite moments was when Cary and I were standing out on the farmhouse on the balcony – we seemed like a fairy tale king and queen up there, with my cathedral length veil overhanging the balcony in the wind.”

I love the lines and layers in this photo– it has so much depth.  It is definitely a unique, fairy tale moment…

Lauren shared, “I’m looking forward to everything. From day-to-day life and Sunday morning church services, to watching Cary evolve into becoming a father and growing in life and love.”

I loved the timeless, classic, romantic feeling of this black and photograph– I wanted to capture this intimate moment and Lauren’s beautiful gown, which she found at Tamzen’s Bridal in Carlisle.

Tailgating!!!  Football played an important role in their story, that you can read more about in their football engagement blog post.

Lauren shared, “We wanted to incorporate football and cheer-leading since it was the kickoff to football season, as well as a throwback to our high school and college days. The background football theme also added a fun element for our guests with a tailgate themed cocktail hour.”

Lauren continued, “We strayed from the traditional photo booth idea and went with a less common vintage face cut-out board for our guests to recreate a photo we already had of Cary holding me in his football uniform.”

Both Penn State and Bucknell were represented by their unique tailgating yard games.  Here is their Penn State Football themed bean bag toss–  it is such a fun detail that they will be able to re-use in the future when tailgating as a married couple ;)…

I love how they incorporated their engagement photos throughout the reception as well…

Here they had wedding guests sign gold “Hess” Jerseys with their wedding date in lieu of a guestbook…

Lauren shared, “Historic Acres of Hershey was the perfect venue for our wedding because it had rustic elements with the barn, corn-crib and farmhouse, but also a touch of elegance with their elaborate chandeliers and floor to ceiling windows wrapping around the entire reception area.”

She continued, “We loved that our guests were able to stay in one location and grab a drink to hit the dance floor, or the lawn for yard games, or even have a quiet moment walking around the lawn by the pond.”

Guests thoroughly enjoyed tailgating and the more traditional elements of cocktail hour as well…

The decor elegant and romantic, provided by Pencil Me In by the amazing Colton Staver…

Heidi Fittery of I Do Details coordinated Lauren & Cary’s wedding.  She was awesome!!!  I found her to be dedicated, friendly and professional.

She allowed each member of Lauren & Cary’s wedding team to shine and play their roles while taking care of any little glitches behind the scenes before they came to light.

Cary wipes a tear during one of his toasts…

Lauren shared, “We wanted to keep the first dance timeless and classic, which is why we chose the song “At Last” by Etta James.

She continued, “Cary and I ‘You-tubed’ ideas for a lift to add a fun element to the dance, and take advantage of our height difference, found one that worked, and ran through the dance a few times before the big day.”

Lauren shared, “We surprised some of our guests when we did the cake smash! It was a great way for us to let go, have a little fun, and make an incredible memory.”


They incorporated the football theme again, this time by attaching the garter to one and making a pass…

I love her joyful reaction to catching the bouquet…

Josh from Klock Entertainment really got the party started!  Everyone was out on the dancefloor…

The pom poms were a huge hit 🙂

Rock on, mama!

Group photo!

It was the end of the night and the dancing was still going strong, so were those pom-poms– I totally recommend bringing props onto your dance floor 🙂

Cary and Lauren stepped out for a minute at the end of the night and shared a few moments underneath the branches of the weeping willow together in the moonlight 🙂

Cary and Lauren, Thanks so much for choosing to have Rhinehart Photography capture so many awesome moments– from your senior portraits to your engagement and now wedding!  It has been such a pleasure to get to know you two and share your story!  Please feel free to like, comment below and share with your friends and family!

If you want to see more photos of Lauren and Cary, you can check out their two part engagement session here:

Part 1: The Lake, Part 2: Football Stadium.

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