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Nashville Engagement Photographers: Felicia & Justin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The sunset was kind of perfect…

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

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

Yes, this is their first date location…

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

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

I’m super excited to hear your thoughts and anyone else’s who has enjoyed this blog.  Please feel free to share this link on social media or leave comments below :).

Central PA Wedding Photographers: Amber and Josh in Chambersburg

Waterfall adventures for these two fearless lovers…

One of my favorite places to hike is Tumbling Run, it’s in Central Pennsylvania near Chambersburg and Gettysburg.  I was introduced to this magical spot by friends in college and visit often, but this is the first time I’ve actually brought clients there.  I was waiting for the right time of year (after lots of rain) and the right couple (up for anything, including legit hiking, haha!).  I packed up my camera gear in a backpack and got ready for a trek!

Amber & Josh shared, “Tumbling Run is stunning, such a beautiful place to explore together!  We are hoping that our photos will show our love of the outdoors and bring out our distinct personalities, showing how we balance each other out.  We want photos that are unique, creative and us– Lisa’s greatest strength is that she is not just a photographer but an artist.”

The beginning of the trail is super tricky and a bit of a gamble– you can wade through the stream or cross on a log.  Amber and Josh chose the latter and I love how you can see them helping each other to cross, in the reflection, too, literally balancing each other out!

Amber shared, “Josh type B to my type A.  He helps me to relax and just enjoy the simple pleasures of life and is generally game for whatever.”

Josh shared, “Amber is fiercely independent, intelligent, fun and adventurous.”

I felt like this photo captured so many of those attributes in one shot!  I wanted to capture their movement through the forest and used some special camera settings to accomplish that.  Amber totally reminds me of Wonder Woman here!

Josh shared, “I decided to wear a bright blue dress shirt in the woods because on one of our first dates, Amber complimented my shirt.  I wore the same blue dress shirt to EVERY date after, haha!”

I was blown away by the blooming mountain laurel, which is the state flower of Pennsylvania.  Here I gave the lovebirds a little privacy and focused on the flower.

I placed Amber’s engagement ring among the mountain laurel for a photograph as well.  I love the texture and shape of the blossoms!

Amber shared, “The local plants and flowers provided us with a very natural  and beautiful backdrop for our engagement photo shoot.”

She continued, philosophically stating, “The waterfalls at Tumbling Run are not only stunning but are deeply metaphoric for the difficulties and triumphs of life and love.”

Josh explained a bit about their story, “Amber and I met about five years ago in Vermont.  I was at this block party with friends and saw a beautiful woman across the bonfire from me.  She was stunning, I couldn’t help but smile at her.”

Amber laughed, “Well I saw him grinning from ear to ear, and didn’t really know what to think.  It struck me as odd at first, haha, (like who is this weirdo?) but then we started talking and I actually liked him.

Josh continued, “I was totally enamored with her.  I wanted to see her again, but really had no way of reaching her.  Haaa I thought this shot illustrates that looking for each other part well…

He went on, “I knew she lived in the area and spent the night at my friend’s house in hopes of seeing her, as she had mentioned living right across the street but it didn’t happen.  I ended up enlisting the help of a couple of friends who lived in that neighborhood to get her number for me, and the rest is history.”

Amber and Josh were long distance for two years, as she finished up law school in Philadelphia.

Josh shared, “I didn’t really know if our relationship would last, but it did and we are both so thankful for meeting up at that block party and working through the long-distance relationship.  It was so worth it!”

I was hoping this might capture the long-distance connection and provide a creative perspective of these two holding hands…

Amber and Josh were such troopers in the woods, too!  We climbed over rocks and roots, through forests and ferns, along tumbling waterfalls throughout.

Amber continued with her philosophies after we found ourselves a bit lost, “Relationships are not straight paths. Sometimes you get lost in the woods. Life has many different paths, but if you’re lucky you’ll end up at a waterfall.”

Amber and Josh climbed out into the middle of a waterfall for this photo– I love how they are surrounded by water!

Amber continued on her philosophical note, “Josh and I have been together through the good, the bad and the ugly and really been each other’s support.  Much like water, a relationship must flow and adjust to the ever changing challenges of life.”

Amber shared, “I fell for Josh’s kindness, his firm convictions, his loyalty– he is trustworthy and great company.

Amber shared, “I love the color purple, and a friend of mine, actually one of the people that helped to set Josh and I up, bought this dress for me as a gift.  I thought it would be a nice choice to wear for our engagement photos, especially since purple will be one of our wedding colors.”

I love that she’s barefoot at this point in the hike and starting to really come out of her shell!

Amber shared, “Josh is more outgoing and free spirited and I’m more reserved for sure.”

Here he picked her up– I caught the reflection in the water as well…

Amber reminisced, “It’s funny, the day of the block party, I was kind of under the weather and I wasn’t going to go, but I had this intuition that just nudged me out the door.  I am so thankful for that moment and so happy with Josh in my life.  We are very fortunate to have found each other.”

Amber and Josh, thanks so much for entrusting me with your story and capturing this significant part of your life.  Thanks for being up for hiking up a waterfall of an unmarked trail with me.  I hope that these photos are just the sort of unique, creative, authentic photos that you were looking for and capture your love of nature and each other!  I’m super excited for your upcoming Liberty Mountain Resort wedding and also excited to hear what you think of this blog post!  Please feel free to comment below.  🙂

Aunt ElaineAugust 15, 2018 - 12:59 pm

What lovely pictures! Amber, they capture your beauty and the love that you and Josh share.

Dov WeinerAugust 15, 2018 - 7:51 pm

Amber,
The photos are beautiful! I’m so excited for the both of you. I wish you both all the happiness life brings. Thank you for sharing!
Dov

Jacquelyn IsheimAugust 18, 2018 - 7:24 am

Hi Amber and Josh, Your photos are beautiful. We are looking forward to your wedding.

Lake Raystown Resort Wedding Photographers: Katrina & Brian

A blazing fire pit, dockside adventures, thunderstorms and dancing in the rain– you won’t want to miss this joyful couple’s Lake Raystown Resort Lodge wedding…

Katrina shared, “We chose Rhinehart Photography because of the great ratings and reviews we read online.  We loved the unique/professional photos on your website and fun blogs.  On the wedding day, we appreciated your creativity and “on the fly” ideas you and your assistant had for us and the ability you had to accommodate the weather challenges throughout our day. ”

She continued, “We loved how you came up with the fire pit photos at the end of the night and how you were not afraid to go out on a limb (or a shaking dock, haha) to  help us capture some of the outdoor beauty that led us to choose our wedding day at Raystown Lake.  Thank you for being so much fun to work with and making us feel so comfortable during our photos!”

Brian shared, “Katrina and I love the outdoors.  I grew up not far from Raystown, and remember all of the camping trips, boating, and floating out in the coves.  We had been to a friend’s wedding there a few years ago and loved the scenery and the fact that everyone could stay in the same area.  We chose Friday so that people could spend the day Saturday relaxing on the Proud Mary and handing out together by the fire.”

I opened with a shot near the fire and will show the amazing view that Katrina and her ladies enjoyed during their wedding day preparations– wowza!

Brian shared, “When I first saw Katrina I noticed how pretty she was, her smile lit up the room and I started talking to her and soon realized there was a lot more there than just a beautiful woman.”  Here he beautiful smile shines as she puts on her earrings…

I noticed a ring on her hand.  Katrina shared, “Katrina:  The ring on my thumb was a birthday gift from my sister when we were in high school.  She worked for a jeweler in our home town and bought wedding bands for her and I to wear as thumb rings.  I’ve honestly never taken it off since then.  My sister lives in D.C. and we live in California so I guess it’s just something that makes me feel more connected to her and to home.”

Katrina’s mom helped her to put on a bracelet made from the pearls on her wedding gown!

She explained, “The bracelets that I wore were a gift from my Mom.  She made them out of a few pearls and beads from her wedding dress and surprised me with them when we first flew home.”

Wow that train!!!

I while her smile is show stopping, her eye color is just gorgeous, too.  I wanted to show off her eyes and the back of her dress and veil in this photograph…

Katrina shared, “We wanted a relaxed/romantic…slightly bohemian style with a lot of soft florals and greenery.  I love the mix of eucalyptus and olive leaves because they bring me memories of hikes and adventures Brian and I shared in San Francisco and the coast of California.  The color combination of dusty mauves and smoky blues paired with ivories and other neutral colors are very soothing to my soul.  I wanted to keep our florals very organic and flowy rather than perfectly shaped.”

A badge of honor…

Brian explained, “Pinning Brady, aka Ring Security, was super cool because he was proud to do it for us.  To prep him for his important role, I asked him what he would do if a ninja repelled from a tree to steel our rings, what he would do.  He said he’d ask the ninja if he wanted a hug or to hang out.  It was good enough for us.”

I love this photo so much, it was captured by my assistant, Jim, as he was photographing the men in the morning.

Brian laughed, “After getting fully into my tux, I noticed a couple buddies playing football.  I had to join in.  My groomsman, Joe, said it’s almost “doglike”, physically impossible to resist.”

The gangs all here…

Time for the first look… 

Katrina spun to give him the full effect…

He was even more impressed.

He said, “Katrina looked so gorgeous and happy!  My first thought was, ‘I don’t deserve to stand anywhere near this beautiful woman!”

Katrina blotted a tear from the corner of her eye…

Katrina shared, “He looked perfect!  I couldn’t get over how handsome he was in his bespoke suit.”

I love to play with color and perspective.  The rain had brought such vibrant, saturated tones out in the landscape and as Brian and Kristina walked towards the water I hung back and photographed them from above.

Brain shared about the weather, “It rained most of the day, held out for two hours, then rained some more.  We lucked out, weird how things seem to work out like that.  It only stopped raining for our ceremony and first look, the rest of the day it was pretty constant.”

Yes, I have seen this so many times!  Brian also noted that he appreciated how flexible everyone was when they decided to have it outdoors.  They walked arm in arm along the harbor and enjoyed the view of Raystown Lake.

Despite wearing heels and windy (possibly stormy) weather, these two were up for anything.  I suggested that they might want to walk the docks together.

I noticed the number 18 (their wedding date) and thought it was a cool way to show off the date, dock, and their shoes– if you look closely you can see the tiny raindrops as well.

Brian shared, “I think Katrina and I work well together because we almost always find the humor in anything.  Even in sad times, we find humor to either cheer up ourselves or someone else.”

They were always joking around, having fun and just enjoying everything together– even though it wasn’t the weather they had anticipated you would never know it, they were so joyful and just enjoying each other’s company.    Brian actually was doing a little dance here, haha.

I loved the intense light from the story sky, it made for incredible lighting.  I’m always up for whatever, and got down low on the dock to catch a unique perspective.

Katrina admitted, “When we went out on the narrow dock, I was nervous that my heels were going to fall through the cracks or that Brian was going to step on my train or veil, but none of that happened.”

Brian laughed, “I kept thinking  there’s no way I don’t slip and “ribcage it” off the side.  My hope was that if we did go in, that  the videographer or photographer could reel in all 28 feet of Katrina’s veil to salvage at least that part, haha”

Katrina shared, “Brian is such an authentic person– genuine and true.  He has the kindest spirit and always seems to notice when someone needs a helping hand.  He loves adventure, exploring nature, and challenging ourselves to things we never thought we’d try (like scuba diving) — there’s never a dull moment when we’re together.”

Following that little adventure, they were both at such peace and so happy together.     I love how Katrina looks tickled and Brian looks so loving and protective:

Katrina reminisced, “At first, I fell in love with his kind heart, strong morals, goofy sense of humor, and handsome smile.  Over time, I couldn’t resist our adventures (especially our fly by road trips with our family of dogs), his hard work ethics, and his old-timey soul.”

I love the authenticity of this moment– here they walk together hand in hand, balancing on a narrow dock as the wind blows, all the while holding hands and supporting each other, Katrina beaming, none the less.  It just paints such a picture for who Brian and Katrina are as people and the bright future they have ahead of themselves!

Brain shared, “I am looking forward to more travels, adventures, accomplishments, and whatever else comes our way together.”

It started pouring again, so we headed inside for bridal party pictures.  Katrina mentioned liking my editorial inspired group portraits, so I posed her bridal party beneath the large moose head, while my assistant, Jim, held a light towards its face so that it really popped, haha!

Brian said “I feel very fortunate that a moose donated his body to Raystown to be cut in half and mounted on two sides of a fire place.   It does make for great pictures, jokes, and conversation.  We are meeting up for photos by the moose?  Which side?  Haha!”

I love how the ceremony space at Raystown Lake Resort is perfectly angled to show the stunning mountain backdrop and lake, while simultaneously hiding the parking lot allowing everyone super easy ceremony site access.

Here I used a tilt-shift technique to bring the focus to Katrina and her father escorting her down the aisle.  I love how the wind blew just at the right time to make her ribbons twirl!

This was a tricky shot, I wanted to have Katrina and her father framed below the floral arch and catch Brian’s beaming smile as they processed.

Such a sweet moment…

Brain shared, “We liked the idea of an outside ceremony where our guests were relaxed and could take in the scenery of the lake behind the gazebo.”

The kiss…

Katrina shared, “We wanted a less traditional “toss” that wouldn’t be harmful to the earth or animals…& that wouldn’t make a mess that we’d have to clean up the next day.  In keeping to our natural theme we decided on tossing lavender — 1. Because it smells so good and relaxing, and 2. Because hopefully a few of the lavender seeds will root and grow in the spot of our wedding.”

Brian added, “Now birds and chipmunks in Raystown smell nice and have great breath.”

After the ceremony, Katrina mentioned how helpful the staff of Lake Raystown Resort was, “The biggest shoutout to our wedding and events coordinators Dan Genditzki and Jenn Skipper at Lake Raystown Resort!  They worked tirelessly for us, not only the entire weekend, but were also nothing short of amazing during our long distance planning process.  Even though they had weddings and events the days before and after our wedding, they made us feel like they were there just for us.  I can’t think of one thing during our wedding day that they, personally, didn’t have a hand in.  Because of them, our day was more stress free.  They really went above and beyond in helping to make our dream become such a beautiful reality!!”

Katrina shared, “A lot of times when Brian and I are making dinner or relaxing after work, we play old, scratchy, deep southern blues to unwind.  We wanted something unique for our guests that would create that same “chill” vibe that we love.”

Haaa bringing a little visual interest to the cheese platter…

Katrina mentioned, “Moscow Mules (served in copper cups) have become one of our favorite sips — we wanted to bring that, along with some of our favorite California wines into our wedding day to share with our families and friends.”

Katrina mentioned, “It was such a joy to work with Lisa Becker and plan our delicious cake over the phone!”

Brian shared, “Both Eric and Bethany did an awesome job.  Both said things that made me us laugh and brought out emotions.  I like how Beth calls me Brain.”

He continued, “Eric killed it by talking about a little history of Myers men and their strong wives, but also his comedic skills were great.”

While the speeches were super funny, they were also touching as well, I noticed Katrina and Brian holding hands, now you can really see the pearl bracelet!

Katrina shared, “My grandfather used to sing for a radio station when he was a young boy.  Growing up, he would always be singing and “That’s Amore” was one of the songs that we (his grandchildren) would love to sing along with him.  Although he has passed on…he was very present in Spirit.”

The whole group had a little lyrics sheet and sang along, it was a sweet, personal touch.  Also that the DJ, Steven Vance,  could also play electric violin was pretty rad.

The first dance… it was actually played by Brian’s dad, more about that in a bit:

Brian shared, “My Dad said he’d like to sing for us at some point.  We thought it would be very cool to have our first dance with my Dad singing.  He picked the song by John Legend and put his own style to it.  We thought he nailed it and sounded great in that room.”

Here they are framed in Brian’s dad’s guitar!

Haaa these two were so much fun!  Dom and his cousin Jimmy got the party started by opening up the dance floor.

Here they are getting a little up close and personal, haha!

The dance floor was packed!

Katrina and Brian both enjoy “family time” with their dogs, while they didn’t fly in from California, they did show up in a few photos ;).

Brian shared, “Katrina and I are very much spur of the moment people and kind of go with things as they come. You had a plan but also rolled with the changes of the day, which was great. All the changes of weather led to happy outcomes. The fire pits going at the same time as the rain coming off the building was very cool, and we are glad you spotted that combination and can’t even imagine the unique photos!”

Well here is one, I used the warm lights inside and the cool rain outside.  If you look closely you can see a reflection in the glass.

I got even more abstract here…

 

Katrina shared, “One of the hardest things in planning our wedding long distance was trying to find reputable vendors.  I have to say…I am beyond pleased in everyone that came together to make our special day amazing!!!  So many people were just so easy going and great to work with.  It really reminded us of how wonderful “hometown hospitality” really is — so genuine!”

A few of the other vendors include:

~ Venue: Raystown Lake

~ Photography: Rhinehart Photography

~ Bride’s and Bridesmaids hair:  Desert Garden Day Spa

~ Florist – Country Blossoms

~ Cake – Lisa Becker Bakery

~Electric Violinist/DJ – Steven Vance, Blues Guitarist – Matt Barranti

~Linens – Emmabelle Events

Katrina & Brian thanks so much for sharing your story with me and being up for any crazy adventures!  I am so excited to hear what you and your friends and family think!  Feel free to share and/or comment below!

Rolling Rails State College Wedding Photographers: Brigid & Chris

A wedding celebrating “all things brewed” with an unbelievable ceremony space and Backstreet Boys serenade, you won’t want to miss this blog post:

Brigid shared, “Photography was one of the most important things to us!   I  have always been known as the photographer in every group of friends and my family. On my wedding day I wanted someone with a great eye that took beautiful and creative photos.   I came across Rhinehart Photography while doing an extensive search and nothing could compare!”

She continued, “Lisa’s photography style was exactly what we both were looking for and after talking to Lisa we knew we had made the right decision.   In our engagement photos, also done with Lisa, our personalities and love really shined through.   We are hoping to see more of that  in our wedding photos.”

I started out with a creative sunset silhouette shot of the two throwing back a beer during their “all things brewed” themed wedding.  Here I incorporated two vibrant ferns, bringing in the woodland aesthetic into the photo of their wedding bands…

The wedding was held at Rolling Rails near State College, Pennsylvania.  Chris loved the idea of a lodge, but they hadn’t even built it yet.  They went on the promise of a lodge being built (it was only a frame at that point on a muddy lot) and the spectacular views, more of those to come…

Brigid shared, “I love my dress!   I knew I wanted something that was not white or at least not fully white.   I ended up with a Hayley Paige dress from her Blush collection the gown was named Pepper.”

I liked how the window light illuminated details on the dress from the ribbon edged taffeta to the dainty, embroidered lace detailing.

Brigid continued, ”  I went with lilac peep toe shoes with blush flowers on them.   I am a fan of all things colorful, beautiful and unique and really liked my shoes.”

I put them in a woodland background and brought in a little greenery in the foreground, too– I wanted the forest to shine through here, as well.

Finishing touches…

Once Brigid’s dress was on, she gave a twirl, I quickly adjusted my shutter speed to capture her movement.  I used a wide lens, capturing the lodge decor and her mom and sister’s expressions.

Brigid smiled, “My something borrowed was my grandmother’s ruby and diamond ring that my aunt brought for me to wear and my mom surprised me with it the morning of the wedding.  My grandmother was such an amazing woman and not your typical grandmother, so it was incredibly special to have her with me in some way throughout the day.”

Brigid explained, “In Germany Hochzeitsauto Schmucken (car decorating) is one of first things thought about after someone gets engaged.  My cousin’s husband, Tobias, contacted my siblings and family and orchestrated decorating our car the morning of the wedding. It was such a fun thing!  It was such a surprise and we absolutely loved it!!!”

Lol, my favorite car decoration was in the rear view…

My assistant, Jim, did a great job capturing Chris’ wedding day preparations as I photographed Brigid.  Here he has everything laid out and is starting to get dressed with a photo of the real Rolling Rails in the background.

Chris laughed, “We had some whiskey and looked in the cupboard for glasses, but all we could find were teacups.  We drank with our pinkies out in honor of Brig who loves tea!”

Way to keep to the ‘all things brewed’ theme!  Cheers!

Brigid shared, “Chris and I started out as friends.  At one point he was working three jobs, going with his mom to doctors and chemo treatments, and finding time to drive two and a half hours to visit me.  I honestly do not know when he slept but he rarely complained and once again just showed how amazing he is.”

Brigid shared, “I also snuck in another Irish Wedding Tradition Lavender is an ancient symbol of love, loyalty, devotion, and luck.   It is often mixed in with the brides wedding flowers to help insure a happy and long-lasting union.   I had fresh lavender in my bouquet and it was mixed throughout my entire wedding party and tablescapes.   I also wore it later my head in my flower crown.”

Here you can see lavender pinned above the succulent and floral pocket square…

Chris shared, “I was excited for the first look– getting to see Brigid in a more intimate setting before everyone else meant a lot to me.”

Chris continued, “My mouth literally went dry when I turned around and my heart raced. Wow!!!”

Chris concluded, “I was absolutely floored with how beautiful she looked!  She was absolutely perfect– there must be a better word than perfect?!?”

While I love to capture candid photos of moments as they unfold, I also make sure to get a few more traditional portraits as well.

Brigid’s bouquet was breathtaking!  She shared, “Our look was Modern Romance with touches of boho.   Our colors were a coral/peach, purple mostly a lavender, navy, and a mint/succulent green.   I am such a visual person I went to the paint store to pick out the exact shades of each of the colors I had known I wanted.

She noted, “My boquet included: Lavender lisianthus, Lavender larkspur, Coral/peach ranunculus, Coral spray rose, Peach Juliet Garden rose, Lavender echeveria, Peach stock, Fresh Lavender, Gunni Eucaluptus and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus.”

And that veil, wowza!

Brigid got a bit more somber and shared, “We have also gone through serious family health issues. Chris mom with Cancer and I personally have epilepsy which at times can be frustrating. Although all of these things can be taxing knowing that you have the other person there to lean on and talk to makes the world of difference!  Chris is an amazing partner.”

I used my camera’s aperture to bring in the cool texture of the bark of the mature trees surrounding Rolling Rails Lodge

Chris shared, “We both enjoy being outside. Whether Brigid is enjoying a cup of tea in the morning or being able to get outside for a hike or some other outdoor activity together.”

The stormy skies made for an interesting background for this silhouette:

Kris greeted his parents…

 

Brigid shared, “Family means everything to me.   My mom is the most bubbly and loving person you will ever meet.  I feel so blessed to have the parents that I have.”

Brigid continued, “I am the oldest of four and I am so lucky to have all my siblings.  Each sibling is amazing in their own right and when we are together it is always the best time.  Our family has countless inside jokes and funny stories and often talks in movie quotes.”

She went on, “The night of the rehearsal my siblings played a video that they had made for Chris and I.  The love and thoughtfulness that my family put into this year and our life together was more than I could ever ask for.   I am so grateful to have a life full of love and laughter, and amazing memories with my family.”

High five from her bro:

Brigid shared, “The bridesmaid’s bouquets were wrapped with leftover fabric from the floral dresses and mine had both the floral fabric and sequined fabric all which draped down.”

Brigid mentioned, “Argyle socks were something I wanted to do from the start.   It was a fun way to show a bit of personality.”

Brigid commented, “I fell in love with the flowy boho style of the Show Me Your MuMu dresses early on.  The floral dresses may have been long but they were sheer from the knee down so they were still short at the same time.  My Co-Maids of honor wore iris colored short dresses with dark purple lace and a keyhole back.”

She continued, “I let all my bridesmaids pick their own shoes and jewelry.  The groomsmen wore either coral and navy striped ties with a paisley  pocket square in the same colors or purple ties with navy diamonds and a purple and navy floral pocket square.”

Haaa love this one and this tradition, it’s one of the very coolest wedding ideas I’ve seen to date!  I’ll tell you more about it in just a bit…

Brigid explained, “The Woohoo flags were started by a cousin and then all of us had them each with a different phrase.   I was lucky enough to have wonderful family both related and not to help me sand, cut, glue, and tie ribbons.   It was so exciting to see people waving them and hear the jingling of the bell.”

You’ll see them in action during the ceremony– so fun!!!

The backdrop at Rolling Rails Lodge is unlike any other I’ve seen!  It has an incredible!  And we were given the perfect day for it with puffy white clouds and a vibrant blue sky with sunlight illuminating the ceremony space and the treetops…

Brigid smiled, “Brigid-Having my brother as the wedding officiant was so special and added such a personal touch to our special day.  During the start of the ceremony a mention of gazing into each other’s eyes brought up an inside joke and we both broke into laughter!”

Here are those sweet flags!  He told everyone they were supposed to wave them to voice their praise and approval and gave them a test run– here you can see two flags waving in the foreground: 

Chris shared, “Seeing how happy my family was to see me become the happiest I have ever been!”

Chris’ family was all smiles!

Run away veil…

I was like a ninja, haha, moving all over the ceremony space to get different vantage points and perspectives opt really capture the stunning environment.

The lighting was so cool, that even though the colors were stunning, I gave them some black and white options as well!  I find the tone and richness so beautiful as well as their joyful expressions:

Brigid shared, “We are both Irish and we wanted to incorporate a traditional ceremony in our wedding.   We chose to do a Handfasting which is a Celtic tradition in which two partners join hands and their wrists would be joined by cord symbolizing the binding together of their individual lives.  From this practice we get the expression “tying the knot”.”

She continued, “Chris and I also wanted to incorporate family into our wedding so we used the Handfasting as a place to do so by choosing our seven most important virtues of a relationship and defining them.   We then had two relatives read those while other family members came over to us and tied our hands with different color cords and ribbons.  I loved this part of the wedding.   It was so meaningful and wonderful to have family to be a part of our special day.”

Brigid’s brother stated, “Brigid and Chris knew each other for 9 years before even having a first date. That’s patience. But sure enough they started hanging out more and more until they had an official first date: the true classic dinner and a movie.” This is an excerpt from the ceremony and for those nine years before we dated we were friends and we created a solid foundation for the relationship that was to come.”

Here they exchange rings and vows…

The kiss…

She put a ring on it 😉

Another super creative and cool tradition– rather than lighting a unity candle they poured a unity beer!  They called it a “beer poring”

You can check out the frosted inscriptions on each class with their names and wedding date…

Brigid explained, “We used two different Otto’s beers that we liked, a nod to State College, toasted and poured them into one glass to symbolize two people becoming one.”

She continued, “It was a unique and authentic to us and still showed the symbolism we both really liked.”

She continued, “We used our custom-made glasses from our engagement photos and I surprised Chris with a McHodges glass that we used to pour our combined beer into.  We had everyone collect a little glass of beer on their way to the spot we did the pouring and we gave a thank you toast to them before doing our beer pouring.”

Following the beer pouring, everyone enjoyed a mini glass and toasted the couple then headed back on to the porch for the incredible view…

And lots of laughs:

And hugs…

Brigid shared, “I am pretty darn proud of the table names with our all things brewed theme.   We made them ourselves and then one of our friends, Kim Jackson, did all of the calligraphy.   We really do love all things brewed.”

She continued, ”  I just knew from the start I wanted to do it this way no pinterest board or prior wedding helped me with that, haha.   I just really loved idea of not only your table being called Oolong, latte, or IPA but then when you arrive it also displays a coffee mug, beer glass or tea pot!”

Another element I loved about Rolling rails was that I was able to get a unique perspective, almost a birds eye view of the wedding guests gathered watching the dances!”

Chris shared, “The mother son dance was quite special, especially for my mom. My mom and I danced to Edelweiss from The Sound of Music soundtrack. We picked this song because she would sing this song to me as a baby.”

Father daughter dance…

Brigid shared, “My dad gave a speech and in it, talked about how I have faced difficulties and adversity and called me his hero.   After that I was unable to speak because I was in tears. He ended his speech by toasting HIP HIP WOOHOO!!!”

Brigid shared, “My siblings gave a joint speech each giving a quote and then talking about it and adding a funny line and ones that related to Chris and myself.  ‘Exploring and expanding your horizons is one of the best things to do both as individuals and as a couple. To quote a great father figure in my life, “Everything that the light touches is your kingdom.’ Those are the wise words of Mufasa telling a young Simba that horizons are endless, much like this speech. Nah I’m kidding. Explore your horizons together, expand your comfort zones, and do one thing every day that scares you.”  The fact that they quoted the Lion King is amazing!”

If it’s something they are interested, I love to take my couples out for a few photos during sunset.  Brigid was a real trooper and trekked to the edge of the forest in her gown, confessing, “I will do anything for a good picture.”  To me, this looks like a fairytale!

Here was a heavenly shot during Brigid and Chris’ sunset:

Dancing began and Nittany Entertainment was awesome…

Guests got into the shades and glow sticks…

 

There are so many ways to wear a glow necklace 😉

You can even get creative and make your own jump rope!

They were such a great group and had fun with everything, even cleaning up spills, haha!

Brigid shared, “I thought about getting a photo booth, but my sisters created an amazing 90’s photo booth for my bachelorette party that I felt should not be missed by others.  There was a neon backdrop fun props like I love Kelly Kapowski, a Tamagotchi, Furbie, tons of masks, hats, and sunglasses just to name a few.  The 90’s really came alive and it was so much fun! Fun fact, the McHodges balloons were held up with dental floss found in Chris’ car, because we forgot string.    Chris really is my own personal MacGyver.”

Chris shared, “My groomsmen and I heard Backstreet Boys come on– being 90’s kids we pretty much agreed we needed to get back downstairs. As we were walking down we all began singing. Collectively we realized this is a perfect goofy moment to take the spotlight. So, we gave a little impromptu performance to “I Want It That Way”. It is a moment that we won’t forget.”

Haha, a perfect ending show for a wedding themed “all things brewed”!

Brigid and Chris thank you for inviting me to photograph all *thirteen* hours of your wedding day and for sharing your story and introducing me to all of your incredible friends and family members!

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.

 

additional wedding vendors:

Vendors: Mowers Flowers

Catering: Hoag’s Catering

Cake: Spruce Creek Bakery

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