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Maryland Wedding Photographers: Melissa & Jason at Martin’s

An elegant, classic fall fairy tale wedding for a unique family with a beautiful story…

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Melissa was open with me from day one– at our first meeting she shared, “I’m very particular about photos. I’ve been looking for a long time and haven’t found a wedding photographer who can capture flattering portraits, candid emotions, beautiful settings and also have an eye for detail.  I really want to find a professional who is able to capture those elements as well as an overall “fairytale” feeling on our wedding day.”

Following her wedding day she wrote, ” I knew I chose the perfect photographer!  You find the beauty in any situation and bring it out in every photograph! You helped me get through all my stress and keep me on track with time, when I’m always late for everything.  Thanks a million!”

It was very important for Melissa and Jason to be married in a church.  One of their favorite elements about this church, Saint Mary’s UCC in Westminster, in particular, was the stained glass.  When I was trying to figure out the best place to photograph Melissa’s dress this came to mind…

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The colors from the stained glass were just lovely, here you can see the pinks and blues (Melissa’s favorite colors) shining through the window and onto the wall, highlighting her beautiful bouquet.

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Melissa’s dress was ornate, a couture gown that she found at Simone’s, a local bridal boutique in Hanover, Pennsylvania.  She had an appointment scheduled at Kleinfeld’s (yes the famous New York City Boutique from TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress), but fell in love with this dress, and even after trying on many gowns in NYC, she came back to find this one.

Melissa has always loved dresses with sleeves and wanted the dress to have fully beaded sleeves, which the designer added for her here.  You can see some of the intricate beading and embroidery work here during the end of her preparations…

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Melissa wanted a fairytale look that was very soft, feminine, elegant and romantic.   Gettysburg Day Spa did a phenomenal job on her hair and make up.  Melissa has known Siarra Long for years and only trusts her with her hair.

The combination of her hair, make-up and gown came together beautifully, and I really wanted to capture it.  We had the church basement to work with, as she didn’t want anyone to see her before the ceremony.  I found this wall in a nursery with some light coming in through a window.  I knew it would make the perfect bright, minimalist background and really show off Melissa’s beauty and make her the focus of the photograph.

Melissa you look absolutely stunning!

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Jason has a tradition of buying her flowers every Friday, so Melissa wanted her bouquet to come from the same florist.  Melissa’s soft pink and ivory bouquet of roses is from Country Hearth Wreath.

Roses are her favorite flower– she wanted them wrapped in pearls to make them appear even more soft, romantic and add a timeless feeling…

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Jayson was on “Ring Security” for the wedding day.  Melissa shared, “Little Jayson and I were our own family for about 6 years.  Meeting a husband with the same name (Jason) was a strange coincidence or maybe a part of God’s plan.  They bonded in no time.  Jason always wanted a son and Jayson always wanted a dad.”

“Jayson is obsessed with brief cases and is also very protective and a vital member of our fmaily.  To give him this case and “Ring Security” role in our wedding was just a perfect fit.”

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Time to meet Jason!  Melissa shared, “I was raised with traditional values that may be considered old fashioned in this day and age.  I met Jason and he shared the same goals and ideas about living and raising a family.  He was a true gentlemen (opening doors, bringing me Friday flowers), hardworking, loyal.   He really is the love of my life!”

I like this traditional portrait of Jason.  He comes across as strong, kind and an overall “good guy.”

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Jason and his groomsmen are a solid bunch.  Melissa’s brother, Jimmy grew up with Jason’s neighbor, James so they have deep roots and are connected in one way or another :).

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One of Melissa’s favorite qualities in Jason is his ability to have fun wherever.  After witnessing him with his groomsmen, I can totally see how this would be the case.

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While he can have a light, friendly side, Jason can also be really serious, too.  Here he watches Melissa escorted down the aisle by her father.

He shared, “In that moment I was holding back tears.  She was the most gorgeous woman I had ever seen.  I felt like the luckiest man alive.”

While I have several lovely photographs of Melissa and her father I really wanted to post this photo– Jason’s expression says it all…

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Saint Mary’s UCC was a beautiful setting and I really wanted to capture its stunning architecture and the entire scene.  I have photos taken from a closer perspective but I really like the grand feeling of this image:

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Their Christian faith is very important to Melissa & Jason.  Melissa shared, “My favorite moment at the church was lighting the unity candle.”

St. Mary’s UCC has a strong German heritage, and continues to have a piece of artwork above the alter of Christ that is inscribed in gold in German.  It is roughly translated, “All to the Glory of God.”

I like the balance of this image– that it layers the wedding guests, bridal party, bride and groom and shows Christ arms extended proclaiming the glory of God.  A very sweet moment for these two:

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Man and wife– wedding guests blew bubbles as Melissa and Jason exited the church.  I wanted to capture the church and couple as well as wedding guests in the background.
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Jason always wanted children, but was told that he’d never be able to have children of his own.     Accepting Jayson as his son was monumental and adding Maddison was nothing short of a miracle.

Jason shared, “They are both miracles for me really.  Our children mean everything to us.  Enjoying them and growing old together and loving each other for the rest of our lives is what I’m most looking forward to.”

Daddy’s little girl…

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Jason explained a few of the reasons why he loves Melissa so much.   “She is classy– charming and witty while also being down-to-earth and fun.  Melissa is absolutely gorgeous and has such a kind heart.”

He went on, “I had eyes for Melissa long before I ever introduced myself.  I didn’t want to mess anything up!”  Luckily he made a great impression and the rest is history.

I think that affection that he has for her can be seen in this next photo along with her beauty and elegance…  I liked the rust-colored fall foliage in the background as well:

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We had such a vibrant and colorful autumn this year.  I noticed this tree immediately as we pulled into the church!

It was a stunning gold maple and positioned perfectly for a very bright, clean background, displaying a carpet of leaves.

Jason kissed Melissa’s hand which really captures his gentlemanly personality…

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Family means everything to Melissa and Jason and as I shared earlier, they view it as a true miracle.

I knew capturing a family portrait of the four of them together would be important and I really wanted that photo to not only be a flattering image where they all looked their best, while also bringing in that royal, fairytale feeling as well.

I saw this gold detailing on the wall at Martin’s and saw it as the perfect frame and backdrop for them….

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This was another real fairy tale moment.  Here Melissa plays with Maddison.  It could be straight out of a Disney movie!

Aesthetically I like all of the bright whites and golds in this photo and the joyful expressions of these two:

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I have literally hundreds of gorgeous photos of this wedding, so I am temped to move on to the reception, but Maddison is so cute that I think I need to post a few more of her…

I love the last one,  it made me laugh out loud as she looks like a total baller, haha!

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Melissa chose Martin’s in Westminster because she always wanted a ballroom wedding.  She blames it on watching Cinderella hundreds of times as a child, haha.

Ironically, Jason’s favorite moment of the wedding was the first dance. Here he twirls her beneath a gorgeous crystal chandelier– talk about a Cinderella moment!

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I knew Melissa loved the chandeliers at Martins and I really wanted to incorporate them into her photos.  I also love how happy they look in the image below.

Melissa shared, “I just couldn’t get over how handsome he looked.  I kept thinking that he was the one.”

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The dance floor opened and was immediately filled with happy relatives.  Melissa noted, “My family LOVES to dance and sing… it really brings us together!”

Jason is dancing with Melissa’s grandma on her 80th birthday in the first image.  The bottom-middle photo shows Jason’s mother dancing with the woman who was the flower girl in her wedding!  I especially appreciate the creativity of the woman singing into her “spoon microphone” in the last image, haha!

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I knew I wanted to create a photograph like this for Melissa and Jason from the very beginning.  I understood their classic, elegant aesthetic and heard all about the chandeliers and staircase at Martin’s.

I knew I wanted to add some dramatic lighting that would illuminate the couple, showing a bit of the staircase and allowing the dark night sky to show through the windows of Martin’s.

To me, it says that they lived happily ever after ;).

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Melissa and Jason, thank you for choosing me to capture you wedding day.  I was thrilled to recieve your note about how much you liked working with me.  It was a pleasure to spend the day with you and your beautiful family and I am so excited to hear your thoughts about these photos!  Please feel free to share away.  There are many more to come :).  All the best, Lisa

Linwood Estate Wedding Engagement Photographer: Laura & Jeff

From day one, their relationship has been fun, exciting, sweet and simple, their engagement photography session captures all of those sentiments visually and more…  

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Laura and Jeff shared, “We decided to choose to work with you for many reasons. We had met at a Christmas party and really hit it off. When you mentioned you’re a wedding photographer, we went home and looked up your blog, website, Facebook, etc. and were amazed at the uniqueness and personalized aspect of your work which was tailored to every couple.”

She continued, “We really wanted something different for our wedding pictures, something that would set us apart from our friends (who are also getting married around the same time we are). We loved your ability to take a traditional portrait and put a unique spin on it.”

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They chose the breathtaking Linwood Estate in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for their wedding venue and engagement photo site.  Jeff shared, “We originally chose Linwood as our wedding venue because there’s no comparing it to other venues in the area. Laura had been following them on Instagram since they opened as a wedding venue, and she always knew she wanted to get married there. Once we got engaged, Laura immediately scheduled a tour of the property and fell in love as soon as we drove through the front gates.”

For me, Linwood Estate has so much to work with, from a historic mansion to wide open fields and mountains, woods to a pond, it is just exquisite and one of my favorite places to work, it is an amazing venue and only a twenty minute drive from my home!  I captured some of the fall color, the fields and rolling hills in this image:

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While I love capturing unique, candid wedding and engagement photography, I also enjoy capturing more traditional shots, too.

Here is a photo of Laura Jeff in front of the French doors off the flagstone patio– I think you can really see how happy and comfortable they are here:

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In the next photograph I captured their silhouettes against the pretty windows at Linwood while also showing the fall foliage and mountains in the distance.  I like to have layers in my photos :).

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Laura shared, “What I love most about Jeff is his ability to make me laugh pretty much all of the time. It’s been joked about among my friends that I have a pretty dry sense of humor and am pretty much “straight faced” all the time. But Jeff’s sense of humor is similar to mine and always brighten my day.”

You can see them flirting a little in this photo, they had a playful banter going on throughout their session.  You can see a bit of the Linwood Estate in the background:

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Jeff shared, “Since I met Laura, everything between us just seemed to click. When we first started talking I told her everything, way more than you probably should tell someone you just met.”

He continued, “I never felt like I needed to pretend to be cooler than I was. Next thing you know, we were talking everyday and it was an off day if I didn’t get to see her some how.”

“From early on, I knew if given the chance, I would marry her. She’s always been someone I could count on and talk to that I couldn’t imagine spending my life with anyone else.”

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Laura shared, “Champagne is one of our favorite things to indulge in – partly because it’s yummy and partly because it’s so fun to pop the cork out! It’s a great way to celebrate any occasion ;)”

She continued, “I always knew that he would be sweet, respectful, and supportive. After recently finishing my Master’s degree, Jeff was probably more excited than I was. We popped a bottle of champagne and ate cheesecake!”

“Jeff mentioned at least a handful of times how proud he was of me…it’s nice to know that I have someone to support me in whatever I may take on throughout my lifetime.”

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They wore simple casual clothes with a simple fall color palette…

I love the soft, bright light in this next photo.  I let the sun in and it created beautiful orbs of light throughout this image:

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Laura & Jeff first met at the Susquehanna Ale House in downtown Harrisburg.  The girls Laura was out with that night knew the guys that Jeff was hanging out with. Their mutual friends began chatting, which left Laura and Jeff to talk to each other.

They made small talk for a while, and eventually headed to the bar for a drink.  Jeff struck a deal – he said he would buy Laura a drink of her choice if she gave him her phone number. She agreed (and actually gave him her real phone number), haha.

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After a long night of drinking, talking, and dancing, everyone headed back to a friend’s house to hang out. In the cab on the way to the house, Jeff was sitting on the floor between 2 seats and Laura was in one of the seats. At one point, he grabbed her hand and kissed it :).

If you look closely at this next photograph, you can see Jeff kissing her hand in this silhouetted reflection…

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I love using creative photography techniques and using reflection and flare, I also like to capture motion by playing with my shutter speed as well.

Here I wanted to capture their energy and all of the beautiful fall colors and sunlight in one shot.  I like how there are a few elements in sharp focus while the rest of the image conveys movement:

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I’ll end with a photograph captured in the place where Laura first realized that Linwood was the venue for her.  It was on her drive in through the gate.  I loved the golden glow of the sky and the equally gold fields of grain as well!

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If you haven’t seen enough of Laura and Jeff, have no fear, this was just part of their engagement session.  I’ll be posting their football portion tomorrow.  🙂

Laura & Jeff, thank you for spending your evening with me and sharing your story.  It was a pleasure to meet you at Kevin’s party last winter and I am so pleased to be photographing your Linwood wedding!

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