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Historic Acres of Hershey Wedding Photographers: Jen & Tyler

A romantic, fairy tale wedding with so many unique twists– a dress designed for Meghan Markle, s’mores, a birthday surprise, a sweet food truck and how about this incredible sunset!?!?

Jen shared, “Hiring you to be our wedding photographer was the first and easiest decision we made when beginning to plan our wedding.”

Tyler explained, “Jen’s jaw literally dropped when she first started looking at your work.  She was impressed by the high quality images, all the candid moments and emotion.  It was at that point that we both knew we needed to make you our wedding photographer.”

Jen continued, “You really took the time to get to know us and are caring, incredibly talented and personable.  Tyler and I are not the most photogenic people but you really made us feel comfortable, so our personalities really came out on camera.   Kris was also fantastic. He made all the guys feel so comfortable. Watching you capture *every moment* throughout the night, made me appreciate your talents even more.  These photos will allow us to relive our wedding day for years to come, and we are excited for that!”

Wow– her dress and the grounds of Historic Acres— I found a bird’s eye view and used a tilt shift technique for this shot– I love the vibrant blues and greens in this shot:

I love to play with perspective– lunch is served, guys!

Jen shared, “One thing that was really important to me was to have all my best friends standing by me on my wedding day.  For me that meant including two brides men.  We had such a great time together and they brought a lot of fun into the mix!”

Jen shared, “My family has always been super close. It sounds silly but they really are my best friends. Having my mom help dress me was so important to me because she is the most loving and caring person. She has been there for me through it all and this is no different. I have always looked up to her and she will never truly know how amazing she is as a mother.”

Tyler shared, “I knew Jen was the one from the very beginning. She is beautiful, loving and always has a crazy idea that I end up supporting her with. Jen is ‘My Person’– she gets me, she picks me up when I’m down and gives me a reason to live life fully each and every day.  I am so happy to call her my WIFE!”

Yes, this was a dress designed for real-life princess, Meghan Markle!

Jen explained,  “My dress was one of my favorite parts of the wedding!  I knew I wanted a white dress, but we didn’t want a cookie cutter wedding so I needed a dress that was a little different. After putting on my dress for the first time I knew this was the dress for me. Later I found out the dress I chose was  Hayley Paige and was designed for Meghan Markle!  While Meghan ultimately chose a different dress, I’m so glad this was designed, because it was the most perfect dress for me!”

Jen shared, “I have always been a daddy’s girl and been super close with my dad, even when he gives tough love. I knew I wanted this special moment with him. I did not realize how emotional it was going to be, but my love for my dad will always be special.”

Aww happy tears…

She continued, “My dad taught me to value myself and he set the standards high, but he taught me to never settle for less. I will forever be his little girl and he will forever be my greatest hero.”

I loved at Jen’s mom was in the room too soaking up the moment.  I captured several photos of Jen and her dad, but for this one, I turned my focus to Jen’s mom, teary eyed and beaming.”

First look with the bridal party… I love her brother’s reaction (left bottom corner)

Jen smiled, “Growing up my brother and I were very different– we still are, but somehow we just click.  I’m so happy he was by my side all day.  He has always been my biggest cheerleader. We don’t say it often, but he is the best big brother and I couldn’t ask for a better brother to love.”

Strike a pose, Vogue…

TK’s turn in the spotlight.  While I was photographing Jen, my husband, and fellow photographer, Kris, was photographing the groom and groomsmen.

Jen shared, “Tyler is the most kind, loving, and patient person I know. From the day I met TK we just clicked. Conversation flowed and sparks flew. He has every quality I could have ever dreamed or wished for in a man. He is truthful, understanding, compassionate, selflessness, and supportive. He shows me his love for me every day and is truly my best friend.”

GQ called, they want their models back 😉

Tyler is wild!  He was like, hey you guys wanna lift me up?  He called me over so Kris and I would both be there to catch whatever transpired, haha!

Tyler laughed, “Being able to trust your friends is important in any friendship and I was thankful to have these guys there to support me!”

Everyone was dying to see Jen and Tk’s first look.  Jen and Tyler wanted them to be there, but also to have a private moment.

I positioned them so both could happen.  Tyler waited behind the weeping willows, as Jen processed down the long staircase…

Tyler smiled, “When I first saw Jen in her elegant dress my jaw dropped, I tried to keep it together for the photos, haha, but wow, she was absolutely stunning!”

I have so many photos of their first look, but their expressions in this shot are so precious…

He continued, “I couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful bride! She brought tears to my eyes and gave me the biggest smile that I couldn’t wipe off for the rest of the night.  She looked like she stepped right out of a magazine.  That on top of who she is as a person!  I’m a lucky man.”

Jen shared, “Getting to see Tyler for the first time on my wedding day brought back the same giddy feeling I had when I first met Tyler. Once Tyler turned around all my nerves and excitement disappeared and I just had a sense of comfort knowing this was happening and I will be marrying the man of my dreams.”

Jen shared, “Hershey will now forever be a special place to us we loved the idea of getting our bridal party together for a Hershey trolley ride.”

Tyler added “The trolley was a fun way for our bridal party to all get together and connect.”

Tyler smiled, “My favorite part of the wedding day was seeing how happy Jen was. Even with the giant monsoon that rolled through just hours before the ceremony, Jen never let it phase her.  She enjoyed every moment!”

Jen added, “Everything worked out so perfectly!  The storm passed and we were still able to have the ceremony outside!”

I have to add that Historic Acres of Hershey was great with this… there are so many venues that make you decide indoors or out way ahead of time even if there is rain on the radar let alone a deluge that drenches everything.  I need to mention I was impressed with their flexibility.  🙂

I love capturing truly candid moment like this…

Jen shared, “For our décor we were really going for that beautiful, romantic look many of the signs were handmade. Jen still can’t get over the flowers and how beautiful they all were.”

Jen laughed, “When my dad told me he would meet me at the bottom of the stairs, I was not so sure about the grand entrance, I could imagine myself falling down the steps, haha!”

She continued, “But in reality but being able to see all our friends and family standing below is a view I will never forget.”

Tyler shared, “As Jen began her journey down the steps my heart was so happy. Jen looked absolutely stunning and I couldn’t have imagined a grander entrance!”

While I love to capture a stunning scene, there are times when getting close and filling the frame with the closest family members is key… here you can see Jen & Tyler along with Jen’s dad, and 4 key members of Tyler’s family!

The scene was beautiful, blue skies, white puffy clouds, I’m so glad it all came together!

From the entire scene to family members to the details, my goal is to allow couples to re-live their day for years to come…

Jen shared, “I knew from the start 2 and a half years ago I wanted slate blue as our main color, from there we found a color pallet that just fit us. Flowers were a huge part of the wedding. My mom and I are huge flower fans and we knew we wanted lots of flowers!”

What a beautiful setting…

Jen shared, “Tyler and I decided to write our vows.  Writing them was actually easier than we anticipated. Once we started writing them, we really realized how much our values and desires were aligned when it came to what we wanted to give each other in our marriage.”

She continued, “Some of the promises we made to each other are to trust and respect each other as your own person and to realize that our interest, desired and needs are no less important than my own. We promised to be each other’s partner and equal in all things, to love in good and bad times completely and forever.”

The ring exchange…

Jen smiled, “The petal toss was a true fairytale moment. I never thought it would have worked out so well!”

Meatball sliders, tiny tacos and specialty drinks… the food at their wedding was amazing!

Jen shared, “We chose Historic Acres of Hershey because I fell in love the reception area. As soon as I walked into the ‘barn’ and saw the chandeliers, I knew it was exactly what I was going for. I wanted a formal wedding, but more relaxed that a ballroom wedding– this gave me exactly what I was looking for.”

She added, “The fireplace display blew us away and was such a focal point of the wedding!”

The exposed wood of the farmhouse tables, heaping with eucalyptus greens, and rustic loaf of freshly baked bread and herb spread hit a perfect note!

As always, a beautiful cake by Jasmine of The Couture Cakery…

Jen shared, “Tyler and I really wanted a fun way for our bridal party to enter the reception.  During my bachelorette party, we had a competition to see who could come up with the best dance entrance. After deciding our winner, we sent a video to the Tyler and the groomsman letting them know what they had to learn.

Tyler added, “When Jen told me about this crazy idea, we went with it. The night of the rehearsal dinner we taught all the groomsman and practiced a few times and we were ready to go. It ended up being a great idea and a lot of fun to do as a bridal party”

Jen continued, ” The whole dance was so much fun and I cant believe we pulled it off!  It set a fun tone and party vibe for the night.  The ending pose was inspired by my dad always making a gross face when we kiss. Everyone laughed and cheered at the kiss!”

Jen shared, “I am not usually one to be the center of attention so I was very nervous for the first dance, but once I was in the middle of the dance floor in Tyler’s arms it was like the room was empty and it was just to two of us. The first dance was so special and getting to twirl in my dress was a lot of fun!”

Tyler added, “The first dance with Jen was incredible. Showing off my beautiful bride in front of a crowd of close friends and family was a feeling second to none. Jen looked like a princess and I am so glad I am the lucky guy that gets to dance through life with her!”

Jen shared, “Hillary, my maid of honor, has been like a sister to me. We have been friends for over 20 years and I couldn’t be more thankful to have her in my life. She has been there through it all and hearing her speech and everything we been through brought back so many different emotions and I couldn’t be more excited that I had her to stand by my side on my wedding day, but also for the past 20 plus years.”

I was playing with several things in this photo.. the string lights wrapped around the barn posts, the sparkling chandelier and my radio triggered flash that I used to illuminate Hillary and her speech…

Jen explained, “David has been a lifesaver to us. We would have never been able to pull of this wedding without him. Having 230 guest and a list of vendors that feels like it never ends, our wedding day would have been a hot mess without him.”

She went on, “Since it was his birthday we really wanted to do something special to thank him for all he did for us. The cake was just a little surprise to show him our appreciation for all he did. He became part of the Balbi gang over the past 2 and a half years of planning. He really was able to take our vision and make it into the most magical night of our lives.”

Mother-son dance…

Jennifer shared, “As I was dancing with my dad and saw my mom and brother eyes filled with tears I knew we needed a few moments as a family. Having them join my dad and I made me the happiest girl in the world.”

Jen explained, Tyler and I really just wanted all our guest to have a great time. In order to do that we made sure there was many different little surprises as the night went on from cornhole, to the s’mores and cigar bar, dancing, and food truck, to dance floor props– there was something for everyone.”

I love to play around with different photography techniques and combined my radio triggered flash with a slow shutter to capture all the excitement and energy in this frame…

Dance floor shenanigans…

lol, more…

Tyler explained,  “The Cigar and Bourbon bar was a great escape from the craziness of the night.  It gave me some time to catch up with some old friends as we enjoyed hand cut cigars.”

Again, I love to play with light and here I illuminated the smoke in blue– so fun, it almost reminds me of a movie effect…

Tk shared, “ I am a big foodie so we made sure to incorporate a lot of our favorite food items throughout the day.”

He continued, “I really enjoyed sharing the s’mores with my wife. Nothing like a good s’more and my love.”

Tyler continued, “So, I was very excited for the food truck. The food truck was a great way for me to bring in all my favorite foods!”

Mac and cheese in a bread cone– talk about comfort food!  Yummmmmm…

Jen shared, “The sparkler sendoff was another one of my favorite part of the nights. There was so many guest still there we ran out of sparklers, but that is just a sign of a great wedding. Bring surrounded by all our friends and family one last time for the night was an unbelievable feeling.”

Jen shared, “The sunset was one thing I was really looking forward to. I wasn’t sure if we would get it or not because of the storm, but it ended up being amazing and having that few minutes of alone time with Tyler made it even more amazing.”

Jennifer shared, “It gave us a time to step back and really soak in that we were officially married! The whole night felt like a wedding out of a movie and was truly a dream come true! I cannot even describe how perfect the entire day was and how fantastic we felt at the end of the night.”

Jen and Tyler, thank you for entrusting us to capture your precious wedding day memories!

If you’d like to see more photos of Jen & Tyler, check out their ice skating engagement blog post here.

Here is their amazing team of vendors:

Historic Acres of Hershey
Rettew’s Catering
Treasured Events (Fiffer)
Splints & Daisies (Tara)
Elegance String Quartet (Ray)
Grand Central (Martin)
Complete Weddings Videography
Shining Star Photo Booth (Mark)
Lauren’s Makeup Designs (Lauren)
Luxe Salon (Allison)
The Couture Cakery (Jasmine)
Mx2 Design (David)
The Traveling Tap (Amber)
The Cigar Guys (Drew)
Cone Appetit Food Truck (Susan)

Marigold Somerset wedding photographers: Nicole & Tim

Sparks flew during this fun, vibrant, Marigold wedding… I love being able to see everyone’s reactions in this shot!

Nicole shared, “I’m so glad we chose Rhinehart photography for our special day because I never had to worry a thing!  Our huge bridal party, the terrible weather, changing locations, a glitter disaster, haha… and all of it happened and Lisa was totally flexible and rolled with the punches, not missing a beat!”

She continued, “I had the benefit of having worked with her before as a bridesmaid in Steph and Ryan’s wedding a few years ago, and knew she’d be fantastic to work with, feel like a member of the bridal party, make us feel relaxed and comfortable and that our photos would be creative and beautiful no matter what happened!  She is sweet, thoughtful, and detail oriented– she really cares about her clients and is passionate about her work!”

Speaking of details, check out the lovely detailing on her wedding gown– I also brought in the blue of the curtains and the walls, Nicole and Tim’s favorite color!

Nicole explained, “I wanted a look that was little rustic, but also elegant.  Tim and I both love blue, so I wanted to incorporate that, while also adding lots of color.

She smiled, “I love color, for me it expressed our excitement about getting married!”

Talking about excitement and color, let’s pop the champagne!

Nicole went on, “To bring in that rustic, romantic feel, we chose floral invitations and peach, pink, and sage colored flowers.  We played with the color palette getting pretty vibrant with the different shades!”

Nicole shared, “We also added lots of sparkle, like the dance-floor sparklers, the sparkle poppers, and the sparklers at the end of the night. ”

I brought some of that into her ring shot, but let’s face it, there was already a lot of sparkle going on with the rings before I did ;).

How fun was this!?!  I LOVE this shot!  All Nicole, by the way, she was like I bought some poppers, it’ll be cute, right?  Um yessss!

Nicole shared, “Glitter poppers…the pictures looked amazing, but I wound up with TONS of glitter in my hair! We got held up for 40 minutes while everyone worked to pick glitter from my hair, it really ate into our photo time, but I was impressed, Lisa worked it out with our schedule and the weather and went with the flow!”

I must say Nicole was amazing, as was her planner, and stylist, everyone else stayed calm and collected and worked together to support in whatever way they could.  Worth it?

Everyone was on clean up detail, the hotel janitor came to vacuum the floor… I really love the light and framing– the storytelling in this shot:

Nicole’s mom puts on the finishing touches– such a beautiful silhouette of her and I also like how Nicole’s veil is catching the light here…

Adding a little more sparkle…

Shark tank!  Watch out, guys!  😀

Nice capture by my second photographer for this wedding, my husband, Kris!

Nicole shared, “Tim’s easygoing nature and his ability to stay positive in any situation drew me to him. He always sees the best in people.  Having Tim in my life has made me a better friend and a stronger person.”

We moved from Spring Hill Suites in Somerset to The Marigold for the first look.

Nicole smiled, “When I first saw him,  I  was so relieved and so excited!  Your wedding day is a whirlwind of emotions, and I was so glad that I could start experiencing that with my best friend! I also thought of how great he looked in his gray and navy suit, he looked so dapper!!

Tim shared, “I knew that I liked Nicole from the very beginning.  We met at this Halloween Party and she made her own costume– she was a gumball machine!  Looking back I think the costume said so much about her personality.  She is fun, creative, ambitious, clever, festive– especially festive, you should see Nicole at Christmas… and I love all of those things about her.”

Nicole shared, “We were trying for an outdoor  ceremony, but we had terrible weather the day of our wedding.  Lisa knew we wanted outdoor photos, so she used a carport, what would keep us dry and not show in the photos of our first look.    It was perfect, we got the romantic outdoor photos we wanted while also protecting my hair from the rain!

Nicole shared, “I think Tim and I work well together but we have very complementary but opposite personalities.  Where I’m more skeptical sometimes, Tim’s more open.  Tim challenges me to be more trusting and optimistic.”

Nicole remarked, “My favorite part of our day was our first look.  It was so special to see Tim, and then see our puppy Bella right after! It was like our little family was reunited all at once. I’m so glad we incorporated Bella into our wedding.”

Nicole shared, “Tim and I both love the color blue, so we chose mismatched navy blue and slate bridesmaid dresses for the women in our bridal party.”

Puppy love…

Gentlemen….

Wow, love these groomsmen gifts, Tim!  They are smartwatches that look classic, unbelievable!

Nicole was a bridesmaid in Steph and Ryan’s wedding and knew she wanted a “vogue shot” for her wedding too, the staircase at The Marigold was the perfect space for it!

Nicole smiled, “I was really excited about the ceremony spaces at The Marigold.  The outdoor option was a brand new arbor, and the indoor room was a gorgeous, garden-like room.  In the end, we chose the indoor space because of the weather, but it did not disappoint.  The sun-filled room with all of its windows was perfect for the look we were going for!”

Tim watched as his bride processed down the aisle…

Here Nicole’s father gives her away as Tim and his parents watch…

I have many photos of the ceremony, but this has to be my favorite– kiss the bride…

Tim share, “There is something about our chemistry together makes me feel relaxed and at home when I’m with Nicole.  I’m really grateful to be able to call her my WIFE!””

The table arrangements and decor were amazing…

And how sweet was the cake?

Tim’s dance with his mom…

Dancing on the clouds, beneath this stunning chandelier…

Sparks will fly– such a cool effect by their DJ…

The speeches were excellent, lol…

Cheers!

Nicole explained, “I was most excited to experience dancing with our guests and everyone having fun! We had  a great dance floor set up, complete with sparklers, and the  Marigold let us have a bar right in our reception room! Everyone had a blast.”

Nicole especially loves my “end of the night” shots.  I played about with so many looks and lights with these, while they cooled off from the heat of the day and took it all in…

Before heading out, Kris grabbed a photo of Steph and Ryan, the wedding where we all met, he photographed that wedding with me, too!  It was so nice to see everyone!  Seriously, referring your friends to me is the biggest compliment, I appreciate it so much!!!

Nicole and Tim, thank you so much for trusting me to capture such special moments in your life!

Vendors:

If you’d like to see more of Nicole and Tim, check out their Central Park engagement session at Loeb Boathouse in New York City, HERE.

 

Scranton wedding photographers: Lauren & Michael

Dozens of musicians, 3 locations and 2 people in love…  You won’t want to miss this romantic, music-filled wedding and unique ceremony, what an incredible day…

Lauren shared, “Lisa photographed a friend’s wedding a few years ago.  When I saw the photos, I knew I wanted Rhinehart Photography to capture all the moments of my wedding day.  I fell in love with the uniqueness of each photo as well as Lisa’s creativity.”

She continued, “We were very pleased with Lisa’s flexibility on out wedding day.  We had an opportunity to take photos at a nearby Estate (Fern Hall) which was not in our original plans, but Lisa was able to meet our request.  Lisa showed us a few of her amazing shots – they were some of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen and I’m so excited to see all of the photos from the day!

Aw thanks, lady– my pleasure!  Here is one of the photos that I showed her.  🙂

Michael shared, “Even though Lauren and I have moved to Orlando, we knew we wanted to have a wedding close to our hometown of Scranton, Pa. The Hotel Anthracite was a brand new venue and a place that our guests may not have been before. It was nice to introduce them to this space with its large ballroom, delicious food, and charming decor.”

Here Lauren sits in the window at Hotel Anthracite as her hair and make-up are completed…

I love to be creative and play around with the space.  I also love color.  Here I was able to pull in the blue of the sky, the yellow from the light, all while Lauren sat in the same space.

It’s fun to stop time for a moment, here I played with the light and shutter speed to catch her finishing touches…

There happened to be a painting of the church Lauren and Michael would be getting married in on the wall, here I caught her reflection and a bit of downtown Carbondale as Lauren finished her preparations…

How cool is it that you could *literally see* the wedding venue out the window?  Here, Lauren’s mom finishes buttoning her dress as she looks out at St. Rose of Lima Parish.

Lauren, you are stunning!!!

Sometimes it’s the little things 😉

One last detail– earrings…  Just can’t get over that view…

She’s a bride!!!  Over joyed and joined by her mom and sister!!!

Lauren shared, “I found my dress in downtown Scranton at The Darling Dress.”

Wow!  I love the lace detailing on the back!

Time for the first look…

Smiles all around!

Michael shared, “I am so incredibly grateful, each and every day, to have Lauren by my side!   Now she will be my *wife*!”

Michael continued, “From the moment I met her, I fell in love with the energy and enthusiasm that she brings to everything she does. Lauren’s smile can brighten even the most gloomy  of days.”

While most of my photos are candid moments, I do make sure to take a couple of traditional portraits, too.  Here is one.

Lauren smiled, “I met Michael when I was a sophomore in high school.  I was introduced to him through a friend.  I had wanted to get involved in music ministry and Michael was the music director at a local church.  After the first time I met him, I told my friend that I had a crush on him.  I guess it really was love at first sight.”

I love to play with frames and layers and light… here I used a tilt-shift technique while framing them in the beautiful stone arches of Fern Hill Estate.

Lauren continued, “Our friendship developed over the next few years, until he asked me out on a date a few summers later.  It will be ten years in August since our first date.  Every day I fall more in love with his contagious smile, great sense of humor, and sweet personality.”

Michael shared, “Lauren is the most generous and caring person that I know. She always considers others before herself and her devotion to her family is beyond measure. ”

Lauren shared, “Michael and I were friends before we started dating.  That is the basis and most important part of our relationship.  We are able to have fun and laugh together which helps us get through the hard days and makes the good days even better.”

She went on, “We share many similar interests, such as music and theatre.  It is what brought us together as a couple and something that is very important in our lives. ”

She concluded, “Michael is a Music and Liturgy Director at a church in Florida.  I am a theatre teacher at a public middle school in Orlando.  I have always participated in Michael’s choirs and he musically directs my school plays.  It is fun for us to share in each other’s lives in this way.”

OK, I need to give a huge shout out to Fern Hall!  Thank you so much for opening up your property to us, it is incredibly beautiful– from the historic estate to the incredible views, thank you!!!

Sweet, classic bouquets…

Lauren shared, “Michael and I wanted to keep the focus of the wedding on the church ceremony.  We tried to keep things simple, which is why we chose to have a small bridal party. ”

Lauren explained, “There were 19 or 20 at the church! I used to babysit George (the one who played the piano when I walked down the aisle) so that was a special moment.”

Lauren & her father…

Awww Michael’s expression, and his best man’s too!  I told you, you are stunning, Lauren!

The church is very important to Lauren & Michael.  Several key players are in this photo, even Jesus 😉

The ceremony was so unique and personal!  It was nothing short of incredible and fun, it’s obvious that Michael does this for a living!  Wow!!”

Lauren explained, “Every musician there was either a family member or one of our friends.”

I climbed up to the balcony to get this vantage point, 15 musicians are in view here, and wow, the music!

Michael explained, “Our favorite part of our wedding  day was exchanging our vows in the presence of our family and friends.  Lauren and I are blessed beyond measure to have the support system that we have.  Having them witnesses our promises to one another was very special to us. ”

They held hands throughout the entire ceremony, it was so sweet!  I wanted to be respectful of the service and the church and not get too close, but still really focus on their hands, so I shot through (and blurred) all the plants and gold decor  in the church, finding just the right spot where you could just see their hands…

Lauren you are *glowing*

Michael explained, “Lauren and I spent most of our time and energy on planning the ceremony. We chose songs, prayers, and scripture readings that speak of our relationship and our worldview. It was such a blessing that our wonderful friends and family were able to serve in the various ministries of the liturgy, especially Fr. John Lapera and the terrific musicians.”

Reflections are another favorite of mine!  While I was up in the choir loft, I noticed this mirror on the pipe organ– how fun!

Lauren explained, “Noah is my little cousin.  He sang the Ave Maria!”

How precious!

Another unique element was that Lauren and Michael served the Eucharist to their wedding guests.  I have been to so many weddings, and I think this is the first time I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing this done…

The ring exchange:

Sealed with a kiss!

It’s official– Mr & Mrs!

From the St Rose of Lima Parish, everyone walked across the street to Hotel Anthracite and were greeted by gracious hosts and tasty horsdevours….

People enjoyed the outdoor courtyard space & sweet company…

Haaaa!!!

A great group for sure!

Champagne was poured in the hotel ballroom… 

Lauren shared, “Debra and Donna  (of ‘Vie’ Interior Design and Life Events) are close family friends who are extremely talented! Michael and I were not very particular about the decor and knew that whatever Debbie and Donna came up with would be fantastic! We were blown away when we walked into the ballroom and saw the decorations for the first time!”

Lauren shared, “Music for Models was our band, led by the talented Marko Marcinko, he is, lucky for us, a very close friend.  Erin Malloy is his wife and we specially requested that she sing with the band for our wedding because she is also a close friend of ours.”

And can she *sang* 🙂

First dance…

The best man met Michael in *kindergarten*, his mom saved this picture he drew of Michael all the way back then!

Wedding guests were tickled by the speeches, for sure…

Mamma’s boy:

Dancing with dad– love the pop of color and light here:

Speaking of light and color, I had to post another band shot…

The dance floor was opened, I love the shadows from the chandeliers, candles and cherry blossoms…

Smiles all around:

It didn’t take long for the dance floor to be *packed*

It was raining, and I asked Lauren if she’d mind getting a little wet, she was game!  They spent a little time in the courtyard of the Hotel Anthracite, slow dancing in the rain– so romantic…

There was something so timeless and classic about it… I just needed to post one in black and white!

Lauren and Michael, it was such a treat to be by your side throughout the day and to tell your story today.  Thank you for inviting me and for being your awesome selves!

Here are a few of their favorite vendors:

The Palace at Somerset Park

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Here is a sample album I created for The Palace at Somerset Park that features a few weddings I have photographed there.  Enjoy!

 

(If you are viewing this one your phone, I’d suggest turning it horizontally to view this album) 😉

 

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Oxon Hill Manor wedding photographers: Karin & Albert

You won’t want to miss this elegant, intimate, romantic, Oxon Hill Manor wedding…

When we first chatted, Karin mentioned liking a friend’s engagement photographs, she had seen this blog post of Ellen & Matt’s Washington DC engagement.   She wasn’t exactly sure what they wanted, but with some questions and examples, it became clear to me that they wanted creative, colorful images that captured emotion, architecture and had personality.  😉

Karin shared, “Yes, we were referred to a few different photographers, all were highly recommended.  We found that we liked yours the best!”

The shot above shows a creative angle, above the couple through the cast iron railing, and this image below is a reflection in the mirror– it allowed me to frame them and show off the stunning room decor at Oxen Hill at little more.

I asked Karin if she wanted me to take an editorial approach to the bridal party portraits, to make it look more formal, like something you’d see in a fashion magazine or the royal wedding, she was game.  I love to give each bridal party member a different post and shot of their specific features or gown.  Karin wanted to be tall, and totally is in this shot, haha!

The first look…

Albert’s reaction to seeing Karin in her wedding veil and gown was so sweet!

Karin shared, “Albert is my lifelong best friend.  He is so caring and always generous with his words and actions.  I love seeing him smile.”

It was such a treat to be there as they spent a few moments in the garden together.

Albert shared, “Karin is stunning!  I love her beautiful smile and kind heart”

While I love capturing candid moments, I make sure to capture a few more traditional photos, too.

They shared, “I think we work well together because we are both good listeners, and listen to each other.  We share our goals and problem solve together as a team.”

Karin explained, “Oxon Hill Manor was the perfect place for us, we loved the historic nature and the romantic gardens.  The location worked well for us, too.”

The gardens were exquisite!  There was a good deal of heat, humidity and rain on their wedding day, so they preferred to have most of their photographs in the air conditioning, haha, but the several we captured were truly beautiful.

The full bridal party– strike a pose:

Family joined in and I captured several portraits of the couple with various friends and family members, but this one of Albert with his mother is particularly sweet…

The ceremony music was lovely and fit the space very well.

This little man was so sweet in his suit.

He kept talking about turkeys and I looked out the window, sure enough, there they were, haha!

Karin shared, “Our favorite part of the day by far was having our family and friends attending the event.  They are all of our favorite people and we know them from so many different areas of life.”

Karin’s parents walked her down the aisle…

Albert watched his bride to be…

Here her father, gives her away.  I like that you can see his wedding band and wife in this image, too.

Their officiant was a long-time friend and it was such a sweet, fun, personal ceremony.

The children were adorable, too.

The ring exchange…

The kiss…

Husband and wife, such a beautiful bouquet by Sharpers Florist

I love their exit and the reflection of their guests applauding and taking photos…

Dinner service begins…

The food was delicious– everyone was wowed by Susan Gage Caterers

I played with a tilt-shift technique here– I wanted them almost to seem like miniatures…

I love to play with perspective, and this staircase was *stunning*

I liked the golds of the decor light inside and the mood it created…

Karin and Albert, thank you for sharing your big day with me!  Many more images coming your way!

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