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Shenandoah Wedding Photographers: Kelsey & Michael

An unbelievable autumn hike in Shenandoah at sunset with this super sweet couple…

Kelsey shared, “I first worked with Lisa when I was the Maid of Honor at my friend, Sarah’s wedding. I knew then, if I got married one day, I wanted Lisa to be my photographer. Lisa has such a calming yet fun personality, she was so easy to work with and made the day stress free. I was impressed watching her set up shots and was also impressed by her photos of the unplanned moments.”

She continued, “Ever since Sarah’s engagement photos,  I have followed Rhinehart Photography on social media and been infatuated with all her pictures.  Her photos have a unique, creative feel and she really captures the couple’s personality in her photos. I’m so excited to see ours!”

Mike added, “I was impressed with Lisa’s photos from day one. The detail and overall quality was awesome– far superior to the work I had seen from other photographers. I was also amazed where she was willing to travel for our engagement photos and was very happy with the process. The experience was relaxed and a lot of fun.”

Awwww thanks, guys!  It was such a treat to go on this adventure with you :).  Yes, I’m super excited for you to see these and hope they captured the moments and scenery in the creative, high-quality way you would like, and totally agree, you both look super relaxed in these photographs…

Mike explained, “We love the outdoors and visiting national parks, so when Lisa suggested Shenandoah National Park to take our engagement pictures it was a no brainer. It provided beautiful scenery and gave us a chance to visit another national park we hadn’t been to.  The scenery was incredible.”

Mike shared, “Kelsey is beautiful, smart, funny, kind, and everything else good you could possibly hope to find in another person. She makes me laugh, keeps me relaxed, and makes everything in life better. We’ve been together for almost three years now and I don’t know how I ever lived without her.”

I used a macro lens as I wanted an intimate view of this moment, and to have the ring be in sharp focus, the sunlight streaming in the frame and Kelsey’s gorgeous smile and the icing on the cake for sure…

Kelsey explained, “We told Lisa we loved hiking and had been to a few National Parks and was thrilled to hear that not only was she willing to travel to Shenandoah, but was the one to suggest it!  It was great because Mike and I were able to make a weekend trip of it, which was a lot of fun!”

She laughed, “We noticed this rest stop with amazing fall colors, and no cell phone service.  That didn’t stop Lisa, she was totally game and even was able to follow a map that I texted her a photo of the day before.  I can’t believe all of the incredible places we were able to fit into our shoot!”

I love to play with light and color and had so many opportunities for fun!  Here the setting sun was shining right on them, giving a warm light to them and parts of the trees behind them.  Other parts were in dark shadow, that combined with the lines of the branches created such an interesting contrast in this photograph:

Kelsey smiled, “Both Mike and I are camera shy, neither of us like being the center of attention, so especially I was nervous about it.  At one point, Lisa said just play around and love on each other. Mike could tell in my face I had no idea what to do, so he jumped to action saying:  ‘let’s do couple push-ups!’

She laughed, “I had no idea what he was talking about. When he showed me, he had me cracking up and that was when I started to feel a lot more comfortable in front of the camera. This is pretty much our life every day. He always makes me feel so much better when I’m worried or stressed.”

What a great guy and beautiful laugh, look at that color!

Mike reminisced, “Our first date was a Sunday night. I picked her up at her apartment and took her to the Pike Cafe for drinks. I knew from the first date that she was “the one.”  She is incredibly beautiful, has an amazing personality, drinks Yuengling and liked Chris Stapleton.”  He was hooked 🙂

He only has eyes for her…  look closely and you’ll see Kelsey reflected in Mike’s glasses:

Everywhere we turned, we experienced a rainbow of color– here the purple of the distant mountains, blue of the sky, greens and yellows of the grass, oranges, and reds sprinkled throughout the treetops…

Kelsey shared, “Lisa suggested sunset pictures and helped us to time the start of the hike just right to make sure we were at the summit right at sunset.  It was a perfect night for it. The sun was beautiful to watch going down over the mountain. We are so grateful that Lisa was able to fit so much into our time with her and was willing to take such an adventure with us! She has a great personality, which made it a fun and relaxing experience as well. Overall we had an amazing engagement photoshoot experience!”

Kelsey shared, “Mike and I first met at the hospital we both work at.   We would see each other in passing in the cafeteria or halls or would talk on the phone but we never really knew each other. A couple years after I started working there, a cardiology nurse practitioner set us up. I first met her rounding with her during my residency. Mike knew her because he works with her in the Lab.”

She went on, “She gave my number to Mike and in the end proved that she is a great matchmaker!  We jokingly tell our single friends in the hospital they need to get Brenda to set them up with someone. It worked for us!”

More play with shadows color and lines, I thought it illustrated the “blind date-ish” set-up situation well…

Kelsey shared, “The overall feel we were going for with our engagement shoot was a natural, outdoorsy, casual feel. We wanted to do something that showed our personalities and interests. We love to travel, the outdoors, and hiking. These interests were all captured in our fall shoot in Shenandoah National Park. I also liked Lisa’s idea to incorporate the sunset into the shoot because it gives some of the pictures a more romantic feel.”

That sunset though…

Kelsey shared, “I think Mike and I hit it off from the start because we have very similar laid back personalities and have similar interests.  I love the way Mike supports me and helps me to relax.  He knows how to make me laugh which is pretty much guaranteed to make me feel better.”

The red forest foliage was illuminated by the setting sun, and those mountains– wow!!  This definitely feels supportive to me:

Yes, this is our final destination, we took Stony Man Trail to  Stony Man Summit. The views were amazing.

Haaa Mike’s “couple push-ups” still makes me smile, I’ll have to use that one, guys!

Kelsey & Mike, thank you for inviting me to come along on this adventure with you and for sharing your story with me!  Kelsey, I’m so thankful that you remembered me from Sarah’s wedding *almost five years ago* and have been following my work even before you met Mike!  I hope these are just as emotional, creative and as much fun as I had hiked with you two!  Can’t wait for your upcoming Stroudsmoor Terraview wedding this fall!

Lehigh Valley Wedding Photographers: Joanna & Ethan

Millions of sunflowers, an incredible view, farmers market, band and plenty of turkey for all… you won’t want to miss this gorgeous Lehigh Valley Wedding

Joanna shared, “My brother and sister-in-law hired Lisa Rhinehart Photography for their engagement photos and we were so impressed! We love Lisa’s unique way of capturing special moments. During our engagement shoot – she made us feel so comfortable and was down for any ideas we threw at her. Having Rhinehart Photography a part of our big day made it so much more special. Everything was so effortless and we are so grateful for that. We’re hoping to see a great mix of moments while looking at our photos– group portraits, getting-ready highlights, the ceremony, reception entrance, dancing and of course… all of the details throughout!”

Aw thanks so much!  It was such a pleasure to work with the Jaindl family again and great to see so many people there that I had photographed in the past–  Allison & RobMarissa and Thomas & Ashley & Jake (Joanna’s brother & sister-in-law), just to mention a few.  Yes, we definitely captured all of those moments, and then some!

I knew how much thought and care went into planning all of the details of the day, and made sure to capture Joanna & Ethan’s details in a unique way.  Sunflowers have always been Joanna’s favorite, so I knew heading into the day that incorporating them somehow was a must for me…

Joanna shared, “Am I not the luckiest lady in the world to have such beautiful and amazing friends? I could not ask for a better group of girls.”

Joanna’s friends led a few champagne toasts– such pretty robes:

Joanna shared, “I really wanted to incorporate a lot of our market theme into the invitations and also make it very personalized. I thought that including a map of the Valley and our favorite places would be fun! Once I started jotting down ideas, my wedding planner Heather introduced me to Kelley from Pinkie Out. She understood my vision completely and together we brought that vision to life.”

Joanna smiled, “My Mom is my very best friend. She’s my go-to for everything and my biggest role model. My Mom and Dad’s relationship is like no other and so genuine. I’ve always dreamt to have a relationship like theirs.”

She continued, “The blue butterfly on my bouquet was a gift from my mom’s best friend, Joanne, to remind me that my late Aunt Judie would be with me throughout the day. I was very close to her and made sure to clip it to my bouquet as I walked down the aisle.”

Joanna’s bouquet was so unique with a variety of shapes and colors!

She explained, “I was going for woodsy, wildflower florals.  Firewalk sunflowers were featured as well as: peach Juliette garden roses, dahlias, black pearl roses, astilbe, thistle, amaranthus, burgundy hypericum berry, blue thistle, and mixed foliage. I’m a huge fan of eucalyptus so that was included too!”

Joanna shared, “I told myself that I wouldn’t cry while reading Ethan’s letter but I failed, haha! I just wanted to hug and kiss him right at that moment.”

Joanna wipes a tear from her cheek as she reads Ethan’s hand-written letter…

Here Joanna stands in her childhood bedroom as she reaches for her wedding gown– a big moment…

It was sunning on the hanger, but much more so, on Joanna– wow!

Joanna shared, “When I was a little girl, at the end of each night when my Dad came home from work he would grab a cup for water and drum it on the counter. I’d come running and start twirling around and dancing. He’d call me his Dancing Bear and it’s one of my favorite childhood memories.”

How sweet is this?

I love to get creative and play with reflections and other elements on a wedding day.  Here Joanna’s maid of honor adjusts her veil as two love birds from the painting on her wall seem to watch…

Joanna smiled, “Our flower girl Lorraine is my cousin Liz’s daughter but she’s more like a niece. We are honored that they flew all the way from Florida to help make our day even better. Little Lo was the cutest flower girl ever!”

Here they compare shoes as Lo points out that they match, both having beautiful dresses and sparkly shoes…

Joanna explained, “My Maid of Honor is my cousin and my best of friends. She’s been by my side throughout my entire life. I couldn’t have imagined anyone else to be my side throughout the most important day of my life too!”

She continued, “My Mom thought of this great idea, to recreate a photo of us from our First Holy Communion. Lisa was totally game to find a great way to capture it– what a fun moment!”

Joanna shared, “My family has owned and operated a turkey farm since the 1930s and it’s been a major part of our lives. Ethan and I both work for the family farm too!  I love that you took the time to capture and incorporate different elements of that for us.”

Here I photographed their wedding rings stacked on a turkey feather…

The vibrant blue sky and yellow fields of sunflowers were beautiful together… I took a moment to capture this silhouette of Joanna and her bridesmaids in the shade, framed by trees before capturing their traditional portraits…

Joanna smiled, “I think the biggest hit of all was the fields of sunflowers surrounding our reception. My dad knows how much I have always loved sunflowers and found the latest blooming sunflowers possible (since October is usually a little late) and planted them in several different fields. They bloomed just in time for the wedding!”

How cute is she?

If I were to describe Ethan, I’d say he’s an all-American guy– his socks definitely agreed 🙂

Joanna shared, “Ethan has this capability of putting a smile on anyone’s face without even trying. I love his positivity, the care and attention he gives and his determination. I think what made me fall for him most is seeing how he is with children. He was born to be a Dad! He’s always there for me in no matter what. He’s my rock.”

The blue sky though!!!  My  second photographer for this wedding, was my husband, Kris, and I gotta say, he knocked these photos out of the park!

I’ve always liked the contrast between blue and yellow and this really shows off the land, the sunglasses only add to the effect…

So handsome.  And the flag in the back, blowing in the breeze… such a good capture…

Ethan shared, “Joanna’s cousin, Johnny, was plowing in the field next to Jake and Ashley’s house as the groomsmen and I were getting ready. (Shout out to Jake and Ash for letting us take over your home for the morning!!). I work with Johnny full time as a farmer planting and harvesting crops, getting a pic with the tractor was pretty awesome and I really appreciate it.”

Joanna shared, “Our ceremony was held on our family property outside a former seminary. It sits on top of a high hill with an incredible view of where we call home, the Lehigh Valley. Where we’re from means so much to us and where we will raise our children one day.”

She smiled, “We said I do in front of a large, old Copperbeech tree that we carved our initials into on our 3rd date!”

Joanna shared, “We chose to have an unplugged ceremony because being present at the moment with our guests was so important for us. There were no distractions and I was able to focus on Ethan while walking down the aisle. Plus, we’ve seen wedding photos get ruined time and time again because of cellphones, so we didn’t want to risk it!   We knew we could trust you and your assistants to capture plenty of photos at our ceremony.”

I have to say, this is a huge trend in weddings right now, and one of my favorites.  It definitely helps with the photos, but even more, people are present for the moment rather than looking through their phones to record it.  I might capture a parent or grandparent tearing up or holding their partner’s hand as opposed to holding up their iPad or phone in attempts to capture a photo or video.  I can only imagine that their experience is a lot better too, and, in the case of working with me, they will have access to the professional quality photos of the ceremony on-line.”

As Joanna’s proud father walks her down the aisle, sunlight beams through her veil and if you look *very closely* you can see a ladybug on it!  They were landing on her *all day long*, how’s that for good luck?

Ethan shared, “It felt magical when I saw her walk down the aisle. I couldn’t believe how lucky I am that she will be by my side forever.  Making her my partner in life is definitely the best decision I’ve ever made.”

Exchanging vows under the tree they carved their initials on during their third date…

Sincere prayers and vows alongside Monsignor Wargo, their priest who has led Joanna in all of the sacraments…

Evan’s parents and family members watch as the bride and groom exchange their vows.  If you look very closely you can see that lady luck is still perched on Joanna’s veil!

Husband and wife…

Such a joyful response…

Kiss the bride…

Ethan shared, “I felt like the luckiest man in the world walking back down the aisle hand in hand with Joanna. She took my breath away.”

Such an amazing view of the Lehigh Valley!

Visiting their initials, his time wearing wedding bands:

The happy couple…

Joanna shared, “I’m so proud to be Jace and Grayson’s Aunt! They were the best ring security and made the day extra fun. I’m so proud of Jace for leading the way for the younger ones.”

Boys will be boys, haha…

Ethan shared, “My parents have always been my biggest fans. They’ve shown me how important it is to give it your 100%, to always say I love you and what true love is. I’m so blessed to have them in my life.”

Proud parents of the bride and groom and a lovely view of the Lehigh Valley

From the ceremony space, we headed to a hayfield with the bridal party…

I placed them on the haybale, Vogue/Vanity Fair style.  I captured a few different shots, but this is my favorite.  Country Chic:

Ethan smiled, “I felt an almost immediate connection with Joanna after our first date, she is just a fun person to be with and I couldn’t get over how cute her nose is!”

He picked a sunflower for her from the field…

While I spend most of the day capturing candid moments, I capture traditional portraits, too.

That field– amazing that her father was able to find sunflowers that would bloom into late October!

Ethan continued, “My favorite quality of Joanna and our relationship is always knowing that I can count on her to be there for me.”

I’m a huge fan of sunset, so I keep track of when the sun will set on any given wedding day.  As part of my planning process with the bride and groom, we fit it in for any interested couple.  Joanna was definitely game, and wow, the sky really showed all of its colors…

Joanna shared, “Having personal touches throughout the day was very important to us.  Ethan’s Pappy Snyder ran a produce stand for years and Joanna’s family has owned an Orchard for many years as well. Including a produce stand was something we were most excited about!”

They even made little re-usable bags as favors for guests and had guests fill each with fresh produce from the stands!

She continued, “Ethan and his Mom built it from scratch and all the fruit and veggies displayed for guests to take home in were from our family orchard.”

A huge shout out to my third photographer, Priscilla, she grabbed this photo and several others as Kris set up the reception lighting, and I photographed the bridal party, couple and reception details, allowing the Rhinehart Photography team to be multiple places at once!

Joanna & Ethan shared, “Our signature drinks consisted of Blue Moon (because that’s our favorite) and our brother Josh’s famous Apple Pie Moonshine.”

Joanna shared, “From the start of planning, we knew we wanted more of a rustic theme and wanted it to take place during Autumn since it’s our absolute favorite time of year. We ran with the Autumn feel and incorporated jewel tones in the attire and florals.”

The table settings were so pretty!

Joanna laughed, “It’s not every day that you see so many turkey details throughout a wedding haha!”

Turkey butter molds!  So fitting for this turkey farming family…

Their first dance– I used a tilt-shift technique to bring the focus on their emotion primarily and also show their guests expressions and softly show their surroundings…

Turkey dinners, of course!

Daddy’s little girl…

Joanna shared, “After my dance with my Dad – all four of my brothers surprised me with a quick dance with each of them to My Girl. I was in complete shock! I had no idea! I’m so grateful for all four of them.”

Joanna smiled, “Ethan’s all-time favorite snack is milk and cookies. we had to include milk and cookie shooters!!”

Boquet toss…

Haaaa, I love the expressions here…

Ethan shared, “Our band, Go Go Gadjet, blew us all away! They really put on an amazing show for us and our guests.”

They created such a fun concert vibe…

Awesome seeing two of my past brides, sisters, Allison & Ashley!  Here Ashely sings & dances with her son, while Allison laughs, their dad watches and their mom sings along:

Ethan takes the stage 😉 …

Smiles and singing all around…

The dance floor was packed!  Here Joanna’s mom dances with her grandson…

Ethan explained, “We had no idea that the band had a big finale planned. Once they started drumming on the water – the crowd went absolutely nuts!”

Joanna shared, “While standing on the bridge at the very end of the night, Ethan and I just kept saying to each other “you’re my husband”and “you’re my wife.”  I’ve known from the beginning that I’d end up with him but it was finally official. I couldn’t imagine spending the rest of my life with anyone else.

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Alice BrownJanuary 7, 2020 - 6:26 pm

So very beautiful…..I must print some of these to update photos <3 Thank you Ethan and Joanna–love you both.

Caboose Farm Wedding Photographers: Garrett & Alex

He comes home from work to see that she’s adopted a puppy!  You won’t want to miss this colorful autumn day for this adventurous couple, their jeep and pup at the beautiful Caboose Farm…

Alex shared, “We chose you as a photographer after seeing my cousin’s wedding pictures.  We both loved how you were able to capture moments and emotion and were especially impressed with your ability to take such beautiful photos in the rain!   So many people are worried about it raining on their wedding day, but you made the best of it and captured a magical moment!”

She added, “Layla is a huge part of our lives, if we do something there’s a really good chance she is with us and I’m glad you were up for having us bring her, even if she didn’t cooperate for the camera.”

Aw thank you!  I remember that rain photo, and yes absolutely, I work with whatever!  As a young dog, Layla was constantly on-the-go, but I did grab a few sweet shots with her throughout our time at Caboose Farms, which I’m so excited for you to see.  In this one, it seriously looks like she’s smiling, haha!

Garrett added, “I’d say Lisa’s biggest strength as a photographer is her dedication to get a perfect picture.  She walks through mud and literally climbs trees to grab the shot…”

Alex laughed, “At one point she literally laid down on the dirt with sticks and leaves and I’m pretty sure I accidentally stepped on a stick that poked her in the face… now that’s dedication!”

Haaaa here is the “poked with a stick picture,” I’d do it all over again– check out the yellow birch leaves and white birch trunk, plus a super playful perspective, love it!

Garrett explained, “What I liked about Caboose Farms is it felt like we just belonged there.  It reminded me of our favorite places, the mountains, the cabin, the lake…”

Alex added, “We both love exploring and going on new adventures.  We love being outdoors whether it be hiking, fishing, going to the lake, camping.”

I love to show off a beautiful setting, here you can see the barn and get a peek at the 200-acre space.  Look closely and you can see Alex, Garrett & Layla:

Garrett smiled, “The jeep was my first  ‘adult’ purchase of my life and has taken us to so many new places already. I really liked that you wanted to incorperate it into our engagement photos!”

He went on, “Fall is my favorite time of the year– football, hunting, colder weather and the changing of the leaves, it definitely puts a smile on my face… then add Alex and my jeep, perfect.”

Alex shared, “One of the first things I noticed about Garrett was his personality.  He’s kind of reserved at first, but once he opens up he is absolutely hilarious.  His laugh instantly makes me start laughing, sometimes even more than whatever I thought was originally funny.  The more we hung out, it was clear that we had so much in common.”

She continued, “We have the same goals in life, we appreciate the same values.  When Garrett proposed he said to me “You’ve been there through the best parts of my life and the worst, and you’ve never left.  I want to do the same for you for the rest of our lives.” We really stick by each other no matter what.”

I wanted to layer a few different things in this photo, the fall leaves, Alex’s ring and the way they hold hands.  I may have been on the ground for this one, too, haha!

Alex shared, “What I love most about Garrett is that he will do absolutely anything for the people he loves.  He’s so forgiving and protective.  I’ve pushed his buttons in every way possible and no matter what, he is always by my side and loves me unconditionally.  I’ve never felt more secure with anyone in my life.  I think that’s what makes us work so well together.”

I love how secure Alex looks in this photo and how happy they both are.  The sun was getting lower in the sky and I let some of the golden glow into my lens, I think it really captures the feeling well!

Alex smiled, “Garrett LOVES his jeep.  It really adds to our adventures and travel life.  We went to the beach last summer and we got to drive around with the top off along the ocean- it was absolutely beautiful and made our trip even more memorable.”

She added, “It’s a stick shift, I’ve been begging him to teach me how to drive it, but I think he’s afraid I’ll never give it back, haha!”

I love to play with different elements, reflections are one of my favorites– here I caught them giggling in the driver-side mirror of the Jeep:

Alex and Garrett hit that autumn window right on the nose! Lots of couples try to plan for that day, and I can definitely stretch out “fall” for a long time, using lighting and angles to my advantage, but this day was I think the most fall of the year, especially for Maryland.

Here I placed their ring on a vibrant yellow-orange-red maple leaf against an old tree.  I love how the ring pops against the red and the contrast of the clean bright lines with the rich texture and vibrant colors of nature!

Alex shared, “On one of our beach trips, we went kayaking in the ocean.  I was scared because I kept thinking of everything that could go wrong (the kayak could flip, we could see a water snake, a shark could eat us, hahaha) but Garrett encouraged me to do it.  Not only that, but he stayed by my side and kept us close to the land until I was comfortable.”

She continued, “We saw so many fish and wildlife in their natural habitat and things that you’d never get to see from the shore.  We saw stingrays and crabs so clearly under the water.  It was one of the most thrilling experiences I’ve ever had.  Garrett really pushes me to be a better person and to enjoy life.  He encourages me to do things that scare me, and he stays by my side until I’m comfortable, which makes life so much more exciting.”

Garrett shared, “Our dog is our world, she’s pretty much our child.”

Alex explained, “When we first moved to Kansas, I didn’t know anyone and was pretty sad about it, then I saw there was a pet adoption event at the local shelter.  I went “just to look” and saw Layla cuddling up with one of her siblings napping.  When I went over to see them, she woke up, got up and put her little paw up on the glass at me.  We went to the playroom, and instead of running around she came right up, sat on my lap and licked my face.  I really think she chose me.”

She continued,  “Then we went home and Garrett walked through the door after work to find out we had a puppy!  You could see his heart-melting the second he saw Layla.  It’s funny, because now she can do no wrong in his eyes.  She really is a daddy’s girl.  Seeing how he is with her really makes me excited to have kids one day… I know he’s going to be a great dad.”

Garrett gave an overview, “So Alex moved to Kansas on a Monday, then when I came home from work on Friday I found out we adopted a puppy!!  As soon as I walked in the door I felt like we really started a life together with our new little family.”

Ummm how cute is Layla?  Very hard to say no to this adorable ball of energy:

Garrett: “For a while, I’d joke with her about not being able to leave her unsupervised for fear of her adopting some sort of animal.  But I honestly couldn’t be happier.”

Garrett laughed a little,  “So early on in our relationship, Alex came to visit me at college.  She decided to make a ‘high-class dinner’ for me and impress me with her cooking skills.  She spent about $50 on all this seafood to make me a ‘hibachi’ meal.  During the whole time, I’m laughing and joking with her saying we can just order Chinese for less than half of this.  She keeps saying she can do it and has confidence, which I liked…”

He continued, laughing, “So later on in the evening she’s trying to figure out how to cook these scallops, shrimp, and other items she got.  Well, she finally finishes up and brings me a plate.  I was super excited because I was hungry and it smelled delicious.  I try some and instantly I did not like it, but I know I cannot tell her that.  So we’re eating and she says ‘if you don’t like it we can get Chinese.’  I didn’t want to hurt her feelings because I know how hard she worked on this and the cost she spent on it so I keep telling her ‘no I like it’ or ‘its really good’ as I keep eating.

Alex laughed, “This went on for about 10 minutes before it got to the point where I finally looked over at him and said ‘we’re getting Chinese.'”

Garrett smiled, “Even though this was early on in our relationship I will never forget it.  Partially because of the overcooked seafood, but mainly because of how she wanted to do something so nice for me just because she can.  She does things out of the good of her heart.  She makes me want to be a better person.  She really is my best friend.”

Garrett continued, “Alex always makes me laugh. We get along so well, from our humor to our hobbies we just clicked instantly.  We can do pretty much everything we love to do, with each other (excluding shopping,  because I don’t like going at all).  Alex is always pushing me to be the best person I can be and is always by my side encouraging me to work harder for what I want in life.  Alex is always up for an adventure and to try new things, even if she needs a little push at the start.  She knows what I like, even when I don’t, and I’m the same way with her.”

So I told you I love reflections, well here is another from a pond!  If you look closely upside down you can see their actual legs and feet!!  I like how clear the water is that it’s almost not perceptible, yet it brings in a purple-blue that you wouldn’t normally see in the sky, those aren’t clouds they are lily pads.

One final photo, a shot of one of the many buildings at Caboose Farm in Sabillasville, Maryland (yes right next to Camp David!).  It is a gorgeous 200-acre space with 6 guesthouses on the property (each sleeping about 10, so you could have your closest friends and family stay on the premises for the rehearsal dinner and even a wedding weekend with hiking, wineries, golf, etc.).  It is so unique and absolutely stunning.  A big thank you to them for allowing us to use the space!

Alex & Garrett, thank you for allowing me to capture such an important time in your lives and thanks for following my work ever since your cousin, Calli’s wedding!  I am so looking forward to your labor day weekend wedding at Woodsgate in the Stroudsmoore Country Inn.

Mary Ann MatskoJanuary 3, 2020 - 7:47 pm

Beautiful pictures and beautiful story. All of this is excellent

Gettysburg Hotel & Greek Orthodox Church: Brittany & Michael

A vibrant, romantic, Greek Orthodox wedding with fiery fall foliage, intense blue skies and a joyful couple being showered with love and even dollar bills at The Gettysburg Hotel

Brittany shared, “We have witnessed Lisa in action multiple times and have many of her pictures in my house (my Sister’s senior pictures, Mike’s cousin’s wedding, our engagement pictures). She lives two doors down from my parents and we have so much in common! My nerves were a mess on my wedding day but Lisa made me feel so calm and having known her for so long she is like family to us.”

She continued, “I love the stories Lisa tells through her photos and her blog. Each image has so much emotion and color. Every time I look at a new blog post I feel like I know the couple and can feel the love they have for each other. I also love art and almost majored in Art History in college. Having professional pictures taken by Lisa is like having a piece of art on your walls! I love how creative she is with light, depth, and color.”

Thank you, Brittany!  I opened with a photo that had depth (couple, trees, Gettysburg Hotel, sky), emotion and vibrant color.  This next shot is modern, artistic, and much closer perspective.  I wanted to show the intricate details fo the diamonds on Brittany’s rings and the fiery orange shape and color of the leaves surrounding the Gettysburg Hotel.

Brittany shared, “I was going for a secret garden vibe.  My colors were gold, mauve, and burgundy. I love flowers  and floral patterns and those colors always seem to find a way into some of my favorite patterns and flowers.”

Brittany smiled,  “Michael is literally tall, dark, and handsome. He is also quiet, intelligent, reliable, caring and has the best smile!”

Here he shows that beaming smile as he gathers with his groomsmen in One Lincoln, the tavern located on the street level of the Gettysburg Hotel.   

The first look… I love the clean modern lines and the way there is a single block of sunshine encapsulating Brittany as she leans in for her first look with Michael:

She shared, “We weren’t sure if we wanted to spend the night before our wedding apart, but we did, so on the day of the wedding, I could not wait to see Michael. We are hardly ever apart so seeing him after a night away just made me so happy and calm. I always know everything will be ok as long as I’m with Michael.”

Brittany continued,  “He is my best friend. We are always open to each other and talk about everything. I cannot wait to spend the rest of our lives together!”
While I spend most of the day capturing candid moments, I also make sure to capture some more traditional portraits as well…
One thing Brittany mentioned to me was *loving* my work in DC, just how I incorporate the architecture and bring it into photos.

If you know this building, it is on the square in Gettysburg and always flooded with tourists.  It was today too, but I just got low and basically cropped them out of my frame, focusing instead on the architecture that Brittany loves so much and the colorful sky: 

As they followed the crosswalk on the square, we headed towards the vibrant, historic architecture of The Pub and the wind caught Brittany’s dress perfectly as Michael held her hand. 

Brittany shared, “We bonded early on over our love for movies and TV. However, over the past 8 years, we have continued to bond over so much more. We take tons of day trips to historic places like Gettysburg, Washington D.C., and Harpers Ferry. We go to museums, wineries, etc. I feel so lucky to have a partner who is willing to go on adventures with me and support me in that.”
Brittany explained, “We visited Gettysburg several times before our wedding day.  We knew we really wanted to enjoy the classic architecture downtown when we were with you and also have some fun with the chessboard outside of my favorite store, Nerd Herd, haha!”

King and queen for a day…

Brittany shared, “Michael and I get along so well. He tends to be more introverted, while I’m more extroverted so we definitely challenge each other when it comes to being social. I’m also spontaneous, while Michael is very deliberate. That makes our adventures challenging sometimes, haha but still exciting!”

I noticed this skeleton in one of my favorite stores, and Brittany’s too, The Lark.

It says, “Waiting for my wife to finish shopping.”

Brittany laughed, “I love shopping, and Michael is usually really patient with me when I want to explore.”

I *loved* Brittany’s wedding gown.

She shared, “I’m still obsessed with the Hayley Page Pascal gown. I literally knew as soon as the consultant showed it to me that it was the one. It looks like a Secret Garden! It has the most delicately beaded flowers and vines in teal, pink and white. It was shiny and flowy and everything I never knew I wanted in a dress!”

I try to give couples a really eclectic mix of shots, here is a more serious portrait of the two of them:

Brittany shared, “As I said our love of similar TV shows and movies is one thing that really brought us together at the start… one of our favorite TV shows and now movie is Downton Abbey, so once we saw that on the marquee at The Majestic, just behind the Gettysburg Hotel, it was like fate!”
Here is the famous train station where President Abraham Lincoln rode into and stood in order to give the Gettysburg Address.

Strike a pose!  

Brittany smiled, “Years ago, after attending my first Greek Wedding, I wanted my family and friends to experience it too. They are so much fun!  Now they have!”

Here is the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in York, PA, it’s unique and beautiful inside and out…

I love all of the ornate detail work on the inside– here is a more traditional bridal party portrait showing that off…
I love seeing all of the different elements of faith that I see nearly every weekend as I photograph weddings.  Here a wedding guest lights a candle to offer a prayer…
The priest chanted in Greek throughout the service– the atmosphere was loving and reverent…
Brittany explained, “There is so much tradition and symbolism in a Greek Orthodox Wedding Ceremony. Marriage is a sacrament in the Greek Orthodox Religion.”
During a wedding day, I move around a lot, haha.  The last photo I posted I captured from the front side of the church while this one I captured from the balcony in the center so that you can see all of the intricate detailing on the floor, ceiling, and altar…
Brittany smiled, “One of my favorite parts of the ceremony has always been the exchanging of the crowns (stefana).   The Koumbara accompanies this act. They are the “sponsor” of our marriage and are making a pledge to be a guide and support to the marriage. It is a huge honor.”

She continued, “We asked Michael’s Aunt, Effrosiny to be our Koumbara. She is his Mother’s sister and ever since his Mom passed away in 2005 from Cancer, she really stepped into the lives of Michael and his siblings as a mother figure.  Seeing her in this role in our wedding meant so much to Michael and I.” 

The glowing gold candlelight along with the gold trim and detailing was just stunning.  I got a little extra creative with this shot and brought all of that in here:
The mood was reverent and I really wanted to capture that– the dramatic gold, black, white, red– the young men, poised and non-descript in the foreground in tuxedos while the reader is illuminated as he speaks, just felt like it was something that I needed to capture:
Haaa also the playful moves of this sweet flower girl:
I love the symmetry of this image.  To me it captures the order and tradition of the ceremony:
Haha, here Michael stoops so that his aunt can reach over his tall frame, Brittany giggles:
Communion:
Brittany explained, “After being pronounced husband and wife I felt so happy and proud.  When we walked out of the church to the receiving line I felt such a rush of joy and relief.”
Brittany shared, “Of all the things we have in common, most important to me is that Michael loves family – mine and his. We spend a lot of time with both of our families and that is so important. I love the fact that he comes from a big family and has over 15 cousins in the U.S. and Greece.”

Here are a few of Michael’s family members:

While my second photographer, Jim, captured the more traditional family portraits, in the church, I headed to the reception to focus on the florals and other reception details.

Brittany smiled, “I have always known that I wanted big floral centerpieces that made a statement. I’m very picky about flowers too so I was  pretty specific about what types of flowers I wanted.”

She continued, “Michael’s Mom’s favorite flower was the Snapdragon so it was really important to me that there were touches of them in the centerpieces. The Flower Shop was absolutely amazing to work with and made my flower dreams  come true!”

She winked, “My Mom knows how much I love flowers too and made my dream happen by increasing the flower budget.”

Brittany explained, “I was so in love with my cake which was covered in fondant flowers! I wanted a grand traditional wedding cake that tasted great and that’s what I got! Each tier was a different flavor!”

Hard to believe but the tulips, dahlias, and peonies on that cake are 100% fondant icing!!!

Brittany’s parents, my neighbors…

Awww how happy are they, and their guests, and check out the stunning ballroom!
Brittany explained, “Michael and his siblings are so close. Losing their Mom at such a young age kind of forced them to be. Michael is the oldest and has always been the one they look up to. Michael’s brother Nick touched on that in his Best Man speech. He did such an amazing job, calling Michael the true best man.”
Brittany explained, “My favorite part of the wedding day was the toasts. They were so heartfelt and emotional.”

Brittany shared, “Hearing Michael’s aunt speak on behalf of her sister and acknowledge how much I have been trying to embrace the customs and traditions of not only the Greek Orthodox faith but the Greek way of life, meant so much to me and Michael.  I really did get emotional.”

The band began playing Greek wedding music and the guests, no matter what their background, joined in, holding hands and forming large rhythmic circles with the bride and groom and around them!  Here one of Brit’s sisters laughs as she spins.  I used a slow shutter to capture the movement and love how that turned out!

Brittany smiled, “Money being thrown while the band plays is always the highlight of a greek wedding reception. The first dance of the evening is with the whole bridal party and was led by me because it  is “The Bride’s Dance” which is done to the dance, Kalamatiano.”

I worked with my lighting and shutter speed to freeze the falling money and allow it to be the subject of the photo…

Brittany continued, “The money is very unique and fun, I think it’s called Hartoura. Throwing it at the bride and groom symbolizes good fortune and prosperity.”
All of the wedding guests really got into the dancing, even one of my friends and her family small town, haha…

Brittany explained, “Having all of our family and friends together in the same room celebrating together was just amazing.”

I love using my shutter speed to stop time– now that is a ponytail!

Brittany smiled, “The end of the evening felt amazing. Planning a wedding was one of the most overwhelming things I have ever done. I had so much fun and it was all worth it, but I was so happy when it was coming to an end, haha.”

She went on, “Being outside in the cool air with Michael under the lights was exactly how I wanted it to end. He is the light in my life and always will be.”

Brittany & Michael, thank you so much for sharing your special day with me!  It has been such a pleasure to see be there for so many key points of you and your family members’ lives!

If you’d like to see more of Brittany & Michael, check out their Harper’s Ferry engagement session here.  A few of those other family events were Michael’s cousin’s wedding and Brittany’s sister’s senior portraits.  🙂

Wedding Vendors (along with Brit’s comments) :

Stroudsmoor Ridgecrest Wedding Photographers: Lauren & Dan

A vibrant autumn wedding filled with breathtaking scenery, a jam-packed dance floor fun, and heartfelt joy…

Lauren shared, “We chose Lisa as our wedding photographer because her work is AMAZING, we absolutely loved every photo we saw on her Instagram and blog. Her photos aren’t just photos they are pieces of art.  We believe Lisa captures the emotion of the moment better than anyone else.  We were looking for a photographer that could do more than take tradition shots that everyone expects. We chose Rhinehart Photography because  wanted someone with an artistic eye.”

She continued, “Working with Lisa on our wedding day was wonderful, she is a joy to work with. ALL of my friends still comment on how nice and personable my photographer was.  When we get out photos back are really looking forward to seeing the ones capturing the raw love of the day! We know all of them are going to be amazing!”

Awww, thank you!  I opened with a photo from Lauren & Dan’s first look, on that artistically captured the raw emotion.  This next photo is a close up of their wedding rings, I chose a background and lighting that would give it a luxe autumn feel…

I love capturing unique perspectives and bringing a lot into a frame.  As Lauren finished her make-up I noticed that she was looking at the autumn leaves outside of the window.  I was able to bring them into the photo by going outside and shooting through the glass– I love how it turned out!
Lauren’s friends gave her a massive scrapbook full of memories on the morning of her wedding.  It was so sweet!  Here she beams thanking them:

Lauren shared, “The overall look I was going for with our wedding was classic and romantic.  Dan and I also really love the outdoors.”

I knew all of this going into the wedding day, here I brought in the romantic look of her gown, the classic look for the window panes and drapery while also bringing in the autumn leaves in the background.

Here Lauren’s mother button’s her wedding gown.  I love the classic black and white look and how it really shows off the lace and button detailing of her wedding gown.  

Lauren’s sister held Lauren’s hand as her mother added her veil. I used the natural light to silhouette Lauren and to rim light her sister…

Awww her beautiful and proud mama…

I love the intimate feel of this image!  You are able to see every detail in her floral crown and even the pattern on her veil which was barely visible to me in real life!

Lauren’s sister drying her happy tears…

While the ladies were prepping in their suite with me, my second photographer was with the men capturing their pre-wedding preparations, too– bottom’s up, boys!

Here Dan reads a letter from Lauren, almost time for their “first look”

Dan shared, “When I first saw Lauren on our wedding day, I remember thinking that she looked angelic, she literally took my breath away and I stopped thinking entirely– I was just overcome with a happiness and excitement that I had never felt before.”

Lauren shared, “When I saw him for the first time on our wedding day I remember thinking, wow, I am one lucky girl. I also remember thinking omg this is really happening, I get to marry Dan today!”
Lauren continued,  “Simply put, he is the best person I know. He has such a unique personality and there is something just so special about him. Anyone that has met him knows what I am talking about. “
Dan stated,  “Lauren makes every day a good day.   I am looking forward to spending every day with her for the rest of my life.”

Dan continued, “Once I got to know Lauren, I fell in love with her sense of humor (and the witty banter we share) and a great sense of adventure. She radiates kindness and lights up any room she is in. She is my best friend.”

While I love capturing candid moments and emotion, I also make sure to capture a few more traditional photographs as well.  Here is one of Lauren & Dan:

Lauren explained, “We both love the outdoors, especially  this  time of year.”
Lauren shared, “We work so well together because we make light of any situation. Our favorite thing to do together is “go on adventures.” We love going to new places and trying new experiences. With that being said, on an adventure, there is always a risk of the unknown and you are never really sure what to expect. We both try to look at every day like an adventure- that way every day if fun!”

Lauren smiled, “We also loved being able to have Abby (our puppy)  join us for a little while on our wedding day. She is such a big part of lives and makes up our little family- we knew we had to include her in some way on our wedding day.”
Party of 22—your forest is ready…

Strike a pose:

Lauren explained, “Fall is my favorite season so I overly excited when the trees began to turn colors and fall, just in time for our wedding day.”

All smiles:

So I basically climbed up into the trees for this shot!  One thing I love about having a second photographer with me on the wedding day is that I can take more risks and get really creative shots during real moments.  Here I was able to frame them in the trees and really capture the romantic feel of the whole scene while Pricilla captured the processional from the center aisle.

Daddy’s  little  girl:

The wind kept picking up Lauren’s veil, on this shot I let the veil, flowers, and gown be the main subject of the image:

It was very important that dan’s father was able to attend the wedding, here you can see the blue sky and a stunning view of the valley as well as Dan’s father in the foreground.

Working at Ridgecrest was such a treat for me– the open sky the deep valley, I moved throughout the ceremony space like a ninja looking for unique angles to capture the moments.  Here I was able to show Lauren & Dan’s vows along with all of the fall foliage and the beautiful flowers and detailing on the gazebo as well…

The unity candle!

The ring exchange:

Kiss the bride…

Again, the same moment, two different photographers’ perspectives…

Celebrate!

Proud mama!

Proud Papa:

Lauren explained, “We loved our first dance, we did not choreograph it because we decided that would put to much pressure on us the day-of to perfect it. We wanted that time to be special and fun for us so we decided just to go with the flow and hope for the best when we got out there.”

Lovely speeches… here I got really low and worked some of the candlelight and champagne into the shot, adding some sparkle and shine, it complimented the bridesmaid’s gowns well…

Cheers!

Father-daughter dance:

Party time!  The dance floor was packed!
So many delicious choices…

Kickin back, Hava Nagila style!!  I love their expressions and Lauren’s bare feet!

Lauren’s father!

Lauren explained, “The Ridgecrest at Stroudsmoor Country Inn was a perfect fit for us, it felt romantic and cozy and has one of a kind view of the valley.   One of the highlights for us was the cigar bar, as we felt it really created a unique experience for our guests.  We feel so grateful to have had such an amazing experience to kick off our lives as husband and wife.”

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