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Heritage Restored Farm wedding photographers: Dani & Dustin

A rustic, autumn barn wedding only six miles from my home…

If you follow my blog, you know that I love to travel, and often photograph weddings in DC, NYC, etc.  But there is something very special about photographing people I have known for many years in my own community and capturing the beauty of the land and spaces that we call home!

Dani shared, “As soon as I saw Dustin’s senior portraits, I knew I wanted Lisa to photograph my wedding.  Every time she worked with another one of his family members, (she photographed his sister, brother, and entire family) that initial thought was confirmed over and over again.  She truly has a creative eye and can photograph traditional things in such a unique and beautiful way.”

She continued, “It was so easy working with Lisa, and her husband, Kris, on our wedding day.   They are both so friendly and relaxed, which made us feel comfortable and allowed us to be completely ourselves! They were open to hearing our ideas, but didn’t need them as they came so prepared that we didn’t need to think about a thing! Lisa was very helpful the day before the wedding too- she spent almost an hour of her time with me, walking me through the timeline and events of the day, which really calmed my nerves.”

The image above shows their first dance, in a traditional barn, captured in a unique way– the draperies at heritage restored are absolutely stunning!  For the shot below, I balanced their wedding rings on a velvet pumpkin one, incorporating a bit of their decor into their ring shot– a little tradition a little creativity…

While I like getting up close and personal somethings, like with the ring shot haha, I also love to capture scenes play with spaces and angles and light.  Here I showed Danielle’s wedding gown along with the rustic ladders, Edison bulbs, draperies, light coming through the slats of the barn, etc all peering through the rungs of a ladder…

Dani shared, “Having all of my bridesmaids pray over me before the ceremony was such a special moment! I love them all so much and felt so blessed to be surrounded by six caring, beautiful, strong Christian women.”

I love so many things about this moment!  For me I like how the women are in shadow with these rich vibrant colors while Danielle appears to be illuminated by their prayers, I like the top down perspective too, as it makes for some interesting lines while also showing off Danielle’s gorgeous hair and lashes…

Dani explained, “I felt so blessed to have all 6 of my lovely bridesmaids with me on my special day! They perfectly demonstrate three different parts of my life- 2 family members, 2 college roommates, and 2 that I met through Dustin and our “couple” friends.  I couldn’t have imagined my wedding day without them all by my side!”

I like capturing different scenic elements as I’m photographing different moments and traditions.  In the image above I wanted to show the mature oak tree and string lights and in the image below I wanted to show the barn and bring in that maroon color.

Dani shared, “Over the past couple years, my Dad and I have formed a really special bond, so having a moment with him before the wedding was so sweet.”

She went on, “I’m his baby girl, so I know letting me go was difficult for him- he’s officially an empty-nester now!”

Dani smiled, “I am so fortunate to have such fantastic friends!  They were amazing planning my Bridal shower and Bachelorette party, as well as helping me on the wedding day!”

I enjoy working with layers in a photograph, it can make something that is two dimensional feel more three dimensional.  Here I have the string lights in the foreground, wood slats in the background and lovely ladies in the middle framed in the beautiful white fabric that really pops against the background…

Awww how sweet is their little nephew?

Dani shared, “Heritage Restored was the perfect place for our wedding– from the stunning draperies, to the string lights, the sunlight trickling in through the wood slats, and the breathtaking mountain views, we knew it was the perfect location for our ideal rustic wedding reception.”

One final “traditional” portrait…

Dani shared, “Dustin is the most caring, selfless, and kindest man that I have ever met. Falling for him was easy- he makes everything more fun and he always knows how to make me laugh. He is a great listener, my biggest supporter, and my forever best friend. I truly can’t imagine my life without him!”

Dustin explained, “All of my groomsmen have been an important part of my life. They come from my family, grade school, church, and college. I have so many memories with all of them.”

My second photographer and husband, Kris, really knocked this shot out of the park, I love the symmetry, lines and pop of color…

I was photographing Dani’s dress in the barn at this point, but couldn’t help myself from grabbing this quick shot of the guys that Kris was setting up but from a different perspective.

Just chillin…

Lifting him up, literally!

Dani explained, “Dustin and I both agreed that we didn’t want to do a first look, but decided to do a letter exchange instead!”

She continued “I have kept every single letter, note, or card that Dustin has ever given me over the years, and I’m excited to add this letter to that collection. It is a keepsake that I know I will cherish for the rest of my life. It will be fun to look back on our wedding someday and be able to remember how we felt in that moment!”

Here I got at just the right angle to get Dani and Dustin both reading their letters, filling the frame with the vibrant red of the barn wall.  I got low enough so that you can see Dustin’s inscription, “To: the bride” and some of his handwriting through the paper.

Dustin shared, “The wedding was at my home church- my family has been going there for longer than I’ve been alive. I have many memories at that church over the years of attending service, youth group, and a lot of church activities. I enjoy the archery league that is hosted in the gym there every winter.”

I like how you can see the full scene here– Dani with her father, Dustin waiting at the far end, all the guests watching the processional, the fixtures and stained glass of the church, her train and veil…

Dani smiled, “Before walking down the aisle, I was extremely nervous…and then all of those nerves went away as soon as the doors opened and I saw Dustin. It was a moment that I had dreamed about for a long time, and it was absolutely perfect.”

She continued, “He looked so handsome! When I got to the front of the church, I saw tears in Dustin’s eyes, which was a big deal to me because I had never seen him cry before. I can’t even describe how loved I felt in that moment!”

Dustin added, “We also wanted to include a family member in the service and my grandfather was a good fit because he’s a Pastor. It also made sense because we wanted him to read something that my uncle, his son, wrote.”

I liked the gold light streaming in through the window and how it somehow skimmed Dustin’s grandpa’s hand, illuminating his gold wedding band as he spoke.

Dani explained, “We knew we wanted to get married in Dustin’s church but also wanted to incorporate my home church, too.  In order to do that, we had my Pastor from Enola marry us- I thought it was a cool way to combine both of our ‘Church of God’ backgrounds!”

Here Dani places the ring on Dustin’s finger as her home pastor speaks…

I move around a lot during a wedding day, usually walking at least five miles throughout the day!  Part of this is due to my quest for capturing all of the elements that come together to really tell the story of the wedding day.

I was crouched down low in the center of the aisle towards the front of the church for the shot above, and for the shot below I climbed the stairs to the choir loft and was able to capture the full scene, including the lines of the rafters and lighting fixtures…

Dani shared, “When we left the church together as husband and wife, I was probably the happiest I have ever been in my whole life. It was what we had been waiting on for 4 and a half years, and it felt so good to FINALLY be married!”

Dani shared, “We went to Dustin’s family’s farm immediately following the ceremony.  We met at summer camp, but fell in love on the farm.  It was the location of so many dates and adventures. ”

She continued, “From playing basketball in the barn, fire pits in the driveway, kayaking down the creek, pumpkin carving on the porch, riding the four-wheeler around in the fields, snowball fights in the yard, homemade drive ins against the house, riding tractors, Dustin teaching me how to hunt, watching sunsets on the hill… the farm is where it all went down.”

You can see Dustin’s childhood home in the background…

Dani explained, “Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE cats! So of course I love the black cat that lives on the farmhouse porch! For years I was the only one that gave it any love and attention when I was at Dustin’s house. Sometimes when I would pull up in my car, the cat would run to my car door to greet me! So I loved that the kitty tried to get in our wedding pictures!”

Streeeeeetch…  the black cat with its claws out and pumpkins in the background– such a sweet autumn scene…

Something blue…

Tire swing… this has been Incorporated into many a Labonte photo shoot, so I had to include it, haha…

Dustin recalled, “When I first saw Danielle walking down the aisle, I was just so excited and she looked so beautiful! I was pretty nervous before the ceremony, but having her up there with me definitely calmed me down.  I’m so lucky to have a woman like her!”

Dani explained, “I think the saying “opposites attract” really describes us and how we work so well together. Dustin is an extrovert, I’m an introvert. He’s always looking at the big picture, I’m more of a detail person. And he can’t sit still, whereas I love a good movie marathon. We balance each other out.”

For me this photograph captures the balance in the idea of opposites attracting.  Here fun-loving outgoing Dustin clicks his boots and Dani watches, hands in her pockets, smiling…

Dustin shared, “Danielle is the best, hands down. She is willing to do anything with me and is always a joy to be with. The wedding day was a blur, but what stood out to me was how gorgeous she looked. I am very fortunate to have found a great woman like her!”

Danielle shared, “I am simply looking forward to sharing my life with Dustin- the small moments, big moments, and everything in between. I can’t wait to build a family and a life together, wherever and whenever that may be. I am so excited to keep falling more and more in love with this incredible man every day!”

I love to play with vibrant complimentary colors and balance in my compositions.  The yellow of the bridge and the blue of the sky reflected in the water gave me the perfect color palette, and having the couple in the top right of the frame and the water at the lower bottom really brought in the balance I was looking for.

Dustin laughed, “I still can’t believe we left you behind after the ceremony!  We were so excited to be husband and wife and to get some time alone at the farm, that we started driving there without you!”  (True story:  I called them and was like, where are you? haha).

Something so moody and dramatic about this one!  I water to catch the light playing on the leaves and the soft layers of Dani’s dress, the fact that Dustin is being a gentleman and helping her walk on the road, carrying her train and bouquet are all so sweet.

I also like that they are just starting out on this path and have a long winding road ahead of them.

Dustin explained, “Until now, we’ve dated long distance, now we’ve pretty much only seen each other on the weekends. I am looking forward to getting to do fun stuff together every day.  I can’t wait to build our lives together.”

He continued, “Our wedding was perfect, it couldn’t have possibly gone any better. It was literally THE BEST day!!”

Swept off her feet…

Dani shared, “Because Dustin and I are such opposites we really help each other to learn and grow. He pushes me to try new things, and I challenge him to rest and relax!”

She continued, “We realize that sometimes we have to sacrifice for the other. We just work.”

Haaa the barn where they’d play basketball and the path they’d walk to watch sunset, I even recall photographing Dustin’s senior portraits at this barn door…

Dani explained, “We chose Heritage Restored for our reception because we have a family-friend connection with the owners, and it is absolutely gorgeous! We had been in that barn for Halloween parties in previous years, so it was really cool to see how the Williams family was able to transform it into a beautiful venue!”

While I love capturing candid moments as the wedding day unfolds, I made sure to get more traditional photos too, this one also showing the barn at Heritage Restored…

I’m pretty active with hiking, kayaking, biking, etc and so enjoy being in Cumberland Valley.

Shippensburg is nestled in the middle of the great Appalachian Valley (that extends from Maine to Mississippi).  The Appalachian Trail is accessible almost anywhere nearby.  We are between the Lebanon Valley and Shenandoah Valley and have access to waterfalls, forests, rivers, caves, streams, mountains, lakes.   I love it here!

These mountains, right?  Again, playing with layers, if it were a painting, the background could be three large brush strokes– 1/3 grass, 1/3 mountains, 1/3 sky…

Strike a pose– bringing out their inner super model:

Dani shared, “My favorite part of the decor for the reception was all of the pumpkins and fall leaves on the tables and around the barn. My family members generously contributed from their fall decoration collections so that I could have as many pumpkins as possible- they are my favorite thing about fall!”

She continued, “I was excited to see all of my work on the calligraphy come together- I hand wrote all of the name cards, the table numbers, the bar signs, and the entire seating chart.”

I have so many photos of their lovely decor, but thought this one captured a few different elements, Danielle’s beautiful calligraphy, the rustic table scene created using two barrels, a screen and a door:

Dustin shared, “My favorite part of the day was probably when Danielle and I sat down together at dinner, enjoyed the good food, and watched and mingled with all of our family and friends.”

He continued, “Mission BBQ was the only place we tested and we picked them right away. The food was great and their service was excellent. They offered a variety of options for the day so everyone could find something they enjoyed. We like that kind of food and it fit our theme really well!”

So the entire day was overcast, but just at the right time, as the sun was setting, the clouds began to open up and sunlight started beaming through.  Vibrant blue storm clouds combined with yellow beams of sunlight are definitely my favorite!

By the time I grabbed Dani and Dustin it was even more purple!

Dani shared, “Lisa always showcases such amazing sunset photographs, but I honestly thought we weren’t going to get one because of how overcast our wedding day was… and then the clouds moved just right to catch the beautiful pink and purple of sunset! It was so beautiful!”

Dustin made this moment extra sweet…

Dustin shared, “My little brother, Dillon, has been a huge part of my life, so it was a no-brainer to pick him as my best man. He did great with the speech!!”

Cheers!  I tried to quickly focus on the glasses as they clinked at just the right spot to get the “groom” lettering illuminated…

Over a thousand cookies!!!!

Dani shared, “Dustin and I love cookies and brownies, so we were really excited to have a cookie bar at our wedding! I was so thankful to have such amazing family members help me bake all of the cookies and brownies! Together we made over 1,000 cookies!”

Father daughter dance…

Mother and son…

While the photo I opened with of their first dance was really my favorite, I like this one too…

Dani explained, “The dress was definitely the perfect choice for me, as it allowed me to sit, hug, and dance freely!”

Hitting the dance floor…


Bouquet toss…

Dani explained, “Having music and a dancefloor at our wedding was a MUST because I love to dance! I really wanted our guests to have fun dancing too, so I created a playlist for the evening! I included different decades and genres so everyone would hear something they liked! I had an absolute blast dancing with my family and friends!”

The illuminated barn at night– so pretty!  I love how people gathered inside and out and that there was a space for everyone.

A moment alone…

Back to the party!

Dani and Dustin, thank you for entrusting me to capture such significant places, people and moments in your life!  If you want to hear more of their story, visit their engagement blog post here, or visit other LaBonte family photos here.

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Liberty Mountain Wedding Photographers: Amber & Josh

Part of your world 😉 you won’t want to miss Amber & Josh’s vibrant, dramatic, Disney inspired wedding…

Josh shared, “We loved working with Lisa and her assistant photographer on our wedding day! They were attentive, diligent and creative.”

Amber added, “From the first time that I met Lisa, I knew that she shared my vision for our special day.  I wanted someone who was artistic and could capture photos that were creative and abstract, we really were looking for something unique.”

Josh added, “We can’t wait to see Lisa work her magic with our wedding photos!”

Aw thanks, guys!  It was a pleasure to capture all the vibrant colors and moments from your wedding day!

Amber explained, “I have always wanted a fairy tale wedding.  While I didn’t set out to have my wedding be Disney inspired, growing up, two of my favorite fairy tales were Sleeping Beauty and the Little Mermaid and we had little nods to each throughout the wedding.”

Josh added, “Purple and teal were our colors because Amber’s favorite color is purple and she also loves various shades of blue.”

I incorporated the colors throughout in my work too, these colors and textures gave me that “under the sea” feel and fit so well.  This was all captured in camera using glasses and curtains that I found that seemed to support her vision well.

Amber you are beautiful!

“We fell in love with Liberty Mountain Resort from the first time that we saw it,” Josh stated.

Amber added, “From the spectacular mountain views to the state of the art facilities specifically designed for weddings, we knew that it was the right choice for us and our guests. Josh and I  knew that the layout of the Overlook Room would be perfect the perfect view for our guests to enjoy the fireworks display.”

The intense blue of the sky and green of the grass seemed to perfectly compliment her aesthetic, too.

Amber explained, “We bought in season, local flowers. A year before the wedding, Stephanie from Plasterer’s assisted me with handpicking all of the floral arrangements. That way, I could see what was in season at the same time my wedding would be the following year.”

Josh reminisced, “Amber and I met about six years ago in Vermont.  Amber had moved to Vermont to attend law school. We were at this block party with friends, and I saw a beautiful woman across the bonfire from me.  She was stunning, I couldn’t help but smile at her.”

While I photographed Amber and the ladies my assistant photographer, Kris photographed the gentlemen.

Cheers!  The perspective light and color in this photo are pretty spectacular…

Amber shared, “Music has always been very important to me, which is why we went with a live band and a string quartet.  The Hanover String Quartet made our ceremony and cocktail hour absolutely magical.”

She went on, “As a child, I loved singing “Part of your World” from the Little Mermaid and knew that this had to be the song that I came down the aisle to.   The recessional song was the Sleeping Beauty waltz titled “Once Upon a Dream.”

Amber smiled, “As soon as I heard “Part of Your World, ” I started crying and subsequently cried through almost the entire ceremony.”

“I was just so overcome with joy,” she added.

Josh grinned, “I couldn’t wait to see her! I literally stood on my tip toes as she and her father walked behind the guests.”

He went on, “When I finally did, I was overwhelmed with how beautiful she looked in her wedding gown.  It was hands-down my favorite part of the wedding day.”

Amber’s mother wipes a tear from her eye as Amber’s father reaches to shake Josh’s hand with a smile.  I like how you can see some of the guests’ reactions as well.

Here is a more direct shot of the interactions of the father of the bride and groom… I wanted to bring in the vibrant blue skies and trees in the background, too.

I really let the sky take center stage in this next shot, capturing the whole dramatic scene on the balcony.

Amber explained, “Josh looked so handsome in his tuxedo and he couldn’t stop grinning ear to ear which made me smile, too,” Amber exclaimed.

Her parent’s reactions were the sweetest!

Aw more happy tears…

Husband and wife…

When we first met, Amber shared, “We were blown away by your portraits.  They felt much more interesting and alive to me.  Everyone wasn’t in a straight line, but posed differently and it had this classic modern feel.”

Here is one for you, lady:

I love to play with shadows and silhouettes and in this case silhouetted them against the blue sky.

Josh explained, “Amber and I are exact opposites. Amber is serious and extremely driven, whereas I am more calm and laid back I make sure to get Amber laughing and smiling as much as possible.  Life is too short to be so serious.”

Amber shared, “Josh is kind, loyal, and outgoing. He is friends with nearly everyone he meets and is such a joy to be around.  I appreciate this and so many other things about him.”

“I really started to fall for Josh when we went hiking for the first time.  Once we climbed to the top of the hill, we sat down and watched the magnificent Vermont countryside below.”

This scenic outdoor setting seems similarly romantic, I really liked the dramatic colors and the reflection in the water, too.

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

Amber continued, “It’s funny, the hiking date was really in the middle of nowhere.  We had only went on a few dates at this point, even though I really liked him, I brought my pepper spray just in case. We now laugh about this!”

I love the light in this shot!  This was during “golden hour” they timed their ceremony to hit that right at the sweet spot…


Amber stated, “My father’s speech incorporated all of the Disney princesses, so it sort of fit with the unintended theme. It was very cute and heartfelt. It was also wonderful when he stated all of the different places in the US and Canada that our guests had traveled from to be present on our wedding day.”

I love to play with environmental elements in the foreground.  In this case, bubbles in the champagne and wine glasses are framing Amber’s father.

I went back to my “under the sea vibe” using the up-lighting and other elements in the room.

Amber commented, “I started crying all over again during my sister’s speech. Her words were just so touching.”

Here is Amber’s reaction when her sister says she believes Amber and Josh are soul mates…

By the best man’s speech I really had my technique perfected 😉

Amber smiled, “My wedding gown was Alfred Angelo’s Ariel dress from their Disney line. The ruffles reminded me of ocean waves, and I absolutely fell in love with it! With its one strap, corset top, and several layers, I knew that this dress matched my personality. The dress, like me, is dramatic, complicated, and not for the faint of heart.”

Here she gives it a twirl on the dance floor during her first dance with Josh…

“Dancing with our parents was wonderful. It gave us a moment to reflect on how our parents shaped the individuals that we have become,” Josh stated.

Josh explained, “The Ethan Larsh Band was fantastic! We really wanted a live band that was high energy and talented. We were not disappointed!”

He elaborated, “We had the band play mostly classic rock songs because that is one genre that both Amber and I like.”

Amber added, “These guys were incredible! All of my guests have raved about the band’s musical abilities and high energy!”

Talk about high energy, haha…

Incorporating the lighted tree into the dance floor scene…  with the three women in turquoise on the floor, one of them with her skirt flowing in mid-twirl, it just worked for me.

They were excellent and really had the whole crowd going… it almost felt like a concert!

I love working with live bands!

Josh smiled, “Amber is an amazing woman and I’m lucky to have her in my life.  She makes me want to be a better man.”

Amber stated, “We both love fireworks (especially Josh) and knew that our guests would love them too!  My favorite part of our wedding day was watching the fireworks, which for me, exemplified our passion, love, and dramatic flair. It was wonderful to feel the energy from our guests as they shared this special moment with us.”

Josh shared, “Crazy to think that a bonfire started it all!  When I saw Amber there, I knew that I had to get to know her.  I found out that Amber is an incredible person– kind, loyal, and faithful.  I am looking forward to spending the rest of my life with her.”

Ending at the bonfire seemed like the perfect fairy tale ending for these two!

If you’d like to see more of Amber and Josh, check out their engagement session, here.  Amber and Josh– thank you so much for entrusting me to capture these special moments for you and your family.  I feel incredibly lucky to have been chosen to be a part of your day.  🙂


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Brenda PerryNovember 8, 2019 - 5:06 pm

Picture’s are so awesome. I can’t wait to be able to get copies if I can. I would love to see the pictures of the families. Super cute colors everything was fantastic. Photographer was very helpful as well as the bride and groom. Love you so much. Welcome to the family. Amber Chase

Hotel Dupont Wedding Photographers: Jackie & Mark

An elegant, Hotel Dupont wedding for two people with hearts of gold…

Jackie shared, “From the moment I first looked at your website, I knew that I needed to have you as our photographer.  I love the creativity in your work, but you also make sure to get classic photos, too.  You were super easy to work with, the photography timeline you created for our day was seamless.  It also definitely helped to have the experience with you from our engagement shoot so we knew what to expect, how you worked, and that we could relax and trust you to capture the perfect shot.”

Mark added, “We had a great experience working with you– you were positive, friendly, caring and professional.  There were a few snafus during the day and you rolled with the punches like a champ.  You were able to get really creative and thought outside of the box all day long.”

One thing that Jackie mentioned when we first met was how much she enjoyed my bridal party shots, that everyone was classically posed, like something in Vogue, GQ or Vanity Fair.  I *love* capturing images like that, here is yours, Jackie…

Jackie shared, “I was impressed with your idea to get photos of our rings the clock.  I noticed it as a cool concept because it made me think of marriage, it’s really about promising each other to stand the test of time, and the rings are the symbol of that.”

She went on, “Over the years, we’ll go through so much together, good times, bad times, happy and sad, but we can always go back in time to look back on this day and remember how perfect it was and how much we love each other.”

Jackie you are one deep lady!  Aside from the time-tie in, And loving the sun/moon detail, I also liked the gold touches on the clock, I felt like it really worked well with her color scheme.  I carefully balanced their rings right where the shadow fell, so they would pop against the background.

Jackie explained, “I actually let the florist, Meg, do a lot of the flower decisions on her own.  For the most part,  I gave her my colors and we talked about some basic things, the feel I was thinking of, any particular flowers (snap dragons are my favorite so I definitely wanted them included in my bouquet), etc, but I pretty much just let her do her thing and everything turned out better then I could have thought!”

More gold tones and detailing– for this shot I wanted to show the embroidery on her veil and crystals on her shoes.  For brides who want “the little things” captured, photographing the details like the flowers, rings, shoes, etc are what I do as soon as I arrive…

Jackie shared, “My cousin, Ashley Kane, is the co-owner of Forevermore Paper Co, and she did our save the dates and invitations for us.  We have gotten SO many complements on both of these items and we absolutely loved how they turned out! One of our friends, told us they were the nicest invitations he’s ever seen. I can’t thank her enough for her work on them, and being able to have a family member contribute her talent, makes it that much more special.”

I asked Jackie if there was anything she was hoping to see in her photos, she explained, “I absolutely love the reflection shots you do, one of my favorite shots from our engagement featured a reflection and I just really like how you play with them.”

Here you are seeing double, as Jackie applies the finishes touches on her make-up…

Jackie smiled, “My matron of honor, Megan’s  daughter,  Lilian, was my flower girl.  I was there at the hospital the day she was born, and I’ve had the privilege of being her “aunt Jackie” and watching her grow.  I loved watching her excitement on my wedding day, and still remember her putting her basket in the window of the room we were getting ready in so “everyone could see you’re getting married.”

Jackie, you are beautiful!!

Jackie shared, “My dress is from Claire’s in Wilmington DE, everyone told me that I had to go there.  I also had a certain designer in mind, Essence of Australia, and they carried that line.  I LOVED this dress, between the delicate lace, with just a little bit of sparkle in the bodice, and the overall elegant look, I was sold.”

I like to pack a lot into one shot– in this one I wanted to show the detailing of her dress and the way the light hit that and her veil, the ornate draperies and park view out the window.

Jackie shared, “I wanted an elegant wedding, and Hotel DuPont is the perfect venue in our area to have that timeless, classic look.  The architecture there is so beautiful and detailed.”

The Hotel Dupont is so incredible, that you really have to see it for yourself to believe it, especially the ballroom, but I did my best to capture different elements of the architecture throughout the day, this photo also features the bridesmaids…

Jackie shared, “My matron of honor is Megan who has been my best friend since we were partners in chemistry class.  I also had my friend Rachel who I met our freshman year of college, we were both pre-pharmacy students and living in the same dorm at Pitt.  My sister in law Cassie and my cousin Emily round out my crew.”

Jackie shared, “Mark is the best person, he always puts others first, he’s caring, loving and always, always makes me laugh.  He looked extremely handsome in his tux.”

Here my second photographer, Richard, captured this reflection of Mark in the mirror, I’m guessing you are a fan both of the subject matter and creative approach…

Jackie’s choice of gold matched everything in Hotel Dupont so well.  There were many gold accepts throughout the hotel and many of the rooms themselves were bathed in gold light, too.

Jackie and Mark were wed at Grace United Methodist Church, at 900 N. Washington St in Wilmington, Delaware.

Jackie shared, “We were looking for a Methodist Church near Hotel Dupont, as my home church is about an hours drive away, and happened to notice this one was just a few blocks away.”  Again, love the architecture…

Aw such a handsome groom– I love how Richard placed him in front of a tree with burgundy blooms, way to incorporate the color scheme!

I grabbed this candid moment as Jackie exited the limo, arriving at the church.  I liked all of the layers– the vibrant blue sky with white puffy clouds, the modern buildings of downtown Wilmington, the limo and all key players on Jackie’s side…

Jackie shared, “My favorite part of the day was actually our ceremony.  Being able to stand up in front of our family and friends and become husband and wife.”

She laughed, “I was so nervous about walking down the aisle because I don’t like to be the center of attention and have everyone’s eyes on me, but as soon as I started that walk with my dad and saw Mark, all the nervousness disappeared and nothing but excitement and joy was left to marry this man I am completely in love with.”

Here she begins her walk down the aisle with her father…

Mark smiled, “Watching the bride come down the aisle was definitely my favorite moment of the day.    I was stunned, she looked so gorgeous.”

Jackie’s dad gave her a big hug after walking with her and passed her hand to marks.  I like the intimate feel of this photograph, shot between two wedding guests, as well as the symbolism here, you have a father, husband and child all in one photograph…

Mark shared sheepishly, “I will admit  I did tear up when I saw Jackie.”  So sweet:


Jackie explained, “When we went inside to see the church, we fell in love.  Between the stained glass windows and the pipe organ, it was just what we were looking for.”

The light in the church was incredible.  I had so much to work with in that space.  Here you can see gold light streaming in the stained glass windows…

Mark laughed, “If you know my grandmother and/or saw her shoes #goldshoes, I knew she was going to do something.  She has been supportive and loving my whole life, and true story, her heart sign is still being talked about as of this day, it was memorable for sure!”

Grandma’s are the best!  Take a look at her sign…

Jackie continued, “Working with Pastor Edwin was fantastic, we couldn’t have asked for a better pastor to work with through our journey and he gave us a phenomenal wedding ceremony.  He is very kind and even had a sense of humor, too.”

I climbed up to the choir loft for this shot.  I wanted to capture the pipes of the organ, the stained glass, light fixtures, wedding guests… the entire scene & the kiss 😉

A modern portrait of the newlyweds…

Mark shared, “Jackie and I just work.  I think we work so well together because we really balance each other out.”

A nod to the classic architecture…

Jackie explained, “I look forward to starting a chapter in our lives- buying a new house together, starting a family, creating memories, laughing together and falling more in love with him every day.”

Again the sky and modern architecture was calling me… look closely and you will see Jackie and Mark silhouetted in the foreground.

The ballroom, was just spectacular…

Jackie shared, “We wanted a very classic and elegant look and feel, with a little bit of romance thrown in.  I found a color palette I like that included burgundy, blush/rose gold,  and gold tones and loved it.  It also worked super well because we could play off the gold in the ballroom.”

She continued, “We didn’t have to do much in the way of decor as the ballroom is gorgeous on its own so that worked to our advantage.”

Jackie smiled, “I knew I wanted calla lilies and snap dragons from the start and the gold-blush-burgundy palette and really let, Meg go from there.  Everything turned out even better than I could have imagined.”

Love the gold up-lighting, too– such a great touch!  Mr & Mrs Forbes!!!

I loved playing with all of the lighting in the room– the gold up-lighting combined with the band’s shades of blues and added my own little burst of light there, too.

Such a beautiful scene…

It looks like something out of a painting and actually will be!!!

Mark stated, “The painting will be a treasured piece in our home.”

Jackie added, “Mark’s cousin had a painting done at her wedding and I thought it was the coolest thing.”

The father of the bride welcomed everyone…

As did the mother of the groom– it was definitely a family affair!

Mark smiled, “To quote the great Dr Theresa T Forbes- I really did hit a home run by marrying Jackie.”

The band was incredible!

They definitely got everyone to let loose on the dance floor!  Love her energy and that pop of red, stunning!

The kiddos were super sweet, too.

I used the candle light and champagne bubbles to bring some interesting effects into the maid of honor’s speech…

Mark shared, “My best man was my college roommate, we are very similar.  We can go months without talking to each other and pick up right where we left off.  He did a great job on his speech, laughs all around.”

He definitely had everyone laughing, the maid of honor and even the band members are smiling!  With the best man’s toast I wanted to capture the full scene, so I put Jackie and Mark in the foreground of the composition, framing him.  

Father-daughter dance:


Cake cutting:

Jackie shared, “Bananas foster is my favorite dessert, we had to have it, and the flambe presentation made it all the more fun!  Servers really made quote a show of it!”

Lots of energy out on the dance floor for sure!

Especially from the little ones– I could not get over all of the detailing on the ceiling and decided then I’d incorporate it again later in the night!

Mark smiled, “My friends are a lot of fun.  Despite living in different states and having busy lives, we make time to bust each others chops almost on a daily basis.  For example: when I woke up on my wedding day, I was awoken to text messages – who’s taking bets on whether Jackie will actually show up or not. After a few responses, someone then proceeded to call dibs if she doesn’t show.” 

The band was really top notch.  One of my favorite moments was when they joined the guests out on the dance floor– Jackie and Mark got a kick out of that, too.

Jackie reflected, “People told us the night would fly by, I don’t think we actually believed them until it was the end of the night and it had literally flown by.  But at the same time, everything was perfect and I couldn’t have been happier with how the day turned out. ”

Jackie smiled, “And of course I was super excited to leave the next morning for our honeymoon in the Maldives!”

Mark joked, “What our wedding is over? Didn’t we just start 20 minutes ago? I have to wake up in 5 hours!”

If you’d like to see more of Jackie and Mark, check out their Omni Bedford Springs engagement session here.  Their full set of wedding photos will be live next week with several hundred images :D.

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Melhorn Manor Wedding Photographer: Michelle & Billy’s Engagement

A lake, pup and super sweet couple– you want want to miss Michelle & Billy’s blog…

My husband, Kris and I have known Billy for a long time, “two decades” as he put it– we’ve known his family for years, when he was in graduate school, he student taught with Kris and learned how to teach world history to students in Shippensburg.  He even helped us move!

He explained, “I was the one who started the conversation, I had followed your work for years, so I introduced Michelle to it and she loved how creative you are and just the way you are able to use light and capture scenes, emotion and moments.”

Above is a scene that struck me as so beautiful, the reflecting blue sky with white puffy clouds in the lake and the long path out to the edge of the dock where Michelle and Billy are sitting perfectly balanced, Billy creating ripples in the water from his movement, haha– more on that later 😉

While I love capturing the personalities of couples, I also make sure to photograph a few standard portraits as well, too…

Michelle shared, “We chose Pine Grove Furnace because it was one of our first dates.  We went hiking on one of the trails.  Billy said it’d be a super easy hike, and it definitely was NOT!”

She laughed, “But once we got to the top, the view was phenomenal.”  Speaking of nice views, Laurel Lake is full of them:

Michelle shared, “Spencer, our rescue dog, is a huge part of our lives now. At first, I was the only one that wanted a dog. I really had to convince Billy. We actually applied for a different dog but he had already been adopted out by the time our application was processed. The rescue called us and said they had a dog that they thought would fit us and asked if we wanted to meet him.”

She continued, “I of course said yes and Billy said he would at least go meet him. Well the rest is history because I think Spencer knew who he needed to convince. The minute we walked in to the house he went over to Billy and basically crawled on to his lap and wanted belly rubs. From that moment on Spencer has pretty much been at Billy’s side. I was the one that wanted a dog, and now our dog is definitely a daddy’s boy.”

She smiled, “That just means we need to get another one.”

I love to play with different tools and technique with my camera.  In the photo above I used “depth of field” focusing on Spencer and allowing Michelle & Billy to fade into the background.

In the photograph below, I used a tilt-shift technique to shoot through kayaked that were stacked, adding interesting depth, color, lines and framing to the image.

A stacked kayak rack (try saying that 5 times fast)…

Billy shared, “Basically we are happy with this engagement session if we are outside, are comfortable and have a good time.  You’ve already incorporated our pup and a place that means something to both of us, and I see a smile on Michelle’s face so, I mean we are already happy…”

Michelle added, “Yes, relaxed is the vibe I was going for, too.”

Billy shared, “I tend to be very spur of the moment, spontaneous, while Michelle enjoys the ride and keeps us headed in a productive direction.”

I love the way this photo captures that sentiment so well… I used a slow-shutter speed and panning technique to pull this one off.  I wanted you to really feel the movement looking at it…

Michelle shared, “Billy is finally excited to have pictures of us together when he has a beard. He always comments that I must hate the beard because all of the pictures in the house are of him with a “baby face”, when in reality, I actually like the beard.”

Billy goat gruff…

This scene is honestly too beautiful for words, the adorable couple, the lines of canoes, the deep, dark reflection among the lily pads…

Billy explained, “I love the fact that Michelle is a strong, independent woman. Her smile can light up a room, and she truly embodies the meaning of friendship and love.”

I really wanted to show how this opposites attract by bringing balance to the relationship.

Here Michelle sits, grounded and first, while Billy balances on one leg teetering at the water’s edge.

You better believe I was ready to capture any misstep and waited until the end of the shoot to try this, haha!

Billy smiled, “How Michelle & I ended up together was interesting. A mutual friend kept trying to set us up.  Michelle was working for Central Dauphin, the arch rival of the school I not only wrestled for, but was coaching for at the time. We wrestled @ CD and beat them for their first ever loss in their home gym!  After the match, I felt like having some fun, and got Michelle’s number to text and gloat a little.”

Geese flew overhead–  such an interesting, authentic moment…

Billy continued, “About a week later, I had tickets to see Wicked in Pittsburgh. I decided to fast track the whole dating idea, and realized if I could stand her for a 3 hour ride out, 6+ hours in Pittsburgh, and a 3 hour ride back, she might be ok. The day went great and the rest is history.”

Michelle added, “Our friend must have seen something in Billy, because she kept trying and clearly she was right. I very much felt the same way about when he asked me to go see Wicked.  Wicked is one of my favorite shows, so I figured how bad could it be?!? Even if he did drive me crazy, I would still get to see a show and visit a city that I love. Needless to say, we both survived the trip and had a great time. Almost 6 years later, here we are.”

Could the sky be more beautiful???

Michelle and Billy, after seeing so many other couples on my blog, I hope you enjoyed seeing yourselves.  It was such a pleasure to photograph you two and Spencer.  You have dozens more photos coming your way.  Until then feel free to share your photos and story to anyone you’d like!  😉

Palace at Somerset Park Wedding Photographers: Daniela & Frank

Joyful, elegant wedding for an English teacher and her high-school crush at The Palace at Somerset Park

Daniela shared, “We chose Rhinehart Photography because you offer more than just people posing– you capture the essence of people, you tell their story, your photographs are beyond unique.  All of our vendors were amazing, especially you!”

Frank added, “You are creative, professional, and also made us feel so comfortable.  It was so easy to work with you, we had a great time and I know we will love our wedding photos!”

One part of Daniela’s “essence” is that she is an avid reader and English teacher.  She always carries a book with her.  As I was trying to find a ring shot that would be unique to Daniela & Frank, I found this Alice and Wonderland book… I have more traditional shots of the ring, but thought this was especially sweet with the classic literature tie in…   

I loved playing with all of the gold tones and ovals in the bridal suite   This is actually a reflection of Daniela as she puts on her earrings.

Daniela shared, “Our wedding’s overall look and feel was classic and elegant.”

I love this timeless portrait of her…

My style is very eclectic and I love to get a wide variety of photographs during a wedding day– some that focus more on emotions, some that show off the environment, others that tell a story.

I have many portraits of Daniela, but this one really makes me think of one of her favorite quotes:

Though she be but little, she is fierce!” ― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Daniela is shorter than me, and at 5’1″ that is something I seldom say)

Daniela shared, “One of the best parts about our wedding day was being surrounded by all of our favorite people.  We are lucky to have amazing family and friends!”

Daniela explained, “We all had such a great time working with you!  You were on top of things yet kept us laughing and smiling all day long.”

Strike a pose, ladies!

For this photo, I used a tilt-shift technique.  I really wanted to show off the beautiful scenery and also make everything almost appear to be miniature…

Daniela’s first look (and hug) with her dad…

While I photographed the ladies, my second photographer, Denis, photographed the men.  I love his shot of Frank putting on the finishing touches…

I love the generational feeling you get with this image… the young men in the foreground getting all dressed up as Frank’s dad and grandfather are watching and smiling in the background.

Such a cool space, the guys hanging out and sharing drinks at Gatsby’s

The ceremony space was beautifully decorated by Allure Floral Design and a bright blue sky and white puffy clouds awaited the bride and groom…

Frank explained, “The staff at The Palace was phenomenal. David and Maya were the absolute best. They were the best at their jobs and we were lucky to have them the day of our wedding.”

They are incredible!  Here they prepare Daniela for her walk down the aisle…

Daniela laughed, “When I saw Frank for the first time,  I could not stop smiling. I just kept thinking about how our wedding was truly happening.”

Frank shared, “When I saw her for the first time on our wedding day as they opened the doors, I thought, “Wow I am truly the luckiest man in the world with the most beautiful soon to be wife. ”  I cried tears of joy without caring what anyone thought. I am looking forward to spending the rest of my life with her and growing old together. It is going to be a hell of a time!”

I think she literally took his breath away!

I love to capture all the emotions of the wedding day, here Daniela’s face says it all– I think her eyes are a little glossy, too, Frank!

Daniela smiled, “The ceremony was amazing. It was simple, yet embodied who we were as a couple as well. There was love but also laughter and that is us! The moment with not reaching the microphone is something that happens to me all the time and I had to laugh!”

Daniela explained, “It was also extremely important to us to honor our families well. We spend a lot of time making sure our special day was also special to the people who had a hand in raising us into the people are today. That included a memory table, moments of silence for our loved ones, acknowledging our brother in law who is serving overseas, and having a surprise sibling dance for our brother and sister.”

Here Frank’s sister hears them acknowledge her husband overseas…

The tilt– I have plenty of traditional wedding ceremony photos, but sometimes a simple tilt can do a lot for a scene– in this case showcase so many elements in one photo– the sky and stunning floral arch, the wedding officiant, could and groomsmen as well as the beautiful detailing on the back of Daniela’s dress and of course Frank gazing into her eyes…

Another storytelling moment– as Frank slides the wedding band on Daniela’s finger, you can see all of the wedding guests watching attentively– there were over 200 of them!

Kiss the bride– again a tilt-shift shot… I wanted to put all of the focus on the happy couple and floral arch, I wanted the guests to be there to give context to the shot but not be overpowering since they are in the foreground…

Daniela explained, “As soon as we saw The Palace, we knew it was going to be where our wedding was. We instantly fell in love with the place and everyone who worked there. They were beyond accommodating and made us feel so comfortable. The Palace is beautiful and just felt right to us.”

Simple, elegant, classic– Daniela & Frank with their bridesmaids and groomsmen and the stunning Palace at Somerset Park in the background…

While most of the day, I capture candid moments, I always take a little time to photograph some traditional portraits, too…

Daniela shared, “Of course! I’ve known Frank since we were 11 years old. He was always someone who was in the “background” of my life so to speak. We always kind of orbited around each other but never actually connected until we were in our twenties.”

Daniela continued, “It always surprises me that this person that has always been on the outskirts of my life is now my husband. We had classes together in high school and I was always thought he was cute 😉 but I never would have imagined that he would be in my life in a “real” way. And now I literally cannot imagine my life without him. It is so funny how life changes and how things truly are meant to be.”

Here the newlyweds check out their wedding bands…

Frank shared, “I think we work so well together because we always listen to each other and we are always making each other laugh. It is definitely the way we show love.”

Daniela added, “He is usually serious so when I get to be the one to make him smile and laugh, it feels like winning the lottery every time.”

Frank opened up, “I fell for Daniela because she truly is perfect in every way. I know you aren’t supposed to say that, but it is true. She is the kindest person I ever met. She will do anything for anyone and always puts other people before herself. She is absolutely stunning. I knew I wanted to marry her because she completes me and I am the most comfortable when I am with her.”

Daniela shared, “I fell in love with Frank when I realized I could not picture my life without him.  He is such a serious, quiet guy to the “outside” world, but to me I get to see him completely  carefree. I knew I wanted to marry him very soon into us being together because I have always felt so safe with him. The qualities I like how supportive he is. He always has my best interest in mind and will support any decision I make. He has the best smile and laugh in the world, and it is my favorite thing to see him smile or hear him laugh because it is so genuine.”

I loved the ambiance of the East Ballroom.  The candle light, the chandeliers, everything felt so warm and I wanted to capture that….

Let them eat cake 😉

How fun!!

Frank shared, “My favorite part of our wedding was dancing with my bride and having fun just the two of us and having all of our friends surrounding us.”

Frank explained, “We each have a great relationship with our parents and siblings and both of our families get along so well. We are very lucky.”

Frank explained, “I was most excited to experience both of our families and our friends come together to have a great time. The Palace made sure everyone had an unforgettable experience.”

Here Frank’s best man gives his toast…

Daniela explained, “Our reception was PERFECT. The overall atmosphere was exactly what we imagined and Tommy, our DJ, kept everyone dancing the entire time. We had the time of our lives!”

I wanted to show the lighting set up by Elite Entertainment here, to get the full feel of the room and show off the chandeliers and packed dance floor, and the night was just getting started…

This is how we do it…

Daniela shared, “My favorite part of our wedding was the happiness I felt the entire day. From the ceremony to the reception I was so happy to be marrying my best friend and to have all of the people I love in one room.”

Daniela smiled, “At one point in the reception I just took everything in and it was definitely a moment of WOW for me!”

Again, wanted to capture all of the color and movement and emotion out on the dance floor…

Frank had some serious moves!

Awww Daniela’s dad…  in this show I showed off the blue light and brought in a little white light from my flash, too:

Rock on…

All the guys out on the dance floor were awesome:

I’m blue da-da-dee-da-da-doo…

The ladies were out in full force, too…

Haha, the moment Daniela tossed the bouquet from the balcony and it was ripped apart by the single ladies:

Everybody up:

Daniela shared, “At the end of the day, we work because we challenge each other by always ensuring the other person is living or working to become the best version of themselves.”

She added, “If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be marrying Frank, I would have never believed you! I am so glad our lives have worked out the way they did.  I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with this amazing man.”

If you’d like to see more of Daniela & Frank, check out their Washington DC engagement photos here.

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