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    You want a photographer who is able to handle all aspects of wedding photography with ease, capturing: candid, romantic emotion; flattering, beautiful portraits; breathtaking scenery & architecture; the joy and energy out on the dance floor and all those sweet wedding details that you have been working on for months in an artful, creative way.

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    My work is creative & thoughtful. My goal is to share your unique love story. I get to know your interests & personalities in order to capture them forever in beautiful, personal, artful photographs that tell your story. I invest my time helping you become comfortable in front of my camera & find the most flattering lighting and angles for you and your surroundings.

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Moonstone Manor Photographers: Loren & Josh

A romantic storybook setting, vibrant fall foliage and a pup that can *smile*: you won’t want to miss this sweet Moonstone Manor wedding engagement….

Loren shared, “After reviewing many other photographer’s portfolios, we took one look at Lisa’s work and were hooked! We fell in love with the authenticity and uniqueness in her photos. After our first chat, we knew she would be the perfect person to capture our special day!”

She continued, “It was important for Josh and me to find someone who would capture photos in a timeless and classic way that we will still want to hang in our home 30 years from now. Most importantly, Lisa has been such a pleasure to work with – she was responsive, receptive to our ideas, and made us feel at ease from the moment we met!”

I knew that Loren and Josh wanted a very timeless, romantic look for their photos and suggested the beautiful Moonstone Manor in Elizabethtown for their engagement session.  We had so much fun exploring the property there!  I also used a combination of lenses and camera settings that would bring out that soft, airy feel…

Loren shared, “I fell for Josh from the start!  He really brings out the best in me and is always keeping me laughing! In fact, I knew he was a keeper when he cranked up the radio on the drive home from our second date and we sang Will Smith’s “Miami” at the top of our lungs. I think that we would say what we love most about each other is that we can be perfectly imperfect together!!!”

I wanted to capture their laughter along with the vibrant roses at Moonstone and a little of that beautiful architecture.  I love photos with layers of emotion and color…

Loren continued, “I never imagined I would find someone as special as Josh. He is humble, kind, and compassionate –  I admire his determination at work and his devotion at home.  I’m unbelievably lucky to call him mine!”

Loren shared, “As soon as I saw photographs of Moonstone Manor, I immediately fell in love and knew it would be the perfect fall setting for our engagement session. We felt like we were in a story book with all of the natural elements: the lush greenery, and freshly fallen leaves scattered around the Manor.”

I love to bring an interesting perspective and thought that shooting from above Loren & Josh and capturing those scattered leaves would be a fun and unique point of view…

Talking about leaves, they found one that was gigantic!  I wanted to play with a shallow depth of field for this photograph– privacy please 😉

Josh shared, “Loren is bubbly– her enthusiasm for life and compassionate nature became evident from our very first date and is what I treasure most about her.”

Josh continued, “She helps keep me to be grounded and brings out some of the best qualities in me. We have shared many journeys together including our move to Harrisburg and starting our lives together there.”

He went on, “It is so enjoyable to have Loren and Penny, a family to come home to, it quickly became the highlight of my day!”

Loren shared, “Penny is the light of our lives! She is gentle yet energetic, eager but affectionate, loyal and loving. I honestly can’t remember what life was like before having her!”

Penny!!!!  Is it just me or is this dog *smiling*?

Josh said, “Give mom a kiss” and Penny planted one smack dab on Loren’s lips, haaa!

Loren continued, “Josh’s mornings are early and his nights can be long, but he always makes time for Penny and I.  I think it’s so sweet that he says we are the best part about coming home.”

Loren explained, “Josh and I were actually introduced by mutual friends and set up on a blind date.  We texted back and forth a few times prior and settled on a date to meet.  I went shopping for a new outfit and even thought about what I’d say to him when we met!”

Loren continued, “Josh picked me up at my apartment and I remember almost every single detail once we arrived. The restaurant was small and cozy, lined with white tablecloths and fresh cut flowers were placed on the tables.”

She went on, “We placed our orders and I don’t think there was another moment of silence between us! We talked about life, family, friends, school, work, hobbies, you name it – jumping from one topic to another!”

She concluded, “We just talked and talked and talked some more until suddenly, I noticed the staff sweeping the floors and turning the chairs upside down on the tables!  I left that night knowing that this was it!”

I love stories like that!

Loren stated, “I’m so glad Lisa suggested Moonstone!  It was incredible outside, but when we walked through the door and our jaws dropped. The amazing architecture and unique collection of artifacts was absolutely breathtaking!”

I had so much to work with creatively at Moonstone, interesting lighting, cool architecture, mirrors, control of the light, I loved it!

Check out all of the interesting colors, textures, silhouettes and reflections here…

Loren you are gorgeous!  I love her expression here!

As the sun set, I pushed my camera and lenses to the max, really trying to capture all of the beautiful details and color in the low light of evening.  I had to stay super-still for this shot, haha!

Loren and Josh, it was such a pleasure to photograph you two (and Penny!).  Thank you so much for opening up and sharing your story with me and for trusting me to do “my thang.”

I’m super excited to hear what you guys think of these (feel free to comment below) and to see you both again at your Omni Bedford Springs wedding in the fall!!!

OMG!!!!! Huffington Post “Best Wedding Photos of 2017” includes one of *my* photographs!!!!

Kelsey Borresen of Huffington Post writes:

“These Are The Best Wedding Photos Of 2017.”

“The very best wedding photos pull you in. It could be because of the emotion they portray, an awe-inspiring backdrop, a perfectly timed moment or how beautifully they capture the couple’s connection.”

She continues, “With 2017 coming to a close, we reached out to our network and scanned social media to find some of the most compelling images of the year. Here are the 32 images that made a lasting impression.”

Number 15 was this photograph of Steph’s pre-wedding excitement!!!  I probably feel this excited right now!!!

I knew from the moment that Steph described her personalized, vibrant hooded onesies with her fun, outgoing personality that I would have a special opportunity to capture Steph’s true colors– her 100% in her element!

I love working with clients who are unique and true to themselves, whether they are jumping on a bed or quietly wiping away a tear during their wedding vows.  The fact that my clients open up to me and whole-heartedly trust me to understand and capture their personality, style and relationship means the world to me and allows me to get some pretty unique images.

Here are a few times that those interesting photos of couples caught the eye of the editors at Huffington Post…

For their story on Athletic Engagements

First Looks:

Dark Dresses:

Funny wedding moments

Wedding trends– mis-matched bridesmaids dresses:

Windswept Weddings:

Wedding favors:

Wedding Pups:

Huffington post, thanks so much for reaching out to me and for taking the time to check out my work and share it with the world!  Thank you also to my clients for trusting me to capture so many unique and interesting moments for you– I love that you came to live out loud, and I’m so happy to have been there by your side to capture these incredible moments for you!

SteelStacks Wedding Photographers: Chrissy & Sean

An arch of actual *fire*, the steel stacks that created the Golden Gate Bridge, Empire State Buildling a happy couple whose friends and family tore up the dance floor… you won’t want to miss this vibrant, modern wedding at the ArtsQuest Center at the Bethlehem Steelstacks!

Chrissy shared, “We chose Rhinehart Photography for our wedding day because she is simply the best! Lisa, you made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera. The wedding day photography timeline gave me so much confidence and went off without a hitch!  Your vision and creativity go unmatched!”

I’ve opened the set with two more creative photos the opening shot above was of the *fire arch* that welcomes guests to the ArtsQuest building in the incredible Steel Stacks of Bethlehem, PA.  Shooting at the Steel Stacks was a total creative playground for me!  There was this incredible, vibrant blown glass sculpture on the way up the winding staircase to the ballroom…

Let’s not jump too far ahead of ourselves though, the day started out at Chrissy’s parent’s home.  Here Chrissy holds her wedding gown as her god daughter comments on how pretty it is.

I love to play with reflections and caught this one in the grandfather clock in the corner.  I like it because for me it symbolizes the passage of time– a little girl, a bride— there is something so timeless and classic about it as well…

Chrissy’s wedding gown was absolutely stunning!  I have many camera lenses in my collection and used on that could really capture the detail of all of those tiny buttons and lighting that really allowed everything to sparkle.

I couldn’t help myself– a little more bling… I thought this was interesting, too because there would soon and forever be a wedding band next to that engagement ring!

I love to give my clients a wide variety of images, this one is very timeless, classic… wow Chrissy!!!

Chrissy’s hair and make-up was completed by Nicole Lynn of Nicole Lynn Weddings (a feel beautiful salon) in Allentown, PA.

Sean shared, “Chrissy was the absolute most gorgeous bride!  She is such an amazing woman – I am so lucky to have such a loving, caring & supportive wife!!”

Cheers!!!   I love capturing a unique perspective and loved the vibrant colors and bright light!  Who doesn’t love mimosas?

Stepping out of her childhood home on her wedding day…

Chrissy shared, “My bridesmaids are some of the most important people to me. My bridal party was a mix between my sisters, friends from college, my cousin and best friend from childhood, and also two of Sean’s cousins and my future sister in law! Everyone in the bridal party has been so supportive of Sean and I and such a huge part of our life!”

Chrissy continued, “I fell in love with the navy, orange and silver color scheme when choosing colors for our wedding. Blue is definitely both Sean and my favorite color so having navy blue for the bridesmaids’ dresses was perfect for us. I also wanted to have some fun and vibrant colors as well and orange was the perfect complement! I loved how our bouquets looked on the wedding day.”

All floral arrangements were provided by Ross Plants and Flowers in Orefield, Pennsylvania.

Chrissy explained, “My niece is also my god daughter and she was beyond excited to be wearing a white dress and sparkly heels.”

Now it was Sean’s turn in the spot light!

Chrissy shared, “Sean’s positive outlook on life and how kind-hearted and caring he is are some of the things that made me fall in love with him.”

Looking handsome, Sean!

The gang’s all here…

Everyone gathered at Saint Joseph the Worker Parish in Orefield, PA.

Sean escorted his parents to their pews– his mother gave him the hugest hug!

Chrissy shared, “St. Joe’s was the parish I grew up in, I attended grade school there, and it was the only church I wanted to get married in. It was important for both of us to be married in the church and St. Joe’s not only has a lot of meaning to me, but is absolutely beautiful as well!”

Chrissy continued, “Having both my mom and dad walk me down the aisle was so special for me. They are the most supportive and loving parents and they absolutely love Sean.”

Sean shared, “I was pretty nervous at the church, but once I took Chrissy’s hand those nerves went away.”   Sean, are those tears of joy that I see?

I have to agree with Chrissy that the Church is stunning!  It also had so many unique architectural elements that I could really get creative with!

They were so happy together, it was just adorable– here is more of that stunning stained glass as well!

Awwww…

Chrissy shared, “Our wedding day went by so fast but the part that sticks out the most to me was saying our vows. The meaning behind them are so important and I can’t wait to continue building our lives and our family together!!”

I have several more “standard” photos of the vows, but I love the vibrant color and classic rim-lit silhouettes here…

I love how the groomsmen watch solemnly…

Another image that stands out to me during the vows is this one where Sean playfully squints as Chrissy slides the ring on his finger…

The elevation of the Eucharist is a significant part of a Catholic Wedding Service and I wanted to capture it in a unique way.  Here I captured the color of the stained glass along with the reflections of wedding guests’ silhouettes as they watched…

I photographed the groomsmen kneeling with the Stations of the Cross and cross illuminated in the background.

Their first prayers as a married couple…

As Chrissy and Sean returned from delivering their roses to Mary, the passed in front of a stained glass window momentarily.  The light was coming through just right and I anticipated their angle…

Husband and wife!

Sean’s father gave him a handshake of congratulations– he looks so proud!  Again that beautiful sunlight is passing through the stained glass at just the right moment!

I love to give my couples a wide variety of photographs on their wedding day.  More candid moments like those I showed above during the ceremony and some more traditional photos as well.  Here is the bridal party posted at the front of the church…

We moved from St Joesph the Worker Catholic Church in Orefield PA to The SteelStacks on the ArtsQuest campus in Bethlehem, PA.

Daylight was fading fast so we started with a few more traditional portraits of the happy couple…

Sean shared, “From the moment I meant Chrissy I knew I found a special girl. Her sense of humor, family values & determination are some of the many reasons why I fell in love with her. ”

Chrissy shared, “I just love spending time with him, he’s my best friend. I never stop laughing and smiling when I’m with him.”

I loved the unique shaded-blue color of the bricks and photographed Sean twirling Chrissy from above…

As the sun set there were a few places that really glowed!

There was one spot in particular with an amber colored autumn tree lit by a flame colored streetlamp and tall, soft, golden grass!

Sean shared, “Chrissy is such an amazing person, I’m so lucky!  I look forward to growing our relationship and starting a family one day!”

As the sun set I could see what caused the dramatic color varieties I was noticing through the shoot– both the warm tones and the cool…

We knew the Steel Stacks was the right place for our reception the first time we saw the ArtsQuest center. It has a fun and unique atmosphere which was exactly what we were looking for.”

We moved inside and I was absolutely floored by the winding staircase!

I liked the Nautilus shape of the stair when viewed from above and the lines that lead down to the bride and groom as well as all of the color and interesting flare of light in the distance.

Chrissy shared, “Sean always puts me at ease.  I am happy with him by my side.  He truly is my best friend.”

Chrissy and Sean shared, “Our favorite part of the wedding day was spending time with our friends and family! We had a blast dancing the night away!”

I love how Chrissy and Sean stand out among their wedding guests and the sparkle of the disco ball and exposed ceiling and interesting architecture of ArtsQuest.

I totally loved the lighting a space– here is one of the speeches…

Sean’s family members surrounded he and his mother all holding photos of Sean from when he was a baby and little kid.  It was such a sweet gesture…

Here a wedding guest wipes a tear as she holds two photos of Sean and watches him dancing with his mother…

Chrissy explained, “Family is the most important thing to us so getting the group family shots were so important!!”  They gathered on the dance floor during dinner to capture a few different large family groups– I loved the lighting and background!

The ArtsQuest Center is an amazing and unique venue!  Guests packed the dance floor from the very start with the help of Fine Tune Entertainment who traveled all the way from Boston, Massachusetts to provide a mix of live music, DJ and stellar lighting…

Chrissy shared, “We were so excited to have Fine Tune Entertainment at our wedding– they have been at multiple other family weddings on Sean’s side and they are amazing. It was really important to us to make sure the dance floor stayed packed at the wedding and we knew they were the perfect people for the job!”

I loved working with the lights– they gave such a cool, party vibe!

I absolutely love this photograph of Chrissy & Sean!!!!

Chrissy shared, “We loved how creative you were and how you were always thinking about fun ideas for us.  You mentioned us taking a walk along the sidewalk together near Levitt Pavilion at the end of the evening.”

She continued, “When you showed us the back of the camera with the SteelStacks and Christmas tree, we were totally blown away!  We had so much fun working with you!  We always felt like we were in very capable hands and liked that we could be totally confident in you and trust your vision.”

Here is the photo that I showed them… yes, these colorfully illuminated structures are the actual Bethlehem Steel Stacks that produced the Golden Gate Bridge, Empire State Building and so much more!

Chrissy and Sean, thanks so much for hiring me to photograph your Lehigh Valley wedding!  I absolutely loved working with the two of you and your nearest and dearest, and totally appreciated you giving me your full trust and confidence.  I am so excited to hear what you and your friends and family think of these photos!!!

Liberty Mountain Resort Wedding Photographers: Clara & Pedram

This multicultural wedding was fun, vibrant, and even threw in a few Star Trek references, including this one…

Clara shared, “We chose Rhinehart Photography because you really capture the individuality of the couples you photograph and it never feels forced or posed. Working with you was fun and easy, you made it stress-free and reminded us to just relax and enjoy our wedding day. You really made us feel like we weren’t just another client and you sat down with us multiple times to discuss the pictures and make sure that we got everything that we wanted.”

She continued, “Lisa, you really care about your clients and it shows through your whole process-– from the consultation, to meetings and especially on the wedding day.  You planned ahead but were also accommodating and flexible always asking about my priorities, which was so important to me with all of these once in a lifetime moments.  You had as much respect for my wedding day as I did, and it meant a lot to me. We felt very well taken care of and had so much fun working with you, thank you so much!!!”

I love getting to know my couples and tailoring their photography to fit their interests, personalities, style and needs.  When they told me they were having a multicultural wedding (with Scottish, Persian, Afghan and Irish traditions) I was ridiculously excited.  One idea I had was to incorporate Clara’s family’s tartan in the ring photos– I love the simplicity and symmetry here, too…

The floral arrangements and bouquets were gorgeous and from Debby Glamb and Karen McCarthy of The Flower Company.

Clara shared, “I love color! For the florals, we wanted them to be vibrant and elegant– we were even able to bring in a bit of Scotland, hence the thistles mixed in among the roses.”

Clara smiled, “It’s funny because I was adamant about not wanting trumpet or mermaid style wedding gown, but the moment I put it on I went from ‘the dress is pretty’ to ‘I look amazing in this dress’ so I definitely learned not to write things off so early! We added straps and sleeves through lace appliques and we ended up with the most beautiful custom gown I will ever wear! I could not have been more happy with it.”

DC area wedding boutique, Love Couture Bridal in Potomac, Maryland was where Clara said yes to the dress!  The ribbon is almost tied…

Clara continued, “I also was very excited to get to wear the crown that was hand-made by my great-great aunt for my grandmother’s wedding day. The fur was a last minute addition from Pedram’s mom that I borrowed in case I got cold.”

Clara you are so beautiful!!!

Clara shared, “Pedram and I love colder weather and vibrant colors so having an autumn wedding in the mountains was really perfect for us.  We chose the Highland Lodge at Liberty Mountain Resort because it was the perfect location between our parents’ homes and just the overall scenery and look worked for us.  We wanted to go with a neutral color palette for the attire so that the flowers would stand out and to go along with the strong fall colors in the background.”

Mission accomplished 🙂

While I love more candid and natural photos I also enjoy posed photos that capture the best angles and lighting on the subjects and scenery– wow, ladies!

Pedram’s sister is thirteen years younger than he and his twin brother.  I pulled her aside and grabbed a few shots of just her while we waited for others to arrive.  I love all of the color in this one!  She’s rocking the dress and hair, too!

Now it’s Pedram’s turn in the spot light.  Clara shared, “He’s a man of few words but can be serious or a clown depending on the situation and I love that about him. ”

He was definitely more on the serious side in the morning as he prepared for the wedding. 😉

Here Pedram’s friends toast him…

When Pedram saw a few of the photos he had one word to say, “Magic.”  🙂

Here is a more traditional portrait of him– I love how distinguished and dapper he looks– navy blue suits are one of my favorites!

Clara shared, “Pedram and I really balance each other out.  He is relaxed and down to earth, I am more concerned about the details but also a dreamer. He brings me back to earth when I get too stressed, and I make him less serious.  Together we are both ambitious people and want to do well in our separate fields so we support each other in working to achieve goals.”

I love the architectural lines in this photo and think it captures his serious, driven side…

Pedram shared, “My favorite part of Liberty Mountain Resort was the scenery and the surrounding space.”  Here you can see that great big sky and the fall foliage on the mountains…

Here Pedram rests his arm on his twin brother!  I love this classic portrait of Pedram and his groomsmen– it looks so timeless and cool…

Time for the first look!

Clara shared, “When I first saw Pedram, I thought that he looked extremely handsome and that I was so excited to spend the rest of my life with him!”

He was so over the top happy!!!  The guy who barely spoke or cracked a smile all morning was absolutely beaming!

Pedram shared, “When I first saw her I thought that she looked very beautiful in her wedding dress, she looked so pretty!!!”

He especially loved her hair, which I thought was adorable… 

Clara shared, “The fall view was perfect!  So colorful and more than we could have ever imagined!”

They really wanted a Scottish feel to their romantic wedding photos and I kept that in mind.  Here I got down low, nearly in the water haha, to really emphasis this minding stream and lush green mounds of grass.  (I had actually traveled to Scotland recently and knew just what to be on the lookout for…)

I knew how much Clara and Pedram love color and how key it is to both of their cultural heritages and wanted to bring in a ton of red from the fall foliage into this portrait.  I love their expressions here– how happy are they?

Pedram opened up a little, “I wanted to make Clara my partner because I love her and love spending time with her.  I love making her laugh and also bothering her which she makes too easy for me, haha!”

He continued, “She is pretty, I love her smile and eyes and she’s also smart, except not as smart in math (we started hanging out when I tutored her in calculus).”

He went on, “She can be strong-willed and high-strung.” (Clara is now laughing hysterically).  He concludes, “Clara is just Clara, and I’m looking forward to continuing our lives together.”

I love to play with unique perspectives, leading lines, saturated color and reflections…  This shot captures a bit of each:

Clara reminisced a little, “I fell for Pedram slowly, (since I thought that him asking me out in high school was actually a joke and didn’t realize he was serious until a month later. This is why you don’t ask people out over facebook everyone, haaa).”

She continued more seriously, “I fell for him because he’s kind and relaxed and balances my personality well, even though he can be a pain sometimes. He’s very laid back and relaxed most of the time.  I also really appreciate that he is responsible, driven and a good cook!”

She smiled, “He always makes sure that I feel comfortable, and is always making me laugh and slow down a little to enjoy life.”

It’s interesting for me to see how many of my couples say that exploring the grounds together as I capture photographs is one of their favorite parts of their wedding day!  Clara and Pedram shared the same when I asked them to look back on their day.

Clara shared, “Our favorite parts of the wedding day were taking pictures alone together and hanging out with our friends. Taking pictures together was nice to just get to enjoy some quality time alone and get an opportunity to talk to each other.”

I knew they were all about the epic scenery and fall leaves so I incorporated both in to my photos often!

Haaaa!  Now this one started out as a sketch that I created before their wedding– I knew they would have a bagpiper there and envisioned really bringing Scotland into their photos by having them framed in a colorful scene with a bag piper!  When I saw that he had arrived I asked him if he would mind serenading the couple before the ceremony started– he agreed!

Clara shared, “The moment with the bagpiper is something I never would have thought of or expected but it added so much to the day!   I used to step dance so I used some of that with what I know of highland dancing (which is not much). It is something I think is totally unique to our day and always makes me smile when I think of it.”

So far my photos have really showed the Celtic side of things, but the ceremony and reception incorporates a rich, Persian and Afghan flavor!   Pedram laughed, “As one of our guests said, attending our wedding was a total U.N. event!”

Clara shared, “I was excited to see the finished Sofreh table since we chose come pieces, but hadn’t seen it all together yet.”

This is another idea that I sketched out prior to the ceremony.  I knew there would be a mirror on the table and wanted to somehow capture their reflections in it!  Wait until you see all of these amazing traditions!!!!

As guests arrived to the sounds of bagpipes, they also arrived dressed in traditional attire.  There were kilts and tartan garb along with chic, modern Persian attire, too…

Clara’s father wore a kilt with the family tartan as he gave Clara’s hand to Pedram.  I love the look on Pedram’s father’s eyes as he watches the exchange.

And this is why they call it the Highland Lodge— wow, spectacular!

Clara explained, “Women hold a cloth over the couple, sprinkling sugar over it to sweeten the marriage and protect from evil.  The women are chosen as important women to the couple.  These are traditions that are both Afghan and Persian.”

Here Clara and Pedram’s sisters hold the cloth as one of the bridesmaids rubs the sugar cones together.  Many others participated in these parts of the ceremony.

Here guests from Pedram’s family watch as Clara and Pedram partake in the wedding traditions.  I could not get over the beauty of these women, they were all stunning!

Clara explained, “Holding hands for me was a way to quietly show my excitement about finally marrying him after almost 8 years but also reassuring that it was happening, finally here, and we had actually pulled it off.”

Pedram shared, “It felt nice to hold Clara’s hand.” 🙂

Clara shared, “Traditionally those gifts are part of a dowry to follow the couple throughout their marriage.  The necklace was from Afghanistan and is beautiful pieces of Lapis Lazuli with gold veins running through!”

As an art-lover I was fascinated by the stone and intersted to learn that it is the same type of stone used to carve Faberge Eggs and King Tut’s funeral mask, among others!  Here Clara giggles as Pedram’s parents help with the necklace.  It was stunning!

Pedram shared, “I chose to have a Star Trek opening because it seemed fitting.  It was a unique way for me to share a vow and I pulled it off.” 🙂

Clara explained, “Pedram’s twin, Noveed made sure the music turned on and then off at the right moments, which Clara also thought was great since they have all known each other since freshman year of high school.”

She continued, “I wasn’t expecting it, but he had told me that he was going to do something nerdy and if that was okay, and I said it was. Then the day of he said he wanted to do it to music, and I asked if it was necessary and it was not, so I asked if it would enhance it, which it would, so I said sure.”

She concluded, “I was totally not expecting that, but he has been trying to get me to get into Star Trek since we started dating and I didn’t seriously start watching it through until right before the wedding. I thought his reference was just perfect.”

Pedram shared, “I chose the Celtic wedding band.”  Love it!

Clara and Pedram were wed by a close family friend of Clara’s.  She had seen her grow up and beamed throughout the very personal ceremony.

The kiss! For this photo I really wanted to emphasize the detailing of Clara’s dress, the moody sky, the expressions on the bridesmaids and father’s faces as well as the moment of the kiss as well…

Husband and wife…

Table photographs following the wedding ceremony are a tradition on both sides of Pedram’s family.

Clara explained, “Each household comes up to congratulate the bride and groom, share their gifts and take a picture with the bride and groom and the ceremony table.”

I’m not sure how many total posed Sofreh Aghd photos I captured but it was a lot!  This candid photo was one of my favorite as it showed members of both Clara and Pedram’s family and they were interacting together so beautifully.  It has an authentic, UN feel to it.  😉

Then a group of Celts joined the Sofreh!  So freaking cool…

Pedram was welcomed into the family with a matching patch.  

Geese passed overhead.  There is something so universal about migrating birds and their movement with the changing seasons– no matter where you are in the world you will see this…

Wow, what a sky!!!

Karen Rodkey outdid herself again with this masterpiece!  She is so talented and I love seeing how unique each one of her cakes is!

Clara shared, “We wanted to keep the Scottish theme, so we asked the baker to use colors of thistle when decorating it and she came up with that simple, beautiful design.”

Clara shared, “We chose ‘Fly Me to the Moon‘ because we both love Frank Sinatra and Pedram, being in the aerospace industry, has always joked about getting married on the moon, which Clara has always shot down. So it seemed like a good compromise, haha!”

Clara shared, “I always associated our father-daughter song with my summers spent with my dad’s family and his parents, who passed away a few years ago.  It felt like a good song to remember them, celebrate them and this great event, and brought back memories of good times growing up. And it’s just such a great song.”

Pedram added, “Journey is my mom’s favorite band, we listened to them together on road trips growing up.”

Here Pedram’s mom kisses his cheek and Clara sings with her father…

Now that’s a cake!  I love how you can see both the thistles and traditional Persian and Afghan candles and honey!

Party time!

Model United Nations wedding Dance Party!!! A few of my shots from the dance floor– how much fun are these people having?

Watch out this might make you a little dizzy, haaaa!  

Clara shared, “The dance party was fun and only so much was planned by us! The Hava Nagila was unplanned and thrown together by some of Pedram’s oldest friends, but definitely added to the night and the experience!” Also the U.N. feel!!!  Here Pedram’s twin is up on the chair…

It was raining at the end of the night, Pedram and Clara stepped outside and cooled off a little bit!

I really liked this intergalactic look, especially for a Star Trek loving aerospace engineer and his wife!  Fly me to the moon!!!

Clara and Pedram– you two are such total individuals and I loved capturing all of the unique elements of your wedding from the fun cultural elements to all of the beautiful colors and scenery, wow what a day!  I’m so glad that you thought working with me was easy and fun– thanks for choosing to have me by your sides!  I hope that these photos are just as vibrant, fun and individualized as you had hoped!   I can’t wait to hear what you think!   Please do comment below!  🙂

Clara O’ShaughnessyDecember 21, 2017 - 10:55 pm

Lisa, these are absolutely beautiful and we love them so much!! Thank you so much for capturing all of these amazing different elements of our special day!! We can’t wait to share these!!!

Vietnam Wedding PhotographerJanuary 9, 2018 - 11:10 pm

The photos are excellent

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