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Wildwood Engagement Photographers: Charlotte & Matt

You won’t want to miss this vibrant, fun, Wildwood engagement for these two high school sweethearts…

Charlotte shared, “I wanted to book with you as soon as I saw your photos. I loved everything about them: the colors, the contrast, how you’re able to pull off such beautiful, unique photos that seem unimaginable.”

She continued, “We were previously booked with another photographer who appeared to be ‘a better deal’ at the time, and I had been feeling ‘buyer’s remorse’ for months.  I took a chance and reached out to you about my date, figuring you’d already be booked, when you were available, we set up an appointment to meet you.”

She concluded, “One thing that caught me off guard during that meeting, was that you got to know us. The other photographer didn’t take the time to ask about us, or try to create photos that would be personal to us.  You’re honestly a creative genius, and I’m so happy we have the pleasure of working with you!”

Aw thanks!  I’m so glad to be working with you two and loved having a chance to finally experience the Starlux pool first hand!  We went to Wildwood, which is a significant place for Charlotte and Matt and had a blast.  Everyone, even the tram car driver, had a good time.  😉

Watch the tram car please, haha!  I played with a slow shutter to show off the movement of the car– got pretty lucky for this shot!

Matt shared, “Wildwood has always held a special place in our hearts and our memories. We would go there with our families far before we had ever met. We have made Wildwood a yearly tradition for the two of us.  We love to walk the board night every night we are there. We share our memories of what we did as kids, what’s our favorite arcade, places to eat. And now we reminisce year by year everything we have done there just the two of us.”

I knew Charlotte and Matt love when I capture vibrant colors and the vibrant blue night sky and neon lights reflecting on the boardwalk were no exception…

Charlotte explained, “Matt and I are pretty awkward getting our photos taken, so I liked that you helped us choose a place that we loved in order to make us more comfortable. The day of our engagement shoot, it was cloudy, rainy, humid, I even cut myself and was *bleeding* haha… but looking at the shots in your camera it just looked incredible, I couldn’t believe it!”

While I love to capture personal shots in the moment, I also make sure to get a few more traditional portraits, too.  This one subtly shows the boardwalk and lights from the mini golf at the Starlux in the background…

Charlotte shared, “Every night we’re in Wildwood, we always make it a point to spend way too much money at arcades, trying to win tickets to trade in for prizes.  We always make time to play skeeball.  We both aim for the “100” and at every throw and hope for the best, we have fun and usually get a few tickets.”

Charlotte shared, “I think Matt and I work so well together because we’ve known each other for so long. We’ve been together for 10 years (our engagement shoot was the day after our 10 year anniversary) and have experienced so much together, and through it all, we’re always there for each other.”

Here I used the “W” from the Wildwood sign to frame the happy couple.”

Charlotte laughed, “We also play air hockey. We’re both very competitive at games, so it’s always fun and a challenge. I’d like to say I win most of the times, but I’d be lying.”

I love her fierce face here, if you said you always win I would have believed you, Matt looks a little nervous haha…

Matt shared, “Each morning we walk down the boardwalk to Stuey’s, get breakfast and make plans for the day. Decide when we wanna go to the beach, pool, boardwalk or whatever else we may do.”

There is so much to do– here is the wooden coaster that I rode with Kiersten, who came along to assist me on this shoot with all my fancy flash stuff…

Matt shared, “I was initially planning on proposing to Charlotte at Wildwood on the beach.  I had plans to write “will you marry me?” in the sand and take her on a walk one morning, but once I had the ring, I was too impatient, haha, and ended up proposing to her that winter instead.”

Charlotte shared about the proposal, “The day Matt proposed, he kept telling me how happy he was and I said I was happy too. And then he said“… Charlotte?” I said, “Yeah?” And then he went down on one knee and asked me to marry him. He was emotional, and I was crying and said “……….yeeeaaaAAHH!”

She smiled, “We hugged and it didn’t seem so cold anymore. I felt like I could’ve stayed in that spot forever, knowing that I’d officially get to marry my best friend.”

Matt shared, “It’s funny, Senior year of High School Charlotte gave me something that I have kept beside me ever since. A two dollar bill folded into a heart with a note inside. I keep it in my wallet and no matter where we both are I have held onto this, pulled it out, and just smile thinking of Charlotte and all the fun times we have had and about falling in love for the first time.”

So I know I already posted one tram car photos, but I just had to post this one too, I tried to place them perfectly, but how this worked out was just insane…

Charlotte explained, “The ball dropper game is a boardwalk must! It’s a fun game. It’s usually very crowded, but we always manage to find a spot. Obviously, our goal is to hit the jackpot. We usually hit it at least once during our trips!”

Here they try their luck,  I was going for the cool light tunnel effect…

THEN THEY ACTUALLY HIT THE JACKPOT!

Charlotte smiled, “We were so excited that we were able to get it while you were there!   Matt even said to me “I hope she got a picture of your reaction hitting the jackpot.” Haha… I wonder what that looks like?”

Well it looks like this…

Soooo many tickets!!!

Charlotte shared, “In terms of food, we HAVE to stop at Mack’s Pizza on every trip.   Matt was the one who introduced me to these when we first started going because he would go to all the time as a kid. The pizza is so good, and I look forward to eating it every summer.”

Matt agreed, “Mack’s Pizza which has the best pizza on the boardwalk for sure.”

I’m glad that I was able to visit such a nostalgic place for the two of you and capture your annual trip!  Thanks for inviting me and for sharing your story, it was a pleasure!  I’m looking forward to photographing your wedding at The Palace at Somerset Park next year!

Liberty Mountain Wedding Photographers: Kristin & Chris

Playful, fun, vibrant wedding uniting these two partners in crime & the usual suspects 😉

Kristin shared, “Our wedding was one of the best days of my life and I know that your photos will capture it perfectly.”

She continued, “We chose Rhinehart Photography because we love your creative point of view and use of vibrant colors. Working with you on our wedding day was such a breeze, from individual and group photos to candid in the moment frames; you seamlessly and elegantly instructed and photographed everyone all day long. You captured our style and personalities, incorporating various poses and backgrounds.  That is something very unique about your work and something you do better than anyone else. ”

Chris added, “We chose you because you are hands down the best in the biz.  You took great photos without taking us away from enjoying our wedding day.”

Aw thanks guys– your colorful personalities *needed* to be captured, and I feel so lucky to have had the privilege of doing that for you on such a special day!

Kristin dressed in the bridal suite in Liberty Mountain resort, pulling the zipper up on her hot pink sparkling heel– I knew the day would be fun!

She is stunning, yet so humble, I have several traditional portraits of her, but I like this giggly one the best…

I told you– stunning!!!

Here my second photographer, Kris, captured this awesome reflection of Chris!

He caught some beautiful light here, too!

Getting ready for “the first look”…

Chris shared, “Leading up to our first look was intense– I felt excited and nervous.  I knew it was going to be great, but it was also the real official start to the day that was to become.”

Kristin shared, “I was excited and nervous, too.  I was surprised how quickly everything moved that morning, and couldn’t believe it was already time!”

Chris said, “Look at you!!!  You are drop dead gorgeous!!!”

He had to check out everything, the veil the sparkling details on her dress, it was really adorable.

Chris got deep, “I knew she was going to look stunning on her wedding day and she definitely did not disappoint.  I look forward to starting our family together and watching her turn into the wonderful mother I know she’ll be.”

Kristin shared, “When I first saw him I thought: WOW is that tall handsome man mine? I am also looking forward to tackling life’s adventures together.”

You can see how cherished and loved she feels…

I knew they love vibrant colors and when I saw these intense purple irises, that reminded me of a Van Gogh painting, I knew i had to incorporate them some how!

I climbed in among them and snapped this shot as Chris and Kristin strolled by…

Kristin reminisced, “It was his charming good looks and sense of humor that drew me in. After I learned what a genuine and caring man he is I fell even further. I love the way that family is his first priority, which  solidified that he is the partner for me.”

While I love to capture candid moments during a wedding day, I also make sure to get a few more standard portraits, too.

I love how comfortable and happy they look here…

I love to play with reflections and was particularly happy with this one as it looked super tropical…

Chris shared, “We’ve been on a couple tropical trips.  Our first vacation was to Aruba, that is where we found out we really liked being together for long stretches of time.”

Kristin explained, “It was nice taking a quick break from the wedding day craziness to have a moment alone for the sunset photos.”

This seriously looks like they are the only two people in the world!

Kristin laughed, “I’ll admit it felt a little weird sinking into the dirt beside the irises but trusted Lisa entirely that the photos would be worth it!”

 

Kristin shared, “I think we work so well together because we’re opposites! I’m the detail-oriented planner while he is the funny, spontaneous guy. We bring our own perspectives to the table, but challenge each other to be open to each others point of view. This works most of the time, haha.”

Kristin shared, “We chose Liberty Mountain Resort because everything at Liberty was in one location (hotel, ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, after party, brunch the next day!). My favorite part was the tall ceilings and open concept reception hall that enabled a comfortable atmosphere for dancing and partying all night long. Also loved the rolling green mountains; they made for the perfect  backdrop.”

Chris added with a smile, “As Kristin said, we like the all in one spot.  We had a lot of out of town friends and family attend and it was important for us to make their trip as painless as possible.  Also, there is a golf course there…”

Time for the bridal party to join in on the fun…

Kristin smiled, “I love color!  The brightly colored bridesmaids and flower girls dresses contrasted the green golf course and mountains so well!!”

Kristin laughed, “Chris loves his socks, especially pink ones so I know he wanted his guys to share that love.”

Chris agreed, “Yup, I’m a sock guy.”

Kristin shared, “My sisters and best friends are always there for me through thick and thin.  I’m so lucky to have them in my life.”

She added, “Many of them have been by my side through sports and running adventures!”

I knew Kristin was a runner and wanted to fit this in…

Strike a pose…

Kristin smiled, “I believe I have the most adorable flower girl/nieces out there.”

Chris smiled, “As most boys do we spend our years growing up testing our strength against our fathers.  He knows now that I got the upper hand, so this picture of him giving me a noogie will make him relive his glory days.  HAHA!!!”

Chris’ mama was so happy to see him!

Kristin smiled, “My favorite part of  the wedding day was the ceremony!! This took me by surprise because usually I find wedding ceremonies so boring. Being surrounded and supported by ALL of our friends and family who care about us was such a powerful feeling. Just about everything in the ceremony was a surprise. Sam could not have done a better job!!!”

The backdrop was stunning for sure…

Sam, Chris’ sister, opened with a photo of their dog, who was not able to attend the ceremony, so that he could be there, too…

Chris added, “My favorite part of the day was the ceremony as well.  The reception was a great time, don’t get me wrong, but the way the ceremony turned out with the great weather and Sam doing a kick ass job on the ceremony really made that part of the day something we’ll never forget for the rest of our lives.  Everyone loved it!”

They sure did– smiles all around:

At one point Sam got out shot glasses.  When asked why there were three, she responded, “One is for me, of course!”

Kristin laughed, “The shots helped to break the ice a bit and set the tone for the wedding.”

Sam’s face, lol!

The mood quickly changed from playful to intensely intimate as Chris and Kristin read their hand-written vows to each other.

The look on Chris face is priceless…

The ring exchange, such pretty details…

Kristin shared, “Getting through the vows were tough but I’m so glad we did them! Made the whole ceremony very personal.”

Awwww…

Proud of the wifey!

I love to play with silhouettes, this is one from their first dance:

Chris explained, “My mom was so nervous for the first dance.  She thought I was going to swing her around and she would have to show off her moves in front of the whole wedding.  I wouldn’t trade the dance we had for anything.  She’s also a huge Rod Stewart fan.  Personally I didn’t think that was possible…HAHA”

Kristin dancing with her father…

Chris shared, “I thought the wedding speeches were great.  I took a little bashing but that was certainly to be expected.”

Kristin laughed, “I can’t believe Kyle described Chris’ dating life as “tryouts”, so hilarious!”

Chris smiled, “Tryouts are and have been for a long time, officially over.”

Kristin laughed, “The cake smash was probably my second favorite part of the day! The only time it’s ok to smash food in Chris’ face. And the cake was delicious!”

Chris shared, “It was very important to us that our guests had a great time.  It seemed like everyone really let their hair down.  We still get comments today that it was the most fun they’ve ever had at a wedding.  That’s the environment we wanted to create, and we are honored it worked out.”

Rawr…

Twerk it, gurl…

Don’t you dare leave the dance floor!!!

We need to twirl 😉 

Dancin’ in the moonlight 😉

A few of the vendors that really stood out to Kristin & Chris:

Venue: Liberty Mountain Resort Wedding coordinator Adrienne Weikert was fantastic and made our day a breeze!!!

Make-up/hair: Laventide Salon and Spa The hairstylists and makeup artists were truly top-notch.

Florist: Blossom and Basket BoutiqueRene and staff made my wedding flower dreams come true!

Bridal shop:  Bridal Suite BoutiqueTiffany and ladies made my dress buying experience a breeze. Highly recommend!

Cake: Main Street Sweets Jennifer made the most beautiful (and delicious!) wedding cupcakes. Can’t wait to eat them again for our one year anniversary 🙂

Rehearsal catering: Hempen Hill BBQ, Dave and Jane’s Crab House The food was amazing!

 

Debbie BircsakAugust 1, 2019 - 7:39 pm

Lisa did the most amazing, delightful, experienced, professional yet FUN job with Kristin & Chris’ wedding. Would highly recommend her!❤️ Thank you Lisa!

Ankita PatelAugust 22, 2019 - 1:08 pm

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Philadelphia Engagement Photographers: Sara & Collin

Fun, vibrant, rainy day engagement for two Philadelphia physicians…

Sara shared, “You were the photographer for Collin’s brother’s wedding.  When Collin and I were discussing  photographer options you instantly popped into his mind! He said you were passionate and shared a particular rain photo with him that you were very excited about, in fact that photo is hanging up in their living room now!”

She continued, “I knew I wanted someone who loved their work and was excited about the photos they took. When we spoke I felt instantly comfortable- you got my nerdy jokes which is always a plus and we both knew you were a match for us.”

They are a great match for each other!  Kind, affectionate, all smiles…

Sara went on, “The entire day of our engagement photos was a beautiful, perfectly sunny day….until it came time to take the photos.  As soon as you walked into La Colombe to meet us the skies turned black and we were greeted with torrential rain fall.”

She continued, “Despite that little wrench in our initial plans to go to Rittenhouse Park you easily worked with us to come up with a plan b.  Even though we had a last minute change in location we were able to easily get some photos in my old apartment building.  I felt so comfortable with our new plan and we had such a blast taking our photos!”

I love using reflections and depth in a photo, and love the timeless feel of this shot in this sentimental spot, La Colombe Coffee Roasters…

Though it was our plan B, using an empty apartment was ideal for me, I had plenty of light from the large windows and a blank canvas to work on…

I love color and wanted to capture the rich, cool blue hues and rain along with Sara and Collin.

Sara shared, “La Colombe was one of the first coffee shops we enjoyed together. Pretty soon it turned into our morning tradition. Every Saturday, we would wake up and head to La Colombe for our draft lattes and to share a cookie. There we would talk about our experiences during the week, thoughts, hopes and dreams for the future.”

She explained, “Collin and I met during our residency,  which for our specialty is four years of rigorous training after medical school.  The first thing I noticed about him was his smile. Despite how difficult work got, he always had a smile on his face (quite the opposite of me).”

She went on, “The first time we ever interacted I remember my morning was off to a pretty rough start. Collin came by to help me despite having been on call the night before and working all night. He cracked a couple jokes and made my day brighter.”

Collin shared, “La Colombe was the perfect setting for us.  I think it captures what our relationship was built on: our small moments together in the midst of chaos.  La Colombe tends to be a very busy place, but no matter what was happening in the store while we were there, or how many people were around, we always only had eyes for each other.  We would sit and chat and ignore the world around us, enjoying our coffee and chocolate chip cookie.”

Sara shared, “Collin and I are always goofy when we are around each other.  Every other aspect of our lives are pretty serious so our time together is where we can both be free, silly and relaxed. I wanted our engagement photos to show that side of us.”

Collin smiles, “Sara’s apartment brought back memories of our first date together. I showed up early (before she was done with her hair) because I stopped to grab flowers and didn’t know where else to go at that point.  Sara didn’t hesitate to let me in while she quickly finished getting ready. It is also the place she first cooked me a meal, and where we spent time watching movies and just enjoying each other’s company.”

Collin explained, “In residency there is always a lot going on around us. We get held late or called in for long hours. So our Saturday tradition of coffees and cookies, or times in her old apartment were where everything slowed down and we had time just for us, are some that I cherish most.”

In this show you can see a bit of the traffic and pedestrians, streetlights, and rain all in the background, but their two silhouettes are sharply in focus…

Such a gentleman, Collin holds the door and an umbrella for Sara and still manages to place his hand on her back as she steps out into the rain… I love the color and the authenticity and intimacy of this simple photograph:

While I love to capture candid moments and authentic emotion, I always make sure to get a couple more traditional engagement photos for my couples, too.

Sara shared about her place, “The building itself was an old mansion that was converted to a few apartments and the inside and outside are absolutely gorgeous- so much history and beautiful architecture. However, it will always be the place where Collin picked me up for our first date with a beautiful bouquet in hand and a nervous smile on his face, and where we first said I love you.”

I love working on a rainy day– the light is always so interesting– here we has the streetlight, oncoming traffic and my light illuminating them, too…

A cute little peek and check out Collin’s socks…

Sara reminisced, “Collin has kept me laughing and made these last few years of training fly by. I’ve always loved how genuine he is, how supportive he is of me, and how he manages to make the best out of any situation. I’m excited to have him by my side as my partner in life!”

We were lucky as the sun peeked out briefly with its warm, golden glow and being up for anything, they popped back outside…

Collin explained, “Sara and I can have fun almost anywhere, and we always know what to do or say to make the other person smile. Sara has a way making me laugh despite my worst days and knows how to keep me calm when I am stressed or frustrated. I’m so glad I met her in residency because it is full of stress and frustration and I don’t think I would make it through without her.”

I love how Sara’s strength and Collin’s smile come across here:

Sara shared, “I knew Collin was the one for me pretty early on in our relationship.  One particular moment that made it pretty clear to me was during a spontaneous picnic we had at Rittenhouse Park. It was a beautiful spring morning and Collin and I somehow had the same day off in the middle of the week (what a miracle), haha!”

She continued, “That day we decided that we wanted to grab some hoagies from a new sandwich shop near my apartment and have our lunch outside to soak up some well-deserved vitamin D. We walked to Rittenhouse where we picked out our tree (the one Collin also used to propose), laid out our blanket and sat together and ate. I remember it being one of our first pretty quiet lunches but despite that I felt comfortable, relaxed and at home. I knew then that I wanted to share all the little moments with him.”

Collin kisses Sara’s hand as raindrops fall past the window…

Collin laughed recalling, “There was a night we had gone out for our friend’s birthday. We had not been on many official “dates” at that point, but we had been talking and texting every day. While we were out, and walking down the sidewalk with a few friends, I awkwardly blurted out “so you’re my girlfriend now.”

He continued explaining, “Sara, who was a little stunned, just smiled and said “excuse me?”  I, now recovering from my adrenaline rush, started to think a little more clearly and decided to just roll with my rash decision and said “yeah is that cool with you?” She said yes (not for the last time) and the rest is history. I was taking no chances when it came to the woman of my dreams.”

Collin concluded, “During our engagement photography session, we just let loose and did whatever felt most natural for us. I think what came out was probably affection and goofiness, which is mostly what our relationship has been. When I am with Sara, I always have a smile on my face, and there is nowhere in the world I’d rather be.  During our engagement shoot that is what I hope came across the most, rain or shine.”

I hope so, too ;).

Harrisburg Wedding Photographers: Kelcy & Steel

Sophisticated, modern, vibrant, unique… Kelcy & Steel’s playful, chic night out on the town…

So this is what happens when my clients trust me!!! 😉❤️⁠⠀
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Steel said, “As an artist, we really want you to have full creative control– we love your work and are literally up for anything! Seriously, your camera is like a brush in DaVinci’s hand, haha!!” (He was a groomsman in a wedding that I photographed several years ago and has been following me on social media ever since).⁠⠀
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So I was like, well there is this *parking garage* that I’ve always wanted to shoot and I can imagine you in a tux, Kelcy in a red dress… we could start during daylight but have the last hour of the shoot be after dark. It feels like you guys to me, modern, sleek, sexy, vibrant, fun, unique– they were like “A parking garage, sexy and vibrant? Whatever, we trust you!” Here is a sneak peek of a couple shots from the evening…

Steel shared, “It’s such a privilege to finally have the chance to work with you!”  The feeling is totally mutual, maybe even more so!

I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity, and was able to do *so much* with these two, because they trusted me to “do my thang,” haha.

While I love to get creative with my photography, I enjoy getting a few more traditional shots as well.  I spiced this one up a bit by programming radio transmitted flashes off camera left ;).

Here the sunlight filters in creating soft, pastel orbs and geometric lines…

I’m fascinated by the little things, like light and shadow and really liked this vantage point…

Steel shared about the start of their relationship, “It took some sweet talking and convincing to get Kelcy to give me a chance but once she finally opened up, we hit it off like we knew each other for years.  We’re both care-free and fun-loving people who love to live in the moment and share new/exciting experiences together.”

The vibrant blue sky was amazing that day and the white clouds just down at the horizon gave me the perfect, light accent to make Steel and Kelcy stand out in this massive, modern structure.

Steel shared, “Whether it’s traveling across the country or internationally, we’re always looking for our next adventure together.  What makes us work so well together is that we are both caring and try to put each other before ourselves.”

Kelcy shared, “When we first started dating, I was a lot more “in my shell” so to speak, while Steel was this wild, silly guy that didn’t care if he made a scene in public.  It took some time but eventually his contagious personality broke down my walls and I realized it doesn’t matter what people think of us if we’re both being goofballs together.”

Kelcy continued, “Steel still cracks me up with his antics.  After 5 years of dating, no amount of goofiness from him really surprises me ;)”

These two work out and vacation like pros, so when they saw a blank canvas, naturally they wanted to flex a little, haha…

I love to play around with my camera and push its limits, here I used a slow shutter to capture the energy and movement of these two– they are going places for sure ;).

Kelcy and Steel are easy to be around… they both have a strong sense of self and support each other, that balance is almost palpable here.  I loved their body language and the soft sunlight here– it feels natural…

They explained, “About six months into our relationship, we took our first real vacation together and went to Las Vegas.  Our last night in the city was filled with laughs, drinks, and a nonstop good time.  We arrived at the Bellagio to watch the fountain show and after the show ended, the music switched to some catchy pop and Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles starts playing (have you ever seen the movie White Chicks? haha the scene where Terry Crews is driving and singing along to this song was the first thing that came to our minds)….”

They went on,  “We fired up our GoPro and started dancing together through the swarm of people walking past us down the sidewalk without a single care in the world.  As strangers passed us by, smiling at our carefree demeanor, we looked at each other and realized we want nothing more than to share a lifetime of moments together just like this.  We both knew we found “The One” :)”

While these streets weren’t bustling I liked the color and energy here and the way Kelcy’s white dress popped against the tangerine wall…

As the sunlight faded I embraced the cool twilight hues and found a little spot with a little extra edge and visual interest (graffiti and a yellow guardrail)…

There is something so sweet and classic about a dramatic black and white image…

But color is great, too 😉

Wow, that ring!!!

Kelcy shared, “We both loved the idea of giving you full creative control and allowing the session to evolve from there and really had a lot of fun together!”

Here we played in a puddle…

I love the lines and stark contrast of this shot– from the black and white lines of the building, polka dots on Steel’s shirt, waves of Kelcy’s hair, it all just comes together so well here…

This shot reminds me of this poem:  “That was his gift, he caught her imagination, and that, after everything, was all she ever wanted.” –Atticus

And this one makes me think of another…

“That was her magic, she could still see the sunset, even on those darkest days.” –Atticus

Kelcy shared, “We liked your concept of having a sophisticated, modern feel after the sun went down.  Steel and I both love any excuse to get dressed up, whether it’s a night on the town or an elegant dinner…so to be able to put on our fancy outfits and capture the moment was right up our alley!”

I really had fun playing with color and lines in the empty parking garage!

And I love the feel of the cold chain link here…

Kelcy and Steel, thank you for trusting me with open arms!  Thank you for opening up to me and showing me your authentic selves and allowing me to have free reign and visually create what that looked like to me.  Thank you for giving me such an awesome opportunity to flex my creative muscles, and for flexing yours, literally haha, in front of my camera!

39 Barrel House Wedding Photographers: Felicia & Justin

A vibrant, modern wedding at The Barrel House in Chambersburg— I had so much fun playing with all of these lines and colors!

Felicia shared, “We chose Rhinehart Photography because we like how you capture each couple in an unique way, and bring out their style and personalities in the photos.  Working with you on our wedding was amazing!!  You were able to keep us on schedule but also willing to be flexible whenever we needed it.”

I loved getting to know Felicia and Justin during their Nashville engagement session!  It is a session and road trip that I will never forget!   The style of The Barrel House was perfect for Felicia and Justin– a unique downtown space that was colorful and filled with character.  I could play up the yellow staircase with its modern lines or cool it down in this soft dress shot…

Then pump it up all over again with the fire-engine red wall which perfectly complimented Felicia’s “something blue,” her shoes!

For me this shot is symbolic, about the passage of time in the lives of a mother and her daughter, and all the emotions that come to the surface on a wedding day…  I captured it in camera using the reflection of a piece of artwork, I like how the lines appear a little warped and Felicia and her mom line up with the two clocks…

Felicia shared, “One thing I really appreciated about the Barrel House was that it had so much color and personality from the red wall with the barrel house in lights to the yellow stair even the turquoise of the fire escape.”

I definitely incorporated all of those colors, this time a beautiful bridal portrait of Felicia.  I love the color and the way it frames her and the reflection!

A hug from mom…

Justin and his men…

Time for their first look!  Felicia shared, “We went back and forth about if we should do a first look.  What sold us on that idea, was that we would have more time together.  I am so glad we did!”

She continued, “I did worry that it might take away from the ‘walking down the aisle’ moment, but Justin and I both agreed that our emotions during the ceremony were still just as intense, and then we were also able to enjoy the cocktail hour with our guests and enjoy more time alone together, too!”

Justin explained, “The first time I saw Felicia on our wedding day I thought she looked beautiful.  I was happy that she seemed comfortable and felt as pretty as I always think she is.”

It was nice having everything in one location, after the first look Felicia and Justin checked out the ceremony space together, it was stunning!  I used a very narrow aperture so that I could capture so much of Downtown Chambersburg.

Felicia mentioned, “The Barrel House was also close to things in town, so that guests could enjoy the downtown experience.”

While I spend most of the day capturing candid moments as they happen, I do make sure to get a few more traditional portraits as well….

Justin opened up a little, “Felicia’s personality is what made me fall for her. It compliments mine very well. She is smart, independent, and a little goofy.  She doesn’t take herself too serious which I like because I like to joke around most of the time.”

Strike a pose… that one of Justin’s groomsmen went for his typical hair pose was perfect!

Felicia added, “Since most of our wedding party was from out of town, it was really great to have cute spaces for them to stay right on the grounds.”

Justin shared, “The thing I liked best about the venue was that my friends got to stay there, and we could all hang out together.”

Felicia explained, “For our colors, we went with a navy, gray, and white theme.  The girls were in navy dresses, guys in charcoal gray suits, and most of the flowers and decor were in the white.  We chose this because we felt that it was a classic look that complimented the space.  The venue had pops of color throughout from the yellow staircase, to the blue walls, and the red brick of the outside.   No matter where we were the colors went well with it.”

Felicia explained, “I’m very close with my parents and I wanted to do something special for them on the wedding day.  They put a lot of time, effort, and trouble into making our day the most special it could possibility be for us.  I had handkerchiefs embroidered with a special saying for each of them.  It was something little I could do for them on that day.”

They were both very touched…

Justin shared, “The ceremony is when it became real for me.  The rest of the day was just like hanging out having a cookout– a really over-the-top, fun cookout with all the people who mean the most to Felicia and I.”

I love to get a unique perspective on the ceremony space and I found just the perfect vantage point, I used a tilt-shift effect to play with the focus so the couple, red tree and green foliage were all in focus:

Felicia shared, “I think what makes us work so well together is that we really balance each other out.  We really work as a team in our relationship.”

I focused sharply on Felicia’s engagement ring (one of the last few moments there won’t be a wedding band beside it) and got at just the right angle so you could see them holding hands with the Bible in the background.

Here Mr. Levy blesses the wedding band…

Felicia smiled, “Justin likes to put up this wall on the outside and have people see him as this guy that is tough and doesn’t get emotional.  But he is actually a softy and I think that came through on our wedding day.  Everyone got to see that side of him.”

Here she touches his face, wiping off a tear…

Kiss the bride!  I liked this is a classic black and white…

Husband and wife– what a beautiful scene!

Felicia shared, “One thing I really enjoyed was stealing moments with Justin throughout the evening for sunset pics and the end of the night moments.  There were times when it was just us celebrating and I am so glad that these moments were captured!”

The setting sun made these shots particularly beautiful…

Felicia explained, “The building has a character of its own so we did not need to decorate or do very much to make it perfect for the type of feel we were going for.”

Love the staircase!

Felicia smiled, “No matter what we are doing, Justin also makes it fun and makes me laugh. ”

Felicia shared, “Another characteristic I love about Justin is how loyal he is to the people in his life.  That really came through on our wedding day with how his reactions were to me and his friends.”

She continued, “I am looking forward to going through this crazy life with him having fun and making the most out of our time together.”

Their favors were adorable and functional– Olive Oil bottles…

Another classic moment that I thought needed a black and white copy, during the first dance…

Felicia and her dad:

Justin and his mom… I LOVE this one!!!  I was able to focus right on his tear as they danced:

All of the toasts were fantastic…

Let’s get this party started… I have to admit, capturing this shot involved trust, haha!  Love it!

The shades are on!!

Justin shared, “My favorite part of our wedding day, was getting to spend time with all the most important people to me in my life.”

I loved playing with the colors of working in an *outdoor dance floor*, the twilight blues and twinkle lights.

I also enjoyed seeing so many little ones at the wedding like this cutie:

Felicia shared, “Someone gave me the advice to really make sure to enjoy the day because it goes so fast.  I really tried to be present that day and enjoy each moment.  I am so glad that I did that and didn’t get wrapped up in the little details that do not matter.”

They both agreed, “We really wanted everyone to have a good time.  We wanted a laid back fun atmosphere, where people could enjoy themselves, we wanted a party vibe, for sure.”

I think you got it 😉

Justin concluded, “Felicia and I work well together because we communicate and support each other, and that is what is most important.”

If you’d like to see more of Felicia and Justin, just check out their Nashville engagement session, here.

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