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    Hello there-- I’ve been waiting for you!!! You know who you are and are true to yourself, you are a liver-of-life, a collector of moments, a person who appreciates great photography and its ability to press the pause button on life’s most incredible moments.

    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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LBI Engagement at Barnegat Lighthouse: Michelle & Dan

Lighthouses, oceans and sunsets, oh my!

Michelle shared, “We absolutely loved the pictures Lisa took at Kristin and Brian’s wedding.  Even though we had attended the wedding and knew they had a rainy wedding day,  Lisa creatively found ways to capture incredible wedding photos. Kristin also told us that working with Lisa was one of the best choices she made when planning her wedding. At that point we knew we needed to schedule a meeting with Lisa!”

Dan added, “After meeting with Lisa, we quickly came to the realization that she was the photographer for us.  She really made our decision very easy!  She is passionate about her work and cares so much about her clients!”

Michelle continued, “Lisa is able to capture strong emotion in photos in such creative ways.  I also enjoyed the great mix of traditional and candid photos that really seemed to capture the personalities of the couples and was excited to see her work with Dan and I.”

I opened with one of those strong emotional photos during sunset, here is a more laid back moment of them walking onto the beach together– I wanted it to feel soft and relaxed and to show them walking in sync together.  I used a slow shutter and love how their shadow is super sharp and clear, too:

Michelle explained, “Dan and I have both always loved the beach and both grew up spending many summers at the Jersey shore with our families. Choosing Long Beach Island as a location for our photo shoot was easy. Dan’s parents have a beach house there and we both enjoy heading down for the weekend after a long work week to unwind whenever possible.”

Michelle shared, “Dan and I met in 4th grade when he transferred to St. Matthias, the Catholic school I attended. I actually had a bit of a crush on Dan in Junior high but most of our conversations were solely focused on our shared love of the New York Yankees.  We were in the same class for 3 years and looking back our teachers did actually sit us close by each other often  As teacher myself, I realize this was most likely done strategically as I listened in class and Dan was a little bit more of a cut up!  Fast forward about 8 years later and a mutual friend suggested we tried going out on a date. After some time I decided to give it a try even though the idea of going on a date with someone I’d only seen once since I was 14 was certainly a little out of the ordinary…”

She continued, “…but we immediately hit it off! I was draw to Dan’s great personality and sense of humor. Our love of the beach, good food, favorite vacation spots, and the continued shared interested of the Yankees have kept our relationship fun and exciting.  On July 13, 2019 things will really come full circle as we get married right across from the very place we met over 20 years ago!  We can’t wait!”

Dan shared, “After our 2nd date I already knew– I remember texting with my brother who was about to get married, that I knew I had found the girl I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I have never felt so comfortable around someone else before, I felt like she could be my best friend.”

Haaaa I love to play with different photographic elements, if you take a closer look you’ll see their shadows…

Dan went on, “I remember during our vacation in Aruba being on the sunset cruise and feeling the happiest I had ever felt in my life, I think I must have taken about 50 photos and videos during the duration of the cruise so I could capture how happy I was in those moments knowing I had the best girl in the world.”

I love the intimate feel of this next photo– you can almost feel the soft grass and warm sunlight as Michelle reaches up on tip-toe to reach up to Dan:

They continued walking and I noticed these cute little seagull tracks… if you look closely you can see them following the tracks…

While I love capturing moments and emotions and personalities, I also like to mix it up and throw in a few more traditional portraits as well.

This was such an awesome find, for me visually– it was a nearly perfect circle of foliage at the end of a long tunnel of trees….

Michelle shared, “I wanted to go with a nautical look for our  photos and thought that a mix of beach photos and pictures at the Barnegat Lighthouse would be perfect for us!”

I love playing with different geographical elements like the beach or architectural finds like this iconic LBI lighthouse– the sunlight shone bright and golden on their faces…

Michelle fully embraced the preppy nautical look with the navy and white polka dots and lace, even shoes that incorporated “rope” detailing and a bracelet incorporating anchors.

She said, “I had the bracelet prior so that was the first piece I planned on incorporating. I tried on the polka dot pants at Banana Republic kind of on a whim and wound up loving them and then tried to work the rest of the outfit on that.”

I was head over heels for this golden light streaming in to this small section of foliage near the lighthouse.  I focused on the glow of the leaves and gave Michelle & Dan a bit of privacy, hehe:

These two were so sweet together, all smiles and laughs…

They were literally up for anything and I was like, “Hey would you be OK with hopping down onto the rocky pier and climbing down to the little sandy beach below?” They were totally game.  The sun was getting pretty intense at that time.

They were so comfortable and just themselves, surrounded in this pretty amber glow.  I’ll say that is a real benefit to having a longer engagement session, after a while you almost forget I’m there, haha!

Michelle leaned into Dan as they watched the sunset, the color was intense but I thought that this really came across better in black and white.  For me, you could see how proud Dan was to have Michelle by his side, how he respected her and cherished her and even protected her.  Michelle seemed so content and safe and loved and appreciated.  It was a beautiful moment.

We shoot off the seriousness and got back to playing, haha!  We went to this gazebo to watch the sun set.  I thought the shadows were so interesting!

We found these dandelions and they blew them like two kids, for me it was a “throwback” to 1997, being kids in elementary school together.

I’ll end the blog post with this shot of the two of them at the lighthouse together.  Somehow our timing was just perfect and this bird flew straight above and between the two of them!

Michelle and Dan, thanks so much for reaching out to me.  I think it’s so cool that I photographed you both as wedding guests and will soon photograph your Palace at Somerset wedding!  Thank you for sharing this special place with me and your love story!  I hope I did it justice and can’t wait to hear what you think of the photos!

Hotel Hershey Wedding Photogaphers: Chris & Sam

A stunning Cathedral and vibrant Hotel Hershey wedding for these two lovebirds and their close-knit family & friends…

When I first met with Chris and Sam I remember Samantha saying she liked my blog and Instagram and that she was surprised that I had so much national and international recognition but was located in Central Pennsylvania.   Chris had said he liked my artistic eye, the way I captured candid moments as well as the perspective and backgrounds… they also mentioned loving the story telling aspect and how I could tailor my coverage to fit different styles.

Samantha agreed, “Yes, I knew right from the beginning that we needed you for our wedding! We loved your creativity and the way you can could catch a moment. I loved how beautiful and colorful your Instagram was and I knew I wanted to incorporate that aspect to our wedding! Working with Rhinehart Photography on the wedding day was great because we knew we could completely trust you to do the job right. It was one less thing to worry about.  You just made us feel so comfortable!”

I love to give my couples a wide variety of photos so that they can re-live their wedding day for year to come.  I started out with a colorful silhouette of just the two of them alone in Hotel Hershey, while this is a detail shot of her ring captured in her parents’ living room.  I got a little creative and incorporated reflection and the crystals of her mother’s vase.

Samantha definitely likes sparkle and I wanted her wedding to have that classic, glamorous feel, I wanted her detail photos to fully embrace that vibe.

Sam shared, “When picking out shoes I knew I wanted a classic pair Badgley Mischka heels. I figured I should go with a low heel so I would be comfortable and dance the night away!”

Double vision… I love to play with different lighting and reflections… this was captured in Samantha’s parent’s living room… a huge shout out to her family for not caring if I moved some furniture, haha!

Samantha shared, “I purchased my dress from Cocoa Couture in Hershey. I started off not having a clue what I wanted. I tried on a few dresses and knew I could scratch off any of the poofy dresses. I knew that was not my style. The dress I finally chose was a Maggie Soterro fit and flare dress. Once I saw the dress I knew this was going to be the one!”

She continued, “We were going to add sleeves to the dress but once they were attached and fell off my shoulder I changed my mind and added the cap sleeve! It was so much more flattering! The dress was a little too simple so my sister Andrea suggested I should try on an art deco belt to go along with it.”

Sam’s beautiful mother kisses her cheek on the wedding morning…

Samantha explained, “My sister has always been one of my very best friends. We are 6 years apart but we have such similar personalities. I knew getting married would be an adjustment for us since we are together 24/7, haha, but I know she is so happy for me, to see me living the life I have always wanted to live!”

Sam continued, “Each one of my bridesmaids have always been there for me through thick and thin. They are always the ones I can count on.  The bridesmaids dresses were a Navy Bill Levkoff number which I knew would be flattering for everyone.”

Samantha explained, “The flowers were exactly what I was envisioning. They were the perfect shade of white mixed in with just the right amount of pink and greenery.  I don’t think I could have asked for a better bouquet or arrangement. We kept it simple and added the same flowers that were going to be at the reception at the Church.”

Samantha shared about Chris, “I fell for Chris’ calming personality.  We are so different but we complement each other well. He has such a great heart, and that smile!”

Chris and his groomsmen gathered at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Harrisburg all dressed and ready for the ceremony to start…

Chris chose a Christian Dior tuxedo for all the men in the wedding.  A huge shout out to Sten, for being my second photographer and catching these cool, colorful shots of the men.

The ladies arrived in style, here the flower girl is assisted out of the limousine…

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is breathtaking, when guests arrived they were greeted by beautiful harp music…

Here Samantha walks down the aisle with her father.  I love offering couples a unique perspective, here I captured Sam and her father’s faces while having my second photographer, Sten, stationed in the balcony where he could catch this aerial shot.  I was obsessed with the checkered floor and thought it would be cool to catch the guests’ reactions, I love how it turned out:

Sam shared, “I always knew that Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, where I grew up going to church, would be the perfect wedding ceremony location. I love the stained glass windows and marble floors and columns. The church is beautiful and also important to my family and I, who are members.  Chris and I both agreed, it was the perfect place for us!”

I wanted to get a few very traditional photos of Sam and Chris exchanging vows in this very traditional space.  I wanted to give the photo some extra depth so that you could see the marbling and detailed gold candles and sacraments on the altar as well as the happy couple and their attendants.

I was also blown away by the stained glass and really brought it into the composition of this next photo.  I wanted to show just how grand it was in scale, and like how the column splits the frame in half.  It shows on one side the hugeness of Biblical teachings and on the other the tiny couple reading scripture together.  Something just fits about it, visually…

I typically move like a ninja during a wedding ceremony, I climbed up to the choir loft, got down on the marble floor in the back of the church, and navigated in the side aisles all to get different perspectives of the same space.  Here I wanted to capture the full rotunda and all of the beautiful detailing of this place that means so much to Sam…

Sam’s brother lead songs during the ceremony, it was such a nice touch!

I have several photos that capture the full cathedral like this, but there was something about the contrast and light and lines of this one in black and white that really popped for me.  If you look very closely you can see Sam & Chris…

Haaa here I got a little creative with the organists’ mirror…

Kiss the bride…

Soooo many bubbles, I also wanted to bring in some of the architecture…

I love the color…

The bridal party gathered for a quick pic at the Hotel Hershey.  I liked this spot, because I felt like it really transitioned well from the church also with white marble columns…

The happy couple… I love giving couples and eclectic mix of photos to choose from– tiny details, beautiful landscapes, colorful creative shots, sweet candid moments, and posed traditional shots like this…

My concept for this image was to make Sam and Chris look like miniatures by using a tilt-shift effect.  I wanted to show how amazing the Hotel Hershey gardens were.  Can you spy the three hidden “kisses”?

The whole space was stunning, I thought the fountain and breeze were just perfect to play up Samantha’s cathedral length veil ;).

Chris explained, “Sam and I are both very different, but we complement each other. Her cheerful, bouncy ways really balance my more serious side were I might help her to be more disciplined at times, she helps me to lighten up and celebrate life.”

He went on, “We see each other as equals, we love,respect and trust each other. We are always there for each other for guidance and direction.”

An interesting perspective from the tulips, I see it as a meeting of the minds on Sam’s colorful, bubbly personality…

Chris shared, “I fell for Samantha’s kind personality and happy-go-lucky nature. She is almost always cheerful and can turn any situation into fun. I also trust Samantha very much, she is a fiercely loyal person.”

He went on, “Samantha is incredibly kindhearted and compassionate.  When I first saw her on the wedding day a feeling of calm rushed over me.  While others around me were stressed at times about the wedding, I really wasn’t.  Seeing her on our wedding day, just standing next to her made my whole world absolutely tranquil.”

Samantha added, “Yes, when I first saw Chris coming down the aisle my nerves instantly went away. Just seeing him waiting there for me I knew we were ready to start our lives together.”

Another posed portrait under the bows of a flowering tree…

A different perspective from above, rather than using a tilt shift to blur the background, I used a very narrow aperture to capture all of the detail in the background.

Chris shared, “I liked that the Hershey Hotel was so close to home in central Pennsylvania, but had a world-class elegance that could be found somewhere far away.”

Samantha added, “When choosing venues we loved how it looked like you were somewhere on vacation but we were right here at home!”

Samantha continued, “I have always wanted to get married at the Hershey Hotel.  We loved the size of the Castilian room. It was perfect for the amount of people we had for the wedding. It was so elegant but cozy enough so that we felt a closeness with our families and friends.”

Sam smiled, “The cake was the most fun to pick out!  We tried out so many flavors and went with a chocolate peanut butter for one layer and a white cake with strawberries and cream filling. They were delicious! As far design we wanted something super simple. We went with a white tier cake with tiny polka dots and gold ribbon around the bottom of each layer.”

Being announced as Mr & Mrs…

 

Chris’ dance with his mom:

Sam’s sister’s speech:

Chris shared, “I was honored to have my sister, Lauren, be my witness at the wedding, holding the traditional “best man” role.  My family is small but close-knit, and my sister was and is by far the closest relative and friend I have ever had. We grew up together and while we were two years apart, strangers always asked my parents if we were twins due to our visible bond. It was only right to have her be in this role.”

Samantha’s brother led the prayer…

They both agreed, “The best part of the wedding was getting out on the dance floor! It was so fun to hear our favorite songs and get down with our friends and family!!”

Haaa the garter and bouquet toss…

Group photo!!!

 

Chris shared, “The perfect ending to our night was by the fountain right below our ballroom. It was such a romantic setting!”

At the end of the evening, Sam and Chris stepped out in the cool of the evening.  I used a special flash and technique to really play up that moonlight…

Sam and Chris, thanks for choosing to have me with you at your side during your big day!  It was such a pleasure meeting your friends and family!  If you want to see more of Sam and Chris, check out their apple orchard engagement here. 😀

If you’d like to know which vendors they used, you can find out more here:

Dress: Cocoa Couture:  www.cocoacoutureonline.com

Flowers: Royers Flowers: www.Royers.com

DJ/Lighting: Klock Entertainment– Josh Wagner (DJ Wagz): www.klockentertainment.com

Tuxedos- Strictly Formals, Harrisburg: http://www.strictlyformals.com/

The Hotel Hershey, www.thehotelhershey.com

Church- St Patrick’s Cathedral, www.stpatrickscathedral.org

DC Wedding Photographers: Allie & Max at Kingman Island

Two yogis, in a forested island in the heart of Washington DC, with vibrant colors and the sweetest pup…

Allie shared, “I’m typically very indecisive, but from the moment we saw your photo album at Silverbrook Farm, we were hooked!  We love how the setting really came through in the photos as well as the emotion captured in every photo.”

She shared, “In fact, apart from choosing Silverbrook as our venue, choosing you was our very first and easiest decision in wedding planning. The softness, romanticism of your photos is exactly how my heart feels when I think about Max.”

I asked her what she was hoping for in her engagement session, she said, “I hope the joy I experience when we are together and the intensity of our love comes through in the photos. I love the drama in your photography and I love how a candid shot can capture such a split and fleeting second.”

Just a walk in the woods…

They shared about the location explaining, “Kingman & Heritage Islands are our favorite local place to walk and jog with our puppy (now dog) Piper. We love spending time outdoors, and despite being in the middle of the city where you can hear cars and the metro, underneath the trees it feels remote.  We live on the edge of Capitol Hill near the Kingman Park neighborhood, only a mile from Kingman Island.”

Haaa the timing of this one was perfect!  Awww Piper!!!

They went on, “Piper is a sweet and wild little thing and the best decision we have ever made, apart from being together.”

Max shared, “Allie is my best friend and partner in everything–  good, bad and ridiculous.  She truly brightens everyone around her!”

This lady is overflowing with sunshine, charisma and good vibes…

Allie shared, “We fit, there’s no better way to say it. He’s the closest thing I know to destiny. Max is my world and I am so thankful for him every day.”

I like the soft, romantic feel of this photo…

Max shared, “One of our first dates started with a yoga class (Max’s first at the studio where Allie was a member) and then concluded with an outdoor movie at  DuPont Circle. Allie may not know this but I was certainly a little intimidated to be in the class, having to balance being on a date with a girl I was crazy about but still in the “trying to impress” phase, haha!”

He continued, “I didn’t want to unveil my uneasiness about doing yoga in such an official setting and was obviously terrified that she would somehow identify me as a fraud. It didn’t take but two seconds into the class that all of those feelings washed away with one glance and smile from Allie- I immediately felt an immense comfort envelop me.”

Allie smiled, “I also remember this date well. I call it our perfect date. Those months were a dream. A balmy  summer night began with a good flow and ended with an outdoor movie at Dupont Circle. The gourmet picnic tickled our love of good food, I was falling madly in love and the feeling of being in his arms was (and still is) the best imaginable.”

Max concluded, “It was that time at the initial studio that I discovered how special sharing a practice with Allie by my side could and did become. I had found the person that can make me feel calm with her mere near presence or a simple glance.  Now we have attended hundreds of yoga classes together before moving to our current studio where Allie now teaches!”

Allie shared, “Max is constantly trying to be helpful and make me happy. This is just who he is and it doesn’t go unnoticed by me and everyone he meets. I’m touched by his recount of our yoga journey. He has been a huge part of mine. From practicing together, being open to  the yogi community, driving and picking me up from yoga teacher training every Saturday and Sunday for 3 months, encouraging me to get outside my comfort zone and start teaching when I hesitated.”

For me, this photo shows Max’s encouragement.  He almost seems to give her wings…

Allie went on, “I am so thankful to Max for being my relentless guinea pig until I became more comfortable with my teaching, cleaning the house before my private client comes over for a session, picking up the slack when having multiple jobs becomes overwhelming.  To say Max is supportive is a huge understatement.”

Here Allie trusts Max as she leans forward and he balances her out, these two just fit!

I asked Allie about the look she wanted for the session/  She shared, “Organic, authentic , unmanicured definitely. Passionate, romantic, emotional– that’s how I feel often so it’s awesome to have  someone who can capture it! We love getting lost in the woods together.”

I love the passionate, authentic vibe of this photo.  You can see how naturally these two fit, and I love how her fingers wrap around his wrist and her engagement ring peeks out a little:

I complimented Allie’s outfit choice for being so flowy, fun and sunny.  I said with the wild, forested background, she reminded me a bit of snow white with the flowy yellow dress and dark short-sleeved top!

She said, “To be honest, our attire was a complete game time decision. I’m usually in something a bit more boho. Max wore his go-to green pants and I frantically raided a friend’s closet the night before. Despite being an organized person and having my hair appointment set months before, picking out an outfit completely slipped my mind. In fact, once I realized what I was wearing I had to laugh because it was very similar to my initial vision for my bridesmaids. Oh well, I guess I know what I like!”

Kingman Island was such an awesome locale.  The woods was alive and growing, yet many of the trees were quite young.  It allowed me to still see the sky from most angles and really bring in that sunlight!

Ah the sun, so there is a special little tool on my camera lens to make this sort of thing not happen, but I actually love it!  To me, it captures the way love feels…

Max shared, “Allie is  kind, compassionate and caring.  Her energy is  warm and she goes out of her way to make those around her comfortable. She elevates me and challenges me to be a better version of myself every single day.  She gives me purpose and brightens everything around her.”

For me, this photo catches all of those sentiments in a visual way:

Allie explained, “Max is open-minded, fun and easy to connect with, confident. His moral compass is strong. He is one of the most accommodating friends you could ever have.  He’s also the most handsome man I’ve ever known and gives me butterflies day in and day out.”

The sun set and created interesting combinations of pastel and bold colors and fun, periwinkle wispy clouds.  I silhouetted them against the sky along with the tree branches and leading lines of the fence.  For me this image shows symmetry, balance and a very healthy, thriving, growing relationship.

Allie, Max & Piper, thank you for introducing me to this new corner of Washington DC, I literally did not know that it existed!  Thank you for sharing your story and inviting me to be there with you on your wedding day as well– see you at Silverbrook Farm!

Creative wedding photographers: Heather & Vincent at The Bond

Over 200 mandarin oranges, incredibly vibrant and unique floral arrangements and *brunch*, too!!!  Heather and Vincent’s wedding was absolutely stunning and is sure to knock your socks off with its perfect blending of modern and romantic elements, I have never seen a wedding  like it before… there are nods to their ​Scandinavian & Chinese ​heritage, their love of brunch and even their cats…

Heather and Vince shared, “We chose Rhinehart Photography because honestly, Lisa is the best photographer in the area, hands down. There is zero competition when you compare the composition, color and drama she is able to capture in her photos to others. Lisa is very passionate about photography and she constantly pushes the limits to grow her skill level and expertise, which really shows in her photos. Lisa is also a kind-hearted, bubbly, fun-loving person that we not only fell in love with Lisa’s work, but also Lisa as a person. We were so thrilled to have Lisa capture one of the most significant days of our life!”

They continued, “Lisa and her shooting partner, Jim, were such an amazing team to work with on our wedding day. Like most weddings, we ran into a few snafus; the bridal party was running a little behind schedule with hair and makeup, the murals we wanted to use as a backdrop in our photos were overtaken by a flea market, and passersby kept stopping our photography sessions to request a photo. Lisa handled every situation we encountered with professionalism, tact, and grace. We are hoping to see lots creativity, color and her famous “Vanity Fair” drama in our photos!”

I opened with a photograph that is colorful, creative, dramatic and certainly out of the box.  I do like to play with different photography techniques and tried something completely new in the opening image.  I love how it combines both modern and natural elements.  This next photo incorporated a key wedding symbol, Mandarins, and was photographed in window light, like the Dutch Master still live paintings that were one of Heather’s sources of inspiration for the wedding…

I love color and wow, this wedding did not disappoint!  So many vibrant colors– even the ring boxes were lined with these stunning mosses!

The blue sky was out in full force as well– here you can see it along with heather’s antique styled wedding gown hanging in one of the huge windows of The Bond.

Heather shared, “My wedding dress was a Victorian inspired gown with a high neckline, and I definitely wanted to pull my hair up so to not distract from my gown. I found my wedding dress online at Anthropologie’s BHLDN store. The dress was designed by Needle & Thread. I feel in love with the high neckline, long sleeves and hand-beaded floral design from top to bottom. Growing up, my mom had a collectible porcelain doll that was dressed as a bride in the most ornate Victorian wedding gown. I used to admire the doll as a small child and think “One day when I get married, that’s the kind of dress I want to wear.” As it turns out, that is the type of dress I wore for my wedding!”

Heather continued, “Our florist, Marcy Almoney from Foster’s Flower Shop, was a dream to work with and she went above and beyond to make my vision a reality. Marcy was able to track down Chinese Emperor Yellow peonies for my bouquet, which made it even more special and unique since the flower is only available during a few weeks of the year!”

They explained. “We wanted to have our wedding in the York area because it’s where we started our life together as a couple.  As soon as we stumbled across The Bond, we knew instantly it was the venue for us. The Bond is modern and unique in that it can be transformed from a blank space to virtually anything you can imagine. We also really loved the juxtaposition of the masculine (industrial design elements) with the feminine (crystal chandeliers) found throughout the space. The ceremony, cocktail hour and reception could all be held at the venue; which was very important to selling point for us. The majority of our guests were from out-of-town and we wanted to be as accommodating as possible to ensure they could enjoy our wedding day, and not be worried about getting lost in an unfamiliar city searching for multiple locations.”

Heather shared, “I wanted my hair to be pulled up into a tousled top knot. I wanted my hair to be modern and elegant but still organic-looking.”

Wow!!!  The flowers, the dress, the hair, the bride– I am speechless!!!

Heather shared, “In fitting with the vintage look of my wedding gown, we decided to rent some vintage décor to fill the space. We ended up selecting a blue velvet settee, brown trunk, and 100 brass candlestick holders from Love Birds Vintage Rentals in Lititz, PA.”

She continued, “Vince wore a custom 3-piece suit and black gingham dress shirt made by Indochino. Vince selected all the details for his outfit and had our names and wedding date embroidered above the interior pocket of the jacket. Vince’s floral tie was purchased on Etsy from My Tie Shop and his black gingham pocket square was from The Tie Bar.”

My second photographer for this wedding, Jim, really knocked my socks off with these photos of Vince in the morning, as well as several other images throughout the day.  😀

I love this combo– so incredibly dapper!  Vince eventually added a floral pocket square in lieu of a boutonniere, LOVE that idea!

Those eyes!!!  Heather is totally ready for “the first look”

Vince uncovered his eyes…

And was quickly tearing up…

Heather explained, “Heather: I was responsible for the overall design aesthetic for our wedding, despite that fact that Vince is a professional artist by trade and I am a business consultant who likes to dabble in the occasional crafting project. My design inspiration was a bizarre amalgamation of things that probably shouldn’t have worked together but somehow did. Vince and I hail from different cultures so it was important for us to pay tribute to the coming together of those cultures. We tried to incorporate aspects from both of our cultures in a symbolically meaningful way, mainly because hanging a bunch of Chinese lanterns and Scandinavian Himmeli from the ceiling beams would have looked like a disaster.”

I loved the floral frame!  It was a piece of art!  Heather shared, “Since we had a Spring-time wedding, I wanted to incorporate as many flowers as possible. Flowers were integrated into everything, from the oversized frame we used as our ceremony backdrop to the glass window escort card display. The branch that was used as a part of our ceremony backdrop was actually from a peach tree in our florist’s backyard!”

A little Vogue and Vanity fair action…  I honestly think this wedding could be published, for sure…

The Bond is perfectly situated in downtown York, and there are so many colorful, beautiful locations surrounding it!  I scouted out a few spots I wanted to visit and we were able to just explore and hang out!  I love the yellow doors, they reminded of the yellow in Heather’s bouquet!

So many cute store fronts…

Colorful murals fit their theme perfectly…

So sweet…

Cherry blossoms?  Yes please!

I love to play with perspective, reflections and contrast… 

One more final splash of color…

I like to play with new photography techniques and was so pleased that this worked!  It is actually one single exposure and not photo shopped!  I wanted to show the modern city elements, the natural elements and the couple all at once…

I love a traditional family portrait– it was so fitting for this crew!

Heather explained, “In Chinese culture, mandarins symbolize your family’s wish that the bride and groom share a happy and full life together. Also the name in Cantonese means gold, so it has a dual wish adding hopes for a life loaded with prosperity.”

A tiny peek at the decor and a kiss…

The ceremony space was all set…

The strings began…

Heather shared, “Vince’s sister, Lyn, officiated our wedding and did an incredible job! It really meant a lot to have a beloved family member unite us in marriage.”

I love this shot of Vince’s sister just about to begin the ceremony!

 

He didn’t seem so keen on walking down the aisle, but the lollipop sure did the trick, lol!

Heather’s father escorted her down the aisle…

Double the sunshine…

They shared, “A tea ceremony honoring the families of both the bride and groom are traditionally done instead of a vow exchange in Chinese culture. It was important for us to infuse the tradition with a more modern ceremony, so we added the tea ceremony prior to the exchanging of vows to honor our parents.”

Here Vincent’s mother accepts the tea:

The ring exchange:

Heather’s parents watch as she and Vincent exchange vows…

The kiss…

Heather shared, “The floral arrangements were inspired by Dutch Masters still life paintings. I really love how the fruit and floral arrangements are both organic and dramatic. Instead of the darker hues that traditionally comprise the still life paintings, I choose a brightly colored floral palette to suit our Spring-time wedding. Additionally, white flowers were banned from the wedding because they are used at funerals and symbolize death in Chinese culture. Because I couldn’t use white flowers, I decided to offset my brightly colored floral palette with lighter more neutral hues, such as peach and pale pink.”

She continued, “There were over 200 mandarins used for the wedding decor, from centerpieces to place cards. The colors gold and red are good luck colors in Chinese culture, and they were incorporated as much as possible through the use of vintage brass and glass accessories and floral arrangements.”

You can see first-hand the masculine and feminine feel of the bond with its industrial feel and elegant chandeliers, it’s a perfect marriage of both Vincent and Heather’s tastes…

They shared, “Since it was a morning wedding, we wanted to ensure that our guests were comfortable and had lots of caffeine available. We hired Prince Street Café in Lancaster to bring their mobile espresso cart to The Bond to serve a variety of fancy coffee and tea beverages to our guests. We also had a selection of brunch-themed alcoholic beverages (mimosa, bloody Mary, white cranberry wine spritzer) for our guests to choose from, as well.”

Heather shared, “In Scandinavian culture, the bridal party consists of one attendant each for the bride and groom. The attendant’s role is to act as a witness to the marriage. I selected my only sister, Kristina, as my attendant or maid of honor and Vince selected his best friend, James, to serve as his best man/ring bearer.”

Stylin…

Heather shared about their attire, “Our ceremony was held in the morning followed by a brunch reception. Although the wedding was during the day, I wanted to keep the bridal party attire formal but not black tie. Who says you can’t wear an evening gown at 10:30 in the morning?! The dark suits and evening gowns nicely complimented the dramatic element created by the floral arrangements and contrasted their bright hues.”

Werk it 😉 

They explained, “Our favorite part of the wedding was having the opportunity to spend some time with our extended families and friends. We really made it a point to enjoy our cocktail hour and talk to everyone. It truly meant a lot to us to have so much support and love on our wedding day!”

Heather shared, “We originally planned on having an evening reception but during the planning process, I felt uninspired. Vince and I occasionally go out for dinner but typically we like to spend our evenings cooking together at home. We do, however, go out to brunch almost every single weekend. I wanted our wedding to reflect our interests and since it would have been unreasonable to ask The Bond to host a cooking class inspired wedding six months prior to our selected date, I simply asked if they would be willing to host a brunch wedding. The Bond graciously agreed and were very excited since we would be the first brunch wedding held at The Bond. I worked with our venue coordinator, Abby Roche, and the head chef at The Bond to create our brunch menu from scratch. The Bond was willing and able to do anything menu-wise so it was really fun to develop the appetizers for cocktail hour and entrees for brunch.”

Brunch!!! Shrimp & grits!!!

Heather said, “Vince’s speech was completely made up on the spot and from the heart. Vince is an amazing public speaker who really stole the show on our wedding day!”

Vincent’s surprise: dancers during their first dance…

The guests joined in…

Heather shared, “Our wedding cake design was inspired by a painting technique called impasto. I love impasto oil paintings and I really wanted our cake to look like a piece of modern abstract art. Our baker aka cake artist, Jasmine Clouser from Couture Cakery, did an amazing job at creating that impasto look by applying tinted buttercream with a palette knife. She also added some gold leaf foil to match the gold décor accents.”

Photobooth fun…

One big happy family…

Heather explained, “Our favors were miniature bottles of champagne and Lucky Cat soda (non-alcoholic option). Vince and I have three black cats so we decided to give out Lucky Cat soda as a sweet symbolic way to incorporate them into the festivities. I tied gold ribbons and paper straws to each of the bottles. We wanted to give our guests a favor that they’d actually want to take home. Who doesn’t love champagne and Japanese soda?”

I’m not sure that there is a cooler intersection to get married at– the corner of king and queen street, haha!  It is part of the “Royal Square” neighborhood in the city of York, PA.

Yay color, yay murals, yay York!

As we explored, we came across this flea market, I love the colorful mural and the way that the little kid on the bike is in yellow like the couple and heather is wearing a red dress.  In fact, all of the colors in the mural are present in the scene below, Vince’s suit being the black element.  The kid’s bike is even red with red training wheels…

When life really does imitate art 😉 Ahem, Oscar Wilde…

Happily ever after…

Cake: Couture Cakery – www.couturecakery.net

Décor Rentals: Love Birds Vintage Rentals – www.lovebirdsvintagedecorrentalsofpa.com

Florist: Foster’s Flower Shop – https://www.fostersflowershop.com/

Hair and Makeup: MKUP The Beauty Studio – www.makupbeautystudio.com

Mobile Espresso Cart: Prince Street Café – www.princestreetcafe.com

Photo Booth: Watch Me Shine Weddings & Events – www.getreadytoshine.com

Photographer: www.RhinehartPhotography.com

String Quartet: Vivace Live – www.vivacelive.com

Venue: The Bond – www.thebondevents.com

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