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The Palace at Somerset Park Wedding Photographers: Kristin & Brian

A classic, romantic wedding for two world travelers held at The Palace at Somerset Park

Kristin shared, “We were immediately drawn to your unique, high-quality photographs and your creative use of color and space.” During our initial meeting Kristin & Brian commented about how different my images looked, that they highlighted the architecture and captured authentic emotion.  They also mentioned how much they liked images with visual drama and contrast.

Kristin continued, “The day of the wedding, we were even more blown away!  You came well prepared with a lot of energy, inspiration and even some back up ideas for the pending rain… but more than that, we felt completely amazed by your creativity and ability to make even the simplest poses and photos look so unique.”

Kristin summarized, “We knew that we could trust you to understand our vision and capture our day using your creative eye and imagination.”  I knew that they were going for a classic, elegant, timeless, romantic look and the moment I saw her bouquet, the full wedding aesthetic came together for me… it definitely had all of those qualities, but was also bold, colorful and dramatic and I understood why they were drawn to my high-contrast images initially…

It was important for Kristin and Brian to have flowers that were bold and colorful, but also to incorporate garland and greenery to bring in the romantic flair.

Kristin shared, “We tried to set the stage for our style from the beginning with the invitations. Hudson Paperie in Hoboken, did an amazing job creating a custom suite that incorporated our classic, elegant, timeless look on the main invitation and incorporated the flowers and greenery on the RSVP, Reception card and envelopes.”

She continued, “We ‘sealed’ the look with our wax seal on the invitations.”  I found the perfect background for them, one that was dark, yet organic and would allow them to boldly and dramatically “pop”.

Kristin & Brian love to travel and often keep journals during their big trips.  This is a journal that Kristin picked up along her travels and I appreciated the worn pages and thought it fit their look and story so well that I used it to photograph their wedding rings.

I couldn’t get enough of these gorgeous blooms and found myself coming back to take a closer look.

Brian shared, “Kristin took on the job of flowers for the wedding since honestly, it was the part of wedding planning she was looking forward to the most. Lidia of Twisted Willow took Kristin’s vision and made it into a reality beyond what she could have ever imagined.”

I kept the simple, clean, dramatic look going for Kristin’s shoes, too.  I like how it almost looks like they are sitting in water here:

Kristin shared, “This teacup was a memento from the where Brian proposed: Château de la Chèvre d’Or in Eze, France.  We purchased them to serve as a small reminder of the day and to use when times get crazy to help bring us back to that perfect day. It was sweet to have them there the day of the wedding as a small reminder to the day that started it all!”

Brian wrote a heartfelt letter for Kristin to read, he even sealed it in gold.   I like the intimate feel as she opens it…

Brian also picked up a unique gift for Kristin when he was in London.  He shared, “It was perfect item to capture our shared love of traveling and also the love Kristin’s bridesmaids have for her.”

Reading their notes and affirmations literally brought tears to her eyes.

Kristin showed me her something blue, it was a piece of one of Brian’s blue shirts that she hand-stitched on the inside of her wedding gown…

Her gown was stunning, a Pronovias dress from Castle Coutoure.  It was classic, elegant and timeless.

Kristin shared, “I loved how the dress’s champagne underlay made the intricate lace stand out and how the long train added to the dramatic feel.”

I pushed myself creatively on this photograph, capturing the lace detailing, the silhouetted bride and her reflection.

I love the intimacy of this moment.  Kristin’s sister brings her the wedding gown and she prepares to slip into it.  The dark, shadowy lighting fits this moment perfectly.

Brian shared, “There is no better person to be my partner through the up’s and down’s of life than Kristin. She is strong-willed, determined, but also loving, compassionate and caring. I have seen her accomplish anything she devotes herself to.”

He continued, “What made me fall for Kristin was the undeniable fact that she is truly my better half. Over the years that we have known each other, she has revealed the best in life to me. She loves life and others in such a compelling way that it really made me see everything differently.”

I have several beautiful photographs of Kristin in her wedding gown, but I find this photo to be especially fitting as it captures both her softness and her strength.  Her facial expression is soft, her hand is over her heart and a single tendril cascades to her bare shoulder.  The lighting is dramatic and strong, as is the angle created by her arm and the side view of her face accentuating her sharply defined cheekbones…

She peers out the window revealing her long tulle veil and train.  The seamstress recommended doing a French bustle on Kristin’s dress to add a bit our European flair, which you will see once the dancing begins.

Kristin shared, “We brought in more of that classic, elegant, timeless feel by selecting neutral light blue/grey dresses for the bridesmaids. We followed a popular trend by having the bridesmaids select their own dresses within that color scheme and having different textures and colors with some girls in tulle, chiffon, lace or glittery lace.”

She continued, “Each dress brought out their personalities and personal preference.  The tulle and lace tied nicely into the look of my veil and gown.”  Make-up was provided by Dina’s Kiss and Makeup, they were great to work with and had everyone looking beautiful…

Kristin said, “My bridesmaids are some of the most fun, loving and fiercely loyal people I know. I am lucky enough to call these women my friends and life companions. Some I have known for almost 15 years, I have gotten through high school and college with them, lived with them, traveled with them, climbed mountains, ran marathons, and generally enjoyed every aspect of life with them.”

She continued, “I admire each one of them so much. I absolutely loved having them with me the day of the wedding, they could read when I was nervous or stressed getting ready and instantly found ways to make me smile and relax.”

Now, on to Brian’s turn in the spot light!

While I was photographing Kristin and the ladies, Kris was photographing Brian and his groomsmen.  Dang, he knows how to tie a tie.  Kris captured this one swooping motion perfectly and used the same dramatic lighting technique that I used for Kristin’s preparation photographs– I love it!

Kristin shared, “While Brian is handsome, funny, incredibly smart and hardworking, what made me fall for him was the way he made me feel when I was around him. He brings a unique perceptive to life, one that makes every moment better and brighter.”

She continued, “His dedication and commitment to his family and those he loves showed a selflessness that inspires me every day. He is always thinking about how to make sure I am happy and feel loved, and gives me a confidence I never had before. He challenges me to be the best version of myself and is truly my better half.”

Timeless– check, classic– check, I’d believe that this was shot in 1960, 1930 or today!

Kristin elaborated, “Brian is my number one supporter, sounding board, and the best partner in life I could have imagined. I never stop learning from him and I look forward to a lifetime of journeys together.”

I really like how these photos capture Brian’s serious side, on the morning of the wedding he was focused on the details and really wanted all of the logistics to go smoothly.  I’m so happy that Kris was able to capture his intensity, drive and dedication to his bride and this wedding, it was very sweet.

GQ called, they want their model back 😉

Brian shared, “The groomsmen and I were in three-piece suits as a way to subtly incorporate my family roots in Ireland. In old family photos, the men in my family were always dressed in shirts, vests, and a jacket.”

He went on, “For me, it was important to honor the sacrifices and hard times my family went through to create a better future for us, and a way for us to always remember their humble beginnings. Having the suits be fitted was an important piece in pulling our look together.”

I had the pleasure of working at St Mary of Mount Virgin Church in New Brunswick again for Kristin & Brian’s wedding.

I love capturing moments of candid, authentic expression.  Here the bride arrives at the church and is noticed by a few wedding guests.  The young ring-bearer’s wave is especially adorable…

The church was incredible complete with hundreds of hand-painted frescos!

Brian explained, “We really lucked out with the church. The church we originally reserved for our wedding had a pipe burst 5 weeks before our wedding date, and because of the structural damage from the flooding, we would no longer be able to use it.”

He continued, “So after some panic stricken days looking for other churches, St. Mary of Mount Virgin just happened to be available on that day and we reserved it immediately. It really felt like a gift from God. Each and every time we walked into the church, we were awe struck and we felt like its beauty embodied our love for one another.”

In this photo I wanted to showcase the frescoes and the epic size of this venue.  Kristin and her father begin to ascend down the aisle, their reflections echoing subtly in the marble floor…

Brian shared, “I was still thinking about the logistics and hoping women had arrived without any issues. Then when I saw the doors at the end of the church open, and I was able to lock eyes with Kristin, I forgot everything I was distracted with. A wave of relief came over me!”

He went on, “I just thought, ‘Nothing else matters now.’ My ability to view everyone else in the church seemed to become blurry as I just focused on Kristin and how utterly stunning she looked.”

Kristin shared, “I was filled with a sense of calmness and joy as I locked eyes with him and walked down the aisle. He looked so handsome in his suit and the reality of it being our wedding day finally hit.”

Kristin’s father kisses her on the cheek as he entrusts her to Brian.  I like that you are able to see Brian’s expression and that of a few of the wedding guests, also the stained glass and her bouquet.

Kristin recalled, “I anticipated feeling nervous, standing up in front of all our family and friends, but as soon as I got to the alter and held Brian’s hand everyone else disappeared. Nothing felt more natural than being next to him and saying my vows to him.”

I keep an eye out for natural, authentic moments and emotion throughout the day.  Here one of Kristin’s bridesmaids wipes a tear as she views the ceremony.

Kristin shared, “Everything we did in the church felt so simple, but when you gave me a sneak peek at a few of the images on the back of your camera, we were amazed by your ability to make everything look so vibrant and unique!  We were absolutely blown away by the way you were able to capture the beautiful fresco and colors!”

Brian shared, “A wave of relief came over me.  With Kristin by my side I truly felt emboldened to take on anything any day thereafter.  There is no better person to be my partner through the up’s and down’s of life than Kristin.”

Applause from all of the wedding guests and smiles from the newlyweds, annother fantastic shot by Kris…

One more kiss before they leave the church.  I love their silhouettes framed by the pipe organ and stained glass…

As they headed outside of the church it was apparent that is was raining– they stayed close under the cover of umbrellas.

I like the honesty of this image.  The slick, black umbrella, drenched and beading up with water, Kristin in white, smiling, dry and elegantly descending the staircase with her veil and dress in one hand and holding her hair back from the wind with the other, all while smiling and looking back at Brian who appeared impressed by this incredibly capable woman.

I’m not sure what they were thinking during this moment, but I knew Kristin had her heart set on outdoor photographs in the Palace gardens, I can’t help but think that is one of the thoughts on her mind as they escape the downpour for the shelter of the Bentley.

When we arrived, it was still raining, but I had watched the forecast and knew it was a possibility.  I also knew that the Palace had a perfect entrance that could protect us from the rain and still capture the gardens and columns that Kristin loved so much as well as the Bentley provided by Action Limos

We headed inside for a bit.  Here I photographed their reflections in the mirror.  I liked how this one image is able to capture the ornate gold-work on the mirror, the staircase that ascends to their bridal suite, and hints of the columns and woodwork throughout.

Kristin shared, “We knew a large bridal party would be a lot to manage and were really impressed with your ability to wrangle our bridal party for traditional photos without becoming overwhelmed, even when *we* were!”

I used the Grand Foyer of the Palace to pose this bridal party of 20.  I liked the dramatic background of the columns and drapery and wanted the photograph to have a classic, sophisticated feeling while still being different and unique.

It took me a little bit of time to perfect everyone’s poses and the lighting, but the bridal party was great and willing to ‘get down,’ haha, so that I could fit all of them in one shot.

The weather cooperated and we were able to return outside!  I captured a few traditional portraits of Kristin and Brian. This is one of my favorites…

Brian explained, “At the heart of it, we are each other’s best friend. Faithful companions in life’s adventure, challenging each other to be better tomorrow than we were today, and to know that no matter what, we will love and support each other.”

Such a loving, warm, embrace– I like the intimate feel of this image and that you can see both of their wedding bands…

Kristin was ecstatic about being able to walk the Palace at Somerset‘s gardens.  I captured the surrounding architecture as well as the plants and trees as they walked arm in arm.

Brian added, “Our relationship is based on genuine love and respect for the other, and we treat each other in a way that we feel upholds those ideals.”

I believe, in life, when you are given lemons, you make lemonade, so when rain was forecasted, I wanted to make the best of it and create something truly unique for them!

Kristin shared, “We appreciated the energy and preparation that you invested in our wedding day.  When we were walking through the Palace gardens and you asked us to stand near the puddle, we would have never imagined the photograph that you showed us on the back of your camera, full of texture and dynamic layers!”

She continued, “We feel so fortunate to have our lives’ memories to be captured by you.”

All of the rain made the Palace gardens lush and vibrant and I utilized the cloud cover to make it look even more soft and romantic…

It continued to rain on and off, but Kristin and Brian embraced it and trusted my vision.  I was able to experiment with new techniques that resulted in truly unique images for them.  Probably the two most important resources I need to experiment like this are trust and time, and Kristin and Brian shared both…

Ok, I’m going to get a little deep here… for me this image truly reflects two souls becoming one.  The rainbow orb between the two of them was captured in camera.  The photograph shows flowers (which can symbolize new beginnings and romance) and rain (which can symbolize tears and things not going as planned).  In life we have both and rain makes the flowers grow.  😉

 

Wedding guests were greeted by an over the top cocktail hour featuring multiple chefs and stations.  One chef entertained guests creating mouth-watering, hand-pulled, fresh mozzarella for their Caprese salad appetizers, some also enjoyed the made-to-order cheese with proscuitto, boccacini & bruschetta.

Other chefs created other appetizers including this asparagus, beef wrap carving station below as wait-staff passed butled hors d’oeuvres.

Kristin explained how she incorporated their love of travel into the reception, “With the Vintage Postcard table numbers and place cards, it was a way to share some of the places we have traveled with the people who are most dear to us while imparting that timeless, classic feeling to our guests.”

Each of the table numbers were actually antique postcards displaying the various destinations that Kristin and Brian had traveled to– some stateside– New York, Texas, etc.  Others abroad: Paris, Bali, Cinque Terre, Costa Rica, Barcelona and more.  They strategically sat guests at certain tables, part of Kristin’s family was seated at Texas, while several of Brian’s family members were seated at Ireland.

She continued, “Brian’s parent’s both moved here from Ireland. One of Brian’s siblings lives here now and then his three other siblings still live in Ireland.  He still has many family members there, who we love to visit.  He was so happy to have so many of them make the trip to the states for our wedding!”

Brian shared, “Our entrance into the reception was one of our favorite parts of our wedding day!  The energy and excitement was so high!”

He continued, “We chose a Frank Sinatra song for our first dance to stick with a classic love song and also to incorporate a piece of Hoboken as well as it is Frank Sinatra’s birthplace and the place where Kristin and my love really blossomed.”

I love capturing moments like this– a dip and kiss as the bridal party applauds in the background…

Though I *really* love moments like this!

Brian shared, “Adrian caught us by surprise, he doesn’t usually say much but he gave a comedic and incredibly well delivered speech!”  Everyone was roaring with laughter, especially those gathered around the sweetheart table… I love everyone’s unique expressions!

Cheers!  I climbed to an interesting vantage point for this part of their toasts as I wanted to capture them clinking glasses and show the architectural elements including the beautiful fireplace and chandelier as well as Kristin & Brian caught in the moment…

Kristin’s sister’s speech was incredibly thoughtful and touching.  Here Kristin wipes a tear as she listens to it:

Kristin explained, “While I have a lot of close friends, I only have one sister. Being Rebecca’s big sister has always been a big part of my identity. I’ve learned so much from her, especially as we’ve grown up. We went from fighting over clothes, to helping each other get through tough times. I respect and admire her more than she knows and am so happy she was our maid of honor.”

The speech was followed by a huge hug!

Kristin said, “We were just pleasantly surprised by everyone (young or old, dancers and non-dancers) up and dancing and having fun!”

She continued, “Mazz Entertainment and DJ Paul Desisto did the most fantastic job keeping our guests entertained and keeping the energy levels high all night, our dance floor was packed until midnight!”

I have probably have a hundred photos of the wedding guests dancing, so it was hard to choose just one to blog, but I really like this aerial view.  You can see just how packed the dance floor is, yet still make out individual couples and groups dancing together.  I wanted to really show off the setting, the columns, chandelier, fireplace, etc.

Brian shared, “What I am looking forward to with her is a life of endless adventure. I have gone on many trips with family and friends, but no one person is a better companion than Kristin. That sense is also true for my life. There is no better person to be my partner through the up’s and down’s of life than Kristin.”

Kristin shared, “Having Brian by my side makes all adventures more exciting and challenges more easy to face. He reminds me to stop and enjoy life’s little moments and pleasures when I might rush through things to get to the finish line. I never stop learning from him and I look forward to a lifetime of journeys together.”

They stepped out in the rain to enjoy some time alone together in the cool of the evening…

While I love the dramatic, colorful image above, I really like the classic, timeless look of this photograph:

Kristin & Brian, thank you so much for your incredibly kind words and for allowing me the pleasure of photographing your wedding!  I hope these images are just as unique, colorful, creative, classic, timeless, architectural, emotional and dramatic as you had hoped!  I can’t wait to hear what you think of them!

If you would like to see more of Kristin & Brian, you’ll want to check out their engagement photography session in Hoboken, here.  I absolutely loved that, too!

DuCar Farms Wedding Photographers: Kristen & Shane

One Secret Service officer, two Volkswagen buses and a huge group of friends and family who were overjoyed to see this couple’s dreams come true…

Kristen and Shane reached out to me looking for a photographer that has unique photography and a creative eye who would bring an artful, eclectic perspective to their wedding photos.  What I like to do is capture not just what people and places look like on a wedding day, but who they are and how they feel, the story of it all.

Kristen shared, “I saw your work on social media and was amazed, your level of creativity was unlike any other photographer I had seen.  During our first meeting we clicked and there was no doubt that you would be the one to capture our wedding day.”

She continued, “You are very easy going and always made us feel comfortable and we could always relax and have fun with you even though the heat was insane!  I am hoping to relive our wedding day all over again through your photos and even get to see moments that we didn’t see on our wedding day.”

Kristen and Shane chose DuCar Farm as their wedding venue.  It is actually owned by one of her friends that she has known since *elementary* school.  It was located only 5 miles from the home where she grew up.  Kristen was drawn to the property for many reasons, a few of those being the historic barn, open field and willow tree that can all be seen in this photograph: 

I wanted a unique place to photograph Kristen’s dress, a place that would really bring in the country wedding aesthetic and saw a very large nail right in the center of this structure and went on a mission to find a super-tall ladder.  Luckily Mandy & Matt of Peachy Keen were decorating the reception space and were happy to oblige.

I checked to make sure the dress woudl hang well from it, not fall or get dirty and quickly took it on as my mission.  Kris is actually way taller than me, 6′ 1′ so I held the ladder as he climbed with the dress.  The teamwork was worth it!

As far as the photograph itself, I wanted the dress to pop against the background and also to capture some of the grass and sky as well.  This shot definitely says country wedding!

Kristen shared, “The overall look that we were going for was country elegance.  I wanted elegant elements as well as a barn feel.”

I placed Kristen’s sparkly Kate Spade heels on a simple rope swing that hung from a mature tree on the property to really capture that aesthetic for her.

Kristen shared, “A real highlight of my day was having 10 of my closet friends with me at the farm all morning.  We were able to reminisce and enjoy the time together, it was so special for me!”

Kristen shared, “I am absolutely obsessed with my wedding gown!  I purchased it at J &B Bridals and it was selected for me by Jamie, the dress gal extraordinaire.  It was her first choice for me and while I tried on a few others, as soon as I tried it on I just knew it was the one.  I bought it straight off the rack and it fit me perfectly!”

Kristen’s dress was amazing!  The detailed embroidery and bead work on the corset back was super sexy and dramatic while also being incredibly elegant.  Here I photographed as the back of her dress was adjusted.

For this photograph I used a shallow depth of field, focusing sharply on the droplets of perfume in the air and allowing other elements to soften.  It really gives you a feel for Kristen’s overall look, her soft blonde curls, dramatic lashes and beaded wedding gown.

Shane shared, “When I first saw Kristen I loved her sparkling eyes and bright smile.  Her personality is very strong and grounded.  She is the sort of person that, when times get hard, she doesn’t have an excuse, but a solution.  She is dedicated and committed.”

I like to play with reflections and captured a subtle one her during Kristen’s bridal portrait– what a beauty!  I really think this portrait captures both the sparkling eyes and smile that attracted Shane and her strong grounded, can-do personality ;).

The farm house at DuCar Farm is just lovely and I used the intense sunlight to capture the vibrant colors of the grass and sky along with Kristen.

The bridesmaids filed out of the bridal suite walking down the winding path as a single bird watched…

Kristen shared, “My bridesmaids are friends that have held a significant importance in my life from birth to nursing school. Though all of our lives are busy, no matter what, each and every one of those girls would be there in a heart beat if I needed them. They are all so special to me and I am so thankful to have had them all by my side!”

Shane’s uniform was hanging in the men’s preparations area.  I knew he works as an officer in the Secret Service, so I wasn’t surprised to see his dress blues or marksman pin, but none the less I was super impressed!  Thank you for your service, Shane!

While it may have been Shane’s military haircut, smile, Chevy truck and love of country music that first caught her interest, it was his kindness that really stole her heart.

Kristen shared, “I will never forget our first date.  As I was walking to meet him, I saw him standing at the ticket booth to buy our movie tickets, and something just told me, ‘I am going to marry him.’ From day one, Shane has been a complete gentleman, a kind soul, dedicated, loving, and just plain amazing.”

She continued, “Shane has supported me and been right by my side for the past three years prior to our wedding and I know without a doubt that he will stand beside me for the next fifty years.”

She went on, “I admire his drive and determination in everything he does. Being a Marine in the past has definitely molded his future and I couldn’t be more proud to be married to a veteran. He is so skilled in everything he does, and I am so honored to have him as my husband. God has certainly spoiled me with this man who I’ve been praying to meet!”

While Shane is incredibly strong and focused (think: the few, the proud, the Marines) he is also incredibly thoughtful, kind and loyal.

Kristen shared, “His personality is so uplifting and happy, and no matter what, he always smiles.”

Here Shane walks in the DuCar Farm field with his groomsmen.  I like how Kris captured the vibrant colors similarly to the way I did earlier with Kristen’s photo.

I like the perspective he used here to capture the texture of the grass as well as the groomsmen walking.  

Kristen and Shane wanted a “first touch” instead of a “first look” prior to their wedding ceremony.

Kristen explained, “I was so nervous, but it made the anticipation that much greater!!”

Shane added, “I already couldn’t wait to see her in her dress, now the excitement was just overwhelming!  Hearing her voice without looking definitely added to the rush of it all.”

Guests arrived at the farm and congregated in the shade of the barn.  It was an outdoor wedding in July, so the shade was welcomed by all :).

Peachy Keen did a fantastic job decorating the ceremony space!

Kristen’s bridal party arrived in two VW busses, here is one speeding over the bridge on the way to the farm.  I used a slow shutter speed to capture the motion of the bus and add some extra visual interest to the photograph…

Kristen shared, “My dad may not talk much, but get him started on VWs and he won’t stop!  My dad shared that love with me at a young age.  I was always in the garage helping him work on cars or going to car shows with him. It was something we often shared together.”

She continued, “Because of that, I thought it would be a neat touch for us to come to the aisle in a VW beetle. What cooler way to make a grand entrance than bridesmaids in buses and us in a beetle?!”

She concluded, “I knew this would be special for my dad, a nice sentimental touch that would remind us of those early years together.”

I think he really appreciated it…

Shane earnestly shared, “The first time I saw Kristen on our wedding day was incredible!  It was like God opening the gates of heaven and allowing a beautiful angel to appear.”

He continued, “We have dated for three years, but I had never seen her in the light that I did on that moment of our wedding day.”

I agree Shane, with the white gates, blue sky with white fluffy clouds, she is also absolutely radiant, just glowing…

Kristen shared her perspective, “When the doors finally opened, and I saw him for the first time, I just couldn’t help but smile. (I knew that I won every bet because he was already crying, haha). It was so sweet to see his emotion and knowing how genuine his love is for me.”

The minister actually reached his hand on Shane’s shoulder.  Here Shane keeps a strong demeanor as his eyes well with tears…

His tears turned quickly to a beaming smile…

Kristen shared, “I had always envisioned myself being outside and surrounded by trees for my wedding ceremony, so the creek and the main tree behind us was just perfect.”

Kristen has the most adorable laugh and smile.  Here Shane admires the ring after putting it on her finger and she laughs out loud!

I liked the photo to be in black and white, I think it really draws attention to the emotion and contrast in the frame.

Kristen shared, “Lindsay’s solo was also very special to me.  She has always had an amazing voice, and I knew I wanted her to be involved in our wedding.  I couldn’t have imagined her not singing.  She sang the song ‘From This Moment On.'”

She continued, “Shane and I had been through so many obstacles in our dating relationship that it seemed like we would never make it to that moment when we said, ‘I do.’  But, we did!!! And ‘from this moment on’ I know I will have Shane by my side through whatever life throws our way.”

Kristen shared, “I am just so thankful that we finally made it to the rest of our lives!”

I knew Kristen loved this stream and wanted to incorporate it into a photo.

It was ninety degrees, sunny and humid, yes I totally stood in the spring for this shot.

It gave me a cool perspective and cooled me off win-win ;).

Some VW love…

Love bug…

I used a tilt shift technique here.  It was a little tricky but I wanted the car, bridal suite and tree to be in focus and the rest to be out.

Kristen shared, “I am looking forward to sharing more of life with him. Eating dinner together at night, traveling together, starting a family of our own…  I love him every day of my life.  He deserves it all.”

This has to be one of my favorite shots of the day.  It is so simple, but so beautiful, I love how you can see those clouds, too!

Shane felt similarly saying, “I’m looking forward to Kristen and I having more time together to enjoy each other, cherishing our moments with friends and family.  We have so much of life ahead of us!”

I like to play with color, framing and shadow.  In this photograph, I framed the silhouette of Kristen and Shane in the boughs of a tree against the blue sky.

Seeing double– I really like to get creative and work outside of the box whenever I can.

I think this surreal image captures the excitement of the wedding day, you are present but also looking back and forward in so many ways.

It is a feeling you almost have to experience first-hand to understand, but this visual may help…

Shane shared, “Kristen is incredibly caring and always putting others before herself. I’m a type one diabetic so she is always on top of my well-being, and the fact that she is a RN is an added bonus, haha!”

Ah the golden light of sunset, nothing quite like it.  Kristen shared, “The sunset was amazing!  It was really the perfect end to the perfect day!”

Here is one of the sunset shots, I will wrap up the full set with another…

While Kristen and Shane were out and about exploring DuCar Farm, the guests were enjoying cocktail hour.  Here is their guestbook (created by yours truly) using the engagement photos that I captured of them over the winter.  There is space surrounding them for guests to sign.

Kristen shared, “I LOVED the guestbook! What a special touch for a wedding, to have engagement photos as a guestbook and to leave space for everyone to sign! Many people never get to see the engagement photos, so this was awesome for guests also, they really enjoyed it!”

The furniture rentals provided by Peachy Keen fit the space at DuCar Farm perfectly!

They seriously thought of every detail!

Kristen shared, “The flowers were where the color came into play. Most of my decor was strictly navy and gold, but I am full of life and color, so I went crazy with the flowers and allowed the florist to put in as much color as possible to make everything pop.”

And pop it does…  what about those gold chargers and the gorgeous farm tables and table numbers…

Hot stuff!!!  Kristen shared, “Shane and I really consume hot sauce!  Every year when we go to Tennessee, we hit up our favorite hot sauce store and stock up for the entire year!  We thought this would be a fun touch to go along with our wedding being in July & being HOT, haha.   My goal was to incorporate “our favorite things” as a couple as much as we could throughout the wedding.”

The text reads, “Thanks for spicing up our special day!”

More vibrant flowers and cuteness– a drink stand labeled: “Sip, Sip Hooray!”

All of the beautiful floral arrangements were created by the talented Darlanna Besecker of Hope Valley Gardens.  The Perfect Cake was created by Cindy Lepo.

Such a clever summer wedding idea– programs that also double as fans!

Guests were waving them long after the ceremony…

The cocktail menu was picnic inspired and perfect for a barn wedding!  Pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, corn on the cob.

The fabric draped across the ceiling of the barn and the antique chandeliers really added to the space…

Kristen wipes a tear as her maid of honor speaks…

The first dance…

Mother-son dance:

Shane shared, “My mom and my dance together was very special.  I remember what she wished for me years ago, long before my wedding day.  The song ‘My Wish’ basically spoke the words that she had wanted for me.”

He continued, “I asked her when we were dancing, ‘Do you remember when this song?’ she said ‘Yes.’  I have to thank my mom for all she has done for me through the years.”

I think his face says it all…

I see you!!!  haha 🙂

Ice cream truck!!!

Kristen shared, “A date night for us was to go out for ice cream at Antietam Dairy.  They have sugar free black raspberry, which was perfect for Shane, we also figured that it would be hot during a July wedding so the guests would enjoy it.”

Boy did they!

Hahaha!  I don’t think I’ve ever quite seen this reaction to catching the bouquet before!!!

I’d love to caption this, but maybe you can come up with your own…

Having a wedding on the Fourth of July weekend gave Kristen a perfect opportunity to showcase her love of sparklers…

I bet you can guess the Beyonce song played here:

DJ, Ryan Smetzer, got everyone in the party mood!

It was the end of the night and Kristen’s bridesmaids were still out on the dance floor in full force!

They created a circle around Kristen and Shane…

The sweetest thing happened, Shane sang to her!

At the beginning of their relationship there was a point when it was just the two of them alone on the dance floor, but they didn’t even notice and they were singing to each other!

Kristen shared, ” He would always sing to me and I loved listening to him belt out the next country song on the radio! 😉 It also goes along with our love for country concerts, he also sings to me and dances with me when we go to them too 🙂 When I am in his arms, nothing else seems to matter.”

When he did it on their wedding day I was there to capture the moment…

Now *this* is a sunset!  I think it was so epic because of the threatening and stormy weather we experienced throughout the day…  It has to be one of the most dramatic skies I have photographed.

Kristen and Shane, I hope that these photos are just the creative, colorful, unique mix that you were hoping for and that they help you to re-live your wedding day and all those amazing moments with your family and friends for years to come!

If you haven’t seen enough of Kristen and Shane, you can check out their snowy engagement session on my blog here.

Fay FrielJuly 30, 2017 - 5:24 pm

Absolutely beautiful pictures for a beautiful wedding.

Gettysburg Hotel Wedding Photographers: Chelsea & Matt

“I love her, and that’s the beginning and end of everything.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald.

This Gatsby-inspired wedding had it all– a first look that brought tears to *my* eyes, a romantic candle-lit ceremony, a real-life *rainbow* and I can’t believe it, but yes, even The Spice Girls, haha!

You won’t want to miss Chelsea & Matt’s classic, elegant, dramatic wedding day at the famous Gettysburg Hotel….

I clicked with Chelsea and Matt right off the bat and they booked me on the spot!  I understood their style and relationship and knew that I could deliver the crisp, vibrant, emotion-filled photos that they wanted from details, to portraits, to natural shots in their style.

Chelsea shared, “We chose Rhinehart Photography because we wanted the ABSOLUTE BEST!! After looking at many different photographers, we knew Lisa fit our style and would capture our day exactly the way we envisioned it. We met Lisa and the search was over!”

She continued, “Lisa captures both candids and posed photos in a way that allows you to feel how the people in her shots felt. The photos are both fun and elegant. They capture the very best of you and your moment.”

“The day of the wedding, Lisa and Kris came early to scope out great locations for our first look and bridal party photos. Lisa made the day flow so easily (which for my Type A personality was amazing)!! They were so fun to hang out with on the most important day of our lives. We could not have even imagined a better choice for our wedding. They went above and beyond all expectations!!”

When I arrived I began photographing several key wedding details.  Here are Chelsea’s rings against the lace of her wedding gown:

Matt shared, “I fell for Chelsea right away.  She is intelligent, beautiful and carries herself with class and grace.”

Chelsea has a very intriguing personality, she is both driven and incredibly joyful.  I loved capturing her candid excitement during the wedding day!

Matt shared, “I actually had no interest in marriage until I met Chelsea and grew to know her more and eventually fell in love with her.”

I was really impressed with Gettysburg Day Spa— the ladies hair and make-up was incredible and they were also on-time!  It allowed me time to capture some incredibly beautiful portraits!

Chelsea and Matt’s wedding was inspired by the Great Gatsby and had art-deco, vintage-glam touches. I wanted to bring that feeling into Chelsea’s bridal portraits.  Chelsea, you are stunning!!!

Chelsea shared, “I have the very best friends!”  Here they are seeing her in her wedding down, so sweet!

Chelsea explained, “I wanted the bridesmaids’ gowns to be elegant, classic and easy to dance in!!!””

Now it is Matt’s turn to be in the spotlight!  Chelsea shared, “Matt is always so calm, cool and collected.  I fell in love with him almost instantly!”

She continued, “Matt is a true gentleman. He is loving, kind and the most generous person I have ever met. He always sees the best in people and every situation. He helps me see and appreciate the beauty in everything around me.”

I like the classic black and white window-lit portrait– it fits that timeless, dramatic look that Chelsea and Matt wanted while also capturing Matt being his gentlemanly self.

I figured you would really appreciate a very orderly portrait like this, Chelsea!  Kris captured it perfectly!

Matt looking super dapper and ready for his “first look” with Chelsea.

Matt shared, “The first look had to be one of my favorite if not my favorite moment of the day!  I was literally overcome with emotion!”

He continued, “I surprised myself by crying more than I have since I was a child. I didn’t think I would react that way but as I looked at her standing in her wedding dress, she was so beautiful, there was a realization that everything we have done and been through has led up to this point and it was incredibly overwhelming and exciting.”

He went on, “There seemed to be a weight lifted as this was a day we have been waiting for and looking forward to for over two years when we began the planning process. I was so happy in that moment and I don’t think I knew how to react other than break down.”

Chelsea shared, “The first look definitely tied for first place as my favorite part of our wedding day! I loved Matt’s reaction. Matt is always so cool, calm and collected and seeing his reaction was so heartwarming. All my nerves for the day instantly disappeared because he was by my side.”

She continued, “He looked so incredibly handsome – I couldn’t believe he was mine!! I wouldn’t change that moment for anything!”

While I love capturing authentic, natural moments, I give my couples a good variety of photos including more traditional portraits as well.  Here is one of those spots that I found prior to starting photos.

I knew the weather was going to be hot and that Matt would be in a classic tux.  I also knew that Gettysburg has a lot of tourists especially during this time of year, so finding a place that would be private and give them some space was also on my mind.

Here is a formal portrait of the Mr & Mrs there 😉

They shared, “We work together really well because we have the same mindset and expectations when it comes to our relationship. We understand that we will not always agree on everything and we will often have differing views on any number of situations.”

They continued, “Compromise is something we learned very early in our relationship. We are both understanding and trusting of one another. We are simply there for each other no matter the situation and we know we can rely on each other.”

Chelsea shared, “He is my breath of fresh air. He is everything that I am not. My weaknesses are his strengths. We truly compliment each other perfectly. We support each other, challenge each other, encourage each other and have grown some much together that I could not picture my life without him by my side.”

Matt carried Chelsea’s train for her and she walked and she leaned over and kissed his cheek.

She said, “Matt holding my train is – Matt just being himself. He does it without thinking. He wants to make things easier for me and to make me happy. It is second-nature to him. How lucky am I(!?!) To have such a thoughtful and caring partner that trying to make my life easier is second-nature. I could not imagine my life without him.”

I love to capture unique vantage points throughout the day and wanted to have an aerial shot that captured Matt and Chelsea (especially the train of her dress) as well as the lush, summer foliage.  Here I shot through tree branches, framing the couple.

Chelsea shared, “Our favorite Gatsby quote is, ‘I love her, and that’s the beginning and end of everything.’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald.”

She continued, “We love this as we think it is so perfect for our relationship. We love one another and no matter what happened in the past or what happens in the future, that will never change. Everything will start and end with us loving each other.”

Matt shared, “My favorite part of the wedding day, other than the first look and ceremony, would be seeing all of our guests having such a great time. It was incredible to have all of the people we love together, having such a great time and being so happy for us!”

As we walked from the Gettysburg Hotel to the Gettysburg Train Station (yes the location where Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address) we passed the Majestic Theater.

It brought in that cool, 1920’s vintage vibe, even if all we were doing was walking from point A to B.

I’m inspired by images in Vogue GQ and Vanity Fair. I love that chic, sophisticated timeless style of posing and it fits the feel of this wedding so well!

I have a smiling version as well but I really love this serious one!

When I first talked to Chelsea about her wedding plans, she mentioned really wanting to keep things simple by having everything at one location– the ceremony, reception, guestrooms, etc.

She mentioned being a little nervous about getting married in a conference room, but felt like with the right decorator she would be able to transform it from being sterile to romantic with candlelight.

She shared, “The Party Peeps and The Collective were absolutely amazing to work with. They instantly saw my vision, offered their own ideas and worked so hard to make it just as we wanted. They are a wonderful family and truly care for their clients. I don’t think our vision would have come to life without them. “

Chelsea shared, “My mom and I were always talking about and planning my wedding. Before she passed, she wrote me a letter. In it she had mentioned how much she wished she would be able to be by my side on my wedding day.”

Chelsea laid a purple bouquet (her mother’s favorite color) on the chair where her mother would have sat and reserved it with a sign in her memory.

Chelsea shared, “I had to control myself to not run down the aisle. I know people always say it was like they were the only 2 people in the room and I never believed it until that moment. It was like the entire world disappeared and it was just us.”

I wanted to emphasize the candlelight in these photos and used camera setting and angles that would really let them shine!

I love it when people show emotion on their wedding day!  Her Matt wipes a tear during his vows…

Matt laughed, “I was so nervous during the ceremony that I couldn’t really hear anything that the minister was saying! I completely forgot everything that we practiced the night before, I blanked and just started trying to blow out the unity candle! Maybe it’s a sign that even though I tried, the flame never went out! … I was so nervous!!”

Chelsea weighed in, ” I couldn’t help but laugh when Matt almost blew out the unity candle and I had to say “no, not that one.” It is so classic to our personalities. Matt is so easy going and I can be so uptight – he can always make me laugh, no matter how serious I am trying to be.”

Their faces say it all, hahaha!!!

“I loved our ceremony and have so much love and respect for Matt!  I have never experienced so much happiness at one time.  The hotel could have caught on fire and I wouldn’t have noticed!!”

Chelsea shared, ” I knew that no matter what happened that day or in the future – I was going to be okay because Matt will be there by my side.  We are officially one!”

I don’t think they knew I captured these photos, it is just the two of them alone for the few moments that it took for the bridal party to filter out of the wedding ceremony space.  They are just taking it all in…

They shared, “We chose the Gettysburg Hotel because of the vintage, elegant space that it provided with its high ceilings and original chandeliers.”

Chelsea elaborated, “We chose ivory gold and black as our colors as we wanted something classic and elegant.  White callalillies are my favorite, so we mixed those with white roses and hydrangeas to add a vintage feel and volume.”

She continued, “The candelabras were the perfect vintage piece for the tables and decorating those and the gold chairs with pearls just felt right.  We added sequined runners to add a little bit of sparkle.”

In this photo I really tried to bring out the Great Gatsby feel by showing layers of the Gettysburg Hotel vault and the gold chiavari chairs draped with pearls.

She recalled, “Getting the right amount of pearls was a challenge, but I think it worked out.”

Chelsea shared, “The gold charger plates, menus and bow-tie napkins played into our colors and the overall look we were going for.”

And how sweet is this cake?

She mentioned, “The blackberry in the champagne glass was a little extra detail to bring out that gold and black look.”

Here you can see those classic chandeliers that Chelsea swooned over as well as the detailed high ceilings and elegant draperies.  What a lovely first dance!

Chelsea shared, “I am finally the wife of the most amazing person I have ever met.  I could not be happier to have the love of my life by my side. I would not want it any other way.”

I used a special lighting technique to try to capture just how extraordinary this moment was.  Chelsea looks like she feels so safe with Matt by her side…

I promised you a Spice Girls appearance at the beginning of this blog post, and here it comes…

Chelsea’s co-maids of honor surprised her by singing their own version of “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls complete with customized lyrics pertaining to them and their relationship.

Chelsea shared, “That song blew me away!! It is so out of their comfort zone and they put that together for me – it was so humbling to have your friends say such wonderful things about you but then to sing about it!  I have THE BEST friends!!”

Chelsea shared, “Seeing the rainbow was such a touching moment!!”

Chelsea’s mom passed before the wedding and rainbows make Chelsea think of her mom.  When she saw it, it meant so much to her!  She shared, “It made me think of her and I felt like it was definitely her showing me that even though I could not see her, she was still there!”

I don’t believe I have ever seen a rainbow on a wedding day before and I’m not sure if I ever will again– such a cool moment!

The sunset that followed was just as epic and surreal…

Seriously the sky glowed, just unreal…

Scott Albin from Great Scott Productions was professional and great to work with as always.  He was the DJ and also created all of the unique reception lighting from their custom monogram on the wall to the club-style lights on the dance floor.

Everyone really had a blast!  Sometimes these are the candid moments of wedding guests that couples appreciate the most…

Here you can see the monogram and lighting that I mentioned and guests getting down on the dance floor.  I wanted to capture all of those vibrant colors!

Matt shared, “I’m looking forward to enjoying our lives together as husband and wife. We have so many plans and ambitions now that we have passed this monumental stage and I’m really looking forward to facing those with my wife by my side.”

She continued, “We are now officially one and I could not be happier to have the love of my life, my husband, by my side!”

Chelsea and Matt, it was such a pleasure to get to know the two of you!  You are one of a kind and such an amazing couple!

I hope that we were able to capture all of the joy and emotion of your wedding day and your elegant/vintage/glam style in the crisp, polished way.  I’m thrilled to hear that you had as much fun as we did and can’t wait to show you hundreds more photos of your day!

If you want to see more of Chelsea and Matt, you can check out their Hershey Engagement here.

Green Grove Gardens Wedding Photographers: Steph & Will

Sparks ignite a Blaze (hehe) during this colorful wedding uniting two fun-loving soccer coaches!  Be prepared to see: sparks flying, a post-it prank, an entire Blaze soccer team and Steph & Will’s spirits soaring on the clouds:

Stephanie and Will came to me looking for photos that would be creative, unique and capture their personal story.    They loved the vibrant colors and landscape of Green Grove Gardens and hoped I could capture that as well.

Steph shared, “We loved working with you guys on our wedding day! We had a blast, it was so much fun. We got to experience you unique vision first hand– you see things in such a different way!  We loved it!”

I showed them the back of the camera after taking the shot above and Steph was blown away, she said, “Woah here I was picturing the porch, but this is all about the sky!”  I brought the sky into the shot of the bridesmaids’ dresses as well as the venue:

Steph’s dress is incredibly special, what a great idea:

She explained, “After searching for the perfect dress at multiple boutiques, I finally found “the one” at FairyTale Brides in Rockville. The awesome part about this shop is the dresses are all donated and the profits are used to support local charity organizations. My hope is that when I donate my dress back to the shop, I can help make an impact.”

I love capturing reflections, it really adds to the mood…

Will shared, “I love Steph’s sense of humor, it is unique like mine. I love her drive and dedication. She puts 120 percent into everything she does.”

I have several portraits of Steph but this is my favorite, it gives you a feel for her high-energy, driven nature as well as her vibrant blue eyes…

The day was very windy, stormy actually– we watched a storms passed over us throughout the wedding day.

The wind was so intense that capturing a portrait of the bridesmaids without their hair covering their faces was a real challenge!

I was able to block most of the wind with this tree and have the even light that I wanted here:

Steph shared, “I put together a special gift for my parents, frames that had pictures of me and each of my parents throughout the years with a hand written note in the middle. I wanted to thank them for all they have done for me and let them know how truly blessed I am to call them Mom and Dad.”

The gift brought Steph’s father to tears– here he wipes away a single tear…

While the women were busy with hair, make-up and dresses, the men played some soccer outside.  Will was just passed the ball in this shot.

Will’s friends are just as active an enthusiastic as he and Steph are.

Haha, the high-energy and enthusiasm continued as Will went to straighten up in his groom’s room and was assaulted by WAM post-it notes!

Steph shared, “WAM started as a prank on my younger sister, Amy. She was in college at the time and we covered her entire dorm room in post-it notes with the word WAM on it. The funniest part was we put some in her printer paper and she actually turned her final college essay in to her professor with a WAM on it. Needless to say, she was super embarrassed and has been trying to get revenge. She WAMMed Will’s truck and it has been going on ever since. We thought we took the crown by getting her and Andy on seats at their wedding last year, but we were in for a surprise.”

If you look closely you might be able to see a “Ginger Snap WAM,” haha…

Will sat down and began to read a letter that Steph wrote for him to read before the ceremony.  His eyes were filled with tears of joy…

Steph shared, “We were best friends who do everything together. I fell in love with his easy going and laid back personality. He always knows how to make me smile :). ”

A classic portrait of the handsome groomsmen…

Wedding guests arrived and I was pleasantly surprised to see so many children in attendance!

When I mentioned it to Steph she said, “Family is super important to both of us.  We wanted everyone to be a part of our special day!”

Groomsmen escorted bridesmaids down a long winding path…

Stephanie’s father escorted her down the same path.  Here she beams at Will.

Will shared, “When I first saw her on the wedding day, I just couldn’t believe how beautiful she looked and how lucky I am.”

I love all the layers and framing in this next photo…

It is my goal to have couples be able to re-live their wedding day for years to come through their wedding photos.  I try to capture different perspectives of the same scene, adding to the overall experience.

Throughout the day, I switch lenses and settings frequently to obtain different vantage points and looks during a ceremony.  Here I am standing in the exact same location but using a different lens, different settings and a different angle:

As Steph listens to the pastor’s words, the wind lifted a single tendril of her blonde curls.  Sometimes it is the little things…

Another perspective, this time a close-up view of Will’s wedding band doing on and smiles all around:

Husband and Wife!

While I spend most of my day capturing natural, candid moments as they happen, I do make sure to give couples a wide variety of photos– some scenic, others details, others more traditional portraits:

This was Steph and Will’s favorite part of the day….

Steph shared, “Our favorite time during our wedding day was the downtime we had to spend alone for our wedding photos.  We were able to really enjoy those moments together and take in all of the excitement from the day!  We loved it!”

Steph shared about why their relationship is so natural, “We work well together because we balance each other out and have so much in common. We love to go hiking, biking, snowboarding, and just about anything outdoors.”

She continued, “We spent our honeymoon in Hawaii for two weeks and did very little relaxing between the 100+ miles of hiking, zip lining, snorkeling with turtles, downhill biking, surfing and even rappelling waterfalls. Despite having to take a vacation from the vacation, we wouldn’t have it any other way.”

The water and vibrant colors in this next shot almost said “Hawaii” to me…

I love stretching my cameras ability and playing with some different techniques.  Here I focused on the water and allowed Steph and Will to blue in the background…

Speaking of blurring, I used a motion blue technique here to capture the happy couple as they sped off, but this image makes me laugh out loud, because of my husband (and assistant) Kris’ expression as he drives the golf cart!  He is a man on a mission, face to the wind, haha!

Steph commented, “Not many people say they went top speed in a golf cart on their wedding day!  He had so much fun :).”

This photo is simple, but so “them” that that I couldn’t help but post…

On the drive in I noticed a vibrant, golden field and knew that if they were up for it and we had access to a golf cart that I would love to take them there.

It was so beautiful, but Steph shared, “Nothing that I would have noticed or even considered for photos.”

Fields are pretty common in this part of the country, so I think this is a perfect location for their story…

They shared, “In order to make our day truly reflect us, we chose to wear sambas. Since soccer has been such a big part of our relationship, from meeting through futsal to playing on indoor/tournament teams together to now coaching two teams together, we thought it only seemed appropriate.”

Steph shared, “Will and I have shared so many of life’s “firsts” from college graduations to buying a house to getting two pups and I know there are still many more to come. I am so looking forward to experiencing life together and seeing what God has in store for us.”

It seemed so fitting with her tattoo…

Steph said, “We got to experience your unique vision firsthand when we were driving in the golf cart up to the waterfall. Will and I were thinking how we could get some perfect pictures with the water behind us. Meanwhile, you were thinking, “Wow this greenhouse is awesome” and immediately made a sharp turn to take some cool shots that we never would have thought of. It was great! We loved it.  We can’t wait to see how all of your pictures turn out!”

Green Grove Gardens is known for the sheer volume of colorful flowers and when we turned the corner I was able to see the origin of that vibrant landscaping!   For me there is something symbolic going on here.  You can see the stark black and white scene where all of those colorful flowers surrounding their ceremony space began, as they start their own beginning together.  I like the idea of it…

Another concept that is a little outside of the box…

When we arrived back at cocktail hour, the guests were playing some games…

Here are a few of the reception details including a cake topper personalized for Will and Steph.  Main Street Sweets did an excellent job on their cake!

I love capturing natural moments like this.  You are able to see so many supportive wedding guests in their natural element:

Their first dance… I have a few different perspectives of this, but this one, showing all of the chandeliers is my favorite:

Again, I really wanted to offer a unique perspective that not only captured Steph and her dad, but also so many of the wedding guests.

Cake smash…

Steph’s sister, Mandy was the official graphic designer for the wedding.  She created so many beautiful elements!

Steph shared, “My older sister, Mandy, was the graphic designer behind the whole wedding. She created the logo, designed all the save the dates, invites, signage, and made everything look super unique and awesome :)”

Here you can see the logo on the dance floor…

The children were the first to hit the dance floor…

Everyone else soon followed thanks to Matt Shew of Shew-sical Entertainment

At one point the ladies from the soccer team that Steph and Will coach surrounded them on the dance floor and shared a speech, explaining just how much the coaches mean to the team…

Steph shared, “Since we got engaged, the girls on the team have been begging to come to the wedding. They wanted to know every detail: what the color scheme was, what my dress looked like, who the best man was, if they could be all be bridesmaids, etc!”

She continued, “The previous season, the girls would ask religiously if they could come to the wedding so it was near the end of the season and Will made a bet with them. He put the ball in their court. If they won the game, they could come to their wedding. The game was tied at 1-1 until about the last two minutes. They scored off a header from a corner kick to win the game and you would have thought the girls just won the World Cup. They were ecstatic. They even did a team cheer at the end saying “Blaze to the wedding”.”

“I had no idea that the girls wrote a speech for the wedding so when they gave it at the reception, it did nearly bring a tear to my eye. I have been coaching these girls since the academy days so it has been an amazing experience watching them grow and develop not only as players, but as people. I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

The bouquet and garter toss was eventful to say the least.  Here are both items in mid-air!

Time for those sparks to fly!!!

I like how the fountain is illuminated in the background:

After all the guests were gathering their belongings and heading out, Steph and Will took a moment to light a sparkler together…

Weddings bands, together forever!

Steph and Will thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your beautiful wedding day!  I hope that these photographs are just the sort or fun, unique, creative images that you were hoping for and that they allow you to cherish this day for many years to come!

Fotograf WroclawSeptember 1, 2017 - 1:38 pm

Brilliant pictures!

Rivercrest Golf Club Wedding Photographers: Amanda & Andrew

Rainy day romance for a fun-loving couple that was just meant to be…

Amanda and Andrew reached out to me looking for a wedding photographer that would focus on capturing candid moments, capturing the emotions and energy of the day and the people that mean so much to them.

Amanda shared, “I stalked your work and loved it! Lisa, you were such a source of serenity for me throughout the day. Knowing you were on top of everything put me at such ease during moments when I may have lost it. And the fact that you are a part time weather woman!!!!! Those Valley Forge pictures could have been a huge dud and you made it happen which I am forever grateful for.”

Here are a few candid moments I captured of Amanda getting ready…

Her shoes were fabulous!  She chose blush to bring in a bit of color since she (and the bridesmaids) were both wearing white!

Amanda, you are stunning!!!

Amanda played with her ring, sharing, “My dad gave me a gold ring with an “A” on it when I was 5 years old. I wore it every day until it didn’t fit anymore. My dad saved the ring, had it dipped in white gold and resized and gave it to me to wear on my wedding day as my something old!”

Amanda wanted to have a light, airy, organic look for her summer wedding.  She wanted it to be classic and timeless, yet play with current trends a little…

All the bridesmaids wore white mid-drift dresses and carried bouquets with white, creme and blush tones…

Amanda really wanted each bridesmaid to look like herself and shine– she had them wear their hair down…

Sisters!!!  Awesome that between the 3 of them they have a blonde, brunette and red-head!!!

Now it is Andrew’s turn… I love Kris’ creative, shadowy silhouette shot!

Andrew is down-to earth and a total gentleman.  He’s also a lot of fun to be around…

Letting loose a little…

Letting loose a lot, haha!

I love how you can see the doors opening and all of the church opening and see all of the guests turning to watch Amanda as she is escorted down the aisle by her father:

Andrew was blown away!

The ring exchange…

Man and wife!

Brothers…

The ring bearer was adorable!  Wait until you see him on the dance floor!

It started raining shortly after the ceremony so we all hopped in the limo and headed to Valley Forge.  It wasn’t raining there yet (we literally had about 10 minutes until downpour)!!! I snapped a few quick, traditional shots…

Downpour!!!  I caught the movement of Amanda and Andrew as they headed to the limo using a slow shutter speed:

Andrew is such a gentlemen, here he is holding her veil as they head into the limo– still smiling!!!

I caught their reflection and love the bokeh (rain orbs) in the foreground) and Amanda’s expression…

We decided to wait out the rain and party in the limo a bit…

The sun came out, I focused on the raindrops and allowed the bride and groom to blur into the background.

Amanda shared, “Andrew is calm, steady Eddy. He is the most laid back person I have ever known. I am a bit type A, obsessive, emotionally impulsive. He is the Yin to my Yang in the most extreme ways. When we started dating people actually used to comment like what do you guys do? What do you talk about? You have nothing in common. But somehow we have always clicked so effortlessly.”

I think that this image really captures some interesting elements of their relationship.  It has a ying-yang feel to it as it is diagonally cut in half, white on one side black on the other.  Amanda’s white dress pops against a dark background and Andrew’s black tux pops against the white.

This photo captures both rays of sunshine and an umbrella– for me, it all comes together to show that opposites attract ;).

Amanda shared, “What made me fall for Andrew was that he was just this breath of fresh air. So positive, down for anything. And then a deeper level of that made me choose him as a partner. He is everything I lack, my weaknesses are his strengths and together we operate so well as a team. We support each other, challenge each other and have really grown up together as this functioning adult unit – I can’t picture life without him.”

I love the intense sunlight here and the dramatic, vibrant, sky.  I think it really captures their strength as individuals and as a couple…

Headless groom haha…

I thought it was really cool that everyone was in white and got a little artistic, playing with the idea of Amanda’s bridesmaids being part of her dress…

The Rivercrest Golf Club was elegantly decorated…

Amanda shared, “One thing we’ve always had in common was our music taste. From Motown to random Indie Folk Bands, which I think is something that drew us together too. Big Motown people – hence Sam Cooke being our first dance. It’s one of ‘our songs’.”

The bridal party was huge, yet incredibly supportive of the happy couple.

Amanda shared, “They are a wild motley crew and I love them all. They really showed up for us that day. I know our friends, groomsmen especially, are always down for good time and to bring the fun but they really did everything to make the day great for us. 14 smiling faces just ready to be told where to go, what to do and to make us laugh throughout. I felt especially lucky to have them. I think everyone was just genuinely happy to celebrate us. We have been together for so long that his friends are mine, mine are his and they’re even friends with each other. So it really was good vibes, all of us friends hanging out, all here to celebrate this couple we’ve known forever, let’s make it the best day for them. I think knowing how tense I can be and how out of Andrew’s element the whole day was, they really jumped to support us, keep things light and make it a party.”

Amanda’s father’s speech was really a highlight of the evening.  Here he is showing how high Andrew has set the bar for Amanda’s sister’s husbands-to-be…

Amanda shared, ” My dad and I have such a special bond that I obviously know but he isn’t a big talker so I think everyone was surprised to hear all these beautiful thoughts and emotions. He’s just the best, I’m so lucky!”

At one point Amanda’s mind was actually blown, haha…

Amanda shared, “The big dance floor was a major selling point for us in choosing Rivercrest Golf Club.  Our friends and family are not shy and love to dance so we needed room for all 200 of them to bust a move. When people started dancing before dinner was even served – I knew we made the right call lol!”

Andrew’s brother, who was just as kind and polite as Andrew and as much fun to be around!  He wore Andrew’s football pin that his mom would wear in support of Andrew at all of his games.  It was a fun and sweet gesture…

We took soooo many group photos that evening, as capturing their weddings guests was very important to Amanda & Andrew.  This has to be one of my favorites…

Their family and friends were so much fun!

They played a dance-version of spin the bottle…

Someone took off their belt and created a make-shift limbo…

As a little girl Amanda always looked at a silhouetted photo of her grandparents.  They were facing towards each other and her grandmother was touching her grandfather’s chin to pull him closer. She always looked at it and thought that they looked so beautiful and that she wanted a love like that.

I think she found it…

Amanda & Andrew, thank you for inviting us to be a part of your day!  Thank your for your kindness, trust, and just for being your fun, awesome selves!  Please share this with family and friends 🙂

Teresa PiersonJuly 21, 2017 - 9:35 pm

A beautifully captured wedding day, of a beautiful couple, and an amazing wedding!

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