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Big Cork Vineyards Wedding Photographers: Ali & Joey

A vibrant, rainy-day engagement at Big Cork Vineyards in Frederick, Maryland…

Joey shared, “I’ve worked with you a few times (as a fellow vendor in the wedding industry).  It didn’t take long to see how talented you are, every photo is unique, your style is inspiring.”

Ali explained, “I was looking for something beyond your typical wedding photography, and wanted someone that would give me a “wow” factor.   After seeing your work I knew you could give me exactly what I was looking for.”

Thanks, guys!  While I love to play with my photography, pushing the limits of my camera and creativity, I also make sure to capture more traditional portraits as well… the wildflowers and pond made the perfect backdrop for this one:

Working with Ali & Joey was so much fun.  They made it clear that they fully trusted me from the start, so when I noticed a spot in the parking lot that offered a lovely view and incredible color, they had no doubts and went for it.  Here is the result:

Joey smiled, “When I fell in love with Ali, she was (and still is) a beautiful & caring cheerleader that loved to cook. It was inevitable.  Of course, I fell in love with her. We work well together through teamwork, communication, and a touch of sarcasm.”

Ali explained, “Joey is genuine, caring, smart, and funny. It was easy to fall in love with him. He challenges me and keeps me on my toes with his jokes. It’s just easy with us. Our teamwork and communication get us through everything.”

Joey recalled, “One night I surprised Ali by bringing her to a jewelry store. She picked out three rings that night that she liked and I bought it the next day. Not only did I love the design, but it was a Neil Lane engagement ring, that I know Ali loves from watching The Bachelor, haha. I was also having a hard time choosing between rose gold and white gold, so the easy choice was both.”

Ali shared, “Choosing Big Cork was a no brainer to me. We love visiting there with the rolling mountains and gorgeous views.”

The view at Big Cork is stunning and Ali and joey were up for whatever, which allowed me to capture them in a lovely field with a legit *purple mountain* in the distance, America the beautiful for sure!

Ali continued, “We have been going to Big Cork for a couple years for their end-of-summer bash and always have a good time. The atmosphere is relaxing and fun.”

Joey smiled, “I’m usually the one with the crazy ideas that Ali gets dragged into. Guilty. But sometimes the ideas turn out to be the best.”

I used a really unique technique here… I used a slow shutter speed and panned my camera keeping in time with Ali & Joey.  For me, it’s a visual for Joey’s crazy ideas, haha!

She laughed, “I know the weather didn’t cooperate for us, but I’m super happy with everything you were able to capture, even if a lot of it was in a tent in the rain.”

I am used to working in all sorts of weather conditions and try my best to come prepared with the proper equipment and mindset to handle it.  If you didn’t mention the tent, I don’t think anyone would know it’s there, hehe. 

The storm gave us very interesting purple hues and the white wine gave a great contrast.

If you look closely in the glass you can see Joey and Ali reflected inside!

Every once in a while someone comes along who can turn your world upside down…

Joey reminisced, “I met Ali at a get-together before winter break at Shepherd University with friends.  Eventually, we fell in love and a few years later bought a home on the Potomac River. We had our own boat and dock and spent most of our Summer days swimming and riding around the river.  We have been that couple that took our time with everything. ”

He continued, “In Summer of 2019 we went on vacation to Outer Banks. The first hour we were there we went straight to the beach. We set up a small tent and I nervously snuck the engagement ring in my pocket.  We walked up to the water and I told Ali to wait and then I proposed to her right there next to the water.”

Ali shared, “I was hoping it wouldn’t rain on the day of our engagement photography session, but we decided to embrace and work with it instead of against it. I’m really glad we were ‘all-in’ as it made us more relaxed and let us go with the flow.”

Joey added, “Luckily it didn’t rain the whole time and the surrounding storms made the sky look even cooler.”

I agree 100%!

I carefully managed our time, realizing a storm was on its way but hadn’t appeared yet.  We got all of our outdoor shots first, then went under the tent once the rain started, then back outside to fully embrace the rain for this shot:
Ali & Joey, it was such a pleasure to work with you two, especially after knowing Joey professionally for the last decade, haha, and being that you were so go-with-the-flow and up for adventure, it really allowed me to get you the sort of unique images that you were hoping for, even if it did rain for half of the session!

I’m looking forward to your wedding at The Morningside Inn in Frederick next autumn!

Saint Francis Hall DC Wedding Photographer: Kerissa & Phillip

A romantic wedding at Saint Francis Hall— you two transported me to Spain, what a fabulous venue!

Kerissa explained, “I knew Phil and I would have a DC wedding and was looking for a venue that would be unique, Saint Francis Hall was the perfect location for us!”

She shared, “We visited the reflecting pool and monuments often during the first few months we started dating. We got engaged there and had our engagement shoot there, so that area of town will always hold a special place in our hearts.”

She continued, “I have always loved the cherry blossoms. Before I moved to the District, I always loved visiting my sister in the Spring seeing the blossoms bloom, always signifying warmer weather was on the way!”

Here, I photographed Kerissa & Lauren’s silhouetted reflection on a photograph of the cherry blossoms in Washington DC’s tidal basin, as Lauren buttoned Kerissa’s wedding gown:

Kerissa explained, “I am so glad I took my mom’s advice to keep it simple with my wedding gown, as I chose something completely different than I had envisioned.”

Here I photographed Kerissa reflected in a simple gold mirror, bringing in more gold tones with the lamp and curtains at the Omni Shoreham.

Kerissa shared, “We chose you as a photographer because we trusted you really would know how to play to our strengths and catch us in unique and romantic moments. We knew you could bring a very creative approach and find angles and see opportunities that other photographers wouldn’t even notice.”

She continued, “For my sister Lauren’s wedding, you were able to catch their raw emotions and beautiful moments.  I’m so excited for you to do the same for us!”

Kerissa you are stunning!

Kerissa explained, “I was really special to have my sister, Lauren and my mom there as I was getting ready along with my bridesmaids. ”

She continued, “My dad was later allowed in for the first look, which was really special.”

Kerissa laughed, “He didn’t cry as much as I expected, so I was hoping I looked pretty! Typical girl.”

Sisters!  While most of my work throughout the day is capturing candid moments as they unfold, I make sure to capture plenty of traditional portraits, too.  I like this one because it has a less formal feel.

If you look closely in the background you can see the photograph.  Keep an eye out for it taking a spotlight in a few shots…

Her parents are adorable– This is the third time I saw them, actually…

I photographed their daughter, Lauren and her husband, Sean’s wedding in 2016 and their friend’s daughter’s wedding in 2017 (Steph & Ryan).  One of the shots from Steph and Ryan’s wedding actually landed in the Huffington Post as one of the best wedding photos of 2017.

How sweet are they– and Kerissa and Lauren’s mom is absolutely gorgeous!!

I love to play with reflections and composition and color– I actually fit in a silhouette here as well… does the photograph look familiar to you?

I love working with a wide variety of lenses and keep them with me throughout the day.  That way I can get a wide-angle shot that can bring in the full scene or get the most intricate detailing if you look closely you can see the stitch pattern of Kerissa’s veil, something I could really see with my own eyes…

Kerissa shared, “The morning of our wedding day was probably the least stressful day of the whole wedding planning process. Everything was already in place and we thoroughly trusted all of our vendors to execute our vision.” <— (this is the way to go brides to be, hire the best vendors and trust them to do their thang) 😉

She laughed, “Once I was loaded up on coffee and Diet Coke, I was good to go (we also made sure to get a picture of me drinking diet coke, my first true love. Sorry Phil).”

While the women prepared, the men did, too, they honestly spent most of the morning watching sports and eating chips, haha, but did bring it together and get really dapper here, love the glasses, guys!”

Phil has the coolest glasses of all, and the reflection of his hands on one side and the rose on the other is pretty incredible!

When Kerissa arrived at Immaculate Conception Church, everyone was so excited to see her, waiting in the vestibule, she was radiant…

I walked into Immaculate Conception Church and was blown away by the classic architecture and intricate stained glass, it definitely had a European cathedral vibe.  I liked the yellow glow bright in by the illuminated stations of the cross and the blue detailing at the top of the windows…

There is something so captivating about the shot, maybe the vastness of the church and the window light streaming in the front door to illuminate tiny Kerissa and her father, it gives you a feeling for the scope of it all…

As I captured the image above, I had my second photographer, Darren, stationed in the choir loft to get a top-down perspective of everything from above.  Beautiful shot, Darren!

Phil shared, “When I saw her walk down the aisle, I thought she was the most beautiful woman to ever live.  My eyes watered, but I did my best to keep it together.  It was a great moment and one that I will never forget.”

Here Phil wipes a tear as Kerissa hugs her father one last time before exchanging vows with her husband to be…

Kerissa smiled, “When I first saw Phil, he looked as sharp as I had anticipated in his suit.”

She laughed, “I kept thinking ‘don’t look directly at him, you’ll ruin your makeup,’ but I had to check if there was a chance a tear or two. I got one!”

Again I am always switching my perspective and camera lenses, bouncing back and forth from capturing candid moments to showing the full scene…

The yellow and blue in the church really struck me throughout the ceremony, this scene is no exception:

The vows: for better or worse, richer or poorer…

The gold rotunda was exquisite!  I was able to get double the impact by getting low enough to capture the gold reflecting off the marble aisle, surrounding the couple in gold…

Kiss the bride… one of my favorite shots of the day… the tilt-shift effect really puts the key players in focus and lets the rest fade away but still bring in all that color and shine…

It’s official, leaving the church as husband and wife…

We headed straight from the church to the gardens at St. Francis Hall.   They were closing soon, so we hopped right in and played a little in the golden light.

Kerissa, that veil, that smile, wow!

Kerissa explained, “We chose our venue because we felt it had a lot of natural charm and a romantic, rustic feel. We wanted to avoid a cookie-cutter look and thought our venue was successful at accomplishing that, providing a unique atmosphere.”

Phil shared, “Kerissa is the most kind, considerate, and loving person I have ever met.  I couldn’t imagine my life without her so I knew I had to marry her.”

I do believe that “most beautiful woman ever to live” thought was passing through his mind again at this point, haha, he just looks so pleased:

I love playing with unique architectural elements and Saint Francis Hall looked like something directly from Spain– combine that with the golden light streaming in, it literally felt like we had been transported from Washington, DC to Europe…

I made sure to capture a few more traditional shots, too… check out Phil showing off his new bling 😉

Kerissa explained, “As for decor, we were really excited about our string lighting, centerpieces, and to see the stage transform with garland, tea lights as well as the awesome ambiance our DJ Mark Maskell provided. We kept our color scheme pretty neutral with whites, blushes and taupe tones, with slight pops of green leaves.”

Introduced into the reception, smiles all around in the sweet light of sunset, Kerissa you are glowing…

Their first dance– I had my second photographer, Darren, stationed on the ground getting more traditional shots, while I ran up to the top and captured sunset streaming through the windows and a captured a bird’s eye view of the first dance…

Phil shared, “I was so proud to have my brother give the best man speech.  He did a great job, and I am proud of the person he is.”

Phil continued, “It was such an honor to have my sister do a reading at the church as well.  I know my parents are proud of all three of us.”

Phil’s dad sure looks proud:

Sean also looks so proud of Lauren (theirs is the wedding I photographed a few years ago), sweet to see him looking at her in the same way!

Kerissa smiled, “My sister’s speech was amazing, sharing our memories throughout the years, also filled with inside jokes no one else would get but for us, but that’s what made it so intimate and special. I am the only one who truly understands her fear of the movie E.T. and shares the same passion for A Goody Movie.”

Kerissa continued, “The day was filled with love, speeches from those we love and it was amazing to celebrate with those closest to us. My dad already had practice on speeches, granted the speech he gave at my sister’s wedding was 9 minutes long and on YouTube, so I knew he was well equipped to deliver a touching and memorable speech.”

I really played up the warmth of the candlelight and string lights during his heartfelt speech…

Phil reflected, “I wouldn’t be the person I am without my parents.  They two of the best people I know and have helped me so much.”

His dance with his mom, again I got that epic perspective, it reminds me of a castle now!

Even the first time we met, Kerissa mentioned how excited she was to have the lighting– it reminds me of an outdoor market:

The DJ, Mark Maskell, was awesome, resourceful and kept the dance floor packed…

Put your hands in the air… wow what a cool vibe:

Kerissa and Phil stepped outside, the night air was cool and the setting was quiet.  It didn’t feel like a party and certainly not one two miles from the heart of downtown Washington, DC!

Happily ever after…

If you’d like to see more photos of Kerissa & Phil, check out their Washington, DC engagement session and story on my blog, here.

Wedding Vendors: 

 

Heritage Restored Farm wedding photographers: Dani & Dustin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awww how sweet is their little nephew?

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

One final “traditional” portrait…

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

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

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

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

Just chillin…

Lifting him up, literally!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Something blue…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swept off her feet…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strike a pose– bringing out their inner super model:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dustin made this moment extra sweet…

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

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

Over a thousand cookies!!!!

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

Father daughter dance…

Mother and son…

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

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

Hitting the dance floor…

Awwww….

Bouquet toss…

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

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

A moment alone…

Back to the party!

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

Wedding Vendors:

Liberty Mountain Wedding Photographers: Amber & Josh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amber you are beautiful!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Her parent’s reactions were the sweetest!

Aw more happy tears…

Husband and wife…

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

Here is one for you, lady:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Talk about high energy, haha…

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

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

I love working with live bands!

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Brenda PerryNovember 8, 2019 - 5:06 pm

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

Hotel Dupont Wedding Photographers: Jackie & Mark

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jackie, you are beautiful!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

A modern portrait of the newlyweds…

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

A nod to the classic architecture…

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

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

The ballroom, was just spectacular…

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

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

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

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

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

Such a beautiful scene…

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

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

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

The father of the bride welcomed everyone…

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

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

The band was incredible!

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

The kiddos were super sweet, too.

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

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

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

Father-daughter dance:

Mother-son:

Cake cutting:

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

Lots of energy out on the dance floor for sure!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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