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Omni Bedford Springs Wedding Photographers: Loren & Josh

This soft, romantic, classic wedding at the Omni Bedford Springs is over flowing with sweet moments and beautiful details…

From the moment Loren and Josh first reached out to me, I knew we would be a great fit.  They mentioned wanting someone experienced and creative, who would give them a great mix of photos, from traditional to really outside of the box.

Loren confessed, “You were our #1 pick early on, as we totally fell in love with your photos from Brittany and Chris Omni Bedford Springs wedding.  We like that you are on the Omni’s preferred vendor list, so you are familiar with the location, yet your shots there are all so different, it’s like you bring fresh eyes every time you work there!”

They continued, “You were such a wonderful photographer to have as part of our special day!  You never cease to amaze us with your artistic ability and breathtaking work. On our wedding day, you kept everyone on time and captured all of the shots we wanted while adding in your own unique ideas. You were such a pleasure to work with and helped to make our day fun and memorable!”

Aw thanks guys, I opened this set with two of my fresh ideas… the first being a ring shot on the green leaf for Mr & Mrs Greenleaf, haha!   Also something a little different in robes– tickle-tickle ;).

Such a beautiful bride…

And a fun group of ladies…

Daddy’s little girl:

The handsome groom…

My second photographer, Katie, really knocked these photographs of the men out of the park!

Love the tuxes, gentlemen, so dapper:

They shared, “Having our first look on the bridge was something we knew we wanted to do from the very beginning on our planning process. To us, the bridge symbolized the transition that we were about to take by becoming husband and wife.”

Here Josh waits on the bridge, eyes covered…

They continued, “It also symbolized hope, and knowing when we crossed that bridge, we may find ourselves in a better place on the other side.”

Their embrace, so sweet:

They concluded, ” We wanted the first time we saw each other on the day of our wedding to be walking towards each other crossing that bridge and meeting in the middle as two become one.”

Loren and Josh explored the Omni Bedford Springs grounds together from the bridge and fountain to the porches and wedding grotto…

They shared, “From the time we got engaged, we knew we wanted to get married at the Omni in Bedford Springs! Living close by we visited the resort many times as a couple and immediately knew it was the perfect place to spend our wedding day!”

They continued, “The grounds and the facility are superb, the staff are extremely friendly and helpful, and the accommodations are amazing! You get caught up in the nostalgia of the resort from the moment you arrive until the moment you depart – it was the perfect romantic setting for our special day.”

While I tend to focus on more candid moments, I also make sure to get a few traditional photographs as well.  Here is one that I wanted to really show off the grounds of the Omni, too.

Back to the moments…

I like playing with visual elements like reflections– I achieved this ethereal look by photographing Loren & Josh’s reflection as they slow danced in the wedding grotto together…

The perfect little dip and kiss caught Loren’s veil and detailing on the back of her dress– so pretty and romantic!

I like to play with symmetry and balance.  I thought the “miniature look” that a tilt-shift lens can bring was a perfect fit here:

The gang’s all here…

Strike a pose…

Such a sweet idea: 

Loren’s father, giving her away…

The ceremony space was stunning…

Ring-bearer life 😉

So happy together

Kiss the bride.

The food at the Omni is incredible– it tastes even better than it looks!  I speak from experience as this is my go-to place to celebrate with my family and friends– anniversaries, birthdays, girlfriends get always :).

I enjoy playing with different lighting, and love the intimate feel of this shot.

A warm welcome with high-fives…

First dance… if you take a closer look, you can see that Loren’s dress actually became a mini!

An artist was on hand to capture his interpretation of the first dance– LOVE it…

Happy tears during the maid of honor’s speech:

I really had fun with the best man’s speech!  It isn’t photo shopped at all, it’s all in camera– magical 🙂

A beautiful cake!

Loren shared, “As the festivities were winding down, Lisa gave us the option to continue capturing shots of the reception or for Josh and I to go outside and get a few photos alone (we chose the latter).”

She smiled, “When we walked outside, it was pouring and Lisa said ‘if you guys are brave, I think we could get a really cool shot in the rain’ and boy oh boy am I glad we took her up on the offer because the result was INCREDIBLE!”

She continued, “When I first saw ‘the amazing rain pic’ as our friends and families have deemed it, I was immediately taken back to that very moment; locked hand-in-hand kissing my husband in the cool September rain, on our wedding night!”

Loren & Josh, thank you so much for choosing to have me capture these and so many other memories for the two of you!  It was such a pleasure to work with both of you!  If you want to see more pics of Loren and Josh, check out their Moonstone Manor engagement session, here.  If you’d like to find out more about some of their awesome vendors, check out these links:

Photographer: Rhinehart Photography

Hair & Makeup: MKUP The Beauty Studio

Florist: Pocketful of Posies

DJ: Mint DJ Events

Planner: Sarah Greiner

Calligraphy: More Than Words by Michelle

Videography: Memories Videography 

Outside Rentals: Best Event Rental

 

Palace at Somerset Park Wedding Photographers: Katy & Brian

Love, laughter and tears of joy abounded during this vibrant, fairy tale wedding…

Katy & Brian shared, “We knew from the start that we wanted to book you as our wedding photographer.  We loved the way you capture the candid moments, so we could get a feel of all of the things we might not have seen.  Our wedding day flew by, so we can’t wait to see the photos to re-live those moments.”

They continued, “From the engagement shoot to the wedding day working with you was so easy! You make everyone feel like friends and not clients.  We also love that you had a good mix of photos, a little bit of everything– from moments to family photos to details, you really cover things thoroughly.”

I opened with a colorful, romantic moment– it reminds me of a scene from beauty and the beast, and here is a shot of their wedding bands.  I love to get creative and really capture the overall look and feel of the wedding day and that specific couple.

I tried to bring out that classic, romantic, fairy tale feel throughout Katy & Brian’s wedding day.  Here staff at The Palace at Somerset Park helped me to bring Katy’s dress into the garden.  I thought it fit Katy so well…

Katy shared, “Brian’s gift to me was very sentimental.  It was a diamond necklace that used the stones from my grandmother’s wedding ring. It meant so much to me.”

She continued, “My grandmother is no longer with us and I was very close with her. As soon as I opened the gift I knew what it was and I was emotional.”

Brian shared, “I fell for Katy so easily because our personalities fit together perfectly.  She is the most beautiful woman I have ever met, inside and out.”

I wanted to capture that soft, romantic side of Katy in the garden, using the leaves of the garden to soften the edges of the frame and give it a more intimate feel.  Her dress, from Kleinfeld, was stunning and I wanted to show a bit of the front and the back…

My second photographer, Denis, knocked this wedding out of the park!  The shots he took of the groom here that incorporated dramatic light and reflection were awesome!

Katy shared, “It was just an instant connection we had when we first met. He was the first guy I had met that opened car doors for me and held doors open before I walked in. He was a true gentlemen and that hasn’t changed.”

Encircled by waves of green foliage, love it!

Brain reminisced about the “first look”, when he saw Katy for the first time on their wedding day.

He shared, “When I first saw Katy I was at a loss for words, totally taken in by her beauty.  I will never forget the notice of her heels before I turned around.”

I have many photos of the smiles and tears, but for me this image best captures the moment, with its balance, intimacy, and deep connection…

Katy shared, “Brian and I are best friends, no one can make me smile the way that he does.  He brings a difference side out of me.”

I love Katy’s beautiful smile, bouncing curls and the vibrant colors of the sky and trees here.  You can just feel the love 🙂

Katy smiled, “I knew things were different with Brian.  I saw myself starting a family with him and that’s a feeling I never experienced before.  I knew he was the one.”

This was all shot in camera using reflections, and I love the intimate and otherworldly feel of this image.  For me it shows a deep, almost spiritual connection…

Katy shared, “I was so excited to see him on our wedding day all dressed up in his suit. He looked handsome and I couldn’t wait for our ceremony to make it official. I’m looking forward to laughing through life with my best friend by my side!”

I used a fun tilt shift technique here…

Brian explained, “We are best friends.   Every step of the way I was with my best friend and now she is my partner in life.”

He continued, “I am so happy to have Katy by my side.”

I liked the symmetry of this shot and the way the black and white really emphasizes the columns of the Palace at Somerset Park.

Katy shared about her venue choice, “We must have seen at least 15-20 wedding venues before we found The Palace. I had some things on my ‘must have’ list and The Palace at Somerset Park checked it all off for me. I loved how glamorous the reception area was with the high ceilings and staircase. We even booked the date the same day we saw the venue!”

Lol, here they come!!!  I like this photo for so many reasons– it captures a real moment like Katy and Brian wanted, filled with joy emotion and authenticity, but also artistically (the lines, the shapes, the arrows, contrast, dramatic light, etc).  Also my SUV makes a cameo appearance, haha!

I have several shots of these beautiful ladies, but I liked how this one pulled in the architecture of The Palace…

Another moment, this time, with Brian and his brothers…

Strike a pose, gentlemen…

Ahhh so one of the shots most of my couples like me to try with their bridal party, the “Vanity Fair” 😉

Three cheers…

Playing a bit with shutter speed, this one was super fun… for me, this shows the permanence of their decision to wed and the moving parts in their lives:

Time for the ceremony… Katy timed it perfectly with the sunlight, which happily cooperated 😉

Katy shared, “Brian and I said from the start we wanted a quick, relaxed, fun ceremony and that’s exactly what we got.”

Here Brian gives Katy’s mom a hug before it all starts…

Katy’s father escorts Katy down the aisle on the terrace.  The light was just starting to glow into gold and the sky was still a stunning blue, it reminded me of a Renaissance paining…

Two of my favorite staff members at The Palace, Richard and his assistant, Natanya, hold the doors for Katy and her father– such a sweet moment…

So happy together…

Tears of joy…

Katy and I had talked about the prettiest time, lighting wise for a ceremony on the terrace, and she timed it just to hit golden hour…  you can literally see the sky changing from blue to gold and some pretty pinks and purples in between…

Katy shared, “We asked my sister, Janine, to say something during the ceremony because we both looked up to her successful marriage and family, and we loved her speech, it was very meaningful with solid advice and funny as well!”

I love capturing moments like this…

Denis and I captured several more traditional shots of the vows, but I really like this one, it is Katy’s dad’s reaction to the vows!  You can see them in the foreground, and him focused on in the background…

Katy shared, “We were fortunate enough to have my brother marry us!  We asked him because we wanted someone we knew and who we saw in all aspects of our lives.  He did such a fantastic job.”

Kiss the bride– that sunset!!!!

Brian shared, “It felt so great watching Katy spin and seeing her smile.  She is so beautiful!”

I love to capture movement when I’m working with a still frame…

The cotton candy sunset that just kept going…

Katy shared, “We were so excited to see our decor and how it all came together.  We knew we wanted to bring some rustic elements into our decor, and a s soon as Brian and I saw the stump on display at our florist we knew we needed to have it   We were so excited to see it and our canvases of our engagement session and succulent favor display at the reception.”

I loved seeing all the places that Katie and Brian displayed their engagement photos– here two guests view more photos as they sign in on Katy & Brian’s custom made guestbook that I created to display their engagement photos as well as well wishes from their family and friends:

Katy continued, “We incorporated a lot of rustic natural elements in the decorations with the geodes as the table numbers, florals, greenery, and wooden planks under flower arrangements.”

 

How sweet it is…

I love to play with interesting vantage points and perspectives and had this shot planned out  ahead of time, wanting to capture both Katy, Brian and their wedding guests as well as architectural elements all in one shot…

Here I wanted to play with the symmetry of the room and the purple up-lighting as well as the happy couple during their first dance.  I needed to wait for them to hit just the right spot on the dance floor.  I really played up the chandelier, too.

Brian’s dance with his mother, so sweet.  I couldn’t get over the beautiful colors in this photo, from his mother’s dress, hair and red lip to the candles and purple uplifting in the background.

Katy and her father’s dance was awesome!  For this shot, I used the geometric lines, gold spot light and interesting vantage point to capture their awesome dance moves:

Katy shared, “The wedding flew by but we enjoyed every second of it! We danced the night away with friends and family and at the end of the night it was nice to enjoy a few days with my new husband.”

To say the dance floor was packed would be a gross understatement, haha:

Cake time– love their expressions here and the classic look that all came together here…

Speaking of classic– another classic moment.  I can almost hear Tale As Old As Time playing in the background 😉

Katy and Brian thank you so much for choosing to have Rhinehart Photography document your day and these moments for you forever.  I hope they are just the sort of eclectic, artistic, authentic moments that you were hoping for.  Many more are coming soon.  If you want to see more of Katy & Brian now, check out their romantic beach engagement session here.

Shout out to all of the vendors who came together to make this wedding so incredible:

Venue: Palace at Somerset Park 

Dress: Kleinfeld’s 

Hair/make-up: Emily Salon

Florist: A Touch of Elegance

Entertainment: Global Productions

Video: KLassey Productions

Photography: Rhinehart Photography

 

Washington College Engagement Photographers: Kristin & Chris

This fun, playful, colorful, sporty couple was high energy and up for anything at their Washington College alma mater– unique, creative engagement photography ensued…

Kristin shared, “We chose you as a photographer because of your uniquely artistic viewpoint and your ability to capture a couple’s style. I am very impressed with how you improvise with a variety of backgrounds and poses and how you can make seemingly-unromantic things, like a piece of rolled up plastic or puddle on a tarp on a baseball field, romantic?!?”

She continued, “We enjoyed laughing with you through the engagement session and were reassured that you wanted to have just as much fun with the session as we did! We are hoping for the photos to be representative of our easy-going yet fun styles in a place that is very important to us.”

They met in Washington College, so we met at one of Chris’ favorite hang outs, the baseball field, where he was a pitcher for all four years of his WAC experience… Kristin was game and played along.

Kristin smiled, “We wanted to revisit where it all began! While we didn’t go to the exact location where we first met (at an off campus stop light party, haha), I really appreciated being able to spend some time in the places that played a big role in each of our individual college experiences; the baseball field for Chris and the field hockey stadium for me.”

Memory lane– Chris holds his pitcher’s mitt while looking out over the field– look closely and you will see Kristin in the background:

Though baseball was Chris’ sport, Kristin was super supportive and picked up a bat so Chris could re-live his glory days :D.

Chris shared, “Something that I appreciate about Kristin is she is willing to try things that she hasn’t done in the past, just because they are things I like to do.  Since we’ve been together, she’s picked up golfing, skiing and even been to a rifle range with me!”

Chris continued, “It’s hard to pinpoint the moment I knew Kristin was ‘the one’, but I would say her willingness to try new things and stick by them is one of the main reasons she’ll be my partner for life.  When she falls down skiing and hurts her thumb, she doesn’t throw her skis down in anger and go back to the lodge.  She drinks a blue moon and meets me back at the lift with a smile on her face.”

I enjoy playing with visual elements, keeping the chain link viable as a textural element in the frame was fun for me…

For this next shot I played with the shadow created in the dugout and the vibrant red wall.

Chris continued, “When I drag Kristin to the local 9-hole course on a 45 degree windy day, she doesn’t put up a fit and make me go alone.  She throws on her Uggs and gets a par on hole 6 from the men’s tees!  Oh and she smells great the whole time, haha!”

He smiled, “I cherish the partner she is to me, and I hope I am half that partner to her.”

Kristin smiled, “It was definitely Chris’ sense of humor that drew me in!  And his strapping good looks of course, hehe.  He is down-to-earth and definitely helps to balance my hyper analytical moments which is why we work so well together.”

She stated, “We are a teammates that are much stronger together than we are apart.”  I like the teammate comment on the ball field with the scoreboard in the background…

Chris agreed, “Yes I’d say Kristin and I make the perfect team– me keeping things light and goofy, and Kristin keeping the ship heading in the right direction.”

For me, this photo shows the balance of their relative strengths in a visual way:

Haha for the photographic creativity that impressed Kristin– here is how I used the rolled up sheet of plastic that was pushed against an old chain link fence to the side of the ball field…

I thought it added contrast, visual interest and caught the sunlight perfectly, framing the couple on the far end.

And this is the puddle on the tarp that was protecting the pitcher’s mound.  The dark rubber and thin layer of water really brought out some crazy colors in the sky that weren’t visible to the naked eye for another hour or more!

While I love to play around and get creative, I still make sure to get a few more traditional shots as well.

I love how the light catches their eyes here– wow, such beautiful colors…

Chris shared, “In the 3 months we dated at WAC we laid the foundation for a long distance relationship that lasted over five years.  We don’t go back and visit that area enough, and I think we would both agree that just being in that town puts a smile on our faces.”

Washington College is one of the 10th oldest colleges in the United States, a private liberal arts school formed in 1782 by George Washington himself, the first college charted after American Independence where George Washington  served on the board of governors!

One of the iconic buildings on campus is the Georgian style brick structure, the Eugene B Casey Academic Center.

Kristin reminisced about their engagement story.  “I arrived home from work on a Monday evening and Chris was cooking dinner in the kitchen. He had been away visiting friends for the weekend, so naturally I missed him and just wanted to be near him while he prepped dinner.  At the time we had a small kitchen without chairs, so I plopped myself down on the floor and started asking him about his weekend.”

She went on, smiling, “He started acting weird and not really answering my questions so I offered to grab us beers from the fridge in the other room. He agreed and so I jumped up to grab the beers. I returned to the kitchen, beers in hand and to my surprise he was down on one knee with a ring in his hand (and dish towel tucked into his front pocket)…”

Kristin continued, “…Chris said, ‘Want to make this thing official?’, haha!   It turns out he picked the ring out over the weekend and had it on the kitchen counter in a ring box which was in my direct line of sight when I was sitting on the floor, clueless about what was about to happen.  Of course I said YES and then we ended up packing up the half-made dinner and heading out to celebrate.”

I love the golden tones of the sunlight and the soft campus in the background… you can tell that this was a walk down memory lane for them.

Chris smiled, shared about the beginning of their relationship, “I was first drawn to Kristin for her stunning good looks.  Then as the relationship grew, I came to realize she was the most genuine person I had ever met.   She puts other people first, 100% of the time.  We then grew to as Kristin says the perfect team.  I am so lucky to have her as my partner in life!”

I love to play with perspective and negative space– there is something so grounding , earthy and authentic about this image… just holding hands walking on a sidewalk in campus.

High fives– so perfect for this fun, sporty couple… I may have climbed in a tree for this one, haha!

These behind the scenes shots were my fav– I had Kristin pull out her skirt for a shot and Chris ‘pulled his out’ too.

He was constantly playful, in motion, just a joy to be around.  These two were always laughing and loving.

Chris shared, “I like to think that we don’t take life or ourselves too seriously.  We hope that was conveyed in the photos, along with the fact that we are both kick starting our modeling careers.”

Full of surprises… that height difference though:

Kristin shared, “For the engagement photo session, we were definitely going for a fun and laid back vibe. We were just our usual, silly, selves. You really helped us to be comfortable enough to do that in front of a camera!”

Kristin shared, “We really appreciated how you were able to meet us where we were at, to ‘get’ us as a couple, to laugh along.  You definitely helped us to relax and feel comfortable enough to really let our true selves show.  I can’t wait to see how you captured us and our love.”

Now it was finally Kristin’s turn for her sport– field hockey!

If you look very closely you can see the tiny happy couple, in this sentimental location, sunset beginning, reflecting…

Bully-off…

Haaa her face…

I may or may not be laying on the field for this…

Haaa, playing a bit more with perspective here as Kristin levitates and Chris is impressed and stoic, lol!

I wanted to incorporate the new “S” in Kristin’s monogram here… cool that it’s also the “S” from Washington College and above the field hockey stadium…

So I pushed every setting possible in my camera to pull out every vibrant color in the sunset.

It is pushed to the max and my artistic interpretation for this extremely colorful, fun, couple.

Can you feel the love tonight ;)?

Then they had a thumb war– so them!

Chris and Kristin, thank you for choosing me to capture your personalities, love and this extremely special location and time in your relationship!

You guys gave me so much to work with because you were playful, fun and so comfortable in your own skin, and with each other.  You were loving, appreciative, effectionate and embracing of your quirks and each other’s.  Also, no matter how silly or crazy my ideas were you were up for trying them and able to be yourselves anywhere.  To say I loved working with you two is an understatement.

I hope that these are just the sort of colorful, playful, fun, authentic photos that you were hoping for!

Debbie BircsakNovember 17, 2018 - 1:11 pm

Love these photos & this couple! It so captures them & their amazing love!❤️

Glasbern Inn Creative Wedding Photographers: Janelle & Ramsey

Vibrant colors, adorable kids and an amazing band packing the dance floor– you won’t want to miss Janelle & Ramsey’s Glasbern Inn wedding…

Janelle shared, “Lisa is an incredible photographer and a wonderful partner to work with on our wedding day.  She helped us to create a photography schedule leading up to the big day and then helped us stick to it on our wedding day.  I stress out quite a bit under pressure so was happy to have her there supporting me and calming me down.  When I look at our wedding photos, I want to see a good mix, and am just really hoping to see the love that Ramsey & I share for each other and the love and support that we have from our family & friends.”

Janelle, it was my pleasure!  I opened with a cute photo of the happy couple at the end of the evening and here are a couple photographs of their wedding details…  I love the crisp lines and shine of Janelle’s diamonds and the color and texture of the green leaves where I placed it…

The sky on their wedding day was just stunning– so many dramatic clouds blowing around, that I decided to photograph Janelle’s dress in a location where it would be visible:

I loved all of the layers of Janelle’s wedding gown and the sparkle of her shoes, her sweet little toes peeking out…

 

Ramsey shared, “I quickly developed a strong connection with Janelle realizing she was what was missing from my life.   She complements me in every way I’ve looked for.  She’s supportive, understanding, thoughtful, and makes me a better person every day.  She is also incredibly beautiful.”

Janelle shared, “Family is a big part of my life and I have  an amazing relationship with my parents.  My dad has a huge heart and is a big softie and my mom is an amazing role model.  I can only aspire to be as strong as she is – she can truly do it all!”

These ladies are ready to head to the church!!!

Reflections are so much fun to play with and pack some extra visual punch to a shot.  This is one of my assistant, Chuck’s, shots of Ramsey helping his son, Pierson prepare for the day.

What a dapper young gentleman…

Ramsey’s daughter Camille was a joy as well!  Janelle explained, “She is our little performer.  She is super social and wants to be everyone’s friend.  She is totally comfortable in the limelight and loves to sing & dance.”

Camille loved her gown and spun proudly while I snapped this photo as Janelle’s wedding gown hang on the wall behind her….

Janelle shared, “Ramsey is a great dad.  He has never ending patience when helping with homework or when coaching their soccer or basketball teams, he is willing to cook multiple dinners every night to make sure everyone gets to eat exactly what they want, and he is willing to go out of his way to make things special just for them in all that we do.  At the end of the day, it’s very clear that he wants nothing but the best of everything for Pierson and Camille.”

We moved to the church where Ramsey’s father gave him a hug with tears in his eyes…

I love to capture architecture and give a sense of space while also capturing key moments of the day.  Here Janelle and her father begin to walk down the aisle.  I wanted to show the lass and wood that makes Janelle’s home church of Union Evangelical Lutheran Church so special.  I used a tilt shift lens technique to put the focus on Janelle and her father in my frame…

Janelle shared, “I said my dad was a softie, when I was a kid, we’d be watching TV as a family and the second anything got the least bit sappy, we could turn around and see my dad shedding a tear or two, haha.  He is an incredibly loving person.”

Such a sweet moment, it is such a pleasure for me to capture times like this for my couples and their families…

Janelle shared, “I felt like I pretty quickly knew that Ramsey was the one for me.  Ramsey is also the most caring and thoughtful person I know.  He is always there to back me up or support me whenever I need him, before I even know that I need help.  He is truly the best partner I could ever hope for in this journey of life.”

I love the way these two balance each other out and the balance, symmetry and clarity of this shot…

Awww Ramsey, so happy during the vows– I also like how he is flanked by his children and surrounded by friends, family and the smiling minister…

Kiss the bride– I have lots of kiss shots, but this one is one of my favorites, mostly b/c of Pierson’s expression, lol:

Haha, Janelle’s dad walked into the limo like a baller– love it!!!

Campaign all around…

Janelle shared, “We chose the Glasbern Inn because of the natural beauty of the inn — we loved the wildflowers and the ponds with the dock.  It felt like the perfect setting for a storybook romance.”

Cheers!  I love storybook romance concept and really feel that here.  I love the depth of this shot.  I used the vibrant green climbing ivy  and rustic ladder to frame the couple as they took a minute to relax and enjoy some drinks and appetizers…

Janelle shared, “Ramsey & I balance each other so well.  I can be very serious and he is always cracking jokes to make me laugh.  When I get stressed out about things, he is always there to help ease my worries.  We truly are a team in all that we do.  I appreciate him and love him so much!”

I love to give my couples an eclectic mix of photos, from more candid moments like enjoying drinks and snacks, to romantic ones like time on the dock to more traditional posed shots like this one.  What a cute couple…

Haha Chuck snagged this one of me!  In case you are wondering, why did Lisa climb into this gigantic flower bush…

This is why… color explosion!!!

Haaa as I began getting ready for the reception I noticed guests as cocktail hour outside of the window, and liked this perspective…

Janelle explained, “I didn’t really have a theme in mind when we started planning our wedding.  However, if I had to describe it, I guess I would call it “rustic elegance”. .  I also really loved working with Ross for the flowers – We knew we wanted to use different varieties of purple, but Keitha had such wonderful ideas and she was able to further incorporate our rustic theme by using seasonal wildflowers as well.”

Floral explosion!!!  Janelle laughed, “The flower explosion was not planned, but entertaining to watch for sure!”

The uplighting, draping and live band really added so much to the reception!!!

Janelle shared, “My favorite part of the wedding was getting all our family in one place!  It felt so good to have all our friends and family surrounding us to celebrate our wedding day.  We were so glad that everyone was able to travel to be with us and we felt so loved.  I really enjoyed seeing everyone on the dance floor as well – our families really know how to break it down – I saw some great moves out there.”

It’s fun to play with visual elements present in the room– this first dance shot almost reminds me of the phases of the moon!

Icing on the nose, haha!

The Band was incredible!  Janelle shared, “I have to give credit to Ramsey for the idea to have a band at our wedding.  I initially was not a fan of the idea, but went along with it because I love Ramsey and wanted to make him happy.  But, once we found Lion + Tiger, all my concerns about having a band disappeared.  They are truly an amazing band and we had sooooo much fun dancing with everyone at our wedding!”

I climbed back behind the shining drum set to capture this shot, I loved how the colors bounced on the brass and thought it showed off the lighting of the room as well.

Janelle smiled, “Now that Ramsey and his kids have come into my life, I can see my mom having so much fun with the kids and doing the same kinds of fun activities that she did with Blake and I when we were kids.   She is an amazing woman!”

Janelle shared, “We also were able to snuck in a few  heart-shaped things into our decor.”

She continued, ” I, personally, was obsessed with getting fun heart-shaped sunglasses as a favor for our guests.”

Good call:

The dance floor was filled with so many antics and Chuck and I were there to catch them all.  This shot of mine is one of my favorites, I got down low and played up the uplighting and drapery while capturing all their L energy ;).

We played with many fun techniques to capture the spirit on the dance floor, here I played with a slow shutter spin…

A little family time on the dance floor…

Janelle’s dad made the backdrop!  Gamers…

Bonfire fun!

Again that sky!!!

Ramsey shared, “I’ve never felt so comfortable and yet and excited to be with someone at the same time.   I love falling asleep with her in my arms every night, and am very lucky to have her be the rock  in my life amongst all the chaos that life can bring.”

Ramsey continued, “Our wedding day was everything I could have imagined.  She looked amazing,  I certainly held back tears watching her walk toward me and realizing how lucky I am to have her as my partner. ”

Glasbern Inn for Preparation and Reception Venue

Union Evangelical Lutheran Church for Ceremony

Ross Plants & Flowers for Ceremony & Reception Flowers

Lion + Tiger Band for Cocktail Hour and Reception Music

Omnivents LLC for reception uplighting & tenting/draping, website

Snap Party Booth for Photo Booth

Hairitage Salon – Wedding Hair for Bridesmaids, Flower Girl, Bride, MoB

J&J Luxury Transportation for Limo Bus

Cozze Cakes for wedding cake

Bliss Bridal for Wedding Dress

All That Glitters Invitations for Invitations, Programs & Escort Cards

 

Moonstone Manor Wedding Photographers: Bobbie-Ann & Mark

An intimate wedding at Moonstone Manor, a loving gathering of family and friends that united a deeply romantic couple who found their true match…

Bobbie-Anne shared, “We chose you to be our wedding photographer because your work was unique.   I wanted you to capture candid moments and the beautiful scenery at Moonstone Manor as well as romantic photographs of the two of us alone.  We wanted a good mix of traditional portraits and creative shots and knew you could deliver that for us.”

I opened with a shot showing the beautiful scenery at Moonstone and here is a classic portrait of Mark.  I really like the timeless quality of it and the way it shows the elegance of Moonstone Manor and how the light catches his eyes just right…

I like to play with different lenses and camera settings and really like the soft intimate feel of this candid photo showing Mark reading the card that Bobbie-Ann gave him.

Mark’s family was incredibly, sweet, kind and present.  Here Mark’s Nephew compliments the flowers and the Manor itself while simultaneously looking like a kid from a Normal Rockwell painting :).

To achieve this look I used a slower shutter speed, shallow depth of field and captured his reflection in an antique mirror along with the bouquet he was marveling at…

As soon as Mark’s mother arrived she gave him a tight embrace.  I made sure to capture it and many similar intimate moments with their friends and family…

Here Bobbie-Anne’s friend buttons her beautiful wedding gown.  I liked the way the light captured the beading and her pearl ring complimenting the round satin covered buttons.

Mark shared, “Bobbie-Ann is a beautiful women of intelligence and  integrity. She is kind to others and has a very caring spirit. She is fun loving and gentle.  She is sensible and uses wisdom and treats me with respect and care.”

A stunning bride… I liked how this photo showed the setting of Moonstone, along with Bobbie-Ann’s beautiful, deep eyes and gorgeous golden locks!

Bobbie’s father saw her in her gown and gave her hand a tight squeeze.  It was almost time for the ceremony to start and she wore Mark’s wedding band around her thumb in preparation.

Bobbie-Ann shared, “We chose Moonstone Manor in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania because of the ceremony space along the water.”  Nature is important to them and water has played a very significant role in their relationship.  More on that soon…

I wanted to capture the peaceful feeling of the entire setting in one image.  I wanted to show the running water, the enveloping trees and the intimate ceremony.  Nature played a huge role and I think this photo demonstrates that.

Bobbie-Ann has such a loving, joyful presence and her smile lights up any place.  I have several images of Bobbie-Ann’s father escorting her down the aisle, but this moment when she saw Mark, and just the joy on her face tops them all.

She shared, “When I first saw him on the wedding day, my only thought was to meet him at the altar. I  didn’t see anyone else. I didn’t hear the music. I only knew of him waiting there for me.”

Mark was absolutely speechless, she seemed to literally take his breath away!!!  He shared, “She looked so incredibly beautiful.”

Bobbie-Ann shared, “Our favorite part of the wedding day was during the ceremony– the sharing of vows and the time we had together during the song, poem, and prayer.”

I loved their floral arch, it looked so romantic and organic and fit their relationship perfectly.  Mark was beaming throughout the ceremony!  I wanted to capture the water behind them as well…

It was such a joy for me to photograph this wedding.  It was simple and deep.  I covered it by myself (without a second photographer) and every single person at the wedding was very intimately and emotionally connected to the couple.

Here one of Bobbie-Anne’s bridesmaids reads a poem.  She began to get a little teary and Bobbie-Ann passed her her handkerchief, such a sweet moment.

As Bobbie-Anne’s parents watched their daughter exchange her wedding vows, they held hands lovingly.   I like how the sun illuminated them and how tender they are together.

Bobbie-Ann shared, “I am looking forward to a good life of happiness, being together with my best friend.  We work well together because we are best friends who listen and care for each other. We make sure that we are considerate of each other. We both always try to make the other happy, finding ways to take care of each other, help each other, surprise each other. We challenge each other in that way.”

Kiss the bride– again the stream…

Bobbie-Ann shared, “I fell in love with Mark because of his personality and character. He is genuinely kind and considerate. He has such a loving and giving heart. He cares about others and is very giving and unselfish. He always makes sure I am cared for and that we partner in everything. He is the best friend I’ve ever had and I can trust him with anything.”

Moonstone Manor is just stunning, here they walk along the arched ruins on the property– it reminds me of Ireland.  Mark helps her to hold her gown as she walks, which I think shows that kind, considerate, partnering nature.

I give my couples a good variety of photos– some environmental- showing off the location, others more candid- capturing the emotional landscape, and others more traditional portraiture.  I have several different traditional captures of them together, but I thought Bobbie-Ann’s dress looked so pretty in this one:

Bobbie-Ann shared about the significance of water in their relationship, “We met at the ocean, he first told me he loved me at the harbor, he proposed at a waterfall, and we got married at the river. Then we left for a honeymoon at the lake.”

The statement was framed in gold and placed on a table at the reception to bring the full theme together.  Guests signed river rocks with words of encouragement for the newlyweds.

Bobbie-Ann shared, “The cake was done by Rosie’s Creative Cakes. She did a wonderful job and the cake was delicious.  Gina at Moonstone Manor was wonderful to work with. She was caring and kind. She took care of details and had great ideas. She made us feel like family.”

All of the wedding details were elegant, soft, and romantic– their cake was so beautiful.

Yummmm…

Everyone at the reception was so joyful and loving…

The day was incredibly humid.  The rain held out until we were safely under the cover of the tent.

The children played with the rain.  There was something so simple, organic and beautiful about it, and it perfectly tied in the water theme!

The children loved the couple– here is a candid moment between Mark and his sweet niece.

As Mark and his mother embrace his niece squeezes in, too!

The children played in the river, skipping stones as shadows danced on their aunt’s gown.

Bobbie-Ann & mark took it all in, they were finally married.  I wanted to bring in the environment of their venue into this photo– the elegant detailing of the stone manor, framing them with the Edison bulb lights that tied from the tree to the balcony…

They stepped into the Manor for one last moment together before they began packing up.  I wanted to capture that warmth and intimacy and used both warm sunlight and the elegantly carved, classic wooden furniture into the frame…

Mark shared, “We are looking forward to making our life together. A true partnership.  A good life, where we help each other and where life is better because we are together.”

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