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Creative wedding photographers: Heather & Vincent at The Bond

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vince uncovered his eyes…

And was quickly tearing up…

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

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

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

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

So many cute store fronts…

Colorful murals fit their theme perfectly…

So sweet…

Cherry blossoms?  Yes please!

I love to play with perspective, reflections and contrast… 

One more final splash of color…

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

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

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

A tiny peek at the decor and a kiss…

The ceremony space was all set…

The strings began…

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

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


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

Heather’s father escorted her down the aisle…

Double the sunshine…

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

Here Vincent’s mother accepts the tea:

The ring exchange:

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

The kiss…

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

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

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

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

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


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

Werk it 😉 

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

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

Brunch!!! Shrimp & grits!!!

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

Vincent’s surprise: dancers during their first dance…

The guests joined in…

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

Photobooth fun…

One big happy family…

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

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

Yay color, yay murals, yay York!

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

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

Happily ever after…

Cake: Couture Cakery – www.couturecakery.net

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

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

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

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

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

Photographer: www.RhinehartPhotography.com

String Quartet: Vivace Live – www.vivacelive.com

Venue: The Bond – www.thebondevents.com

Longwood Gardens Engagement Photographer: Janelle & Ramsey

Janelle & Ramsey experienced a total explosion or color at Longwood Gardens!!!

Janelle & Ramsey shared, “We chose Lisa to be our wedding photographer because we liked her romantic style–  she is definitely able to capture the emotion and love between her couples! From our first meeting, we knew her professionalism and experience would be the right fit to capture a classic, timeless look for our wedding.”

I like to get creative and play with different elements, in this case shadows…

Ramsey shared, “I knew pretty quickly that Janelle was the person who had been missing in my life.”

He continued, “Janelle is beautiful, kind, caring, patient, she quickly became my best friend!”

The sheer amount of color present was unbelievable– I like the symmetry here as well…

Playing around with reflections and perspective…

Janelle shared, “Growing up in Pennsylvania, I knew Longwood Gardens was a beautiful place, but it was extra special getting to experience it with Ramsey during our engagement photo session.  We had such a great time exploring the different areas of the Gardens.  Even though we were there for hours, we barely scratched the surface!”

Ramsey shared, “I had heard great things about Longwood Gardens but I was still absolutely blown away by the amazing grounds.”

Here Ramsey & Janelle enjoy the view from the Canopy Cathedral which is a stunning combination of a tree-house and church!

Janelle shared, “One of the things I love about Ramsey is the way that he’s constantly kept me on my toes throughout our relationship.  He’s so thoughtful and clever and often finds ways to surprise me.”

Seeing double 😉

Janelle went on, “He’s always got something up his sleeve to surprise me or make me laugh.  On our first date, he wore a suit.  He played it off like he was just coming from the office.  I later found out that he worked from home that day, haha!   One of my favorite qualities about Ramsey, though, is that he truly is very selfless and thoughtful.  He always goes out of his way to do so many different sweet things.”

I liked so many things about this scene– the drama, the color, the funky angles… the way you can see the sky above and a green path below.  For me, it fit the quirky, fun ways that Ramsey keeps Janelle on her toes ;).

Here I gave them a little privacy, focusing on the flowers  :).  

Janelle shared, “Ramsey and I have always enjoyed seeing  & exploring new places together and this was such a beautiful place to enjoy together.”

I am a huge fan of scenes and architecture and love to really capture a space from different perspectives… I wanted to show just how expansive and grand this fountain was– it almost looks like they are in miniature…

Speaking of fountains, there were so many water gardens on the grounds…

While I love to capture couples exploring places together and getting caught up in the moment, I make sure to capture a few more traditional shots as well.  In this image, I wanted to show the rainbow of color that was present at Longwood, but focus on the happy couple…

Janelle shared, “By the third date, I knew Ramsey & I were meant to be together.  There’s no one thing that happened that made me feel like he was the “one”, but I think I just felt it right away.  Of course, I didn’t tell him that, but I realized that he felt the same way as I did after a few months when we went to a Spring Festival event at a local winery.”

She continued, “The weather was not that great, it was raining, but we ended up having an amazing time.  We were dancing to the band — at the end of the night, Ramsey told them that they would one day be our wedding band.  Unfortunately, they were booked for our actual wedding day, but I don’t really think it was about the band anyway.  I think it was more about us just having a great time together, no matter what situations we may encounter together.”

I love to play with shadows and silhouettes and was drawn in by all of the bold lines and vibrant green color…

Janelle & Ramsey, it was such a pleasure to explore Longwood Gardens alongside of the two of you and I’m really looking forward to your upcoming wedding at the Glasbern Inn!

Washington DC Wedding Photographers: Nina & Michael at the Carnegie Institution for Science

A vibrant, joyful, Washington wedding that also doubled as the bride’s birthday celebration– and wow, you won’t want to miss the dance floor!!!

Nina and Michael reached out to me looking for fun, crisp, creative photos that would capture the personalities, emotion and architecture present during their Washington DC wedding at the Carnegie Institution for Science.

They shared, “We chose Rhinehart Photography because we loved that Lisa’s photos captured people’s personalities and are fun, crisp, and creative.  It was wonderful to work with Rhinehart Photography on the wedding day.  Lisa has extensive experience doing wedding photography, especially at our venue the Carnegie Institution, and she made sure that everything ran smoothly and was stress-free.  Lisa had confidence in knowing what photos would look best, where everyone should be at what time, and how to make the best of the lighting and environment at any given point in time.  It was a great stress relief to know we were in good hands.  Rhinehart Photography is creative, adaptive, and consistent.  When we look at our wedding photos, we are hoping to see that they captured how happy we were on that day!”

I love to get creative and play with color, silhouettes and reflections, and all those elements came together in this photograph…

Nina shared, “I love my engagement ring!  It is a circular diamond with a cushion halo setting.  Michael surprised me with the engagement when we went to his parents’ house in Bethany Beach for the weekend.  As soon as we got there, Michael got down on one knee in the kitchen while I was getting a glass of water.  I think the ring was burning a hole in his pocket, and I was so happy to start the weekend that way.

I’m pretty proud of this one– it incorporates both her engagement ring *and* a glass of water!!!  Nina’s suite in The Darcy of Washington DC had the prettiest drink glasses, I used one to capture this photograph, circling back to the proposal ;)…

Nina shared, “It was so fun to have my wedding and birthday on the same day!  When we originally scheduled the wedding, we knew we were looking for spring 2018 and thought it would be fun for the two days to coincide.  It turned out well, and we were able to celebrate both with the birthday glasses, happy birthday sign while getting ready, and a birthday cake!”

If you look into the birthday glasses you’ll see Nina prepping to climb into her wedding dress…


Nina shared, “Shopping for the wedding dress was probably my favorite part of the wedding planning experience.  I decided on this Pronovias mermaid style gown because I absolutely loved the lace and the shape of the dress.  It was romantic, soft, and delicate.  I felt amazing in it and was so happy with how it turned out on the wedding day.”

I wanted to bring in that timeless elegant feel here with her wedding portrait.  Shout out to Love Couture Bridal for this gorgeous dress!

Nina hopped into her ride to the ceremony– I embraced the opportunity to capture color, perspective and even a bit of reflection…

My second photographer, Jim, was on point!  If you look closely you can see that Michael is framed in the doorway and by two other groomsmen dressing, you can catch a glimpse of all of them here.  I love this image!

Nina said, “Michael is funny, kind, dedicated, driven, and insightful.  I was drawn to his humor when we first met in law school, and that’s one of the main reasons why I continue to love him today.  He can always lighten the mood, even when things feel serious.  I wanted to make him my partner for life because we share the same goals, values, and interests.  I am looking forward to doing all the next steps together – big and small.”

Haaa I love the playfulness of this photograph!  Michael explained, “My groomsmen are like family to me.  Having them around made me feel like I have five brothers!”

Michael and Nina arrived at the Carnegie Institution for Science for their first look!  Michael’s expression was priceless!

He shared, “She looked absolutely beautiful!  She was so happy!”

Nina explained, “I felt so grateful that he wanted to marry me!  I was incredibly happy and excited to see Michael!”

I love the great big door at the front entrance of the Carnegie– they lined up, perfectly symmetrical, during their first look– it was awesome!

While I specialize in creative photos the capture emotion, architecture, etc, I do capture more traditional portraits as well!  Here is one:

Nina shared, “I think Michael and I work well together because we appreciate a lot of the same things — living in and exploring DC, hard work, commitment, and taking time to relax by watching movies, baseball, and HGTV, haha!”

Another shot of Jim’s, I love the color, perspective and bright blue sky! 

Nina explained, “I chose the Carnegie Institution for our wedding location for many reasons, a few being because I loved that it was grand, had a historic look and because of its convenient location of downtown Washington, DC.  Oh and the steps that lead into the building are fantastic as well!”

As Nina and Michael descended the staircase at the front of the building.  I used a wide lens and tilt-shift technique.  It almost looks like they are miniatures…

As a preferred vendor at the Carnegie, I work there a lot, and I’m always looking for new perspectives as ways to show off the amazing architecture there…

Michael shared a few of the reasons he fell in love with Nina.  “She is kind, generous with her time and her love.  She has a great sense of humor and is also very understanding.”

I love the balance of this photo, I just thought the science-y light looked cool:

Nina shared, “Michael challenges me by pushing me to explore new interests.  I can easily fall into a routine, and Michael is always thinking of fun and interesting things for us to do together.  He loves me with his whole heart.  I’m so happy to have him in my life as my husband!”

I like to play with colors and silhouettes, if you take a closer look you can even see their reflection in the fireplace!


The perfect portrait location for a pair of lawyers– the library!!!

Michael shared, “We loved having photos in the library!  It was so fun and different.  We spent a lot of time studying in libraries while in law school, so maybe it’s a surprise that we still like being in them today!  But one thing that we really appreciate about each other is that we are both in the same career, so it’s very easy to talk about work and career goals together.”

Nina stated, “I also love the inside of the Carnegie as well!  I loved the interior staircase in particular because it created a special and dramatic entrance for the bridal party.  We chose to use the rotunda for the wedding ceremony.  ”

In the round– Love this seating arrangement!!!  It has such an intimate feel, being surrounded by guests, and also allowed a few aisles so that we could maneuver around the ceremony space and get some interesting vantage points as well.

They shared, “The string quartet was a great addition to the ceremony and cocktail hour.  We thought they added a lot to the ambiance and played beautifully.  The acoustics in the rotunda were particularly great.”

Nina descended the staircase to the sound of the string quartet.  The Carnegie is really a visual playground for me photographically.  There is so much I can do here!

Laura Cannon was the wedding officiant and led a beautiful service:

I quietly and swiftly moved throughout the ceremony to capture different perspectives :).  My goal was to capture all of the emotion, beauty and architecture so that Nina and Michael can re-live their day for many years to come.

Here I caught another reflection…

Here Michael finishes his vows and prepares to place the ring on Nina’s finger.  If you look closely you can see it very clearly:

Another new, fun perspective…

Nina shared, “My favorite part of the wedding day was getting people from all different parts of our lives that we know and love into one space and being able to celebrate with all of them at once.  It was a blast!”

The kiss!!! 

The newlyweds headed up to the library to have a moment alone as the guests headed to cocktail hour.  Shout out to Sherasa Russell of HJ Planners– I love how you can see her shadow as well as that of the railing on the wall…

Cocktail hour was held in the board room, here Ace Beverage pours red wine and other drinks for wedding guests…

Nina shared, “My intent was to create a traditional and classic wedding look with whites, pinks, and golds.  I wanted my wedding to be beautiful and timeless, so I tried to choose colors, attire, and florals that would match that look. ”  Shout out to Spilled Milk Catering and Petals Edge for their fabulous work!

I know Nina is hoping for some photos that show their happiness, this first dance photo is one for sure!

All of the speeches were so touching!  Here Michael gets a little emotional during the fathers’ toasts…

I love color and there is so much vibrant color going on in this frame, thanks to Bialek’s.  I embraced the color for several shots and also overpowered it with flash for a few others.  If you look closely you can see the cake in the “Mr & Mrs” wedding cake topper in the background!

Nina was glowing all night long!

Nina and Michael kiss after enjoying a bite of each of their cakes– they are framed by their wedding cake & Nina’s birthday cake.  😉

Nina and Michael’s friends and family were awesome and defiantly gout out on the dance floor!  Shout out to Brennan Sullivan for getting the party started!

I played some more with color and reflections…

Nina shared, “We are so glad people had a good time dancing! It was so much fun! Dancing pictures are generally embarrassing though, so we are both excited and scared to see them haha!”

Well Nina’s dancing was very reserved, so I chose to feature a few other dancers instead– I love dance floor photos!!!

I knew the stairs were a favorite element of the Carnegie for Nina and Michael, so I think this is a perfect photo to end with…

Nina and Michael thanks so much for entrusting me to capture your incredible wedding– I hope the weddings are just as creative, joyful, vibrant, crisp and fun as you had hoped for!  These are only a few, I have hundreds more coming your way, soon!  If you’d like to see more of Nina and Michael’s photos *now* check out their engagement story and blog here.


Creative NJ wedding photographers: Katy & Brian at Sandy Hook

A colorful beach engagement with one of the most incredible sunsets I have ever seen!  This is just the beginning…

Katy and Brian shared, “We chose you as a photographer because we loved the real emotion you captured in your images. We enjoyed looking at your portfolio of engagement photo sessions and weddings, the way the images were taken makes you feel like you were at the event! We also liked how you really get to know each couple, who they are and what they are looking for.”

They explained their wedding photography checklist:

  1. A true professional who would put us at ease and help us to be comfortable in front of the camera
  2. A good mixture of candid shots and posed traditional photos that capture genuine emotion and connection
  3. Multiple package options to choose from to really curate exactly what we wanted
  4. We also really love the blog post that you create and thought it would be fun to share the ‘story of us’ with friends & family members through your blog.

Well I’m thrilled to hear that I checked those boxes for you two!  Here is *your* BLOG!  And since I started with a more candid shot my second photo will be a more traditional image, giving you that eclectic mix ;).

They explained, “We were really stuck on where to have the engagement shoot, until you suggested the beach. It’s where we spent a lot of time when we first started to date. In the summers we would go to the beach almost every other weekend and Brian actually started his Career in Seaside Heights so the beach brought up fond memories for us.”

Katy shared, “I met Brian when I was 18 years old and a freshmen in college.  He was my roommate’s boyfriends best friend at the time and I met him for the first time in the parking lot of a Fuddruckers, haha! All throughout college we stayed together and challenged each other on bettering themselves. I knew Brian was the one for me because every time he left, I immediately missed him.  We have been through a lot together from graduating college, new careers, moving into an apartment, getting engaged, and now were closing on a house in June.”

Brian agreed.  He said, “It was very easy falling in love with Katy.  She exposed me to a lot of new things like traveling and other adventures.  She is also very easy to get along with and immediately became my best friend.  I really knew that Katy was the one for me because I would miss her even after a couple of hours which attracted me to her even more and I’m always excited when I see her.”

Brian and Katy are adorable together– smiling, laughing, he even picked her up on a few different occasions, literally!

Brian continued, “The proposal was such an exciting time for me.  I remember when I first told Katy I loved her, she told me knew I was going to say that because of of how happy I was that day.  So, it was important to me, to surprise her with the proposal.  I had Katy’s ring designed and once it was completed I picked it up immediately.  I was going to try to plan on doing something a few weeks from then but couldn’t wait and decided to propose the very next day!”

Brian went on, “It was a normal August weekend for us.  We decided to go hiking and enjoy the weather.  As we were leaving our apartment, I pretended to forget something inside– I was actually calling her father and asking for his permission.  I was very excited the whole time we were hiking with the ring in my pocket.  I waited until the end of the hike to propose to her.  When I got down on one knee, Katy thought I was just tying my shoe.  I’ll never forget the look of disbelief on her face!”

I don’t recall if your package includes a canvas print, but this shot would look amazing on canvas– if you are only looking at it on your screen, you almost have to zoom in to get the full effect!

Katy added, “I was surprised!  I think he had to actually ask me a couple times before I answered!”

I loved their wardrobe and thought it worked perfect for their aesthetic.

Katy shared, “I tried to incorporate beachy attire by wearing a flowy maxi dress and our wedding vibe with some rustic looking flowers on it. As for Brian he kept it light and bright too with a chambray light blue shirt and khaki colored pants to match the colors in my dress.”

I love playing with light and color.  Here I silhouetted the happy couple against the vibrant blue sky– and positioned the sun between them.  To me, the sunburst in this image looks like a heart.

I wanted you to feel the softness of the light and grass and the intimacy of this moment while still giving them a bit of privacy as well, haha…

Katy shared, “I was drawn to Brian instantly– I think it was his blue eyes! Since the start of our relationship it was very easy and natural to be around him.  I feel like we have a mutual understanding of each other and we both know our strengths and weaknesses. I love that I can just be myself around him and everything is just easier when your living life with your best friend by your side.”

As the sun got lower in the sky it illuminated the tall beach grass into a fiery yellow-orange tone.  It was so incredibly romantic!  It almost looks like a painting to me…

Brian shared, “Katy and I are both pretty easy going people and can totally be our true selves around each other. I think we had that connection right from the start of our relationship. We both feel so fortunate to have met and fallen in love!”


I showed Katy and Brian the initial sunset photo that opened this sunset image that I opened this blog with– they were stunned!

Katy said, “The sunset image we saw was unreal! It looks like a painting or book cover. Watching the sunset after our engagement shoot was definitely a highlight of the day and the perfect way to end it. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the images look like!”

The sunset got even more intense with reds coming it to play– mother nature really put on a show for these two!

Katy and Brian, thank you for sharing your story with me and inviting me to join to the two of you at the beach!  I hope you enjoy your blog post and am really looking forward to your wedding at The Palace at Somerset Park this September!  Please feel free to comment below or share with your friends and family!

karen yutsusJune 5, 2018 - 7:45 am

The pictures are amazing. I can’t wait to see what you do with the wedding. Looking forward to you capturing this special day for Katy and Brian.

» Rhinehart PhotographyNovember 23, 2018 - 1:53 pm

[…] 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 […]

Palace at Somerset Park Wedding Photographers: Nicole & Steve

Over *three hundred* wedding guests out on the dance floor, a Phish doughnut cake piled sky high, an entire class of first graders and an unbelievable entrance– you won’t want to miss this amazing, romantic, Palace at Somerset Park wedding…

Nicole shared, “Choosing Rhinehart Photography was one of the easiest decisions we made!  After looking at many photography websites, we were completely obsessed with Lisa’s photos.  We set up our first meeting through video chat, and we booked the same night!  She is so sweet and truly makes you feel so comfortable.  It was super easy to work with her on our wedding day.  She arrived early and began taking photos the second she unpacked.”

She continued, “We believe that what makes Lisa so different from other photographers is that she takes the times to get to know her couples.  The engagement shoot allowed her to get to know us, and us to get to know her, so there were no surprises on our wedding day.  We are hoping to see pictures that capture our wedding day.  We were both in a haze and don’t remember things too clearly so we are hoping the pictures will tell the story of the evening!”

Let’s get that story started…

Nicole wanted a classic, romantic wedding with some sparkle, hehe.  You can see the sparkle in the ring above, here I paired her invitation with a bouquet of roses that Stephen bought her…

I like to play with lines and perspectives!  Here Nicole reads her letter from Stephen.  I have a few close up shots of this same scene but this shot is my favorite…

Nicole’s dress fit her like a glove!  Here Nicole’s sister used a crochet hook to close all the tiny button loops…

Nicole you are stunning!

I thought the steps would be a fun place for the bridal party reveal so I could get a creative perspective and show both Nicole’s train and all of the bridesmaids’ reactions!


Nicole shared, “My Mom is my best friend.  We are extremely close.  She was by my side through every single second of planning our wedding.  She came to every dress fitting and never complained once.  I am so thankful for her and all she does for me each and every day.  I’d be lost without her!”

While I was photographing the ladies at Nicole’s parents’ home, my second photographer, Denis, was photographing the men at Stephen’s parents’ home.  I like how having a second photographer allows us to be two places at once or offer two different perspectives on the same scene.

Stephen shared, “There is nobody like my mother. She has always been there for me even when it meant spending weeks in the hospital with me when I had cancer.  Nothing I say or write can accurately describe how much I love her.  I consider myself the luckiest man in the entire world because I get to call her my mother!”

Stephen said “Hahaha, Jeff and I are mastering the art of the pocket square!”

Nicole shared, “It meant a lot to ride in the car to church with my parents.  It was bittersweet leaving my childhood home with both of them for the last time as a single girl.  My parents mean everything to me and I am so thankful for both of them.”

I have many more traditional shots, but I love this one– the colors, the silhouetted guests, the way Nicole’s white dress is illuminated and really pops…

Stephen shared, “I was absolutely blown away when I saw Nicole for the first time with her father.  She was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.”

Here he tries his best to hold back tears…

Nicole shared, “Exchanging vows in the childhood church where I received my first communion and confirmation was so special.”

I commented to her about how pretty the lilies were that were placed throughout the congregation.

She said, “Lilies were still in the church from Easter! Haha SCORE, free flowers!”

Nicole shared, “I really wanted my great Aunt and Uncle to attend my wedding and they did, too, but my Aunt was sick and couldn’t be there in person.  It was so cool that they were able to see the wedding through FaceTime (thanks to her son and daughter-in-law).  It meant so much to me, and I think her, too!”

I liked bringing my exposure down so that it emphasized them and all the color, you can see the couple blurred

Kiss the bride– I love stained glass, it is so colorful!  I wanted to showcase the colors and windows for this shot and wanted it to be dramatic as well, so I silhouetted the couple…

I have many photos that are lit in a more traditional way of the kiss.  Here this one of them processing down the aisle as husband and wife!

Nicole is a first grade teacher and said, “My students have been so excited about my wedding since they started first grade!  A few months ago they threw me a bridal “bath” as one student mistakenly called it (haha).  My wedding was during spring break so I was nervous they would have plans and not be able to make it.  I was soooo happy to see so many of my students and their families there!”  Here you can see   her first grade fan club waving and shouting as she recesses down the aisle!

I asked her students to gather around her for a photo and cheer.

Nicole explained, “They tend to get shy the second they exit school.  To get them to cheer I told them I would bring cupcakes on Monday… haha that did it!  And my awesome co-teacher Lauren picked up the promised cupcakes for me.”

She continued, “I also had special bride and groom cake pops made for them, too.  They were so sweet!”

Nicole explained how they chose their wedding venue, The Palace at Somerset Park.  “We toured and spoke with so many venues before visiting The Palace.  From the second we pulled up both of us and our Mothers were in awe of the charm and beauty of The Palace.  We loved what they had to offer in terms in food and hospitality.  We canceled all of our other appointments that week and booked the next day!”

Nicole shared about choosing Stephen, “I feel like I always knew that he was the one.  We’ve have been through a lot together over the years.  He is such a caring, loving, and laid back guy who would do anything for the people he loves and I truly value that.  He’s not too bad looking either, haha!”

Stephen shared, “I pretty much always knew she was “the one”.  I wouldn’t want to spend the rest of my life with anyone else.  Nicole is my best friend.”

Nicole explained, “We had *nine* bridesmaids so I definitely wanted them to wear different colors and styles.  I chose two colors that blended really well that were a blush pink sort of color, then my sister (the maid of honor) wore a third color.  I think the style and colors of their dresses had the romantic-glam look I was hoping for and was so pleased with them!”

Also, worth noting, hair was done by Touch Salon and Make-up by Giacona Salon.

I really like to get an editorial shot of the bridal party if they are up for it, and wanted to include the columns and a bit of the softness of the garden– strike a pose, guys!

Stephen shared, “I proposed to Nicole on New Year’s Eve. Nicole’s parents were having their annual New Year’s Eve party with family and friends. I made sure to invite my family over and give Nicole’s friends a heads up to come over.  I asked her to come outside to help carry some things inside the house that I had in my car.  She grabbed something out of my car and when she turned around I was on one knee with the engagement ring.  Luckily she said yes and we were able to celebrate our engagement with our family and friends while we rang in the New Year.”

I like to play with perspectives and looking through things, reflections– I love the intimate feel of this photograph…

Nicole shared, “We were so excited to have the entire venue to ourselves!  It made the wedding feel that much more special to be the only couple on the property.  Having the guests start in the West room for cocktail hour and head to the East room for the reception in the foyer for Viennese hour, it was such a cool experience for our guests!”

Here you can see one angle of the sprawling east ballroom.  Tables surrounded the dance floor from each side.  This shows where roughly 70 of their 300 guests enjoyed dinner.

Nicole had a huge surprise planned for Stephen!

She explained, “I detail that I was most excited about was the Federal Donuts Phish cake surprise for Steve!  He is a huge Phish fan and went to a bunch of shows during their Baker’s Dozen tour.  A lot of the wedding details were my choice, and he didn’t necessarily care about details (haha) so I wanted something at the reception that brought him into the decor.  It was a huge hit and he was so surprised!”

Steve shares his perspective, “I see the band Phish a lot.  Some people might call it obsessive, but I enjoy it, haha.  This past summer Phish played thirteen shows at Madison Square Garden, which they dubbed ‘The Bakers Dozen.’  Each show had a donut flavor theme and a corresponding donut they passed out as the first couple thousand people entered the building.

I attended eight of the thirteen shows (would have been thirteen of thirteen, but we were in San Francisco for five of them) and never entered the show early enough to receive a donut.  The day after the thirteenth show, Federal Donuts released some of the Bakers dozen flavors in their Philadelphia shops.  Nicole and I took a trip to get a couple dozen.  The donuts were delicious and left a favorable impression on us.

To say that I was surprised when I saw the donut “cake” would be an understatement.  The thing that didn’t surprise me was that Nicole would pull off something like that because she is the most thoughtful person I know.”

Haaa– I caught the look on his face– is he a ‘kid in a candy store’ or what?!?

Nicole and Steve practiced their first dance while their guests finished up cocktail hour.  They actually were the first couple to dance on this floor as it was brand new!

I wanted to capture all of the colors and light in the room.  The pink up-lighting, the blue twilight, the tables and dance floor!  I wanted to capture it from an interesting vantage point to pull in the chandeliers and waited for Stephen to spin her just enough that her dress would flair at the ends…

A romantic moment as night fell…  I like the colors, silhouette and reflections in this photograph– look closely and you’ll see Nicole & Steve!

Nicole shared about her decor choices, “We worked with Laura at A Touch of Elegance to bring my vision to life.  They were amazing and really helped me stay within our budget while making the decor absolutely beautiful.   She had great ideas that I had never seen before.  Her excitement towards our wedding made me feel so special and excited, too!”

Wow– this was such a cool moment!!!  They entered like rock stars with two giant puffs from co2 blasters!

Their first dance– guests surrounded them, cheering…

Nicole shared, “Steve and I have been together since high school, twelve years, we’ve been through so much together!  It all came together today!”

Steve shared, “Mt second favorite part of the day (the first was seeing Nicole of course) was dancing with my mom.  Like I said, there is nobody like her!  Over the years she has done everything for my brothers and I.  She has always been my biggest fan and rarely missed any of my sporting events growing up.”

He continued, “She has always been there for me whether it was something simple or spending weeks in the hospital with me when I had cancer.  Nothing I say or write can accurately describe how much I love her.  I consider myself the luckiest man in the entire world because I get to call her my mother.”

Here she wipes a tear as I’m guessing she will be doing again and she reads Stephen’s words…

Nicole shared, “I think all the speeches at our wedding were amazing!   It’s nice to hear how much your family loves the person you love.  Steve is like the son my dad never had, and the brother my sister never had.  He’s been part of our family for a long time, now it’s just official.”

I caught a rainbow during Stephen’s dad’s speech!

The dance floor opened and was on fire, thanks to Jay G and his team from Elite Sound Entertainment.

Nicole shared, “The wedding definitely would not have been the same without Jay G.  He had the party going from the second people walked in until The Palace was basically kicking us out!”

Steve shared, “Everything went so perfectly– I can’t even imagine our wedding being any more incredible than it already was!   I’m extremely grateful to Nicole for planning everything.”

Was so much fun to watch and photograph out on the dance floor!

Steve shared, “Most of the reception was a blur.  There were so many family and friends there that it was a little overwhelming at times.  However, I had a lot of fun dancing and celebrating with everyone.”

I took this shot to show it as a literal blur, using a slow shutter speed on my camera and some pretty cool settings!  I love how it turned out!  It’s my creative take on capturing all of the energy and movement out on the floor!

Nicole laughed, “With over three hundred wedding guests, greeting everyone was nearly impossible.  We tried our best to see everyone at cocktail hour or on the dance floor!”

I wanted to capture the lights, the people, just the atmosphere of the room so that Steve and Nicole can experience it again and again through their wedding album.

Steve shared, “As husband and wife I’m looking forward to making more memories together and seeing where our travels take us next!”

Lol!  This close up encounter with a sparkler was a little dangerous, but made super cool sparkling bokeh in the foreground!  I love the yellow of the sparklers and the blue of the night!

It was such a treat to photograph you two and your incredible friends, family and wedding guests!

To see more of Nicole and Steve and hear the backstory of how they met and fell in love click here!

KimMay 31, 2018 - 7:29 pm

Amazing wedding, pictures and of course the perfect Bride & Groom!!!❤️

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