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Washington DC Wedding Photographers: Bridget & Phil

This chic Union Market engagement is vibrant, playful and completely unique– it captures such a fun, modern side of Washington DC!

Phil shared, “I’m into photography and liked the artistic vibe of your photos, the clarity, attention to detail, eclectic mix of photos and how each couple’s style is a little different.”

Bridget explained, “When I saw your photos from Betsy and Evan’s wedding, I knew you would be the right photographer for us. I loved how you incorporate at mix of styles throughout each photo shoot, and embrace artistic, modern elements.  I wanted photos that were unique and different, images that would represent us and our relationship.”

One interesting element of their relationship is how balanced it is.  Bridget is an early riser, incredibly organized, and introverted. Phil is the night owl, more laid back, and extroverted. For me this photograph captures the symmetry and balance of their relationship in a fun, modern way.

Bridget shared, “While we have different personalities, we also share some key things in common– a passion for travel (have been to Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway; planning to meet up in Germany for New Years), music, and good food (we love trying new restaurants in DC).”

I think this colorful mural and joyful expressions captures their adventurous sides well…

Bridget shared the story of how they met.  ” Philip and I were actually friends for a year before we started dating. We met when his roommate (and my friend from UNC) took me out to dinner, and Phil decided to join. While there was an immediate chemistry and a first date, neither of us wanted anything serious. A year or so later of friendship and running in the same social circle, we started dating.”

She continued, laughing, ” I should’ve seen the signs all along – Phil asking me to meet up at Starbucks to work (I was in grad school at the time; he was consulting), Phil helping me move… twice!, and Phil G-chatting me at odd hours while I lived in Rome. I just thought he was being helpful!”

Young lovers, here is some advice for you: Never give up!  And how about that adorable little rainbow connecting them?  Magical!

We embraced the urban vibe throughout but photographing the mural through this chain link fence in high-contrast black and white, really brought out the more artsy gritty side of Washington…

Bridget explained, “We wanted to contrast the urban backdrop of the warehouse and murals with a more sophisticated wardrobe.”

I love to play with interesting visual elements and had so much fun working in and around Union Market!

I just came to say hello:

There were interesting murals everywhere!

Again I played with the idea of balance and symmetry, it fits them and their modern relationship so well!!!

Mind meld– one open eye and two closed…

Eye see you…

Lines and patterns and shadows, oh my!

If you look closely you can see Bridget and Phil…

While I tend to enjoy the more creative, artistic shots, I always capture a few more traditional images as well.  I love giving my couples a nice, eclectic mix…

Bridget mentioned really wanting a shot that looked more serious and I absolutely love how this one turned out!  That vibrant blue sky and bold lettering of Union Market couldn’t have more perfectly complimented this sophisticated look…

This image, converted into high-contrast black and white feels so retro to me– it could have been photographed in the 40’s or 60’s…

They explained, “We knew we wanted to take our engagement photos somewhere that was uniquely DC. We got engaged after a moonlit walk around the monuments, so being able to document another space in DC that we loved was important. Union Market was just that. It’s a space that combines good food, art, and music (we’ve been to concerts and brunch here!). A typical trip to Union Market is with friends for family for brunch. Bridget normally gets sucked into buying a candle at Salt & Sundry, while Phil patiently waits outside with a drink.”

The sunlight was bright and intense during mid-day when I photographed Bridget and Phil’s engagement photos.  So, not only did I have so many interesting visual elements to play with in downtown DC, I also had so much varied light as well.

Here you can clearly see the United States Capitol Building in the distance as well as the Union Market sign, and the lines of cars and traffic lights splitting the frame.   I also really like how their shadows are popping against the striped cross walk…

Wow that color!!!  I am drawn to color and noticed the vibrant oranges and yellows of the foliage, capturing that as the happy couple explored the streets of Washington together.

Bridget shared, “Phil is steadfastly loyal, kind-hearted, and funny. I was initially attracted to his ability to engage in witty banter and his cute smile. He has always encouraged me to follow my dreams, even when it led to me accepting a 1-year post in Kyrgyzstan. It also doesn’t hurt that he has amazing hair. ;)”

Phil smiled, “Ditto all the good she said about me, haha. Bridget is incredibly bright, strong and independent – she’s not afraid to give someone a piece of her mind. At the same time she is incredibly caring, kind, and selfless. That is a great balance to have – she’s quite a catch if you ask me!”

Bridget shared their engagement story, explaining, “After a very stressful week, Phil agreed to spending all day Saturday with me. I thought he was just being nice. We started out our Saturday by going to Glover Park Day, which celebrates the vendors and people that make up our community.”

She continued, “After eating lunch from our favorite neighborhood restaurants, we headed down to the Potomac to go kayaking.” Bridget had been begging to do this for months, so she was beyond excited when Philip agreed. After kayaking, they got ready for dinner. To Bridget’s surprise, Philip had made a reservation at a restaurant they had wanted to try: The Partisan

After dinner, Phil suggested they go for a walk before heading out for drinks. Bridget readily agreed, especially when he said the monuments were close by. Another DC bucket list item she had been begging him to share: seeing the monuments by moonlight. They walked around the National Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the World War II Monument. Eventually, Bridget suggested they skip drinks and just go home…

Phil led her back further into the monuments under the guise of needing to exit a particular way to get a taxi home. Bridget thought they were lost, and when she turned around, Phil was on one knee! There in Constitution Gardens, he asked her to marry him!!!

Bridget laughed, “It was certainly a day full of bucket list items!”

Bridget and Phil, thank you so much for sharing your story and afternoon with me and introducing me to a super cool DC hangout that I hadn’t experienced before!  I hope that these photos are just as creative, artistic and unique as you had envisioned and that they capture this time in your lives together!

I’m really looking forward to sharing the rest of your engagement photos with you and also photographing your wedding next year at the District Winery in Washington DC.

Hotel Bethlehem Wedding Photographers: Jenn & Brian

A timeless, elegant, classic Hotel Bethlehem wedding that ended the evening with a real-life fairy-tale moment!!!

Jennifer shared, “A colleague of mine recommended Lisa right after Brian and I were engaged. He had worked as a videographer previously and was familiar with many photographers.  He highly recommended Lisa for her creativity, professionalism, and attention to detail and was surprised that she could accomplish so much on a wedding day while also capturing each couple’s unique style and personalities.”

She continued, “Lisa made time to photograph our engagement pictures and have a conference with us before the wedding.  This gave us so much confidence in her and her vision.  We left our meeting knowing that she fully understood us and our priorities and preferences and somehow were even more excited for our wedding day!”

She concluded, “The day of our wedding, Lisa showed us a few of her photos on the back of her camera and I could already tell that she perfectly captured the timeless, classic, and elegant style I was looking for.  We are hoping to have a balanced blend of these traditional shots along with capturing what a fun day that was had by all!”

When I first met Jennifer and Brian, Jenn shared that I had photographed a bride in front of one of the large arched windows of Hotel Bethlehem and that she really loved the shot.  The photo above is her version, instead of being silhouetted against a blue sky and alone she is with Brian and dramatically side lit with an awesome view of downtown Bethlehem (her home town) visible in the background.   I love to customize my photography to fit each unique client!

This next photograph of Jenn getting ready is just the sort of classic, timeless, dramatic shot she loves, and it’s a silhouette!  😉

I love to play with different photography techniques and wanted her shoe shot to really pop.  I love the dark color/texture in the background as well as the reflection in this image…

An intriguing history…  The Historic Hotel Bethlehem was built in 1922 to cater to the elite clients of the Bethlehem Steel company who provided steel for such American icons as: The Golden Gate Bridge, Empire State Building, etc.   Hotel Bethlehem has welcomed a wide range of interesting guests over the years– from Thomas Edison and Henry Ford to Muhammad Ali, Shirley Temple, the Dalai Lama, and even John F. Kennedy!

There are interesting historical elements throughout the hotel, and I wanted to incorporate them into Jennifer and Brian’s wedding photography.  Can’t you just imagine hotel guest Amelia Earhart dropping a letter in this very box!?! Yes, she was also a guest here!  If you look closely you can see that I carefully included Jennifer’s engagement ring in this photograph.

Jennifer shared, “Brian and I are both die-hard Steelers fans, so we knew right away we wanted black and gold incorporated into our wedding. With our elegant venue and overall look in mind, we decided to take a more subtle approach to this color scheme. We kept the black and paired it with a metallic gold.”

They incorporated classic white roses and other timeless elements to their day.  I photographed the roses against a black background, dialing up the drama and making them pop.

I subtly brought the black and gold into this ring shot as well as a reflection, bokeh and a ton of sparkle…

Jennifer shared, “As someone born and raised in Bethlehem, the Hotel Bethlehem was an obvious and perfect choice!”  She had also shared previously about driving anywhere and coming home and being greeted by the familiar and sign.  I think anyone who grew up in the Lehigh Valley, myself included, knows this familiar icon.

With this in mind, I literally brought the sign into this photograph– yes it is a single shot… if you look closely you’ll also see Jennifer and her dress!

Jennifer and her beautiful bridesmaids…

Brian shared, “I spent a few years on the dating scene and remained patient, waiting for ‘the one.”

He continued, “There was a spark with Jenn from the very beginning– she is equally beautiful on the inside and out.  She is intelligent and is 100% committed to her job, friends, and family.  When I found out that she shared the same life goals and vision as me, I was truly speechless.  I knew I had finally found the one!”

Here the men put on some finishing touches of their own– I liked the lines and symmetry here, also the black and gold….

Jennifer shared, “There is no doubt in my mind that Brian is the one for me…. the way he loves, cares for, and treats me each day is incredible, and a true representation of how he was raised. He is the perfect gentleman, a provider, a trusted companion and my best friend for life.”

I like this timeless, classic, portrait of Brian…

Jennifer shared, “The Hotel Bethlehem is such a timeless and elegant place. It has a very vintage and old-school/sleek feel, something we wanted for our big day. In fact, that vintage feel was what determined our floral arrangements and decor.”

Here you can see the black and gold theme continued thought the ceremony space and the floral arrangements provided by Jonathan Morrissey of Richmar Florist.  Jenn shared, “Jonathan at Richmar is amazing! He knows how to tailor floral arrangements to fit the overall theme and style of the wedding and we were so happy with everything!”

Jennifer shared, “I remember locking eyes with Brian as I walked down the aisle. Brian is, in a word, my soulmate.”

Brian explained, “The moment when I was standing at the altar with my groomsmen and I saw the large doors open with my beautiful bride entering the ceremony in her breathtaking dress… I was truly speechless and grinning from ear to ear.”

His smile didn’t stop– he was practically glowing throughout the ceremony…

He continued, “Making a lifelong commitment to Jenn, for better or for worse, is a vow that I am excited to fulfill each and every day.  There is no question that Jenn is the person that God intended from day one to put into my life.”

Jennifer agreed, “There is no doubt in my mind that he is the one for me and the lifelong partner brought to me by the Lord himself.”

She continued, “Brian and I had been waiting for this day for a long time. We were both so anxious for it to finally arrive and officially become husband and wife.  For both of us, marriage is a lifelong commitment, a journey that we are both ready and excited to begin!”

They agreed, “Making it official was our favorite part of the day!  We are so excited to have those titles of husband and wife!”

Shortly after being pronounced husband and wife, Brian and Jenn embraced.  I loved all of the detail and sparkle of her dress, but focused on his shiny new wedding band…

I love everything about this shot– it is a color version of the photo that I used to open the blog!  I mentioned about being to see downtown Bethlehem in the background including Moravian College (which was kind of cool for me as my mother was an art professor there when I was a kid), and the happy couple against one of the large windows that the bride loved, but I think another key element of this photo is Jenn’s incredible wedding gown!

Jennifer explained the story behind her wedding dress, “My gown was chosen by Suzanne of Jon’s Bridal by Suzanne.  She took the time to listen to my preferences for the wedding style and theme and customized her dress selection for me.  But when I first saw the dress, I found at least 3 things I didn’t like about it, haha! But all of that instantly changed once I actually put the dress on. When the veil and headpiece were selected and put on…. game over! ”

Jenn is a teacher and concluded, “It is without a doubt the most gorgeous thing I’ve ever worn in my entire life, and I’ve already asked my principal if I can wear it to school! 🙂  (she said she’ll think about it).”

They stopped for a quick drink at Hotel Bethlehem’s tap room and were pleasantly surprised to see football in the background!  I loved that element and that the photo was so “them” and that there was a cool reflective element I could play with as well to bring in a little artistic flair…

Jennifer shared, “There is so much to love about Hotel Bethlehem, but a few of my favorite elements were defiantly the huge windows and marble staircase!”

Here I captured the two of them joining hands and walking up the staircase together.  One of the arched windows and a Moravian star is in the background. 🙂

There are so many unique and interesting spaces in the Hotel Bethlehem, one is this mezzanine, I like the gold and black throughout and again the Moravian star, so iconic of Bethlehem.  I thought it was a perfect spot for Jenn and Brian.

Michelle Quier of Granny Schmidt cakes created a beautiful confection– Jenn laughed, “Two words: Buttercream Icing. If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing out!”

The room was lit by Mike Kresch and Nicole Shafer of Gruvin Enterprises.  If you look closely you can see  guests enjoying cocktail hour from the mezzanine.

Here is a closer look at cocktail hour– I made sure to incorporate those stunning chandeliers…

Champagne favors– such a perfect gift for wedding guests…

Jennifer explained, “We are die-hard Steelers fans, so we bought a few Terrible Towels for the wedding– they ended up being used far more than we expected!”

I’m a ninja on the wedding day, haha!  Here is an interesting perspective of the first dance…

Those flowers, just stunning– well done Richmar Florists!!!

Jennifer shared, “Hotel Bethlehem was the best!  Kathy went above and beyond with everything from the entrée tasting, to the rehearsal dinner. She made sure the day went perfectly and smoothly and we could not have asked for a better wedding coordinator!”

Another unique vantage point, this time for the father-daughter dance…

Guests weighing in on if they should cake-smash, haha– love the reflection here…

Jennifer & Brian both tossed the bouquet and garter at the same time…

The result was rather interesting, haha!

Jennifer explained, “Mike and Nicole were outstanding. They basically ran the reception, keeping the good times flowing and the guests entertained. Mike is a veteran at this business and Nicole was excellent in making sure we were okay and getting anything we needed. She even made sure I (Jenn) ate something in between the ceremony and reception! Love them both!”

I always like working with Mike and having cool lighting to play with during the reception– it really sets the mood for the party!  Well done, Gruvin Enterprises!

And for the real life, Cinderella moment– this is really sweet…

Jennifer shared, “It’s so fun to be a bride for a day– I’ve waited my whole life for it. Strangers on the street yell their congratulations, cars honk at you, and it’s one day to have your entire family and friends there celebrating something incredibly important and personal.”

She continued, “As we stood outside Hotel Bethlehem, a little girl, no older than four, took one look at me and the decorations outside of Hotel Bethlehem and yelled, “It’s Cinderella and her pumpkin!”  It was the cutest, and most unexpected moment, but it is certainly something I’ll always remember when looking back on our night…

I knew that that Hotel Bethlehem sign meant a lot to Jenn and was eager to incorporate it into their photos…  to me it says, “they lived happily ever after.”

Jenn and Brian, thank you for entrusting me with the privilege of photographing your wedding day!  Thank you for all of your kind words about my professionalism, creativity, attention to detail and ability to capture a couple’s wedding style and personalities.

I am so excited to hear what you think of your story and photos now that you have seen a few highlights!!!  I’m also excited to hear the news that the Hotel Bethlehem has plans for expansion in the future!

Linwood Estate Wedding Photographers: Laura & Jeff

Love, laughter, style, a “first look” that literally made the groom loose his balance and an unbelievable sunset…

Laura shared, “We met Lisa and Kris at our wedding planner’s Christmas party a few years ago. When she told us she was a wedding photographer, I immediately went home and pulled up her Facebook – and was beyond impressed! I knew from that moment that I wanted to have her as our photographer.”

Jeff explained, “On top of Lisa’s amazing photography skills, we felt like her personality fit really well with ours.  She appreciated our back-and-forth banter, be it in front of the camera or just hanging out, and it was nice to know she understood and valued us, that we were more than ‘just another client’ to her.”

They went on, “We’re hoping that our pictures bring back memories of our amazing day. We also are looking forward to seeing our guests’ experience through a different perspective and maybe seeing some moments that we may have missed that day.”

They continued, “Working with Lisa was so much fun! She really encouraged us to be ourselves the whole time and made sure that we got every shot we wanted. We knew from our engagement photo session and other experiences that Lisa goes above and beyond – climbing trees, getting up on the bar, etc. Her number one concern is capturing the moment– this is why we hired her. She gives 150% to everything she does and it shows!”

One thing that I really loved about working with Laura and Jeff, aside from their banter, which is both hilarious and adorable, was the way that they valued, respected me and trusted me to “do my thing.” It really allowed me to flex my creative muscles and present a comprehensive and eclectic view of the day, one that will allow them to relive it for years to come… honestly I probably posted way to many photos, but it is so hard for me to choose favorites…

Laura explained their overall look and style, “We really wanted something classic, chic, and timeless. The goal was to have a modern upscale, but relaxed vibe.”

I personally appreciated the light-airy aesthetic and how it felt classic/romantic and also involved sparkly sneakers!

I tried to bring that overall chic look and color palette to all of their detail photos and found spaces throughout Linwood Estate that would incorporate silver, gold, white, blush, etc…

I placed their rings in sunlight to allow the diamonds to sparkle and to create beautiful orbs in the background:

There is something so intimate about this moment– I used a special macro lens that is able to catch even the most subtle detail, like the texture of the card…  It is my goal that when they look at these photos they are literally transported back to the day…

Linwood Estate is one of my very favorite wedding venues!  For starters, it is a mere 16 miles from my house, so my commute is amazing, haha, but it has everything from breathtaking mountain views, to Grecian-style topiary gardens, to a large, exquisite ballroom with grand crystal chandeliers to a historic, to open fields and lawns, even a pond with a dock and elegantly decorated mansion.

Laura shared, “My mom was my sidekick planning this wedding and we really had a lot of fun.  I loved being able to spend time with my mom alone in the bridal suite before all of the reveals, first looks, pictures, etc. I know she’s dreamt about my wedding day since I was a little girl, so I wanted to make sure her and I had some special time together.”

Here Laura’s mother helps her to button her wedding gown in the beautiful bridal suite…

Laura shared, “I found Linwood Estate on Instagram a few years back and immediately fell in love. I knew I would get married there – I just needed the man! Luckily Jeff loves Linwood as much as I do, so there wasn’t too much to discuss there, haaaaa!”

She continued, “Everything is breathtaking – the main house is the perfect combination of grand and cozy. The grounds offer countless options for photos. The chandeliers in the ballroom really give it that spectacularly grand feeling that I really wanted our wedding to have.”

Laura peeks out the window at the fall foliage…

There was something about the way the light kissed the beading on Laura’s veil, her fingers and diamond ring that caught my eye…

Jeff shared, “Laura’s laid back personality compliments my more outgoing self.  She’s a very caring person, and it shows. I can always count on her to have my back and be by my side.  We can spend all day talking about anything and everything, or both comfortably sit together in silence.”

I wanted this portrait of Laura to convey her more reserved side and strength simultaneously…

Jeff continued, “I’m comfortable being my true self around Laura.  I have never had to try to be someone I’m not, she loves me for me.”

He went on, “I’m constantly challenged to be a better person for Laura, because I want to support her and give her everything she deserves.”

I am totally blown away with all of the chandeliers in Linwood Estates, there must be more than 50!  I thought there was something interesting about the light and shapes created by the crystals, it fits that light, airy, classic, romantic vibe of their wedding so well, and again capture’s Laura’s inner confidence and wow those eyes!!!

Jeff shared, “My favorite part of our wedding was being able to spend time with friends and family on the grounds at Linwood Estate throughout the entire weekend. Having everyone we love together was such an awesome experience.”

Laura continued, “To us, it was all about the guest experience. In planning every aspect, we really tried to put ourselves in our guests’ shoes to create the best possible scenario for them.  We also wanted to really swag our bridal party out for the day.  One of our special gifts was matching monogrammed robes for the bridesmaids.”

Laura explained, “The bridesmaid reveal was one of my most anticipated moments of the day. I was SO nervous because my dress was a secret that none of them knew about!”

Laura continued, “Their reaction was priceless!  I love surprising people and planned small surprises for our wedding guests throughout the day– it was so worth it!”

I am obsessed with this next photo of Laura!!!  I wanted to capture her movement down the staircase as well as the unique lines and contrast created by the white banisters and dark hardwood in the mansion.

It was technically quite challenging and required me finding the perfect: lens, angle, shutter speed and moving my camera in complete synchronization with her to allow some elements to remain in clear focus.   I love the feel of this shot…

Another more artistic, creative shot of Laura’s father reading a card that Laura wrote for him…

Laura shared, “I’ve always been ‘daddy’s girl,’ so I knew doing a little first look with him would be a great way to represent the importance of our relationship.”

She went on, “I had written each parent (as well as my in-laws) a nice little note to read before the wedding – I had no idea that it would be such an emotional moment for them! But I’m glad that they could see the enormous impact they’ve had on my life and how much I love them through that note.”

I exposed for the highlights to draw attention to the card and Laura’s father’s expression.  I think his facial expression says it all!!!

His first look with Laura– there were so many cute shots, but I really like the smile and hugs here:

Laura shared about the overall look and wedding style, “We chose gold and navy because it really fit the feel we were going for. With more formal wedding party attire, that helped accentuate the upscale aspect, but having the men in a trim fitting tux and the bridesmaids in slim dresses put the modern twist on it. We went with white flowers and kept it simple – we really wanted to let the beauty of the property speak for itself.”

And speaking of beauty– wow these ladies are knock-outs!

Now it is the men’s turn for the spotlight…

Jeff shared, “As much as the day was about us, it was also about how we got there. The reason we got there is because of our friends and family, and having our closest friends and family in the wedding party to me felt reflective of how important they are in our lives. I was really excited to dress up the guys and make them feel special after everything they did from planning the bachelor party to being in our wedding. I wanted to do something special for them for being supportive of me throughout my life.”

Getting in some creativity with this silhouette– I love how you can see the Linwood grounds subtly in the background:

Jeff shared, “Growing up, you don’t realize how important your parents are. Now that I’m an adult, I really appreciate every opportunity they provided me and all of the sacrifices they made to raise me and mold me into the person I am today. For the longest time, my parents have been my two biggest supporters. It makes me happy that they’ve welcomed Laura into their lives and have really made her a part of the family.”

Laura shared, “When I met Jeff, he was authentically himself, and let his outgoing, goofy personality shine. I loved that he was just so comfortable being himself. He loves to be social with friends or go out and experience new things, and if it weren’t for him, some of the best experiences of my life wouldn’t be some of my favorite moments and memories.”

She went on, “Jeff loves with his entire heart, and that’s why I wanted to marry him. He never misses a chance to tell me he loves me or that I look beautiful (even in sweatpants) or to give me a quick kiss. Neither of us have it all figured out, but it’s okay because we have each other.”

I love downtown Carlisle and the beauty of the lands that connect my hometown (Shippensburg) to Carlisle.  There are forests and streams and fields.

The land that surrounds Linwood Estate is particularly beautiful– rolling hills, golden fields, all that sky!!!

Getting in a little putting with the groomsmen…

Jeff gifted the groomsmen with these incredible watches saying that he wanted to so something special for them, and thank them for their support thought his life!

The first look was awesome!!!  When Jeff saw Laura for the first time he wiped tears from his eyes and nearly lost his balance!!!

Laura shared, “Of everything on our wedding day, I was most excited for the first look! I was really looking forward to finally show Jeff my dress and spend some quality time with him before the whirlwind of the wedding.  When I saw him tear up my first thought was “Awww!” and then it was ‘Victory!!” haha!”

Jeff explained, “I had something in my eye, I wasn’t crying, haha!   In all seriousness, I was just thinking about how gorgeous she looked. She is everything and more that I could have hoped for in a wife!”

While I love to capture natural, candid moments and spend the vast majority of the day watching, waiting and creating, I also make sure to get a good amount of traditional portraits as well…

I love the golden tones of these leaves– part of it is fall and part of it is light… and how happy they are:

Laura shared, “Everyone says marriage is a lot of work, but I know he is fully devoted to making our marriage a great one. I’m looking forward to just doing life by his side – going on adventures, experiencing new things, visiting new places, I am so happy that Jeff is my husband!”

I mentioned the pond and dock at Linwood Estate— it is just one of the many beautiful locations on this 300 acre estate.

I must share that this photo was also made possible by Laura’s wedding planner, my friend, Kevin.  I have an “out take” of him leaping in the air with the veil in his hands to get it to catch the breeze!  Kevin’s cocktail party is how Laura and I met, and also a time that I got to know the Solomon family (an amazing family that I photographed last year in Harrisburg) better as well!   So yeah total shout out to Kevin (of KLB Events) here as well as for coordinating the whole day– wait until you see the reception!!!!

You need to see the color of the water– it is so beautiful!

The mature trees surrounding the pond are stunning as well!  In this photo I wanted to allow the trees to fill the frame and give you a feel for the majesty of this space.

For me this photo captures Laura & Jeff’s personalities so well– the way they are humble and think of other’s before themselves, the way they look inward towards each other for strength and don’t feel a need to be someone else or have it all figured out…

Jeff shared, “Laura & I have similar traits, but one person’s weakness is the other’s strength.”

Laura agreed adding, “He is definitely the more outgoing of the two of us, and I think that meshes really well with my relatively introverted personality.”

Another traditional portrait of the couple…

Laura shared, “Family is super important to both Jeff and I.  We wanted to include my great grandmother’s antique settee and chairs because they brought in that familial element and because they fit our wedding aesthetic of timeless/romantic/classic.”

Laura  continued, “We included family in several other ways, all of our siblings were in the wedding party, my grandfather officiated, our brother in law read during ceremony, my cousins were included as ushers and passing out programs.”

The wedding decor was simply beautiful, white beads caught the sunlight as roses caught the wind and swayed in the breeze…

The ceremony began…  this handshake says so much!!!

Wow what a scene!!!  The fall foliage, the backdrop and florals:

Kevin Braasch of KLB Events and Erika Hegedus of JDK really outdid themselves… and this moment!!!

Laura shared, “We were both really excited to recite our own vows – it was something we worked hard on and thought that would add a great personal touch to our ceremony.”

Awww Jeff’s face as Laura recites her vows…

Laura said, “My favorite part of the wedding day was our ceremony!  To be surrounded by all of our loved ones but to be solely focused on marrying the love of my life was absolutely amazing. Our vows came together really nicely!

They saved and held their vows in a box that their best man brought forward for them…

Jeff laughs while reading his vows, I love the vibrant gold fall foliage in the background…

Just adorable…

The ring exchange: 

Husband and wife…

Here come the Hermans…

Cheers to the newlyweds!!!

I really wanted to capture the Linwood Mansion itself and the perfectly manicured trees that surround it…

We took that timeless, classic, look up a notch with this chic bridal party portrait– Vogue and GQ called and want their models back 😉

We captured a few more traditional shots…

And then had some fun:

Laura and Jeff stepped into the Appalachian Ballroom and the sight literally took Laura’s breath away!

The sweets table by Jasmine Clouser of Couture Cakery as seriously out of this world…

The Appalachian Ballroom was absolutely stunning!!!  Well done, Linwood Estates, JDK Group and KLB Events!

As you can probably tell, I really like the chandeliers and wanted to try to really capture the feeling of the whole room and the perspective that a guest would have to share with Laura and Jeff who did not get to experience this side of things…

Laura shared, “Our first dance song was Please Keep Loving Me by James TW.  Jeff randomly found it on YouTube one day and we just loved it, so our band learned it for us.”

Laura shared, “When my dad cried during the father-daughter dance, I was shocked! He is even less emotional than Jeff, so the fact that both of them cried at some point during the day really showed me how important the occasion was to them and it made my heart full to know that they cared so much.”

I opened up the aperture of my camera to turn the chandeliers and candles into these pretty orbs of light and focus the attention on Laura’s reaction to her dad’s tears…

Laura’s grandfather gave the blessing.  I focused on him and allowed the ballroom windows, couple and guests to fade into the background…

Jeff shared, “Everyone nailed their speeches!  They were the perfect combination of humor and heartfelt, with some great stories thrown in there from our friendships.”


Laura shared, “The Band, ‘Rio’ of EBE Events was phenomenal! They played Jeff’s sister’s wedding and Jeff’s parents knew they wanted to bring them back for Herman wedding: round 2!”

There are so many awesome photos from out on the dance floor!  As always, Rio was incredible…  grandma is out on the dance floor cousins are singing–

Everyone had a total blast, there was so much joy in the room!!!

Laura and Jeff reserved stools at the bar for their dads– it was adorable to see these two interact…

A Cumberland Valley cheerleaders wedding wouldn’t be complete without a lift!!!

Laura explained, “Quite a few of my good friends (the two bridesmaids Tricia and Zara) I met through my high school’s cheer program – Cumberland Valley. On top of that, my mom has remained friends with both of their moms and some of the other moms who made the journey through the program.”

She continued, “Everyone in the picture had some sort of involvement in the cheer program, be it an alumni, former parent, or even coach (yes the two Varsity coaches were there as well)! It’s a tradition to put the bride up in a stunt on her wedding day, so that’s exactly what they proceeded to do!”

Haaa!  My chandelier obsession continued!

Laura shared, “At the end of the night I was also exhausted but felt so blessed and fulfilled. The day was everything I had ever dreamed of and more. I was so excited to finally start this adventure with Jeff!”

Jeff shared, “At the end of the night, I was married to my best friend! Our wedding day couldn’t have been better!”

High five…

Heel clicking…

And hand-holding ensued…

It was the perfect end to the perfect day, and I’m so blessed to have been there by your sides to capture it all!!!  Laura and Jeff thank you for entrusting me with the privilege of capturing these important memories for you!  I hope that these photos allow you to re-live your day!  I am so excited to hear your thoughts!  Please feel free to comment below :).

Huntingdon wedding photographers: Brigid & Chris at Boxer’s Pub

Leather jackets, cold brews and waffle fries to the face…  you won’t want to miss Part 2 of Brigid & Chris’ engagement session, but first you must know these important rules:

“ALWAYS order fries.  Waffle fries MUST be seasoned.  NEVER leave a fry behind.”  Got it?  Ok you are good to go…

Brigid initially reached out to me looking for creative photography that would capture authentic moments and fit their unique personalities and style.  I absolutely love having the freedom to get creative and authentic and love the unique images that result.  I knew from the moment I met them, that Brig & Chris were a perfect fit for me, and am so thrilled to be working with them!

Brigid explained, “I am known as the photographer for my family and friends, I just love photos.  So having amazing pictures of Chris and I was incredibly important to me.   I did so much research to find the perfect photographer!  I wanted someone that could capture personality, beauty, moments and do it all with creativity.   After meeting with you I knew that you would be able to do it all, and have fun doing it!”

Chris weighed in, “To be honest I didn’t care who the photographer was as long as Brig liked them– photos are super important to her.  I was surprised how much fun I had during our photo shoot.   I am actually looking forward to seeing all of our engagement photos just as much as Brig is now!”

Brigid and Chris wanted to choose a location that was totally “them” and chose Boxer’s in Huntingdon as it is their “go-to” hangout…

Brigid elaborated, “If we want to celebrate something we go to Boxers.   If we don’t feel like cooking we go to Boxers.   We might be halfway into cooking and get a call saying, “Hey you want to join us we are going to Boxers?’ and we throw our food back in the fridge and go!”

Here Chris holds the door for Brigid as she enters the pub– I like so many things about this photo– the patterns (you can find so many ‘hidden’ circles and squares in the photo) they seem to give it a feeling of fun/life/energy, the way Brigid’s face pops in the photo against the dark atmosphere of the tavern where you can see a few customers on their bar stools…

Brigid shared, “There is so much to love about Chris, but for one, he is true a gentleman– always opening and closing doors for me.   He supports me in anything I choose to do in life.   I can always count on him– Chris is always there for me to lean on during the good times and the bad.  That is incredibly reassuring and one of the things I really appreciate about him.”

Their wardrobe fit the setting perfectly!  Brigid explained, “Boxer’s is a cool place, comfortable with an edge.  We work clothing that we’d normally wear there.  I love anything fun, funky, edgy and colorful.”

As they hold hands you can see the leather and metal details in their attire & seating,  as well as a collage of specialty beer cases that ‘wallpapers’ the bar, not to mention her sparkling diamond engagement ring!

Brigid shared that she was a ‘moment junkie’ in our initial meeting and that she wanted photos that were authentic and captured their personalities.   When they were eating their waffle fries (seasoned of course, remember the rules!) I just watched them interact and do their thing.

They were cute and fed each other at first but eventually Brig went all in for a waffle fry smash, lol…

I used the dark pub and window light to my advantage, it draws all of the attention to her hand…

They both totally cracked up…

Brigid said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.    Be silly, be goofy, just have fun and be you!   Luckily Chris agrees and doesn’t embarrass easily, haha!”

I love how the light kisses the fries, beer foam, the Boxer portrait on the table and his face:

Chris shared, “Brig is so much fun to be around!  She has an incredible passion for nearly everything she does. I love to just hear her talk about things that make her happy, which in turn makes me happy.  I love how much she supports me with the good and the bad.”

He continued, “She listens to my stories from work and is there for me when I get bad news.  When I get home from work at night and I am with her, for a brief moment, everything is right in the world.  Brig has an independent personality. It can be frustrating at times, but at the same time I admire and respect it.”

In this photo I wanted to really show off her ring and the leather details, I wanted to keep the pub atmosphere included with the beer in the background and play visually with the reflection from the table top…

Brigid shared, “Chris surprised me with the necklace I’m wearing.  He knows that I love that fun-funky-edgy-colorful style and this company in the UK called Nocturne.  I had ben searching for something for months and it was just perfect!  I love the color and fun patterns.”

Here is a more traditional portrait that I snapped on the stoop outside of Boxer’s.  Something a little more traditional, I try to give my couples a good, eclectic mix of coverage.

Brig got a little sentimental, “Chris is very caring and loving.  We love all things brewed and he will turn the tea kettle on for me when I’m ready for a cup of tea, it’s those little things that I appreciate most.  He is an incredibly thoughtful person.”

The two of them are so affectionate and sweet together, I really had such a blast working with them!

Their first experience at Boxers together was years ago, and Brigid shared the story…

Brigid reminisced, “Our first Boxers experience together was for a wing night.   Wing nights (especially then) were a blast–  I would go with a table full of people.  The wings are *only* offered on Tuesdays starting at 7:30 so Boxers gets crazy.”

She continued, “Chris had heard how good the wings were and how much fun we had doing wing nights and asked if it’d be OK for him to come along.   I am always up for having another friend come along,  so I said of course.”

She went on, descriptively, “Cold pitchers of IPAs lined the tables and the aroma of cajun and buffalo wings filled the air.  Chris joined the crew for wings for the first time that night (little did I know, he liked me) and soon enough he would be joining my crew forever!”

Brigid & Chris, thanks so much for introducing me to your neighborhood hang-out and the place that is “uniquely you.”  I am so happy to have captured such a significant place in your life and relationship.  I think just being in that atmosphere really helped to bring out your interests, style and personalities (hello waffle fry to the face, haha).

I hope that these photos are just the sort of artistic, creative shots that you wanted to capture this time in your lives.  I can’t wait to photograph your wedding at the brand new wedding venue, Rolling Rails, in Central PA!!!  It’s going to be amazing!!!  Until then, I’m super excited to hear your thoughts on these photos :).

Oh, and if you haven’t had a chance to see Part 1 of Brigid & Chris’ engagement session, you won’t want to miss it!  It is completely different– very soft and romantic and at McCann School of Art, right outside of State College, PA.

McCann School of Art Wedding Photographers: Brigid & Chris

Vibrant, colorful, natural, artistic and fun– you won’t want to miss the fall beauty of this McCann School of Art wedding engagement…

Brigid explained, “I am known as the photographer for my family and friends, I just love photos.  So having amazing pictures of Chris and I was incredibly important to me.   I did so much research to find the perfect photographer!  I wanted someone that could capture personality, beauty, moments and do it all with creativity.   After meeting with you I knew that you would be able to do it all, and have fun doing it!”

Chris weighed in, “To be honest I didn’t care who the photographer was as long as Brig liked them– photos are super important to her.  I was surprised how much fun I had during our photo shoot.   I am actually looking forward to seeing all of our engagement photos just as much as Brig is now!”

They chose to have a two part engagement session in their wedding photography package as they wanted to capture two different aspects of their relationship: the funky, fun, gritty, downtown pub atmosphere that is their favorite hangout (Boxers) and the outdoor, artistic, romantic setting of McCann School of Art with its autumn colors (above) and unique, sprawling grounds…

Brigid shared, “McCann is the first wedding location we looked at and we just loved it.   While it did not work for us as a venue, we loved the indoor and outdoor aspects of it and wanted to find a way to incorporate it in some way.    Having our engagement photos at McCann School of Art was a perfect solution!”

She went on, “McCann is just this beautiful, artsy place with amazing outdoor areas.   Autumn is also both of our favorite times of year so taking photos outside in fall was important to us.”  Here Chris gives Brig a twirl in front of McCann’s Circle of Life Sculpture Garden.  Their expressions are priceless :).

Chris shared, “Brig is so much fun to be around!  She has an incredible passion for nearly everything she does. I love to just hear her talk about things that make her happy, which in turn makes me happy.  I love how much she supports me with the good and the bad.”

He continued, “She listens to my stories from work and is there for me when I get bad news.  When I get home from work at night and I am with her, for a brief moment, everything is right in the world.  Brig has an independent personality. It can be frustrating at times, but at the same time I admire and respect it.”

Here is another photo of them twirling, for this image I focused on Chris and the way he was looking at Brigid and she laughs and twirls.  I think it captures his admiration and affection for her as well as her passion and spontaneity, even a bit of that brief moment of feeling that everything is right in the world…

Brigid shared, “There is so much to love about Chris, but for one, he is true a gentleman…   He supports me in anything I choose to do in life.   I can always count on him– Chris is always there for me to lean on during the good times and the bad.  That is incredibly reassuring and one of the things I really appreciate about him.”

Brig literally jumped on Chris’ back here, and I just love that while it is a more traditional photos in a way their joyful expressions really shine through.  I also think it visually captures the emotional sentiment of supporting, trusting and being reassured and having someone you can count on throughout life…

One of my favorite spaces at McCann and don’t get me wrong I have many, was the Circle of Life sculpture garden.

The C. Barton McCann School of Art grounds literature explains, “The Garden features sculptures imported from Florence, Italy. These sculptures form the circle of life; beginning with the Mother and Child and traveling through childhood, adolescence and adulthood.

Here I framed Brigid and Chris in two statues that seemed to be dancing together.  I love how the light lightly brushes the statues and illuminates Chris & Brig.  Their bodies seem to perfectly fill that little window of space…

“Chris is very caring and loving.  We both love all things brewed and he will turn the tea kettle on for me when I’m ready for a cup of tea, it’s those little things that I appreciate most.  He is an incredibly thoughtful person.”

Here orbs of light move across the frame from Chris to Brigid.  I love capturing little photographic anomalies, they seem to make it all the more authentic and real– symbolizing that deep, almost spiritual connection between a couple…

Chris shared his proposal story:

He explained, “I planned out the night I proposed right down to the spot I wanted to pop the question. Brig had mentioned a date night idea that she had always thought would be fun– a restaurant tour.   I thought it would be a perfect way to propose and began looking for the perfect locations.”

He continued, “I decided to pick a few places we have been to and a few we have never been to. Places we have memories in and places to create new ones. I made reservations at a few restaurants in Downtown Harrisburg and waited a few months for everything to fall into place.”

He went on, “We went to Tröegs Brewery for drinks (old}, Bacco Pizzeria for appetizers (new), The Firehouse for dinner (old), and Los Tres Cubanos for dessert (new).”

How thoughtful, right?  I love the way these two look at each other, how comfortable they are together and the way their body language says so much…

Chris honestly admitted, “As for most plans, nothing really goes as planned, haha!  I missed a golden opportunity right before appetizers to propose to Brigid on the Walnut St Bridge at sunset.”

He continued, “But, I had it in my head I had to stick to the plan. As we were taking our chilly walk along the river, on our way to get dessert, I got down on one knee and told her I want to be with her for the rest of my life. I asked her to marry me and she said yes. We never made it to dessert!!!”

Brigid and Chris loved the door in the photo above and even remembered the back story of how it was brought to the property from a downtown location and how the designer had bought the entire downtown building in order to acquire the door that now serves as an entrance to the McCann School’s Studio House.

The lighting on the door itself was dark and shadowy, something I could overcome with creative aperture settings when I was only photographing the area just around the door.  But, when I wanted to also capture the entire atmosphere including the surrounding trees, the blue sky, the warm brick and wood siding, I needed to get more creative.

I ended up programming one of my flashes and placing it to the side of the couple to illuminate the stoop, while telling it when to fire via radio signal.  It was a little complicated logistically and mathematically to get everything just right, but I am super pleased with the result and how it really captures the entire environment.

I was really stuck between whether or not to post this image in black and white or color– while the color of Brigid’s long locks is absolutely stunning and something that I sought to photograph throughout the session there is something that the black and white does to highlight the authenticity of her candid “wrinkled-nose-smile” and freckles.

It just feels so intimate and fresh in black and white…

I complimented Brigid’s colorful, flowing dress that was also super comfortable and practical and really allowed her to move around and explore the grounds of McCann and also get some knock-your-socks-off twirling action in as well.  🙂

She laughed, “The dress situation was kind of funny!  I had ordered something from Rent the Runway but it didn’t end up working, so once I figured that out, I purchased two back-up options online (can you tell I’m a planner? haha), but both were being shipped to me and neither had arrived by the morning of our engagement session!”

She continued, “Literally, ten minutes before we left to go to the session, this dress arrived–  I tried it on and it was perfect!  Talked about being stressed out until the last minute!!!  But it all worked out in the end.”

The light was pretty spectacular on the evening of their photo shoot. It had been quite intense earlier on, which allowed me to capture dramatic contrast and vivid color.  Now as “golden hour” approached, all of the autumn colors were even more intensified and the light became soft and gentle.

At one point as we were traveling from the Studio House to Lake Jeanette, I stopped several times to snap photos in that spectacular golden glow… again I love the natural candid feel of this photo, just how comfortable they are together with the light and lines of the woods and trees in the distance:

Brigid recalled, “Lake Jeanette & its island, bridges, dock and gazebo was one of the elements that really attracted us to The McCann School of Art initially.”

Here they sit together on that very dock surrounded by the saturated yellows of autumn…

Here I crouched down in the brush, framing the couple in a window to capture this sweet moment– what gorgeous architecture!

Inside the structure, I was able to silhouette the couple against the backdrop of the forest with its fall leaves…

I love how distinct their profiles are– they almost look like one person and their heads sort of form a heart together:

Brigid and Chris, I absolutely loved exploring the McCann School of Art with you for Part I of your engagement session.  I am super excited to post Part II, at Boxer’s Pub involving leather jackets, cold brews and waffle fries to the face, haha… and then we also have your Rolling Rails wedding coming up in the State College area!

So much to look forward to– I can’t wait to hear what you think of these :).

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