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    Hello there-- I’ve been waiting for you!!! You know who you are and are true to yourself, you are a liver-of-life, a collector of moments, a person who appreciates great photography and its ability to press the pause button on life’s most incredible moments.

    You want a photographer who is able to handle all aspects of wedding photography with ease, capturing: candid, romantic emotion; flattering, beautiful portraits; breathtaking scenery & architecture; the joy and energy out on the dance floor and all those sweet wedding details that you have been working on for months in an artful, creative way.

    I have great news for you—I’ve got you covered!!!

    My work is creative & thoughtful. My goal is to share your unique love story. I get to know your interests & personalities in order to capture them forever in beautiful, personal, artful photographs that tell your story. I invest my time helping you become comfortable in front of my camera & find the most flattering lighting and angles for you and your surroundings.

    If this sounds good to you, and you’d like to reach out to me to find out more, please connect here.

PA modern Headshots: Luke

Luke approached me looking for modern head shots to use for casting submissions for national acting and TV jobs.

He has been on some serious shows including House of Cards and Veep, so getting a variety of looks that would work in different roles was important to him.

Here is a more serious photo from the end of the shoot, it is probably my favorite from our session…

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Luke shared that selecting me as his photographer was a no-brainer, that I am a joy to work with and my photography speaks for itself.  He said he knows that I see the best in him and we “get” each other, so I’m the first one he contacts!  Thanks Luke, I’m blushing, I feel just as fortunate to work with you!

We shot in an industrial location that was neutral and would allow Luke to be the main focus of the image.  I used an intense flash in the next image to bring out Luke’s eye color and used a background that read “bright” and almost beachy to me.   I also think it shows off Luke’s friendly, approachable, upbeat personality.

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Luke and I discussed wardrobe, location and goals prior to the session so I knew exactly the looks that he wanted to portray.

I chose an industrial setting because it felt modern, non-specific and had neutral backgrounds and great light.  He wore a simple, neutral wardrobe– dark jeans and a gray henley.   The wardrobe and setting complimented each other to create a broader appeal for casting.

Here is a full body shot– while our focus was head shots, I thought this might be a nice addition, plus the setting looked pretty cool.

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Luke is just about to graduate (a semester early, this young man is driven!) with a Media Studies and Production major.  He looks at home in front of the camera, but has done plenty of work behind the scenes as well.

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He has interned as a writer for The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, and created, produced and hosted “Temple Talk,” the first ever entertainment talk show on Temple University TV.

This next photo feels so authentic to me as it features Luke’s natural smile & laugh– he’s even sitting on a directors chair!   For me this image shows that he is a positive, friendly, go-getter…

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While I opened with a similar serious version, I am still a fan of this smiling one as well.  I think the blue-gray background of the steel really brings out his eyes and contrasts his blonde hair making it “pop.”

It was also the end of the session so he was comfortable in front of the camera and I had found the best angles and lighting for him.

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While my wedding coverage begins at 9 hours, and my traditional portrait packages begin at 2 hours, having a shorter head shot session with Luke was such a pleasure and I hope he is as happy with the results as I am.

Luke, I know you have a very bright future ahead of you and can’t wait to see what you will accomplish!

For some old-school photos of Luke on my blog, check out his senior portraits in NYC and him as the man-of-honor in his sister’s wedding.  🙂

 

Lehigh Valley Wedding Photographers: Erica & Jay at Bear Creek & Lockridge

A bride whose surprise literally left her groom speechless at the altar, a maid of honor’s speech that made everyone laugh-out-loud and a beautifully decorated, rustic-romantic wedding– all on a nearly 100 degree day…

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Erica and Jay’s wedding day was as unique as them.  They wanted a rustic, romantic setting and chose a ski lodge for their reception and outdoor stone ruins for their ceremony.  Their day was personal, emotion-filled and fun.  It was nearly 100 degrees outside, but if I didn’t mention it, you’d never notice it in their photos. 😉

Erica & Jay reached out to me because they were looking for a professional whose photos felt natural and organic while being unique.  They appreciated the moments that I was able to capture in camera as well as the composition of my photographs.  They wanted someone who could tell their personal story and capture all of the emotion of their day in a beautiful, creative way.

I’ll open their set of photos with an image of Erica moments before she pulls down her wedding dress to put it on.  I like the intimacy of the shadowy light, her sweet expression and the crisp, clear reflection.  It is almost hard to tell which is the “real” Erica at first!

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Here Erica’s flower girl looks up to her, literally :).  It was too cute not to post!

I love the way the light just bounces of their features and the beading of Erica’s gown and the flower girls’ tulle.

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Jay shared that he didn’t fall for Erica in one moment, but instead through a long succession of time as he saw first hand that she is open minded, adventurous, talented, organised, intelligent, strong and shares his sense of humor.

This next photograph was snapped in a moment as she was passing through a set of arches, but I think it kind of provides a visual for what Jay was saying about it not being one moment but many moments that revealed Erica’s character, values and personality.  I also like her golden glow– she looks angelic!

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Jay went on to explain that he can tend to plunge into new experiences and challenges with great enthusiasm but little foresight, haha.   Erica tends to be more cautious and provides direction and planning in all of their endeavors without being opposed to taking on new challenges and experiences.

I think you can get a sense for Erica’s open-mindedness, transparency and wisdom in this next wide-eyed image.

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Erica and Jay love the outdoors and wanted the lush greenery to take center stage throughout many of their photos.  Erica chose a soft, muted pink to compliment the green.

Wow ladies, you all look stunning :).

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Jay wore a tailored gray wool suit and vest adding to the natural earthy vibe.  It was their love of travel and the outdoors that brought them together initially.  Both had traveled around the globe and exchanged stories about their adventures in the beginning of their relationship.

Erica shared that Jay challenges her to step out of her comfort zone.  He is the most genuine person she has ever met, he’s patient even when she’s being irrational (haaaa!), he is great with kids and will be a great father someday.

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As I mentioned earlier– it was nearly 100 degrees outside and here these men are in full suits looking completely cool and un-phased!  You rocked it fellas!

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Erica’s brother and Jason’s sister both play incredibly important roles in their lives.  Erica chose to have her brother as her man-of-honor and Jason chose his sister to be his best-woman ;).

I like how all of the men are gathered in the background of this next image while Jay’s sister in in the foreground giving him a big, cheek-smashing kiss.  🙂

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TIME for the first look, hehe 😉

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Erica and Jay chose Lockridge Park for their wedding ceremony, first look and romantic photos.  They fell in love with the worn, rustic stone buildings and thick forest.

Here Erica throws her train behind her and walks up to meet Jay…

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I don’t think it would have been humanly possible for Jay to be more happy to see his bride.  He said that he was thrilled to see Erica and that she looked incredible. Erica said DANGGGG!  They both cracked up.

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They kissed, surrounded by tall trees and almost seemed to be at one with nature.

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Jay shared that they work so well together because they fit naturally and compliment each other.   I think that really comes across in this next photograph:

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While I spend most of the wedding day capturing candid moments as they unfold, I do take time to take a few posed photos as well.

Here is on of the happy couple.  I really like how the trees in the dappled green background really bring out their eyes.

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From serious to totally playful.  Jay can make a mean shadow puppet!

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I love playing with reflections and caught this one in the water that had gathered on the path that they were walking along.

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A different perspective of that same path…

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The bridal party gathered together and it was time for the ceremony to begin.

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One of the most appreciated wedding details with the heat of the day were these lovely bamboo fans:

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The ceremony began and Erica’s father walked her down the aisle.  I have some more traditional shots of that.  But this is the moment that stands out to me.

I like the light and the textures in this image– you can almost feel the love that he has for his daughter.

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This is Lockridge.  Yes it is amazing.  Yes you should book it for your outdoor ceremony if you are getting married in the Lehigh Valley.  😉

These are the stone ruins of iron works built in the 1800s, over time the roof and walls wore away but the stone arches remain.

Getting the back arch in a photo was relatively easy, but I really wanted to include both the arches, ceremony and blue sky and accomplished it here:

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Jay listed Erica’s beautiful voice as one of the top reasons why he fell for her.  When the officiant passed her the microphone he didn’t think anything of it, until she began SINGING her wedding vows!!!

Jay was totally blown away!!!  He couldn’t believe that Erica had created a song that contained her wedding vows to him!!!

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Everyone in the audience was incredibly touched as well and applauded.  I love how you can see the reactions of the bridal party as well as Erica– Jay looks so proud!

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 Here Jay’s mother fan his father as he wipes away a tear.

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When she finished singing and it was time for Jay to speak he could hardly put a sentence together– it was adorable.

Here Erica holds his hand and the bridal party smiles while the officiant looks back to her readings to finish the ceremony.

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The kiss…

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Meanwhile, back at their wedding reception venue, Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Jay was already busy sweeping Erica off her feet!  Erica loves Jay’s spontaneity…

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They chose Bear Creek because they wanted something with mountains (Jay loves mountains) and they wanted a place that would have a rustic, relaxed atmosphere.

Erica & Jay both spent a good amount of time skiing and snowboarding when they were growing up, so ski resorts have kind of been their happy place.  They loved all of the stone and wood architectural elements as well as having overnight accommodations for their wedding guests.

While I spend a good deal of time capturing moments and emotions, I also really enjoy capturing space and architecture as well.

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Erica and Jay’s details were so personal and even symbolic.  They had a vintage suitcase for guests to leave their cards symbolizing their love of travel.  Their centerpieces incorporated books to show one of thier life goals to never stop learning:

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The Polaroid camera station showed Erica’s love for photography and was a lot of fun.  All of those little touches defined who they are as individuals and how they work together as a couple. How cute are these?

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Their first dance…

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The mother-son dance…

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Then it was time for one of the most clever and unique maid of honor speeches I’ve experienced to date!

I’ll start with the backstory…  a few years ago, Erica and Jay were at Jay’s mom’s house.  They were looking through old photo albums together.  Erica & Jay had lived only a few blocks away from each other and Jay had been in Erica’s brother’s cub scout troop.

He pointed to a photo and said, “Hey, there’s Ross!” and Erica said, “OMG THERE’S ME!!!!”  She was literally standing in the background of the photo!!!

Jay’s sister brought it up in her speech and had a slideshow with clever hashtags, she included this one– so funny!

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Everyone hit the dance floor…

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Erica & Jay stepped out for a moment and cooled off in the rain…

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Erica & Jay, thanks so much for inviting me to be a part of your day!  I hope that these photos captured your unique wedding day story in a creative, natural, beautiful way as you had been looking for from the beginning.  I hope they allow you to re-live your love for each other and your wedding day for many years to come.  🙂

If you haven’t seen enough of Erica and Jay, you might want to check out their Brewery engagement session HERE.

Four Seasons Baltimore Wedding Photographers: Rachel & Tommy

An elegant,  joyful celebration at the Four Seasons Baltimore with perfectly-timed rain a special guest appearance…

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Rachel and Tommy met on a blind date.  He fell for her from the start and set out to impress her with his charm and athleticism ;).  The met at the state fair and while he had difficulty with some of the fair games initially, he made sure that Rachel’s evening ended with a stuffed animal in tow and a sense of Tommy’s relaxed, fun-loving nature.

Rachel reached out to me because she loved the unique, creative and personal feel of my wedding photography.  She also appreciated my ability to capture emotion and a sense of place.  She said she was impressed at how well I worked with large groups and how comfortable I made everyone feel on the wedding day.  She noted that a wedding day is such a personal event and it felt incredibly natural to welcome me into it :).

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Rachel and Tommy’s stationary was elegant, personal and professionally executed by MLC Designs.  They incorporated the Baltimore skyline and even commissioned a personalized watercolor map.

The map highlighted key locations in Baltimore– the Four Seasons, the Christ Lutheran Church, even the spot where they got engaged and a a little black lab in the park, representing their dog, Cash.

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Rachel shared that one of the things that made her start to fall for Tommy were his sense of humor and his devoted love for her.  He is undoubtedly her best friend, he makes her feel safe and is very supportive.  Here Rachel reads Tommy’s words to her on her wedding day, such a sweet moment…

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I like to play with reflections and light and I love how Rachel’s dress appears to glow as she and her maid of honor reach to take it down from the window.  I also like how some elements of the Baltimore skyline are visible in the reflection.  Can you see the bolack stacks from the iconic “Power Plant”?

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Tommy shared that Rachel is an authentic, caring person who is driven and dedicated to getting the most out of life.  It didn’t take him long to fall for her and every day his feelings for her get stronger.

Here Rachel is dressed in her wedding gown, what a beautiful bride!

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Rachel and her father are close.  He actually helped her to choose her wedding gown, but seeing everything come together on the wedding day and seeing his little girl as a bride left him in awe:

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It rained on and off all day, so we literally  went with the flow ;).  There were plenty of indoor spaces at the Four Seasons Baltimore for us to utilize, so we would pop in and out all day.

Here Rachel takes a moment to stop and smell the roses quite literally as her bridal party gathers for portraits…

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Rachel and Tommy are Georgia Tech grads and knew that they wanted to incorporate gold into their wedding color palette.   Purple seemed to be a natural compliment to the gold and Rachel is a Ravens fan.  When the bridesmaids tried on the purple gowns it really sealed the deal.

Looking gorgeous, ladies!

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Now on to the men…  here is the groom, Tommy!

Tommy is genuine, down-to-earth and a lot of fun to be around.  His easy-going personality is the perfect compliment to Rachel’s detail-oriented personality.  They really balance each other out and are able to accomplish more when they are together.  They share similar interests, passions and family values.

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There are many beautiful aspects of the Four Seasons Baltimore, but one of my favorites has to be the sunning view of Baltimore Inner Harbor.

High winds and intermittent rain was the forecast for Rachel & Tommy’s wedding day.  There was a gap in the rain, and the men hopped out for a quick photo in front of the iconic Baltimore skyline.

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Each of the men wore personalized socks to fit their interests and personalities.

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Tommy said that waiting for Rachel during the first look was an intense moment for him.  Rachel recalled the wind blowing and his suit flapping in the wind.  Tommy said it was all he could do to contain himself and wait for her tap on his shoulder.  I think all of that emotion really comes across in the first image.  When he turned he saw the most beautiful bride that he could have imagined.  They spun, they kissed.  It was lovely.

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If there was one word to describe these two it would be joyful.   They lived in the moment and took it all in.

Rachel shared that she is a real planner and had put all of the work in ahead of time, and on the day of, she and Tommy decided that no matter what happened, they would make the best of it and enjoy it and they did through wind, rain traffic jams and all!  They truly were unaffected and celebratory!

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Rachel mentioned being most drawn to my creative, unique wedding photographs.

Here I caught Rachel & Tommy’s reflection off of the Four Seasons Baltimore as he whispered in her ear.

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Rachel shared that Tommy is one of the smartest people she knows and that he was a huge help to her in school.  They both studied engineering at Georgia Tech and Tommy taught her how to study more efficiently.

She used to spend hours reading her textbooks before starting on her problems and Tommy had her do the reverse.  She’d start on the problems and reference the textbook when she was confused. 🙂  It was so much more efficient and was a huge help!

He was also a few years ahead of her in school, so he had already taken her classes and still remembered everything he had learned in previous years.  He’s a mechanical engineer and she’s a civil engineer.

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Rachel shared that she was so happy to have chosen to have a first look, it allowed them to spend more than an hour of their wedding day alone together and really just enjoy each other and the stunning grounds of the Four Seasons.

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I am inspired by the editorial photographs that I see in magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair and like to take a contemporary portrait of the bridal party that has a similar style.  Here is a more serious, “blue steel” version, haha:

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Here is a more fun, celebratory photo:

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Rachel and Tommy were married at the Christ Lutheran Church in Baltimore.  It was not only beautiful, but the pastor and congregation were amazing.

Here Rachel & Tommy’s mothers light the unity candles:

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I love to capture traditional shots as well as wide shots that capture all of the architectural detail like the image about and below.

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What an incredible moment!!!  I imagine it will be fun for Rachel and Tommy to look at this photo up close and take a closer look at all all of their wedding guests’ expressions as Rachel’s father escorts her to Tommy!

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Pastor Amsalu was a joy to work with!

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Rachel shared that one of the things that surprised her most was how emotional the vows were for her.  It was beautiful to witness…

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I liked how the vibrant blue of the stained glass bounced off of the marble floors during the ceremony and caught it in this photo:

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I like how you can really feel all of the joy, emotion and pure energy in this next photo!

I focused on Tommy and Rachel who stayed still for a fraction of a second, while everything around them moved.

While it took skill, there was also a good deal of luck involved  ;).  What an animated group!

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Rachel and Tommy’s guests greeted them with a shower of fresh lavender, it smelled amazing and was small and biodegradable (in keeping with the church rules).

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I used a slower shutter speed to capture the movement of the lavender and the excitement of the crowd.

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Rachel wanted a large group photo with all of her wedding guests present.  She set aside some extra time after the ceremony for us to gather everyone, planned ahead with the church to get me a 16 foot ladder (haaa!) I climbed it and voila:

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Cocktail hour was back at the Four Seasons Baltimore and just beautiful!

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Guests were greeted by gold place cards, a nod to Rachel & Tommy’s dog, Cash:

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Rachel’s reaction to seeing the ballroom decorated in all of its glory was priceless!!!

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You can see the gold and purple coming into play with the chaivari chairs, uplighting and lovely centerpieces.

Rachel’s cousin, Michael Collins of Michael Collins Decor.  They were in the Four Seasons Baltimore Colbalt Ballroom.

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The Baltimore skyline was an important part of the reception, both in their view from the Cobalt Ballroom and on their menu…

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The night started out with all of the wedding traditions– the first dance, toasts and parent dances.

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During Tommy’s dance with his mother, he played a song that he sang to her when he was a child.

It was Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”

He broke out into song while they danced, which really tickled his mom.  🙂

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The weddings guests  were a lot of fun and had no problem getting out on the dance floor thanks to DJ Carl from Classic Collective DJs

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The surprise of the night was THE Georgia Tech mascot, Buzz arriving on the dance floor.  It was a huge surprise to Rachel and all of the Georgia Tech grads were thrilled!

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Rachel and Tommy ended the night embracing the rain fully and stepping outside of the Four Seasons momentarily.  What a perfect end to a fantastic wedding day!

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Rachel & Tommy, thanks for inviting me to be a part of your big day!  It was such a pleasure to work with you and I hope that these photos give you a taste of the creative, unique, personalized images that you were hoping to see in your wedding photos!  Many more coming soon :).

Harrisburg Wedding Photographers: Steph & Dan

A fun, elegant, romantic, cross-cultural wedding celebration in downtown Harrisburg…

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Steph and Dan chose the Harrisburg Hilton as their wedding venue, with it being downtown, nestled between the remarkable Capitol Building and Susquehanna River.  With so many guests coming from out of town (many of whom were even out of the country) it was a perfect chance to acquaint them with Harrisburg.

Their wedding style was elegant and sophisticated with a romantic garden look.  The colors were primarily cremes with pinks.  Here I photographed their invitation against the marble table in their Hilton suite.  The cream colors pop against the green and the orchid brings in a bit of that garden feel…

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I was first contacted by Kevin, owner of KLB Events, a wedding planner who I have had the pleasure of working with before.  He introduced me to Dan’s parents, and eventually all of us video chatted with Steph and Dan, who were living several hundred miles south of Harrisburg, in Florida!

Steph and Dan said that they fell in love with the quality of my work and the way that I was able to capture the unique aspects of every wedding that I photograph.  They mentioned enjoying the way I capture emotional moments and  my creative, outside-of-the-box photos.

With unique, creative elements in mind, here is my photograph of their rings.   A bright blue sky with billowing clouds greeted them on their wedding day– I used its reflection to make the rings look as if they are hovering in it…

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Here Steph opens her wedding card and gift from Dan.  I like the close perspective of this– it feels very intimate with the movement of her fingers and the card visible and the untied leather chord.  I also focused on her lovely diamond engagement ring. 🙂

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Blaine from Hair Visions created beautiful and unique hairstyles for the ladies and Carmina Cristina did the same for their make-up.  Everyone was polished and gorgeous!

The bridesmaids wore matching rompers and toasted to the bride to be with glasses of Rose.

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When I talked with Steph and Dan initially, one of the Harrisburg locations that they were interested in incorporating was the Walnut Street Bridge.

No this was not photo-shopped, or a double exposure– is anyone able to tell how I brought the bridge into the suite? (feel free to comment below) 😉

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Steph’s wedding gown was extraordinary!  It was a romantic lace gown by Spanish designer Yolan Cris.  You can see some of the detailing above and below along with her stunning bridal bouquet.

The bouquet included peonies, lavender and eucalyptus leaves and looked elegant, timeless and beautiful!  Well done, Petals with Style!

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Dan shared that he was immediately attracted to Steph from the moment he met her.  She had so much confidence, humor, beauty and love… she was driven and family-focused– a true beauty on the inside and out!

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Here, Steph’s father sees his little girl in her wedding gown.  It is such a beautiful, loving look and one of those emotional moments that I believe Steph will cherish:

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Steph wanted each bridesmaid to shine in their own unique way– she allowed them each to choose their own style of bridesmaid gown, and united them by having each be floor-length and  be in the pink palette that she had chosen.  Steph is flanked on either side by her beautiful sisters. 🙂

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Steph shared that Dan is her best friend.  He is motivated, passionate and makes her feel loved, appreciated and is a true family-man.

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Check out those socks…  a fun group of groomsmen:

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The first look… The happy couple chose to have a first look prior to the ceremony so that they could enjoy the company of their family and friends during the cocktail hour and enjoy several different outdoor spaces downtown together and with their bridal party.

They met in the shade of a grove of trees beside the capitol building– suspense building…

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When Dan turned around he said he was absolutely blown away.  He knew she would be stunning, but she was everything he had always imagined his bride to be…

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The Pennsylvania State Capitol provided such a stunning backdrop.  I felt like we were in Europe somewhere, perhaps Italy, with all of the lovely marble columns and detail…

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Dan shared that they have so much to look forward to– buying a house together, raising a family, traveling and he is so happy to be by her side every step of the way.

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Steph mentioned falling more in love with Dan everyday during his trip to visit her family in Argentina.

He immersed himself in her culture and got to know everyone.

She said that he is very loving, supportive and great with kids so she can’t wait for the next chapter of their lives to begin…

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We traveled to the Walnut Street Bridge, a pedestrian bridge crossing the Susquehanna River, connecting Harrisburg’s downtown to City Island, an area mainly used for leisure and sports activities (go Harrisburg Senators!).

I love to play with camera settings and exposure and captured both the image above and below on the bridge using very different camera settings and techniques.

I wanted to give the image above a soft, romantic feel and the image below a crisp, dramatic feel that would capture the architecture and vibrant color of the sky, water and island in the distance…

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The wedding traditions started with the Ketubah signing…

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It is a beautiful Jewish tradition and was an incredibly emotional moment for all involved…

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Steph and Dan were married beneath a lovely Chuppah decorated with flowers and olive branches.  It represents the home that Steph and Dan will build together.

They added a few mementos from family that had passed away, such as a Tallis, pearl necklace and eyeglasses from their grandparents.

I have many photos of the ceremony that have a more traditional look, but I like the little bit of artistic flare going on in this image…

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Writing their own wedding vows was Dan’s idea, and one that grew to be Steph’s favorite part of the wedding day.  They wrote 10 vows, secretly, and did not get to hear them until the ceremony.

While it was completely unplanned and not discussed, their vows were very similar and even complimented each other as if they wrote them together!

They both had themes surrounding family, food, travel, love and watching bad TV haha.  Here they are exchanging rings.

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The kiss!  I made sure to capture the chandelier throughout, but really like this photograph:

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Cocktail hour was lovely and included several different stations, here are just a few:

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The room was stunning!  Everything from the gold linens to the chiavari chairs and centerpieces had the soft, garden feel that Steph and Dan wanted.

The look of the ballroom and entire wedding was brought to life by a talented team lead by Kevin of KLB Events along with Daniel’s mother, Sheri.

Petals with Style created the most gorgeous centerpieces, the elegant Hilton Ballroom was transformed into a charming, romantic garden!

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A closer look at the centerpieces…

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The bride and groom’s gold table cloth matched the golden hues of the candles and the vibrant blue lights and instruments set the stage for the epic evening of dancing that awaited the guests.

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The bridal party got the party started with their colorful and creative entrances:

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They continued with a group dance number!  It was actually a really creative idea and worked even though the group is very separated by distance.

They each learned popular dance moves on their own (whip, running man, etc.) and played a mix of songs that allowed them to all show off those dance moves (“My Boo” “Watch Me” “Party Rock Anthem”), for an extra special nod to these Penn State graduates, the DJ, Roberto Flay, separated each mix with a Nittany Lion roar.

Everyone had a blast!

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The first dance was to “Stand By You.”  They ended with this dip– spectacular!

I drew the focus to Steph and Dan, but you can still see guests clapping, smiling and shouting in the background :).

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Dan’s father gave an incredibly touching speech– it was very well written and highlighted many of the key players in the room.  He even mentioned *by name* every vendor who worked on the event and was the first I’ve heard of it’s kind.

I like this photo because at one point he asked his wife, Sheri to stand beside him.  It really gives you a feel for Dan’s close-knit family and the supportive relationship that his parent’s share.

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The blessing was given both in English and Spanish, and done together with members from both the bride and groom’s family.

Sheri thought it would be a nice way to show both of the cultures coming together in Steph and Dan’s marriage.

The “Motzi” featured the breaking of the challa by both Dan’s Grandfather and Steph’s Uncle.  Dan’s Aunt. Lori, baked the Challah in the shape of a heart for the couple.

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The maid of honor’s speech was given by Steph’s sister– it was clever, touching and ended with giving two huge hugs to the bride and groom.

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One of the highlights of the night was Dan’s grandfather singing “Hello Young Lovers” in memory of his late wife.

Dan said he lost his grandmother about a year and a half ago and he was very close to her.  The relationship that his grandparents shared is an inspiration to him.

The lyrics, “I had a love like you!” really hit home to the newlyweds…

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Wendi from Sweet Treats baked dozens of delicious creations for the dessert table, each beautifully and remarkably presented.

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Here are just a few of the selections– Steph said it was like her Pinterest dream had just came to life!
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The Hava Nagilla began to play and everyone from both families began dancing the hora together.  It was a joyful celebration!

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The bride and groom were lifted on chairs…

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Even the parents were lifted on chairs!!!  Dan’s father’s expression is priceless along with his sister’s laughter which you can see at the bottom right…

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The band was incredible.  The band members from LiveWire Entertainment were talented and really knew how to keep the crowd out on the dancefloor!

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A few of the wedding guests celebrating…

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At the end of the night, I wanted to bring the focus back on Steph and Dan and their union.

I used a chandelier at the Harrisburg Hilton to create a frame for the couple that gave a sense of space…

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Steph, Dan, Kevin, Sheri and Michael– thank you for inviting me to be a part of such a momentous occasion in your lives and that of your family and friends.  I wish you many years of happiness and hope that these wedding photos will allow you and your loved ones to re-live this day for countless years to come.  🙂

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