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Rutgers Gardens Wedding Engagement Photographers: Nicole & Steve Part 2

Two foodies re-visit the restaurant that brought them together!  You won’t want to miss this love story…

Nicole shared, “Choosing you as our wedding photographer was probably the easiest choice we made while wedding planning. Your photos capture love in exciting and interesting new ways. In our wedding photos we are hoping that you will be able to capture our love in a fun and unique way that ‘wows’ us and everyone who sees them!”

Thanks so much for your vote of confidence, Nicole! That means a lot to me!

Nicole mentioned wanting interesting, unique photos– it really gave me the freedom to play with different techniques that I find creative and interesting.  In the photo above I manually set my camera to allow the dining room to look intensely dark and only allowed in a touch of golden sunlight, silhouetting the couple and illuminating their wine glasses.

For the image below, I played with Nicole and Steve’s reflections in the window while again intensifying that golden light.  I like the surreal feeling it creates, to me, this photograph almost looks the way love feels– intense, soft, warm…

I love the character and decor of Luca’s, it is naturally charming– such a perfect place to fall in love ;).

Nicole shared, “Steve and I met working in Lucas years ago, I was still in high school at the time.  We had a real flirty relationship going on for almost a year before we decided to start actually dating, haha!”

She continued,  “It was a lot of fun to go back to Luca’s, just like old times, but with an amazing photographer following us around! We credit our relationship to our time spent working together at Luca’s. Andrea and the rest of the employees at Luca’s will forever hold a huge place in our hearts.”

Here is some of that fun, flirty, romantic relationship and the charming decor of Luca’s…

Nicole shared, “The owner of Luca’s is from the island of Ischia, which neighbors Capri, and has decorated the entire restaurant with hand crafted artwork imported from local artisans in Ischia.”

She continued, “We had heard so many stories about the beautiful island and experienced the food first hand that we eventually had to see it for ourselves and enjoyed a vacation there.  It was unreal, I’d highly recommend it!”

She went on, ” The most memorable part of the trip was visiting Andrea’s cousin Rita’s little waterside restaurant called Bagno Ciro where we enjoyed the most delicious linguine with mussels and clams and bruschetta!! ”

They sat inside waiting to order, seated below a hand-painted tile and rustic wood mural depicting the seafood market and landscape of Ischia.

Nicole shared, “Luca’s happens to have the most *amazing* food!!!”  Nicole and Steve literally insisted on treating me to an incredible meal at Luca’s– thanks again, guys!!!

It is a place I will definitely return to, it’s actually a perfect place for Kris and I to stop on our way to photograph weddings the Palace at Somerset Park as it is only 15 minutes away.  I know Nicole & Steve have one coming up ;).

Nicole explained, “Fico is a particularly delicious dish.  It is made of fresh figs, mascarpone, pine nuts, prosciutto di Parma, balsamic reduction, mixed greens, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.”  Seriously my mouth is watering as I describe it!

I placed Nicole’s beautiful pear shaped diamond ring on the plate of Fico before the 3 of us devoured this decadent, melt-in-your-mouth appetizer.

Stephen poured each of them a glass of red wine.  I captured the wine as it bubbled and splashed on its way into the glass, keeping it in sharp focus.

Stephen shared, “We met at a young age and have been together for so long.  It is something different about us and our relationship.  I feel like we were able to watch each other grow up into the people that we are today.  Nicole has become an amazing woman.”

Something about his sentiments and context make me think of wine, getting better with time.  ;).

Nicole shared, “At the end of the day all we want is to make each other happy and enjoy an excellent meal and bottle of wine while we are doing it.”

Nicole and Steve, thanks for sharing your story!  I absolutely love capturing meaningful, sentimental places like this for my couples.

I believe many years down the road you will be able to look back at these photos and show your family “the place where it all started”!

I’m looking forward to seeing you two again for your 2018 wedding in The Palace at Somerset Park.

The Lodges at Gettysburg Wedding Photographers: Chelsea & Chris

This iconic summer wedding included bare-feet, fireworks, *twenty-five* different pies, a packed dance floor and united two best friends forever in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Chelsea shared, “I was drawn to Rhinehart Photography because she is versatile and caters to a couple’s particular style and priorities. We especially wanted a combination of sweet/romantic couples photos, family portraits as well as fun, upbeat, natural photos of our guests.”

She continued, “On the wedding day it was clear that Lisa came prepared to work.  She had the whole day planned in her mind and she didn’t miss a beat. If I didn’t know what came next- she did! She catered specifically to our priorities so we were able to relax and enjoy our guests and those last few moments of sunset alone!”

I opened the blog post with one of those “sweet, romantic, couples’ photos,” this next photo is a “natural photo of her guests.”  One of her bridesmaids was seated below the clock as she rocked her daughter, the flower girl, while two other bridesmaids reached for Chelsea’s wedding dress.

I love when multiple things are happening in one frame and for me this photograph tells the story of the passage of time.  There is something special about the child in mom’s arms looking up towards the women with the wedding dress, the clock in the background was so perfect!

I also like to play with reflections and love how this photograph allows you to see the front and back of Chelsea and her wedding gown all at once in a very natural way.

Chelsea shared, “Brandi Hill was my makeup artist – I always knew I wanted to do my make-up for my big day!

I caught a cloud of spray in mid-air as Brandi put a finishing touch on Chelsea’s make-up…

Christopher shared, “Chelsea looked so beautiful on our wedding day!”

He went on, “I love my wife because of who she is.  Chelsea truly completes me, she helps me to be a better person.”


It was very important to Chelsea and Chris that they did not see each other prior to the wedding, so I found a sweet little cove that would allow her to be hidden…

Chelsea shared about her color palette and the overall look of the wedding, “I wanted a soft, romantic, summery wedding. We wanted elegant, yet “we’re ready to party” style… if that makes sense!”

She continued, “I chose deep jade dresses with ivory, blush, and hints of fuchsia and greenery. We chose gold as our accent colors. I wanted sultry colors, deep hues that I thought represented the end of summer with the pops of blush and ivory for that soft and romantic feel.”

A mother-daughter moment…

Chelsea shared, “Christopher is confident, hardworking, an active listener (even when you think he isn’t), he is kind-hearted and a true southern gentlemen.”

She explained, “My favorite quality in Christopher is his confidence, it’s something I admire most about him and something that he challenges me to work on daily.”

I love photographing weddings at The Lodges at Gettysburg!  There is so much to work with creatively from forests, to rolling hills to the wide-open sky!

Here Kris really captured all of those elements with the groomsmen, especially that vibrant blue sky!

I love their expressions in this shot– you can even see a bit of Chris’ truck in the background…

The ceremony began with a long procession from the woods to the lake, here the flower girl helps to escort the ring bearer– so sweet…

Chelsea and her father began the long walk down the aisle as guests looked on…

Chelsea shared, “He was so handsome standing by the lake during the ceremony – he looked anxious to see me which took me by surprise as Christopher is normally extremely calm and collected, while I am the nervous one!”

She continued, “On the wedding day though, Christopher and I exchanged these characteristics. I was very relaxed all morning and even felt that way standing up at the alter.  Christopher was very nervous all day. I find this sweet and sentimental that it brought out a different side of him.”

Christopher shared, “She looked so beautiful in her dress.  I honestly was so nervous that I thought I would faint!”

He continued, “Having Chelsea by my side was such a huge relief. When I’m with her I feel so relaxed!”

If you look at his expression before Chelsea and after that point is Chrystal clear, haha!!!

Another element of The Lodges at Gettysburg that I absolutely love is their ceremony space.  Somehow is wide open yet intimate.  I tried to capture the way the wedding ceremony space feels in this next photograph.

Chelsea shared, “I couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather and the breeze by the lake was calming during the exchange of vows.”

Butera Florists from York, Pennsylvania did a beautiful job on the floral arrangements.

Romantic roses framed Chelsea and Chris throughout the wedding ceremony…

Sealed with a kiss…

Chelsea and Chris hopped in his truck immediately following the ceremony to spend some time alone.

Chelsea shared, “Christopher’s first words once in the truck were how nervous he was standing up there waiting for me. He said, ‘I just needed to see my best friend and they kept making me wait.'”

I used a technique to allow the truck to be in sharp focus while the background is intensely blurred to capture the motion of them driving away into the woods…

Christopher was pretty go-with-the-flow when I asked him about his priorities for the wedding day.

He agreed that photos of friends and family were important to him, as was enjoying the day, but if I could get some photos of Chelsea’s “big smile” the “real one” that he would really appreciate it and if we could get some photos with his truck that would be nice, too.

This photograph incorporates both her beaming smile and the truck, I’m guessing he’s going to like this one :).

As I shared earlier, I love reflections, and I really like how the blue and green play together here as Christopher looks down at his wedding band.  It also incorporates the truck in a subtle way ;).

Not everyone that meets Christopher sees him for the gentle sweetheart that I see him as, it normally takes some time. But he would probably tell you that’s what he has me for  – the sweet and soft side of the relationship.

There is a line from a Jason Moore song that fits us well… “I’ve got a rough side, a wild side (at least a country mile wide), a fightin’ side, after a few if they wanna see my sweet side, my soft side, my best side, I just point at you.”

She continued, “I like bringing out his softer, gentlemanly side every now and then.”

Chelsea explained, “Christopher actually makes me feel more confident.  I am a much more confident person with him beside me.”

While I love capturing more natural, candid moments and emotions, it is also important for me to capture some more traditional portraits as well.

It depends on what the couple wants, but I generally capture posed group photos of friends and family and some traditional portraits of the bride and groom, too.

This is my favorite shot of Chelsea and Chris, you can see how comfortable they are together and how happy they are.  For me, you can even see that bit Christopher said about Chelsea completing him represented in a visual way…

Here I used a branch from a young maple tree to frame Chelsea and Chris– they are in the shadows while vibrant colors dance on the lake and in the background.

Chelsea shared, “I’m looking forward to sitting back and relaxing with my best friend in the coming months now that all of the wedding planning is over.” 🙂

Christopher shared, “I am really looking forward to growing a family together in the future.  There is no better person to start a family with– she will be the greatest mother!”

I love his expression here and the way the sun is peeking through the trees…

Now I’m peeking through the trees, haha!  I love the color, depth and dimension this adds to the photo!

Chelsea shared, “August is time for warm nights, watermelon, cherry pies, bare-feet, barbeque, sweet tea, wildflowers, camp fires, ripe tomatoes, lightning storms, lemonade & love”

I love that her bare-feet are showing in this photograph…

…and this one– it just says happily ever after to me 🙂

I really wanted to show off the beauty and character of the Gettysburg Lodges ballroom in this photo– the hardwood floors, the lighting (chandeliers, windows and string lights), and Chelsea & Chris’ decor… 

Here is a closer shot of one of the centerpieces– you can see the gold vase, the deep jade tablecloth and blush florals with accents– I really like the hand-written wooden look of the table numbers as well…

Husband & wife!

Chelsea shared, “The room was so filled with love – and the balcony of guests standing at the railing, watching from above was truly touching!”

Chelsea continued, “‘You give me the sweetest love, you must be straight from above.’ – that is a quote from our first dance song and how I feel about Christopher in a simple line. I think it also fits the theme of our summer wedding and where I got a lot of the inspiration for wedding plans, flowers, and the simple things of summer that I wanted to be included in our day.”

She went on “The first time Christopher sang this song to me in college (Love Grows Wild – Dierks Bentley) was when I knew I was going to marry him.”

Chelsea’s father chose “I loved her first” by Heartland as their father-daughter dance.  He had teased her for weeks leading up to the wedding about songs he would choose, but this one really hit home for both of them.

Here are a few lyrics: “I loved her first, I held her first, and a place in my heart will always be hers.
From the first breath she breathed, when she first smiled at me I knew the love of a father runs deep.
And I prayed that she’d find you someday, but it’s still hard to give her away– I loved her first.”

Here a tear rolls down her cheek as she listens to the lyrics:

Chelsea shared, “The slideshow was a surprise, but totally something I should have expected from our parents.”

She went on, “It is true that we share the same birthday – we were born on the exact same day, only eight hours apart!”

Chelsea and Chris were all smiles throughout the evening– laughing at speeches and the like.

25 pies– go big or go home, haha!

Chelsea explained, “Ever since I was a little girl – I told my mom I was having pie and ice cream at my wedding. That dream came true thanks to Lois at Stone House Cakery in Taneytown, MD. She took my idea of a pie bar and encouraged us go over the top (25 different pies with all different crusts/crumbs/flavors/fruit/chocolate/classics).”

She continued, “Lois seemed surprised by the idea and made sure we were going to do it right! The most popular that didn’t make it past the first half hour – peanut butter (Christopher’s favorite) and strawberry rhubarb.”

Here are 6 of the 25 pies!!!

The guest favors– whoopie pies…

Chelsea said, “The whoopie pies are a favorite treat of Christopher and I. Lucky for us, my parents have a lady at their family business who makes them. She was so excited to hear that we wanted her to make 250 whoopie pies for our wedding favors!”

Capturing action on the dance floor was important to both of them and wow, that dance floor was packed!  Here are just a few of the antics, there are literally over 100 more!

This one on the top right corner made me laugh out loud– I’ve been to a lot of weddings but never one where the groom bounced a groomsman like a basketball!

The fireworks display was nothing short of spectacular and really took the summer wedding theme to another level!

Again it was hard for me to pick a favorite, but I think I can settle on these two:

I showed Chelsea the back of the camera after taking this shot, she said, “It’s my favorite color, green, too!”

Chelsea and Chris– it was such a pleasure getting to know you two over the past year+.  I enjoyed capturing all of these memories for you and your family and friends and hope that these photos capture the love and romance between the two of you as well as the events of the day and energy of your friends and family members.

If you want to see more of Chelsea and Chris, check out their engagement session on Skyline Drive with Christopher’s truck here.   I also have hundreds more photos coming to their gallery link soon.  🙂

Creative Wedding Engagement Photographers: Heather & Vincent

This creative, colorful engagement session involves red velvet cupcakes, murals & even a wheelbarrow…

Heather and Vincent first reached out to me looking for beautifully executed, artistic, photos.  They wanted vibrant, fun photography with some drama and “pop,” something that would be unique and fit them well.

They shared, “We had a lot of fun during the engagement session itself. Lisa’s energy and enthusiasm jived well with our personalities so it was easy for us to relax, be ourselves, and bring a sense of  fun and positivity to the photos.”

They expounded, “We chose you because you are the best photographer in the Central PA area by far!  You have a flair for the imaginative and great color and composition, fair prices, and are fun, too!”  Heather shared about Vincent pulling up my work on multiple monitors and calling her over with a, “Hey look at these!”

Heather and Vincent love art, it was the subject they bonded over from the beginning of their relationship.  While Heather’s recent interests have been in painting, photography, and interior design projects, Vincent’s art is how he makes his living– he is a video game animator!

While I like the color and composition in the opening photograph, I really dig photos like this that push my creative boundaries.

I love how the little mirrors reflected certain parts of the couple and how different those expressions look dependent on the angles of the mosaic tiles– eyes, lips, hair…

Pieces of you…

While I love creative photography, I also capture a few more traditional shots during each photo session.

Vincent shared, “Heather and I are lucky enough to have found that fun, corny, but very real love. Even though it’s been years that we’ve been together, it really feels like we just started only a few weeks ago because Heather continues to surprise me with everything that she is capable of.  We will shape a future together that we could never have created on our own.”

For me this photograph captures their energy and enthusiasm for life and each other and shows that they are connected, blazing the trail forward– I love the sign, too ;).

Modern romance: An Investigation is a book written by actor & stand up comic Aziz Ansari and NYU professor and sociologist Eric Klinenberg.  Heather highly recommended that I read it, not only because it is so funny, but also because it really shows a lot about love in the digital age, which would relate to my couples!

Thanks lady, I think I will 😉

Heather shared a bit about her own modern romance…

Heather explained, “We met on Match.  Vincent sent me a very well constructed message inquiring about the painting class I had written about in my profile. Obviously, Vince did his homework, so I wrote back to him. Our exchanges eventually transitioned to lengthy phone calls and texts. We kept in daily contact for about a month when Vince told me he would drive the entire way to meet me in Central PA for our first date.”

Vincent’s perspective, “I saw Heather’s profile and thought to myself, ‘This gal is out of my league for sure, but whatever, I’ll give it a try.’  After pouring a double shot of Whiskey I got to typing… eventually, I drove to a little coffee shop near her place which was about two hours away and I was early. I am rarely early, so you can tell how important this was to me. ”

I like to play with perspective and color, so this shot was fun for me…

Vincent continued about the first date, “I sat in the middle of the coffee shop near the entrance so she couldn’t miss me when she came in. I tried to play it cool and pretend I didn’t notice her when she came in. Not really sure if that played into my favor, but I was trying to be mysterious or something. I don’t know. I was nervous! Leave me alone! Anyway, she came to my table and I stood up to greet her. We sat and had a lovely conversation over coffee.”

Vincent’s reactions to Modern Romance are priceless, haha…

Heather and Vincent met me at Nathan Miller Chocolate for their engagement photography session, one of my personal favorite places to go out on date nights or with friends.

They shared, “Our first date was at a little coffee shop in a small town similar to Nathan Miller Chocolate. The location made our engagement session feel almost nostalgic.  Our favorite treat was the red velvet cupcake.”

I used a shallow depth of field and focused only on her ring and the fresh-picked raspberries on her cupcake… oh wow, this makes me *hungry*

Their first date also included a high-spirited debate…

Heather shared, “Our conversation turned to baking (one of my passions), more specifically, I was planning on baking a confetti cake. Vincent looked at me and asked “What is confetti cake?” I looked back at him and thought to myself “How does he not know what confetti cake is?”

She went on, “I explained that its the type of cake that has sprinkles in the batter. Vince responded “Oh, do you mean birthday cake!?” After a playful debate over the cake’s name, Vincent asked me if I cared to bet that the majority of people in the coffee shop would not know what confetti cake is. I said “You’re on!” I mean, how could I lose, everyone knows what confetti cake is!”

She explained, “Vince stood up and walked over to each of the patrons at the little coffee shop and proceeded to survey them. To make a long story short, I lost the bet by one person but I was really impressed by Vince’s outgoing, fun-loving nature.”

Heather shared, “Vincent is a charismatic, outgoing, fun-loving, personable, and kind man.”

Vincent shared, “Heather and I are similar where it counts but different enough to help us grow.”

Heather said, “I knew Vincent was someone special because Decker (my cat) liked Vince instantly upon first meeting him!  Decker literally fell asleep in Vincent’s lap, something she doesn’t even do for my own mother!”

Yep, he’s a keeper 🙂

It was one of those days of mixed sunshine and rain which added to this very dramatic looking light.  I took it a step further with this reflection, love the sparkle!

Heather was nostalgic, “That first date was by far the best first date I ever had. It will also be my last first date, which makes the memory of that day even more special.”

Vincent shared, “Lisa, I appreciated the way you took the time to get to know Heather and I.  We came into the session fully trusting you to do your thing.”

While I leaned on my knowledge of them to plan and shoot,  I incorporated their ideas and interactions as well– like the time Vincent jumped into a wheelbarrow and Heather pushed him around the parking lot!!!  Did you hear that Nathan Miller?  Not my idea to borrow your wheel barrow… though I am super happy with my use of shutter speed and panning here, haha :).

This just makes me smile!  You two are the best!

Vincent shared, “As the sun set, you asked me to look over at Heather.  When I did, it struck me deeply and I became very present during that moment.”

He continued, “While soaking in the warm colors of her skin and hair against the sun, I felt like I saw my past and a glimpse of my future all at once.”

He recalled, “I thought to myself, ‘I’m looking at my wife.”

Heather and Vincent, thank you so much for opening up to me and for choosing me to capture your playful, artistic images and to tell the story of your modern romance ;).

I am beyond ecstatic to be photographing your upcoming wedding at The Bond in York, Pennsylvania next year!

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this is so so much lovely amazing ,so beautiful love you both

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Woodstone Country Club Wedding: Devin & Calli

A sweet, rainy day romance, twins & and an epic dance party celebrating two college sweet hearts…

Calli shared, “Working with Rhinehart Photography was one of the best choices of our wedding day! Lisa had such cool and creative ideas for photos, and we were so grateful for that, especially when it started raining!”

She continued, “Though rain on our wedding day was not what we were hoping for, Lisa turned the rain into a fairy tale moment of playing in the rain, a great moment and memory that we wouldn’t trade for anything!”

Arriving at Woodstone Country Club, I spotted Calli right away as there was a huge bouquet of roses beside her!  Calli shared, “I am very close with my family and love flowers, so it meant so much to me that Devin bought me roses and had my brother deliver them the morning of our wedding day. It was so sweet!”

I love to play with reflections and other elements and get creative with my photos.

While it is quite sharp, the entire image is actually a reflection.  This adds a warm tone and a little bit of character and depth to the photograph.

If you look closely in the background you can see Calli’s shadow on the wall as well ;).

I also like to play with symmetry, Calli and her mom look so similar here, almost like mirror images of each other…

Devin shared, “Calli is quiet, but brave and courageous.  She is never afraid to stick up for what she believes in or go after what she wants.”

For me this dramatic black and white image captures the quiet confidence that Calli possesses…

Devin continued, “I knew I wanted Calli to be my partner for the rest of my life because she made me want to be a better person. I know that is a little cliche, but it is true.”

He went on, “Throughout college she pushed me to work harder and strive to my greatest potential. To be candid, I do not think she even knew she was doing it. She never pushed me with words, but always celebrated my little successes.”

In summary, he explained, “I would not be where I am today without Calli.”

Devin shared, “I first laid eyes on Calli when I was a sophomore in high school. I was at a birthday party of a mutual friend and I saw her walking across the room and I felt this longing to go talk to her.”

He went on, “Calli was shy like me, but so easy to talk to.  She is the smartest girl I have ever met and the perfect mix of classy and cute!”

Calli’s beautiful dress was from Lehigh Valley boutique, Bridals by Sandra.  What a beautiful bride!

Calli shared, “We wanted our wedding to be elegant, but relaxed and fun at the same time.  We chose a light pink color for the bridesmaids’ gowns and bouquets.”

I liked the pink against the soft green of the trees and used a shallow depth of field to make it appear even softer.  I think it really plays up that relaxed, romantic feel that Calli was hoping for.

Michael Thomas Floral Design created the wedding bouquets.

Here is a more detailed look at his beautiful work…

Now it is Devin’s turn for the spotlight!

Calli shared, “There are so many things that made me fall for Devin.  He puts his best effort into everything that he does, I really admire that about him.”

She continued, “I have also had the honor to get to see him work towards his goals in school and achieve them, and I love to hear about his latest stories of his experiences working in the hospital. I can just hear the compassion when he talks about his patients, and it reminds me how much I love that about him.”

Calli explained, “Devin is the kindest and most compassionate person I have ever met. He treats everyone he meets with the same amount of respect and kindness as he does his best friends and family. I really love that about him, and I believe that he has made me a much better person because of it.”

Kris captured several different portraits of Devin and his best man, his TWIN brother, but I like this one so much!

You are able to see their personalities come out with their different expressions, yet there is still a good deal of symmetry as well!

This shot is soooo cool, just the natural symmetry that Kris captured here as the groomsmen walk…

The gang’s all here…

The relationship of a father and daughter is so special, the love is almost palpable between these two!

Calli shared, “I’m definitely Daddy’s little girl.  I know it was tough for him to “give me away,” but I also know how much he loves Devin and how happy and excited my dad was for our wedding.”

Devin shared, “When I first saw Calli on our wedding day, it felt like a dream, so surreal. I was overwhelmed with her beauty, but also steadied by knowing that I was marrying the girl of my dreams.”

Calli shared, “I was so excited to marry Devin! As I walked down the aisle, I was thinking that I wanted to give him a huge hug, but of course it wasn’t time for that yet. When I got closer to him, I couldn’t stop smiling.”

Calli explained, “My dad was probably the most excited person there, second only to us!  On the day we got engaged, my dad even helped to set up a picnic for us on the beach!  He is so supportive of us!”

Here Devin hugs Calli’s dad as he walks her down the aisle.  The look on everyone’s faces are priceless…

How happy is he???

Calli shared, “I don’t think I stopped smiling the entire ceremony. The entire day I just felt so overjoyed. It was truly the happiest I have ever felt in my life.”

Throughout the course of the day, Kris and I use different lenses and vantage points to capture different perspectives of the wedding day.   We try to capture an eclectic mix of images that will allow our couples to re-live their wedding day for years to come.

This shot shows the setting of the ceremony, the beautiful grounds of the Woodstone Country Club— the trees and rolling hills, yet the couple is in sharp focus and appears to be so tiny in the frame.

The ring exchange…

It actually *rained* throughout Calli & Devin’s ceremony.  It isn’t evident until you get close up, it was a light, forgiving rain…

Here they hold hands and you can see the bright, shiny wedding band on Devin’s finger and Calli holding his hands as well as the minister holding the bible and a few drops of rain falling in the background and beading up on Devin’s tuxedo.

Devin shared, “As it began to rain, we thought, “seriously?!” It seemed that the first drop fell as I first laid eyes on Calli walking down the aisle. We were honestly taken off guard. Before the rain it was a beautiful sunny day!  Though the rain was not ideal, it was easy to get over because we were marrying each other. ”

Calli & Devin shared, “The ceremony space is what initially drew us to the idea of having our wedding at Woodstone Country Club. The beautiful green, mountainous backdrop, the colorfully flourished, airy ceremony seating that felt natural but also sophisticated.”

While I crouched down to capture intimate details of the ceremony like the ring exchange photos (above), Kris perched up above, getting a bird’s eye view of the ceremony (below).  This way we could offer two different perspectives and really give a well-rounded view of the day. 😉

I can’t tell you how many times I see the rain “wait” until after the ceremony to really start coming down!

As soon as the ceremony ended the rain started to come down harder, Calli & Devin were all smiles…

They wanted to go outside and take a walk together and enjoy the scenic Woodstone Country Club regardless of rain.

For me it captures the resilient nature of their relationship and how they can make anything work as long as they are together…

Calli shared, “We work so well because we are so similar, we are similar in what we want in life and how we enjoy our free time. Our personalities are different, but complement each other well.”

While the vast majority of my photos during the wedding day are candid moments, I also make sure to capture a good variety of photographs, including some more standard portraits.

I really like this image, you can tell how happy these two are and I was able to capture a huge pink hydrangea bush in the background.

As the storm passed we could literally see the clouds moving away and mist forming at the foot of the mountains.  As they looked out together over the view, I couldn’t help but think about the future that Calli and Devin have together.

Devin shared, “I am excited for all our “firsts” and to start our lives together as husband and wife.  We are blessed to have met our life-partner at a young age and to have the opportunity to grow in it together. I look forward to starting a family and have kids and watching her being an amazing mom. I look forward to traveling the world and achieving everything we want in this world, together. Calli is more than I ever thought I deserved and I know that together, Calli and I can live an amazing life and share wonderful memories.”

Devin shared, “What really made it easier to deal with the rain was how you, Lisa, made the most of our photo session.  You quickly adjusted and got pictures that were unique and we both felt that the photos were thought of with us in mind.”

I tend to see rain as a “turning lemons into lemonade” sort of situation…  rain is something I embrace.  I think outside of the box and either use it to enhance the photo (like the image above with the storm moving and mist forming) or think of a way to avoid getting wet but still have a beautiful background (like the image below).

As for having Calli & Devin in mind with my photography ideas, that is definitely the case! I take the time to get to know my couples and come prepared with ideas specifically suited for them and ready to capture their personalities, relationship, and style:

Calli & Devin shared, “Woodstone also allowed us to have every element of our wedding day– the preparations, ceremony, reception and overnight accommodations at one elegant, natural, beautiful location.  With less time spent traveling, we had more time to spend enjoying our day and making memories!”

Here they stand silhouetted inside Woodstone’s Grand Room— its cathedral ceilings, stone and metal work as well as its chandeliers…

The reception began with announcements and flowed into traditions.

Here Devin and Calli share their first dance as husband and wife…

Devin’s dance with his mother…

Calli shared, “The father daughter dance was definitely really important to me!  Butterfly Kisses has been ‘our song’ since I was a little girl. My dad played it for me on my 5th or 6th birthday, and I told him ‘I never want to get married!'”

I have so many sweet photos of this dance, but this one of their hug at the end has to be my favorite– it says “Daddy’s little girl” to me…

The toasts were fantastic!  Here Devin’s twin brother speaks…

Here one of Calli’s co-maids of honor share about how Calli used to refer to Devin in secret code in school as she thought he was cute and didn’t want everyone else to know.

It gets better– Calli would secretly call Devin ‘potato,’ to keep her crush under wraps, lol!!!

Here is Devin’s reaction to hearing the ‘potato’ story that he had *never* heard before!  Calli kisses him on the cheek while guests laugh out loud…

The bouquet toss was quite lively– look at those reactions!

This little man knew how to get the party started…

This gentleman definitely kept it going, haha, with the help of DJ Jim from Synergetic Sound and Lighting.

Everyone had a fantastic time!

Calli & Devin shared, “We had a blast dancing all night. People often told us that we wouldn’t even get to enjoy our wedding reception, and we made it a goal to prove them wrong, haha!”

He continued, “We got to spend time with so many old friends that we don’t get to see often, which was really special. Dancing with our college friends to all of the throwbacks was probably one of our favorite things about the reception.”

They said, “At the end of the night everyone got in a huge circle around us and sang Sweet Caroline and it was just the perfect ending to our wedding day.”

At the end of the evening, Calli and Devin stepped outside for a few moments in the rain.  Inside the dance floor was packed and high energy, outside the air was quiet, cool and smelled like fresh rain.

As they stood outside steam rose from the warm ground and I silhouetted them against their umbrella while capturing their reflection in a nearby puddle.  You can see the rain in the background as well as a hydrangea in full bloom.

To me this photo says, “They lived happily ever after.” 😉

Calli & Devin it was such a pleasure working with you!  Thank you for entrusting me to capture these priceless memories for you and your loved ones!  Please share & enjoy– more coming soon 🙂

Update: After seeing the full set of photos, Calli and Devin shared, “Thank you so much for all of your fabulous work on our wedding photos! We love every single one! You truly captured every moment of the day. There isn’t one part of the day that isn’t perfectly captured in a photo. We love that there is a great mixture of posed photos, candids, and creative shots. We LOVE the rain photos, and can’t thank you enough for making the rainy day into some amazing pictures. We really appreciate how you got so many great shots of the guests at our wedding. My family loves the picture of my 88 year old great aunt dancing. It’s adorable! 🙂 It was so fun to look through the photos and relive that day. We are so thankful to have this collection to look back on for the rest of our lives. THANK YOU again! You are amazing!”

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