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Hometown wedding for high school sweethearts on the hottest day of the year… lots of love, color and a packed dance floor… and everything was within a mile from my home!
Alexis shared, “We chose Rhinehart Photography because we love Lisa’s work! Her photos have an artistic feel, she captures emotions well and has such a unique perspective. Lisa and Kris are professional, fun, super creative, and have a very unique vision. We are hoping to see love, excitement, fun and laughter with our photos, featuring all the friends, family and people we love.”
I have never shot this close to home before– everything was within *1 mile* of my house, I’m talking hotel, church, reception! As someone who spends many weekends in NYC, DC, Philly etc, this was such a treat to have a wedding at a church that I can literally see out my office window, and to be photographing two Shippensburg High School sweethearts was the best…
Here Alexis puts on her finishing touches in the mirror…
Wow, such beautiful lace, beading and applique– it’s something you have to see up close…
Alexis finished her wedding day preparations at the Courtyard by Marriot in Shippensburg. Everyone was so excited for her!
Small town! Emily, the bridesmaid laughing below, and I share the same nephews! (Her brother is married to my husband’s sister).
Alexis shared, “My family is very close. I can go to my mom with anything and everything. We just have the best relationship. I’m very blessed.”
She added, “I feel the same way about my sister!”
Alexis listed, “The flowers were: quicksand roses, eskimo roses, baccara roses, red rubicon roses, majolica spray roses, dark burgundy scabiosa, lisianthus, chocolate lace flower, ect. There was so many!! A ton of roses because they are my favorite flower and I love greenery.”
Giggles all around…
Alexis shared, “I wanted a rustic feel for our wedding, mixed with a little vintage. Our colors were burgundy, dusty rose and rose gold. These colors are so pretty together and I just loved how it all came together!”
Spencer shared, “Our wedding day was sooooo hot. It was 97 degrees outside, but it felt much hotter. We were very grateful for the AC that day!”
Spencer smiled, “My parents and brothers are my best friends. My nephews are also a great blessing. I adore them.”
Spencer explained, “I went to Shippensburg University for a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, so I have spent a good amount of time on campus.”
My second photographer, and husband, Kris, did an awesome job on this shot… so cool and modern!
Alexis shared, “In high school, Spencer was a football player and I was a cheerleader. Some of the football guys drove us to a bonfire they were having. Spencer was there and immediately I started crushing on him. He was flirty and I was extremely shy back then, but it all worked out! I will never forget that night. After the bonfire, another cheerleader gave me his number.”
She continued, “I asked him if I could wear his jersey for our 2012 LBJ game….he said yes!! I was so nervous and excited. We started dating November 3rd 2012. I am so glad I got the courage to ask to wear his jersey!”
Alexis explained, “We chose the catholic church, Our Lady of the Visitation because it is the church I grew up in.”
This also happens to be the church I can see out my office window and the one many of my neighbors and friends attend. The last time I was inside was to attend one of my friend’s weddings.
Alexis shared, “The kids in our wedding were the cutest, the flower girls were so pretty and our nephews mean the world to us. We love them very much.”
I have many photos of the kiddos, but I really like this show because it really gives you a sense of space… the flower girls, the ring bearers the church etc. I used the flower girls to frame the cross, stained glass and bearing.
What color! I think he’s ready, guys…
Alexis shared, “When I first saw Spencer on our wedding day. I just could not stop smiling. I was so happy at that moment. I knew I was about to marry the love of my life and my very best friend.”
Spencer shared, “When I saw Alexis for the first time on the wedding day, I thought “OMG this is actually happening.” I did choke up a little and was just amazed that I get to spend the rest of my life with this beautiful human being!”
So cool to see two different perspectives of the same moment! While I was down on the ground capturing all the emotion in Spencer and Alexis’ faces, I had Kris stationed above in the balcony, getting the entire scene. Wow Alexis, that dress!
Tears of joy…
I love the layers in this shot… the stained class, the bible, a candle, the groomsmen, the priest, the family, the bride and groom…
I move a lot during the wedding, here I climbed up to the choir loft and got that perspective. I really wanted to show off the wood ceiling.
Awww more happy tears from Spencer!
We captured all the expected shots, the kiss, the recessional, but sometimes these moments that are less visible to the public are some of the sweetest…
Spencer shared, “My family is extremely close and tight-knit. I hope to be half the dad my father has been to us 3 boys. My mom is an angel who has done so much for me and has helped me every step of the way in my life.”
When we first met, Spencer and Alexis mentioned wanting to see emotion and color in their photos. The above showed here is some of both…
While I love to capture emotions, I also make sure to capture a few more traditional photos too.
Alexis shared, “I fell for Spencer as soon as I saw him. He is so funny and friendly. I absolutely adore everything about him. His dimples are my favorite thing and I am praying our future kids are going to get them one day!”
I love to give my couples a good variety of photos– some up close and some father away, showing the whole scene…
Wow, the architecture of the Luhrs center!
Alexis continued, “Spencer is so caring and compassionate, I know he would do anything for me. He always puts everyone else’s needs before his own. He is such a hard worker and is so positive about every day. He makes me a better person and I fall more in love with him every day.”
What you can’t see is that the heat index is well over 100 degrees. We waited for a while in the air conditioned vehicles and were only outside for literally ten minutes total, haha!
Here I played with perspective as Spencer danced with Alexis, complimenting her dress ;).
Spencer shared, “The number one thing that made me fall for my wife when I first met her was her smile. It was and still is, so beautiful. Alexis is my best friend, she’s a funny girl who is also very caring and I appreciate that about her so much!”
Spencer smiled, “I am most looking forward to continuing our love and eventually starting a family of our own!”
Spencer shared, “We both went to Shippensburg High School, we started dating when Alexis was 14 and I was 16. We have taken a lot of pictures for school dances in front of the fountain at old main, now we’ve been there for our wedding photos, too!”
Strike a pose! Vogue…
Alexis shared, “The Tuscarora room was the perfect reception room because it is very close to the church and the hotel we had our guests stay at. Colton Staver decorated the reception beautifully and totally transformed the room. I wanted a very rustic feel and that’s exactly what we got.”
Here clothespins hold the seating chart– this and all of the other details were so beautifully and meticulously executed…
Spencer shared, “The reception was awesome. It was amazing coming in and seeing everyone cheer us on!”
Aw the time of their lives…
Spencer explained, “Heaven by Bryan Adams has been our song since we started dating. Alexis loves the 80’s. She chose the Shane Filan version because she wanted a slower feel.”
Alexis raved, “Colton Staver and the JDK group was AMAZING. All my flowers and decor was beyond what I could have dreamed my wedding looking like. It was exactly what I wanted- rustic and vintage. When I walked into the room it took my breath away, so beautiful.”
I wanted to bring in a little more of the scene with Alexis and her dad during dance. Here I used my radio triggered flash and used the curtain in the background and candles in the foreground to bring in a little of that beautiful atmosphere.
Here I brought in a lot of it. I wanted to capture all the emotion of Spencer and his mom during their dance…
Alexis explained, “The backdrop was huge for me, I saw it on Pinterest and absolutely loved it. I have always been a fan of “twinkle lights” and I just thought the whole idea was classic and elegant.”
Spencer shared, “My brothers are my ride-and-die and best friends. We talk every day on the phone if we do not see one another in person.”
He laughed, “My brother really roasted me by telling my “lawn-mower story”… PRICELESS!”
Alexis smiled, “Ava is very competitive, so it is not surprising she tried very hard to catch the bouquet. Spencer’s cousin, Shea, caught the bouquet.”
The grandparents reaction to the garter toss was *the best*….
Let them eat cake…
Spencer shared, “I was so happy to see everyone having such a great time celebrating together. The dance floor was packed! Our DJ did a really great job with that.”
It was so great to see so many familiar faces… The woman clapping in the frame above hired me for senior portraits, the one below is my physical therapist!
Their grandson is my nephew!
Check out here hair!!! Love it!!!
Alexis continued, “DJ Jenergy took care of everything. She was so awesome and helpful. She knew when to play what kind of music. She kept the crowd dancing the whole night, no one wanted to leave the dance floor! I could go on and on! She was just perfect. The best DJ I have ever heard play at an event.”
Smiles all around…
How cute are these two…
Alexis shared, “We loved that everyone danced and had a good time. Our goal was to get everyone up and dancing. We just really wanted everyone to have a good time.”
Alexis smiled, “At the end of it all, we felt so happy and loved. We were a little sad that our wedding was over, but we were so happy to finally be husband and wife.”
Fireworks, a packed dance floor and marrying her elementary school crush in the school chapel… you won’t want to miss this unique, heartfelt wedding… oh and I lost my voice for this one guys, there is a first time for everything, but it all turned out picture perfect ;)…
Michelle shared, “Lisa photographed Dan’s friends Kristin and Brian’s wedding two years ago, (they actually got to celebrate their 2 year anniversary at our wedding!) I looked at her website and loved the way she captured strong emotions creatively in photos. They looked natural and were a great mix of traditional and candid photos that really seemed to capture the personalities of the couples she worked with. We reached out to Kristin and she said that choosing Lisa was one of the best decisions they made for their wedding!”
She continued, “After meeting Lisa, we instantly knew she was the photographer for us. Not only is she talented but after chatting with her for only a short time we immediately felt comfortable with her. We truly enjoyed working with Lisa for our engagement photos and loved how the photos came out. We went into the wedding day with full trust in her, knowing that she was the best person to capture the special moments of the wedding through photography. She and her assistant, Denis, really fit in with our bridal party and were so easy to be around. They gave us a few suggestions here and there, but for most of the day, they seemed to be invisible!”
While I love capturing candid, creative shots, I also make sure to photograph traditional portraits, too. I love the classic feel of this one:
While I’ve photographed many weddings at The Palace, each couple is unique and I try to find new places and new perspectives, and use different lighting and camera techniques and push myself creatively…
Michelle shared, “For the flowers, I chose a blush color scheme with roses and lots of greens.”
I liked the idea of subtly incorporating a few of the family antiques in the foreground and background of the shot, elevating it with some gold.
Note the name of the bottle 😉
Cheers! Michelle’s bridesmaids bought her the balloon for her shower, and it was still in good shape for the wedding, so she mounted it over the bed. It adds some depth and context to the photo along with the wedding dress in the foreground…
Michelle explained, “My “something blue” was my wedding shoes that I dyed steel blue to match the bridesmaids’ dresses.”
A modern take on a family heirloom… Michelle mentioned to me that she had an antique photo of her grandmother using the same heirloom mirror she’d be using on her wedding day. She asked if I might be able to use it for anything, I was like YES!!!
The photo is of her grandmother’s reflection, so I wanted to capture Michelle’s reflection *on* the photograph. I wanted to show the heirloom mirror, but in a sleek, modern way, so I photographed Michelle’s silhouette and I pulled in the blues of the window light and also played up the gold sepia tones of the photo and frame using the ambient light in the room….
It was really a challenge to pull off, to get everything looking just the way I wanted, but I’m so happy with the results…
I have *so many* beautiful bridal shots of Michelle, but there is something about the veil and the sparkle in her eyes here that I really like…
I played with silhouettes and reflections a little more with this shot…
While I was photographing the ladies, my second photographer, Denis was working with the men…
Michelle shared, “Not many people can say they married their 7th grade crush! Back in elementary school Dan was outgoing, funny, kind, and as an added bonus was a Yankee fan. At my friend Megan’s wedding in 2016, our mutual friend, Danielle, convinced me that “grown up” Dan still possessed a lot of these qualities and thought that we would hit it off. I am so glad I took her advice!”
When the groomsmen arrived here was a special drink waiting for each of them.
He pulled in elements of their personalities, interests and tastes and came up with quite a selection…
There are so many elements of a wedding day to be captured, from little details to epic scenes to little moments that capture emotion…
These cool guys are all dressed up and ready to go:
I love all the reds, whites, and blues in this silhouette of Dan catching a limo from the hotel to the church…
Michelle shared, “We had our ceremony at Saint Matthias Church. Dan and I both went to school together at Saint Matthias and so did many members of the bridal party! It was the perfect place for us to get married!”
Their journey is about to come full circle…
Michelle explained, “When I saw Dan on our wedding day he looked amazing in his navy blue suit. As I walked up the aisle with my father at the church, well I don’t think I’ve ever had a bigger smile on my face.”
Dan shared, “Watching Michelle walk down the aisle towards me was a moment I will never forget, especially seeing how big her smile was, I genuinely thought to myself how did I get this lucky?!”
Here her father joins their hands and gives his blessing on their marriage.
I love to play with different visual elements, here I caught a reflection of Michelle and Dan off the church floor…
Michelle explained, “Our organist was my choir director growing up, and our officiant, Deacon Steve, is my bridesmaid Sara’s father.”
I wanted to get a really unique photo of Deacon Steve, and played with colorful reflections again, this time using the stained glass…
Michelle laughed, “All I kept thinking was, “This is the best day ever and I can’t wait to marry him!”
Playing with the reflection again, Love their expressions here…
Offering up prayers and songs, I wanted to focus on the wedding guests’ hands and allow Michelle and Dan to be visible, but only softly in the background.
Michelle smiled, “It felt great to walk out of the church for our first time as husband and wife!”
Aw their faces say it all!
Something most of my clients get is a guestbook. It features photos from their engagement session and has spaces for the guests to sign and write well wishes…
Michelle shared, “My bridesmaid Katie is my cousin, but like a sister to me. I’ve been friends with the rest of my girls for 25+ years. Some of us went to preschool together and all of us went to Saint Matthias together. Throughout the years we have all remained close. Even though we don’t all live near each other, when we are together it’s like no time has past. The distance also gives us good excuses to go on trips together and have enjoyed girls’ trips in Costa Rica, Mexico, San Francisco, Nashville and the Outer Banks. ”
Taking a unique perspective on a familiar venue– I love the columns!
Dan explained, “I was really excited to have my best friends together in the party with my brother and soon to be brothers in law. They all clicked together really well- especially as we were taking photos together and doing football and other funny poses.”
Michelle shared, “I chose steel blue for the bridesmaids’ gowns, because I thought it would be a nice color for a summer wedding and would look great on all the girls. I wanted everyone to be happy with their look so I let my girls pick the style of their dresses. I’m glad I decided to do this because all the girls looked amazing wearing the dresses they selected.”
Dan shared, “Denis made taking photos together an enjoyable process. He blended in well and it felt like he became one of the guys.”
Dan smiled, “The groomsmen did a great job keeping me relaxed and allowing me to enjoy the moments and they even bought me a variety pack of my favorite Scotch which included Johnny Walker Blue!”
Michelle shared, “Lisa lost her voice on the day of our wedding! Something that never happened to her the day of a wedding, before. With the help of water and cough drops, she was able to direct the wedding party and get all of the photos we wanted as if she was feeling 100%. Lisa really fit in with the wedding party and it was fun to have her their while we were getting ready.”
This was the shot I was most nervous about as it does take quite a bit of communication to set up (unless your friends actually area supermodels). I dunno guys, it looks like you might be…
Michelle explained, “I live in Somerset, where the Palace is located, and have heard great things about it ever since it opened . We had over 250 people at our wedding and the East Side which proved to be the perfect location for our wedding guests. The Palace grounds are so beautiful in the summer and we were lucky enough have a sunny day…
I love to capture the entire scene, so that you can really get the feel for a venue. I tilt-shifted this shot to almost make Michelle and Dan and the scene look like a miniature…
Dan shared, “I always knew that Michelle was such a sweet and loving person. I love how smart and how hardworking she is. I knew for a long time that Michelle is the person I wanted to spend the rest of my life with and that she would be there for me in good times and in bad.”
He continued, “I’m really looking forward to my future with Michelle– buying our first house together, going on great vacations, exploring the world together, and hopefully one day even buying a beach house.”
Playing with a crystal to get some cool effects, Denis knocked this one out of the park! I’m really particular about who I hire to work with me. 😉
Michelle shared, “It was so nice to have alone time with Dan during our photos. Dan is kind, loving, funny, and hardworking. I feel so lucky to have him in my life!”
I really had fun with this cake shot!
I found just the right spot so that I could layer candles in front and behind and play with, I also played with the crystals in the decor (great minds think alike haha) and then used a lighting technique to really accentuate the layers of textured icing on the cake!
I thought the blue and yellow were great contrasts and the dark background really made the cake pop!
A bridal party arch on the dance floor is always fun! Here, with this wide perspective you can see the excitement of the bridal party and the wedding guests… I even see Kristin and Brian in the background, happy anniversary, guys!
Michelle shared, “The ballroom itself is gorgeous with high ceiling and chandeliers.”
I tried to pull the architecture into my photos, for example, in this photograph during toasts, I really show the chandeliers…
Michelle shared, “I am extremely close with my extended family and as my Dad mentioned in his speech (and the family confirmed through applause!) Dan fit in immediately. It’s like he has been a part of the group forever! I am excited for what our future holds and can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with Dan. We loved my dad’s speech, it was so touching.”
I have several shots of their first dance but this one is my favorite. You really get a sense of the whole scene, the grand ballroom, all the weddings guests, even the cake along with Michelle and Dan.
Michelle shared, “My dad and I danced to Lullaby by Billy Joel. The song has a lot of meaning to us because my dad and I used to dance to it when I was little. It was very appropriate as Dan actually asked my dad if he could marry me at a Billy Joel concert!”
Now THIS is a packed dance floor!
Michelle smiled, “My strapless organza ball gown was perfect for a July wedding: lightweight, comfortable, fun, and easy to dance in! I also loved the fact the bustle did not take away from the look of the dress. While I was dress shopping last year my bridesmaid and family all said that the dress looked exactly like what they’d expect me to get married it in. I agree and couldn’t imagine wearing another dress on my wedding day.”
She continued, “I was pleasantly surprised that I actually had more time to dance then I was expecting. It’s not every day that you get to dance to songs you hand-picked with all of your favorite people!”
Michelle shared, “I don’t know what I’d do without my mom! She was so helpful with wedding planning, she is such an amazing mom, and she is also always so much fun to be around!”
Go, mamma, go!
So funny, Michelle has such a similar expression on her face in this shot…
Dan shared, “I loved that Michelle and I were able to spend a lot of time on the dance floor and enjoying the evening. It will always be a favorite memory of my life dancing to ‘You Can Call me Al’ with my wife along with many other of our favorite hits!”
The people’s expressions in this photo are incredible!!! Such a cool moment…
Michelle smiled, “I am so glad we had fireworks at our wedding. Many of our guests knew that the Palace can do fireworks and asked if we would be having them. I am glad we decided to keep them a surprise. Our DJ called the guests outside for the cake cutting. As soon as we kissed after cutting the cake, our maitre d ,Richard, cued for the fireworks to begin.”
She continued, “Everything about the experience was amazing! From cutting our 6 tier cake, the sound of the fireworks beginning during the kiss to the absolutely phenomenal show accompanied by the fireworks themed music we selected with our DJ. It was definitely an experience we will never forget and felt like something straight out of a fairytale.”
Your kind referrals to friends and family are seriously the biggest compliment I can receive! I so appreciate your very kind works, Kristen and Brian!
It’s so nice to see families grow, I photographed this family of 5 while they were on vacation at Long Beach Island several years ago, I can’t believe you remembered me!
Thanks so much for checking out Michelle & Dan’s wedding blog! There are literally hundreds more photos coming soon in their full set! Until then, please feel free to check out their Lighthouse engagement session here.
A romantic, fairy tale wedding with so many unique twists– a dress designed for Meghan Markle, s’mores, a birthday surprise, a sweet food truck and how about this incredible sunset!?!?
Jen shared, “Hiring you to be our wedding photographer was the first and easiest decision we made when beginning to plan our wedding.”
Tyler explained, “Jen’s jaw literally dropped when she first started looking at your work. She was impressed by the high quality images, all the candid moments and emotion. It was at that point that we both knew we needed to make you our wedding photographer.”
Jen continued, “You really took the time to get to know us and are caring, incredibly talented and personable. Tyler and I are not the most photogenic people but you really made us feel comfortable, so our personalities really came out on camera. Kris was also fantastic. He made all the guys feel so comfortable. Watching you capture *every moment* throughout the night, made me appreciate your talents even more. These photos will allow us to relive our wedding day for years to come, and we are excited for that!”
Wow– her dress and the grounds of Historic Acres— I found a bird’s eye view and used a tilt shift technique for this shot– I love the vibrant blues and greens in this shot:
I love to play with perspective– lunch is served, guys!
Jen shared, “One thing that was really important to me was to have all my best friends standing by me on my wedding day. For me that meant including two brides men. We had such a great time together and they brought a lot of fun into the mix!”
Jen shared, “My family has always been super close. It sounds silly but they really are my best friends. Having my mom help dress me was so important to me because she is the most loving and caring person. She has been there for me through it all and this is no different. I have always looked up to her and she will never truly know how amazing she is as a mother.”
Tyler shared, “I knew Jen was the one from the very beginning. She is beautiful, loving and always has a crazy idea that I end up supporting her with. Jen is ‘My Person’– she gets me, she picks me up when I’m down and gives me a reason to live life fully each and every day. I am so happy to call her my WIFE!”
Yes, this was a dress designed for real-life princess, Meghan Markle!
Jen explained, “My dress was one of my favorite parts of the wedding! I knew I wanted a white dress, but we didn’t want a cookie cutter wedding so I needed a dress that was a little different. After putting on my dress for the first time I knew this was the dress for me. Later I found out the dress I chose was Hayley Paige and was designed for Meghan Markle! While Meghan ultimately chose a different dress, I’m so glad this was designed, because it was the most perfect dress for me!”
Jen shared, “I have always been a daddy’s girl and been super close with my dad, even when he gives tough love. I knew I wanted this special moment with him. I did not realize how emotional it was going to be, but my love for my dad will always be special.”
Aww happy tears…
She continued, “My dad taught me to value myself and he set the standards high, but he taught me to never settle for less. I will forever be his little girl and he will forever be my greatest hero.”
I loved at Jen’s mom was in the room too soaking up the moment. I captured several photos of Jen and her dad, but for this one, I turned my focus to Jen’s mom, teary eyed and beaming.”
First look with the bridal party… I love her brother’s reaction (left bottom corner)
Jen smiled, “Growing up my brother and I were very different– we still are, but somehow we just click. I’m so happy he was by my side all day. He has always been my biggest cheerleader. We don’t say it often, but he is the best big brother and I couldn’t ask for a better brother to love.”
Strike a pose, Vogue…
TK’s turn in the spotlight. While I was photographing Jen, my husband, and fellow photographer, Kris, was photographing the groom and groomsmen.
Jen shared, “Tyler is the most kind, loving, and patient person I know. From the day I met TK we just clicked. Conversation flowed and sparks flew. He has every quality I could have ever dreamed or wished for in a man. He is truthful, understanding, compassionate, selflessness, and supportive. He shows me his love for me every day and is truly my best friend.”
GQ called, they want their models back 😉
Tyler is wild! He was like, hey you guys wanna lift me up? He called me over so Kris and I would both be there to catch whatever transpired, haha!
Tyler laughed, “Being able to trust your friends is important in any friendship and I was thankful to have these guys there to support me!”
Everyone was dying to see Jen and Tk’s first look. Jen and Tyler wanted them to be there, but also to have a private moment.
I positioned them so both could happen. Tyler waited behind the weeping willows, as Jen processed down the long staircase…
Tyler smiled, “When I first saw Jen in her elegant dress my jaw dropped, I tried to keep it together for the photos, haha, but wow, she was absolutely stunning!”
I have so many photos of their first look, but their expressions in this shot are so precious…
He continued, “I couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful bride! She brought tears to my eyes and gave me the biggest smile that I couldn’t wipe off for the rest of the night. She looked like she stepped right out of a magazine. That on top of who she is as a person! I’m a lucky man.”
Jen shared, “Getting to see Tyler for the first time on my wedding day brought back the same giddy feeling I had when I first met Tyler. Once Tyler turned around all my nerves and excitement disappeared and I just had a sense of comfort knowing this was happening and I will be marrying the man of my dreams.”
Jen shared, “Hershey will now forever be a special place to us we loved the idea of getting our bridal party together for a Hershey trolley ride.”
Tyler added “The trolley was a fun way for our bridal party to all get together and connect.”
Tyler smiled, “My favorite part of the wedding day was seeing how happy Jen was. Even with the giant monsoon that rolled through just hours before the ceremony, Jen never let it phase her. She enjoyed every moment!”
Jen added, “Everything worked out so perfectly! The storm passed and we were still able to have the ceremony outside!”
I have to add that Historic Acres of Hershey was great with this… there are so many venues that make you decide indoors or out way ahead of time even if there is rain on the radar let alone a deluge that drenches everything. I need to mention I was impressed with their flexibility. 🙂
I love capturing truly candid moment like this…
Jen shared, “For our décor we were really going for that beautiful, romantic look many of the signs were handmade. Jen still can’t get over the flowers and how beautiful they all were.”
Jen laughed, “When my dad told me he would meet me at the bottom of the stairs, I was not so sure about the grand entrance, I could imagine myself falling down the steps, haha!”
She continued, “But in reality but being able to see all our friends and family standing below is a view I will never forget.”
Tyler shared, “As Jen began her journey down the steps my heart was so happy. Jen looked absolutely stunning and I couldn’t have imagined a grander entrance!”
While I love to capture a stunning scene, there are times when getting close and filling the frame with the closest family members is key… here you can see Jen & Tyler along with Jen’s dad, and 4 key members of Tyler’s family!
The scene was beautiful, blue skies, white puffy clouds, I’m so glad it all came together!
From the entire scene to family members to the details, my goal is to allow couples to re-live their day for years to come…
Jen shared, “I knew from the start 2 and a half years ago I wanted slate blue as our main color, from there we found a color pallet that just fit us. Flowers were a huge part of the wedding. My mom and I are huge flower fans and we knew we wanted lots of flowers!”
What a beautiful setting…
Jen shared, “Tyler and I decided to write our vows. Writing them was actually easier than we anticipated. Once we started writing them, we really realized how much our values and desires were aligned when it came to what we wanted to give each other in our marriage.”
She continued, “Some of the promises we made to each other are to trust and respect each other as your own person and to realize that our interest, desired and needs are no less important than my own. We promised to be each other’s partner and equal in all things, to love in good and bad times completely and forever.”
The ring exchange…
Jen smiled, “The petal toss was a true fairytale moment. I never thought it would have worked out so well!”
Meatball sliders, tiny tacos and specialty drinks… the food at their wedding was amazing!
Jen shared, “We chose Historic Acres of Hershey because I fell in love the reception area. As soon as I walked into the ‘barn’ and saw the chandeliers, I knew it was exactly what I was going for. I wanted a formal wedding, but more relaxed that a ballroom wedding– this gave me exactly what I was looking for.”
She added, “The fireplace display blew us away and was such a focal point of the wedding!”
The exposed wood of the farmhouse tables, heaping with eucalyptus greens, and rustic loaf of freshly baked bread and herb spread hit a perfect note!
As always, a beautiful cake by Jasmine of The Couture Cakery…
Jen shared, “Tyler and I really wanted a fun way for our bridal party to enter the reception. During my bachelorette party, we had a competition to see who could come up with the best dance entrance. After deciding our winner, we sent a video to the Tyler and the groomsman letting them know what they had to learn.
Tyler added, “When Jen told me about this crazy idea, we went with it. The night of the rehearsal dinner we taught all the groomsman and practiced a few times and we were ready to go. It ended up being a great idea and a lot of fun to do as a bridal party”
Jen continued, ” The whole dance was so much fun and I cant believe we pulled it off! It set a fun tone and party vibe for the night. The ending pose was inspired by my dad always making a gross face when we kiss. Everyone laughed and cheered at the kiss!”
Jen shared, “I am not usually one to be the center of attention so I was very nervous for the first dance, but once I was in the middle of the dance floor in Tyler’s arms it was like the room was empty and it was just to two of us. The first dance was so special and getting to twirl in my dress was a lot of fun!”
Tyler added, “The first dance with Jen was incredible. Showing off my beautiful bride in front of a crowd of close friends and family was a feeling second to none. Jen looked like a princess and I am so glad I am the lucky guy that gets to dance through life with her!”
Jen shared, “Hillary, my maid of honor, has been like a sister to me. We have been friends for over 20 years and I couldn’t be more thankful to have her in my life. She has been there through it all and hearing her speech and everything we been through brought back so many different emotions and I couldn’t be more excited that I had her to stand by my side on my wedding day, but also for the past 20 plus years.”
I was playing with several things in this photo.. the string lights wrapped around the barn posts, the sparkling chandelier and my radio triggered flash that I used to illuminate Hillary and her speech…
Jen explained, “David has been a lifesaver to us. We would have never been able to pull of this wedding without him. Having 230 guest and a list of vendors that feels like it never ends, our wedding day would have been a hot mess without him.”
She went on, “Since it was his birthday we really wanted to do something special to thank him for all he did for us. The cake was just a little surprise to show him our appreciation for all he did. He became part of the Balbi gang over the past 2 and a half years of planning. He really was able to take our vision and make it into the most magical night of our lives.”
Jennifer shared, “As I was dancing with my dad and saw my mom and brother eyes filled with tears I knew we needed a few moments as a family. Having them join my dad and I made me the happiest girl in the world.”
Jen explained, Tyler and I really just wanted all our guest to have a great time. In order to do that we made sure there was many different little surprises as the night went on from cornhole, to the s’mores and cigar bar, dancing, and food truck, to dance floor props– there was something for everyone.”
I love to play around with different photography techniques and combined my radio triggered flash with a slow shutter to capture all the excitement and energy in this frame…
Dance floor shenanigans…
Tyler explained, “The Cigar and Bourbon bar was a great escape from the craziness of the night. It gave me some time to catch up with some old friends as we enjoyed hand cut cigars.”
Again, I love to play with light and here I illuminated the smoke in blue– so fun, it almost reminds me of a movie effect…
Tk shared, “ I am a big foodie so we made sure to incorporate a lot of our favorite food items throughout the day.”
He continued, “I really enjoyed sharing the s’mores with my wife. Nothing like a good s’more and my love.”
Tyler continued, “So, I was very excited for the food truck. The food truck was a great way for me to bring in all my favorite foods!”
Mac and cheese in a bread cone– talk about comfort food! Yummmmmm…
Jen shared, “The sparkler sendoff was another one of my favorite part of the nights. There was so many guest still there we ran out of sparklers, but that is just a sign of a great wedding. Bring surrounded by all our friends and family one last time for the night was an unbelievable feeling.”
Jen shared, “The sunset was one thing I was really looking forward to. I wasn’t sure if we would get it or not because of the storm, but it ended up being amazing and having that few minutes of alone time with Tyler made it even more amazing.”
Jennifer shared, “It gave us a time to step back and really soak in that we were officially married! The whole night felt like a wedding out of a movie and was truly a dream come true! I cannot even describe how perfect the entire day was and how fantastic we felt at the end of the night.”
Jen and Tyler, thank you for entrusting us to capture your precious wedding day memories!
If you’d like to see more photos of Jen & Tyler, check out their ice skating engagement blog post here.
Here is their amazing team of vendors:
Historic Acres of Hershey
Treasured Events (Fiffer)
Splints & Daisies (Tara)
Elegance String Quartet (Ray)
Grand Central (Martin)
Complete Weddings Videography
Shining Star Photo Booth (Mark)
Lauren’s Makeup Designs (Lauren)
Luxe Salon (Allison)
The Couture Cakery (Jasmine)
Mx2 Design (David)
The Traveling Tap (Amber)
The Cigar Guys (Drew)
Cone Appetit Food Truck (Susan)
Sparks flew during this fun, vibrant, Marigold wedding… I love being able to see everyone’s reactions in this shot!
Nicole shared, “I’m so glad we chose Rhinehart photography for our special day because I never had to worry a thing! Our huge bridal party, the terrible weather, changing locations, a glitter disaster, haha… and all of it happened and Lisa was totally flexible and rolled with the punches, not missing a beat!”
She continued, “I had the benefit of having worked with her before as a bridesmaid in Steph and Ryan’s wedding a few years ago, and knew she’d be fantastic to work with, feel like a member of the bridal party, make us feel relaxed and comfortable and that our photos would be creative and beautiful no matter what happened! She is sweet, thoughtful, and detail oriented– she really cares about her clients and is passionate about her work!”
Speaking of details, check out the lovely detailing on her wedding gown– I also brought in the blue of the curtains and the walls, Nicole and Tim’s favorite color!
Nicole explained, “I wanted a look that was little rustic, but also elegant. Tim and I both love blue, so I wanted to incorporate that, while also adding lots of color.
She smiled, “I love color, for me it expressed our excitement about getting married!”
Talking about excitement and color, let’s pop the champagne!
Nicole went on, “To bring in that rustic, romantic feel, we chose floral invitations and peach, pink, and sage colored flowers. We played with the color palette getting pretty vibrant with the different shades!”
Nicole shared, “We also added lots of sparkle, like the dance-floor sparklers, the sparkle poppers, and the sparklers at the end of the night. ”
I brought some of that into her ring shot, but let’s face it, there was already a lot of sparkle going on with the rings before I did ;).
How fun was this!?! I LOVE this shot! All Nicole, by the way, she was like I bought some poppers, it’ll be cute, right? Um yessss!
Nicole shared, “Glitter poppers…the pictures looked amazing, but I wound up with TONS of glitter in my hair! We got held up for 40 minutes while everyone worked to pick glitter from my hair, it really ate into our photo time, but I was impressed, Lisa worked it out with our schedule and the weather and went with the flow!”
I must say Nicole was amazing, as was her planner, and stylist, everyone else stayed calm and collected and worked together to support in whatever way they could. Worth it?
Everyone was on clean up detail, the hotel janitor came to vacuum the floor… I really love the light and framing– the storytelling in this shot:
Nicole’s mom puts on the finishing touches– such a beautiful silhouette of her and I also like how Nicole’s veil is catching the light here…
Adding a little more sparkle…
Shark tank! Watch out, guys! 😀
Nice capture by my second photographer for this wedding, my husband, Kris!
Nicole shared, “Tim’s easygoing nature and his ability to stay positive in any situation drew me to him. He always sees the best in people. Having Tim in my life has made me a better friend and a stronger person.”
Nicole smiled, “When I first saw him, I was so relieved and so excited! Your wedding day is a whirlwind of emotions, and I was so glad that I could start experiencing that with my best friend! I also thought of how great he looked in his gray and navy suit, he looked so dapper!!
Tim shared, “I knew that I liked Nicole from the very beginning. We met at this Halloween Party and she made her own costume– she was a gumball machine! Looking back I think the costume said so much about her personality. She is fun, creative, ambitious, clever, festive– especially festive, you should see Nicole at Christmas… and I love all of those things about her.”
Nicole shared, “We were trying for an outdoor ceremony, but we had terrible weather the day of our wedding. Lisa knew we wanted outdoor photos, so she used a carport, what would keep us dry and not show in the photos of our first look. It was perfect, we got the romantic outdoor photos we wanted while also protecting my hair from the rain!
Nicole shared, “I think Tim and I work well together but we have very complementary but opposite personalities. Where I’m more skeptical sometimes, Tim’s more open. Tim challenges me to be more trusting and optimistic.”
Nicole remarked, “My favorite part of our day was our first look. It was so special to see Tim, and then see our puppy Bella right after! It was like our little family was reunited all at once. I’m so glad we incorporated Bella into our wedding.”
Nicole shared, “Tim and I both love the color blue, so we chose mismatched navy blue and slate bridesmaid dresses for the women in our bridal party.”
Wow, love these groomsmen gifts, Tim! They are smartwatches that look classic, unbelievable!
Nicole was a bridesmaid in Steph and Ryan’s wedding and knew she wanted a “vogue shot” for her wedding too, the staircase at The Marigold was the perfect space for it!
Nicole smiled, “I was really excited about the ceremony spaces at The Marigold. The outdoor option was a brand new arbor, and the indoor room was a gorgeous, garden-like room. In the end, we chose the indoor space because of the weather, but it did not disappoint. The sun-filled room with all of its windows was perfect for the look we were going for!”
Tim watched as his bride processed down the aisle…
Here Nicole’s father gives her away as Tim and his parents watch…
I have many photos of the ceremony, but this has to be my favorite– kiss the bride…
Tim share, “There is something about our chemistry together makes me feel relaxed and at home when I’m with Nicole. I’m really grateful to be able to call her my WIFE!””
The table arrangements and decor were amazing…
And how sweet was the cake?
Tim’s dance with his mom…
Dancing on the clouds, beneath this stunning chandelier…
Sparks will fly– such a cool effect by their DJ…
The speeches were excellent, lol…
Nicole explained, “I was most excited to experience dancing with our guests and everyone having fun! We had a great dance floor set up, complete with sparklers, and the Marigold let us have a bar right in our reception room! Everyone had a blast.”
Nicole especially loves my “end of the night” shots. I played about with so many looks and lights with these, while they cooled off from the heat of the day and took it all in…
Before heading out, Kris grabbed a photo of Steph and Ryan, the wedding where we all met, he photographed that wedding with me, too! It was so nice to see everyone! Seriously, referring your friends to me is the biggest compliment, I appreciate it so much!!!
Nicole and Tim, thank you so much for trusting me to capture such special moments in your life!
If you’d like to see more of Nicole and Tim, check out their Central Park engagement session at Loeb Boathouse in New York City, HERE.