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    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.

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Chambersburg Baby Bump Session: Meredith & LR

What a treat!  I re-visited Meredith & LR’s wedding venue, this time photographing their baby bump, we all enjoyed a beautiful evening of trekking in the woods (my absolute favorite) and revisiting places like the tree where LR proposed, Meredith’s favorite field and witnessing an incredible sunset…

Meredith shared, “We chose you as our photographer because we were so pleased with the photos that you captured from our wedding day. They were unique, authentic, and creative. We were hoping to have photos that captured our personalities- two lawyers that enjoy nothing more than breaking out of our work attire and book it out of town to our “special place” where we are surrounded by nature.”

How chic is this pregnant woman?  Wowza!!

Meredith explained, “I first fell for LR because he immediately saw potential in me that I never saw in myself. I was planning to go back to school to obtain a degree in business management and he encouraged me to look into legal studies. Our first date was a “blind” date and we ended up talking for three hours. We instantly connected and I remember calling my Mom on the way home and telling her that I met the man I was going to marry.”

White dress and wedding rings, this time with the baby bump 😉

Re-visiting their wedding proposal site and the initials LR carved in the tree

Meredith shared, “We loved that you wanted to re-visit significant places with us, like the engagement tree where LR proposed. We knew that we always wanted to remember that special spot, so LR carved our initials into the tree along with the date we got engaged.”

Meredith explained, “I first fell for LR because he immediately saw potential in me that I never saw in myself. I was planning to go back to school to obtain a degree in business management and he encouraged me to look into legal studies. Our first date was a “blind” date and we ended up talking for three hours. We instantly connected and I remember calling my Mom on the way home and telling her that I met the man I was going to marry. I love that he always makes me laugh when I’m having a bad day.”

She continued, “We chose the location because it’s where we got married and we love the outdoors. The land specifically is important to both of us because LR has been going there since he was little and he’s spent a lot of weekends foraging through the woods. To me, the land is special because it’s a place that we spend a lot of time with my in-laws and my brother-in-law and I’m excited to see our child grow up having the woods as a permanent vacation spot where she can foster a love for the outdoors.”

This “ring of honeysuckle branches reminded me of the floral wreath that was part of their wedding…

Revisiting their wedding chapel, this time with a baby bump!

The chapel in the background is the place where LR & Meredith were married a few years ago.  They and their family members built it together on their land and the brick walkway where they are standing was one of Meredith’s special projects.  She found all the brick and laid (and re-laid) it with LR until it was totally level.  They were both amused at the grass peeking through between the bricks.  You can see the wooden “pews” and the chapel arches in the background.

Breaking it down…

Meredith shared, “When I was considering what to wear I wanted something whimsical and elegant that also showed off the baby bump.  I chose the white lace dress because I felt like it gave us the perfect amount of elegance, while the hat kept things more playful.”

Speaking of playing, I love to play with reflections, here is one of them off of the surface of their pond.  I love the color palette that the reflected sky brings into the image:

Meredith admitted, “I have a Type A personality and he balances me out by just going with the flow.  I started planning the nursery layout and design two years ago. For LR, I think this time period brought out his typically calm demeanor. He handled most hiccups during this time with ease and was careful to balance out some of my more hormonal reactions.”

Meredith laughed, “Surrounded by nature- being in nature is our happy place. We don’t need fancy restaurants or vacations but give us a few days up in the mountains and our souls are restored.”

She shared, “LR can build, fix, and create anything that I set in front of him. There are so many unique items that are one of a kind in the nursery because they are handmade and I am so grateful to have a husband that is handy and can bring all of my visions to life.”

“I am most excited to see LR become a father. I think that the new role will look quite good on him.” –Meredith

I thought it’d be fun to re-create a few of their favorite shots from their wedding day.

Meredith shared, “Spinning like we did at the wedding was such a fun picture to create and really reminded me of our wedding day. It was so nice to be able to recreate some of my favorite wedding pictures.”

Meredith, you are stunning!

Prepared and calm in a crisis:

Meredith shared, “We inherited a piece of furniture from my late Uncle and we painted it, added new hardware, and LR extended the width of the dresser to accommodate our changing pad and accessories. In February, LR started talking about Covid-19 and how it was likely going to hit us hard. I immediately purchased all of our big pieces of nursery furniture to ensure that nothing was out of stock and to avoid shipping delays.  He knows how to take care of me and us and I can’t wait to see him as a father.”

Growing something new together:

Meredith explained, “A perfect example of our love and personalities can be seen throughout the past few months in how we’ve handled Covid-19. For starters, I have been saying for months now that all I want to do (other than parent our new child, of course) is to spend some time in our garden.”

Meredith elaborated, “I researched for the majority of last winter and had all of these grand ideas for what our garden could look like this year- brand new drip irrigation system, companion planting, adding fresh dirt to the garden beds, etc. However, with the impending pandemic, I was quickly losing hope that my dream garden would happen this year- I thought the nurseries would close, the garden centers would close, and there go my new plants and fresh dirt.”

She continued, “Despite LR thinking it was a bad idea, we headed out to Snavely’s Garden Corner and secured ourselves a dump truck of new soil. We worked during quarantine to fill up our raised garden beds with new soil. We started a few plants from seed and then, as the restrictions began to lift, we headed out to Lurgan and selected some new plant babies to come home with us. This was my first and only outing into a retail location since the first weekend in March and it was well worth it!”

The mountains and that sunset, lots of purples…

Meredith summarized, “So, despite me giving up hope on having my dream garden this year, LR worked through all of the details and, as always, brought my dream to life! ”

LR added, “I love that we can spend enjoyable time together while working to accomplish something, we plan to raise our child with the same work ethic.”

She added, “He is always teaching me to slow down, not panic, and look for solutions instead of the problem.”

By that time the sun had sunk low behind the mountain and purple turned to indigo, the couple was quiet and just taking it all in…

Meredith and Lawrence, thank you so much for reaching out to me both on your wedding day and to capture your pregnancy.  It has been such a treat for me to watch your family grow through this time and to visit the land you love.

To see more of Meredith and LR, check out their wedding blog, here.

Creative PA Senior Portrait Photographers: Ben

An idyllic landscape surrounds this all-star runner and old soul…

I first met Ben seven years ago, during his brother Nathaniel’s senior portrait session.  I have now officially photographed all four of the Byers boys: Phillip, Nathaniel, Luke & Ben.  It has been such an interesting experience for me to see both how similar and how different each of them are.    This is Ben’s turn in the spotlight!

Ben is a people person– friendly, likable and kind.  He had just been chosen by his classmates to be the “king” at the winter formal.  He enjoys running and spending time on his family’s farm and the surrounding land, especially the mountains and stream.

Ben shared, “I’ve been running for six years now, and absolutely love it. I’ve spent a good amount of my time in high school running cross country and track for sure.”

There was firewood stacked in the corner of the yard and I thought it provided an interesting backdrop.  Ben dove deeper.

He said, “I’ve split wood many a time and that is a type of hard work that brings greater appreciation to the fruits of labor.”

I can envision Ben’s dad saying this for sure, but Ben is an old soul himself, and a deep thinker…

Ben told me that having bright running shoes was a “thing,” the crazier the color the better.  I noticed how the vibrant gold color seemed to match the yellow line on the road.

I captured his movement here, using a slow shutter speed.

At the end of a long dirt road, farms and mountains in the distance, a typical running spot for him.

Ben shared, “Funny story, in my middle school years I ventured out in the woods that borders our home at dusk.  After taking about five steps into the woods, I heard a voice saying, “What are ya doin’, boy?” when I apologized the voice said, “You’re ruining our hunt, boy!”

Ben laughed, “I bolted out of the woods as fast as I could, most likely setting a new personal best in the 400-meter dash. The roots in the field digging into my bare feet as I zoomed past. I didn’t stop until I reached the front door. As I walked inside I smelled the soup my mom was cooking, thinking that the kitchen table was the best place to enjoy the last few minutes of daylight.”

I slowed the speed of my shutter, panning along at Ben’s pace as he ran towards the woods this time, haha.

Here Ben’s trombone sits in the living room on the family piano.  Ben’s family is a musical one, and Ben is no exception.

He shared, “Elanor Rigby was one of my favorite songs from marching band.”

He picked it up and started to play.  I noticed the reflection in his family’s china cabinet and the vibrant blue of the sky and fellow of the field silhouetting Ben.

Ben is friendly and smiles and laughs often.  He is a joy to be around.  I caught him here mid-laugh.

There is something so timeless about Ben.  Like you could be talking to someone from 1940 or even 1700… I felt like this timeless look combined with his genuine expression hit a good note.

Ben shared, “All of my brothers have had there senior pictures done by you.  I was always impressed with your work and knew that you were my number one choice for my photographs. You are excellent at balancing the subject of the shoot with integrating the beauty of the environment around them, creating something far more beautiful than either one or the other. That’s why I mentioned wanting views of mountains, streams, and nature, because I knew that you can really work with the potential in those environments to create the best photos.”

He smiled “At the end of the day I know these photos are supposed to be about me, but I’d also like the beauty of my home that I love so much and God’s creation to shine.”

This shot shows the mountains and woods and open fields behind his home, but also captures Ben and his cat as well as something that is more emotional.  As the sun streamed in my lens, it hit just right to light him up– to me, it expresses his heart and soul, the depth of who he is.

Ben shared, “I was born and raised living in this house and on this property. Much of my life can be traced to these few acres.”

He continued,” Rural living has always been ideal to me, the serenity is unmatched by any other setting. It’s simple.”

That simplicity is so beautiful…

I was trying to get all creative here, check out the cat photo bomb, haha:

I think this is the perfect “senior photo.”  I love seeing the wood in the background symbolizing “hard work” and “simplicity” per Ben’s earlier comments.

As the sun got lower in the sky interesting colors started to appear, here I shot through the fence to add a little visual interest.

Ben explained, “The stream has always been a great part of our property. I remember venturing with my brothers down the stream barefoot for what seemed miles just for the sake of exploring the stream together and expanding our imaginations.”

He was game to run, for sure…

He shared, “The mountains are the greatest source of scenic beauty anywhere, they tower over everything else, so powerful and abounding., yet the gentleness with which they rest seems almost as though they are full of hidden wisdom and untold stories.”

He added, introspectively, “Nothing else brings someone as close to the elements as running through them. It shows how much the body can do, and also how weak the body is as you run by trees that will outlive you and your children by just standing strong.”

As the sun set fully, a cloud formation seemed to frame Ben as he ran, so I snapped this shot right when he was in the center of it.

 

 

Top 20 Wedding Photographers in the USA for 2019!!! 

When I entered my first international photography contest in 2013, I couldn’t even imagine earning one, let alone 15 Fearless Awards!  The world is a big place, with countless incredibly talented wedding photographers I feel so incredibly fortunate to be ranked as one of the top 20 wedding photographers in the United States by Fearless Photographers in 2019.

Awards are given by a rotating panel of judges from all over the world.  They look for innovative photographs that creatively tell a story.  They want to be stunned, amazed, or feel like your images are redefining wedding photography.  Photographers are grouped regionally, and for 2019 I was ranked in the “Top 20 in the USA” and “#1 in Pennsylvania.”  The competition is intense, but I am extremely humbled to be off to a good start in 2020 by earning an award for the photo below.

This is my *15th* Fearless Award— Thank you to Kyle & Kalyan for being your awesome selves & having a killer wedding party who *brought it*!

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Other 2020 award-winning images worldwide:

Here are just a few of the other winners across the globe– with stand out images from Mumbai, Florence, Shanghai, Moscow, Wales, and many other locations all over the globe!  Congratulations to all!  (See my photo in the middle of the top row?)

2020 award winning photographers worldwide

How does the competition work?

Fearless Photographer rankings are based on the number of awards given by several panels of judges across the globe throughout the year.  Winning photographs are chosen for showing creative imagery, bold storytelling, and consistent vision.   Narrowing the top wedding photographers world-wide takes time and there are several steps in the year-long process.

In the interest of keeping the judging as impartial as possible, images are anonymous, the panel of curators changes for each collection, and there are rules/limits (especially on photo-shopping, etc).  With so few awards given worldwide, earning 2 in 2019 ranked me #1 in PA and in the top 20 in the USA!

My secret sauce:

In general, I try to fill the entire frame with a story, capture emotion, have a lot of pop (either vibrant colors, bold contrast, or both), and to capture something a little unexpected.  I also keep in mind general rules of composition like the rule of thirds, leading lines, negative space/pattern, etc.

Of over 10,000 images submitted two of mine were finalists in 2019 but didn’t earn awards.  This is one of them:

Lifetime Achievements:

While current awards put me on “top photographers” lists (as I’ve shared I currently have 2), Fearless Awards are also tracked over a lifetime, and I have 15 of those.  While my current awards have kept me at the top of several lists annual lists, including being one of the “Top 50 Photographers Worldwide in 2013” (with 6 awards) and “Top 50 Photographers Worldwide in 2016” (with 4 awards).

If you look at the list of “Top 100 fearless photographers of all time,” I’m currently on that list, too, at the very bottom, haha.  With Victor Lax of Barcelona at the top with 94-lifetime awards and me at the bottom with 15.   Very humbling indeed :).

Here is another 2019 finalist that didn’t make the final cut…

Want to see my other 14 award-winning photographs?

Before I show them to you, I want to mention that something very important to me is incorporating the uniqueness of individuals & capturing authentic moments in my photography– I’ll capture pretty portraits for sure, but what really makes me come alive is capturing authenticity whether that is a country scene in grandma’s back yard, a champagne toast that literally makes you feel a little tipsy, the serenity of having a private beach all to yourself or the hilarious moment when your flower girl attacks the chocolate fondue table in her white gown!

Here is my first award: 

Country: Back in 2013, I was using sepia toning hehe, and I think it works… this is a dress shot from Kyrie & Andrew’s Stormy Lehigh Valley Wedding.   I like the country scene here– a storm rolling in the bride’s gown and her baby’s romper pinned to the clothesline, the woodpile, windchime, cornfield, and the star of the show, her grandma’s dog who just wanted me to throw him a tennis ball!

Wheelbarrow: This image was from the same wedding and actually taken at just about the same spot in grandma’s back yard, haha!  I wanted to capture the motion and excitement so I used a slow shutter and panned at the same speed as the groom was being pushed by his enthusiastic groomsmen in the wheelbarrow!

Window: As the bride’s family members gathered in the sitting room, there was something about the scene through the window that really caught my eye.  Part of it was the original glass pains that gave the photo a painterly quality as well as the way they broke up the scene so perfectly if I stood in just the right spot.   Geri & Nick’s timeless Philadelphia Wedding:

Limo: This one might make you feel a little tipsy, which is exactly my intention.  You might need to take a second look ;).  It is from Lori & Thomas’ fabulous New Jersey wedding:

Tools: So many ring shots are surrounded by pretty objects in photographs, I know I’ve taken many photos like that :).  But for this shot, I noticed light beautifully hitting rusted tools and coins, and I thought there was something fun about having the wrench seem to be tightening the ring.  From Eileen & Kevin’s wedding:

Prayers: When I first met with this couple, they mentioned how important their faith is.  They explained their preparation space to me, they said it’s the room in the church where people have Bible studies.  When I arrived I saw a room with conference tables and fluorescent lighting, when the girls were gathering to pray for Tina, I asked if it was ok if I turned off the lights, they said sure, when I did the conference table disappeared, so did the flicker and squeal of the fluorescents and what was left is the serene scene you see here.   Khoa & Tina’s Harrisburg Wedding:

Glasses: It was about then that I noticed that one of my photography idols, Todd Laffler, was looking to hire his second photographers for the next year, I had one of the dates open, it was even at a venue I had photographed before.  I reached out, showed him some of my work.  He had me photograph the groomsmen getting ready and this is one of the shots I grabbed.

Judges shared, “This show makes you do a little work.  Your gaze enters on the sharp subject in the background, jumps to the out of focus men framing the foreground, and then- finally- circles back to the reflections in the glasses.  This little trick of perspective gives the image a nice sense of depth and narrative, plus a dash of humor.”

You’ll definitely want to take a closer look:

Turkeys: This was actually the first time I met Ashley & Jake, I have since photographed several of their friends and family member’s weddings, the last being Jake’s sister, Joanna, but at this point, I knew that Jake was a turkey farmer… I was like, do you think we could get some with them, too?  (I love to incorporate unique elements that are significant to the couple whenever I can).

Waiting: I still remember the moment I showed Angela this photo, she was like, what??  I don’t even remember you being there!!.  So sometimes I go into ninja mode.  I find a place with an interesting scene with key players and good light and I just camp out quietly.  Here the groom is helping Angela’s brother’s out on finishing touches as his father watches from the back window and Angela watches out the window as the guests arrive on the lawn for the ceremony.

Beach: A private beach all to themselves… I wanted the tranquility of the scene to be palpable with the billowing clouds above waves below and lone sailboat in the distance.  I got sooooo far away from Julia & Max as they just enjoyed the view.  I was shooting with a 200-millimeter lens and was probably 50 yards away because I wanted to get the full compression in the scene.

Jump: When we initially talked about her background Sarah shared that she was a cheerleader and that was something I wanted to bring in to her photos if I could find the right moment.  I liked this space, the light and lines, and kind of camped out there.  Sarah was just about to put on her dress and I could tell she was super excited, a ball of pure energy, she lept down the stairs and we wound up with this…

Judges said, “This scene is absolutely spilling over with lines and frames and gestures,  It took an expert eye to combine them into a composition that works so well.  The two brightest areas of the frame link the main narrative events.  The dress and the excited bride, in a happy tale of the wedding-day preparations.  Everything else either slips away into shadow or guides our gaze back to them.  Tilting the camera to make all the lines diagonal perfectly suited the bride’s unexpected pose.”

Chocolate: Haaaaa, unforgettable– Lauren & Dan’s chocolate-loving flower girl in a white dress and all of the adults are living it up on the dance floor… I used a wide lens here so you could see all the fondue tools to really give a sense of place and filled the frame with elements of the story.

Ladybug: There was luck involved in this image for sure, when Alessia & Tim met me on location for this engagement session, I noticed a bunch of ladybugs hanging out in a very unphotogenic area of the winery, I put on my 100 mm macro lens and headed right for the swarm of them, placing the couple in the best light.

Judges said, “Ladybugs symbolize love, joy, and prosperity– so it’s got to be a pretty good sign to have one land on your engagement ring, right?  The photographer got super close to capturing all of the detail, but didn’t overlook the opportunity to enhance the image with a sweet pose.  Having him hold her hand and lean down to kiss it made the image even more special.”

Anticipation: This was the moment that the limo and Bentley arrived for Nancy & Kevin’s wedding.  Everyone is in the same room viewing the same scene, yet they all seem to be thinking something different.

Nancy’s expression is priceless, such focus and anticipation— she shared that she is thinking about how close she is to finally seeing and marrying Kevin.  Her little nephew is at the window saying “limo” in his cute, tiny voice.  Such a sweet, precious moment.  I shot with a tight aperture so that all fo their expressions were in focus.

It has been an honor for me to have so many of my images recognized and celebrated in such a global way, and to be able to make a living capturing such incredible and beautiful moments.  I’m so happy to be off to a good start with one award for 2020.    I’m really hoping that things will open up soon and that I will be able to photograph weddings in 2020.

Omni Bedford Springs Resort Wedding Photographers: Shane & Nicole

A romantic winter wedding, for a couple, brought together by their loving families– what an amazing story…

Nicole and Shane’s parents were friends.  When Nicole’s father became sick Shane’s parents were at his side, when her dad passed away they were there to support Nicole’s family.  Nicole’s brother also played an integral role in them getting together, you won’t want to miss their story…

Nicole started, sharing about why she chose Rhinehart Photography, “You came highly recommended by Bedford Springs and also photographed my friend Brittany’s wedding and engagement.   When I reached out to her, she said she was “obsessed with you” so that was a good sign.”

She stated, “Your creativity really sets you apart from other wedding photographers.  I knew you had worked at The Omni before, and with so many unique, romantic spots there, I knew you’d have lots of creative ideas and be able to pull them off, even if the locations were a little hidden!”

She added, “Throughout the day and even prior to the wedding you helped us feel comfortable to be ourselves.  The timeline and talking ahead of time helped to ease our minds and helped our day to run smoothly.  We trusted you and all of our vendors and were pretty relaxed about the whole process.  Our biggest priority in terms of photography were photos of people, but we wanted a mix of other things and moments thrown in there, too.”

Thank you so much for trusting me to do my thing it means so much to me and a huge thank you shout out to Brittany and The Omni for their kind referrals.  I opened this blog post with a creative portrait, no photoshop, I actually played with the winter lights for that shot.  Below is one of the super pretty elements of your day, your wedding bouquet:

Nicole’s wedding preparations: 

Here Nicole’s mother and maid of honor help her with her dress…

Nicole shared,  “I never thought I’d feel so relaxed on my wedding day as I did. I really felt at peace.”

Here Alyssa, Nicole’s maid of honor, and best friend since she was *three years old* helps to adjust her delicately beaded veil…

Feeling like a bride…

Nicole added, “I had a moment for sure one my veil and dress were on and I peeked in the mirror for the first time.  I couldn’t wait to see Shane.”

I knew that portraits were most important to Nicole and Shane made sure to fit them in throughout the day.

Nicole explained, “Alyssa and I have been through so many big life events, happy and sad. She might as well be my sister. I couldn’t do life without her and I wanted her right next to us on our wedding day.”

Nicole explained, “When I was only 15 years old, I bought my first gown from Celestial Brides.  I returned back there for all of my Christmas dances and prom dresses, too.  Finding my wedding dress there made everything feel complete.”

Nicole shared, “Ivory, navy, and neutral bridesmaid dresses that complimented my gown were the main color palette.”

She added, “There was lots of greenery in the flowers. The florists suggested adding in that blue to give a winter feel and we all loved that!”

Ruby, you are beautiful:

Shane smiled, “First off, Nicole is gorgeous. But when I came to know her sense of humor, that was probably her most attractive feature to me, she is hilarious.  Also up on the top of my list, the way she loves her family, connects with my kids (especially Ruby), really her looks are just a bonus to all of those things…”

Nicole shared, “It was important for us to incorporate my dad however we could. I included a locket with his picture on my bouquet.  I felt his presence there throughout the day.”

Nicole smiled, “I really value my relationship with Shane’s daughter, Ruby. We have so much fun together and I knew that the wedding would be no different. She was so excited for all the girly fun – nails, hair, dress fittings, planning, etc.  I loved having her by my side through it all.”

Nicole shared, “Shane and I credit my brother, Adam with “bringing us together.””

She continued, “Shane was close with my mom and brother first. When I saw his love and care for Adam (and Adam’s obsession with him), there was no going back.”

Nicole’s “first look” with Adam:

Nicole smiled, “We couldn’t have done this wedding without my mom. My best friend in the world. She is the most organized person in the world and the best planner. She made everything run so smoothly and she is for sure Shane and my number one fan.”

She continued, “It was definitely hard not having my dad there… so having her next to me every step of the way was extra special. My family is and has always been the most important part of my life.”

When I talked to them about their favorite places at the Omni in Bedford Springs, income immediately mentioned the spa hallway and pool as being “relaxing and romantic.”

She walked down the long tiled hallway to head to the wedding ceremony, such a good time to be somewhere she considered relaxing and romantic ;).

Nicole shared, “We knew the second we visited The Omni in Bedford Springs that it was the right spot for us. It was gorgeous but still had this really intimate feel.”

She continued, “We originally were thinking destination wedding, but that wasn’t doable with our families. Bedford Springs gave us the relaxing, destination vibe *and* allowed guests to make a fun full weekend getaway out of it, while only having to drive an hour or two to get there…”

Shane’s Wedding Preparations: 

Nicole explained, “Like I shared earlier, I could see Shane’s heart in the way he interacted with my brother, Adam.”

She added, “Shane is so compassionate. He also had a great sense of humor and his laugh and smile are contagious.”

As I photographed the bride and her entourage on the morning of the wedding, my second photographer, Jim, photographed Shane and his.  I love this playful perspective that shows one of the many interesting details of the Omni, the carpet and hardwood flooring…

Here Shane stands with his two sons:

Nicole added to the list of things she loves about Shane, “The fact that he’s extremely handy and cooks is just an added bonus. I have felt content and at peace ever since he’s been a part of my life.”

The Wedding Ceremony: 

Nicole shared, “We definitely wanted a live band and instrumental for the ceremony!”

It was definitely a beautiful addition, very elegant, way to go Bachelor Boys Band:

Nicole shared, “Interestingly, Shane’s father and my dad were friends.  My dad actually adored Shane’s dad and thought he was the coolest guy.  Shane’s parents were by my parent’s side when my dad was sick and at my mom’s side when he passed away.”

She smiled, “It only made sense for Shane’s father to walk me down the aisle, but in this case, it just so happened to be to marry his own son!!!”

Shane shared, “When I saw her walking down the aisle, I did all that I could to compose myself and not sob like a baby.  She is incredibly beautiful, inside and out.”

Here he stands with his sons with tears in his eyes…

Nicole smiled, “The only time I got nervous that day was right before I walked down the aisle.  But all my nerves went away when I saw him.”

Shane admitted, “I definitely shed quite a few happy tears during the ceremony.”

They explained, “Our favorite part of the day was our personal vows for the ceremony, which included blending our families.  We are pretty laid back people, but that is something that we took very seriously.”

Nicole shared, “My brother, Adam, blew a kiss to me during the ceremony! He adores Shane and there is nothing more important to me.”

I love this moment– Nicole looks at her brother and Shane looks at Nicole, a cool family moment, I’m so glad we had two photographers so we could capture both parts of this story…

The Omni is a stunning venue and a place where I am proud to say that I am a preferred vendor.  Their ceremony was held in Constitution Hall:

Nicole explained, “Shane and Pastor Chris have been best friends since they were 12. It was an honor to have him stand next to us and marry us.”

So happy together…

The rings– now it’s getting real 😉

Nicole shared, “Faith is always been an important part of both our families and part of what brought us together. We definitely wanted to make that an important part of our wedding day and continue to in our marriage.”

Kiss the bride:

The Romantic Getaway: 

Nicole shared, “One of our favorite times of the day was when we were alone and taking photos with you, exploring inside and outside of the Omni together.”

Something I noticed throughout the session was how much care Shane took of Nicole.  He would help her hold her flowers or the train of her gown.  He was so attentive and thoughtful:

They explained, “Our love and commitment to one another is really what makes our relationship work.  We are both easy going, we make each other laugh, trust each other and have the same values.”

Nicole smiled, “I always knew I needed to marry someone who wasn’t afraid to be weird and goofy… and he sure isn’t. We are always joking around and making each other laugh.”

Nicole shared, “He respects me and loves things about me that I have always been self-conscious about. He has made me a better person. We complement each other.”

Shane explained, “Nicole has so many positive qualities. Her love for her family, seeing how patient and compassionate she was towards Adam and the close relationship she had with her mother helped me to see how important family was to her.”

He continued, “Also just the way we can be ourselves and laugh and have fun together is the best.”

He went on, “Seeing the way she connected with my kids was also important to me. She has made me a better person and taught me to love myself. All of the above was exactly the reason that I was hoping she would be my wife.”

Shane got a little sentimental, “I look forward to building a life together, the many laughs that we will have together, growing old together and building memories. And hopefully expanding our family.”

I love having different elements to play with– there were so many interesting colors and lines to play within this skyscape with the trees etc.

More fun stuff to play with here– reflections and lights, again no photoshop.

I know their spirituality pays an important role and for me, this provided a really interesting visual for that idea…

The Wedding Reception: 

Husband and wife…

Beautiful speeches…

Holding hands during the prayer:

Nicole laughed, “I thought that my husband would try to be a gentleman so I figured why not go for the cake smash? I knew that no one would expect it, which is exactly why I did it!”

Laughs and smiles dominated the reception– everyone had a blast…

Nicole explained, “The flower girl, Thea, and her mom, Alyse, is a huge part of my life. We have been friends since we were 14, lived together after college, our families are all very close.”

Dancing the night away…

An inside joke…

Letting their inner rock stars out…

Nicole smiled, “Adam loves nothing more than love, people and a party… so he was in his glory!”

Here one of the wedding guests wheeled him around the dance floor surprising others:

High-fives all around:

I wanted to capture the motion of it all, so I used a slow shutter speed and light speed flash to pick up the movement and detail:

Adam even got out of his wheelchair to walk… I love that Shane’s dad is holding one of Adam’s hands!

Again to the surprise of all the guests:

Someone used their belt as a limbo pole:

Awww Shane and Nicole talking to guests…

Nicole smiled, “So now that we are married, I’m looking forward to retiring at the beach together! Just kidding. Everything and anything is better now. I’ve always hated grocery shopping, but even that is fun together!”

Something about this made me think of the beach, the round warm sunny area above and the blue moving water below, even the white sand-colored tile and molding:

Nicole mentioned earlier that she wanted me to creatively capture some of the interesting hidden spaces in the Omni.

I’m obsessed with this staircase atrium combo and had an idea to creatively light it, giving it a sleek, sexy vibe.

My assistant, Jim, is always such a champ, but especially for this.  He is a rock climber (in real life, yes we’ve gone climbing together before).  He got in a very crazy position with my lighting equipment in order for us to pull this off.

Nicole & Shane, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful love story and story of your family with me and allowing me to capture it in pictures and words.  Thank you to Brittany & Chris for your thoughtful recommendations and to the Omni Bedford Spring for welcoming me back again.

Wedding Vendors:

  • Venue: Omni Bedford Springs Resort: Unique, historic, romantic, expansive yet intimate, it gave us a destination resort wedding feel
  • Florist: Cambria City Flowers They pinned our vision and style instantly and made it all come to life. They are so fun to work with and their work is stunning.
  • Band: Bachelor Boys Band: We definitely wanted a live band and instrumental for the ceremony, they did not disappoint!
  • Wedding planner: Omni: Jayne did an amazing job at making everything run seamlessly from planning to the day of the wedding.
  • Gown: Celestial Brides: *I’ve shopped at Celestial Brides since I was 15 for all my Christmas dances and prom dresses. Shopping there again for my wedding made everything feel complete.
  • Photographer: Rhinehart Photography: Highly recommended, creative and caring, you helped our day to run smoothly and made us feel comfortable in front of your camera

 

cynyhia fondrkApril 12, 2020 - 1:33 pm

What a lovely wedding and stellar photography. Truly did a beautiful job…will have to keep you in mind if ever I get remarried. To Nicole and Shane- Congratulations and may all your days be filled with sunshine and love!

Harrisburg Wedding Photographers: Nicolle & Horacio

The state capitol, a cozy coffee shop, wine, art and dancing– you won’t want to miss Nicolle & Horacio’s Harrisburg engagement session…

After following my work for *6 years,* long before she even met Horacio, Nicolle knew I would be her wedding photographer…

Nicolle smiled, “Several years ago, family friends posted the most incredible wedding photos! I was blown away, and started following their photographer, Lisa Rhinehart, on social media with the setting of “see first,” so I would never miss a post. When Horacio talked about proposing, I told him Lisa was our only option. Horacio, being true to himself, spent an entire evening researching other wedding photographers, but by the end of the night, he couldn’t help but agree that Lisa was “the one.””

She laughed, “Even before the proposal, we reached out to Lisa about dates!  I knew she booked up quickly, so we decided to book her before we even got engaged!  She accommodated us by meeting over video chat when I was visiting Horacio in Texas!  There was no doubt in my mind, photography was always my number one priority when it came to our wedding budget, and we had to have the best! ”

Horacio added, “Another big plus was the affordability of someone of her caliber. We compared her price to other photographers and really none we could find could even approach her skill and artistic ability. Lisa seems to have a way of documenting the parts of the wedding in such a detailed but personalized way for each couple and in a way that has an incredible impact. We are both very excited about our wedding and having it captured beautifully by such a talented individual.”

Wow, thank you so much, guys!  This is really the highest compliment I can receive and it means so much to me that you have put your trust in me!  Speaking of finding “the one” uncountable they have found that in each other!  They have so much chemistry and are so affectionate.  It’s really sweet.  How incredibly loved is this woman?

I knew how much Nicolle appreciated the color and creativity of my photography.  Here I snagged an interesting perspective from under the stairwell, capturing the natural wood and golden light streaming through the window, drawing attention to the happy couple as they share a glass of wine.

I love to support local businesses and suggested a few places that might work well for their shoot.  One was Millworks, which I love.  They both shared a glass of wine there.

Here I took that a step further, capturing their reflections in the wine glass– look very closely, do you see them?

I like the dramatic shadows and bold color in this as well…

Millworks not only has tasty drinks and food, but art as well!

Nicolle and Horacio met dancing…

Nicolle explained, “I flew from Pennsylvania to Texas to visit my twin sister. Before the trip, my sister would joke that I would meet a cowboy while I was down there and fall in love. Little did we know, haha!!!”

Nicolle shared, “My sister took me out two-stepping with a group of friends that evening.  It was the last song before we were going to go, when Horacio came over and asked if he could sit next to me. We started talking and he proceeded to teach me how to two-step in the back corner of the bar…”

Nicolle continued, “I felt drawn to him– he was fun, happy, and attentive, and I started falling for him on the dance floor.  Even though everyone told me I was acting crazy and very unlike myself, but my heart was telling a different story.  It’s funny, I feel like God was telling me from the minute we met that this boy was something special.”

Horacio shared warmly, “I love her cute smile, big beautiful brown eyes, and her confident aura. Outward appearance is nothing compared to who I know she is on the inside – a beautifully sweet, down-to-earth individual, who God has truly blessed me with. I had no idea that this girl who I’d meet on the dance floor and then leave to go back to Pennsylvania (1700 miles away), would end up one day becoming my wife!”

He continued, “She went from stranger to the one who I feel most comfortable to be my true self with and have the most fun with. We both have a love for life and desire of living in the moment, and I feel we always try our best to embrace whatever new journey or adventure comes our way.”

These two love coffee, so we stopped at Little Amps Coffee Roasters on State Street in Harrisburg

Nicolle explained, “It’s also amazing how much we have grown together through 2.5 years of long-distance, and now two months of being together here in Pennsylvania. Horacio is energetic, paaaaaaasionate (as he would say), super silly, spontaneous, surprisingly introverted, and has such a big heart. The way he cares for me and shows his love for me can take my breath away. I know that sounds cliché. It’s just really incredible to look back at our journey thus far, to see where God has brought us, and to see how we are better together than we ever were apart. I never knew I could love someone this much.”

I loved the colors and lighting of this shot.  Vibrant green, red and blue– all the lines, the intensely warm sunlight and cool tones.  To me, it said: fun, happy, modern, passionate and authentic.”  It felt so right to me…

Horacio humbly admitted, “We went from meeting on the dance floor right into a long-distance relationship and I had certain nagging feelings that even though it felt so right and that literally no one else understood me so well, the long-distance aspect caused me to fear that it could unexpectedly end or that our relationship could fizzle out due to either of us growing tired of the distance.”

He went on, “Over time though, this changed and I eventually came to realize that as our trust and love for each other grew, it gave way to the confidence and knowledge that we’d one day marry and that nothing would be able to separate our love. God continued to open the doors and lay the path to our being together, and I thank God for his provision and blessing me with my beautiful future wife.”

While I primarily focus on candid moments and getting creative, I do take some time during a session to photograph more traditional portraits… this one is my favorite of them and came right at the end of the shoot when they were feeling most comfortable in front of the camera:

The proposal…

Nicolle laughed, “Horacio told me he wasn’t proposing until Thanksgiving, which I wasn’t happy about. I wanted to be engaged that summer, because we had already decided on August 2020 for our wedding (I mean, we already booked the photographer…haha), and I wanted as much time as possible to plan the wedding. We had a New England road trip planned for the end of summer, and I hoped that he might propose to me then! Horacio had been talking nonstop about this castle he wanted to take me to in Connecticut, and I was certain that would be the backdrop to our proposal story.”

A bit of a steamy backdrop to set the scene…

She continued, “After two days in Boston, we woke up the morning of the third day, with our destination of Connecticut and the castle. Horacio encouraged me to wear this cute dress I had bought the day before, which got me more suspicious. We stopped in this cute village near Mystic and walked around…until it started pouring rain. It wasn’t even supposed to rain that day!! To leave, you had to go over the only bridge in town, which was very backed up. Sirens were going off, and we discovered they were closing the bridge due to all the flooding. By the grace of God, we were the last car over the bridge!!”

She went on, “We were so stuck in traffic that Horacio said maybe we should forget about the castle, it might be closed by the time we arrive. I was not about to let go of my possible proposal due to getting delayed in traffic! So, after a quick bite to eat, I encouraged him to head straight for Gillette Castle. We made it just in time for the last tour! It was so beautiful, and we walked around the grounds taking pictures and laughing. The sun had come out, and it was a beautiful afternoon. We were out on the patio, and beside us *a wedding had just concluded* and everyone was so happy. I felt warm and content, and I was just soaking in the moment.”

Oh yeah, you know what’s coming…

Nicolle continued, “Horacio pulled me close, said a couple things about the future, and I knew the moment was here!  He looked deeply into my eyes, and said, ‘we need to head to dinner, you’ll get hungry soon.’   I was so confused and disappointed though I tried not to show it!  He also mentioned that he had written something for me that he wanted to read to me…”

She went on, “We shared the most incredible Vegan meal, but still no proposal, he didn’t even read what he had written!  We ended up walking along the water, and he asked me to turn around and look out to the water as he read his letter to me. I looked off into the distance and literally three words into his speech, I started emoting all at once – it was this strange laugh, cry, hiccup thing going on, haaaaa – I literally have never done that in my life!”

She concluded, “As he finished reading, I turned around, and he was down on one knee!!!  It was one of the happiest moments in my life. We walked back to the car, and Horacio broke down crying, too– filled with emotion and love. It is that vulnerability that he continues to show throughout our relationship that makes me fall in love with him more and more every day.”

She added, “Our engagement story isn’t a quick one to tell in passing – I haven’t been able to shorten it without leaving out key elements. I feel like it is so us – unconventional, with twists and turns, taking turns encouraging each other, lots of emotion, and so much love and joy – just as our journey began back in Texas, and as it continues into marriage and our new life together.”

Nicolle, I cannot thank you enough for following my work, and having it show up at the top of your newsfeed for six years!  For placing your trust in me and for booking me before Horacio had even popped the question!  I am incredibly excited to photograph your Westchester wedding this summer!

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