Ah… a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich.. seriously who didn’t grow up on these? It was the perfect pairing of sweet jam with salty peanut butter. Cut diagonally on white bread, with cheese puffs… OMG I’m salivating! Couples have been finding cute acronyms and sayings to sum up their wedding theme for years, but no one has met the ultimate PBJ couple like we have!
Peter and Julie contacted us from California for their super classy downtown Harrisburg wedding, with visions of elegance matched with good old fashion fun! Through the planning process, Julie emailed often with new ideas and details that were being planned.. basically teasers up to their wedding day! I was blown away when walking into her Crowne Plaza Hotel suite as she had all of her details laid out perfectly to be photographed. From the invitations, to rings, to her lucky six-pence.. it was all there! My favorite detail was her drool-worthy shoes from Pedro Garcia that complimented her gown beautifully!
Post first look, Peter, Julie and their small bridal party got creative with us around the state capitol complex. One of my favorite creatives captured is a recreation pose from a pick up they pulled off on their engagement session! Their ceremony concluded to a line of silver streamers and a brief carriage ride to their reception at the Harrisburg Civic Club. As were her getting ready details, Julie planned every last touch of class to the tiniest detail including PBJ chocolates from Trader Joes, Beautiful white floral arrangements, and multiple versions of Mad Lib cards for guests to fill out and share with the couple. Julie and Peter even planned a live local band, Cruise Control, for some top class entertainment! The day was simply magical and will go down as one of those weddings we could photograph over and over again!
The wedding trifecta. That is what Scott and I had the pleasure of enjoying when we met up with Francesca and Matt for their gorgeous Cameron Estate wedding. Amazing venue, gorgeous couple, and great weather made this the perfect wedding day.
Traditional and elegant all the way, Fran wore a stunning white gown and rocked out some 5” sparkly heels! The bridesmaids in cool, peachy-pink strapless dresses had sparkly shoes of their own while the two flower girls were adorable in their white tulle dresses. Matt and the guys were handsome in their gray tuxes and vests that matched the girls. While Scott was hanging out with the guys, I took Fran over to the one building on the estate with a wall of windows. We did some absolutely amazing bridal portraits that I can’t wait for her to see! After some quick bridal party shots, we met up with Matt for a non-look-first-look. They wanted to be close to each other and hold hands, but not see each other. A great way to combine traditional and modern styles.
The ceremony was complete with handwritten vows, a sweet kiss and an excited fist pump by Matt after he and Fran were pronounced husband and wife. Some family and fun photos followed and then a reception full of yummy homemade cookies, dancing, a maid of honor speech from Fran’s sister that went from funny to tearful, and Matt going in headfirst for the garter! When the night was over, Scott and I had a feeling that this marriage will be a long one full of friends, family, fun and love.
Take a gorgeous array of beautifully crafted glass sculptures, a stunning historic yet modern venue in the heart of an old mill district, and two absolutely dashing ladies and you have a world class, unique wedding in the outskirts of Baltimore, MD. Heather and Chandra, two sweethearts who bonded over their Michigan/ Ohio Buckeye rivalry, exchanged heartfelt vows in front of about 75 of their closest friends and family members at the Corradetti Glass Blowing Studio. During their ceremony, Heather and Chandra included a sentimental acknowledgement of their new family coming together, presenting gifts to Chandra’s two beautiful children. Post ceremony, Heather and Chandra’s guests were invited to an outdoor cocktail hour with tasty vittles provided by Woodberry Kitchen. In lieu of a traditional sit down dinner guests were treated to delicious heavy appetizers and a heavy handed bartender which made both dance floor and studio photo booth images hilarious and very candid! One of my personal favorite moments was Heather and Chandra’s first look as I think this was the only time I’ve ever seen Heather visibly nervous in anticipation of seeing her stunning bride. It’s just one of those “You can’t pose intimacy” images that just warms your heart to not only remember the moment but to look back on and feel when viewing the image. Congratulations and many years of happiness are wished for our lovely ladies, Heather and Chandra!
Scott and I met up with Angela and John for a downtown Harrisburg, urban-meets-nature engagement shoot. Angela rocked some bright orange wedge shoes that were perfect for strolling with John in and around the side streets close to the Capitol complex. The fun loving couple enjoyed posing with the Waiting (aka “newspaper guy”) statue on Front Street and a garbage can spray painted with “believe”. The countdown is on to their September 6th wedding! See you both in 144 days!
Scott and I met up with Francesca and Matt for their engagement session at Memorial Lake in Lebanon. Enjoying the outdoors, this gorgeous couple chose this location and gave us some great ideas of special spots to photograph at. Their favorite was a big old tree in one of the clearings near the lake. I always love to capture special places or moments for couples! It gives meaning to that photo more than if it is just a random snap shot.
As the session went on we discussed a little bit about their wedding plans and let me just say it’s going to be amazing! I can’t wait to be part of their day!
Say what you will, but there is nothing better than two people in love. Cheese aside, it’s true. Love birds inspire both each other and those around them to flourish in their own romantic areas (PG kids.. PG). Aubree and Nicole are no exception in my opinion and not just because they’re two of my very favorite friends but because through thick and thin they’ve been through some of the hardest times anyone could imagine and came out on top, in love, and now very happily married!
Jason and I had the pleasure of being guests at Aubree and Nicole’s big day so our fabulous Lead Photographers, Whitney Hart and Scott Bostjancic, along with one of our awesome new apprentices, Nicole, rocked out the photography for these lovely ladies! Aubree and Nicole.. or Coleslaw for short.. had the most gorgeous day for their outdoor ceremony and reception at Rockfield Manor (http://www.rockfieldmanor.com/) in Bel Air, MD and hired one of the best entertainment companies in this area, Klock Entertainment (www.klockentertainment.com) with DJ’s Sean and Bryan to lay down the fantastic tunes. And there was Pie so Mr. McClain was eccstatic! Overall a truly gorgeous and heartfelt wedding and a kick ass (oh yeah I went there) party to celebrate the day!
Some people you meet, you just know… or well I know. I know usually within the first ten minutes of meeting someone if I want to spend more time with them, get to know them, or find their story appealing. I’ll be honest, usually 8 out of 10 people I’ll lean towards the positive end of the scenario.. and the other 2 of 10.. well..we’ll just part ways politely in most cases. In the first 10 minutes, usually you get an idea- are they positive people, negative people, people who are timid or shy, people who are outgoing or boisterous?
Our first meeting with Christy and Jeff was after their engagement session shot by Scott and Whitney, so we kinda knew they were cool folks..and knew what they looked like (score for first meetings!).. but had no idea they were absolutely awesome people! We met Christy and Jeff at one of our favorite coffee shops in Hbg before Christmas and learned their story and details of their day which included Jeff’s adorable little lady, Addy. By the end of our meeting I felt like we were chatting with old friends who just happened to be getting married. They were completely compatible for one another (oh yeah kids, we tone in on this during first meetings), very comfortable with one another, and we just so darn excited to get married and put the final touches on their newly built home!
Christy and Jeff’s wedding was our first of 2012 so with visions of hope and inspiration, Scott and I headed out to the state capitol rotunda. Again when meeting up with these two for their first look and portraits, we felt a part of their family, not outsiders who just happened to have cameras. With all the positive energy, I knew it was going to be a great day and many wonderful shots would be obtained and treasured. One of my absolute favorite moments of their wedding was the kiss of course… Jeff picked Christy up, with Addy watching in awe on a nearby step, swung her around for a gorgeous moment and the best princess kiss a Disney loving kid could ever see! Okay my description might be sappy but it was an awesome moment and one I’ll never forget! Thanks again to this awesome family for bringing us in on one of the happiest days of your lives!
Snow in October?! So, what was to be a picture perfect late fall day turned into a slushy wet mess for two MMP couples. Thankfully neither had it throw a glitch into their day and both came out with some seriously awesome shots! Scott and Christin had the privilege to work with Jessica and Asa at the State Museum in Harrisburg for their intimate wedding. Jason and I were with Dan and Sami in Historic Lancaster! Both couples looked amazing surrounded by supportive and caring families as they exchanged their vows and danced the night away! Congratulations to such sweet couples!
I’ve talked earlier this year about DIY couples and my amazement of the details- Teresa and Jon created spectacular and unique décor for their comic book reception theme. I can’t even imagine how long it took these guys to put together all of the details but everything pulled together fantastically! We also lucked out on a gorgeous early fall day for their outside ceremony at Whispering Pines in Carlisle! Thanks for the awesome time and congratulations to you both!
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