Irish Pride Wedding in Gettysburg

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Trends are changing constantly in weddings with more focus on couples representing their personal interests, passions, and heritage.  I may have a soft spot for anything Celtic (last name of McClain might be a dead giveaway) so when Lauren and Alex contacted us about their wedding, we were smitten in the details, especially Lauren’s mint green gown.  Learning their story individually and as a couple, we simply knew these were two amazing people who we were ecstatic to work with on their wedding day.

Alex and Lauren were both super hands on in planning their wedding day, which from a photographer standpoint, it’s awesome and appreciated to have both perspectives on photographic needs and opinions:)  Weather wise, it was a simply perfect early fall day- perfect for posed creatives on the battlefield and around their venue, The Gettysburg Hotel.

I normally try to mention a favorite moment from wedding days but the whole day was fantastic, filled with so many great moments- like the smile on Lauren’s face during the first look; the bridal party fun in the Limo and on the battlefield; hand-fasting during the ceremony; the couple’s first dance (awesome song choice too guys); and the cake topper- ’nuff said;-)  Wishing warmest congratulations and blessings to Lauren and Alex in their many years of wedded bliss!

Click here for more images from Lauren & Alex’ wedding day!

Vendor Love:

Venue: Gettysburg Train Station/ Gettysburg Hotel

Entertainment: Across the Pond

Cake: Karen Rodkey Cakes

Hair: Serenity Salon and Spa

Makeup: Until the Very End

Gown: Alfred Angelo

 

Yellow & Gray Details at The Bond in York

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I mentioned in a previous post about a photographers bucket list for venues.  The Bond in York was not even on my radar but holy potatoes (can you tell we’ve toned down the language with a toddler in the house) it’s pretty awesome and a venue we’re adding to our favorites list!  The raw industrial space brings some serious detail love in the exposed brick wall and stunning chandeliers- a total package for those looking to bring in some DIY love to make it their own as did Kristen & Jeff for their late summer wedding.

Kristen not only is a way back when friend from 4-H and Dover High days, but also an absolutely amazing floral creative.  Her designs are one of the best kept secrets in the central PA area and it’s so exciting watching her business, Blossom Bliss, continue to grow.  Seriously- if you’re in need of flowers for your wedding day, she’s one of the best- call her!

Kristen, being a wedding professional, knew her vision and with the help of her family and friends, designed the most magical space, filled with yellow roses, white hydrangeas, succulents, and many more amazing floral details.  One of my favorite details was the guest globe- truly unique!

The couple also shares a love of running (crazy cardio people) and their gorgeous fur babies, Tuna & Spark, which both made an appearance in their wedding day. Overall such a magical event for a super sweet couple!

Click here for more images from Kristen & Jeff’s wedding day!

Vendor Love:

Venue: The Bond, York

Catering/Lounge Design: JDK

Officiant: Laura Bair

Gown: Posh Bridal (Preferred Pro)

Video: Cinema Four40 (Preferred Pro)

Cake: Sweet Designs

Makeup: Brandi Hill

Flowers: Blossom Bliss (Preferred Pro)

Band: The Vibe Tribe

 

Summer Wedding at Hershey Country Club

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All photographers have that list- you know.. the one where we say ‘OMG, I really want to shoot here sometime’.  You could say it’s our venue bucket list.  Hershey Country Club was definitely on our venue bucket list and it couldn’t have been a more perfect experience with the hands down amazing team they have there (shout out to coordinator, Amanda C) or a more perfect couple, Amanda & Sean.

We met Amanda and Sean a bit ago for their engagement session at Memorial Lake where they got engaged.  Although a bit warm back then, we had no idea September was going to be the new August this year.  Thankfully, the humidity broke a bit and evening pictures at Hershey Trust and on the course were a breeze.  My favorite moment from the day, and really it is hard choosing just one, was the non-first look, first look- which is when a couple is photographed together but not seeing each other directly.  Sean looked so incredibly nervous and just so excited for the moment when he could actually take in the moment together with Amanda.  Those emotions- Fave!

Click here for more images from Amanda & Sean’s wedding day!

Vendor Love:

Venue/Catering: Hershey Country Club

Cake: Made by the Groom!

Harpist: Lewis Lynch

Flowers: Becky Hahn

Hair/Makeup: Uturn Salon

Do This- Reception Lighting

‘Do This’ is a biweekly blog series created to be a super quick read, highlighting awesome wedding ideas that you may want to incorporate into your own event!  Got an idea for our Do This readers?  Email me at mmcclainphoto@gmail.com with your idea! 

For modern weddings, lighting is key to carve out a unique reception space.  I’m loving the trends on creating a gorgeous and romantic venue for both guests and kick ass photos.  Here’s our top three loves for the season:

  1. Carnival/ Marquee Lights– Seriously.. your dance floor could be this kick ass with these letters.  Also great at your head table or cake table! Find them locally with Klock Entertainment.Zugay_1341_MMP
  2. Lots of Candlelight– Nothing is more romantic than candlelight, especially at your wedding.  Check out Cudge.net for some of the cheapest candle options around or contact Shumaker PDT who created this gorgeous set up.Sipe_0320_MMP
  3. Bulb Lighting– Bulbs are hot on the wedding trend scene this year with Edison, glass, or jar lighting topping the charts, especially in those rustic or shabby chic venues. You can find these babies anywhere from Target to Etsy, or hire a company like Stray Productions to set the mood. BWS_0022_MMP

Ooo La La… It’s been the Spring of Boudoir Sessions!

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Boudoir sessions are quickly becoming one of my favorite sessions to photograph.  I love how my ladies finish their session feeling empowered, confident and strong!

It’s amazing how many misconceptions are out there regarding boudoir sessions.  No, they’re not trashy images.  No, my ladies are not fully nude or exposing anything they are uncomfortable with.  No, my ladies are not all size 2 and in their spare time, model bikinis.  No, these images are not always intended as a gift for a spouse.

I capture boudoir sessions for women of all shapes and sizes.  For those who love every part of their body to those who hate certain areas.  Boudoir sessions make my clients feel beautiful, both inside and out and the images are proof that my client is a stunning, strong woman.

This spring, between our mini marathon and other sessions booked, I met so many amazing women!  Some who were getting ready to walk the aisle, some who wanted to capture success, and some who just wanted some beautiful images. I don’t post many boudoir images publicly to be conscientious of personal preference but with permission, here are highlights from some of the spring sessions!

Do This- Creative Cake Toppers

‘Do This’ is a biweekly blog series created to be a super quick read, highlighting awesome wedding ideas that you may want to incorporate into your own event!  Got an idea for our Do This readers?  Email me at mmcclainphoto@gmail.com with your idea! 

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Gosh.. remember attending weddings as a kid and not only were the dresses standard with puffed sleeves, but the same ol’ generic cake topper was on every cake.  Bride and Groom, standing there atop a cake or if you were at a fancy wedding, Bride Groom and bridal party on a separated tier cake.  Gag!

Cake toppers have been getting more and more creative and lately, we’re in love with the monogram style twist!  Sure you can go, Mr & Mrs, Mr & Mr, or Mrs and Mrs but who wouldn’t love a “Turn Down For What” cake topper?  P.s. these photograph fantastically as shown in Julie and AJ’s wedding topper!

Gotta have it?

Turn Down For What Topper– Host and Toast Studio Etsy Shop

Better Together– Leanne Madeline Etsy Shop

Game Over– Bridesmaid Gift Hanger Etsy Shop

Do This- Unfancy Food

‘Do This’ is a biweekly blog series created to be a super quick read, highlighting awesome wedding ideas that you may want to incorporate into your own event!  Got an idea for our Do This readers?  Email me at mmcclainphoto@gmail.com with your idea! 

Jason and I were talking over dinner the other night how damn tasty “normal dinner” food is compared to some over the top wedding meals.  We were guilty of it too, having sea bass and chicken as our meal options with tasty sides, all in way too much butter of course, at our wedding in 2008.  Although delicious, some good ol’ fashion BBQ (or Pig Pickin’ as we’ve learned from one of our favorite couples a few years ago), kick ass pizza, or bitchin’ tacos would also be well loved by guests just as much as the expensive fancy dinner.  What do you think.. should wedding food always be fancy or more appointed to fan favorite dinners?

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Do This- Donuts!

‘Do This’ is a biweekly blog series created to be a super quick read, highlighting awesome wedding ideas that you may want to incorporate into your own event!  Got an idea for our Do This readers?  Email me at mmcclainphoto@gmail.com with your idea! 

This might be because Fat Tuesday or Fastnacht Day as we Pennsylvania Dutch call it, is coming up on February 9th, but damn I hope to see some donuts at weddings this year! Donuts are actually making way to wedding dessert tables, sometimes replacing the cake all together (no boohoos here).   If you missed our previous post on food trucks, these two trends could be combined as some mobile snack shacks are pushing out piping hot, fresh doughy goodness.  Where to get some delicious and unhealthy fried pastries?  Check out PA Bakery, Desserts Etc, or Pronio’s Market.

Boudoir Minis are BACK!

I saw a post during my social media scroll this weekend that said “Keep calm, spring is coming”.  It could come a little faster in my opinion:)  Not only for the amazing weather, but spring gets me darn excited for our marathon mini sessions!

March 12th from 9am to 2pm, I’m offering six boudoir mini sessions at our Linglestown studio.  Makeup application is available (and highly recommended) from the simply amazing Makeup by Chelsea, Chelsea Nolan.  All sessions receive a one year password locked gallery and download of high resolution images. These sessions always book fast, be sure to contact us for additional information on setting up your mini session!

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