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

 

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Do This- Grandmotherly Flower Girls

Do This is a weekly 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! 

Flower girls are absolutely gorgeous but depending on the age, some have the attention span of a Terrier puppy.  A cute alternative if age is a factor, or you know no little ones, is to offer the position up to your Grandmother.  We saw this recently, with the grandmother’s pelting guests with petals!  Great photo ops and laughter from guests!

Check out more images from Amy & Bobby’s wedding at Ironstone Ranch!

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Creatives Tie The Knot- Pam & Joe’s Fall Wedding

Baranowski_0493_MMPOhemgeee!  There is nothing better for a creative than to photograph another creative, let alone TWO creatives!  Pam and Joe are into everything… art, music, photography, painting… everything- so it’s only natural to incorporate their two favorite things, music and photography, into their wedding theme.  Baranowski_0507_MMP

Our day started with getting ready, first look and creatives to be photographed at Historic Acres of Hershey (if you’ve never been.. go!  It’s gorgeous).  The groomsmen had a spirited game of Cards Against Humanity going on downstairs while the ladies primped upstairs.  Baranowski_0530_MMPAfter the first look, the insanity continued with the crazy awesome bridal party who kept everyone laughing and we were even able to steal a few sweet moments with the couple by themselves.

The reception is where the decor magic came to life with records to be signed by guests, cassette tapes used as table cards, and old cameras shown off on the tables and entry way, some handed down from past generations in both families.  Pam and Joe opted for a traditional Thanksgiving style meal, family served of course, with Joe offering a few words of thanks then cutting into the holiday “beast”.Baranowski_1669_MMP DJ Scooter (Ryan Willard) was hands down the best mixing DJ we’ve ever seen killing the dance floor all night!

One of my favorite moments was the couple’s introductions which DJ Scooter and DJ Tom Stank ramped up the crowd with a little Justin Timberlake “Senorita” mixed into some other sort of awesome!  Congratulations Pam and Joe!

Check out more images here from Pam and Joe’s wedding!

Vendor Love:

Getting Ready Location: Historic Acres of Hershey

Church: St Marks Lutheran Church

Reception: Blue Ridge Country Club

Catering: The Uncommon Caterer    

Entertainment: DJ Scooter/DJ Tom Stank

Stationary/Details: Made To Keep

Cake: Couture Cakery

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Corinne & Jeff’s Mountain View Reception

snell_0119_mmp-2In the past 6 years we’ve seen a ton of fantastic weddings.  More often than not we’re with our couples the entire day… or well 8 hours of it but we do have a handful of shorter coverage wedding days. I’m not going to lie, it throws me when we have either just the ceremony coverage or just the reception coverage but it’s also quite awesome because it’s different!  It allows us to stay on our toes and really enjoy the day for what it is- a celebration of love!snell_0047_mmp

Corinne and Jeff were actually married a week ago and held their reception celebrations this past weekend at the seriously stunning Peter Allen House.  The PAH (Peter Allen House.. keep up guys) is actually the oldest registered house in Dauphin county and sits at the base of the Peters Mountain and overlooks the stony valley.  snell_0149_mmp-3Receptions at PAH are held on their stone patio or “tennis court” under tents which after dark in November gets very cold!

Corinne stunned in a beautiful white, yet simple gown whi   ch donned some pretty awesome pockets while Jeff rocked out his deep blue suit.  The couple were beyond amazing, especially when asked to huff a bit into the wood area to grab some red berry backdrops for a few of their creatives.  Although the evening brought on some brisk weather, guests had a blast and hit the bar and photo booth often.  Congratulations Corinne & Jeff!  Wishing you both many years of happily wedded bliss!

Check out more images from Jeff and Corinne’s wedding!

Vendor Love:

Venue: Peter Allen House

Catering: C&J Catering

Entertainment/Photo Booth: Ryan Miller Entertainmentsnell_0448_mmp

Michelle & Travis’ Fall Manor Wedding

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It’s always neat re-visiting locations that Jason and I had checked out when we were planning our wedding years ago and holy hell did we check out locations.  I’d like to stack up the paper pile of venues to the paper pile of houses and see which had more. We’re what you’d call “slow to make decisions”.  Not procrastinators, just we think out our decisions for bigger items, make a decision, then sleep on it, and make it again. photi_0393_mmpSometimes there’s a soft pretzel in there too, to literally “chew things over” and well.. I love carbs.

Michelle and Travis chose the historic Stone Mill Inn for their wedding, which looked much different today versus in 2007.  The garden area near the home was stunning, the patio for cocktail hour was covered and had gorgeous crystal chandeliers hung from the tent.  The rustic barn area was the one part that remained untouched, yet still held that elegant family feeling charm.  photi_0910_mmpMy favorite feature was the limestone area where ceremonies are held.  If the light hits just right, which it did today, it’s simply magical.

Michelle and Travis, two of my absolute favorite people this year, opted for a first look and to get the majority of their images done pre-ceremony.  I loved the beaming smile as Michelle walked up behind Travis, seeing each other for the first time that day.  Throughout their creatives, Michelle and Travis clearly were meant to be together, as they made our hearts swell (again.. might be the post kid hormones but shit they were awesome).  One of my favorite additions to their day was a micro brew tasting during cocktail hour of the couple’s favorite beers.  photi_0525_mmpThere was also some mad dancing to fantastic 80’s music all night.  Travis’ brother has some killer good MJ dance moves!

I know these guys took their party afterward back to the hotel with tons of guest crammed onto their shuttle… I mean who wouldn’t want to drink Papa Nelson’s alcohol!  Congrats guys and lots of love to you both and Mr. Jerome, the dog extraordinaire!

More images from Michelle & Travis’ wedding!

Vendor Love:

Venue/Flowers: Stone Mill Inn

Officiant: Dave DiRaddo

DJ: Tommy Gunn

Hair/Makeup: Blush Bridal Studio

Cake: Flour Child

Catering (AND OMG GOOD!!!): Unique Presentationsphoti_1666_mmp

Sarah & Thomas’ Autumn Country Club Wedding

Smith_0676_MMPDamn! I picked one hell of an amazing wedding to make my first back from maternity leave. First off, I adore Fall and everything that goes with it (except for the pumpkin spice craze… what gives). The weather was simply magical on Sarah and Thomas’ wedding day!  The sun was shining but there was that cool brisk breeze, marking the start of really good fishing weather:)

Sarah and Thomas celebrated their vows at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Mechanicsburg– a beautiful natural light sanctuary with a semi-round pew setting and a nice long aisle from which Sarah’s father led her down.  We had a blast capturing natural emotions as Sarah looked to Thomas with a beaming smile filled with love.

Smith_0838_MMP-EditCouple creatives were captured back at Blue Ridge Country Club which boast stunning views at the base of the Blue Mountain line. Although most leaves hadn’t quite turned yet, we were able to do some creative editing to bring out some fall vibrance.  Back inside guests feasted on a traditional (and OMG tasty) PittsburghSmith_0938_MMP-Edit-Edit style cookie table after dinner.  Seriously every wedding should have a cookie table!  Sarah and Thomas’ night was filled with a kick ass dance floor and some good ol’ Pennstate love including a crazy awesome dance off, passing the viking hat, and tasty dollar dance shots.

Although there were so many amazing moments, the nearest and dearest moment was watching Thomas’s parents give hugs and kisses before he walked down the aisle. Smith_0216_MMP I blame the I-have-a-newborn-and-my-hormones-are-still-awol but it was beyond touching and I may have had a mommy moment tearing up and trying to see through the smudging mascara as the processional started.

Congratulations Sarah and Thomas!  You guys had such a fun event and I know you’ll both keep each other laughing through many years of married bliss!

Check out more images from Sarah & Thomas’ wedding day!

Vendor Love:

Ceremony: St Elizabeth Ann Seton Church

Reception/Catering: Blue Ridge Country Club

Hair/Makeup: Changes Salon

Entertainment: Ryan Miller Entertainment

Flowers: Weddings and Blooms     Smith_2014_MMP

Details, Details, Details… Alicia & Chai’s Rustic Elegance Wedding

Ayysola_0037_MMPWalking into any event, the first thing that catches my eye are the details!  I friggin’ LOVE wedding day details!  It’s kinda like when a plan comes together and you can finally, after months of preparations, see everything come to life.  Photographically.. I drool over carefully chosen table decor, little special touches that reflect the couples’ personality, and unique accent items.Ayysola_0108hb_MMP Alicia and Chai met every single stimulus I’ve always dreamed about in their elegant, vintage inspired wedding at their Beech Springs Farm wedding.

The couple chose to accent the large maple tree with beautifully hung picture frames for their ceremony.  Their cocktail hour boasted fun lawn games, including a ginormous Jenga game, with more great details like a pure white bicycle.  Ayysola_0029_MMPTables for their smaller guest count featured old books with succulents and glass accents.  Lace runners with beautiful linens and silverware also adorned the wooden tables.

My absolute favorite moment from Alicia and Chai’s wedding was their first look. Alicia is an amazing woman, very strong with a huge heart.  While walking down to meet Chai, hiAyysola_0031_MMPs back to her, she began to tear up just a few feet away.  I love the emotion and power in that very moment which I hope the couple is able to look back on fondly in their images:)  Congratulations Alicia and Chai!  Wishing you both an amazing marriage and a lifetime of blessings!

See more from Alicia & Chai’s wedding here!

Vendor Love

Venue: Beech Springs Farm

Entertainment: G2 DJ Service

Catering: Fabio Events

Dress: Renaissance Bridal

Suit: Joseph Bank

Hair: Serenity Salon

Officiant: Joyce Shutt

Special Thanks to Harmony Boore for her second shooting skills during this event!     Ayysola_0007j_MMP