Anniversary Shout Out- Kaitlyn & Brian

Nothing beats a first kiss as husband and wife but double the luck for couples who marry on New Years’ Eve.  Sending lots of love and congratulations on that numero uno milestone to Kaitlyn and Brian tonight!

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Check out more highlights from their NYE wedding here!

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Do This- Night Shots

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Woohoo!  Our “Do This” planning tips series is back after a bit of a summer hiatus in the McClain household.  We had some wonderful news late spring plus add in a busy wedding season and a growing toddler- life has been hectic but amazing.  We hope our readers love the quick wedding tips and as always we love feedback if you want to see something specific on the blog!  Happy reading campers!

‘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 thoughts! 

Night shots (photographically not the liquid kind) are growing more and more popular these days and we love doing them!  Three tips for the perfect night photography creation:

  1. Build it into your timeline.  If wanting to create a night time photo, chances are you’re going to need to slip out of your reception for at least 15-20 minutes.  Be sure to work with your photographer on the best time that doesn’t interfere with dance floor festivities or plans your entertainer/DJ may have in their timeline.
  2. Add an element for an additional image pop. Adding in a natural element like your bouquet, sparkler, an umbrella if raining, or a veil can take a night photo to the next level.
  3. Pick the location. Shooting near a tree, water element, or structure at night is pretty magical for your image.  Bonus points if your venue has some sort of lighting like globes, patio lights, or Christmas lights.  Urban locations are great as well to gather traffic movement with tail lights.

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

Laura & Clint September 7, 2013

I love, love, LOVE when clients break standard American wedding traditions for their wedding day.  Many of the traditions, to me, make little sense as to why we’re still doing things the same way our parents did on their wedding day?  The past five years we’re seeing more and more personalization- such as instead of cake choosing pie or even whoopie pies (yum!), skipping the bouquet and garter toss all together (your single friends will thank you for this one), or opting for lanterns, books, or another object instead of carrying fresh flowers.

Laura blew us out of the water when we saw her on their wedding day at the Hershey Vineyard and Brewery by wearing a stunning black wedding gown instead of the standard starch white option many of us gals choose.  Together, Laura and Clint were beyond picture perfect for their wedding day, surrounded by   During their moonlit ceremony, beautiful words and vows were shared in front of about 40 guests, with lumineers and a 5 minute fireworks show to top off the end of celebrations.  In tune with the location, guests took home their very own personalized beer to sip on and remember the blessed evening.  The next morning, we met up again with Laura and Clint to capture some flag football fun between their bridal party and family who were up for the challenge.  Warmest congratulations to Laura and Clint.. we look forward to seeing you two in November for your reception celebrations!

Venue: Hershey Winery/Brewery

Catering: Sophias on Market

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