Rainy Pleasant View B&B Wedding- Amber & Ed

It’s been a May of rain. Every wedding weekend has had some form of precipitation this year so in short.. we’ve been soggy. Thankfully our couples have embraced mother nature while having fun for some creative images.

This was our first visit to the quaint and serene Pleasant View B&B, located just outside of New Cumberland.  Nancy the Innkeeper was a doll and so welcoming to use areas inside the B&B due to the rain which was so appreciated!  Amber and Ed chose to hold their ceremony inside the barn with their intimate reception following at the newly renovated Stable venue.  Mad props to these two for keeping huge smiles on their faces and laughing constantly through out the day.


Pleasant View B&B/ Sir D’s Catering/ Provolve Entertainment

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Do This- Night Shots


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.

It’s all in the details- Dana & Stephen’s Stock Manor Wedding

10012871_10153432049002259_1417739767247197158_oI love hearing about the details when talking with our couples.  It’s amazing to see things come to life but when couples blow me away, exceeding my expectations.. well you gotta blog about it!

Dana, an up and coming event planner, knew the day she married Stephen was going to be filled with beautiful flowers, a Nautica meets Hampton style decor, and Jimmy Choos.  The couple chose to get ready in a downtown Harrisburg hotel, close to their first meeting/date spot before heading to their ceremony location at Stock’s Manor in Mechanicsburg.
A few minutes prior to the ceremony, the wind started to kick up, the skies turning dark, and thunder was heard in the distance. Fearful if the outdoor ceremony would happen, Dana and her attendants arrived exactly at 4pm. The couple wed in the stone ruin area which Dana designed a vintage feel by adding large white frames and huge flower displays to the rustic setting. Just as the couple shared their first kiss, the rain drops started to fall.
Dana created a magical reception space in the enclosed pavilion attached to the classic farm house with hundreds of candles and a soft sunset glow of up-lighting.  The room smelled of spring which was loaded with fresh flowers and beautiful candelabras. The cake was designed with modern textures on each layer in classic white which melted in your mouth. The end of the evening brought the couple to the middle of the dance floor with remaining guests circling around, hand in hand.  Such a beautiful event for a gorgeous couple!
Vendor Love:
Venue: Stock’s Manor
Getting Ready Location: Hilton Harrisburg Hotel
Hair: Courtney from Polished Salon and Spa
Makeup: Maggie King Makeup Artistry
Gown: Renaissance Bridals and Prom
Suit: Joseph A. Banks
Brides Accessories: JIMMY CHOO
Officiant: Dave DiRaddo www.weddingdayz.net
Flowers: Jeffrey’s Flowers and Home Accents
Catering: Stock’s Manor
Cake: House of Clarendon
Entertainment: Klock Entertainment
Linens: Special Occasions & Queen Street Linens
Decor Design: Dana M. McGinley Events & Design

Thoughts on a Rainy Day Wedding- YAY or NAY?

Dohm_0311_MMPAlthough we don’t see it often, this year it seems May has been a bit… well damp.  For couples (and their photographers) who are in love with an outdoor wedding, hearing the chance of rain on your wedding day can spur some depressing thoughts, dohn_0003j_mmphowever major kudos to our couples who experience this minor occurrence as all have shrugged off a little shower or major downpour and simply enjoyed their celebrations.  The best way to offer thoughts and tips if rain is on the radar for your wedding can only be expressed by recapping Brianna & Travis’s wedding at the Lancaster Eden Resort.

Dohm_0526_MMPThe fun and carefree couple had planned for an outdoor, courtyard ceremony with a short jaunt to a local Lancaster park for beautiful outdoor creative portraits, yet mother nature decided differently.  Bri & Travis were definitely prepared (as everyone planning an outdoor wedding should) and snatched up beautiful matching umbrellas for their bridal party and a large black golf for themselves which from what I heard were a steal at 5 Below.  Brianna and Travis’s attendants also took a page from the “How to be a gold star member of the bridal party” and made the best of it.. no complaints, no smugness, just happy and hilarious as the sky dropped huge buckets of rain during the bridal party shots.  We even got a break in the rain just in time for the couple portraits!

Most photographers actually love shooting on a rainy day as not everyone can capture gorgeous images when the elements are against them with lighting and how the subject will react.  Rain also makes the surroundings glisten.. but enough on my opinion and YAY vote.. you be the judge:)

Click here for more details from Brianna & Travis’s wedding! 

Venue: Lancaster Eden Resort

Entertainment: G2 DJ Services

Hair/Makeup: Lord and Davis Salon

Flowers: Splints and Daisies

Wine and a New York State of Mind

Talk about a New York state of mind- this crowd was crazy!  Kristen and Mike had guests from all over, many from New York, attend their outdoor and slightly misty wedding at Hunter Valley Winery a few days ago!  When meeting with Kristen and Mike they explained the details of their day as a relaxing and fun reception filled with the largest (and tastiest) pink candy bar I’ve ever seen and multiple games of wiffle ball, horseshoes, and other fun lawn games!  The one cool but not so cool part of their day was the cake.  Due to the humidity the cake started to melt the icing details, which created a cool drizzle effect, however I believe it was a bit different from what the couple had in mind for their cake design.  Either way it was delicious and smashed like any other cake would in the grooms face.  Poor mike but such a great photo op!  Congrats you two!

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Perfect Duck Weather!

They do say that rain is good luck on your wedding day!  For Shannon aka Pip and Paul they should have some amazing good luck for the torrential downpours that went on all night post ceremony!  One good thing, aside from the super sweet couple getting married of course, was the fantastic clouds that created quite a dramatic backdrop!

We also can’t say enough good things about Pip and Paul and their entire bridal party, families and friends, for all of the great laughs, momentous spirit, and good times we were able to share!  Having met both Pip and Paul only on their wedding day, I must say this is a very well matched couple, both with light hearted, good time personalities!

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>Janna & Don

>Our last wedding of the 2009 season was for Don and Janna held at Ski Roundtop Resort. What was planned to be an outdoor ceremony was unfortunately moved indoors due to rain, however in our opinion rainy day weddings make for some of the best pictures, especially in the fall months with the great color combination of the foliage! Janna was sure to grab enough black umbrellas for her crew which created some fantastic and classy outdoor shots! Post dinner their reception was hopping with some great music by one of the groomsmen and a break dancing display! What an awesome celebration for a fantastic couple!