Ashley and Aldrich- Historic Acres at Hershey

Hooray for the first wedding of 2018!  Life has been beyond crazy in the McClain household over the past year (and more so the past couple of months) so we were totally stoked to get back to shooting weddings!  Ashley and Aldrich had an amazing wedding day filled with laughter and love.  My favorite part had to be during the ceremony when the bride’s 3 year old nephew treated his father’s head like a tootsie roll pop.  Curious?  Keep scrolling;-)

Ashley and Aldrich’s kick ass vendors:

Venue: Historic Acres of Hershey

Catering: The Kitchen Table (formerly Uncommon Caterer)

Video: Moving Memories

Flowers: Sarah’s Floral Designs

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Anniversary Shout Out- Logan & Elizabeth

Inside secret.. Penn State couples might be my favorite, followed close behind Pitt couples, to photograph.  I’m pretty sure all PSU couples have had the most amazing, kick ass parties to celebrate their nuptials!  Logan and Elizabeth definitely had one heck of an amazing day!  I still can’t think of the term “Nuts to butts” without picturing Logan and his groomsmen posing for bridal portraits 😉 Congratulations you two on your one year anniversary!

Check out more fun from their Historic Acres at Hershey Wedding!


Jason’s 40th!

Gee golly it’s darn cold out there today!  Days like today make me reminisce to one of my two favorite seasons, Spring and Fall… Fall being my favorite.  This past fall was super special as we celebrated Jason’s 40th birthday (yes, I did get permission to post his age).

First off, to those currently planning a wedding.. I feel your pain.  It’s hard lining up everything needed, continuously thinking about the details and price per person.  Crazy!  To set my mind at ease, while focusing on the business and our one year old, I found the most AMAZING event planner.  Dana McGinley, who you might remember from a few months back when we blogged her wedding, just recently started her business planning both weddings and private events.  She was able to help with every detail and provide an outside perspective on “Will this sledge hammer work well with the decor?”.  Not kidding- totally had a sledge hammer.

Finding vendors was the easy part, as all were our friends and we knew they would do an amazing job.  Decor was largely DIY, with some details reused from our own 2008 wedding and some from old tools and manly items found in Jason’s workshop.  With most of our friends playing some part in the wedding industry, I wanted zero “wedding” appeal in the decor, food, or activities.

Detail wise, we had craft beer samplings from 6 different breweries, a whiskey and cigar bar including fun table games like Cards Against Humanity and Poker, Vintage furniture was brought in from Swoon Vintage Rentals, very tasty cupcakes and heavy hors d’oeuvres, including a bacon and nacho bar, was provided by The Uncommon Caterer, and Ryan Miller Entertainment was kicking out the great tunes all night. Our venue, which was hands down amazing, Historic Acres at Hershey, is highly recommended if planning any sort of celebration.

Overall we had an amazing night and I took pictures of the set up but totally went into relax and enjoy mode and missed any active party shots.  It was one of the best evenings celebrating the man who continues to support every aspiration and dream I have, who will most definitely give me early wrinkles from laughing and smiling so much, and who is the best daddy ever to our little one.  <end sap>


DJ Tom Stank and DJ Ryan Miller photo bombs:)

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


Our friends are getting married!

I’m convinced as a photographer, there is nothing more awkward than actually being in a friend’s wedding party.  Don’t get me wrong.. it was an absolute blast.. but being on the other side of the camera is SO much easier!  Photographers are infamous for being terrible at posing themselves, add in the intimidation of having your own team capture these images while in a frilly bridesmaid dress and primped hair and makeup… well no wonder I started drinking so early!

So a little back story.. Derrek is one of Jason’s close guy pals when he and I first started dating 11 years ago. Megan is one of my best gals that I had met in the days of banking years ago.  I still remember Megan asking if I knew any great guys and the only one that came to mind that would be perfect for her was Derrek.. however he was in a relationship at the time.  As time went on and their paths changed, they officially had their first date in early 2012 and shared so many crazy hobbies and interests it was pretty much fate.

Over the past few months of planning we’ve seen their love flourish, the expansion of a new furry friend and a new house that’s just blocks from ours (Score!).  A big thing for Jason and I is creating “Friend Family” aka not necessarily blood but as close as any other family member.  Derrek and Megan are most definitely some of the best friend family we’re blessed to have and have the warmest wishes on their future!  Love you guys!