Today is Katie’s birthday!! Happy Birthday woman! I couldn’t do it without you!! Don’t kill me for this pic either….hahah!!!
Saturday was the first wedding of the weekend. You would have thought it was July but the humidity!
Katie and I went to West Chester for Alison and Ryan’s wedding. We met the girls at Ryan’s parents while they got ready….all 8 of them!! Before heading to the church, we grabbed a few shots of them in the grove outside the house. We had a slight shoe dilemma because of the wet grass, but Katie and I fixed it no problem!
The wedding was held at St Agnes in downtown West Chester. It was like an assembly line of weddings…they run them back to back so it was difficult to figure out who was with who when we arrived. The church was beautiful and the ceremony as well. One of Ryan’s groomsmen, Ben, is a Baritone in Philadelphia with the most incredible voice. He pulled double duty for the ceremony.
They wanted a majority of their group shots to be at the reception site so we grabbed a few outside the church before heading over to the
Farmhouse at People’s Light. What a cute little place. We got through the formals pretty quickly that ALison and Ryan were able to greet their guests at cocktail hour. Then once the dinner, dancing and cake were done, the dance floor opened. We got bumped around quite a bit, but had so much fun! Here ya go!! Check it out !!
Sunday, was an absolutely gorgeous day! The breeze was blowing, the sun was shining and we were working!! We were for about the third time this summer/fall at
Cameron Estates for Dawn and Mike’s wedding. We did their friends
Melanie and Nathan’s. wedding last year. Oh, how I love referrals!
We arrived a little early to get an idea of what we wanted to do this time. Plus, the ceremony was at the bridge and we never shot it set up like this. The sun as beautiful as it was, wasn’t really at the spot we wanted it. But it all worked out!
They girls got ready in a room in the house while the guys were milling about outside and in the carriage house. Time moved so fast that we had to get the majority of the group shots after the ceremony. We were able to find some cooler places to shoot so no one was blinded by the sun. Then it was time to head to the reception. I think I am going to have to put a warning on my contracts soon, saying ” photographer will bawl during the father /daughter and mother /son dance”. Maybe it is because I am getting older, I don’t know. But, this is another reason I love weddings! I have the best job ever! Here are a few from Sunday and your show !! Talk to you when you get back!
I was going through some shots from this summer and came across this one of my friends kids. It was one of the first days they had gone to the stables where they had gotten a new horse.
Friday, Katie and I went to Mt Gretna for Wendy and Dominic’s wedding. Living so close, I have only been there a few times all these years. I love this place. The houses reminded me so much of doll houses. I decided, this is where I would really like to live!! One day, when the kids are grown! We arrived a little early so we walked around to see where we wanted to shoot all the pre wedding stuff. Once we found Wendy, we went to the little house she was getting ready in. There was a slight hair dilemma, but luckily, Katie and are girlie girls and can fix any hair and make-up trauma!
Dominic was waiting outside for Wendy because they decided to see each other and do all the formals before hand. I highly recommend doing this because it takes away a lot of the wedding jitters. Dominic was a little pale before he saw Wendy, but perked right up after the initial “meeting”. Wendy only had her sister standing up with her and Dominic has just his best man so the party was small. The ceremony lasted only 4 minutes, shortest on record for us!! Once the family formals were shot, everyone headed to the reception/dinner where they kept it very small. So Katie and I shot the cake and headed out. Thanks guys for keeping it simple and to the point!! Enjoy the show !!
Saturday was round 2 this weekend…at the Lancaster Theological Seminary
We started out with the Maggie and her 3 sisters while they got ready. Time was running short, so we grabbed the guys who were hiding upstairs for some fun shots in the class rooms and then went out to a secret passage Katie found while we walked around before anyone arrived. We had so much fun, we even got Andy’s Dad to join in.
The ceremony was quite lovely with a little humor thrown in be the littlest ring bearer. The kids really stole the show at this wedding!
After the ceremony and some fun shots with the wedding party, we headed off to Bent Creek Country Club for the reception. Every little detail was well planned out from the black and white decorations to the signature drink “the Cat’s Meow” which was flowing a plenty!! Thanks for letting us be a part of your day! Have fun in St. Lucia!!!
Here is your show and some sneak peaks.
What a night!! Elizabeth contacted me a few weeks ago asking if we could do her and Steve’s engagement session at the York Fair. I thought that was a great idea! Of course I was up for it! They drove all the way up from DC for the evening to do this! So, I met them at her parents house for some quick shots in the back yard and then we headed to the fair. My mind was spinning with ideas! I asked them if they were up for anything, and they agreed to anything! We started off at the games and Elizabeth won on the first try! She was so thrilled! Then she gave her stuffed frog away to a little girl who was so excited!
We shot around at some of the colorful stands before heading to the ticket booth so we could get on the rides. Now mind you, this was a little scary for me as I get a little freaked out by carny rides…but, what better ride to break my fear than the pirate ship. I was completely nuts for shooting on this ride b/c I could feel myself losing my grip on the camera everytime I went up. I was gripping under the seat in front of me with my feet hoping I would fly out! But what great shots! After that excitement, we decided to keep our feet on the ground and use the sun setting and all the lights around us. Steve never thought an photo shoot could be so much fun! I can’t wait for the wedding next year!!
Here are a few from our fun!
Elizabeth wanted a shot with them making a heart with their hands because they do this all the time….. how cute!
“At least it wasn’t raining” was the theme for Saturday. Everyone kept saying how hot and sticky it was. But it was beautiful no matter what for Jen and Derek’s wedding.
This was only the second time I did a wedding at the Conewago Manor Inn. . I had never been inside before. Wow! What a great little hidden gem! I could have shot in there all day!
Jen and Derek did things the way I like….they decided to see each other before the wedding and do all their pics before the ceremony. This way, we could take our time and then they could freshen up and relax. They were also able to go right to their cocktail hour and be with all their guests.
Katie and I hung out with the girls to start and then we took Jen to a different floor of the manor for some awesome shots. Jen was such a beautiful bride with the cutest smile!
Then Jen and Derek saw each other for the first time. They are so sweet together and it was like no one else was around.
We had some fun with the whole wedding party outside. But it was hot!! So, we finished with them and sent them back in to cool off, until I found a great little shelled out building. I didn’t want Jen to get dirty before the wedding b/c I didn’t know if the shout wipes would fix it, so we didn’t get down and dirty with them. I told Jen she can always dress up again for an after session and not worry about the dirt…
After a short and sweet ceremony, everyone headed over to the Patio for cocktail hour and then the reception under the tent. Once all the formalities were over, the DJ kicked it up and the dance floor was packed the rest of the night! The grandparents were giving some of the younger crowd a run for their money!
We had such a good time! Thanks for letting us share in your special day! Check out your show !!
Katie and Tim’s wedding was our first of the weekend. We started out at Katie’s parents house while the girls got ready. It was hard to keep track of them all because the house had so many rooms and most of the girls looked way too much alike! It was a very calm place though. No rushing and no real nerves yet. For the ceremony, we headed to St Mary’s in York. Everything seemed to be running fine until no one was coming down the aisle……It was so sweet, Katie’s grandmother was a little late and Katie didn’t want to start the ceremony without her. There was a great sigh of relief when she came through the door. Smooth sailing from there.
I took Katie and Tim after the ceremony to the balcony and stairs for a little private moment since I knew it would be chaotic after we left. I am so glad I did. The light was amazing.
Between the ceremony and reception, we stopped at Box Hill country club for some family formals and more of the wedding party. There was so much time in between, the wedding party went back to the house and my Katie and I went to the Outdoor Country Club to hang with the guests and get some detail shots before it all started.
Once Katie and Tim arrived the party started and was still going when we left. Thanks to JJ Michaels!! We had a great time! Here are a few from Saturday and your
Sunday, we went to Harrisburg for Cali and Quinn’s wedding. The whole wedding party was getting ready at the Hilton which was really great since the reception was being held there as well. It was a little crazy getting there since Kipona was going on….
Cali was just breath taking when we walked in, even in her J-lo velour sweatsuit with he new name inscribe on her behind! So cute! All the girls were running around in Team Pitchel tanks that were given to them at the shower. They knew how to have fun with all of this! In the midst of getting ready, we left to find the guys since they were ready to go. Katie and I took them down to the parking garage and on the street for some fun shots. Then back up to the room for the girls. Once it was time to go, we jumped in the car and raced to the church in Hummelstown for one of the most emotional ceremonies. Cali’s Dad not only gave her away, but her performed the ceremony. It was very hard for everyone to choke back the tears and get through this one! Whew!
Back to the Hilton we go, but for a short stop at the Capital for the wedding party and some quick shots of Cali and Quinn. This group was a lot of fun to work with because they were constantly giggling and we really good about letting us do our thing.
Walking into the ballroom at the reception, it was beautiful. Very, tastefully decorated by Kelly from
All Things Beautiful.
We also found another great DJ, Mike DeAcosta from Spectrasound. He had everyone laughing and dancing all night as well! What a great time! Thanks guys for letting us be part of your celebration!!! Here are some sneak peaks and your slideshow !!