I know. I have been AWOL for a bit. Good reason though. A few months ago, my friend and fellow photographer
Chelsea Elizabeth emailed me and asked if I had Oct 25th open. She asked if I would fly to California and shoot it with her. Well…duh? Thank goodness I was open! So, after my 2 day stop in NY to visit with other friends and go to Photo Plus, I flew out early Friday morning and landed in LA!! I was so excited!! Exhausted and hungry, we skipped shopping (gasp! I know!) and hung out all day. We went to dinner at Duke’s in Malibu and then I needed to go to bed. We then left 3 1/2 hours before the wedding to drive down the coast and go into Santa Monica. We ate a quick lunch at the Third Street Promenade and headed to Beverly Hills for the most beautiful, exciting, funny wedding ever! The ceremony and reception were held at Il Cielo . AMAZING!
This was the first time I actually shot for someone else. I have never second shot in my life and let me tell you, it was different. It forced me to look at the things I don’t normally photograph. To let someone else have control. I did have to kick myself a few times for forgetting, but Chelsea didn’t seem to mind.
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I’ll fly back in a heart beat if you need me, but this time, I am staying longer!!
Saturday, we were back in Lancaster and The Historic Strasburg Inn for Dara and Kevin’s wedding. Krisha came with me this time. We met everyone at the church early to get most of the formals done. Dara kept commenting on how fast the day was flying because before we knew it, it was ceremony time! Dara was hiding back so Kevin couldn’t see her as the bridesmaids came down the aisle. She had herself and her sisters in tears. So her Dad was blowing on her eyes to dry them out. It was hysterical!
After a full mass, we drove to Strasburg and had a little more fun with the wedding party and Dara and Kevin alone. The girls were real troopers since it was a bit chilly.
The reception was absolutely gorgeous. Dara’s and her sisters made all the place card settings and favors. Right after dinner, the DJ got all the main events finished so everyone could just dance and party all night! I hope you guys enjoy the show and your days off!!
Reception Historic Strasburg Inn
Flowers Petals and Beans
Cake Byers Butterflake
I met Alaina and her Mom a few months ago at Brittany and Jeff’s wedding. I was so excited when they contacted me to do Alaina’s senior session. I met them Thursday on City Island. Alaina decided she wanted to go into sports broadcasting so I thought it was appropriate to use the Senators stadium for some shots.
For my Pay it Forward shoot, I had the chance to meet Jen Baltgalvis and her family.
This project was created byJohn and Dalisa Cooper to help photographers and their families to have family portraits of their own since we are always the ones behind the camera.
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Badi, Jen, Reese, FinnBadi and JenFinnReese
Oh my gosh! My face still hurts from laughing and smiling on Saturday! Susanne and Eric’s wedding had to be one of the best times Liesa and I have had in a while. I swear if we all lived closer, we would be such good friends! (but that is what facebook is for!) From the moment we all got together, the laughs lasted all day.
We met Susanne and Shelly at St. Joseph’s in Lancaster and pretty much hung out until the dress arrived and the guys came back from the food run. Susanne and Eric decided to see each other before the ceremony to get all the photos done instead of waiting till later.
After the ceremony, we met the wedding party at the Historic Strasburg Inn before the reception to make use of the leaves changing and the yummy(for Liesa) sunlight. 😉
Then we went inside for the reception. Lots of crazy dancing and great food!! Shelly, you rocked it out!
PS. The iphone has this great lighter app that Shelly busted out during dinner…wait for it…. Cracked me up!
Here is your show guys! We had a blast!
Reception Historic Strasburg Inn
Flowers Floral Designs of Mount Joy
It didn’t rain!! Thank goodness, it didn’t rain on Saturday for Deb and Dan’s wedding. I almost invested in a pair of rain boots….
What a beautiful day it was. Liesa and I met Deb and all the girls at Deb’s sister house in Harrisburg. (amazing house btw) We hung out for a bit for all the preparation and then hurried down the street to St Patrick’s Cathedral for the ceremony. Deb and Dan have a dog named Spencer and he means the world to them. So, since Saturday’s Patron Saint was St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron St. of animals, the church allowed Spencer to walk down the aisle with the ring bearer and flower girls. It was adorable!
After the grand exit to noise makers, we all met back at Allenberry Playhouse to do all the “formals” and the reception. What a perfect day it was!
Here is your show!
Reception Allenberry Playhouse
Cake Sweet Confections
DJ Bob Foltz
Today is my Birthday and I have decided to take the day off. As many of you know, I don’t really celebrate my Birthday on the actual day because bad things tend to happen on my Birthday, ever since my 5th Birthday. So, today, I will be at a funeral and sitting with friends. But, I will be smiling because this is just one more day God has given me.
I thought Sunday was going to be a wash out like Saturday. But, despite the downpours at times, it was incredible! We were at Crossings Vineyard in Washington Crossing for Audrey and Mike’s wedding.
My friend Nicole Polk came along to help me out.
There was the cutest cottage at the back of the property where Audrey and the girls got ready. It was a girls dream! Everything was pink and brown with a hint of my favorite leopard print!! Awesome! So it wasn’t hard to find things to photograph in there. Before Audrey got dressed, Mike came in and Audrey ran into the dressing room. They decided to see each other before the wedding, but Audrey wanted it to be after the dress was on. It was a quick glimpse… Once they had their first look, we went outside to the vineyard while the rain had stopped for a little. The light was amazing and Audrey knew how to work the camera! Rain started falling and we ran back inside. Meanwhile everyone was running around trying to figure out where the ceremony was going to be because of the weather. After a few on and off again showers, it was decided that they would marry under the tent. It turned out beautifully. Later, the sun came out during cocktail hour and the fog was settling over the vineyards and I grabbed Audrey and Mike and said “Look!” They were all over it! So we shot for a few more minutes and then the rain started again. Once everyone was inside for dinner, Audrey’s sister and the best man gave their toasts. Then Mike stood up to toast his bride and there wasn’t a dry eye in the place! Audrey also surprised Mike with a grooms cake of the perfect wave. Once they cut those, we went downstairs to the barrel room for dancing. Despite the weather and all the set backs, it was an amazing day! Enjoy Hawaii!
Here is your show!
Wedding and Reception Crossing Vineyards
Band Hidden Treasure