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Danielle & Corey | Engagement Session at Hunting Hill Mansion Ridley Creek | Lancaster Wedding Photographer

Danielle, Corey, and I met up one evening at the beautiful Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek. This is a state park with amazing grounds. I visited here about a year ago with my husband and son and there is so much to look at and see! As a photographer, its perfect since there is so much you can use to take pictures of! I made the hour drive from Lancaster and it's so worth it!

Danielle & Corey laughed and had so many smiles the entire engagement session. The hot and humid weather didn't seem to bother them too much.

Their wedding will be here before we know it and I am so excited to be apart of their amazing day!

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Strock Enterprises Wedding | Mechanicsburg Wedding | Sarah & Matt

Sarah & Matt got married on April 29th, 2017 at the beautiful Strock Enterprises in  Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania.

What was supposed to be a rainy day, turned into a mix of clouds and beautiful weather. Their late spring wedding mixed with the colors of their bridesmaids dresses made this wedding look amazing!

Matt was a little nervous at the beginning of the day, but who isn't nervous on their wedding day! He wanted to make sure everything was perfect for her wife, and things were amazing the entire day!

Matt and Sarah opted for wedding cupcakes instead of the traditional cake. It was a cute alternative and we all know that cupcakes will make us limited to how much we eat. If it was up to me, I would eat an entire wedding cake myself! (I also have a ridiculous sweet tooth!)

 

After their formalities were finished at their reception, the dance floor was opened up. Their guests had an amazing time and it was one of the fullest dance floors I've seen in a long time!

Thank you for having me as your wedding photographer Matt & Sarah!

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Recent Life Events

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Recent Life Events

This summer has been one of the most eventful, tragic, and chaotic ones I have ever had.

I wanted to write on here to let you all in on personal events that have happened, and why I have been a little distant lately.

First off, my summer of weddings was off to an amazing start! I have been a part of some amazing and beautiful weddings, and then things got chaotic. Just as quickly as my summer season started in June, it quickly came to a halt.

I am one of 5 children in my family, I have 2 brothers and HAD 2 sisters. Had is the key word there because only one of my sisters is still alive. On the morning of June 24th, 2017 I received tragic news, my younger sister had taken her own life. At a mere 19 years old, her beautiful soul was taken away quickly as she succumbed to her depression that she had been battling for many years. My sister Emily will forever be in my heart.

The grieving process has not been easy what-so-ever. They say that suicide impacts at least 6 people, in my sisters case it was MANY more. Luckily we have had an amazing support system of friends and family to help us through this day to day grieving. I myself, had to take a couple weeks away from my business to try and cope with myself and my family.

I had recently experienced a miscarriage in late March, so when I found out I was expecting in early June I didn’t want to get my hopes up. Luckily I did tell my younger sister before she passed that I was expecting. I didn’t want to announce too early in case of another miscarriage. 

This pregnancy is going great though! The baby is growing perfect and we finally decided to announce with our first sons help! 

As soon as we announced, my morning sickness started. I get what’s called Hyperemesis, so I tend to lose weight and not eat much due to extreme nausea. Low and behold, I was wisked away to the hospital on July 22nd to get fluids and nutrition. I had lost 13 pounds in a short 2 week period and was only able to eat about 500 calories as day. The detected ketones in my urine and decided to keep me over for extra fluids and observation. Unfortunately, even with medications, my morning sickness has not subsided. So I try to eat when I’m hungry and work as much as I can without getting sick.

So as you can see, my life has been a roller coaster ride of emotions! We are so excited for our new baby even though I won’t be able to share the moment with my younger sister this time around.

I’d like to thank each and everyone of you who support me and my business and have been so extremely patient with my work.

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Tuesday Wedding Tip! Getting Ready Hacks

One of my favorite things to photograph during the wedding day, is the "getting ready" portion. More specifically when the girls are getting ready. It takes me back to a time that reminds me of prom or getting together with my girlfriends before we went out to parties!

I've noticed however, that sometimes we hit a "snag" on wedding days. Let's be honest for a second, getting a wedding dress on a bride is a feat within itself, but some of the smaller details about said wedding can be challenging. That's where I come in! I've seen so many brides get ready that I have a couple tricks up my sleeve.

First thing is first, have everyone try on their dresses, shoes, suits, etc. AHEAD of time. Maybe have a "dry run" a week before he wedding to make sure everything fits everyone. I've seen bridesmaids struggle to get dresses on and I've seen them have dresses falling off their body because they didn't fit right anymore! Also, shoes should be worn around and broken in when possible. Your feet will hurt if you don't and then you won't get to enjoy your day! Pro tip: put on a pair of wool socks, then your heels. Use a hair dryer to heat the shoes up a bit with the socks on and they should stretch a little to help with getting them worn in!

It's always a good idea to have a small sewing kit on hand during your wedding day, buttons fall off and dresses are too loose. You never know what you will need it for! Another small thing to keep with you is clear nail polish. It great to touch up nails if they start to chip but it's ever better to "glue" back on any loose beads that are falling off dresses. It's an old sewing hack I learned for when thread is fraying or not staying put!

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Another quick tip I learned during getting ready is to have a crochet hook or a fork near by when the bride gets dressed. Ok, it sounds super weird, but trust me it works. When the bride has buttons on her dress, it makes it so much easier to put the buttons through the loops with a hook of some sort! It will save your sanity and make your life easier! Another tip, if you don't have buttons but rather have a zipper, put one of those circle key rings on the zipper part to make it easier to pull up. You can take it off after you're done, but your fingers will definitely thank you!

One last time I have learned, if you are worried about your undies or other part of your outfit "rolling" or "bunching" up then spray yourself with stick hairspray first! It will make the fabric stay in place for the most part. Now, if you start sweating, that's a different story.

 

 

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Amber & Billy | Engagement Session at Longwood Gardens

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Amber & Billy | Engagement Session at Longwood Gardens

Being a wedding and engagement photographer in Lancaster has so many perks but, how many people get to visit the beautiful Longwood Gardens during their workday? I know I am beyond lucky to do what I do, and my job as a photographer tends to take me everywhere!

This was my first time visiting the Gardens and it will not be my last. Surrounded by so much beauty and calmness, it was a relaxing way to spend my day with Amber & Billy.

Amber and Billy are one of the sweetest couples I have the pleasure of working with! The laugh, giggle, smile, and are constantly having fun. Seeing them together makes my heart happy and I know their wedding day is going to be amazing and heartfelt!

 

 

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Brittany & Chris | Engagement Session

Fall is always one of my most popular times for engagement sessions! The beautiful leaves make for a wonderful and colorful backdrop. One thing that is always tricky with fall sessions is how quickly the weather can change! For this engagement session the wind quickly picked up and it became cold rather fast. But we didn't let that stop us!

Brittany and Chris are so much fun to work with and their laid back personalities made their session a breeze! We chose Overlook park in Lancaster for their session. This park is my little gem that I found when I went out to the park with my sonnabout a year ago. It's pretty secluded and has a beautiful sunset at multiple locations! Plus, there is a Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts right down the street that I can grab beforehand!

Between all the fun poses and laughs we made sure to capture some amazing pictures!

 

 

 

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Dan & Amber Engagement

A beautiful fall engagement session as the leaves begin to change! 

We took a short hike out to Chiques Rock in Columbia, PA to get some gorgeous scenery!

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Jen & John | Harrisburg Wedding Photographer |

Jen and I never met until the day of her wedding. I had known her through her sister Meghan, whom I knew through the Lebanon Softball League (long story, I know!) 

There was a terrible situation that rocked Lebanon County before I met Jen, her brother had passed away due to a drug overdose. That situation hit a little too close to home for me, so I contacted Jen when she needed a wedding photographer. I told her that I would photograph her wedding for free on one condition, she should take whatever budget she had for a wedding photographer and donate it to a drug and addiction rehab facility in honor of her brother.

 

Flash forward to her wedding day, it was a joyus occasion celebrated by friends and family and they also found a way to include their late brother. You can see for yourself how beautiful the wedding day was and I am so lucky to be able to give back to the community as a wedding photographer for the Lebanon, Lancaster, Harrisburg, and Central Pennsylvania area!

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Rachel & Andrew | Strocks Enterprises Wedding | Harrisburg Wedding Photographer

Rachel and Andrew had a small and intimate wedding at Strocks Enterprises in Harrisburg, PA. The overcast skies and slight rain made the weather almost perfect!

They shared a perfect ceremony in the Corn Crib, in case it rained outside. Their entire day had the perfect small touches that allowed their personalities to show through!

The ended the evening with a sparkler exit and a car filled with balloons! 

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Steph and Sean Lancaster Wedding | Pheasant Run Farm Bed & Breakfast | Lancaster Wedding Photographer

I met Steph and Sean back in the spring/early summer of 2016. We met at a local coffee shop and discused the details of their beautiful Fall wedding. Their wedding took place at the beautiful Pheasant Run Farm Bed & Breakfast in Lancaster Pennsylvania. Pheasant Run Farm Bed & Breakfast is a unique venue in the aspect that they have their very own little waterfall in the back of the property that they host most of their wedding ceremonies at! This venue is also boasts an adorable little fenced in field where a couple horses will usually make an appearance during the wedding day.

I first introduced you to Steph and Sean in the blog post featuring their engagement session. They both aren't afraid to show affection both in front of the camera and behind it. 

Steph and Sean exchanged notes and gifts on their wedding day. Steph also had suprise cufflinks made for Sean, that features his late father. Their wedding was filled with beautiful dark bold colors and plenty of love! 

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Nichi & Dan's Wedding | Lancaster Pennsylvania | Lancaster Wedding Photographer

A beautiful fall day in Lancaster Pennsylvania sets the scene for the intimate and perfect wedding between Nichi and Dan. I arrived first at the beautiful church where the bride was getting ready. Between the wooden pews and gorgeous tall windows, I had so much beautiful and natural light and backgrounds! I usually start with the detail photographs first thing when I arrive. This also gives the bride extra time to do "Finishing touches" before we start taking shots of her "getting ready". 

Nichi chose to have a first look with both her bridesmaids and then her father. You can see these beautiful moments documented below. Nichi also chose to give her father customized cufflinks to wear at her wedding. As a professional wedding photographer, I personally love seeing the emotions and reactions during the first looks.

Nichi's beautiful color scheme set the romantic mood for her wedding day. I love the plum/maroon color and how  contrasts wth the lighter colors in her bouquet. You can see for yourself what a beautiful bride Nichi was and how perfect her wedding was!

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Kristine & Dan | Wedding at Lauxmont Farms | Lancaster Wedding Photographer

I have known Kristine for a couple of years now. We went to high school together and played softball together as well! So when she asked me to be her photographer, of course I said yes!

Kristine and Dan had a fall wedding at the Cobblestone Courtyard at Lauxmont Farms. While we wished the rain held off, it did end up making for some beautiful evening pictures! 

 

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Spring Engagement Session | Fashion Guide

With it being almost mid February, I can't help but get excited for Spring! I personally am not a winter person at all. I don't like the cold weather very much and its usually dark, dreary, and muddy most of the time. As a photographer, this forces me inside most days. I don't get to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine because the cold air hurts my face (seriously, I should move to Florida!). But while I still live here in good old Lancaster Pennsylvania, I have to make due with whatever weather is thrown my way (even if it is 60 degrees one day and snowing the next!)

While I have a bright and cheery outlook for this Spring, I thought I would write a small blog post to show off what outfits I think would look amazing for the nicer weather! There are some options here for both warmer days as well as colder days. The lighter pastel colors look amazing with the scenery that isn't in full bloom yet. It adds just the right amount of "pop" to make your images amazing!

As always, tweak these combos how you like and what would work best for you. If you don't feel comfortable in something, then you'll remember that discomfort while looking back at those pictures. I want your engagement experience to be fun, light-hearted, and beautiful. 

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Kasara & Jeremy | Lebanon Wedding Photographer | Sycamore Acres

When I was first breaking into the wedding industry, I knew that I wanted to give back. My first thought was to give away a wedding package to someone who would need it and I am so glad I did! Kasara and Jeremy are one of the most down to earth couples and their wedding day was a great way for me to relax while working! Kasara was the winner for my "wedding giveaway" that I launched back in 2015. Her Fall 2016 wedding was held in Cornwall, PA and then at Sycamore Acres in Lebanon, PA.

Even though it was cold and windy, we didn't let that stop us from having fun! Kasara and Jeremy ended up dancing the night away and laughing while in each others arms.

I can't wait to see where their marriage takes them!

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Amanda & Chris | Fall Engagement Session | Apple Orchard Engagement Session | Lancaster Engagement Photographer

Amanda and Chris are such a cute couple! They had the best idea of having their engagement session on Amanda's family's apple orchard! As a photographer, I am always up for new locations and challenges! 

The hilly landscape surrounded by trees and apples (of course!) were beautiful. Amanda showed me one location that overlooked the nearby town. We ended up using it as a backdrop for pictures with Chris's truck. 

At the end of the day, I got some amazing pictures AND got to take home some apples! Have I mentioned recently how much I love being an engagement photographer?

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Gloria & Angel | Lebanon Wedding Photographer | Lebanon, Pennsylvania

I have known Gloria for a little over a year and a half when she contacted me to photograph her wedding! Her wedding was quaint but full of love as she was surrounded by her closest friends and family. While I had grown up in Lebanon, Pennsylvania I had never been back in this part of it. The beautiful crisp fall air made for the perfect scene for am outdoor wedding.

Gloria's wedding was put together by her and her family. You could tell how delicately they worked on the details both big and small for this day. I am so lucky as a wedding photographer to be there to capture how intimate these moments between  family members can be. 

I love the personal touches that were added to this wedding. I photographed the cake, and next to it were two "buckets" of candy. One had the brides favorite candy and one had the grooms favorite candy. They also set up a homemade photo-booth complete with props, a backdrop, and selfie sticks! 

This wedding was built around love and fun. The bride and groom did not miss one second of enjoying their big wedding day!

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Sneak Peek! | Rachel & Andrew's Wedding at Strocks Enterprises

A warm fall day quickly turned chilly and windy with a high chance of rain. We didn't let that stop us from having fun and enjoying the wedding of Rachel & Andrew! I loved seeing the way they look at each other and so tenderly embrace each other. Here are a couple sneak peeks from the beautiful wedding at Strocks on 10/21/16.

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Hannah & Wyatt | Westminster Wedding Photographer

Hannah and Wyatt are the most adorable couple. When I first met them for their engagement session on Hannah's family farm, I was welcomed with warm smiles! They were both up to have fun, laugh, and show just how in love they were.

Flash forward to their wedding day. When Wyatt first saw Hannah walking down the aisle, you can see his reaction was so full of emotion. It just shows how much he cares for Hannah. As they tenderly held hands and said their vows, their friends and family quietly watched and then celebrated after their kiss! Their "getaway car" was adorable and such a unique part of their wedding day.

Their reception was held in a barn venue where dancing, laughter, and love filled its walls. Hannah and Wyatt celebrated with their first dance followed by the parent dances. Hannah had a fun dance with her father that started as a slow song and then turned into fun music. Her father had no idea, was caught off guard, but then enjoyed the rest of the dance with a smile on his face.

As you can see, their wedding day was nothing short of a beautiful summer day filled with love and surrounded by their family.

I am so happy to be your wedding photographer and can't wait to see your love blossom in the future!

 

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