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Daniel & Jenessa {Wedding}

It is still difficult for me to articulate my feelings about April 11, 2015. But I’ll do my best.

It was a perfect Spring day in Lancaster County. As I was driving from Philadelphia I noticed how the grass had finally laid its drab, brown covering aside and in its place, a vibrant green blanketed the earth. Color we all have been longing for throughout this seemingly endless winter. Although the weatherman was calling for gusty winds that Saturday, with each passing hour the air settled and became a simple spring breeze.

I have had the honor of being involved in many weddings, either in the bridal party, as a guest, or in my career as a wedding photographer. This event though, held even more significant meaning for me. My lovely assistant at Tessa Marie Images and second-shooter for weddings, was the bride on this day!

Jenessa’s story is bitter sweet. Four years ago, her mother was taken suddenly and unexpectedly as a result of cancer. Lill King was one of the most vibrant women I had ever met. A good friend of my mothers, I saw how people were drawn to her energy and the life she exuded. When she passed it shook the community, and devastated her close-knit family. Jenessa was just 17 years old.

Through their pain the King family held to one another and to their faith in God. They focused on family and rather than wallowing in their loss, they chose to embrace the blessing they had in the years they got to have Lill as a mother and wife. Their goal was to be just like her, to emulate her strengths and honor her legacy.

On Father’s Day 2013, Jenessa stood with her brother and sister in front of their church family and together they honored their father for continuing to support and love them through the deepest pain of losing his wife and their mom. Jenessa, in typical fashion, lit up the stage as she shared.

In the audience that day was Daniel Seiz. He was so completely taken by the life and spirit in this beautiful girl that he literally looked her up on Facebook right then and there as he was sitting in the church service!

Daniel decided that day that he wanted to marry Jenessa. And he took it upon himself to win her heart. On their wedding day they read letters to one another and Daniel wrote about how he never thought he could have so much love for “someone he never even met.” He spoke of his prayers to Jenessa’s mother in those letters, promising her that he would do everything in his power to take care of and love her daughter. I can honestly say, it was one of the most moving things I have ever heard.

To anyone who saw their relationship unfold it was as if Daniel awakened the parts of Jenessa that she had hidden. He walked beside her, embraced her flaws and built up her strengths, and she –reluctantly at first– opened herself to the idea of someone pursuing and loving her.

The day was about so much more than a legal contract being solidified among witnesses. It was a celebration of life, of community and of the love of Jesus. Many of the people in attendance have walked through this journey with the King family and have supported Jenessa and Daniel during their dating relationship. Tears were shed in remembrance, but more importantly laughter and joy filled every part of the day.

From a photographer’s perspective, Jen and Dan were such fun subjects to capture through a camera’s lens. They are both expressive by nature and wear their feelings “on their sleeves” and their emotions throughout the day were vibrant, alive and genuine.  Pure joy!

It was a dream wedding and a great honor to be a part of the celebration. It is a day that I will hold in my memory for years to come. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Seiz, so unbelievably happy for you both!

To view their proposal story click here: Daniel & Jenessa {The Proposal}

To view their engagement session click here: Daniel & Jenessa {Engaged}

And to view their UNBELIEVABLE wedding video by Cinema Four 40 click here: Daniel & Jenessa {Wedding Video}

The AMAZING wedding day vendors:

Dress: In White
Florist: Petals With Style
Wedding Planner: Schumaker PDT
DJ: Burnie Smucker with Portable Soundz
Videographer: Cinema Four 40
Catering: John Wright Restaurant
Ceremony: Stumptown Mennonite
Reception: John Wright Restaurant

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Matt & Maddie {Engaged}

“Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts.” -William Shakespeare

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Matt & Maddie both attended Penn State University, but it wasn’t until after they graduated that their paths crossed. They were both living in D.C. at the time and mutual friends had them meet. Shortly after, their first date took place with a Sunday afternoon movie and an italian dinner, completed with a stroll around D.C.

They describe their relationship as energetic, effortless and passionate. Both are avid lovers of the outdoors. Although their relationship has taken on long distance and new jobs their relationships remains unwavering. They plan to marry at The Stoltzfus Homestead May of next year.

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Justin & Krista {Engaged}

“I love her and that is the beginning and end of everything.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Justin and Krista met as two young teenagers attending a Christian camp, Tel Hai, located in the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside. Through the years their friendship remained but it wasn’t until they counseled at that same camp, years later, that they began to see each other in a different light.

Their first official date was at Texas Roadhouse, as they walked to their car, Justin spilled all of his leftovers on Krista. Surprisingly, the date continued with hours of talking at a nearby Barnes and Noble.

He loves that she is an eternal optimist, able to find the good in everything.

She loves that he is an anomaly, the kindest, most gentle man she knows.

So on a very chilly spring day we ventured back to that same christian camp to document their love story. It didn’t matter that the temperatures were low, the two giggled and interacted seamlessly together.

Justin and Krista plan to wed at Brandywine Manor House in September. I already know it is going to be a celebration to remember!

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Chad & Angie {Wedding}

\\ I choose you. And I’ll choose you, over and over and over. Without pause, without a doubt, in a heartbeat. I’ll keep choosing you. //

He didn’t stop looking at her, as he serenaded his new bride to the tune of Frank Sinatra’s “The Way you Look Tonight.” Her smile was contagious, and everyone watching knew the couple felt as if they were the only ones in the room.

Chad and Angie are the true representation of two families becoming one and I can’t imagine a more seamless union. The couple chose to have their children as their wedding party. Chad adjusted little Weston’s tie as they prepped for the day and the girls got to spend time prepping and well, doing all the girly things.

The ceremony was sweet, heartwarming and full of love. Their couple session was a dream as they couldn’t stop looking at one another, giggling and sharing in the unwavering love they have for one another. Later in the evening, the dance floor was packed with little ones, spending every last bit of energy they had showing the adults their unashamed dance moves.

It was a celebration, not only of a new marriage but of the work God has done in each of their lives to bring them to this point. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Diller! Wishing you only the utmost happiness in your future together.

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Best of 2014 {Weddings & Engagements}

And just like that, 2014 has come to a close. The year held a ton of huge milestones. It was our first full year in the business, we photographed over 20 AMAZING weddings and Jenessa joined the team. Preparations are well underway for an amazing 2015 and we are stoked about each and every bride and groom that has already chosen to trust us with their epic day! In a recap, we figured we would share our favorite frames of 2014. Which one is your favorite?12_20_14_S&K-10 2014_Favorites-1 2014_Favorites-2 2014_Favorites-3 2014_Favorites-4 2014_Favorites-5 2014_Favorites-6 2014_Favorites-7 2014_Favorites-8 2014_Favorites-9 2014_Favorites-10 2014_Favorites-11 2014_Favorites-12 2014_Favorites-13 2014_Favorites-14 2014_Favorites-15 2014_Favorites-16 2014_Favorites-17 2014_Favorites-18 2014_Favorites-19 2014_Favorites-20 2014_Favorites-21 2014_Favorites-22 2014_Favorites-23 2014_Favorites-24 2014_Favorites-25 2014_Favorites-26 2014_Favorites-27 2014_Favorites-28 2014_Favorites-29 2014_Favorites-30 2014_Favorites-31 2014_Favorites-32 2014_Favorites-33 2014_Favorites-34 2014_Favorites-35

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