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Brett & Amanda {Wedding}

“I don’t want the heavens or the shooting stars. I don’t want gemstones or gold. I have those things already. I want… a steady hand. A kind soul.” -Katherine Hepburn

041-storyboardSeptember 17th was neither too warm nor too cold, too sunny nor too cloudy, too busy nor too boring. This day was well balanced, smooth and steady. I see this as a reflection of the couple we were working with.

Amanda is strikingly gorgeous with her blonde hair and blue eyes that twinkle when she smiles. She had been so enjoying the morning getting ready with her girls, but as the time drew near to walk down the aisle, this beautiful bride started to jitter with nerves.

We took Amanda around one side of a corner and her groom to the other, allowed their hands to touch but their faces to be hidden. Amanda’s nerves instantly melted into happy tears as she and Brett talked of the day and expressed their excitement.

Brett is Amanda’s deep breath.

He is burly and manly but simultaneously sweet and concerned. He would find her from across any room and his smile would reach all the way up to his eyes.

The Doan’s had a beautiful event at the Stoltzfus Homestead with sunflowers and cowboy boots around every corner. The food was to die for (I told Tessa it’s the best wedding food I’ve ever had…and I’ve had A LOT), there were lots of happy tears, lots of laughter, and lots of gorgeous photos. We are so excited to share Brett and Amanda’s day with you! It was such a joy, Mr. and Mrs. Doan; congratulations and enjoy Jamaica!

- J

VENDORS:
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens
Dress: Labella Mota (Conshohocken)
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Black Tux
Florist: Flowers by Jena Paige (Downingtown)
Wedding Coordinator: Dawn Beitzel with The Stoltzfus Homestead
DJ: Shannon Bowden
Cake: Masters Baker
Catering: John Serock
Hair: Michelle Mcgettigan
Makeup: Sarah Wochele
Additional Vendors:
Chester County Emeralds Society,
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Justin & Toni {Engaged}

“I need you
Now and forever
To stay right here with me
Don’t ever leave
Love was kept
From me like a secret
And I swore I was through
Until you”
Billy Currington 

022-storyboardBoy meets girl at a bar and the rest is history.

It was during an Eagles playoff game at Xfinity LIVE that Toni and Justin met, which is fitting as they share a huge passion for all things Philadelphia sports. Their first date took place at Iron Abbey Gastropub, and in Toni fashion she ordered the biggest cheeseburger on the menu. Justin was smitten.

Hang with Justin and Toni for even just a minute and you know they treat life as one giant adventure. They are a blast. Their engagement session took place at the most charming farm. They pranced through fields, laughed in the gardens, popped some champagne and of course, represented their Temple University gear (Go Owls!).

They crushed it. Check out the images below and you will see what I mean.

CANNOT wait for the huge party that awaits them next October at The Homestead, it’s gonna be a good one.

- T

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Joe & Rachel {Engaged}

“They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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We met at Springton Manor. The breeze was just right and the humidity from the weeks before had finally dissipated. Joe and Rachel brought the whole gang; their two pups and Rachel’s mom and son. It was clear Rachel was nervous. It is often the couples that start the most nervous who soon after seem to ease into a session most fluidly. Rachel was no exception. When she is around Joe it is as if she finds strength. He is her safety, and that is one of the most perfect things to photograph.

Their relationship began around two years ago with a date at Fogo De Chao followed by bowling. The rain fell on the streets of Philadelphia and as if out of a movie, they had their first kiss in the rain. It wasn’t until about 6 months later that Rachel knew Joe was the one. She introduced him to her son, Alex. An intelligent 6-year-old little boy with a bright smile and sweet personality. Everything about that first meeting was perfect. Rachel recalls Alex telling Joe he loved him even before the evening was over. The deal was sealed.

In just under a year these two will merge their families by sharing their vows in front of friends and family at The Stoltzfus Homestead and Garden. It is sure to be a magical day!

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Eli & Whitney {Engaged}

“You ever heard the expression ‘The best things in live are free.’ Well that expression is true.’ Every once in a while, people step up they rise above themselves sometimes they surprise you and sometimes they fall short. Life is funny sometimes. It can push pretty hard but if you look close enough, you can find hope in the words of children, in the bars of the song and in the eyes of someone you love. And if you’re lucky, if you’re the luckiest person on this entire planet, the person you love decides to love you back.”
- One Tree Hill

001-storyboardAs Eli & Whitney plan their wedding, it was an event just like that where their love story began. Eli’s best friend was marrying Whitney’s best friend. The groom and Eli picked up Whitney at the airport. The first time Eli saw her, he instantly was nervous. Throughout the week the bridal party spent a lot of time together but it wasn’t until a slow dance at the reception that Eli made the first move, asking her to dance to “Your Song”‘ by Elton John. After the wedding they dined on some burgers from In-N-Out chatting until the early morning hours. They were both flying home the next day and Eli wanted to get to know Whitney and see if pursuing a long distance relationship was the next step.

They decided to go for it. Their first planned date was a few weeks later in Pittsburg, PA on January 23, 2016. He drove from Indiana and she from Danville, PA. They squeezed out every minute of this day, starting with brunch, a walk in the park, Carnegie Art Museum, coffee and even a beautiful dinner spot to cap it off. Just when Whitney thought the day was ending, Eli had planned to take her the Duquesne Include, where they rode up next to each other, arm in arm. They were completely and utterly smitten with one another.

Several months later they returned to some of those same spots and Eli got down on one knee and asked for Whitney’s hand in marriage.

I had the pleasure of meeting Whitney at one of my close friend’s wedding several years ago. She was another bridesmaid and we instantly became friends. She is fun and full of life and I was so honored to be asked to photograph her day! I met Eli at their engagement session that took place in Downtown Lancaster. It took about five seconds to realize they are a perfect match.

For now, they hold that first day in Pittsburg as the best-day-ever but plan to embark on a whole new adventure beginning with another best-day-ever on November 11th at First Baptist Church in Danville, followed by a reception at Pine Barn Inn. I cannot wait!

- T
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Kalyn & Amanda {Engaged}

“When you love someone, all your saved-up wishes start coming out.”
~ Elizabeth Bowen

001-storyboardKalyn & Amanda began friends, but after two years realized forever together was a better route. Their foundation of friendship has lead to such a sweet and comfortable relationship. Within five minutes of photographing them they fell into this ease, which allowed for such authentic images. The humidity of Summer ’16 was back in action, which absolutely called for a refreshing session in the stream nearby. Kalyn and Amanda are adventurous and fun and are so evidently a perfect match.

The two will wed the summer of 2018 at Drumore Estate, and it is sure to be a magical day. 
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