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Brandon & LaDessa {Wedding}

“Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.” - Louis De Bernieres

038-storyboardIt feels as if all of this year’s blogs posts have begun with a weather report. But with the May we have had, it seems to be a necessity. May in Pennsylvania is typically mild, with bright suns and blooming flowers. This May though, we have been faced with some rainy days. While rain may mean a different outlook on a wedding day it by no means is an unpleasant day. Rain often brings beautiful muted light and soft colors, creating beautiful imagery.

I have been looking forward to photographing Brandon & LaDessa’s wedding for months now. While I love each and every client I get to work with this one in particular was special. Brandon is my first cousin and it has been such a fun process to get to know his fiance LaDessa. She is a fantastic gal, with a heart for Jesus and an unquenchable zeal for life. I was reminded once again how special this couple is when the weather didn’t once damper their excitement for their day.

Brandon & LaDessa had plans to marry outdoors, at the summer camp LaDessa had not only spent years teaching at but a place that she formed friendships as close as family. They were to say “I Do” under the same tree that Brandon proposed.

With the morning sprinkles it didn’t look promising, but LaDessa kept her attitude bright and chose to move ahead with the outdoor ceremony. The morning misted, but didn’t pour. We hopped over puddles, posing with umbrellas and LaDessa danced in the rain. Never once did she complain that the sun wasn’t shining and her attitude made the day as sunny as a breezy and 75 spring afternoon.

The ceremony approached and it can only be described as a Jesus thing. “Tree” was LaDessa’s word for the year. With her meeting and getting engaged to Brandon during this year, there was so much symbolism to getting married under that specific tree. If you looked at the radar it was a little donut hole right over the location where the rain didn’t spill once. Brandon, LaDessa and 250 of their closest friends and family raised there voices in song as worship tunes filled the country side. They were prayed over by family and took part in a wood burning ceremony where they carved “I Do” in a wooden plaque.

It was straight magic, well, Jesus magic. We raced against time, as the clouds rolled in, squeezing every minute out of the muted clouded sky. The two kissed and giggled as the rain slightly misted. The bridal party was introduced into the reception and just like that the clouds busted open and the rain fell. Holding off just in time.

This day was flawless, from the grounds to the details to the overwhelming love and support that was poured upon Brandon and LaDessa.

Thank-you guys for trusting me to capture your day and welcome to the family LaDessa. The Smuckers are a rowdy bunch…but I have full confidence you can handle them.

Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Smucker!

VENDORS:
Ceremony & reception venue: River Valley Ranch
Dress: Davids Bridal
Florist: Schaeffers flowers, 50 flowers, Sams Club & Lorna Arlett
Day of Coordinator: Heather Muffley and Rachel Konechne
DJ: Aaron Westafer with Portable Soundz
Videographer: Anthem Aerials
Catering: River Valley Ranch
Hair & Makeup: Darla’s Hair and Care
Musicians: Dan & Hope Steel, Ben Ogden

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Jeff & Kayla {Wedding}

“You are my husband, you are my wife.
My feet shall run because of you.
My feet dance because of you.
My heart shall beat because of you.
My eyes see because of you.
My mind thinks because of you.
And I shall love, because of you.”

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The sun finally decided to shine and shine it did. After weeks of rainy weekends it was as if mother nature made up for this unusual May by blessing us with the most picture perfect Friday.

Kayla gave Cinderella a run for her money in her Italian designed princess gown, complete with gold sparkly heels. Jeff stood handsome in his USAF Dress Blues. The backdrop for their first look was the perfect combination of class and charm as the Cork Factory never disappoints in the beauty department. We wisk the two away for a private couple sessions just a few miles away, where we were able to take advantage of the striking greenery that the previous rain had now provided.

I loved the dynamic of these two. Kayla is bubbly and when she smiles a twinkle reaches her eyes. Jeff is solid and steady but yet has a soft mannerism about him when he is around Kayla. They match perfectly.

The ceremony was officiated by Jeff’s dad which added an extra level of sentimentality. Directly after they were announced as husband and wife, while holding hands, Kayla and Jeff embraced their mothers.

It was an evening of celebration, from the cake war that went far beyond just the bride and groom to the open dance floor where family and friends threw their shoes to the side and danced the night away. The couple said their goodbyes through a sparkle of flames and this perfect evening came to a close.

It was a wedding to remember! We are so honored to have been chosen to capture this love story! Best wishes to the new Mr. & Mrs. Shuler.

VENDORS:
Ceremony & reception venue: The Cork Factory Hotel
Dress: Abiti da Sposa Mille Bisu’ Di Pitaccolo Lorena
Groom & groomsmen attire: USAF Dress Blues & Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Jessa at Sommerfield Designs
Wedding planner: Melissa Martin with Stylish O
DJ: DJ Jimmy Acker
Cake: Cork Factory
Hair & Makeup: Salon 717
Twinkle Lights: Betsy Kohr

 

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Sammy & Alicia {Engaged}

“Laughter is holier than piety, freedom is sweeter than fame, and in the end it’s love and love alone that really matters.” Tom Robbins

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This relationship began with an invitation to the circus.

Sam’s grandfather runs the Rasjah Circus and provided his grandson with two tickets. Sam snatched up the opportunity to meet Alicia for the first time at this eclectic event. Little did he know, Alicia’s dad also got her tickets to the circus each year, a childhood tradition that transitioned to all the years before Sam’s arrival. Obviously, Alicia jumped at the opportunity.

The next day, Alicia met Sam at his house and says she was instantly mesmerized not only with his good looks but the welcoming hello that his Husky provided. Another early plus, as Alicia has a Husky herself.

They parted ways at the end of the evening both headed to later plans with their friends. Twenty minutes away, Alicia couldn’t get Sam out of her mind so she called him and asked if he wanted to keep their evening going. The two cancelled their plans and continued their date. A decision that Alicia says was the best one she ever made.

Through the next couple of years they would face some of the toughest experiences of their life and through that they have reached a depth to their relationship that can only be found by walking together through extreme hardship. Sam is Alicia rock, and vice versa.

While life has not always handed them an easy route, the two are simply filled with joy. They have a passion and zeal not only for life but for one another. They live by the quote that everything happens for a reason and strive to live each of their days to the fullest.

I am so honored to be told love story after love story, each interlaced with their own struggles and hardships, but yet a confidence in the future and each a relationship that continues to be built. Sam and Alicia are no exception and I cannot wait to continue to document their love story!

- T

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Matt & Maddie {Wedding}

5_15_16_M&M0801-EditMatt and Maddie share a love that is youthful and vibrant. They share a passion for adventure and the outdoors- they even incorporated their favorite hikes together into their reception table centerpieces! Matt has an infectious smile and I don’t think that we saw it leave his face even for a moment on the day that he married his best friend. Maddie was an ideal bride- organized, timely, and of course, absolutely stunning. Her calm and peaceful spirit never wavered even with a dreary, stormy forecast.

The day worked out flawlessly; the rain had perfect timing and fell only when everyone was indoors- not a single raindrop fell on these two! The intense storm clouds made for a gorgeous contrast against the white Grand Barn at Stoltzfus Homestead as the newlywed Grego’s celebrated their union. As a perfect cap to the day, a rainbow colored the sky as Matt grabbed his new bride and sealed the evening with a kiss. Congratulations Matt & Maddie! It was an honor to capture your wedding day!

-J

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Dave & Christina {Wedding}

“May these vows and this marriage be blessed.
May it be sweet milk,
this marriage, like wine and halvah.
May this marriage offer fruit and shade
like the date palm.
May this marriage be full of laughter,
our every day a day in paradise.
May this marriage be a sign of compassion,
a seal of happiness here and hereafter.
May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,
an omen as welcomes the moon in a clear blue sky.
I am out of words to describe
how spirit mingles in this marriage.”

by Rumi

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We have been itching to photograph at the Anthony Wayne House. Nestled just five miles from Valley Forge lies this magnificent Georgian-style country manor house. The most picturesque location for this charming couple.

It is vital to know the epic tale these two have so lets rewind and recap to Dave & Christina’s love story.

Christina grew up outside of Philadelphia and Dave, thousands of miles away in Europe. Life took the two to Nairobi, Kenya where the wonders of social media brought them together. A connection that seemed to align with the stars, truly meant to be.

“Walking along the pond at Mukima House during sunset, dancing around a fire on Mount Kenya, learning how to drive manual while on safari, scuba diving together, driving to lake Naivasha, sitting next to the fireside afterward…”

The memories Christina speaks of show the zest for life these to have.

They have built a life together over the last few years, even starting a family with their pup Olive, and this day was the perfect celebration to start them off into this new adventure of marriage.

Guests traveled from far and wide and arrived in their finest attire, complete with traditional european headwear. White chairs lined the green lawn, crisp and vibrant thanks to the previous days of rain. Dave beamed as his bride walked down the aisle, and the combination of the string  quartet and the beauty of this bride tugged at all of the hearts in attendance.

The sun broke from the clouds as the new Mr. & Mrs. Leaning were announced in public for the first time. Their first dance transformed into a more upbeat rhythm as the two broke out their sunglasses and invited the bridal party onto the dance floor.

The sun set and the party continued. What a splendid day this was! Thank-you for allowing us to take part.

-T

Vendors:
Ceremony/Reception: Anthony Wayne House
Dress: Lovely Bridal
Florist: Fresh Design
Planner: Lin G
DJ: Schaffer Sounds
Cake: Two Cakes
Hair/makeup: Nicck Townsen

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