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Dan & Jenessa {Proposal}

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In June of 2013, Jenessa King spoke at The Worship Center church for a special Father’s Day service.

It was that morning that she caught the eye of Daniel Seiz, who was immediately drawn to her confidence and bright smile.

Days turned into weeks and once again at that same church, the two reconnected at the “Living Room”, a young adult group that meets on Tuesday evenings. After that service, Dan ran after Jenessa and introduced himself in person.

From the beginning, it was clear to Dan that Jenessa would be the one he would marry. He asked her father for permission to date her and before their relationship progressed, he wrote a letter that he believed would one day be given to Jenessa; a letter of pursuit for her heart, of faith in their future together and promising his heart to her forever.

Fast forward to August 2014: It was an unusually rainy summer day in Washington D.C. The couple walked through a gorgeous indoor botanical garden, Jenessa photographing the orchids while Dan awaited his moment. In a quiet and secluded area, they sat and exactly a year after he had penned that letter, he opened it and Jenessa read his words aloud.

In Jenessa’s mind, the letter explained Dan’s jittery behavior all morning.  His words brought tears to her eyes as she read what Daniel had written in the early days of their relationship. Words about his love for her and the knowing that one day she would be his wife.

But the surprise wasn’t over yet. Dan pulled Jenessa to her feet and slowly knelt down on one knee.

It was an emotional moment for everyone watching. Those who had witnessed the proposal were left speechless as Jenessa squealed and Dan smiled.

Jenessa had always hoped for a gold band with a simple diamond, in remembrance of the ring her mother once wore. It was exactly that, and he placed a perfect gold ring with a simple diamond on her finger.

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Nick & Regan {Engaged}

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Nick and Regan met at a birthday party and after their first weekend of dates, a bystander asked how long they had been together. From day one they clicked. Nick is casual and laid back while Regan has an artistic side to her, both motivated in school and not wavering by their distance apart.

I had such a blast hanging out with these two the other evening and learning about their story. They plan to marry at The Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens next June!

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Alex & Stephanie {Engaged}

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Sunrise sessions are some of my favorites.

In general, I love waking before what feels like the rest of the world, seeing the sun rise on a new day. This particular morning, Stephanie and Alex joined me. You never would have been able to tell that we started before 7 am! Within minutes, they lit up in front of the camera, making my job a breeze.

They met at Stevens Institute, starting out in a friendship that led to a marriage proposal.  After seeing a Christmas Carol in theaters, their first date went on to many more and now they plan to wed next June at Riverdale Manor in Lancaster. I simply cannot wait!

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Eric & Jess {Engaged}

1After meeting online, Eric & Jess had their first date at Barnes and Noble. A location that would continue to hold significance, where months later Eric would propose with a hand made and beautiful scrapbook.

Eric and Jess compliment each other so well. They simply fit and bring out the best in one another. Both hold their family, friends and faith to the utmost importance.

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They are relaxed and have an unhurried demeanor about them enjoying coffee dates, the movies and market trips in Lancaster City.

The two will be getting married at one of Lancaster County’s newest wedding venues, The Booking House, in November. It is sure to be a fantastic day surrounded by friends and family. I simply cannot wait!

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Shawn & Liz {Wedding}

Ceremony Venue: Lake Michelle

Reception Venue: The Barn 

Dress: David’s Bridal

Groom and Groomsmen attire: Mens Wearhouse

Florist: Ye Olde Florist

DJ:  John with Eclipse Entertainers

Cake: Café Tanino

Catering: Callears BBQ

 

Out of town weddings are some of the best. One of my favorite things in life is going to a new city where no one knows my name and exploring. I especially love going to a place that holds value to my clients. It is pretty great seeing friends and family making the trip to a hand picked location by the bride and groom.

This time the location was Owego, NY. A charming little town tucked away in rural NY. The town center was gorgeous with charming Victorian houses, little bookstores, coffee shops and antiques lined along the water of the Susquehanna River. The area was dripping with character.

Miles away was a location particularly special to Shawn and Liz. Liz’s great aunt and uncle live on a gorgeous property surrounded by woods and perfectly positioned beside Lake Michelle. A slight breeze paired with the high 70’s temperature; the ceremony took place on a gorgeous sunny afternoon.

The whole day was oozing with the personal flair of Shawn and Liz; a country touch with cowboy boots and a barn reception. Shawn and Liz met in high school and continued their relationship while both attending school at Temple University, where I had the pleasure of meeting them both. Those in attendance represented all walks of the life they have already built together, from friends they have known for years, family and mutual college friends.  They are smiley, goofy and completely comfortable with one another and definitely know how to have a good time. Thanks to the excellent DJing of John from Eclipse Entertainers the crowd let loose and celebrated with Shawn and Liz into the night.

As Jenessa and myself left that evening we had to stop and stare at the sight above us. Now a city girl, I sometimes forget how gorgeous an open night sky can be. Right above The Barn was a cloudless sky with a thousand twinkling stars, a perfect ending to a flawless day. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Ropars!

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