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Scott & Megan {Wedding}

“If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If we were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.”—Michelle Hodkin

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Where to begin with Scott & Megan? I knew when we met them last autumn at their engagement shoot that theirs would be a wedding Tessa and I would be anxiously awaiting! These two fall into an ease when they’re in one another’s presence, like the world can finally stop holding its breath when they come together because then, and only then, is everything as it should be.

The day was perfect, there was a frame of vibrant blue skies around the stark white of the Grand Barn at Stoltzfus Homestead. The perfection went as far as a “no photography” request during the ceremony- a photographer’s dream come true! The decor was soft and romantic with golds and whites, baby’s breath, a gown dripping with jewels, and a pop of royal blue in the bride’s Badgely Mischka heels (a gift from one generous and incredibly proud sister and Maid of Honor.) Watching Scott take in the first sight of his stunning bride was a moment to remember, both of them holding back tears but sharing giddy excitement. And the rest of the day, we simply could NOT stop taking photos of this lovely pair. Three separate couple sessions? Sure, why not? A couple like this only comes around once in a while.

We certainly enjoyed this beautiful, sunny wedding day, but mostly we enjoyed our time spent with Scott and Megan. From Virginia to Lancaster or anywhere in between, we look forward to seeing you two again! Enjoy every sun-soaked moment of that honeymoon!

Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Stoltzfus Homestead

Dress: Exclusively You 

Florist: Pearls and Petals 

DJ: Klock Entertainment | Martise Scott 

Cake: Heather Jamison

Catering: Encks Catering 

Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom Donna Morgan 

Groomsmen Attire: Express 

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Sean & Lyndsey {Wedding}

“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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Sean and Lyndsey exude joy, the kind of joy that is contagious. They are the type of couple you just want to be around, causing one to forget about any troubles and rather; simply make you laugh. Their personalities spilled out onto every aspect of the day. In one word, this wedding was just down right fun.

The wedding day fell smack dab on July 4th. Their cake was a three tiered strawberry shortcake dripping with fruity goodness. A table was set up to honor those family members that have fought to serve our country and pins were presented for guests to wear.

The pockets of rain fall didn’t squander any of the overflowing joy. Rather, the bride hiked up her dress and danced the night away under a cool mist. Another strong aspect of the day was the love of music. Sean and Lyndsey asked a few friends to pick and sing their first dance. So outside of the grand barn, underneath ropes of lit orange lights, the most beautiful song played out. Perfect harmonies paired with an acoustic guitar and violin, Sean and Lyndsey drunk in every note, their eyes filling with tears as they got lost in the moment.

It was magical from start to finish. As the sun set and the rain distanced itself, the campfire crackled and the music played again. The day was laced with joy. Love from friends and family towards the couple was so evident. It was truly something special and I am SO honored I got to experience the day. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Marshall.

-T

Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Stoltzfus Homestead
Dress: David’s Bridal
Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Pearls and Petals
Wedding Planner: Dawn Waltman with Stoltzfus Homestead
DJ: Brad Maxwell
Cake: Rebecca Branck with Stoltzfus Homestead
Catering: Yoder’s Stoltzfus Homestead

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Nick & Regan {Wedding}

“You can talk with someone for years, everyday, and still, it won’t mean as much as what you can have when you sit in front of someone, not saying a word, yet you feel that person with your heart, you feel like you have known the person for forever…. connections are made with the heart, not the tongue.”

― C. JoyBell C.

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With all of these rainy Saturdays, you would think it’s still April! Saturday, June 27th had to be a record breaker for us, the rain was relentless. But tucked inside the Carriage House on Stoltzfus Homestead was a stunning bride with curls in her hair and the one of the most gorgeous gowns I have ever seen hanging on the wall. She and all of the ladies had that beautifully calm wedding day we’ve-done-all-we-can-do spirit and we knew that she would be thrilled to be married no matter what the weather.

The decor was rustic and lovely, and all handmade by this crafty bride. Resting on a crate of umbrellas was a sign made by Regan the night before that read, “They say rain on your wedding day is good luck.” Nick and Regan were troopers as we got creative using umbrellas, indoor space, and stealing them away as soon as the rain seemed to be easing up. They were lost in each other and made our jobs a million times easier.

Thank you for inviting us to be part of your gorgeous day, Nick and Regan!

-J

Vendors:
Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Stoltzfus Homestead
Florist: Megan with Pearls and Petals
DJ & Videographer: Rick with B&B Light and Sound
Cake: House of Clarendon
Catering: Hess BBQ
Bridesmaids dresses: Davids Bridal
Groomsmen attire: Torelli’s
Invitations: Etsy from Poland

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Ian & Christina {Wedding}

“It is difficult to know at what moment love begins; it is less difficult to know that it has begun.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Both Ian and Christina had a hard time describing to us when exactly their first date was; their love was simply a friendship set on fire. After spending a lot of time with mutual friends, they realized that between the two of something was something more than friendship and in seamless time, their futures combined into one.

This friendship between the two is clearly still intact- they relished every moment together on their wedding day, simply enjoying their time as though nothing else mattered but each other. It didn’t matter how dark the sky got, or how quickly those storm clouds rolled in, Ian and Christina were blissfully happy.

The rain spilled down the large glass windows at The Altland House in great timing just as we wrapped up the outdoor photos, and it continued that way for the rest of the night. So much so that the party was cut short due to flooding! But hey, rain or shine, Ian and Christina are married. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Leister! Wishing you all of the sunshine and happiness in the world.

-J

Venue: The Altland House
Dress: Bridaltown (Collegeville)
Florist: Fifty Flowers (designed by bride)
DJ: DJ Mike Love (York)
Cake: Amy’s Bakery
Catering: The Altland House
Bridesmaids Attire: Davids Bridal
Groomsmen: Mens Wearhouse
Invitations: Designed by Sarah Hartung

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Steven & Stephany {Engaged}

 

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

-Emily Bronte Withering Heights

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Stephany was working at a restaurant and a coworker played match maker, dropping her number off to Steve…and well the rest is history. Last Saturday it rained from the start of the day till the sun set. But come Sunday, the temperature was perfect and the sun was back, joining a blue sky and puffy white clouds. Truly a photographers dream day.

We traveled to Cape May, NJ a particularly special spot for this soon to be bride. Stephany grew up in Cape May and within minutes of arriving, the little beach town won me over. We ventured past colorful little shops, vintage houses and families young and old taking in their days of vacation.

We cracked a beer on the beach and chased the sunset, closing the evening by the lighthouse and a splash in the ocean. I love all my engagement sessions but this is one for the books!

The two plan to venture back to Cape May for their wedding in October and I’m already counting down the days!

Makeup by Melissa Jane

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