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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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James & Lisa {Wedding}

“Because I could watch you for a single minute, and find a thousand things I love about you.” -Unknown
041-storyboard This balmy July day took heat to a whole other level! It may have been on everyone’s mind going into James and Lisa’s wedding day, and with a heat index of 108° we may have felt it on our skin all day long, but one look at this enamored pair and suddenly a romantic breeze seemed to blow and set the room at ease.

Under the shade of the Stoltzfus Homestead’s Tobacco Barn as the sounds of a string quartet filled the room, Lisa glided down the aisle lined with lanterns and rose petals to her grinning groom- his face beaming with admiration.

In spending time with the pair individually throughout the day, it was quickly apparent that each of them were consumed with the happiness of the other. If that isn’t the mark or true, lasting love, I don’t know what is. The way they calmly interacted throughout the course of the busy day was an inspiring reminder to me of what love should look like.

Though the day was warm, the evening brought a cool breeze and the crowd relaxed on lawn chairs and played games, chatting and laughing for hours. The sun set behind a dramatic show of billowing storm clouds in the west and James and Lisa ended the evening running through a tunnel of sparklers lined with their closest friends and family.

Another incredible wedding day for the books! We loved spending this day with you, James and Lisa! Thank you for allowing us to take part in your big day. Enjoy that Hawaiian honeymoon!

-J

VENDORS:
Ceremony & reception venue: The Stoltzfus Homestead
Dress: Justin Alexander 8739
Groom & groomsmen attire: The Black Tux – Navy Suits
Florist: Pearls & Petals
Wedding planner: Megan Waltman
DJ: DJ Will Wonder
Catering: Hess BBQ
Hair & Makeup: Bristle & Prim
Ceremony music: Vivace Strings
Reception decorations: Barnwood Tables from Timeless farmhouse

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Nick & Jackie {Wedding}

“…I love you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had and no matter what happens to us in the future, every day we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours.” -Nicolas Sparks

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Nick and Jackie are a lot of our favorite things: kind, quick to show their emotions, quirky, and undoubtedly one of our best-dressed couples ever! Their day at Stoltzfus Homestead was classy but splashed with plenty of character- anchors and seashells created a nautical theme alongside timeless pieces like the brides incredible beaded sheath gown topped with a veil worn by both her mother and her sister.

There were lots of smiles and lots of sentimental tears celebrating these college sweethearts on a gorgeous July afternoon. As the sun set over the grand barn, the new Mr. and Mrs. Schmoyer danced on into the night to the soundtrack of unorthodox throwbacks to which the entire bridal party knew every word! I can imagine that this bunch has had a lot of good laughs together through the years!

Two pregnant sisters of the bride, the sweetest and most sincere brother of the groom, a tearful dance between Nick and his mother who was beaming with pride, and the most emotional father/daughter first look to date…Nick and Jackie are surrounded with beautiful and supportive families and it was such a joy to witness all of these precious moments!

Enjoy your honeymoon, Mr. & Mrs. Schmoyer! Your wedding day could not have been more beautiful!

-J

VENDORS:
Ceremony & reception venue: The Stoltzfus Homestead
Day of coordinator: Liz Walter
Dress: Darianna Bridal
Groom & groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Pearls & Petals
DJ: DJ Will Wonder
Videographer: Shawn Fisher Productions
Cake: Inspired Confections
Catering: Yoder’s Catering
Hair: Creative Hair Design
Makeup: Andrea with Shades of Blush
Photo Booth: FX photo booth
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Merv & Rosie {Wedding}

“I vow to help you to love life, to always hold you with tenderness, and to have the patience that love demands, to speak when words are needed, and to share the silence when they are not, to live within the warmth of your heart and always call it home.” -Unknown
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Merv and Rosie have a classic yet quirky whirlwind romance. Inspired by their siblings, they both knew during their first messaging conversation on Facebook that this was it.

Tessa and I ranted and raved about the perfect weather, how the day was flowing so well, and about how lucky the couple was to have the BEST day to have a wedding. Merv replied at one point, “It could’ve been raining and still been the best day,” his voice dripping with love and sincerity.

Beyond the ideal wedding day, these two have the ideal love. Rosie is smiley and outgoing, I would guess always the life of the party (and certain to keep Merv young forever). He is calm and steady, her anchor and voice of reason. They very obviously have a relationship based on respect and adoration, and it was a joy to witness their union.

On this balmy July afternoon, the Stoltzfus’s joined their hearts together forever in the grand barn on the beautiful Stoltzfus Homestead surrounded and celebrated by their wonderful families. The speech by Rosie’s 13 year old sister was enough to bring me to tears; I’ve never heard such eloquence in someone so young, or so much admiration in one persons voice. This couple is clearly a bright light for all those who know them.

Merv and Rosie, thank you for inviting us to take part in your day! We adored spending the day with you and your families. Enjoy your week on your private island in St. Lucia! (Literally. They have an ISLAND). All the best!

-J

VENDORS:
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Stoltzfus Homestead
Dress: David’s Bridal
Groom & Groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse
DJ: R Lawrence DJ
Cake: Inspired Confections
Catering: Yoders
Hair & Makeup: Darlas Hair & Care

Check our their engagement session here: Merv & Rosie {Engaged}

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