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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.  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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Tug & Emily {Wedding}

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Ceremony: Columbia UMC

Reception: Mulberry Art Studio

Dress: In White Bridal – Robert Bullock

Florist: Petals With Style

Wedding Décor: Carly Jones Designs

DJ: BNB Entertainment

Cake: Cake Creators

Catering: Harveys BBQ

Bridesmaids Dresses: Davids Bridal

Groomsmen and Groom Attire: Jos A Bank

I met Tug and Emily for the first time a few weeks before their wedding and instantly knew their day would be a blast.

As the last couple weeks have gone, rain seems to hang around during the week and then right on cue the weekend arrives and with it plenty of sunshine. This mid June day was no different. The girls put their finishing touches on hair and makeup at Essential Studios in Columbia, PA. Lots of little girls bounced around the Spa as the bridesmaids helped them feel like little princesses. Across town the guys relaxed outdoors awaiting the ceremony.

Tug’s daughter, Maddie was a highlight of the day as she followed Emily around with excitement and a look of awe as her soon to be stepmom was transformed into a real life princess. Tug and Emily’s precious little girl, Rowan was a doll to take pictures of with her piercing blue eyes and coy smile. It is always a pleasure to witness a family coming together through marriage.

Family is extremely important to this couple. Surrounded by cousins, aunts, uncles, children and grandparents they pledged till death do them part.

As expected, the reception was nothing short of a party, barely being able to steal the couple away for a late evening rooftop session. Drinks and dancing went into the night as the couple celebrated their marriage.

Wishing only the best to Tug and Emily!

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Matt & Nicole {Wedding}

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I have been looking forward to last Saturday’s wedding for months now.

Back in January, I was approached to partner with a new Lancaster County Wedding Venue, Stoltzfus Homestead and Garden. What was a barn and restaurant a few minutes from where I grew up was going to be restored to house weddings for seasons to come. In the beginning stages of renovations we collaborated on a stylized shoot. Bringing in a gorgeous bride and flower girls to show off the historic yet classic venue that was to come.

Saturday was perfect; with a slight breeze, blue skies and puffy clouds. But what I saw upon arrival blew my mind. I asked all the staff if they had slept at all in the past few months because I’m not sure how they made such drastic and beautiful improvements on an already gorgeous property, in such a short amount of time. What once was a traditional Lancaster County Barn had been restored to its utmost beauty. The soaring ceilings paired with the soft drapery and twinkling lights created a romantic and elegant atmosphere. The rich tonality of the wooden walls revealed its historic nature.

After the simple ceremony, guests enjoyed not only the beautiful interior but also the well groomed and spacious outdoors. The lawn was filled with games and a fire pit lit up the night as well as strung lights connecting the two barn structures. The perfect day met with a classic Lancaster County Sunset to top the evening off. All the months of hard work definitely paid off with the first official wedding at the Barn.

Matt and Nicole are the sweetest couple around. They both bring into their marriage strong family ties and a biblical foundation. It was a pleasure to not only be a part of the new venue celebrations but also the celebrations of this couple’s marriage. I am so excited for what is to come for both Matt and Nicole and The Stoltzfus Homestead!

For more information on the wedding venue and upcoming open house on June 12th from 6:30-9:00 at the farm (rain date June 13th) click here: Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens

To see our stylized winter shoot at the location click here: Stoltzfus Homestead {Vendor Feature}

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Stoltzfus Homestead {Vendor Feature}

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I grew up in Lancaster County, right outside of the little town called Intercourse. My parents have lived in their home for over twenty years. Now, living in Philadelphia and having had the pleasure to travel quite a bit, I still believe there is no place like it.

Lancaster is breathtaking, with it’s rolling open fields, where each season brings a new array of gorgeous views. It is simple yet charming. I consider it my escape from the busyness of Philadelphia. There is a quiet peace about the place.

That is why I am so very excited to be working with a brand new wedding venue called, Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens. I will be one of two suggested photographers. This location embodies the rich history embedded into all the parts of Lancaster County. A 19th century barn, now gorgeously remodeled, is set amongst a spacious lawn. A stately maple tree stands guard as the beautiful gardens come into bloom. I can’t wait for the property that I have know my entire life, to be a part of a couple’s wedding story.

If you are in the area, I highly suggest attending the upcoming open house on June 12th from 6:30-9:00 at the farm (rain date June 13th). The address is: 3716 E. Newport Road, Gordonville, Pennsylvania.

Hope to see some of you there!

Below are some images that were created for a stylized shoot to show of the gorgeous barn!

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