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Alex & Jen {Engaged}

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A love birthed from a dinner at Texas Roadhouse and a night under the stars…

Alex and Jen met through a mutual friend, now the Matron of Honor at their upcoming April wedding. They are country through and through, sharing a love for the outdoors, star gazing, mudding, hunting and fishing. Alex taught Jen to shoot bow and was the one directly beside her when she shot her first deer.

Their original session was postponed due to the off and on rain we have been getting all summer. But the weather was worth the wait. You could almost taste Fall, with the slight breeze and crisp air.

I can’t wait till they tie the knot next Spring!

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Evan & Kim {Wedding}

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Last weekend, all over Lancaster County, weddings were getting rained on. But somehow we found ourselves amongst the few areas staying dry. The rain held off just long enough for a precious first look, the fancy cars getting a spotlight, and the groomsmen trekking through an open field.

There is nothing sweeter, more pure, than young love. Evan and Kim said their I Do’s at Weaverland Mennonite amongst 200 friends and family. The sweet ceremony involved a harp, gorgeous harmonies and a simple worship service. The blessing upon this marriage is so evident and powerful. They entered into their marriage with prayer and above all a focus on Jesus Christ as their center.

It was an honor to witness such a precious day! Congrats to the new bride and groom, Evan and Kim.

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The After Wedding Session

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The After Wedding Session:

It isn’t a secret; a wedding day can be stressful. Months and sometimes years are spent planning and preparing for one day. And then it is here and it happens and somehow everything falls into place.

My favorite time to capture during a wedding is the short time we get to whisk away the bride and groom. Away from the crowd, they are able to bask in one another’s presence. Their glow is undeniable, as they get lost in the moment. They are married. They are husband and wife and it seems no moment could top the one they are in.

But things happen, the wedding day gets crazy and the timeline sometimes gets scrunched. It is my job to help move things along as quickly and as smoothly as possible. We always have those moments with just the bride and groom, but at times it gets cut shorter than expected.

So the After Wedding Session was born.

When someone hears about this they question the necessity of it. Obviously, a wedding can happen flawlessly without an After Wedding Session planned. But here are the top five reasons why I love them:

1. Less stress on the wedding day

An After Wedding Session typically takes place the next evening or a few days after the couple returns from the honeymoon. This means, during the actual wedding day, there is less stress on needing to get every epic portrait of the couple. Obviously, many images are taken of the two but an after wedding session allows for so much more.

2. An excuse to wear that expensive attire once more

A wedding dress, and a tux for that matter, are expensive. In most cases you wear it once and only pull it out to show the kids twenty years later. An after wedding session allows for you to get back in to that gorgeous gown and show it off once more.

3. Location

An After Wedding Session can literally be anywhere; from an epic rooftop overlooking the city or the pond where the couple shared their first kiss. Didn’t have your wedding on the beach? Well, we can still make those gorgeous images happen. The possibilities are endless.

4. More time for creativity

Because there is no time limit and no restriction on location, there is no limit to the creativity that can happen. It allows for us to push past the typical and take our time to create something amazing!

5. Lights, Lights, Lights

It isn’t a secret, I LOVE off camera lighting. It adds a whole other dimension to images pushing them far past the usual. Depending on timeline, I will pull out the lights during a wedding, but we are almost always under some type of constraint. An after wedding session allows me to pull out all the stops, resulting in some jaw dropping images.

*Take a look at some examples from my most recent after wedding session with Matt and Nicole at Stoltzfus Homestead and Garden! You can view their wedding gallery as well: Matt & Nicole {Wedding}.

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Olivia {Senior Portraits}

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Growing up, I attended a small Christian school in Leola, PA called Living Word Academy. Once you reached high school level you also had the pleasure of becoming a mentor to an elementary student, it was called “Special Friends”. So when I recently had an inquiry from my “special friend” for her senior portraits, I was not only excited, but also reminded at how old I am getting…

Olivia has grown to be quite the young lady. She has a calming presence about her but yet an excitement for life and a twinkle in her eye. She was flawless in front of the camera. I think I may have doubled the amount of frames I normally capture, simply because she killed it.

Olivia is taking on her finally year with enthusiasm. Starting the year early with soccer pre-season, planning to take in every moment before it is over. She plans to possibly go into the mission’s field upon graduation.

Best of luck, Olivia as you start your senior year. Live it up! It is one of the best years!

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Zach & Rachel {Engaged}

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Two high-schoolers met on a blind group date and several days later ended up talking for hours over a few Auntie Anne’s soft pretzel. Now two college students, Rachel and Zach plan to marry next August at Stumptown Mennonite Church.  Their anniversary falls on New Years Eve and they have made it a tradition to visit a different city each year. Lancaster, Hershey and Philadelphia have been checked off with NYC on the future bucket list.

The way to fit into Zach’s family is to quickly take up playing cards and Rachel has done just that. They both enjoy the outdoors and exploring the greatest city in America, Philadelphia. (Okay, I may be slightly biased).  And as most male Philadelphian residents are, Zach is a huge sports fan and Rachel enjoys the events as well.  Family is a huge deal to both Zach and Rachel, from an evening of cards to a weekend away at the beach or mountains. Rachel says “it’s just so much better when he’s there.”

A majority of their 3.5-year relationship has been spent in different cities. Because of this, they simply love spending time together, doing the mundane “boring” stuff, because it doesn’t happen often enough. But through it all they have leaned on their faith as a constant strength. It wont be long till all their days will be spent together.

I knew the second I heard Zach was a Temple student that this couple would be a blast to work with. After all, Temple University only creates the best (again, I may be slightly biased). After our unexpectedly rainy session, I found out I was right. Thankfully we got the shots in that we needed, and as the rain drenched us we belly laughed all the way back to the car.

Zach and Rachel are simply adorable and so much fun to be around. I am so excited to be working with them both and can’t wait for their next summer wedding!

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