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Joel & Becca {Photographed by Associate Photographer – Haley}

“Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star.”

— E.E. Cummings

019-storyboardA quiet morning on the quaint Smoker farm in Lancaster County, white tables and chairs tucked in the backyard between the farmhouse and a rippling pond, and not a cloud in the sky – this is how Becca and Joel’s day started. Becca and Joel are a model couple, in many ways. There was not a hint of anxiety in the air as the couple got ready to say their vows. The bridal party and both families were just as relaxed, the still calmness was a theme of the day.

In the barn, Joel and the guys buttoned up and tied their ties and the girls prepped in the house below, while Becca was content to sit and read letters in a journal Joel gave to her that morning. The bridesmaids were all smiles with a few tears when they saw their best friend all dressed up in white.

Guests found their seats in a secluded section of yard, tucked away and surrounded by trees with a view of the sun-drenched field in the distance. Joel’s sweet smile was contagious as he marveled at his bride walking down the aisle, escorted by her father. The pastor spoke about the couple’s relationship, sharing the stand out moments that will make for a life of love for Becca and Joel.

Dinner and games continued after the ceremony – Spikeball in particular, being an important part of the day, as it is what brought Becca and Joel together. The sun hung low in the sky, covering the venue in the most beautiful golden light. We were able to steal the newlyweds away for a few moments to take it all in as they watched their guests laugh and dance from afar.

We can’t think of two people more deserving of the love they were surrounded with by their closest friends and families on this day, and we have no doubts that it will continue as they create a beautiful future together. Congratulations Joel and Becca!

- H

Second Photographer: Victoria Walters

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Smoker’s Farm

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Kody & Kaitlin {Wedding}

“Call it fate, destiny, call it luck you ended up with me
But some things are meant to be
Coincidence, circumstance
Or something bigger thats just out of our hands
But some things are meant to be.”
Sammy Kershaw

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July 7th brought us back to The Stoltzfus Homestead for one of our favorite weddings so far this season! It was one of those days that one just had the sense that even if it were pouring rain all day, or someone could forget the rings, or the power went out; still everyone would be happy and invested in the moment. This was the kind of day that was fueled by powerful love between the bride and groom, their families, and everyone who came to be part of it.

Kody and Kaitlin’s country romance was reflected in their day. Cowboy boots for everyone, cornflower blue dresses for the ladies, classic country playing all night long, and, of course, the classic country beauty that is Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens, complete with grand white barns, a towering silo, and windmill.

While the decor and setting was beautiful, what we loved the most was the excitement and emotion that was present all day long. While it was one of the larger bridal parties we’ve had in a long time, it was also one of the kindest. Kaitlin’s girls were calm and helpful, proud of their friend, and eager to help. The guys were calm and friendly, took direction well, and truly seemed to be enjoying themselves. Both sides of the family followed suit. Let me tell you, kind people make a wedding day even a million times more beautiful.

The day was seasonably warm and the sky was blue and sprinkled with picturesque round white clouds. Kaitlin and Kody first saw each other at opposite ends of the isle in the Tobacco Barn, the stage lit with twinkling lights wrapped around beautiful pine trees hand cut from Kody’s family tree farm. Sweet vows and 4 or 5 first kisses later, the two were married. Cocktail hour greeted guests with various flavors of popcorn, soft pretzels, and plenty of drinks to take the edge off of the heat. As the celebration continued inside the historic grand barn, the clouds unleashed a furious rain that yielded a perfectly cool summer’s eve. The bride and groom sang their hearts out to all of their favorite songs as they danced and celebrated their marriage with all of their family and friends. We loved this day, Kody and Kaitlin! Thank you for inviting us to be part of it! Enjoy your road trip to Maine!

- J

Second Photographer: Jenessa Seiz

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens

VENDORS:
Dress: Arielle Bridal {Beloved by Casablanca}
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Groom’s Aunt
Day of Coordinator: Dawn with Stoltzfus Homestead
DJ/Entertainment Services: DJ Will Wonder
Videographer: Josh with JHC Videography
Catering: Yoder’s Catering
Dessert: Whoopie Pies from Yoder’s Catering
Hair: Darla’s Hair Care and Spa
Makeup: Blush Beautiful

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Isak & Brittany {Engaged}

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars001-storyboardIsak and Brittany are two of the most quality human beings I know. Britt is sweet and genuine and has a way of making every person she comes in contact with feel heard and appreciated. She is authentic and selfless to her core. Isak is a go-getter, passionate about life and his pursuit of Britt’s heart and a life after Jesus. They strive to love well and serve others well. Together, they are dynamic.

The two met at EPIC church, a community of Jesus followers whose vision is to see Every Person in the City make Jesus the forgiver and leader of their life. Britt leads the children ministry at the Fairmount location as well as Isak being the Location Director.

I know I speak on behalf of those at EPIC in saying that they are adored by all around them. It has been so very cool to see God working through their lives and we are insanely excited to get to capture their story.

Haley and I met with the couple on a very warm summer evening at Rittenhouse for their engagement session. I knew these two would be a breeze to photograph, but they exceeded our expectation. They have a natural ease in which they interact and their adoration for one another can be seen so clearly.

Check it out below, and you’ll see what I mean.

To say we are excited for September 29th is an understatement.

Love you guys!

- T

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John & Chandler {Wedding}

“I find the most beautiful moments of life aren’t just with you, but because of you.” -Leo Christopher 039-storyboard

Picture it: dozens of white chairs tucked into a private garden, with the Chesapeake Bay as the backdrop. The grand Chesapeake Bay Bridge disappearing into the horizon. Calm waters lapping against a narrow private beach. Sailboats peacefully bobbing. A dark haired vision in white and a groom with a contagious smile join together in marriage before their closest family and friends who have travelled for miles just to witness this moment.

John and Chandler’s wedding is one we have been looking forward to for months! They both have the biggest and most beautiful personalities. I have a hard time finding anything to dislike about either of them! With 10 bridesmaids and groomsmen, large families, and a fun loving couple, it was inevitable that this day was riddled with laughter and fun.

Beyond the lightheartedness, there were so many sweet moments of genuine emotion. There were touching tributes and tearful toasts- a testament to the journey that brought both Chandler and John to their union, and the people who walked with them along the way.

After the sun burst into color as it set behind the water, the crowd came to life and erupted into dance. Pizza and French fries, a photo booth, and a killer DJ made for one fun filled night celebrating the Matlocks! We were honored to take part in your day, John and Chandler! We wish you all the best.

-J

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

Second Photographer: Jenessa Seiz

VENDORS:
Dress: Davids Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Flowers by Jena Paige
Wedding Planner: Morgan Lei Events
DJ: Crow Entertainment 
Videographer: Shutter and Sound Film
Catering: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club
Hair: Bride’s Sister in Law
Makeup: Bride’s Sister

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Ryan & Kelly {Wedding}

“We can always look back at what we did
All these memories of you and me baby
But right now it’s you and me forever girl
And you know we could do better than anything that we did
You know that you and me, we could do anything”
- You and Me | Dave Matthews 001-storyboardI met Ryan and Kelly while photography a good friend’s wedding last summer. Once they inquired about their wedding date, and we chatted a bit about their day, I had a great feeling about this couple.

Ryan and Kelly met at Marywood University, and you better believe their college squad showed up to celebrate the marriage of these two. This couple is so easy-going and fun. This was apparent right off the bat by the laid back demeanor of both the bride and groom.

June has not been very nice to those in the wedding industry. Lots of rainy weekends which can often times make our jobs a bit more difficult. But it is couples like Ryan and Kelly that make the work so very worth it. While the rain came and went all day, nothing could deter form the true meaning behind the day. Pockets of sunshine peeked through as this flexible bride and groom allowed us to pull them in and out of their party.

When asked what the three most important things to this couple are, they said family, faith and community. And that could not have been more evident. The two said their I Do’s in a beautiful Catholic Church, bathed in natural light and surrounded by supporting friends and family. One of my favorite moments of the day was when Kelly slipped away before the ceremony to pray to the Blessed Mother Mary in a courtyard nearby. Her father later expressed in his speech that Kelly has this deep faith, and even with little words about it, her actions throughout the afternoon so clearly pointed towards that fact.

The party continued at Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club in Fort Washington, where guests were gifted not just one, but two beautiful rainbows. The speeches were incredible, sentimental yet fun, with one of the most tear jerking father speeches we have yet to hear.

The dancing continued late into the night as the new Mr. & Mrs. Duggan celebrated their marriage. Haley and I were extremely honored to be a part of your day! We hope you enjoy a little visual sneak of the beauty that was June 17, 2017.

- T & H

Second Photographer: Haley Adair

Ceremony Venue: Saint Alphonsus Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club

VENDORS:
Dress: Darianna Bridal and Tuxedo
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Darianna Bridal and Tuxedo
Florist: Angel Rose & Elite Florist
Wedding Planner: Linda Hower
DJ/Entertainment Services: Jon Ardito Entertainment
Videographer: Shawn Fisher Productions
Cake: Ann’s Cake Pan
Catering: Manufacturers’ Golf and Country Club 
Hair & Makeup: Sugar Salon and Spa

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