The Goretzke Family | Trucker Family Lifestyle Session | Elizabethtown, PA

I can't believe it's already been a whole year since I was at the Goretzke Homestead for little Jake's newborn session! Time flies when you're growing into the worlds most adorable baby... Seriously look at that smile! You'd never know this session took place during Jake's morning nap time. Even when he was a grumpy Gus (understandably so! I like my naps too, Jake.) he still snuck in a ton of cute smiles.

Mike and Mindy own their own trucking company, so it was only right that we included the truck for the photo shoot! Don't worry, Mindy spotted Jake while he drove ;) I think it's safe to say Jake will be taking over the family business in a few years!

Candace + Clark | Meredith Manor | Pottstown, PA

On wedding days I do my best to make sure I don't "steal the show" from my couples. It's their day and nothing upsets me more than when a vendor tries to take over. Because of this I always try to give my couples options for photo locations. Things like "Lighting looks good in X, Y and Z. Which spot would you like to do your first look?" I always like to include them in the process as much as possible. After all, it's their special day! But every once in a while I run into a couple like Candace and Clark. I'd ask them what they'd like and they'd almost always respond with "Whatever you think is best! We trust you!" *Sigh* Bestill my photographer's heart. That's always secretly our favorite answer...

Spending the day with Candace and Clack at Meredith Manor was like spending the day with old friends. I knew Candace was my soul sister when she busted out the Mary Katherine Gallagher Superstar pose during the bridal party shots. Their adorably awkward dab entrance was straight out of my own personal dance moves playbook. And when Clark's friends busted out Rebecca Black, Friday as a surprise and he knew every single lyric I knew they were my kind of people! Capturing their fun, goofy love was an absolute honor!

Also, a HUGE shout out to Clark for designing the save the dates, wedding invitations, the ceremony programs, their wedding website and the cigar wrappers for their wedding day! The award for most involved groom definitely goes to you, Clark! Check out more of his work HERE!

A HUGE Thank You to:
Reception Venue | Meredith Manor
DJ | VIP DJ Entertainment
Florist | B & E Floral Designs
Bakers | Bakers of Buffington
Dress | Blue Moon Florist

The O'Donnell Family | French Creek State Park | Lifestyle Family Session

I've got a few years under my belt now in the photography industry, which means I've had the joy of watching so many wonderful families grow! I had the honor of photographing Sarah and Ryan's wedding, their one year anniversary and now the addition of little Wade to their family! It's been so wonderful getting to know Sarah and Ryan (and now Wade!) over the years. It always feels like hanging out with old friends when we meet up for a session!

Anyone who knows me knows I talk a lot about the importance family heirlooms (get those photos off your phone, people!). It's such an amazing feeling to know I've been trusted with such an important task. That someday when little Wade is no longer so little he'll be able to look back on these photographs of his family through the years. Thank you, Sarah and Ryan, for giving me the honor of capturing your love and family throughout the years!

Alycia + Nate | Harvest View Barn Wedding | Elizabethtown, PA

I've known Nate since I was 14. He's always been the funny guy (and definitely still is! Thank you for some of the most amazing groomsmen photos ever. EVER.). But on his wedding day, I got to see a side of him I've never seen. A tender, loving and serious side. It made my heart so happy to know he found someone who could bring that side out in him. Alycia could not be a better match for Nate.

Even though I got to see Nate's more serious side that day, I don't think there was a single moment throughout the day where Alycia and Nate weren't cracking up with one another; even during their joyful tears. And a wedding day full of happy tears and lots of laughter, in my opinion, is the best kind of wedding day!

A HUGE Thank You to:
Wedding Planner | Crystal Hershey of Harvest View Barn
DJ | Nick Fortini of Klock Entertainment
Florist | Lancaster Flower Co.
Baker | Oregon Dairy Bake Shoppe
Makeup Artist | Theresa Walker Make-Up Artist
Caterer | State of Affairs Catering
Officiant | Fr. James O'Blaney of Saint James Catholic Church
Bridal Boutique | Blush Bridal

Kelly + Meg | Antrim 1844 Wedding | Taneytown, MD

I absolutely loved getting to know Kelly and Meg on their wedding day. Their family and friends had some really wonderful stories and things to say about them throughout their wedding day. It was overwhelming to see how much love and support the two of them had on such an important day in their lives. My favorite story was when Kelly and Meg first met they quickly realized they both had the same quote from the same song tattoed on their bodies! "What doesn't bend breaks." Proof that their love is kismet!

Kelly and Meg had plans to get married under the beautiful tree in the secret garden at the Antrim 1844. Unfortunately, mother nature had other plans...So we snuck out there in between the rain for some photos and snuggles anyway! Despite the morning rain Kelly and Meg had the perfect wedding day surrounded by lots of love from their family and friends. Couldn't ask for more!

A HUGE Thank You to:
Wedding Planner | Abbey Fry of Antrim 1844
DJ | DJ Paul Parrinello
Florist | Blossom & Basket Boutique
Baker | Piece O' Cake
Officiant | Reverend Debby Altomonte

Jenn + Patrick | SteelStacks Engagement | Bethlehem, PA

When Jenn and Patrick got engaged and started the wedding planning process they set a goal; have unique photographs to remember this moment in time. They hunted high and low for the perfect wedding venue. Seriously guys, the venues they looked at were all over Pennsylvania! While beautiful, none of them seemed to have that special spark and it became too overwhelming. 

And then they found Atlantis Paradise Island....in THE BAHAMAS Y'ALL! Luckily for me creating unique wedding photographs for them should be pretty easy in December. However, they didn't just want unique wedding photos they also wanted their engagement photos to be equally as special. 

So we packed up the car (with mostly my camera gear...) and we headed out on a two-hour drive to where Jenn grew up. Our first stop was the SteelStacks in Bethlehem. The SteelStacks were once the home of Bethlehem Steel, the second largest steel manufacturer in the nation. Today they act as a site for music festivals and art! 

We went back to Jenn's roots to the farm she grew up on in the Leigh High Valley area. Today there is a newly built office building standing where the barn that Jenn grew up playing in once was. The cool thing about that is that they used the original stone from the barn to build the new structure! So while Jenn's barn is gone, the beautiful stone is still in their engagement photos! How stinkin cool is that!!

So I'd say they did a pretty good job of choosing some unique locations of their photos! Jenn and Patrick, I loved being able to get to know you both better on our little road trip and can not wait for our big "road trip" in December! 

A HUGE Thank You to:
Hair and Makeup | Jennifer Price Froelich of Time For You Salon

Kathleen + Anthony | Conoy Brethren in Christ Wedding | Elizabethtown, PA

It's pretty rare that I don't get to meet a couple before their big day. But with Kathy and Tony planning their big day the whole way from Perkasie and running a family of five, yes, 5 kids! (Okay, teenagers and young adults. As if that makes it easier...). We stuck to a simple phone call. ;)

Since I didn't have much time to get to know Kathy and Tony before their wedding day here is what I learned about them on their wedding day: 

1. Tony loves Kathy. Deeply and truly. I mean the poor guy could hardly hold back his tears of joy all day! One look at his lovely wife Kathy and he'd turn into a big ol' pile of mush. Don't worry, the good kind of mush... The kind of mush that makes you turn into a pile of mush behind your camera....I'm not crying, you're crying!

2. Kathy loves Tony. Deeply and truly. She was there to catch every joyful tear that fell down Tony's face. Not a single one was missed! And after wiping away each tear she would follow up with a long, loving embrace to her husband.

3. Kathy and Tony's children love them a whoooole lot. It's a pretty rare sight to see that many siblings in one area not trying to murder each other... Just keepin it real! I was so impressed by their maturity that day. If I'm being honest, marriage was not a concept I fully understood at their age. However, they all seemed to grasp the importance and significance of that special day as their family became one. It was absolute beautiful to see how happy they are were for their parents. 

It was an absolute honor to be apart of Kathy, Tony and their family's special day. It was full of joyful tears and lots of laughter. Two of my favorite things! To capture their first moments as husband and wife was better than I ever could have dreamed. Congrats Kathy and Tony!!

Julianna + Will | Lauxmont Farms Wedding | Wrightsville, PA

Oh gosh, where do I even start with J and Will's AH-mazing Lauxmont Farms wedding?! I honestly don't think I've ever seen a bride smile more than Julianna did on her wedding day. Like not a single moment of the day without a HUGE grin on her face. Guys, weddings are stressful. It's totally normal to have moments of "what's going on?" and "what's not here yet?" But not Julianna. Not a single second went by that day that this girl wasn't as happy as could be!

When we met up with Will later in the day I was reminded why. I should have remembered from their engagement session that all I needed to do to make either one of them smile was to tell them to look at each other. I was told before their engagement session that Will hate's being in front of a camera. I feel ya, Will! I hate having my photo taken too. However, Will is totally a natural in front of the camera! 

At their engagement session, I asked Will about his hate for being in front of the camera. He responded with "Well we’ve been practicing. Photos are important to her (Julianna) so I’m trying my best for her.” Who could stop smiling on a day where you get to marry a man like that?! Someone who is willing to try their best even when it makes them uncomfortable. That's real love and it was an absolute honor to be able to document that love on their wedding day. Thank you both so much for choosing to include me on your special day!

A HUGE Thank You to:
Wedding Planner | Daisy Pagan of Perfect Settings
Reception Venue | Lauxmont Farms 
Ceremony Venue | Community Bible Church
DJ | DJ Edge
Florist | Floral Designs of Mount Joy
Bakers | The Couture Cakery
Dress | In White
Videographer | JKM Productions

Hazel Margaret | Newborn Session | Elizabethtown, PA

I'm so excited to show off my favorite little muggle today on the blog! Because when your best friends make you a new best friend you've gotta show them off right? And what better way to do so than by capturing their newborn photos for them.

Hazel Margaret, you've only been in this world for a few weeks, but you are already SO loved by so many. Even if you are giving your mom and dad a real good run at this first-time parent thing they wouldn't trade it for the world! Plus... I still haven't had to change your diaper yet. So you're cool in my book!

It's been amazing to watch my best friends become parents for the first time. Watching not only their bond with Hazel grow each day, but their love for one another. I'm sure they're too busy to notice, but it's totally happening, y'all! And it's truly a beautiful sight to see. I could not be happier for Kirsten, Andrew and little Hazel on becoming a perfect little family!

Christy + Sam | Downtown Lancaster | Engagement Session

I knew the minute Christy and Sam started talking about their wedding and engagement session at our consultation together that I NEEDED to work them. I mean a beer garden theme wedding with growlers, hops, and florals as the centerpieces? Who wouldn't want to be involved in that?!? 

If you couldn't tell already Christy and Sam are pretty big fans of beer (duh...). Sam even planned their surprise proposal at one of the best places in Lancaster to grab a beer, The Fridge! So it was only natural we went back there for their engagement session. 

Besides sippin on delicious beers, Christy and Sam have a huge passion for the city they live in, Lancaster. So much so that they've chosen to keep all of their wedding vendors local to Lancaster County. That's harder than it sounds, guys! So it was only right we spent some time exploring the city where they fell in love, Downtown Lancaster.