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.

Eliza + Brian | Stoltzfus Homestead & Gardens Wedding | Gordonville, PA

Couples that laugh together, stay together. That's a real saying, right? I'm no marriage expert, but I'm preeetty sure that couples that laugh as hard as Eliza and Brian do together have it figured out. It's just basic marriage science!

Brian is absolutely hilarious and Eliza has the cutest, full body laugh. Like she literally tips over from laughing! It was adorable to watch a huge grin come across Brian's face everytime Eliza would start laughing. And in my eyes, that makes them the perfect match for one another.

Thank you, Eliza, Brian and both your families for making me feel so welcomed on your perfect day! It was an absolute honor to photograph your Stoltzfus Homestead wedding!

Special Thanks to:
Venue | Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens
Wedding Planner | Dawn of Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens
DJ | R Lawrence DJ
Dress | Saja
Florist | Petals and Pearls
Bakers | Colebrook bakery

Amber + Chris | Lakefield Wedding | Manheim, Pennsylvania

Anyone who follows along has probably heard me say this a million times; how do I get so lucky to work with the couples that I do? Seriously, I’ll never understand it. Amber and Chris’s Lakefield wedding was what dreams are made of. I mean there was a soul train line, at least 6 different flavors of donuts, chair dances, kittens (shout out to John Cena the kitten!) and lots and lots of love. Oh, and let’s not forget breakfast for dinner. Cause who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?!

Also, any couple who can’t get through their ceremony without hugging, not once, but twice before their kiss is automatically my favorite. Not to mention they followed up their first kiss as husband and wife with a chest bump. Again, favs <3 I absolutely loved photographing Amber and Chris’s love. Their families might think their PDA is annoying at times, but from a wedding photographer perspective, it’s the best thing in the world. It was an absolute honor to capture their love and first day as husband and wife!

Special Thanks to:
Wedding Planner | Patty Mazzei
Venue | Lakefield Weddings
Dress | Lilla's Bridal Boutitque
Florist | Tulips and Twine
Bakers | Weiser's Market and Duck Donuts

Meena + Josh | Hindu Fusion Wedding | Historic Acres of Hershey | Elizabethtown, PA

Let me just start by saying I will never, EVER, get over just how amazing Meena and Josh's wedding at The Historic Acres of Hershey was. I honestly wish I could share every single photograph with you guys! I got teary eyed about three or four times that day just because things were so overwhelmingly beautiful. And anyone who knows me knows I don't cry very often... It was just that beautiful! 

And I don't just mean the amazing attention to detail or the breathtaking colors everywhere. Meena and Josh are what made this wedding so beautiful. Their kindness and love for one another shined throughout the entire day. Even when their priest was over an hour late they just laughed, rolled with the punches and kept the party going. 

They had a long wedding day too! With not one, but two gorgeous outfits changes which included hair and makeup as well. I was so impressed how the two of them handled all of the typical wedding day stresses like they were nothing. They would lock eyes, smile at each other and start laughing at themselves. I loved being able to capture all of those wonderful moments for them on their wedding day! 

Special Thanks to:
Wedding Planner | Alyssa Wolfe of Sapphire Road
Venue | Historic Acres of Hershey
DJ | Scott Martise of Klock Entertainment
Florist | Roots Flower Farm
Hair and Makeup | Bombshell Brides
Other | Swoon Vintage Rentals, Leo's Homemade Ice Cream

Katie + Adam | York Agriculture and Industrial Museum Wedding | York, PA

Adam and Katie's wedding at the York Agriculture and Industrial Museum was absolutely stunning. And an amazing and truly beautiful group effort by family and friends. The groomsmen beautifully set up the entire venue up on a tight time frame. Bridesmaids did hair, makeup, baked AN ENTIRE WEDDING CAKE and often playing assistant to me (THANK YOU FOREVER!). Their incredibly talented friends serenaded everyone with music and even officiated the ceremony. And I am also blessed to call these two love birds my friends. Not a single beat was missed. Family and friends worked their butts off to make sure Katie and Adam had the wedding of their dreams. What better way to start a marriage than to be surrounded by family and friends the entire day! It was truly an honor to be apart of such a beautiful, love-filled wedding! Congrats again Katie and Adam!

Special Thanks to:
Venue | York Agriculture and Industrial Museum
DJ | Mixmaster DJ Productions
Caterer | Roburritos
Florist | Emilie Aulenbach O'Neal
Baker | Sai Muddasani
Officiant | Ben Roth

Hazel Margaret | Fresh 48 Newborn Session | Women's and Babies Hospital Lancaster, PA

Saturday morning I got a text from my best friend that it was “go time” for little Jelly Bean. Of course, Saturdays mean weddings, so all day I kept checking my phone for updates. It was nearly 8 pm and my work day was coming to an end and still no news on Jelly Bean. 

During the parent dances at the wedding, I started to tear up wondering which one of my friends would one day have the privilege of dancing with either their son or daughter on their wedding day. Quickly realizing I was getting a head of myself I shook it off and kept working. I’ll be honest though… I was still rooting for a girl up till the last minute!

Around 10 pm I got the news that we were adding another member to the Ponytail Club (inside joke) with a beautiful and healthy little girl. Hazel Margaret, I’m pretty sure I willed you to be a girl. A fierce little Leo who I am honored to add to my BFF circle. You are absolute perfection. I can’t wait to teach you all about cats and boyz even though your parents would probably prefer that I don’t. Welcome to the world, little buddy.

Charlie Owen | Newborn Session | Long's Park Lancaster, PA

Last year little Carlie’s parents climbed the beautiful Rocky Mountains to say, “I do” to one another. So it was only right his newborn session took place in nature too! While I’m sure we all would have loved to go back to Colorado for his newborn session, Long’s Park provided us with gorgeous backdrops instead. 

I consider it a great honor having the opportunity to watch past couples family grow. It honestly feels like it was just yesterday these two say their vows to one another at the Overlook Chapel in Estes Park, moving to Lancaster and announcing their pregnancy. Now their full fledge parents raising the cutest little boy! I absolutely loved meeting little Charlie Owen and I could not be happier for you both, Andrea and Ben!

Johanna + Brian | Historic Acres of Hershey | Elizabethtown, PA

I absolutely adored Johanna and Brian's Historic Acres of Hershey wedding! Such a gorgeous and fun venue. It fit them perfectly! I don't think there was a second that day where either of them wasn't smiling. Even through happy tears, they both smiled. I love wedding days like that.

The day of their wedding was the first time I actually got to meet them in person. But it didn't take me long to realize what a great match Johanna and Brian are. They balance each other perfectly. Even with her big excited smile, I could tell Johanna was a little anxious. It was after all her wedding day and weddings can be stressful! The second she was in Brian's arms I could see all that melt away. It was an absolute honor to capture those moments for such a wonderful couple.

Special Thanks to:
Venue | Historic Acres of Hershey
DJ | Mac2 Productions
Caterer | Uncommon Caterer
Florist | Shades of Pink
Baker | Jamie Creason.
Officiant | Pastor Bill Read

Kim + Jake | Concordville Inn Wedding | Glen Mills, PA

I said it before and I’ll say it again, I absolutely adored working with Kim and Jake on their wedding day. Kim reached out to me after learning I am also a WWE fan (yes, that crazy fake sport!). She watches it every week with their son, Connor. The same silly thing Nate and I do each week. After learning that we had an instant connection and I’m so glad we did!

I knew Kim and Jake put a lot of time and effort into planning their special day at the Concordville Inn. It was an absolute honor to capture their wedding day and help them celebrate their marriage with their family and friends. Kim looked absolutely beautiful walking down that aisle and seeing her soon-to-be husband, Jake. It was a long awaited and very special moment. 

During their portraits, I was reminded of their fall engagement session at French Creek. When it comes to having his photo taken Jake is a lot like me. As in we don’t like having them taken. I quickly remembered all I needed to do was ask him to look at Kim and he’d light up like a Christmas tree. A smile from ear to ear! I absolutely love that about Kim and Jake. And I couldn’t be happier for these two love birds!

Special Thanks to:
Venue & Caterer | Concordville Inn
Baker | The Master Baker

Rising Locust Farm | Environmental Lifestyle Portraits | Lancaster, PA

When the lovely people who bring you farm fresh eggs once a week asks you if you’re available to photograph their farm you can’t say no! I had the absolute pleasure of documenting our local regenerateive farm, Rising Locust Farm. Located in the middle of Manheim, PA’s beautiful farm land it’s definitely a breathtaking sight to see! 

You can pick up farm fresh eggs from their free range, organically fed hens directly from their farm or at any Prescott Patch sites. My personal favorite is the Farmers Market on Chocolate! And soon you’ll be able to pick up some of their 100% grass fed, antibiotic free meat from them as well! I’ve been fortunate enough to get to try some of their pastured pork bacon already and let me tell ya… it’s reeeeal good! So excited for what the future holds for this farm.

Rising Locust Farm host monthly open farm days with a potluck dinner to share in community, what's happening on the farm, and ways to bring about collaborations in the future. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on the potlucks! Be sure to follow them on Facebook so you can stay up to date on all the happenings.

Rising Locust Mission Statement:
“The locust tree that thrives in degraded landscapes where other trees won't grow. Its role in the landscape is that of a healer, turning depleted soils into a rich biological system that allows for more and more diversity to flourish. Along the way, it provides fertilizer, firewood, nutritious forage, shade, and fence posts all while growing many feet each year. 

Our hope as a farm is to mimic the locust as a healer of land. We are trying to create farm systems that regenerate soil, the health of our local ecology, and rural communities while growing nourishing food. We are trying to do this through perennial pastures with multiple species of livestock; planting fruit, nut and timber trees on pasture to create a diverse savanna-like ecosystem; using simple earthworks and technologies to harvest water and prevent any soil erosion; and by connecting and collaborating with our local community to share knowledge, resources and opportunities. And yes, by planting many locust trees.”