The Zahn Family | Hershey Gardens Lifestyle Family Session | Hershey, PA

I recently had the pleasure of catching up with one of my favorite little families, the Zahn family! Maybe you remember Miss Kate from my fall mini sessions a little while back. She was even tinier then! She walked right up to me to shake my hand and introduce herself to me. It was adorable, to say the least... So when her mama reached out about setting up another session for their family I was so excited! 

The Zahn family are members of the absolutely gorgeous Hershey Gardens, so what better place for their family session! We started in the butterfly room, which by the way is highly recommended by Miss Kate and Miss Emily... We enjoyed checking out the butterflies and doing our best butterfly impressions. Then we enjoyed a stroll through the gardens together.

Miss Kate is such a special little girl. She is so sweet and polite, but also headstrong and knows what she wants (and doesn't want). Her mom jokingly called it being stubborn, but we both know she's just an unshakeable, tough little girl. Plus when both your parents are talented actors you're bound to have a big personality! It also means you get to make lots of silly and fun faces during your portrait session!

Kelly + Zach | Riverdale Manor Wedding | Lancaster, PA

Oh gosh, where do I even begin with these two and their spectacular wedding day? First off, mother nature was sweet enough to get all her raining done and over with just in time for me and my team member to start the day at Riverdale Manor with these two lovebirds. You know your marriage is off to a good start when even mother nature loves you so much that she's willing to work with you!

Kelly and Zach are literally the sweetest couple I've ever worked with. Which is saying a lot because I truly do feel my clients are some of the kindest most caring people around! But I already knew they'd be the sweetest from their engagement session. And after meeting both their families I can see why. All day both their families kept thanking us (hey don't thank us yet, you haven't even see the photos!) and offering us water and any help they could possibly think of. Which again, was no surprise considering Kelly's mom offered to make me a sandwich the second I showed up to their engagement session haha (you can read about that here).

Kelly and Zach are a photographers dream. Just in case they couldn't tell from me and my team member pretty much losing our minds over everything all day long. The two of them were so easy to pose. They were just so excited to snuggle and love on each other! And who can blame them? They couldn't be more perfect for each other. Thanks for choosing to include me in all the fun and giving me lots happy tears on your wedding day!

p.s. Guys take notes from Zach. He'll show you how to properly treat a lady! 

A HUGE Thank You to: 
Ceremony + Reception | Riverdale Manor
Wedding Planner | Monica and Melanie of Riverdale Manor
DJ | Matt of Occasions Disc Jockeys 
Florist | Petals With Style
Hair and Makeup Artist | Amanda McCauley, Essentials Studio Salon & Spa
Dress and Bridal Details | K & B BridalsFaye Daniel Design

Rising Locust Farm | Permaculture Farm Portraits | Lancaster, PA

I headed back to Rising Locust Farm this week to photograph their furry, feathered and tree friends. And by headed back I mean stopped in for my weekly dinner...Last time I was there we focused on the amazing people behind this amazing inter-generational permaculture farm. You can view those cuties here!

Below you'll see Brownie the dog, the patriarch of the family farm. Or so he thinks. You'll meet Eli the not so little pup and the head of fun at the farm. He loves wrestling, peeing on his soccer ball and harassing the ducks. You'll meet Big Mama Cat (like Big Mama Cass of the Mamas and the Papas) and her kitten, Swiper, who were dumped on the farm (and are now both spayed). And of course the all the farm animals including, ducks, pigs, sheep, cows, and chickens!

You can pick up pastured eggs, pastured pork, shiitake mushrooms, grass-fed lamb or grass-fed beef directly from their farm in Manheim or any of their pick-up locations in Lancaster City, Elizabethtown or York. I’ve been fortunate enough to get to sample all that they have to offer (hello weekly dinners with my farm family. woot woot!) and 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. The next open farm day is this weekend, May 26th! You can find the info for that here.

Rising Locust Mission Statement:
"We are a collective of people living in community who seek to trust and follow in the wisdom of Natural systems as the foundations of our actions. We move with intention in our relationships with All Beings, recognizing their interdependency and inherent worth. So that Earth, people, and communities can thrive, we work towards shifting unjust social structures, healing each other, and regenerating land while producing nourishing food."

Alicia + Erich | Harrisburg Capitol Rotunda and Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center Wedding | Harrisburg, PA

Ever have one of those days were everything is absolutely perfect? That's how I'd describe Alicia and Erich's wedding day. Absolutely perfect. 

Alicia and Erich looked like stinkin models all day long. The lighting was perfect, the flowers were perfect, the bridal party and guest were perfect. Everything was perfect. My team member and I pretty much lost our minds all day long over every little detail they had planned. 

And Alicia and Erich were so sweet and fun to work with throughout the entire day. We left feeling like we had just made two new best friends!

Alicia and Erich are the perfect complement to each other. Erich is a very chill and laid-back guy and kept Alicia calm and relaxed throughout what is typically a pretty stressful day. And Alicia is the sweet little spitfire that keeps not only the ball the rolling but the party going too. A rare and impressive skill! 

Alicia and Erich said, "I do" at the Harrisburg Capital which provided the most romantic backdrop for their portraits. Then we all headed to Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center to get the party started. HMAC provided the perfect backdrop for this musician and his wife to enjoy their first dance and party into the night with loved ones.  Documenting their love was better than I could have imagined! Thank you for choosing to include me in your special and perfect day.

A HUGE Thank You to:
Ceremony | Harrisburg Capitol Rotunda
Reception | Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
Wedding Planner | Bridget Cole
DJ | DJ Jim Payne
Florist | Rhapsody in Bloom
Baker | Aunt April!
Hair | Steele Hair Salon

Abby | Harvard Bridge Lifestyle Portraits | Cambridge, Massachusetts

Recently, I had the amazing opportunity to visit Boston. I got to visit my cousin as well as a few Lancaster, PA friends who have relocated to Somerville and Cambridge. Luckily for me, they were all eager to show me around the city of Boston and my personal favorite, Salem. 

Abby was a gem and showed me around Harvard Square and MIT. We grabbed a bite to eat at Charlie's Kitchen (mmm oysters and gin and tonics!) and chatted about boys, our friend's farm (Rising Locust Farm) where we met and her new life in Boston. Abby works for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and just accepted a new position in the Boston region. Even though we all miss her terribly back here in Lancaster she's kicking butt and taking names up in Cambridge!

And can we just take a moment to appreciate just how cute Abby is? Can you believe this little kitten in single? Okay, I'll stop embarrassing her now... But seriously, she's the best. #fastfriends

Kelsey + Tim | Engagement Session | Marietta, PA

The honest truth is I think all of my couples are super cute. However, Kelsey and Tim are super duper cuties. Seriously these two didn't stop giggling and lovin on each other their entire engagement session. A photographers dream! Pretty sure I had to tell them to breathe a couple times... ya know, from kissing too much. Not a bad problem to have though.

Typically I run into guys that feel stiff and uncomfortable in front of the camera (no biggie! It's all part of the job!). But Tim... man he couldn't keep his eyes or hands off Kelsey the entire time. I could tell being around Kelsey put him at ease. And I absolutely loved that about their engagement session. 

I had so much fun working with these two follow cat parents that I seriously can't wait for their wedding this fall! Big bonus; it's at one of my favorite venues, Wyndridge Farm. And just in case anyone has any doubts about how awesome it's going to be Kelsey has already seen a medium who informed her that she's chosen an amazing photographer and that they're going to love their photos (Yikes! No pressure or anything!). So the universe has spoken and it's gonna be a good one!

Hazel Margaret | 6 Month Lifestyle Session | Elizabethtown, PA

If you follow along with the "Emily Show" on Instagram stories you've probably seen my BBF (Baby Best Friend) Hazel on there. We're buddies and love talking about important topics such as boys, paying bills and trying to get her parents to let her get a cat. So when her mom asked if I would take her 6-month photos I couldn't pass up a chance to hang out with my girl, Haze.

Her parents would probably argue differently, but Hazel is one of the happiest babies I've ever met (minus that weird colic phase she went through...). She's always smiling and giggling, so it made for a pretty easy photo shoot. 

Hazel also has this wonderful sense of curiosity mixed with just a pinch of mischief (she may or may not get that from her Aunt Emily). She's already crawling and of course interested in everything that's going on. Fingers crossed that sense of wonder and fascination leads to a career that pays millions one day, so she can take care of her Aunt Emily in her old age... oh and her parents too. 

Fallon + Nick | Couple Session | Asheville, NC

If you're following along on Instagram (my insta stories are still up!) you may have noticed I was in Asheville, North Carolina last week. I spent a good portion of my time there exploring and hiking, but as a destination wedding photographer, my trip wouldn't be complete without squeezing in a quick photo session!

I met up with these Asheville locals for a couple session before I headed back to my home base of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. While North Carolina is a definitely more lush and green than Pennsylvania is in February it's still very much "winter" there. Which meant we need to improvise a little to add some color to their session.

We started at the lake and as soon as Fallon pointed out the canoes I knew we needed to shoot there. Fallon and Nick are also avid outdoors-peeps like me, so it fit them perfectly! 

Nick was a bit hesitant about the photo shoot and having to have his photo taken. As a fellow "hates having their photo taken" person, I feel ya... However, these two Asheville cuties were naturals in front of the camera. I gave them my typical and simple instructions for posing and they killed it!

I will be returning to Asheville April 1st-8th and Boston April 25th- May 2nd and would love to meet up with local couples and/or families while I'm there! Email me for more info! info@emilygracephoto.com

Angie + Tiff | Bilmar Beach Resort Wedding | Treasure Island, Florida

I absolutely love when couples make their wedding truly reflect who they are as a couple. Angie and Tiff's wedding at the Bilmar Beach Resort was no exception. They did such a fantastic job of incorporating each other into every detail of their celebration. 

I mean... just for starters they choose Tiff's birthday as their wedding day. So of course after cake cutting, we all sang not one, not two, but three versions of happy birthday to her. What better way to celebrate your birthday than marrying the love of your life and being surrounded by loved ones, right?

And it's not a wedding without a prank, right? Showing off Angie and Tiff's playfulness they pulled a prank on their nephews, the ring bearers, during the ceremony by pretending the rings where missing. I think their nephew's response was something along the lines "we didn't do it."

And after meeting Tiff's dad it was easy to see where she gets her lightheartedness from. He decided to serenade them with "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye and had everyone in tears. And then in tears again, for more heartfelt reasons, during his speech to them. 

Their wedding was also originally set to take place in Puerto Rico, but Hurricane Maria had other plans. Just a few months before their wedding Angie and Tiff made the call to move it to Treasure Island, Florida. The result is one of the most visually unique ceremonies I've ever photographed. Which only cements my belief that everything happens for a reason!

Fog, which is kind of rare in St. Petersburg, Florida, rolled in just before their ceremony. It covered nearly everything but left just enough visibility for everyone to see. The result was absolutely beautiful and made the public beach feel private and intimate. 

The rest of the night was full of dancing, laughter and lots of love. Thank you to everyone who made a strange lady with a camera feel like part of the family. It was an absolute honor to capture Angie and Tiff's love on their wedding day!

Cameron Mitchell | Nautical Nursery Lifestyle Newborn Session | Enola, PA

Old friends, cute pups, and an adorable little baby? Yes, please! Loved catching up with these two new parents and meeting little Cam. And he did so well for his first "photos shoot" too! Slept through the whole thing like a champ. Even through barking dogs! I'm looking at you, Molly...

Cameron did have a little "moment" at the end when he was put into his Eagles jersey.  Not sure he shares the same love for them as his mommy and daddy....Maybe the Superbowl will change his mind. ;)