Meghan + Eugene | Downtown Lancaster Engagement Session | Lancaster, PA

WARNING: If you hire me to photograph your wedding I will make you practice your first dance in public spaces while strangers walk by. I promise it's more fun than it sounds! Just ask Meghan and Eugene. Plus now they're fully prepared to bust a move at Friedman Farms on their wedding day!

I had such a great time adventuring around F&M and Downtown Lancaster with Meghan and Eugene for their engagement session! For a winter session, we had such good weather too. And considering we had to reschedule due to 30MPH winds the week before we were really thankful for that...

I always love when clients tell me they're uncomfortable in front of the camera (but really, who isn't?!) and then totally kill it through their whole session. Which honestly only made me more pumped for their wedding day! After our session together, Eugene told me I did a good job of giving them direction throughout their session. Literally the best compliment a photographer gal could get! I think it was just that they're really good at being snuggly and cute... Can not wait for their wedding in August!

Emily + Caitlin | Colorful and Intimate Wedding Celebration | Elizabethtown, PA

Caitlin and Emily tied the knot in one of the most beautiful, powerful and intimate wedding ceremonies I've ever had the honor of being a part of. The wedding took place on Caitlin's scenic family farm. The perfect place for their intimate, homespun ceremony.

The wind roared so strongly that day. Sometimes wind on a wedding day can be a real pain in the butt, but something about the strength of the wind that day just seemed to enhance the importance of the day. Plus it helped sweep the amazing biodegradable confetti all over the place after the ceremony. Always a bonus! ;)

Emily and Caitlin decided to keep things simple with their family only wedding ceremony. This meant creating AH-mazing DIY dream catchers, building their own gorgeous bouquets and calling in a friend to create a delicious cocktail hour menu (hello crab cakes and fancy tomato soup!). They knocked it out of the park if you ask me! 

I don't think there was a single minute that day that Emily or Caitlin didn't have a huge smile on their face. It was an absolute honor to be apart of such a joyous, loving and fun wedding day!

The Donahower Family | Masonic Village Family Portraits | Elizabethtown, PA

When you schedule portrait sessions in November you never really know what you're gonna get weather-wise. Unfortunately, this session took place on one of the colder days of this year. Luckily that just family snuggles even better! And little River was a trooper through the whole session! I hope you got that hot chocolate and footie pajamas you were promised, girl. ;)

I love catching up with Ben, Cat, and River each year for their family photos. I may or may not have squealed just a little when they showed up this year with their adorable pup... And I could not be more excited for them to be adding another little girl to their family. I couldn't resist sneaking a few maternity poses for them. Congrats on becoming a big sis, River!

Karen + Chris | McCormick Park Engagement Session | Mechanicsburg, PA

I had the pleasure of meeting Karen at one of my couple's wedding this past summer. We didn't have much time to chat that day since she was busy with bridesmaid duties and I was busy photographing her and the rest of the fun. However, when she and Chris reached out to me about their own wedding I knew we'd be a perfect match! For one, anyone who is friends with Amber and Chris is cool by default. ;) Secondly, Karen and Chris asked if they could include their dogs in their engagement session. The answer to that question is and will always be YES!

I had a such a great time working with them during their engagement session. We went back to the very bench that Chris proposed to Karen on at McCormick Park. Literally just down the road from where the two of them live with their pups. <3

Chris who claims he's "not good at taking pictures" killed it the entire time. Don't believe me? Check out his perfect Titanic impression below. But seriously, he did great! Granted his job was pretty easy.... look at Karen, smile at Karen, kiss Karen. Super easy stuff that he already loves doing! I can not wait for their wedding in August at The Barn at Silverstone!

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