Kalen + Lizzy | Surprise Proposal | Tellus 360 Engagement Session | Lancaster, PA

3 dogs, 2 cats, a sweet little kitten, and 2 engagement rings. No, I'm not talking about Noah's Ark or some new aged Brady Bunch. I'm talking about Kalen and Lizzy's sweet, fur-filled, love story!

Kalen reached out to me a few weeks ago saying she wanted to propose to her girlfriend, Lizzy. Before we could even finish exchanging emails Lizzy beat Kalen to the punch. The sweetness of that could literally make my heart explode! Of course, every girl deserves to be proposed to so we went on with our plan for Kalen to pop the question to Lizzy.

Kalen told Lizzy she wanted to have family photos done with their pups (Y'all...how stinkin cute are they!!). We snapped a few with the dog-os and then Kalen passed the leashes off to their friend Scott while I distracted Lizzy. "I know it's weird, but look into the tree. The lights better that direction." Sure, light is better with a tree blocking it.... haha When Lizzy turned around there was Kalen down on one knee. In case you couldn't figure it out, she said yes!!

We preceded on like a normal engagement session from there. After I snuck a few more shots of the pups of course... I always like to make sure my photos reflect each couples uniqueness, so I ask Kalen and Lizzy where they'd like to have the rest of their photos taken. They knew right away they wanted to have them done at one of their favorite hang out spots, Tellus360.

After their session, we chatted about wedding plans, saving fur-babies lives and life in general over a beer. Capturing your love was absolutely wonderful and I'm honored to have gotten to know you both!

Christy + Sam | Beer Garden Styled Moonstone Manor Wedding | Elizabethtown, PA

If I had to choose just one word to describe Christy and Sam's gorgeous Moonstone Manor wedding I would choose love. Which I understand sounds cliche for a wedding day... But I don't just mean the love between Christy and Sam. Anyone who knows these two lovebirds are well aware of how much they love and care for each other. That much is obvious. 

When I say Christy and Sam's wedding day was full of love what I mean is every single person in attendance had nothing but love for the two of them. Everyone had nothing but wonderful stories and things to say about them throughout the entire day. Parents, bridal party, friends, and Bosco (the best dog) all worked tirelessly to make sure Chrisy and Sam's wedding dreams came true. Truly a testament to the amazing people Christy and Sam are!

It was wonderfully overwhelming to see how much love and support the two of them had on such an important day in their lives. Documenting their love, as well as their family and friend's love for them, was an absolute honor. Thank you to Christy and Sam for choosing to include me on such a special day in your lives. And thank you to their friends and family for making me feel so warm and welcomed on their wedding day!

A HUGE Thank You to: 
Ceremony + Reception | Moonstone Manor
DJ | Tim Mercandetti of 30 West Entertainment
Baker | Cheryl Ann Walton
Florist | Lips "Tu" Lips Flowers
Hair and Makeup Artist | Amanda Rush of Anthology Salon
Bride's Dress | Arielle Bridal
Groom’s Attire | Men's Wearhouse

Karen + Chris | The Barn at Silverstone Bike Theme Wedding | Lancaster, PA

Where do I even start with these two? If you don't know Karen and Chris already let me introduce you to the sweetest couple I've ever had the pleasure of working with. All day the two of them just rolled with the punches with huge smiles and love in their eyes. From extreme humidity to a torrential downpour. The two of them just kept smiling!  Thankfully we had time to cool off before the ceremony and the rain held off until after the ceremony. Woot woot!

We wandered around The Barn at Silverstone and I'd ask them if they liked this location or that location. While of course I always have a vision in my head for portraits I love to involve my couples in the process. Afterall, they are their photos to cherish the rest of their lives! Karen and Chris always answered me with a "whatever you think is best! we trust you!" Again, they are just too cute!

The two of them made me feel like I was one of their old friends throughout the entire day. I think they just have that effect on people! Documenting their first day as husband and wife was truly an honor.

A HUGE Thank You to: 
Ceremony + Reception | The Barn at Silverstone
Wedding Planner | Heidi Fittery of I Do Details
DJ | Roger Campbell of Top Hat DJ
Videographer | Obie Media
Catering | Legends Catering
Baker | The Flour Child
Florist | Tulips & Twine
Hair Stylist | Kristina Miller of Chignon
Makeup Artis | Melody of Blush Beautiful 
Musician | Mary-Grace Lee of Seasons Family Band
Bride's Attire | David's Bridal
Groom’s Attire | Men's Wearhouse

My Family Vacation 2018 | Lifestyle Family Session | Bethany Beach, DE

When you own a "big fancy camera" that you make your living with you rarely actually use it for your own personal life. For years I've been so worried about something happening to it I'd never take it anywhere. 

Well after a few years of being in the business and having a centerpiece full of water fall on my equipment bag, a person accidentally stepping on my lens, and someone actually stealing equipment out of my bag (there's a special place in hell for people like that...) I've learned accidents can happen any place, any time. That's what backup equipment and insurance are for anyway!

Now that my niece and nephews are getting older I want to make sure they have photos of their childhood to look back on. My parents were so good about documenting me and my sister's lives as children. We have albums and albums full of photos. Maybe that's even why I love documenting things now as an adult! Now that we live in the digital age where photos get taken only to die on phones I want to make sure that's not the case for my family. 

Our yearly trip to Bethany Beach is a family tradition, to say the least. I've gone just about every year since I was in my mother's belly. We spend the entire week decompressing, boogie boarding, and of course, riding the trolley around. Oh, and we build a lot of poop castles too. ;)

Hazel Margaret | Wild One Themed Birthday | Elizabethtown, PA

I can't believe a whole year has gone by since I was getting text messages from Hazel's parents (AKA my besties) that she had arrived. It feels like just yesterday I was driving to the hospital to capture your very first moments on this earth. I still remember you trying (and getting pretty close too!) to lift up your head up while in the hospital bed with your mom and your dad by her side.

That moment right there should have been an indicator of what was in store for everyone over this past year. Hazel, you are such a sweet, strong-willed, curious little girl. You definitely inherited both of your parent's best qualities for sure! 

Watching you develop into this inquisitive and kind little girl has truly been such an honor.  I'm still unsure about your kisses (she puts your whole nose in her mouth...), but I appreciate that you like me enough to try. Thank you for being my BBFF (Baby Best Friend Foreve

Meghan + Eugene | Friedman Farms Boho Wedding | Dallas, PA

Where do I even begin with this picture perfect day? Meghan and Eugene's Friedman Farms wedding was absolutely stunning! They had a vision for their special day and they totally nailed it! Meghan, Eugene, and their team of amazing vendors effortlessly knocked the beautiful boho look out of the park!

Meghan and Eugene were nothing short of amazing throughout the entire wedding planning process. It's no secret I love to get to know my couples and often become real-life friends (shout out to all the besties I've made through this career path!). The moment I met Meghan and Eugene I knew they'd be no different. 

I immediately connected with Meghan over her impeccable taste and amazing sense of humor. I connected with Eugene immediately on his hate for having his photo taken...  I feel ya, Eugene! This is why engagement sessions are so important! Not only do they give us a chance to get to know each other better, but it gives me a chance to make you feel comfortable in front of the camera. Who wants to have a stranger show up and boss you around all day while you feel uncomfortable on your wedding day? NO ONE. 

I had Eugene and Meghan practice their first dance moves during their engagement session (view those here!). And they were gifted dance lessons so they could blow everyone away with a beautifully choreographed dance on their wedding day! 

Meghan and Eugene have been together for 17 years. SEVEN-TEEN Y'ALL! Any (mature) adult knows that relationships have their natural ebb and flows. But let me tell you guys; there wasn't a moment I didn't catch these two lovebirds smiling and giggling with each other. It made my heart so happy to see that after all these years these two cuties are still just as in love as the day they met. It was truly an honor to capture such a beautiful love story!

A HUGE Thank You to: 
Ceremony + Reception | Friedman Farms
Wedding Planner | Cindy Condell
DJ | DJ Marquis
Rentals & Styling | Chippy White Table
Macrame Backdrop | Ropes and Roses Macrame 
Videographer | Le Moment Capturer
Catering | Grico’s
Bake | Electric City Bakehous
Florist | A & M Floral Express
Hair | Bridal by Courtne
Makeup Artis | Bobbi Jo Lorenzett
Groom’s Attire | Men's Wearhouse
Dress & Veil | POSH Bridal 
Heels | Target
Flats | TOMS
Bridesmaid Dresses | Azazie

Liz + Matt | The Old Mill Secret Garden Wedding | Rose Valley, PA

Liz and Matt's garden themed wedding was nothing short of stunning! The Old Mill in Rose Valley was the perfect backdrop for their special day. My assistant and I squealed with joy all day long about each and every little detail Liz and Matt planned.

Liz and Matt were so cute and snuggly it made my job a breeze. They're obviously professional models... or at least now they are! ;) I loved their playfulness towards each other throughout. There wasn't a minute the two of them weren't smiling at each other. Documenting their love was better than I could have imagined! Thank you for choosing to include me in your wedding day and I’m honored to have gotten to know you both better. 

Speaking of making my job a breeze; shout out to Liz's sisters Gina and Molly for all your help the day of! Y'all the real MVPs.

A HUGE Thank You to: 
Ceremony + Reception | The Old Mill
Catering | Conner Catering
DJ | Bachelor Boys Band
Florist | Lynn Schultz, Green Meadows Florist
Videographer | Revelations Video
Tuxedos |  Varani Formal Wear
Dress | Sabrina Ann 
Shoes | Betsey Johnson
Bridesmaid Skirts | ASOS

Sarah + Justin | Cameron Estate Inn Wedding | Mount Joy, PA

When Sarah and Justin wanted to set up a time to meet about their June 9th wedding I didn't really have high hopes of booking them. They were the third couple to meet with me about this date. I even had a couple back out on that date at the last minute. I was beginning to think that date might be cursed for me! But the second Sarah, Justin and I sat down and started chatting about their wedding day I knew it was serendipity! June 9th was not cursed, it was just waiting for the right couple to come along!

The moment Sarah started talking about her vision for the day and the style of photography she wanted I knew we were a perfect match. It definitely didn't hurt that Justin was completely on board with whatever his beautiful fiance wanted. Which was apparent throughout their entire wedding day. 

I get to see a lot of wonderful couples in love, but man... Sarah and Justin are madly, deeply and truly in love with one another. I don't think there was a single moment throughout their wedding day that the two of them didn't have a huge smile across their face when looking at the other one. It made my heart so happy to see two people so excited to spend the rest of their lives together.

I also adored Justin's proposal story, which Sarah and Justin told me was "lame."  But let me tell you it was anything but lame! The two of them were getting ready for a night out with friends when their friends had to cancel. Sarah made a joke about needing better friends as she was doing her hair and makeup in the bathroom. She turned around to Justin on his knee with a ring in his hand. He asked her if she'd be his best friend for life. No flashy dinners, no audience, just the two of them in their home they've built together. It was simple and sweet, just like them. 

Thanks again for choosing to include me in such a special day, Sarah and Justin!

A HUGE Thank You to: 
Ceremony + Reception | Cameron Estate Inn & Restaurant
DJ | Mixed-Up Productions
Baker | Theresa Taylor

The Almodovar Family | Lifestyle Family Portrait Session | Wedge at Foundation Asheville, NC

To say I was excited when Marsha said she wanted to do her family portraits at the Wedge at Foundation would be a total understatement. The moment I visited the Wedge on my first trip to Asheville back in February I knew I had to shoot there. The Wedge is a neighborhood brewery in the River Arts District known for the large graffiti murals. Needless to say, it did not disappoint as a backdrop for this badass little family!

Marsha's son, Wyatt, is a cool little guy who loves to skateboard and shares my interest in Star Wars. Luckily the Wedge has both a skatepark and Star Wars murals! We bonded over wanting to be Rebel Scum (hello good guys!) and I let him make all the silly faces he wanted in exchange for some normal smiles and sweet snuggles with mom. Totally worth it!

The Donahower Family | Lifestyle Family Session | Elizabethtown, PA

Somedays I honestly can't believe I get the honor of watching so many wonderful families grow and expand their love. Capturing the Donahower family over the years has been a real treat! River was just a tiny little peanut when we first met and now she's a sweet, nurturing big sister to Sage!

We meet up for Christmas portraits each winter, so meeting in July was something new and fun for us all! Luckily for July, it was a beautiful, not-too-hot day. We strolled around the Elizabethtown College pond and I got caught up about their new life as a family of four. As always, it was a pleasure capturing your family!