Sunday, July 12, 2015

Harry Potter Wedding

You heard me right. Cassidy & Princess had a Harry Potter themed wedding and it was pretty cool.

Her ring is even snitch shaped!

It rained on us off & on all day so I had to get a little creative with some of the locations, like the first look in a parking garage. It turned out good though, and everyone was laid back and easy going about it.
Wedding guests got to pick out a wand of their own.
I had a lot of fun playing with these magic shots.

They wanted to do this dueling shot, which is fun to have one side of the wedding party against the other. I have an edit without the heart but I wanted to do this too because my thought process was even when a couple is mad at each other there's still love there and here it can't help but manifest itself in the magic.
For this one I thought about how the wedding party is your moral support. In the Harry Potter universe there's possible real danger and dark times. A wedding party in that place would be there to protect the bride & groom as best they can from all the bad vibes.

Of course the reception continued the theme, from a candy bar catered by Honeydukes to a beer quidditch game set up in the back.




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Jenna + Alex

A recipe for success is when you have a beautiful location and beautiful light at the same time. It's hard to go wrong when you get both of those.

The place is Wild Pickins Winery, which I hadn't heard of before and I guess it's because they haven't been around for all that long. It was gorgeous. A small building surrounded by big trees, a pond and a few vines out front.

It was a bright yet overcast type of day, where everything seems to almost glow. Were it just a little warmer it could have been perfect.

Vineyard kitty and table decorations

Bubble girls and the feather girl

One man band Gordo

So maybe the feather girl threw up early on and the groom had a headache later on, but over all I'd say the day was a success! Congratulations!!!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pumpkin Picking!

Say hello to Evie and Rory again! This time I followed the family around for a lifestyle shoot at the orchard. First things first, we hit up the playground. It's all much too enticing to just pass that by.

Lounging for a moment in the bounce house.

They also have a bunch of animals to pet and feed. We spent most of our time with the goats.

Then it was time to take the wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch. We wandered around out there and had a lot of fun exploring.

The whole fam.

It was a beautiful day and I always enjoy hanging out with these guys. They scored a couple of eat'n pumpkins to experiment with. I hope all went well & they turned out yummy.  

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Danny & Rachel Get Married

We start this story on a farm. This particular farm has been in the bride's family for many years. Her dad didn't know the actual year the original house had been built but knew it was pre civil war. The house could have it's own story. It's an incredibly interesting place and it's no surprise that Rachel wanted to be sure to have some photos made there. When someone living in the house had died the door to their room was closed and left untouched. There are different generations of wallpaper styles in each room and portraits hanging on the walls of people no longer remembered. Now the building is mainly used for storage and it was too cluttered to make photos inside but I was sure to do their first look on the front porch.

Her father, who lives on the farm property, is a car collector. So many cars. This one in particular has a history. Both Rachel's parents and brother had photos made in it on their own wedding days. So the tradition continues.

Because the wedding was small and they didn't have anyone else in their wedding party each of their families joined us at the farm before the ceremony for all of the group pictures.

I've been tempted to make a collage of all the silly faces these two made at each other but I got the impression that wouldn't be appreciated. I genuinely love it though. They're very playful and goofy together.

After a few more photos at the farm it was time to meet the rest of the crew at the ceremony site, a park just a little ways down the road.

Each of them arrived in one of these old cars (more from dad's collection) on either side of the park.

The ceremony itself was short & sweet. Just enough time to say what needed to be said, get a little emotional & then the birdseed flew. Any guest who wanted a ride to the reception climbed on the trolley and we were off to the river.

The Mississippi was actually high enough to flood right by the reception venue but thankfully it held off just enough and we were able to get through. The reception itself was unlike any I had been to before. They rented space at a winery / brewery and had no DJ or music of any kind. The only traditional reception event they did was the cake cutting. I wasn't sure just how that was going to turn out but it was great. Everyone was able to hang out and chat. They did a perfect job at figuring out what was right for them and their crowd without letting tradition influence too much.

And a zombie cake. Awesome.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Pennsylvania Wedding

This June I got to go to the middle of nowhere PA (aka Meyersdale) for a wedding. It's a very beautiful area. I wish we had the whole day to just run around and make pictures.

This isn't Dave and Shelley's first rodeo, so the wedding party is made up of their children and grandchildren. They also made it a point to have a ceremony very personal to them and celebrating those who have passed they wished could be there with them.


Check out these flowers. They're made of wood! This may be old news to you, but I'd never seen wooden bouquets before and I think it's awesome.

Shelley made it a point to have the VFW leave the bingo lights on because her mom used to play bingo there a lot.

Congratulations you guys!