I met Whitney and James before sunrise on a dark and chilly winter day for their engagement shoot. After two hours of photographing them and their goofy loving personalities, I knew that their wedding would be pretty freaking memorable. I had SO much fun witnessing and documenting their wedding day. To make things so much better, nature decided to do us a favor and cover the entire beach with an unreal fog that stayed all day. Seriously. And a big thanks to Shannon of Mi Amore Foto for second shooting this with me!
2014 was definitely a year full of unexpected surprises. I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing so many amazing people, traveling all over the world, sharing a little bit of my experience with other photographers, and learning from so many others. I got to do things I had only dreamed of, from shooting my first wedding in Italy, to climbing a frozen waterfall in upstate New York.
All I really want to say is thank you to everyone who made all of this possible, to all the amazing couples who trusted me enough to document their day, and to the talented photographers who I continue to learn from and get inspired by. Here’s to an exciting and adventure-filled 2015!
I have a slight obsession with Christmas trees. So when Ali and Rob asked if their session could be done at a Christmas tree farm, documenting their first tree together, I was ecstatic. They brought their pup Rose and we wandered around the farm finding the perfect one. Ended the day with hot cocoa in the back of their car. Such a perfect winter day!
Kelly and Ryan’s wedding was filled with style, class, and the perfect amount of sparkle. Snow started falling during portraits, and it couldn’t have been more perfect. We ventured out to some nearby woods, Kelly put on her badass boots, and we trekked through freezing mud and puddles to find amazing light and colors. I love when couples are up for an adventure, even in below freezing temperatures. Thank you two for being awesome. And special thanks to Ben Sasso for shooting this with me.
Elena, Michael, their two pups and I took an awesome hike to the top of Mount Tammany with my pack full of gear and their pack full of champagne picnic essentials. It’s always the best feeling when these adventures turn into finding good friends and a good time. We met for the first time at the trailhead but were great friends by the end. They get married next year and I can’t WAIT to photograph them again!
Brooke and Jonathan wanted to do way more exploration than they physically could on their wedding day. Time and scheduling would have never allowed these shots on their actual wedding day, so I’m incredibly glad they decided to do a post-wedding shoot. I guess we’d call it a “day-after” shoot, though it doesn’t necessarily have to be THE day after. We went exploring around beautiful nature reserves and historic landmarks, did a little climbing, some creek crossing, and ended up in a beautiful field of wheat just before dusk. And since the wedding day is already past, there is no worrying about shoes, dress, mud, water, or timeline. Just chasing beautiful light, exploring, and having a good time documenting their first adventure as a married couple. I highly recommend a day-after session for anyone considering it!
The wedding of Allison and John was super sweet and laid back. Every little thing, all day long, felt incredibly genuine and from the heart. The setting was perfect. Allison got ready by herself, and put her dress on with her mom’s help. They saw each other for the first time in the path behind her parent’s house. They had a sweet little ceremony in the woods, and then mingled and danced all night, roasting marshmallows and eating pie. The truly genuine and sweet celebrations of love are definitely my favorite. Here is a little bit of their story.
I like to tell stories. The story telling aspect of wedding photography is what keeps me hooked, and coming back for more. I meet so many amazing couples, all with lovely stories I get to tell through my photos. I’m pretty horrible with words, which is why I prefer storytelling through images, but I’m going to attempt to tell a tiny part of Kelly and Evan’s story in a few words, because this one is just too special not to share.
On the morning of Kelly and Evan’s wedding the forecast predicted rain all day. They ceremony was held under a tent on the beach, despite the rain and wind. When it was time for pictures, the rain suddenly stopped and we ran out onto the beach thinking we had just a few minutes to take advantage of the weather. A few minutes later a giant rainbow appeared over the Atlantic and Kelly and Evan ran for joy and danced under it. Kelly later told us that she had been asking her father, who passed away a few years ago, for a sign, to show her that he was there with her all day. It was such an amazing experience, witnessing this moment in their lives. From the tent, we were later told that one by one Kelly’s family had noticed the rainbow and had come outside, crying tears of joy and watching them celebrate on the beach under the rainbow. I’m so honored to have been a part of that moment, and to document it for them. Those are the moments you never forget.
When my day starts off with rowing with the guys and yoga with the girls, I know I’m in for an amazing wedding. Virginia and Brad are sweet and adventurous. Being around them for just a few minutes can make anyone glow. They had beautiful decor, and incredible dress, and all the little details covered, but it was very obvious that their day was about them, their love, and the love of their friends and family. I’m so honored to have been a part of this.
When Laura and Jessica decided to get married, the state of Pennsylvania was nowhere near allowing them the legal right to do so. When they started planning their wedding, it still seemed like the possibility was so far away. But just over a month before their wedding date everything changed, and the state of PA granted them the legal right to a marriage. Needless to say, this was one of the sweetest and most touching ceremonies I’ve attended in a while. Thank you two for allowing me to be a part of this.
Venue: Succop Conservancy / Jessica’s Dress: Elizabeth Dye / Laura’s Dress: Saja Wedding / Flowers: Posy / Cake: Prantl’s Bakery / Ceremony music: Giambelli String Quartet / Cocktail music: Dixie Doc and the Pittsburgh Dixieland All-Stars / DJ: Ed Cyphers / Save the date cards/Invitations: Seth Clark / Chuppah: Laura’s parents / Ketubah: The Painted Ketubah on Etsy / Officiant: Laura’s cousin