On Saturday, February 28th, I photographed Jaime and Jason’s beautiful and intimate wedding ceremony at St. John Neumann Catholic Church
in Lancaster. Surrounded by their families, this amazing couple and soon-to-be parents became husband and wife, and I am so honored that they asked me to be there to document all the love and emotion of the day.
This is just the first time you will see this couple on the blog though – because on Friday August 21st they are having a big ole reception, complete with a 22-person wedding party, at the gorgeous and historic Riverdale Manor
– and Scott and I will both be there to photograph that.
To Jaime and Jason, your love for each other and for your unborn child just jumps out of these photos. I found myself getting so caught up in your ceremony that I had to remind myself I was there to take pictures. Thank you again for asking me to be part of your day. I am so happy for you both, and I cannot wait to meet Baby Boy P this summer! Much love and appreciation ~Kristine
I started the day with some details...loved the bouquet!
And the shoes.
But this is my favorite. H.E.L.L.O lashes!
Jaime looked absolutely stunning. She has the most beautiful blue eyes.
She was totally glowing...
And she was very ready to see her husband-to-be, Jason.
It was an emotional walk down the aisle.
And Jason didn't take his eyes off his bride. On a side note, I have always wanted to get a shot like this, where you can see the groom looking at the bride, but through the shoulders of the bride and her Dad, so thanks J&J! :)
There was a little laughter...
And a lot of smiling as they recited their vows.
Love the detail in this one.
After exchanging rings, they lit the unity candle.
And then they shared their first kiss as husband and wife.
I had a few favorites from this series. Their expressions are awesome - like - "Whoo, we did it!"
Just as they had put their rings on, I made them take them back off. Beautiful!
One of my favorites. Their son will be coming into a family filled with so much love.
Freezing is an understatement -- it was so windy out -- so thank you Jaime and Jason for putting up with me for a few outdoor shots.
Another favorite. Sometimes what happens right after the kiss is what I really want to capture.
Congratulations again Jaime and Jason! I am overjoyed for you both! See you in August!
While in a state of sugary bliss over the weekend, I picked out some cakes that I thought looked especially yummy for my next wedding inspiration blog. I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Weekend, and I hope these cakes will spark some ideas for our 2009 and 2010 brides who have yet to have their cake tasting appointments. Happy Monday! ~Kristine
Our couples have chosen the most amazing cakes! We've seen round...
And square...I was in love!
And even a different shape for each layer!
We've gotten a lot of compliments on this one from other brides-to-be. Beautiful!
We've photographed cakes with fresh flowers in between the layers...
And others that used rose petals.
We've photographed cakes with lots of color, like this one for an October wedding...
And this one for a wedding with a chocolate brown & green color scheme. It was the centerpiece of a table with a bunch of other desserts.
Our brides are definitely creative. Some have used cupcakes...
One of my faves! This arrangement was begging for a photo taken from above.
One of our brides even used Whoopie Pies -- in true Central Pennsylvania fashion!
The other day I was meeting with a bride, and as she looked through some of our images she said.... "Wow those are really pretty flowers!" Then I thought back to my own wedding planning days and remembered how overwhelming the whole planning process can be. I also thought about how many beautiful bouquets I've photographed over the years, and how they might give our brides-to-be some ideas for their upcoming weddings. And so this blog concept was born.
I LOVE photographing wedding details. Brides invest so much time (and money) picking out the perfect dress, shoes, cake, flowers, centerpieces, etc., and it's so fun for me to preserve those memories for them. I'm going to do some more wedding inspiration blogs over the next few weeks, but for now, here are a few of my favorite bouquets. Enjoy! ~Kris
Can't go wrong with shades of white...
I love the way the ribbon was wrapped on this bouquet, and I love the green berries.
I love the mix of flowers in this one. And those green berries again.
And I love the pinks in this one. I really like all the different details and textures going on in this picture.
Another favorite. Lovin the lime green. It's so summer-wedding-esque.
This was an April 2007 bride. I've gotten so many comments on this gorgeous bouquet.
I love all the different roses and what they represent...love, friendship, passion. Very cool.
These next two are from October weddings and they are beautiful!
Similar yet different, these two florists were very talented. I won't even attempt to name everything in there - just gorgeous!
This is one of the images on the back of our business card. I took it in the bride's bathroom because I heart turquoise walls. :-) And of course the flowers are so modern and stunning.
Just like white, red roses are classy and timeless. This was a June wedding...
And this one was December. This image was taken in the snow.
Can't forget the bridesmaids! I love how the color of the gown is incorporated in the flowers.
These were just a few of my favorites. Something with a little more subdued color palette...
And something very bright and vibrant.
I couldn't forget the flower girls either! I loved this purple hydrangea pomander.
And this basket of real roses, hydrangea, and toile fabric was super cute. It went with the gorgeous pink rose and blue hydrangea bridesmaid's bouquet shown above.
On December 31, 2008, Scott and I photographed Michele and Jeff's fabulous New Year's Eve wedding. The ceremony took place at St. Peter's Church
in Tamaqua, and the reception was at Carmen's Country Inn in Hazleton. As you can imagine, it was quite the party, and no one had to worry about driving since Michele & Jeff rented a ginormous bus to safely transport their guests back to their hotels.
To Michele and Jeff, we are so happy for you, and we know you will have a wonderful life together. We hope you had an awesome honeymoon in Disney and that the return to these frigid temperatures is a little better now that you have a sneak peek of your wedding pics! We will talk to you soon... With love and appreciation ~Kristine & Scott
We started the day with a few candids of the guys...
And then we were off to see the girls. I loved Michele's bouquet of red roses and pine needles, and I loved that I was able to photograph it in the snow.
Michele, this is why I made you go by the window in your hotel room. L-O-V-E it!
The wedding party got to ride on The Tijuana Taxi
. So fun!
Onto the ceremony...
Married! I love this shot of the newlyweds exiting the church because you can just feel their excitement.
It was like zero degrees outside, and it was dark, so we got creative inside the church. Michele couldn't wait to see this one!
A little bit apart...
And closer together.
I loved Michele and Jeff's shoes!
Michele is one of the most expressive people I've ever met. We got so many cute shots of her interacting with her family and friends, but this is one of my faves.
The first dance....all the icicle lights made for a beautiful background in the dance floor photos.
Gotta love when you can capture an unstaged ring shot. This was also during the first dance. The WPJA
would call it a "found detail".
I think Michele likes to dance. :-)
Countdown to 2009! Everyone had their hats and noisemakers.
One of my favorites of the day.
And the official Happy New Year kiss!
Congratulations again Michele and Jeff, and thank you for everything!
On Saturday December 27th, Scott and I photographed Kelly & Mike's wedding. A beautiful ceremony took place at Holy Name of Jesus, and a totally "SWEET" reception followed at The Hershey Lodge
To Kelly & Mike, your wedding was absolutely amazing, and we are so elated to have been there to share in your joy and to document every moment and every detail. We hope you like the pictures as much as we do. Thank you (and your families & friends) again for everything! Lots of love, Kris & Scott
A little getting ready...
Kelly was so beautiful -- and smart -- notice her cute slippers.
Their custom aisle-runner was an awesome detail.
Mid-ceremony...the way these two looked at each other all day was a photographer's dream!
After the ceremony, we did some pictures at the Capital.
You are all such troopers for standing in the cold for these shots!
We loved their wedding party, and it was great to see some familiar faces. We did Todd & Jill's wedding (Kelly's brother & sister-in-law) last December, and we are doing Jenelle's wedding (one of Kelly's bridesmaids) next August. :-)
This is definitely one of my favorites of the day. I told Kelly I wanted a "sassy" pose, and she knew exactly what I meant!
Back at The Hershey Lodge. We did a few more portraits during the cocktail hour.
And then we photographed all the details. There were too many, so I made a collage of some of my favorites. Stunning. I have no other word.
The room was breathtaking, and I loved their head-table for 34 so their wedding party could sit with their dates.
The first dance. My take.
And Scott's take. There's that look again.
From those two pictures you wouldn't know there was a band, but wow was there ever. The Jack Faulkner Orchestra
kept the dance floor packed.
Yeah, pretty much.
Mike's Dad was so fun - he was all over the dance floor.
Yet another gorgeous detail...
The competition! ;-)
Kelly & Mike were so sweet with each other.
After the cake cutting, there was lots more dancing. How could I resist this cutie!?
Or Kelly's adorable parents?! They are two of the nicest people, and they know how to throw one heck of a party!
Congratulations and thanks again Kelly & Mike! We are so happy for you, and we hope you have a wonderful relaxing time in St. Lucia! So glad I was able to get this posted before you left.
On Saturday, November 15th, Scott and I photographed Heidi and Brian's beautiful wedding. The ceremony was held at Holy Name of Jesus and the reception was at The Holiday Inn Harrisburg-Hershey
. Every detail (and there were lots of little details!) was gorgeous, and the rainy day made for some really cool photos!
To Heidi and Brian, you are an amazing couple, and it was such an honor to have been there to capture your wedding day memories. Thank you for making us feel so welcome. We hope you had a wonderful honeymoon in Hawaii, and we hope this little preview is a good welcome home gift. With love and appreciation ~Kristine & Scott
This is what you can do when you have plenty of time built in for photos!
Brian was definitely ready to see his beautiful bride.
I love this moment between Heidi and her Mom as she placed the veil over Heidi's face. I wish I could have blogged the whole series I captured.
Heidi looked so classy and beautiful.
Here is a quick glimpse of the ceremony...the blessing of the rings.
And the first kiss.
We did some formal shots in the church...
And then we were off to the State Capital for more. I love this one of them walking up to the Capital in the rain.
Again, we had lots of time for photos, so we were able to do a bunch of wedding party shots.
Love this one!
We were able to shoot outdoors under the covered steps at the Capital, and we had great light.
Heidi and Brian were very easy to photograph. They were just glowing!
Onto the reception. I could have posted a bunch of detail shots, but I chose this one because it reminded me of the candlelit ambience of the room, the delicious meal, and the wheat from Indiana (on the menu) that was carried throughout the day.
The first dance. This is my take -- I liked the wide-angle and the wedding party's reflection in the floor.
And this is one of Scott's. Love the moment.
There was an Anniversary Dance, which is always a great way to get your Grandparents on the dance floor. Heidi's Grandparents won this one.
And then there was some Kung Fu Fighting -- the onlookers' faces are priceless! :-)
There was lots of dancing...the bridesmaids were all so fun.
We loved capturing these kids, who had some serious moves!
And of course the newlyweds...they were pretty impressive too!
Congratulations again Heidi and Brian!!! We are so happy for you.
On Saturday October 18th, Scott and I photographed the wedding of Stephanie and Tim, and it was a PERFECT day from start to finish. Steph and Tim are SOOO much fun - which we quickly came to realize when we did their engagement shoot at Hershey Park over the summer. They are now featured on our main website - so if you haven't seen their 1 minute engagement slideshow - click HERE
to watch it. But back to their wedding...
The ceremony was held at the Colonial Park United Church of Christ and the reception was at the beautiful Civic Club
in downtown Harrisburg. The fall colors were breathtaking, and their wedding party was one of our favorite groups ever.
To Steph and Tim, we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to document your wedding memories. You are a perfect match and we are truly blessed to know you both. Hope you had an awesome honeymoon in Mexico, and hope you like the little preview of your images. Many many more to come. Much love, Kris & Scott
So I stole Steph's shoes...aren't they so cool?!!
She was a gorgeous bride!
Some fun with the girls...
And the guys.
Tim - you guys rock for getting on the slide!
I love Scott's landscape of the church. We had a dramatic sky that day.
I think Steph had a hard time getting Tim's ring on.
Ok, I said one of our favorite wedding parties. So obvious why. THANK YOU!!!
Steph did some great planning and we got to shoot their portraits during the "golden hour". Just love it!
There's that dramatic sky again. I would call this art....too bad my husband took it! ;)
Onto the reception - look what they had as you entered the doors!
I love this moment during their first dance.
There was a "Sing for a Kiss"...
And an adorable Mother-Daughter dance that made me tear up.
We did a few group shots - GO E-TOWN!!!
And lots of fun dancing shots, including some of our "zoomers" to get the lights to look all funky.
Then it was garter/bouquet time. Steph stuffed a big pair of red undies in her garter.
And the girl who caught the bouquet put them on the "lucky" guy who caught the garter. When he started "modeling", I seriously almost dropped my camera. It was so funny! :)
At the very end of the night, guests surrounded the newlyweds for their final dance. Scott focused wide-angle.
And I got the close-ups. Steph and Tim - congratulations and thanks so much again!!!
On Saturday October 4th, Scott and I photographed a very special wedding, for Lindie and Brad. Lindie and Scott have worked together at SUN Ortho for many years -- Scott is a Physical Therapist and Lindie is a PTA -- and Lindie literally asked us to photograph her wedding 3 years ago, before we even had a photography business! Back then she just knew we took good pictures. :-)
Lindie and Brad's ceremony was held at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, and their reception was at the beautiful Masser's Restaurant
in Paxinos. What started out chilly turned into a beautiful fall day, so we were able to do lots of outdoor pictures.
To Lindie & Brad, it was such an honor for us to photograph your wedding. Every detail was beautiful and we had an awesome time! We hope you like the little preview of your images and we can't wait for you to see the rest! Congratulations!!! Love, Kris & Scott
Lindie had the cutest signs on the way to the church so no one would get lost.
We started with pictures of Lindie and the girls...
And then Brad and the guys. I loved the orange and brown.
Anticipating the walk down the aisle...Lindie was very calm.
Scott was able to get some really cool shots from the old church, which was on the second level.
After the ceremony, we did the family and wedding party pictures first...I loved that big tree and the orange leaves on the ground that matched the dresses.
And then we photographed the newlyweds. First something more traditional...we had to show off Lindie's beautiful Maggie
And then something more modern and fun.
Scott caught this cute moment of their family members and grandparents cheering them on from the sidelines.
The parents of the bride were ready to party!
Lindie had a bounce in her step again after finally getting out of her heels!
The cake was gorgeous, and even more so against the red walls.
There was a little cake smashing, but I decided to post the nice picture.
Then it was time for toasts. Brad's best man did a great speech.
And the first dance...
And the bouquet toss. I remember being so excited about this picture the second I took it. Thanks Lindie! :)
Lindie and her Mom were so cute dancing.
And so was the flower girl. She loved getting twirled around.
Congratulations and thank you again Lindie and Brad!
On September 6th, Scott and I photographed a totally 'ROCKIN' wedding - for Mr. and Mrs. Julie & Clint ROCKEY. The ceremony was held at Dreisbach United Church of Christ, and the reception was at Ard's Farm Market
in Lewisburg. Even though we had a little rain from Tropical Storm Hanna in the morning, the day was absolutely flawless. The rain just gave us the opportunity for some cool umbrella shots, and we had amazing golden light just in time for the reception.
Julie & Clint, we are so incredibly happy for you. It is so evident to us, and I'm sure to everyone else, that you are perfect together and will have a wonderful marriage. I'm sure it's tough being back from Mexico, but hopefully this mini preview of images will be a good welcome home present! Much love and appreciation ~ Kris & Scott
How do I only blog 20 images when I want to blog about 200 of them?! I guess I'm fast forwarding to the ceremony...this shot was with our fisheye lens.
I love Julie's expression here as she put the ring on Clint's finger.
If anyone saw me laying on my stomach in the aisle arranging the rose petals, this was why. ;-)
I heart umbrella pictures! Their wedding party was so much fun!
We did a few out of the rain using the barn at Clint's family farm.
I love this one of the newlyweds.
Onto Ard's! Julie & Clint, and their entire wedding party rode up to the tented reception on a haywagon. Their wedding was a "Countrypolitan" masterpiece.
The flower girls and ring bearer were too cute playing in the hay.
The wedding details were gorgeous. Each place setting had a personalized menu card, and green ROCK candy.
Julie & Clint made their grand entrance to "LET'S GET ROCKED" by Def Leppard. It was the best way to start the party with nearly 250 people clapping and singing. Their head table was one of the prettiest I've ever seen.
This was at the very end of the song...
In ROCKEY t-shirt tradition fashion, Julie had shirts made for a few lucky guests. She ordered them after watching way too much of The Weather Channel the week of her wedding. ;)
Instead of clinking their glasses, guests had to come onto the dance floor and show the newlyweds how they wanted them to kiss. Here Julie's friend Jenna and her husband show off their impressive kissing and dancing abilities!
The first dance...
Did I mention we got some golden light?!
One of my fave dancing shots ever! Thanks girls!
Scott's end of the night image - he used a slow shutter speed to blur the flames of the bonfire.
Congratulations again Julie & Clint!
Last Friday, Scott and I photographed Julie & Clint's rehearsal and rehearsal dinner in Lewisburg. The rehearsal took place at Dreisbach United Church of Christ, and the rehearsal dinner, affectionately known as the "Groom's Picnic", followed at Clint's family farm. I love rehearsal dinners -- I loved my own, and I've loved every one I've ever attended -- and now I can say photographed. :-) They're such a great way to start the wedding weekend, and Julie and Clint's did just that. They got to spend an evening with their wedding party, friends and family members -- eating, drinking, roasting, and toasting under the stars. It doesn't get much better than that!
Julie & Clint, thank you asking us to photograph this special event in your lives. Even though we had the cameras, you made us feel like honored guests, especially when you gave us a little toast. Thank you again for the "Rockey Pot" - we will cherish it forever. Love, Kris & Scott
You couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day - it was the calm before the Tropical Storm Hanna.
Julie was walked down the aisle by her mom and dad. I love her expression - I think it was finally becoming real for her.
They rehearsed their vows...
They exchanged cute glances...
And they kissed... I love the Reverend's face in this one.
Upon walking outside to head to the dinner, they burst out laughing at a little surprise their friends had made for them.
This was for the "Country" part of their "Countrypolitan" wedding weekend. They rode to the Groom's Picnic in the back of the truck, complete with a Pack-N-Play.
In honor of Clint and his favorite color, there was a lot of orange at the Groom's Picnic.
We did a couple portraits before it got dark. So cute.
And then everyone had a big Italian feast.
I love this one of Clint's grandmother with the flower girls.
Before it was time for gifts, Julie and Clint were serenaded by their friends and family (notice all the gifts wrapped in their wedding colors - Julie didn't miss a thing!)
They sang "Going to the Chapel" and it was really funny.
In typical fashion, the boys laughed...
And the girls cried as they read their heartfelt thank you cards from the bride-to-be.
At the end of the night, Julie and Clint gave toasts to their parents. Julie had a tearful moment as she thanked her mom and dad for making her into the woman she is today - the woman who Clint loves.
Then it was Clint's turn. You could tell his parents are so proud of him.
Julie & Clint, we hope you are having a wonderful time in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! For Julie and Clint's friends & family awaiting the wedding blog, I'll probably do it in a week after a few others - that way it'll be at the top when they return from their honeymoon.