What a lovely evening at The Franklin Park Conservatory Bride’s Garden for the wedding of Stacy and Maurice. The early evening sun was filtering through the trees as they exchanged vows and rings. As they shared their story from when they met until their wedding day their family & friends were almost as joyful as Stacy and Maurice. The ceremony was a wonderful blend of personal touches & traditions.
Their cocktail hour was held on the rooftop Grove. Dinner & the reception moved into The Veridian which coordinated beautifully with their wedding décor. The wedding cake was beautiful & the Bengals groom’s cake was such a fun touch!
What a beautiful way to start their journey together as husband & wife. Wishing them a lifetime of love & happiness! Enjoy the sneak peek!
I had a great morning with this birthday boy, his grandma & his aunt. He loved exploring the grounds at OU-L. We checked out the bridges, he explored the creek & ran and ran. He warmed up to me after a little while & was great about stopping and giving me a big smile and posing for a second before he was off to find something else that was more interesting. He’s so adorable & so energetic! I almost needed to head home for a nap after our session. Enjoy the sneak peek!
What a romantic evening for Holly & Brian’s wedding at Hide-a-Way Hills. They rented a rustic cabin for the weekend & got married in an intimate ceremony performed by Melissa Vickers right on the staircase on the side of the hill. It was just them, the officiant & me. They exchanged vows, rings a kiss & finished off with a toast to each other & their marriage.
After they were officially married, we headed out to explore the property a bit. We didn’t have far to go to find a wonderful old barn. We then took a stroll up the road & discovered some wonderful rock formations. Holly & Brian’s favorite find of the day was the large pond. They told me that they would be coming back the next day to do some fishing.
Congratulations to the newly married couple. I wish you many years of happiness & lots more adventures along the way!
I had another awesome senior photo session with Ally & her mom. We started out at Rockmill Park, since Ally said her favorite look for her photos was going to be country themed. We made our rounds of the park, taking advantage of the covered bridge, the water, the barn, the fields & the little mystery building on the grounds. Ally had some really cute outfits to go with the country theme, including some great denim & really cute boots! We even made a friend with a cute little kitty who wanted to be in photos with Ally, so of course that happened! I think the kitty might have made it’s way into one of Ally’s bags if mom would have allowed it 🙂
Next we headed to Downtown Lancaster to get some more city girl looks. Ally’s cute leather jacket & more cute dresses fit the bill perfectly! We visited Fountain Square to get some cute photos with the fountain & took advantage of the yarn bombing that my friends at Art & Clay on Main did for the Lancaster Festival. We wrapped up downtown just as twilight was setting in. Enjoy the sneak peek!
Now for the second of my double senior session–it’s the stunning Kenley! I have known Kenley for a few years now. I remember doing family photos & photographing her & her brother with their chickens & goats. What an absolutely beautiful young lady she has grown to be! She’s another cross-country runner & I’ve followed her successful seasons. I had so much fun with her, Alaina & both of their moms out on the farm. We had so many awesome locations–even more than we were able to use. I could have easily spent another day out there exploring all of the great spots for photos. Enjoy the sneak peek for now–there are so-o-o many more to come!
First up for the solo sneak peeks from my senior double session at the farm is the beautiful Alaina! I thought it was great that she wanted to do her photos with her friend Kenley. It allowed them to get some friend photos together & get to share the experience with each other as well as give each other some advise on outfits, accessories & even share some! I hadn’t met her until our session, but I was immediately impressed by her. She had a definite idea of some really cute photos that she wanted to do & was so much fun to work with. I would say that she definitely has a bright future & I hope to hear great things about cross country season & maybe get to see a race if we’re at the same meet one of these Saturdays!
I had such a great time with these beautiful girls & their gorgeous moms too for their senior photography sessions! We made our way around the farm just outside of Lancaster, that had so many great photo spots–I could shoot there all the time & still be finding great new backdrops! Both of these young ladies are runners on Liberty Union’s Cross Country team & are not just beautiful, they’re good athletes. My boys who run at Lancaster keep up with their neighbors up the road. I wonder if it’s the running, or there may be other reasons? I’ve known Kenley since she was still a little girl, & wow–has she grown into a beautiful young lady. It was a pleasure getting to spend the day with this whole group. I had so much fun & got tons of great photos. We did friend photos as well as individuals. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the friend pics–individuals coming next!
I’ve been honored to photograph the Survivor’s Dinner before the Relay for Life here in Lancaster for the last several years. It’s always a fun event & I’ve made some new friends that it’s great to see attend year after year. This year they decided to change things up a bit. It’s typically been an evening dinner a few weeks before the actual Relay for Life, but this year they decided to have a luncheon on the actual day of Relay for Life. It was held in the little restaurant at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds, right on the grounds where the Relay for Life itself is held. They had 3 seatings for the luncheon which allowed more survivors to attend this year. It was catered by Carrie who operates Carrie’s Country Kitchen during the Fairfield County Fair. If you’ve ever eaten there during fair week, you know all of her food is yummy!
The guests were supplied with information for Fairfield Medical Center’s Cancer Resource Center http://www.fmchealth.org/our-services/cancer-care/resource-center.aspx who hosted the event along with Relay for Life. It was a great turnout & I loved getting to visit with some people who I hadn’t seen in a while. It was an awesome event as usual! Enjoy the photos!
I had the pleasure of heading to Logan to welcome Ainsley into the world & capture some tiny baby & new family photos! Isn’t she beautiful? I just photographed her adorable cousin for her first birthday a month or so ago. They will have the joy of growing up together–nothing better than built in friends! Ainsley’s mom told me that her nursery was decorated in a balloon theme, so I brought along some balloons to use for some of the photos–always a fun addition to a photo session. She was very alert & active for such a new arrival. I loved all of her little outfits–floppy hat, great shoes–girls are so much fun! Enjoy the sneak peek!
Every detail of Joelle & James’ wedding was carefully planned & personalized. When I initially met with them, James gave me the tour of their property & told me about all of his building projects in the works for the big day. I am amazed by what he put together–from hand built benches that they covered with vintage quilts, to a huge pergola to host the dinner reception & the awesome lattice arch under which they took their vows–it was nothing short of incredible.
Joelle had her creativity in high gear as well. She made rag banners to line the barn, a tree with frames painted in their wedding colors & tons of accents on the reception tables & throughout the barn and around the property. Did I mention that she also crafted her own bouquet? It was nothing short of fabulous with succulents accenting the beautiful roses & a wrap including family vintage brooches. I was smitten! Maybe a new career is in the cards.
The ceremony was personalized by a friend of James’ & music performed by Joelle’s brother. After the ceremony, the dinner catered by James & Joelle’s favorite Mexican restaurant, gave new meaning to the perfect reception dining experience. They had an assortment of tacos, toppings & sauces for everyone to personalize their dinner just the way they liked it. After dinner, the naked cake was adorable & made by none other than James’ mother. After the official cake cutting, I saw something that has never happened in my over 20 years photographing weddings. Joelle & James hosted a food fight–actually a cake fight–with ponchos to protect the clothing of family & friends included. Can I just say it was the funniest reception activity ever. Everyone who participated had a blast–especially the kids–some to the point of needing to be hosed off once all the cake was gone. It was definitely a wedding to be remembered by all the family & friends! I wish Joelle & James a future filled with much happiness–& lots more fun!