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Alex and Cristy | April 30th, 2016 | Lancaster, Pennsylvania

2016-08-30

Alex and Cristy, two of the most adventurous, silly, happy souls. They’re that couple that you just love to follow along on instagram because they’re always up to something cute with one another. It was such a joy to be their wedding photographer. Alex and Cristy chose not to have a first look, and instead held hands around a wall, shared notes with one another and prayed together. That’s always such a special moment to document. The flood of excitement and anticipation gets even higher for the brides big entrance into the ceremony!

Cristy’s family is from Russia, and many of them traveled in for their big day! They filled their reception with two songs preformed by her uncles, family friends and cousins which was super sweet. Cristy also surprised Alex by preforming “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaeslon and his face was priceless! Something that’s also becoming more and more popular this wedding season is the SHOE GAME! The bride and groom each have one of their own shoes and one of their spouses shoes. They’re asked questions about one another and show their guess/answer by holding up the correct, correlating shoe. It’s always a crowd pleaser!

This was a super fun day filled with super fun people and I’m so excited to share it with you all!

xoxo | Meagan

 

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Jason and Karlee | Spring Wedding | The Cork Factory Hotel

2016-08-19

I had the sheer pleasure of photographing Jason and Karlee’s wedding this past March 26th, 2016. I’m going to share something very tender and real with you. This past May, Karlee lost her father to his long battle with a fatal illness. Two months after their wedding. My heart absolutely breaks for Karlee and her family with this loss. Something that hit me so hard about this is the weight and importance of why I am a photographer. Why I capture those special moments between a father and his daughter on her wedding day. The smile he wore from ear to ear, the joy he felt walking her down the aisle and the inexplainable love they shared dancing the night away together. Two months later, little did I know those moments in time that I had the honor of capturing will now be savored in place of the actual presence of such an amazing man.

This why I am passionate about capturing standstill pieces in time. This is why I am passionate and thrive off of photography: irreplaceable moments, touches, gazes, love, and relationships. Jason and Karlee, thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to document these moments for you. You’re truly a beautiful couple. You create such kindness in the air around you.

Though there are moments filled with grief for the loss of those we love, there are moments filled with pure joy for the new life coming. This Summer Jason and Karlee announced they’re expecting their first child this December! And to add to that joy, Karlee and I both found out we were pregnant around the same time. We shared our excitement with one another and Karlee said “there must have been something in the water at our wedding!”.. haha. These two will always hold a special memory in my heart. The fact that I get to meet sweet people like them, build relationships and be invited into such a special time in their lives makes me ever so grateful for this career.

Love | Meagan

About The Wedding:

Jason and Karlee held their wedding at The Cork Factory Hotel, which is always a fan favorite! Their industrial walls, brick interior, candle lit receptions..we can’t get enough! Karlee was the most laid back bride. We were at the reception just long enough to capture their entrance and the toasts. All florals were done by Forte Florals and can I just say.. WOW. I couldn’t stop drooling over them! The color combinations of olive green dresses, and pale whites, creams, pinks and and pops of peach were heavenly together. Karlee’s mother passed away when she was younger, and they incorporated her memory into the ceremony by hanging photos of her and Karlee together on the end chair of each row. It was such a special way to honor her memory. This was the most intimate day, photographing two, true best friends tying the knot and committing their lives to one another. I especially loved that the majority of the day was focused on portraiture. I am so excited to share this wedding with you all! A big thank you to my second shooter, Alyssa.

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Seth + Jenn Cassell | The Farm At Eagles Ridge

2016-08-16

You know how when you’re so excited about something that you sit on it for awhile because you want it to be perfect? That’s me with this blog post. This wedding was one of those monuments moments in my career that I will always look back on and remember fondly.

Seth and Jenn both live in Las Angeles, California. Seth is a budding actor who has been featured in multiple movies; you can view his impressive resume HERE. Jenn is a producer for Fly On The Wall Entertainment, and a story producer for L. Plummer Media, she has also been a producer for TLC, VH1, Ugly Brothers Studio, Lighthearted Entertainment, T Group Productions and many others. What the what! I know. When Jenn first emailed me back in 2014, I couldn’t feel my face. I had the pleasure of meeting with them at Tomato Pie while they were in town visiting with her family and we hit it off right away. They both have such out going, fun personalities and it’s no wonder Seth is an actor because he could probably make any one laugh at any given moment. And they actually wanted to hire ME. Me!? Jesus was getting loads of thank you’s sent His way. I was counting down the days to their wedding! On October 10th, 2015 these two tied the knot.. and guess what! They’re now expecting their first little bundle of joy this Fall! What better time to finally share this special day with you all. :)

Seth and Jenn met in college at Point Park University. Jenn grew up in Millersville, PA which is why they decided to have a wedding on the more intimate scale here in the rolling hills of Lancaster, PA. These guys are just the most genuine, kind hearted people and attract others and make friends so easily. Not going to lie, knowing that these two have so many connections and friends in the business, like Adam Sandler, cough, cough, my team member Julia and I may have been holding out for a appearance like lame fan girls. But Seth and Jen kept their wedding more intimate with local family members and friends, as well as a few close friends who flew in from LA for the affair. It was prrrrobably the most epic dance party Julia and I had ever witnessed.

When Julia and I first arrived, Seth was building the wooden arbor which later was decorated in tons of flowers, lace, greens, and antlers. It was gorgeous! Jenn had her something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue in toe. Her something old/borrowed was antique brooch’s pinned onto her bouquet from grandmother’s down the line. There were so many terrific details to this wedding day. Both the grooms brother and the brides sister made up the entire bridal party which was so sweet.

Seth and Jenn had family do the task of marrying them at their ceremony who added in funny little side notes, stories and quotes personalized to the couple. I think it was a Dr. Seuss quote that got the whole crowd erupting with laughter and smiles. Seth and Jenn said “We just wanted the whole day to be fun and US.. not stiff and traditional”. You guys accomplished that perfectly! The entire day as a perfect reflection of their happy go lucky relationship. During the ceremony Seth and Jen hammered closed a beautiful wooden keep sake box which they placed hand written letters in to open at their first big fight (or maybe it was at their one year anniversary – my pregnancy brain seems to fail me these days)! They incorporated both mothers into the ceremony by doing a mother/child candle lighting. After the ceremony we headed out for the most gorgeous sunset/golden hour and captured some of my ALL TIME favorite bridal and groom portraits. Seriously, I’m still drooling. The reception concluded with beautiful toasts, prayers, stories, cake and lots and lots of dancing.

I am so excited to fiiiinally share this special wedding with you all!

Cheers | Meagan


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Jonathan + Jenna | Lancaster, Pennsylvania Wedding

2016-08-05

The Farm At Eagles Ridge has quickly become one of my favorite wedding venues! I’ve had the opportunity to photograph here multiple times, and every time I find new things that I love about it. The farm house to get ready in has such great natural light, big open spaces, and the staff is so friendly and helpful!

Jonathan and Jenna were the sweetest couple; so kind and so endearing. They compliment one another perfectly! Despite the clouds and forecast of rain on their wedding day, they were shinning bright in their photos. We couldn’t keep these two from laughing and smiling, which was awesome. And as luck would have it, the sun came out for the most glorious sunset to end the evening! Also, Can we just take a moment to swoon over Jenna’s florals!? The colors and flowers were so beautiful.

It’s been so fun catching up on blogging a few of last seasons weddings! It’s almost sad when my time with each couple comes to an end, so it’s super fun getting to relive the memories and day here. I have one 2015 wedding left to post and it’s gonna be a big one. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for all of the new content coming your way!

Until then.. | Meagan

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Zimmerman Family

2016-08-04

The sweet Zimmermans were one of my favorite families to photograph to date. Ashlee and Galen recently welcomed their baby girl, Lincoln, to the world, and she will soon realize how lucky she is to have parents like them! And let’s be real- Haidyn is the most photogenic toddler around and (thanks to his mama) has some serious style! I was so glad to capture some of their early moments as a family of four! Enjoy some of my favorites from their session!

Cheers!

Julia

 

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Steven + Sarah | Intimate Baltimore Wedding

2016-08-02

I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Steven and Sarah’s wedding day October 3rd, 2015. You may recognize these two cuties from their engagement session which we also photographed right around their wedding venue “Baldwin’s Station & Pub” located right in the heart of downtown Sykesville, Maryland. Their wedding day held such an intimate, small town feel with all of their closest friends and family in attendance. The bridal party consisted Steven and his brother, and sarah and her sister! So special. The venue was the perfect fit for this day, allowing for a laid back, mingle and be merry atmosphere. The ceremony lasted all of 5-10 minutes, and the reception was filled with glasses clinking and laughter that could be heard from outside of the building. This wedding was on the smaller scale, so we had so much fun spending most of our time together photographing their first look and bride/groom portraits which we shot right along the train tracks that sit right behind the venue. A train even rolled by right on time a few minutes after the ceremony ended. Perfect timing.

Words can’t express how perfect Steven and Sarah are for one another. They’re truly best friends, always making one another smile. The comfort level between them comes through these images perfectly, and that makes me giddy because I just love when I’ve been able to truly capture a couples authentic emotions and interactions.

xoxo | Meagan

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Aubree

Aubree has been one of my dearest friends for about five years now, and let me tell you, this lady is a blessing. She truly has one of the deepest hearts for others and is such a light to those around her. Aubree just finished up massage therapy school and asked for a little photo session to kick start her new career, and I’m so pleased she did! We had a great time catching up and chasing light. Lastly, if you’re ever in need of a massage therapist, trust me, Aubs is your girl. She is CRAZY GOOD at what she does and will make you feel like a million bucks. I hope you enjoy her photos as much as we enjoyed taking them!

Cheers!

Julia

 

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Baby Avenell | Newborn Lifestyle Session | Manheim, PA

2016-08-01

I realized that I never got around to sharing one of my all time favorite families/newborn sessions! This was a lifestyle session, in the Robert’s home. I am so obsessed with the rich architecture and beautiful wood interior’s. These guys know what’s up with style/design. Kelly had so many great little hats/bonnets, blankets and baskets. So great for newborn sessions! And how about the little booties she MADE with her very own hands? I can’t even.

When you’re planning for a newborn/lifestyle session, it’s best to plan for 2 hours (to allow for diaper changes, feeding, and swaddling when your little one isn’t feeling like sleeping/smiling) during mid afternoon so there will be pretty sunlight streaming through your windows. I’ve really enjoyed all of the newborn/lifestyle sessions that have been coming my way lately. I think it’s quickly becoming a specialty of mine that I favor!

It’s so hard to believe Avenell Josephine is going to be one year old soon! Time seriously gets away from me all too fast. I could go on and on about these images and how much I love them, but I think I will just let them talk for themselves. :)

xoxo | Meagan

 

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And one last one of this adorable new family of four because.. they’re the cutest!

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