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Lance + Courtney | October 1st, 2016

2016-12-27

Okay you guys, I had no idea how dreamy The Inn at Leola Village is! This was my first time photographing here and oh my goodness, it’s instantly one of my top venues for 2016. The rain decided to grace us all day long, but it didn’t even matter because Lance and Courtney are two of the happiest, sweetest people and made sure their wedding day was nothing short of fun and special. I can’t stop swooning over the perfect, soft lighting we had for the first half of the day mixed with all the beautiful greenery. These rose gold, sequenced bridesmaid dresses rented from Rent The Runway are also worth all the swooning! I think the detail that steals the show and takes all the cake home though is Courtney’s dress. This wedding dress was actually her mothers wedding dress! She had some minimal things tailored and adjusted to make it her own, but kept it pretty true to the original which is so amazing. I can’t get over the vintage, laced headpiece that’s attached. Goodness, goodness! So dreamy.

Courtney and Lance both surprised one another with fun/silly choreographed dances for their father/daughter and mother/son numbers. The whole guest list was howling with laughter and snapping photos with their hands in the air clapping and whistling along. It was just.. the best. :)

I love how Lance and Courtney really let their personalities shine through, making their wedding day so personable and relatable and down right enjoyable! Enjoy taking a peek into their special day with me!

Warmly | Meagan

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Joe + Courtney | September 30th, 2016

2016-12-24

After photographing Joe and Courtney by their local park in Brooklyn, NYC for their engagement session last year I could not wait for their wedding day! These two are effortlessly photogenic and in love. They compliment one another (literally + figuratively) so, so well. Their truly best friends! I really don’t even know what else to say about them because that literally wraps it up to a T! I just, adore them as a couple. :)

They made their wedding day their own, celebrating with all of their closest family and friends. Courtney did DIY for her center piece arrangements + florals. Seriously, drooling over them.  They had a traditional catholic mass for their ceremony and held their reception and super fun dance party at Riverdale Manor. The rain didn’t hold these two or their wedding party back from making it a day to remember. This will forever be one for the books!

Without further ado.. | Meagan Nicole


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Behind The Scenes 2016

2016-12-22

The amount of excitement I feel each year to share this post with you all never fails. This is a post I look forward to time after time! Our annual “year in review”, when we get to look back and laugh at all of the test shots we take that include silly faces and seeing the odd positions we find ourselves in to capture the perfect shot. It’s also so much fun to reminisce on where the year started, all the amazing clients we got to work with and the stories we were able to be a part of and capture. What a blessing 2016 has been. Word’s cannot express the gratitude the girls and I feel for every opportunity had and every relationship that we’ve built this year. We are so thankful to all of our family, friends, clients and second shooters for the support, encouragement and help, and most of all we are so, so grateful for God’s goodness over our company. I sit here in awe at the doors the Lord has opened for Meagan Nicole Photography. The connections made, the new relationships formed, and the way’s he has grown us not only individually but as a team and expanded our knowledge and reach. The fact that we get to be a part of so many lives and so many journeys and memories. My heart could burst! When I started out as a 19 year old girl with a not os great camera and a desire to learn and grow, I never would’ve dreamed that I would be standing where I am today with this business.

It’s CRAZY how much can happen in one year and also change in one year. Little did we know this was our last wedding season as a team of three (Tori, Julia and myself). If you missed our latest updates with the team and what’s in store for 2017, you can read all about it here! We are going to miss Tori dearly but are SO EXCITED for where God is leading her. This was Julia’s second full wedding season as a lead photographer on our team and the girl shined brilliantly. It makes my heart feel so full to watch her blossom in her journey! I also, never would have guessed that I would be shooting almost an entire wedding season pregnant. Honestly, that was always one of my biggest fears but God totally was in control and worked everything together so, so perfectly. I started out the wedding season with no plans of becoming pregnant, but after a missions trip to Africa and God leading us, my husband and I found out we were expecting our first child in May! Our little Botswana baby (#babybotkeller). So no you guys, I am not referring to my baby boy as a robot, HAHA. Looking back through out the season you’ll notice the progression of my bump going from making it’s first appearance to not so subtly taking over. LOOOVE IT.

For the 2016 season we hired 4 second shooters to divide our dates between while at the same time, provide opportunity to grow our relationships and connections within this amazing photography community here in Lancaster. Our 2016 shooters were Alyssa Reginella, Haley Adair, Blythe Hoerr and Jordan Harper! We also had some special appearances from four other super sweet photographer friends when they were needed in a pinch, Andrea Daugherty, Kelsey Madas, Maddie Broderick and Brittney Hippensteel! These girls were so much fun to work with and always stepped up to any challenge. Like smiling and being super fun and nice and creative even while sweating our brains out through the HOTTEST summer of all time. Seriously though, it was such a blessing to work with all of these ladies.

Our team had so many high moments this year, but instead of listing them all here then loading you with tons of photos, I’m going to walk through the photos with you and point out each and every amazing memory that 2016 brought us!

And so, here it goes, a look into our 2016 season.. :)

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My 2016 season started off on January 21st, 2016. Yeah, remember that BLIZZARD we got last year!? Well my amazing husband kicked off the year with me as my second shooter and we had a blast getting snowed in at The Mariott Hotel in downtown Lancaster for Josh + Carolyn’s intimate, snowy wedding weekend. These are the kinds of memories that will stay in my heart forever. Getting to work alongside my husband Caleb was one of the best things I ever got to do. I still can’t stop smiling about this. Annnd, fun fact: we are due with our baby boy this January 20th, 2017. WHUUUT. God is so cool. never would have guessed that one year later from these exact images, I would be 10 months pregnant and birthing a child. 

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This past February the girls and I were offered a spot at an open house featured at one of our favorite venues, The Booking House! It was so much fun to put together a small table and feature a slideshow of all of our best images, hand out business cards/materials and oh, the chocolate (let’s not forget the chocolate). Tori and Julia totally stepped up and maned the booth while I surprised my dad at his 50th birthday party that afternoon. The girls loved getting to meet and chat with so many different vendors and 2017 couples. 

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We seriously LOVE getting to collaborate with local vendors who just so happen to be some of our dearest friends! Kent and Ashleigh Mast of “K + A Films” are wildly talented videographers and we jump at any chance to work together. The three of us teamed up for a styled shoot/wedding elopement in the woods for clients Greg and Candace (view the full session here OR view the video captured by Kent and Ashleigh HERE). It was seriously the most beautiful evening.
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No baby in there yet.. funny story though: This bride, Karlee announced she was pregnant just a few day’s ahead of me which led to tons of back and forth messages about our pregnancies. Karlee jokingly said “There must have been something in the water at our wedding!!!”. HAHA.

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Gaborone, Botswana (Africa). All the heart eyes for this trip and all the things that God did in Caleb and my life through these people and experiences. I could literally write a book about all of this, so I’ll save it and post a separate blog sometime soon with all of the photos! For now, I’ll leave you with three of my favorite experiences: photographing our host family in the African bushes, helping at a children’s crusade and photographing all of their sweet faces, and spending a day at a local secondary school where our team hosted a basketball club and you guessed it, endless photo ops! I, of course, was there to help in ministry and as a main way for me to do that, God really used my passion for photography to document the trip and open up doors to minister to a lot of different people through photos. God started a burning in our hearts to become parents literally out of no where. Annnd, we came home pregnant so.. there’s that!
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Hey guys, remember that one time I had platinum blonde hair!? 
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Still didn’t know that I was pregnant at this wedding, but Julia called it because I kept running to the bathroom during the reception feeling sick. I was convinced it was just a bug from traveling. Girl’s got intuition.

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I swear I wasn’t just taking a random break mid portrait session as much as it looks like I was, haha. 
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Many of my comments are about our hair, I know, but seriously, look at this cute bob T-swizzle was rocking! 
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Bye, bye blonde hair! Started going to a more natural color because I found out I was PREGNANT and wanted less maintenance. Jordan was such a huge help making sure I stayed inspired and hydrated and had plenty of potty breaks while I photographed my first wedding with #babybotkeller along for the ride.
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And can we just acknowledge how fast T’s hair grows!? All sorts of jealous going on up in here right now.
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Testing the light for when the bride makes her grand entrance and walks down the aisle! 
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Our team days ALWAYS include two things: Coffee + Cheese. And sometimes, fancy chocolate truffles.
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It’s always the sweetest thing when we get to photograph a close friends wedding! 
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In case you didn’t know, Julia is a huge fan of musicals. Ask her for a quote or description of how a recent show was that she saw and you’ll likely get what we got from her: sick dance moves.
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We love, love collaborating with our stylist Kelsey Rae! She put together all the outfits + props for this engagement session. You can read all about her services when you inquire with us to book a session! 
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THERE’S A BUMP!
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We’re all still going a little heart eyes over that veil.. 
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And the bump just keeps growing.. 
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Kelsey ALWAYS gives us the best test shot poses! 
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You guys, I just can’t stop looking at the bump growing from one wedding to the next. All the wedding cake probably didn’t help. 
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Julia directing the bridal party like a boss.
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The bride and groom released butterflies at the end of their ceremony and one wanted to stay my best friend forever. 
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Do I even need to say it? BABBBBY.
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“Now Joe, look right around this area..”
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WERK IT, Julia. 
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Not so discreetly capturing the dress reveal between the bride and her adoring bridesmaids.
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As a wedding photographer, you best be prepared to pin on oodles of boutonnières. 
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“WHERREEE’S JULIAA?!” 
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We started the season in Winter coats, and ended the season in them. The 2016 season was one full, special, fun, adventurous season and it came full circle. Thank you to everyone who played a part in our 2016!
Julia and myself cannot wait to come back fresh after a season of rest and downtime this Winter and to kick things off with our 2017 intern Morgan! She has been such an answer to prayer and we can’t wait to see what God has in store for us together as a team.
Enjoy all the snow and warm drinks that your heart can handle. 
Merry Christmas + Happy New Year!!!  | Meagan Nicole Photography 

Brent + Andrea | A Whimsical Winter

2016-12-20

Friends, meet two of my long time favorites, Brent and Andrea Daugherty! I’ve known Andrea for more years than I can count on one hand, and I had the absolute joy of being their wedding photographer on December 9th, 2012 in The Duck Keys, Florida. It was my first real wedding season, and my first destination wedding! I made the trip with my first ever intern, Kristen. Andrea and I have been friends ever since and she has witnessed so many “first’s” with me. It’s crazy to think that she’s been along on my journey from the very beginning, and I on hers!

Andrea started out second shooting in late 2013 with me and I’ve been egging her on to pursue her passion and calling in photography ever since because it’s so clearly a calling over her life! I’ve been so, so excited to see her start her own business “One Thirty Nine Photography” this past year, and now officially take it full time! I’ve photographed Brent and Andrea a few times since their wedding, sometimes just for fun and sometimes for anniversary sessions! It’s so fun getting to swap sessions with one another, and have that go to friend who just gets you and the way you want to be photographed.

We just knew we had to plan a fun styled shoot in honor of Brent and Andrea’s 4 year wedding anniversary! We envisioned something “bad ass”, in bare woods, dead of winter and glamorous. We had so much fun collaborating with some seriously talented vendors. Demi Green was the magic behind the makeup + Rent The Runway gets all the credit for the amazing gold sequenced dress + Tara of Splints and Daisies created the most perfect floral arrangement that tied everything together with a cherry on top! We photographed along 322 in Brickerville, at “Thousand Steps” which is a great hiking/adventuring spot. We probably ended up with the coldest day of the year yet, but these two totally rocked it. I am so obsessed with these images!

Happy Anniversary Brent + Andrea! Thank you for your many years of friendship, business, support and memories. Cheer’s to a new season and adding our soon to be new little member to our clan. :)

xoxo | Meagan

MAKEUP: DEMI GREENAWALT

FLORALS: SPLINTS AND DAISIES

DRESS: RENT THE RUNWAY

HAIR: ANDREA

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Larry + Kate | September 17th, 2016

Harvest View Barn has quickly become one of the most popular venues around town and I love every opportunity I get to photograph at it. Larry and Kate tied the knot on a chilly September afternoon. I love that my job involves me meeting and photographing all different types of people and couples and relationships, each one as unique as the next. Larry and Kate are fun loving and down to earth and you just get the sense that they are being totally genuine with you! It was such a great day to be a part of. :)

xoxo | Meagan

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William and Anni | September 3rd, 2016 | Lock Haven, PA

2016-12-19

William and Anni are two of the kindest people I’ve had the pleasure of photographing! They’re both so fun and full of life. Listening to all of their stories and adventures from their dating relationship had everyone at the reception smiling ear to ear. These two were destined for one another and for greatness! They live life to the fullest and light up the room they’re in and the people they’re with.

Their wedding was held in Lock Haven, PA at the “1900 Red Barn”. The view was breath taking! Anni infused the entire wedding with accents of her favorite color red. At the reception the groomsmen graced us all with a hilarious dance to whip + nae nae, then broke out in karaoke/lip syncing battles. The evening ended with a beer race, and Anni was oh so close to winning but William’s brother stole the show (quite proudly, as you’ll see below). Ha!

Enjoy a few of my favorites from their wedding day!

xoxo | Meagan

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Alan + Dani | July 2nd, 2016

2016-12-13

It’s so much fun catching up on blogging some of my weddings from this past 2016 season! Alan and Dani were such gems to photograph. They literally light one another up in the sweetest of ways. The compliments, smiles, laughter, kisses, hugs, winks, and inside jokes were enough to have my second shooter Haley and I beaming from ear to ear all day long. What an honor to be their photographer!

Their wedding was held at Riverdale Manor, which was super popular for our team this year! A great venue to check out if you’re currently engaged and on the hunt. I loved the color combo of red and black that Dani chose. The mixed matched, lace bridesmaid dresses paired with the groomsmen’s grey suits were a solid choice and gave everything a more vintage, chic feel. Another super fun aspect to this wedding was that one of my great friends Josh Mast “DJ Mast” was the DJ! This reception was one for the books. Dani and her dad surprised us all with a choreographed dance in the middle of their father daughter dance! The evening ended with the most perfect sparkler send off timed perfectly with the sunset.

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

Warmly | Meagan

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Brandon + Marilyn | Maternity Session

2016-12-08

Last week I got to photograph Brandon and Marilyn, who just so happened to be one of the very first wedding’s I ever photographed in my first wedding season! I was so excited when Marilyn contacted me that they are expecting their first child! They’ve opted to not find out the gender which I think is so great. I totally wish I had the will power to do that with my pregnancy, ha! Either way, their little babe is bound to be the cutest little thing with the best eyes. I mean look at these two!

We used a local Christmas tree farm “Elizabeth Farms” for this mini session and it was the perfect back drop and colors paired with the perfect weather. Enjoy a few of my favorites!!

Happy Thursday! | Meagan

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Daniel and Gillian | June 18th, 2016 | Lewisburg, PA

2016-12-02

I’ve realized I haven’t shared any weddings on here in awhile, and I think today is the perfect day to change that! I photographed Daniel and Gillians wedding this past Summer at the gorgeous Colonial Pines in Lewisburg, PA. I can’t stop feeling giddy over this day. The location, the weather, the lighting, the details, the gorgeous greens. This was one for the books!

The entire day was very laid back yet elegant feeling. I can’t stop tearing up at Gillian’s first look with her father. His expression and reaction was so priceless. Those are the types of moments we live for as photographers. As we wrapped up the first look and portraits before the ceremony, the guests enjoyed a “pre” cocktail hour of sorts. The entire front lawn held white high top tables, vintage sofas and chairs scattered through out, an open bar, lemonade/iced tea station and a big open front porch. As family and friends mingled, laughter and happiness could be heard for miles.

After the ceremony, the string band began playing and cocktail hour resumed. After just a few more photo ops, Daniel and Gillian were able to join their guests to mingle and be merry! A total perk of having a first look and getting most all of your photos in at the beginning of the day (venue/weather allowing) is that you’re able to relax after the wedding and enjoy most of your “happy hour”. We also snuck out during the end of the reception which was timed perfectly for some sunset portraits. Daniel and Gillian are so, so sweet together and compliment one another perfectly. It was such an honor to be a part of their love filled day!

xoxo | Meagan

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Sitch Family | Mini Session

I almost can’t count on one hand how many times I’ve had the pleasure of photographing the Sitch family! If you haven’t already, meet Kody, Brianne, Karson and Payton. The sweetest little fam! Each and every time I photograph them it gets better and better. I couldn’t stop smiling/laughing like a goof at my computer while I edited some of these images! I just love how much Karson loves his little sister. The entire session he kept reaching over to hug her or kiss her hand or pull her along with him. This little girl is going to have one amazing protector. All those future boyfriends better watch out! Although little P can certainly hold her own. A few times she would push Karson away and be like “okay, okay already.. enough” .. hahah. Watching the brother and sister relationship forming is such a fun thing. Makes me so excited for our little guy to be born and have a sibling one day!

Enjoy some of my favorites from our time together!

Meagan

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