Posts Tagged: central pa wedding photographer

Zach and Nikki | 06.24.17

2018-02-23

This is one blog post I have been itching to do! Zach and Nikki are as sweet as they come and I an confidently say they turned into life long friends of mine. I love when this little job of mine allows me to meet complete strangers and in turn, form lasting relationships. Every time I get a sweet note from Nikki in my inbox on instagram it makes my day! Whether it’s discussing our latest product finds/reviews, encouragement over life circumstances or laughing at my son Owen’s adorableness – Nikki is always so authentic and really just such a gem.

Zach and Nikki’s relationship and wedding day can be wrapped up in this entire word: authenticity. They’re so kind and yet so real. They form real relationships with every one of the people in their lives. So much so that Nikki hand wrote personalized letters for each and every individual guest that she had tucked in their place settings at the reception. I mean if that doesn’t give you an idea of how neat this couple is than I don’t know what will! Zach leads Nikki with such care and devotion, and Nikki loves on her now husband with such tenderness + grace. I can’t say enough about these two!

Their day was irish themed, with a bunch of neat nods to the country. But the main inspiration for Zach + Niki were their families. They both come from incredibly close families, and really wanted to honor them in planning their wedding. They chose to have special touches throughout the wedding to honor loved ones and family members. Their officiant was Nikki’s uncle, They had Nikki’s maternal grandparents’ song as the prelude to the ceremony, they chose for their mothers to share readings during the ceremony, and wanted the entire day to feel like two families coming together. They also wanted the day to have a very natural, ethereal feel regarding decor and the vibe. Zach and Nikki love being outdoors and having an outdoor wedding and bringing in lots of natural elements while keeping things airy and romantic was really important to them.

The love story: “Zach and I have known each other since we were in middle school. We met at our very small towns summer carnival that is held each year. We had similar mutual friends and had all decided to go together. At a certain point in the night I saw Zach sitting by himself near the Ferris wheel, looking rather sad. Turns out he had been “dumped” by his first girlfriend, who was my sisters best friend. I offered to ride the Ferris wheel with him so he wouldn’t be alone, and ever since that moment, we’ve been the best of friends.
We never dated during high school or college, but we would go on “dates” to get dinner, see movies, or hang out. He was the person I would go to to share good news, and the first person I turned to in the most difficult of times. We were each other’s person since middle school, and even though there was always something else, something very special with us, we didn’t start dating until we were both in grad school. After a spontaneous phone call on Valentines Day, we decided to take a leap of faith and see if our friendship just might be the beginning of a relationship. We dated long distance for about a year during my graduate program, traveling between Philadelphia where Zach was getting his PhD and D.C. where I was in school getting my masters in counseling. After school we moved in together in Philadelphia and began our next chapter.
In October of 2015 Zach and I went to Ridley Creek State Park, one of our favorite places in Philadelphia area that we went to so many times during my trips up from D.C. our favorite spot was at the end of the walking trail by the waterfalls. We made our way down and Zach suggested crossing the water to a small “island” of rocks in the center to get better pictures. The water was freezing and deeper than we thought, so Zach carried me across the water to the center where the large rocks were. Getting there wasn’t too easy, and there may have been a fall involved. Once in the center of the river standing in front of the waterfall he asked me to marry him, and I instantly began crying and of course said yes to my best friend.”

 

When I asked Nikki what their favorite memories from their wedding day was, this was her response: One of my favorite moments was having my “first look” with my dad. That was one of the best moments of the day for me, being able to have that special time with him and getting to surprise him. I cherish the pictures from that time because it was something that turned out better than I could have hoped. Our ceremony was my absolute favorite part of the day. The service that my uncle gave as our officiant was so perfect and so “us.” It meant the world to us that he agreed to marry us and the message he gave was so personal to Zach and I it really made our day even more magical. The first dance was also an amazing moment to cherish the fact that we were finally husband and wife! Zach’s favorite moment was “seeing you walk down the aisle. It was perfect.”

 

Vendors:
Venue- Stone Mill Inn
Flowers- Dan O’Donnel from Blue Heron Florist
Music- Declan of Provolve Entertainment
Dress- Pronovias gown from Elizabeth Johns Bridal
Shoes- Bella Bride shoes
Suits- Jos A Banks
Photography- Meagan Nicole

Until Next time | Meagan


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Year In Review | 2017

2018-01-11

Holy moly, it’s been a hot second since I’ve blogged! Let’s be real, it’s been like a year. WHOOPS. It feels so good to be back in action + updating my new site for you all! I wanted my first post of the new year to be our behind the scenes from our recent wedding season.

Reflecting back on all that the Lord has done in 2017 brings me to tears. First off we had the best intern/second shooter EVER and she goes by Morgan but I like to call her the sweetest dang thing since sliced bread. Morgan went above and beyond this year, tackling her first time photographing weddings like a pro. She fluffed dresses, held bags and more bags and phones and memory cards and flower bouquets (sometimes all at once – you’re the real mvp Mo), pinned on boutonnieres, got me drinks when I was about to pass out from the heat (not really, but really) and sooo much more. Morgan has morphed into this phenomenal, confident, assuring, helpful, eager wedding photographer and it has been the biggest blessing getting to play a small role in that.

2017 wrote the final chapter to an amazing journey. I’ve managed and grown with a team for almost 5+ years, and now going into 2018 I decided to scale down and go back to the roots of being an independent photographer. Julia has been with me since 2014 when she started out as an intern, and here she was in 2017 photographing her third full wedding season as a lead associate. I couldn’t be prouder of my girls + all of the memories and growth we experienced together.

Looking back over these images CRACKS me up. From testing locations/lighting, mirror selfies + selfies with the groomsmen.. it’s been a good year. From my first day back not knowing what the heck to wear to accommodate all of the pumping I’d be doing and feeling so swollen from nursing (literally so embarassed by that first outfit/hair choice. Black, always wear black Meagan.) to getting the hang of this mom life + work life down to a system and feeling like I could conquer the world. So dramatic, but so true. But really, I love seeing the evolvement that we’ve each gone through over the year.

We want to thank EVERYONE who hired us and entrusted us in 2017 to document some of your most treasured moments for you. We have been so humbled, honored and blessed to meet so many amazing clients turned friends.

Now, what you really came here for.. enjoy laughing with us.. or at us.. we won’t judge.

ALLLLLL of the love | Meagan

 

Assistant Photographers: Morgan Fatjo, Jordan Kreiser and Madeline Isabella

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Eric + Jennie | Valley Forge | Engagement Session

2017-06-15

As a photographer, I love bringing out elements of a couple’s natural chemistry. For some couples it may be more serious, romantic, goofy, fun.. and for Eric and Jennie, it was a happy, can’t stop smiling kind of connection. Our time together was all about capturing them in the gorgeous sunset, smiling and talking about their upcoming vows to one another. These two are so vibrant together and I cannot wait to photograph their wedding day this December!

Fun fact: they were my very first photography gig back from maternity leave and they will be my very last photography gig of the 2017 season! So you just know they’re all kinds of special. :)

xoxo | Meagan

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Matt + Anne | October 15th, 2016 | The Bond, York PA

2017-04-01

If only you knew how many weeks I’ve been working on posting this blog post. Finding time in between feedings, laundry, naps, changing diapers, dishes, more feedings, and loads of baby cuddles.. mom life is no joke! But alas, after piecing it together bit by bit, it’s ready to go live!

Matt and Anne’s wedding was one for the books. I feel like I say that a lot because I am just so blessed to have so many noteworthy, beautiful souls and clients that I get to work with. This was my first time photographing at The Bond in downtown York, PA and it. was. beautiful! I couldn’t get enough of the amazing tall ceilings, white walls, natural light and refinished industrial/warehouse vibes. There was a ton of architecture around the venue to use for portraits. It’s so much fun exploring new places + getting to use them creatively! Matt and Anne were up for literally anything and that made our job so fun.

I could write a book about this day, but I better not push my luck too far with the peace and quiet my sleeping baby has blessed me with. So, I’ll let the images do the rest of the talking!

Matt and Anne, you’re truly such an amazing couple. Thank you for hiring MNP as your photographers!

xoxo | Meagan

 

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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

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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

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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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