2015 was a bit of a crazy year for me with bookings. I was so blessed to be the busiest I have ever been with photography and because of that, I let blogging take to the back burner so that I could focus all of my attention on shooting and editing. I am so excited to finally have found an amazing work flow that helps me get images out faster, and be able to have time to blog all those lovely images I am taking + editing! I am going to be taking some time now over the next month to catch you up on all that 2015 for me with so many wonderful weddings and sessions.
James and Stephanie were one of my very first weddings of 2015. I still had my old camera and a different way of editing, so it’s kind of crazy to look back and see how much I’ve grown just within one year. In 2015 I challenged myself to be the best that I could be with what I had. I continued to push past boundaries and grow as a photographer in a few different ways – posing, lighting, editing, knowledge, and equipment. Even though these images remind me of how far I’ve come, I still am so in love with them. Mainly because of this couple. I mean, just look at them! The minute I saw Stephanie’s gold/champagne wedding gown I knew I would be swooning all day long. And the sunset/rooftop images? Just stop. I get goosebumps all over again just looking at them!
These two newlyweds are best friends and that is obvious to anyone who gets the chance to be around them. They’re a kind, generous, BEAUTIFUL and fun duo that I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to meet and photograph. The ceremony was held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, and their reception followed at The Yorktowne Hotel. The Yorktown Hotel was so full of bright, natural light which was such a dream. We ended the evening up on their rooftop, marveling at the skyline and warm cream/blush tones hazing the sky. I am just in love with the shots we grabbed dup there! I think I am going to let these images speak for themselves..
Second Shooter: Madeline Broderick Photography
Where do I even begin? Josh and Carolyn are two of the sweetest, kindest, relaxed, adventurous couples that I have ever photographed. Do you know how I know this? Because their wedding day was in the middle of a BLIZZARD! Yes, the Jonas 2016 snow blizzard we experienced two weekends ago just so happened to be on their wedding day. But that didn’t make them stress! They completely embraced the blizzard and it made for some amazing memories.
Carolyn and I had been in contact with one another starting Thursday evening, coming up with all different plans depending on what the weather had in store for us. Friday I got the call that the wedding had been moved to The Marriott hotel at Penn Square in Downtown Lancaster. Josh and Carolyn’s family and friends decided to make a weekend out of their event and everyone stayed at the hotel Friday-Sunday. Caleb and I were so blessed to be offered a room for the weekend and decided what better way to get snowed in then at a huge hotel!? One of my favorite memories from this wedding was that my husbands work got closed for the day and he actually got to be my assistant for the day and shoot the wedding with me! It was so much fun being “stranded” for the weekend in our own little hotel room, walking the streets of the city and meeting up with some of our friends at a local bar. I was on such a high getting to work and do what I am most passionate about with my best friend by my side. He was such a big help and even captured some of the awesome images you’ll see below!
I was totally nervous since this was my first wedding I would be shooting entirely indoors. Being a natural light photographer I was so worried about lighting and backdrops, etc. But the entire staff at The Mariott was so helpful and pointed out some hidden gems through out the building. Side note: through out our stay at the Marriott I had never been so pleased with such great hospitality and service. I give them 5 stars and beyond! As soon as I put Josh and Carolyn by a huge window, that’s when the magic happened. I was so excited and obsessed with the windows + snow creating a sea of white, natural light. I am so obsessed with how they turned out.
Needless to say, this wedding was the most relaxed, intimate day. Everyone was snowed in together and Caleb and I couldn’t help but feel like we’d been friends with everyone forever! We felt so welcomed and appreciated.
Josh and Carolyn were all for going out in the snow to grab a few quick shots which was so much fun. The wind was whipping snow into my face and I could barely see a thing, but what I could see was all of us laughing and smiling and I thought to myself .. Gosh, I love my job.
Josh and Carolyn are expecting their first child and I couldn’t think of two people who are better fit to be parents. They are going to spoil their little babe with so much love, I just know it. It was such a blessing to witness their laid back, friendly attitude throughout the entire wedding day. These two are golden together.
Thank you so much to the entire staff at The Marriott, and to Josh and Carolyn’s family for all of the kindness and fun memories.
I am so excited to share these images with you all!