Katie + Brian | Married!| A Durham Hill Farm Wedding

Katie and Brian are just two of the sweetest people you could ever meet.  I can’t believe it was almost a year ago that they contacted me about photographing their wedding.  I remember at the end of our consultation, I told them, “The big day will be here before you know it!”   Boy, did that year fly by and sure enough, this past Saturday, we celebrated the new Mr. and Mrs!

You may remember Katie and Brian from my recent blog showcasing the beautiful images captured at their Lehigh Valley engagement session just a few weeks ago.  If you haven’t checked it out, you can take a peek here!

Katie and Brian hosted a beautiful rustic barn wedding in gorgeous Bucks County at Durham Hill Farm in Pipersville, Pennsylvania. 

You wouldn’t believe looking through these images that they were calling for rain and thunderstorms all day!  We were even under a tornado watch at one point during the reception.  

Both Katie and Brian began the day by getting ready at Durham Hill Farm.  They have an amazing new bridal suite which was perfect for Katie and her seven bridesmaids! 

They opted not to do a First Look, but we were able to squeeze in a photo of the two of them without them seeing one another prior to the ceremony.  Wait until you get a peek at how we pulled that off! ;)

Even with the impending rain and storms, they opted to keep their plans for an outdoor ceremony. They wrote their own vows in an emotional ceremony that had all of their friends and family tearing up.  I even felt myself getting a little teary-eyed! 

After the ceremony, we grabbed some portraits of the bridal party and the newlyweds before the rain came, then headed into the beautiful barn for an amazing reception.

As you scroll through this beautiful wedding day, I hope you enjoy this gorgeous couple as much as we did! Their smiles and their joy are absolutely contagious! Brian and Katie, thank you for trusting us to capture all of the moments of your special day.  I hope these memories are treasured always and that your life together be blessed.

A special thank you to Elizabeth and Kevin at Durham Hill Farm for their hospitality, to the vendors who came together to showcase their talents for our couple, and finally, to my second shooter, Caren, for being my right hand gal for the day.  Xo.

 

Venue | Durham Hill Farm

Florist | Precious Petals

Dress Store | David’s Bridal

Hair & Make up Artist | Daneene Makeup

DJ | Solid Ground Djs: Scott McGowan

Cake & Desserts | The Happy Mixer

Catering | Rock’n J BBQ Custom Catering

Bridesmaid Dresses | Azazie

Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Wearhouse

Invitations | Caroline Davis

Rings | Carrol’s Jewelers

Are you planning your own Bucks County wedding?  Contact Alyssa here.  I can't wait to hear from you. 

Behind the Scenes: Finding the Right Location | Lehigh Valley Wedding Photographer

You've set up your hair and makeup appointment, had your ring cleaned, gone shopping and found the PERFECT coordinating outfits for you and your honey; all that is left is to find an EPIC LOCATION for your Lehigh Valley engagement portraits.  Right?  Well, not necessarily.

Guys!  Stop panicking about WHERE to have your Lehigh Valley engagement session.  Seriously.  Relax and trust your photographer.  We've got this!  We've got the knowledge, skill, and equipment to take any location and make it beautiful.  You've hired a professional, trust us!

So many times I speak with couples about their upcoming engagement sessions and I can hear them agonizing over the "where."  Should we have the session in a gorgeous field of blooming flowers?  What about that cute little farm with the old barns?  Can we hike 5 miles to the top of an overlook?

I am going to drop a truth bomb on you--it. doesn't. matter!  Yep, that's right.  You read it correctly....the "where" doesn't matter.  For me, as a natural light photographer, as long as I can find beautiful light, I can make ANY location work.  

I decided to take my daughter out for some portraits to prove the point that a trained professional can take ANY location and make their subjects and the surroundings look great. Ok...here's a pull-back of the setting for my little experiment:

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Yes, you're seeing this correctly!  The portraits you're about to see of my little miss were taken right here in my front yard; certainly NOT an epic location.  Bright 11 am sun, heavy shadows and bright patches, the neighbors trash cans sitting at the end of the driveway, a busy road with cars passing by, mailboxes, street signs, telephone poles...and the list goes on.

Before you view the final images from our quick little portrait session, I want you to keep in mind that there was NO PHOTOSHOPPING involved in the final product of these images whatsoever.   Ain't nobody got time for that.  ;)

Here's what we created:

Say what!?  These photos were taken in that same location shown above?  YES!  

There's so much more to creating a beautiful portrait than the background!  Your engagement portraits should be about YOU and your connection; the location is secondary to so many ingredients that come together to make a beautiful image. 

No, this isn't a post where I am going to give away all my secrets-ha!  But, it's meant to show you something and prove a point. The bottom line here, folks, is that your portrait session location doesn't need to be epic to provide you with a gallery of portraits you're going to love and cherish forever! 

A skilled wedding and portrait photographer can create an amazing portrait in any location given a few key ingredients.  Trust us and let us do the job you've hired us to do.  

A-

Katie + Brian | Engaged | Lehigh Valley Wedding Photographer

Spring has been so slow to come here in the Lehigh Valley; it seems like we have been stuck in an eternal winter.  I mean, I can't remember the last time we had snow so late in the season! All of the cold weather has put a major delay in the arrival of the spring blooms and greenery.  

During winter, business generally slows down as most bridal clients plan spring, summer or fall Lehigh Valley weddings.  After a busy wedding season, the break is very much welcome.  However, as time goes on, I begin to ache for spring and get SO excited to get back to working with my amazing clients.

Katie and Brian are two of my clients who are getting married this spring!  In fact, their wedding is only a few short weeks away!  At first, they weren't so sure they wanted an engagement portrait session.  I am SO glad I was able to convince them of the benefit of doing it!   You see, the engagement session is such an important time for the photographer and bridal clients.  It's a special session where we get to spend some time one-on-one and get comfortable around one another.  It's also the time where my clients learn some of the core poses we will work through on the wedding day!  By the time we are finished with the engagement session, we all feel like old friends. 

Katie and Brian made the trip all the way from Delaware to the Allentown Rose Gardens in the Lehigh Valley for their engagement session.  The weather was absolutely beautiful and the golden light was just amazing! It was the perfect setting for an engagement session.

As soon as I met them, I knew that this was going to be an easy shoot.  Their personalities and their smiles make it easy to instantly fall in love with them and I simply cannot wait for their wedding day at Durham Hill Farm in Pipersville, Pennsylvania!

Katie and Brian's session was my first engagement session of 2018 and I have to say, it was a perfect way to begin wedding season! I am SO very thankful for my amazing Hope & Stay Couples that I get the privilege to work with every year! I hope you enjoy a peek at some of my favorites from their session!

Rose & Erik | Belle Voir Manor Wedding | Bucks County, PA Wedding Photographer

In our area, February is typically a slow month for weddings.  I love the down time as it allows me to go back and reflect on some of the weddings I had the opportunity to document during the previous wedding season and the couples I got to meet along the way.

I had the pleasure of second shooting alongside Rachael McCormack of Mily Photography to document Rose and Erik's special day.  Their church ceremony was absolutely magical.  Wait until you see the way Erik looked at Rose as her dad escorted her down the aisle!  Swoon!

After their "I dos" they hosted their guests to a beautiful reception at at Pen Ryn Estate's Belle Voir Manor.  There were so many amazing places for portraits on the 100 acres along the Delaware River--I simply cannot wait to go back!

Check out some of my favorite captures from Rose and Erik's special day. 

Welcome, Silas | Lifestyle Newborn Session | Newark, Delaware Portrait Photographer

There's so much excitement surrounding the arrival of a baby.  All of the new experiences as a parent, figuring out this new way of life; each moment is so precious.  

This little prince is the newest addition to our family and I couldn't be prouder to show him off.  Everyone, meet sweet little Silas!  

I spent the afternoon with Ron and Allison documenting a few hours of their day.  There were lots of cuddles, laughter, and quiet time with their new little boy as I quietly observed through my lens.  It's so beautiful to watch these new parents inspect their little baby--counting each finger and toe, combing his fluffy baby hair, tracing the lines of his newborn nose.  

Thank you, Ron and Allison, for inviting me to capture these first moments.  I hope you treasure these memories always.

XOXO.