Heather & Evan | Blue Mountain Ski Resort Wedding | Lehigh Valley Wedding Photographer

Heather and Evan's Blue Mountain Resort wedding was an amazing day filled with love and the most incredible energy.  

Heather and her bridesmaids got ready at Heather's parent's home in Nazareth, while Evan and the guys prepped at a hotel near Blue Mountain Resort.  After getting ready, the bridal party made their way to the venue in school buses!  Heather and Evan are both teachers, so this was the perfect personal touch and made for some fun photos!  

Originally, the plan was to have an outdoor ceremony to take advantage of Blue Mountain Resort's incredible views; however, Mother Nature had a different plan in place for us!  The day was freezing cold with blustery winds.  So cold, in fact, that Blue Mountain Resort was making snow to cover the trails!  

We opted to do Heather and Evan's "First Look" in a cozy nook we found inside.  They both wrote beautiful letters to one another and read them quietly before seeing each other for the first time.

From there, we moved into formal portraits where we made use of the Slopeside Pub & Grill and then ran outside for a few quick snaps. Fortunately, Heather, Evan and their amazing bridal party were tough and up for a few quick portraits outside! (Thanks, guys!) 

Heather and Evan had a beautiful ceremony within the Vista Ballroom overlooking the ski slopes and beautiful views of the resort.  Their friends and family looked on as they committed to spend the rest of their lives together.

After the ceremony, the party got started!  Dinner, some cake and lots of dancing followed into the evening to conclude the most perfect and beautiful day.

Congratulations, Heather and Evan!  Thank you both so much for the honor of capturing your special day.

 

 

Thank you to my beautiful friend and second shooter, Erin, for her incredible talent and help throughout the day.  Thanks, mama! xo

Jenna & Rob | Nazareth, Pennsylvania Wedding | Lehigh Valley Wedding Photographer

Jenna and Rob are two of the most incredible people I have ever had the pleasure of working with.  You may remember them from their beautiful Longwood Gardens engagement session earlier this year!

Their wedding day was nothing short of amazing.  I spent the morning with Jenna, her parents and her bridesmaids at her parent's home where I documented Jenna getting ready and captured some formal portraits of Jenna and the ladies in her childhood backyard.  

Jenna and Rob opted for a more traditional timeline and church wedding at Holy Family Catholic Church in Nazareth, PA.  The space was absolutely breathtaking.  Jenna and Rob committed themselves in an emotion-filled ceremony in front of 200 of their friends and family. 

After the ceremony, we packed up the party bus and took a quick trip over to the Indian Tower in Nazareth.  The Indian Tower sits at the highest elevation in Nazareth, making it a perfect spot for unique portraits with an amazing view!

Jenna and Rob hosted their reception at the Holy Family Club where there was plenty of celebrating through the night.  I truly don't think I have ever seen so many guests dancing the night away!  

Thank you, Jenna and Rob, for choosing me to document your wedding day and a special thanks to my second shooter, Jeanie, for being my right hand gal for the day! 

 

 

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Tim & Michele | Mahoning Valley Country Club Wedding | Lehigh Valley Photographer

Tim and Michele hosted a beautiful wedding at Mahoning Valley Country Club.  The day was absolutely perfect.  The weather was incredible, the mood was relaxed and calm—the day unfolded beautifully!

Michele and Tim said their “I Do’s” in front of their friends and family overlooking the beautiful golf course just before sunset.   After the ceremony, we slipped away for some delicious golden hour portraits of the new Mr. and Mrs. while their guests looked on from the outdoor terrace during cocktail hour.

The rest of the evening was full of singing, dancing, and a few cupcakes!

Thank you so much, Tim and Michele, for trusting me to capture your special day.  Much love and best wishes to you both!  Xo

Florist: Bonnie's Flower Boutique

Cake/other desserts: Blondies and Wicked Sweet

DJ/Band: Ace DJ Entertainment

Hair/Makeup: Trina Sullivan

Catering: Mahoning Valley Country Club

Bridal Gown: Sue Ames

Bridesmaids Gowns: Sue Ames

Shoes: David's Bridal

Jewelry/Rings: Lee Bernhard

Men's Attire: CE Roth

Transportation/Limo: J&J Transportation

Save the Dates/Invitations/Programs: Etsy

Officiant: Pastor Jeff Brinks

Favors/gifts: Target

Dustin + Hailey | Engagement Session | Lehigh Valley Photographer

We couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather for Hailey and Dustin's sunset engagement session last night.  The light was just incredible, giving us beautiful sun-drenched warmth that just completely bathed the landscape.  Yeah, we had to battle a few gnats and some thorny brush, but it was well worth it, don't ya think?

 Hailey and Dustin were complete naturals through the entire session and I just cannot get over how in love these two are!  Their fall 2018 wedding will be here before they know it!  

Thank you both so much for the pleasure of allowing me to capture such a special moment for you guys!

A Blog Post for Me: An Entry from My Journal | Lehigh Valley Photographer

“It has been a year full of growth both personally and professionally.   In such a short time, my business has grown leaps and bounds.

As with all growth, there have been some growing pains along the way. I’ve felt the push and pull between my business and home life, for sure.  I’ve explored my wants, my needs, my goals, and my limits and feel like I have finally found my path.  I’m not sure where the final destination will be, but I am sure that I am on the right road to get there. 

The wonderful thing about this creative journey is seeing the evolution and change happen within both myself and my work.  I am constantly learning and trying new things; testing new limits, reaching and failing, and then trying again.  Nothing about this has been easy.  Nothing.  One thing I do know is that I am certainly not the same person or artist I was when I first began, that is for sure.

My work has been one of my greatest blessings and at the very same time, one of my biggest frustrations.  It feels so amazing to create and express myself artistically while at the very same time connecting with some truly amazing people; both clients and other professionals. To have a vision and to bring it to life is the most insanely powerful experience ever.  And there are times, for sure, where it has its lows and I question myself.  During those low times and points of self-reflection, I always (one way or another) end up at the same conclusion—this is what I was made to do.

It’s hard out there.  It really is.  There are some insanely talented artists out there and sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the sea of people.  I get rejected A LOT; professional rejection from publishers, personal rejection from clients who hire someone else.  But, what I am learning is it’s OKAY!  I am not the right match for everyone and that is 100% and completely fine.   The ones who truly value me and my work will come and I am oh, so ready.

I’ve been told that I need “thick skin” to survive this business.  I’ve been told to toughen up, to change my frame of mind, to alter what makes me, me.  I’ve always been an emotional and deep person.  But, what I have recently discovered is that being a deep person ISN’T a flaw.  These deep feelings and emotions are what make me able to connect.  And in order to create, I need to feel.   

So, I am putting my blinders on and forging forward.  I am so excited to see what the future holds, who I will meet, what I will create, and whose stories I will tell, even if they are simply my own.” 

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Beth + Patrick: Lehigh Valley Engagement Session | Lehigh Valley Wedding Photographer | A Sneak Peek

Gosh, I just love when a couple is comfortable getting cozy in front of my lens!  It didn't take long for Beth and Patrick to get lost in the moment during their engagement session.   I am so looking forward to capturing their 2018 wedding in beautiful Lancaster, PA!  

Check out some of my favorites from their Lehigh Valley engagement session.  {They totally rocked it!}