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Laura and Matthew got married this past weekend at the gorgeous Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton, Pennsylvania.
The day began with Getting Ready portraits of both the bride and the groom. Laura and Matt rented an amazing mountain home just a short ride from Blue Mountain Resort where Laura and her bridesmaids spent the morning getting prepared for the big day. It was so fun being in the midst of all the excitement of the morning hustle and bustle as the ladies got their hair and makeup done. At the same time, my associate photographer, Erin, spent the morning with the groom and groomsmen capturing all of the action happening at the hotel.
On their wedding day, a Nor’Easter came through our area and brought lots of rain and high winds. Laura was very hopeful that we would be able to have outdoor portrait time, so we began portraits with their First Look on a patio overlook just off of the Vista Ballroom. It was definitely windy and cold; but Laura and Matt were just so present during this moment that I don’t think they even noticed!
After Laura and Matt shared a private moment for their First Look, we moved into their bride and groom portraits at the original ceremony site overlooking the valley and views below. Wait until you see how amazing they look! They were such troopers through the cold, drizzling rain and winds that were happening during portrait time—I was SO impressed with them!
Due to the weather conditions, the venue staff set up a ceremony site within the Alpine Ballroom at Blue Mountain Resort. It’s so wonderful when a venue has a solid plan for when Mother Nature isn’t cooperative! Story by Design Events did a beautiful job ensuring the space looked stunning with twinkle lights, white lanterns, gorgeous florals, and gold accents throughout.
Laura and Matt read vows they had prepared themselves, sharing heartfelt and sweet sentiments about their relationship, love for one another, and plans for their future together. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room!
The reception kicked off with some epic entrances by Matt and Laura’s bridal party of 15 which was followed by Matt and Laura’s first dance as husband and wife. Just before everyone was finished with their dinner, we stole Matt and Laura for an evening portrait in the rain. The portraits captured during this time are some of my favorites of the season!
After we came inside, the party really began with lots of dancing, singing, and even an Eagles chant!
Laura and Matt, it was such a pleasure serving you two on your wedding day. Thank you for trusting us to capture these memories you’ll cherish always. Many blessings to you both as you begin your life together! I hope you enjoy viewing some of my favorites from your beautiful wedding day!
If you’re planning your own Lehigh Valley Wedding, let’s chat!
A big thank you to my associate photographer, Erin, and the amazing vendors who served Laura and Matt alongside us!
Venue | Blue Mountain Resort
Event Design & Florals| Story by Design Events
Cake/other desserts | Catelyn Strohl
DJ/Band | FREDDIE FREDERICK JR.
Hair/Makeup | Parlor Hair & Makeup Studio
Bridal Gown | Bijou Bridal
Bridesmaids Gowns | Bijou Bridal
Shoes | BLUE BY BETSEY JOHNSON
Transportation | Limo Today
Men's Attire | Men’s Wearhouse
Save the Dates/Invitations/Programs | Minted
Videography | James Boburka Cinematography
Officiant | Marian Johnson
Favors | Totally Wedding Koozies
Hayden and Andy got married this past Friday at the bucolic Durham Hill Farm which is a stunning farm and wedding venue in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It was the most joyful wedding day I’ve ever had the pleasure of documenting.
Durham Hill Farm has an incredible bridal suite which is the perfect Getting Ready space for the bride and her bridesmaids. It has beautiful windows for dramatic natural light photographs and made for some gorgeous portraits of Hayden as she prepared for her big day!
Hayden and Andy opted for a First Look prior to their ceremony. I am always so thrilled when a couple decides to go this route, because we end up getting SO MANY beautiful portraits of them on their wedding day! It creates such a relaxed pace to the day and gives my couples time of solitude to be fully present with one another on one of the most important days of their lives together.
The ceremony was a beautiful service overlooking the horse pasture and scenery of one of Buck's County's most beautiful farms. Rustic church pews lined the lawn framing the flower-covered hand hewn arbor. During the ceremony they had several beautiful readings which was a beautiful and heartfelt way of involving the ones they love. During the recessional, the couple was showered with dried lavender—it smelled so amazing!
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed an extended cocktail hour just outside of the ceremony space, while we gathered with Hayden and Andy’s immediate family to capture family formal portraits. We then snuck away for some Golden Hour sunset portraits of the newlyweds. The photos we captured during this portrait time are my favorite of the entire day!
The reception took place in the lovely stone barn at Durham Hill Farm. They decorated the reception space with an assortment of blue, white, and dusty violet flowers and rustic elements to match the feel of the farm which dates back to the 1700s. Floral garlands ran along the Amish-made farmhouse tables which were highlighted by the Edison bulb cafe lights above.
Hayden wore a customized gown from David’s Bridal which featured a see through bodice and tattoo lace while Andy wore a navy suit with a floral tie which matched the colors and vintage floral theme of the wedding--they looked so incredible!
Hayden and Andy’s wedding was just the happiest occasion and so much fun. I hope you enjoy viewing some of the images from their special day!
If you’re planning a Bucks County wedding at Durham Hill Farm, let’s get in touch!
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A special thank you to my second shooter Caren and the amazing vendors who also served Hayden and Andy on their beautiful wedding day
Venue | Durham Hill Farm
Event Planner | Kim Gordon with VenYou
Florist | Greens and Beans
Cake/other desserts | Williamson Catering
DJ/Band | Pat and Sean Kelly
Hair/Makeup | Alisha Nycole and Co.
Catering | Williamson Catering
Bridal Gown | David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Gowns | BHLDN
Shoes | David’s Bridal
Men's Attire | Men’s Wearhouse
Save the Dates/Invitations/Programs | Minted
Officiant | Brad Mellon
Nicole and Ed got married at the unique Columcille Megalith Park, Bangor, Pennsylvania, this past September. It was a super fun and intimate outdoor wedding, with a casual and super-fun backyard BBQ reception.
Nicole got ready at Parlor Hair & Makeup Studio in Nazareth, Pennsylvania with her daughter and mother. There was such a calm and relaxed vibe the entire morning. Nicole wore a beautiful gown with a lace bodice and jeweled belt--she looked so incredible!
Ed also had a quiet morning as he got ready at their beautiful Nazareth farmhouse and spent some time taking care of the couple’s farm animals (just wait until you see the sweet pigs!).
The ceremony took place in a clearing at Columcille Megalith Park in Bangor, Pennsylvania. The ceremony area was in the middle of the park, marked by a large stone. It was so unique! The ceremony began with Nicole's father officiating and finished with the newlyweds being showered with confetti. It was a beautiful ceremony, full of so much love, lots of cheer, and happy tears.
After the ceremony, we did some family photos—I just love getting to meet the closest family members of my couples! The rest of the gang left for a private lunch while we spent some time exploring the park for newlywed portraits of the couple. I got some really special portrait photos as we explored the forest and stone structures of Columcille Megalith Park. The weather was fresh and sunny, it was the perfect start to the fall season!
For the reception, the couple set up an awesome backyard reception with lawn games, a cocktail bar for their guests, and a beautiful spread of catered food which included a pig roast! Everyone had a blast!
There were so many cozy little details from the cornhole area, zipline, axe throwing station, and rustic details. They had an amazing bonfire during the BBQ, which was the perfect spot for guests to get cozy and roast marshmallows from the s'more bar!
The evening ended with fireworks, which was so much fun – everyone “ohh’d” and “ahh’d” over the awesome display! The whole wedding was so much fun, from the woodland ceremony to the fire pit and fireworks in the evening.
I loved this intimate Columcille Megalith Park ceremony and Nazareth backyard reception wedding so much!
I hope you love taking a peek at Ed and Nicole’s special day!
A special thank you to my amazing team who helped me cover the day and the awesome vendors who helped to make Ed and Nicole’s Lehigh Valley wedding so special!
If you’re planning your own Lehigh Valley wedding, I’d love to hear from you! Contact Alyssa here!
Theresa and Dave got married this August at the gorgeous Clarks Landing Yacht Club, a stunning and unique venue in Delran, New Jersey. It was a gorgeous summer day with the most amazing sunset I’ve had this entire wedding season.
Theresa and David got ready at the Aloft Hotel in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey with their bridal party and closest family. The atmosphere was so energetic which completely matched the vibe of the Aloft Hotel. The couple opted for a traditional timeline, so they did not see one another prior to the ceremony. They rode separately for the short ride to Clarks Landing Yacht Club where we quickly grabbed some separate bridal party shots, then prepped for the big event!
The ceremony was a beautiful service on the venue grounds overlooking the Delaware River and the gorgeous boats at the yacht club. The environment was so peaceful and serene with the water flowing alongside the ceremony site. During the ceremony they had several beautiful readings from friends and family. It was so emotional and such a personal service. There wasn't a dry eye!
The reception was in a beautiful ballroom overlooking the water and yacht club. They chose Clarks Landing Yacht Club because:
“It was literally everything we were looking for in a venue. We wanted to have a ceremony near the water, and have a reception immediately following. We loved our warm and welcoming the staff was there and we knew they were take really good care of our guests."
It was a nautical themed wedding, which worked perfectly with the sailboats and river in view. The couple selected the theme was based upon where they got engaged.
“We wanted to keep it nautical and reminiscent of Martha's Vineyard.”
I loved shooting this Clarks Landing Yacht Club wedding because the photo ops are just incredible. There are beautifully landscaped grounds and the sun sets perfectly over the water which gave us the perfect opportunity for amazing sunset portraits for the bride and groom.
The most memorable part of the day was listening to the vows that they had written themselves--it was so romantic and personal. They also had the most gorgeous fog during the First Dance – believe it or not, it was the first time I’ve seen that at a wedding!
Theresa and Dave’s wedding was just the happiest occasion and everything I love about weddings. I hope you enjoy some of my favorites from their beautiful Clarks Landing Yacht Club wedding!
If you’re planning a Clarks Landing Yacht Club wedding, get in touch!
When I first spoke with Caitlyn during our initial consultation, she mentioned to me that it was always her dream to get married in her grandmother's backyard. She wanted something simple, yet elegant that included all of the people who were closest to the couple. Caitlyn's grandmother played a very important role in her life and she just knew her grandparents' beautiful home would make the perfect setting for her backyard Bucks County wedding. She was absolutely right! The wedding was a perfect June day, the sun shone all day long, and the backyard was just bursting with flowers--swoon!
Caitlyn and Matt got ready at Caitlyn's grandmother's home where the ceremony was due to be held. Caitlyn and Matt opted not to have a bridal party, so they were surrounded by their closest friends and family as they prepared for the big day ahead. The atmosphere was so calm and relaxed. It was so nice having such a close group of people there. Everyone pitched in to help the day come together perfectly for Matt and Caitlyn.
Caitlyn decided to have a Daddy/Daughter First Look before seeing Matt for the first time. I absolutely adore the sweet photos we got during this special time for Caitlyn and her dad. This was actually my favorite part of the day. I've truly never seen a father beaming the way Caitlyn's Dad did when he saw her in her wedding gown for the first time. They also took a moment for Caitlyn to pin her father's boutonniere on during the First Look – it was such a sweet moment between father and daughter.
Following the Daddy/Daughter First Look, Caitlyn and Matt had their own First Look where they shared a few private moments before we transitioned to their formal bride and groom portraits. Caitlyn and Matt told me that this portion of the day was their favorite. Caitlyn said:
"We wanted to have that special alone time before the ceremony to just talk and get over our nerves."
The ceremony was an intimate affair in the back garden of her grandmother's Bucks County, Pennsylvania home. Friends and family looked on as Caitlyn and Matt exchanged their "I Dos" at the end of a cobblestone walkway. During the ceremony their sweet little son, Wesley, acted as ring bearer and he did a great job (just wait until you see how sweet he looks)! It was so beautiful, so personal and so very romantic.
The reception was held in a tented area in the backyard. It was a garden theme wedding, which was perfect for the backyard setting, so Caitlyn and Matt opted to decorate with fresh flowers and twinkle lights. It definitely had that simple, yet elegant vibe Caitlyn was hoping for.
I love shooting garden weddings because the grounds are just perfect for outdoor formal portraits. I mean, who can pass up a wedding with beautiful gardens and a killer sunset?
The couple says that if you’re planning your wedding, the biggest piece of advice they could give you is:
"Make sure to remember every minute of your day! Take a moment to breathe it all in and most of all let the little things slide. Your going to marry your best friend!"
I hope you enjoy some of the highlights from Caitlyn and Matt's beautiful Bucks County backyard wedding!
A special thank you to my second shooter, Jillian, for her talent and support! Also, a shout out to the vendors who helped make Caitlyn and Matt's Bucks County Wedding an amazing day for everyone!
Dress Store | David's Bridal
Hair & Make up Artist | Hair - Erin Salvo & Makeup- Karen Rashevsky
Catering | Simply Smooth Catering
Rings | Mark's Jewelers
Favors | Etsy
Jewelry | Seraphine Creations
DJ | AC DJ's
Officiant | Bruce Pelly
If you're planning your own Bucks County, PA wedding, get in touch!