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▣ Derek + Kaley - Sneak Peek !

October 29th, 2011

 

 

Just a sneak peek for Derek and Kaley as I head out the door to Carina and Dale's wedding today.  And SURPRISE - IT SNOWED 2 inches and it's still snowing here !  How about that for a wedding?  A surprise winter wonderland on October 29th.  One for the record books :-)

 

Derek and Kaley were married the first weekend of October on a very rainy day - but they are a fantastic couple and didn't let a little rain stop them and we didn't either :-)  We trudged off onto the golf course in rain shower and just took pictures anyway.  It was a beautiful day even without sunshine :-)

 

 

I hope this tides you over - I'll have your gallery online and ready to go Monday morning !

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▣ Amber + Steve | Fall wedding at lingrow farm

October 24th, 2011

 

 

We are in the midst of fall and I'm happy to reach back into the never-blogged files and share some of the fantastic fall weddings we shot last year!  (I'd blog this years but we're right in the thick of it !)

 

Amber and Steve were married in late september at Lingrow Farm.  This was just a week after Anna's wedding and so while she was on her honeymoon, my good friend and sometimes photo assistant Dana came along to help with the wedding!

 

 

The girls had a great time getting ready in the carriage house while the boys hung out at the barn.

 

Top right and bottom left images by Dana.

 

 

 

Steve and the groomsmen were handsome in their bow ties.  Right image by Dana.

 

 

Dana caught this great birds eye view of Amber and her father arriving at the ceremony in a horse drawn carriage while guests look on from across the lake.

 

 

The weather was sunny and gorgeous as Amber's dad walked his daughter down the aisle.

 

 

 

 

The shined overhead members of the wedding party did a few readings.  (To be honest, I think Steve wasn't paying attention.  Too busy grinning ear to ear at his beautiful bride.)

 

 

 

They had a little trouble with the breeze lighting the unity candle and so the members of the wedding party crowded in a huddle to block the wind!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love this shot that Dana captured during "formals".

 

 

 

So once the boys had lifted Amber for a picture, the girls wanted to lift Steve - but it didn't go as well ...  and then the guys hoisted steve one more time and ran with him to the edge of the water...

They stopped  just short and then we took a few shots of them with their arms out with no steve.  (It made for a great slideshow. I wanted to use it on the blog as an animated gif but my gif generator is on the fritz.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image by Dana.

 

 

 

The details of their reception were elegant with a fall twist.  From the pumpkin table card holders, to the gold chair sashes, to the chocolate twirls on top of their cake, everything was perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

I really loved their centerpieces and they helped inspire me for centerpieces for my own wedding!

 

 

 

 

 

 

First dance.

 

 

Amber shared a dance with her mom as well :-)

 

 

To make their fall wedding even more perfect, an orange harvest moon rose over the lake that night.

 

 

 

 

They capped off the evening with a few fireworks provided by friends.

 

 

 

And danced the night away on the old barn floor.

 

 

And here's just one shot of Dana from another photo excursion she helped me with !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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▣ Fall senior session update !

October 18th, 2011

 

 

If fall portraits had a two minute warning like football - this would be it.  Daylight Savings Time approacheth !! 

 

Fall sessions have reached that time of year when we are beginning to be hampered by dark, rain, cold, and wind.  If you have not scheduled your session yet, please do so soon! 

 

 

This is a shot of Danielle at Succop Conservancy last week - I loved the way the red berries played off her blue dress.  We had to hide out and find shade in the midday sun and this was the perfect spot!

 

It's not too late class of 2012!

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▣ Danielle & Joe | McConnells Mill Engagement Session

October 13th, 2011

 

 

Today I am happy to say that getting up EARLY in the morning has a lot of benefits!  One of them being this fantastic session I shot a few weeks back at McConnells Mill State Park !  Danielle and Joe were eager to get their engagement session in this fall and with my crazy busy schedule lately we were able to squeeze them in at 8:00 am on a sunday morning after shooting a wedding the night before!  (Lucky for me I had my best and original assistant and now HUSBAND with me to hold my reflector, stand strong as a camera rest, and keep me from tumbling off the railing into the creek!  My poor Sean....oh well - he knew i was a crazy woman when he married me :-)

 

The lighting was excellent first thing in the morning as the fog was lifting out of the valley.  Danielle and Joe were such good sports to get up and travel so early - not to mention being a totally cute couple :-D

 

 

 

 

 

I really love this location !  It's a little off the beaten track but so worth it!

 

 

 

 

 

I love Danielle's smile !  She can make anyone smile just by being near them :-)  She and Joe are a great couple that can laugh and have fun together, (and still get home in time for the steeler game!)

 

 

I can't wait for their wedding in May!

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▣ Haley + Derek | Lingrow Farm Wedding

October 11th, 2011

 

Another great wedding from the never-blogged files!  Last last august - Haley and Derek at Lingrow Farm in Leecburg, Pa.

 

 The girls rented the farmhouse and got ready in the upstairs rooms.  Anna captured some candid moments of their flower girl having her hair fussed over, all part of getting all dressed up for a wedding!

 

 

 

 Haley's mom lacing her into the dress!

 

 

 

 Image by Anna.

 

 

 The skies were beautiful, but the sun was HOT !

 

 

 The wedding party came down the aisle dressed in red and carrying bouquets of multi colored flowers.

 

 

 

 

Haley and her father made a grand entrance in Lingrow's signature white carriage.  There was an audible gasp from the guests when they caught sight of her rounding the edge of the lake!

Bottom left image by Anna.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Haley's dad walked his little girl down the aisle and gave her away to her new husband and best friend, Derek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sun blazed overhead as they said their vows.

Top right image by Anna.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After dinner we went out exploring the grounds for more photos after the sun cooled off a little!

 

 

Love this image Anna captured while I was shooting from another angle.

 

 

 

Haley's dance with her Dad.  In case you haven't noticed yet, we thought he looked a lot like a familiar celebrity.  Give up?

 

 

SAM ELLIOT !!  he has the perfect mustache!

 

 

Best man and maid of honor performing their wedding duties - the maid of honor giving a funny heartwarming speech about Haley when she was a kid, and the best man ensuring that the dollar dance is a huge success and there are no shots left behind!

 

 

 

So who catches the bouquet at this wedding?  She did!  You can tell by the look of pure determination that she's not letting those flowers get past her !!  Image by Anna :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Ceremony & Reception Location:  Lingrow Farm

 

Florist:  Leechburg Floral

 

Catering:  Garda's Restaurant

 

Entertainment:  DJ Rockin John

 

Ceremony officiant:  Reverend Larry Goyda of Meaningful Marriages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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▣ Stephanie + Ryan | just one shot!

October 6th, 2011

 

 

Just a sneak peek !!

 

Stephanie and Ryan's wedding from September 17th!  They were so brave marching out into the sunflower patch through the mud in a ball gown, but it was totally worth it !

 

 

More coming soon!

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▣ Ashley + Andrew | vintage summer wedding

October 3rd, 2011

 

 

A quick post to share some details from a vintage theme wedding from last year :-)

Ashley and Andrew were married in August 2010 at lingrow farm among family and friends, the hot summer sun, and a killer delicious dinner buffet :-) 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew and the guys got ready at the barn.  They wore chocolate brown suits with a paisley tie and a pink rose boutonnierre.  Andrew wore ivory.

 

 

After a quick trip to the salon, Ashley and girls relaxed in the farmhouse.  There was a card from Andrew for Ashley to open - inside was a note with a photo of a house.  It turns out that Andrew had been able to secretly purchase the house they had been looking at and surprised her with the news the morning of the wedding!

 

 

 

For their thank you cards, they planned ahead to get some photos with a lettered paper parasol!

 

 

 

Left image by Anna.

 

 

Left image by Anna.

 

 

Ashley's smile was ear to ear as her father walked her down the aisle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image by Anna.

 

 

 

Fun with the wedding party!

 

 

Out in the field - image by Anna.

 

 

 

This was a wonderful detail.  Ashley collected and displayed lots of old family photos on the wall during cocktail hour.

 

 

 

Placecards displayed on a clothesline, mason jar centerpieces, big jugs of ice tea, and the best dinner buffet I've ever seen at a wedding!  There was tavern ham, beef, eggplant parmesan, vegetables, pasta, and more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

After dinner, guests cut loose on the dance floor :-D

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instead of a cookie table, they had a candy buffet displayed in glass containers with metal scoops!

 

 

 

They rode off into the sunset (literally!) in Andrew's truck - decorated by the wedding party :-)

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Salon Services:  Philip Pelusi Salon at Pittsburgh Mills Mall

Ceremony & Reception Location:  Lingrow Farm

Entertainment:  DJ Rockin John

Flowers:  Leechburg Floral

Catering:  Garda's Restaurant

 

 

 

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▣ October

October 2nd, 2011

 

October has arrived!  Finally settling in to married life after our honeymoon on Montana!  I can't wait to share photos of that in the next few months :-)  Sean and I have been working non-stop since we got back and haven't even had time to look at any of our pictures.  We've been working so much we haven't had to time much of anything - half of the wedding decorations are still not put away in the basement.  I can't believe it's been a month already!  Time flies when you're working seven days a week!

 

October is off to a rainy start so I thought I'd share October's calendar photo from another rainy October day on Little Buffalo Creek in Freeport, PA.  (This was from the wedding when I fell head over heels in the mud scrambling down the banks of this creek for a photo op - only to discover an easy walking trail a few yards downstream which we used to bring the bride and groom down to the water.)

 

 

 

I'm happy to say that October portrait sessions are booked almost solid till the end of the month and we've got 6 more weddings before the season ends taking us right up till thanksgiving! 

 

 

 

I can't wait to celebrate the holidays with family and friends - first Halloween in our own house with trick or treaters, first thanksgiving, first christmas tree !  I know Sean is excited to put up lights on our house :-)

 

Today was the Delmont Apple Festival - it was rainy and mud EVERYWHERE several inches deep.  But the chip fries were delicious and there were jumbo pierogies, hot apple cider and POTTERY !! 

 

If anyone knows what became of the apple dumplings that the church ladies make and sell from their booth every year, please let me know!  Their booth was not open and I can't start fall without them!

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