When Amber Moyer and Jake Scatchard dreamed about their wedding day, they probably did not imagine rainfall. In my honest opinion, I doubt most couples dream of their wedding day taking place in rain. We could only had hoped the weather channel was wrong and the sun would burst through the clouds.
As a photographer, it is always important to have a plan B in the case the dreaded rain makes an appearance. Although, Amber and Jake were disappointed of the possible rainfall, they continued to be high spirited and developed a plan B with me. We knew that no matter what, it would definitely work out!
The morning of their wedding, I woke up and looked outside the window and of course it was raining. I was reminded in that moment that rain on a wedding day means great luck for the couple and their big day.
Upon arrival, I was greeted by a bride and groom who were bursting with sunshine for one another. All that mattered in this moment was the love these two shared.
The entire day went by in the blink of an eye and throughout it all Amber and Jake were smiling so big. They had an amazing time with their friends and family. We even took some fun pictures outside in the rain with an umbrella. As the reception began, everything felt right and the entire night was truly perfect.
Wonderful job by the team at Lords & Ladies Robesonia on the hair and makeup!
I love these cascade bouquets. This version looked phenomenal with Amber’s dress!
So many smiles! The girls were having a great time.
I loved the use of Blue Mountain Resort’s interior for their wedding ceremony. It looked very elegant for something that wasn’t the original plan.
By this point in the day, the rain had turned to a mist giving us the opportunity to photograph outside. The results were wonderful.
Their reception was a true party to behold!
Jake’s dad presented the newly married couple with a gift during the reception. Jake’s reaction was priceless!
Many know May 4th to be an observed holiday in celebration of George Lucas’ famous Star Wars trilogy. Couple, Lindsey Swavely and Cory Geist share a love for a galaxy far far away, and decided to create their very own to celebrate in conjunction each May!
As we approached the wedding day, the forecast called for rain; however because of our belief in the force, the rain held off and the sun came out! The entire day was absolutely picture perfect and we were quite lucky!
Their reception was very memorable as Lindsey revealed the “dark side” of her dress during their first dance. It was such a fun moment and everyone loved it!
To end the night we took our couple out to the fire pit to reminisce about the great day, but also take a fun sendoff photograph. It was a great way to end the story of their wedding day!
This is the first bride I’ve ever seen who was sewing on her wedding day.
These Millennium Falcon cuff links are so cool!
For someone who doesn’t normally make wedding dresses often, Lindsey’s dress had a very interesting design.
Dad’s reaction was so priceless!
May is such a great time of the year for falling flower petals.
When it became time for the reveal of the bottom of her dress, no one expected it!
Such a fun idea to change up the first dance!
I wish these two the best and for them to know … The Love will be with you. Always.
Expectations were set high the moment we stepped into the elegant Park Chateau in East Brunswick, New Jersey for the wedding of Alyssa King and Brandon Bear. This venue was full of life and made complete sense as to why they had chosen it for their special day.
I’ve been quite lucky to see Alyssa and Brandon’s relationship blossom as their friend. When they got engaged, and asked me to be their photographer, I was truly honored. It also made my job a little easier knowing these two beforehand!
These two are very unique and I admire them for being bold.
Their entire day was the definition of a fairytale. From the moment we started photographing till the moment we said goodbye at the end of the night, everything just felt magical.
There were so many memories made throughout the day and there were so many laughs as we photographed around the grounds of the Park Chateau.
Words are not enough to describe this wedding. I’ll let the photographs do all the talking to showcase the beauty and elegance of Alyssa and Brandon’s stunning wedding.
It was not a surprise that Alyssa’s bouquet had hops within its beautiful structure since family owns Lone Eagle Brewing in Flemington, New Jersey. I knew that I had to use one of these to photograph her rings.
Brandon was such a great groom to photograph. He was always willing to do anything to get a great photograph.
My favorite photo of Brandon by far.
Alyssa’s dress was just phenomenal.
We had not expected such a strong sun presence on this day, however we got just that. It definitely changed our plans for the first look. Luckily the end result was wonderful!
This photograph just continues to grow on me. I strongly enjoy the moody silhouette, but also the elegance it maintains.
I photographed many different styles on this day including moody, airy, dramatic, natural, and posed. It’s always fun to capture something unique with every possible opportunity.
Their playful personalities were on full display during the ceremony.
I love that Park Chateau does a “room reveal” for their couples. It gave us some unique photo opportunities.
Alyssa, a trained vocalist, sang a lovely rendition of “Make you feel my love” that had everyone’s attention.
I loved the masquerade theme. Also, yes I did wear a mask.
My mentor, Dave Zerbe, used to love photographing gazebos like this. I’ve never truly had the opportunity to try it myself until this day. It’s such a fun photograph to set up at night with so much painting with light.
I am super thankful to have been a part of Alyssa and Brandon’s special day. I wish them both pure joy as they begin the next chapter of their lives.
Having worked with Amy and Josh throughout their planning process, I knew their wedding day was going to be a fantastic experience. I was really excited to be back photographing at Bear Creek as we haven’t had many weddings there recently. Amy and Josh had a full thought out plan of their day and I knew it was going to be a long one.
After the completion of hair and makeup, we captured some photographs of Amy in her beautiful wedding dress. We were quite short of time, but were able to still relax and keep the process as slow and simple as possible.
Their first look was done at their home in Laureldale which was a first for me. I love how personal this moment was for the both of them. After we finished with the first look, Amy wanted a photo with her puppy Stanley which I couldn’t say no to.
The ceremony was a true site to behold. I always enjoy older churches as they are always beautiful when photographed and this church definitely did not disappoint. After an hour, Amy and Josh were married! Their church exit was super windy, but still a blast!
Thankfully, Amy & Josh were absolutely wonderful to work with and were more than ready to do anything for fabulous wedding photography. The whole day, wind & temperature were our toughest enemies. High heat is something we can usually contend with, but wind is not always so forgiving. Luckily, everything worked well and we were able to really push through formal portraits in a timely manner.
Their reception truly finished the day on a high note. Bear Creek has a phenomenal staff and I always enjoy wedding receptions there. The evening was filled with fun events, including some traditional cultural dances and more. To end the night, the couple cleared the room and danced one final dance alone to end the evening. I loved this little touch as it was emotional for the both of them.
Amy’s hair lasted throughout the day even with the excessive amount of wind we experienced.
Having their first look in-front of their home was a nice way to help make it even more personal.
Stanley is the true definition of a “fluffball”.
I absolutely love the architecture of this church.
I love the “presidential” look their giving off!
The father-daughter dance was a true site to behold!
Many cultural wedding events and dances took place right after dinner. This is the first wedding I experienced some of these events and it was very impressive to witness live.
Another fabulous job by DJ Rick Bean of B&B Light & Sound
Talk about a party atmosphere!
A huge thank you is in order to Amy, Josh, and their entire family for this wonderful wedding day. We wish Amy and Josh well as they their next chapter of their lives!
Elyse and Jacob’s rustic-style wedding was a great way for us to get our feet wet as the first wedding of our season. Everyone started the morning in high spirits, which was thanks to both the excitement of the bride and groom as well as the wedding party, who were very helpful in keeping the energy high.
Elyse’s stunning a-line, lace dress was perfect for her! Jacob rocked his navy tuxedo and together they looked like a fairy-tale couple.
Their ceremony and reception were held at the Grove at Kempton, a beautiful venue for weddings. The ceremony truly exemplified the love that Elyse and Jacob share for each other. Tears were shed by many, most notably Jacob as he saw his bride for the first time that day as she walked down the aisle.
The ceremony was followed by formal portraits, which produced amazing photographs thanks to the willingness of Elyse and Jacob to go above and beyond to create perfect scenes. Our goal throughout these portraits was to capture the both of them as naturally as possible.
The reception was a true celebration. The excitement and enjoyment shared by everyone was a great way for Elyse and Jacob to cement their love. The night ended with some low-light portraits by the fire pit outside of the reception space.
This smile is the perfect example of Elyse’s mood throughout the day.
Jacob showed no nerves all morning.
We were not expecting such a harsh sunlight, but were able to work through it all day!
This is one of my favorites from the day. I love using black and white in certain situations to help the photograph have a different feel.
Their joking personalities came out during the ceremony. There wasn’t a moment where they weren’t smiling.
Their reception decorations were perfect for this venue!
This sunset was too stunning to pass up.
Overall, this was a beautiful day filled with love and excitement. The connection that Elyse and Jacob share is something special and we wish them all the best as they enjoy this next chapter in their lives.
I was beyond excited when Kristeen Young, Jordan Cuadrado, and I discussed photographing their engagement session on City Island in Harrisburg. For them, this spot meant a lot as this is where they got engaged.
There was no doubt that happy moment kept replaying through their minds during their shoot. It for sure showed in each and every picture! Let’s just say it did not take long before smiles radiated.
This is the bridge where Jordan proposed to Kristeen. We started our session here to help build more of an emotional connection to not only the session, but also to the photographs themselves.
These two are such a wonderful connection. Their happiness together is beautiful to witness.
The excitement level for their wedding is at an all-time high. October can’t come soon enough!
We are super excited to announce that this year, we will be blogging about all of our engagement sessions along with each of their weddings. This will be a great way to follow each couples’ journey!
Our first session of the season was with Elyse Gronski and Jacob Beyer! We made our way over to Blue Marsh Lake, where winter was very present. The snow opened up so many possibilities for backgrounds throughout the session. Although it may have been a tad cold, Elyse and Jacob, continued to smile and laugh the entire time!
We are super excited for their big day on March 30th, and cannot wait to capture even more wonderful pictures!
Every time we book a wedding client, we conduct a “get-to-know-you” photography session with the engaged couple. This helps the future bride and groom become comfortable with their photographer, get used to being in front of the camera, and contribute some of their own ideas. This session is vital when it comes to building a strong relationship with all of our clients.
We had our fair share of these fun and unique sessions throughout the year of 2018 as couples have been preparing for their 2019-2020 weddings. Here are some of the highlights from this past year’s engagement shoots!
Alyssa King & Branden Bear – 02/03/18
The first session of the 2018 was also my first travel experience of the year. Amanda wanted to do the session at the Lone Eagle Brewing Company in NJ, which provided a unique and fun place to shoot. Capturing beautiful shots at the brewery made me even more excited to take photos at their wedding, which is also taking place at a beautiful venue. I’m looking forward to working with this couple again on April 18th, 2019 on their big day.
Jamie Raver & James Benn – 05/26/18
This late-spring session took place on Penn Avenue in West Reading, which is another great location to capture photographs. I distinctly remember how vibrant the colors were in this landscape and how much fun Jamie and James had getting their photos taken. I really enjoy working with these two and can’t wait to photograph them more on their wedding day!
Amanda Brown & Daniel King – 06/14/18
Our second travel opportunity brought me and Chad 5 hours north to Niantic, Connecticut. Niantic is a beautiful town along the Atlantic, which made it the perfect place for Amanda and Daniel’s shoot. I’m glad I had the chance the photograph in such a breathtaking location, and I hope to visit the area to take more photos soon!
Lindsey Swavely & Cory Geist – 07/06/18
Lindsey and Cory gave me one of the most enjoyable sessions I’ve ever had the chance to shoot. We had a wonderful time as they embraced their wedding’s Star Wars theme, which will also be incorporated during their big day on May 4th.
Rachel Moloughney & Matt Tobin – 10/21/18
Longwood Gardens is such a fun choice when it comes to locations for a session. There are so many backgrounds to choose from, which helped me capture amazing images during Rachel and Matt’s shoot. The couple was new to being photographed, but soon warmed up as they tried out some new poses in front of some of the gorgeous landscapes at the venue.
Tannar Urban & Luke Matsago – 10/21/18
The second engagement session of the day was with two people who I absolutely love working with. Tannar and Luke are such a cute couple and I love capturing their interactions with each other. Their 2020 wedding can’t come soon enough!
Courtney Hermany & Kyle Rickard – 10/25/18
Photographing your friends’ wedding can be a little nerve wracking, but I feel like the challenge always helps me bring out some of my best work. Courtney and Kyle have been friends of mine for about three years now, and I can’t wait to help make this amazing couple’s dreams come true during their September 1st wedding.
Katie Chominski & Eric Schoellkopf – 10/28/18
When I first met Katie and Eric, our personalities meshed well almost instantly. I can’t express enough how important this bond is to get the best out of photographs; and the camera certainly picked up on it. We had a magnificent time navigating Grings Mill and talking about their upcoming wedding on October 10, 2020!
Megan Boylan & Cody Coleman – 11/11/18
Megan & Cody’s Reading Museum session was a pure joy to photograph. I can’t express enough how much fun I had working with these two! They also picked one of the most fall days to shoot. From their session, I learned that this time of the year is always going to give the best opportunity to capture the colors of fall.
Amber Moyer & Jake Scatchard – 11/12/18
I remember this session very well, considering it took place at one of my favorite spots to photograph, Lockridge Furnace. The venue helped Amber and Jake become more comfortable in front of the camera, which really helped me capture their personalities. Their May 5th, 2019 wedding, which will take place at Blue Mountain Resort, is sure to be an amazing day to remember!
Desira Kunkle & Randy Rickenbach – 11/14/18
Desira and Randy decided to do their session at the place that they’re getting married, which was a great idea in my opinion. It gave us an opportunity to check out some different spots and ideas for the wedding on May 4th, 2019.
Stephanie Schmitt & Tom Stone – 11/18/18
When Stephanie requested to do her session in Washington DC, I instantly jumped at the opportunity. Seeing as DC is one of my favorite places to shoot, I was more than happy to take the three hour trip to meet the couple this past November. Even though it was chilly outside during the shoot we were able to get some unique and fun photographs. I’m looking forward to getting even more great shots at their wedding on June 1st, 2019 at the exquisite and elegant Vault 634.
Schoellkopf & O’Brien – 11/23/18
I go into each shoot equally as motivated as I was during the last, but this session certainly gave me a lot to live up to. I photographed the bride’s brother on October 28th, so it was my job to uphold a reputation and deliver some beautiful photos. This shoot was different, enjoyable, and reflective of the fun that this couple will inevitably have on their big day.
Alex Irwin & Lewis Cooper – 11/30/18
My last session of the year also took place at Longwood Gardens. I was very excited to circle back to one of my favorite locations, especially because this November shoot gave me the chance to capture shots under the gorgeous Christmas lights. It was a great way to cap off the season!
Here’s to an unforgettable year of engagement shoots, along with many more years of beautiful weddings to come!
Building a good relationship with my clients is one of the most favorite parts of being a wedding photographer. Getting to know who you’re working with before the big day can be very important, especially when you get to learn different things about the couple. In the case of Sarah Weidner and Dylan Frey’s wedding for example, this proved to be very helpful. Since the groom was typically a little nervous in front of the camera, it was my job to make him and his bride feel comfortable while creating a collection of beautiful photographs.
When I met the couple over the summer in Easton, I took my time working to build that strong relationship with them in hopes that they would trust me to bring their big day to life through photos. After a few months, we were all confident that we would get some gorgeous shots from the wedding.
While a curveball was thrown our way on the big day, it was nothing we couldn’t handle. It snowed five inches the night before during the very first snowfall of the season. Therefore, it was time to get innovative — and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the results.
As we arrived at the Courtyard by Marriott in Bethlehem to meet with our couple, the bride was staying calm and collected while embracing the unexpected snow. Sarah and her husband were both open-minded and confident that their wedding day would still be perfect.
I spent the morning taking photos of the bridal party as they got ready for the ceremony; and before I knew it, it was time to head over to Green Pond Country Club. And as soon as we got there, we captured a great shot of Sarah showing off her bridal look in a stunning leather jacket.
Dylan arrived soon after and finished getting ready with his groomsmen. He started getting a few jitters, but I knew he would feel relaxed again when he saw his future wife for the first time.
It was time for the first look and we decided to have it take place outside. Even with all the snow on the ground, we were lucky to have some open and dry ground to work with. Their first look was a fun moment between the two that included some of my favorite reactions from our very animated groom.
We continued working through portraits after our first look. But since it was getting colder outside, we it was time to head inside after a few shots. Before we went in, I wanted to make sure I got a shot of the couple near a row of rose bushes. The snowy scene was breathtaking and provided us with a beautiful final outdoor shot.
After Sarah warmed up a little, we did a first look with her father. His emotions after he witnessed his daughter for the first time were truly moving and heartwarming.
Then we did some bridal party shots. The party was a fun group of people who were very supportive throughout the process. We couldn’t have done any of these unforgettable and unique photos without them!
Before long, it was ceremony time. As Sarah was escorted down the aisle by her father, you could see on her face how excited she was to finally marry Dylan. The short and sweet ceremony inspired plenty of smiles and tears. tAnd as the couple kissed for the first time as husband and wife, you could feel the happiness radiate throughout the room.
As the reception began inside the ballroom, I had no doubts that it would be a great time. The dance floor was filled with people the entire evening and everyone was the time of their lives celebrating the happy couple.
A special thanks all around to Sarah and Dylan for giving us a wonderful experience. They were a blast to get to know and allowed me to use the unexpected weather to make their wedding photos a beautiful and memorable representation of their love.
Last year, I photographed one of my favorite engagement sessions ever with Angela DeAngelo and Jonathan Erkert. The shoot was at the Santander Performing Arts Center, which was the perfect place for this couple. The session showed me just how much fun this couple was to shoot, so I excitedly went into the wedding day with high hopes and expectations.
I have never met a bride more prepared for her wedding day than Angela DeAngelo. During the months leading up to the wedding, she would regularly reach out to keep all of her vendors in the same loop. This preparation helped me to not only prepare everything I need, but allowed me to communicate with the bride and her team more effectively.
The team of professional vendors was one of the best I’ve seen, which ultimately helped the event go by very smoothly. The all-stars include:
DJ: B&B Light and Sound
Cake: Nicole Smith
Flowers: Rich Mar Florists
Hair & Makeup: United Artists Salon & Spa
Coordination/ Planning: Leo Design Gallery
Reception Venue: Blue Event Center
Thank you to all of these wonderful people for putting together a perfect wedding day!
When the day arrived, it was time for myself and my fellow vendors to get to work. Our day began at the Courtyard by Marriott in Bethlehem. Upon our arrival, Angela was getting her hair and makeup done by United Artists. They did an amazing job at giving Angela the perfect look for her big day.
As she was getting ready, you could tell that Angela had a background in theatre. Amidst all the faces she was making and jokes that were cracked, we had a great time getting ready for the celebration to begin.
Meanwhile, my other photographer, Tami, went to meet with the groom and his groomspeople in Jonathan’s suite. They were all having so much fun telling stories and keeping Jonathan’s spirits high. His spirits were so high, in fact, that Tami noted she had never seen a groom be more excited during her time as a wedding photographer.
Back in the bridal suite, it was time for Angela to put on her Kleinfeld’s wedding dress. This elegant dress was the perfect fit for Angela, showcasing her outgoing and warming personality.
Jeanette, Angela’s mother, was her matron of honor. As she helped Angela finish the final touches of her dress, you could feel the love and happiness between the two.
Then it was time for a few bridal portraits, which were lots of fun to photograph as Angela showed some of her modeling skills!
We met back up with Jonathan at Muhlenburg College’s Egner Chapel, the site of the ceremony, to photograph some portraits before the wedding.
The ceremony was a truly elegant, emotional, and beautiful experience. In my opinion, the photos tell the story of their love for each other.
One of the most entertaining moments during the ceremony happened when the pastor asked if anyone objects to their marriage… Angela and Jonathan acted accordingly.
Following their “I-Do”s, our newly married couple exited the church to a roar of a cheer from their 200 wedding guests. The many bubbles that flew around the happy couple set a gorgeous scene for some quick photos.
Before we could head over to Blue Event Center for the reception, we went back into the chapel to take some formal portraits of the married couple and their party. The portraits with the party were a lot of fun and captured some awesome personality. Even though the cold kept us inside for the photos, we all still had a great time and got some creative and unique shots.
Throughout the day, I had tried a technique of using magmod grids to help control our mounted flashes. My goal was to create a “spotlight” and the result couldn’t have been better. The use of this technique really complimented Angela and Jonathan’s theatrical style!
We decided in a last-minute attempt to try to do a few portraits outside before we left for the reception. The sunset at Muhlenburg College was a perfect background to this couples’ love. We rushed the process and still captured some truly stunning photographs.Then it was time for us to be on our way.
As we arrived at Blue Event Center for the reception, Jonathan was getting pampered for his big entrance.
Before long, the reception began inside Blue Event Center’s reception hall. Angela and Jonathan ate up their crowd’s loud cheers as they entered.
Their first dance as husband and wife was purely a romantic moment between the two. As they progressed through the dance, it was as if they were the only two people in the room.
The rest of the night was a pure joy to be a part of. The couple’s happiness only continued to grow as the celebration blossomed.
I always enjoy a change of pace during a reception. For Angela and Jonathan, their change of pace was a “first fast dance” as husband of wife.
At the end of the evening, I expressed my gratitude to Angela and Jonathan for having an absolutely picture perfect day. Thanks to the amazing vendors and Angela’s flawless planning skills, everything went amazingly well on this lovely couple’s big day.