What an amazing couple to work with – it never hurts when we get together and they laugh at my corny jokes and brave mosquitos with minimal complaints during our engagement session!
Their wedding day didn’t turn out exactly as planned due to rain forcing their ceremony inside, but they never left that dampen the mood. Let me tell you, I’ve got to love a bride who says, “I don’t care about the dress; as long as it’s not pouring down rain, I want to get photos outside.” And we did…even when Dana had to walk through a puddle at least 3 inches deep, quite possibly sacrificing her shoes, to get to where we wanted to go. Sadly, I don’t have photos of that because I was carrying two cameras, some other equipment, and an umbrella and couldn’t juggle all of that plus take a photo. But, she really is a woman after my own heart…going to great lengths to get the photos that we want.
The day started with Bill as he was getting ready. Talking with the two of them before the wedding, they decided to open their gifts to one another while I was with each of them…I love to be able to preserve those moments since the gift giver isn’t around to see the reactions. Both did a wonderful job with their gifts – Dana’s to Bill came in 4 parts, each with a card and Dana had the gifts delivered one by one for Bill. Bill did actually get gifts, but I loved the cards so much that I wanted to feature those.
“You cut me!” Dana exclaimed.
“No, I didn’t,” replied her sister.
“You cut me. I’m bleeding. Look.”
And so the conversation went as Dana’s dress was quickly undone. All I can say is that it can be dangerous being a bride…and there are pictures to prove it…evidence of the injury that Dana’s sister inflicted with a pair of scissors as she cut out the dress hanger strings. And yes, I documented those moments for Dana to use as she sees fit if her sister ever gives her a hard time.
Loved the jewelery that Dana wore. A close family friend brought some jewelery for Dana to wear for her wedding…the beautiful blue ring you see here was borrowed and fit perfectly with the blue and green color scheme. The engagement ring was cleaned just before the wedding – and knowing that I like to take close up photos of jewelery, so that it wouldn’t get dirty, Bill told Dana not to wear her ring until after I got to photograph it! Thanks Bill, it photographed great!
Bill had a unique presentation for his gift as well. Dana and Bill began dating in high school and back at that time, they passed the folded notes to one another. In memory of that, Bill’s letter to Dana was folded just as their notes from their high school days, which I thought was a really cute idea. And then, after opening her gift, Dana was handed another note…one from her to Bill from 13 1/2 years ago…the one asking him out. He had it after all these years! I think we were all impressed by that. Turns out that he was looking for some fishing gear and came across the note. So, while he may not have been specifically looking for it at the time, the fact that he has it after all these years impresses me quite a bit.
Loved the flowers – a combination of creamy white roses, blue hydrangeas, and green cymbidium orchids.
During their ceremony, Bill held Dana’s ring for a few moments before placing it on her finger. I’m not certain if it was intentional on his part, but it allowed me to get a great detail photo that you see on the right.
A few photos from our Romance Photo Session:
Sometimes, cakes get pushed to a corner somewhere and not a lot of thought is made as to how the background will affect the overall look – I believe that cakes should be given a place of honor and I really loved the location used here.
Carried over the threshold of the reception
Then straight into their first dance:
And then a little before it was time to leave for the evening, we went out again to get some night time photos:
Location: The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA
Ceremony Musicians: Lucchi Strings, Cherry Hill, NJ
Dress: Amsale, The Wedding Shoppe, Wayne, PA
Hair Stylist: Lucia Reynolds, Fashionistas, Phoenixville, PA
Makeup Artist: Chris, The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA
Entertainment: DJ Bob Foltz/DJ Eric B, Mechanicsburg, PA
Bakery: Tina, The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA
Florist: Narbers Floral Company, Boalsburg, PA
Flowers used: creamy white roses, blue hydrangeas, and green cymbidium orchids
Colors: blue, green, white