Justin + Steph: Summer Wedding with Purple Decor at the Indiana Country Club | Indiana, PA Wedding Photographer
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This summer wedding at the Indiana Country club was an effortless, sweet day filled with lots of laughs, love, and PURPLE! If you love purple (who doesn't?!) you definitely want to check out how Steph and Justin effortlessly worked it into their wedding day theme! 

These two worked hard to plan lots of fun little details and surprises, beyond just the killer decor. We started the day at the Hilton Garden Inn in Indiana, which is one of my favorite venues with lots of gorgeous natural light. (fun fact - I've shot several weddings here and there is notoriously "no where" to hang the dress. My second shooter saved the day and climbed on the AC unit in front of the window and help up the dress. Behold the wonder of photoshop and an amazing, dare-devil assistant!) Becca wasn't the only one to climb on things, however! Take a guess where I stood to get that jumping shot of Steph and her Maids of Honor?! (follow me on Insta to see behind the scenes!)

Steph and Justin were my dream come true when they opted to do a first look, and made it even more special by doing it at Justin's grandma's house who couldn't attend because of her health. After we did the first look between the bride and groom (with parents watching close by!) in the backyard, we went inside to get some sweet candids with grandma (they even got her a corsage!!)

The ceremony was flawless as they always are at the country club, and I just loved the floral arbor and hourglass sand ceremony! We flew through pictures and got inside for an amazing dinner and dancing from my favorite DJ's! Steph and Justin even played "The Shoe Game", which was a really cute and interactive way for their guests to share some laughs and get to know them! Download the list of questions they used and instructions on how to play here!

Steph and Justin, thank you so much for inviting us along on this journey, for sharing your bridal party snacks and perfume with me, treating us all (even my assistant) so kindly and personally, and being so willing to do whatever it took (Justin ;) ) to make the day exactly what you both wanted it to be. You make me love my job!

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VENDORS:

Lead photographer: Jill Gearhart Photography

Second Photographer: Becca Dietrich

Gown: Maggie Sottero at MB Bride

Makeup: Beth Arnold (bethymae36@gmail.com)

Venue: Indiana County Club

DJ: Royal Heir DJ Services

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Binge on All The Wedding Advice in One Place
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If you're engaged, the internet can be an amazing source of advice for planning your wedding, and if you've been searching for a resource to binge read all of the wedding advice and wedding tips your browser can handle, then look no further! I've combed through all of my blog posts (almost 2 years of weekly material!) and pulled all of the best info for you soonlyweds to get your binge on! Share this with a bride to be to help answer some of the questions no one thinks to ask!

Do You Need a Second Photographer? How Much Wedding Coverage Is Enough?
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Do you need a second photographer, or "second shooter", for your wedding day? Your budget will definitely be the leading factor in your decision making, but there are some things you should consider when determining your photography budget and if you should hand out some extra cash for another photographer! (fun fact: all photos in this post were done by second shooters!)

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GUYS GETTING READY

If your groom and groomsmen are getting ready at a separate location than you and you want to have photos of it, you definitely need a second shooter. The time spent traveling back and forth from location to location translates into moments lost for one photographer to be available to capture. A second shooter usually starts out the day in the bridal suite, then gets to spend some quality time with the guys right before your ceremony starts.

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EXTRA HELP

Picture this (real world examples): Uh oh - you and your bridal party have to get somewhere, but your cars are at the reception and you were dropped off at the hotel. A nice photographer and second shooter will be more than happy to offer up their extra seats in the car! Or, you have a room full of groomsmen, lots of straight pins and boutonnieres, and no one knows how to attach them, where to attach them, or how it's supposed to look. Not one, but TWO wedding pro's to the rescue! How about this - you need to get family photos started but Aunt Patty has wandered off to the cocktail hour. Second shooter to the rescue! While your main photographer is starting Patty-less portraits of other family members, a second shooter can wrangle up any stray loved ones that are needed for photos. Sure, all of these situations can be avoided with good communication pre-wedding and some planning ahead, but there is ALWAYS something that pops up that we are more than capable of handling for you which means a LOT less stress for you!

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MULTIPLE ANGLES

If you are doing a first look, a second shooter is a must in order to capture the reactions of both you and your soon to be hubby. A photographer team will know exactly where to stand as to not be in each other's pictures, and you can be sure that you will get the most genuine reactions captured in real time. It's also great to have a second shooter during the ceremony to get both of your reactions to vows, multiple angles of the kiss, and a variety or wide and close up shots of the same moments!

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TONS OF DETAILS

Etsy has nothing on you. People pin YOUR stuff on Pinterest. If you are a DIY bride and have tons of details and custom pieces, a second shooter is a great idea! If each centerpiece is different and you want photos of them, a second shooter is a MUST! While your main photographer will be sure to capture all the details she can, its always great to make sure every little thing is covered by having a second shooter all over the place while pre-reception portraits are being finished up! It's also very helpful to have a second shooter sneak away right after the ceremony to get some wide-angle, untouched room shots of the reception before guests arrive.

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CANDIDS GALORE

If having lots of photos and memories of your guests having fun is really important to you, then a second shooter should be too. While one photographer "works the dance floor", the other can be snapping candids of non-dancey guests that would never otherwise be in the photos! The availability of two photographer at once also helps with the times where lots of events are happening at once, like the bridal dance or bouquet/garter tosses! 

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GROUP SHOTS

A another set of hands and another brain full of logistical skills can also help out a lot with group photos. Whether it's helping to manage the list of family members for post-ceremony portraits, or going around to each table at the reception and getting group photos while your main photographer is on the dance floor, a second shooter saves so much time and ensures that every guest makes it into a photo! 

Here are some amazing shots all done by second shooters! Its our hope that thinking through the day from multiple angles, multiple places, and multiple people's perspectives will help you choose what kind of coverage is right for you!

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Sam + Brandy - A Camp Themed Wedding at the Picnic Grove | Johnstown, PA Wedding Photographer
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From the very first time I met with Sam and Brandy, I knew a few things right away: they were totally in love with God, totally in love with each other, totally fun and excited to dance, and totally into outdoors and camping, which is why they created a camp themed wedding! These two thought of everything - the venue was on a campground with beautiful scenery and really unique picnic-style seating arrangements, lanterns on the tables, picnic-style food, a make-your-own trail mix bar, s'mores, and tons of outdoor fun! In fact, the whole entire day was spent outdoors, which Brandy admitted that they were hoping the weather would cooperate. Even though it looked like rain early on in the day, this girl's joy was unshakeable.

Sam was easiest one of my favorite grooms I've ever worked with (I know he will read this and say "you're giving me a big ego" - I heard it twice already hahaha!!), and his groomsmen were just as kind. I really have never met two people so so happy and calm on their wedding day (yes TWO - HE was just as pleasant. Like I said, best groom ever.) The second time I met up with these now friends, Sam was digging the fact that I rode to the meeting on a motorcycle, so he introduced me to each groomsman with the fun fact that "she has a motorcycle!" I also loved how excited he was about his brand new wedding ring tattoo that he got the day before, and appreciated that he wanted to get it in lots of photos! As a photographer, it's very easy to keep your energy high and push yourself creatively when everyone around you is full of joy and patience.

Sam and Brandy take their faith seriously and I was so honored that they were truly a representation of Christ to everyone at their wedding through their kindness and love. They honored their commitment into servanthood with one another by a beautiful foot washing ceremony after their vows, and both the best man's and motion of honor's speeches spoke to just how rooted in Christ these two are. I know that Sam will be an incredible leader to his beautiful bride, and that she will bring him love, respect, and joy for the rest of their lives! 

Sam and Brandy I wish you the best of luck in your new season of life in York! It was truly an honor to not only photograph your wedding, but to make such fantastic new friends!

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These [photos] are more than I could have ever imagined. The day was brighter because of you & Brandon. Thank you for being there & working so hard to make everything go smoothly. It’s true—you’re way more than a photographer. You became a friend, coordinated so much, and in case of an emergency, I knew you could be counted on. All you need now is your officiant license & you could run the whole show!
— Brandy

Lead Photographer: Jill Gearhart Photography

Second Photographer : Becca Dietrich

Venue: Resurrection Church's Party Grove 

Gown: David's Bridal 

Hair: Cameron's Salon

Makeup: Danielle Ingram

Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal

Tuxes: Men's Warehouse

Rings: Kay's Jewelers

Florals: Indiana Floral & Flower Boutique

Cake: Suzanne Richbart of Buffalo, NY

Caterer: Joey Del's Catering

DJ: Royal Heir DJ

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Don't Have a Boring Wedding: Ways to Incorporate Color into Your Day!
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Do you want to have a unique wedding, different from everything else you see in the wedding mags and neutral Instagram feeds? Do you live life vibrantly, out loud, and full of color? Is your wardrobe grounded in hues that make you happy rather than neutrals, neutrals, neutrals? I'm sharing ways that you can avoid having a flat wedding and incorporate some color and LIFE into a day that's forever classified as "white." It is, after all, a nice day for a white wedding, but it's an even better day for a RAINBOW one! This post goes out to all my girls who grew up with Lisa Frank's rainbow leopard as their spirit animal, who gravitate towards the vibrant, and just appreciate the richness of life and all the hues it encapsulates!

Now hear me, you don't have to go crazy, and there is certainly an important spot for timeless and elegant, but there's ALWAYS room for pops of fun in your details and decor! This is, after all, a STYLE, and if your style is not colorful, that's perfectly okay! Find a photographer that specializes in the light, airy, neutral palette that makes your heart sing. If you're a wild child and want all the bright hues, hit me up!! In this post, I'm sharing highlights from the most magical styled shoot (aka a "fake" wedding that showcases wedding vendors) that I've ever been blessed to be a part of! We will go through different elements of the day, dripped in color, to give you some ideas as to how your favorite shade can be present during your wedding, and even more importantly, how your personality can shine in a day steeped in tradition.

INVITES

This invitation suite by Penned by Alice features some pretty punchy pinks and unique papers and inks! Invites are your guests first impression of your wedding style and theme, so carefully consider the message the papers, colors, textures, and wording says about you and the vibe you want!

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FLORALS

God's creation is full of color, and nowhere is this more evident in a gorgeous floral arrangement. If you want to keep things pretty classic and simple but still get sprinkles on your ice cream from time to time, here's where you can go crazy! A super talented florist like the amazing Kerry Patel can take your fav colors and make a spray that's a stunner.

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CAKE

Desserts make everyone happy. Color makes everyone happy. See a correlation? This is another place where you can cater to the fun and whimsical and play with color. Your cake photos will be a fun part of the day (smashing sugar in your hubby's face?!), so make the cake itself fun too!!  This awesome naked cake by Neverland Bake Shoppe features a baby pink drip, rainbow sprinkles, and more vibrant flowers! Not quite ready to make your cake rainbow-tactic? There's always the cake stand or even the INSIDE of the cake to add a pop of color or fun surprise!

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DECOR

If you want to go maximum Lisa Frank, here's where you do it! The amazing, perfect, wonderful Jessica Oh Photography styled this shoot, and her use of balloons, confetti, streamers, and smoke bombs gave a loud and clear message that this is a unique wedding! I guarantee you that if you tell your photographer you want to use colored smoke bombs, they will probably buy you a pony, I mean, cry with happiness. 

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Of course, there's lots of other ways you can put personal touches on your big day, and I want to encourage you to never lose sight of that. Don't let tradition, outside pressure, cost, or especially wedding culture squash your creativity and enthusiasm. Weddings are all about YOU, so make them unmistakably YOU! Enjoy the process and let your imagination run wild!


Workshop:  www.njspark.cowww.instagram.com/njsparkco#igniteworkshop2018

Styling + Coordination :
Jessica OH
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Floral Design:
Kerry Patel
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Invitation Suite + Hand Lettering:
Alice Lonero, Penned by Alice
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Hair + Makeup
Mary of Lighten Up Salon + Spa
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Cakery :
Neverland Bake Shoppe
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Models :
 Mary Elizabeth Trotter & Eric Nakonechny
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Lindsey + Aaron: Backyard Summer Wedding in Johnstown, PA
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Recently, I was asked by one of my future brides-to-be if I had any advice for people that are camera shy, self-conscious, or just otherwise super awkward around, and hate the idea of being in front of, a .... *gasp*...camera. Let me first say this - not a single one of my brides emerged on the other side of their wedding day photos feeling that they totally bombed. This beautiful bride featured here absolutely rocked her photos, but admittedly did not totally love being in the spotlight with all eyes on her all the time. You would never know it, though, from how serene and peaceful the photos turned out!! But back to the original question - how can you survive your wedding day if you are totally freaked out by your personal paparazzi that you, ironically, hired to follow you around all day? 

STALK YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

If you already have your photographer picked out, follow their Instagram, like their Facebook page, learn the name of their dog, and memorize their blood type. Just kidding - at least about the last two (my dog's name is Ibanez and my blood is A-, in case you were wondering...). It is very helpful for your photographer, though, if you scope out some of their go-to poses and share which ones you really like the look of. Chances are, when YOU are put in that pose, you will like the result too! If you love the look of candids, full-length shots, close-ups, serious expressions, whatever! - tell your photographer! Have a realistic eye, though - focus on the people and how their bodies look and not on the backgrounds or other details that are unique for every wedding.

FESS UP ABOUT YOUR "FLAWS"

Before your wedding, have an honest heart-to-heart with your photographer about parts of yourself that you don't exactly love. I'm all about #BodyPositive, but I'm also (refreshingly?) realistic, and realize that you MAY not love your arms, teeth, feet, etc. Your husband to be, your photographer, and your bridesmaids all think you look perfect, but if YOU don't feel that way, it will effect how you feel as you are being photographed! Let me know what you're conscious of, and then I can also keep a sharp lookout for those same things and let you know if you need to stand up straighter, look a certain direction, drop your chin, etc. It's also helpful knowing those areas you want to avoid for choosing flattering poses.

ACCENTUATE YOUR ASSETS

And then even more importantly, let's shout the things you love about yourself from the rooftops!!! If you love your hair, you best believe we will get some killer close-ups. If you love your curves, full-length shots are in your future, dear! It's so important to focus on the positives, and if you spend some time really zeroing in on things you actually LIKE about yourself, you might just give yourself the confidence boost you need to rock your portraits like a super-model.

ASK FOR FEEDBACK

If you hire a cool photographer that's not a jerk, ahem, then they will be more than happy to share some sneak-peeks from the back of the camera! A good photographer will also give you verbal feedback as you go and affirm that you are nailing the poses and creating some beautiful portraits! Don't be afraid to speak up for some validation if you need it - chances are, you will grow more comfortable and confident as they day goes on that by the end of the night, you will just be focused on the most important thing - being. married. 


I hope you enjoy this beautiful, intimate wedding featured below. Lindsey and Aaron's 50 person backyard ceremony/reception was everything that a slow summer night full of magic could offer. I was mildly obsessed with the dried floral crowns and bridal bouquet, and the mis-matched bridesmaid floral wrap dresses added the perfect touch of whimsy to the entourage. The details were quaint and carefree - pastel glass votives and lanterns, geometric metal accents, floral paper lanterns and straws, and the sweetest floral covered homemade arbor for the ceremony! The incredible gardens offered by their generous neighbors gave us the enchanted forest vibe that perfectly set the tone for this sweet culmination of an 8 year love story!

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Cody + Faith: A Sweet Southern Wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Woodway, Texas
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Cody and Faith's sweet southern wedding at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Woodway Texas was everything you've dreamed about how Texas would be - warm, beautiful, easy, and peaceful. Everyone warned me that the Texas heat would be a shock for this Pennsylvania gal (we say "PA" in conversation like it's normal, but we quickly learned that it's not lol!), but believe me when I say it's all about humidity! 

I was blessed to meet Cody, and later Faith, when he was assigned to my hometown of Indiana for work. Cody was a rockstar volunteer at our church, and I could not wait to meet his sweet southern belle! Both Cody and Faith gave my husband and I an incredible kind gift of a mini-vacation to Texas, where I was honored to capture their amazing wedding day. Cody and Faith's family and friends planned a super fun fiesta-themed rehearsal dinner complete with sombreros, some bomb Mexican food, and a game of corn hole in the yard, pick up trucks and tailgates parked around for seating. It was one of those surreal moments where I felt like I was in a movie, and instantly hit so hard with gratitude for this experience. 

The wedding day was so relaxed and peaceful, and the bride just exuded quiet grace and sweetness. I especially loved the foot washing ceremony that the bride and groom took part in before they said their vows. Other adorable moments included the best man speech given by Cody's teenage nephew (he crushed it!), and the "secret dance" shared by the bride and groom in an empty ballroom as guests waited outside for the sendoff! Please take a moment to slowly scroll through all of the amazing moments from this totally gorgeous destination wedding!

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The Most Fun Bridal Party | Stratigos Banquet Center Wedding, North Huntington PA
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Every wedding may not have a strong "theme", but every wedding definitely has a "feel" to it - and most people, surrounded by their friends and family, want that feel to be a fun, relaxed, and stress free one! Morgan and Daniel's gorgeous wedding at Stratigos Banquet Center in North Huntington was by far one of the most relaxed and fun weddings I've been a part of, largely in part to their super fun bridal party. It may seem silly to say, but choose your bridal party based on how they support you, if they are happily willing to participate in whatever is needed, and how they make you FEEL! If someone stresses you out, think carefully about having them in your inner circle for your big day!

Morgan and Daniel's bridal party was more than willing to venture out into the heat, tackle any pose I could come up with, (the groom even happily did a backflip for me!), and brought plenty of fun ideas of their own, too! A great way to grow camaraderie with your bridal party to ensure everyone is having a great time day of is to all spend time together before the wedding. Go camping together, definitely have some great activities planned for a bachelor/bachelorette party, and just help your friends get to know each other and realize why YOU love them in the first place! It might be a challenge coordinating schedules, but when the whole bridal party knows each other and is friends with each other, it sets the atmosphere for the whole day, and definitely shows up in photos!

Hope you enjoy the super fun (and beautiful!) highlights from this lighthearted and personality-filled wedding!

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How To Make Your Personality Shine at Your DIY Wedding | Pop Culture Themed Wedding at the Indiana Country Club | Indiana, PA Wedding Photographer
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Are you planning a wedding that is full of personal details, DIY centerpieces, or make it yourself decor, but need some major advice so the end result doesn't leave guests saying, "what the...?" Meet Brittney and Alex. This super fun couple loves all things Disney, superhero, Netflix, and pop culture - just to name a few - and were determined to have a wedding that felt like a party but was still infused with personality! Everything about their day, down to choosing the venue, was carefully curated to be totally "them." Even their dogs were a part of the ceremony! Dexter the ringpupper and Hazel the flower dog totally stole the show (and the awesome ceremony was literally a show, complete with choreography, stage lighting, and theater curtains)! 

So how can you learn from their months of planning, crafting, and creating their pop culture themed wedding and make it fit YOUR theme? Brittney and Alex were kind enough to answer some questions about the entire process, including sharing some helpful resources, and got honest about the big questions they had to ask themselves when deciding what direction to go! I hope you find her wisdom invaluable as you plan your own totally unique wedding!

Q: How did you incorporate your personality into your details?

A: Alex and I both love our pop culture references, getting down to a funky beat, and entertaining. We truly believe a wedding should be a celebration of who the couple is, both together and separately. When we took on the idea of having a pop culture wedding, many ideas flowed through our minds (Pinterest didn't hurt either!) and when realized we had so many TV Shows, Movies, Games, and Characters we loved, why not feature them at their own table? We took that idea one step further and tried to match our family and friends to the themes they would enjoy and it couldn't have worked out any better. Hours upon hours were spent scouring flea markets, garage sales, the internet, and my parents attic crawl space to find old toys and games. The outcome was everything we wanted, and more. As for our ceremony, this was going to be the happiest day of our lives and we wanted our music and surprise movie trailer to showcase that! Don't be afraid to think outside the box! When your groomsmen take it upon themselves to sway back and forth on the stage like N*Sync backup dancers to the processional, you know you've done a good job. 

Q: How did you choose what interests of yours were important enough to incorporate?

A: The two of us sat down together and made a list of our interests, both common and otherwise. Upon determining what size wedding we wanted, we were able to decide how many tables and in turn, what themes would make the cut! We knew right away the themes that were most important to us, Disney, Batman, Harry Potter, and Marvel were priority and from there we chose based off of our guests. This day was about them too! Everyone joining us in one way or another has shaped us into who we are and we wanted to celebrate them as well. What a joy it was to see the reactions as our guests walked around to see the other themes. It also helped the guests who didn't know each other to mingle a little more. 

Q: What was the biggest challenge for making DIY elements?

A: First things first... Pinterest at some point in your life will do you dirty. You will think you're Martha Stewart. Some of you may be. I'm a pretty good crafter but Martha I am not. Alex and I wanted to incorporate wine bottles as vases because they're a super affordable option, aka free from friends and family who like a little wine in the evening. We thought we were doing a good thing by painting them months in advance and an article on Pinterest told us how to store them. A few weeks out from the wedding we unpacked them to take a peek. Surprise! Most of them had pretty decent scuffs and paint chips - enough that they would need to be painted all over again. So much time down the drain! But, here comes my dad out of nowhere to the rescue with custom wine bottle labels he designed himself! We covered some of the scuffs with the labels, turned the good sides facing out on the rest and just like that, no wasted time. Another DIY challenge was the fact that we wanted to have actual toys or trinkets at each table. While this made our theme really shine and our guests had some props to play with (you know who you are) I don't know if either of us will ever get the grime off from sticking our arms elbow deep in totes of old McDonald toys at flea markets. 

Q: What were some helpful resources you discovered while creating your details?

A: As I mentioned earlier, think outside the box. Like far outside the box. I'm pretty sure the two of us took a high speed train from the box and never looked back. Point is, make the wedding about the two of you. We have never been fans of "normal wedding food" so we decided on a gourmet burger bar. We've received dozens of compliments on how great our food was already!  Alex and his groomsmen are all pretty big super hero/comic nerds so their boutonnieres featured their favorite lego characters. The two of us we so set on our name being on a movie theater marquee and because of that, we made amazing friendships through Amplify Church. It was a chance meeting after I googled "Indiana movie theater" and found out there was already a church where we wanted to get married! Also, don't be afraid to showcase the things you love. You will get odd looks if you choose to have a unique wedding. Try explaining to people that you're having a Game of Thrones table and you need 300 thumbtacks to make a dragon egg or that somehow purchasing the Sorting Hat from Harry Potter makes sense for your wedding. They won't see your vision until they walk into the room. But they also won't soon forget your wedding

Q: What advice do you have for brides to encourage them to be as unique as they want?

A: Above all, enjoy the process! We had a longer engagement than most couples and it allowed us to get every detail just the way we wanted and also allowed us the time to get everything accomplished without too much stress. There. Will. Always. Be. Stress. It's just a matter of managing it. There will be things that go wrong, there will be people that will disappoint, there will be ideas that fall short of expectation, and there will be the one thing you "couldn't live without" that you forget about until the week of your wedding. Pick the things that are important to you and build your budget around that. Flowers aren't your thing? Don't spend money on them!  We realized photos and video would last forever so we made sure to budget accordingly!  Our day was everything we wanted and more and that was largely because we stayed true to ourselves. We couldn't be happier with the outcome. 

Can't wait to see how it turned out? You will definitely not want to miss the highlights of this amazing day! Scroll on to see the "highlight reel"!

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Ceremony: Amplify Church @ The Indiana Theater | Reception/CateringIndiana Country Club  

Gown/Bridesmaid Dresses: Stella York from White Lace Bridal   | Hair/Makeup: Fringe Salon Co  

Rings: Lorelli's in Indiana Engagement Ring  Invitations: Vistaprint  

Florals: DIY silk flowers from Amazon | Cake: Jordan Hirak

Favors: Pittsburgh Popcorn Company | DJ: Royal Heir DJ Services

Videographer: Dylan | Photographer: Jill Gearhart Photography

Decor: DIY | Other Rentals/Vendors: Pittsburgh Wedding Flea Market


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How to Prepare for an Out of State Wedding | Indiana, PA Wedding Photographer at Blue Spruce Park
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Are you thinking about eloping, or at least getting married in another state and are dreading the process of figuring out licenses, picking vendors, and choosing locations? This past week I had the honor of photographing a sweet couple from Arkansas who eloped here in Indiana, PA! 

Tara and Cliff have been together 8 years, and tour the county together in a motorhome, traveling to whatever city Cliff's job takes them. Luckily for me, they ended up in Indiana and our good friend Google brought us together! Tara was sweet enough to share some advice from her experience of planning a small, low-key elopement in another town! Here's what she had to say:

What's The First Step?

I would start out by saying search for an officiant first! (Interestingly enough, this proved to be the hardest part for Tara and Cliff, and luckily my pastor at church was available!) If there is something you can’t seem to find just ask everyone you encounter on a daily basis. The checkout girl at the grocery store, your neighbors, the UPS delivery guy or your photographer!

What Documents are Needed?

There were no special documents needed. Just the bride and groom and their drivers licenses. Some states have a waiting period after the marriage license is issued and some don’t. So check on that pretty early in the game!

How Do You Find a Vendor?

Facebook reviews were my best friend when it came to dress alterations and flower shops. I’m not sure what I would have done without the internet and a whole lot of luck! 

I hope you enjoy some highlights from their super sweet elopement - the bridal party was certainly the cutest I've ever seen!

  • Venue: Blue Spruce Lodge
  • Dress: Altar'd State
  • Cake: Giant Eagle
  • Dress Alterations: Holliday Alterations
  • Photographer: Jill Gearhart Photography
  • Hair and Makeup: bride
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