Matt + Stef | A Fireman's Wedding at Contres-Greer Social Hall, Northern Cambria PA

 Bride looking over shoulder with serious expression showing her keyhole lace dress and braided wedding hairstyle.

There's something really special about being a wedding photographer. Spending 10+ hours with someone on their wedding day is a really great way to learn a lot about someone. Matt and Stef were really great to work with - definitely very relaxed, thoughtful, and people that genuinely cared about everyone around them, especially their family.  I loved finding out the things that were special to them and capturing how they wanted to include it in their big day. Stef wanted to honor her grandpa that passed in 2015 by wrapping her beautiful bouquet in his shirt sleeve, her "something blue." She finished it off with lace from her great, great grandma's veil. Talk about stunning! I also learned that Matt has been a volunteer fire fighter at the Summerhill Boro Fire Company for over 10 years! What an amazing servant heart! It was such a joy to capture the camaraderie and friendship between he and his fire-fighting buddies! And how do you photograph a fireman's wedding? In front of a fire truck, of course! The reception venue at Contres-Greer Social Hall was the perfect choice to house all of those close friends and family - and there were quite a few!

A few days before their wedding, I called them to just catch up since their engagement shoot and to see how they were feeling in general about the day. When I asked them what they were most excited about, Matt said "the first look", and Stef agreed. It is so sweet to see couples that genuinely love each other deeply. I really wanted to be intentional about getting that authentic, genuine emotion in their photos.

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I spent a lot of time in the week leading up to their wedding researching and planning just how to bring out the best in these two that I knew a little about, but not a ton. I've always been drawn to photos that show emotion, movement, activity. One of the easiest things to photograph is laughter - but it sure isn't easy creating it (especially if you're kinda lame sometimes, haha!!) If you're curious about the things I said or instructed to get some of the big smiles and the sweet looks, you can download my shoot notes here!


I hope you enjoy the highlights of Matt and Stef's amazing day! (and everyone knows it takes a village to pull off a wedding! Lots of thanks to Brent Labarko of DJ Jack Labarko, Inc. for amazing lighting and music during the reception, and Joelle Hadix of Wedding Elegance by Joelle for giving me some gorgeous florals to photograph!)
 

 Sentimental wedding details like a sweatshirt from the bride's grandfather used as her something blue along with a lace veil from her great great grandmother.
 Wedding bouquet by Wedding Elegance by Joelle featuring pink roses, succulents, purple cala lilly's, and purple tulips.
 Close up shot macro photo of engagement and wedding rings nestled in a pink rose.
 A groom wearing a charcoal suit form Vera Wang's Black collection sees his bride for the first time during their first look.
 Bride wearing Tiffany's pearls and her groom sharing an intimate moment under a lace veil
 Bride and groom smiling at eachother in front of a vintage 1980's fire truck at the local Summerhill Volunteer Fire Company.
 Bride standing in monastery garden in front of blooming arbor, looking over shoulder at her lace wedding gown train
 Headshot of smiling groom wearing Vera Wag Black collection suit and cala lilly boutineer
 Bride sitting on a stone wall in a garden with groom standing beside her, smiling at eachother
 Blue and grey bridal party walking in a garden laughing arm in arm
 candid wedding photo of bridesmaids wearing blue one-shoulder dresses with pink bouquets
 Candid photo of five groomsmen and a groom standing in a garden laughing
 bride and groom kissing in front of a willow tree with pink and purple wedding bouquet covering faces
 Wedding cookie table with fudge, truffles, and butter mints
 Wedding reception table with fairy lights under a white table cloth and blue uplighting by Dj Jack Labarko
 Bride and Maid of Honor sharing a hug after the maid of honor speech at the reception
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 Mother Son Dance at the reception at Contres Greer Social Hall in Northern Camrbia