Brandon and Jenna are one of those beautiful couples that every photographer dreams of: sweet, easy going, attractive, adventurous, and genuinely pleasant to be around! I’ve known Brandon’s family for a few years, but never had the pleasure of getting to know him (and his beautiful bride) better until the wedding planning process started! Brandon and Jenna met online (more and more of my couples are meeting online and I think it’s SO inspiring!), and while Jenna finished up her degree and Brandon jumped into a career in police work, they both planned their June wedding. Talk about super heroes! I was happy to provide any help and insight I could over our few meetings at the Commonplace, but these two truly had everything covered. What I appreciated most about their big day is that they budgeted for the “big things” (like awesome photos and an awesome DJ!) and were able to make efficient decisions on a lot of other things. The result was a beautiful and financially smart day that their guests loved, and that they will have beautiful memories of forever!
The entire day took place at Graystone church in Indiana, PA. I was told multiple times before and during the wedding day by folks that live in town that Graystone is a notoriously hard venue to shoot in because of the beautiful, but DARK, architecture on the inside. Luckily, my awesome second shooter Nathan and I were well-equipped to get the job done and do justice to the gorgeous interior of the church. As the girls got ready in the family room downstairs and the guys got ready in the library, we snapped candids and details, eagerly waiting for the time to come when Jenna’s dad AND grandpa would walk her down the aisle! It was such a special moment and the first time I had seen that done during a ceremony!
Brandon’s brothers, best man, and Jenna’s best friend and MOH were able to honor and serenade the couple by leading the congregation in some awesome worship songs mid-ceremony. The couple also chose a traditional unity candle and traditional vows. After the ceremony was over, the guests headed downstairs for refreshments while the bridal party and family went outside for formal photos, then bridal party photos, then finally, my favorite part - the bride and groom portraits!
Jenna and Brandon made portraits truly effortless by being willing to sit, be lifted, walk, laugh, and climb through bushes. It was so easy to capture their sweet love because they weren’t worried about the time, the dress, guests, or the million other things that go through a bride or groom’s head on wedding day. They just enjoyed the process, trusted their photographers, and ended up with some amazing images! I hope you enjoy some of my favorites from their beautiful day!