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Valentine's Wedding at the Rustic Lodge, Indiana PA
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Besides their love for their Sphynx cats Luka and Loki, Kenny and Christi are completely in love with their best friends - each other. These two knew each other all the way back in elementary school when Christi actually hated Kenny! Luckily, she decided that her opinions at 7 years old my not have been correct, and gave him another shot! I loved getting to know these two over coffee a few months ago, and quickly realized that if you ask Kenny about his cats and he lights up - but not quite as much as he did all. day. long. at his wedding. There’s not a single photo he’s not smiling in - be it that he felt super shy and awkward, or my favorite explanation, that he was totally in love with his bride and having the best day ever!

There were so many sentimental touches at this wedding, and a lot of really sweet tributes to Christi’s late father and brother. Her bridesmaids showered her with touching gifts such a shoe charms with these men’s initials and birthstones so they could “walk her down the aisle”, a beautiful bracelet featuring a portrait of her brother, cameos of her brother and father on her bouquet, and her brothers watch, which she presented to Kenny as a gift for the morning of the wedding! (I had strict instructions that the only stipulation with the “watch shot” was that Kenny take off his Livestrong bracelet for the photo, and I didn’t even have to ask him! Already learning that a happy wife = a happy life!).

The rose and burgundy touches and chocolate kisses favors at the tables gave this sweet wedding a Valentine’s vibe without being over the top. White fitted chair covers rented from White Lace totally transformed the Rustic Lodge. I had my wedding there too almost 7 years ago and was shocked at the change these seat covers made! I also had serious envy of her blush pink Moraliee by Madeline Gardner gown and totally would have picked the exact same one if I could get married all over again!! Christi also did her own stunning wedding makeup and hair and it was absolutely perfect! She shared with me that she honed her skills watching YouTube videos and practicing on her mom!

I hope you enjoy all of my favorite highlights from this sweet day!

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Anniversary Session at PPG Place, Pittsburgh
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You spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on your wedding gown, and hopefully that cash means you feel like a million bucks on your big day, so why should the fate of your gown be a dark and lonely one in a garment bag in the back of your closet? It's becoming more and more popular for couple to schedule anniversary sessions where the gown gets to come out of retirement, and a bride gets to feel just as special as she did on her favorite day.

A few of my friends have done this, and if I still had my gown I totally would (more on that HERE), so when Kelly approached me about doing an anniversary session (I was a bridesmaid for her wedding), I was SUPER excited. We had such fun planning a mini wedding day, Kelly calling on some of the best local vendors in the industry to get her ready for her re-debut as a bride! Her gorgeous, soft up-do was done by Hannah at Cameron's Salon, the stunning makeup was courtesy of BethyMae, and of course, a girl's gotta accessorize! Kelly got a custom necklace made by Rosie at Miss Pie Jewelry!

Kelly and I have been close friends for quite some time, and there's not much she loves more than catching up with friends over a cup of coffee from the Commonplace (except shopping, of course. And LuLaRoe). Luckily her hubby also likes coffee, so it was natural that she and Jamison started off the anniversary session with a waltz into this super cool coffeehouse to share a cup in their Mr. and Mrs. mugs!

We intended to cut into their cake from yester-year, but none of us realized that it was akin to a delicious frosted glacier and would take several days to thaw out. There's your pro-tip: a week before your anniversary, set a reminder on your phone to move your cake from the freezer to the fridge. After the frozen cake and the hot coffee (and a few shocked stares from college students cramming for finals), we headed to Pittsburgh to get some magical photos in front of the Christmas tree at PPG Place.

As you can imagine, we got some crazy looks as we ran around both Indiana and Pittsburgh in the 17 degree weather in full wedding regalia, but I think you'll agree the end results are worth it! My awesome friend Jackie from J.jae Photography let me try out her super cool Mag Mod flash modifier, and when you throw in the gentle snowfall with this dreamy backlight, well, you just gotta see for yourself!

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Why Styled Shoots are Important For Your Wedding | Winter Wedding Styled Shoot at The Barn at Rayne Run, Marion Center PA
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When planning your wedding, do you rely on your friends recommendations, a google search, local magazines, or maybe bridal shows to find the best vendors? How can you be really sure that you are getting the best of the best, while still getting a good price for your area? It's become more and more popular for photographers and other local vendors to participate in "styled shoots", that is, a fake wedding that pulls together the best local wedding vendors to show off their services in as "real" of a setting you can get!

Styled shoots are great for you to look out for and pay attention to because it literally shows you a "trial run" of all the best, hand selected vendors in your area. Who better to pick a team of super services that those that are in constant community with each other in the wedding industry? As wedding professionals, we have worked with nearly every local vendor there is and can recommend the best to you through our styled shoots - because we picked them ourselves! For the guys reading this - think of it like your fantasy football draft of all the best wedding vendors in town, and they are facing off to show you their stuff!

The idea is that local vendors all come together in collaboration, donating time and services, to show you, the bride to be, the best of what they can do or offer. It's better than a recommendation, search engine session, perusing a magazine, or waltzing around a bridal show because you can see exactly what your wedding would be like if you were to hire them.

My great friend Jackie and I have been planning this styled shoot for months! We were over-the-moon excited when vendors one by one gave enthusiastic "yes!"s to help us pull off an unforgettable day! Be sure to check out the local vendors, hand selected by us for their excellent services, for your wedding, and be sure to like them on facebook and give them a follow on Instagram!


Photographers: J.Jae Photography + Jill Gearhart Photography

Venue: The Barn at Rayne Run

Rental Furniture: Penn Rustics

Gown: White Lace Bridal featuring Stella York

Shoes: Jewel by Badgley Mischka

Tuxedo: The 700 Shop  featuring Stephen Geoffrey

Jewelry: Luxenberg's Jewlers

Florals: The Flower Gallery

Calligraphy/Invitation Suite: Wood+Grace Calligraphy

Hair: JC Penney

Makeup : Beth Arnold

Tablescape: The Gathering Co. by Carolyn Carey + Hollie Davis

Models: Adam + Tara Maruca

Evergreen Swing and overall awesome manly help: Ryan Anderson


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What To Do With Your Wedding Dress After Your Wedding | Anniversary Session at PPG Place, Pittsburgh PA Family Photographer
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You spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on your wedding gown, and hopefully that cash means you feel like a million bucks on your big day, so why should the fate of your gown be a dark and lonely one in a garment bag in the back of your closet? It's becoming more and more popular for couple to schedule anniversary sessions where the gown gets to come out of retirement, and a bride gets to feel just as special as she did on her favorite day.

A few of my friends have done this, and if I still had my gown I totally would (more on that HERE), so when Kelly approached me about doing an anniversary session (I was a bridesmaid for her wedding), I was SUPER excited. We had such fun planning a mini wedding day, Kelly calling on some of the best local vendors in the industry to get her ready for her re-debut as a bride! Her gorgeous, soft up-do was done by Hannah at Cameron's Salon, the stunning makeup was courtesy of BethyMae, and of course, a girl's gotta accessorize! Kelly got a custom necklace made by Rosie at Miss Pie Jewelry!

Kelly and I have been close friends for quite some time, and there's not much she loves more than catching up with friends over a cup of coffee from the Commonplace (except shopping, of course. And LuLaRoe). Luckily her hubby also likes coffee, so it was natural that she and Jamison started off the anniversary session with a waltz into this super cool coffeehouse to share a cup in their Mr. and Mrs. mugs!

We intended to cut into their cake from yester-year, but none of us realized that it was akin to a delicious frosted glacier and would take several days to thaw out. There's your pro-tip: a week before your anniversary, set a reminder on your phone to move your cake from the freezer to the fridge. After the frozen cake and the hot coffee (and a few shocked stares from college students cramming for finals), we headed to Pittsburgh to get some magical photos in front of the Christmas tree at PPG Place.

As you can imagine, we got some crazy looks as we ran around both Indiana and Pittsburgh in the 17 degree weather in full wedding regalia, but I think you'll agree the end results are worth it! My awesome friend Jackie from J.jae Photography let me try out her super cool Mag Mod flash modifier, and when you throw in the gentle snowfall with this dreamy backlight, well, you just gotta see for yourself!

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How I Found Inspiration Again | Winter Wedding in the Poconos
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This year, after almost giving up after six years of business, I really decided to work ON my business and not just IN my business, and I found that inspiration during a styled wedding shoot and photography workshop in the Poconos. My photography story starts much like other people's - friends of mine got engaged, asked their "artsy" friend with a camera that wasn't a cell phone to take some pictures (Pinterest was just starting back then, and ipods still had the big circular touch ring on the front of them, cars still had CD players - it was basically the stone age). 6 years later I've met dozens and dozens of couples and was given the privilege of photographing their weddings, engagements, family sessions, and more! So why, even if it appeared that I was successful, was I feeling like I was in a rut?

While cruising Instagram feeling sorry for myself in comparison to other great artists, I realized that my business was actually just a hobby. I wasn't working on it everyday, I wasn't progressing. I didn't have momentum. I was stuck. Luckily, on that endless feed of others' highlight reels that we call Instagram, I discovered that the amazing girls of Spark, a Christian women's photography group, were hosting a photography workshop in March - on my birthday, to be exact. While I was blessed enough to call one of these women both my friend and wedding photographer 4 years ago, I had little hope that I would actually get to attend this extremely limited workshop. Whether it was divine providence or really good luck, I was accepted and able to take one of the handful of slots being offered. What a great birthday present! We learned so much that day about things like posing, blogging, client experience, second shooting, and more! The best part was that we were able to finish our day with an amazingly gorgeous styled winter wedding where we could shoot along these legends and build our portfolios at the same time. The photos for that magical day are featured below!

After the workshop was over, I had 4 hours to stew in my own self pity and comparison depression as I drove back home to Indiana. I know that many photographers, along with most anyone else who has a goal they are chasing, thinks the same kind of thoughts. Do I have what it takes? Am I wiling to put in the work? Am I even good at this? I'll never be *that* person, why don't I just give up? Luckily, I have been blessed with an amazing husband and a healthy dose of stubbornness, and after about a week of tumult in my brain, I emerged wide-eyed and ready to start new. I forged so many paths this year to gain this crucial momentum that I was scared of for so long. A website reboot, blog posts, social media posts, gear investment, networking, education, on and on. The biggest lesson I learned, however, is to stop doubting my talent, even if it's not like other peoples. Just like in life, it's crucial to find out who you are, this time in terms of business. Once you know what your style is, what your message is, and what make you uniquely better, everything else will fall into place. This has been the best year yet, and while it's been a lot of hard work, doubling my success in just a year is well worth the price.


VENDORS:

Dresses - Rent The Runway

Videographer- TONEmedia

Calligraphy Signs - Penned By Alice

Jewelry - L Priori Jewelry
Bouquet Ribbon - Honey Silks & Co.


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