Year In Review ~ Best Of 2018

I didn’t realize how much was packed into 2018 until I sat down to work on this blog post. I traveled to 8 countries and several states to document love stories. I am overwhelmed by all the love, beauty and wonder I witnessed and documented this year! What an absolute thrill it is to not only be there to see such beautiful sights and witnessing love stories getting their happy ending but also to be trusted with the special job of documenting it. I am so proud to have served each and everyone of my couples. You have all truly inspired me! I included each of you in this blog because there isn’t one of your days that weren’t the absolute best.

I started the year by traveling to Italy with my dear friend Jessica Manns and she even taught me how to shoot film while we were there!! The top photo is a film capture of the Dolomite Mountains. We explored Rome, Venice, Dolomite Mountains, and documented a lovely vow renewal in Amalfi Coast. My favorite of course was the mountains, as it always is. And I can’t wait to make a trip back and see those mountains in the summer! It was such a refreshing trip with a good friend.

This was the absolutely enchanting vow renewal we got to capture and style in Positano, Italy. This lovely blue dress is from Chotronette and the amazing vow books were created by my friend at Flourish Grace Calligraphy, for all you brides planning your day right now. Ever since this magical sunset evening with this sweet couple I’ve been dying to go back and capture an elopement here. So if this sparks a desire in you to run off to Italy and elope, let me know! πŸ™‚

Shortly after I got back from exploring Italy I took off to go explore the PNW with a group of photographer friends I met a year ago in Ireland. We traveled all over photographing couples, eating new food and drinking wine together. It was such a wonderful time. I came home and tried to convince Tim to move us there but to no avail. But I have plans to go back in 2019 so I’m pretty excited to see this magical place again.

This charming couple ran around Portland with us and I could not have had more fun with them. I mean just look at Lauren and Kevin, how cute they are?! This is probably one of the only times I wasn’t photographing a couple in the rain while I was in Seattle and Oregon too so I appreciated the dry clothes.

My good friend Vicki from Garnet Dahlia Photography set up all these perfect details for this lovely MT. Hood Elopement. We also spent the night in this lovely cabin just drinking wine and making dinner with only the use of the microwave because the stove stopped working. It was an adventure for sure but worth it to meet these two sweethearts. Wesley and Brandon’s tender love for each other just left me swooning hard.

Lauren and Gavin are adventurous souls at heart which makes them so fun to hang out with! We had a surprisingly awesome time running around in the rain and getting soaked to the bone. I just about teared up while I was editing their session just looking at the sweet way they look at each other. There is no doubt that they sure do love each other! I’m seriously just in awe of their adorableness! Working with couples who are head over heals for each other just makes my heart so happy.

I did slip on a rock, fall on my butt and had huge purple bruise on my bottom in the process of photographing these two, had two umbrellas break on me and fly away in the process of photographing these two. It was all well worth it! Running around in the rain documenting their love was one of the highlights of my trip. I think I may have fallen in love with these two!

Nick and Lexx are the definition of the kind of couples I love to work with. Adventurous, head over heals in love and completely committed to each other. I follow Lexx on Instgram constantly for updates on her hikes and adventures and it always makes me smile. I absolutely loved capturing them run around Cannon Beach and cuddle in the rain.

My dear friend Vicki and Melissa put together all these beautiful detail for them, the two of them would make amazing wedding planners if they weren’t already kickass wedding photographers! This gorgeous dress is from the always incredible Sweet Caroline Styles. Be sure to check her out brides to be!

Again I found myself drenched in rain while exploring MT. Rainier National Park but couldn’t of been happier. I seriously find rain to be on of the most romantic things in nature. Amber looked as gorgeous as if the sun was shinning bright, I’m pretty sure I just looked like a drowned rodent but these two looked amazing. They travel the country with their boy in a family camper and I find that so inspiring. I hope to do the same someday with Tim and Hazel.

May brought more beautiful weddings, including Angel and Jon’s. Angel and Jon chose to celebrate their love at her family home with close friends an family. Angel and Jon are so committed to each other, their love was very inspiring to witness! And any day that ends with a sing off to The Greatest Showman soundtrack is going to be my absolute favorite! Intimate weddings are such a passion of mine and days like this are why!

Steve and Shikha were another of my May couples. They got married at Friedman Farms and had a lively celebration. I love getting to photograph Indian weddings as they definitely know how to celebrate. I had a huge smile on my face the entire two days! AND!! Shikha and Steve have hired me to come out for an adventure session in India! I am over the moon excited to be to hang out with these two again! 19 days! πŸ™‚

Matt and Diane were my last May couple and their day was so packed full of beautiful emotion I got in my car at the end of the day and cried happy tears. Their intimate wedding day was absolutely a treasure. There wasn’t a dry eye anywhere. I loved their loved story! Matt actually hit on Diane when she was his waitress, obviously that worked out quite well for me. πŸ˜‰

I took of the month of June to go explore Europe with Tim, Hazel and my Cousin and her family. We started off with a very brief stay in Iceland. Biggest impression, out time there wasn’t long enough! I’m definitely planning on going back this year! The blue lagoon was hands down the most relaxing experience of my life. Seriously. Go and soak in this magical lagoon. You’ll thank me later.

From there we worked our way to London where we spent a magical week exploring this perfect city. Now I am not a city girl, I’m a back mountain village king of girl BUT London won me over. Perhaps it was because Tim loved it so much or maybe it was because so many of my childhood favorite books and movies (Harry Potter, Marry Poppins I mean it’s got it all) were made here or maybe it was because the food was so freaking amazing. Either way we all loved our time there and can’t wait to go back as a family.

Then we took the train at King Cross Station to Scotland. I cannot tell you what a dream come true it was for me. Scotland has been my dream location since I was a little girl. I have adored it as long as I can remember. Being able to see it with my own too eyes was a dream come true. Tim, Hazel and I completely fell in love. We plan to make another trip this summer to this beautiful country. I could go on and on about the beauty of this land. I would move there in a heartbeat and spend my days hiking the terrain and hanging out in the pups.

After Scotland we moved on to Ireland. Ireland will forever have a special place in my heart. I met some of my best friends in the world here. I found a hidden gem there for all the Lord Of The Rings fans. I haven’t quite made it to New Zealand yet but staying in these Hobbit holes sure made me feel pretty close. If you are planning a trip there please go stay here! It’s called Mayo Glamping. https://www.mayoglamping.ie/

I got to show everyone the magic of the Cliffs of Moher and Galway and stuff my face with Butler Chocolate again. MMM, best thing ever! I didn’t want this trip to end. It was the perfect family holiday.

We flew home for my little brother’s wedding. I got the best sister in law I could ask for and Hazel got to be a flower girl for the first time. My friend Marivel came and photographed it and got to just enjoy/ chase my daughter. It was a special day and my heart is still so happy that my brother got such a sweet woman and I gained a sister.

I can’t forget to mention all the incredible adventurous engagement sessions I captured this year either. As this post is already too full I combined them for you. Thanks for exploring, hiking and be vulnerable with me you guys. You all rocked your sessions!

Adam and Danielle kicked off July with an emotional and beautiful day! I had so much fun hiking the Appalachian Trail with these two for their engagement session so it came as no surprise to me that they would be just as adventurous on their wedding day. If you want to see more of their day please go back through the blogs posts and read their story. Such a sweet and caring couple!

Then I traveled to Playa Del Carmen Mexico and was absolutely enchanted. I’ve never been a beach girl as I’ve always been in love with the mountains but Mexico’s clear blue water, delicious food, colorful buildings and amazing people made me swoon. I am already planning a trip back for this year. I photographed several of my beautiful friends, ate tacos, drank pina coladas on the beach, jumped off waterfalls and swam in the beautiful water. If you’re debating making a visit, GO! Perfect place for a destination beach wedding or a jungle wedding.

I mean how much better can a wedding day get than getting to hang out with a Zebra? This friendly guy couldn’t get enough of Nolan and Kacey and I had a good chuckle as he turned his butt to Nolan for some butt rubs. Kacey and Nolan were one of my absolutely sweetest couples and I was overcome with pride that they trusted me to be their wedding photographer.

In the very beginning of August my sister got proposed to and hitched within a week. It was a whirlwind and beautiful time! Zack planned the perfect proposal for my sister and the weather turned it into a magical moment of Notebook proportions. We hiked up to the top of this mountain and in the torrential downpour Zack told her how much he loved her. I am ecstatic for my little sister to be married to such a wonderful man.

Next Alex and Liana’s intimate wedding at Stirling Guest Hotel. Their day was so unique and special. I think my favorite detail was the dinosaur the ring bearer carried down the aisle! Ingenious! It was a beautiful and heartfelt celebration! Alex and Liana’s hired me to come along for their honeymoon in Austria as well! So you’ll see them again in this post. πŸ™‚

Cayla and Andrew have such a special relationship. They are the kind of couple that you can just tell by how they look at each other how deeply they care for one another. I cried several times during their ceremony as they vowed their love to one another in front of their closest friends and family. Cayla’s mom surprised her with a piece of her wedding dress made into a necklace that she could wear on her wedding day and we all burst into tears. I definitely intend to do this for Hazel. Andrew and his groomsmen had the best outlook on a rainy day and went mud sliding after we were done with all the portraits. It was a day full of laughter, music, love and so much joy.

Brandi and Devon’s intimate wedding at Friedman Farms was one of the prettiest weddings I ever saw. Chippy White Table decorated their ceremony and reception perfectly and Monzie’s florals were amazing as always! I absolutely love every chance I get to work with these two wedding vendor friends, they are the best of the best. If you’re local to PA go check them out!

Brandi walked down the aisle to the Imperial March and I seriously almost screamed with delight. She was not only the most stunning bride but a kickass one! Their cupcake bar made me want to die it was so pretty! And the barn cat couldn’t help but come and celebrate with us all and we loved every second of it.

Taylor and Franklin started out my busiest month of the year, September. A little rain couldn’t stop them from having a blast. As you can see they were a playful group and I had a ton of fun with all of them. Franklin and Taylor had the sweetest ceremony and reception at Stroudsmoor Inn with their family and friends and I was glad to be a part of it.

Emily and Sam (Or Samwise as Emily calls him, isn’t that the sweetest. It made my nerdy heart happy.) had an intimate wedding at Glasbern Inn which is the most charming little place. Their ceremony was one of the most genuine and heartfelt celebrations of love I’ve ever witnessed. Their pup was so overcome with the love from everyone that he started licking the tears off of Emily’s dad’s face. I could not stop crying. These two are such a special couple an I’m so happy I had the chance to meet them.

Right after Emily and Sam’s wedding I drove up to Bethany Beach so to capture Bridget and Ryan’s intimate wedding the next morning. In the weeks leading up to their day we thought several times we would have to find another location for their ceremony because it was due to storm but nature obviously changed it’s mind for these two. It was so sunny all day and we were all so thankful. Ryan broke down when he saw his bride for the first time. And their pup was the sweetest girl the whole day and the perfect flower girl.

Next up was Steve and Jackie’s day at Stroudsmoor Inn. Their Jewish ceremony a top the hill was stunning! From the start they had told me one of the most important things to them was their reception coverage and I found out why. They had SO much fun! I was glad to be there for that party! Steve’s friend surprised them by dressing up like an leprechaun like he had been the day they met on Saint Patricks Day.

The sun seriously showed off just for Caitlin and Corey’s day. I swear I’ve seen few sunsets as magical and warm as this one. I couldn’t of been happier because these two definitely deserved it. Their intimate day was charming and beautiful.

Marie and Evan’s day was an actual fairytale! Marie looked like a real life princess and I would say that Evan agreed. It was an enchanting evening! I was a sucker for their pretty green details!

Megan and Evan’s intimate wedding was my last September wedding and Hazel got to be a flower girl for the third time! In 2017 Megan and Evan took me with them to New Orleans for their engagement session and I’m honored to be close enough friends that Hazel was their flower girl and Tim came as a guest. Their Jewish woodland ceremony was something I still cherish. And their cake had llama’s on it! OBSESSED! It was a gorgeous day and I was so glad to watch these two become husband and wife!

The next day I started October off by driving to Shenandoah National Park to capture this adventurous anniversary session for one of my 2017 couples, Bryan and Brittany. We climbed waterfalls, hiked and watched the sunset together. What an incredible time with old friends enjoying this beautiful place.

There was so much that I loved about Kayla and Mike’s day I don’t know if I can cover it all. They had their friend dress up like the pope and marry them, instead of a flower girl they had one of her friends walk down and toss whiskey to their guest (LOVE IT!), they had a donut wall and as I sit her writing this I just started a new diet and all I want to do is stuff my face with donuts. But how they love and care for each other was the best of all. Their devotion and respect for each other was absolutely inspiring.

The very next day they went hiking and exploring with me at Delaware Water Gap. As park rangers themselves the outdoors and adventure has always been important to them so they couldn’t imagine celebrating any other way than getting lost in nature. We had an amazing adventure together and I can’t wait to meet up for another one sometime soon!

Then I flew off to Austria with Alex and Liana to explore the alps and the wonder of this country. We met up in Hallstatt and took a romantic sunset boat ride to overlook the town. If you ever get the chance to go to Austria this lovely town needs to be on your list. It was so good to catch up with these two and be around their sweet love!

Sabrina and Julio’s relationship is one of the special ones. You just look at them and know that nothing that life could bring their way will ever be able to destroy their love and devotion to each other. Best friends and lovers. The rain made their portraits look straight out of a romance movie and their intimate celebration was the most perfect way to declare their love for each other.

Josh and Christine’s November wedding was my last wedding of the year and what a day it was! As soon as they locked eyes as Christine started walking down the aisle they were both so overcome with love and emotion they broke dow together. After their heartfelt ceremony we went hiking in Falls, PA and enjoyed the last pit of beauty fall had left. It was the perfect way to end the season.

To end the year Tim and I celebrated our own anniversary hiking, exploring and cuddling in a cabin in Vermont and the Adirondacks with a small stop in Canada. We talked about all that had happened in 2018, gained a brother and a sister, explored the world, watched our daughter grow. We drank wine, hot coco and made new friends. It was a refreshing time.

Thank you to each and every one of my 2018 couples! You made this one of the very best years of my life. I truly treasure each and everyone of you and think of you often.

Here’s to 2019 and all the love, laughter and adventure it brings! Don’t hesitate to reach out if you want to plan your own adventure or have your intimate wedding or elopement photographed by me. I’m offering 20% my collections till the end of the month.

Cheers to the new year!

Travel Log ~ Scotland

Travel Log ~ Scotland

I have been dreaming of traveling to Scotland since I was a little girl and this summer I finally got to go and took my little girl with me. It was so incredibly special to me to have Hazel and Tim with me. To watch Hazel run through the fields, climb rocks and explore the rugged terrain freely made my heart soar. Seeing Tim enjoy the culture as he hopped from pub to pub making friends with every bar keep and trying haggis and blood pudding made me smile. Being able to celebrate my birthday in the country that captured my heart before I ever set foot in it was absolutely magical. Scotland was everything I dreamed it would be and more and it was absolutely amazing to experience it with my family! I can’t wait to go back and hope to vey soon!

For those planning a trip to Scotland here are some of my recommendations. Plan for two or more weeks so you can experience Scotland right. Ask the locals what to order for food and enjoy trying new things. Spend a day or two in Edinburgh but for the rest of your trip head out to the highlands and go hike, horseback ridding, etc. You cannot come to Scotland and not get lost in it’s gorgeous nature! Bring your hiking boots and go get lost! πŸ™‚ Isle of Skye is a must see. Don’t skip it! Go to as many pubs as you can, you will meet amazing people there. Tim’s favorite was The World’s End in Edinburgh. Stop to watch the street performers. If you’re a Harry Potter nerd go ride the Hogwarts Express. Buy a kilt and listen to the bagpipes.

Scotland is an amazing country and it’s close to two of my other favorite places, Ireland and London. I highly recommend taking a month to explore all three and enjoy a UK holiday. The food is GREAT, the people are friendly and inspiring and the landscape is out of this world. There is a reason so many films choose to film their movies in these gorgeous places.

Scotland and all of the UK is very family friendly and is a great summer holiday for the family. Hazel loved climbing, hiking and exploring with us. Tim especially loved that their were family oriented pubs where we could eat dinner and he could order delicious beer. He could write a whole blog post on how different and how much better the beer is in Scotland. It kind of spoiled him for drinking beer in America. I can’t drink beer because of my celiac disease but I’ll take his word on it.

Overall Scotland should be on everyone’s bucket list and if you’ve been debating on whether or not to book a trip, do it now! Flight deals always change and you can sometimes find $400 tickets direct to Scotland but I usually find it cheaper to fly to London and then take the train to Scotland which is such a lovely experience! While you’re there you can even check out King’s Cross Station and visit Platform 9 3/4.

Happy adventuring!

 

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A Stirling Guest Hotel Wedding ~ Liana & Alex

A Stirling Guest Hotel Wedding ~ Liana & Alex

 

Since I just got back from adventuring with these two on their honeymoon in Austria I wanted to share their enchanting wedding day at the charming Stirling Guest Hotel with you. A lot of the amazing details and style from their day reminded me of Sound Of Music which just made me chuckle as they chose to honeymoon right outside of Salzburg where lot of the filming for that movie took place. That should show you just how much of a nerd I am. lol

Liana and Alex are a sweet, unique and special couple. Their love for one another is evident and their whole day that just shined through. Just moments before Liana was about to walk down the aisle it started torrentially down pouring and everyone made a mad dash inside. But that didn’t matter they were just so excited to get married to each other and the romantic candlelit staircase was just fine by them. Throughout the rest of the night there was so much shared laughter and joy.

Liana and Alex chose to only have their closest friends and family there to celebrate on their wedding day. The warm intimate feel of their reception was like being invited over for a big family thanksgiving dinner. Absolute perfection. As their loved ones stood up and talked about how much they loved them and how proud they were of these two my heart swelled just like the grinch’s. It was a true honor to be there to witness the day they said I Do. It was an even bigger honor to adventure with them while on their honeymoon and capture them in all their newly wed adorableness. I left a sneak peak of their session at the end of this blog but you’ll have to stay tuned to see the rest. πŸ™‚

Since I have such adventure loving couples I have reworked my wedding collections to offer an all inclusive collection where honeymoon sessions are included! That means no extra travel cost or lodging cost, it’s all worked right into the one time price. I also added a collection that has an add on adventure session for day after sessions if you want to go hike somewhere here in the states in your full wedding attire. If you want to hear more about those please feel free to go to my contract form, fill it out and let’s get started planning an adventure together. πŸ™‚

Alex and Liana thank you so much for inviting me to capture so many of your special and timeless moments! I definitely hope to adventure more with you guys in the future! Keep on being the sweet, kind and amazing people you are! <3

 

 

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Positano Vow Renewal

 

I’ve been holding on to this intimate vow renewal in Positano, Italy for way too long! I know so many of you have been wanting to see this and I’m sorry for making your wait so long! I think part of me was waiting to post because I didn’t want this trip to be over. I loved my time in Italy with Andrew and Rebecca and I’ve been wanting to go back ever since. Italy is magical, the food, the people the amazing landscapes so vast and different wherever you go and oh the WINE! I absolutely loved exploring this beautiful place and I loved capturing Andrew and Rebecca’s steadfast love for each other.

Andrew and Rebecca are parents to two beautiful little girls and they have been living as a family in Italy while Andrew is stationed there and Rebecca explores as much of Italy as she can in her free time with her girls. It definitely is one of the many things that inspired me to travel with my own daughter and oh my heart is that rewarding. So thank you for that Becky! <3 It really made such an impact on my life!

I always love watching couples and their unique way of loving each other and my time with Andrew and Rebecca was no exception. A love that started a family, an adventure together and that is standing the test of time. It always warms my heart to see this because I truly believe love is worth it and needs to be celebrated in this world. I’m so glad I had the chance to capture this intimate vow renewal in the enchanting city of Positano.

This dress has kinda become a trend ever since Rebecca wore it so well and it’s really cool to see that since I love unique dresses. This dress is from the very talented designer Chotronette and the absolutely stunning vow books were designed by my good friend at Flourish Grace Calligraphy. I will link both of their sights for all you brides out there to check out their awesome work!

https://www.chotronette.com/

http://www.flourishgracecalligraphy.com/

I hope you enjoy scrolling through this lovely session and if you’re looking to elope or get married in Italy, PLEASE reach out to me because my heart is longing to go back to this gorgeous country!

 

 

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Travel Log ~ London

 

I’ve travel to quick a few cities around the world and I haven’t loved any as much as I have loved London. I’m much more of a country girl so I’m never that big a fan of cities as I feel they are too crowded, not enough greenery and usually too loud for my liking. But London, I don’t know if it’s because it was the first time I was able to take Tim and Hazel with me to Europe or just London’s charm… but I loved it. I loved the food, the sights, the charm, the musicians on the street, the people but most of all I loved watching Tim fall in love with this city. Tim has always loved the idea of being in a community where he could walk to everything and yet there was tons to explore, so London was perfect for him.

Hazel loved soaking in everything as well, she was such a traveling champ! She never really had a meltdown even though she never really got a nap on this trip. She fell asleep in her stroller or backpack carrier when she wanted to but we never took a break and went home for a nap. There was way too much to see and to EAT. I love eating in Europe so much. I have a painful gut due to years of having Celiac Disease and not knowing it so it hurts all the time in America. But in Europe my gut never hurts! Why, because they don’t put junk in their food. So I ate all of the food I could and loved every single second of it.

We traveled to London with my dear cousin, her kids and her mom and oh it was just such a refreshing and fun time. We went to the London Zoo, Buckingham Palace, and Tim and I searched out all the Harry Potter things we could including King’s Cross station and many other locations that the movies were filmed. We ate out just about every night, laughed, giggled and just had the absolutely best holiday. We met up with my cousin’s cousin who lives there and he showed us around and he and Tim became quite good friends. πŸ™‚

All in all we definitely fell in love with this city and can’t wait to go back as a family since London was so kid friendly. We love the friends we made and can’t get the charm of London out of our hearts. If you are debating on whether or not to add this city to your travel list, DO IT! You can thank me later. πŸ™‚ Walk around and find the hidden chems, listen to the street music, eat all the food and then take a train to the countryside and further enjoy the charm of this country. See you later London, we miss you!

 

 

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