An Intimate Woodland Wedding

An Intimate Woodland Wedding

 

I can’t tell you how excited I am to share this heartfelt and intimate wedding with you! Katy and Luke has such a beautiful vision for their day. When we discussed their day they said they really just wanted an intimate time in the woods with family and friends and the rest didn’t matter and their day was exactly that, a beautiful intimate woodland wedding.

Their decor had the perfect laid back bohemian vibe. Katy’s dress was one of my absolute favorites from this wedding season, it was the PERFECT dress for a woodland wedding and I’m still in awe of all the lace details. The reception was like a family picnic, with picnic games and yummy picnic food and lots of children running around laughing. It was a beautiful thing to be a part of!

Katy and Luke couldn’t be any sweeter or selfless. They cared much more about their family and friends then they gave any thought to themselves. I loved being able to sneak off with them for their portraits so I could capture their sweet love for each other and to put them into the spotlight for just a little.

Couples like Katy and Luke really inspire me and are exactly the kind of people I LOVE to work with! In love with each other, adoration for nature and a love for the family and friends who have been there for them throughout their life. I’m sure I could go on and on about this heartfelt day but I will just let you scroll through and enjoy the beauty of their day.

 

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A Hayfield House Penn State Wedding ~ Caroline and Conor

A Hayfield House Penn State Wedding ~ Caroline and Conor

 

I photographed this gorgeous day the day after flying back from a two week trip to Ireland. Normally I might have cleared my schedule for the week after a big trip like that but for Caroline and Conor I didn’t even think twice about making an exception. The day after she was engaged Caroline had her mother call me to make sure they booked me first. The rest of the wedding planning could wait till her next visit home from college but she said even before she started dating Conor she had dreamed of having me as her wedding photographer. I mean, how can you say now to such a sweet compliment like that?

I can’t tell you enough how much it means to me every time I hear how passionate my couples are about me, it makes me all the more passionate about them and what I do. I’ll never forget what an incredible honor it is! You all make what I do so overwhelmingly rewarding, so thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I was truly honored to be Caroline and Conor’s photographer, what an amazing couple! One of the biggest words I would use to describe them is FUN! Haha, but also sweet and inspiring. I loved every second of their wedding day. There was so much beautiful emotion and pure joy. Caroline’s getting ready space is one of my favorites to date, Hayfield House is a gorgeous location. And their reception….. Oh my heart was it so much fun! I swear they had the best DJ I’ve ever worked with and literally everyone danced. I love receptions full of joy, fun and laughter and this was one of them. Overall I can’t say enough good things about Conor and Caroline or their beautiful day, so I’ll just let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

 

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An Intimate Yosemite Wedding

An Intimate Yosemite Wedding

 

If I could choose one wedding from this year that perfectly shows why I love intimate weddings so much, it would be this one, because I love weddings with a lot of heart. Amanda and Nicolas’s day was so full of love and overwhelming emotions. When Amanda reached out to me it was only about a month away from her wedding date and she explained that she had pretty much forgotten to do a lot of the wedding planning after the loss of her grandfather. She expressed how heartbroken she was to not have him there and what a wonderful man he was, he had been like a father to her.

After talking with her over the phone and hearing more of her love story with Nicolas and her sweet grieving heart I knew I wanted to document her beautiful day. So I hopped on a plane to Fresno California. Their wedding day although mingled with grief over their loss of an irreplaceable family member was still full of joy. The hard times in life have a way of bring loved ones closer together and teaches us to cling to joy all the more. It was clear how much everyone there loved Nicolas and Amanda and wished them all the happiness in the world. I teared up many times during their day as loved ones talked of their love for them, most especially when her grandmother got up and gave a toast.

Intimate weddings like this one allow you to be vulnerable with the ones you love the most and truly celebrate with the people who will always mean the most to you. For this beautiful family it was exactly what they needed and it honestly couldn’t have been more beautiful. They said their vows in a field right outside of Yosemite National Park where nature seemed to show off just for them. I can’t express to in words how touching and beautiful this day but I feel their pictures show what words cannot. Congratulations Nicolas and Amanda! I wish you and your family so much joy and happiness!

 

 

 

 

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Corcomroe Abbey and Cliffs of Moher Couple Session

Corcomroe Abbey and Cliffs of Moher Couple Session

 

I am certainly missing Ireland this morning and so I am sharing some more of the beauty I witnessed in my travels there. I’m slowly getting all my Ireland adventures blogged in between all my other travels. This adventure session with Blake and Kelsi was gorgeous! Their adorable love and the stunning beauty of Ireland was a beautiful pairing.

My dear friend Jessica from Jessica Manns Photography had been in Ireland a couple months before me and told me I just had to visit Corcomroe Abbey and I’m so glad she did! Corcomroa Abbey has a beautiful and historical feel to it. I had met up with some photography friends at this point and they piled in my car to head to the Abbey. It’s set next to some gorgeous rocky mountains and rolling hills and fields and we all had a blast exploring and photographing Blake and Kelsi’s sweet relationship.

The day we visited the Abbey it was so sunny and warm. We were all surprised as we were expecting more of Ireland’s famous rainy weather but we got beautiful sunlight instead. But the day we visited the Cliffs of Moher was a bit more of the weather you would expect from Ireland. I was a huge fan of both climates, both the sweet sunshine at Corcomroe Abbey and the gorgeous moody clouds at the Cliffs of Moher.

Ireland is the perfect place to travel with your loved ones and most especially your significant other. You lose all track of time in Ireland because the Irish are never in a big rush like we are as Americans. You can totally lose yourself there just enjoying the beauty of the landscape and the culture. The people who live there are some of the absolute best! Everyone was so kind and genuinely hilarious! I could go one for hours but I won’t. I hope this encourages you to plan a trip to Ireland someday! It truly should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Here are some of my favorites from my time with Kelsi and Blake in Ireland. I hope you enjoy scrolling through and don’t hesitate to reach out if you would like to schedule your own adventure session. Let’s go explore together!

 

 

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