Harry Potter Inspired Wedding

 

Tiffany and Brett never had wedding photos taken so my friend Vicki Moyer and I planned a Harry Potter Inspired Wedding Photo Shoot for them since like myself, Tiffany and Brett love Harry Potter. Vicki happens to be an interior designer so she styled everything and as you’ll see it was an amazing set up! We decided the perfect location was Hawk Mountain so Tiffany overcame her fear of heights for the second time (the first time was at the Cliffs of Moher) to enjoy the gorgeous view of the mountains at sunrise.

My favorite Calligrapher, Flourish Grace Calligraphy did the Calligraphy and like always she just went above and beyond with her work. She even wrote them Harry Potter Inspired Vows and let me tell you it was beautiful and touching! Ciao! Bakery did this amazing cake and I’m pretty sure I could write a love song about this cake! I mean I could not stop taking photos of it’s beauty and all the details she put into it! The gorgeous florals were designed by Lavender and Locks Floral Design and Flower Farm. Together this dream team really bought together our vision and created something all Harry Potter fans will love! I’m still geeking out about it!

Now the love between Tiffany and Brett was so beautiful my heart was melting as I was editing their photos. I’m so glad this adorable and sweet couple finally have wedding photos. They are truly a special couple, they are definitely each other’s very best friends and that always makes me happy. I think the best romances are born of loyal friendships. I could go on and on about my dear friends but I will just let you scroll through and witness their love for yourselves.

 

 

 

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Travel Log ~ Ireland

 

It’s very sad that it took me this long to post a blog about my trip to Ireland this summer but I hope you’ll forgive me as you scroll through some of the awesome adventures I had with people I now consider dear friends. So now I’ll just dive right and and tell you that I traveled to Ireland in July this year for a honeymoon session and then to meet up with some friends before we all attended a HOF Photography Workshop (I will attach a link to their site at the end. Featured in this blog post you’ll see some of the awe inspiring landscapes we visited and some action shots of me and my friends hiking around Ireland. Almost all of the backpacks and bags you will see in this post are House Of Flynn bags or HOF. I’m not being paid to talk about these bags at all but I do use the Rucksack backpack for all my travels, I love it and would recommend it to anyone. It’s an amazing company that not only has beautiful bags but plans absolutely amazing workshops.

The first day I arrived in Dublin after not sleeping on the plane, got my rental and went right into driving in the city of Dublin to grab food and then meet my couple. I won’t lie I don’t care for how narrow the streets in Dublin are but it is a beautiful and historic city. After my shoot that afternoon ( which you can view here http://bethelannphotography.com/dublin-honeymoon-session/) I drove straight to the Air B&B in Shannon I was staying at with three other girls from the workshop that was two hours away. I ended up having to pull over to take a quick nap because jet lag and no sleep. Got back on the road and finally made it and met Vicki and Brittany briefly before I passed out. The next morning Caitlin joined us and we all got in my rental to go explore Killarney National Park. Which of course was so stunning, gorgeous waterfalls and endless beautiful woods, a castle…. it was all so so gorgeous. The one surprising thing was it was really really hot. We were all prepared for the rainy cold Ireland but I ended up walking around in my tank top instead of the two sweaters I brought with me. After we were done hiking around for the day we found some great Irish food and headed back to our Air B&B.

The next day we packed up to meet the rest of the girls for the workshop at our hotel in Shannon and while everyone was still arriving a few of us went and had a photo shoot at Corcomroa Abbey and you can view that session here http://bethelannphotography.com/corcomroe-abbey-cliffs-moher-couple-session/ We then stopped at this magical little chocolate factory called Hazel Mountain Chocolate https://www.hazelmountainchocolate.com/ I got gluten free cake and I about died because it was so good. And then we drove back to our hotel just in time for a brief meeting with everyone before we prepared to drive to the Cliffs of Moher the next day.

I have SO much to say about the Cliffs of Moher, it is my happy place, a place I feel at peace. Every single one of my new friends felt the same way and we all were in our element here. There was live Irish music which just added to the magical feel of this gorgeous place. We snapped so many pictures of each other and later one there was a surprise couple shoot with our teacher Savannah Kate Morgan and her husband which you can view here http://bethelannphotography.com/romance-cliffs-moher-wayland-savannah/ I truly can’t say enough about this day and the beauty I got to witness. I think we all bonded over our shared love of capturing beauty, nature and adventure and it was the beginning of so many beautiful friendships. There is just something about traveling with people that really bonds you, I feel the same with all of the couples who invite me to travel with them to. My gypsy soul longs for these kind of connections.

We all got to know each other so much over the next view days, exploring pubs in Ireland, twirling in front of Ross Castle (where we stayed for a good majority of our time in Ireland), taking photos of a mermaid, a sleepover during a black out and oh so much laughter. The magic of Ireland can only be beat by the amazing friendships we created there.

Ireland will always be a magical place for me and I can’t wait to make another trip. If you are making plans to visit this beautiful country make sure you go see the Cliffs of Moher and take a silent moment to take it all in, drive across the beautiful countryside, stop at Hazel Mountain Chocolate and get yourself some yummy chocolate, go to an Irish pub and dance with some Irish men. It’s an absolutely life changing experience. My last bit of advice is you go with the people you love because this is a country that needs to be enjoyed with those closest to you.

Well that’s all I have for you right now. Here is a link for those of you curious about those bags and HOF workshops. https://www.thehouseofflynn.com/ Enjoy scrolling through the majestic views of Ireland!

 

 

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A Classy Bohemian Wedding ~ Ashley & Daniel

 

Sometimes I sit down with a couple and we just click right away with them, it was definitely that way with Ashley and Daniel. We had so much fun at their consult and even more at their engagement session (Daniel dressed up as a lumberjack in short shorts for half of the photos and we all died laughing) so it came as no surprise to me that their wedding day was a lively day full of laughter and pure joy. They are the kind of couple you just find yourself smiling constantly around. You can’t help but to have a good time when they are around and they are also some of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet.

Ashley’s wedding was absolutely lovely as you will see, every detail was perfect, it was simple yet stunning. It was the perfect blend of classy and bohemian! Her dress was gorgeous and it looked like it was made just for her. The reception was full of so much beautiful greenery, it made my heart so happy. There are few things that make my heart as happy as beautiful greenery, candles and flowers. Perhaps the only thing that can beat it is a pretty cake, which they had. It was a beautiful and perfect day and I’m so excited to share it with you!

The dancing portion of the night was so much fun! I found myself laughing very often. They had a dance competition between Ashley’s family and Daniel’s and they really got into it. There was no way to tell who won because both sides had some serious moves! That’s my favorite kind of wedding party.

My heart is still so full of joy as I look back on this lovely day. I hope you all enjoy scrolling through this lovely wedding! Thank you again Ashley and Daniel for letting me document your love and your absolutely wonderful day!

 

 

 

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An Emotional Backyard Wedding

 

When I think about this lovely wedding what really sticks with me is becoming a family. My absolute favorite moment from Sharon and Bob’s wedding is after the ceremony when Sharon and her sons embrace each other and Bob as a new family. Words can’t describe the beauty of that moment. Family is a beautiful, important thing that when found should be cherished.

True love is a beautiful thing no matter when you find it. When watching Sharon and Bob you could tell how dear they were to one another. The whole day was full of sweet moments and I found myself smiling all the time. I could just feel their love for each other and the love and happiness of their friends and family for them. That’s probably my favorite thing at weddings to see, the relationships and how each life affects so many.

Sharon and Bob opted for an intimate backyard wedding which definitely suited them. There was a bonfire, s’mores and singing around the campfire. What better way to celebrate with friends? Children ran around giggling with the dogs joining in the fun while adults huddled by the fire sharing stories and memories. It was a lovely day and I was happy to be there to capture it all. Now go ahead and scroll through to see this emotional backyard wedding! Enjoy!

 

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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

 

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

 

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

 

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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Adventure Session in Jean Lafitte National Park

 

This stunning adventure session in New Orleans at Jean Lafitte National Park was one of my favorite parts of this summer. Megan and Evan are one of my 2018 couples and for their engagement session they wanted to explore New Orleans with me. We braved the swamps at Jean Lafitte National Park with all of its alligators and we were glad we did. As every National Park I’ve been too, Jean Lafitte was full of gorgeous sites and beauty.

Things started off a little rough as I got totally lost, never trust Google Maps! Hahaha. It took me to an abandoned construction site instead of the national park. But once we finally got to the right place we had such an amazing time. Evan and Megan are such a fun couple! I’m sure you’ll see that just from their photos, they are a ton of fun to hang out with. We adventured around the city for a day too, ate at some awesome restaurants, walked around French Quarter.

New Orleans is like their second home and I can definitely see why they love it so much. It’s a city full of music, art, history and great beauty. I love walking through a city and live music is just everywhere. A marching band walked right past us playing amazing music and almost every street had someone performing. I fell in love and can’t wait for my next adventure in New Orleans!

The love of Megan and Evan was the only thing more enchanting than New Orleans so it was a beautiful pairing. I just can’t wait for their wedding next year! I know it will be a day full of love and a lot of laughter because that’s just how they are. I love couples who are just unashamedly themselves. You are never to old to be a goofball with your best friend!

Enjoy some of my favorite moments from this rad couple’s adventure session! And don’t hesitate to reach out if you would like to plan your own adventure session! I have dates available for Hawaii this couples sessions this October. Shoot me an email for more details! I would love to meet some more adventurous couples while I’m there!

 

 

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