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Brad and Nicole’s Wedding Day

Yesterday was Nicole Hall and Brad Theuret’s wedding day. What a beautiful day it was! The sky was blue; the sun shined brightly; and a temperature in the low 70s was quite comfortable.

I was Nicole and Brad’s official photographer. Nicole is a friend of the family. My husband has known Nicole since she was born. My relationship with Nicole is much more recent. I was honored to be chosen by Nicole to photograph her wedding.

My photographer duties began at 12:00 pm at the Deer Head Inn, located in Spring Creek PA. The Deer Head Inn was used to prepare for the wedding ceremony. The girls dressed in a fully furnished apartment located on the first floor of the inn. The guys dressed in an apartment on the second floor that was not furnished. After the girls and guys were dressed in their wedding attire, it was time for the reveal. The reveal is where the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony. Brad was led outside backwards, accompanied by his best man and groomsmen.

The Reveal

Nicole waited for Brad at the end of a bridge, accompanied by her maid of honor, bridesmaids and flower girl. At a designated location on the bridge, Brad slowly turned around and saw his bride for the first time.  After the reveal we spent a couple hours taking formal portraits, which up until yesterday I had only taken after the wedding ceremony. The formal portraits were photographed outdoors at the Deer Head Inn, as well as in Garland PA at Oak Alley Farms (the venue for the wedding and reception). The reveal is a bit non-traditional, but it’s definitely my favorite way to photograph the bride and groom and their wedding party. Ample time was provided for the photography; there was no rush to hurry up with the pictures because wedding guests were at the reception waiting to eat; and there was not a large crowd of people around crowding me as I was taking the photographs!

Brad and Nicole’s wedding ceremony was held outdoors and began at 3:30 pm. The wedding ceremony was officiated by John Beard and lasted approximately 15 minutes. Another wedding first for me was the inclusion of the bride and groom’s dogs in the wedding ceremony. Lady and Roscoe were the ring bearers and performed their duties impeccably.

After the wedding ceremony, I took a few more formal portraits. Shortly before 4:30 pm the bride and groom were formally introduced, and the wedding reception got under way. The dinner, which was catered, was excellent. Food selections included an assortment of vegetables and dip, dinner roll, pasta salad, baked beans, boiled red potatoes, baked chicken, meatballs, and pulled pork. Dinner was followed by the first dance, the wedding toast, the cutting of the cupcake, the bouquet and garter toss, and the dollar dance. The dance floor was then opened for everyone to dance. Dancing continued until 10:00 pm. The DJ did an awesome job with the music and the lighting. At 10:00 pm the bride and groom and all wedding attendees still present were invited to release wish lanterns into the night sky. The release of wish lanterns was a first experience for me. The release of the wish lanterns concluded Nicole and Brad’s wedding day.

Congratulations and best wishes, Brad and Nicole, for a long and successful married life!

 

Beartown Rocks with Amber and Johnny

Amber and John at Beartown Rocks

This past Saturday Bob and I visited Beartown Rocks at Clear Creek State Park, near Sigel PA, with Amber and Johnny.  We didn’t meet only for a walk through the woods.  Amber and Johnny asked me to be their photographer for an engagement photo session.

Amber and Johnny are long-time friends with my brother and his family.   Bob and I see Amber and Johnny sometimes when we spend the day at Jim and Judy’s camp and often at family weddings, birthdays and other family-type celebrations.  John proposed to Amber in May this year on top of the Beartown Rocks Overlook.  What an excellent choice of location for their engagement photo session!

 

I had John recreate the proposal.

Amber’s beautiful engagement ring

The happily engaged couple
and the lovely view from the Beartown Rocks Overlook.

Thank you for choosing me as your photographer for your engagement photo session, Amber and Johnny, and congratulations once again to you both!

Donna and Scott Get Married

Our friends Donna and Scott got married on Saturday, August 30th.

I met Donna and Scott on July 17, 2013 when Bob and I went on our first Wednesday night ice cream ride together with the 2 Scoop CycleTherapy Group.  In June 2014 Donna asked if I would photograph her and Scott’s wedding.  After being together for a dozen years, Donna and Scott were excitedly making wedding plans.  At first I declined Donna’s request because they were going to be married on Labor Day weekend, and we might make plans for a weekend getaway.  In addition I had decided last year that I would no longer photograph weddings.  Well, so much for saying no.  One week later I accepted Donna’s request to be the official photographer at her and Scott’s wedding.  Donna and Scott were thrilled that I agreed to photograph their wedding.  I was happy, too, that I made the decision to do so.  Even though I was “working” I had a good time at the wedding, as Bob and I shared this special day with Donna and Scott and with our other motorcycle-riding friends.

Donna and Scott were married in Warren PA at St. John’s Lutheran Church, followed by a wedding reception at North Warren Volunteer Fire Department’s social hall.   In addition to taking photographs at the church and social hall, I photographed the happy couple at Crescent Park.

Donna and her Parents

Donna and her Parents

 The Wedding Ceremony

The Wedding Party

This family photograph is of Donna and Scott with Donna’s son and Scott’s daughter and Donna’s father, mother and stepmother.  Unfortunately, Scott’s mother was not able to attend Donna and Scott’s wedding.  We did, however, stop by the nursing home, where Scott’s mother lives, on our way to the reception.

Donna, Scott and Scott’s mother

The Wedding Reception

Have you heard of the ALS ice bucket challenge?  The ice bucket challenge is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research.   The challenge encourages nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and then nominating others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated participants have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.   While others filmed Donna and Scott’s ALS ice bucket challenge, I captured the activity as still photographs.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Congratulations Donna and Scott!  I wish you a lifetime of the greatest joy, love and happiness!

A Mommy and Me Photo Session

On the morning of July 25th I met our friend, Mandy, and her 17-month-old son at Pioneer Arboretum for a mommy and me photo session.  The arboretum is located at the northern end of the Warren-North Warren Bike/Hike Trail in Warren PA.

I had a lot of fun photographing Mandy and her young son.

An Unexpected Family Photo Session

I conducted a family photo session on Sunday afternoon. On Saturday afternoon, while on the way to my 40th high school reunion, I received a Facebook message from a Facebook friend.  My friend, April, wrote that all of her siblings would be in town on Sunday, that they all hadn’t been together in the same place in 10 years.  April wondered if I would be able to do a family picture on Sunday at her parents’ home in Scandia PA, located not far from where I live.

April and I are friends on Facebook. We had not met in person. I sent April a friend request in August 2013, after meeting and photographing her husband, Ryan, at the Kinzua Heritage Festival–a local event that I have photographed for the past 3 years.

I asked April what time on Sunday. She said 4:00 pm. We didn’t have anything planned for Sunday, so I agreed to take family photographs for April.

I arrived at April’s parents’ house around 3:30 pm and was greeted by Denny, April’s stepfather. April hadn’t arrived yet and neither had the majority of her siblings. Denny showed me around his property.  I decided on two locations for the family photographs.

I was not able to begin the photo shoot until around 5:15 pm. April’s stepsister, Kim, and family were about an hour late. The time spent waiting for Kim and family, though, seemed to fly as Brian (April’s stepbrother) and I talked shop. Brian is an avid photographer too. Once the photo shoot began, it lasted 45 minutes.

April and Siblings with their Parents

April and Siblings with their Parents
and Parents’ Grandchildren

April’s Parents and their Grandchildren

April and her Family

April and Family
plus Significant Others

It was so nice to finally meet April, as well as the rest of her family.  By the way, April is the lovely young woman kneeling beside her mother.  I hope to see April and her husband, Ryan, at this year’s Kinzua Heritage Festival.

Missy and Ty’s Wedding Reception

A friend asked me to photograph her daughter and son-in-law’s wedding reception this past Saturday.  Missy and Ty were married on May 31.  From what I was told, the wedding took place in Grand Valley PA by a pond at or near their home.  Flowers were in bloom, water lilies I believe.  The bride and groom were married in jeans and, I believe, only family and possibly very close friends attended the wedding.  Missy and Ty’s wedding reception was held 2 weeks later, on June 14.  The reception was held at the Grand Valley fire station in Grand Valley, PA.

I am still working on sorting through, editing and uploading photographs taken on Saturday.  I have several days of work to do yet left to do.  I thought I would share a few pictures here though, before too much time passes by.

A camouflage color theme was used at the wedding reception.

The Wedding Cake

The camouflage color theme extended to the “tuxedos” worn by the groom and the best man.

the Bride and Groom

the Bride and Groom
with the Bride’s Parents
and the Bride’s son

the Wedding Party

Thank you, Penny, for asking me to photograph your daughter and son-in-law’s wedding reception.  Congratulations Missy and Ty!

Something Red

I am in a Facebook group, called Photography Challenge.  This week’s challenge is “Something Red”.  This photograph of red tulips in a vase was my entry in this week’s photo challenge.

Tulips in a Vase

The tulips, leaves and vase are made of wood and once belonged to my sister-in-law.  I fell in love with this work of art, and it now sits on a cabinet in our living room.

I took this picture in our kitchen on the table.  Soft, natural light is coming in from the windows behind me.  I didn’t like the background (kitchen cabinets, counter top and stove), so I decided to place the flower vase on a different background.

Tulips in front of a waterfall

The waterfall is a digital background, which is included in one of the Photobacks packages that I own.

Photography can be such fun!

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