There is something so special and exciting about shooting a wedding close to home. Its comfortable territory, its a church you've been in before, a couple you've worked with already, and a reception hall you are familiar with. It gives me time to relax and not worry about any surprises ... well, unless someone drops the rings. ;)
I met with Angela & her girls at Bobby & Angela's house prior to the ceremony. Their home made the perfect backdrop for their getting ready portraits. They have a gorgeous home, and every inch is decorated perfectly. Angela & Bobby were married at White House Free Methodist Church in Smithfield, PA which happens to only be about 1/4 of a mile away!
Many people may think the wedding ceremonies can be slow or boring. Most of the time, a lot of it is the same. A lot of the same scriptures, vows, traditions etc, but you have to pay close attention. Sometimes if you aren't careful, you may miss something like the part where the groom drops the rings, and instead of panicking, the bride just laughs hysterically. Really, I can't blame Angela for cracking up. It was the perfect comedic relief for what may make some people a little anxious. Bobby made sure the entire church was paying very close attention when it came time for them to exchange rings. He even made sure Angela had a reason to not only pick on him when she put his ring on, but more than likely for the rest of his life. ;)
After the rings were successfully exchanged, we ventured over to Friendship Hill National Park for their bridal party portraits as well as their couple's portraits. Friendship Hill is a favorite location for me to shoot but I love getting away from the standard areas and finding a few locations that most don't think to visit for photos. After letting the couple have some down time, we were ready to start the party.
Mr. & Mrs. Epley danced the night away at their reception at the Hopwood Social Hall. Dinner was delicious and provided by Myer's Catering. Dancing music was provided by Sexton Xpress provided all the dancing music and made it impossible for their guests to take a seat.
Nothing makes my heart happier than a couple who really wants their portraits to reflect their relationship and style. After all, the point of custom portraits is to capture you! This session is full of all the great feelings of fall. Also, if you can look at these two adorable blondes cuddled up in front of a fire, giggling, and making s'mores and not 1. immediately see that they love joking around and 2. see that they absolutely belong together, I'm not doing my job!
When my good friend Marissa talked to me about doing a session with her boyfriend Shawn and mentioned using their jeeps I was overly excited, probably more so than they were. We threw a few different ideas around before deciding on the campfire and night session. It allowed me to really be creative with their session and also create some unique images for them. Little did we know what we signed up for! haha. It was about 25 degrees that night and the campfire was not cooperating. We were all hoping for the fire for warmth, not just looks! It didn't take long at all for me to fall in love with capturing this session. The combination of the cold making them extra cuddly and watching them giggle over s'mores made for gorgeous images.
Thank you Marissa & Shawn for braving the cold! Also, big thanks to Chris Clutter for helping me out with this session!
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