A Classic Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Wedding

A Classic Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Wedding

Back in the Spring of 2017, we were at Brides, Bubbly and Brunch, hosted by Philadelphia Wedding Magazine.  It was here that we met Ashley for the very first time!  She was so sweet and we instantly had a connection!  So, when she reached out to us to capture her and Mark’s Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Wedding, we were ecstatic!

We really got to know them during their Rittenhouse Square Engagement session and built a wonderful friendship leading up to their day!  When we arrived, we were welcomed with open arms and the trust and excitement to capture it all!

Classic Details for a Modern Bride

This year, I have deeply fallen in love… with Hayley Paige dresses! Any time I see a bride fill out her questionnaire, and her wedding dress is designer by Hayley Paige, I get so giddy and excited!!  If I could go back, 7 years in time, I would definitely be getting a Hayley Paige dress for myself!  On top of her gorgeous dress, Ashley had the prettiest Betsy Johnson shoes and Swarovski jewelry!

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Bride Getting Ready at Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

The suites at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown are perfect for bridal parties getting ready!  There is so much room, even with a large bridal party!  While I may have had to help a little bit to get Ashley’s zipper up on her dress, everything otherwise went smoothly!

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So, funny story, the Pizza ornament is a little throw back to Ashley and Mark’s first date, where he may or may not have stolen a pizza on the boardwalk… haha!

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Groom Getting Ready at Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

Meanwhile, the guys were just hanging out!  Mark was getting Nicholas, their son, dressed. How cute is his little suit?!

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The Story of Ashley & Mark

Mark and Ashley met one another during the Summer of 2015 in Avalon, NJ. Their love grew and so did their family! They welcomed a beautiful son into their lives this past October!  BUT earlier in the year, while moving into their new apartment in Philadelphia, Mark proposed to Ashley in the ‘soon to be nursery’. Swoon!  How sweet is that?!

A Sentimental Ceremony at St. John the Evangelist Church

Mark was doing pretty good watching everyone walk down the aisle.  That is, until his dad walked down the aisle with Nicholas.  The waterworks started.  He probably would have continued as Ashley walked down the aisle, but she slightly tripped, which made Mark giggle a bit. He was so excited to see her walk down the aisle towards him! Their ceremony was full of meaning, and love and little glances towards one another.

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Bridal Party Photos at the Merchants Exchange Building, Historic Philadelphia

Whenever our couples mention to us that they would like to do their wedding photos somewhere within Independence National Park, we always tell them to get a permit!  Permits are required, and while park rangers aren’t always around, would you really want to get kicked out of the area you had your heart set on taking photos at?  When we arrived to the Merchants Exchange building during their permitted time, there was another bridal party there taking photos.  They were nicely approached, and since they did not have a permit for the time slot, they had to move along to another photo location. (This is not the first, second or third time that this has happened!)  So, definitely better to be safe than sorry!

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Bride & Groom Portraits at the Merchants Exchange Building and Philadelphia City Hall

Classic Elegance and Romance would pretty much sum up Ashley and Mark. The way they looked at each other would just make me melt!  We had the best time with them both!

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A Beautiful Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Wedding Reception

The Liberty Ballroom, was the perfect, luxurious location for Ashley and Mark to celebrate and dance the night away with their closest family and friends!  From on-site amenities, to being located in the heart of the city, to the food and staff, Marriott makes sure that they provide a top notch wedding for their couples to remember forever!

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Philadelphia Wedding Vendors

A Burgundy & Navy Scotland Run Golf Club Wedding

A Burgundy & Navy Scotland Run Golf Club Wedding

Oh man, how do I even begin this one? Lindsey and Josh were an absolute dream to work with. I know we say it often, but the love… my goodness, so much love could be felt throughout this day! From the cheers of excitement from the bridesmaids seeing Lindsey for the first time… to the groomsmen and Josh throwing leaves in the air… to the single tear that Lindsey brushed from Josh’s cheek… and gosh, I could just go on and on!  Their Rustic Scotland Run Golf Club Wedding was EVERYTHING!!!

Not only was their day a dream, but the wedding professionals they chose…. DREAM TEAM!!  Anytime that we get to work with A Garden Party Florist and Your Day Your Way Hair & Makeup, makes us so darn happy!  The talent and creativity is just beyond anything else!  We love every moment working with such amazing ladies!!!

Classic, Rustic Details for a Chic, Modern Bride

Details definitely set the mood and feel of the entire wedding. Everything that Lindsey and Josh chose were perfect!  The rustic feel, the burgundy and navy, with pops of gold. I mean, I could have photographed just the details all day long! Haha!

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Bride Getting Ready at her Parent’s House

The wonderfully talented Jessica from Your Day Your Way Traveling Hair & Makeup Artistry is a close friend of Lindsey’s family! So, of course she enhanced Lindsey’s beauty and gave her the perfect wedding day look to surprise her groom!

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Groom Getting Ready at the Couples House

Meanwhile, Josh and his guys were getting ready at his house!  Lindsey thoughtfully gifted Josh a watch, and made sure to tell him not to be late for the day!! haha!

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An Emotional First Look & Couples Portraits at Scotland Run Golf Club

First looks, they get me every time.  Especially when that tear runs down the grooms cheek… I’m done!  So sweet! These two made photographing them easy! They are so comfortable together, and the way that Josh looks at Lindsey… Ladies, that is the way you want a man to look at you!!  Swoon!

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Bridal Party Portraits at Scotland Run Golf Club

Although a bit windy and chilly, their bridal party were troopers! We were trying to outrun the rain that was on the horizon, and we thankfully did!  It started to drizzle just as we were walking back inside after the photos were complete!  Thanks Dark Sky App!! haha!

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A Meaningful Outdoor Ceremony under the Covered Pavilion at Scotland Run

The couple had the honor of having Josh’s Uncle perform their wedding ceremony.  He was able to make it very personal, and truly unique for the couple.  We loved every moment of it!

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A Fun Reception with Family & Friends at Scotland Run Golf Club

Scotland Run is one of our favorite venues to shoot at!  Pairing their modern and elegant decor with Lindsey and Josh’s rustic theme was the perfect combination of rustic elegance!  The centerpieces by A Garden Party were amazing, their Mule Bar was so unique and of course they needed an Eagles ice sculpture to complete the details!!  Take a peek into such a fun evening!!

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Some of our Favorite Wedding Vendors:

Ocean City Yacht Club Wedding

Ocean City Yacht Club Wedding

From the moment that Liz contacted us, I felt such a connection to her and the love story that her and Steve share!  Over the past year, we’ve had the great joy of getting to know them both.  We had the absolute best time during their Longwood Gardens engagement session over the summer. Getting to know them together was amazing.  It was awesome to see how easily Liz curls into Steve’s arms, how he makes her laugh, and when she smiles at him, how his face just lights up.  You could truly feel the love.  So, naturally, we couldn’t wait for their Ocean City Yacht Club Wedding, so that we could capture that love between them once more!

Classic Details and Bride Getting Ready

When I saw Liz’s Watters dress that she purchased from BHLDN, I was just in “awe”.  It was so simple, beautiful, and that little hint of blush just made me swoon! She had such beautiful details to compliment her dress, as well as the most gorgeous flowers!!  She was so lucky to have a family friend who also works with one of my all time favorite florists!  Darlene really outdid herself!

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Groom Getting Ready

Meanwhile, Steve and his men were getting all dapper, waiting for the ceremony to start!  Before they left the house, though, they made sure to have a Crown Royal toast in honor of Steve’s grandfather.  It was such a sweet moment.

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The Story of Liz and Steve

It was March 14th, 2015. Liz’s girlfriends called her up an asked her to come out for drinks.  She reluctantly said yes, and that decision changed her life forever. A very drunk patron attempted to his on all of the girls at the same time. He was very unsuccessful, but the guys sitting next to them found it very amusing. After a few hours of trading jokes and occasional conversation, the bar got crowded, and it was time to leave.

To Liz’s surprise, Steve asked for her number. (She had thought he was originally hitting on one of her friends).  They went out on a date a week later, and three days after that he cooked her a beautiful dinner after a rough day at work.  There was never one moment, one look, one instance – they just grew together and didn’t want to be apart.

In October of 2017, while standing on a cliff overlooking the harbor in Maine, Stephen proposed! Liz, of course, said YES!

 

Emotional Ceremony at St. Augustine Church in Ocean City

Shooting at St. Augustine Church in Ocean City is always such a pleasure!  We are always greeted with such warm smiles and the ability to move around as we please. (Obviously not going on the alter though)  One of my favorite parts of the church is the balcony!  It’s great to be able to get the full wide perspective of the church with all the guests down below!  Plus, if the priest happens to be standing in front of the couple during their first kiss, it gives a different perspective! 🙂

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Bridal Party Photography on the Beach in Ocean City

1… 2… 3… Open your eyes!  There was a lot of that going on during our bridal party photos on the beach in Ocean City!  But, with a gorgeous sunny day, that is just something that has to happen to create such gorgeous photos!  Thank you to everyone for being such great sports!!  I am so thankful that we were able to capture these beautiful images for the wonderful couple!

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Ocean City Bride and Groom Portraits

Oh, Liz and Steve… You were such a joy to capture!  You made our “jobs” so darn easy.  Lets just do this again every year, ok?  Haha!  I truly believe that since we had your engagement session, you two became professionals at this “being in love and taking photos” thing.  You really rocked it… from the boards, to the bike to just snuggling on the rocks… these are some of my favorite photos!

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Ocean City Yacht Club Bride & Groom Sunset Photos

Once arriving at the Ocean City Yacht Club, we had to take advantage of their docks out back!  I love the choppy waters and the beautiful sun… but nothing shined brighter than the love that these two share!

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A Fun Ocean City Yacht Club Wedding Reception

This was our very first Ocean City Yacht Club Wedding, and just, wow!  The ballroom was so beautiful, and much larger than I had imagined!  Plus, the bay-view panoramic windows were the icing on the cake!  Being able to see the remains of the orange sunset behind Liz and Steve during their first dance was just everything!

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Ocean City Wedding Vendors

A Rustic Fall Military Icona Avalon Wedding  | Gianna & Glenn

A Rustic Fall Military Icona Avalon Wedding | Gianna & Glenn

There was sun shining, and it was a beautiful October day down the Jersey Shore! Ryan and I had been waiting for this day for what seemed like forever! After a few hiccups and a postponement, we were finally here – at the Icona Avalon Wedding of Gianna & Glenn!

Classic, Rustic Details for a Fun, Modern Bride

Rose gold for days!  I’ve always loved rose gold, but this year, it became an obsession!  So, imagine my excitement when I saw Gianna & Glenn’s rings and her jewelry! AH!  Absolutely gorgeous! And those sparking Converse sneakers? The icing on the cake!

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Getting Ready with the Bride & her girls at Icona Avalon

Walking into a room full of laughter and love is one of my absolute favorite things to do on a wedding day! Gianna was surrounded by all of the women that mean the most to her! Each bridesmaid made sure their bride was happy and calm and that the morning was running on schedule!

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Getting Ready with the Groom at Icona Avalon

Meanwhile, Glenn was hanging out with his guys, getting ready for the first look!  So much anticipation was building for the first time he’d see Gianna in her wedding dress!

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The Story of Gianna & Glenn

Gianna and Glenn meet when Glenn was home on leave.  Gianna was a bartender at Schileens Pub and Glenn happened to come in to grab some food and beer with a mutual friend.  Funny story, Glenn did not want to even go to Schileens that day. All he wanted to do was stay home and get wings from Dominics Tavern.  Our mutual friend had to force him and said, “My friend Gianna is working and I promised to stop in and see her today, so lets stop there first then we can go to Doms”.

If you know Gianna, she is not the type of girl who is shy.  Well, when she saw Glenn, for some reason she was! She asked her friend to serve them because she felt like she just couldn’t talk to him.  After a little while, the ice was broken and they did talk.  Later that night Glenn told Gianna to meet him and some friends at a local bar for some drinks, and after work she did.  They had so much fun that night, that they did not want the night to end. So, Glenn invited Gianna and her friends to the local firehouse bar (Glenn volunteered there and it was almost a second home to Gianna).  That night, they had their first kiss and Gianna told her friend “this is the guy I am going to marry!”

Their relationship was built on trust and long distance.  Airports and a lot of traveling to see each other as often as they could.

From Gianna ::

“Glenn and I have always been in one another lives. We went to the same grade school, Glenn use to cut my grandmothers lawn (the house I grew up in, which we are currently in the process of buying), lived in the same town, a street and a block over, hung out with the same friend group.  We just never knew each other.  Faith definitely brought us together at the right time.

Glenn was stationed in Minot, North Dakota when we meet.  After about a year, he got orders and got stationed in MT.  It was such a disappointment because he really believed and hoped to get closer to home.  Instead, he was moved further away.  We did not let that stop us, we made it work and eventually we decided – why let distance stop us from starting our lives?!  So Glenn popped the question!  He took me to Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, and proposed to me on one of the most beautiful places, on the frozen lake.  The mountains were covered with snow in the background and it looked like a scene out of a movie!!”

A Beautiful First Look and Couples Portraits on the Beach in Avalon

Oh, first looks! You get me every time! While we never force a couple to have a first look, because we definitely respect everyone’s opinions on what they want to do, we still love a good private moment with the couple before the ceremony! That moment when Glenn turned around and saw Gianna was the sweetest! As he was wiping the tears from his face, you could see the love that he felt for his beautiful wife!  These two made our job easy and just had to be themselves for our portrait time together!

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Bridal Party Portraits at Icona Avalon

What a fun group of people!  You could tell how much each of these individuals meant to both the bride and groom!

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A Sunny, Sentimental Ceremony on the Avalon Beach

Gianna and Glenn had one of their friends officiate their wedding ceremony. We love when ceremonies are filled with personal anecdotes and beautiful words about just how much the bride and groom mean to each other.  My favorite part? The red, white and blue beach balls thrown in celebration as these two walked back down the aisle!

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A Fun Icona Avalon Wedding Reception with all of the Couples Friends & Family

Icona Avalon truly is a destination wedding dream location!  Whether you’re just traveling there from an hour away or from another part of the country, you feel like you are at a beautiful destination wedding! From the location, to the staff, to the food – you really get the best of the best!  It’s one of our favorite venues to work at!

So, in 10 years of capturing weddings, we’ve never had a bride and groom ICE their bridal party! While the bridal party was doing their entrances, the bride and groom were hiding behind the bar with bottles of Smirnoff Ice! Once Gianna & Glenn were announced, and didn’t come through the doors, they popped up with the bottles for each member of their bridal party to chug on the spot!

The rest of the evening was a blast, with the Stellar Mojo Band rocking the night away!!  We even got to take the couple out by the pool for a few romantic nighttime portraits before we left for the night!  It truly was a perfect day!

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Amazing Icona Avalon Wedding Vendors

A Misty, Magical Updike Farmstead of Princeton Wedding | Katie & Drew

A Misty, Magical Updike Farmstead of Princeton Wedding | Katie & Drew

To say we were excited for Katie and Drew’s wedding at the Updike Farmstead of Princeton, would be an understatement!  Ryan and I may not have had the pleasure of meeting these two before their wedding day, however, when we arrived, they immediately felt like family! Katie & Drew welcomed us with open arms and joy! Ryan and I could not have asked for a more perfect day for them!  Well, we could have asked for some sun, but that didn’t get these two down! There was a magical, rainy mist that occurred on and off throughout the day, but everything still went as planned! Outdoor portraits, outdoor ceremony and a beautiful, fun outdoor cocktail hour!

Chic, Elegant Rustic Wedding Details for a Modern Bride

When we arrived at the Updike Farmstead of Princeton and saw these large farm doors, we immediately knew that her dress had to be hung there! I was so excited about her Mikaella dress that she found at Kleinfeld Bridal, because that was the same dress designer that I had for my own wedding dress! Boy, it did not disappoint!  Plus, her beautiful earrings, golden belt and Stuart Weitzman shoes were the topping on the cake! Most importantly, she had some awesome customized Converse shoes for later, so she could easily dance the night away!

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The Bride and her Attendants, Getting Ready at the Farmhouse at Updike Farmstead

I had the pleasure of meeting up with Katie at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, where she was getting her hair and makeup done.  Afterwards, we headed over to the Farmhouse on the property at Updike Farmstead for her to get dressed.  On the second floor, in the bridal suite, her mom helped her into her dress, and you could see the butterflies start to develop as we were getting closer to her first look with Drew!

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The Groom and his Attendants, Getting Ready at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Princeton, NJ

Ryan arrived to a room full of fun and jokes as he hung out with Drew, and helped get him ready for the day! Afterwards, they drove over to the Updike Farmstead of Princeton to hang out a little while before the all important first look was to take place!

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A First Look and Bride & Groom Portraits on the Farm at Updike Farmstead

As the magical mist filled the air, so did the excitement of Katie and Drew seeing one another for the very first time! There was so much joy and love and laughter!  Ryan and I had the best time walking around the property and capturing these two lovebirds in all of their soon to be wedded bliss!! In just a short period of time, we feel like we got to know them so well! Above all, we hope to continue our friendship well past their wedding day!

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Updike Farmstead Bridal Party Portraits

Katie & Drew’s bridal party was so much fun! I particularly love that Katie had her brother as one of HER attendants!  More recently, I am loving that our couples are not afraid to mix things up and have guys and girls as attendants on each side of the bridal party!

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A Meaningful Ceremony, Officiated by the Uncle of the Bride

Goodness, the ceremony location at the Updike Farmstead of Princeton is right out of a rustic brides dream wedding Pinterest board! From the distressed white building to the old farm windmill and white chairs, it is absolute perfection! Plus, we always get excited when a family member is going to officiate the wedding – It means that it is just that much more meaningful and personal for the couple!  Also, we absolutely adored their reading during the ceremony – How Falling in Love is like Owning a Dog, by Taylor Mali! So cute!

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A Fun and Dance filled Reception in the tent at Updike Farmstead of Princeton

The barn at Updike Farmstead of Princeton is so beautiful! The barn is filled with natural light flowing in and beautiful twinkle lights!  Not a detail was missed!  Speaking of the overall details of the day, I can’t forget to mention Alana from Bella Donna Weddings!  Alana and her team did an amazing job making sure the day went according to plan!  It was such a pleasure working with her!  Having a wedding planner is the best decision a couple can do for themselves on their special day! Therefore, removing all of the stresses and letting someone else take the reins, is such a weight lifted off your shoulders and you’re free to thoroughly enjoy your day!

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A Bear Creek Mountain Resort Wedding | Sarah & Eric

A Bear Creek Mountain Resort Wedding | Sarah & Eric

September 1st was a lovely summer day, that almost had the crispness of fall in the air. As we pulled up to Bear Creek Mountain Resort, we could see why Sarah & Eric fell in love with it!  Bear Creek Mountain Resort was the perfect destination wedding location (without having to fly)! From the beautiful rooms, to the beautiful mountain views to the perfect ballroom to celebrate… it was an absolute dream wedding venue!

We have been looking forward to this day for what seemed like forever! We first met Sarah back in 2014, when she was a bridesmaid at Concetta & Shamus’ Wedding. (If you head over to the blog, there is even a photo of Sarah & Eric dancing together at the wedding!) We were friends on Facebook, and we were super excited when we saw that Sarah & Eric got engaged!  We were totally honored and thrilled when they asked us to capture their wedding day!!

Classic, Romantic Details for a Chic, Modern Bride

My jaw dropped when I saw Sarah’s Hayley Paige Wedding gown!  It was absolutely gorgeous and I knew that it would fit her perfectly! Her Badgley Mischka shoes were beautiful, along with the most perfect belt for her dress!  There wasn’t a detail that was missed!

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Bride and Bridesmaids Getting Ready at Bear Creek Mountain Resort

Once of my very favorite parts of the wedding day, is when the bride is hanging out with her bridesmaids before she gets in her dress. Sarah was so excited, yet calm!  It was such a special moment watching her mom help her into her dress. Then the best moment, normally an unspoken one, is when you can see almost a slight change – the moment of “Oh. My. Heart. I’m about to get married!” I could definitely see that moment happen after Sarah got her dress on!

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Groom Getting Ready at Bear Creek Mountain Resort

While the ladies were getting their hair and makeup done, the guys were right down the hall, just hanging out, playing with a custom Cornhole board that Sarah had made for Eric.  His brother and dad both helped him to get ready.

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A First Look with the Bride and her Dad

You could see the anticipation on Sarah’s dad’s face.  He knew he was going to be emotional. And when he turned around to see his stunning daughter for the first time in her dress, goodness, I think we all shed a tear. It was such a special moment shared between a father and his little girl.

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Bridal Party Photos at Bear Creek Mountain Resort

Sarah and Eric chose not to see one another before the ceremony, but wanted to try to get a lot of photos done beforehand, that we could!  So, we took Sarah and her bridesmaids outside first (making sure the blinds were closed in the guys room!) and then, once she was safely hidden, we brought the guys out to take photos in the same locations as we did the ladies! (This way it looks nice in their album!)

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A Beautiful Ceremony at Bear Creek Mountain Resort

When a couple tells us that their officiant is going to be a family member, we always get so excited.  The ceremonies seem to have a lot of sentimental anecdotes and stories about the couple. Sarah and Eric’s ceremony was no different!  It was absolutely perfect for the both of them!  Even after her dad gave Eric a bit of a punch on his arm as he handed his daughter to her new husband!

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Bride & Groom Portraits at Bear Creek Mountain Resort

There is no shortness of gorgeous landscapes at the Bear Creek Mountain Resort!  Everywhere you look, you can place a bride and groom there, and it will look stunning!  Especially with Eric and Sarah – they were so comfortable together and just so easily fell into each others arms. We could have photographed them all day long!

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A Reception with their Family & Friends in the Mountain Ballroom

The Mountain Ballroom was the prefect spot for Sarah & Eric’s wedding reception! From the tall ceilings to the open beams to the awesome staff and delicious food – we wouldn’t mind coming back to this resort time and time again! They started off the evening with a beautiful first dance to H.O.L.Y. by Florida Georgia Line, and continued right into the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances.  After a few meaningful toasts, the dancing began and didn’t stop for the rest of the evening!

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It was at this moment that Eric realized he was holding an Eagles garter in his hands… and then he hears… E-A-G-L-E-S … EAGLES!!!

He couldnt throw it away quick enough! Ha!

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Congratulations Sarah & Eric!  We have loved getting to know these two lovebirds and wish them nothing but so much love, happiness and laughter in their future!  To an amazing happily ever after! Lots of love! xo

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