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Erin and Tim have the best engagement story. I think a trip to Hawaii AND a diamond ring is a pretty amazing vacation, wouldn’t you agree? These two love birds are getting married at a private residence in a few short weeks. You might recognize it from Melanie and Sam’s wedding ;). I am very much looking forward to being back on that gorgeous property again!

Erin is my non-nonsense, let’s get this thing done bride. During our very first meeting, while Tim was half asleep (now that I think about it that’s how Tim is every meeting I have with them…), Erin was shooting off all the vendors booked, all the boxes checked, and how much she had done–my wedding planner heart was bursting with love. Their fall wedding should be full of intimate details not only of their lives but their families’ lives as well. I feel so honored to help them make this day happen!

1) How did you two meet? 

We grew up three doors down from each other and so we’ve known each other our whole lives. Tim moved away when he was 15, but we reconnected after college at a party.

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2) How did he propose? 

Tim proposed on Christmas night on Lanakai Beach in Hawaii. We saw two shooting stars on the beach and then he popped the question. It was the best Christmas present ever!

3) What do you think will be your favorite part of your wedding day?

We think our favorite part will be laughing together as our Maid of Honor and Best Man give hilarious speeches (they are characters) and just dancing the night away together with our family and friends.

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4) Can you provide some planning advice to brides in the thick of it right now? 

Brides, it’s your big day with your soulmate! While it is important to be considerate of what others may want for your wedding, it is inevitably your  wedding. Follow your heart and make it true to the celebration of your love as a couple.

5) What are you most looking forward to about married life?

Laughing, learning, and growing together on life’s journey.

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Two amazing people were married back in June and I am very excited to show off these pictures! I met Kahla and Greg through my husband; Greg and Mitch used to worked together at the same firehouse. Do you know what they say about fire department weddings? Stock the bar with twice the amount of alcohol as other weddings. I would love to tell you that is a joke but it’s not. This wedding was full of them so they used two canoes for keeping the beer cold. Two canoes, people. Think about that. Everyone had a great time at this wedding!!

Photography: Nicole Barr Photography

Wedding Coordination: Sara Reynolds Events

Venue & Catering: Pond View Farms

Florals: Missy Garner

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Pursuit Frederick hosted a headshot swap a few months ago (maybe a year at this point??). After it was over Brittany Thomas and I decided to grab dinner but she said “hey let’s ask Hannah to join us”. While munching on some Mexican food I got to meet Hannah and I just loved her. She talked about her business, her missions trips, and her sweet husband. Fast forward a few months and Hannah joins Brittany as a second shooter for a few weddings we worked together. Move ahead to just last week and we did a styled shoot together. Guys, I am in love. We are still waiting to hear back about publication but I can NOT wait to show you some of these images that Hannah captured. Amazing. For now, come meet Hannah:practice-8P I N I T

What made you pick up a camera? 
I spent three months in Nairobi, Kenya and kept a photo blog while I was there. My images started making an impact on friends and family and I realized that there was more to photography than just snapping a good picture. The following school year, I returned to Penn State University and decided to study photojournalism. There is power in photography. It can shape people’s opinions and become people’s memories. Being a great photographer is more than taking a good photo, it’s about sharing a story, creating a memory, giving someone a voice. And that’s something I can dedicate my life to!
How did you get started in the wedding industry?
When I graduated from Penn State I decided that I wanted to do something that I not only loved, but that was flexible and custom to who I am. Wedding photography had always been something I thought I might do on the side but I realized the freedom that it held and decided to make it a full time career. Freedom to work from home and freedom to build a small business. But also freedom to create and become the photographer that I wanted to be. And most importantly, to work with clients who were just as excited about my work as I was. I wasn’t in a box anymore, I’m able to be inspired and work on my craft in an artistic way that I never thought I’d be able to do.
What is your shooting style? 
I always tell my clients that I really dislike “cheesy” photos. They make my skin crawl! I’m drawn to authentic moments, wind blown hair and amazing landscapes. Some of my favorite photos are usually simple but they capture a true interaction between a couple. I always hope that my clients can look at their images and see themselves more deeply than just their reflection. They can be reminded of that moment, of a feeling they had.
Who is your ideal bride and groom? 
My ideal bride and groom are adventurous and honest. They want to climb a mountain to watch the sunrise. They enjoy simple things but aren’t afraid of a good adrenaline rush. They are passionate about marriage and about serving each other well. They have a deep love for one another and are open to sharing a bit of their hearts with me.
What is the one thing you wished brides and grooms knew when choosing or working with their photographer? 
If there is ONE thing you shouldn’t skimp out on when planning your wedding it’s photography (And a really awesome planner!!). All the materialistic aspects from your wedding day will be gone and you’ll be left with photos, which will become your memories. You’ll look back at your images and remember the day through them. Make sure the photographers work really speaks to you and be sure that you will enjoy their presence. They will be with you for your entire wedding day!
How can wedding planners and photographers work together for the best outcome?
Working with a great planner is essential to a seamless wedding day. Photographers tend to wear way too many hats if there isn’t a wedding planner. When it comes to the planner/photographer relationship, communicating well is so important. If the planner is ready for the next part of the day but the photographer is falling behind, you can have a bit of a disaster. Being on the same page and both sticking to the timeline is super important! But having a lot of grace and a little flexibility is always nice 🙂
What is one quirky thing people don’t know about you?
I’m always on to the next thing. Growing up, my family vacationed at Rehoboth Beach. I’d be all excited to get to the ocean only to get bored 30 minutes in and want to know what we were planning to do that evening. It drove my parents nuts! My dad always told me to “enjoy the process” and that’s started to become my life modo. Being futuristic can be great when it comes to building a business and having a plan, but when you’re stuck in a season for an uncomfortable amount of time it can be agonizing. Being overly futuristic is a lot like wishing your life away only to realize you’ll never actually get “there”. I’m learning to enjoy the process and appreciate each season I find myself in.
Get in touch with Hannah!
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Can everyone please join me in giving Rachel and Andrew a giant virtual hug? You see, Rachel and Andrew were supposed to get married at Elk Manor in a few short weeks. In case you aren’t aware, Elk Manor abruptly closed their doors and kept all the money brides had paid them. I believe in karma. I believe in karma. I believe in karma.

These two have taken the news as best to be expected. However, they never lost sight of the true meaning of their wedding day. They are pledging to love each other through the good times and bad. (Even if that means, for now, the bad is wedding planning itself)

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1) How did you two meet? 

We actually met on match.com. We talked for a couple of weeks and our first date was at Libratore’s Italian Restaurant.

2) How did he propose? 

The proposal happened on the day after Thanksgiving, 2015. A family tradition during Andrew’s childhood was to select and cut down the family Christmas tree on the day after Thanksgiving. He arranged for my family to be there to help pick out the tree. Once we found the tree he pretended that someone had left something in the tree ,pulled out the ring, got on one knee, and proposed.

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3) What do you think will be your favorite part of your wedding day?

The best part of our wedding day will be marrying my best friend. Knowing that no matter what, through thick and thin, I will have someone by my side for the rest of my life.

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4) Can you provide some planning advice to brides in the thick of it right now?

The best advice to give would be not to rush planning the wedding. There are plenty of things couples get to enjoy during the planning process. Remember that you’re in this together and that your love for each other is what brought everything about.

5) What are you most looking forward to about married life?

The things we look most forward to in married life are building a life together, starting a family, and growing old together.

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I am so excited to finally be able to share these images with you! Way back when, White Glove Rentals was having their opening party. As a shy newbie I showed up (terrified, but I showed up) and met sweet Manda Weaver! It was an incredible compliment when she told ME that she had been following my work and would love to do a shoot with me. SAY WHAT?! I had done one shoot at that point. We exchanged cards and I told myself that 2016 was going to be year I put myself out there. So I did.

A few months of planning, lack of hair and make-up artists, our model getting strep the day of the shoot, and almost getting shut down by the Park Police; we produced this shoot. Manda and I are passionate about marriages not just weddings. The commitment made that day is bigger than the dress, the food, or the table linens. It is a promise to wake up every day choosing to love your spouse for better or for worse.

Photography: Manda Weaver Photography

Planner: Sara Reynolds Events

Florals: The Little Garden Spot

Watercolor Vows: Ribbon & Ink 

Furniture Rentals: Vintage Affairs, LLC

Cake: Whipped! Cakes

Dress: Rent the Runway 

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