I am so honored that you stopped by today! For me, life is one big adventure and the more trips I take around the sun the more I find the beauty in each part of the journey. Whether you are blissfully engaged, happily married, preparing to bring forth new life, or find yourself rekindling the spark, we want to hear from you. It is our mission to serve and support couples no matter what stage of life you are in.
These two. When they mentioned they wanted a fall Washington DC engagement session so they could include their current hometown, I was 100% down for the road trip and visiting one of my favorite places. The architecture, the history, the food, the art. Add that it’s one of my favorite places to photograph and I could go on and on.
Marissa and Eric are truly the sweetest and I have really enjoyed getting to know them over the last few months. They were pros during their engagement session! And now I am impatiently counting down the days to their September 2019 wedding at Riverdale Manor.
What started off as a summer romance for them easily transitioned into a strong relationship. They both agreed that things just felt so right and they couldn’t deny it any longer. Fast forward almost five years, a move to Washington DC, and adding their golden-doodle, Reggie, to their family. Marissa and Eric are both strong, intelligent, and hard working. Their hospitality, kind words, and the way they balance one another is a match made in heaven.
With the United States Capitol and the Jefferson Memorial as our backdrops, that dreamy fall sunset poured in and we were transported to what felt like another world. It was a perfect day and a wonderful reminder that I am blessed with working with fantastic people that warm my heart. You could see the tenderness in the way Eric held Marissa. And you could see her eyes light up when she looked at him. They are true relationship inspiration and I am so honored to be able to call them friends.
Oh where to even start with this beautiful couple?
The other weekend Lilly and I braved the Philly traffic and met up with Natalie and Tyler at their home in downtown Philadelphia for their Old City Philadelphia engagement session. The young couple is passionate about their careers, their first home in the heart of the historic district that they brought back to life, their adopted cat, the city’s spirit and most of all, each other. The Temple graduates met in Italy while studying abroad and were not only dazzled by one another, but also by the fact that their paths would have most likely never crossed back at home. Talk about destiny!
We had so much fun trekking around the city at sunset and learning all sorts of fun facts and backgrounds thanks to the worlds best tour guide, Natalie. Getting to know them a little more and what a day in their lives looks like was truly such an honor and is always one of our favorite parts of our “job”. The highlight of the night (besides taking photos of these stunning humans) was the goodie bag of Philly’s best candy and coffee they sent home with us (Shane Confectionery and La Colombe coffee from the local Fishtown Cafe!) and dinner and dessert at their favorite Italian Restaurant, Capofitto.
We ate. We reminisced over how they met and how they will return to Italy during their honeymoon. And we laughed, a lot. Their December wedding at Wyndridge Farm cannot come soon enough!
A few weeks ago, we spent our Labor Day weekend celebrating the new Mr. and Mrs. Gray in Gettysburg, PA! ⠀
These two lovebirds have known each other since middle school and Tim knew he wanted to make their engagement as special as their history together. With their love and blessings, he collected rings from a few of Kristin and Tim’s closest family members and had them melted down to create the most special ring for his bride to be.
Meanwhile, he hand carved a wooden box for it to sit in until the moment came when he would get down on one knee. Due to Tim’s love for history, the moment came while they were visiting the Gettysburg Battlefield on the anniversary of the day they began dating. It seemed only fitting to return to Gettysburg for their wedding day surrounded by friends and family; especially those family members that had so thoughtfully contributed to the engagement ring. And the rest is history!
The Lodges at Gettysburg is a super cool venue with the cutest cabins for guests to stay in, an amazing view of the battlefields, a pond for fishing, and a fire pit to retire to with your family and friends after the reception (Kristin and Tim gifted their loved ones with smores!). As a result, it is perfect for any outdoors loving couple.
We also loved all of the personal touches and thoughtful details that added to their beautiful love story. Kristin and her bridesmaids were up to the wee hours of the night on the eve of the wedding to create their own stunning bouquets. Each bouquet was adorned with at least one copper rose that paid homage to the one that Tim had given Kristin long ago in the early stages of their relationship (anyone else remember those from the Renaissance Fair?). And on the wedding day you could find several wooden decor pieces that were handmade by Tim himself!
Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Gray! Thank you so much for allowing us into your relationship and giving us the honor of photographing your wedding day!
Venue | The Lodges at Gettysburg
Officiant | Rev. Sandy Lynch
Music | Great Scott Productions
Bridal Boutique | Diamonds and Lace Bridal
Bakery | Karen Rodkey Cakes
This wedding season one of our greatest wishes came true as we photographed a wooded elopement surrounded by waterfalls and the peacefulness of nature!
Rachel and Carson met one night while they were out with friends. It took no time for them to realize there was something special between them and it is easy to see the connection when you hang out with them. Their jovial nature with one another is adorable and even though they have been together a few years now, it’s as if they are still in those first exciting stages of a relationship when everything is new and seeing that person makes your heart thump a little louder and a little faster.
They made it official with one of the coolest wedding weekends we have been a part of! The festivities began with an elopement style ceremony at Adams Falls at Ricketts Glen State Park. It was amazing! Rachel made her grand entrance towards her groom down the beautiful stone staircase that is built into the mountainside.
Carson’s face when he saw his beautiful bride said it all (see below!). As we stood on the large boulder that protruded out into the falls, you could hear the peaceful crashing of the waterfall behind them. You could just feel the presence of love and harmony with the earth as if we were a part of it. With the ceremony complete, we adventured up and down the trails and when Rachel said she was up for hiking back into the waterfalls I almost died of excitement!
The following day after the elopement, Lilly met up with Rachel and Carson at Sweet Water Springs Farm where the celebration continued with their family and friends. The venue’s beautiful bridal suite (one of our favorites!) was the perfect place for the adorable newlyweds to get ready and enjoy some time together before their guests arrived. When the time came, they ate, they drank, and they were married! It was time to raise a toast to the new Mr. and Mrs. Goshorn and kick of your shoes to hit the dance floor!
The entire weekend was magical, peaceful, one with nature, and good for the soul! Thank you, Rachel and Carson, for having us as part of your intimate wedding celebration!
Mallory + Lilly
Lead Photographer | Lilly Campbell for Mallory McClure Photography
Second Photographer | Juliana Tomlinson Photography
Ceremony Location | Adams Falls at Ricketts Glen
Reception Venue | Sweet Water Springs Farm
Ceremony Day HMU | Beauty by Khara
Reception Day HMU | Daydream Salon and Spa
Catering | Tried and True LLC
DJ | Kaleidoscope DJ
Bridal Boutique | The Paisley Bride
Rings | Foss Jewelers
Bride’s shoes | Southern Fried Chics
Personalized Items | Persnickety Invitation Studio
To say that I was excited for Julianne and Sean’s wedding day is the complete understatement of the year. When I first got an email from Julianne inquiring about our availability for her wedding day at the Inn at Leola Village I knew she was my kind of girl. And when I met this adorable duo the other month in their hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey, for their engagement session we immediately hit it off. It was easy to see these two had stolen a special place in my heart and to be able to be a part of their wedding day was going to be a true honor. Fast forward to this past weekend and I was running on adrenaline and caffeine. I was so ready for their big day I couldn’t sleep the night before and then the day came and went all too fast.
Their day at The Inn at Leola Village was like a glamorous fairytale with lots of smiles and laughs (and a continuing inside joke that even made an appearance during the first look!). It is easy to see why Julianne and Sean make such a perfect couple. Not only are they some of the sweetest souls I’ve ever met, but the most hilarious. And if you’re lucky enough to be a part of their tribe, you most likely have a wonderful sense of humor, too.
I always feel like I have so much to say about each wedding I photograph, but this time I find myself speechless (in the best way!) so I’m just going to let the photos do the talking. I am thrilled to be sharing a little about this day with you and am honestly counting down the days until Julianne and Sean’s design session here at the studio where Ryan and I can return the favor of their hospitality and relive this magical day together!
Venue | The Inn at Leola Village
Officiant | Rev. Kelly Jo Singleton
Music | Klock Entertainment
Make-Up Artist | Kate. Makup Artistry
Hair Stylist/Salon | Destinations Hair Studio & Spa at The Inn at Leola Village
Caterer |The Inn at Leola Village
Videographer | Harrison Wedding Films
Stationary | Minted Weddings
Bridal Boutique | Kleinfeld Bridal
Bridal Attire | Paloma Blanca Bridal
Groomsmen Attire | Bindle and Keep
Décor details | Friend of the Bride
Associate Photographer | Heather Marie Photography
Steph and Mike are two of the most admirable people I ever met. They met in high school, started dating in college, and fast forward to last August when they tied the knot and became #happilyweddedwestwick. It is so hard to believe they are now celebrating their first anniversary!
The day was a true fairytale from the sheer beauty of it (Linwood Estate never disappoints!), the family and friends that surrounded them, and the combining of two souls as one. We teared up as each one of them took a turn dancing with their parents and clapped and cheered as Steph and Mike wowed us all with their first dance (one would expect nothing less from a bride who was also a professional dancer, of course!) : ) We indulged in the yummy food, celebrated as each bridal party member made their entrance, and laughed with everyone as the maid of honor and best man recounted their favorite stories of the bride and groom. To say we had a blast, would be an understatement.
So today we pass on a huge congratulations to Steph and Mike! May your next year of marriage be just as magical as the first, may your wedding cake taste just as wonderful now as it did last year at this time, and may you both continue to find ways to love each other deeply and support one another fiercely as the years go by. We can’t wait to see where this journey takes you!
Venue | Linwood Estate
Wedding Planner | That’s It Wedding Concepts
Catering | The JDK Group
DJ | Mixed Up Productions
Cake | Couture Cakery
Florist | Butera the Florist
Dress | Maggie Sottero
Bridal Boutique | Coco Couture
Tux | Mens Wearhouse
Videography | Deswert Productions
I am. I will. I do. Some of the simplest words ever spoken, but as responses on a wedding day become some of the most powerful, life changing promises ever made. The momentous occasion of each wedding is never lost on us and when we time and time again say it was an honor to be a part, we mean it so much.
This past Saturday at Historic Acres of Hershey was like no other, only that it was made that much more special as I was reconnecting with a dear high school friend and her family. Lilly and I had so much fun being part of the sunny ceremony, capturing every last detail from the delicious food to the beautifully landscaped grounds of the property, and getting to join in on the crazy dance floor moves. And not only were the bridal party, families, and friends a blast to work with, but each and every vendor who contributed to the day, as well. Needless to say it was a complete joy!
I grew up with Katie so I already knew how sweet of a person she was. When I met Graham for the first time it was obvious how well they were meant for each other. They are the perfect compliment to one another. They first met during the holiday season a few years ago and when Katie made the big move to Massachusetts to be with Graham, she knew he was the one. Fast forward to the February of 2017 where Graham proposed on the beaches of Massachusetts and the adventure of planning a wedding this past year which has brought us to today. They share a love of sports, good food, and good wine and honestly every time I’ve gotten to hang out with them I know there will be tons of laughter.
Below is an excerpt from Reverend Judith’s beautifully worded Historic Acres of Hershey ceremony from Katie and Graham’s wedding day because I think it is so worth sharing the message with all of you.
“Katie and Graham, your love for each other has brought you to this point of wanting to make a life-long commitment but as the years pass by, you must continue to choose to love each other, because contrary to the fairy tales, love is not a feeling which just happens, but rather it is a verb of choice which must be made anew each and every day.
Choose to love when times are good, and life is easy. But also choose to love when times are not so good, and life is more challenging…
Choose to love when anger is easier. And most importantly, choose to forgive, even before you are asked to forgive. Choose to be friends, and choose to be lovers because as you walk through this journey of life, it will be easier if you have beside you, the one you choose this day…
You will need to nurture your relationship with things such as kindness, honesty and gentleness. Care for each other, and choose to speak often the words of love to one another. And be romantic, even when routine comes easily, so never forget to kiss each other hello and good-bye, and continue to cook dinners together and share a fine wine or walk on the beach together…
Practice joy and contentment, even if you don’t have everything you want in life, because true joy does not come with acquiring all you desire, but in being content with what you have, creating your own fun and excitement…
And embrace your love not only for each other, but for your newly expanded families, for from them you will gather strength, encouragement and wisdom…
Each of us is born, and each must die, here in the middle is what we call a lifetime. The two of you are vowing to spend the remainder of that lifetime in relationship with each other. May your years together be many and blessed so that in the end you both will say “I had the BEST TIME growing old with you.”
Ah. We could not have said it better. So as you check out the rest of this journal entry I pray that you choose love. All day. Everyday. In whatever capacity that looks like for you.
Choosing love with you!
Special thanks to all of the vendors:
Venue | Historic Acres of Hershey
Coordinator | Mx2 Event Design
Florals | Sarah’s Floral Designs
DJ | Klock Entertainment
Catering | Rettews Catering
Videography | Moving Memories Video
Dress | Justin Alexander
Brides Shoes | Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids Dresses | Bill Levkoff
Junior Bridesmaid Dress | Christina Wu
Bride’s Boutique | Bride N Belle Boutique
Bridesmaids’ Boutique | Cocoa Couture Bridal
Suit | Indochino
Hair + MKUP | Downstreet Salon
Officiant | Reverend Judith Guasch
Graphic Design | Minted Weddings
Favors | Hershey’s
Welcome Sign | Oaky Designs
Ceremony Music | Cherrywood Ensemble
Bartending | Good Spirits Lancaster
The first time I stepped onto the property at Linwood Estate I fell in love. It is full of grandeur and romance, yet intimately tucked away in the countryside of Carlisle, Pennsylvania surrounded by flowing fields. The property also has one of the coolest histories stemming from the couple who lived their decades ago and raised their six girls there. When the collaboration for an inspiration shoot came up, I was immediately on board and couldn’t wait to dive in. We wanted to highlight the gorgeous, bright indoor space that Linwood’s mansion provides for smaller ceremonies and intimate receptions, as well as, the beautiful, soft color palette of greens and pinks that unfolds on the property when everything is in full bloom. Enter sweet, sweet Danielle of Your Sweetest Day Events. Not only does she live up to her name, but she exceeds it. With her help we were able to bring in several talented vendors to help bring the vision together.
When looking for a couple to be at the center of it all, I knew I wanted a true couple deep in love that would take my prompts and direction as naturally as could be. Enter Katherine and Waylen. Their names just sound like one of those couples you read about in the best of romantic novels. And as fate would have it, they were celebrating their first wedding anniversary the weekend of the shoot! I knew it was destiny. What better way for these two lovebirds to celebrate than to get all dressed up and literally relive their wedding day? Katherine had us picking our jaws up off the floor and Waylen kept the mood light and full of laughter.
Surrounded by dreamy pink, mauve, and white florals and details, Katherine stunned in BHLDN’s Cassia Gown. And as we moved from on location on the property to another, you could just see the love exuding from these two bringing the vision to life in a way that was more perfect than we ever could have imagined. One of my favorite parts of the day was when Katherine and Waylen’s fun and energetic spirits shined through and we had them running down Linwood’s long lane amongst the trees and gardens (puddles and all!).
All in all, it was a beautiful collaboration amongst wedding vendors that I am so honored to say have become friends. I hope that these photographs not only showcase the talents and creations involved (I mean, have you seen the tablescape yet?), but offer inspiration to any couple looking for a light and airy, romantic wedding. And make sure to scroll all the way down for all of the amazing participating vendors and links to their websites! If you’re planning your wedding day you will for sure want to check them out (and even if you’re not and just want to add some pretty to your day!).
Coordination + Planning | Your Sweetest Day Events⠀
Venue | Linwood Estate
Florals | Forte Florals⠀
HMU |MKUP The Beauty Studio
Bridal Gown | BHLDN
Calligraphy | Bow and Arrow Calligraphy
Name plates | The Confetti Home
Linens | Tono + Co
Candles | Creative Candles
Table |Barnes Farm Tables⠀
Plates + flatware | Gigi & LaClede
“Those that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree not two.” – Louis de Bernières
Last weekend Lilly and I got to photograph a wedding day at one of my favorite venues, Harmony Hall Estate. The beautifully restored farmhouse with loads of white walls and huge windows. The gorgeous outdoor ceremony space where the couple stands at the top of a rock formation as water flows down from it. The super cool stone foundation that still remains from the original barn. Pair all of that beauty with a super sweet couple and you’ve got a match made in Heaven.
The first time I photographed Dana and Mike was last fall when I traveled to their hometown of Baltimore and we explored Inner Harbor together. And before we knew it June had rolled around and it was wedding time! The details of Dana’s Stella York wedding gown paired with her pastel blue heels and a veil also worn by her mother and grandmother on their wedding days made for absolute perfection. It’s easy to see why the men closest to Dana (scroll down to see what I mean!) kept getting choked up when seeing her for the first time.
Their ceremony was lead by one of our favorites, Reverend Reenie Panzini, who lead the most touching ceremony that included the above quote that is now one of my favorites. Later on in the day, Dana and Mike shared their first dance as husband and wife to Ed Sheeran’s Perfect. The words of this song ring so true for the couple as they met when they were 15. “…Well I found a girl beautiful and sweet, I never knew you were the someone waiting for me, ‘Cause we were just kids when we fell in love…”. And as the night went on, Klock Entertainment did a fantastic job keeping everyone on the dance floor. From parent dances to Tom Petty’s Wild Flowers and Phil Collins You’ll be in my heart (cue the tears!) to everyone pulling out their best dance moves for Imagine Dragon’s Thunder and Lightning.
It was a perfect day and we could not be more honored to have been there to capture it all. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Denchy!
Venue | Harmony Hall Estate
Florist | Family friend, Judy Shartzer
Officiant | Reverend Reenie Panzini
DJ & Photobooth | Klock Entertainment
Makeup & Hair | Friends of the bride
Catering | Karen’s Catering
Cake |Kyrsten’s Sweet Designs
Wedding dress | Stella York
Bridesmaids’ Dresses | Bill Levkoff
Bridal Boutique | Special Moments Bridal Shop
Tuxes | Special Moments Bridal Shop
This week we photographed a super special wedding. Mal was not only the lead photographer of this sweet elopement, but she was also the host. It was the first wedding that ever took place on her property, right in front of their beautiful willow tree and pond, and it surely will not be the last.
Jen and Zach have been together for ages and when it came down to wedding planning they knew from the beginning they wanted a small intimate celebration. Something that was just about the two of them and nobody else. Something simple, but oh so meaningful. They both got ready here in the studio (how fun?!) and we got to play coordinators, photographers, and hosts all in one (well, two haha). Jen kept the dress a surprise from Zach, so when she started to make her way down the hill, it was hard for all of us not to tear up. The ceremony was so sweet and relaxed with the calming sound of the water behind us and birds softly chirping all around us. Surrounded by mother nature and all her beauty!
After the ceremony we hopped around the property for some fun photo taking and then these two adventure-loving newlyweds were off to make their way down to the airport for their honeymoon in AFRICA! Their next weeks will consist of safaris and lion spotting, can you believe it? I know we can’t wait to see pictures and hear all of the stories!
Congratulations, Jen and Zach! We hope your marriage will be just as special and loving as your big day! And spot a lion or two for us!