I am so honored that you stopped by today! Whether you are planning your intimate oceanside ceremony, eloping in the mountains, or traveling abroad for the wedding day of your dreams, I can't wait to hear all about it.
Planning a wedding during COVID-19 has proved to be no easy task. Uncertainties that seem to change day to day. Rescheduling not just once, but perhaps two or three times. Having to now wait 6-12 more months after looking forward to this day for months already. Coordinating all of the postponing with your wedding professionals and then notifying all of your guests. All while trying to keep your focus on the why of it all.
To those of you postponing to 2021, I feel for you. It’s been a hard decision for everyone, but know your hearts are in the right place looking out for your family, friends, wedding professionals, and yourselves.
Many couples have elected to downsize their wedding plans to a more intimate ceremony and with that I raise a hallelujah. It has been quite inspiring to see each couple get creative to make their wedding day dreams come true. Intimate wedding now, big celebration later. Honestly, it’s the best of both worlds.
Set to be the first wedding of my 2020 season, Katherine and Tyler did some soul searching while trying to decide how to navigate their wedding day. Not wanting to wait, and who can blame ’em, they opted for putting their own creative spin on an idea Katherine had come across online. They were not going to let planning a wedding during COVID-19 get them down.
Thinking of their family and friends, they opted for a drive-ins themed wedding. The mountains and whimsical fields of their rural town as their backdrop, guests arrived and pulled into their spots along side the long aisle. Talk about a grand entrance! With the help of their DJ, guests were able to tune-in on their radios to hear the ceremony while watching from the safety of their own car.
After the ceremony, Katherine and Tyler greeted guests with thank you gifts as they drove by and shared their congratulations with the newlyweds and promises of getting together as soon as they could. While it may not have been the original plan, the important part was that they were married. Their marriage had begun and their closest family and friends were able to be there to witness it all amidst the difficulties.
If you are or someone you know is in the process of navigating planning a wedding during COVID-19, know your wedding professionals are here for you and we are listening. We are ready to do our very best for you and are trying to be as flexible as possible. We are also extremely thankful for the grace you give us as we are navigating uncertainties, too. And for those of you newly engaged couples trying to plan your dream wedding day for 2021, thank you for your patience and kindness as the couples of 2020 try to find a new date for their day.
You all are an inspiration and proof that love can get us through anything.
DJ | Jukebox Hits
These two huge sports fans met in college almost a decade ago. And while they are both extremely intelligent, they’re also extremely down to earth, laid back, and know how to throw a good party. Their love for the outdoors is evident in their proposal story and their Wind in the Willows wedding. One Saturday morning as Teal and Devon were hiking with friends they stopped to enjoy the surrounding scenery when Devon suggested taking their photo. Not one to normally do so, Teal shot him a confused look. That look, though, quickly turned to joy as Devon asked her to marry him right there among the gorgeous landscape as their friends snapped away capturing the entire thing.
When Teal told me of the willow trees that would be the focus of the ceremony at their Wind in the Willows wedding, well, you know I was more than excited. The day was absolute perfection from the weather to the super fun bridal party to the cool, calm, and collected bride and groom themselves.
The day started with Teal and Devon’s beautiful details as they finished getting ready with their family and friends. And then, with the willow trees towering above us, I got to witness Devon seeing his beautiful bride for the first time. Their joy was infectious and fueled even further as their bridal party joined us (in style of course – see below!). The rest of the day flowed smoothly from ceremony to reception and was capped off with a beautiful sunset.
Venue | Wind in the Willows
Florals | Ginger Weaver
Cake |Desserts, Etc.
Caterer | Bob Brandt Catering
Wedding Gown & Boutique | BHLDN
Groom’s Suit | Macy’s
Lovers of the outdoors and recently relocated to South Carolina for work, Ryan and I hopped on a plane and flew to Charleston to meet up with Kelly and Jim. I had always wanted to visit and had dreams of photographing amongst the dreamy spanish moss at sunset. So when Kelly and I began planning the details of their engagement session months before this, it was a no brainer to schedule their fall engagement session in Charleston.
Ryan and I arrived to our Airbnb a day before the session so I could travel around to the planned locations and make sure each would be just as we wanted it to be the next day. My brain was on visual beauty overload, but in the best way. I was running on pure adrenaline and excitement (and maybe a few biscuits here and there and by few I mean a lot). We travelled to Folly Beach, Charles Towne Landing Historic Site, and wandered around downtown Charleston and its colorful architecture and scenic water views.
The next day Kelly and Jim arrived in town and the rest is dreamy sunset history. Not only did I get to create photographs I’d been dreaming up forever, but I got to share in Kelly and Jim’s beautiful relationship and witness their love firsthand. Their laid back personalities and go with the flow natures made for a flawless session. It was a true testimony to when a couple puts their full trust in me and that experience is always humbling. We topped it off with dinner at one of their favorite restaurants and, you guessed it, more biscuits.
It was a whirlwind of a weekend and one I would go back to many times. Until next time, Charleston. <3
Film processing provided by PhotoVision Prints
If you’ve been following along for a little while now or clicking around on the website, you’ve most likely heard of Beyond the Vows. It is a marriage investment experience near and dear to my heart that has allowed me to give back and serve couples in a way I never would have imagined.
What if, even after your wedding day, your wedding vendors were working hard to pour into the marriage that they witnessed you begin?
That’s exactly what we hope to do with Beyond the Vows.
We don’t want our bond with you to end after the wedding day is over. The reason we leave the security of a day job, and plunge into pursuing our own business, is because of you. Yes, we love weddings. But even more importantly, we love, support, and are fighting for the marriages that they represent.
We invite you to come experience a photography session that will allow you to spend quiet time with your spouse, and remember why it was you said those wedding vows in the first place. We want you to remember holding hands, nervously speaking those words in front of your closest family and friends, as you pledged your lives to each other. We want you to feel those same butterflies in your stomach, the same tingles down your spine as you hear the words “husband and wife.”
These sessions aren’t about us. They aren’t about fancy hair and makeup. They are about you. They are about your marriage.
We want you to remember WHY you chose to vow your life to another, through good and bad, through mountains, through valleys. Through the difficulties that life throws your way, and through all of the joys that it brings. Through beautiful children, through life-altering loss, through birthdays, and through fights. Through seasons of uncertainty, through fits of laughter, and through tender forehead kisses.
We invite you to come as you are, no matter what season of life you’re in, and celebrate your marriage.
T H I S I S G O I N G B E Y O N D T H E V O W S .
And we are so excited.
As co-founder of BTV, Hannah and I have written some helpful articles on marriage investment and why it is worth it. To learn more about Beyond the Vows and the heart behind what we do, check out the articles below!
“Investing in your marriage whether you have been married one day or one year or one decade or more is so important. We live in a world with more marital distractions than ever and we are ready to beat that scary statistic of 50%. We are ready to lift you up and recharge your marriage. We are ready to walk with you through your struggles and cheer with you during your triumphs. We are ready to guide you through an uplifting and life changing marriage investment experience.”
“We wanted to be better able to serve our couples far beyond the wedding day. Long after the suit had been returned, the dress had been hung, and even the photos and album placed in their new homes. We had teamed up before in the past and when it came time to plan the next collaboration our hearts cried out for something new. Something different. Something meaningful and powerful.”
“There is a war against marriage taking place in our society, and we want you to fight. We want you to fight for your love story, fight for your spouse, and fight to always be growing deeper in your relationship. There are so many things that can come between you and your spouse if you let them, and the worst part? You might not even notice it happening.
We want you to fight against the temptation to let your phones keep you from connection. We want you to fight against the belief that, now that you’re married, you don’t need to date anymore. We want you to fight against becoming comfortable and stagnant in your relationship, because we believe your relationship can be so much more than that. We want you to fight with everything you’ve got in you for your marriage, because we believe with everything in our souls that marriages are worth fighting for.”
“The sessions themselves will be slightly different than our usual sessions. We dive deeper into questions and prompts that are meant to get you and your spouse connecting on an entirely different level. We truly want to capture your genuine love and relationship. For just a few hours, we want you to leave your responsibilities and worries at home, and set aside some time for yourselves to reset. When was the last time you let go and just had fun together? The last time you sat and talked about your relationship, and what it means to you? Our goal is to create a space and atmosphere for you to do just that.”
It’s hard to believe that my first time working with Marissa and Eric was a year and a half ago for their engagement session in Washington, DC. We spent the evening exploring some of their favorite spots and ended it with dinner and drinks. We dreamed of their glamorous summer wedding at Riverdale Manor that, at the time, seemed so far away. These two are true #relationshipgoals and I knew that their wedding day would be as magical as they described.
“Do you remember, the 21st night of September? Love was changing the minds of pretenders, while chasing the clouds away. Our hearts were ringing in a key that our souls were singing as we danced in the night. Remember how the stars stole the night away…”
– Earth, Wind & Fire
These lyrics poured from the radio of my car as I headed to Lancaster to meet up with Marissa and her bridesmaids at their adorable Airbnb and I took it as a sign. And later on in the evening their band, Lima Bean Riot, made sure to serenade us all during the reception with this catchy and perfect-for-dancing tune that ideally summed up their September 21, 2019 wedding.
It was one for the books, ya’ll. I am in love with the dreamy film shots and Marissa’s bridal shots are truly some of my favorite I’ve ever taken. This summer wedding at Riverdale Manor is full of serious wedding inspiration. Enjoy!
Venue | Riverdale Manor
Coordinator | The Perfect Plan by Lori Hemphill
Florals | Petals with Style
Caterer & Cake | Thyme & Seasons
Band | Lima Bean Riot
HMUA | Anthology Salon & Style Bar
Bridemaids Dresses | Birdy Grey
Groom’s Suit | Indochino
Groomsmen Suits | Generation Tux
Videographer | 1440 Film Co.
Stationery | Minted
Shoes |Badgley Mischka
Earrings | Olive + Piper
Wedding Rings | Dominion Jewelers and Metal Works
Their wedding day took place at a local church near and dear to their hearts followed by a reception at Alverthorpe Manor. Rewind back to the beginning, where Allison and John met in Boston as freshman attending college at Northeastern University. By their third year of dating on and off they made it official and the rest is history. In the four years following they moved four times for Allison’s work and most recently found themselves settling near Philadelphia close to their families and friends.
All of that traveling has left them with a passion for trying new food and exploring new cities which typically includes a brewery stop somewhere along the way. One special night while living in Cleveland they stopped to check out the view of the city from a new park as they explored after dinner at their favorite restaurant. John saw the romantic moment unfolding and asked Allison to be his wife. Nowadays these newlyweds are soaking up their first year of marriage and taking care of their adopted pup, Scout.
Their wedding day was full of family tradition. Allison got ready in her childhood bedroom at her parents’ house and their ceremony was at an adorable local church founded by her grandparents. How amazing to start their greatest journey in the presence of so much rich history and meaning!
The reception at Alverthorpe Manor was full of laughter, good food, art, and dancing. Although it was a bit chilly, guests snuggled up with blankets thoughtfully provided by the bride and groom during cocktail hour and warmed up quickly in the heated outdoor reception space.
The entire day was so relaxed and everyone was so welcoming. One of my favorite fall wedding days for sure! Congratulations Allison and John (and Scout)!
Venue | Alverthorpe Manor
Florals | Pennypack Flowers
Caterer | Joshua’s Catering
Cake | Bredenbeck’s Bakery
DJ & Reception Lighting | Cutting Edge Entertainment
HMUA | Gloss Studio LLC
Wedding Gown & Boutique | Evelyn Bridal
This stunning wedding day, believe it or not, came from a rainy wedding day towards the end of my 2019 season. When I arrived at The Barn at Silverstone in Lancaster, PA, though the rain trickled down, the vibe was relaxed. It was full of joy. It was overflowing with love. Emily and Nate were at peace with the day even though the rain wasn’t ideal. They kept their hearts focused on God and the true purpose of their day.
We all crossed our fingers, said our prayers, and prepared for the backup plan with the timeline and outdoor photographs. But in the closest moments leading up to the time to venture outside for portraits, the rain stopped. Stopped. And not only did this happen for the portraits before the ceremony, but afterwards, too. As soon as my time with them was complete outside and we retreated back indoors, the clouds opened up again and the rain poured. If that’s not a sign from the Lord, I don’t know what is.
Truthfully, the day flowed flawlessly. From a beautifully worded ceremony (complete with group prayer and parental high fives!) to a super fun reception with good food and a packed dance floor. These are the wedding days I live for. Intentional couples keeping their marriage at the forefront of their hearts and minds. A perfect example of my kind of people and I am honored to have been the one to capture their day. And I found Emily and Nate’s rainy wedding day mentality so inspiring that I refer back to it on my own “rainy days”.
Venue | The Barn at Silverstone
Planner + Coordinator | Fancy Peacock Events
Florals | Winsome Florals
Videography | M&D Films
Caterer + Cake | Legends Catering
DJ & Reception Lighting | Soundwaves DJ Entertainment
HMUA | MKUP The Beauty Studio
Tux | Bar III
Flashback to the hottest day of last summer (which for me really is a nice thought because the older I get the less I like the cold). Ashley and Mike’s summer wedding at The Cork Factory in Lancaster, PA was a stunner. Her Christina Wu wedding gown was the perfect fit with her Badgley Mischka shoes and his Calvin Klein tux. It was a beautiful mix of luxurious details with personalized and unique Etsy artist creations.
We snuck away to the Lancaster County Central Park for their first look. With the most adorable little white house at the Rockford Plantation as our backdrop, Ashley made her way around the corner and Mike spun around for the first look at his bride. His reaction was priceless and I couldn’t help but marvel at how cool, calm, and collected they were and yet excitement pumped through their veins.
Lilly and I had photographed Ashley and Mike the previous year for their engagement session (CLICK HERE TO SEE!) and we knew it would be just like that day. Easy. Relaxed. Fun. And full of love. And it was. Their entire day was just so full of love and it was one of those weddings that we didn’t want to leave.
Scroll through for all the beauty and make sure to check out the most amazing reception entrance I’ve ever had the honor to capture (disclaimer: no one caught on fire during the entrance of the bride and groom.)
Venue & Caterer | The Cork Factory, Keri Vital
Florals | Splints and Daisies
Officiant | Sealed with a Kiss by Kait
DJ & Reception Lighting & Cold Spark | One Rock Studio
HMUA | Luxe Lancaster Salon
Cake | The Baker’s Table
Shoes | Badgley Mischka
Graphic & Accessories Designers | Etsy Artists, Vistaprint, & Shutterfly (If you’re interested in any of the specific artists, just let me know!)
Film Processing | Photovision
Ever wonder what it’s like behind the scenes on a wedding day? Or how we get those amazing interactions between our couples during their engagement session?
There truly is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to make our time with you flow just right. I ask a lot of questions before the big day. A lot. From working with you to create the best timeline guide for the day to collaborating with your coordinator to obtaining all names of the family members you wish to be included in the family formals to your wish list of must haves for our shot list. Combine a large amount of pre-wedding preparation with the friendship I have created and fostered with you over the last months and I have the perfect recipe for your beautiful photographs.
This past year has been quite a whirlwind of gorgeous weddings, romantic engagement sessions, and fantastic couples with hearts of gold that have treated me like family. And I love it because in my head that’s what we are. From the moment you say yes to joining the #mallorymccluretribe you instantly become my family and I take an earnest interest in your lives, your upcoming marriage, and your heart.
And for my family I will do anything.
When it comes to documenting your day, I am more than just your photographer. I’m your confidant. Your time checker. Your dress and bouquet holder. Your message deliverer. I’m not afraid to ask those deep questions to get you both intimately interacting with one another. I’m also not afraid to make a complete fool of myself to break the ice and get everyone laughing. Ask Lilly. She’ll totally vouch for that. : ) And will do the same, as well. Make sure to scroll all the way through the end to see a series of images of Lilly behind the scenes. You’ll get to see what started out as a silly prompt and how she captured the magic that it created!
So when you look through my website and browse at your favorite shares on my journal or when you’re scrolling through my Instagram or reading through my newsletter, I hope you know that in order to get all of those amazing, memorable, important, and breathtaking shots I have put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears in behind the scenes in order to make those photographs possible.
It is our continued mission throughout 2020 to provide romantic and authentic fine art imagery capturing not only the pretty moments, but the real and raw moments, too. Thank you to everyone who made 2019 such a blast and I hope you enjoy this look back through some of my favorite behind the scenes moments.
From the moment I first talked to Aimee and Roger and the more we chatted about their beautiful wedding day the more I felt like the Lord had placed them in my life for a specific reason. Fast forward to their Central PA summer engagement session by the river where I met this adorable couple for the first time in person and it was clear our paths were meant to cross. As a result, I instantly fell in love with Aimee and Roger. They are truly some of the sweetest, kindest folks I ever met and the love between them is inspiring.
Aimee is studying to be a nurse. It is easy to see she is meant to serve others with her calm demeanor and warm smile. Meanwhile, Roger had my head spinning as he explained his job in mechanical engineering. Gosh do I admire the men and women whose brains work like that!
They met through church, but that meeting almost didn’t even happen. Roger was about to take on a new job out west, but for whatever reason (call it luck, chance, the Lord’s hand, you name it) he didn’t and at what was supposed to be his farewell dinner it is there and then that he met Aimee.
We began the session with a prayer. A peace fell over us all and we embarked on our adventure. From snuggling in whimsical, whispy fields to dancing by the river banks. To journeying through the tall trees to exploring the rocks and catching the most beautiful sunset. In other words, the session was a dream come true creatively and I enjoyed the conversation just as much as taking the photos. I was inspired in more ways than I can explain (stay tuned as I figure it all out!).
Thank you Aimee and Roger for trusting me with your vision and to document such an important time in your lives. It has been a huge honor and I cannot wait for the wedding day!
“I am absolutely blown away by the engagement photos. Roger and I looked at them together, today. They are stunning and I feel that you truly captured us so well. You captured the exact style I had been imagining in my head. I am grateful that you are our photographer and the engagement shoot made me beyond excited for our wedding pictures. Thank you, thank you, thank you for driving out to meet us.” – Aimee, Featured MMP Bride