I am so honored that you stopped by today! The more trips I take around the sun, the more I find the beauty in each part of the journey. Being married for over ten years now (17 together!), I have learned quite a bit about the ebbs and flows of marriage. It is my mission to serve and support you no matter what stage of life you are in.
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
Beyond the Vows began just a little over two years ago, but has made a huge impact in just the four events we have held since then. What started out as a calling felt by myself and Hannah of Sparrow and Lace Photography to invest in couples beyond the wedding day, grew into providing an experience where they can come take a break from the busyness of life in a safe and relaxed space. A place where they can focus on themselves and their marriage no matter what season they may find themselves in.
With each Beyond the Vows event, we have learned so much about love, life, and the ebbs and flows of what it is to be married. We have been able to touch couples who were struggling with their relationship and were giving it one more try to make it work. We have celebrated with a couple married for 35 years and entering an exciting new phase of life. We’ve been able to encourage newly married couples as they navigate the early years. We have provided priceless keepsakes for a couple that was preparing to say goodbye to one another as cancer was taking over his body. We have shed tears for a couple as they tried over and over again to conceive and were lead to the journey of adoption. And now we pray for them as they continue to wait for God to place a child in their path.
Yes, you can guarantee there will be delicious food. Yes, you can guarantee you will be leaving with our new Beyond the Vows Monthly Marriage Challenge book. And yes, there will definitely be a photo session involved. But the most important detail we provide is the overall therapeutic experience, love, and support. We are genuinely interested and invested in each couple that walks through that door. We want to know how you met. When did you first know you were in love. How can we pray for you. How can we celebrate with you. Ultimately, what can we do to serve you and your marriage in the best way possible.
The other week we hosted several couples for Beyond the Vows at the relaxing River Nook Airbnb in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Located right along a peaceful stream, the home was cozy, warm, and inviting sprinkled with a few unique pieces (check out the hanging bed!). The property itself was beautiful with large trees, fire pit, beach area, and tree swings.
We welcomed each couple and took some time to either get to know them better or catch up with them over food and drinks. Then we transitioned into the session part of the day. With each session we try to get you connecting on a deeper level. We start out light and simple. Perhaps in an embrace or holding hands synchronizing your breathing. And with each push of the camera button we talk you through carefully curated healing and inspiring prompts and direction. By the end of your session it is our hope that you feel that much closer to your spouse. But ultimately your experience isn’t over yet.
This year’s Beyond the Vows event was so heartwarming. Couples stayed long after their sessions and joined us all in conversation around the charcuterie board. Or hung out in the living room where they pulled questions from a bowl that ignited unique conversation. Or they ventured down to the water and simply took in the peacefulness that it provided. Others continued their date day as they headed off to dinner or made their way home for a date night in. It is always our hope and prayer that as each couple leaves, we have reignited their passion and inspired their spark.
In the coming weeks I will be sharing exactly what Beyond the Vows means to me. If you want to learn more or become part of the movement, check out www.beyondthevows.org and follow along with us on Instagram!
Earlier this year we had the honor of joining Hannan and Mia for their marriage celebration at Hotel Hershey. Hannan grew up in Hershey and Mia and her family were from Chicago. They met in Philadelphia and the rest is history.
Family traveled from all over the world to be a part of their days long celebration. It began in Chicago where Hannan and Mia officially tied the knot and ended with a huge valima reception a week later at the Hotel Hershey where Lilly and I got to join in on the fun.
There was glamour from Mia’s stunning jewelry to the gorgeous sea of colors worn by the ladies in attendance. The decor and details were amazingly coordinated by David of Mx2 Event Design as he transformed the ballroom into a room fit for royalty. The Hotel Hershey also provided the stunning outdoor backdrop for Hannan and Mia’s portrait session just before the celebration began.
One of our favorite parts was when Hannan’s mother and sisters were joined by ladies from their family for a traditional dance. And as they pulled Mia into the mix with them the crowd swarmed to the dance floor and the seats at the tables were all left empty. This group new how to celebrate and we couldn’t help but move to the music, too.
Not only were they all the sweetest family to work with, but it was such an amazing experience to immerse ourselves into their culture. The vendor team were rockstars, too, and we could not thank them all enough (scroll to the bottom to check them out!). What a truly beautiful and inspiring day it was at the Hotel Hershey!
Venue | The Hotel Hershey
Design & Planning | Mx2 Event Design
Florals | Blooms by Vickrey
Linens | Special on Queen Street
DJ & Reception Lighting | JP Entertainment
Lighting | Klock Entertainment
HMUA | Philly Hair
Videography | Complete Weddings & Events
It’s no secret I love the outdoors. Give me a day on the lake with a boat, sunshine, and good company and I’m set. When Lauren and Chris came to me about their spring wedding at Lake Raystown I was more than on board (pun intended).
And then last fall I met up with this adorable duo for their engagement session at The Winery at Hunters Valley. Not only was I super excited as this place is very special to me (it’s practically in my back yard with the most beautiful view of the Susquehanna River and it is where Ryan and I got married ten years ago!), but the more I got to know Lauren and Chris, I knew they were my kind of people. Relaxed. Funny. Up for anything I suggested. And in love. So in love.
I left that session refreshed. Lauren and Chris are just the kind of people that make your heart smile. I knew their spring wedding on the lake could not come soon enough.
Que the angels because their wedding day was an absolute dream. Nestled amongst the mountains, family and friends gathered at Lake Raystown Resort at a lookout point for the wedding ceremony. It was full of lush, soft florals (perfect for spring!) and beautiful violin music courtesy of the groom’s cousin. And as Chris’s daughter and Lauren made their way down the aisle to him, there was no hiding his contagious smile.
Fast forward to the reception and we were wow-ed! Lauren’s vision was a dream come true from the golden arch covered in dreamy florals that framed the bridal table to the stunning golden centerpieces that gave the whole room a modern, yet whimsical touch. And the best part? Chris and some of his friends made the golden pieces especially for Lauren so that her dream could become their wedding day reality.
As we enjoyed the spring weather in the resort’s indoor/outdoor reception space, we captured their romantic and heartwarming first dance as husband and wife. We witnessed tear jerking dances with their parents and their daughter (oh and for more of that make sure to check out Lauren’s first look with her dad below!). We enjoyed a delicious dinner and decadent dessert. All the while documenting the fantastic time Lauren, Chris, and their guests were having. This was a fun group of people for sure!
And to top it all off, we got to sneak away for a few moments with just the bride and groom right before the last of the day’s light left us. Not only do Lilly and I get excited for more time to photograph our couples at sunset, but these times can also be a welcomed break for a bride and groom to have a few private moments connecting together amidst the business of the day.
Overall, I cannot be more thrilled to share this beautiful spring wedding with you all! Thank you to everyone who took part and helped make Lauren and Chris’s day the magical moment that it was. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Maines!
Venue | Lake Raystown Resort
Florals | Deihl’s Flowers Inc
HMUA | Beautiful Dream Team
Bakery | Maddie Cakes
Invitations | Minted Weddings
Suit | Men’s Wearhouse
Watch | Luminox World
This gallery of images is super personal for me. As a budding film wedding photographer, I attended a workshop with the oh-so-talented Lauren and Tim Fair of Lauren Fair Photography. Not only was it amazing to meet these two photographers with similar passions as my own, but a whole room full of them as I met other attendees from all over the United States and oversees.
If you’ve been following along for a while, you know my passion for film photography runs deep. And over the last few years I have worked hard at perfecting my craft in hopes of incorporating film as my main medium. The dreamy, painterly look you get with film just can’t be duplicated. And the challenge of having to know and read the light before I even push the shutter button has pushed me creatively and inspired me so much.
It is with that love and passion that I share these images. Not just because they’re beautiful, but because they artistically fill my cup and fuel my fire.
Thank you to all of the amazing vendors who gave of their time and talents to create such a stunning space for us to work with and create art with. And thank you Lauren and Tim for putting the workshop together and sharing your wealth of knowledge.
Creative Direction/Styling | @eastmadeco
Floral Design | @fayeandrenee
Hair & Makeup | @truebeautymarks
Stationery & Calligraphy | @shotgunningforlove
Cake | @trouvaillebakery
Shoes | @bellabelleshoes
Rings | @susiesaltzman
Earrings | @jenniferbehr
Rentals | @whitegloverentals
Linens | @bbjlinen
Styling Surfaces/Sponsor | @locustcollection
Styling Props/Sponsor | @curatedbehavior
Ribbon | @eastcoasttrimming
Ring Boxes | @voeu_du_coeur
Venue | @cairnwood
Models | @reinhardagency
Sponsor | @photovisionprints
Sponsor | @renaissancealbums
Sponsor | @honeybook
One of our last weddings of the 2018 season was a Cork Factory Hotel winter wedding with this amazing duo in Lancaster, PA. When Hannah first reached out to me about photographing her wedding I was honored as I always am, but really honored this time as we went to college together. And as I got to know Shawn and Hannah a bit more it turned out we had so many things in common. Shawn graduated from Millersville – Brooke’s alma mater and Hannah and I grew up just miles from one another without ever knowing it!
Hannah and Shawn met in 2014 after they both relocated to Philadelphia for work. Little did they know this City of Brotherly Love would come to meet so much to them and be their first of many cities they would call home together. When they found themselves in Florida for Shawn’s job they also found themselves engaged a few months later. Planning a wedding from a different state can be tough, but these two were pros with their laid back attitudes.
They were going to need those relaxed vibes more than they could have realized as they then found themselves packing up and moving to Chicago for work mid wedding planning.
Amidst all the craziness, Hannah and Shawn (with the help of a rockstar friendor team – see below!), planned out a beautiful winter wedding day where their families and friends melted together in celebration. Their colors of burgundy and navy blue were the perfect fit for the warm indoor atmosphere of the Cork Factory Hotel. And can we please talk about Hannah’s stunning faux fur shawl and golden details?
But the absolute best part was getting to witness two people so deserving of love become husband and wife. From the private moments in their rooms reading one another’s love notes before seeing each other for the first time. From the celebratory moments with their bridal party that had us laughing just as much as they were. To the beautiful ceremony and words spoken aloud as they gave themselves to each other. To the lively and fun-loving moments of the reception where the dance floor was packed all night long.
Congratulations Hannah and Shawn! May your love continue to grow as you adventure through marriage together!
Venue & Coordination | The Cork Factory Hotel
Photographer | Mallory McClure Photography
Officiant | Rev. Reenie Panzini
Florist | Petals with Style
DJ & Photobooth | Top Hat DJ
Hair & Makeup | Salon 717
Bakery & Catering | The Cork Factory Hotel
Bridal Boutique | In White Bridal
Dress Designer | Sincerity Bridal
Suit | Men’s Warehouse
Shoes | Belle by Badgley Mischka