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.
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!
Last weekend Ryan and I hopped in the car and drove to New York City for a fun little get away (happy early anniversary, babe!) and to meet up with Julianne and Sean in their hometown of Hoboken. And let me tell ya, these two are the best hosts! During their engagement session they shared their favorite places with us including the PATH train station where they both commute from daily into the city, their go to pizza place where you get a slice of pizza the size of your face, and one of the best views of the NYC skyline. We even met up with some of their closest friends at Union Hall for some fun photos and of course yummy food and drinks! To say we had a blast is a complete understatement.
Julianne and Sean’s engagement session was full of laughter (the deep down belly laughs where your cheeks hurt afterwards from laughing so hard) and tender forehead kisses because, in the words of Julianne, “He’s just so tall.” : ) The more I got to know this sweet couple the more I fell in love with them, too. So kind. So welcoming. And so thoughtful. It’s no wonder these two lovebirds are drawn to one another. If our short time with them last week is any indication of what the wedding day will be like, I truly cannot wait! Not only am I sure it will be so romantic and touching, but also overfilled with lots of joy and smiles.
Thank you over and over again, Julianne and Sean, for welcoming Ryan and I into your lives and for showing us around! August cannot come soon enough! And a huge thank you to Union Hall for letting us all hang out while I grabbed some super fun photos of the whole gang!
It’s always a blessing to photograph a wedding at Riverdale Manor. Everything about this place exudes elegance and warmth, yet it is also intimate and romantic. Add in Sam and Allison and their gorgeous wedding day and voila! This adorable duo is as sweet as pie and their families were more than welcoming to us, too. We started off our time with Sam and Allison by capturing a few candids before the first look. When it came time for Allison to surprise her soon-to-be-hubby, Lilly and I were just as excited as they were! The looks on their faces were priceless and their reactions to one another gave you all the warm, lovey-dovey feelings that wedding days are made of.
Some of my favorite details of the day were all of the personal touches. A family friend of Sam’s, Sugar Mountain Farms, created all of the stunning floral arrangements. And Allison’s mom, Judy, grew all of the succulents that were included in those creations. We even got to come home with a few at the end of the night! And specifically in Allison’s bouquet they added a pin from her grandmother and lace from her mom’s veil. So sweet! And speaking of sweetness, Allison’s dad worked for Hershey so of course there was no shortage of Hershey’s chocolate kisses to snack on throughout the day. Allison’s dress is also one of my favorite’s that I’ve ever had the honor to photograph. An amazing Stella York creation that she found at The Coastal Knot in North Carolina, the state she and Sam now call home.
When it came time for the ceremony these two lovebirds were surrounded by their closest family and friends; including their siblings and their families (with the most adorable ring bearer who lovingly refers to Sam as “Uncle Ham”) and the college gang from their time at Susquehanna University. They all were an wonderful group of people to celebrate with and we honestly were sad to see the night end. Thankfully we keep in touch with all of our Mallory McClure Photography couples! In the words of Allison, “You’ll have a hard time getting rid of us.” Thank goodness, because we don’t want to ever lose touch!
As Sam and Allison approach their first anniversary I am honored to share some of their gorgeous day with you! Their first year of marriage has been a wonderful one and we can’t wait to see where the rest of the journey takes them!
Venue | Riverdale Manor
Florist | Sugar Mountain Farms
DJ | MAC 2 Productions
Catering | Thyme and Seasons
Cake | Thyme and Seasons
Wedding dress | Stella York
Bridal Boutique | The Coastal Knot
Suits | Men’s Wearhouse
When Kristin and Tim arrived at our place this past Saturday for the engagement session I was wowed by how stunning they looked and how sweet of a couple they were. I immediately panicked as I was about to ask them to jump into Ryan’s truck and drive through our muddy fields to our first location. I was delighted to hear these two were completely up for it or as Kristin put it, “it was their cup of tea”. They even were up for braving the wet grass and oh my am I so glad they were. Kristin and Tim really came alive throughout their woodsy session as we made our way through the fields and over streams. Their smiles were infectious while they snuggled close and laughed together. And the peacefulness they exuded as they reminisced on where their relationship all began (in middle school!) and how far they’ve come since those days was contagious. I especially loved when they recounted the proposal story. Tim does woodworking in his free time and hand carved a box for the engagement ring to sit in. He then took Kristin to the Gettysburg battlegrounds, as they had many times before, with the box tucked safely into his boot. During our time with them, Kristin admitted to walking in on Tim one night as he was creating the wooden box and almost discovering his sweet surprise for her. Thankfully, Tim was quick to hid his handy work and Kristin never found out until Tim was on one knee.
Our time with Kristin and Tim was so fun and we cannot wait for their wedding day at The Lodges at Gettysburg. Until then, we will just continue ooo-ing and ahh-ing over these photos to get us through the next few months.
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder
Last Saturday’s wedding was a sweet reminder that we should always be aware of our treasures. Melissa and Dave embraced the rainy weather and were simply happy to be married and celebrating with their closest friends and family. From the adorable church to dancing the night away at the Hollywood Casino, their smiles never faded. Their laughter was infectious and seeing these two families come together as one was heartwarming. During the ceremony, Melissa knelt down to Dave’s youngest son, Aaron, and vowed herself to him, as well. Whew! There was not a dry eye in the church – ours included!
I had the pleasure of reuniting with Juke Box Hits that evening who DJ’d Ryan and I’s wedding almost ten years ago. We reminisced back to that day, caught up on the present, and gushed about our kiddos in between dinner and dances. Throughout the night the bridal party entertained us with their classic moves on the dance floor (sprinkler anyone?), while others jumped into the photobooth for a good laugh. One of them most touching moments of the night came from the anniversary dance in which we discovered the couple who has been married the longest; a dear, sweet husband and wife who jokingly shared their secret to success, “Happy wife, happy life.”
Overall, the day was a beautiful one no matter what mother nature was throwing at us. Thank you, Melissa and Dave, for allowing us to join you on your wedding day! We are overjoyed for you both and can’t wait to see where the journey of marriage takes you!
DJ & Photobooth| Juke Box Hits
Florist | JF Designs
Reception Venue, Catering, & Cake | Hollywood Casino
Limousine | Unique Limousine
Hair and Makeup | Happenings Hair Salon
Wedding Dress | David’s Bridal
Tux | Matlow’s Clothing
So this wedding right here was so special to me for many reasons. Not only have I known Maria, the stunning bride, her entire life, but I was the flower girl in her mom’s wedding and our families have been friends for longer than I can remember. It was such a blessing to see everything come full circle and get to photograph her beautiful day when she married her best friend, Ryan.
Ryan and Maria met at Messiah College. And whether they are staying in to binge watch Netflix or heading out to check out the latest movie, their time is always full of laughter (mostly do to Ryan and his jovial nature) and love. When I met with Maria and Ryan for the first time to chat about their wedding day I also learned that Ryan and I shared a love for The Game of Thrones and I knew he and I were going to get along juuust fine.
The two began their wedding weekend at the forever stunning Lily Manor which just so happens to be one of my favorite wedding venues! While the girls relaxed while getting their hair and make up complete, the boys took advantage of their down time joking around with one another. When I arrived the vibe was completely serene and you knew it was just going to be one of those amazing days witnessing two families coming together. It came time for the ceremony and we traveled down the road a bit to the couples’ church where Maria and Ryan took a quiet moment to pray over their day and then immersed themselves into their beautiful ceremony. And as Maria made her way down the aisle holding on to her dad and her late grandmother’s handkerchief, Ryan beamed from ear to ear. Led by family friends, Ryan’s dad, and Maria’s sister, the ceremony was full of awe-inspiring music and beautiful testimony as everyone sang along and took in the message.
After the ceremony we ventured back to Lily Manor for photos and cocktail hour. And when it came time for introductions and toasts Maria’s sister, Brooke, presented the sweetest surprise for her sister and new brother-in-law. We all knew Brooke was musically gifted, but as she played the piano and sang the song she wrote for Ryan and Maria we all teared up and smiled at the beautiful words she sang.
The rest of the evening included dancing, LOTS of laughter, and amazing food. And can we talk about those ah-mazing floral pieces that hung above each table?! Such a cool idea and allowed their guests to chat over dinner without anything obstructing their view of one another plus extra table space to showcase their favors; tiny bottles of Heinz Ketchup in honor of Ryan’s passion for it. It was exactly the perfect kind of wedding day I would wish for, for this adorable couple and I am so honored I got to be a part of it. Congratulations Maria + Ryan!
Venue | Lily Manor
Wedding Gown | David’s Bridal
Groom’s Suit | The Suit Store
Flowers | Harrison’s
Caterer | Bread of Life
DJ | FM Sound Productions
Cake | Wendy Weis
This past Sunday was an experience I will never forget. When Hannah and I first dreamed up Beyond the Vows we imagined a day of fun sessions where couples could take a break from the busyness of day to day life and focus on one another. As we completed our first two events our hearts soared with ideas and this spring we were blessed to be joined by several wonderful people who gladly joined the movement and gave of their time, talents, and support. And the result of months of planning was better than we could have ever imagined.
The lovely ladies at The Farm at Eagles Ridge were gracious hosts and we could not have asked for more perfect weather. We literally were all bouncing in our seats with excitement as we pulled in the driveway and immediately set out to begin working on creating the vision we had for our couples to experience as they joined us that day. Betsy and Paige are the kindest souls who opened their farm house and allowed us to use it as if it were our own. It was so reassuring to know that they supported this movement we feel so strongly about. I even had the chance to meet the entire family behind this beautiful farm as they were kindly putting “The Notebook Boat” in the pond for us to use!
As the couples arrived they were welcomed by our dream team and led off to a quiet space where they could begin to reflect privately on their feelings for their spouse by writing a love note to be later read during the session. And while one spouse wrote, the other got to indulge in yummy treats and cool drinks while sitting in the dining nook overlooking the immaculately landscaped property. Once the love letters were complete, we ventured outside through the blooming magnolia trees, budding weeping willows, and down by the pond. As we roamed the property taking photographs of each couple, we provided an experience to get them to connect on a deeper level. Some moments included fun prompts and exercises while others got them thinking back to that moment they first fell in love.
These sessions aren’t just about capturing beautiful photographs. They are therapeutic. They bring out those early butterflies that made you giggle when your first caught each other’s eyes in a crowded room. They take you back through time to memories you may have forgotten about that you once cherished so deeply. They may even stir strong emotions that will cause a lump in your throat and tears in your eyes. These sessions are created with you and your spouse in mind to rekindle, revive, remember, and renew.
And as each session came to a close the couples stayed to spend more time with one another whether that was sharing a drink on the back patio or going for a walk. Others also journeyed to downtown Lancaster to some of the fantastic restaurants and shops. All in all, it was a day in which each couple left feeling more deeply connected to their spouse and that left our hearts full. And as we hugged goodbye with each sweet couple we sent them with a little thank you gift that included The Navigator’s Council; a fantastic marriage workbook that myself and Hannah can attest to its greatness as we both use it with our husbands. It is our hope that each couple’s experience reignites their passion and drive to continue to invest in their marriages far beyond our event.