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
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
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.
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