Taylor + Chris | Eastlyn Golf Course - Greenview Inn Outdoor Summer Wedding | Vineland, New Jersey Wedding Photographer

Taylor reached out to me shortly after I photographed Nona and George’s Cape May wedding, because she loved their photos and knew we would make a great team. Even though I never met Taylor or Chris in person before their wedding day, or even spoke with them on the phone for that matter, when their wedding day arrived and we met for the first time we instantly clicked as if we were long-time friends.

Taylor and Chris described their wedding day vibe as romantic, rustic, fun, intimate, and modern. It was that and so much more! I laughed with them, cried with them, cried some more with them, and tried to keep up on the dance floor. It was obvious that this celebration was not only about Chris and Taylor’s Day #1 as husband and wife, but also a celebration of their families and dear friends. The speeches were incredibly heartwarming, and I have never been pulled away from taking dance photos so many times to capture group portraits - and that’s okay, that’s 100% why I am there! My job is to document the gathering of loved ones from near and far, in celebration of two families coming together as one - and I absolutely love love love this career of mine!

Everything aligned that day to create Chris and Taylor’s dream wedding. From the lovely florals and customized decorations, to the perfect summer weather, to one of the most touching intimate first looks I’ve ever witnessed - everything magically fell into place. Even though Taylor’s mother was physically absent from the wedding, as she sadly lost her battle with cancer years before, it was undeniable that she was there in spirit. I think everyone felt her presence that day.

This was one of the most emotional and chaotic weddings I have ever been a part of - and I am so very thankful for that. These moments filled my heart in addition to my creative soul.

Without any further delay, here are a few of my favorite photos from Chris and Taylor’s wedding day that took place at the Eastlyn Golf Course and Greenview Inn in Vineland, New Jersey. You may notice that these are edited in a different style from much of my other work. I offer my clients a choice in editing styles, and this is the one that spoke to their hearts. (It speaks to mine, too!) Congratulations again, Mr. and Mrs. Grace! I know that you are enjoying the married life, and I hope you love reliving this incredible day over again as you look through these images.

Thank you to everyone who worked together to make Chris and Taylor’s dream wedding become a reality. We really made an incredible team, and I hope I have the opportunity to work with these vendors again in the near future.

Venue: Eastlyn Golf Course in Vineland, NJ

Wedding Coordinator: Kristina Wittig, KW Event Coordination

Photographer: Carrie Kizuka

Videographer: Be Films Wedding Cinema

Florist: Laura Davis, Savannah’s Garden

Lettering: VG Custom Artwork

Cake Artist: Christine Conte, Stella’s Baking Company

DJ: DJ Mugga Stackz

Hair Artist: Taylor did her own hair!

Wedding Dress Boutique: Free Love Bridal, Cape May

Groom and Groomsmen Tuxedo Boutique: Men’s Wearhouse

Officiant: Dan Lockwood

Photo Booth: Royal Experience Events

Colleen + Chad | La Massaria at Bella Vista Outdoor Summer Wedding | Montgomery County Wedding Photographer

I’m so excited to share these photos from Colleen and Chad’s June wedding! (You may remember them from their engagement session that I blogged here.) Everything took place on a gorgeous, sunny Saturday at La Massaria at Bella Vista, located in Gilbertsville, PA.

When I asked Colleen and Chad to describe their wedding day vibe during our planning time, they used the words romantic, formal, elegant, and rustic. (And it turned out to be all of those!) Colleen’s color palette was inspired by blue and purple orchids, because, in her words, “It's a June wedding and I wanted the colors to reflect a summer wedding with bright, fun and vibrant colors, but still look elegant and romantic.” What they didn’t mention is that this wedding was going to be fun - which it absolutely was! I feel so fortunate that I attract couples who are laid back, down to earth, and incredibly, wonderfully, beautifully fun!!! And, Colleen and Chad have raised the fun bar pretty high for my future couples.

Without any further delay, I’m going to let these photos speak for themselves. Thank you again for choosing me to document your Day #1 as husband and wife.

Thank you to everyone who worked together to make Colleen and Chad’s dream wedding become a reality!

Venue: La Massaria at Bella Vista

Photographer: Carrie Kizuka

Videographer: Brock Pemberton, Brock’s Brides

Florist: Scott Olson, Wedding Flowers by Scott

Cake Artist: Dice’s Creative Cakes

DJ: Joe (Jojo) Lorman, Entertainment Engineering Plus

Hair and Makeup Artist: Salon Evolve

Wedding and Bridesmaid Dress Boutique: Pocadiz Bridal

Groom and Groomsmen Tuxedo Boutique: Fifty-Fifty Tuxedos

Officiant: Melissa Pennington

Nicole + Stephen | Intimate Backyard Summer Wedding | Reading, Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

Nicole and Stephen got married in an intimate outdoor wedding ceremony during the hottest hour on the hottest day of 2019 (so far), and I was thrilled to be there to celebrate (and sweat) with them! I have documented so many intimate wedding ceremonies this year - and let me tell you… I love them! I enjoy capturing all types of wedding celebrations, but there is just something extra special about small, intimate ceremonies. Although I personally thrive in chaotic environments, it’s so nice to be able to relax a bit while documenting smaller, laid back celebrations. Smaller weddings still deliver an abundance of emotional moments!

Thank you for trusting me to capture these memories for you and your loved ones, Nicole and Stephen! Here are a few of my favorite images from their celebration that took place on family property in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Steph + Al | Joanna Furnace Rustic Summer Wedding | Berks County Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of documenting Steph and Al's Day #1 as husband and wife!  I have been looking forward to this day since long before I photographed their engagement session at Wyebrook Farm last fall.

The weather was absolutely fantastic on their wedding day!  The sun was shining, the temperature was perfect, and there wasn't a rain cloud in sight.  We couldn't have asked for a nicer day, or better people to celebrate with.

I met up with Steph and the rest of the girls while they were finishing up getting ready at It's All About You salon.  Then, we headed to the huge sunflower field that is planted each year by the owners of Please Wash Me Carwash in Elverson.  The owners of the field and car wash are friends of Steph and Al, and it was so sweet of them to offer us the space for a few quick bridal party portraits!

Then, we arrived at the Plow Church for final preparations and the ceremony.  Steph and Al chose not to have a first look, opting for the more traditional moment that they would see each other for the first time as she was walking toward him down the church aisle.  You could see the anticipation and excitement during that moment on both of their faces, and it had me in tears!  (I'm lucky I get to hide my running-mascara-face on the other side of the camera!)

Steph and Al were surprised when they walked out of the church and found a huge tractor waiting for them, ready to take them to Joanna Furnace for their reception!  This had all been arranged by friends ahead of time, behind the scenes.  After a few photos on the Plow Church baseball field (baseball is a shared passion of theirs!), we left for Joanna Furnace and finished up our portraits there.

Photographing a wedding is a lot of hard work, and I am exhausted by the end of the night - but I typically don't notice that until after I pack up my gear and am driving home.  The days fly by so quickly, and I get such an adrenaline rush and full heart from being surrounded by so much love, laughter, happy tears, and celebrating.  I really love what I do, and I'm so thankful for my couples - like Steph and Al!!

If I had to describe their wedding and reception in just a few words, I would choose rustic, casual, country, and SO MUCH FUN!

Congratulations, Steph and Al!!!  Thank you again for trusting me to capture these moments for you and your loved ones.

Big thanks to the following vendors for helping make this day a success:

Hair and Make-Up:  It's All About You Salon and Spa, Reading, PA

Flowers:  Flowers by Jena Paige

DJ:  Rick Bean of B&B Light and Sound

Bride's dress:  Forever Formals in Kennett Square, PA

Groom's suit:  Men's Wearhouse in Wyomissing, PA

Tent/chair rental:  Knights Rental in Leesport, PA

Church:  Plowville Lutheran Church (Robeson Evangelical Lutheran) in Mohnton, PA

Reception:  Joanna Furnace - Hay Creek Valley Historical Association in Morgantown, PA

Huge thanks to Jane Ammon for second shooting with me for a portion of the day!