Ryan and Stephanie : Baraka Point, Virgin Gorda

Ryan asked Stephanie's dad Roger if he could marry her on a family trip to Bora Bora. They were both sitting in a bar called The Sunset Bar. Many couples coming to watch the sunset were around them. When he asked him they both were hugging ( holding)  and crying. Caring on a scene of affection in front of many couples. It looked more like they were a couples instead.  Ryan was going to ask her on the trip but he never did because the airlines lost his luggage with the ring in it and it never showed up. He actually had to wear Rogers clothes to the bar. Can you imagine... this scene is a movie! 

So ..time goes on and they are on a bike trail with friends. Ryan has a bottle of champagne in his camo backpack that he rides with for most of the trail. He's so nervous. he cant find the right words.  The friends disappear for a bit .. and finally he asked her. And she  says.......YES!!!!!!

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Marty and Vanessa: Warren PA Wedding Photography

Vanessa and Marty were married a few weeks ago. They picked the date because they wanted peonies for the bridal bouquet and since it was the last week they would be in bloom it was the perfect time to get married. They were married at  Warren Pa Conewango Country Club because 1. it is a beautiful venue and 2. Vanessa's family have been long time members of the club. I have been eagerly awaiting this wedding as i had so much fun photographing their engagement session. Vanessa is so beautiful and happy and Marty has this really cool classic look about him. I always think of those old photographs of young men before they went into the military. Do you know what i am talking about? Classic. At one point in the reception i took them for a few magic light photos and Marty said to Vanessa. " this is exactly how we imagined it" I even caught him checking out Vanessa as she was dancing. He was having an awe moment of " wow" thats my wife" . I have to say i am so in love with the way they love. 

Another moment so dear is right before the first look between father and daughter the father had a first look with the mother of the bride. It was the cutest little moment on earth. She kept her dress a secret and the father of the bride was just as excited and in awe of his wife. Where are the tissues around this office?

On a personal note the  night before the wedding i took my daughter rolling blading and did an epic fail and fell . Right after i fell they played the song i requested. bummer.  My wrist looked like it had a golf ball on it. Turned out to only be a sprain but thank the Lord it was my left hand. I had to have a few people turn my lens off the camera for me as squeezing anything was not good. It turned out to be way better then i thought the night before and i am so excited about all these beautiful photos taken in downtown Jamestown NY and  the country club. 

Since the wedding there has been a great loss in the Baker family ( Martys dad) and I'm asking anyone who reads this to say a prayer of comfort and peace for them.  Im praying the jesus wraps them tighter in his arms then ever before. 

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Logan and Doug: St John Wedding Photographer

Logan ,AKA Exotic beauty,  married her Prince, Doug on St John,  US Virgin Islands just a few weeks ago. Doug told us that for the engagment his dad dresses like Santa every year and he had him put the ring in his Santa sack and she took it out and he asked her to marry him.

ps.I believe in Santa

Thank you Kodaline for your sweet weirds that sums up this couple :

'Cause you brought out the best of me
A part of me I'd never seen
You took my soul wiped it clean
Our love was made for movie screens

Blessings and Joy to this beautiful couple! Make babies and smile everyday. Always stay together. Play tag where you tickle each other and fall down and kiss. 

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Trina and Hunter: St John Wedding

Trina and Hunter had a sign at their wedding that said ...Best Day Ever. Everybody's  wedding should be the "Best Day Ever" but i have to say it was everybody who came to that wedding's "Best Day Ever" I really haven't seen so many smiles in one day ever. Maybe there should have been a sign that said " Most Smiles Ever" This wedding was a celebration of not just a bride and groom but of all the people there . There was such a unity and happiness and everyone simply enjoyed each others company. It was my favorite part of the day. It was special and beautiful. 

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Ginny and Brian : St Thomas Wedding Photographer

Ginny and Brian first met on a bus. Brian said  Ginny sat down beside him and said " Hi Im Ginny" . They were both going to medical school at the time and they started studying together. Im guessing there was more flirting then studying happening since they are now MARRIED!!!!  

Ginny went to visit Brian while he was doing his rotations in Milwaukee . Brian brought Ginny to a caricature  artist  and the artist was taking a really long time to draw them. When he showed them the drawing the picture showed Brian down on one knee asking Ginny to marry him. At first glance Ginny thought.. wait a min.. thats not how we are sitting. At closer look she knew that Brian was asking her to marry him. 

It was such a beautiful day at the Frenchmans Marriot in St Thomas. The sky was completely clear and wonderful. It was a day before the Sahara dust swept in and fogged up the sky. It was absolutely beautiful to spend another day looking upon Gods Goodness. He truly loves us to give us the gift of marriage. Ginny and Brian i pray many blessings and Gods double portion over your marriage in the mighty name of Jesus! 

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Emily and Daniel : Erie PA Engagement Photographer

Emily and Daniel met after high-school at Ohio State , but that didn't stop Daniel from asking her to the prom.  He bought he a big bouquet of pink balloons and asked her to "prom" then the couple made plans to get all dressed up and go out to dinner. Their "prom" story was printed in the Columbus News. A few years later that "prom" Date turned into a proposal and now an upcoming marriage. Id like to say i was the one who made these images full of expression but it was them. They just really like each other a whole bunch and seem to make electricity when together . 

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We Love Because He First Loved Us : Chautauqua NY Wedding Photographer

From Mayra: I remember your confident feet bringing the good news of the gospel  7 months ago along with a mesmerizing smile from almost 3000 miles away to California when you decided to meet this little Colombian girl for the first time. How Brave!

You came to me in a season when the tears of hopelesness were running through my eyes.. In intimate conversations with my savior I questioned multiple times if i would ever be worthy of one request: a godly husband. I almost picture God in those times looking down from heaven and telling me in a gentle voice: a little longer my child, just a little longer....and then you came. 

I remember our first conversation; the freshness of your hope, your admiration and passion for your savior and your zealousness for truth captivated my heart .

Receiving a gift like you is something i regarded with doubt and fear. I never saw this day coming...and once again God proved me wrong. Tomorrow April 22nd we will be united as one flesh in marriage with the whole world as a witness... not because i deserve it but so he can get the Glory. 

My love,  God wrote our story before the foundation of the world. He knew you before you were in your moms womb. He knew my name before i was born; he even gazed his eyes on me while i was the worst of sinners. In the darkest of my days my sweet Jesus rescued me from the pit of hell and dressed me clean with his precious love. 

I see him now in every memory, every photograph, he has been in my life all along....and i see him in you

My love .. I give you my heart......lead me!

My love...lets see our amazing God continue to uphold our lives together, lets make our story to praise Him. 

  I love You 

"we love because He first loved us " 1 john 4 :19 

 

From Ryan : Good Morning baby girl.. I guess you really are real :) so real that i am about to get married to you. I have spent quite sometime praying about you before i met you; In a closet, in my car, in churches.... I had spent quite sometime looking for you... and you know what? God simply answered my prayer. "God give me a wife" and the Lord our Savior did just that, He this day is giving me a wife. 

The emails online , the sky-ping for like 6 hrs, the red eye flight to california... getting to the airport at midnight your time and 3 am my time. laying my eyes on my bride. I would be lying to you if i told you i didn't know yet. I had confidence in my heart that you were the one that i would marry this day. The sovereign hand of God has and is continuing to do his work for his children. I have never felt such excitement in my life as when i met you at the terminal in the middle of Sanfrancisco at midnight with no one else around but you and me and your little red car, and Jesus. I don't know what to say but that i love you so much. Te amo , Te Amo . And i want to be your best friend behind Jesus. I want to run this race with you till death comes between us. I want to exemplify Christ and his church through our life. and i can promise you right now that i choose no one else to do that with but you, till we finish this race together. May God be the Glory and Praise forever and ever. Mayra you are beautiful to me, every part of you. Te Casarias Conmigo....?

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Ryan and Mayra: Chautauqua NY engagement photography

Looking at these photos reminds me God is so Good. I have known Ryan for many years and it was him who helped me learn to pray out loud. God lead me to a prayer group and listening to him pray in such a relaxed real way gave me the courage to try it myself. Now i pray for strangers. sometimes i shake because its a little scary but i do it anyways. It is so cool how the body of Christ works to encourage each other and build each other up. Its like having a weight lifting couch telling you that you have the strength to do more and then you cant believe what you can actually do! Add some of the holy spirit to that and BOOM!!!!!  Ryan met Mayra last october and he was so certain that she was the one God has for him that they are getting married this month. I have been with Mayra 3 times now and i know forsure she will be one of my God given friends. She has a quiet and gentle spirit and is so passionate about Jesus. She has already encouraged me in so many ways and i feel so blessed to know her. God is good all the time!!!!! 

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Hanna and Greg: St Barths

My very favorite weddings are the ones where i get to go somewhere new. I like to see new places and have fresh eyes and new ideas. Hanna and Greg were married on Sea Dream 2 . I had no idea what an awesome experience this would be for Andrew and I. We flew to St Marteen got on the boat had an awesome welcome party and then in the evening we sailed to St Barts. The first night we went back to our room and there is Pajamas with our names embroidered on them. Wow.  In the morning Andrew and I and our best DJ Friend Eric Snow went and explored st Barts for a little bit. The best description of this island is  if st thomas were to go to heaven and be in perfect form. It was beautiful, clean , and had many unique shops. After that we headed back to the ship on a small boat and we started working.. work? Fun? wow i actually make money having fun and hanging around happy in love people. Pinch me i maybe dreaming. Hanna and her family have vacationed on the sea dream and thought this would be perfect for their wedding. She was so right. The service on this ship and the crew is something i have never seen before. I actually miss seeing the staff they felt like family when we left. I really feel blessed to have been Hanna and gregs photographer. The wedding day was beautiful. Calm waters , a perfect bride and groom full of happiness and smiles. Hanna promised Greg that she would love him and be by his side always through all of lifes joy and struggles and Greg promised to love hanna forever and not get mad when she forgets to pay the gas bill.hahaha ( this sounds like something i use to do until Andrew decided to take the bills over) The captain of the boat was the one who performed the ceremony and once they were married the ship honked its horn. The food was out of this world. I don't remember how many courses but it was a "many" course meal. I got to try somethings i have never tried before. At one point Hannas dad made a speech and told Hanna's mom that she was his trophy wife. It was so beautiful. The reception was so much fun with so many surprises. Pastries galore, hula hoops ( wow can Hanna rock one of those) i think at least half of the guests tried this. The next day we arrived on Jost Van Dyke for a beach party. Hanna and Greg got into their wedding attire for a few "land" pics. Then back to the ship for another dance party. Fun FUN!!!!!! Thank you so much Hanna and Greg for choosing us. We wish and pray for all the joy in the world and many heavenly blessings! ,

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Chautauqua NY Wedding Photographer : Jason and Claire

 

Claire and Jason Met me in the beautiful Chautauqua Institution for their engagement session. It was one of the coldest days i have ever worked in. Claire braved a white dress and was so cold the whole time. It made for some amazing photos. Its so much fun to look at the photos when you are inside drinking something warm. You forget how cold you were. Yay to warmer days to come. These two are so pretty together don't you think? I see some good looking babies in their future!! 

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Buffalo Wedding Photographer : Brandi and Jon

  It was so cold at this session. So so cold but these two flew in just to do their engagement photos.  This first photo makes every shiver worth it. Can you feel the love? These two met in a group of people and could stop talking to each other. They said it was so many hours they just sat there. The room and people changed around them but they were so engaged in conversation it was like it was only the two of them. That was it. Thats all that needed to happen. Easy as pie. Looking at these photos i thought maybe she looked a bit like Adele? Brandi, can you teach a eyebrow class ? Your eyebrows are rocking!!  All the brides reading this will want to know the same as me... how to get that look! Jon is a shoe designer and I couldn't stop talking to him about his job. That is one of my dream jobs. I have shoes i designed before and sent them in to see if a company would want my design ... i got a sticker back with a thank you letter. Well ill just keep on dreaming and stay clicking the shutter. Have a great day everyone. 

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West Palm Beach Wedding Photographer : Tracy and Chris

Tracy First Met Chris Right before she went on the TV show The Bachelor. She told him right before she left that maybe she shouldn't go because she found him and really liked him. He encouraged her to go for the experience . She went and  after 3 shows she was picked to leave the show. Why you ask? I mean just look at her she's Gorgeous and her personality is so warm and caring. She's a real pick! No one would let her go.  I don't watch this show so i didn't get to see her but i can put the pieces together by the little that i hear. It went something like this....she gave all her heart to Chris before she left and there was no heart left to give she simply wasn't interested. She found the one that she wanted .I am sure the Bachelor who ever he is , noticed that she wasn't interested.  While she was gone Chris wrote her letters some of them he didn't give her until their wedding day. Chris and Tracy had a back yard wedding at her brothers house. The decor was so beautiful. The back yard was adorned with antique sofas, numerous candlesticks, old cases, multi colored silverware, mismatched dishes, silver pots to pour water. They rented it all from True Love Vintage .  Micky and Perla from A Pretty Affair were there to make sure everything ran smoothy. ( a shout out to these wedding planners for working so hard and know what a photographer likes ) The flowers were from Flower and Fringe  Videography by Nazareth Road Productions ( the andrew part of us) . 

Thank you to their family and friends for making this day so fun for us. We cant wait to shoot more weddings in the Palm Beach area 

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St John Wedding Photographer : Caroleen and Ben

I was set to be at this wedding at noon so I planned to take the 10:00 ferry from St Thomas. I arrived at the ferry dock at 9:30 am just to be sure of enough time.   No.  there is never a rush, Thats not how it works on an island. By Gods grace i arrived just on time. There is still ferries not working on the island. This is what it is like on the island. You can try your best and if you cant get across the water or there is a herd of goats in your way , well just relax. No worries mon... right? The island has changed me by teaching me to let go of the things you cant change. i still can struggle with this at times... I'm working on it. When i got to the villa Where  Caroleen and Ben were getting ready i knew it was going to be a good day since they were after all both so gorgeus and Ben looking a bit like Jesus made  me feel right at peace!  The Bride and groom have come to the island in the past and always camped at cinnamon bay . They knew some of the locals . One ( Mary)  even came to get a picture with the family so it was perfect for them to get married at cinnamon bay. We talked about how in the future how they will bring their kids to camp there.

The couple did a first look before the wedding so that we would have a whole bunch of light to get photos of just the two of them. Coroleen was a perfect client for me because she loves the jungle part of the island . The beach is pretty but i love the green tropical plants.  One of my favorite parts about the wedding was when Ben washed Caroleens hands. Such a beautiful example of how marriage should look. To be a servant to each other. Beautiful!!

Thank you ben and Caroleen and to your wonderful family and friends for having me at you most special day ever. 

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Warren PA Wedding Photographer : Brett and Sarah A Snowy Heaven

I have to admit that when i get asked to do an engagement session outside in the winter months  i do not  get excited . This week i got to meet Sarah and Brett in Pennsylvania . It changed everything about how i feel about cold photo shoots. The snow was absolutely beautiful. God put on a show of perfection. Large white flakes falling all while Sarah and Brett   display their candy sweet romance at every click. I was an awe. To look at them and see what a gift they have in each other , its like turning to the best page in a love story. I was a little nervous about Brett because men , especially the hunting kind, the manly men, they don't really like to be photographed so much, i assumed. I was warned that his mom took 1 quick high school  photo of him and that was his experience as a model. I told him to give me an hour just in case he was thinking it would only last a few clicks . To my surprise he was a natural and i know why!? I know the secret!!! He is in love . ( we went for almost 2 hrs)  I told Sarah and Brett that over the years I have  started to read people. When you see people and watch them react for so long you can sometimes know what they are feeling. I could see Brett. He is satisfied. Satisfied with his life. He got his perfect girl . He is content and happy! As for Sarah. she is beautiful and smart , happy and she welcomes his love and she is a giver. They got it! They got the love thats going to last. Its special and sweet!!!!

We did the photoshoot in Sugar Grove Pa on their family property, it was so perfect for this shoot. A sweet little cabin set on 70 acres of land, it was a winter wonderland. 

( thank you sarah for your gift!! ( a cup perfect for a super large hot chocolate after a snowy shoot filled with Hersey's kisses)  

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