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October Anniversaries

As of this morning, there’s snow in the forecast for Saturday. Really, already? It’s “snowed” here slightly over the past couple of weeks, but nothing substantial. I have a feeling that since this weekend will officially be November, this predicted snow could really stick. Literally.

But let’s not dwell on what is to come. Let’s celebrate the prettiness that we just enjoyed! The colorful leaves, the crispness of the still-warm-ish air, the pumpkins and the pumpkin patches. Here at JFP, we’re going to say “goodbye” to October and welcome a continued fall season with October anniversaries and the beautiful weddings that were just a year ago!

First up, Renae and Josh. These two are gems in the life of JFP. They invited me to travel with them for their destination wedding in the Bahamas last October and I still have to ask myself, “Did that really happen?” What an amazing opportunity these two gave me! It was such an honor to be there with them and their families, and it’s a wedding experience I’ll never forget. Happy first anniversary, Renae and Josh!

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I was about 23 weeks pregnant with Jack during the trip! Had to take a baby bump selfie. :)

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We couldn’t get over this backdrop! Blue skies, clear waters and white sand!? What a dream!!

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They flew me to the Bahamas and got into the ocean for some bride-groom portraits!?! I told you they were gems. :)

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Lindsay and Josh were married on October 11th of last year. The leaves were perfectly colorful and their day was FILLED with beautiful details! It did rain during the first part of their day, but we had plenty of “dry spots” for plenty of pictures! Happy first anniversary, Lindsay and Josh!

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JFP’s cutest bridesmaids ever! Sock buns for everyone!!

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When I think of Lindsay and Josh’s wedding day, I think of this exact picture…

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Lindsay’s sister and good friend put together an amazing reception full of the most beautiful details!

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Next up, Alicia and Chad! Their October 12th wedding was also filled with beautiful details! Their obvious love for each made this day easy and it was a joy to capture their excitement. Happy first anniversary, Alicia and Chad!

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One of my favorite pictures ever! So much joy and excitement!!

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And lastly, DeeDee and Ryan. I was so glad when these two found me! They not only gave me another October wedding (one of my favorite times of year to shoot!), but they also invited me to my first wedding at Chanteclaire Farm in Friendsville, MD (such a beautifully unique venue!). It was a rainy day that didn’t give us a ton of “dry time”, but that didn’t stop these two. They even stood in the rain for their ceremony and for pictures. Score! Happy first anniversary, DeeDee and Ryan!

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Umbrellas were very necessary this day, but they made for some cute pictures. :)

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So much love to celebrate! Thank you, October, for always being so beautiful. And thank you to my JFP couples from last October for including me! Happy anniversary, y’all!!! :)

 

Kristi & Brandon: Southwest PA Wedding, Southwest PA Photographer

Kristi and Brandon probably had one of my favorite engagement sessions of 2013. They were excited, friendly and didn’t mind showing a little love for the camera. After a successful summer engagement session, I knew we’d have a successful summer wedding!

So finally their day arrived. I could tell it was going to be a good day when I walked into the girls room and they were smiling, relaxed and ready for action! All they needed to do was put their dresses on and walk down the aisle, which gave me plenty of time to capture the bridal details and some casual moments before the BIG MOMENT! It really helped set the tone for the day and allowed yet another photography experience with these two to go very well!

It was a hot day, but it was a beautiful ceremony for a beautiful couple, with lots of celebrating and pretty details. And I’m glad I was able to be a part of it all. :) Here are my favorites…

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Kristi loves her gram. :)

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While I was taking pictures of Kristi getting ready, it dawned on me…she looks like JLo! Do you agree!?!

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Oh Brandon. So excited and so ready. :)

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Thanks for the shot on the left, mom!

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What a beautiful church!!

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Bubbles! MARRIED!!

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One of my absolute favorites from the day. :)

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The light in the second floor of the church was amazing!

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Another super favorite for me!

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One of the prettiest bridal portraits I’ve ever taken!!! Kristi, you looked flawless!

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I love a good black and white picture. :)

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Kristi and Brandon were excited about their reception decor! So many beautiful details! And so many handmade wooden pieces by Brandon and his family…

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If you’re having a candy buffet at your wedding, I like you. :)

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See that little lady in the background? She made their cake. :)

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LOVE all the colors!

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Brandon flashed me a look and it made for an awesome picture!

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It’s not a bridal dance without some twirling and whirling for the bride…

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Dance with dad last, then it’s the groom’s turn to “bust in” and retrieve his bride!

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And the boys followed with a special YMCA show! :)

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 Lovely wedding, Kristi and Brandon! I really enjoyed working with you and I thank you so much for putting photography at the top of your priority list! I hope we can take more pictures together in the future. :)

Deep Creek Lake MD Family Portraits

This past summer, I realized there was a high demand for family portraits while on vacation at Deep Creek Lake in Maryland. I had photographed one family the year before, but didn’t yet see the trend. It really is a fabulous idea. You’re staying at a beautiful home in a beautiful area. And on you’re on vacation with your whole family. The family that’s hardly ever all together! It’s the perfect recipe for family photo ops!

I met the following family last summer during their family vacation and was honored to photograph them again this year! Their “photography organizer” contacted me six months in advance (and I thanked her for it!) and we put her on the calendar early. I was anxious to see everyone again, especially the little ones. It’s so neat to watch clients grow! Thanks for having me again, Cindy and family! I hope we can continue your family vacation portrait sessions. :)

Their vacation home was located just steps from this gorgeous mountaintop vista!

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We were able to get multiple pictures of all the kiddos happy and looking towards the camera! Myself and the adults were quite excited. :)

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The whole gang!

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One more attempt at a group shot of the kiddos!

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Then we took some individual family pictures…

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Sometimes portrait sessions with young kiddos call for games! Ring around the rosie works for this group!

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And we ended with some scooter rides. :)

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If your family is planning to visit the Deep Creek Lake area for vacation and you’re thinking about using it as a photo op, let me know! I love taking pictures in the beautiful Garrett County, Maryland. :)