Romantic Pennsylvania Homestead Farm Wedding

2016 is almost at an end, and while I think back on my year, I realized how extremely blessed I am to not only have photographed many repeat client’s, but to have also gained a lot of new client’s and friends. I photographed my first ever destination wedding in California, which was a complete DREAM. I got to do a lot of traveling, and therefore got to shoot in a lot of really unique places! When I think back on my year, I really am truly in love with every single client and session I photographed. My style as a boudoir and wedding photographer has grown and transcended due to my time spent working in a photo studio- who would have thought. Instead of sharing the typical “Year in Review”, I really wanted to share one of my favorite weddings to date, since it has yet to hit the blog. Here’s to an even better year in 2017- this next year I am focusing more on my growth as a business owner, something that hasn’t gotten as much attention as I would have liked in 2016 :) Read below about Hannah + Kurt’s gorgeous Pennsylvania wedding. 

 

 

Hannah + Kurt are a beautiful, young couple dedicated to living a simple life, off their land. They purchased their home, nestled in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, complete with a farm and acres and acres of land, with the hopes of creating a beautiful life for their daughter Luna. It also made for the perfect wedding venue for this laid back, eclectic couple. Hannah made everything herself, from the table settings and party favors, to the beautiful wooden arch they said "I do", beneath. Hannah's dress was non-traditional, being a combination of a victorian inspired lace top, paired with a beautiful long skirt. She completed the look with copper accents in her jewelry. It was absolutely the most stunning combination EVER. Her good friend and bridesmaid created all of the beautiful floral crowns and even accented Hannah's gorgeous loose braid with romantic, deep red roses. Blueberry twigs were intertwined, as blueberries have been Hannah’s favorite since she was a little girl. This couple was specifically excited about having romantic, whimsical photos taken around their property, utilizing the barn, the land, and even incorporating their chickens and hens! 

Hannah + Kurt wanted a private "first look", tucked away in a little pine forest around the corner from their house. Once the first look was over, friends and family began to gather around as we completed couple and bridal party portraits. Friends and family danced and drank the night away on their gorgeous property, lit by twinkly lights and a bonfire. You could literally feel the love in the air all night long. This is hands down one of my favorite weddings to date, and I am sure so many brides-to-be can find inspiration in all of the simple little moments captured throughout this day!

 

 

JEN + TREVOR- A GORGEOUS SARATOGA SPRINGS WEDDING

When I was asked to photograph Jen + Trevor's wedding in Saratoga Springs, CA, I was beyond thrilled. This wedding is definitely a special one, as it was my first (hopefully of many more) destination wedding. It was a beautiful day, and many of Jen + Trevor's friends from around the country, even across the pond, came to share in their celebration. Photographing their wedding allowed me to see some parts of Northern California that I had never been too! They decided to say "I do" at Stanford Memorial Church right on Stanford's campus, where Jen's Mom + Dad got married years back. 

After a gorgeous ceremony, Jen + Trev cruised off into the California hills in a vintage Porsche, while the bridal party and I headed over to Saratoga Springs, a gorgeous outdoor wedding venue, tucked right in the heart of Saratoga. This is where I really began to fall in love with their wedding. They decorated each table with accents of succulents and rustic vases. Twinkly lights were hung from tree to tree, and a gorgeous old bridge made the perfect background. A lot of thought and effort was put into creating this little whimsical, romantic, woodland paradise. 

For formal photos, Jen wanted everyone deep in the woods, by a little creek. It made for the perfect little hideaway as guests began to arrive. 

Once Jen + Trev were introduced, the party began. Guests spent the entire night singing, dancing and laughing in honor of Jen + Trevor's love. It was truly beautiful. I felt like I was amongst friends the entire evening, not at 'work'. Their friends and family sent them off with an amazing sparkler exit. 

Jen + Trevor, thank you so much for having me photograph your day. It was incredible and looking through these images to curate your day had me reliving it all over again. I love you guys!! 

 

xx

Carrie Anne

 

(look there's me! ^^^)

A special thanks to the following vendors for making their day absolutely STUNNING!

Flowers - The Wild Geranium/Lindsay Catterton

Venue/Food Saratoga Springs 

Hair - Angela Harrison from Taylor/Monroe SF

Makeup - Melissa Sodergren @ The Blushing Bombshell

Videography - Dane Christensen 

Dress - Pronovias Casey from BoLee Bridal Couture

 

CATHY AND JONATHAN- A MULTICULTURAL PRINCETON WEDDING

I think what I loved most about Cathy & Jon's wedding day was that I personally was able to witness the blending of two very different family backgrounds. It was about as traditional as a wedding can get, however, due to Cathy's Chinese background, the couple incorporated many Chinese traditions into the wedding day activities. 

The other photographer, Ashlee Mintz, and I started off photographing both bridal prep and groom prep. I especially love when couples allot this time because it allows me time to get to know both the bride and groom, moments before they make the biggest commitment of their life! That time is precious and a lot can be learned in that short amount of time. The bride and groom are usually more comfortable around me once formal photo time rolls around.

After Cathy and Jon were finished getting ready, I took Jon over to the "first look" site. I think the photos I snapped of him anxiously waiting truly show the variety of emotions he was feeling moments before he saw Cathy. He was so excited! 

We then spent about an hour with just Jon and Cathy taking some posed and un-posed formal photos. It is the absolute best when couples incorporate time before the wedding ceremony to take their formal photos...if I might add! This couple was so natural and graceful together. They truly made the other one glow. They were so easy to work with! When we finished the formals, we photographed just a (smidge) of Cathy's family whom had flown in all the way from China to be there! Next up was the traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony where the bride and groom would share a cup of tea with all of their elders in the family. They then received gifts in little red envelopes from each of them. This was the sweetest thing to witness, especially when Jon's Grandmother, Aunts and Uncles participated. Two families sharing in one old and sacred tradition. 

The rest of the evening continued as most weddings do; with a gorgeous, outdoor, sentimental ceremony. Only in this wedding, Cathy and Jon would be married by his mother. It was too sweet! The ceremony location was perfect, and Cathy & Jon were married just before the sun would begin setting. 

Ashlee and I then photographed the bridal party just before the party would get started. Everyone was willing to pose and have fun with the couple. They were all a joy to work with! The evening would end with a vibrant reception filled with lots of dancing to a wonderfully talented live band. 

It was truly a joy to be involved in such a beautiful wedding that, though full of traditional wedding events, was honestly all about love; the way it should be.

 

KELLY & GREG- A RUSTIC BARN WEDDING IN COLLEGEVILLE, PA

Where to start? I showed up to this mid August wedding and was in awe of the gorgeous old barn and land surrounding it. Set in Collegeville, PA, The Barn on Bridge is the perfect location for couples looking for a rustic, all inclusive setting for their special day. It is PERFECT. I immediately noticed all of the care that Kelly and Greg put into the details of the day. Everything was in accordance with their theme, and looked amazing. Anyways- enough about the location! I showed up to begin photographing the set up of the Chuppah, a canopy used in traditional Jewish weddings where the couple stands beneath it during the ceremony. The beautiful thing about this couple is that Kelly comes from a Catholic background and Greg from a Jewish background. Kelly's father built the entire Chuppah from the ground up using imported bamboo! This Chuppah included the Jewish tradition, while incorporating inspiration from the canopies and huts from ancient Christian/Catholic ceremonies that would be held outdoors. What a beautiful way to merge two religions! The Chuppah was gorgeous.

After spending time getting to know Kelly's father and best friend during the set up of the Chuppah, I  made my way over to the groom prep site where I met Greg. Greg was so personable and vibrant, his positivity and overall joy for the day was infectious! His family and friends in the wedding party shared his vibrancy and great sense of humor. They were a great bunch of people to hang around while waiting for the "first look"!

On our way down to the "first look" site, I asked Greg if he was nervous. He said "No, I just can't wait to see how beautiful Kelly will look". A response I was not surprised to hear. I got him setup in his place while the other photographer, Kate Duffy, brought the bride down. The wind was blowing, the sun was peeking through the trees; it was just literal perfection. Kelly looked stunning and I knew Greg was super anxious. 

After the "first look", we spent time doing formals of Greg and Kelly along with their family and bridal party. MAJOR BONUS: They wanted their two pups in the photos! I am a huge dog/animal lover, so meeting their two fur babies made my day! Shortly after, we made our way back to The Barn on Bridge, across the street, for the ceremony. The Chuppah looked stunning, the guests were seated, it was time to celebrate and see these two make their commitment! 

What is there left to say about this couple? They were so kind and sweet and their family was absolutely the same. Their guests were mostly friends, so that made for a lovely reception and night filled with dancing and laughter. They had a live band, whom I might add, totally rocked. It was almost like being at a live show of a major band. 

I wish Kelly  & Greg nothing but love and happiness for the rest of their lives & am grateful I was a part of their day! 

AMANDA AND PAUL- A GLAMOROUS, GATSBY INSPIRED WEDDING

Amanda & Paul's July wedding was a dream for any photographer. It was extravagant, it was detail oriented, and above all, it was inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. How romantic! The other photographer and I spent the first part of the day taking formals of Amanda and Paul as well as the bridal party. What an awesome bunch! Amanda had not one, but TWO dresses. The lovely dress in the formals is in fact not her wedding gown. Take a look at that awesome head piece and shawl! Can anyone say 1920's? And the bouquet! Don't get me started.

 We started out at the Horticulture Center near Fairmount Park. It was lush, green, and huge. It had a beautiful fountain, and totally reminded me of what Gatbsy's land surrounding his home might look like! It was truly stunning and definitely fit the Gatbsy theme they were going for. After walking around the grounds and photographing for a few hours, I followed Amanda back to her home where she then had her hair and makeup refreshed, and changed into her [stunning] wedding gown. She was glowing! And that vintage cap that attached to her veil?! I was dying...mostly because I got so much inspiration for my own wedding from her accessories alone! The women of the 20's really knew what they were doing style wise...just saying. 

Amanda & Paul had a traditional Catholic ceremony but after...they had the coolest confetti throwing line! It was so sparkly and glam. They looked so happy. After the ceremony, which was across the bridge in New Jersey, we headed back to Philly to the Please Touch Museum (yes, they rented out the museum for the reception..!!) where they had their cocktail hour in the Carousel Room. You heard it right here- The. Carousel. Room. What more can I say? They served 1920's cocktails while guests were allowed to ride on the carousel for photo ops! I wish more people had taken the opportunity. It was still very cool none the less. You can see how much care Amanda and Paul put into the theme of their wedding day just by the center pieces (both cocktail hour & reception) and the name card table. They even had guests sign pieces of fabric that would then be sewn into a quilt for the two of them!  I know. I could go on & on & on about this wedding you guys. It was amazing. Mostly because, if you know me, you know I love anything vintage and I obviously love the book The Great Gatsby. I love working with people who have an artistic vision and who try to make their wedding day thematic. Amanda & Paul were going for a 1920's/Gatsby extravaganza and they completely succeeded. Enjoy the images from the day!