Kristy & Ryan’s Wedding – 9.16.17

It’s not every day I get to photograph a wedding at a gun range, with Miller Lite incorporated in wedding vows, a giant fake cow, and a bride and groom donning jeans and flip flops.  But let me tell you, it was certainly a wedding I had a lot of fun photographing.  This couple, Kristy and Ryan, were clearly planning a laid-back wedding that ensured that all of their guests had a great time .  I heard many guests throughout the day say that this was one of the most fun weddings they had ever been to.  From beginning to end, Kristy and Ryan kept everyone laughing, drinking, and having an all around blast at their wedding.

We started the day with family and party shots, which led to some fun couple shots on one of the shooting ranges, and then continued onto their ceremony.  These two were a blast to photograph.  I can honestly say I’ve never incorporated Miller Lite into wedding photos.  But we did!  Ryan even had some on hand for Kristy in the ceremony, saying ‘he’d always have a Miller Lite on hand for her.’  At which point, Miller Lite’s were passed onto the couple for their vows.  The groom’s father married this wonderful couple and had the whole crowd in stitches with his humor and jokes throughout the ceremony.

Following the ceremony, the bride and groom had a receiving line for all their guests, which led into the reception.  After the family and party entered, the couple began their first dance as husband and wife. Parent dances followed, which ended in a toast by the best man. We then captured some final friends photos, and sadly I had to take my exit.  But here’s to many more years of happiness and Miller Lite’s for these two!  Cheers to the happy couple and without further ado, Kristy and Ryan’s Wedding!

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Photography and writing by:

Alysha Yoder Photography

(b) www.alyshayoderphotoblog.com (w) www.alyshayoderphoto.com

(e) alyshayoderphoto@yahoo.com (p) 610.762.7810

Venue:  Ridge and Valley Rod and Gun Club

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Alexandra & Mike Wedding – 8.25.17

Vineyards are quickly becoming some of my favorite venues to photograph at, and Alexandra and Mike’s wedding was no exception!  From when I arrived, to when I left, this couple and their family and friends were nothing but smiles, laughter, and love.  Not to mention Alex and Mike’s two adorable dogs who sat patiently for pets and had their own roles in the wedding procession.  This wedding was a stunner, with shades of gold, light pinks and white throughout, it certainly all came together beautifully.

After getting ready, the couple and their party headed down to the ceremony area, a  large oak tree hung with lanterns and lights, overlooking all the vineyards at Monterre Vineyards.  Their children and dogs brought up the end of the processional before the bride made her appearance.  Each dog had a sign, one reading, ‘I’m just here for the cake’ and the other ‘I loved her first.’  It was truly a charming moment, and left all guests laughing as they made their way down the aisle.

As guests looked on, Mike beamed as he saw Alex for the first time all decked out in her dress.  After her brother gave her away, these two had a beautiful ceremony and when their first kiss was had, guests broke out in applause.  As they walked down the aisle, as husband and wife for the first time, we all headed right into family photos and couple photos throughout the vineyards.  Guests headed right to the cocktail hour, filled with his and her cocktails, yard games, and laughter.  As the cocktail hour came to a close, and the sun began to set, the Monterre staff led guests up to the main banquet hall where dinner, dancing, and the reception were to be held.

Seats were taken by guests, as the couple’s family and party were introduced, before Alex and Mike made their entrance and began their first dance as husband and wife.  They were serenaded by their aunt, as they spun around on the dance floor.  As the song ended, the couple took their seats and the toasts began!  The bride’s sister and brother gave a joint toast followed by the groom’s best man.  Glasses were raised as guests applauded the couple!

After a lovely dinner, the couple headed down with me to get some night shots under the oak tree they had gotten married under.  Now all the lights were lit up and some beautiful night shots were had.  After we were carted back up to the reception area, dancing began!  The groom and his mother shared a touching dance, while the bride invited everyone onto the dance floor in memory of her dad. Dancing ensued as guests gathered on the dance floor to show their moves.  As I was heading out, I left behind a dancing crowd, with a glowing bride and groom, surrounded by friends and family who so clearly love them both.  So here’s to Alex and Mike, to many more years of happiness, love and laughter!  And without further ado, Alex and Mike’s wedding:

 

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Photography and writing by:

Alysha Yoder Photography

(b) www.alyshayoderphotoblog.com (w) www.alyshayoderphoto.com

(e) alyshayoderphoto@yahoo.com (p) 610.762.7810

Venue, DJ, and Catering: Monterre Vineyard

  • Special thanks to all the wonderful staff of Monterre Vineyards who helped me get photos throughout the night!

Flowers:  Ruby’s Floral Factory

Cake:  Granny Schmidts

Kayla & Matt’s Wedding 5.28.17

So this blog post has been a long time coming!  I’ve been busily second shooting, photographing families, and packing for Japan which I leave for in the AM… today now, I guess lol.  But these two love bugs, Kayla and Matt, are clearly two peas in a pod.  Not to mention, their family and friends really knew how to throw a party!  They had to reschedule the venue unexpectedly THREE DAYS before the wedding took place.  And holy cow, did they all come together as a family to pull this event off! We started off the day with the women getting ready at Kayla’s grandmother’s house. Everyone enjoyed subs and chit chat, as everyone’s hair and makeup was done.

After the lovely bride was put in her dress, I headed out to the groom’s mothers home to get shots of her with the men.  She sadly was unable to attend, so the couple wanted to include her in photos!  Everyone piled in their cars and headed to the lovely Banana Factory in Bethlehem.  Family members and friends showed up with cookies and desserts in hand for a dessert cookie bar (which was also served with gelato, yum!) after dinner.  Soon, the family was all hands on deck to put together the stunning arbor for the ceremony.

With everything put together and decorated, the go ahead was given for the ceremony to start.  Guests were seated as the groom and groomsman walked in.  Kayla, being given away by her father, led to chuckles as they circled the sign post a few times before heading to her soon to be husband.  And let me tell you, Matt was beaming as soon as he caught a glimpse of his stunning bride headed down the aisle for him.  The ceremony was lovely, and guests looked on as these two got hitched. Rings were exchanged, a sand ceremony (where sand wasn’t exactly ‘combined’ like it was supposed to haha!), and a first kiss were had!  The couple was announced as husband and wife for the first time and headed down the aisle and right into their couple pictures.

With two super handy bridesmaids to help, we went all around the Banana Factory property, capturing these two in the scenery.  You couldn’t ask for a more photogenic couple, could you?  And both are so clearly in love with one another in every single photo!  With couple photos checked off our lists, we all headed inside to prepare for the party’s entrance.  First dance and father daughter dance commenced, followed by all guests joining in on the dancing festivities.  There were some winning dance moves by some for sure, and I caught a butt grab or two 😉

The best man and maid of honor stood up and toasted the couple in two sweet speeches. Glasses were raised and clinked, while guests blew on noisemakers to signal that the couple should kiss!  The bride’s father followed up with a thank you speech as guests were then asked to make their way to the dance floor for the garter and bouquet toss.  There were some awesome dive bombs from both the men and women for these and the reapplication of the garter left the room in stitches!  A touching ‘longest married couple’ dance began and the winner’s were presented with a plaque as they gave marriage advice to the newlyweds.  Cake was cut (and smashed in faces) and guests were served gelato and tons of yummy homemade cookies before we headed out for some lovely night photos.  These two rocked it, even though it was raining outside.  They win some of my favorite photos ever!  Just look at how in love these two are!  The night wrapped up and I headed out, but not before exchanging some hugs and congrats.  So three cheers for this lovely couple and to many, many more years of happiness.  Now enjoy, Kayla and Matt’s wedding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photography and writing by:

Alysha Yoder Photography

(b) www.alyshayoderphotoblog.com (w) www.alyshayoderphoto.com

(e) alyshayoderphoto@yahoo.com (p) 610.762.7810

Venue: The Banana Factory

Flowers: Flower Essence of Easton, PA

As well as the expertise of Aunt Shelli and bridesmaid Melissa.

Cake And Catering : Simply Smooth of Allentown, PA

DJ:  Laser DJ of Bethlehem, PA

 

Rachel and Josh Wedding – 4.30.17

A Sunday brunch wedding with a doughnut tower, spin art, piñata, and lego place holders! Yesss!! It’s not every day I get to shoot a wedding as awesomely unique as Rachel and Josh’s wedding!  These two certainly had some wonderfully unorthodox components to their wedding day.  The day started off with these two getting ready in their perspective corners of the lovely Stone Mill Inn.

Let me tell you, an awesome set of bridesmaids and groomsman surrounded these two. Just picture four groomsman all getting knives as party gifts. Now picture posing them with said knives.  It was awesome!  They even pretended to do a little barber work on the groom!

Guests then began to arrive and file into their seats for the ceremony!  As the party walked to the altar, a string quartet (missing one member, who happened to be the bride’s mom!). The bride’s parents walked her down the aisle as the grinning groom looked on.  The ceremony began, and was being performed by the groom’s sister.  It was lovely!  And then, after some heartfelt personally written vows, these two donned full body smocks and began to do a unity spin art.  Not only was that awesomely unique, but the groom himself built the spin art machine! Talk about being a handy-man to have around!

The ceremony ended with a ring exchange, lovely kiss, and everyone exited to be led into family and couple photos. I mean seriously though, could you ask for a more beautiful place to do wedding photos?  The estates at the Stone Mill Inn were just stunning.  I think the couple’s photos look like they are in a woodland fairy tale.  Those wooded areas are the places wedding photographer’s dream about for couples photos! It also helps when you have a couple so plainly in love that it shines through in their photos!

Following a lovely brunch cocktail hour (with mimosas, of course!), everyone headed into the reception area, grabbing their Legos place cards as they went.  The guests certainly enjoyed those, as much as the bride and groom enjoyed putting them all together!  The groom’s best man introduced the couple and they danced their first dance as husband and wife.  Speeches were had, guests were greeted and thanked, and an epic doughnut wedding dessert tower was cut!  The groom had a special dance with his mom before everyone headed outside to SMASH A PINATA, of course!  Guests took turns spinning and swinging until finally the piñata was obliterated!  Guests scrabbled with their candy gift bags to get some tasty treats.  The day slowly came to an end as everyone posed for photos, said their goodbyes, and exchanged hugs and well wishes. There was even a guest cheerleader pyramid at one point.  These were some great people, guests, and a couple to spend the day with!  So here’s to many more years to this fun couple! And without further ado, Rachel and Josh’s wedding:

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Photography and writing by:

Alysha Yoder Photography

(b) www.alyshayoderphotoblog.com (w) www.alyshayoderphoto.com

(e) alyshayoderphoto@yahoo.com (p) 610.762.7810

Venue and Catering: The Stone Mill Inn

Flowers:  Moonchild Floral Designs

Doughnut Cake: Centercut Doughnuts

Nish and Hamza Wedding – 4.21.17

Take an elegant wedding with a modern twist, add in a wonderful couple, lots of bright colors, and a stunning venue and you have Nish and Hamza’s wedding!  A wedding for the photo books for sure!  Not only did I have a great couple, but it was held at the beautiful venue, The Waterfall.  The Waterfall, decked out in purples, golds, and reds, with fresh flowers draped throughout, two exquisite stages, and dreamy outdoor spaces for photos provided a lovely backdrop for their big day!

Nish was surrounded by her closest friends and family throughout the day.  Her two aunts, who are like second moms to her, flew in from India to share in the celebration with her!  You could tell by all their love and support throughout her day that Nish is certainly cherished by all who know her!

These two lovely people came together to create a truly memorable wedding day!  They have quite the back story too!  While both vacationing in Florida, fate collided and these two met! Nish went back home to Pennsylvania and Hamza went back home to Texas.  These two continued to talk and spent a year flying back and forth between the states to see each other!  Soon after, it was clear that these two were meant to be!  Hamza came with his family to formally ask for Nish’s hand in marriage!  Nish accepted and they had a traditional formal engagement.  This leads up to their beautiful wedding day!

Following the lovely traditional ceremony, everyone gathered for photos, while guests sipped on drinks and enjoyed appetizers. With Grecian columns, fountains, and waterfalls, there were certainly TONS of great photo opportunities.  The couple was then led to the reception area, where they were formally introduced and shared their first dance as husband and wife.  The maid of honor, Valerie, gave a beautiful speech, to be followed by professional dancers preforming for the couple and their guests.

Dinner was served shortly after as guests wandered up to take photos with the couple on stage, and others headed to the photo booth.  Once everyone had their fill of all the delicious food, the couple headed to center stage to cut the cake!  The DJ began the music, and the dancing began!  Everyone headed to the dance floor to dance the night away! I snuck away with the couple to take some night shots (which ended up being some of my favorite shots of the night!). As guests slowly began to call it a night, the couple was presented with gifts, adorned with flowers blessed by their family, and the couple and groom’s family headed out for the night in the luxury car waiting for them.  A stunning end to a beautiful day!  So without further ado, Nish and Hamza’s wedding!  Congrats to the happy couple!