Kristen & Ian – 10.3.15

Kristen and Ian’s fall wedding.  What a magical day!  It might have been cloudy with 100% of rain but these two champed through! You want to talk about compatibility, look no further.  Kristen and Ian have that in spades!  What a blast their bridal party was too!  From fedora’s and mobster poses to champagne toasts and a ‘wheel barrow’ entrance, this was a fun crowd.

This was my first wedding this year that I got to do with my mom (who does the marrying) which is always a blast.  We just need a caterer and a DJ and we could start our own wedding business lol. There ceremony was lovely and full of smiles!  The groom even went in for the kiss a little too soon only to be met with laughter and applause from all their guests.  When it was finally time for their first kiss the groom’s brother was the one to give the cue.  There’s a funny photo of Kristen and Ian just laughing at the alter at this whole experience.  It’s one of my favorites!

The rain started just as we began to shoot Kristen and Ian’s couple shots but it didn’t matter to these two!  They rocked some porch photos and embraced the rain as a moment to relax and take each other and their wedding day in.

 The reception was lovely.  The speeches were some of the best I ever heard.  I was busting a gut behind the camera at the best man’s speech.  Who knew a golf game could lead to a dead goose? One of the best moments of the night was the dollar dance which just happened to be POLKA.  Not only did almost every guest get up to dance with the bride BUT after they were done they joined hands and danced around the bride.  The circle kept getting bigger and bigger, eventually multiplying into a few different circles.  With her mom (who happened to be the last person in line), the dance ended and all the guests in circles squeezed together and created a kind of huge hug around the bride.  It was awesome.  The photo of the Kristen and her mom in the middle of all these people puts a smile on my face whenever I look at it.

The night winded down with dancing and cake cutting.  They had a picked a cute little cupcake tower with a cake to top it off.  There was no smashing, despite the pleas of the crowd. This led to a dance dedication to the groom’s brother.  The song, Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith, I’ve never seen someone more excited for a song to come on.  He knew all the words and jammed out like a champ.  It was a great moment and a great way to end the night.  So without further ado, I give you Kristen and Ian’s lovely wedding. Enjoy!


  –  Venue & Food   – Cameron Estate Inn & Restaurant

–  Cupcakes/Cake  – The Flour Child – Alixe –  

–  Flowers  – Floral Designs of Mount Joy – Jill Erb –  

 DJ Soundwaves Entertainment – Chris Pyle – 

Photography – Alysha Yoder Photography –

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Amy & Daniel – 9.19.15

Amy and Daniel, talk about romance meets Southern Charm!  I honestly couldn’t even tell you which one was more excited to get married!  There was a point when I was photographing the groom with his groomsman prior to the ceremony and one of them said something to the point of, “Are you ready to do this?”  Daniel responded with, “I’ve never been more ready for anything.”  That was how the whole night was.  

These two were not only so ready to get married but so clearly head over heels for one another.  Seeing the look on Daniel’s face when Amy began her walk down the aisle was a little magical. They both couldn’t stop smiling at each other throughout the whole ceremony. Looking through the lens at these two all day still puts a grin on my face.  Their family and friends all rallied for some fantastic formal portraits not to mention the awesome dance skills many of the guests possessed.  Seriously though, not joking about the dancing.  Half of them could have been professionals the way their guests rocked the dance floor!  It was a blast to watch.  I even wanted to join in!
On a side note, this photog had actually known Amy since middle school.  We rode on the same bus for years so it was delightful to see this women I’d known for quite a few years grow up, be so entirely happy and look absolutely stunning her wedding day. 
So many fun tiny details too at this wedding.  The bridesmaids classy black dresses were some of my favorite I’ve seen to date!  The couple had a beautiful LOVE ice sculpture, ‘I Do’ stickers on the bottom of the bride’s shoes, their hashtag ‪#‎FallfortheKossiks‬, the lovely fall colored bouquets and boutonnieres, and roses to gift each other with during the ceremony.   Their laughter and love throughout the whole night made it more fun.  They were both glowing and shared hugs, smiles and dances with just about everyone attending.  All in all one of most fun weddings I’ve ever had the pleasure to photograph!  So congrats again Amy and Daniel!  Enjoy all the photos!



  –  Venue & Food   – The Barnhouse Village –

–  Cake  – Eastern Baking Co –  

–  Flowers  – Julie Jarrah at All Seasons Florists & Gifts –  

 DJ Troy Taylor at Holiday Sounds Disc Jockeys – 

Photography – Alysha Yoder Photography –

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Puja & Michael – 9.12.15

Puja and Michael, this was one of those couples that I think I was just as excited to photograph their wedding as they were to get married!  I got an email saying they wanted to do there pre-wedding shots at a comic book store followed by a reception and ceremony at an art gallery.  Like holy cow, talk about an awesome opportunity!  Comic book store, SIGN ME UP!

These two were just so fantastically amazing to work with and photograph.  From the moment we had our first video conference to meet each other I knew this was just going to be a blast to photograph.  Puja and Michael both emit this happy nerdtastic vibe that got everyone excited (including this photographer!) to spend the day with them, celebrating their marriage.
Even meeting and getting to know each other was kind of a happenstance #dorklove story made by the cosmos.  While attending Drexel (two completely different majors mind you, Engineering and English) they happened to cross paths in their final semester while taking a Philosophy in Science Fiction course. They bonded over their love of science fiction and as Puja put it, “the British musician Imogen Heap for some odd reason.”  They said they both knew that they were each other’s plus one after spending a night meeting up for tea and closing it (and multiple other places down).  They kept moving from location to location, chatting about life and common interests.  It still took them like another few weeks to be forced to recognize by common friends that they had feelings for each other and were, in fact, dating though.
Their whole reception was completely them too.  This is always great for a photographer who shoots so many weddings.  I got to see something new and unique that was totally Puja and Michael.  Their love of art, books and literature showed throughout the night.  The centerpieces were made of antique and used books that they had spent months finding at various public library sales. After the second library they had more than enough books but they were so excited about finding new rare books that they discovered their new love of ‘book treasure hunting.’  Each place setting also featured library book checkout cards featuring details regarding the 2nd part of their weddings celebrations. Their cake featured their ‘love formula’ and they picked food from their favorite restaurants to cater.
Throughout the whole experience this couple was just so lovely to work with.  Every time I got off the phone or sent an email I had a smile of my face.  All the unique ideas and love these two had for what they were doing, made my job so much more fun and enjoyable.  It was such a honor to get to photograph something so unique, capturing the love that Puja and Michael’s family and friends have for them, and the love they have for each other.  So enjoy the photos below because seriously… who wouldn’t enjoy wedding shots in a comic book store!


  –  Venue  – 3rd Street Gallery –   

 Location Shoot  Brave New Worlds Comic – 

 Officiant – Milestones Secular Rites – 

Photography – Alysha Yoder Photography –

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