Heather and Stephen Wedding – 6.22.19

It’s not every day you get to see a Disney fairytale come to life, but that’s exactly what happened with Heather and Stephen’s wedding! Throughout the day, there were so many special moments and I was so honored to have captured them.  Not to mention, more of the Disney theme came through as the day continued, and put a smile on guest’s (and my!) faces.  From the magic mirror photo booth, to the Disney castle sign in heart blocks, and even a Disney themed candy bar, these two went all out with their theme!  To begin this fairytale, I started off the day with getting ready photos with Heather and her bridesmaids.  Note those amazing hangers!  A super touching first look with Heather’s dad, had everyone a little teary eyed.

Then we all headed over to the church so these two could get hitched!  St. Joseph’s is a truly stunning church, and built in 1882, it’s the oldest Slovak Roman Catholic Parish in the Western Hemisphere. I met with Stephen and his groomsmen to get some getting ready shots behind the alter before everything got started! The service was a traditional Catholic service, with many of their friends and family doing readings, rose gifts to their mothers, communion, and of course, their ring exchange and first kiss!  We all headed outside afterwards for a fun bubble exit and then proceeded to take family shots inside!

After the ceremony, we made a special stop to visit Heather’s ill uncle in the hospital.  The look on his face when he realized they had stopped to see him was a priceless moment. There were some truly touching moments caught on film with the bride and groom as well as his family.  It won’t be a moment any of them will forget soon.

Next we all headed to our final destination, the reception at Edgewood Country Club!  The place was DECKED out in Disney themed decor!  The guests enjoyed a cocktail hour on the patio while the bridal party and myself headed out on golf carts to get some lovely photos of them on the grounds. Guests walked in to pick up their seat cards with a mirror mirror on the wall, little wooden hearts to sign and put in a Disney castle, Disney themed cocktails, a magic mirror photo booth, stunning Beauty and the Beast rose centerpieces (that the bride and groom made themselves!), a Disney cake, and even a Disney themed projection on the dance floor above the sweethearts table. We proceeded with entrances and the couple had their first dance as husband and wife, followed by the bride dancing with her mother and father, and the groom doing his mother son dance!  After dinner, we did a cake cutting and then headed out to do some nice sunset shots.  It was the longest day of the year, so sunset wasn’t until almost 9pm!  The couple then had a lovely dollar dance or shots with the groom, and shortly after that, I bid the couple ado and headed out!  Congrats to the happy couple and here’s to many more years of happiness! So without anymore delay, Stephen and Heather’s wedding!

Photography and writing by:

Alysha Yoder Photography

(b) www.alyshayoderphotoblog.com

(w) www.alyshayoderphoto.com

(e) alyshayoderphoto@yahoo.com

(p) 610.762.7810

Venues:  Edgewood Country Club

St. Joseph’s Church

Catering: Edgewood Country Club

Cake:  Edgewood Country Club

DJ: Skuba Entertainment 

Videography: Heisey Productions 

Flowers: Smilax Floral Shop

Alia and Ryan’s Wedding Celebration – 4.12 & 13.19

It’s not every day you get to photograph someone getting married that you’ve known for over 20 years (and who lived right up the road from me growing up)!  But, that’s exactly what happened with Alia and Ryan’s wedding! I met Alia way back in grade school riding the bus together, and when she wrote me to see if I could shoot her wedding, I was thrilled! This couple met when Alia put the call out with her friends for a Salsa dance partner, and while Ryan was unable to go, he invited her to a BBQ the next weekend and after hitting it off swimmingly, the rest is history!  These two live in Alaska, so not only was it quite the hike, but they brought their dog, Cooper, to serve as ring bearer too!  Friends and family flew in from all over the country and the world to share in this couple’s special day (all the way from Australia!).

I was there to shoot two days of their wedding celebration.  The first being the Mehndi (which is a pre-wedding ceremony), lots of blessings for the couple from family and friends, feeding of sweets, dancing, and henna! Each Mehndi I shoot is different, and this one was no exception! These two are big foodies so they had all sorts of fun food stations, from make your own Hakka noodles to a Dosa station! The bride and the groom were adorned with flowers before guests lined up to give feed the couple sweets and give them their blessings.  While they waiting, people could get henna done in a pillowed sitting area or munch on apps! Towards the end of the celebration, they had live musicians and one of their friends performed a dance for them!  What a fun night to remember! And did you check out those rain shot?! These two rocked those photos!

 

The next day the official wedding ceremony took place! Tables were set with a bit of a nautical theme, with the couple’s love of water, and all tables were named after famous ships! The ceremony went off without a hitch and then guests were wined and dined with a cocktail hour followed by an entrance by the bride and groom! Dances were had with their parents, which led to a cake cutting.  The cakes were done just for the bride and groom by one of their friends! They were a mermaid themed cake and a Jaws themed cake.  How cool is that?! Following cake cutting, another wonderful meal was had along with three great speeches for the bride and groom!  I snuck the couple off for some more night shots.  It was sadly too cloudy for some good sunset photos! Coming back inside, we had another live dance done by one of Alia’s close friends and his wife.  This started dancing for the rest of the night!

 

Photography and writing by:

Alysha Yoder Photography

(b) www.alyshayoderphotoblog.com

(w) www.alyshayoderphoto.com

(e) alyshayoderphoto@yahoo.com

(p) 610.762.7810

Venue:   Holiday Inn Allentown I-78

Catering: Moghul Catering

Decorator:  Pendurthi Swaree Events (Aruna is the decorator)

DJ- DJ Bhupi

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