Molly & Paul -5.27.16

So truth be told, there are two weddings that I always look forward to photographing. Offbeat Weddings (because frankly they’re awesome and  unique every time) and small intimate weddings.  Now… I’m not saying I don’t enjoy every wedding I photograph, but there is something wonderful about having less then 25 people at a wedding… and that’s including the bridal party!  There just tend to be more little moments throughout the day, less timeline rushing drama and a loving bond is always evident in everyone that’s attending.

Molly and Paul’s wedding was just that!  I mean, we fit all the guests in one photo and you can see everyone!  That’s definitely not something you get at every wedding.  Check out all these lovelies in attendance, seriously, aren’t they fantastic!

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I’ll tell you though…  this was probably the hottest wedding I’ve shot to date.  I mean it was a good 98 degrees.. plus, like a gazillion percent humidity. This photog had to go home and wring out her clothes afterwards not to mention, chug like 10 gallons of water.  It was nutty! Everyone was a trooper though, I mean,  look at all those smiles!

Molly and Paul were perfect too!  They champed through the heat and absorbed some sunshine for their photos. These two both have a love of the outdoors, hence the beautiful estates of Allenberry Resort Inn and outdoor ceremony, small ring box made to look like a tree stump (with their initials carved into it), and a beautiful flower covered arbor. Paul also has a love of fishing (note Yellow Breeches Creek in the background).  He makes a lot of his own flies too.  They even incorporated a fly into his boutonniere. How cool is that?!

Their ceremony was beautiful from beginning to end, starting with the groom’s son leading both mom’s down the aisle followed by his daughter with a huge bouquet of flowers!  The bride’s father gave her away under that stunning arbor, much to the smile of her groom!   The vows went swimmingly and everyone had a chuckle when the ring bearer struck a pose handing off the rings. The first kiss was had and the couple, all smiles, walked down the aisle for the first time as husband and wife.  A tiny intimate reception followed with unique candy apple favors, a lovely three-tiered cake (the kids helped pick out the flavors!), ‘butterfly kisses’ and lots of laughs! What a wonderful day it was for these two!  I was so honored to be a part of it, so without further ado, I give you Molly and Paul’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

Vendors:

Venue:  Allenberry Resort Inn and Playhouse

Cake: Snickerdoodles Bakery

Flowers:  Royers

 

Abby & Tyler – 10.17.15

When two loving families come together to create a memorable night for a loving couple that would perfectly describe Abby and Tyler’s wedding.  Add a splash of chic and a little bit redneck and you’re in business!  From the moment I arrived to find Abby waiting for her brother to see her in her dress for the first time (only to share some tears shotgun beers together) to the ‘ball and chain‘ garter removal this wedding was one for the books!

This was truly a fun wedding.  Despite the cold weather, guests joined together to warmly recognize this newly married couple. The ceremony was held outside at the lovely Fallen Tree Farm Bed and Breakfast.  There were special touches throughout, from a string ceremony to a frame filled with sand by Abby and Tyler.  The bubble procession begun after their first kiss was had and they received kisses, hugs and laughs from all their guests.  
 
Abby and Tyler champed through their photo session despite the cold (and Abby having virtually NO sleeves!). After sneaking off to get warm with their party in the inn I got to start photographing guests and the little details of their reception. Everything had a touch of the couple from sunflower place card holders for their guests, a hand-painted tree canvas for everyone to sign, to sunflower cupcakes and a cake topper with the bride wielding a hunting bow dragging the groom. 
 
After everyone was announced, the couple had their first dance leading into the cake cutting (and cake smashing!).  The speeches began and one of my favorite moments happened.  The best man (who has literally known the groom his whole life), pulled out a framed shadow box to present the couple which included the blanket he had stolen from the groom in their childhood.  The look of surprise on the groom’s face and the laugher of the whole party and guests was priceless!  What an awesome groom’s gift, definitely one for the books. 
 
Family dances soon followed with the bride dancing with her brother and the groom with his mother.  Shortly after, the bride tossed her bouquet for the single ladies to catch.  The best man had another surprise in store when he pulled on a literal ‘ball and chain’ for Abby to pull Tyler by to get the garter.  The single man and single lady had a blast putting the garter back on (it was put on with teeth, no joke) much to the hoots and hollers of the crowd.   All in all, a wonderful wedding to shoot.  Congrats again Abby and Tyler, I hope your marriage is filled with as much happiness and laughter as your wedding day was!

 

Vendors: 

  –  Venue – Fallen Tree Farm Bed & Breakfast –

–  Caterer Crider Meats 

–  DJ Brandon Beam –  

 Florist  Blue Mountain Blooms – 

Photography – Alysha Yoder Photography –

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

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!

Vendors: 

  –  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 –

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

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