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!


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:







Photography and writing by:

Alysha Yoder Photography

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Venue:  Allenberry Resort Inn and Playhouse

Cake: Snickerdoodles Bakery

Flowers:  Royers


Joan and Tim – 4.16.16

What a wonderful wedding to start the season with!  These two lovebirds have been together for 17 years! After a long romance in the summer of 2015, Joan proposed to Tim on their boat with the light of a thousand candles and their children’s cheers from their dock.  While neither was looking for love, Joan and Tim met out on the water where Tim was captioning the boat Joan had been assigned to.  With a mutual love of the water, biking, and hiking, it was a match meant to be!

There wedding day couldn’t have been more beautiful (especially considering the previous weekend it had snowed!).  Along with their family, they made a lot of the decorations too!  Even creating custom cocktails for the event (mojitos and Italian guava bellinis).  They even had the florist create a beautiful floral piece around a piece of driftwood they had found.  The wedding was held in their backyard right on the water in beautiful Calvert County, Maryland. It was rustic, but chic with tiny touches of elegance throughout.  They even set up a popcorn machine with Italian sodas and a movie screen to boot!

Guests watched these two get hitched, with heartfelt speeches from their children and touching moments between them.  Joan’s grandson even walked her down the aisle.  After their first kiss was shared, a big family hug was had by all!  Hugs, laughter and smiles were shared between friends and family at the reception.  You couldn’t find a sad face in the crowd! At one point, Joan even tried to pull Tim into the water!  What a fun wedding this was!  I couldn’t have been happier to have this be my first wedding of the season.  So without further ado, I give you Joan and Tim’s wonderful Maryland wedding:

This is one of my favorite wedding moments.  The bride’s granddaughter had drawn her a picture and she’s giving it to her grandma right before the wedding.  The look on her face as she gives Joan the picture is just priceless.

Photography and writing by:

Alysha Yoder Photography

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Jen and Joe – 12.19.15

What a fun and long brewing romance Jen and Joe had!  This couple, originally both Carlisle natives, had a thing for each other in high school.  It fizzled out and both went their separate ways.  Fast-forward 35 years and BAM!  They reconnected, had a whirlwind romance and before you knew it, wedding bells were ringing!

While these two both call Atlanta home now, they came back to the Carlisle area to celebrate with everyone they grew up with and got to show off their hometown to their Atlanta friends in the process.  And what a party it was!  Nothing could have gone more smoothly and look more lovely (thanks to the awesome planning and design of Tracy over at La Carta Luna Planning and Design).  Seriously, did you see these venues and all the decor?  It was stunning!

Jen and Joe’s wedding began with the ladies all getting ready at the beautiful Fallen Tree Farm B&B.  Lots of laughs, smiles and dress adjustments were shared.  Everyone exchanged small talk while oohing and awwing over dresses, shoes and accessories.  The bride’s mother even matched her shoe and hair piece, how fun is that?

Shortly after, we all headed over to The Carlisle Ribbon Mill.  The ladies freshened up in the bridal room while finishing touches were placed throughout.  All the small details were just stunning, from the Gingko leaf earrings the bride wore, to the flowers frozen in ice centerpieces, little flower and feather bundles for each guest with their place settings and a beautiful ribbon alter piece to pull all the colors of the wedding day together!

As the groom and his groomsman started to arrive, they shared handshakes and hugs with all the wedding guests. The ceremony began shortly after.  The lovely bride walked down the aisle escorted by her uncle as the groom looked on, beaming with a sheepish grin.  The ceremony was beautiful with some tears and hand holding being shared by the audience. Everyone applauded as Jen and Joe were kissed for the first time and were announced as husband and wife.

While guests sipped on drinks and enjoyed a lovely cocktail hour I got to go out with Jen and Joe to get some outdoor shots.  Despite the cold, the bride and groom champed through and Jen even rocked a little bridal overcoat! Their brother and sister assisted me through the whole thing.  Who says iPhone’s aren’t good for some front lighting lol!  Upon returning, while waiting for their entrance, Jen and Joe indulged me in a little one on one photo session with all the cool backgrounds The Carlisle Ribbon Mill had to offer!  One of my favorite photos from the whole night is them against the white wall, holding hands and looking at each other.  It’s just adorable and puts a smile on my face 🙂

Following their entrance, speeches were given.  What a wonderful job all the speakers did! From a brother, sister and uncle, all of them had the crowd in stitches over childhood stories and relationship advice for the new couple.  A beautiful dinner was served by The Uncommon Caterer prior to dancing and what a dancing crowd this was!  After the couple’s first dance everyone joined in and got their groove on!  From slow dances to disco this was a party crowd!  Shortly thereafter, the beautiful cake was cut and guests enjoyed this delectable treat from The Camp Hill Bakery.

What can I say?  This was such a wonderful wedding.  The couple, their friends and family were just all so lovely.  Happiness, love and laughter enveloped Jen and Joe’s whole wedding day.  I am so thankful to be a part of it!  Here’s to a long lasting a beautiful marriage!  Enjoy all the photos celebrating Jen and Joe’s big day!



–  Wedding Planner – Tracy at La Carta Luna – Wedding Planning and Design –

  –  Venues – The Carlisle Ribbon Mill & Fallen Tree Farms Bed and Breakfast –

–  DJ –  SpiritSound Production Services, LLC 

–  Caterer –  The Uncommon Caterer –

–  Bartending  Just Bartending –

–  Cake – Camp Hill Bakery –

–  Flowers Sarah’s Floral Designs –

Photography – Alysha Yoder Photography –

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