James & Ashley – 10.31.15

Talk about a wedding for the offbeat books!  Halloween wedding + gas masks + zombie cake and Beetlejuice ring hand.. it had it all!  For a themed wedding this was definitely one of the more rad weddings I’ve done.  James and Ashley LOVE Halloween and what a better way to share your big day then theming it around something you’re both passionate about??

Ashley rocked her little white dress, fringed in black lace with a orange accent while James looked sharp in his suit.  The bridal parties wore a purple and black combo with highlights of orange throughout. This was one of those weddings that was just a blast to photograph.  When James pulled out his gas mask groom’s gift I can honestly say this was, not only a first for me, but one of the most unique and awesome wedding gifts ever!  Each mask came in a military type bag, personalized with the groomsman’s names on them.  Talk about a crazy cool gift right??

There were so many priceless moments too.  When I was positioning James for the couple’s first look… seeing how nervous he was until he saw his stunning bride in her dress and all his nerves melted away, to the look on the officiant and crowds faces when the groom’s brother pulled out the box containing the wedding rings… and a zombie hand lol!  James recited some Beetlejuice references much to the amusement of all the guests.  One of my favorite shots is the reaction of everyone to the zombie hand.  The bride hand-painted the cake toppers (for their spiderweb Halloween cake) to look like a zombie couple with their dog and what an amazing job she did!  The groom even rocked some pumpkin cufflinks for the occasion.  Not to mention, the party ALL donning masks for some post-ceremony shots.  This was only highlighted by the very “Shining-esque” Globe Inn Hotel, with old photographs, decor and dim lighting.

The warm fall colors played off not only the color themes but the warmth the couple and their close friends and family have for each other.  Every time I turned around someone else was laughing and joking with the couple.  So here’s to many more Halloween’s together you two!  May your treats be better than you tricks 🙂 I couldn’t have asked for a more fun bride and groom to photograph!  Enjoy!

Vendors: 

  –  Venue – The Globe Inn –

–  DJ –  Holiday Sounds 

–  Caterer –  Catering by Royal Gourmet 

–  Cake – Granny Schmidts –

–  Cake Toppers – Hand Painted by the Bride herself! –

Photography – Alysha Yoder Photography –

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

Cari & Mark – 10.24.15

Cari and Mark, talk about a relationship that’s been in the works for a while. Originally high school sweethearts, fast-foreword to now and voila!  A match that’s been smoldering for a while and it finally caught fire.  Not to mention their son, Gavin who now is just as tall as his parents (who are aren’t shorties by any means)!  These two could not have picked a more perfect day to tie the knot.  All the leaves were still on the trees but had changed to fantastic shades of orange, reds and yellows.  It was sunny but cloudy, a light breeze and an all around beautiful day for a wedding.

Surrounded by friends and family with one of the BIGGEST parties I have ever photographed (19 in total!) and dressed out in various shades of blue, suspenders and white flowers.  This was a total family affair, from Cari’s brother being her wedding planner to her friends and family helping to provide desserts, chairs & tables and even bean bag games!  Their first look, when Mark turned around, saw Cari and couldn’t stop smiling, to the meaningful speeches (four in total from their siblings), to the touching parent dances.. these two were just enveloped by love!
There was plenty of humor and laughs at their wedding too.  Gavin being asked to speak by all his uncle’s while giving their speeches and rejecting them all (much to the hoots and hollers from the crowd), to Cari opting out of shoes half way through their first photos.  The bride mixing up her drink with her brother’s as he was trying to toast the couple (whoops lol), to the bride’s sister saying they were finally a real family (to which Gavin responded… ‘What were we before?!’).
Full disclosure, I had my first big wedding screw up ever and showed up at the wrong ‘mansion’ location (only about 5 miles aways, whew), to a wedding where there happened to be a bride named Cari too (what are the freaking chances!).  So after talking to the family and setting up my lights.. I went to go find Cari to only be met by a stranger.  Seriously.. I have never been so embarrassed and while frantically trying to call the bride, groom and really anyone in their party I had the numbers for, I realized there was no cell phone reception up in the mountains.  Thankfully, I was only a few minutes away so everything still ran smoothly but Cari and Mark were calm as cucumbers and had a good chuckle about my other ‘Cari bride’ encounter.
Seriously though, as weddings go, this one was such a blast to photograph.  Everyone was so warm and welcoming and I found myself laughing throughout the whole day.  To be part of Cari and Mark’s union was truly awesome and it is weddings like this that make my job worth it!  So without further ado, Cari and Mark’s wedding!

 

Vendors: 

  –  Venue – The Iron Master’s Mansion –

–  Caterer Redd’s Smokehouse BBQ 

Photography – Alysha Yoder Photography –

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

 

 

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

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