Sam and Von Wedding – 10.1.16

You ever meet two people that literally might change the world with kindness?  Well I have, and it’s these two fantastic people.  Sam and Von.  One of my favorite aspects of their wedding day was on each table at their reception, they put photos of dogs that were up for adoption at a local shelter.  I mean seriously, if that is not one of the most wonderful things ever, I don’t know what is!  Their fun and loving attitude was evident throughout the day.  Case and point, someoneeee forget their wedding bands, these two just laughed it off and had a good chuckle at the alter when they ‘exchanged their rings.’

The whole day was filled with that laughter.  Despite Mother Nature deciding to make it rain all day, these two (and their party) rocked it!  Sam pulled out rain boots for all the ladies and umbrellas were held as props.  These two and their party certainly made the best of everything that was thrown at them! Purple accents highlighted almost every small detail from dresses, bouquets, the cake, and even small touches handmade by family like pumpkin decorations made by the bride’s mom.

The couple’s Best Man and Maid of Honor touched everyone with their wonderful speeches, even some happy tears were shed. The shoe game left everyone in attendance laughing.  Not to mention, the looks of disbelief on both the bride and groom’s faces with their answers to some of the questions. We lucked out with some rain for their night photo session. Now most would not consider the rain ‘luck’ but wow!  These two got a little wet, and we rocked some umbrella and rain night shots!  Some of my favorite wedding photos to date!

The night winded down with a cake cutting and a very polite cake smash. With family and friends shots done, these two and their guests danced the night away.  Von’s grandpa led the way with some of his moves!  So here’s to another 100 years of laughter, love, and happiness to these two love birds!  Without further ado, Sam and Von’s wedding.




Photography and writing by:

Alysha Yoder Photography

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Venue:  The Susquehanna Club

Cake:  The Pennsylvania Bakery

Cupcakes: Lori – The groom’s talented mother!

DJ: Rick Hansberry of Sound Waves DJ Entertainment

Flowers:  The bride’s mother and grandmother, more family talent!

Caterer: The Susquehanna Club

Jodi and Mary’s Wedding – 9.10.16

It’s not too often that you get two wonderful people coming together to celebrate their love while also almost making everything for their big day!  You want to talk about DIY, these two nailed just about every part of that!  From signs, to their ring box, and even cupcake toppers, these two made it all!  Not to mention, they picked just about the most perfect day, and such a beautiful location to get married.

A backyard wedding, right on the shore line of Deep Creek Lake, MD.  Sun streaming, friend’s laughing, and brides smiling.  It couldn’t have been a more perfect day.  As opposed to getting walked down the aisle by their fathers, these bride’s opted for ‘first looks’ with their dads.  As they ascended down the stairs, each of their father’s beamed.  Hugs, kisses, and tears were all exchanged before the ceremony began.

The bridal party were all decked out in blue dresses with lovely sunflower accent bouquets. Walking down the aisle, the brides rocked custom Converses that said ‘2gether’ and ‘4ever.’   How fantastic is that?! There was a wonderful moment when Jodi was waiting for Mary as she walked down the aisle, and as she looked up and saw her bride, the love shining in both their eyes was beautiful.

There were a lot of unique wedding traditions during their ceremony.  Jodi’s mom did a beautiful Polish wedding blessing as guests passed around their rings to bless the couple and think positive thoughts of love for their marriage. The bride’s each wrote their own vows and as they read them to each other, guests looked on with tears of happiness in many of their eyes. Rings and a kiss were exchanged before these two lovely brides walked down the aisle for the first time as a married couple.

Speeches, dinner, and dances followed the ceremony with lots of hugs and laughs exchanged between.  People loved the s’more bar and camp fire as kids spent time swimming in the lake and walking along the shore. As the sun began to set, these brides stunned in an evening photo session.  Jodi even changed into a fantastic tuxedo t-shirt. Isn’t that just awesome sauce? As I was packing up to leave, I left with hugs, congrats, and a smile on my face.  This is how Mary and Jodi’s whole day was, and I can’t imagine that any of their guests left without joy in their heart.  What an honor it was to photograph these two and their wedding day.  There aren’t too many couples who genuinely light up the place when they’re together.  These two brides lit up the whole wedding and this was clear to everyone in attendance.  I hope that this joy is obvious in the photos below, and you can see the love  these two have for each other.  So without further ado, Mary and Jodi’s wedding:






Photography and writing by:

Alysha Yoder Photography

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Venue:  Over the Rainbow in Deep Creek Lake, MD

Cupcakes: Mountain Flour Bakery

Cake: Kelly the Cake Lady

DJ: 1st Dance DJs

Flowers: Farmhouse Fete

Caterer: Archie’s BarbeQue


Beth & David – 4.18.15

Beth and David, seriously one of the most unique and fun weddings I have photographed to date!  I mean, what a venue! The National Aviary in Pittsburgh is truly a hidden gem. How many photographers can say they’ve photographed weddings guests that included penguins, parrots and owls!  The best thing about this wedding was that it was very distinctly Beth and Davids. They swerved from your traditional and did something so true to them. Let me explain… they had met at a board gamy party that was hosted by a mutual friend. Their love of games and meeting one another was placed throughout the wedding.  They had a puzzle hunt where guests had to collect clues, board game center pieces decked out in bridal gear, and instead of a first dance they chose to play the Broken Picture Telephone game (basically everyone started with a ring a blank cards, drew a picture or a phrase, passed it to the guest next to them who had to either draw a phrase or figure out what the picture was and describe it).  The end results were hysterical!  Beth and David became ‘guest players’ at each table and injected their drawings or phrases in everyone’s cards.

One of the most unique things about the whole wedding day was their ceremony which took place in the Aviary’s Flightzone Theater.  There’s a huge tree in the middle, a big screen behind them (which they set as a night sky scene), and rock plateaus throughout.  They decorated it with candlelit lanterns and big vase bouquets.  It was stunning, like something out of a movie. Imagine getting married outside on a starlit night and voila! Beth and David’s ceremony.  They gave each of their mother’s flowers and had their family members do some wonderful (and funny) readings.  Everyone had a chuckle when they exited the ceremony to Star Wars (not once, but twice!) only to be greeted by a penguin named Goldie outside the theater.

Guests mingled through bird exhibits, signed a ‘jenga guest book,’ sang to the bride and talked to handlers about the various birds wandering around.  There were so many fun moments too.  Beth and David opted to do a first look before the ceremony (yes!) and the look on David’s face when he turned to see his beautiful bride was awesome (look for it below, it’s fantastical!). He could barely keep his eyes off her.  One of my favorite photos, is them walking through one of the bird exhibits.  Beth is looking at the different birds surrounding them and David is looking at Beth.  Such a serene moment.  David had even set up a special message delivery (via their adorable niece) to Beth.  The photo series for that puts a smile on my face every time I look at it.

What a wonderful and one-of-a-kind wedding this was.  Guests had a blast playing games, laughing and smile all night.  I’m so excited to be able to share it with everyone!  Enjoy!




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  –  VenueThe National Aviary  –  CateringAtria’s  –  Officiant – Larry Goyda of Meaningful Marriages  –

–  Flowers  –  Paulette of Posy  –  PhotographyAlysha Yoder Photography  –

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