Rachel and Josh Wedding – 4.30.17

A Sunday brunch wedding with a doughnut tower, spin art, piñata, and lego place holders! Yesss!! It’s not every day I get to shoot a wedding as awesomely unique as Rachel and Josh’s wedding!  These two certainly had some wonderfully unorthodox components to their wedding day.  The day started off with these two getting ready in their perspective corners of the lovely Stone Mill Inn.

Let me tell you, an awesome set of bridesmaids and groomsman surrounded these two. Just picture four groomsman all getting knives as party gifts. Now picture posing them with said knives.  It was awesome!  They even pretended to do a little barber work on the groom!

Guests then began to arrive and file into their seats for the ceremony!  As the party walked to the altar, a string quartet (missing one member, who happened to be the bride’s mom!). The bride’s parents walked her down the aisle as the grinning groom looked on.  The ceremony began, and was being performed by the groom’s sister.  It was lovely!  And then, after some heartfelt personally written vows, these two donned full body smocks and began to do a unity spin art.  Not only was that awesomely unique, but the groom himself built the spin art machine! Talk about being a handy-man to have around!

The ceremony ended with a ring exchange, lovely kiss, and everyone exited to be led into family and couple photos. I mean seriously though, could you ask for a more beautiful place to do wedding photos?  The estates at the Stone Mill Inn were just stunning.  I think the couple’s photos look like they are in a woodland fairy tale.  Those wooded areas are the places wedding photographer’s dream about for couples photos! It also helps when you have a couple so plainly in love that it shines through in their photos!

Following a lovely brunch cocktail hour (with mimosas, of course!), everyone headed into the reception area, grabbing their Legos place cards as they went.  The guests certainly enjoyed those, as much as the bride and groom enjoyed putting them all together!  The groom’s best man introduced the couple and they danced their first dance as husband and wife.  Speeches were had, guests were greeted and thanked, and an epic doughnut wedding dessert tower was cut!  The groom had a special dance with his mom before everyone headed outside to SMASH A PINATA, of course!  Guests took turns spinning and swinging until finally the piñata was obliterated!  Guests scrabbled with their candy gift bags to get some tasty treats.  The day slowly came to an end as everyone posed for photos, said their goodbyes, and exchanged hugs and well wishes. There was even a guest cheerleader pyramid at one point.  These were some great people, guests, and a couple to spend the day with!  So here’s to many more years to this fun couple! And without further ado, Rachel and Josh’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

Venue and Catering: The Stone Mill Inn

Flowers:  Moonchild Floral Designs

Doughnut Cake: Centercut Doughnuts

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:

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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

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

 

Jackie & Mike – 6.11.16

Down-to-earth couple, beautiful farm location, lovely outdoor ceremony, does it get any better then this?! It certainly doesn’t with all the many wonderful little touches that Jackie added throughout the day.  From the welcome sign when you walked in, to bride and groom cows, even down to little honey jar and milk jug favors for their guests!  You sense a theme going on here?  Mike is a dairy farmer! Farm couple meets stunning farm venue!

These two love birds have a very cute farm engagement story too!  While making a pit stop at their dairy farm on Christmas Eve, Mike had lit up a field with a BIG, “Will you marry me?” made out of rebar and Christmas lights.  How fantastic is that?!

The country rustic wedding theme was evident throughout the day.  The bride and bridesmaids donned some killer cowboy boots while the groom and his party rocked some fancy looking blue jeans. They had some touching moments too.  Jackie gifting Mike with a pin with Mike’s late mom, as well as a candle lighting ceremony for her with the family and even a sand ceremony combining Mike and Jackie’s love and families.

These two got married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony surrounded by friends and family. Despite the heat, there was a light breeze and sunshine streaming through the trees during the whole service.  They walked down the aisle with all their guests blowing bubbles their way. They received hugs and well wishes from everyone in a receiving line before they started their photo session.  What a lovely couple, day, and venue!  A photographer couldn’t ask for better! Dinner, speeches, cake cutting and dances were had!  How cool is it I could get up in the farms loft to take cake cutting photos?? A different view from the normal for sure!  With the little touches all over the barn and the stunning natural light streaming through the barn windows this was a photog’s dream. It was such an honor to get to photograph this wonderful couple’s big day!  Here’s to another 100 years of love for these two! And without further ado, Jackie and Mike’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

Wedding Planner:  Toni Lehman

Cake: The Carlisle Bakery

Venue:  Highland Vue Farms in Newville, PA

DJ: Tom Wickard

Flowers: The Whimsical Poppy

 

 

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