Nicole & James Wedding – 5.19.18

It’s weddings like Nicole and James’ that I look forward to.  Not only were they an awesome couple with an amazing group of family and guests at their wedding, but it took place at a petting zoo!! I seriously have the best clients!  We started the day off with some getting ready shots with both the guys and gals.  Needless to say, the groom and the groomsman had me laughing the whole time.  The groom pranked all his groomsman the night prior and brought a whole stack of suits that were incorrect and mismatched!  Also, let’s talk about the awesome T-Rex bride and groom shirts that these two were wearing!  Not all my couples can be this awesome sauce.

Following getting ready, everyone headed to Green Meadows Petting Farm to get hitched! Guests got to wander around to get to the ceremony barn to the calls of peacocks, and were also able pet goats, sheep, not to mention piglets, and even a baby kangaroo! The ceremony went off beautifully, with the bride riding in on her horse! These two even did their own lovely vows. After they kissed as husband and wife for the first time, they were led off to do photos with the bride’s horse, and then we headed down to the petting zoo barn to get some photos of Nicole bottle feeding a baby kangaroo, hold a baby goat, and pet the most adorable baby cow with huge ears!  Her horse was even a bit jealous of the other animals getting pets and got in on the photo action!

After family photos, we all headed to the reception for the couple and their party to make their entrance.  The couple came in last and began their first dance.  These two have quite the moves! They pulled off some spins and dips beautifully! Dinner was served shortly thereafter, and guests raved about the food.  Nicole and James went around to greet all their guests, and get hugs and congratulations from all their family.  We even pulled off a huge cousin photo with all the groom’s cousins!  He wasn’t kidding when he said he had a lot of cousins! Once the sun had started to go down, I pulled these two away for some backlit shots, which they champed through despite the rain that had been going on all day!  After that, these two headed back into the reception to dance the night away with their guests, who all were obviously of the dancing persuasion. As the night ended, I bid these two goodbye, and I wish them nothing else but happiness!  Congrats to the happy couple and without further ado, I give you this awesome petting zoo wedding of Nicole and James!


Photography and writing by:

Alysha Yoder Photography

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Venue:  Green Meadows Petting Farm

Catering: Carterque

Cake: Eds Country Bakery

Flowers:  Blossom and Basket 

DJ:  DJ Luccio – Adam Carluccio

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!


  –  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 –

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