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


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!



  –  Venue – The Iron Master’s Mansion –

–  Caterer Redd’s Smokehouse BBQ 

Photography – Alysha Yoder Photography –

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