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!

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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:  Green Meadows Petting Farm

Catering: Carterque

Cake: Eds Country Bakery

Flowers:  Blossom and Basket 

DJ:  DJ Luccio – Adam Carluccio

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

 

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