Shannon & Josh Wedding – 10.15.16

Two families coming together in love, life, and faith.  That’s what the lovely wedding of Shannon and Josh was.  Taking place at the stunning St. Patrick Church in Carlisle, light streamed in through the stained glass to reveal this church’s humble 1779 beginnings.  Shannon and Josh’s closest friends helped these two get ready before they took their plunge into marriage.  They chose a purple and white color scheme and peppered these colors throughout from the bridesmaids dresses, groomsman’s ties, flowers, and even the mother’s dresses.

With a traditional Catholic ceremony, Shannon and Josh’s day was filled with tradition.  An especially wonderful family touch was the bride’s brothers and mother played music and sang throughout their ceremony.  How wonderful is that? Following the ceremony and family photos, we all headed down to Thornwald Park to take fun party and couple photos! These two and their party both rocked their photo session!  The sunlight coming through the trees lit these two perfectly in all the fall park beauty. Between brick walls, gazebos, and a forest backdrop, I couldn’t have asked for a more stunning backdrop for this wedding party.

After we wrapped up their photo session, we headed over the St. Patrick Activity Center where the family had set up lights, banners, and backdrops to create a perfect setting for a reception.  Dances were had, speeches were given, and dinner was served. Following dinner, guests danced with the happy couple for their dollar dance, the bouquet and garter toss were held, the cake was cut, and HUGE family photos were taken with just about everyone in attendance.  Before I left the happy couple, we stepped outside to catch the perfect golden hour light and these two just glowed with happiness.  So here’s to another 100 years of happiness to the happy couple, and without further ado, Shannon 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

Venues:  St. Patrick Church of Carlisle

St. Patrick Activity Center

DJ: Payne Hurley

Flowers:  Royers

Caterer: Kathy’s Deli

Cake: Carlisle Bakery

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.

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Vendors:

Photography and writing by:

Alysha Yoder Photography

(b) www.alyshayoderphotoblog.com (w) www.alyshayoderphoto.com

(e) alyshayoderphoto@yahoo.com (p) 610.762.7810

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

Kristen & Ian – 10.3.15

Kristen and Ian’s fall wedding.  What a magical day!  It might have been cloudy with 100% of rain but these two champed through! You want to talk about compatibility, look no further.  Kristen and Ian have that in spades!  What a blast their bridal party was too!  From fedora’s and mobster poses to champagne toasts and a ‘wheel barrow’ entrance, this was a fun crowd.


This was my first wedding this year that I got to do with my mom (who does the marrying) which is always a blast.  We just need a caterer and a DJ and we could start our own wedding business lol. There ceremony was lovely and full of smiles!  The groom even went in for the kiss a little too soon only to be met with laughter and applause from all their guests.  When it was finally time for their first kiss the groom’s brother was the one to give the cue.  There’s a funny photo of Kristen and Ian just laughing at the alter at this whole experience.  It’s one of my favorites!

The rain started just as we began to shoot Kristen and Ian’s couple shots but it didn’t matter to these two!  They rocked some porch photos and embraced the rain as a moment to relax and take each other and their wedding day in.

 The reception was lovely.  The speeches were some of the best I ever heard.  I was busting a gut behind the camera at the best man’s speech.  Who knew a golf game could lead to a dead goose? One of the best moments of the night was the dollar dance which just happened to be POLKA.  Not only did almost every guest get up to dance with the bride BUT after they were done they joined hands and danced around the bride.  The circle kept getting bigger and bigger, eventually multiplying into a few different circles.  With her mom (who happened to be the last person in line), the dance ended and all the guests in circles squeezed together and created a kind of huge hug around the bride.  It was awesome.  The photo of the Kristen and her mom in the middle of all these people puts a smile on my face whenever I look at it.

The night winded down with dancing and cake cutting.  They had a picked a cute little cupcake tower with a cake to top it off.  There was no smashing, despite the pleas of the crowd. This led to a dance dedication to the groom’s brother.  The song, Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith, I’ve never seen someone more excited for a song to come on.  He knew all the words and jammed out like a champ.  It was a great moment and a great way to end the night.  So without further ado, I give you Kristen and Ian’s lovely wedding. Enjoy!

Vendors: 

  –  Venue & Food   – Cameron Estate Inn & Restaurant

–  Cupcakes/Cake  – The Flour Child – Alixe –  

–  Flowers  – Floral Designs of Mount Joy – Jill Erb –  

 DJ Soundwaves Entertainment – Chris Pyle – 

Photography – Alysha Yoder Photography –

(w) www.alyshayoderphoto.com (e) alyshayoderphoto@yahoo.com (p) 610.762.7810

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