Amanda Souders Photography: Blog https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog en-us Every detail. Forever. (Amanda Souders Photography) Sat, 21 Jul 2018 02:44:00 GMT Sat, 21 Jul 2018 02:44:00 GMT https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/img/s3/v8/u774985097-o1027994412-50.jpg Amanda Souders Photography: Blog https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog 80 120 Nicole | Bishop McDevitt High School | Harrisburg PA Senior Photographers https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/nicole-bishop-mcdevitt-high-school-harrisburg-pa-senior-photographers I loved my senior session with Nicole earlier this week!  I had the pleasure of meeting Nicole earlier this year when she was a bridesmaid in her sister's beautiful wedding.  Just like her sisters, I was immediately impressed with her sweet smile and disposition...not to mention her killer fashion sense :-D  Nicole chose to do two different locations, downtown Harrisburg with an urban feel and then we made our way to the Italian Lake for a little bit of the lush greens of summer that rainy Pennsylvania brought us.  We were even able to squeeze in a little time at their family's pool (Nicole's second home) to end the session. 

Here's just a little sneak peek!  

Hair: Beauty by Khara

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(Amanda Souders Photography) https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/nicole-bishop-mcdevitt-high-school-harrisburg-pa-senior-photographers Sat, 21 Jul 2018 02:41:35 GMT
Karlee and Zack | Downtown Carlisle PA Summer Sunset Engagement Wedding Photographers https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/karlee-and-zack-downtown-carlisle-pa-summer-sunset-engagement-wedding-photographers I am really loving these summer engagement sessions.  The summer sun glow is to die for and the nights bring those comfy temps.  Karlee and Zack's summer sunset engagement session last night was no exception.  This gorgeous couple calls downtown Carlisle their home now, so it was the perfect backdrop for their engagement session.  We laughed together pretty much the entire session and totally bonded over our love/hate relationship with reality tv.  While we took advantage of the beautiful quad areas of Dickinson College, we also took a moment to stop by Karlee and Zack's house and spend some time with Pete.  

 

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(Amanda Souders Photography) https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/karlee-and-zack-downtown-carlisle-pa-summer-sunset-engagement-wedding-photographers Wed, 18 Jul 2018 21:41:04 GMT
Paige and Josh | The Lodge at Liberty Forge | Mechanicsburg PA Wedding Photographers https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/paige-and-josh-the-lodge-at-liberty-forge-mechanicsburg-pa-wedding-photographers I've been dying to get my hands on Paige and Josh's wedding photos all day today and when I finally got there, I was blown away.  They are one of the sweetest most relaxed couples I've ever had the pleasure of meeting and it absolutely shows in their photos.  My girl, Amanda Howard, was their lead photographer on Saturday and she had nothing but great things to say about the entire day.  While it started out with everyone just a teensy bit nervous before the ceremony, once they had that first kiss as husband and wife, the rest is history.  You couldn't wipe the smiles off of their faces!  I know they've been patiently waiting for a little sneak peek, I'll keep it short ;-)  

Venue: The Lodge at Liberty Forge

Hair and Makeup: Flawless Faces by Summer

Dress: Renaissance Bridal

Suits: Kleffels Clothing

DJ: Soundwaves Entertainment

Flowers: Hammaker's Flower Shop

Cake: Friend, Lynn Sadler 

Second Photographer: Rachel Mummert Photography

 

 

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(Amanda Souders Photography) https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/paige-and-josh-the-lodge-at-liberty-forge-mechanicsburg-pa-wedding-photographers Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:13:53 GMT
Simone and Karl | Central PA Wedding Photographer https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/simone-and-karl-central-pa-wedding-photographer Saturday was truly an amazing day to be a photographer.  I was in awe of Simone's beauty and kindness as well as Karl's hilarity and absolute adoration for his new wife.  Simone and Karl tied the knot at the gorgeous Saint Patrick's Catholic Church in Carlisle with one of my favorite wedding ceremonies of all time.  We made a quick stop at the perfect little spot in downtown Carlisle for some bridal party photos and made our way to our second home, Strock Enterprises for the reception.  The dance floor was PACKED the entire reception and we ended the night with a super fun sparkler exit! Here's just a little sneak peek :-D 

 

Ceremony: Saint Patrick Catholic Church

Reception: Strock Enterprises

Hair and Makeup: Anthology Salon

Flowers: Pig Pen Posies

Dress: BHLDN

Suits: Central PA Tux Lancaster

Cake: The Couture Cakery

Photobooth: Cherry Lane Photobooths

Second Photographer: Shannon Karmel Photography

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Kelly and Doug | Downtown Harrisburg Engagement Session | Central PA Wedding Photographer https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/kelly-and-doug-downtown-harrisburg-engagement-session-central-pa-wedding-photographer Kelly and Doug's engagement session was everything...and had everything that downtown Harrisburg could offer!  We started out a little edgy in some back alleys with one bad little Ducati to play on Kelly's love of riding. And anyone that's done a session with me in downtown Harrisburg - I will use a graffiti wall at least once :-)   Then we switched it up to some super fun Penn State themed outfits and ended our session with a beautiful picnic.  

Oh my goodness, the laughs we had last night!  I even received a text from Kelly today saying Doug had FUN!! :-D I knew we were going to have a great time though, I had the pleasure of meeting Kelly and Doug at Kelly's sister's wedding last year and we had a blast that day too. I can't wait for their big day in almost exactly one year!! 

Here's just a little sneak peek!!

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(Amanda Souders Photography) https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/kelly-and-doug-downtown-harrisburg-engagement-session-central-pa-wedding-photographer Thu, 12 Jul 2018 02:00:29 GMT
Gabby and Dan | The Barn at Silverstone | Lancaster PA Wedding Photographers https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/gabby-and-dan-the-barn-at-silverstone-lancaster-pa-wedding-photographers Gabrielle and Daniel's wedding at The Barn at Silverstone was beyond amazing!  It was the first time we had the opportunity to work there and I am completely in love with it.  Before the party started at Silverstone, Gabby and Dan had a beautiful ceremony at Saint John Neuman Catholic Church in Lancaster, Gabby's childhood church.  

I knew from the moment I first talked with Gabby and Dan over a Skype call last year that we were going to have a blast.  That was only confirmed when we had a super fun engagement session last fall full of scrunchy noses and double chin laughs ;-) The highlight of the evening was the extended fireworks show that gave us a super fun photo op :-D  Here's just a little sneak peek of their wonderful day!

Church:  Saint John Neuman Catholic Church

Reception: The Barn at Silverstone

Dress: Weddings By Paulette

Suits: Men's Warehouse

Flowers: Royers of Lancaster

DJ: Dj Mike 

Cake: The Master's Baker

Bartender: Good Spirits Lancaster 

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(Amanda Souders Photography) https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/gabby-and-dan-the-barn-at-silverstone-lancaster-pa-wedding-photographers Mon, 02 Jul 2018 03:06:39 GMT
Lindsey and Shawn | Theodore A. Parker III Park | First Anniversary Session https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/lindsey-and-shawn-theodore-a-parker-iii-park-first-anniversary-session We've been planning this anniversary session since what I think was about 2 weeks after Lindsey and Shawn's wedding :-) When Lindsey said she wanted to go get dirty in her wedding dress, I was alllll for it!  We picked a spot that Lindsey spent much of her childhood, Theodore A. Parker Park in Quarryville, PA.  It was absolute perfection there!! And Lindsey and Shawn...they were beyond perfection.  You would have thought that they were getting married today with that spark.  I just couldn't wait to give a little sneak peek tonight <3  

 

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(Amanda Souders Photography) https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/lindsey-and-shawn-theodore-a-parker-iii-park-first-anniversary-session Sat, 30 Jun 2018 03:11:16 GMT
Molly and Jimmy | Wind in the Willows | Grantville PA Wedding Photographers https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/molly-and-jimmy-wind-in-the-willows-grantville-pa-wedding-photographers Remember all last week the forecast was calling for rain and thunderstorms all day Saturday? I sure do! When I woke up yesterday it was pouring and I thought, hey we got this and it's still going to be an amazing day!  Then it started to die down and by the time we got to the ceremony it was done!  Totally done!  Not a single drop of rain and no signs of thunderstorms at all.  Man these two have some good karma! 

Molly and Jimmy are two of the sweetest and most genuine people I've had the pleasure of meeting.  All day their friends and families talked about the bond that they have, the way they would do any and everything for each other and the excitement everyone has for their baby boy that will be here in just a few short months!  Here's just a little sneak peek of their perfect day! 

Venue: Wind in the Wilows

Catering: Mission BBQ   

Hair and Makeup: Salon and Spa at Walden

Cake and cupcakes: The Cupcake Equation

Bartenders : Just Bartending

Flowers: Wedding Flowers by Cyndi

DJ: Newman from Bob 94.9

Suits: Topline Tuxedos

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(Amanda Souders Photography) https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/molly-and-jimmy-wind-in-the-willows-grantville-pa-wedding-photographers Thu, 28 Jun 2018 14:05:25 GMT
Amy and Derek | Gettysburg Engagement Session https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/amy-and-derek-gettysburg-engagement-session We had the WORST luck with rain lately and were on our third rescheduled date for Amy and Derek's session...and they were calling for rain again.  So Amy made the call to just do it rain or shine.  Well, it rained...but it was perfection!!  We had our session at Amy and Derek's farm where they'll be tying the knot at the same spot in September.  There were so many picture perfect spots there and I know Amanda Howard will find even more when she photographs their wedding day!  Here's just a little sneak peek of our session! 

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Kylie | Harrisburg PA Senior Photographer https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/kylie-harrisburg-pa-senior-photographer Kylie has big plans to become a doctor after she finishes high school and just talking with her a little during our session about it, she absolutely has a passion for medicine.  I'm so lucky to have the opportunity to take Kylie's senior portraits while she's on a vacation in PA from Florida!  Kylie chose to have professional hair and makeup by the amazing Khara of Beauty by Khara, which really helps make senior portraits an experience.  Even for the ones that don't wear makeup on a regular basis love the results and have that extra little bit of confidence to rock their session.  And hey, who doesn't like to get a little pampered, right?  

Here's just a little sneak peek of the gorgeous Kylie!  Help me wish her the best of luck on her 2018-2019 school year!! 

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(Amanda Souders Photography) https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/kylie-harrisburg-pa-senior-photographer Sun, 24 Jun 2018 04:21:17 GMT
Britney and Nick | Downtown Harrisburg Engagement Session Photographer https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/britney-and-nick-downtown-harrisburg-engagement-session-photographer I love, love, love when a couple is so in sync and so comfortable around each other!  Britney and Nick were definitely one of those couples! On the first pose, before I could get my settings right they were already giggling and snuggling.  They absolutely rocked their session and I'm in love with all of the images! Plus how could you not love a session with a fur baby?!  Fin was such a little sweetheart! Here's just a few sneak peeks from their engagement session in Harrisburg.

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(Amanda Souders Photography) https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/britney-and-nick-downtown-harrisburg-engagement-session-photographer Tue, 19 Jun 2018 21:51:43 GMT
Ashley and Justin | Hanover, PA Wedding | Liberty Mountain Resort Wedding Photographers https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/ashley-and-justin-hanover-pa-wedding-liberty-mountain-resort-wedding-photographers Ashley and Justin's fairy tale wedding yesterday was everything!! With Ashley being a self-proclaimed perfectionist, she put so much heart and soul into making their day perfect and it showed.  It was an absolutely gorgeous day!!  

The ceremony was held at Ashley and Justin's family church -- just one of the many, many things they shared growing up, but only actually meeting when they were both students at Shippensburg University.  They shared their first dance as husband and wife under the fabulous chandelier in the new Highland Lodge at Liberty Mountain.  From there we were able to jump outside for some quick sunset photos (OUR FAVORITE) with the beautiful mountain in the distance.  Then DJ Anton kept the dance floor packed until the night was over.  

Here's just a little sneak peek for this fantastic couple!! 

Venue: Liberty Mountain Resort - Highland Lodge

Getting Ready Space: The Bucher House

Dress: Suzanne's Bridal

Suits: Hanover Clothing Company

Hair: Brittany Janine

Makeup: Emily Doyle 

DJ:  DJ Anton of Then We Danced

Cake: Cakes by Susie

Flowers: On Angel's Wings

Photobooth:  Cherry Lane Photobooths

Second Photographers: Shannon Karmel and Rachael Melvin

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(Amanda Souders Photography) https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/ashley-and-justin-hanover-pa-wedding-liberty-mountain-resort-wedding-photographers Mon, 18 Jun 2018 01:23:29 GMT
Kelly and Tony | Stocks Manor, Mechanicsburg PA Wedding | Harrisburg PA Wedding Photographer https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/kelly-and-tony-stocks-manor-mechanicsburg-pa-wedding-harrisburg-pa-wedding-photographer You smile

And then the spell was cast

And here we are in heaven 

For you are mine 

At last - Etta James

 

At last Kelly and Tony have found complete happiness with each other and officially tied the knot last weekend in a beautiful ceremony at St. Patricks Cathedral in Harrisburg, PA.  They had the most amazing weather for their reception at Stock's Manor in Mechanicsburg.  Some guests were overheard saying that Tony's mom must have been looking out for them that day <3  My girl, Amanda Howard, was their lead photographer and she had such a wonderful time with this gorgeous couple!  They were all smiles from beginning to end and it was obvious that these guys know how to throw a party!  Here's just a little sneak peek!! 

Ceremony: The Cathedral Parish of Saint Patrick

Venue: Stock's Manor

Hair and Makeup: Elle Salon

Cake: About Weddings

Dress: Taylored for You

Suits: Men's Warehouse

Flowers: Hammacker's Flower Shop

Band: Cruise Control

Second Photographer: Rachael Melvin of Rachael Ann Photography

 

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Shonda and John | Mechanicsburg Backyard Wedding Photographers https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/shonda-and-john-mechanicsburg-backyard-wedding-photographers Weddings like Shonda and John's make my heart so happy.  They were married at their beautiful home in Mechanicsburg on Sunday that they only recently moved into.  I know they've been working their behinds off to get moved in and ready for their big day.  They did everything themselves from the flowers to the cake and it all looked so perfect! The original plan was for their small ceremony with immediate family to take place in their backyard.  The weather had other plans though and the ceremony was moved inside.  But it didn't even phase this amazing couple, they were all smiles the entire afternoon.  Shonda and John were so relaxed and just wanted to enjoy their day...so much so that they let their bridal party talk them into jumping into the pool after the ceremony :-D Here's just a little sneak peek! 

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(Amanda Souders Photography) https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/shonda-and-john-mechanicsburg-backyard-wedding-photographers Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:23:54 GMT
Jessica and Ryan | Fallen Tree Farm Wedding | Carlisle, PA Wedding Photographers https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/jessica-and-ryan-fallen-tree-farm-wedding-carlisle-pa-wedding-photographers I am fully and completely obsessed with everything about Jessica and Ryan's day!  They have a great group of family and friends (who all had some pretty good stories about the two of them) and absolutely knew how to have a good time.  We had smiles plastered on our faces from beginning to end, especially seeing the love that Jess and Ryan have for their sweet little Avery.  The ceremony site at Fallen Tree Farm is one of my favorite ceremony spots of all time and has so much character.  After the ceremony we could have spent hours roaming around the beautiful property, but we decided they did actually have to eat and spend time with their guests at some point ;-)  

Venue: Fallen Tree Farm

Suits and Dress: J&B Bridals

Flowers: Linda's Blissful Blooms

Cake: The Flour Child

Catering: Grandpa's Country Catering

DJ: Phantom Entertainment

Second Photographer: Christina of Christina Julia Photography

 

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(Amanda Souders Photography) https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/jessica-and-ryan-fallen-tree-farm-wedding-carlisle-pa-wedding-photographers Tue, 12 Jun 2018 13:03:52 GMT
Sarah and Mike | Mechanicsburg Wedding Photographers https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/sarah-and-mike-mechanicsburg-wedding-photographers Sarah and Mike had a beautiful intimate wedding ceremony inside of the Corncrib at Strock Enterprises.  Even though the crazy wind that day prevented them from having their originally planned outside ceremony, the view with the corncrib doors open was amazing and still had the feel of an outdoor wedding.  I am always so drawn to the small intimate wedding ceremonies that almost feel carefree and take a lot of the normal wedding day stress off of the couple.  Sarah and Mike's day was just that.  They were all smiles from the moment I saw them and they were ready to make it official!  Here's just a little sneak peek of their beautiful day! 

 

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(Amanda Souders Photography) https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/sarah-and-mike-mechanicsburg-wedding-photographers Tue, 12 Jun 2018 02:20:03 GMT
Alice and Chad | Gettysburg PA Engagement Session https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/alice-and-chad-gettysburg-pa-engagement-session Gettysburg is a pretty ideal town for photographers – there are endless spots here that make for great backdrops, from downtown to scenic countryside just minutes apart. Alice and Chad just recently moved to the area from out of state and are still discovering this beautiful and unique little town.  They'll be tying the knot at the historic Lincoln Train Station in Gettysburg this summer so we decided to start our session that exact spot!  We then made our way to the battlefields for an amazing sunset.  I had such a wonderful time with this gorgeous couple and I'm so so so excited to share their sneak peek!! 

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Andrea and Jeremy | Mechanicsburg Wedding Photographer https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/andrea-and-jeremy-mechanicsburg-wedding-photographer Amanda Howard here and I'm so excited to share a little sneak peek of Andrea and Jeremy's beautiful day!! I. Love. This. Couple.  It's been such a wonderful journey getting to know these two over the past few months and it was an honor being their wedding photographer.  Their day was full of fun, laughter and so many happy tears...but mostly fun!  The reception was beautiful decorated and even included little touches of the couples' second love, racing.  To top it off, Andrea surprised her father with an ice cream truck at the reception and it was a huge hit.  After dancing the night away, they were cheered on as they left the reception with an awesome sparkler send off.  Here's just a little sneak peek!  

 

Venue: Strock Enterprises

Coordinators:  Adam Updegraff and Paul Haid 

Cake: Adam Updegraff 

Dresses: David's Bridal

Flowers: Pig Pen Posies of Strock Enterprises 

Ice Cream Truck: Mr. Frosty 

Second Photographer:  Shannon of Shannon Karmel Photography

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(Amanda Souders Photography) https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/andrea-and-jeremy-mechanicsburg-wedding-photographer Tue, 05 Jun 2018 13:44:23 GMT
Dallas and Tom | Dillsburg Golf Course Wedding https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/dallas-and-tom-dillsburg-golf-course-wedding We had such a wonderful time with Dallas and Tom over the weekend at their beautiful day! There were so many beautiful moments and happy tears, especially when Dallas' father surprised her with a recording of a song her wrote for her as their first dance song.  Even their super sweet pup, Nismo, got to be a part of the ceremony. To top it off, we were planning for lots of rain and thunderstorms all day, but not a drop was to be seen until the end of the reception.  We had beautiful skies at sunset and even were able to play around with Tom's mustang!  They ended the night with our favorite, a sparkler send off!!  Here's just a little sneak peek of their amazing day! 

 

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(Amanda Souders Photography) https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/dallas-and-tom-dillsburg-golf-course-wedding Mon, 04 Jun 2018 21:03:12 GMT
Lauren and Brian | Mechanicsburg Wedding Photographer https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/lauren-and-brian-mechanicsburg-wedding-photographer Lauren and Brian are married!!! These two best friends have been together since college and you can really see their solid and deep connection to each other in every thing they do - the inside jokes, the looks across the room and their genuine belly laughs that filled their whole beautiful day.  It can tend to be calm and quiet during the getting ready process on wedding days with all of the anticipation of the day.  That was not the case for Lauren and Brian's day though ;-)  Both sides of the chicken coop were full of laughs, dancing and what I'll call an "eclectic" playlist.  While the rain put just a tiny little hiccup in the day, the ceremony was beautiful inside of the Corn Crib and we were able to have time for bridal party photos outside (including the guy's awesome superhero shirts)!! And those clear umbrellas made an appearance for what I think is the 6th wedding in a row here in good old PA.  

Here's just a little sneak peek of Lauren and Brian's perfect day! 

Venue: Strock Enterprises

Dress: David's Bridal

Suits: Men's Warehouse

Hair: Brooke Harvey

Makeup: Theresa Walker 

Cake: Kyrsten's Sweet Designs

DJ: DJ Lawrence of All Party Starz

 

 

 

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(Amanda Souders Photography) https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/lauren-and-brian-mechanicsburg-wedding-photographer Tue, 29 May 2018 01:36:31 GMT