Amanda Souders Photography: Blog https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog en-us Every detail. Forever. (Amanda Souders Photography) Sun, 19 Aug 2018 15:58:00 GMT Sun, 19 Aug 2018 15:58:00 GMT https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/img/s3/v8/u774985097-o1027994412-50.jpg Amanda Souders Photography: Blog https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog 80 120 Elise and Shane | Two Harts Barn Spring Grove, PA Wedding Photographers https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/elise-and-shane-two-harts-barn-spring-grove-pa-wedding-photographers Elise and Shane have been such a dream to work with since the very beginning.  They're so laid back and have such a great love for each other and their sweet little Levi.  And Elise could not have been a more stunning bride <3 Yesterday was a little crazy when it came to the weather, out of nowhere it started dumping on us during the guys photos before the ceremony.  But the weather held off when it came to the ceremony time and they had a beautiful ceremony outside.  We even saw the sun come out!! Even though it was only for about 6 minutes, we made the best of it and they are my FAVORITE from the day.  Here's just a little sneak peek :-D 

 

Venue: Two Harts Barn

Catering: Mission BBQ

Hair: Aimme Bookhultz

Florist: Lincolnway Florist

Dress: Cocoa Couture

DJ: Mike McCreary

Cake: Baked by Brittany

 

 

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(Amanda Souders Photography) https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/elise-and-shane-two-harts-barn-spring-grove-pa-wedding-photographers Sun, 19 Aug 2018 15:54:32 GMT
Alex and Josh | Stone Mill Inn | Hellam PA Outdoor Wedding Photographers https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/alex-and-josh-stone-mill-inn-hellam-pa-outdoor-wedding-photographers I had been waiting for Alex and Josh's wedding for what felt like forever!! I've known Alex since I was her photographer for her high school senior photos a few years back.  It's been so wonderful working with her and her family over the years and their wedding last week was absolute perfection.  Alex and Josh threw all of the wedding rules out of the window (I mean who likes rules anyway) when they decided to have their ceremony at sunset and they partied into the early morning.  While my planner brain was a little nervous about the time we'd have after the ceremony for photos, it ended up working out to PERFECTION!! I am completely obsessed with their day, barefoot bride and all! <3 

 

Venue: Stone Mill Inn  

Catering: Stephanie's Catering

Dresses: David's Bridal

Suits: Men's Warehouse

Flowers: Farm to City Flowers

Desserts: Maple Doughnuts and Heather's Heavenly Creations 

DJ: M&M Productions

 

 

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(Amanda Souders Photography) https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/alex-and-josh-stone-mill-inn-hellam-pa-outdoor-wedding-photographers Sat, 18 Aug 2018 02:09:25 GMT
Alice and Chad | Gettysburg Train Station | Intimate Small Wedding Photographers https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/alice-and-chad-gettysburg-train-station-intimate-small-wedding-photographers Alice and Chad tied the knot at a very small ceremony at the historic Lincoln Train Station in Gettysburg on Sunday.  They chose a Sunday wedding first because they had their first date on a Sunday and second because they love elephants and it was World Elephant Day :-D  This was only the beginning of their absolute adorableness! They decided to have a first look and skip any of the elaborate set ups, but instead just stayed in the comfort of their new apartment.  When the ceremony time arrived, Chad walked Alice down the aisle and after they exchanged vows and their first kiss as husband and wife, they walked out to the theme song from The Office.  I mean, how can you not love that!? They followed with a dinner for their closest family and friends in the beautiful Mural Room of The Pub in Gettysburg. 

Ceremony Venue: Gettysburg Lincoln Train Station

Reception Venue: The Pub

Hair and Makeup: Serenity Salon and Spa of Gettysburg

 

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(Amanda Souders Photography) https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/alice-and-chad-gettysburg-train-station-intimate-small-wedding-photographers Wed, 15 Aug 2018 03:47:33 GMT
Brenna and Aaron | Mechanicsburg PA Wedding Photographers | Strock's Catering Barn https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/brenna-and-aaron-mechanicsburg-pa-wedding-photographers-strocks-catering-barn Brenna and Aaron chose my amazing associate, Amanda Howard of Amanda Howard Photography, for their wedding photographer.  I must have received 10 text messages throughout the day from Amanda about how amazing their day was going and how gorgeous Brenna was <3 I was dying to get my hands on the images and believe me I was blown away.  

Their day went off without a hitch, they were on time and ready to roll when the ceremony came.  I am obsessed with their photos, but here's just a little sneak peek to hold them over :-D 

Venue: Strock Enterprises

Hair: Halo Hair Designs

Makeup: Makeup by Chelsea

Dress: David's Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: Taylored For You Bridal 

Tuxedos: Jos A. Bank

Flowers: The Garden Bouquet

Cake: The Pennsylvania Bakery

DJ: Klock Entertainment

Second Photographer: Christina Julia Photography

 

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(Amanda Souders Photography) https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/brenna-and-aaron-mechanicsburg-pa-wedding-photographers-strocks-catering-barn Tue, 14 Aug 2018 02:07:09 GMT
Amanda and Andy | Hanover PA | Rainy Day Wedding Photographers https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/amanda-and-andy-hanover-pa-rainy-day-wedding-photographers In the photography world, everyone talks about their "ideal client" and I've always thought it had to do with venues, budgets and decorations.  Yesterday made me realize my ideal client is a couple that loves each other with all of their hearts, can laugh and have fun no matter what their day brings and says "hell yes" when I ask them if they want to go do bridal party portraits in the pouring down rain :-D  Yesterday was Amanda and Andy's day and these people are my people.  I know we've all been waiting for this day for a while, sorry Andy ;-)  but I was so honored that I could be a part of it!! With Andy coming from a long line of farmers and Amanda sharing his love for it, we couldn't get through the day without some John Deere love.  

Venue: Private Farm, Hanover, PA 

Catering: Grandpa's Country Catering

Flowers: Cross Creek Farm

DJ: DJ Vibe - Epic DJ Events

Hair and Makeup: Patty Mummert and Christina Ritz

Dress: David's Bridal 

Cake: Crystal 

 

 

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(Amanda Souders Photography) https://amandasoudersphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/7/amanda-and-andy-hanover-pa-rainy-day-wedding-photographers Sun, 22 Jul 2018 14:50:26 GMT
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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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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