Lehigh Valley Photographer | Talamore Country Club Wedding | Ambler, PA | 7.1.18 | Jessica & Nate

Nate and Jessica are not only stunning, but two genuinely awesome people who I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with. They are both very calm and quiet but also know how to have a good time on the dance floor! I knew from their engagement session that I would love their wedding because they were completely natural in front of the camera and they didn’t think I was too crazy when I got really excited about their sunset! Their wedding day was one of the hottest days of the year, if not THE hottest. While I was sweating my face off, they looked amazing and didn’t seem to mind the heat. I just think they were happy it was not raining for once. One of my favorite parts of the day was when Nate smashed cake in Jess’ face and she got him right back. Not many people do that anymore, so it caught me completely off guard and I couldn’t stop laughing. It was my first time at Talamore Country Club and I have to say it is an absolutely stunning venue with a beautiful indoor option for the ceremony if need be. The bridal party was so fun to work with, the light on their day was absolutely perfect and it truly was one of my favorite weddings of the year. I loved working with Nick, the videographer from 570 Events. I highly recommend Talamore Coutry Club for a stunning backdrop for your wedding! To Dr. and Mrs. Miller, I wish you nothing but happiness and I know you will continue to be a blessing to those around you! Xo Lg 

Ceremony & Reception: Talamore Country Club, Ambler, PA

Event Coordinator: Kerry Ferry at Talamore Country Club, Ambler, PA

Videographer: Nick at 570 Events

DJ: Jay at 570 Events

Flowers: Perkasie Florist

Cake: Weinrich Bakery

Hair & Makeup: Alisha Nycole & Co.

Tuxedos: The Black Tux

Wedding Gown: All Things Bridal

Bridesmaids Gowns: Bill Levkoff

Linens, Charger Plates & Votives: Elegance Remembered

Wedding Song: “From The Ground Up” by Dan & Shay

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Lehigh Valley Photographer | 6.15.18 | Folino Estate Vineyard & Winery Wedding | Kutztown, PA | 6.15.18 | Carissa & Russell

Russell and Carissa had probably the most gorgeous wedding day of the year so far. I always say that Friday weddings are a great time because people have off all weekend and they’re not afraid to let loose and have a good time. Their wedding was no exception. Folino Estate does such a beautiful job with their weddings. There’s such a sense of rustic elegance that you get when you have a wedding there. We have beautiful blue sky and puffy clouds for their day which is my favorite type of sky for a wedding day and I made sure they knew that! Russell and Carissa are meant to be I have no doubt. Their sweet personalities are the perfect complement to each other and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them. Thank you for trusting me with your day you guys. I hope you will look back at the photos forever with fond memories. Xo Lg

Ceremony & Reception: Folino Estate Vineyard & Winery, Kutztown, PA

Event Coordinator: Amanda Heffner at Folino Estate Winery, Kutztown, PA

DJ: Titus Touch Music

Flowers: Stacey's Forever Florals

Cake: Louie's Bakery

Hair: Fringe Stylz Salon

Makeup: Lauren Bennett- Lauren's Makeup Designs 

Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse

Wedding Gown: Christina’s Bridal

 Bridesmaids Gowns: David's Bridal

Wedding Song: "Then" by Brad Paisley

Lodging: Renaissance Allentown Hotel, Allentown, PA

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Lehigh Valley Photographer | Woodstone Country Club Wedding | Danielsville, PA | 5.12.18 | Courtney & Dan

So Courtney and I have known each other a long time, since she's besties with my little sister. We've been to the beach together more than once and she has always been such a pleasant and positive influence around my kids. 

When she and Dan got engaged and she asked me to photograph their wedding, I was thrilled! Not only because it was her and I was so happy I could be there to see her be married, it was at Woodstone Country Club which I LOVE to work at! 

Dan and Court are the cutest!!! They love each other so much and although Dan was somewhat quiet through the engagement session and other meetings we've been together, I saw him relaxed and having a blast with his bride. 

Just as we finished up portraits on the golf course, the sky opened up just before we made it back to the lodge on our golf carts and it poured. It was a blessing from above that I got to finish up all the photos before the sky opened up!! 

As always, the food at Woodstone was awesome and DJ Freddie kept the party hoppin' all night! The bridal party was so fun and even "Iced" the one groomsman during intros... by the way, I realized I was old when last year my bride told me her groom was going to be "Iced" and I had absolutely no idea what that meant and the bridal party had to tell me.

Courtney and Dan, I wish every happiness this life has to offer and I look forward to seeing what the future brings for you.  xoLG 

Ceremony: Queenship of Mary Church, Northampton, PA

Reception: Woodstone Country Club, Danielsville PA

Event Coordinator: Brenda Hess at Woodstone Country Club

DJ: Freddie Frederick Jr Entertainment

Flowers: Kunkletown General Store

Cake: Amber Steen

Chocolate Covered Strawberries & Pretzels: Lehigh Sweets

Limo Rental: J & J Luxury Transportation

Hair: Brandi

Tuxedos: C.E. Roth (Navy Blue)

Wedding Gown: Kenneth Winston from VK Bridal Couture in Walnutport

 Bridesmaids Gowns: David's Bridal

Bridal Jewelry: Sorrelli

Rentals: Dream Events- gold chairs & linens 

Wedding Song: "Die a Happy Man" Thomas Rhett

Lodging: Woodstone Country Club, Danielsville PA

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Lehigh Valley Photographer | The Inn At Pocono Manor Resort & Spa Wedding | Pocono Manor, PA | 5.5.18 | Chelsea & John

I had such a great time with John and Chelsea for their big day. I had never been to the Inn at Pocono Manor before and let me tell you, their wedding did not disappoint. It's no secret that weddings with bands are my absolute favorite!!! No disrespect to my DJ buddies, but when there is a band at a wedding it already moves up on my list as an awesome day. Every wedding I've ever shot that had had a band, the people are there to party and have a good time!!! John and Chelsea did their first look and got all of their photos done prior to the ceremony which was held at one of my favorite churches in Easton, College Hill Presbyterian. We made a pitstop in downtown Easton to do some bridal party photos at the Bank Street Alley, which is also another favorite spot of mine. It was a gorgeous wedding day with really fun people and a couple very much in love. I am so grateful that I met these two and I'm so excited to see what the future holds for them. To show how romantic they are... they had actually planned a getaway to the Inn at Pocono Manor just by chance and John had proposed the night before they left for their getaway. When they got there (excited and giggly about being engaged), John saw a wedding brochure for the Manor and said “Hey, we could get married here!”. Chelsea just laughed initially and then later when they were researching venues they came back to the Manor and really loved it... low and behold.... that's where we were celebrating! John and Chelsea, I am so grateful I was able to be there with you on your big day. Thanks for choosing me. Blessings. Lori

Ceremony: College Hill Presbyterian Church, Easton, PA

Reception: The Inn at Pocono Manor Resort & Spa, Pocono Manor, PA

Event Coordinator: Nickole Fish at Pocono Manor Resort & Spa, Pocono Manor, PA

Band: New Solution Entertainment

Flowers: Garden of Eden Florist

Cake: Kitchen Chemistry

Limo Rental: AAA Worldwide Limosuine

Hair and Makeup: Hot Heads Salon

Suits: Menguin

Wedding Gown: Rebecca Ingram, Maggie Sottero, Olivia

Bridesmaids Gowns: Alexia

Rentals: Ceiling Canopy by MCR Productions

Wedding Song: “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran

Getting Ready: Bridal Suite at Pocono Manor Resort & Spa, Pocono Manor, PA

First Look & Lodging: Pocono Manor Resort & Spa, Pocono Manor, PA

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Lehigh Valley Photographer | Northampton Community Center Wedding | Northampton, PA | 4.21.18 | Courtney & Joey

April 21st was a gorgeous day for a wedding. The trees hadn't bloomed much yet, but the weather was gorgeous and the company was awesome. Love was in the air. Courtney and I have known each other forever since our days of junior bowling leagues. She's always been a kind spirit with a great personality. She and Joey have a special love that's totally "them" and it's really beautiful to see. They love their little guy with all they've got and they are amazing parents. 

The ceremony was at Holy Family Church in Nazareth. It was my first time at the church and it was stunning with floor to Ceiling stained glass. We went to the Indian Tower for photos after the ceremony and then also to the Kreidersville Covered Bridge. I always love shooting receptions at the Northampton Community Center because they have amazing meals that never disappoint and the staff is the most accommodating. Overall, it was a perfect day. I want to wish Joey and Courtney a lifetime of happiness! I am honored that I was there to witness day one. Blessings. Xo Lg

Ceremony: Holy Family Church, Nazareth, PA

Reception & Catering: Northampton Community Center, Northampton, PA

Event Coordinator: Ann from Holy Family Church, Nazareth, PA and Debbie at Northampton Community Center

Videographer: East Coast Event Group

DJ: Holiday Sounds 

Flowers: Paulette Helman (Godmother of Bride) along with (Sherry, Rosie and Theresa) 

Additional Flowers and Decorations: Paulette, Sherry, Rosie, Theresa (Bride's aunts, mother and grandmother)

Cake: Vicki Irwin (Bride's cousin)

Makeup: Makeup by Roxy

Tuxedos: Top Hat Formalwear

Wedding Gown & Bridesmaids Gowns: Bridals By Sandra 

Bridal Jewelry: Family heirlooms

Limousine: A & A Limousine

Cigar Bar: Howard and Ellen Myers (Groom's parents)

Lodging: Best Western, Bethlehem, PA 

Wedding Song: "In Case You Didn’t Know" by Brett Young

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Lehigh Valley Photographer | Historic Hotel Bethlehem Wedding | Bethlehem, PA | 4.14.18 | Lauren & Joel

On February 3, 2018, I was kickboxing on a Saturday morning and as I was doing double roundhouse kicks to a freestanding bag, my knee bent in when I landed and I saw stars as my mind went black. As soon as the initial screaming pain went away and I started to make my way out of the karate dojo… my mind immediately went to April 14, 2018 where I knew I had to be ready to photograph my first wedding of the year. At the point of when I hurt myself, I did not know I had torn my ACL, but two days later I found out that I had. I got an MRI that same day on Monday and I got scheduled with my surgeon to have a consultation, where he told me they like to wait at least one month to do the surgery. The reason for that is so that I can do four weeks of pre-physical therapy to get ready for the surgery. When he told me that, my heart sank and I knew that would not work for me. I said to my doctor, "What do I need to be able to do before surgery?" and he replied that my knee needs to have full range of motion before he will operate on me. So we set the surgery date for February 22 and I told him that I promise nobody will work harder to get ready for February 22 than I will. On February 20, I went for my pre-surgery consultation with my surgeon and he was very impressed with my progress. I spent at least 2 to 3 hours every day at the gym getting my muscles as strong as I could before surgery. On February 22, my surgery went well and I immediately started physical therapy again the next day.  I basically went every single day except for Sundays for six weeks. My therapist was very impressed with my determination and I told him that all I needed to do was be ready for April 14. Literally every single moment of the last seven weeks was gearing up for this wedding because I knew I had to be on my feet for 12 hours and as I've mentioned before in my blogs, there's no "kind of being present". You have to be 100% "ON" on the wedding day and I didn't want my knee to have my mind in another place. The day of the wedding I was seven weeks and two days past surgery and I was pretty freaking proud that my knee held up the whole day without any trouble. I did take a break during dinner to ice it for 30 minutes, which I think helped as well! OK enough backstory- let me tell you about the amazing wedding day! 

So Joel and Lauren found me through Lauren's brother and sister-in-law's wedding, Matt and Meredith, I shot last fall at Bear Creek. We did their engagement shoot and I immediately fell love with them. I could tell they were so sweet together and so in love! I also always feel like I have a major emotional connection with the first bride and groom of the year, because the build up is so big to get to that moment and then with this year and everything that went on, I feel like that was multiplied by 100. But the excitement and anticipation didn't disappoint and the wedding was amazing.

The weather was unseasonably warm, we've had rain both before and rain after the wedding with freezing cold temperatures and in the 30s but on their wedding day it was almost 80° with a beautiful spring breeze that felt beautiful. When I got there in the morning, the guys were having a good time in the room down the hall at the Hotel Bethlehem and the girls were in the bridal suite finishing up hair and makeup. Lauren looked gorgeous, as did all the girls, and the color of the dresses were dusty pink, which is my favorite color right now, so they all looked gorgeous. I drove on the limo with the girls, as my second shooter met me at the ceremony. Their puppies surprised everyone by arriving at the ceremony after the service! After church, we headed back to the Hotel Bethlehem to do photos in the colonial district down below the hotel and oh my goodness it was incredible. The light, the people... everything was perfect! 

We took them outside for some fun night shots and let them take a breather. Then they came in and danced the night away! It literally could not have been a more perfect day. At the end of the night, Joel and Lauren came up to us and told us how much it meant for them that we were there. Lauren was in tears as she hugged me and said she could not have gotten through the day without me. That hug and those words combined with the emotion I felt, made every single moment of the last two months worth it! 

As a small business owner, we don't get sick days. When we do, it affects a lot of people. I knew there was no way I wouldn't be shooting that wedding, so whatever that meant for me to work as hard as I could to get there, that was what it was. I am so glad and so honored that I was with you guys to capture your day. I hope you'll always look at these photos and remember how happy that day was for you. 

Joel and Lauren, I hope God will continue to bless your lives and if you decide to have little babies, remember I'm a newborn photographer as well! Xo Lg

Ceremony: Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Whitehall, PA

Reception: Historic Hotel Bethlehem, Bethlehem, PA

Event Coordinator: Kelsey Lynn at Hotel Bethlehem

Videographer: Konnor Kopp

DJ: Dice Productionz

Flowers: Pondelek's

Cake: Cozze Cakes

Limo Rental: A&A Limousine

Hair: Bella Hair

Makeup: Makeup by Roxy

Suits: Jos A Bank

Wedding Gown & Bridesmaids Gowns: Jon's Bridal by Suzanne

Bridal Jewelry: Macy's

Rentals: Elegance Remembered - chair covers and bows

Wedding Song: "Say You Won't Let Go" by James Arthur

Lodging: Historic Hotel Bethlehem, Bethlehem, PA

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