Kelsie and Michael tied the knot on a lovely November day. Their wedding could not have been more gorgeous. After the ceremony they celebrated their reception at the Sycamore Spring Orchard in Jonestown, PA. They prioritized their family, friends, and each other on their wedding day and it was so beautiful to witness (and capture!) They are welcoming, friendly, and fun. Getting to know them has been such a blessing in my life! Kelsie & Michael- thank you SO much for your continuous love and support.
I was immediately intrigued by Kelsie and Michael's color of choice, black. Kelsie's bridesmaids wore STUNNING black dresses with matching flannels for the outdoor photos. The guys all looked sleek wearing nothing but black. The flowers were a beautiful shade of magenta designed by Amy Burkholder, a family friend. I also loved the fact that all of the girls rocked converse, while the guys wore vans.
Kelsie's dress was modern, and had a beautiful corset back. I loved photographing the bride's mother and maid of honor as they laced up her dress. Kelsie wore her grandmother's beautiful pearl necklace along with a long flowing veil.
There's one thing I have learned to appreciate, and that is a gorgeous church with high ceilings and tons of natural light for a wedding ceremony. This church was ideal in every way. I let my emotions get the best of me when Kelsie started walking down the isle and during the vows Kelsie & Michael wrote to one another. It was incredible to witness their love and the celebratory emotions from their closest family and friends.
After the ceremony, we drove to Sycamore Spring Orchard where the reception was held. The wedding party was definitely ready to celebrate. They hopped out of the party bus and we began everyone's favorite part of the day, photographing in the freezing cold/wind (sorry guys). In the middle of November, we were of course worried about scenery. This lovely orchard had plenty of space and greenery to utilize for photos. It was obvious that all of the bridesmaids and groomsmen were very close with each other as well as the bride and groom. They had fun with the photos and made it genuine and sometimes silly, which represented Kelsie and Michael well.
And then came time for the bride and groom portraits- always my favorite of the day. By the time we started shooting, the sun was setting and allowed for some beautiful glowing warmth for portraits. These two did so well in the cold. They didn't care about the wind, or cold. They only cared about the fact that they were together as husband and wife.
Everyone was excited to warm up and get the party started. I loved the environment inside the reception hall- wooden panels, high ceilings, and the hanging string lights. The entire wedding party made entrances to remember which got the guests even more excited for Kelsie & Michael to enter. After the toasts and dinner, there was nothing but dancing and fun for the rest of the night. 💃
My favorite moments of the day:
-Photographing Michael's tic tac ring to Kelsie
-Riding in the party bus to the ceremony with the ladies
-Watching Kara & Dylan walk down the isle together (so cute)
-Seeing someone try to pin Michael's Boutonnière back on (at least 10 times)
-The wedding party introductions- definitely the most creative I've seen yet
-The Jäger shot tradition for Uncle Bruce
-When Kelsie's mom joined in on the father daughter dance 😭
**Shout out to the wedding party for putting up with the freezing cold and wind- you did awesome
I don’t think Ian and I have laughed at a wedding as much as we did at Kelsie and Michael’s. Their fun-loving nature, combined with a phenomenally supportive, and highly entertaining bridal party, made the whole wedding an absolute blast.
Congratulations Kelsie and Michael! Wishing you all the happiness in the world!
Ceremony: Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Reception: Sycamore Spring Orchard
Second Shooter: Ian Geary
Floral: Amy Burkholder
Dress: David’s Bridal
Rings: Hers- Zales / His- Rustic & Main
Makeup: Rachel Lugo
Hair: Becoming You Salon & Studio 245
Dj: Matt Hannaford Entertainment
Cake: Lynda Fitzpatrick
Pastor: Father Anthony Dill (Church of the Holy Spirit Palmyra, Pa)
P.S.- A BLAST FROM THE PAST...