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Ashley & Elliot: Wedding at Allenberry Resort, Boiling Springs, PA

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Yesterday was a beautiful day and even more so that I got to spend it with these two lovely people. Oddly, it's not the first wedding where I got to hang out with them. A few years back I had the honor of photographing some other most excellent humans, Caitlynn and Bryon's super fun wedding, where I took the photo below.

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I remember very specifically when I saw this picture as I was editing and my heart did that little thump-thump that it does when I see a photo I love. Little did I know that it was the first of many.

Time moves so fast anymore and I think of this often as I watch my daughter grow. One day she was so small, sleeping in my arms and then the next, she's telling me about the solar system and how she'll most likely not be an astronaut because she wants to train dogs and horses and surely you can't do that outer space.

Yesterday I felt some of those familiar feelings as I documented Ashley and Elliot's wedding day, and although there were no horses, we had one cute dog and two slippery trout. It seems as if little to no time has passed since I took that first photo and of course, I didn't know then I would get the privilege of photographing their wedding, but I am most surely glad I did.

Here's a little sneak peek of the day...

 

 

Good People, Good Food: L.E.A.F. Carlisle, PA

Keswick Creamery

Keswick Creamery

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love food. Not just the eating part mind you, but also the growing and cooking and particularly the community of folks dedicated to raising good food for the family table. Growing up, my parents had a very large garden and we canned and froze vegetables for the winter. We all helped, the four of us, and extended family as well, in the form of my two aunts. It was a small community effort and even though I didn't know it then, it taught me a lot. There is an inherent pleasure in cooking for people, as well as giving away all those too many tomatoes and zucchini in the summer months. There is joy now in asking my daughter to go out and pick me some basil or thyme from our little backyard garden or when she comes in with a fresh carrot to eat, which she does as soon as they are ready. And so, it is not a very far stretch for me to be enamored with those who dedicate all their time and effort into the growing or making good food, and particularly when it touches those young folks who wouldn't necessarily get the chance to do just that. And here is where L.E.A.F. steps in.

L.E.A.F. is the brain and heart child of Heidi and Shane, two of the most loveliest people you will ever want to meet and instead of me trying awkwardly to explain the beauty of what they created, I will instead quote the mission statement right from their homepage.

"Connecting youth to the food they eat, the land on which it grows, and to each other. Cultivating young leaders through the meaningful work of building a healthy local food system. Inspiring youth to create personal and social change."

L.E.A.F. is a singular unique program that I hope someday, will be the model for those like it across our beautiful country. Please visit their site to learn about the awesome people and work that they do. www.leafprojectpa.org

In the galleries below are the amazing local farmers and food artisans that work with L.E.A.F. and each other!

   

Ben Wenk: Three Springs Fruit Farm of Adams County, PA

www.threespringsfruitfarm.com

Keswick Creamery, Newburg, PA

www.keswickcreamery.com

Talking Breads, Perry County, PA

www.facebook.com/talkingbreads

Piney Mountain Orchard

www.pineymountainorchard.com

North Mountain Pastures

www.northmountainpastures.com

Ross and Michelle: Trattoria Piatto

www.piatto.com

 

 

Ashley & Elliot: Engagement Session: Pine Grove Furnace State Park, PA

When Ashley contacted me about her wedding, I was super excited! Not only is she (and Elliot) a lovely, fun, and kind person but she is as generous as she is beautiful. One of those people, when you meet them, you know is a genuine person who knows how to have fun! They weren't sure if they wanted to do any engagement photos, but I'm so glad they did! Seeing as how they both love to be outdoors, we opted for the always gorgeous Pine Grove State Park in Gardners, PA.  I an so looking forward to this wedding in the fall :)

Kalee & Ethan's Wedding: Love, Marriage, Star Wars, and Horse Masks, Carlisle, PA

I have to say that this was one fun wedding. I knew when I first met with Kalee and Ethan that they were super sweet, smart, and had a great sense of humor, but little did I know HOW much fun they would be on their wedding day.! The wedding day was a gorgeous fall day and following a really lovely ceremony, we headed out for some photos at Pine Grove State Park. I could attempt to describe the hilarity that followed, but I'll let you see for yourself!

Much love and thanks for being so awesome to photograph, Kalee and Ethan! May The Force Be With You!!

Aly & Dustin's Wedding: Carlisle Ribbon Mill, Carlisle, PA

Aly and Dustin had a super fantastic wedding at the Carlisle Ribbon Mill in January. The day started at the Comfort Suites with some getting ready photos, then a first look in front of the old courthouse that was as funny as it was sweet. The ceremony was just as excellent, followed by a great reception with non-stop dancing! I love weddings with this much energy, it always makes the day so much fun!  #alylovescheese

 

Danielle and Kevin's Beautiful Winter Wedding: Riverdale Manor PA

Apologies for the lateness of this post. It's been a bit of a whirlwind here :) I photographed some great events, heard some awesome speakers, shoot some personal work, and am launching a new exciting venture. (I'll keep ya posted) But now it's time to give this super sweet and most excellent couple their due!

Danielle and Kevin's wedding was on a gorgeous and cold winter day at the end of December. The lovely Riverdale Manor was the perfect backdrop with beautiful grounds and interior that was ever helpful to someone like me who loves a place like this to photograph at. It was a bit cold and windy, but I have to say that everyone was brave in the face of the freezing temperatures and we got all the outside photos done! Thanks to Danielle and Kevin and their wonderful family and friends for being so awesome to work with!