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Bri & Matt: Mercersburg Inn, Mercersburg, PA

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It was a beautiful day in May when these two lovely folks got married at the historic Mercersburg Inn. It was a small intimate affair with an energy and emotion that I find hard to describe. So many little moments throughout the day that touched my heart and reaffirmed my reason for photographing weddings. Both Bri and Matt were utterly kind, fun, and patient the entire day and it was a joy to have been there, present at such a wonderful event. Many happy days to come and a life full of blessings to you both!

Talia & Jeremy's Beautiful Fall Wedding at Kings Gap State Park, Carlisle PA

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I’ll admit, I have probably never laughed so hard during a wedding ceremony than I did at this one, but I wasn’t alone. There were a few times that we all had to take a deep breath so these to lovely folks could get to the kissing part at the end of the ceremony. It was perfect.

The humor and love between theses two was obvious and as a photographer, there is nothing better to photograph than folks who have a great time at their own wedding. It was gorgeous day up at Kings Gap State Park and the weather was kind enough to hold off the mighty winds and rain until the night was almost over.

I also wanted to give props to the bride who is a talented artist and writer. Since this wedding, I have worked with her on a personal project and she is the best. Her work and professionalism is top of the line. You should hire her.

The Perfect Holiday Present! A Family Photo Session!

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Happy Holidays Everyone! It’s been an excellent year and as things wrap up here in the village, I’ve been sending out some gift cards to some lovely folks! In the past, I’ve been asked to make up a certificate for a family or boudoir session to give as a gift but this year, I made up some nice cards that can be purchased for this holiday season. I have a few more left and can mail them out to you in time for Christmas if ordered by the 20th of December.

The Gift Cards can be made out for a Family Photo Session: $275.00, a Boudoir Session for $400.00, or you can give a gift towards someone’s upcoming wedding in any amount you choose.

Please fill out the form below and let me know which session you’d like to purchase or an amount you’d like to give as a gift towards any photography sessions/wedding and then payment can be made through the order button via PayPal to dreamingtreestudios@embarqmail.com

Please include any special instructions you’d like me to know :)

Have a wonderful holiday and a most happy and peaceful New Year!

Best~Heather

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Nicole and Garrett's Wedding Day: Fallen Tree Farms B&B, Carlisle, PA

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What a truly amazing wedding this was! A beautiful day and two lovely people surrounded by their excellent family and friends. I always love to photograph at Fallen Tree Farm and couldn’t have asked for better folks to spend the day with! Much love to you Nicole and Garrett and a long and lively life together I hope you have.

Venue: Fallen Tree Farms B&B

D.J.: HD Entertainment

Natalia and Shawn's Most Excellent Day: Whitetail Golf Resort, Mercersburg, PA

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Surrounded by family and friends from near and far, perfect weather, and one of the best playlists ever, these two awesome folks tied the knot! Thank you for being so much fun to photograph!

PS. know I've found some of my people when the bride rides up to the ceremony site in a golf cart as the Imperial March plays :)

AnneMarie and John: Wedding Day at The Stone Mill 1792, Glenville, PA

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A beautiful, beautiful day for these two lovely people at The Stone Mill 1792! Lots of sunshine, a few clouds and lots and lots of love :)  Thanks to the new Mr. and Mrs. for being so wonderful and fun to photograph, their friends and family for being so welcoming and kind, and to Pam and Joe, the owners of the Mill, who were awesome to work with!

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

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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

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Keswick Creamery, Newburg, PA

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Talking Breads, Perry County, PA

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Piney Mountain Orchard

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North Mountain Pastures

www.northmountainpastures.com

Ross and Michelle: Trattoria Piatto

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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 :)