She picked out yellow for her color, and it’s so appropriate, because she’s well-known for her million dollar smile and always ready with a joke or a laugh. Surrounded by her beautiful girls, it was an emotional day, full of happy tears and laughter.
Their wedding was held at the historic and gorgeous Fort Hunter Mansion, which is right on the riverbank, and has countless opportunities for beautiful photos! The stone mansion makes a beautiful backdrop, and the old growth trees provide a graceful canopy of green to shade everyone. The outside ceremony was held overlooking the river, with the charming back patio to hold all their friends and family, as they exchanged vows.
After their bridal portrait, we headed to the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey for the reception–a blast of a party including a s’mores bar, a mashed potato bar, fire display, and of course dancing to REO Speedwagon ;)
Kellie’s mom made these beautiful bouquets out of paper!
And one of my favorite photos of the night, when their ice sculpture had been melting, the cousins hijacked it and carved their own names in it!
This was such a fantastic event–I was absolutely elated when Amanda reached out to me to display some of her work in her shop! This was the first ever Double Mirror Art Crawl on East Carson Street, and getting that phone call was so validating to me as an artist! We spend time pouring our energy into pieces we hope people can identify with and appreciate, and then to have someone request to have our work displayed in an art crawl opening–the first one, no less!–it’s an intense feeling of pride, feeling recognized, accomplishment and…nerves! After the initial wave of “YEEES!” had settled, I kicked into high gear, doing five shoots in one week and printing off large prints to have on display. Some of my lovely friends even made the trek down to see me in person, and I also met a bunch of other artists who work in many different mediums–rappers, potters, dancers, and painters. This was a great event put on, and it brought so many people together. I’d love to send a gracious thank-you to Amanda who hosted me in her wonderful shop, Le Petit Chocolat, and she’s an artist herself with her baked goods and artisan chocolates! The South Side is a world of art and creativity to explore–keep up with Double Mirror to attend the crawls in the future and see for yourself!
One of the cool dudes I met, and super easy to shoot with. Way comfortable in front of the camera, and is a rap artist! Find him on his soundcloud channel at, Deem Trillionaire.
Jaclyn was a bride after my own heart! She and Ryan planned a beautiful day with colors of violet and gray! She spent the first part of her day relaxing with her friends, and getting her hair and make up done. Brides can really save time and effort and enjoy their day more when you have vendors that come to you. Christy did a wonderful job on her bridal hairstyle, and Joy gave her a natural glow and made her look effortless. Jaclyn made me feel so welcome, and all her friends were so sweet.
Jaclyn was very close to her dad, so before we had our First Look Session with Ryan, we had a Father’s First Look Session! It was a beautiful moment, and her best friends watched, and everyone, including me, cried happy tears!
Jaclyn’s First Look with Ryan was sweet and relaxed. I love doing these with my couples because it takes away the anxiety of waiting to see your sweetheart! It’s so intimate, and a time on your wedding day that just the two of you share together. The excitement is still there, but the nervousness fades, and then you really enjoy your day!
And what would a wedding at the National Aviary be without their famous Penguin Encounter! So much fun!