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Lauren and Gregory were married on May 5th, with a ceremony at the First United Methodist Church and a reception at the Harvest View Barn in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

These two met when they were both attending the Stony Brook Southampton Writer’s Conference on Long Island. Lauren and Gregory had been assigned to the same small group to workshop each other’s novels. So, technically, their writing was their first “introduction” to each other. On the day of the wedding, they played on this unique introduction with beautiful letters they had written to one another before the ceremony. Kimberly, and I were honored to be able to capture the moment they read those letters together.

Their first look was probably our favorite part of the day. Lauren staged a first look with Gregory and the emotion was palpable throughout. It’s obvious that these two are very loving and very close, which made them wonderful people to photograph. We loved in particular the portrait of Lauren letting her shawl fly in the breeze as well as the moody picture of Gregory with the dark clouds.

These two poured so much attention into the little details of the day. For example, Gregory’s mother had a piece of ribbon embroidered with Lauren’s new initials and her wedding date sewn into the lining of her dress. The ring bearer also carried a book of Pablo Neruda’s poetry, which Gregory had given Lauren on one of their first Valentine’s Days together, calling back to their love of writing. They even had vintage typewriters for people to type out notes to them instead of signing a guest book.

The attention to detail even shone through in their choices for picture locations. Lauren’s parents had their reception at the Hotel Hershey, and they had some pictures from 1979 of her mother out by the little pools behind the hotel. The bride and groom wanted to capture that same feeling and stage some pictures there, which was a wonderful touch.

Of course, these two are also big foodies, so we were sure to get pictures of all the amazing food as well as the ice cream truck that came for the reception.

Gregory & Lauren, your wedding was truly a unique and beautiful event, filled with wonderful people. We were so blessed to be part of it.

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Vendors:

Caterer: The Scarlet Runner (Jason Taney)
Cake: Bella Manse (Renee Hackman)
DJ: ProVolve Entertainment (Declan Murphy)
Linens: Express Linens (Bev)
Florist: Petals with Style (Stacia McClune-McComsey)

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Lydia and Kyle were married on April 8th, with a ceremony and reception at the Cameron Estate in Lancaster PA.

Lydia and Kyle met in January of 2015 because she happened to be friends with his brother, Bryce, after meeting him through work. One night, they went out to Wilmington, Delaware, with a group of friends, and the two of them hit it off. They fell in love not only with each other’s senses of humor and passions but for their love of Christ—since both of them are deeply religious, something that was reflected during the ceremony and throughout the wedding day.

Kim started out with Lydia and the girls, while John was with Kyle and the guys getting ready. Lydia absolutely adored her dress, telling us how “comfortable and flattering” she felt the Stella York design was, and the antique-inspired dress was incredibly flattering as it hugged her figure and fell into a gorgeous train.

Lydia’s hair and makeup were done before she arrived at the Cameron Estate, so we just covered the dress and the finishing touches. This allowed us to focus on the truly touching moment between Lydia and her mother as well as the expressions on Kyle and Lydia’s faces as they read notes that they had written to each other prior to the first look. Lydia held a first look with her father, who seemed entirely stunned when he saw her for the first time in her dress, before she met up with Kyle for a touching first look before the ceremony.

Their focus for the day truly was on the ceremony itself as well as their religious beliefs and the meaning behind their marriage. A small message was included in the ceremony as well as a prayer and the unity candle ceremony.

We also loved that they focused on family, with their mothers being walked down by their sons during the processional before Lydia’s father walked her down the aisle. Lydia truly has a wonderful relationship with her father, and that moment, as well as the first look as the father daughter dance, was both wonderful and emotional.

During this spring wedding, there were buttercups everywhere and plenty of happy people to photograph, both before the ceremony and after it, as we roamed the grounds and the conservatory for pictures.

After the cocktail hour, it was time for the reception, where again, Lydia and her father had everyone emotional as we watched their dance together. And while there was a moment when Lydia spilled wine on herself, the whole day was filled with laughter and love.

Kyle & Lydia, thank you for asking us to be part of your beautiful wedding. It was truly wonderful to be there with you both!

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Vendors

DJ: Occasions Disc Jockey
Videographer: K&A Films
Cake: Katie’s Cake Cakery
Strings: Vivace (during ceremony)
Florist: Cathy Pfieffer
Caterer: Cameron Estate Inn

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Rose and Jordi were married on February 26th, with a beautiful Lancaster City Visitor Center wedding in the Mason Room and a reception at the Gypsy Kitchen.

Rose and Jordi met in September of 2012 just 2 weeks after Jordi moved to the United States from the Netherlands. He was living just 4 blocks away from Rose’s house, and after much persistence from her friends, they finally met up at a bar directly between their houses. The rest is history.

This wedding was particularly fun for us to shoot because the sister of the bride, Rebecca, is a very close friend of ours. It was amazing to spend some time with Rebecca and her kids at an event like this and to see her whole family all together.

I started out with Jordi at the Marriott across from the Lancaster City Visitor Center, while Kim was with Rose getting ready. Rose had her sisters as well as both of her sisters-in-law to be bridesmaids, along with three of her other friends—and Jordi’s two step-sisters were the flower girls along with Rose’s niece. Jordi had asked several of his friends, including his host-brother from when he lived in Kentucky for a year, to be groomsmen, along with Rose’s brother.

While they were getting ready, they had a small gift exchange before we staged a first look between Rose and her father ahead of the ceremony. She and Jordi had decided not to have a first look just the two of them, so we walked across the street to the visitor center after that.

The ceremony was informal but filled with their family and friends as a friend of the family officiated for them and Rose’s sister, Ruth—who also served as the unofficial coordinator for Rose as they put together the big day—did a scripture reading after an opening prayer. Perhaps most amazing was the Lord’s Prayer, which Rose’s father sang during the wine unity. He was absolutely amazing to listen to! We also loved watching Rebecca walk down the aisle with the two little ring bearers, Ryan and James.

That family unity and love was present throughout the entire day. There were so many moments when Rose and Jordi were laughing out loud with each other and their friends and family, smiling like everyone should on their wedding day. Even the flowers were part of that togetherness, with many of them provided by Rose’s father’s hydroponic farm and arranged by her friends and family. Rose loves to garden, and the two of them often go to the park with their dog and Jordi’s son, so the flowers were particularly special to them.

We also loved the fact that, while the wedding was small and intimate, Rose and Jordi made sure that they incorporated elements of both the United States and the Netherlands so that both of their cultures were represented.

The two of them were so fun to photograph once it was time for portraits. Even though it was chilly, they did so well, showcasing a classy, elegant style that carried over not only in the portrait sessions but in the un-posed moments of the wedding. They wanted to get a few outdoor shots, and of course, we were only too happy to oblige.

After the dinner and cake-cutting, all that was left was the dancing, especially, of course, the first dance, which Rose and Jordi shared to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.”

Rose & Jordi, thank you so much for letting us be part of your wedding day! We love your family so much and were honored to be included in your celebrations!

Vendors

DJ – DJ Mast

Catering – Gypsy Kitchen Catering

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Ashley and Sam were married on November 4th, with a ceremony and reception at the Cameron Estate Inn.

Sam and Ashley met while they were working at a music conference together in downtown Lancaster, and they have filled their days together with adventure! They love to take their dog on runs and hikes, and they are constantly dreaming up their next big thing—whether it’s a trip or a new recipe to try.

My second shooter, Kim, and I arrived on the day of the wedding as everyone was getting ready, and I was particularly touched seeing the close and wonderful relationship Ashley has with her parents. Ashley’s mother passed down a pair of earrings to wear for the wedding so that she could have that personal touch to her day.

During the ceremony, Ashley and Sam’s hands were tied with the reverend’s sash to symbolize their unity before they were officially married as husband and wife—and it was off to the party!

I loved the nods to Ashley’s Polish heritage during the reception. Her aunt sang a traditional song while she placed a hat on Ashley’s and Sam’s heads. And the Polish apron dance was spectacular to witness! The energy of the whole day was amazing, with smiles all day long. It’s always fun to photograph people like this.

Additionally, Ashley and Sam had a “memory table” set up to honor their family members who had passed away. Ashley’s uncle and grandmother had both passed away unexpectedly in the past few months, and at one of the tables, there was a Garfield stuffed animal to remember her uncle.

Thank you, Sam & Ashley, for letting us be part of our celebration. We truly enjoyed ourselves being surrounded by such wonderful people!

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Vendors:

DJ- Klock Entertainment

Wedding Cake – House of Clarendon

Florist – Ever After Florist

Dress – Maggie Sotterro

Groomswear – Vera Wang

Bridesmaids dresses – Bill Levkoff

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Becky and Kenji were married on September 9th, with a ceremony and reception at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City.

We always love seeing former clients of ours, and that was the case with this wedding, times two! Meagan, the matron of honor, was a former bride of ours, and she attended with her husband, Shane. The brother of the groom and best man, Toshi, was also there with his wife, Connie. With Becky and Kenji there as well, we had three sets of Sanderson Images clients all having a blast together!

John was the only photographer for this event and was switching between the couple as they got ready, and following the important people and events. Becky had a beautiful blush-covered gown that Kenji described as a glass of champagne, while Kenji wore a Spanish Blue herringbone suit. Becky had a amazing and meaningful first look with her father, though she and Benji had decided to wait until the ceremony to see each other.

The ceremony itself was short and sweet and was performed by Kenji’s grandfather, a Methodist minister. Then, it was off to the party for the reception!

It was so fun to see Kenji with his wrestling friends. He used to wrestle in college and even placed 7th at the national Greco-Roman tournament. The group of them had a great rapport! I also loved watching Becky and Kenji with their nephews—both of whom are under 1 year old. We made sure to capture those special moments with their entire family.

Thanks, Kenji and Becky, for letting me be part of your memorable day! I hope that the two of you had a blast in Spain for your Mediterranean Island honeymoon!

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Vendors

Amy Febinger / bourgeon

Adore Floral

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