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    John + Kimberly Sanderson met in photography school 16 years ago. One of our favorite stories about ourselves is that we were friends for 2 years, dated for 2 weeks and were engaged for only 3 months! Ask us about it someday, we love swapping love stories! During the past 15 years of marriage we have lived, worked and traveled all across America photographing wonderful people and events along the way.

    We currently reside in Lancaster, PA where we enjoy gardening, personal photography projects and homeschooling our children. Our career path makes it possible for us to be closer to our children and we are so thankful to have this choice and to our clients for supporting our work and family.

    You can follow our family shenanigans at our family image blog. http://pickingdaisies.net/

Weddings: A Stunning DIY Backyard Affair in MD

Do you ever wonder which doctor your doctor goes to?  Or who does your stylist’s hair?  Or who takes a wedding photographer’s wedding photos?  Look no further, friends!  Michael and Sarahwho has no shortage of experience shooting weddings,  chose Sanderson Images to capture their special, a DIY wedding and love filled day.  Before we can dish on the fab details, the beautiful venue and the pretty B+G, let’s swoon over some engagement sessions pics.

Photography by: John + Kimberly

Blog Writer: Lauren Bailey

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Weddings: Cork Factory Hotel, Lancaster, PA

Weddings are exactly the way to start the week. Especially weddings where I feel like everyone had the best time ever, because really, aren’t we all just about celebrating love with the people that mean the most to us?  Yes, yes we are.  Laura and Tim’s big day, seemed EXACTLY that — a huge celebration of their love surrounded by the people that mean the most to them in the world.  But as with any good wedding, first we have got to get betrothed!  What better place to highlight true love than the Strasburg Railroad?

Groom portrait at Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, PA
Engagement photo at Strasburg RR
Engagement photo by old rail car at strasburg, RR

When asked to describe their couple-hood Laura said, “We like things that are handmade and antique, wooden, slightly old fashioned,” and as such I was delighted to see these adorable engagement  photos!

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Engagement photo in antique store in strasburg

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Engagement photo outside an antique store

Alright, on with the big day!  Laura got ready at her parents house and I absolutely adore how cozy and familiar these getting read pics are.  What a treasure!

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Getting ready with Grandma, especially the lipstick and the brooch, were special touches that Laura and Tim incorporated all day.

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Bridal portraits at Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, PA
Groom getting dressed at Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, PA

Laura arranged all the flowers for the big day herself (!!!) and I love the capture of Tim doing his part with the boutonnieres!  Well done all around!

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I’m a huge proponent of the first look.  Not only do you get to see your favorite person ever and hug and smooch them, it can calm the nerves and bonus — amazing, adorable pictures result.

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The bride and groom see each other for first time at Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, PA
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candid wedding photos at Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, PA

As a woman who had a great bridal party clad in navy I’m kind of biased, but these pictures are just amazing.  Those bouquets are to die for against the navy and their friends and family can strike a pose like it is their J-O-B!

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Hey you, little guy.  You’re amazing.  Call me in 20 years and let’s hang out and have buffalo wings and you can give me advice on how to be the coolest ever.

ring bearer at Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, PA

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I love the ring bearer and flower girls in these pictures.  So reminiscent of Wills and Kate’s homegirls.  Well played.

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These Bride and Groom portraits are so deliciously sweet, I adore them!

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Let’s get hitched!  Laura and Tim traded vows and partied hardy at the Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, PA.  I love this venue — they have great service, tons of amazing lighting and it’s so moody and romantic!

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Wedding ceremony at Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, PA
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Wedding ceremony at Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, PA

As we’ve talked about, the first woo hoo as H+W is very, very important.  Well done, Laura!

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Laura’s dad is a baker and fashioned their cake for the big day!  How wonderful (and delicious looking!)!

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details at Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, PA

These details look like they jumped off my dream wedding board on Pinterest.  Yes I’ve been married for 5 years.  Yes, I still have a dream weddings Pinterest board.

decorations at Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, PA

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first dance at Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, PA

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As my friend Jeremy says, love, live and dance your night away.  Jeremy must have talked to Laura and Tim and their family and friends.  What a party!

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This man is my new spirit animal.  Call me!

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bride and groom dance at Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, PA

Laura and Tim – you two are too wonderful for words (which is ironic, because I’m writing about you!).  Days captured like this just ooze with love and emotions of all kinds.  What a perfect way to start a wonderful life together!

 

 

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Weddings: Lauxmont Farms, Lancaster, PA

June is the most popular month for weddings, according to the Farmer’s Almanac (humor me because my soul is that of a 75 year old farmer, OK?).  The Almanac also reports that August is the second most popular month.  All of this, the almanac, my old farmer soul, summer weddings, is so appropriate for the first post of June:  Ali and Derek’s bewitchingly radiant nuptial celebration at Lauxmont Farms in Lancaster PA.

First comes love, as you remember, so that means first comes engagement sessions!  This adorable one at Manheim Township Pool.

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Engagement pictures, Lancaster, PA

Can we talk about how cute and colorful this is?  Also, Ali, I love  your hair.  So does 98% of the Internet now, I’m sure of it.

water slide engagement photos

 

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And now for the big day!  Derek’s sister designed their invitation suite.  Talk about talent.  The only thing I did remotely creative today was Google the homepage of the Farmer’s Almanac!

 

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I love these photos so much.  They’re so intimate and touching.  The bottom photo also reminded me of the phrase “tying the knot.”   I learned a lot about knots today and found this unbelievably fitting both for this photo and for the even in general:

Knots have a place in the folklore of many cultures and usually symbolize unbreakable pledges. Actual knots have certainly been used in marriage ceremonies for some time and the tradition of trying the wrists of the bride and groom with twine continues today in marriages in the use of sashes which are placed over the principal’s wrists. The word ‘knot’, although not in the phrase ‘tie the knot’, has been associated with marriage since at least the 13th century.  – source

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Cheers!  Let’s got have ourselves a first look!

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OK, we all agree that this was just unbelievably magical right?  It completely reminded me of Maid Marian and Robin Hood “Love Goes On” scene  in the Disney film.  The song, these pictures.  I’m like swoonfest 2014 over here.

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Bridal portraits like these give me hope for America.

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Oh, Ali and Derek!  All your friends are here, too!

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When I saw this picture, my jaw literally hit my desk.  Stunning does not do it justice.

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Also, can we all just agree that Ali looks like  a very bridal Maggie Gyllenhal, which is totally a compliment and I want to eat lunch with Ali and Maggie and talk about how great their hair is what it’s like to be adored by the masses and how in God’s name do they get their skin so radiant!

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Before we get down to the business of getting Ali and Derek married, let’s peruse their beautiful, vintage details.

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Ahhh, wedding corn hole.  You may not know that I’m somewhat of a corn hole expert.  Derek — I know we’ve not yet met, but next time definitely invite me to be part of your team and we will decimate the competition.

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Cute, grandparents, groomsmen and kids alert!!

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I LOVE the first “woohoo!” as a couple.  Almost as important as the first smooch as husband and wife!

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Ali’s glee in this photo is contagious!  Every time I see it I make the same face!

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As an emerald cut engagement ringed girl, I adore this shot to the moon and back.

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Onto the party!  I am completely obsessed with family style seating like this at events.  It’s so chic and inviting.

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All of these details make me want to drop everything I’m doing and get myself to an outdoor fete immediately.

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Could these look any more delicious?

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The one thing that Ali and Derek were clearly not short on during their big day was love.  You can see it on their faces and faces of everyone in these photos.  Nothing is more assured than a healthy marriage when surrounded by this much genuine happiness and adoration.

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Let’s dance, shall we?

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Oh!  One of my favorite things about this wedding, other than everything, is that rather than have a cake, an ice cream truck rolled up to surprise Ali and Derek’s guests.  According to the couple:

Instead of a cake cutting, we will be feeding each other a bit of the specially-created bride&groom flavor

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Clearly we are long lost friends.  Call me!

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Ali and Derek – your wedding day was, by all accounts, a magical event to behold.  Couples never need luck in their new married lives — only lots of love.  You already have all of that, from each other and your family and friends.  So we send even more joy!

Some delicious details:

Invitations — Derek’s sister

Wedding coordination – Ali Hoover

Flowers – Ali Hoover

Officiant – Journeys of the Heart

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Weddings: Pippin Hill, Charlottesville, VA

Note from the Wedding photographers: We love our Charlottesville Weddings, this is where it all began for us. We also love this family more than we can express. They are an amazing and important part of the history of our business. To continually work for them and call them friends is the ultimate compliment to our business. The wedding was stunning, fashionable and extremely fun.  Pippin Hill Vineyards is the ultimate place for a wedding, a beautiful American landscape, surrounded by Blue Ridge Mountains and farms. You can’t beat it. Get married here… and don’t forget to invite us! Back to Lauren.

 

Laurens notes:

Nothing says “Welcome” to a brand new year like amazingly perfect weddings.   Kendayl and Mike are beautiful people inside and out {as evidenced by the photographs below}.  I know this because Kendayl is the sister of one of my very best friends, Hilary who is one of first members of the Sanderson Images family.  Mike, I obviously met through Kendayl, and he is one of the most sincere and gentle men I’ve ever had the pleasure to know.

Let’s kick off 2014 right, shall we?

I dare any of you to not sing “I’m on a boat!” during the rest of these summertime photos.

From water to cozy fields, these engagement pics have it all.

Would it be weird for me to print and hang this in my living room?

My husband and I had the distinct honor of being at the beautiful wedding that follows.  I can attest that these pictures perfectly capture the joy, glamor and love that was oozing from that gorgeous day in May.

Love the the pic below with the Mother of the Bride, Fran, looking on as beauty become bride!

I, myself, am a big fan of the wedding fist pump.

These gals are ALL ABOUT FAMILY.  After these photos you’re going to want to be adopted.  Best part is, they’ll take you!

Pippin Hill Winery was the most accommodating, peaceful place for nuptials.  If you want to get married in at a vineyard in Virginia, I highly recommend it. 

More beautiful family shots, this time with the Father of the Bride, Truba {one of my all time fav people tied with my own family, and John and Kim}

Can a woman get some bridal portraits?!

Kendayl, I’d ask you to stop, but no one wants that!  And now some more beautiful women. 

There were men at this wedding, too.  And they looked awful handsome.  In between tasty snacks and cold beers. 

Mike, seriously!  You’re just the best!!

I’ve seen a lot of photos of couples doing  a variation of the first look by trading letters or soft words separated only by the door.  Makes for touching moments and great pictures.  Kendayl and Mike of course upped the ante of touching and had a prayer said over their hands by Kendayl’s youth pastor who also performed the ceremony.  When I saw these photos for the first time I totally choked up — so beautiful. 

I love both the girls peeking out at the wedding guests assembling!  So sweet!

OK.  Let’s get these two hitched. 

I’ve been to a wedding or two in my day — this ceremony, so close to nature, touching the sky, was pure magic. 

No detail was overlooked in the planning of this fete.  It was so much fun to recall all the perfection in the photos. 

As I mentioned, MB and I attended.  And by  attended I mean was the day of the coordinator.  I run a tight ship on Wedding Day.  Especially with the help of the Matron of Honor!

Sigh.  I love people in love. 

Fantan thank you card shots in between getting some couple portraits.

It’s time for the party.  Let’s get it started!

There was every sweet imaginable at the dessert buffet.  I did NOT leave hat reception hungry that is for SURE!

I’d never seen a firework exit in person.  Let me tell you — every time I leave any event — voting, work, the gym — at night I kind of half expect there to be a firework exit.  It was that much fun. 

Kendyal and Mike’s photo booth was well attended and enjoyed by almost every guest.  Those are fun pictures that I know they are enjoying!

Kendayl and Mike, I can’t say it enough — you two are beautiful, kind, and loving.  I see nothing but love and happiness for both of you everyday.  Thank you so much for allowing us to be part of your day.

Happy New Year SI friends!  There is so much more beauty to share this year!

Details:

Venue/catering — Pippin Hill Vineyard, Charlottesville, VA

Choice Entertainment - Ashland, VA

Wedding cake and reception details were created by friends and family.

 

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Weddings: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

Y’all!  Fall is HERE!  Like in full swing, I drink Pumpkin Spice lattes for every meal, wear my riding boots over tights to work HERE!  My other favorite fall things — weddings!  I just love that October is the new June for my favorite life event!  That’s why today is the perfect day to share the beautiful, colorful, love-filled wedding of Allison and Daniel.

Let’s start with the details! I was absolutely blown away.  From the bride:

Dan and I collaborated with the florist so we are going to have some steel pieces intertwined with the floral arrangements (every other table). We also wanted a lot of pop and color – flowers, lights and artwork.

Pop of color indeed!

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Allison and Daniel were excited that their traditional church wedding would include special, meaningful touches:

[We are] using non traditional music in the church- having songs that have meaning behind them.  The flowers that are going to be up at the alter are in remembrance of family that had passed.  [The most important thing is] knowing that those who will be absent in the physical world are there in spirit when I marry my best friend

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Allison and Daniel — plus their gorgeous party — really blew me away with the portraits below.  I had a really hard time picking my favorites.

I’m a city girl at heart but holy cow (pun intended!!) these photos by the hay make me want to run to the nearest farm to have my photos taken in a wedding dress!

Ali, you don’t need me to tell you this but you are gorge, girlfriend.

Dan is clearly the type of dude I want to be friends with:  one that gives forehead kisses, jumps over hay bales and carries bouquets.  He is all sorts of win.

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Allison is an artist (!!) I hope she’s as obsessed with this super artistic shot as I am:

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The champagne has been popped!  Let’s get over to that reception!!

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Allison and Daniel’s guests were clearly inspired by their love — so many great friend and family smooch pics!!

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I’ve seen so many first dances in my day but these two looked like they had the most fun cutting a rug — like they were the only people in the room.

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Standing ovation — doesn’t get more perfect than that. 

We all need to have more point at the camera pics taken with our loved ones in these scary and uncertain times.

Food’s been served, dances are danced, toasts toasted — let’s get this party started!

The new Mr. and Mrs. had high hopes for enjoying their wedding reception:

I want to be able to enjoy our wedding without it flying by and have a chance to enjoy it. I have been to enough weddings where the bride and groom completely miss the day they had been planning together – I want to make sure we can.

I think you nailed it.

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Allison and Dan — you are two of the most beautiful people I’ve seen on film.  Your day looked effortlessly filled with love and joy!  What a wonderful way to start your adventure as husband and wife.

Details!

Ceremony — Calvary Lutheran Church, West Chester, PA

Reception — Franklin Hall at Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

Flowers — Eventricity, Glenside , PA

Cake — Doughmain Bakery, Rosemont, PA

Music — Ken Battista Band

Big news!  You can now follow Sanderson Images on Pinterest.  This will be the best way to get your weddings fix every time you log on — which I know you’re doing regularly.  Let’s be honest.

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