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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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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.

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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

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.

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  • […] Little known fact, I blog for my dear friends at Sanderson Images.  The wedding of a dear friend of ours — that I was day of coordinator at this May! — went up this week.  Enjoy! […]

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. Lancaster, PA Wedding photography industrial, artistic photos by a silo at franklin commons black and whiter wedding photos at Franklin Hall, Phoenixville, PA ‎ Industrial Wedding portraits at Franklin commons Franklin commons wedding pictures

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

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Allison and Daniel’s guests were clearly inspired by their love — so many great friend and family smooch pics!! wedding photojournalist at Franklin Hall at franklin commons Phoenixville, PA ‎

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. bride and groom first dance wedding at Franklin Hall at franklin commons Phoenixville, PA ‎

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.

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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.


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.

It’s Family Session Friday!!  Today we are so excited to share this amazing family that we have grown to love.  Heidi and Dave and their kids are good friends of ours and we couldn’t wait to capture their fun personalities.  They are also both very talented photographers and while it is always nerve wracking to photograph photographers, it is also extremely rewarding.  I think they gave us A LOT of creative leeway so we took it and had a blast creating these awesome fall memories.


PS…Seriously, how FANTASTIC are the outfits Heidi lined up for her family?!  She is the owner of  a high end children’s consignment store in Lancaster that I frequent. She has great taste and I always always always find something for my own kiddos there.    I think she needs to be my personal wardrobe consultant.  She did an amazing job of coordinating them without being too matchy matchy.  LOVE it.

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  • Daria Bishop

    These are so gorgeous!! You guys are my inspiration!!

  • Heidi Stoltzfus

    If we knew the dates of our children’s weddings….we would book you already. 🙂

On nights like this — cold, rainy, sans functioning government — the only thing that can get me out of my funk are weddings.  Thankfully I got to comb through the photos of not just any wedding — tonight I was treated to  Vanessa and Casey’s glorious Philadelphia fete.  When I opened up this catalog I felt like I had fallen into a dream. Vanessa and Casey’s celebration was a modern fairytale, chock full of elegant, timeless details that could easily be featured in the Vanity Fair party pages.  If these pictures are any indication, this gorgeous bride and groom will have a beautiful life together.

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This dress could have had it’s very own blog post.  All of those stunning details — of course, the dress harkens from Jenny Packham — you know the couture design house that dresses my personal hero The Duchess of Cambridge (aka Kate Middleton) — no big deal! High Fashion Bridal Portrait Rittenhouse hotel in Philadelphia, PA

I love elevator shots!  Everyone looks so excited!

I dare you NOT to smile along at these first look photos — I still have the gleeful grin after seeing these photos for the first time.

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Vogue much?

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I know girls — carrying that gorgeous train around is hard work — you earned that teeny tiny break!

The ceremony and reception were both held at the elegant Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia.  Their ceremony was clearly an emotional and love filled affair. Reading the Ketubah at a Jewish ceremony at rittenhouse hotel, Philadelphia

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Mom and Dad look so excited!  Who doesn’t love I Do?! Photojournalistic photos of a rittenhouse hotel wedding ceremony

Vanessa and Casey are clearly classy people.  And if there’s one thing I know about classy people — they love a good party.  Let’s get it started, shall we? The first dance in the grand ballroom

Eat, drink and be married! Wedding guests enjoy the music at a wedding reception in the grand ballroom at rittenhouse hotel

Vanessa and Casey — your day was perfect.  Your photos are such a treasure and I’m so glad we got to share them with the internet!

Details of the affair below:

Ceremony and Reception — Rittenhouse Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

Florist — Petah Bashano, Broomal, PA

Can’t get enough of John and Kim’s work in Philadelphia?  Check our more of their eastern Pennsylvania shoots here!


  • Betty Fortner Griffin

    You daughter is amazingly beautiful! The pics were great. Thanks for sharing.

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