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An amazing birth photography opportunity we could not pass up.

When I step back for a moment and think of the bigger picture of what my life has amounted to, sometimes I am left with a deep and aching gratitude for all of the goodness surrounding me.  I have a healthy family who eat three meals a day and sleep under a strong roof and love one another without condition.  We have the love and support of many family members, both near to us and far, but all just heartbeats away.  We live in this sweet bubble of Lancaster County where the soil is fertile enough to grow many volunteer fruits and veggies without much nurturing.  Our  friendships are deep, meaningful and supportive.  And our job, what we have chosen to support this idyllic life we live, is often filled with these shockingly sweet moments that take my breath away.

When I offered to come and photograph either during or shortly after my good friend’s birth two months ago, I was so excited that they agreed. They were planning on having Leo at Birth Care, a midwifery birth center near my home.  It is a small building  that is comforting and filled with love and strength. It’s the kind of place that almost makes me want to have another baby.  Almost.  There is nothing sweeter than those hours of anticipation, the sweet cry of new life or the look on a parent’s face as they greet this newest piece of themselves.

There was a quietness in the dim room when I arrived and you could just tell that a miracle had just occurred.  Maile had a beautiful glow that  is a mixture of exhaustion, relief, gratefulness and intense love.  I found myself tearing up just watching her watch Leo and Shawn learn each other’s faces.  They had family there all talking in hushed tones and passing Leo around to whisper their hellos. The privilege of being privy to these moments and capturing them for Leo to enjoy later, is not lost on me.



Birth Photography of Leo, in Lancaster, PA

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Birth Photo of a newborn being held by his grandpa.

Birth Photography is something I love, so huge thank you to Shawn and Maile, for the honor of including me in these precious moments.  Love you guys so much.  If you would like to hear an amazing account of Leo’s birth from his Daddy’s perspective, please visit Shawn’s great blog post about it.  He is an accomplished author, blogger and biographer in Lancaster, PA.  Be forewarned that you will cry and then you will want to continue reading his blogs and his books until you have swallowed up every morsel.

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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Sarah is a lover of all things birds (especially bluebirds) and Mike is an award winning home brewer. Sarah chose a nest to share in the photos while Mike chose to bring a bottle of his own beer. Love how this captures their personalities and interests!

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Golly, I LOVE a good costume change!

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Hooray for the big day!  I really enjoyed getting the low down on this fete. In her very first email to SI, Sarah revealed that she and Michael had plans for an “unorthodox” wedding — an all day event to get them hitched sans reception.  I love couples legit personalize their day and make it about them, their love and their families.


Sarah and Michael created a cozy backyard party for their marriage to start.  Their focus was on their transition to husband and wife and how they interacted that day with their families.  What a beautiful and important sentiment.  Per the bride:

[The] ceremony/ritual is what is most important as we celebrate this next step in our lives. I feel like the ritual of entering into a marriage is often looked over these days, we have made it so that our whole day has some sort of element of ritual. We want to be as fully present as we can.

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The key to nailing it is obviously looking fierce!
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I never tire of that first moment when a bride sees herself just as she imagined on the big day.  It is pure bliss.

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Oh goody!  A first look!

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Wedding high fives are FOR THE WIN!

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Alright, let’s go get hitched

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What a beautiful sunshiney day to get forever linked to the person of your dreams.

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Yummy details.  I have on good authority that Sarah and Michael did almost everything for their wedding day themselves.  Love!

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Michael surprised his bride with a song after the guest blessing.  Why people don’t surprise each other with song more often is seriously beyond me.

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There is always time for a few portraits with your love, right?

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I’m a big sucker for the phrase eat, drink and be married.

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Sarah and Michael — congratulations on such a wonderful union.  Your day looked perfect and I am certain that if you approach your lives together as you approached this very special day there will be many, many more happy backyard fetes for years and years.



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?

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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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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. Cork_Factory_Hotel_Wedding_Lancaster_PA_Sanderson_Images_Photographers057 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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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


I love the ring bearer and flower girls in these pictures.  So reminiscent of Wills and Kate’s homegirls.  Well played. Cork_Factory_Hotel_Wedding_Lancaster_PA_Sanderson_Images_Photographers037

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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As we’ve talked about, the first woo hoo as H+W is very, very important.  Well done, Laura! Cork_Factory_Hotel_Wedding_Lancaster_PA_Sanderson_Images_Photographers021

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

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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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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!



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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