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Photography by Amanda Wilson
 

▣ August 2012

August 1st, 2012

 

August. 

This time last year I was gearing up and counting down for our Sept. 4th wedding date, trying to unpack boxes and paint rooms in a new house, organize our trip out west, and still shoot 2 weddings a week.  This year - I've got even more work, but only one To Do list instead of 7!  Things are rolling along at a steady pace and every once in a while I have a few minutes to stop and enjoy the view.  We've been moved in for 13 months now and I just hung my first photo on the wall this week - and it's not even a photo - but a painting of a grove of aspen trees.  The backyard..and the frontyard are still a jungle - I'm sure our neighbors suspect us of being hoarders.  Oddly, nothing could be farther from the truth - we have 2 wobbly kitchen chairs, a couch in the living room, my desk in my office, our bedroom set, and that's it.  There's no other furniture in the whole house!  One room has an inflatable mattress and other rooms are just totally empty.  I've been told there is a time for projects like this and that time is called "winter" or the off season ;)  

 

Today I bring you an evening shot of the barn at Lingrow Farm from Stephanie and Ryan's wedding last year.

 

 

 

If you're looking for something to do this weekend - come visit me in Harrison City at Bushy Run Battlefield for the 249th anniversary reenactment of the Battle of  Bushy Run.  It's a fantastic event with lots to see and learn, food, crafts, living history at its finest.  Say hello if you see me - I'll be the one wearing war paint and carrying a camera ;)

 

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▣ Kate & Dan | succop conservancy engagement session

July 26th, 2012

 

There are not many settings as perfect as a summer evening in the country.  And so I found myself waiting for Kate and Dan to meet me for their engagement session at Succop Conservancy in Butler County.  

 

 

 

I have to give my couples a lot of credit for not looking at me too strangely when I suggest we explore a little for photos :)  This was the first time meeting Kate and Dan in person and we discovered that they watch a lot of the same History Channell shows that are on at my house!  (Mountain Men, American Guns, Pawn Stars, Pickers, etc..)

 

 

 

 

Succop is a great location for photos if you are a nature lover!  There's the barn, the pond, fields, trees, pathways through the woods.  While we were there we saw 2 rabbits, a ground hog, a few turtles, and lots and lots of canadian geese.   

 

 

 

 

 

Kate and Dan's wedding is less than a month away at armstrong farms!  I can't wait to get these two back out for photos.

(Buckle up, Dan ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only 23 more days to go till you are Mr. & Mrs. Gilson!

 

 

 

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▣ Kaity & Chris | rustic vintage engagement session

July 26th, 2012

 

I have to apologize!  This post was up 2 days ago and then mysteriously disappeared after a few hours.  *Computer glitch*? 

 

Kaity and Chris invited me out their camp where they are spending the summer in rural Bedford County.  It was a real treat to have such a great couple, cool props, and fantastic scenery all combined into one session!

 

One of my favorite locations we stopped at was a historic covered bridge over a creek that is still in use!

 

 

Kaity and Chris also had a pair of vintage bicycles we took with us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We got a few photos with the four legged members of their family, Aspen and Titan :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The grand finale of this great day was being on a hill overlooking some classic Bedford County country side as the sun set behind us painting colors across the landscape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had such a great time with you guys, I can't wait for the wedding !! :D

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▣ Laura & Tom | Fall engagement session at the park

July 21st, 2012

 

Today's post is special, not just because I'm sharing engagement photos of a great couple - but because TODAY July 21 - is their wedding day!  Laura and Tommy will tie the knot in just 5 hours later today at beautiful Armstrong Farms!

 

We met at the park early last november on a blustery cold day when most of the leaves had fallen from the trees.

 

 

 

 

 

We actually did their session in 2 parts becase the first day it was SO COLD and the wind chill was even colder that after a few photos with their puppies, we decided to come back two days later when the weather was more cooperative :)

 

 

 

 

 

Happy wedding day Tommy and Laura - see you soon!  I will bring the sunshine :D

 

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▣ Fourth of July 2012

July 4th, 2012

 

 

After weeks of shooting and editing, I'm taking the rest of today off !

 

A few shots of the fireworks at canal days this year :)

 

 

Have a happy and safe 4th of July celebration!

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▣ July 2012

July 3rd, 2012

 

July - the halfway mark of the calendar - and a hot one this year !

 

This hazy sunset is from Greenough, MT on our trip last year where the smoke from neighboring wildfires obscured the distant ridge lines by day and painted the sky with color at night. 

 

 

While we were out exploring and enjoying the sunset, we came upon a family of mule deer who curiously eyed us up over top of a dirt mound. 

 

 

Get out and enjoy the outdoors this holiday (with plenty of water and sunscreen)!

Have a safe and happy 4th of July !

 

 

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▣ Emily & Brian | Happy First Anniversary!

July 2nd, 2012

 

 

Catching up on back logged blogging from last week!  Please forgive my lateness - I've been swamped lately and trying to stay above the water and keep time with the waves of shooting and editing.  We shot 9 weddings in June!

  Emily and Brian's anniversary was actually on June 25th and so I wanted to share their photos with you to celebrate their first year!  I was lucky enough to get to see Emily, Brian, and their family a few weeks ago for family photos with their cute new nephew!

 

Their wedding day started as many others do with the girls hanging around the church having lunch, getting their make up done and telling stories.  St. Richard's church was beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emily's grandpa came to see her in her wedding dress before the ceremony to bless the rosary she would carry with her bouquet.

 

 

 

 

 

Brian and Emily exchanged personal letters to each other before they walked down the aisle.

 

 

Too cute!  Emily and her bridesmaids anxiously sneaking a peek a the musicians before the ceremony.

 

 

Even though they didn't wan to SEE each other before the ceremony - they decided to share their own moment and hold hands around the corner.

 

 

 

 

 

Emily's brother's stood next to Brian in the wedding party as Emily's Dad walked his little girl down the aisle.

 

 

 

 

 

A few quick photos in the church garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We found a few spots after dinner for photos outside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The whole room came out onto the dance floor for Rocky Top by John Denver !

 

One year later and it was still one of the best parties of the year!  Congrats on your first anniversary and here's to 50 more!

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Ceremony:  St. Richard Catholic Church

 

Make Up:  Pittsburgh MakeUp

 

Enterainment:  DJ Mark Tishko

 

 

 

 

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▣ Madelyn + JR | Penn Scenic View Wedding

June 27th, 2012

Madelyn was worried when the sky opened up and poured rain on the parking lot of the salon in somerset where the girls were having their hair done.  A quick call out to the guys setting up at Penn Scenic View put our fears to rest that over the mountain it was sunny and beautiful.  The rain didn't sit still though.  When we made it out to the lake lodge, it followed us and washed the dust from edges of the dirt road.

 

 

 

 

The girl's got dressed in the Hemlock cabin.  It was almost time for Madelyn and JR to see each other for the first time.  They had agreed to meet at the top of the hill at the look out, but the rain threatened to keep everyone inside. 

 

 

If you saw their engagement session, you'd know that they are an adventurous couple.   So they said - heck with the rain and headed for the lookout.  JR waited as the girls took Madelyn to the edge of the hill and then he turned to see her for the first time in her wedding dress.

Top left and middle right image by Dana.

 

 

 

 

 

Guests sat at the edge of the lake to watch their ceremony by the water.

 

 

Even though they had already seen each other, JR was still speechless when his bride walked down the aisle. 

Bottom left photo by Dana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each of their grandfathers did a special reading specific to each one of them.

 

 

 

 

 

We did a huge group photo of everyone at the wedding just after the ceremony before the guests walked up for cocktail hour.  Dana caught this great angle as I was shooting from overhead.

 

 

 

Everyone at this wedding from the guests to the wedding party were SO MUCH FUN!  We had a fantastic time !

Middle left and right images by Dana.

 

 

Love this top image of Madelyn, we were shooting some portraits with the wedding party and Madelyn realized that she'd gotten ready and left the cabin so quickly that she never stopped to look in the mirror and so had no idea what she looked like in her dress all done up !  I was happy to provide some instant proof!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their reception was a laid back party with a roasted pig provided by Pittsburgh BBQ Company and the BEST cornbread I've ever tasted!!  They decorated with burlap and wildflowers.  Their favors were drinking glasses that had mustache's painted on them for guests to use throughout the evening and then take home.  They even decorated a mailbox to use as their cardbox that they can put up in front of their new house!!

 

 

 

First dance.

 

 

 

 

 

Got a wet squishy foot and nearly lost my sandal for this one jumping the creek to get to the other side of the lake.  (The ground on the other side was not nearly as solid as I'd hoped when jumped off the bank.)  But it was totally worth it ;)

 

 

 

 

Congrats Madelyn & JR on a perfect wedding, moving in to your new house, and finding a partner in crime to share your adventures with :D 

 

 


 

Hair & Make Up:  Tanglz Salon

Ceremony & Reception Venue:  Penn Scenic View

Catering:  Pittsburgh BBQ Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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▣ Derek & Kaley | After the wedding

June 18th, 2012

 

 

It rained the day Derek and Kaley were married last October, but they didn't care :)  I remember squishing our way across the greens at Three Lakes Golf Course to get some photos before they were announced into their reception.  We found a weeping cherry tree that had branches that hung down to the ground and we used it for an umbrella. 

 

Now that winter has turned to summer again, they wanted to get together and take some additional photos so Kaley could get some extra wear out of her wedding gown, and we could get some fun photos!  It's becoming more and more popular for brides to wear their dresses again :)  Whether you choose to refashion it into a party dress, wear it for additional photos or do something more daring is up to your own creativity! 

 

Derek and Kaley got permission from Hartwood Acres for us to shoot at the mansion and on the grounds.  As fate would have it, it also rained that day as well but we didn't let it slow us down! 

 

 

 

Photo sessions after the wedding day has passed are a great time to explore other locations, use props, be adventurous and take your time getting images you will love without having to keep to a schedule!

Left image by Ashley.

 

 

 

One of their favorite locations was the big tree and they brought along paper lanterns to decorate it!

Top right and bottom left images by Ashley.

 

 

 

Photos of each of their parents on their wedding days.

 

 

 

Top left and bottom images by Ashley.

 

 

 

 

We dodged the rain all morning - you can just see it falling lightly in the background - but since her gown had already made it's trip down the aisle, Kaley didn't mind a little wet grass.

 

 

At the end of their session, her dress was no dirtier than it was at the end of their wedding day and they had fantastic photos to show for it!  (You don't have to actually 'trash' a wedding dress to have fun with it!)  After a simple trip to the drycleaners it will be good as new and ready to be preserved for the next generation!

 

If you'd like to embrace your spirit of adventure and get some additional photos in your wedding dress - it's never too late!!

 

 

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▣ Bethany + Ben | Happy Anniversary!

June 7th, 2012

 

 

It's time to celebrate another anniversary!  Bethany and Ben were married last year on June 4th and monday marked their first year together!   (It seems like it was yesterday, a year goes by so fast!)   When I first met both of their families at their rehearsal dinner, I was touched by how warm and welcoming all of their relatives are :)  I can't think of a nicer group of folks I'd want to share a meal with. 

 


Their wedding day was hot and sunny but the mood was calm when we walked into the salon where Bethany was getting ready with her mom and sister.  We took a few photos and then helped out by folding the ceremony programs to help tie up a few last minute details.  (Much like raising children, it takes a village to have a great wedding :)

 Bethany and Ben wrote their own messages to one another which they read aloud at the ceremony.

Top left image by Anna.

 

 

 A short while later, all of the girls converged on the church to get ready!  (There were 17 bridesmaids in all plus their moms, grandmothers, the most adorable little flower girl and Bethany herself!)  Bethany's mom laced her into her wedding gown amidst a crowded room of hugs and smiles.

Center images by Anna.

 

 

 

 

 

 Ben bit his lip and held back tears when he caught his first glimpse of Bethany in her wedding dress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just married !!!   (backstage while they waited for the guests to file out so they could make their exit out of the church)

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The whole wedding party rocking it out for the church photos!!  What a group! I think there were 37 in all...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The reception was held at the historic George Washington Hotel in Washington, PA.

 

 

 

The ballroom was decorated with white linens and dramatic uplighting.

Image by Anna.

 

 

Their centerpieces were wine bottles decorated with sunflowers, tea lights, and blue delphiniums. 

 

 

Bethany and Ben enjoyed their first dance and Bethany serenaded her new husband by singing Etta James' song "At last". 

 

 

Right images by Anna.

 

 

 

I love it when a couple chooses to dance with their parents :)  So many emotions in just one song!

 

 

Happy One Year anniversary!!  I hope you and your families enjoy many more beautiful celebrations!

 

 


 

Ceremony:  Pleasant Hills Presbyterian Church

Reception:  George Washington Hotel

 

 

 

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