Pennsylvania Wedding Venue

Lauryn + Ian | Backyard Wedding in New Germany State Park

Lauryn + Ian are two of the sweetest people I've ever met. They tied the knot this past weekend at Lauryn's childhood home tucked in the woods of New Germany State Park. A perfect backdrop - I know! Lauryn + Ian grew up together and their families have been friends for years. Not until a few years back did they realize the other was there all along. Such a sweet story that matched their beautiful personalities. 

The forecast was unfortunately 100% rain all day long. Their property was stunning (you'll see) and I was praying we'd get a break in the weather to capture some portraits. It rained their entire ceremony but I loved their rain plan - umbrellas. The day was filled with such joy that the rain didn't even matter. 

Thank you for allowing me and Jonathan to photograph your special day, guys! We are so grateful. Scroll for their cuteness! 

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Matt + Clare | Backyard Wedding in Dillsburg, PA

Matt + Clare got married this past weekend on her mother's farm in Dillsburg, PA and boy was it special. One of my favorite parts of my job is seeing how all my couple's put their unique touch into the big day and these two crushed it in the personal touch department. Matt + Clare, with the help of their families of course, have spent the past year and a half - yes, a year and a half, working tirelessly to make the barn and property their dream venue. Even the wooden tables + benches were all made by hand specifically for their day. I love it! 

Jonathan and I arrived on the farm early afternoon and were immediately greeted by friendly faces and special people who were extremely excited to get Matt + Clare hitched. We were too! The girls got ready downstairs and spent the whole time giggling. They picked wildflowers growing on the farm to use as the finishing touches to their hair. The guys were upstairs relaxing and getting ready, perhaps sneaking in a pre-ceremony shot. 

They had a beautiful ceremony in the barn and then headed over to the tent for the party! Right before dinner the skies opened up to a torrential downpour. The winds were picking up and knocking things over and the rain was soaking tables inside the tent, but with a little sense of humor from their guests, the party continued. The DJ threw on It's Raining Men and Umbrella to lighten the mood. Everyone was having a blast out on the dance floor. We even ended up with a baby rainbow! 

The speeches were both hilarious and heart felt. We snuck away for some portraits with Clare's horses which was really special. They spent the rest of the night dancing, playing yard games + beer pong, and enjoying their first hours as husband + wife with their closest loved ones. It was such an honor to be a part of Matt + Clare's wedding day. They are both genuine, kind people and I feel blessed to have captured this day for them.  

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Vendors: 

Dress - Tamzens Bridal
Hair/Makeup - Moxy Salon and Day Spa
Catering - Chef Exclusive
DJ - Tipton Entertainment

Best Washington, D.C, Maryland, Virginia + Pennsylvania Wedding Venues

I get asked all the time, "What is your favorite venue you've ever shot at?" Well, I simply cannot pick a favorite! My job takes me all over the country and there are so many amazing venues I've had the privilege of shooting at. Maybe one day I'll write a post about my favorite venues across the the country, but today I'm sharing with you my favorite "local" wedding venues! If you're still looking for that perfect spot to get married, this blog post is for you. 

Washington, D.C

Fathom Gallery, City Club of Washington, Ronald Regan Building

Fathom Gallery  - The most gorgeous rooftop to get married on in the D.C area! Perfect for smaller sized weddings! 

Fathom Gallery - The most gorgeous rooftop to get married on in the D.C area! Perfect for smaller sized weddings! 

The Ronald Regan Building  - If you want a D.C style wedding, this venue is for you! The reception hall is filled with natural light and the outdoor courtyard makes the perfect backdrop for bridal portraits. 

The Ronald Regan Building - If you want a D.C style wedding, this venue is for you! The reception hall is filled with natural light and the outdoor courtyard makes the perfect backdrop for bridal portraits. 

City Club of Washington  - I kicked off my 2018 wedding season here and I'm so glad that I did. There's so much natural light at this venue and a gorgeous staircase to walk down to meet your husband-to-be. 

City Club of Washington - I kicked off my 2018 wedding season here and I'm so glad that I did. There's so much natural light at this venue and a gorgeous staircase to walk down to meet your husband-to-be. 

The Cylburn Arboretum  - gorgeous inside and out! Clyburn's grounds are well kept and make a wonderful location for outdoor ceremonies + receptions. The getting ready space is beautiful too!

The Cylburn Arboretum - gorgeous inside and out! Clyburn's grounds are well kept and make a wonderful location for outdoor ceremonies + receptions. The getting ready space is beautiful too!

The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club  - what a stunning venue this is! It has beautiful views of the water, a private beach and a gorgeous reception hall. 

The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club - what a stunning venue this is! It has beautiful views of the water, a private beach and a gorgeous reception hall. 

The Elkridge Furnace Inn  - Perfect for smaller, more intimate weddings! 

The Elkridge Furnace Inn - Perfect for smaller, more intimate weddings! 

Dulany's Overlook  - Through and through this venue is beautiful! It stands out because it has gorgeous on-site getting ready rooms, great outdoor ceremony options and a super cool barn to party all night long! There are endless photo opportunities here too! 

Dulany's Overlook - Through and through this venue is beautiful! It stands out because it has gorgeous on-site getting ready rooms, great outdoor ceremony options and a super cool barn to party all night long! There are endless photo opportunities here too! 

The Inn at Vint Hill  - One of the dreamiest venues in Northern, VA! 

The Inn at Vint Hill - One of the dreamiest venues in Northern, VA! 

The Hermitage Museum and Gardens  - Oh my goodness, this venue is about as picturesque as it gets. Get married under a massive tree. Have your first dance on this beautiful patio under string lights. And enjoy the sunset over the water right next to your reception. Look no further for a wonderful Virginia venue! 

The Hermitage Museum and Gardens - Oh my goodness, this venue is about as picturesque as it gets. Get married under a massive tree. Have your first dance on this beautiful patio under string lights. And enjoy the sunset over the water right next to your reception. Look no further for a wonderful Virginia venue! 

Breaux Vineyards  - Get married among the vines in the Shenandoah Valley and dance the night away in their beautiful reception hall! This is a hidden gem in Purcellville, VA. 

Breaux Vineyards - Get married among the vines in the Shenandoah Valley and dance the night away in their beautiful reception hall! This is a hidden gem in Purcellville, VA. 

The Morris Arboretum  - This venue is the bohemian bride's dream! Do your portraits in their greenhouse or in the rose garden and enjoy cocktail hour in the treehouse! This is the best wedding venue in PA! 

The Morris Arboretum - This venue is the bohemian bride's dream! Do your portraits in their greenhouse or in the rose garden and enjoy cocktail hour in the treehouse! This is the best wedding venue in PA! 

Appleford Estate  - An old greenhouse, beautiful gardens and an amazing outdoor patio! Appleford has it all and I highly recommend this venue! The historic building is way cute too.

Appleford Estate - An old greenhouse, beautiful gardens and an amazing outdoor patio! Appleford has it all and I highly recommend this venue! The historic building is way cute too.

The Barn at Silverstone  - Dang, I love this place! Enjoy numerous backdrops such as weeping willows, corn fields and a silo. The barn is upscale and a gorgeous place to host your reception! 

The Barn at Silverstone - Dang, I love this place! Enjoy numerous backdrops such as weeping willows, corn fields and a silo. The barn is upscale and a gorgeous place to host your reception! 

Backyard weddings 

Also always a good option! Near or far, I'm always down to shoot a backyard wedding! 

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I hope this was helpful! 

When planning your wedding it's important to remember that everything should be unique to you as a couple. Finding the perfect venue, photographer and vendor team to enhance the love you have for one another as naturally as possible is what you should look for.