I first met Joel and Stephanie at their engagement session on the campus of IUP. You can check that out HERE! I was so excited when they told me they were bringing their dog Leo. At the time, he was still a pup. Not only did they bring him to their E-Session, he was also a big part of their wedding day. These two love each other, and Leo so much. I just adore this little family!
We started the day at the Hilton Garden Inn in Indiana PA, where all of the girls got ready. We had a few laughs over some Youtube Videos, and had a great time. After Stephanie stepped into her dress, and put on her jewelry, shoes and perfume, we did a first look for the bridesmaids, and her father. I always love these parts of the day when everyone sees the bride for the first time! She looked absolutely stunning. Jill headed to the barn where the guys were getting ready (including Leo). They all had a great time hanging out, and waiting for the day to begin.
All of the girls, Steph’s father and I hopped on the trolley to head to the ceremony. Steph’s dad gave her a hanky to keep for later! We drove up to a full crowd, and awaited everything to start. All of the ring bearers, flower girls, and Leo, walked down effortlessly without hesitation! They shared their first kiss, and walked back up the aisle.
We took a few family photos, bridal party photos, and had plenty of time for the two of them. We really captured some gorgeous shots of them under the willow tree (one of my favorite spots).
Steph and Joel along with their bridal party and parents, made their grand entrance up the steps and into the barn. They had such a beautiful reception complete with lighting, and ivy wreaths hanging from above. Their names hung as a backdrop behind them during dances. Everything went seamlessly through the evening, thanks to Callie at The Home Farm Barn, and their Wedding Day Coordinator Colleen at One Fine Day Weddings. It was such a relief to work with coordinators day of the wedding!
We snuck outside right at sunset and took a few portraits. The Sunset was one of the best I’ve seen all year! Joel and Stephanie had an epic sparkler exit outside of the barn, and everyone loved it. We said our goodbyes, and of course took a few cookies for the road.
Joel and Stephanie, we had such an amazing time at your wedding, and I am so honored you chose me to photograph your wedding. From your engagement session, to your wedding day, I have really enjoyed getting to know you both (and Leo). Give him hugs and kisses for me, and I wish you both all the happiness in the world!
GETTING READY VENUE | HILTON GARDEN INN AT IUP
VENUE | THE HOME FARM BARN
PHOTOGRAPHER | J.JAE PHOTOGRAPHY
SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER | JILL GEARHART PHOTOGRAPHY
COORDINATOR | COLLEEN, ONE FINE DAY WEDDINGS
FLORALS AND BALLOON BOARD | THE FLOWER GALLERY
GOWN | POSH BRIDAL
TUX | CALVIN KLEIN, MACY’S
TABLE RENTALS | STATES RENTAL
CATERING | JUST ASK CATERING
DJ | IT TAKES TWO
HAIR | D’S 422 WEST SIDE SALON
CAKE | MARTA’S CAKES AND COOKIES
He had a canvas made of where they met, where he proposed, and where they got married… Ahhhh good job Joel!
I love this SO much. So sweet.
Part of her moms’ and grandmas dress. <3
Apparently he needed some linkedin profile pics. Done and Done.