Authentic You Photography Blog

June 19, 2010

Autstin & Amy

Filed under: Wedding — Char @ 6:20 am

Her eyes danced. And sparkled. She radiated life and laughter. You can’t help but love Amy.

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Amy’s emails to me often ended with the number of days left until the big day…followed by exclamation points and a smiley face. This is Amy.

She is detailed. The day was planned. When it finally arrived, everything was perfectly in place.

They seemed to enjoy and soak in every minute of their day. All day. In a easy, relaxed, just happy to be together way.

See their slide show here.

A big thank-you to Kelly Lapp for working with me and catching excellent photos.

Austin and Amy, you were a delight to work with. For real. Thank-you for the privilege!

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Her Jewelry. The rings.

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Finishing touches…

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Such a gorgeous bride she was…

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Handsome Austin. Photos by Kelly.

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Love this close up by Kelly!

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June 12, 2010

Casey & Kerri

Filed under: Uncategorized, Wedding — Char @ 5:59 am

She floated around the room in her purple satin robe. Relaxed. Peaceful. Enjoying the calm and quiet before the day’s activities began. Her mother kept her company, helped her button up the dress, and stopped every now and then to give Kerri a hug or a kiss on the cheek.

Then the girls arrived. And the activity started! Gushing, doting, squeals…oh, these girls were girlfriends at their finest!

The day had arrived.

Casey beamed proudly at his bride as she walked to him and Kerri wiped away happy tears as Casey sang to her at the reception. Family members and friends showed support in every way possible.

I loved everything about this day. The planning process allowed me to feel like a friend to Kerri and her family.

Thanks to Nicola Herring for working with me and getting excellent photos.

The details of the day were perfect….loved Kerri’s vision and eye for detail.

The wedding was held at The Cork Factory Hotel. See Casey and Kerri’s slide show here.

Casey and Kerri, truly it was an honor and a delight. Thank-you, thank-you. All the very, very best!

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Elegance with ease….

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Kerri told me that her bridesmaid photos were important to her…so we got lots. These girls were so fun!

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Married!

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Nicola focused on wide angle shots….loved these!

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More super-duper wide angle shots by Nicola.

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May 29, 2010

Josh & Brynn

Filed under: Wedding — Char @ 8:45 am

The sun shone warmly as the day started…

She arrived in a cute little tee with “Bride” across the front in sparkly sequins.

All her bridesmaids carried matching pink and white bags with their “getting ready” supplies.

Details. Many impeccable details all tied together with a vivid pink and abundant white flowers.

And they were so in love….treating each other and others with utmost kindness and sincerity.

She cried when his scribbled note was delived to her as she prepared. He cried when he saw her for the first time as she walked down the aisle.

The wedding was held at Phoenixville Foundry…. such a gorgeous venue.

A big thank-you to Larry from Weaver Images and ever so helpful Tawanda for working with me.

To see more of their day, see the slide show here.

Josh and Brynn, thank-you for inviting me to document your wedding day. It was a pleasure witnessing your love. All the very, very best.

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Josh’s note to Brynn…

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Love this shot Tawanda caught of Brynn…

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So, so happy. This was the one of the first photos together…married.

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Totally spontaneous.

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Love this shot of Brynn…

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Dawn from Feastivities did an immaculate job orchestrating the day.

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Have a great weekend everybody!

February 2, 2010

Lavern & Fannie Lynn

Filed under: Wedding — Char @ 8:09 am

We arrived at her house before the sun rose. The ground was frosty and the stars were shining. We climbed the steps to her bedroom. Fannie Lynn and her sister talked quietly as they finished hair and did final make-up touch ups. Little brother, all shiny in his suit, stood shyly outside the bedroom door, watching and grinning. When it was time for  Lavern to arrive, he found her before she even could come down the stairs. Beaming smiles, exuberant hugs, and excited laughter followed…setting the tone for the day.

I always walk away from a wedding blessed by some aspect of the day. This time it was the close family, heartfelt stories, tight hugs, tears of happiness, and genuine laughter. Oh, and the amazing peanut butter pie I was sent home with.

Thanks to Colleen from Capture This Photography for working with me!

Lavern and Fannie Lynn, thank-you for including us in your day. I am quite certain you have many, many good years ahead.

I will let their  slide show and photos tell their story….

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November 27, 2009

Leon & Kate

Filed under: Wedding — Char @ 3:35 pm

The day dawned warm with light gray clouds scattered across the sky.

As she walked into the church,  she took a deep. Her eyes danced.

Her girls bustled around her. Primping and prepping and laughing and doing what bridesmaids do on the big day.

And she smiled softly.

Reds shoes were perfect for her.

Kate is sweet and kind and it is easy to see Leon loves her with his everything.

As the rain gently pitter-pattered outside, Kate and Leon promised forever.  It was clear family and friends shared a deep affection and loyalty for Kate and Leon.

Stop here to see their slideshow.

Leon and Kate, it was an honor to be included in your day. Many, many blessing to you both.

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Loved the punchy red flowers.

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Everybody cheered as Kate and Leon entered the reception.

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As promised, I wanted to post Kate and Leon’s wedding this week.

Happy weekend to all!

November 20, 2009

Daryl & Lindsay

Filed under: Wedding — Char @ 10:32 am

Some people glow. Glow from the inside.

The glow sparkles from the eyes and shines in the laughter. It shimmers and dances. It’s radiant. It’s vibrant.

It leaves you feeling like, well….I like this person. There is something real here and it is good.

It’s heartwarming and winsome and just good. All at the same time.

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It’s beautiful.

Daryl and Lindsay are some of the most warm, genuine, and open people I have ever met. And I am pretty sure everybody else would say the same.

Thrilled and so happy were these two. Their day reflected them and was perfect.

It was a truly an honor! Thank-you and I wish you two the absolute VERY best.

Thanks to Larry from Weaver Images for working with me rocking his camera.

Stop here to see more of their day.

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Speaks for itself…Lindsay was stunning.

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This next photo is Tawanda’s….I was immediately drawn to the simplicity, clean lines, and real expression.

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The following photo is Larry’s…love the emotion on Dad and Lindsay’s faces.

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And now Mr and Mrs!

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Always and forever!

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November 14, 2009

Red shoes…

Filed under: Just Because, Wedding — Char @ 3:27 am

Her name is Kate.

She knew that red shoes were perfect for her wedding day!

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More to come of this awesome bride.

Happy weekend!

October 10, 2009

Jonathan and Crystal

Filed under: Wedding — Char @ 3:38 am

To paint a picture…

Some of us wear a quiet “Love”. It may be soft grays with a punch of red every now and then. Not real obvious, but it is still strong and sweet.

And then there are some of us that wear “Love” with exuberance. I am thinking bold reds and purples. Designer brand, indeed.  Worn with pride. Obvious to the world. Laughing. Sparkling. Dedicated and vibrant. Hugs are not just a hug, but all encompassing and felt from head to toe. Arms open wide affection. And very strong and sweet. Indeed.

This is Jonathan and Crystal.

Two weeks ago today, Jonathan and Crystal promised forever.

And they did so with their entire heart and soul. Absolutely.

The day was filled with warmth. Family and friends expressed much affection and appreciation. Big brothers approved the “new man” in the family, friends shared fond memories, sisters shed a tear of happiness, and parents seemed so proud of their families.

Jonathan and Crystal, thank-you for including me in every way. It was an honor to document your day, your true love.

See the slide show  here.

Thanks again to Larry from Weaver Images for working with me.

I met Jonathan and Crystal at this beautiful location for photos.

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Beautiful….

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The heartfelt “first look”. I love how this gives plenty of time for photos before the ceremony.

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Totally candid…you see this is them.

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Tawanda caught the next image and I love the emotion.

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Sweet light pouring into the covered bridge was perfect for photos.

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Loving every minute of her day…

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Too adorable of a flower girl to not include one shot….

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And the best for last…this is Crystal and Jonathan. This is how they wore there love.

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September 25, 2009

Matt & Ony

Filed under: Wedding — Char @ 5:24 am

She planned to start her day with an early morning run. Because that is how she starts her days. Running. Ready.

There are some girls who let life guide them. Happy and content to wait and see what will happen around the next bend. Then there are some that take life by the wheel, wear their favorite designer jeans and drive fast. Real fast. Just for the sake of fast. With the windows down and the radio pumping.

Ony looks at the world with yes, a smile. But even more…a head tilted back, eyes squinted shut, bubbling up from “love of life” laughter. Just for the sake of loving to laugh.

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And the man who keeps her in such a state of bliss is Matt. One glance from her and he melts into a puddle of love mush. Well kinda. Without many words… he grins, encourages, and keeps her on the road. His steady, gentle demeanor is the perfect fit with Ony’s animated, lively personality.

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The details were divine. A big white tent was set up in the back yard and lights were strung through the trees. The wooden dock over the pond was selected for the first dance and an old canoe was designated as the “gift table”. Seating tags were clipped with clothe pins to twine. Quaintly painted wood signs were placed in the ground waiting to direct guests….this way for  Aunt Marilyn’s southern brewed sweet tea…this way for the scenic route…this way for the first dance. Flowers bloomed everywhere…vibrant reds and yellows. Music tinkled through the warm air. Little cousins ran and played. Family and friends did indeed travel many miles for the occasion; ready to celebrate Matt and Ony and the “good life”.

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Dad watches from the doorway!

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Gorgeous!

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Yup, the day is here!

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Loved the vibrant hues of the flowers against the girls dresses.

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Music pounded and the guests cheered and clapped to the beat as Ony and Matt entered the reception.

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Lovely details.

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Evening crept over the festivities.

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Thanks again to Larry from Weaver Images for working with me and helping to capturing the day.

Matt and Ony, you both truly make each other that much more wonderful. Thank-you for allowing me to join you on your wedding day. It was an honor. Ony, may you always laugh with your head tilted back and live with your whole heart. I am certain your wedding day was only the start of the “good life” together.

Stop here to see the slide show.

September 23, 2009

Modern Bride

Filed under: Kiddos, Wedding — Char @ 3:50 am

So what exactly defines the modern bride?

Hey, you can go many ways with this….but I am thinking Chucks fall in there. For sure.

More to come…

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