Lauren & Sam

Strong Mansion in Dickerson, Maryland was the setting for the June 30 wedding for Lauren Dibert and Samuel Degraft.  My team and I will not forget this wedding for a long time–it was culturally vibrant and a true celebration of love.  The most intimate moment we have witnessed at a wedding was the couple meeting before the ceremony without actually seeing each other. They held hands around the corner, talked and prayed for their ceremony, reception and marriage to be blessed. And that it was and shall be a union that is blessed from the start.

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Lauren made a stunning bride!  Starting the day in Frederick with hair and makeup, Lauren dressed in a strapless lace gown and simple, yet elegant veil.

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Sam and his groomsmen headed to the mansion where they relaxed until the girls arrived via limousine. The guys looked sharp as well.Lauren and Sam Blog 4

Limo ride.

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Lauren’s lovely arrangement was created by Scentsational Flowers.Lauren and Sam Blog 31a.jpgLauren and Sam Blog 6

Because they used traditional vows during the ceremony, Lauren and Sam took the opportunity to exchange their own book of vows to each other before the ceremony.  They met at the corner of the upstairs rooms at the mansion without seeing each other. This had to be one of the most heartfelt and touching moments in all the weddings I have ever witnessed.  This is the kind of relationship every parent should hope their child would find–one grounded in their faith and devotion to God. Lauren and Sam Blog 7

This was the most amazingly beautiful moment for a couple to share before they take a lifetime vow before family and friends.Lauren and Sam Blog 9

It was a brutally hot 95 degrees with full sun during the late afternoon ceremony. Strong Mansion was lush green and beautifully landscaped.

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Pastor Joel shared a message based on passages from Colossians 3:12-17  and 1 John 4: 7-12 .

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Lauren and Sam blended sand using a glass unity heart.

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Family members from around the world attended the event.

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The wedding party looked stunning in their champagne colored attire.Lauren and Sam Blog 19

Let the party begin with MC Kofi Williams. Lauren and Sam Blog 20Lauren and Sam Blog 21Lauren just couldn’t stop smiling. She danced to “Cinderella” in a choreographed number with her dad, and their emotional connection showcased their close father-daughter relationship.

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The red velvet and chocolate tiered cake was created by Once Upon a Crumb and gently fed to each other.Lauren and Sam Blog 24Sometimes, they agreed during the shoe game, and other times, their answers were from different perspectives.Lauren and Sam Blog 25

Learning a few dance moves, including “squish de bug.”

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Lauren and Sam changed into traditional attire representing Ghana’s native wedding dress.

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Guests helped say farewell to Lauren and Sam at the end of a festive wedding celebration and the beginning of a loving marriage.

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Special thanks to my team, Christi Thomas and Clay Wegrzynowicz for their terrific assistance and efforts to capture memories for Lauren and Sam to enjoy for a lifetime.

@2018 WattersWorks & Company, LLC  by Della Watters, Certified Professional Photographer, Bedford, PA

 

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Kristine & Dan

Kristine and Dan held their May 26 wedding and reception in the Altoona Grand Hotel. The venue was spacious and accommodating for their family and friends. KristineDanWedding 1KristineDanWedding 2KristineDanWedding 3KristineDanWedding 4KristineDanWedding 5KristineDanWedding 6KristineDanWedding 7KristineDanWedding 8KristineDanWedding 9KristineDanWedding 10KristineDanWedding 11KristineDanWedding 12

We moved to Legion Park to create some more memories and capture the beauty of the spring day. Dan and Kristine couldn’t stop smiling. KristineDanWedding 13KristineDanWedding 14KristineDanWedding 15KristineDanWedding 16KristineDanWedding 17KristineDanWedding 18

The Snowball Express was too tempting on a warm afternoon, so we stopped for a quick refreshment.KristineDanWedding 19

Kristine’s love of the softball field drew her in for batting practice.  We’re pretty sure their wedding scored a home run for the win!KristineDanWedding 20KristineDanWedding 21KristineDanWedding 22

Cinn-a-bon bakery provided the wedding “cake”  with ooey, gooey fresh cinnamon rolls.KristineDanWedding 23KristineDanWedding 24KristineDanWedding 25KristineDanWedding 26

The “Laughter Guaranteed!” Photo Booth provided guests with entertainment and a memory from the evening.  Non-traditional photos with hats and props kept the guests laughing. They left one copy in a book for Kristine and Dan to enjoy later.KristineDanWedding 27

Custom designed prints matched their wedding theme and colors.KristineDanWedding 29

Awe-struck Entertainment with Laine Roland kept the guests on the dance floor and enjoying their favorite songs and group dances. KristineDanWedding 28

Best wishes for a long and happy marriage, Kristine & Dan.  May you always keep the spark for each other that you had on your wedding day.

 

The great snowball fight of 2017

The Hagemeyers enjoyed a family session this December for the traditional family photos around the tree.Hagemeyer blog 1

The latest additions to their family, Cash and Kohl, joined us, and things got pretty lively!

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We headed outside since the wind was calmer and the temps were tolerable for a few minutes. Hagemeyer blog 4

When the kids started playing in the snow, it wasn’t long till an epic snowball fight broke out…Hagemeyer blog 6Hagemeyer blog 5

This is what families are all about…playing, laughing and having fun together!

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Later in life, when the kids look back at these images, I hope they will fondly recall the fun time they had playing with their family, and the love they shared.

Erin & Don

Omni Bedford Springs Resort provided the stunning backdrop for this winter wedding with Erin & Don.  He couldn’t stop smiling from the moment he laid eyes on her that afternoon, and their connection with posing for pictures came naturally.

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Because they were adventurous and willing to brave a few moments of chilly air before the ceremony, we were able to capture the outside holiday decorations and the romance of the resort.  Ok, it was downright cold, but Erin was a trooper and knew the effort was worth having some stunning images.

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Plus, the gorgeous decorations inside are just as romantic.

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The Taylor room provided an intimate location for the ceremony which was officiated by Erin’s brother.

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They have a great sense of humor too.

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After a few more pictures, Erin and Don had a candlelit reception in the Eisenhower room as they celebrated with family and friends.

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Celtic anamchairde (soul friends) blessings to you, Erin and Don, for a long and happy life together.

Lauren & Sam Engagement

Lauren and Sam met at Montgomery Community College in a pre-calc class, and hit it off that semester. They have a love for the outdoors–hiking and enjoying nature. We visited some of their favorite locations for the engagement session. It was easy for them to be natural and enjoy each other’s company during the session. Plus, their love for each other is obvious! I’m looking forward to their June wedding and the celebration as they mix cultures and begin their married life together.

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She’s got brains, talent and personality. On the rifle range, Laurel can put on her game face and be a fierce competitor.  But on the inside. she’s got charm and it is easy to see she is a deep thinker.  Laurel is one who quietly stands with confidence, and her ripples radiate to those around her. Thanks for being a great role model for others, Laurel.

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Amanda & Justin

Justin and Amanda tied the knot at Omni Bedford Springs Resort on a blustery, winter day. She looked gorgeous.We were toasty inside, and the ceremony was filled with love and laughter. Their organization was impeccable, and their style in music, flowers, and friends was even better. It was a great PARTY with lots of dancing and music by the John Parker Band.We couldn’t resist a quick minute outside for some pics at the end of the evening.

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