January 28, 2015

  • Of me and my gratitude....

    in which my bangs were so long i could hardly see =)

    You know those moments when-

    You have an idea... and it marinates and marinates.. until, suddenly you pull the plug

    cause you have to. It's time. Right now! And you love the results. For sure.

    But to take that plunge is just that. Taking a plunge.

    We are working on a few of those things around here at Di Images.

    It's so fun.

    I know i say THANK YOU every year.

    Or is it every day?

    I just cannot get over it.

    Without you i am nothing.

    Plus i love connecting with people. You. Them. Everyone.

    On a talent scale i have no idea where i would fall.

    I just love it.

    Taking photos. Always have.

    The business side of things and the computer side of things.

    I could take or leave those.

    BUT i love the picture taking and the meeting of people. That part i don't want to give up.

    I also love teaching. (i taught school for 13 years did you know that?)

    and i'm so grateful to be able to teach others what i have learned.

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    Anyway, THANK YOU! Again. And again and again. I could never say it enough.

    Angie took these photos. @AngeliquePhotography.

    She is super talented and just a blast to spend time with.

    There is huge meaning for me in the XO- Someday i should tell you about it.

    For now, it's my favorite closing line just before my signature.

    The little things of life that take on big meaning. My love goes out to all of you.

    XO-Diane

     

January 23, 2015

  • Tawanda Faye Photography: Mentoring Session/ Headshots

    She is beautiful inside and out. A Lifestyle Photographer - looking to grow her business one step at a time.

    Smart with an Impeccable/Easy kind of style. The minute you meet her, not only do you like her, but you trust her.

    Two little boys keep her busy and being a wife and mom is her priority.

    She just purchased a new camera!!!! 5DMarkII- My personal favorite.

    And i love love love who she is and where she is headed with it.

    Tawanda's mentoring session (she came with a list- PERFECT!) consisted mostly of business.

    Ideas. Questions. Equipment. To do- Not to do. Etc. Etc.

    Watermark or no? and why? Marketing. Logo. Blog site. Online photo sharing/ordering websites.

    The ideas are endless. To narrow them down to what fits you and your style is important.

    And if done right- will save you tons of time.

    Tawanda Faye specializes in weddings and families and you can find examples of her

    beautiful work and links to her blog site on Facebook.

    http://www.tawandafayephotography.blogspot.com/

    Here she is! =)

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    Her choice of a camera bag is over the top perfect. Not as pricey as some and made to fit her needs. Great choice!

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    It was very cold. And we had such a good time. Tawanda, i would find any reason to do it all over again =)

    And I'm so lucky to be someone who is in your life circle. You are beautiful.

    XO-Diane

January 17, 2015

  • The Martins : Lancaster, PA

    This little family was a complete bundle of fun to photograph.

    Julia is a photographer - she knew what she wanted with her family photos :

    She felt like she has a lot of pictures of everybody individually ( because she photographs them )

    but as a family and as a husband and wife- not so many. Also it is (was) their 10 year anniversary!

    You don't need many more reasons than that to have photos taken =)

    Their youngest son, Conor, was born January 28, 2014 and has been diagnosed with MSUD.

    He needs to follow a strict diet regimen limiting his protein intake.

    The future is unclear for him- His diet will be a lifelong process unless he would receive a liver transplant.

    In the mean time if he becomes sick his levels will soar and he will need hospital care immediately.

    He was hospitalized 3 times in 2014.

    I received a Christmas letter from Julia and i just love what she wrote.

    I will put it here at the end of the post so you can read it, too.

    "Beautiful little boys." ( i love their blue shirts)

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    Julia writes:

    "Our year has been sprinkled with many more moments that have been so good to reflect back on....All these

    formulate what we call life..each little moment is a piece in the puzzle. Sometimes it's not clear where the piece should go or does it even

    fit??? But at the end of the year, we realize all those pieces, no matter how beautiful or how small, together make a beautiful picture.

    This we call the amazing God-inspired puzzle of LIFE. "

    i love it.

    Thanks Martins. I loved meeting you all.

January 9, 2015

  • Tristan & Julie : Wedding : Reading, PA : Goggle Works

    November 29, 2014

    Last BUT NOT LEAST!!! This couple - so adorable. This venue - Perfect. This Wedding- S O Good =)

    Julie has been an assistant of mine for a few years and I THINK she is super talented.

    As a photographer- fashion sense0 etc etc.

    So when i heard she was dating and then getting married and then contacting me about wedding dates I was over the top excited

    to help them celebrate and document this day. I'm not one to choose favorites but i love love love

    how this couple chose to decorate and express their love for each other as a couple through their wedding day.

    Pay close attention to the vendor list at the bottom. Some very talented people - especially the coordinators/hair & make up.

    Here you go!! Our last wedding from 2014.

    LOVE STORY:

    How did a girl from Pennsylvania and a boy from Alabama meet? Two weddings and a funeral, of all things! In August of 2013, Julie was a bridesmaid in her friend's wedding, and Tristan was the videographer. The wedding was in Maryland and there were several mutual friends involved and in attendance. Tristan and Julie didn't notice too much of each other that day, but after the wedding, all the out of state friends got together to catch up. Julie didn't notice the unfamiliar face that joined in the conversation. So she drove home to PA the next morning without a passing thought. A few days later she received a friend request on Facebook. She accepted even though she barely knew him (this is out of character for her, by the way!). The following weekend, there was another out of state wedding involving the same group of friends. This one was in Virginia and Julie was the photographer. It crossed her mind that video-guy would probably be video-ing this wedding as well. Sure enough, video-guy was video-ing the wedding. They crossed paths a few times but didn't talk to each other. Again, Julie drove home to PA without a single conversation with Tristan. Little did she know, Tristan had been trying to find a way to talk to her at the wedding, but didn't have the opportunity. Luckily, Julie's birthday was a few days later which gave Tristan a valid reason to write on her facebook. “Happy birthday :) ” was all he said, but for some reason Julie decided to comment back (again, out of character for her!) and they had a short conversation over Julie's facebook wall. Meanwhile, Tristan was working up the nerve to start a REAL conversation with her. He sent her a message around midnight that same night. Turned out to be the best birthday gift she ever got. :) Over the next several weeks, they messaged back and forth...which turned into texting...which turned into phone calls. At the end of August, Julie left the country to sight-see in Hong Kong for a week. Near the end of her trip, Tristan messaged her saying that his aunt's father in Pennsylvania had died and that his parents were going to drive up from Alabama for the funeral. So while Julie was on a 15 hour flight home to America, Tristan was on a 16 hour drive from AL to PA. They met up the next day (the 12-hour time difference jet-lag didn't interfere!) and decided to take a chance on long-distance dating. They managed to see each other every month whether it was via road trips or flights back and forth. In May of 2014, Tristan proposed and the rest is history. :)

     

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    I love the Goggle Works in Reading because you can shoot beautiful photos from almost every angle of the building.

    Walking just a short distance would give you perfect backgrounds as well, but if it's freezing temps outside, and it was, this is perfect.

    Zooming in and out to warm up and freshen up- We wanted to keep the bride and groom nice and comfy despite the cold.

    Inside lighting is beautiful as well. It's perfect.

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    Loved Julie's Dress.

    (And her hair- shoes -jewelry -hair -shoes -hair hair hair....)  =) She So Pretty!

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    With some kind advice from this security officer and a kiss from her mother Julie was sent off to meet her groom.

    The first look is in a category all by itself. It was completely tender. The couple requested that they have art in the background capturing the uniqueness of the venue. I like things like that. Purposeful. Thought out. Planned ahead. And then the joy when it comes together just as imagined.

    FIRST LOOK:

    (not in order- just so precious)

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    I felt as if i was taking photos of a royal couple. With the red hair and the navy coat and gold tie.

    They were so relaxed as if trained to be that way. Each photo was as pleasant as the one before it.

    And i knew she (Julie) would be pleased with all her choices.

    The freezing cold was there but also was the sun, bouncing off every brick and glass from the buildings above and all around us.

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    BRIDAL PARTY!

    Equally glamorous and obviously having royal blood in their veins as well =)

    So much fun. This was not my idea with the phones but i loved how it looked!

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    And then we went into the warm and stayed there.

    Julie and Tristan arranged to have their guests seated at the reception tables for the ceremony as well.

    This is a favorite of mine. We did it at our wedding and it is so cool! All the glitter and glam of the reception is right there available for the ceremony.

    Plus people feel less formal. More relaxed. And the food seems to come faster! Tacos! Was for dinner. The couple's favorite. Soooo Good!

    Like i said earlier- check out the vendor list for some pretty awesome recommendations.

    Nothing cuts it like a live band and because he is a videographer and she is a photographer they used

    both as centerpieces.

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    This brother had a very nice (hilarious) toast!

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    The ring bearer received a little green car in exchange for the rings!! What a great idea.

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    These two, Hope & Charity. What beautiful women. They did a superb job with coordinating and also hair and makeup. The perfect team.

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    Julie and all the boys. She got this!

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    And that was it. Perfect in every way! Julie & Tristan, you guys do make a perfect couple.

    Thank you for having us. I'm so glad for the internet so we can keep watching as you grow your lives and your family in Alabama.

    Thank you to Judy for helping me out on this freezing cold day. And Rachel, who came only to mentor but ended up running errands for us.

    Roll tide. ;)

    (i do not know what that means but i think it has to do with a sports team)

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    XO-Diane

     

    Vendors:

    Wedding Coordinators: Hope Glick & Charity Brubaker

    Hair & Makeup: Hope Glick & Janice Geiger

    Catering: Mark & Barb Klein

    Videography: Andrei Belousov

    Flowers: Skyline Drive Orchard

    Table Decor: Patsy Horning & Rebecca Beam

    Cupcakes: Rebecca Beam

    Dress: David's Bridal

    Dress Alterations: Barbara Ranck

    Bridesmaids Dresses: Kohl's

    Groom and Groomsmen attire: JC Penney

January 1, 2015

  • Now that Christmas is over....

    I can share with you some more  families!

    Like this one.

    This momma had contacted me a few years back for family photos and it just didn't work out.

    I was hoping hoping hoping that i would get the opportunity (sometime) and this year it worked!

    Our schedules matched :)

    And it was well worth the wait! Love the color choices and the outfits AND the children's ages.

    Before you know it they will be off to college, married, or living in another country.

    Right now, tho- they are a blast to spend time with.

    I loved every minute with this family of 5.

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    Perfect Hair. Eyes that Sparkle and Mischievous Grins made it all so easy :)

    -Diane

     

December 16, 2014

  • lancaster city family shoot: the kings on duke

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    Is so sweet. I babysat these children for years. Years before they were this grown up. When they were babies and tiny tiny children.

    And i always loved it. Now. Now we can go out with mom and dad and the kids can stay home and babysit themselves...

    which is sort of sad- and yet nice. And i'm still excited to sit with them in the future, regardless of how big they get, and how well they

    can take care of themselves. Here's to hoping their parents travel and leave them with us again soon!

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    We started by jumping on the couch to loosen up those nerves.

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    She likes this pair of glasses. The other pair broke =)

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    Rich & Shannon have been fixing this house up for a very long time. They do incredible (hard!!!) work at restoration and i love that they

    chose to take these photos in their home. The simple elegance and oldness and very tall windows was all that we needed for a really cool

    shoot. O wait. Plus a very good looking family. Love you guys. Diane

December 2, 2014

  • Wedding : Bryan & Eileen: Conway, SC

     

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    With the perfect blend of Norwegian & Lancaster County PA: This day was beyond fun. Beyond Beautiful. And beyond all that was hoped and dreamed for. Bryan wrote the love story for this post. It's listed later- near the end- and after you read it you, like me, may find a few tears slipping out. When love is long distance it becomes sweeter just for the fact of endurance. And how do lives come together so individually when there are millions of people in between? How beautiful the commitment that starts long before the wedding day. The blending of two hearts and many families....The mystery of when a man loves a woman.

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    Beautiful models bridesmaids.  =) As you will read later not one of the guests at the wedding were actually from Conway, SC. This takes an incredible amount of organization and cooperation and from the looks of things this bride could have planned a wedding anywhere in the world and it would have been as perfect. Everyone chipped in and did whatever it took to make it happen. Her bridesmaids were completely selfless and supportive.

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    While the girls were busy getting ready at the Thompson Farm in Conway the guys were getting their duds on at Myrtle Beach. Mary did a spectacular job of catching the essence of these boys. Their friendships and they were a blast to work with.

    Brothers. Cousins. Friends. Crazy fun !

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    To complete the vow ceremony the couple put together a cross.

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    See? Crazy! I could not resist.

    Loved the girls choice of dresses!  Perfect. Perfect. Perfect.

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    This wedding was an all day affair with a lunch prepared after the ceremony.

    Following lunch there was skeet shooting and lawn games.

    Not your typical lawn games BUT a lawn literally set up with games.

    Like tether ball- a giant slide- a rubber ducky race.

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    I like how they blended 2 cultures. Candy. Snop. There was an American "cutting of the cake" and a Norwegian one, which, by the way, is like nothing I have ever seen. =)  The bride and groom are blindfolded. Or, they hold their eyes shut tight. Then they hold a knife and together cut into the  middle of the cake vertically. The top of the cake is pulled off and inside are stashed tiny little fake babies. Fake, of course. =) However many babies are attached to the string is how many babies you are going to have in real life. Neat, Right?

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    Lawn games for the kids. There was a lot of children at this wedding and they had so much fun!

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    THEIR STORY: by Bryan

    Eileen and I met for the first time in 2009 where we were both serving in Panama City, Panama under Youth With A Mission (YWAM).  Our encounter here was short as I (Bryan) was just on two month outreach but only met Eileen a month into it.  We connected well as friends and briefly stayed in touched for the next half a year after I left.  Ironically, in May 2010 we met under similar circumstances in YWAM Haiti following the earthquake.  I (Bryan) went to St Marc, Haiti as YWAM staff and Eileen was the one on outreach this time with the Discipleship Training School (DTS) she was staffing.  As was the case in Panama a number of months earlier, while we were able to catch up as friends briefly, we again went our separate ways.  Following this, Eileen and I (Bryan) had no contact with each other for about two years.  Then randomly, on June 3, 2012, Eileen wrote me (Bryan) a quick message on facebook saying how she saw pictures of me at one of my friends wedding and got her wondering how I was doing.  Naturally I wrote her back and filled her in asking her the same questions.  THANK GOD FOR FACEBOOK!  This went on for months.  Obviously during this time the conversations got longer and deeper and feelings were beginning to arise.  But, we both were trying to resist as I (Bryan) was on orders to deploy to Kuwait in just a few months and Eileen was in school in Norway, her home country.  However, Eileen had a trip planned to the states over Thanksgiving, which would be the last time I would be home visiting my family before I shipped out, so naturally we made plans to see each other.  We both flew in to VA on the same day, me from Camp Shelby, Mississippi where I was training and Eileen came in from Oslo, Norway.  My mom picked us up from the airport and we were able to spend the next three days together and Eileen was also able to meet my family.  It was during this time we decided to try and take this friendship to another level in spite of the circumstances and what would become long distance.  And that is what we did, over the next 10 months when I was deployed and Eileen was back home all we had was cyber communication.  But we made the best of it with date nights over skype and even netflix movie nights.  As the tenth month was approaching Eileen and I both decided that the following fall we would both transfer to colleges in South Carolina so we could be closer together and not have another year of long distance in our relationship.  During Christmas vacation that year I traveled to Norway with Eileen to meet her family.  While I knew before, it was during this time I felt God confirm that she would be the one I would marry, so I asked her dad for his blessing during this time as well.  On March 15, 2014 I proposed to Eileen in Mount Jackson, VA on a mountain lookout near my parents home.  Thankfully she said yes and the wedding planning began!  After months of looking through pinterest, watching "say yes to the dress", thrift store shopping, and of course our own creative imaginations, we were able to create our dream wedding!  My mom and Eileen used their crafting skills to make things like the invitations, programs, and a quilt that our guests could sign.  Most of the other details came from thrift store shopping with intent to make our own style that combined Norwegian and American culture.  The wedding took place on the Thompson Farm in Conway, SC on September 26, 2014!  The day was perfect, and was everything we imagined it to be.  We had family and friends from Norway and the United States making it a true international wedding, which was perfect for the theme of our wedding.  None of this could have been done without the help of our parents during the planning months all the way up until the big day.  On the wedding day too, we also received a lot of help from extended family and friends.  Having all the help we did, and the great amount of support, we can say with confidence, that this day will surely go down as the best day of our life!

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    And then it was reception time.... more good food, games, and dancing.

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    It was more fun than it looks and more beautiful than it appears in the photos.

    Bryan and Eileen- You did it! And it was very good. You both have beautiful families and i can see your future in their eyes.

    The hope and the love they all have for the two of you.

    We were honored to be a part and wish you the best of both worlds. Literally =)

    You make a beautiful beautiful couple.

    A HUGE thank you and much love to my dear friend, Mary. She has been my traveling companion on all of my out of state weddings so far and i hope we can keep up that little tradition. We have so much to talk about at all times and her life inspires me to no end. ALSO she is an excellent traveler. I need her support just to arrive at destination =) ALSO she is a dear friend to my husband and i.

    My husband was brave enough to take this trip with us and did an excellent job with the camera! In case you were not aware, shooting a wedding takes an incredible amount of patience and he had every drop of it (especially when it involves traveling). Steve, I'm having so much fun living this life with you... thank you for entering into my crazy dreams and aspirations.

    PLUS they matched perfectly =) How do i get so lucky  to know so many beautiful people?

    People like you- Diane

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November 19, 2014

  • Steve & Krista : Wedding : East Earl Reception

    October 11. 2014

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    Pardon me, while i show WAY too many photos of this beautiful beautiful day.

    These two have a home in Lancaster City and they are doing a mighty fine job of cleaning it up

    and re-doing rooms and making it their home.

    The new house was the perfect backdrop for the girls getting ready- and the First Look- Which was a classic.

    I love first looks. This one was so so so sweet.

    This bride was over-the-top excited for her wedding day.

    Every tiny thing was making her smile and giggle and laugh.

    She was so much fun to follow around! =)

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    THEIR STORY:

               We met at Lancaster Bible school 2013.    We didn't get to
    know each other very well there, but kept running into each other
    after that.  We started talking and spent a few times together as
    "just friends ",and then realized we connected on a spiritual level.
    After a lot of talking and hashing things out, we started a dating
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    DETAILS:
    We had Ruth Fisher as our caterer, rentals came from Kasey Martin in
    Ephrata and Marlana Hahn.  I loved my flowers; Sharon Beiler did an
    excellentjob of arranging them.   I was also able to rent table
    clothes and chairs covers from Sharon.
    We designed our own invitations and programs.   Gettting
    stuff printed out at office max saved us a lot of money.   My sisters
    and i filled little bags with cappuccino mix for our favors.   I
    wanted cappuccino because of my love for coffee.    Steve's sister,
    Abby, is very creative with food and she did the cupcakes for our
    dessert table.     Michelle Horst made my dress.    Carolyn did an
    awesome job as my coordinator.   Because i don't enjoy decorating,
    her and a few of my other friends did all the decor for my
    wedding....I helped pick out the stuff we used but i was so happy not
    to arrange it.

    STEVE & KRISTA: Your wedding was beautiful. Just seeing the photos makes me smile =)

    And the pictures of the food make me hungry!

    Thank you for having us. We had a really great time.

    Diane. Angie. Valerie

November 17, 2014

  • Baby A

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    And her beautiful parents.

    This sweet baby girl entered the world -

    perfect. So far as the doctors could tell. And then she started having some big problems.

    To everyone's surprise. And of course, to no one's ease, comfort, or happiness.

    Life is like that. Mommy and Daddy are keeping their eyes on their little baby.

    Making sure she gets all the care she needs.

    Trusting God in the toughest of times.

    Not knowing what tomorrow holds but trusting in His promises today.

    And loving her to pieces every day in between.

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    Loved loved loved meeting this family. And Baby A- I'm gonna keep my eyes on you, too.

    Watching to see where your life will take you.

    You are completely sweet. - Diane

November 4, 2014

  • Curvin & Rosy : Wedding : King Barn Reception

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    I love to hear about the emotion and hard work that goes into a wedding day.

    All the planning and preparing. It has everything to do with the final day but so many people don't get to see it.

    We just see the beauty of the end result.

    Rosy described for me exactly what i wanted to know about their big day.

    Here it is... Her words mixed with mine to give you a glimpse and perhaps help you to plan  your big day ;)

    THEIR STORY:

     "We met approximately 4 1/2 years ago through one of my best friends.

    We started hanging out with the same group of friends and in January 2011 Curvey asked me out!

    Our love for the outdoors brought us closer together.

    Time flew by and many memories were made.

    Then in April at a Baltimore Orioles / Boston Red Sox game, he asked me to marry him, which of course,

    I was more than happy to agree to!

      We based our wedding theme on our shared passion for hunting and the outdoors!

    I found the perfect invitations on Zazzle.com.

    Curvey designed the programs with the software he uses to program his laser engraving machine.

    (The song we chose to sing as a congregation was sung at our 5 year old cousin's funeral after he was fatally injured in a gun accident several years ago.)"

    Everyone sang together "We Have This Moment" - It was beautiful.

    "He also built the cake stand and the guest book stand with ideas off of Pinterest and our own personal touch.

    One sunny afternoon Curvey and I built the trellis that was over the cake table.

    The large trellis over the bridal table was put together by my brother, Eddy Nolt,

    and one of the groomsmen, Kenny Martin. In their spare time they put it together at Kenny's farm.

    The day before the wedding, my two brothers, Eddy and Junior, and also Curvey took it apart as it was too large to transport,

    and put it back together in the barn. Curvey also built the bridal table platform 'to put us a notch above the rest!' "

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    "The flowers and pine branches on the table were done by Jo Burkholder.

    She also did the branches and bows on the end of the pews,and then was the coordinator on the day of the wedding!

    I found my dress at Country Threads by Gail in Manheim.

    The bridesmaids dresses were sewn by Darlene Sensenig. Tuxedos were rented from Men's Wearhouse..

    The cake and cupcakes were baked and decorated by Sandy (I'm not sure of her last name anymore! ).

    Also, the bowls on the bridal table with pebbles, water, and floating candles were not originally going to have fish in them,

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     "Curvey liked the idea of a sand pouring ceremony, but we wanted to be different so we came up with planting a

    tree together to fit our theme!

    (When we researched it, we found more people did it too!)

    We chose a dogwood tree, as it's been told that it's the kind of tree Jesus was crucified on,

    altho there's no proof anywhere in the Bible! (That was to symbolize Him being the center of our marriage.)

    The tree was given to us as a wedding gift by Elam & Arlene Sauder, friends of both our parents,

    and founders of Sauder's Nursery."

    This was something i had never seen before or heard of. The planting of the tree by both sets of parents putting dirt in and

    watering it and placing the tree. Later at the reception the bride and groom watered the tree before they left as well.

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    It was no secret that these two share a love of hunting and dogs and the outdoors. I LOVE how they

    incorporated that into their wedding day! It was beautiful. All the handmade things were carved and nailed to perfection.

    And everything held a personal yet professional feel to it.

    Curv and Rosy: Thank you for inviting us to spend the day with you. We loved being there and had

    a great time. It was an honor to be a witness into your lives, celebrating with you, and also getting to know your families just a little bit

    better. You planned a day that celebrated the two of you so well! May these next few days

    and years carry endless joy as you settle into living your lives together.

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    -Diane

    (P.S. I have been getting a lot of requests about vendors and venues.

    If you see something in our photos that you would like to replicate in your wedding do not be shy about asking us where it comes from or how you can get in touch with someone to help you :)