December 16, 2014

  • lancaster city family shoot: the kings on duke

    This family.

    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
    relationship.
    We made some of the best memories traveling together ; one
    of those being the bridge run in Charleston, SC.   He proposed to me on
    the beach there, which took me by surprise, but I was very happy to
    say yes.   We then planned our wedding in the next 6 months.

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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

    9.20.14

    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 :)

October 29, 2014

  • Senior: Beautiful Beautiful

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    This lady. Is a senior, first of all. That's why we met up to take pictures on that foggy foggy morning.

    We drank coffee and chatted and kept hoping the sunshine would be - but it never was.

    It didn't matter because Hannah is so beautiful we didn't need the sun =)

    Also we were so  busy having such a good time we kept forgetting that the sun was not there.

    AND her mom! Is completely incredible. She is so lucky to be a senior supported by the exact mother that she has.

    To feed her donuts and carry her outfits around and to spray her hair from time to time.

    O i had such a great time and i loved meeting both of you!!

    Hannah: Senior life is so busy and full and overwhelming. I know you will be taking this all in stride, tho, because you have an

    incredible heart. Your smile comes from deep within and you are supported- and loved. In return you are loving and supportive and full

    of smiles. Live it up! All the sports and the late nights and the no lunch days cause your too busy. You will only be here at this place one

    time :) Also......

    I kinda want to stalk you and your friends cause i think you must have fun wherever you go! I promise i won't, but i will look for every

    opportunity to get sneak peaks of how it's all turning out.

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    -Diane

October 28, 2014

  • One on the way...

     

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    There is something so exciting about having one child and having another on the way.

    One to share in the excitement, the joy, and the sha-bang of having a baby.

    To make it more fun and more enthralling.

    And i'm sure more exhausting.

    As you can see by the order of photos that once this little guy warmed up to the camera he had a lot of fun!

    He kept losing his boot which made some great interaction photos between father and son.

    My husband  came along and brought the puppy...

     It really works with the kids to help them forget about the camera.

    (even if they are scared of puppies- right, Lorene?)

    Babies.

    Puppies.

    Sunshine.

    Trike.

    Mom & Dad.

    Flowers.

    Grasses.

    And sunshine again.

    i love celebrating life in this way.  -Diane

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October 21, 2014

  • This couple.

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    I met this beautiful woman a number of years ago. She wasn't married. She was radiant. Happy. Excited about life.

    I noticed a certain peace about her that i wanted to have. She was friendly-transparent-radiant.

    When she scheduled her photo shoot i didn't recognize her name - Cause she is now married.

    And all the other qualities. Just the same. This couple.

    Is so beautiful and i loved meeting them!!

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    And they are just as fun. beautiful. and kind. as they appear. :)

    Loved this photo shoot! Thank you for having me.

    And thanks to you for stopping by.

    Here's to a good week and

    I love meeting you in real life although sometimes it takes me by surprise....

    So always say high- i  want to chat with you!  ;)

    Diane

October 8, 2014

  • Some Family Love.

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    I love families. In all shapes and forms. This one was no exception. The great thing about the above photo ( my favorite one of them all) is that this little girl, taking a swing in the air that nobody was prepared for, was the most well behaved little girl the entire time. She is photogenic and loves taking photos. She smiled beautifully and did whatever her mother asked of her. The little boy, however, was not as excited about taking photos. You could never know that from this image and that is why it is my favorite!

    Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful

    FAMILY.

    Thank you Jason and Ann Michelle for the honor of freezing a tiny moment in time for you. I LOVED IT!

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    When it comes to patience in mothers- This one wins a crown with so many jewels. I don't need to tell any photographer that a patient mother makes the whole process so fun and carefree - for the children most importantly. It's a big process and maybe only an every three year tradition. And it takes so much patience for mommies everywhere. I want to be patient when i grow up ;)

    Diane

September 23, 2014

  • Eli & Yauri : Wedding : Cottonwood House : Cochranville PA

    August 16, 2014

    I would like to say, right up front, before i start sharing with you the photos of this perfect wedding day, that every wedding is unique. That is why it never gets old or tiring or monotonous =) And on this day a girl from Panama and a boy for Lancaster County Pa joined their hearts for forever.  From the vows to the smiles to the pretty pretty details.... it just couldn't have been much better for these two.

    Here it is in their own words.

    Just over a year ago, our story began. Two people brought

    together by God’s grace — now ready to begin our lives

    anew, celebrating all the special joys that love can bestow.

    What began as a simple friendship at our church has

    blossomed into a special bond between two cultures, two

    families and two worlds. We are so excited to share our

    story with you as we begin a new journey as husband and

    wife. We bring together the best of two cultures, bound by

    the desire to do what we love the most — helping others,

    serving our Savior, cherishing each day together. Please

    join us for our special day of love and new blessings.

     

    Eli & Yauri: May God grant you all of the desires of both of your hearts. We loved being a part of your wedding day. The two of you make a beautiful couple for sure!!

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    We have a nice amount of time to get some beautiful bridal shots before the wedding.

    Loved how much natural lighting we had to work with.

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    In Panama it is tradition for the bride's mother to bring her bouquet to her.

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    Eli & Yauri had an amazing set of vows written for each other.

    Sometimes laughing other times crying - they read them to each other. Here is snippets of both:

    Yarui, there was a time that I thought marriage wasn’t for me, that I was not good enough for
    anyone. I kept seeing all my friends getting married to their wonderful friends.
    And more and more I thought “This just isn’t for me.” So I thought “OK, I’ll just prepare myself
    to be a bachelor”. But I I did’t like the sound of that either.
    I’m grateful that someone told me that I’m a nice person and that God will have someone for
    me because that got me thinking that maybe there is someone who would be good for me and
    maybe I could be lucky enough to meet that woman.
    So, I started praying more and letting it in God’s hands that, in time, He would connect me with
    someone ....like this lady standing right here in front of me.
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    Eli, I want to tell you that I promise to love you forever. I will never give you reason to doubt.
    I will keep it in my heart and remind you that you were the miracle in my life when nothing
    seemed to be going right. God brought you into my life as an angel who will take care of me
    forever.
    You will always be my man – my best friend, and my love. With God by our side, Eli, I promise
    to love you, to honor you, to cherish and encourage you.
    I love you with all my heart.

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    Everyone who could not understand English was given translating devices.

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    Mr. & Mrs. Eli King!!!

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    I love how all the colors she chose came together....

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    This adorable one-of-a-kind cake topper  by Mayte's cake country of Panama.

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    This bridal party was so fun. And pretty - Loved spending time with them.

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    First Dance...

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    Father - Daughter Dance...

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    So sweet....

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    Then this happened and things got crazy fun!!

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    The End.

    List of Vendors :

     Vows: attached Eli and Yauri's vows.
     Wedding invitation mini book: designed by bride, printed by minted.com
      Appetizers: panamanian food style, made by bride's family
      Catering: Klassie Kakes & Katering by Peaches Gehman
      Flowers: Flowers by Sharon
     Wedding coordinators: Soraya Smith (cousin of the bride), Sharon Beiler from Flowers by Sharon
      Venue: The Cottonwood House by Galen & Vern Smoker in Cochranville, PA(friend of the bride and groom)
      Venue decoration: Bride's family (sisters, cousin and aunts) & Vern Smoker
      Wedding cake: Byers Butterflake Bakery in Leola, PA
      Dessert table: made by groom's sister, Leiane Schulte(friend of the bride), decorated by sister of the bride
      Candy Bar: candies by the Lollipop Shoppe in Bird in Hand, PA, decorated by sister of the bride
      Bride's shoes: by Aldo
      Wedding bride gown: Classic Wedding in Litittz, PA
      DJ: Penguin Productions by Michael Greer
      Latin Live Band: Grupo Sonymas
      Photo Booth: Big Party Photo Booth by Ben Reeder
      Jewelry: rings Rainbow Jewelers by Ralph
      Wedding chalkboard signs: by Mariah Sensenich
      Art, design & printing: wedding programs, table names by Maribel Moreno art designer
      Hair & Makeup:  by Chelsea Schoff & Stephanie Colamarino
      Groom's Gown: Centra PA Tuxedo
      Ceremony Guitarist Player: Scott Zimmerman
      Ceremony Cello Player: Matt Fahnestock
      Ceremony Solo Singer: Mckenna Whisler
      Picture guest sign idea: Panama's photography studio
      Linen, china glass: made by Mitzy (aunt of the bride) and groom's sister & mom, rented now by bride & groom
      Lighting: groom & bride
      Dance floor: by Merl Esh
     Details & decorations: bride-groom champagne glasses, florist baskets, knife cake by Graciela Munoz (friend of the bride)
     Bride hangers name: made by Graciela Munoz (friend of the bride)