They met in a row boat. Heidi and Rob were both on staff at the Hawk Mountain Reservation when they got to know each other. He was assigned the task of teaching a younger trainee how to row. When he put his hands on hers that day to help her guide the oars, little did they know that 6 years later they would be out in the row boat again – this time for their engagement photos!
These two have a future full of adventure together. They both love to be outdoors and don’t mind a little dirt and fresh air. Wherever their professional careers take them, I have a feeling that they will always find time here and there to break away for a trek in the woods or a day out on the water.
Engagement Session Location: Lock Ridge Park | Alburtis, PA
Rachel + Josh. They are amazing. We are soooo excited about their wedding this May at the Stirling Guest Hotel in Reading, PA. We imagine it will have many special touches – just like their engagement session – that show off their keen eye for awesome vintage.
They love to shop for old, wonderful finds. Whether a flea market, an auction or craigslist they have found so many delightful pieces. One that they didn’t expect to find (but we’re really glad they did) was a location for their engagement session. The story is…Rachel was browsing craigslist and came across a listing for a gown, but it wasn’t the gown that caught her eye – it was the background in the photos of the seller wearing the gown. Rachel contacted her and found out that the location was Lock Ridge Park in Alburtis – and it wasn’t long before that location became the background for these photos.
Don’t miss the genuine vintage record player they brought – and the photo that is a nod to Josh’s love of the Beatles.
Pete and Elena are a little bit country and a little bit city with a lot of glamour mixed in. We started their engagement session in elegant formal attire at the Stone House Wyomissing and finished it on the other side of the city at Gring’s Mill. Going on picnics together was a special part of their dating relationship so they prepared props and snacks to recreate some of those moments at their session. Congratulations to this beautiful couple; we can’t wait for their wedding this September.
Rachel & Alex came to our studio property for their engagement session and just in time to take advantage of this field filled with beautiful, spring wildflowers. He proposed to her last year with a stunning blue diamond engagement ring, and we’re excited to be joining them for their wedding this fall at the Brick Gables in Lititz, PA. Congratulations!
Nicki, Tom and Romeo came to our studio property for their engagement session. These two are getting married this August and we can’t wait for their Gettysburg Battlefield Bed and Breakfast wedding! Nicki loves sunflowers, and they are going to be featured on the big day. We love that they included the theme in their engagement photos too! Congrats to this happy couple 🙂
We started this engagement session at our studio property outside of Reading, PA – and finished up a few miles away at a spot near Blue Marsh Lake. The light was fading and a full moon was shining as we finished up. From reading, to riding motorcycle, Hannah & Ned enjoy doing life together. So much – that they are getting married! Can’t wait for their wedding this June!
We had a beautiful day for Jeremy and Katie’s Engagement Session on the property surrounding our studio. They brought a flag to showcase their patriotism and to coordinate with Jeremy’s uniform – he serves our country in the Air National Guard. We are excited for these two and looking forward to their wedding this May!
John and April live on a secluded property with sites and sounds that remind you of a campground. It was the perfect location to capture photos that highlight their relationship and their love for the outdoors. They both enjoy hunting, fishing and hiking in the woods with their two dogs – Macy and Ruger. We think they could be in an advertisement for a hunting gear company 🙂
Engagement Photo Session Locations | Life Story Photography studio grounds – Bernville, PA & Green Lane State Park – Montgomery County, PA
At the peak of fall leaves, we ventured outdoors – here at the studio and at Green Lane State Park, for Mike and Caitlin’s engagement session. They are an amazing couple – so gracious and happy. Throughout their relationship, they have enjoyed hiking and fishing at Green Lane. They were introduced through a couple of people in their lives – who are also – ironically – named Mike and Caitilin 🙂 Now they are enjoying this season of being engaged and looking forward to their wedding at the Reading Public Museum this upcoming summer. Congratulations! We are so excited for you!
Stephen & Melisa are childhood sweethearts who got engaged this spring. They love the outdoors and Stephen planned a special picnic together where he surprised her with his proposal. The engagement ring he chose is a handmade artisan ring he purchased on Etsy. They have a wonderful style together and love classic literature; they’re a perfect match. Congratulations and we’re so excited for your wedding.
Mike & Joy recently celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary and we helped commemorate that with photos to capture their growing love together. But their darling three year old daughter stole the show before the night was over, modeling for the camera a tricycle that her daddy rode when he was little. We were on location at a beautiful 18th century estate owned by Mike’s family and ended the night at the Goggle Works, a center for the arts and a gem unique to Reading, PA.
He SURPRISED her! Corey knows how meaningful sunflowers are for Katie – but when we did their engagement session in April, it was too early for them to be ready. So, he secretly arranged to have us take a few more at the end of the summer. We planted the seeds outside the studio, and as the summer days passed by – and the countdown for their wedding date continued – the flowers grew, and grew…and finally they were ready for the photos!
Sunflowers were a favorite of Katie’s Mum Mum who passed away when she was in 9th grade. Since then, Katie, her mom, her sister, her cousin, and other family members have gotten a sunflower tattoo in memory of her. So here are the photos – a tribute to Mum Mum, to the value of relationships in their family, and to the way that Corey knows and loves Katie.
This was one of the most poignant locations possible for a photo shoot. Drew and Jesse’s engagement sessions in Schuylkill county was atop the fields, aside the tractor and inside the barn on her grandparents’ farm where Drew grew up playing and roaming. The day we took these engagement photos, was THE DAY that her grandparents closed on the farm. It went up for auction the week before. During the session, auction bidders were still arriving and hauling away equipment that they had purchased. When we opened the barn doors, Drew said it was the first time she had seen it empty.
Life is a story with so many twists and turns, ups and downs, endings and new beginnings. The ending of this part of the family’s story with the farm, comes right at a time of new beginnings for this couple. I imagine that some of those days, roaming on the farm, Drew would dream of things in her future – what she might be when she grew up, who she might marry. Now the very place of those dreams, they are becoming a reality. In the very place, just in time.
Drew’s Grandfather – the day he closed on the family farm – the same day we captured their engagement photos
Can’t wait for this couple’s wedding at the Green Valley Chateau this upcoming winter… In the meantime, it was a blast shooting their engagement session at a variety of locations. From the Green Valley Chateau’s grounds, to the fire company where Cory generously volunteers, to a train station and a front yard in Hamburg, PA – we captured a variety of interests that Katie and Cory share. We were having so much fun with the session that the sun was down before we knew it – but that didn’t stop us from capturing more photos. With a little nod to the winter wedding – Katie pulled out a string of Christmas lights. To finish it off, we used the starry night sky as a backdrop for a few astro-engagement photos. Congrats Cory and Katie!
Downtown Lancaster, and the campus of Franklin & Marshall, provided a chic-urban setting for Jen and Bryan’s engagement session. There was no snow falling from the sky, but there was enough on the ground to add romantic winter appeal – and a stage for the ring shot. We included a Penn State football theme – which is huge in their relationship – not only because they cheer on the team together – but also because they were visiting the area where Penn State Main is located when they got engaged! They went for a walk, and Bryan got down on one knee. They heard cheering and looked up to see a school group enjoying the sight nearby 🙂 Looking forward to their wedding this Summer!
Jess and Ben don’t need much – they have each other. With a tent, a trail through the woods, their dog and their little boy – these two are full of smiles. They love spending time outdoors. Both of them started camping when they were little and continue to enjoy nights out in the woods. We started their engagement session at the Stilling Basin at Blue Marsh, and finished outside of the property where Life Story is based in Bernville, PA. It was a chilly winter session, so we took some time to get cozy with a blanket and a campfire!
We started this winter engagement session in Sinking Spring, at a beautiful residence with lots of photo opportunities, and finished at the historic train station in Wernersville (a spot that I have passed many times and wanted to photograph!) Train stations have such a romantic ambiance – they are an invitation to set out on an open track and discover the world ahead. And how much better to travel with someone by your side! Ken and Kim have each other, and their daughters, to share the ride with. It was a blast spending the afternoon with all of them. Looking forward to this beautiful couple’s wedding this Spring!
Country with a dash of sophistication. This engagement session included antlers, bows and lots of laughs. Shelby and Kyle can often be found on dates outdoors – and up a tree. They love hunting and adventuring together. Looking forward to their wedding next Fall in an outdoor chapel!
Loved working with this couple! Jill and Kyle have been dating since before they could drive. They used to walk to a park together in the early years of dating, so we returned there – The Umbenhauer park in Bernville – to capture this part of their story. They spent time together there, played basketball and…well, fell in love. Looking forward to their wedding Fall 2014!
Dave and Justeena have an array of similar interests that keep them busy and having fun together. They brought the firearms, car and motorcycle to help tell their story. It was a gorgeous day at Blue Marsh for their shoot. We drove from one spot to another and Dave opened her door for her car door for her every time we were ready to get back on the road. Between all the props and the romance, I think the best word to describe some of the scenes from this session is CINEMATIC. Here’s to a happily ever after you two!
We had a blast at this combo family/engagement/senior session. Doesn’t it seem like that is the way it happens a lot of the time? Where a lot of transition and change happens at the same time? Well, Tim is graduating, and Sam & Krista are getting married. We started at the Olzewski home with some shots of the gang with their trucks, and the extended gang on the porch, then headed to a grandparent’s farm across the street. We finished off the evening at a farm down the road where Krista and her dad run a horse boarding business. Beautiful light, and a beautiful family made for a spectacular set of images.
We had a location in mind and set out on a little hike to get there – but ended up finding a bunch of great locations and captured lots of great shots before we even arrived at our intended spot! Sure, it was cold, ok – on the verge of freezing – but the scenery was amazing and Josh and Ally stuck it out and had a lot of fun in the process – makes for great memories! Loved Ally’s idea to bring a blanket to cuddle in for a few of the photos – a much needed warm-up at the end of the session. Josh and Ally are so much fun together. They love to go on motorcycle rides and go running together on the trails where we did their session. Here’s to lots of great adventures on the trail ahead! So excited to be photographing their wedding in a few short weeks.
Huy and Erika are such a sweet couple! They are so peaceful and patient – and their story is awesome! I am so glad they agreed to share it. Enough of my words, READ THIS:
Huy and I were invited to a Halloween party by a mutual friend on October 27, 2007. He had no costume (it was a costume party) so he quickly went to Wal-Mart and bought a mattress egg crate foam. He took it home and had his mom help him make a fortune cookie out of the egg crate foam!
I arrived at the party with a couple of my girlfriends and noticed a “wonton” sitting on a couch. Not knowing who this guy was, I yelled “Oh my gosh! A wonton!!!” So then I get a response back from Huy saying “I’m a fortune cookie dammit!”.
After the party, we texted each other here and there. From there, we started talking more often and going on dates.
A little after four years of dating (January 2, 2012) Huy decides to take me to a Japanese restaurant with a couple of friends for dinner. He had introduced me to sushi and I loved sushi since he had me try it. After dinner at any Asian restaurant, you get a fortune cookie. My fortune cookie wrapper looked different than the others but I didn’t think anything of it.
When I broke my cookie in half, I was reading my “fortune” and my fortune cookie said “Erika, will you marry me?” In shock, I go to look at Huy and he is on his knee with my beautiful ring again asking me to marry him. Tears coming down both of our eyes and with joy I replied “YES!” My fortune is becoming a reality as we get closer to May 26, 2013!!! By far this was the most accurate fortune I have received and I am delighted to become his future wife and to have gone through this experience with my wonderful fiance.
-Erika & Huy
*PS – I love how she wrote, “my fortune cookie said, ‘Erika, will you marry me?'” knowing that she’s talking about the actual cookie, but “my fortune cookie” could also refer to Huy in his costume 🙂
Just goes to show – warm weather is not the only option for an engagement session. All the seasons have something to offer. For this November shoot, we got great lighting, a pile of old leaves, and the chance to use boots and a fur coat! Also, loved the engagement photo ideas she found on pinterest to write words on pieces of wood. This couple is so devoted and supportive of one another. Life has thrown some tough times at them, but they have stood strong together. So excited to photograph their wedding this summer as they strengthen that bond and make it official!
It was so awesome to do this engagement session at a place that is meaningful to these two. Not only have they spent lots of time here together as their relationship has developed, but they actually got engaged here too – in a blanket fort! This property belongs to a ministry that Christin’s parents have run for over 30 years called CMTS. They provide missionaries with quality technical support. What a foundation to be building a marriage on!
Here it is! Cory built this fort out of blankets and sticks, for the sole purpose of surprising Christin with a unique engagement location. Note the Welcome sign hanging at the entrance. Gotta love the creativity.
This ladder extending over the pond is on a fire truck – a favorite spot for this couple to climb up onto for a chat.
This was the first time I ever started an engagement session off on a 4-wheeler! When I arrived, Alyssa took me for a tour to scout out the best spots for photos (and there were plenty). On their first unofficial date, they were riding on this land and discovered deteriorating fences and foundations of buildings that used to exist there. They brought along chalk to write their wedding date on one of the posts – LOVE this idea. And, oh the beautiful leaves. This must have been the best day for colorful leaves all Fall. Congratulations you two, and thanks for the adventure – it was tons of fun!
Steffeny + Jake = so much fun! They are totally meant to be together. From California and Missouri, but they met and got engaged here in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Go figure? A friend told her about this guy with blue eyes who could play guitar. She thought it sounded promising. Fast forward to summer 2012, and they are getting married! All the moves they made that brought them to the same place were part of God’s plan. They are awesome as a couple, not just fun – but so thoughtful and caring too. Here are some of the spread designs from their custom photo book.
Details, oh the beautiful details! I love brainstorming about engagement session details. So many ideas pop up when we start talking about what you like to do, how you met and what made you fall in love. Alaina is creative and crafty. She hunted and gathered props – and she made her own banner to display their wedding date out of fabric triangles. In the photo of the banner on the split rail fence, they are standing in the exact location where the proposal occurred! So cool to use that spot. A friend of hers provided the “I Do” cupcakes. And to top it all off, we got a beautiful sunset to end the night. It was a pleasure working with you guys Alaina + Tyrone!
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