This past weekend we photographed Amanda & Jeff’s wedding in Gettysburg, PA. To say that Jeff has a passion for history would be an understatement. He has turned his hobby into a career as an extremely talented
artist and photographer, and we are honored to have the opportunity to document this special day for Jeff, Amanda, and their families.
This wedding required a lot of long distance planning and even more patience, but the historic house where Jeff and Amanda exchanged vows couldn’t have been more perfect.
Though they chose a historic location, many of the details were modern and elegant.
Bridal preparations revealed slight nerves, but Amanda, you hid them well.
Jeff’s daughter played a very special role throughout the day, including helping Amanda add the final touches to her dress.
Amanda, you were such a beautiful bride!
Taking a few moments with the beautiful bride before walking down the aisle.
When I talked with Amanda a few weeks before the wedding, she mentioned this balcony. Even though Amanda and Jeff didn’t want to see one another before the ceremony, Amanda wanted to use the balcony for a photo before Jeff saw her. He was under strict instruction to not look up!
Having photos on the battlefield was a high priority for Jeff. Bryan and the guys were fortunate enough to find some reenactors who were there for an encampment. Aside from marrying the love of his life, it’s safe to say that this was a ‘day made’ moment!
While the ladies didn’t go to Devil’s Den to climb rocks, they did look gorgeous.
Jeff and Amanda exchanged their vows surrounded by family, friends, and grounds rich with history.
The looks exchanged between two people who love each other so much often tell a story all on their own.
Jeff recited a passage from a letter written by Major Sullivan Ballou to his wife during the Civil War. Days after he wrote the letter he was killed. The century and a half old words still convey the true love Jeff has for Amanda.
The place. The people. The love. All of these things came together on this beautiful day to help celebrate Jeff and Amanda’s love for one another.
Jeff and Amanda decided to have a sand ceremony to symbolize the formation of their new family.
Officially husband and wife.
Before heading to the battlefield for a few special photos, we paused to enjoy the beautiful grounds.
While Little Round Top played a very significant role in the battle at Gettysburg, it also has special meaning to Jeff and Amanda. In this spot, they shared a picnic and wanted to make sure we stopped here for photos.
This pile of rocks is more than a pile a rocks to this couple. And it was an honor to capture photos in a place that holds such a special meaning for them. It doesn’t hurt that the view was phenomenal!
I may have mentioned this, but photos on the battlefield were a top priority for Jeff. Strolling with his beautiful bride through a wheat field is icing on the cake.
When I don’t have to prompt a couple to show affection, it brings a warmth to my heart.
The grass was high. The sun was hot. But there were no complaints from these two. In fact, I don’t even think they noticed.
Because making each other laugh and being goofy with the one you love is part of the romance.
We were running short on time…
…and then, Jeff did this!
Amanda and Jeff broke tradition a bit and set the tone for the party with an upbeat song that got their guests involved and on their feet.
But don’t worry, they followed it up with a nice slow solo.
Amanda and Jeff danced. And danced, and danced some more. I love when couples enjoy their receptions just as much (or more) than their guests!
In addition to the traditional father/daughter and mother/son dances, Jeff saved a special dance for his daughter. Before you know she’ll be the bride!
How cute is this cake?
Stolen moments at the end of a fast paced day.
And to end the night we got some fresh air and enjoyed downtown Gettysburg.
Amanda & Jeff, thank you for inviting us to capture these memories for you and your families. May you look back at these photos for years to come and remember the fun and memories made. ~april & bryan