Sweet Art Photography: Blog http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Sweet Art Photography natalie@sweetartphoto.com (Sweet Art Photography) Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:21:00 GMT Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:21:00 GMT http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u865885784-o460073457-50.jpg Sweet Art Photography: Blog http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog 120 44 Wedding - Kayla & Ryan - SNPJ Enon Valley, PA http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/wedding---kayla-ryan---snpj-edinburg-pa I first met Kayla when she was a student at Neshannock high school. She was a sweet young gal with beautiful curly hair! Isn't it funny what you remember about people from your past?  I was so excited when she reached out to me about photographing their engagement session and wedding.  I didn't meet Ryan until their engagement session but I instantly loved him.  He is such a sweetheart and I loved how much he adored Kayla!  You could see the love between them instantly. If you didn't get a chance to see their engagement session,
you should check it out here -> Ryan & Kayla's engagement session :)

As always I love asking couples about their wedding day.  Here are my questions for Kayla and Ryan and their answers.

What was the weather like on your wedding day?  Sunny and beautiful!

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The morning of my wedding I was feeling pure happiness!

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Us reading our vows to each other was my favorite moment of the day. - Kayla Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography

During our vows I was very emotional and filled with so much joy and love.  It was the happiest moment of my life!


 

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Three words that sum up your wedding day:  beautiful, fun and emotional

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I can't choose a favorite photo that Sweet Art Photography captured on our wedding day!  There were so many moments of pure happiness!  I loved that you could sense the fun and laughter coming through so many of our photos. Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography

We had the most beautiful sunflower cake and cupcakes. The flowers were provided by Butz Flowers and the cupcakes were from Cake by Fred.  I didn't get a chance to eat a cookie, but our lemon blueberry cake was amazing! Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography

Something that happened that was a surprise?
When my brother Josh, who was at boot camp, recorded a message to be played for me since he couldn't be there. Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography
I'm so surprised you captured the hilarious limbo photos ! Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography Sweet Art Photography2017_2065Sweet Art Photography

Advice for other couples: Don't wait until the last minute!  We planned everything almost 2 years in advance.  It helped relieve so much stress.  Also, make it your day.  Don't focus on what you think your guests want.  At the end of the day, do what you want.  Don't spend money on things that aren't really necessary. We didn't have favors, but er had to-go bags for cookies and no one noticed!  We saved SO much money.  We didn't have a photo booth or a limo and no one noticed.  You'd be surprised how many things you really don't NEED unless you really want them. 

Thank you so much Ryan and Kayla!

VENDORS:

Ceremony Site: Gazebo SNPJ
Reception Site: Alpine Room SNPJ
Flowers: Butz Flowers
Caterer Alpine Room
DJ: Freddie Faraone
Cake/Cupcakes: Cakes by Fred
Hair: Shear Perfection by Richard
Makeup: ME
Dress: David's Bridal
Tux: Men's Warehouse
Table/Chair coverings: G&G Memory Makers
Officiant: Pastor Kris Kauffman

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natalie@sweetartphoto.com (Sweet Art Photography) wedding http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/wedding---kayla-ryan---snpj-edinburg-pa Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:32:06 GMT
1st Birthday Session - Julianna - Sweet Art Photography - Pulaski, PA http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/1st-birthday-session---julianna---sweet-art-photography---pulaski-pa  

This little sweetie pie made me work for it on day 1.  She wasn't feeling well and she just wanted cuddles from her mama.  So we tried again the next day.  All I could hear in my head as I shot these was..."It's my party and I can cry if I want to..." lol

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natalie@sweetartphoto.com (Sweet Art Photography) cute kids toddler mini session http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/1st-birthday-session---julianna---sweet-art-photography---pulaski-pa Fri, 28 Jul 2017 17:16:07 GMT
Pence Maternity Session - Fellow's Riverside Rose Gardens - Youngstown, OH http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/pence-maternity-session---fellows-riverside-rose-gardens---youngstown-oh My cousin Ray and his wife Nicole are expecting their second child- a girl in just a few weeks!  I am so excited for them!  I was thrilled when they asked me to capture their final weeks of this pregnancy as a family of three before baby number 2 comes along.
They had so many cute ones from their session, it was hard to choose which to show on the blog.  I picked a few of my favorites.   

 

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Also, since I worked with Nicole and Ray when they were pregnant with Ethan, I thought it might be cute to do some side by sides of images from when they were pregnant with Ethan and now baby girl.  

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natalie@sweetartphoto.com (Sweet Art Photography) cute kids family portraits maternity http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/pence-maternity-session---fellows-riverside-rose-gardens---youngstown-oh Fri, 28 Jul 2017 17:11:38 GMT
Family - Holdaway - New Castle, PA http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/family---holdaway---new-castle-pa What a fun session this was!  Heather came across me on good ole Google and I'm thrilled that she chose me to work with to capture her sweet family.  The kids were a trip!  Her oldest son wasn't that crazy about the session but I made a deal with him.  If he promised to smile, I'd let him take photos with one of my other cameras if he wasn't in the photo.  I think he had a blast and it made my job so much easier :)

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Engagement - Nathan & Becky - McConnell's Mills - New Castle, PA http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/engagement---nathan-becky---mcconnells-mills---new-castle-pa McConnell's Mills was the backdrop for this adorable session.  These two are so smitten for each other and you could see it every time they looked into each other's eyes. What a gorgeous day!  They were up for anything and we had a great time finding spots along the way.  I'm really looking forward to their wedding day!

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Rubida/Fulkerson Kids - New Wilmington, PA http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/rubida/fulkerson-kids---new-wilmington-pa How amazing is this session!  I loved the colors AND these adorable kids.  So Americana!  Even though one little one had to be woken for the session they did great!  

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natalie@sweetartphoto.com (Sweet Art Photography) cute kids family portraits toddler mini session http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/rubida/fulkerson-kids---new-wilmington-pa Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:15:00 GMT
Generations - Radcliffe - Buhl Park Hermitage, PA http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/generations---radcliffe---buhl-park-hermitage-pa I'm thrilled that Marci contacted me about my Generations Special that I promoted prior to Mother's Day.  It is a great way to capture family generations.  I loved working with sweet Poppy and her parents and grandmother's.

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natalie@sweetartphoto.com (Sweet Art Photography) cute kids family portraits generations http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/generations---radcliffe---buhl-park-hermitage-pa Sat, 29 Apr 2017 20:00:00 GMT
Timeless Love Contest - Cedar Farm Inn New Wilmington, PA http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/timeless-love-contest---cedar-farm-inn-new-wilmington-pa Cedar Farm Inn, Moving Frame Media and Sweet Art Photography came together to celebrate marriage, long lasting marriage. In a world where divorce is so common, we wanted to celebrate timeless love.  We asked our friends and clients through Facebook to submit their recommendations for a couple married over 35 years who deserved to be recognized and celebrated.

Julie (Wilson) Sommers  nominated her parents -Jill and Butch Wilson
"They have been married for 43 years.  They were married on June 9, 1973. I am nominating them because they are the most giving, selfless parents that I know. They are always doing wonderful things for us kids and their grandchildren. They have no idea I did this as they wouldn't ever admit how wonderful they truly are."

 All of the couples submitted were amazing in their own unique way we couldn't decide so we reached out to the public to vote through Facebook and Jill and Butch Wilson were the couple who won.


They received a free nights stay with continental breakfast from Cedar Farm Inn, a free video Love Story from Moving Frame Media and a complimentary photo session with Sweet Art Photography.

We were thrilled to work with this sweet couple.  Here are a few photos from their session. Thank you to Julie for nominating them!  We loved hearing their love story and enjoyed getting to know them.  They are such a sweet adoring couple.  It was a pleasure working with them.

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Here are a few shots of them as they did their love story video with Moving Frame Media.

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I can't thank Cedar Farm and Moving Frame Media enough for partnering up on this project with me.  It was so much fun!  

Vendors:

Cedar Farm Inn - Bed & Breakfast or book an event! 
Moving Frame Media - Wedding, Corporate, Aerial & Real Estate - 

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natalie@sweetartphoto.com (Sweet Art Photography) Family Portraits http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/timeless-love-contest---cedar-farm-inn-new-wilmington-pa Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:30:00 GMT
Engagement - Scott & Bethany - Greenville, PA http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/engagement---scott-bethany---greenville-pa I had the pleasure of meeting these two at not just one wedding but two in the past!  They caught the garter and bouquet at a wedding last summer and I was thrilled when she contacted me to photograph their wedding too! She wanted snow so we watched the weather and went with the best snow day we could get.  It worked out.  It was cold, so I'm happy they brought along some O'Neils coffee to keep them warm.  (LOVE O'Neils it's MY FAVORITE!)  They used these two amazing mugs they had purchased together in their session and it went perfectly with their theme.  Thanks so much for being such troopers on such a chilly day! I cannot wait for your wedding day Scott and Bethany!

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natalie@sweetartphoto.com (Sweet Art Photography) engagement http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/engagement---scott-bethany---greenville-pa Sun, 08 Jan 2017 22:00:00 GMT
Wedding - Patrick & Kalie - Grace Chapel, Avalon Golf and Country Club Hermitage, PA http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/wedding---patrick-kalie---grace-chapel-avalon-golf-and-country-club-hermitage-pa I was down sick prior to Kalie and Patrick's wedding day.  I had someone else lined up to go if needed but I just couldn't miss what I knew would be an amazing event and I hate to do that to clients unless it's an absolute emergency. Once I was on an antibiotic for a couple days,  I prayed God would give me the strength and energy to get through the day and HE did.  God is good!  

Candlelight wedding service, white Christmas lights, fireworks and New Years Eve reception made for one wedding Bryan and I will not soon forget. Kalie later described her day as "Perfect, Magical and like a fairy tale". The details were impeccable and her mother Denise, who planned most of the wedding, didn't miss a thing! 

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"My favorite photo of the day was the black and white one of Patrick and I dancing , he dips me and kisses me on the cheek" - Kalie 2016_16142016_1614 2016_16152016_1615 2016_16162016_1616 2016_16172016_1617 2016_16182016_1618 2016_16192016_1619 2016_16202016_1620 2016_16212016_1621 2016_16222016_1622 2016_16232016_1623 2016_16242016_1624 2016_16252016_1625

Thanks so much for choosing Sweet Art Photography!

 

Vendors:
Flowers: Green's Floral
Caterer: Avalon
Band: The Grand Avenue Band
Cake: Cakes by Fred
Hair/Makeup: Kali Gasperoni
Dress: Eddy K from One Enchanted Evening
Tux: blacktux.com
Officiant: Aaron Lego
Wedding Planner: Bride's mom
Ceremony Site: Grace Chapel 
Reception Site: Avalon Golf & Country Club
Fireworks: Phantom Fireworks

 

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natalie@sweetartphoto.com (Sweet Art Photography) avalon country club buhl park hermitage pa wedding http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/wedding---patrick-kalie---grace-chapel-avalon-golf-and-country-club-hermitage-pa Sat, 31 Dec 2016 16:44:00 GMT
Our Family - Pulaski, PA http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/our-family---pulaski-pa 2016_14852016_1485 2016_14842016_1484 2016_14872016_1487 2016_14892016_1489 2016_14902016_1490 2016_14882016_1488 2016_14912016_1491 2016_14922016_1492 2016_14862016_1486 2016_14932016_1493Love my family! This is my husband and I and our kiddos.

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natalie@sweetartphoto.com (Sweet Art Photography) family portraits http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/our-family---pulaski-pa Thu, 24 Nov 2016 21:00:00 GMT
Engagement - Michael & Karly - Westminster College - New Wilmington, PA http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/engagement---michael-karly---westminster-college---new-wilmington-pa You know what makes an engagement session even sweeter? A cute little boy!  I adore Karly & Michael, but the little guy they brought with them to join in a few photos took the cake!  How sweet is he??  He was so excited and did great!  This session was on a perfect fall day.  We couldn't have asked for a better day.  I cannot wait for your wedding day Mike and Karly!  You two make such a gorgeous couple!

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natalie@sweetartphoto.com (Sweet Art Photography) engagement http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/engagement---michael-karly---westminster-college---new-wilmington-pa Sat, 19 Nov 2016 16:44:00 GMT
Senior Portraits - Logan - Pulaski & Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/senior-portraits---logan---pulaski-westminster-college-new-wilmington-pa Logan's session was magical!  I love when the light and the color in natures play such a huge part in making the session even more amazing!  Logan is so awesome!  We started out at her home and when she pulled out this amazing purple sweater that had belonged to her grandfather who passed away, I was almost brought to tears. When I saw this teal colored wooden chair her mom painted I just knew this photo would scream love of a family.  

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The gorgeous stone at Westminster College made for a gorgeous location too!

Mom spotted this corner of ivy and requested we put her in it..um...yes please!  How gorgeous are those colors!

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As we were walking around her home, the trees were bare, the ground a bit muddy and there wasn't much color.  But when I saw this field across from her home I just knew it would look spectacular in the sunlight.  Am I right or what??  I love when my ideas works out! :)
 

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We also took a little trip to a local covered bridge.  I'm obsessed with this bridge and have used it frequently in the past.  It never gets old! 2016_15612016_1561
Logan I can't thank you enough for such an awesome session!  You rocked it girlfriend!

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natalie@sweetartphoto.com (Sweet Art Photography) covered bridge nature new wilmington pennsylvania senior portraits westminster college http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/senior-portraits---logan---pulaski-westminster-college-new-wilmington-pa Sun, 13 Nov 2016 16:44:00 GMT
Senior Portraits - Ciara - Cascade Park, New Castle, PA http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/senior-portraits---ciara---cascade-park-new-castle-pa Ciara rocked her session! The colors she choose complimented her skin tone and made her eyes pop!  Like I always say, I love shooting people wearing red tones in nature.  This session is a perfect example!

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Thanks so much for choosing Sweet Art Photography to capture your senior portraits!

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Engagement - Kayla & Ryan - Pulaski, PA http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/engagement---kayla-ryan---pulaski-pa Kayla and Ryan chose a crisp fall day for their engagement session.  The colors they chose to wear were perfect for the gorgeous backdrop of leaves and light.  They are such a fun couple who love to laugh. I cannot wait for their wedding day!

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Senior Portraits - Josh - Sharpsville, PA http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/senior-portraits---josh---sharpsville-pa I loved working with Josh again, last time I saw him he was about 11! Imagine my face when this handsome guy got out of the car!  His mom Jen and I went to YSU for Art Education today.  It was so nice seeing her again and I'm thrilled she called me to work with them again.

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Thanks for such an awesome session Josh!

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Senior Portraits - Kacie - Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/senior-portraits---kacie---westminster-college-new-wilmington-pa Thank you Google!  I'm so glad Kacie and her grandma found me through Google.  We instantly hit it off and I loved that their personalities meshed with mine from the start.  We laughed A LOT and had such a great time together.  I think it's the artist's in us!  It wasn't until after Kacie's session that I found out she was an AMAZING artist.  I would have LOVED to have had her in any of my art classes back when I was teaching high school art.  I can't wait to see where she goes in life and I'm so excited we are friends moving forward :)

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Thank you so much for such a great session Kacie!

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natalie@sweetartphoto.com (Sweet Art Photography) new wilmington senior portraits westminster college http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/senior-portraits---kacie---westminster-college-new-wilmington-pa Sat, 08 Oct 2016 15:44:00 GMT
Senior Portraits - Trinity - Westminster College, New Wilmington & Volant, PA http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/senior---trinity---westminster-college-new-wilmington-volant-pa I first met Trinity and her mama the day of her session.  They were both sweethearts :) We had a great time checking out locations in the adorable little town of Volant, PA and Westminster College.

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I always recommend clients bring along jackets to quickly change up a look for a location.  She brought along a jean jacket for a classic, fun look. 

 

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We had so many great spots in Volant: the river, train cars, mill and old stained glass in the towns church made for gorgeous backdrops.

 

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We then headed to Westminster College where the bokeh and color in the trees made for some amazing photos.

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I had such a blast meeting you and your mom, Trinity.  Thanks so much for choosing Sweet Art Photography to capture these memories for you!

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natalie@sweetartphoto.com (Sweet Art Photography) senior portraits volant pa westminster college http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/senior---trinity---westminster-college-new-wilmington-volant-pa Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:44:00 GMT
Senior Portraits - Emily - Union High School & Cascade Park, New Castle, PA http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/senior---emily---union-high-school-cascade-park-new-castle-pa Emily is such a sweetheart, she is a wonderful young lady I love getting to spend time with!  She just happens to be best friends with my step daughter Madison. She has the sweetest soul and I was thrilled when she reached out to me to take her senior portraits.

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She chose to take some photos around the school and at the track so we could get some sportier looking photos.

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Then we switched to Cascade Park for more of a natural setting. I love photographing people in red against green and other earth tones. 

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Thanks so much for choosing Sweet Art Photography Emily!  It is always a joy to hang with you!

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natalie@sweetartphoto.com (Sweet Art Photography) cascade park senior portraits http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/senior---emily---union-high-school-cascade-park-new-castle-pa Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:44:00 GMT
Wedding - Kelsey & Harley - McConnell's Mills Portersville, PA http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/wedding---kelsey-harley---mcconnells-mills-portersville-pa I love that I had Kelsey in class once upon a time and that she reached out to me to photograph her and her new husband on their wedding day. They had a small wedding at the local courthouse and she wanted photos after at the Mill.  It was such a sweet moment to capture and I'm so glad they didn't skip the photos of their special day.  Of all the things we spend money on for our weddings, the photos are the one thing you can look at everyday hanging on your walls.  I'm so happy for the two of you and wish you a lifetime of happiness!

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natalie@sweetartphoto.com (Sweet Art Photography) wedding http://sweetartphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/wedding---kelsey-harley---mcconnells-mills-portersville-pa Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:44:00 GMT