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Chasing Lockets: The Love Circle Project

I was chosen to participate in the Love Circle Project. I had to have 3 lockets made- one for me to keep, one for a past client, & one for a random person in my life.

For the first locket to keep for myself, I used a photo I took in Franklin over the summer of the valley. That photo always makes me smile because it reminds me of what an awesome summer I had. For the inside photo, I used one of my favorite pictures of Wes & I. I am always opening up the locket to admire it.
Here are a few shots of my locket:

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I chose Alison; my first official bride, for the second locket. She has always been insanely kind and encouraging in my journey to becoming a wedding photographer. She put her trust in me to capture her day even when I had a very small and limited portfolio, and that means SO much to me.
Here’s the locket I designed for her!

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I’m waiting for my 3rd locket to arrive, but i’ll post about it as soon as it get’s here!:)

Lukas VanDyke -

I love this!

A Cooperstown PA Senior Session – Taylor: Rocky Grove High School Class of 2014

Taylor was such a sweet girl to work with. She acted so comfortable in front of the camera and made it super difficult for me to narrow her photos down. (I’m pretty sure there isn’t a single bad photo of her from the session.) Taylor had adorable outfits and great locations picked out for her session. I’m so excited to finally share these with everyone!

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Abbie -

gorgeous senior!

colleen -

She’s going to love these! They turned out awesome!!!

michelle -

beautiful senior photos and what a great location!

Jama -

What a beautiful senior portrait session. She will LOVE these. I love her horse in her pictures. Just perfect.

Kristina -

great senior images :), I’m sure she will go nuts with these images

Payal Patel -

Stunning senior. Beautiful young woman!

becky -

What a beautiful session! Love the ones with the horse and the very last one!

Mary Beth -

BEAUTIFUL!!!

Giselle -

Wow!
These are seriously amazing, the light, the location, your subject. Everything was perfect!

A Grove City, PA Senior Session – Evangelyn: Franklin High School Class of 2015

I’ve been looking forward to blogging Evangelyn’s senior portraits since the day of her session! She had the CUTEST outfits everrr. This girl was a natural in front of the camera and made my job way too easy. We met up a gorgeous park in Grove City. When I was leaving Franklin, it looked so gloomy and dark, so I was bummed that there wouldn’t be warm fall sun, but when we got there, it was literally the perfect fall day. Yay!! After we spent some time at the park, we headed over to the Grove City College campus to use the beautiful stone bridge and creek. It was a great session and I just love her photos!

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(This is my personal favorite!)
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Evangelyn’s mom wanted to jump in for a few shots…they are both so gorgeous!
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Trina Dinnar -

Wow! Gorgeous location and beautiful girl. Nicely done!

Jama -

What a beauty! Her style is amazing. Perfect senior portraits.

Kristina -

Lovely session, I bet she enjoyed her shoot

colleen -

These turned out awesome!!! She’s beautiful and looks like she had a lot of fun!

Monica -

GORGEOUS!!! love the location… so dreamy!

michelle -

beautiful photos and girl!

Payal Patel -

Beautiful girl! Love the session!

Mary Anne -

Such beautiful senior portraits and that park in Grove City is gorgeous!

chantal -

She is stunning!!! What a great senior session!!

Leigh + Chase: A Franklin, PA Engagement Session

Leigh & Chase are an awesome couple. Their session was by far one of my favorites. They had some AMAZING locations picked out and it was an aboslutely perfect evening. I cannot wait until their wedding in June of 2015!!

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Emily & John: A Rustic Summer Wedding at Mitchell Ponds Inne: Knox, PA

When I first met up with Emily & John to talk about their wedding, I could just tell how much these two loved each other. They were so kind and friendly. They told me the story of how they met and what they evisioned for their big day. Since the first time we talked, I couldn’t wait until the day of their wedding.

The bouquets and accent flowers were made from freshly picked Hydrangeas, which looked beautiful. The weather couldn’t have been any nicer than it was on the day of their wedding. Emily & John decorated the reception Barn with antique books and framed photos of them throughout the years. The ceremony was outdoors in front of a big pond and gorgeous grape vine arch covered in more hydrangeas. While the bridesmaids were coming down the isle, a big gust of wind came and swept leaves from the trees making it an incredibly magical moment. Johns reaction to seeing Emily for the first time actually made me tear up a bit…i’ll admit it, i’m a romantic sap.

After their ceremony, we spent some time getting the group shots. The wedding party made those photos a lot of fun! During the reception, Emily & John did the Shoe Game, which is a personal favorite of mine. (How it works is the couple takes off their shoes and they trade each other a shoe. They are placed back to back and the DJ asks questions and the bride and groom raise the shoe of who is more likely to do whatever the question asked.) It’s so funny seeing how they answer. I hope as Emily & John look through the photos from their day, they can relive even the small moments that made it so special.

-Alexa & Wes

 

 

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Venue: Mitchell Ponds Inne
Reception: Mitchell Ponds Inne
Brides Dress: David’s Bridal
Caterer: Classy Catering
Music: JTunes Music Entertainment
Flowers: Brides Friend + Shadyside Nursery
Cake: Pink Champagne Cupcakery 
Videography: Oakwood Video
Photography: Oakwood Photography

 

Ruthie Stephens -

Alexia (and Wes), talk about tearing up!! I was bawling looking at these!! You are so gifted and talented, these pictures are absolutely gorgeous!! You certainly depicted the true love between Em and John!! Just stunning!! Thank you!!

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