Courtney & Kodie: Barn Wedding {Sandra Jackson Photography Parker, PA}

I first met Courtney and Kodie at a Pirate's game. It would be an awesome story if we met randomly and connected over baseball and photography wouldn't it? Kodie is my best friend, Jen's, nephew. She'd invited us all to join her at a game. It's a summer tradition for us! I was super excited to meet Courtney especially when I found out she was a photographer! I love talking shop. I'm not going to lie, when Courtney asked me to photograph her wedding I was a bit intimidated. I actually had nightmares that I lost all my gear and/or memory cards leading up to the big day. In one dream I even knocked over the cake! Luckily none of those dreams came true and Courtney and Kodie's day went off without a hitch. It was truly special seeing my friend and her family celebrate Kodie and his new wife. Weddings always make me a little weepy and this one was no exception. All that love in such a small space is bound to turn on the feels. 

Jeff & Joelle: Backyard Wedding {Sandra Jackson Photography Parker, Pa}

Jeff and Joelle were married at her parents property on a perfect summer day. The kind where it's warm but not too warm, and the light seems to fall beautifully everywhere.  The backdrop for their "I do's"  was a beautiful clearing in the Forrest behind her parents house with rustic log seating plenty of wild flowers and the most beautiful arch! Vintage details decorated the area and candles and tiki torches lit the path. It was truly magical.  

Their wedding was full of sentiment and detail. Joelle carried her mother-in-law's purse and Jeff wore his dad's boots. Both were touching tributes to those who could not be there physicaly but I'm certain we're there in spirit. 

 Joelle's dear friend made each bridesmaid a custom bracelet. They were so delicate and beautiful!

 Joelle's one request was that we stop by this old abandoned church for some photos. She'd always dreamed of getting married there.

Their reception was at Camp Coffman which is the perfect setting!

When I look back at their wedding I remember the laid back fun atmosphere the most. These two love each other and those around them with such authenticity and ease. Some of their friends and family danced into the night. Some sat by the fire gazing up at the stars while others played lawn games. As I packed up my gear I could hear the laughter and see the smiles. It warmed my soul. Happy belated Anniversary you two! I hope you find time to focus on each other during these busy baby days.

Hair & Makeup by Alisha Strittmatter @ Strittmatter Styles

DJ Thomas Best @ Best Entertainment

Minister Gary Brown
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