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Quarryville, PA | Farm Engagement Session | Jacey + Justin
On a very cold and windy Sunday, I met with Jacey and Justin on Justin's family farm in Quarryville, PA for their engagement session. The weather the week before had been unseasonably warm which made the temps feel extra cold on Sunday. I am not sure Jacey was aware of the cold temps, she was too excited chatting about the details of the upcoming summer wedding!
Both Jacey and Justin, born and raised into farming, have a love for farming and are actively involved with their Lancaster County family farms. It's always so interesting for me to hear the enthusiasm that young farmers speak of to explain their passion for their work. It's always humbling as I have great respect for what they do to provide for all of us.
Jacey and Justin met when Jacey was just 16 but even with the BIGGEST crush on Justin, Jacey had to wait for six years for him to ask her out on their first date. He, of course, was speaking her love language when he showed up at her front door after church one Sunday and asked her to ride along on the milk truck.
This past Christmas, Jacey was hoping for a practical Christmas gifts and never expected that inside the boot of her boyfriend, he carried around a piece of sparkle that would outshine any muck boots or Carhart Coveralls. Convinced Jacy knew the proposal was coming, he got down on one knee Christmas Eve and asked Jacey to be his bride. She was totally stunned and accepted with pure excitement!! She had no idea he was planning on popping the question that evening.
Spending time with these two was so fun and full of energy. They love to laugh, (which I always appreciate!) and are overflowing with excitement for their upcoming Wedding Day which of course, involves Big Red Tractors, a beautiful Lancaster County farm and lots of love!
Enjoy a sneak peek into their engagement session from Sunday -
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SHE SAID YES!! | Surprise Proposal | Lititz, PA
After six years of dating, Quinn and Bethany are engaged! On a chilly, snowy day this past Saturday, Quinn invited me to capture images of his very well planned surprise proposal. One catch, I needed to help get Bethany there. I am not sure I have been this nervous in a very long time.
Under the "story" of Bethany needing to show me the Lititz Moravian church (which Bethany attends) for a future bride, Bethany was kind enough to be willing to help me out.
As we walked from across the street, Quinn met Bethany, took her hand and walked her to the front of the Moravian church where he got down on one knee and asked Bethany to be his wife. Everything about the moment was perfect! The love in his eyes was precious! Bethany squealed with joy and SAID YES!! Oh and that Bling... it's amazing!
Best Wishes to you both, Bethany and Quinn!
Enjoy the images from Bethany and Quinns amazing Proposal Moment!
Sarah + Levi = New Years Eve Wedding Celebration
On Saturday, New Year's Eve, I had the great honor of watching these two precious lives become one. Sarah and Levi tied the knot at the historic Firehouse, at Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster. My husband assisted me with their engagement session in Mansfield over a year ago and we immediately made a connection with Sarah and Levi. It was a special evening as Jim was invited to attend the wedding as a guest.
Both Sarah and Levi live in Mansfield PA but Sarah grew up in the Coatesville area. After attending a wedding at Landis Valley Museum a few years ago, Sarah knew it was where she wanted to hold her wedding one day. The museum was a beautiful backdrop for their New Years Eve celebration.
The ceremony had personal touches from one of Sarahs best friends father officiating to the reading of the Bible from Sarah's Grandmother.
The dessert tables were filled with handmade treats and cookies and the groom was treated to his own "groom's cake" which was a star wars theme.
Guests danced the night away into the midnight hour with Sarah and Levi leading the dance floor! Congratulations to you both - you have a New Year and a New Name!
Enjoy the wedding of Sarah + Levi -
Special Thanks to the following vendors:
Venue: Landis Vallery Museum
Hair: Candy's Hair Salon - Coatesville
Flowers: Jackie Ryan
Entertainment: VIP Dj Entertainment, Coatesville
Lodging: Courtyard Marriot Lancaster
Julie + Ben = Downtown Lancaster Holiday Engagement Session
When I first spoke with Julie over the phone in the fall of 2016, I could hardly wait to meet her and her fiance, Ben. We spoke over the phone because although they grew up close to the Lancaster area, they currently live in warm and sunny Florida!
While home for a Christmas/New Years break, we were able to find time meet up for a great time of getting to know each other as well as capturing engagement photos. Who knew that just a few days after Christmas in Lancaster would be temperatures not equal to but warmish like Florida. The beautiful weather made for a very full city, along with Central Market being open, we worked hard for every image. Julie and Ben had great patience as we waited for crowds to part so we could do photos. It was worth every second.
Some of their session was captured in the Taproom by Springhouse Brewery, as both Ben and Julie are fans of microbrewed beers. We also were able to include their deep love for baseball and their own Tampa Bay Rays!
These two met through their connections at Bloomsburg University, he as a swimmer and she as a Lacrosse player. They have been dating since 2013 and lived in the Philadelphia area for awhile, which gave them a love for the City life. In the fall of last year, Ben took Julie back to one of their favorite spots in Philadelphia, the Ben Franklin bridge which was a place that they often walked and went for runs. That particular day was a bit different, this was the date that Ben had decided to propose to his beautiful girlfriend Julie. With a yoga class watch from the grounds close by.. she said yes... while the class cheered with excitement! Little did Julie know that Ben had brought in friends and family from Lancaster and Bloomsburg to be part of their celebration.
These two were delightful to work with, and it made me smile watching how they adore each other. While I don't want to wish away time as 2017 has just begun, I do look forward to their fall 2017 wedding at Rockford Plantation.
Enjoy the engagement session of Julie + Ben...
Seldom do I share personal stories... but this one I felt needed to be shared!
Christmas arrived early and in two oddly-shaped packages this year.
On Saturday, I unwrapped the gift of healing for a hurt that’s been with me for 35 years, and at the same time, I received the gift of pride in a son who is “paying it forward.”
When I was 15 years old, my vibrant and dynamic mother was killed by a drunk driver. While traveling home from a church youth group meeting, she and her three passengers, including my sister, Denise, were hit by a 17-year-old driver who was under the influence of alcohol. It was his first offense; it was the end of my childhood.
My mother wasn’t there for my graduation. She didn’t get to shop with me for a wedding dress. She missed Mitchell and Matthew’s births, their birthday parties, our family Christmases, Mother’s Day.
But in spite of not being physically present, Mom’s memory was kept alive. I told the boys stories of her life, we remembered her birthday, and most importantly, we talked about the results of poor choices--of driving under the influence of alcohol.
On Saturday, a reporter and photographer from Lancaster Newspaper interviewed Mitch, who has taken up late-night runs as an Uber driver. Sure, he’s a 25-year-old trying to make a living with two jobs, but he’s also attempting to honor a grandma h1’s never met. He tells his clients, respectfully, that this gig is about getting them home safely and protecting others out on the road.
On dark winter nights, Mitch drives and chats, learning bits and pieces about his clients, many of whom have consumed too many drinks and recognize their need for a safe ride. After all, getting home via Uber is as simple as using an app. As he sees it, if he can keep one alcohol-impaired driver off the road, and possibly spare another’s life, he’s made a difference.
That’s a giant box of pride for a mother to receive at Christmas. And I know Mitch’s Grandma (my mom) would be equally pleased.
We never got an apology from the driver who killed my mom, and through the years, it’s been hard to forgive someone you’ve never met or talked to. And while time heals, it took Mitchell’s tangible act of intentionally transporting potential DUIers for me to seize the moment to forgive.
This Christmas I choose to forgive. What a beautiful present!
I share these gifts with you in hopes of making all of us aware of the need to drink responsibly. A safe ride this holiday is just a phone app away.
And if it’s my boy, Mitchell, who pulls up to the curb, tip him well and give a nod to my mother, his grandmother, whose shortened life made a difference.
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Chelsea + Kyle + Carter = A BEAUTIFUL Love Story
On a beautiful afternoon, early in November, Chelsea, Kyle, and Carter became one family in marriage. The site of their beautiful ceremony was Pheasant Run Bed and Breakfast in Lancaster County. The fall colors, the setting sun, the warm temperatures all came together to give the Gill and Williams families an evening that they will not soon forget.
I have been part of many weddings, and I love every part of a ceremony. I knew from our first meeting together this ceremony was going to be one that I would end up crying through. Sure enough, it was. Actually, I am not sure there were too many dry eyes at this ceremony.
Chelsea is blessed to be loved by her Mother and Father as well as her Step-Father and Step-Mother. During the ceremony planning process, Chelsea and her sweet mother Christy made the decision that Chelsea would be walked over the wooden bridge leading to the ceremony by her step-father who would hand her off to her Father, who would then finish walking her down the aisle. It was AMAZING to watch this beautiful bride honor both of the men that have played very significant roles in her life. It was equally beautiful to watch the first dances with each Man and the beautiful bride.
Chelsea and Kyles son Carter full of excitement and joy ran down the aisle to his daddy and was then able to watch his Mommy and Dad commit themselves to each other in marriage. It was a precious site!
After the beautiful ceremony, we were able to capture some beautiful sunset photos and return the newlyweds to their reception where games, photo booth, amazing food and dancing went on into the night! This was a wedding that I won't soon forget!
Thanks Christy, Chelsea, and Kyle for allowing me to part of your amazing day. Blessings to you all!
Special Thanks to the Following Vendors:
Venue - Pheasant Run Bed and Breakfast
Bridal Gown - David's Bridal
Suits - Men's Warehouse
Florals: JDK Group
Catering - JDK Group
Photo Booth - Picture This
Second Photographer - Alyssa Boettner
Photography - Annie Sharp Photography
Click here to see their Engagement Photos
Suiter Family + Ladybug Boots = Perfection
What fun fall session the Suiter family was. When you arrive in pink tulle skirt with red ladybug boots, a perfect evening is on tap! It was beautiful fall evening in November, I had the pleasure of capturing family images for Lori and Mark Suiter as well as their son Kevin who had just returned from boot camp and their daughter Janelle as well as their spunky Granddaughter. We giggled.... a whole bunch!
We were able to spend some time in their beautiful wooded back yard and enjoyed a bit of a breeze wich helped us blow bubbles better and made for some great images.
Thanks again Kevin for your commitment to serve our country and to the Suiter family for allowing me to spend some time with you all!
The Toms Family | Lancaster County - Rockford Plantaiton
The Toms family - some of my favorite people. On a beautifully warm evening in October, we headed with their beloved family dogs to re-create some childhood photo from many years ago taken at the same venue. The leaves, the temperature, and the sun were all perfect.
Rockford Plantation and Lancaster County Park are loaded with deer at this time of year and we had many visit us during the photo session. Deer are even on some of the photos which brought this family much joy and a bit of distraction.
Enjoy the Toms family photos - thanks again for trusting me to capture your family photos!
Sheena + Jeremy | Lancaster Farm Wedding
Sheena and Jeremy were married on an unusually warm day in October. The wedding ceremony and reception took place at the farm where Sheena and her siblings have grown up. It served as the perfect backdrop for the ceremony and reception. One of the cutest parts of the getting ready was when I realized that Christmas music was the theme music for the day. Sheena assured me it made her happy and she that's what she was going to listen to. I am a fan of the same, and it brought a smile to my face seeing her determination.
Both Sheena and Jeremy have a love for Their Lord and it was evident in so many special touches of their beautiful day. They had a meaningful time of Praise and Worship during their ceremony, the "tying of three cords", and took the time during their fun reception to serve ice-cream to each guest and thank them for coming to their special day. All in attendance were treated to the most beautiful of sunsets and full moon when the sun set on their special day.
Sheena and Jeremy are headed to Montana where Jeremy works and they will begin their new lives together there. It was an emotional day for Sheena as she transitioned from her beautiful home in Lancaster to her new life in Montana. She is clearly up for the challenge and will be a wonderful wife to her cowboy Jeremy.
Thanks, Sheena and Jeremy for allowing me to be apart of your special day. Blessings to you both as you step into this next chapter of your lives.
Jeana + Calvin | Engagement Session | Lancaster City
We spent a windy Saturday afternoon together in October to capture engagement photos for Jeana and Calvin. With winds at 25 mph, we chose to stay in Lancaster City for the majority of our time together. Lancaster Sweet Shoppe on Duke Street in Lancaster City welcomed us warmly and allowed us to capture some of their fun images in the adorable shop.
Jeana and Calvin met in 2012 at the beach in Delaware but did not begin dating until 2013. Jeana told me that she realized how much she loved Calvin when she realized how persistent he was at pursuing her. He courted her like an old fashioned romance, with flowers, love notes, gifts and great amounts of time and attention. They will both tell you that their favorite thing to do is simply, spending quality time together!
They were engaged, May 28th of this year at a beach close to where they met. She thought she was going to surprise him on his birthday with a sweet trip away but he had much bigger plans that involved, candles, a sunset, words of affirmation and a gorgeous rose gold diamond ring. She, of course, said YES! The love between these two is priceless. Just being around them, it is clear how much respect and joy they have for each other. I look forward to their Springtime 2017 wedding.
Enjoy the engagement photos for Jeana and Calvin.
Kiah - Lancaster County - Class of 2017
Kiah is a beautiful Penn Manor Senior - both inside and out. It was a breezy fall evening that I had the privilege of photographing Kiah at her home in Willow Street. The property and all of its fall colors made for the perfect backdrop for our time together. We were able to spend time along the woods edge and trails enjoyed the amazing walls and fences that surround one of Lancaster County's oldest memorial sites and even had a photo opportunity with her beloved horses.
Kiah is delightful, full of giggles and one of the most polite young ladies I've met. I enjoyed our time together and hope you enjoy the photos of this stunning young lady.
Thanks again Kiah and all the best as you complete your senior year of high school!
Josie | Class of 2017 | Lampeter-Strasburg High School
Josie is a beautiful young lady inside and out. Spending time with Josie and her family is a treasure and it was a special afternoon a few weeks ago when I was able to capture her senior photos. We decided to do her photos at the LMH Campus which is special to her family in a number of ways.
Josie is an amazing field hockey player with the Lampeter-Strasburg High School team, and attends Mellinger Mennonite Church. It's hard to not smile while spending time with this beauty - she exudes joy. Thanks again Josie for allowing me to capture your senior images.
Addison | Class of 2017
Addison is a beautiful homeschooled senior - part of the class of 2017. When I was asked to take her senior photos and they mentioned that Lock 12 was in their back yard, I jumped at the opportunity to capture Addison's favorite time of year which is fall, combined with the great look of the Lock 12.
Addison is a soft spoken artistic young lady and is was delightful to spend time with. It was fun to chat about her interest in arts and specifically, photography. She loves fall and has a love for fallen leaves and colors. It was a treat to watch her enjoy the beauty of the season.
Thanks again Addison for allowing me to capture your senior images - all the best to you in the days, weeks and years ahead!
Marissa | Class of 2017
It is always an honor to have the opportunity to work with a family multiple times. I had the privilege of meeting Marissa while photographing her sisters Mount Joy wedding in July of 2015. I went to school a few years back with Marissa's mother Leslie which made this an even bigger treat to get to spend one-on-one time getting to know her beautiful daughter.
We spent a very warm evening in September in the Mount Gretna area exploring locations to capture images for Marissa. The sunset was spectacular this evening and the lighting was perfect.
Marissa is actively involved at Mount Calvary Christian School on the soccer team and also has a love for the arts. She has a very gentle and soft-spoken personality that makes her a joy to spend time with. Her faith in her Heavenly Father is evident and very important to this mission-minded senior.
Thanks Marissa for allowing me the opportunity to capture your senior images... Blessings as you journey through your senior year!
Amber + Andrew = Engagement Session
Amber and Andrew are a precious couple with a sweet and innocent love. They are filled with giggles, smiles, and love for each other! Their engagement session was captured in Lancaster close to the family farm.
On their four year anniversary, Andrew proposed to his high school sweetheart at his Grandmothers farm. We had the privilege of capturing some of their engagement photos at the very spot that Andrew asked his bride-to-be for her hand in marriage. Andrews Uncle allowed us to use his beautiful vintage Red truck for part of our session as well.
I am excited to be part of their special wedding day next Spring as they become husband and wife at Pheasant Run Bed and Breakfast. Amber and Andrew were such fun to work with... they even danced in a field for me... it was pure joy!
Enjoy the engagement photos for Amber and Andrew...
Sangrey Family | Lancaster
The Sangrey family was kind enough to allow me to do a photo session with them for a little project that is coming to Annie Sharp Photography soon! I have known this beautiful lady for many years and spending time with her, her husband and children was the most lovely of evenings. They play, love and laugh together with great joy and energy!
Tara is also a wedding planner as well as Cupcake and baking Queen! It was fun to capture some of her beautiful work as well.
Enjoy the Sangrey family...
Sophie | Ephrata High School Senior | Class of 2016
Chelsea + Kyle - Rockford Plantation Sunrise Engagement Session
On a warm but beautiful Saturday in September we all arrived early for the engagement session of Chelsea and Kyle at the beautiful Rockford Plantation in Lancaster County Park. I knew arriving on time would be simple enough but when Chelsea and Kyle mentioned that they wanted their 2 year old son Carter in the photos, I wondered how he would do with such an early start. Well, Rock Star would be the best words to describe him. Carter was full of smiles, energy and one of the best little ones I have ever worked with. Capturing images of this family was pure joy.
Chelsea and Kyle have been together for eight years and are about as sentimental as two people could be. I had suggested they bring along their "memory bags" that they both have saved since their first date. The bags were filled with ticket stubs, stuffed toys, love letters and photos. It was so fun to see the joy they both took in remembering some of the fun dates that they have shared.
Chelsea and Kyle will be getting married in a few short weeks and I can hardly wait to be part of their big day. Chelsea's mom has been an intricate part of planning and organizing and has made the process smooth for all involved.
The love that these two have in their eyes when the look at each other is beyond description. I know the wedding images will be as full love as their engagement images... it will be beautiful!
Enjoy the engagement photos of Chelsea and Kyle...
Sheena + Jeremy | Engagement Session | Lancaster PA Horse Farm
It was a beautiful and warm September evening when we met for the engagement photo session for Sheena and Jeremy. These two sweethearts have been together since childhood and will be married in a few short weeks. Their new lives as husband and wife will begin in Montana.
Jeremy's home farm in Mohnten was the perfect backdrop for capturing their sweet love for each other. We were able to enjoy some of their favorite spots on the farm including the pond and the beautiful fences surrounding the horses. Sheena wanted a swing to be in her engagement photos so her soon to be Mr., built her one. It was fun to see her joy as she enjoyed the swing for the first time.
I can't wait to capture their beautiful wedding day which will take place on her family farm wich is also rich with amazing colors and details. The day is going to be spectacular! Congrats to Sheena and Jeremy -