What an epic wedding day!! Mandi and Shaun chose to celebrate their special day on May 4th, and the force was definitely with them! From the Star Wars watch Mandi gifted to Shaun to their three pound white chocolate cake topper straight from Disney, the couple’s personalities shone through in every little detail. We even noticed a trail of glitter from the start of the day all the way to Constantino’s where the reception was held. Our favorite part of the day, other than seeing Mandi and Sean get married, had to be running from the Luzerne County Courthouse and over the Market Street Bridge to Kirby Park to snap some amazing shots of the newlyweds in their horse pulled carriage… that counts as a 5k, right!? We also can’t forget about Mandi’s sister’s speech that caught all of us off guard when a doorbell began to ring introducing a Domino’s Delivery Driver. It turns out that Shaun likes to order Domino’s.. often, so Mandi’s sister thought it would be the perfect gift for Shaun on his wedding day! Gotta love sister-in-laws! Speaking of in-laws, we couldn’t have said it better than Mandi’s new brother-in-law, Billy, in wishing the happy couple…
“May the Fourth be with your marriage!”
P. S. Mandi would like everyone to know (especially you, Billy) that she did, in fact, finish her drink during her and Shaun’s reveal party at our studio!
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Steve and Matt
VIDEOGRAPHERS: Stephen and Ryan
Ceremony Site: Luzerne County Courthouse
Reception Site: Constantino’s
DJ and Emcee: Dynamic Duo Entertainment
Tuxes: Tuxedo by Sarno
Shoes: Steve Madden
Wedding Bands: Zales
Jewelry: ‘something borrowed’ from bride’s mom
Florals: Mattern’s Floral
Officiant: Jesse Miller of City Lights Church
Catering: Constantino’s Catering
Warm, early spring days with refreshingly cool breezes always make for great engagement sessions; especially when we get to travel to new places with new faces! This time we met up with Natalie and Aash at the Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 1. We absolutely love the bare brick wall that Steve, Natalie, and Aash came upon during their shoot. While setting up one of the brick shots, Steve asked Aash to tell Natalie a joke. It turns out that Aash likes telling jokes with really, really long punch lines which made for some of our favorite reactions! We fully support jokes with long punch lines, by the way.. If you have any, send them our way!! We can’t wait for this fun couple’s big wedding day in Perkasie this summer!!
Congrats again, Natalie and Aash!!
Joyce Akiko and Steven had the sweetest wedding at The Radisson Lackawanna Station in Scranton surrounded by their closest family and friends. Steven vowed to always hold Akiko’s hand when she feels sad (even if there’s a dirty tissue in it) and Akiko vowed to keep Steven happy even when he’s cruising in the passing lane.. going the speed limit.. for ten minutes straight. After their heartfelt ceremony, the couple recessed outside for pictures accompanied by Gobbledigook by Sigur Ros. Their reception was filled with music from Steven’s own DJ equipment, a tearjerking father-daughter dance, a polish song called Sto Lat that wished the couple a hundred years of happiness, and all of the laughter. The newlyweds got to sneak away to the lobby for some time to themselves (and us, of course) where we all decided to quickly move some furniture around to create a quick photo shoot. They got to just be themselves and even got to do some posing of their own design. We can’t get enough of those photos and how sweet Akiko and Steven are! We hope you enjoy a glimpse into their special day as much as we enjoyed capturing it!
Congrats to the happy couple!!
VIDEOGRAPHERS: Stephen and MJ
Ceremony/ Reception Venue: The Radisson Lackawanna Station
Salon: Alexander’s Salon & Spa
Dress Shop: David’s Bridal
Tuxes/ Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Shoe Store: Macy’s
Wedding Rings: George & Co. Diamond Jewelers
Flowers: Village Florals
Coordinators: Amanda DiPierro of The Radisson
Entertainment: Rock Steady Entertainment
Catering: Radisson Lackawanna Station
Cake: Minooka Pastry Shop
Decor: MCR Design Group
Hey everyone! My name’s Stephen, and I’m the lead videographer and video editor for Knot Just Any Day! 2018 was my first year with KJAD, and I was able to be apart of 10 weddings last year. Shooting weddings was a whole new thing for me, so I was nervous and excited to shoot so many! I had a blast at each one, but there were 10 moments this year that really stood out to me. So here are my top 10 Moments of 2018!
Allie and Anthony
Allie and Anthony’s wedding was very special for me. I went to school with both of them; Allie is my age and Anthony was a year or two before us, so I knew them for a long time. I joined KJAD in early 2018, and when I found out I would be filming for the two of them, I got VERY excited. Fast forward to their wedding day and reception.. Anthony and his groomsmen rehearsed an entire surprise dance for Allie, and it was AWESOME. They had plastic toy trumpets and matching hats, and it was so fun not only to watch unfold, but to film. The other crew members and myself were running around like crazy trying to keep up with the action; it was just so much fun. My favorite moment from that dance though was when Anthony walked right up to the table where Allie and the bridesmaids were sitting, leaned across the table, kissed Allie, and went right back to dancing. It was just so smooth! He went from dancing to playing a toy trumpet to running to a table and kissing his wife and right back to dancing; didn’t miss a beat! It was so fun to see and I was smiling the whole time I was shooting it.
Elisa and Alex
Elisa and Alex’s wedding took place at Skytop Lodge, which is GORGEOUS. The two of them had planned a first look; something I have never shot before. I spent my morning with Steve as we shot for Elisa and the bridesmaids while Matt, Jimmy, and MJ went with Alex and the groomsmen. We found the place where we would do the first look, and it was this big open courtyard with the lodge in the background. I met up with the other KJAD crew members and introduced myself to Alex. I remember he barely said a word. You could see how nervous, eager, and excited he was to see Elisa for their first look. The time came for Elisa to walk out to Alex, and I had my gear set up to film in slow motion. Elisa tapped Alex on the shoulder, Alex turned around, and he just melted. They both looked at each other and hugged and kissed and it was just so emotional, and everything looked amazing. I just remember being there in the moment and thinking “they are going to be so happy when they see this footage”. I was so happy to capture that special moment. As an added bonus, showing the KJAD crew that footage when we got back to the studio was amazing. I’m pretty sure just about everyone got a little teary eye’d. (Erin here… It’s true, and we still tear up when we watch it every single time.)
Geralyn and Lee
Geralyn and Lee’s wedding was super fun. Geralyn was super energetic and bubbly, and everything was stunning. My favorite part of their big day was during their wedding formals at Fox Hill Country Club. We took Geralyn and Lee to do their pictures before meeting up with the rest of their wedding party, and we took golf carts to go from one spot to the next. I told them that while they drove their cart to just have fun with each other, joke around, and be natural, They did just that. Geralyn leaned over Lee to steer the golf cart while Lee had his foot on the pedal. Then they switched seats altogether and Geralyn drove all while I filmed it hanging out the back of a golf cart in front of them. It was super fun to film, and I think it turned into something very unique for the two of them.
Nick and Jackie
Nick and Jacqueline’s wedding was my favorite. Although, I might be a little biased in this decision because Nick is my brother, and I was his best man! KJAD shot video for the wedding, but (obviously) I wasn’t able to shoot the wedding because I was in it. Steve was the lead videographer for the day, so during the reception I saw my moment and had to mess with him. “So Happy Together” by The Turtles came on, and Steve was filming on the edge of the dance floor with his camera on a monopod. I walked up to him, grabbed the camera, placed it on the ground, and dragged Steve out to the dance floor where we sang and danced.. “I can’t see me lovin’ nobody but you, for all my liiiife!” It was such a fun little moment from my brothers wedding, and I’ll never forget dragging Steve out onto that dance floor.
Danielle and Connor
Danielle and Connor’s wedding was my first wedding that I shot video for. It was very nerve wracking. I remember the day before thinking about what to wear, making sure my equipment was okay, and remembering I hadn’t been to a wedding in a LONG time before then. Since I was training during that wedding, I only shot the ceremony and reception. Their wedding became the first wedding that I would also have to edit for, which was even MORE nerve wracking. KJAD had wedding films for the past few years, so I wanted to edit the film in a way that was true to KJAD, but also showcased my own style. I remember the whole time I edited I was thinking, “I really hope I’m doing this right”. When I finished it and got the crew together to sit on the couches in the studio and watch the film, I was so nervous. We watched it, and everyone LOVED it. I think that was the biggest sigh of relief I have ever had. It felt so good knowing that the hours of work I put into piecing together Danielle and Connor’s wedding day into a beautiful film paid off and was loved by everyone.
Alexis and Justin
Alexis and Justin’s wedding was at the beautiful Fox Hill Farm in Honesdale. The moment that stands out to me was their sunset shoot. The crew at the farm took us up to get sunset shots in a golf cart. I spent some time with the photographer helping her set up lighting, and then finally got my moment for video. We set up a shot of the two of them walking towards the camera and holding hands with the sunset in the background, and it was just gorgeous. It’s used as the final shot in their wedding film, and it’s such a big, colorful shot. It’s easily one of my favorite shots from this year.
Alyssa and Alex
Alyssa and Alex was my first wedding without the training wheels on. I was even more nervous for this one than my first one. I was about to spend the whole day with the bride and groom, which was new to me. My day started at Alyssa’s sister’s house and ended at The Beaumont Inn. It was a long, fun, and rewarding day. It was fun because I got to interact with the couple a lot more than at my first wedding. I was there for when Alyssa read her note from Alex in the morning to wedding formals across the grounds of the inn to the dance floor in the beautiful reception area. I remember getting home that night, exhausted, and thinking about how much fun I had over the course of that day.
Nick and Jackie
So, back to my brothers wedding. Yay, we partied, and, yay they are married. Okay, now time to get back to work… but wait, I need to edit my brothers wedding film!? Oh jeez… okay, I got this. Editing Nick and Jacqueline’s wedding video was a BIG task. It was a weird experience to be editing a wedding and using footage of me and my best man speech to tell the story of Nick and Jacqueline. Nothing can really prepare yourself for hearing your own speech paired with wedding background music. The best part was showing my family the wedding film once it was done. Everyone loved it, and it was definitely the most rewarding thing I’ve worked on all year.
Alexis and Justin
With most weddings, we run around and shoot pretty much all day. There isn’t much time for breaks or relaxing. The only time in the day that we can really do that is during the reception when dinner is being served. Usually we get a small side room or a table on the outskirts of the party. However, at Alexis and Justin’s wedding, they had set up a really nice area outside of the barn where the reception was being held. There were old couches and chairs set up and it was just a really relaxing spot. So, the crew and myself sat on the couches during dinner and got some time to just talk and relax. The sun was setting and it was such a hot day and it finally started to cool down. We all got the chance to just sit down, take a nice break, relax, and actually take it all in. There’s not many times when we get the chance to do that because we are usually running around capturing everything, so any time we get to sit back, relax, and take it all in is always appreciated.
Allie and Anthony
Allie and Anthony’s wedding, as I mentioned before, was a special one for me. I started at KJAD in 2018, went through training that year, and was still learning what it takes to shoot weddings. However, Allie and Anthony’s wedding was the point in the year when I thought “I got this.” Two other videographers and I shot this wedding, and we all coordinated throughout the day on what shots to get and where to set up audio. There was never a point in that day when I felt overwhelmed or flustered, and ever since that wedding I’ve felt the same way. Their day gave me a lot more confidence in myself as a wedding videographer, and their wedding film is one that I am and will always be proud of!
Well, there we have it. These are my Top 10 Moments of 2018. The past year was an amazing experience, and I loved shooting every wedding.
Here’s to 2019!
Hey there! Erin here; KJAD’s marketing director and one of our wedding coordinators. Our 2018 season was an epic one, coming in with 49 beautifully unique weddings! I was blown away by all of the work that our team did in 2018, and below is a collection of some of the moments that stand out to me. Cheers!
PRESTON! Hanging out with the world’s most supportive ring bearer of all time, Jackie and Dave’s nephew, is easily my favourite moment of our 2018 wedding season. As I mentioned above, Preston was initially a little hesitant to put on his boutonniere, but after his dad and I explained to him that it would give him the super powers to run faster than anyone else and be the best ring bearer ever, he agreed to wear it. During Jackie and Dave’s ceremony at my favorite venue, The Barn at Glistening Pond, was when Preston really let his ring bearing powers show. At one point the rings tried to run away, but they weren’t getting past Preston’s swift reflexes. Not only did he wrangle the rings, he also stood right up front next to Judge Barilla during the ceremony to show his support. He even offered fist bumps to Dave and gave Jackie a ‘thumbs up’ as she placed the ring on Dave’s finger. However, at the end of the day, I don’t think Preston really needed the ‘magical’ boutonniere; he had the ability to be The Best Ring Bearer ever in his heart the whole time. Go Preston!!
The ‘in-between moments’ always make for my favourite photos. When I’m not coordinating or planning a wedding, I hang back at the studio to compile all of our web content. With that being said, I don’t get to take in the wedding day with our photographers, and why I love to see the candid, ‘behind-the-scenes’ shots. I like to call these shots ‘the in-between moments’. The beautiful, relaxed scenes that are going on behind the photographers and videographers, that are happening in the corner of the room, and that nobody else may be paying attention to always allow me to relate more to a particular day. It’s like getting to see a 360 version of a wedding; an ode to all of the ‘in-between moments’ that have brought a couple to their special day. The ‘in-between moments’ that will always stand out to me are from Krissy and Dave’s wedding when Steve happened to capture some of Krissy’s bridesmaids taking it all in during the bride and groom’s formal shots and a few of Dave’s groomsmen walking to their next destination. Along with those photos, some of the most adorable ‘in-between moments’ came from Julianna and Cody’s wedding. During their post-wedding, pre-reception “after party”, the sweetest shot of the most precious little girl in assisted snack mode was taken. Then right after the wedding party was done having their photos taken, one of our brilliant photographers snuck a shot of the flower girls with their fists raised into the air to celebrate the end of formal photos and the beginning of a night full of dancing. It warms my soul because I can very much relate.. bring on the dancing!!
Being a part of a wedding as a coordinator is beyond rewarding. You get to know so many awesome people that you’re practically family by the end of the day. The KJAD Crew spent so many amazing, behind the scenes moments with Danielle and Connor on their wedding day. One of my favorite moments was right after their ceremony. In order to take all of the family photos we planned on taking directly after the ceremony, Danielle and Connor had to tuck away to side a corridor in the back of the church to skip the receiving line that usually happens then. I met them on their way to the corridor to help Danielle with her stunning dress which had an epically long train. Father Paisley even pronounced “Connor, Danielle, and that train one in love!” I love it! While we were hiding out to wait for photos to start, their was a lot of giggling, smiling, talk of honeymoons, and you could just feel the excitement buzzing around the newlyweds. That exact feeling is why I love what I do! Fast forward to right before the reception when Connor and Danielle were having some photos taken outside on the dock at Split Rock Resort. However, in order to get out to the dock, Connor had to lift up Danielle so that her dress wouldn’t get all sandy. That moment is where my favorite shot from their day came from. It is epic! Congrats again, Danielle and Connor! It was such an honor getting to be a part of the day!
There’s a moment that happens right after a wedding ceremony that is so magical to me. As a wedding planner, I’m usually hanging out in the back of the ceremony site so I usually get to see the newlyweds as soon as they exit their ceremony. That magic moment happens after months of planning, after all of the preparations are made, and after the ‘I do’s’ are said. When Jackie and Dave exited their ceremony at The Barn at Glistening Pond, the three of us locked eyes and lifted our fists in solidarity. That moment is always so great because we all get to silently say, “we did it!!”. More importantly, it’s such a grounding moment because we spend so much time getting caught up in planning, and these few seconds allow me to slow down and remember how mind blowingly beautiful it is to celebrate the decision to spend the rest of your life with your person!! I’ll admit it, your KJAD Crew cries at your wedding. How incredible it is to see all of the planning come together to help someone’s best day ever be their best day ever. It humbles me to the core which is why Jackie and Dave’s wedding exit will always be one of my favourite wedding moments. Cheers to two amazing people falling in love!! Also, side note, after discussing having an air horn at their wedding and making air horn sound effects during their photos for giggles, that startling noise will forever remind me of their special day. BRRRBRRRBRRRBRRRRRRRQSHRRRR!
The KJAD Crew is a creative group of some really humorous people. You’re guaranteed to see us head back laughing at least a few times during your wedding or even during a meeting. Another one of my Top Ten Moments is thanks to that. This one happened to be at Jackie and Dave’s, too. During the infamous Polish Dollar Dance, complete with epic polka music, Steve and Jimmy were hanging out on the outskirts of the dance floor with their cameras to capture everyone’s reactions when they got in front of Jackie. Miranda and I were preparing for the couple’s sparkler send off when we happened to glance over to see Steve and Jimmy happily bobbing up and down in unison to the polka music all while shooting away. Classic KJAD, and a moment that still brings laughter when one of us brings it up.
It really is all about the details. Either that or I’m just a sucker for decor. Let’s go with both. Details and decor really set the feel for the whole day and allow me to spice up all of our blogs. Decor, especially DIY, really gives a couple the ability to make their special day stand out and express themselves however they want to. All of the little details really pull everything together and always make for some beautiful shots. The decor and ring photos that stand out to me the most from 2018 are from Julianna and Cody’s wedding. From the pops of pastel oranges and pinks in their floral arrangements (brought to you by Floral Designs) and the Little Mermaid-esque cake topper to the inscription on the inside of Cody’s wedding band, it’s easy to feel all of the love that surrounded their day. I especially love their idea of having all of their guests write them short messages to read on their first anniversary. How beautifully thoughtful!
Like I said, I cannot get enough detail shots. They’re always amazing to look at, they help me get a feel of the day when I’m putting together blogs, and they’re a great way to make sure we include all of the awesome vendors that helped make someone’s day the best day ever. It’s even cooler when we get to see some of our work at a wedding. Adrienne and Justin’s wedding was gorgeous, and I’m not just saying that because KJAD did their stationary including the adorable little hearts that they had their guests sign. Adrienne’s dress by Hayley Paige looked sunning on her, and their cake by Minooka is definitely my favourite from 2018.
There is something I enjoying seeing a little more than details when I look at wedding photos. Everyone’s facial expressions, especially newlyweds, make for the best shots. Whether it’s laughter during a speech from the best man, that just married wedding excitement, or the face of a father as he dances with his newly married daughter at the reception, nothing can beat seeing someone’s reaction at a wedding. Julianna’s face was beaming with excitement for possibly her and Cody’s entire wedding day. It melts my hearts. Seeing the shots of Danielle and Connor laughing so hard during their family member’s speeches always makes me smile, and seeing Ashleigh’s father’s face during their father-daughter dance is enough to make anyone blurt out an “awwww”. Seeing raw emotion in wedding photos is always the best.
Hearing the history or origin of different wedding traditions always fascinates me. Our 2018 season presented us with a brand new tradition that none of had heard of before which happens to be my new favourite. Allie and Anthony decided to incorporate something a bit out of the ordinary, but also the most heartfelt into their wedding ceremony. Their wedding party passed a continuous twine through every guest at the wedding. The couple then placed their rings on the twine and asked everyone there to say a few words or prayers as they passed the rings along this twine. This way the couple can always carry their loved ones and these messages with them on their rings. What an incredible idea!
Who doesn’t love a stunning wedding dress shot!? I couldn’t pick just one, and I wish I could have included every dress from 2018. I’ll let them speak for themselves. Just look at ’em!
Hello! It’s Miranda, our studio manager and fearless wedding planner, here to talk about her Top Ten favorite moments from our 2018 season!
1.) MAURA AND MATT
One of my Top Ten moments from 2018 was from Maura and Matt’s engagement session at Three Ponds Winery. I absolutely love when couples include their fur babies! They brought their little dachshund, Benny, to the shoot and, boy oh boy, did this little pup steal the show. I mean this couple is adorable, but the faces that Benny is making just cracks me up! He looks so happy to be part of the photos and also sneaks in a little “turtle” face. I crack up every time I see this photo.
2.) CAILIA AND ROBERT
NYC engagement session! Do I need to even say any more!? Cailia and Robert were such an awesome couple, and what style!! I mean matching red scarf and red gloves… come on! This couple really knows how to dress and accessorize. The photo that sticks out as a favorite of mine from 2018 was taken outside of the iconic Tavern of the Green. It’s such a gorgeous and passionate shot of them. This photo was also used by Tavern on the Green as their Valentine’s Day promotion… how cool is that!?
3.) JACKIE AND DAVE
I adore this couple! I had the honor of being a part of their big day as a coordinator, so I really got the chance to work closely with them. They are such sweethearts and so much fun to be around. Tradition has it that the bouquet is tossed to single women with the belief that whoever catches it will be the next to marry. During the bouquet toss, Jackie did not actually “toss” her bouquet, but instead handed it off to her best friend/ maid of honor, Alyssa. Fun fact, Alyssa is now newly engaged! Coincidence or does this old tradition have some truth to it?!?!?!?
4.) MAURA AND MATT
Love, love, LOVE engagement sessions. There’s just something so special and intimate about them. I think you really get to see the couple in their most natural state during a relaxing engagement session. Maura and Matt are just so stinking cute! This photo is one of my most favorites of 2018. There is something so vintage about this photo to me, and I feel as if it could be the cover of a vinyl record from the 60’s or 70’s. It’s very nostalgic, yet so simple and sweet.
5.) JULIE AND JASON
Words cannot describe just how adorable this couple is! From their smiles to the way they light up while looking at one another… they make my heart happy!
6.) KRISSY AND DAVE
Two words…GLOBE LIGHTS!!! This couple and photo are both stunning, but those lights just pull everything together and really capture the mood.
7.) LYNDSAY AND ALEX
Lyndsey’s dress in that mirror is just GORGEOUS! This is definitely one of my most favorite dress shots that I’ve ever seen. It reminds me of something right out of Alice in Wonderland.
8.) ERIN AND JOSH
There were so many beautiful photos from their wedding, but this one just sticks out to me. It’s such a fun and flirty photo you can’t help but smile when you see it.
9.) ALYSSA AND ALEX
What a super sweet, fantastic couple. It’s almost impossible to choose just one photo from their wedding. This one is just beautiful. I love the way that they are looking at one another. So much love! It’s definitely another “makes my heart happy” photo.
10.) MAGGIE AND CRAIG
Although I was not physically at Maggie and Craig’s wedding, looking at all of their photos makes me really feel like I was there. Also, WOW this couple really knows how to throw a party! That dance floor was packed and everyone looks like they are having a blast! The photos of Craig’s mother on that dance floor are my absolute favorite! She looks like she is just having the time of her life!
Our lead photographer, MJ, talks all about his Top Ten favorite moments of KJAD’s 2018 wedding season below! Yay!!
1.) JACKI AND KEVIN
Itʼs always exciting when we get the chance to shoot for friends/ family and even more of a treat when its at a beautiful location! Jacki and Kevin got married at the unique room at 900 in forty fort. This place is a goldmine for cool photos! There are so many interesting nooks and crannies throughout the building, youʼll never run out of cool photos to shoot.
2.) ZOE AND BRANDON
We love to travel! This destination wedding was one of my favorites all year, filled with tons of exciting moments. Zoe and Brandon got married at Bonnie Castle in Thousand Islands, New York. The breath taking views and otherworldly scenery seemed endless, and we got to go on a boat! The venue is located on the mighty St. Lawrence River right on the Canadian border. In the middle of the river, on an island, is the famous and pretty epic, Boldt Castle! It was so much fun taking photos on the water near the castle, speeding around on a motor boat. It’s something Iʼll never forget.
3.) MAGGIE AND CRAIG
One of my favorite moments of 2018 was at Maggie and Craig’s wedding. The couple held their celebration at The Westmoreland Club in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The reception was especially awesome. Tons of of our previous clients were guests. Their DJ was incredible and kept the party going all night long. The dance floor was consistently packed with smiling faces. I also made a buddy! From prep at Maggie’s mom’s house, to their ceremony at St. Leo’s Holy Rosary Church, to the party at the club, I worked closely with videographer, Molly Rupert, and had a blast. Getting the chance to share ideas and learn from other wedding professionals is a lot of fun!
4.) ALEXIS AND JUSTIN
This is one of my favorites because of the rustic, dreamy venue they chose. Alexis and Justin got hitched at Fox Hill Farms in Honesdale. We had a lot of fun incorporating the beautiful landscape into their photos. From the lush flower gardens to the super cool decor at the reception, this day was filled with tons of color that complimented the couples vibrant personalities.
5.) ASHLEIGH AND JOHN
Ashleigh and John got married at Friedman Farms in Dallas, PA. I absolutely love this venue, especially when the main hall is all lit up. One of my favorite things about this day was way the couple decorated the reception. Everything was embellished with vibrant wildflowers. Set against the rustic wood and twinkle lights of the barn, it was definitely a site to behold. I was able to get up into the rafters just in time for the couples first dance and capture the magic from above. The dances were very expressive. From dad’s tears to the breakdancing groomsmen, everyone had a blast.
6.) DANA AND JANET
This was one of my all time favorites and my very first solo wedding! Dana and Janet got married at Terra View at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn, a scenic overlook where you could see for miles and miles. It was breath taking. A very intimate gathering of just 6 friends witnessed their union (and me snapping photos like crazy). Iʼve never seen anything like it and I definitely wonʼt forget it! Congrats Dana and Janet!
7.) SARA AND RYAN
One of my favorite moments of 2018 was at Sara and Ryan’s wedding. The couple got married at The Historic Acres of Hershey in Elizabethtown, and the venue was absolutely gorgeous. There was a really cool green house with climbing flowers, tons of rustic decor, and even a corn crib to take photos in! I love first looks, and its always exciting to figure out new and unique ways of shooting them. For this first look, we had their whole family watch from a second floor balcony of an old farm house while Sara approached Ryan along a beautiful walk-way. We were able to capture the couple’s reactions, along with their families.
8.) ERICA AND FRANK
This couple chose to tie the knot at Montdale Country Club in Jermyn. With their large wedding party we were able to create some interesting shapes and poses. One of my favorite parts of this day, was the completely custom arbor that Frank built for Erica for their ceremony. I just thought that was so sweet, and it came out stunningly. This was also one of the only weddings that I had a clear sunset for in 2018! We loveee sunsets, and to end the night we were able capture it perfectly.
9.) JESS AND BILL
Jess and Bill got married at The Westmoreland Club in downtown Wilkes-Barre. It was very elegant and the colors were beautiful. Shooting inside the club is super fun because around every corner is a gorgeous, classic composition just waiting to be photographed. One of my favorite moments of 2018 was at their reception. After toasts and dinner, the party was underway. If youʼve never been “iced” before, this was the place to have it happen to you. After being forced to down an entire smirnoff ice on one knee, Bill sneakily iced a bunch of his groomsmen. I personally found it hilarious! Go Bill!
10.) ALIE AND JOEY
Alie and Joey celebrated their wedding at the Scranton Cultural Center, and they rolled up squad deep. This was one of my favorites because of the sheer massive size of the wedding party. I wish I had that many friends! It was so much fun directing and posing such a large group. Weʼre always up for the challenge, and the photos are always so full of life! We went to their friends’ family farm, got to play with some horsies for a bit, and then continued the party.
Hi all! Thanks so much for taking the time to find more of my favorite moments/photos/events of 2018. This past year was one of our busiest seasons to date. Although we are only featuring a few examples of our favs, the year was packed with gorgeous weddings, awesome couples, and exciting moments. I could go on and on about each, but we have to limit it somewhere, haha. The KJAD crew is letting me have 15 instead of just 10… so consider the extra 5 a little bonus. So, here are a few of my favorites out of the 120,000 plus photos we captured this year. Enjoy!
1.) NICHOLETTE AND JUSTIN – MARIAH AND RYAN
I began and ended my year celebrating New Year’s Eve with hundreds of wonderfully happy people. New Years has always been the way to commemorate a new beginning, some place to start anew. Weddings in general are that, too. So, what better way to celebrate your wedding than to countdown to your new beginning with your closest friends and family? We can’t think of anything better.
“This is the start of something good, don’t you agree?”
2.) ELLEN AND DONNIE
So yeah… they had a SECOND LINE BAND AT THE END OF THEIR WEDDING THAT DANCED THEM OUT OF THE SCRANTON CULTURAL CENTER, DOWN THE CLOSED STREETS OF DOWNTOWN SCRANTON, AND RIGHT INTO THE AFTER PARTY HELD AT THE BACKYARD ALEHOUSE!!! That was me yelling… ’cause it was that cool. Everyone needs one. They won’t mind if you all copy their idea.
3.) ELISA AND ALEXANDER
Their first look was one that I’ll remember forever. I won’t get into the emotional side of it (I’m sure someone else will hit on that incredible experience), but my favorite part was Elisa’s long walk down the steps and across the flagstone walkway of the timeless, historic Skytop Lodge. To me it felt like she was in slow motion – maybe because of her epic dress or the gorgeous setting. Or, maybe because I was just as nervous/excited as they were. I’m not quite sure how to describe this unforgettable moment, but our videographer, Stephen, captured it exactly the way I remember it. Check it out here.
4.) ALLYSON, MATT, AND STELLA – RYANN, COULTER, AND EVELYN
I just love it when we get to see our past brides and grooms, especially when we get to do it from behind the camera… oh, and especially when we get to meet their newest additions to their family. We spend so much time getting to know our clients before their wedding day – during meetings, phone calls, and engagement shoots – that when we get to their wedding, they already feel like they are family. Then, once we spend the bulk of one of the most important days with them, we are definitely much much closer. It’s important to all of us at KJAD that no matter who we are taking photos or video of, they are comfortable with us being there… they may not like their photo being taken, but we tread lightly and carry big cameras. We absolutely want your experience to be whatever you hope it will be (but have it include us… and our cameras). So, to get to the reason why these photos were on my top 10 of 2018, it’s just because it was so nice getting to see everyone again… so thank you.
5.) KIM AND JOE.. AND LIAM, TOO
This one really gets me. Nothing compares to being a parent. I now realize what my parents meant all this time. Kim and Joe’s wedding was filled with beautiful details, (Kim’s shoes, dress, invitations, jewelry, and killer rings) wonderful people (especially my bubble blowing gentlemen), and even better (dare I say the word) moments. If you know me, you’ll know that I feel the word “moments” is totally overused in this industry. It mostly gets under my skin when it’s used to describe a forced or preconceived event. In this case, though, I feel it’s the only word I can use to show the weight and importance of a stand-out moment of sincere love and happiness. Before I tell you more about Liam, check out some photos from their wedding.
Cue Liam, Joe’s son. He completely changed how I look at weddings. Liam, also one of Joe’s best men, was right there in all of the important-best-man-spots throughout the day. He helped with the rings, spoke at the reception, posed properly for all of his best man photos, had a few laughs with dad, gave Kim the biggest hugs, and helped make the day full of wonderful little Liam moments. Everything we do at weddings is about family. It always has been and now, after this little fella, always will be.
6.) JACKI AND KEVIN
I’m one of the few people who loves to take photos of my friends’ weddings. As a photographer, I have a front row seat and get to see the entire day play out through my camera. I’ve known Jacki and Kevin for quite some time now, so it was absolutely the best when they asked KJAD to be a part of their wedding. For their engagement session, we ran around our hometown of Wilkes-Barre, and for their wedding we got the opportunity to shoot at the 900 Rutter Ave building – an eclectic, mural-covered warehouse filled with great local businesses. Each location allowed us to try some new things with our cameras – low light detail photos (that ring though!!), lifestyle engagement pics, epic pans and even tilt-shift portraits. I can’t pick just one of my favorite backdrops… so here are a few! P.S. don’t tell anyone, but KEVIN IS A SUPERHERO… just sayin’.
7.) ALLIE AND ANTHONY
Rice was one of the determining factors of Allie’s venue decision. No one ever gets to throw rice, no one ever rides off into the sunset after the wedding ceremony like they do in the movies with tin cans clanging around from the back of their vehicle. Well, Allie and Anthony actually had both at the historic Omni Springs Bedford! Another great moment from Allie and Anthony’s wedding was their amazing ring ceremony. Their rings were threaded on a continuous string and passed around to every guest so they could pray, bless, and send best wishes to the couple while holding the wedding bands. I couldn’t get over how great this idea was, so I needed to find a way to leave my mark on the rings. I found the two guests where the string crossed the aisle and asked them to hold it taught for me so I could capture this meaningful shot for the couple.
8.) MARY KATE AND JOHN
Getting to do a lake-front engagement session is amazing, especially during sunset at a meaningful place that holds years of laughter and fun memories for the couple. During this session, I wanted to showcase both the gorgeous sunset and their family’s boathouse. Mary Kate and John bounced all over inside and out with me to find that perfect balance. Two shots really stand out to me. One was taken from the opposite side of the home, through glass, and involved me hanging off the edge of the dock to frame them in silhouette against the evening sky. The other was taken when we made our way inside and incorporated the interior of the house with the night sky (made possible by some off-camera flash kung fu – thanks Miranda!).
9.) CAILA AND ROBERT
So, I’m not one to edit photos in a trendy way (don’t get me started on this subject – it’s a long, heated conversation that usually goes well with a beer or two). Anyway, I love that KJAD’s photos are true to life, colorful, crisp, clean, and timeless. In many ways, this photo of Caila and Robert is the exception. A HUGE trend in photography over the past few years has been to “fade” the blacks and whites. Lowering the white point and raising the black point in the tone curve creates a dusty, low contrast image. It’s super-noticeable in black and white photos. I chose to use this technique to blend the white sky into the glass and interior of Tavern on the Green, making a more cohesive image with less visual distraction. So, does it fit a photography trend? Yes. Does it serve the photo? Absolutely. In fact, we were thrilled when Tavern on the Green shared this photo on their social media network a few weeks ago. Special thanks to Caila and Robert for suggesting such a great location in Central Park.
10.) AMANDA AND SHAUN
Longwood Gardens’ majestic fountain display was one of the backdrops from Amanda and Shaun’s engagement session. We chose to do an evening shoot so we could end the session with the lit up fountain show. At one point during fountain portion of the shoot, I stopped to glance behind me to see if I was in anyone’s way. Turns out, I was standing in front of hundreds of people… not that I’m that tall, but I imagine I was a bit of a distraction to say the least. I mentally apologized, quickly got over it, and went back to capturing some of our favorite photos from this session.
11.) ALYSSA AND ALEX
I just love these two. No one has more fun than Alyssa and Alex. I feel like I could put any photo of these two in this blog and it would have a great story to match. Thanks for an amazing beach engagement session and for a touching, heartfelt, laughter-filled, and joyous wedding day! Cheers you two!
12.) GERALYN AND LEE
We love getting the chance to capture stunning evening photos. In Geralyn and Lee’s case, we tried something a little different. I could go on about the technical side of it, but I think it’s just better to say that the shot of Geralyn and Lee with the full sky behind them may be my favorite photo of 2018. Yay! But seriously, I can’t think of any part of the day that didn’t produce something amazing. We recently updated our studio walls and portfolio, so look out for quite a few photos from their day. They had such a beautiful wedding, and were such a wonderful couple to spend the day with.
13.) ELLEN AND DONNIE
I love bride prep. It might be my favorite part of the day. I always love getting to capture a beautiful portrait of the bride before hair and make-up are complete. Ellen’s before and after prep photos are a perfect example of just that. Can you guess which one is which? I can barely notice, and I was there!
14.) JULIANNA AND CODY
Look who caught me taking this candid of Julianna. Her pup was dressed to impress and ready to roll.
15.) RING, RING, RING
I love my ring shots.. just sayin’. I also love my Canon 100mm macro 2.8 lens of goodness. Here are few of my favorites.
“ring-a-ding-ding-ding-dong … keep their heads ringin'”