Sweet, sweet Sam and Logan. We love them dearly. Their wedding day was every little of bit of who they are and absolutely perfect. They had a small ceremony at the historic Hayfield House on Penn State’s Wilkes-Barre campus filled with close family, friends, high fives, and the best facial expressions! After the ceremony we explored the campus during the wedding party photos. However, one of the groomsmen decided to take a break, so Sam and Logan recruited one of their friends to be a ‘stand-in’ groomsman… a pinch hitter groomsman who happened to be in a Hawaiian shirt, if you will. If you should ever find yourself missing a groomsman at your wedding, we highly recommend Sam and Logan’s tropical friend; his stand in skills are impeccable. The couple held their post ceremony celebration at Fire & Ice on Toby Creek. The food was incredibly delicious, and their cake by the very talented Electric City Bakehouse was stunning and scrumptious! Sam and Logan both agreed that for their wedding day they “literally wanted to get married and then get dinner, and [they] did just that.”
Congratulations to The Shooks!!
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Steve and MJ
Ceremony Site: Penn State’s Hayfield House
Reception Venue: Fire & Ice on Toby Creek
Dress Shop: Tunis Bridal
Bridesmaid Dress Shop: Azazie
Tuxes: Tuxedo by Sarno
Wedding Bands: Kay Jewelers
Hair Stylist/ Makeup Artist: Ashley Evert of Halogen Hair Co.
Flowers: A&M Floral Express
Ceremony Music: Harpist Chelsea Smart
Catering: Fire & Ice
Invitations: designed by the bride and printed by Independent Graphics
What an epically romantic wedding day! Karlie and Jeff’s celebration was filled with sunshine, soft colors, and a whole lotta love! The couple chose to hold their ceremony in their alma mater’s chapel, The University of Scranton’s Madonna Della Strada Chapel. We were able to get such gorgeous shots while we wandered around campus after the ceremony, too!! From the baby’s breath accents in Karlie’s bridesmaids’ hair to the way Karlie and Jeff looked at each other during their first dance as newlyweds, everyone was swooning the whole day! However, we think our favorite detail has to be Karlie’s great grandmother’s ingenuity when it came to decking out her walking frame!! What an incredible idea! We hope you enjoy this glimpse into Karlie and Jeff’s special day.
Congrats to the newlyweds!
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Steve and MJ
Ceremony Site: Madonna Della Strada Chapel
Reception Venue: Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel
Bridesmaid Dress Shop: Weddingtonway
Tuxes: Tuxedo by Sarno
Wedding Bands: Jared Jewelers
Salon: Studio RD
Flowers: Monzie’s Floral Design
Decor/ Lighting: MCR Design Group
Coordinator: Amanda DiPierro of Radisson Lackawanna Station
Entertainment: Frankie Carll Productions
Transportation: The Limo Guy
Cake: Cake Pros
The KJAD Crew was looking so forward to Shannon and Greg’s wedding after getting to know the couple at their engagement session in Lancaster earlier this year. Their wedding day was nothing short of spectacular. Everyone was able to take in each part of the day to enjoy it to the fullest from prep to the packed dance floor. We always love the beginning moments of the day during prep when there’s a heightened sense of excitement for what’s to come; marrying your best friend!! We have to admit, we’re a little jealous of Shannon’s gift to Greg. That Ghostbusters Lego Set looks awesome! We are also really grateful that the rain held off after the ceremony to give us some time to explore The University of Scranton’s beautiful campus. There are so many incredible, dreamy shots of the newlyweds under all of the cherry blossom trees; we think all of them are our favorites!
All of our congratulations to Shannon and Greg!!
PHOTOGRAPHERS: MJ and Jimmy
Ceremony Site: St. Thomas Aquinas
Reception Venue: Hilton Downtown Scranton
Bridesmaid Dress Shop: David’s Bridal
Shoes: David’s Bridal
Tuxes: Tuxedo by Sarno
Wedding Bands: VanScoy, Maurer, and Bash
Flowers/ Decor: Seamons-Poinsard Florist
Lighting/ Entertainment / Photo Booth: 570 Events
Coordinators: Meghan Skelton of The Hilton and Jenna Sabia of 4th Ave Designs
Catering: The Hilton
Transportation: NorthEast Transit
Cake: The Sweet Lush Cupcakery
Invitations: 4th Ave Design
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!