Summer is here and we are out and about doing what we love like it’s our job! (Wait a minute…) One of the best parts about our job is meeting with future KJAD Couples, getting to know them, and being given the opportunity to create for them during their engagement session. So, while we spend the weekends capturing the weddings of our 2022 Couples; during the week, we’re in full portrait session mode, including spending time photographing engagement photos!
Earlier this year, we wrote a blog on the “How To’s” when it comes to Winter Engagement Sessions (psst..click here if you’re planning ahead), and now that the sun is out and the warm weather is here to stay, its time to give spring and summer sessions the same love! Only this time…it’s a series. Starting with Kendra + Matt at the Mary Stegmaier Mansion in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
Here is how Matt proposed in Kendra’s words:
“Matt and I met during our time together on Luzerne County Council. One day, he told me we were going to the courthouse to support his dad for an award he was receiving..there was no award, but Matt proposed in the place where it all started! Our families were waiting close by to celebrate!”
And that all led to us meeting at the Mary Stegmaier Mansion in May to capture these early summertime engagement photos. We are so, so excited to celebrate with them in 2023!
Lauren and Dustin had the sweetest wedding at Sand Springs in Drums. FUN FACT: Lauren happens to be related to a dear member of our very own KJAD Crew!! SPOILER ALERT: It’s Ryan!! He even had the important role of Best Man at his sister’s wedding. Aside from watching his sister marry the man of her dreams, Ryan’s favorite part of the day was “having all of their loved ones from across different facets of their lives come together under one roof to celebrate and be together for the day.” I think he speaks for all of us in saying how special it is to watch so much love come to life in one room. A GIANT kudos to Lauren and Ryan’s mom for putting together all of the awesome decor, and an ever BIGGER congrats to the newlyweds!! Enjoy this look into their incredible day!
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Steve and Amanda
Ceremony/ Reception Venue: Sand Springs Country Club
Dress: Fancy Frocks Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dress Lounge
Tuxes/ Suits: Kranson’s Uniform
Shoes: David’s Bridal
Jewelry: Rainbow Jewelers
Flowers: Monzie’s Floral Design
Officiant: Judge Joe Van Jura
Transportation: Joe and Jans Inc.
Catering: Sand Springs
Cake: The Sweet Lush Cupcakery
Nothing says ‘best fiancé ever’ like building your bride-to-be the wedding day archway of her dreams. Go Frank!! Erica and Frank celebrated their big day at the scenic Montdale Country Club. While the venue hosts stunning views and luscious greenery, Erica wanted a romantic archway filled with blooming florals at their ceremony. Frank found the perfect solution by hand crafting their very own, personalized archway to recite their vows under, and the rest is history! We hope you enjoy this peek into their day!! Congrats, Erica and Frank!!!
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Mike and Jimmy
Ceremony/ Reception Venue: Montdale Country Club
Salon: Studio RD Dry Bar and Salon
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Tuxes/ Suits: Mens Wearhouse
Flowers: Rosette Floral and Gifts
Lighting/ Photo Booth: 570 Events
Ceremony/ Cocktail Hour Musical Artist: Asialena Bonitz
Transportation: Northeast Transit
Catering: Montdale Country Club
Decor: DIY by the bride and her mother!
Videographer: Fresh Focus Studios
Elisa and Alexander’s romantic wedding day far surpassed any definition of heart felt elegance that we know. Skytop Lodge, the historical venue the couple chose for their big day, hosts endless breathtaking views and stunning backdrops. Speaking of stunning… Elisa in her dress by Eve of Milady.. we cannot get over it, nor do we want to. There were a lot of wedding day butterflies and fun anticipation in the beginning of the day, but as soon as Elisa and Alex saw each other during their first look a wave of ‘everything is right in the world’ crashed over everyone. All of us at the KJAD studio get emotional every single time we watch that scene. Check it out below along with a glimpse into the rest of their day!! Congrats to the newlyweds!!
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Steve and Matt
VIDEOGRAPHERS: Mike, Jimmy, and Stephen
Ceremony/ Reception Venue: Skytop Lodge
Dress: Eve of Milady
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Flowers: Skytop Florist
Officiant: Reverend Rob McMahon
Lighting/ Entertainment: DJ Johnny Johnson
Coordinators: Simone Colon
Cake: Skytop Bakery
“There may be motorcycles, there will be cigars, …” Lisa and Joel makes us smile so hard. They celebrated their love for each other at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn, surrounded by spectacular views. The literally tied the knot at the Crestview Chapel at Ridgecrest, one of Stroudsmoor’s many ceremony locations on their grounds. It was also the first time we’ve ever seen hand cuffs incorporated into a wedding, and we think Lisa was pretty surprised, too. Lisa and Joel are one of those couples that you could tell are meant for each other by just being in their presence. We could tell that from the moment we met them for their engagement session. We hope you enjoy this look into their special day. Congrats to the newlyweds!
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Steve and Jimmy
Ceremony/ Reception Venue: Stroudsmoor Country Inn
Dress: Essence of Australia
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Tuxes/ Suits: Sarno and Son’s
Flowers: Stroudsmoor Floral
Officiant: Reverend Albert Martin
Entertainment/ Photo Booth: Global Entertainment
Transportation: AJ Limo
Catering/ Cake: Stroudsmoor Country Inn
We had such a blast enjoying so many laughs with Renee and Kristopher on their wedding day. The held their ceremony on The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort’s lawn with a stunning view of the mighty Delaware River. The party continued on inside the venue’s elegant Worthington Ballroom where everyone seemed to find an epic party hat to dance the night away in. We hope you enjoy this look into their special day!
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Amanda and Matt
Ceremony/ Reception Venue: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Salon: Shawnee Inn Spa and Salon
Dress: Amber Rose Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: For Her and Him
Tuxes/ Suits: Jos A. Banks
Officiant: Rev. Robert MacMahon
Coordinator: Tabitha Miller of Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Entertainment/ Photo Booth: DJ Big Andy
Catering: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Cake: Merry’s Custom Cakes
Nobody loves as hard as Dawn and John do. We were so happy to be a part of every special moment on their big day. Although each carefully planned out detail was breath-taking, the happy couple showed everyone throughout the day that most important things are their friends, family, and all of the love they have for each other. Dawn and John had one of the sweetest No Look First Looks in Montdale Country Club’s gazebo. They invited their closest friends and family to join them under the gazebo while Dawn’s son and brother shared a prayer before the ceremony. Then, to start the ceremony at the country club’s stunning grove, Dawn’s maid of honor handed John a note asking him to pay attention to the song that Dawn will be walking down the aisle to. John’s reaction to seeing Dawn at the top of the aisle and hearing her voice singing is everything. The newlyweds make it clear how important it is to appreciate what you have, love with all you’ve got, and always have a good time.
Congrats, John and Dawn!
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Steve, Lisa, and Ryan
Ceremony/ Reception Venue: Montdale Country Club
Salon: Virginia & Company
Dress: Tunis Bridal
Flowers: Mayflower Florist
Officiant: Pastor Adam Jones
Entertainment/ Lighting: Tom Emanski Professional DJ Services
Transportation: Gilbride Limousine
Catering: Montdale Country Club
We had such a blast celebrating with Lindsey and Jeremiah on their warm, sweet, late summer’s wedding day. We even got to gallivant near our neck of the woods to snap some fun shots at Wilkes-Barre’s Riverfront before heading over to The Woodlands for celebratory dancing. We wish them all the happiness in the world, and we hope you enjoy a look into their big day!
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Steve, Matt, and Ryan
VIDEOGRAPHERS: Stephen and Todd
Ceremony Site: Immaculate Conception
Reception Venue: The Woodlands
Salon: Union + Main
Flowers: Central Market Florist
Officiant: Monseigneur Sempa
Entertainment/ Lighting: Jeff Walker
Transportation: Parrish Limo
Cake: Community Bake Shop
Decor: MCR Productions