Today I was looking back through weddings from this past year! It was so fun to relive some of the most significant moments of the bride and grooms’ lives! ⠀ I absolutely adore the incredible opportunity and honor of capturing these fleeting seconds! ⠀ ⠀ Sorry, btw all for being MIA, this new year is already insane! It’s hard to believe we’re already 2 weeks into 2019 😬😬 also I’m getting married in 29 weeks.. what?!
Happy Friday Friends! Sorry I’ve been MIA for awhile, between Christmas, a wedding in Illinois, New Years, and starting my last semester of nursing school these past few weeks have been crazy! ⠀ ⠀ Also, it’s been super fun to do a little more wedding planning over break. It’s a combination of “YES, I LOVE THIS”, “I literally don’t even know what I like”, and “can it just be over with!?” I’m trying to enjoy the whole process and it’s just overwhelming to think about all the planning that goes into one day.⠀ ⠀ So, please help a sister out. What was one thing from either your own wedding or one that you attended, that was an awesome highlight that you remembered/recommend?! ⠀ ⠀ I’d love to hear all about it! ⠀ ⠀ Have a lovely weekend!
As 2018 is coming to a close, I’m reflecting on this past year. It has been an incredible year of launch and I’m so grateful for all those who have entrusted me with capturing their memories! You all are incredible!! Thank you for following along on this journey! ⠀ ⠀ As I look forward to 2019 I am overwhelmed at all the change that will happen, it is all so exciting but also so different! A few of my goals for 2019 are to continue to grow my business but also be able to unplug and be more in the present.⠀ ⠀ What is one goal for 2019 that you have?
Merry Christmas Eve!!⠀ ⠀ Sorry I’ve been a little MIA recently, I’m on my break from school and whilst on said break I tend to take a break from everything in my life to soak up time with family and catch up on sleep.⠀ ⠀ I hope you all have an amazing Christmas spent with family and friends and never forget the true reason for this Christmas season! ⠀ ⠀ Anyone else hoping for a White Christmas?! 🙋♀️
Happy Saturday friends!! ⠀ I’m super excited because my lil sister comes back from college this weekend!! Super stoked to see her because it’s been almost 4 months!! ⠀ ⠀ Funny story: I used to really really and I mean REALLY dislike her, she was my enemy and I couldn’t stand her. ⠀ ⠀ One day, my mom told me I should try to pray for her, asking the Lord to change my heart. I really didn’t like the sound of that but reluctantly I did and it was a pitiful prayer along the lines of, “Lord, please change Sadie and make her more likeable as a person.” Rather than, “Lord, please change MY heart towards her.” ⠀ ⠀ Well, I’m happy to say that even though my intentions with my prayer were to change her, He changed me and used my incompetent prayer to change my relationship with her. Today, she is probably my bestest friend and I can’t wait to have her home for a few weeks!! ⠀ ⠀ Okay that’s my story. I hope you enjoyed this little excerpt about how great I was as a kid 😅 ⠀ ⠀ Also,⠀ 1). God has an incredible sense of humor⠀ 2). Expect God to answer your prayers, they just might not be answered in exactly the way you’d like — but it’s for the better!⠀ #lehighvalleyphotographer #phillyphotographer #allentownphotographer #lehighvalleypa #lehighvalleyphotographer #bethlehemphotographer #lehighvalleysenior #emmaushighschool #phssenior #2019senior #lehighvalleyseniorportraits #brightandairy #ajsec
Throwback to Kelly and Scott’s GORGEOUS wedding in October! ⠀ ⠀ Since I’m on a break from school for a month I’ve been able to dive more into wedding planning and it’s been so fun and I’m getting all those happy wedding butterflies all over again! It’s so fun to plan and dream about the big day!! ⠀ ⠀ So to those of you engaged or soon to be (engagement season is approaching quickly, ladies, keep your heads up!!) here’s a reminder to book your photographer sooner than later, our schedules fill up quickly so don’t hesitate to reach out!! As always, have an amazing weekend everyone!
Happy Wednesday friends!! ⠀ ⠀ I hope you are all staying cozy this Christmas Season! It’s been so nice to have the past week off of school! I must say, my sleep schedule is completely whacked but it’s okay because my “Quality Time” love tank is full and so is my belly of Christmas cookies! ⠀ ⠀ Anyways, just wanted to hop on here and wish you a happy Wednesday and remind you that Christmas is in less than 13 days!! ⠀ ⠀ Who still has Christmas shopping to do? Is anyone all ready for Christmas?
Happy Saturday Friends!! ⠀ ⠀ I hope you all are having a lovely start to the weekend! ⠀ ⠀ Here’s a picture of a very excited me with my model of a fiancé! ⠀ ⠀ Ugh you guys, I’m obsessed with black and white I don’t use it to it’s full capacity and I need to do so because I just feel it is so classy. Anyone else agree?? ⠀ ⠀ We’re struggling to find fun things to do when we’re together during this holiday season. What is a fun, festive activity to do in this chilly weather? Extra points if it’s oober hallmark-y!
Happy Friday friends!! ⠀ ⠀ This week has been CRAZY!! Between finishing up my last day of clinical, to finals, working until 3, taking my friend to the airport at 3 am, and spending time with my fiancé I feel like I’ve been all over! I’m so excited to have this time off to really enjoy with friends and family!! ⠀ ⠀ Speaking of which; this family session is up on the blog!! ⠀ ⠀ Go check it out ⠀ ⠀ https://gretchenhope.photography/2018/12/05/smith-family-christmas-pictures/
Double post today because Abi and Casey’s session is on the blog and you should really check it out!! ⠀ ⠀ https://gretchenhope.photography/2018/11/29/abi-caseys-christmas-family-session/⠀ #lehighvalleyweddingphotographer #lehighvalleywedding #lehighvalleyphotographer #lancasterweddingphotographer #paweddingphotographer #pabride #philadelphiaweddingphotographer #phillyweddingphotographer #weddingpioneer #allentownphotographer #buckscountyphotographer #newjerseywedding #bethlehemphotographer #buckscountybride #phillyweddingvenue #brightandairy #ajsec
Anyone else obsessed with love especially this time of the year?! Ugh, I’m not sure if it’s all the hallmark movies, the mistletoe, or the ambiance of Christmas lights lining the streets but every Christmas season i get a little more obsessed with love! What’s your favorite holiday season tradition, either with your SO, friends, or family??
Sorry for being a little MIA over here recently!⠀ ⠀ I just had my last clinical of nursing school today and tomorrow is my last final for specialties! While the past 8 months of specialties have been amazing and crazy busy, I’m super thankful for a month off to relax and celebrate this season with family and friends. Oh, and also hopefully have some time to plan my wedding! ⠀ ⠀ I cannot believe it’s December already, 2018 where’d you go? ⠀ ⠀ Just wanted to thank you guys for sticking around and supporting me whether it be in my personal life, photography, through encouragement and prayer. I am so grateful to have such an amazing support system during this hectic time of life! Love you guys!! Thanks for being awesome!!
December 1st Christmas session in the books!! Sneak peek from last night’s shoot, these 3 were so fun to work with, even though we had to end sooner because of this lovely Pennsylvania weather. Definitely feeling like December now! ⠀ ⠀ Also, the Christmas spirit is in full effect! I think I’ve seen at least 10 hallmark movies in the past week, Christmas music is playing, and there were over 70 dozen Christmas cookies made at my house this weekend!!
Just delivered this family session!! Abi and Casey recently got married and they adopted Kona this year so it’s officially their first Christmas together as a family!!! Even though it was cold and windy we still got some sweet shots of this new family and I cannot wait to show you all!! Stay tuned for a blog post coming at you soon!!
HAPPY SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY!!! ⠀ I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend, I’m still enjoying the left-over thanksgiving food and I’m not tired of it yet!! ⠀ ⠀ Just wanted to let you all know that Romee and Rajiv’s engagement session is on the blog!! Go check it out to see the curve ball we were thrown on this November day!! ⠀ ⠀ Also, don’t forget to check out my Black Friday session deals featured in my story and snag a session on sale!!
Spending this Black Friday wrapped up on the couch, sipping coffee, and watching Christmas movies. Also, trying not to think about the fact that I have to work in a bit!! ⠀ ⠀ Who else totally overate yesterday and is feeling like doing nothing today?! 🙋♀️
⠀ ⠀ I hope you are all having a Happy Thanksgiving!! ⠀ ⠀ Today I’m extra thankful for family, friends, food, and my fiancé!! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it is an extra reminder to be thankful for all that we have. No matter what—there is always something to be thankful for!! ⠀ ⠀ I hope you enjoyed time today with those that you love—if you are planning on going Black Friday shopping tonight, please be safe!! ⠀ ⠀ Oh, I am also incredibly thankful for all of you!! Thanks for sticking around and for all of your support!
Sneak peek of last nights family session!! These guys were amazing during the session!! ⠀ ⠀ Little Ms. Gabby definitely holds her own with 4 older brothers! Check out all that sass!!⠀ ⠀ I hope all of you stayed safe during travels today. Stay safe, stay warm, and stay thankful this holiday season!!