JO & RYAN…MARRIED…7-16-16…

i just love these two and their love!  they both have a special little place in my heart, i wrote about how i know them when i shot their engagement photos last fall.  they had the most beautiful wedding day! these two low key hipsters really turned it up! ryan and his guys looked super cool.  jo and her girls looked so gorgeous!  nestled in the forests’ of clarion county, they got ready at a beautiful lodge and married right down the road.  their ceremony location was beautifully done and so unique.  here is their day!


i can’t believe this handsome grown man, is the same little boy, that i remember running wild when he was 5!

and jo, just totally glammed it up! i love, love, love her dress! one of my all time top favs! hair and make up on point. flowers gorgeous, jo knew exactly what she wanted! killed it girl! 😉

jo has a personality that is contagious, you can’t just love her infectious smile and love she exudes.  she loves big and hugs hard! 🙂

loved their ceremony site! perfection!

so happy, ryan was when he saw his bride!

when you write and read your own vows to one another, there are laughs, tears…..and it ends with a high five!

and sealed with a kiss!

congratulations mr & mrs gotwald! wishing you years and years of happiness!

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dorothy Klyap - August 13, 2016 - 3:29 pm

What a beautiful site, I am so sorry Jim and I missed it. But thank you for sharing the pictures. You should be a proud mom Sharon. I Just enjoyed so much looking at them over and over.


i am so so glad i had the opportunity to meet and photograph brand new, little landon!!  i photographed landon’s mom and dad (when he was all just a dream) in 2012, right before they headed out west to colorado.  and luckily for me, they are “back home” for a short period of time, in transition from colorado to florida!  angela & jimmy…..he is a doll! so adorable, and you two will be the most amazing parents!!

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jenna’s  sweet and darling “gram”, was unable to make the trip to mexico for jenna’s wedding.  so… week before jenna actually got married, she got all dolled up at gram’s house. alongside her sister and momma…..and of course gram.  a collection of old keepsakes and timeless pieces adorned gram’s bedroom and home.  i could envision these 2 (now) adults girls, once little running through the entire house, twirling, dancing, singing and enjoying their company of their grandparents.  their mom grew up in this very home, and shared cherished memories of her childhood with me.  it may not have been jenna’s actual wedding day, but it sure felt like it. the emotions were high for everyone involved. and i guarantee, the time spent this afternoon shooting these images with gram, in her house will not be forgotten……and instead added to the cherished memories of the house and of gram.

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how quickly a family can grow and change! giana is 9 months, jaxen is a little man, and katya is practically a tween! 

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it wasn’t that long ago that i photographed kelsey and todd’s baby bump photos.  their sweet little precious gem, ruby came 15 days early! and i just got to meet her this weekend. she’s tiny, has a beautiful head of hair, and is obviously a pens fan already! 2016 stanley cup champs!!!

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nicole and erickson got married in alaska on june 12th, 2016, enjoyed their vacation for a week, came home, and a week later had another wedding, on june 25th, 2016.  their marriage was blessed by nicole’s sweet, adorable and loving grandparents (who just celebrated 50 years of marriage) in an upbeat, yet very emotional ceremony, and then celebrated with all of their family and friends! such a gorgeous day to celebrate love! nicole looked so stunning! love, loved her dress!i love that we were able to shoot all of the portraits before the ceremony! no hiding of the bride was necessary, since they were already married! erickson’s parent’s home made a beautiful backdrop!
they LOVE their pups!!! how could you not?!?her grandparents gave such a wonderful and sweet message to nicole and her new husband! an incredibly special ceremony!this shot above, is one of my favorite shots ever. it is real, raw emotion, that boast nicole’s love for her grandfather! love that nicole’s maid of honor sang the song they shared their first dance with. congrats erickson & nicole!

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kelsey and todd are anxiously waiting for their baby girl who will be arriving sometime in july. i’m guessing she will be coming early!!  kelsey looks so gorgeous, and i can tell already what a great parents these two will be! can’t wait to meet your little girl once she is here!!

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the kommer girls reside in new mexico, but while visiting their momma’s hometown of punxsutawney, they wanted to hang out with me for a quick little photo shoot at grandma’s house! these 2 were absolutely doll faces! love love love their big blue eyes! you would never know it….but as i began to shoot the skies turned dark, sprinkles began to fall….and a heavy downpour started just as i was finishing up their photos! we made it just in time! 

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