Lisa + Scott | Stone Hedge Factoryville PA Wedding Photos

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Lisa + Scott | Stone Hedge Factoryville PA Wedding Photos

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When I think of these two the first thing that comes to mind is the way Scott looks at Lisa. He truly looks at her as if she's the only person in the room and with such a look of love and admiration. Lisa is so sweet + reserved which compliments Scott's more outgoing personality and together they are truly each other's perfect match. When I met them for their engagement session two summers ago (view here) and found out we were shooting their photos at the same spot where her grandparents honeymooned 70 years earlier I knew these two were family oriented and so down to earth. Their ceremony + reception took place on a cooler July afternoon at the beautiful Stone Hedge Golf Club. It rained just before their portraits and then a little during but it didn't both these two in the slightest =) One of my favorite ceremony events ever took place during theirs when the officiant asked guests to come up and join hands with Lisa + Scott for a prayer. Love. Enjoy a few favorites from their wedding this past summer.

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Vintage Boudoir Mini Sessions | January 14th, 2018

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Vintage Boudoir Mini Sessions | January 14th, 2018

Boudoir Photographer Scranton PA Boudoir Session

I am SO excited to announce that I'll be doing my boudoir minis again this January! One month today, to be exact (January 14, 2018). Many of my past brides have used these sessions as a wedding, anniversary or Valentine's Day gift. We'll be shooting at a new location (I like to keep it fresh!) but I can assure you it's AMAZING, super romantic + falls in line with locations I've used in past years. I recently shot a boudoir session there and knew that it's where I needed to be this year!! These sessions are very tasteful. I skipped out on shooting them last year because I was VERY pregnant and the thought alone of moving around so much (I have to show you how to pose!!) was exhausting.. And comical, to be honest haha. You can view past sessions here and here if you're not familiar with my boudoir work. Aside from weddings, of course, these are truly some of my favorite sessions to photograph. Read on to find out on information how to book + what to bring!

Vintage Boudoir Mini Sessions

When: Sunday, January 14, 2018

What's included: A 30 minute shoot + a 30 page fine art book in which you choose the images and I design it.

Investment: If booked before tomorrow December 15th at 8pm the cost is $250 and if booked after tomorrow December 15th at 8pm the cost is $350. A $50 retainer secures your spot with the rest due that day! Full boudoir sessions start at $500 + I only offer these minis once a year!

Information: Bring 2 outfit options and your favorite heels + jewelry! I highly encourage color + lace.. and anything that you truly feel comfortable in =) Will your session be used as a wedding gift? Bring your veil + rings! Lastly, please feel free to bring along a friend!

How to book: Fill out the form below + I'll send you an email with some further booking info!

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I can't wait to hear from you + to be able to shoot these minis again this year!

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Lindsi + Dave | Sunset Anniversary Session

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Lindsi + Dave | Sunset Anniversary Session

Sunset Annivesary Session in Moscow PA During Golden Hour

I first met Lindsi + Dave almost exactly a year ago at a wedding after going back and forth through email a little bit. After a few reschedules and session changes we finally got to meet up for a fun sunset anniversary session the day after Dave's birthday this fall. I LOVE these two and they truly made it sooo easy to capture their love + relationship. These are anniversary photos but don't they look like engagement photos?! They are so sweet together and so incredibly easy to be around. I was really hoping that we got some good sun and we had the BEST glowy sunlight for a solid five minutes. I hope I get to see these two for years to come!! Here are some favorites from their glowy sunset anniversary session in Moscow.

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Nicole + Adam | Terraview at Stroudsmoor Fall Wedding

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Nicole + Adam | Terraview at Stroudsmoor Fall Wedding

Terraview Stroudsmoor Country Inn Wedding Photos

Nicole + Adam were married in October and held their reception at the beautiful Terraview at Stroudsmoor. I LOVE fall weddings and their's was unseasonably warm which was a stark change from their chilly winter Central Park engagement session last year (view here) but so welcomed - and so ideal for portraits =) When I met them for their engagement session last year I knew Nicole had excellent taste so I couldn't wait to see what she had planned for their reception. Terraview is so beautiful + classic which such a great view and truly feels so cozy for fall + winter weddings. Nicole + Adam are so laid back and fun which makes it SO easy to capture their love for each other. At the end of the night they were serenaded by the trumpet player in the band but I'm pretty sure my favorite part of the night was when their friends + family all linked arms for the last song.. Enjoy just a few favorites from their October wedding <3

Venue: Terraview at Stroudsmoor | Hair: Alissa Michelle | Makeup: Maria Bonacuse | Flowers + Event Design: John Mackey Design | Band: Picture Perfect | Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal

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Lindsi + Dave | Moscow PA Anniversary Session Photos Preview

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Lindsi + Dave | Moscow PA Anniversary Session Photos Preview

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Last night I met up with Lindsi + Dave for a one year anniversary session. This session was almost a year in the making!!! I first spoke with Lindsi about year ago, then met them both at a wedding in December, had photos scheduled for late winter, then rescheduled for October and then rescheduled for last week.. PHEW! Haha.  I am SO happy we got the most amazing sunset for a solid 5 minutes.. These two so deserve it. Here are a few favorites from their fall anniversary session in Moscow.

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Jill + Brian | Farm at Cottrell Lake Wedding Photos Preview

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Jill + Brian | Farm at Cottrell Lake Wedding Photos Preview

Romantic fall wedding at the Farm at Cottrell Lake

This past Saturday was my season finale wedding with Jill + Brian at The Farm at Cottrell Lake and I couldn't have asked for a better couple or more perfect venue to end the season with. These two had a bridal party of siblings, parents + their three babies and one of the most heartfelt ceremonies along with handwritten vows.. Not to mention how incredibly stunning they looked + their personalities truly matched <3 Here are a few early favorites of one of the most beautiful fall wedding days.

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Vendor Highlight | DPNAK Weddings

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Vendor Highlight | DPNAK Weddings

Friedman Farms Weddings DPNAK Weddings

For a long time I've been wanting to start a series on my blog that could help my couples with their wedding planning + to give them information that will help give them the best wedding experience possible. Today is the first post in a series I'll be doing on local vendors that I've personally worked with + highly recommend. When I planned my own wedding I met with exactly one vendor for each service I was looking to book but I know that's rarely the case with brides considering most people don't attend 20+ weddings year like I do!! It's hard to plan a wedding when you've never planned one! More often than not my couples are asking for recommendations + information and so my goal with this series is to give lots of it.

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(Headshot: Michael Pangilinan Photography)

This first post is all about the amazing Danielle Pasternak of DPNAK Weddings who does everything from planning to coordinating to making sure things run as smooth as possible so that you can be fully present on your wedding day. You don't have to worry about anything getting set up correctly or starting on time because Danielle has it covered. Can't remember how to bustle your dress? I guarantee Danielle knows how. Have absolutely no idea how to actually go about "cutting the cake"? Danielle's got it. Who walks down the aisle first.. And when? Who walks your mom or your grandma to their seat? Leave it to Danielle. Not only that, she has such a great personality - she's super down-to-earth, witty + genuinely feels like someone you've known forever (although, admittedly, I have know her forever - we went to high school together! Fun fact) and her couples LOVE her. I mean, that should say it all, right? Enjoy our little interview below + a few photos from a wedding we did together at the beautiful Friedman Farms (you can view the full post from that wedding here)

View Danielle's sites here: Website | Facebook | Instagram

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1. Tell me a little about DPNAK:

DPNAK Weddings is a wedding planning and coordination company based out of the Bucks County area and led by me, Danielle Pasternak. So many people ask, so I’ll start by saying that if you look carefully at my full name, you should be able to see where the “DPNAK” comes from. It all began after a 41-day road trip across the country in 2009 which was preceded by 20 years of being a hard-working ballerina. Since then, I've worked with so many amazing couples to help plan over 100 weddings through Pennsylvania and New Jersey. From rustic barns to swanky hotels and everything in between, I truly feel like I’ve seen it all. Well, no that’s a lie. I hope I haven’t see it all, because what fun is that?

Bridesmaids at Friedman Farms carrying lanterns

2. What's a brief overview of the services that you offer:

I typically work with my couples in two different ways: Full Production Planning or Signature Coordination Full Production Planning allows couples to sit back and relax while I do all of the research and bring the options to them. I make sure we stay on track and break the planning process down into easily manageable chunks. This service is loaded with meetings, checklists, budget guidance, design assistance, and more making for a smooth-flowing and super enjoyable process.

Signature Coordination gives couples the comfort of knowing they have someone on their team that they can reach out to with any questions or thoughts they have about the wedding. I still guide them through the process, but the couple is more “in charge” of the planning process itself. My focus is to make sure everything is coming together nicely, staying in touch with the wedding vendor team and gearing up for a seriously great wedding day.

Most of my couples also opt to include Wedding Day Management, which means the DPNAK team and I are there for their rehearsal and wedding day to oversee every little detail and keep things on track. It’s truly the best way for couples to enjoy all of their hard work and spend time with their favorite people.

Rustic wedding reception set-up at Friedman Farms

3. What's one thing you wish couples knew about wedding planners/coordinators + why you think it's important to have one:

All too often, I think couples look at having a “wedding planner” as a luxury, or something only the select few get to have. But the truth is, not having a wedding planner or coordinator for your wedding isn’t all that different from buying or selling a house without a realtor. Yes, you can absolutely go through the process on your own, but when it comes knowing the in’s and out’s of the wedding world, nothing beats a great planner. 

There are so many tiny (and ginormous) details when it comes to planning an event and it can be impossible to know everything. What’s worse is that you don’t know what you don’t know, so how are you even supposed to know what you might be forgetting?

I specialize in logistics and making sure the day comes together in a way that is reflective of the couple, but also takes every ounce of guest experience into consideration. My team and I coordinate every last detail, from the hair and makeup, to transportation, to guest lodging, to photography, and more. Whether couples need help planning the whole shebang, or just want someone there to bounce ideas off of, we are typically present on the wedding day to make sure all the plans are coming together, taking care of setup and allowing the couple to TRULY enjoy every aspect of their day. (Something they won’t be able to do if they’re worried about managing their entire team of vendors on their own)

After every wedding, I ask my clients for feedback and thoughts about working with me. In most cases, they say we were one of the “best investments” they made for their wedding. To me, that means the world and I can’t ask for anything more.

Bride at Friedman Farms with low cut back wedding dress

4. How does a typical wedding timeline/experience look for you from when couples book until the actual wedding day?

Depending on what level of service couples need, I typically break down the process into phases to make things easy to work through and to give focus to the process. I’ve found that this helps in taking the ENTIRE list of wedding to-do’s off their shoulders and allows us to be super efficient. By the time we get to the final weeks before the wedding, we’re usually just focusing on finalizing the guest list and seating assignment.

Wedding couple at Friedman Farms

5. About how far in advance do couples book you for their day/do you book out?

I’ve come on board with as little as FIVE days before a wedding and once planned an entire event in just TEN days. However, I prefer to come on board with at least three months before a wedding and ideally somewhere around 10-14 months before the wedding to add the most value possible. Depending on the date, I have weddings booked up to twenty+ months out. 

Bridal party at Friedman Farms

6. What's a fun fact or something we might not already know about DPNAK?

Well, I could say that I’m a HUGE Harry Potter fan, but I think everyone knows that about me already (#Hufflepuff). That said, I live for the “how”. I love knowing processes and seeing behind-the-scenes. Eating at a bar or in the kitchen of a restaurant is my ABSOLUTE favorite because I get to watch how everything works. I positively indulge in watching audio commentaries on movies and learning all the fun facts about how the different scenes come together. Any time I can peel back the veil (pun intended) and see the guts of something (except, not real guts - don’t have the stomach for that) it makes me light up. 

Also, I absolutely despise carrots. The only way I’d eat them as a kid was if I had a big glass of Kool-aid to wash them down. As an adult, I avoid them at all costs.

Cheers, Danielle Pasternak

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