Jenny & Nate’s rustic central PA wedding at Heritage Resorted Farm was beautiful and a ton of fun! From fireball shots to a joyful first look, from a grasshopper stowaway to a packed dancefloor with tons of familiar faces… I left knowing one thing it was that these folks are a ton of fun & sure know how to party!!
Why Rhinehart Photography?
Jenny shares, “Lisa took the time to get to know us. Planning your dream wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, doing this during a pandemic causes so many unknowns, but not with Lisa. She took the time to understand what was important to us and figured out how to make this happen in unique ways. She even found ‘safe places’ to photograph both wedding parties while keeping our first look a secret until we walked down the aisle.”
Jenny smiles, “She was also very accepting of me sending her TikTok videos of wedding day inspiration I had. 🙂 We are excited to see our day brought back to life, and to be able to relive these moments forever through Lisa’s photos!”
It’s the Little Things
I love to set a scene with any unique details. In this case, an Amish family out for a stroll and a surprise guest in a bridesmaids bouquet!
Jenny shares, “My emotions on the wedding day were SO calm! We had no hiccups- no bad weather, nothing was forgotten… it felt too good to be true. I used to have dreams of running around like a bridezilla, but I told myself even if it’s not perfect, it’s okay because it’s our dream wedding with my dream husband.”
Jenny adds, “And I think the fireball helped calm my nerves a little bit. :)”
Jenny is a real fireball ;). How sweet is this pic of her and her besties in their PJs? I love to have fun and capture real moments from a unique angle that makes you feel like you were there. I can almost taste the cinnamon, how about you?
Jenny’s Never-Ending Support
Nate smiles, “I appreciate Jenny’s never-ending support and love the most. She will even stand by my side even with any crazy ideas that I have.”
What a stunning bride!!
Vogue & Bottoms UP!
I love to capture unique aspects of a venue, in this case, the mountains and incredible trees. Along with those elements I brought out these bridesmaids’ inner supermodels! I’m also willing to do anything for a great shot, bottoms up!
He’s Got Skills
Jenny smiles, “I love all qualities of Nate. I remember when Nate and I got our first apartment together, I called my mom and said: ‘OMG mom he is such a help! He does the dishes, vacuums, and cleans the bathroom!'”
Ha!! It’s always great when your partner splits the cleaning with you!
Here Comes the Bride
I wanted to capture the beautiful drapery and Jenny’s train as her father escorted her down the aisle. Keep reading to see the happiest man and hear about Nate’s favorite part of their central PA wedding day!
Nate’s Favorite Part
Nate shares, “One of my favorite parts of the day was just moments before our ceremony. There was a long walk from the barn to the aisle, and I was facing away from it. At just the right moment, my best man turned me around and I got to see my wife for the first time.”
The Yes Venue
Jenny says, “Everything about Heritage Restored was a “YES” on my checklist. The bridal party suites, the drapery, and the beautiful backdrop of mountains, sunsets, and open fields. Each part of the day was my favorite because the spaces were so great.”
Playing with layers compositionally is one of my favorite things to do. While I love capturing everything from the string lights and blue sky, emotions like the best man wiping a tear in the next photo are what I’m always keeping a close eye out for.
One very special attribute to Jenny & Nate’s wedding day was that they had an unplugged wedding ceremony! All of the guests respected their wishes and enjoyed the moments off their phones. It’s also great from a photography perspective because then I’m taking photos of people enjoying the ceremony rather than taking photos of other people taking photos. 😉
If you keep scrolling you’ll see more layering, and the barn reception framing the lawn ceremony. Lol, yes I’m like a ninja on the wedding day, running all over the place…
Roses for the Moms
Jenny shares, “We knew from the very beginning of our relationship that we were going to get married. We had been dating for 4 years at the time of our wedding. Over those 4 years, we spent so much time traveling back and forth staying at each-others families’ homes doing long-distance. For those reasons, it was so important to us that our families were honored in our ceremony.”
Jenny continues, “One of the most memorable parts of our wedding day was honoring our moms during our ceremony with a rose.”
The Best Central PA Wedding Party
Nate shares, “I think the key to keeping our emotions together was being surrounded by those who know us best, and those who have been there since day one.”
Blue Sky Day
How stunning is this vibrant blue sky? I love intense colors and enjoy capturing everything in its full beauty. I know muted palettes are in at the moment, but I want a timeless look that will transport my couples right back to their day with colors that are authentic and beautiful.
We had the perfect weather for Jenny & Nate’s central PA wedding. I love this shot of them standing in the wildflowers smiling at each other. They are officially husband and wife, finally!!
Jenny smiles, “Our love story is opposites attract. I come from a big city and met a small-town country boy and our lives have changed for the better. Our relationship is powered by Penn State football, beach trips, and our love for our dog, Niko.”
Traditional Portraits, too!
While I focus on moments throughout the wedding day, we also do set aside some time for more traditional photos too. Here are a couple of those more traditional “smile and look at the camera” photos:
Golden Hour at Heritage Restored
Jenny shares, “When consulting with Lisa before the wedding she suggested golden hour portraits. I am so glad we were able to take this time to step away and just have a moment to ourselves.”
And not to mention, look at all the gorgeous photos we got during golden hour! The light was stunning.
Central PA Wedding Reception Traditions
Jenny & Nate know how to have a good time, and so did all of their guests! I loved photographing these fun wedding party entrances & traditions:
The Shoe Game!
Nate says, “The shoe game is always something I thought was fun at weddings! Jenny, I, and our guests had a good laugh during that one.”
Getting the Party Started
Nate shares, “Our DJ, Jorgan was someone I grew up with. Jorgan said that I have been the most ‘frequent flyer’ to attend the weddings he DJs.”
A Packed Dance Floor
Jenny shares, “Everyone knew they were at our wedding for one thing: the party! Anyone who knows a Peel or Hart has a crazy party story to tell and we sure lived up to that expectation with our reception. I knew the one thing I wouldn’t have to worry about at our wedding was getting people up dancing and having a good time.”
Jenny continues, “One of my favorite parts of the day was being able to celebrate with all of our family and friends who traveled from many different states to be with us.”
Shippensburg Folks Know How to Party
It was so much fun seeing so many familiar faces in the crowd– this is my community! In attendance at this wedding were my physical therapist, painter, two Rhinehart Photography couples (one from a few years ago and one who will be married next year) and even one of my senior portrait clients!
Nate shares, “You could say the word ‘fireball’ in a loud crowded room and you would see all our friends pop up with a look on their faces thinking ‘did someone say fireball shots?’ The bottle of fireball Jenny started with in the morning was definitely gone by the end of the night. Remembering back to college, fireball was always Jenny’s drink of choice, and the song was even her walk-up song in college softball.”
I love how Jenny’s smiling in the background as her bridesmaids share some fireball!
Sparklers always make for a fun way to end the night. I love how happy Jenny & Nate are here:
Central PA Wedding Vendors
- Venue: Heritage Restored
- Florist: Sweet William Florist
- Rentals: Peachy Keen
- Rentals: Country Creek Farmhouse Tables
- Rentals: A-Z Rentals
- Wedding Dress: Tamzen’s Bridal
- DJ: Jorgan Landi
- Bartending: Just Bartending
- Food: Hickory Ridge
- Videography: Coral Mcmath
- Dessert: Finger-Lickin’ Eats -n- Sweets