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Lehigh Valley Wedding: Bethany & Jordan

This Hollywood-inspired Lehigh Valley wedding was brimming with creativity and uniqueness.  From a red carpet entrance where guests were given press passes to a drag queen giving out Oscars during speeches to clappers, director’s chairs, custom-designed movie posters made by the bridesmen, and even a surprise guest on the dancefloor. You will not want to miss this incredibly clever wedding:

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Why Rhinehart Photography?

Jordan shares, “I like Lisa’s post-production skills. She’s a great photographer, but also takes the time to make each photo shine which is hard to do when you have so many photos to edit. I had a chance to see the incredible work Lisa had done on previous weddings and I was excited to be able to see who I was getting as a photographer before hiring Lisa for our wedding.”

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Lehigh Valley Wedding Preparations

The wedding morning started like most: hair and makeup & loved ones gathering in the hotel room, but wow did it take some unique twists and turns!  My motto with my couples is “you be you” and dang, they delivered!

I love to capture a mix of candid shots and portraits on the wedding day.  I hone in on anything unique, in this case, intricate lace, the mother of the bride’s joyful expression, reflections, and the bride on a red couch (a little visual foreshadowing of the red carpet to come).

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The Handsome Groom

From the moment I started talking with Jordan, I knew his and Bethany’s wedding day would be amazing!  When Jordan first reached out, he was looking for a photographer that made a wedding feel like a special day with skill and attention to detail. I’m honored a fellow photographer trusted me to photograph his wedding!

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First Look at Illick’s Mill Park

Jordan shares, “The first look was amazing. Imagine every emotion all at once. It was a wonderfully powerful moment.” 

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High-Fives

Rather than having wedding day portraits on the wedding day, they focused on group portraits and we took a ton!  Bethany had two bridesmen in matching pink tuxedos.  They are engaged and set to be married (and photographed by me) later this year!

Their wedding portraits are all here and included more of a concert vibe at the SteelStacks.  Spoiler alert: Jordan and Bethany serenaded each other to Lady Gaga / Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow”.

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Jordan says, “We went to a local park, Illick’s Mill, to get a flavor of the outdoors. The natural light and the nature truly added a beautiful backdrop to any photo.”

They were up for anything whether it be striking a supermodel pose or trekking over a bridge.  Along the way they ran into a couple celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary, that has to be good luck, right?

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Behind the Scenes

So many familiar faces!  I photographed Jen and Tyler’s wedding at Historic Acres of Hershey a few years ago, that is where I first met Bethany as a bridesmaid.  Since then Frankie and Chris (Jen’s brother) have signed on to work with me this October!

I feel so very lucky to have my couples recommend me to friends and family and couldn’t be happier, as you can see below :).

The second moment is of everyone getting that baby to smile!  He also totally walked in for his entrance.  You’ll have to check out the full set (next week) to see that moment.

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A Drag Queen Interviewing Guests on the Red Carpet

Everything about Jordan & Bethany’s wedding day was so well-thought-out. I loved the drag queen they had “interviewing” guests on the red carpet with video crews. So fitting for their Hollywood theme. Keep reading to hear more about their wedding theme!

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Press Passes for a Red Carpet Wedding

When guests arrived they were greeted by bottled champagne and given press passes.  Everyone seemed to have fun with the theme, I especially enjoyed seeing guests all dolled up.

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Jordan’s eyes are misty when he looks at his soon-to-be wife!! I always love the chance to capture authentic emotion on the wedding day. 🙂

Jordan added, “I brought in studio lighting to really make everything look great and add to the overall Hollywood vibe.  I was big on letting the cameras (video and photo) be a part of the whole Hollywood experience rather than hiding in the background.  Overall it was a win for everyone I think!”

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The Vows and Kiss

Jordan shares, “During our vows, it was great to personalize them and talk about the journey we’ve been on as a couple.”

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Cue the Balloons!

The Hollywood theme continued with a set tech shouting. This cued the breakdown and opened up a gateway into the cocktail hour room which had more balloons than I’ve ever seen!!

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Why Lehigh Valley Conference Center?

Bethany shares, “We chose the Lehigh Valley Conference Center for two main reasons. We wanted affordable hotel rooms so that everyone and anyone who wanted to stay – could stay! We also wanted a blank canvas ballroom so we could design and execute on our perfect event.”

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Why a Hollywood Theme?

Jordan shares, “I’ve spent most of my working life in the film industry and realized it would make a great theme for a wedding!”

He continued, “I could also have fun set elements. It all amounted to being able to get away with really unique items while part of the Hollywood theme.”

One of the bridesmen, Frankie, designed movie posters that featured Bethany and Jordan for the event!  Such creative friends 🙂

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Lehigh Valley Wedding Traditions

Entrances and first dance included all the balloons and “clouds” on the dancefloor, too!

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Oscar Worthy Speeches

Jordan says, “As part of our Hollywood theme, we decided to make the speeches “acceptance” speeches and do a cool twist on a wedding classic.”

I loved this unique twist they put on a standard tradition. They even started playing music if the speech went too long – ha!

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In Directors Chairs & A Little Magic

I love that Jordan and Bethany had their own personalized director’s chairs! What a cool way to show off the new last name!

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Both Parents Dancing!!

Jordan’s sentimental dance ended with a group hug and Bethany’s parents got that dance floor hopping…

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Let’s Get The Party Started!

The group was so much fun!!

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A Surprise Guest!

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Dancing the Night Away

She put a ring on it!

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