Morning; the time when we awaken from our dreams. A clean slate from the day before. The first moments drinking our hot cup of joe, ready to start the tasks ahead of us. It's a time where I feel most productive, and when I feel the most energy throughout my day. A line, I would not be saying almost 6 years ago...
Before I had kids, the only times I'd ever wake up early were days I had to be in the office before 8am. I hated every second of it. The weekends were my time to sleep in; basically wasting my mornings away and I LOVED every bit of it. Then, my daughter came along and oh my, was my normal routine thrown into a tornado. My girl is and always was a morning person. Up at sunrise and more than ready to start the day. I had no choice but to adapt to her likings. To all my parent readers out there, you know that once those sweet little babe comes along your world gets flipped upside down and your life as you know it is not the same as it was. I wanted to be able to not only adapt but to appreciate my morning 'lifestyle'.
So, I bet you are wondering "what does this have to do with photography?" A LOT, I promise :) .
Golden hour is the time in the day, about an hour or so before the sun sets where the light is SO golden over the horizon. It is every photographers soft spot to shoot during this time. I will be the first to admit that if I schedule a session during golden hour, it will surely be a home run. Just take a look and see for yourself:
you get the idea. Golden, beautiful, glowing light that just makes you go 'ahhhhhhhh' when you see it (I know I do). NOW, what does this have to do with my little blurp about the early mornings and my kids? right, okay --
I got it wrong. I got it ALL wrong, friends. Golden hour is wonderful, yes, but thanks to my daughter and my new appreciation for that early morning start of the day I have a new found LOVE for SUNRISE SESSIONS. Oh. My. Goodness I was living under a rock all these years. Sunrise is where you need to be. The soft quiet air around you with the frost settling on every single leaf of grass. That faint yellow line you see upon the horizon waiting for that gold sun to make it's grand entrance. It's romantic enough as is, all you need is...
OH yes... that golden gorgeous light and a gorgeous couple. IN THE MORNING! Thank you, sweet daughter for giving me the opportunity to appreciate that morning sunrise! I was truly missing out, but I am no longer!
Here is a small little photographer tip: When we think of golden light (golden hour, sunrise sessions, etc) we always go right to Summer time. Listen friends, Winter time is a must for sunrises. There is something so fiercely golden doing those January days that you don't see in the June-August months. Big bonus, sunrise times are MUCH later than in the summer. There is still time, get out there bright and early my friends - go appreciate that beautiful morning sun.
I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Brittany and Brian back in September. They seemed so calm, easy-going, and natural with one another. I just knew that photographing their wedding would be a breeze (and it totally was!). Every step of the way, they have been so easy and understanding; which I feel is just like their relationship. Their special day took place at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem, in Bethlehem PA. Let me tell you, what a BEAUTIFUL venue! The staff is so wonderful and every where you turn there is magic! Brittany and Brian were so lucky to have gotten married at the time they did, I heard their magical Christmas decor was taken down the very next day! (from what I hear, Bethlehem is THE place to be during the holiday season!)
Brittany has such an amazing connection with these girls right here. It's great to witness such unity with friendships, these girls would do anything for each other!
Brittany and Brian opted to not have a first look with one another, but Brittany requested one with her dad since they are SO close. I absolutely LOVED that idea, after all daddy is always a little girls 'first love'!
There is a Chinese parable called 'The Red Thread. The premise is that fate connects us at or before birth with our perfect mate, and we share important connections with that mate, if only we can find them. The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of time, place or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break.
"I felt incredibly calm the entire day. I only went nervous once the time came for my dad to come get me from the room to head down to the ceremony. As soon as I saw Brian's face, I felt complete peace in every way. It was hard to look away from him during the ceremony because I truly felt like it was only him and I in the room. The night was perfect, better than anything I ever could've imagined. From the second, I was announced as Brittany Koons, I've never been more proud. "
"Friday night and Saturday during the day I had to keep reminding myself that we were having a wedding. I kept feeling like we were there for someone else and not our wedding. My Saturday was great. Very little nerves and got to spend time with a few family members that came from out of town. I started to get nervous when I was alone in the room just before coming down for the ceremony. At that moment, a good friend of mine sent me a text and I asked what room he was in. I stopped down at his room for a few minutes and talked with he and his wife. This surprisingly calmed me down and we all walked down to the ceremony together. Once I walked to the front of the ceremony room all my nerves went away upon seeing Brittany. During the ceremony I forgot we were in front of everyone and it only felt like us up there. Being up there with Brittany made everything seem right, it all felt correct. Everything after the ceremony seems like such a blur and went by incredibly fast. It was a great night and everything went perfectly. It was a fantastic way to start our marriage together!"
Mr & Mrs Brian Koons!! Hooray!
I'd be lying if I said I didn't tear up to both of these amazing speeches done by Brittany's dad, Jeff and her best friend since 3rd grade Nicole. This couple is loved by SO many!
...and I'd be totally lying if I didn't crack up over Sean's speech!
Photographer: Rachel Betson
Second Shooting: Renee Nicolo
Dress: David's Bridal
Hair: American Hairlines, Bethlehem PA
Make Up: Bride
Groom Attire: Ventresca LTD, Doylestown PA
Table Centerpieces: Costco
Floral Bouquet: Phoebe Floral, Bethlehem PA
Cupcakes: Ciao Bakery, Harrisburg PA
Venue: Historic Hotel Bethlehem, Bethlehem PA
DJ: Freddie Frederick JR Entertainment, Macungie PA
Officiant: Circle of Life Ceremonies, Dorry Bless
Rachel; passionate, artistic, capturer of all things wonderful