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Wedding at Poor House Farm Park | Wedding Photographer | Anneliese and Alec’s | July 2022

Anneliese and Alec smiling with their dog in front of a pond on their wedding day.

A Wedding That Felt Like Home

If there was a wedding that felt like home, this would be it. I recently had the honor to be the wedding photographer for a couple in a location that’s near and dear to my heart. Anneliese and Alec were married at Poor House Farm Park in Martinsburg WV. I occasionally do weddings at this park, so it was a familiar location. And, it was nice to be back on those dreamy country roads of West Virginia.

Such a Small World

But that wasn’t all. I saw many people I knew at that wedding and in the wedding as well. I didn’t realize this prior to them booking with me, but Anneliese actually went to the same college as I did, Shepherd University! The Maid of Honor even went to college with both my second shooter and I. When we walked into the venue, she came up to us asking if we were the wedding photographers. I had my mask on, so she didn’t recognize me. So, I surprised her by saying “I know you!” She and her husband were both in the college’s art department with my second shooter and I.

Collage of Anneliese popping confetti poppers on her wedding day at Poor House Farm Park.

It’s such a small world, and serving my fellow Shepherd Rams on such a monumental day of their lives made it that much more special to me!

Engagement & Wedding Photographer

As the day began, we quickly noticed how much warmer the weather was compared to their engagement session! Being a wedding photographer, I often capture engagement photos for my couples as well. (If you haven’t seen their engagement session blog, check it out here. I share more about their beautiful love story and how it all began!)

Even though their engagement was at the end of March, I would never have expected it to be so blisteringly cold, and snowing! But Anneliese and Alec were absolute troopers. They were ready for anything, from snow and freezing chill, to the milder weather we had for their wedding! Throughout this whole journey they were focused on one thing: starting the rest of their lives together!

Capturing Important Moments

Collage of a wreath on a wooden door, a detail photo of the front of Poor House Farm Park and a detail photo of a bird bath.

While Poor House Farm Park was the location for Anneliese and Alec’s wedding, that wasn’t where she was getting ready. She opted to get ready at Shepherd’s Cove – which is in the town just outside the college in Shepherdstown WV. It’s a quaint and small historic town that’s charming and really fun to visit! It has a simplistic vibe, and I just love it! 

Collage of Anneliese and her sister with their grandmother and the bride hugging her grandmother.

When Anneliese was getting ready, we grabbed a three-generation-picture with her mom and grandmother. She began tearing up, because of how important it was for us to capture that moment. And I couldn’t help but start to get emotional with her, because one of the biggest blessings of being a wedding photographer is having the special privilege to capture important photos like these!

Their Happily Ever After

This wasn’t the only tear filled moment at the wedding either. Their wedding was very traditional. They didn’t want to do a first look, and both preferred to see each other for the first time as they walked down the aisle. Just by looking at Alec, I would never been able to guess that he would be one of those guys who cried at his wedding . . . but he did get emotional! And, it was such a sweet moment to witness as his bride came down the aisle to him!

Collage of Alec standing at the alter while he waits for his bride and a look at the groom over the bride's shoulder.

From getting ready, to the ceremony, to celebrating during the reception – this was a wedding I’ll never forget! They finished the night with a beautiful sparkler exit and now they are living their happily-ever-after!

I could spend days taking photos of the two of you because you’re just the sweetest to work with! Thank you both for the privilege of being invited into your celebrations and for choosing me to be your wedding photographer! I wish you both a blessed and happy marriage!

Hugs,
Ashley

Detail photo of the front of Poor House Farm Park.
The bride's wedding dress hanging in the door of Poor Farm House Park on Anneliese's wedding day.
Collage of detail photos of the bride's wedding day-a wedding invitation, vow book and the bride and groom's wedding rings.
Detail photo of the wedding invitation vow books and the bride and groom's wedding bands.
Detail photo of the bride's wedding dress hanging with her bridesmaids dresses in the window of Poor Farm House Park.
Collage of the bride's wedding dress hanging in a doorway and the groom's suit also hanging in a doorway.
The groom and groomsmen's suits hanging in a window.
The groom straightening his tie on his wedding day in the groom's suite at Poor Farm House Park.
Collage of Alex smiling in his light grey wedding day suit on his wedding day.
The bride and her bridesmaids standing with their back to the camera in their custom shirts.
Collage of the bride with her sister and mom standing on the balcony at Poor Farm House Park and the bride drinking her coffee on her wedding day.
Collage of Alec standing in front of a greenery wall while smiling and holding his jacket and a detail photo of his boutonnière.
Collage of the groom standing with his groomsmen at the front of the house at Poor Farm House Park.
Black and white of Anneliese's dad seeing her for the first time on her wedding day.
Black and white collage of the bride's mom helping her into her wedding dress.
Anneliese and her bridesmaids walking together on her wedding dress in front of the home and a detail photo of the light blue and orange bouquets.
Anneliese and her bridesmaids smiling as they lean in together in front of the house at Poor Farm House Park.
Collage of Anneliese smiling in her wedding dress holding her orange and light blue bouquet and a detail photo of her bouquet.
Collage of the bride smiling in her wedding dress and playing with her skirt in front of Poor Farm House Park.
Detail of the wedding ceremony set up in front of the pond at Poor Farm House Park and detail photos of the altar with an array of light pink, blue and orange flowers.
Collage of the bride and groom's dog in a white tutu and the flower girl walking the flower dog down the aisle.
Collage of two little babies in a decorated wagon being pulled down the aisle.
Anneliese and her dad waiting to walk down the aisle on her wedding day at Poor Farm House Park.
The bride and groom looking longingly at each other as they stand at the altar while their officiant starts their ceremony.
An overview look of Anneliese and Alec's wedding ceremony as their guests look on.
A detail photo of the flower girl looking off in the distance as she stands in front of the bridesmaids during a wedding ceremony.
Black and white collage of the bride and groom looking at each other sweetly during their wedding ceremony at Poor Farm House Park.
Collage of the bride and groom reading their wedding bows to each other during their ceremony.
Collage of Anneliese and Alex putting their wedding bands on each other during their wedding ceremony.
Anneliese and Alec share their first kiss as husband and wife in front of the pond at Poor Farm House Park.
Collage of Anneliese and Alec excitedly walking back up the aisle after being announced husband and wife.
Anneliese and Alec smiling with their whole family on the lawn of Poor Farm House Park and smaller photos of individual families.
Collage of Alec with his immediate family.
Collage of Anneliese with her immediate family in front of Poor Farm House Park.
A detail photo of the bride and groom's dog dressed in a white wedding tutu.
Collage of Anneliese and Alec walking and laughing across the lawn on their wedding day at Poor Farm House Park.
Anneliese and Alex smiling with their wedding party on their wedding day.
Collage of Anneliese smiling at the camera while Alec nuzzles her cheek as they stand on a bridge and them with their foreheads together as they smile at each other.
Collage of Anneliese and Alec with their temples together as they hug and smile together on a bridge at Poor Farm House Park.
Collage of Anneliese and Alec kissing and them holding hands and walking away from the camera on their wedding day.
Anneliese and Alec kissing while they stand on a bridge at Poor Farm House Park.
Alec sitting on a rock in front of the pond at Poor Farm House Park while Anneliese nuzzles close.
Collage of Alec spinning and dipping his wife in front of a gazebo on their wedding day.
Anneliese and Alec smiling at each other while they stand in front of a gazebo on their wedding day.
Collage of Anneliese smiling with her hand on Alec's chest and a detail photo of the groom's boutonnière.
Collage of the groom hugging the bride from behind and the bride resting her head on her groom's shoulder on their wedding day at Poor Farm House Park.
Collage of the bride and groom dancing together in a field on their wedding day.
Collage of the bride and groom walking through a field and them kissing on their wedding day at Poor Farm House Park.
Alec picking up Anneliese while they kiss in a field on their wedding day.
Collage of detail photos of the wedding reception details for Anneliese and Alec's wedding day.
Detail photo of dog treats as wedding day favors.
Collage of a snapshot camera on the guestbook table and a detail photo of a monogram wreath.
Collage of detail photos of the guestbook area and guests signing the guest book at Anneliese and Alec's wedding day.
Collage of the bride and groom's family dancing their way into the wedding reception.
A groomsmen spinning two of the bridesmaids as they enter the wedding reception at Poor Farm House Park.
Bridesmaids and groomsmen dancing their way into Anneliese and Alec's wedding reception.
Collage of the bride and groom entering their wedding reception and the groom smashing cake in his bride's face.
Collage of the best man and maid of honor giving their wedding day toasts.
The bride and groom sitting at the head table with their wedding party as they hear toasts on their wedding day.
Anneliese's father giving his father of the bride speech at her wedding.
The bride getting emotional as her dad does his wedding day speech.
Collage of Anneliese and Alec during their first dance on their wedding day at Poor Farm House Park.
Collage of the bride dancing with her dad and the groom dancing with his mom on their wedding day.
Collage of guests dancing during Anneliese and Alec's wedding day.
Collage of guests dancing during Anneliese and Alec's wedding day at Poor Farm House Park.
Collage of guests dancing during Anneliese and Alec's wedding day at Poor Farm House Park.
The bride smiling with her wedding guests on her day at Poor Farm House Park.
The groom smiling with a wedding guest on his wedding day.
Detail photo of sparkler at Annaliese and Alec's wedding reception.
Alec and Anneliese walking through a tunnel of sparkler during their wedding day exit at Poor Farm House Run.
Alec and Anneliese walking through a tunnel of sparkler during their wedding day exit at Poor Farm House Run.
Anneliese and Alec kissing while they hold sparklers on their wedding day.

Hey Brides! Have you grabbed the free guide I created from tips I’ve learned being a wedding photographer? Grab “4 Tips for Your Wedding Day to Run Smoothly” HERE!

If you need someone to show your love story in pictures, send me a message, and let’s get coffee!

If you liked this blog post, check out some other love stories:
Anneliese + Alec’s Engagement Photos
Historic Ashland Wedding (Jordan + Mike)
Maryland Theater Wedding (Lindsay + Travis)
State Park Engagement Photos (Gabby + Ryan)
Downtown Fredrick Engagement Photos (Meghan + Michael)

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