The Route 422 Trip with Jillian and Ryan
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - WeddingsJillian and Ryan are care-free. They like to have fun and aren't afraid to be themselves. They are a lot like us in that respect. We truly enjoyed working with these two special people over the last couple of years. Jillian and Ryan booked us about 2 years ago for their October 18th wedding. We had a blast with them at their engagement session, and knew the wedding would be more of the same.
These two are BOTH only children - so they have a really special relationship with their parents. It was cool to watch their family dynamics, as most of our clients are usually a part of big families and have multiple siblings. Jillian requested that they have lots of photos with their parents, but even if she hadn't made this request, we wouldn't have been able to NOT take lots of photos of them! It was just really cool to see that closeness.
The day was a little bitter and coldish, but that didn't keep any of us from doing what we wanted to outside. Jillian was brave and daring for us - we did some portraits of her standing on top of the wall next to the cemetery at Derry Presbyterian where they were married. This was our first time at the church, it is a really historic part of Hershey, PA, and it was really awesome to work with. We just love old "stuff" - the brick and the textures - they just have so much character. Ryan, not to be outdone, was also up on the wall and then we ventured down near the Hershey Chocolate Factory for a little bit with him. We also returned there after the ceremony to do some interesting stuff with the wedding party and them.
The time after the ceremony was a photographer's dream, as Jillian and Ryan said that they didn't care where we went or what we did - they just wanted some really cool photos! Well we can certainly help with that! When we met with them for their final meeting, we talked about a bunch of different things for this time frame and since their reception was in Lebanon, PA - we decided to do a "stop and shoot" trip along Route 422 which runs between Hershey and Lebanon. So what's a stop and shoot you ask? Well, for us, it's driving along and keeping our eyes peeled for whatever sparks our creative fancy alongside the road. Oh it was fun! Before we left to do this, we went back down near the factory, and worked with a tunnel and some cool stonework near there. Then the whole wedding party jumped in the limo and followed us and off we went! We stopped in three different locations along Route 422 - and produced some pretty frickin rad portraits!
Although there were only about 50ish guests at the wedding, the reception totally rocked! Jillian and Ryan kept all of their guests moving by having some fun things planned - shots for the dollar dance, about 600 or so glo sticks, and some killer dance moves! They were all over the dance floor.
We totally had a blast at this wedding - so without further gabbly gabbing - here are the pix!