Archive for July, 2018


Mechanicsburg Central PA engagement portrait photographer outdoor couple love hug kiss holding hands ring path trees fence susquehanna river Harrisburg covered bridge {Jamie & Matt}

07.30.18 Engagements

Wedding Photographer Gettysburg PA Simply Events Inc. All Party Starz Entertainment Altland House Gateau Monique The Flowershop Koons Florsit Minted Bombshell Brides David’s Bridal Jos. A Banks Robbins Brothers Event Central PA {Katie & Michael}

07.27.18 Weddings

Katie and Michael planned their special day from over 2500 miles away in Michaels hometown of Gettysburg. They envisioned a laid back affair in the backyard and property of Michael’s family home with lots of laughter and a relaxed vibe. Katie and Michael were very interested in capturing the day as it unfolded. They didn’t want moments staged. They opted to see each other before the ceremony but without a formal first look in hopes to complete their wedding portraits all before the ceremony so they could spend their cocktail hour mingling and spending time with their guests, many of which flew in to central pa from California. Their bridal party was filled with their closest friends and family and you couldn’t help smiling when you saw them see each other for their first time. Family was super important to them and they sat both sets of parents and siblings art their head table with them. One of my favorite things I learned was they both have PhDs from Stanford and spent their first date doing an equation together.

Best Wishes Mr. & Mrs. Barako!


Thanks to all the fabulous vendors who helped make this wedding so amazing!

Photographer: Elaine Gates Photography

Reception: Private Residence

Ceremony Site: Private Residence

Wedding Coordinator: Deb Erb, Simply Events Inc.

Ceremony Music: All Party Starz Entertainment

Caterer: Altland House

Officiant: Buz Meyers

Cake: Gateau Monique

Florist: The Flowershop Koons Florist

Lighting/AV: All Party Starz Entertainment

DJ/Band: All Party Starz Entertainment

Stationary/Invitations: Minted

Makeup: Bombshell Brides

Hair: Bombshell Brides

Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal

Tuxedos / Men Suits: Jos. A Banks

Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

Engagement / Wedding Rings: Robbins Brothers

Mechanicsburg Central PA portrait photographer gender reveal husband wife family girl fence grass mother father baby bump hug kiss love parents surprise {Taylor V.}

07.25.18 Maternity, Uncategorized

How To Live Your Best Life

07.23.18 Families, HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

Life moves way too fast. Our days are busy and won’t slow down for anyone. If you are anything like me, maybe you find yourself going through the motions of life and forgetting to enjoy each moment as it comes. Often, people claim they are “living their best life”, but what does that really mean? Here are 5 tips to help you take a step back each day and live your life the best way you can.


  1. Never turn down time with family. Even if you don’t feel like it, go on a walk with your mom when she asks. Go fishing with your dad. When you are older, you will miss these moments. Spend as much time with your family as possible.
  2. Wake up without technology. Don’t get on your phone the second you wake up. Get up, get some coffee and open the blinds. Take a deep breath without the pressure of replying, liking and sharing. Your notifications will still be there in 20 minutes.
  3. Be healthy. Stretch. Eat green food. Exercise plays a key part in mental health. Even just a long walk or some laps in the pool can drastically change your mood. Take care of your body and listen to it. (Even when it needs a rewarding ice cream cone.)
  4. Appreciate the small things. When you lay down each night find something you are thankful for and something good that happened that day. Every day will not be extravagant and ‘over the moon’ fun, but I guarantee there is something about everyday, you just have to take the time to realize it.
  5. Be a light. You will never regret being a nice person. You never know what someone else’s day involves and if you can be a positive part of their life, then what is more rewarding than that?


I hope these simple pieces of advice help you “live your best life” a little more. There are millions of ways to enjoy life but try starting with these 5. Now go take a walk, read a book, explore your town, and smile a little bigger today.



Mechanicsburg Central PA outdoor girls baby babies mom dad mother father twins sisters path white fence tutus {Sarah F.}

07.22.18 Families, Kids

Mechanicsburg Central PA baby portrait photographer girl daughter sleeping blanket pearls bow tutu feet toes crown basket teddy bear pink {Staci H.}

07.20.18 NEWBORNS & Babies

Mechanicsburg Central PA high school senior portrait photographer guy male bridge rail water creek stream trees woods path covered bridge {Thomas G.}


Mechanicsburg Central PA family portrait photographer mother father daughter sister brothers sons barn grass ivy {Alana S.}

07.16.18 Families, Kids

Mechanicsburg Central PA high school senior portrait photographer guy male formal studio fence stone wall porch water creek stream woods trees {Nate Y.}


Biggest Wedding Trends of 2018

07.11.18 Weddings

Weddings are arguably one of the most important days in a couple’s life. Traditions are followed, however every couple’s celebration is a little different. Every year, there are new and growing trends in weddings. Here are 2018’s biggest wedding trends.


Fun Invitations:

Right off the bat, guests are noticing one of the largest trends this year in weddings: bold wedding invitations. These invites are moving away from the classic white paper and moving towards cursive print with floral designs that are full of color. They generally are a hint to the mood of the upcoming wedding.


Warming of the Rings:

One of the newest things Elaine has been seeing at weddings has been warming of the rings. This is where the couple passes the rings around in a bag and asks all guests to hold them and say a prayer over them during the ceremony.


Return to Formality:

According to Wedding Wire, more couples are hosting “uber-elegant” events with clean florals, classic tuxedos, and a little bit of sparkle. However, with this trend, it does not bring a stuffy feeling with it. It is still to remain fun and full of life.


Asking for Cash:

While this was once a major taboo thing to even bring up, asking for cash is becoming more and more common. Couples will ask for cash through experiences and their guests can purchase the experience (travel, towards the mortgage on a new house, or towards the wedding itself) online through many different websites.


Brunch Weddings:

What a fun trend! This is a great trend for those looking to have a wedding on a weekend, yet achieve a lavish event at a lower price point. Plus, who doesn’t want to dance with delicious breakfast food and mimosas in hand?


Personalized Elements:

This trend comes in many different forms. Some couples place their monogram on various items during the reception, some create a Snapchat filter or Instagram hashtag for guests to use, or even make a special drink just for their big day.


Unplugged Ceremony:

I think this trend is genius. An unplugged ceremony is one where the couple asks their guests not to use their phones during the ceremony for any reason. This even includes pictures! The idea is to get people to actually listen to the ceremony and enjoy themselves. Don’t worry the photographer will definitely take tons of amazing pictures that can be cherished for years to come (especially if you go with Elaine Gates)!


Everything Donuts:

Donut cakes, donut walls, donut towers, I love it all. This new trend is being used for a variety of reasons, but guests are loving it! Not only are they delicious, they are also being used as a fun decoration. But really, who doesn’t like donuts?


To all engaged couples, I wish you completely and eternal happiness. Congratulations!


~Morgan Cunningham

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