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07.16.18 Families, Kids

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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

Marketing & Social Media

Mechanicsburg Central PA engagement portrait photographer outdoor couple love hug kiss holding hands dog stairs sidewalk rock wall ring water creek leaf {Laura & Tom}

07.09.18 Engagements

5 Summer Fashion Trends You Don’t want to miss out on!

07.06.18 Uncategorized


Smocked Strapless Jumpsuit                                                                                Striped Cutout Halter Palazzo Jumpsuit

Forever 21 Smocked Strapless Jumpsuit                                                Forever 21 Striped Halter Palazzo Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits are by far my favorite summer trend!! You can dress them up with cute accessories like jewelry, a trendy straw hat, and wedges, or you can dress them down with an updo, jacket, and sandals. Jumpsuits give you the best of both worlds because they are so comfy but also super stylish!


Envie Mustard Yellow Wrap Crop Top 5

Lulus Envie Mustard Yellow Wrap Crop Top

I LOVE this simple chic outfit from Lulus!! Yellow is the color of the summer, it radiates bright and happy vibes all around! The top could be worn with a denim skirt, jeans, flowy shorts, or even a maxi skirt. Don’t forget to spice it up with some accessories as well, the sandals and glasses in the picture add the perfect touch! This would be a great outfit for senior portraits because it would stand out perfectly against any background.

Pier Pleasure Red and White Striped Romper 5

Lulus Pier Pressure Red and White Striped Romper


Stripes and wrap dresses/rompers are another huge summer trend!! This romper will catch everyone’s eye with it’s unique style and would be perfect for any occasion! You could wear simple sandals or trendy wedges depending on the event and either would look great. It would also look stunning with some cute jewelry and a purse in hand!


                        Zaful Striped Wrap Cami Top With Shorts


Two-piece outfits are super in right now and there is no question why! This one in particular really caught my attention because it combines some of my favorite summer trends into one outfit (yellow, stripes, and wrap top). This would be the perfect outfit for a day at the beach, a picnic, day out in the city, and of course a photoshoot!!


Peyton Light-Wash Denim Overalls


Overalls are one of summer’s favorite trends!! There is so much you can do to style the perfect look with a pair of overalls. They give off a casual cute vibe and can be worn for many different occasions like a summer concert, a fair, and pretty much any outdoor event! You can wear a variety of different shirts underneath your overalls and just about anything will flow perfectly.


~ Happy Shopping

Jenna Iorfida

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania


The Barn at Silverstone Wedding Photographer Lancaster PA Allie Wagner Mixed Up Productions John Serock Catering Whimsical Poppy Men’s Wearhouse David’s Bridal Mountz Jewelers {Krissy & Tyler}

07.06.18 Weddings

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

Photographer: Elaine Gates Photography

Reception: The Barn at Silverstone

Ceremony Site: The Barn at Silverstone

Wedding Coordinator: Allie Wagner

Ceremony Music: Mixed Up Productions

Caterer: John Serock Catering

Officiant: Pastor Brand Eaton

Cake: John Serock Catering

Florist: Whimsical Poppy

Lighting/AV: Mixed Up Productions

DJ/Band: Mixed Up Productions

Makeup: Nancy Fazio

Tuxedos / Men Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

Engagement / Wedding Rings: Mountz Jewelers

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07.05.18 NEWBORNS & Babies

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07.04.18 Maternity