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Let me start this Deep Creek wedding post off by saying that Bethany, the bride, and her twin sister and I have been friends for almost 20 years. (And they were in my wedding 12.5 years ago!) So when Bethany asked me to photograph she and Brian’s wedding, I was absolutely delighted! YAY!
But as was with so many weddings in 2020, their wedding didn’t happen as originally planned. Up until early November, Bethany and Brian were going to marry in Baltimore. Then there was a sudden shift and they decided they’d “bring chic to the Creek” for their NYE wedding instead…
What a shock and surprise! From city to mountains…a shift to something completely different, and something quite opposite. BUT THEY PULLED IT OFF! This was my first NYE wedding and nothing could have felt more appropriate than the evening soiree that these two put together…
Everything took place at the newly renovated Red Barn Inn at Deep Creek. The logistics of this venue and the way they used it really seemed to work out perfectly considering our current times. The Inn has 10 rooms, so family and wedding party members could have their own separated spaces. The large size of the gathering space at the Inn was able to appropriately accommodate the smaller guest count with both tables and curated lounge areas so everyone could be seated within their own households and groups. Masks worn, a plated and served meal, and no open dance floor…hats off to Bethany and Brian for making their big day appropriate for both their style and our current times!
A few things that I learned about Bethany and Brian, that I’m pretty sure you’ll see displayed in their photos and details below…
They love shoes.
They are oh-so-stylish.
They have such an easy way about their love.
People often say “great job”, “beautiful photos” when commenting about my work, BUT I’m not the one who should be getting all the high fives…my subjects also deserve praise! And Bethany and Brian are no exception. I felt that their “easy” kind of love made them comfortable and dynamic and lovely in front of the camera and in their personal style…which forced me to shoot outside my comfort zone a bit, leaving us with some images that are a little “different for me.” I’m really excited about it AND I think it resulted in a set of images that communicate their day quite nicely.
So high fives to you guys, Bethany and Brian! And high fives to the 20 years we’ve been friends, Bethany and Samantha…my favorite twins! 20 years makes us sound a little old, right? NOPE. We just met at a young age. 🙂
See stylish, right!?! And great shoes! OH AND A GREAT DRESS! This was perfect for Bethany…
Bethany and Mom. 🙂
Bethany and Samantha, my favorite twins! When they were in my wedding, Samantha had super short hair and I made them wear shiny periwinkle-ish bridesmaid dresses with a bubble hem, ha!
Brian and his guys spent much of their hangout time at a nearby lake house, but we did all of his pictures at the Inn…which helps with consistency and the overall style and feel he and Bethany were trying to achieve.
First look in 30-degree temperatures with melting snow on the ground…
Just look at the simple, sweet, easy way they look at each other! It was within these few first look moments that I realized their love seemed to have an easy way about it…
FAVE! The black and white! The movement in her dress! Her head angle and wavy lines of her hair!
I love when a dress looks just as pretty being carried as it does when it’s down and out around the bride…
Hot pink for the bridesmaids! Very Bethany-appropriate. 🙂
We wanted to make sure we showed off the shape of Bethany’s dress in pictures, especially from the side…
The steps were a little icy…the boys came down anyways. 🙂
Some family portraits before the ceremony! And a special thanks to Bethany’s family for always being so inviting! I have so many fond memories from times spent at their house. 🙂
Bethany mentioned how much she liked the hallways at the Inn, so I was sure to use them for some portraits…
This vanity area in Bethany’s bridal suite became the focal point and inspiration for so many lovely, unexpected portraits!
Bethany, I really think we captured the VIBESSSS! 🙂
Fun fact: The two canvases hanging on the fireplace were created by Bethany specially for the wedding day!
Bethany’s brother served as their officiant!
After the ceremony, Brian and Bethany enjoyed some alone time together. HA! Who are we kidding!?! I totally intruded for some fun portrait time! But seriously, don’t worry…I didn’t take up all their alone time! 🙂
That vanity again! A favorite!
Yes yes yes another favorite! The black and white photo style just totally suits them and their wedding day!
First dance to a Taylor Swift song…another Bethany-appropriate detail! 🙂
Bethany, this might be my favorite picture of you from the day. 🙂
Catching the lounge-y vibes…
I really enjoyed photographing Bethany’s dress. 🙂
Bethany and Dad!
Of course, the traditional cookie table! I had the honor of making some of these goodies…what a treat to be photog and baker!
Brian and Mom. 🙂
Masks on for the traditional bridal dance!
And of course NYE goodies!
And before I left, we captured some more VIBES outside…
A MILLION CONGRATS! A MILLION THANKS! A MILLION HIGH FIVES! I hope I get to hang out with you guys again soon, B + B! 🙂
Floral Design: Farmhouse Fete
Cake: Mountain Flour Baking Company
Music: Louis Pettinelli Entertainment
Lighting Rental: PGH Sound Rental
Hair: Lake Salon
Makeup: Megan Shaffer
Bethany’s Gown: Anne Barge from Anne Gregory Couture
Brian’s Tux: Threadwell Clothiers
Scenes and thoughts from deep creek
Well hey now! I thought for sure it had been more than seven months since I blogged last! Wish I could do it more…and plan to as soon as the new JFP website comes out.
I’m not sure I’m starting anything consistent here, just sharing some random thoughts and scenes from Deep Creek on this random Wednesday…
Jessica is amazing and she made us feel so comfortable! Having her capture our wedding was like having my best friend with me for every moment! Jessica's photos are fun, whimsical, and sophisticated!
We are not a stoic couple and did not want posed (or trying-too-hard) photos! Jessica was able to capture our personalities and the elegance of the day! I can't stop looking at our photos!
- Jessica and brandon
The best decision I could have made for my wedding was hiring Jessica Fike as a photographer! I was in a wedding prior that she was a photographer for and seeing how organized and easy and strategic she was to work with is what convinced me! She makes you feel so comfortable and helps teach you how to pose and smile and look so natural! She keeps you on schedule throughout your day and captures so much emotion in her photos. She is worth every penny plus more!
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