Destination Wedding in Stroudsburg, PA | Best Destination Wedding Photographers
08.23.2015 | Lyndi and Joey
Venue: Stroudsmore Country Inn, Pennsylvania
DJ: Thomas Twiss
Coordinator, Caterer , Cake, and Florist: Stroudsmore Country Inn
Gown: Gerri’s Bridal
Destination Wedding Photography: Michael Anthony + Eric Killingsworth
We were excited for this wedding, it represented a record for us, and possibly in wedding photography in general. After spending 4 days in St. Louis, Eric and I flew back to LA and photographed a wedding the night before this event in Long Beach, California. After which, we hopped on a plane, and flew on a red eye to JFK, sleeping on the plane, grabbed a car, and drove in to Stroudsmore for this wedding, possibly being the first photographers to shoot 2 weddings within 24 hours on opposite ends of the country.
When working out the details I asked Eric if we were up to this travel challenge, to which he replied, “We’re Rockstars.” While that is open for debate, what isn’t is that we were incredibly honored to be invited across the country by Lyndi and Joey to photograph this beautiful event at a gorgeous venue. I love destination weddings because when a couple places their trust in us to travel with them to document their event, we become friends over the journey. While we photograph 5-10 destination weddings per year, our love to explore new destinations never gets old.
So let’s hear some of their story…..
On Christmas Eve he strung up 4000 lights in my backyard in Pennsylvania he also lit over 100 candles. This was all a surprise so after he had everything set up he came in and got my mother, father and I as well as my puppy, and took us all out to the backwoods. Once he was in the middle of all of the candles he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
This was one of our favorite images from the wedding day. This wedding image was shot with a backlight, and natural light over the valley below.
I loved the greenery in Pennsylvania, despite the long night of travel, we were completely energized when we made it to the venue.
Lyndi’s shoes were gorgeous and we loved the contrast between them and the sofa
We always look for sparkly surfaces.
Lyndi helped do all of the makeup for her bridesmaids
We photographed this image through the reflections in the window using speed lights, and the Magmod system
The light in the room where Lyndi was getting ready was beautiful
More gorgeous light on Lyndi’s wedding dress
East coast skies are always interesting compared to California. I love the way that the Profoto B2 lit this image of Joey and his groomsmen
First looks are not just limited to the bride and the groom
An image of Lyndi’s father having an emotional moment after seeing his daughter in her wedding attire.
Soon after, Joey and Lyndi got to have their moment together
Lyndi looking stunning in her gown
Traditional portrait of Lyndi and Joey together in black and white.
We hiked out to the woods for a few planned images in the woods.
Lyndi and Joey’s first kiss
We loved the light out in the woods
This image was photographed with a variety of techniques. We used a technique we call color shifting to turn the ambient light blue. We achieve this by using orange gels on our flashes that touch the subject, and adjust the white balance in our camera to give us a fairytale look.
What’s your favorite memory together aside from the proposal?
My favorite memory is on Valentine’s Day a year ago. I was upset because I thought I would not be able to see him. We lived over an hour apart and my parents took me up and we all had dinner together. After that Joey took me to his sisters house where he already had tons of rose petals in a hot tub with candles lit and sparkling juice ready and when I walked in the song in the background was the first song we had ever danced to.
I think we are unique because we have been together longer than most couples who have already been married and divorced. We also kept our relationship going even though we were on opposite coasts.