Happy Friday, friends! We’ve been wanting to share more of our farmhouse renovation on the blog, and today is the day!! For those of you who follow Tim and I on instagram, you know that we live in a super-old farmhouse and we’ve been restoring it for the past 5 years! (#fairhavenfarmhouse on instagram!) Our house is on 40 acres of preserved farmland, which makes for some gorgeous sunsets and allows us to host our workshops and tons of family gatherings at our home! Although we live in an inexpensive area, restoring this house to its previous beauty is a LONG journey and we’ve DIY’d almost every aspect of it ourselves to save money! We’re going to be showing lots of posts in upcoming weeks and months, because who doesn’t love a good before + after?We just discovered the show Fixer Uppers on HGTV and it is so inspirational — but whereas they can finish projects in weeks, we’re normally stretching out projects inbetween the craziness of wedding season + working on it when we can!Today we’re going to show you a little before + after of the exterior of our farmhouse!
These aren’t the greatest photos, but this gives you an idea of the exterior of our house when we moved in…cheap whitewash finish, colonial accents, a cracked concrete slab for a front porch (which had burned down), and an overabundance of pine trees…
We started by having the beautiful stone underneath the plaster repointed, digging up all the broken concrete and pouring a new porch while we also built a brand new wraparound porch… And here’s after several months of work! We also replaced those country-style doors by Christmas, as you’ll see in the snowy photos… I love how our house looks in the snow! The next big project for the exterior will be to paint the faded stucco in the back part of the house, and get black shutters – stay tuned for an update there! (Photo below by Michael Ash / Ash Imagery) Another thing I love about our house…the view of sunsets! Well friends, what do you think? Are any of you currently remodeling or flipping a home, as well? Can’t wait to show you all some of the projects we’ve done to the backyard, and the inside of the house!! Til next time
We’re so excited to share one of our favorite summer weddings! Liz + John had an absolutely perfect day surrounded by the best family + friends – and Liz and her dad’s first look is up there as one of my FAVORITE wedding moments of the year! The best part of photographing these two was the little in-between moments they shared – John was so attentive and couldn’t take his eyes off of his gorgeous bride the whole day! We loved their draping greenery + garden rose reception decor, and the guests loved creating their own beer flights! We love these two and are so thankful to have had the chance to capture their beautiful barn wedding day!
We’re so excited to share Ashley + Tyler’s wedding day with you! They were married on what was probably the single coldest day of the winter — and they absolutely couldn’t have been more carefree about it! These two value beautiful portraits and rocked it in single-digit temperatures for over an hour (seriously Tyler, have you gained feeling back in your hands yet?! Haha!). They had the most amazing crew of family and friends surround them as they pledged to be best friends always – with a “cheers” thrown into the ceremony to say to never take life too seriouslyWe loved every aspect of their wedding day and were SO honored to capture their love on film. It’s been the biggest joy for us to gain these two as friends (and colleagues – Ashley is an amazing wedding photographer herself!) and we hope you guys treasure these photos for a long time to come. Here’s a few of our favorites! THIS was legitimately one of the sweetest, most selfless moments we’ve ever seen at a wedding. Tyler’s mom stopped their dance halfway to give the kindest speech to his stepmom, and offer the second half of the dance to her. I’m pretty sure everyone in the room was crying! Their night ended with the amazing late-night snack of a donut truck! I still have dreams about how incredible these donuts were
We were so honored when the editors at ModWedding reached out to let us know we had been named one of the top 5 photographers in PA! The other 4 on the list happen to be friends of ours as well, which is so amazingOur business can only thrive when we seek community, not competition. We honestly never would have dreamed that doing photography full time could be full of such a rewarding and fulfilling network of people, and it is truly a dream come true for us to share our art and passion with others. We are so grateful to have the chance to work with such crazy awesome couples and also connect with wonderful blog and magazine editors, as well! The features we’ve been blessed to see recently are all because of our stylish couples and their fabulous taste Thank you to Green Wedding Shoes for several features lately – it’s always surreal to see our work featured on our favorite site! Our Icelandic anniversary session was featured recently:
Style Me Pretty shared Courtney + Kit’s lovely wedding:
as well as Jen + Matt’s amazing fiesta wedding… and Danielle + Mike’s cozy Hudson Valley barn wedding… and Andrea + Peter’s romantic Cairnwood wedding! We adored Kate + Charlie’s Mystic Seaport, Connecticut wedding on Style Me Pretty…
as well as Kristina + Mike’s sparkly Bethlehem wedding… and the wonderful Leslie + Joe’s autumn barn wedding on Style Me Pretty!