Brianna + Zachary | Valley of Fire, Las Vegas, Nevada | Intimate Desert Elopement Photographer

March 9, 2019: What an emotional weekend it was. Even months and months later, as I was choosing what images to include in this blog post… I STILL was all teary-eyed. Our hearts are so full after capturing this special elopement. Our best friends Brianna and Zachary got married! When they asked us back around Christmas 2018, we obviously couldn’t say no. It was a total secret and only a few family members knew.

Let me tell you guys, elopement ceremonies in general are super emotional and intimate, but this one had us all in tears of joy. Christian has known Brianna since the 4th grade and after being in @acousticpursuit together, we all became so close. Knowing each other’s journey and highs and lows of life made capturing this moment for them that much more amazing and special. Not to mention they chose to elope at the incredible Valley of Fire! Elopements will always have a special place in our hearts and we cannot wait to be able to photograph and film more of them in the future.

So happy for @brianna_acoustic and @zmartin421 !
They both deserved this incredible day filled with so much love.

Officiant: @florapopshop
Hair and Makeup: @dolledupbydani
Floral: @magnoliaandlace
Dress: @davidsbridal @galina.couture

Photographed by Kristen Lopez
Filmed by Christian Lopez

Elopement Highlight Video - Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Ana + Stephen | Stonehedge Golf Club | Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania

Last December, I met Ana and Stephen for the first time during their engagement shoot. From the moment we introduced ourselves I could tell they had a deep connection with each other. During the whole session they were both full of smiles. It was no different on their wedding day. When Amanda and I arrived , Ana and Stephen were both so ready to walk down the aisle to be husband and wife. They decided on doing a first touch instead of a first look before the ceremony. While they held hands Ana asked Stephen if he wanted to pray, he replied with "of course." As he began to pray, you could see the overwhelming emotion on their faces. It was such a beautiful moment. They found their strength throughout the relationship through their shared faith in God and now they are building their marriage on that foundation. Throughout the day Amanda and I kept commenting to each other how their love enveloped everyone in attendance. They ended the night with a beautiful sparkler exit, surrounded by their loved ones ready to start the rest of their lives together.

—Jollette, Associate Photographer

Photographs by DBW Associates, Jollette Merino and Amanda Bellucci

Brenda + Miguel | Golden Hour Nature Preserve Engagement Session | Schnecksville, Pennsylvania

This engagement sessions is what dreams are made of. For weeks leading up to their shoot it had been raining constantly. I had already rescheduled multiple sessions because of the bad weather, so I was hoping I wouldn’t have to do it again. Thankfully my prayers were answered! Brenda and Miguel could not have had a more magical evening. The sun was golden, the temperature was just right, they looked incredible and the location was so lush and truly picture prefect.

This was my first time meeting this couple after just a few email exchanges. So, like I do before every shoot I explained to them my expectations for the shoot so they’d feel comfortable. Pretty much I said, “Just have a good time, flirt with each other, and don’t worry about looking at the camera unless I ask you to.” BOOM! That’s when their personalites and love really came through the camera. Their love and laughter was so authentic! We explored the entire park as they snuggled, lead each other through the fields, and share kisses under the golden sun.

We ended the session dancing in the creek and admiring the beams of light shining on the buffalo fields. It was beyond amazing!

Photographs by Kristen Lopez

Jodi + Zach | Becca + Jeff | Page, Arizona Elopements

Jollette and I had the opportunity to travel to Page, Arizona to attend the Adventurers Workshop, hosted by Maddie Mae and The Hearnes. It was an incredible learning experience and not to mention the scenery was gorgeous. I’ve heard a lot about Arizona, and I knew there were a few key spots… but EVERYWHERE we went in Arizona was gorgeous. We drove through Phoenix, a land covered in giant cacti, then Flagstaff, where it was snowing, and then finally we arrived in Page. We were surrounded by red rocks and stunning desert-like landscapes.

While attending the workshop, we got to hike through some slot canyons and photograph two different couples. Jollette focused on taking photos, while I shot video for the first time on my own!

This whole experience was unforgettable, from the knowledge and information shared from Maddie and Abbi to the real experience we gained shooting an elopement… we truly gained a lot from this trip. Below are some photos Jollette and I captured and my videos too!

Kristen’s Photos + Videos

Jollette’s Photos

Taylor + Peter | Wedding at Cork Factory Hotel | Lancaster, PA

Wedding Photographed by Kristen Lopez
Filmed by Christian Lopez

Hair Styling:: Anthology Salon & Style Bar- Lancaster, PA
Makeup Artistry:: Blush Beautiful- Lancaster, PA
DJ/Band:: ProVolve Entertainment
Florist:: Petals With Style- Lancaster, PA
Cake Baker:: Bakers Table- Located at the Cork Factory Hotel, Lancaster, PA

Times Square at Night Couples Session | New York City Wedding Photographer

Will & Tiffany | A Night in Times Square, New York City

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE New York City! We’ve visited lots of big cities in the country and to me, nothing compares to New York City. So of course when we met Tiffany and Will we couldn’t think of a better spot to photograph them than in the heart of Times Square. This couple was so much fun to photograph simply because of all their curly hair! These two complemented each other so well and their chemistry was amazing. They laughed so much together, but also had no problem getting lovey dovey either. They danced in the street, snuggled up next to a cab, and even enjoyed a classic NYC soft pretzel together. I know that when these two get married someday… it’s going to be fire.

Photographs by Kristen Lopez

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DUMBO Engagement Session | Brooklyn, New York Wedding Photographer

Chris & Ashley | Brooklyn Engagement Session

Ashley and Chris have had to endure a semi-long distance relationship for quite some time now. Ashley lives in the Pocono area of Pennsylvania and Chris is currently living in Queens, New York City. So their date nights often take place in the city and there’s lots of driving back and forth. Because both of them have a love for the city and it’s actually where Chris proposed, we had to take their photos in Brooklyn. Brooklyn has so much history and the beautiful backdrop of the Manhattan bridge just cant be beat.

Photographed by Kristen Lopez

Natalia + Matt | Winter Wedding in the Poconos

Natalia and Matt  - Pocono Mountain Wedding at Trout Lake

This wedding was one of our favorites! It was an awesome way for us to finish out our 2018 wedding photography and videography season. Natalia and Matt live in Washington, so planning was a bit tricky. However, with the distance from their home time in the Poconos and dealing with the time difference, this couple managed to plan such a beautiful from afar. They nailed it! Throughout the planing process, Natalia and I didn’t really talk too much about colors, themes, and style for their wedding. So I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect when we arrived the day of the wedding. The only thing I did know was that she was a super laid back bride and they both loved more of the “moodier vibes”. So I knew I was in for a surprise. 

When Christian, Jollette and I arrived to start with the getting ready photos, we began to notice all of the awesome details Natalia had planned for their day. She was definitely into the more moody style. All of her bridesmaids looked beautiful in black long dresses, but each of them were also rocking a leather jacket to go with it. Natalia’s dress was also stunning! It was a simple, elegant white gown with a flowing train and a deep “V” in the front and back. She even incorporated sentimental pieces of jewelry that represented her family and her culture. 

The flowers were amazing too! The girls didn’t have bouquets, but instead they had floral hoops. They were metal rings, almost like a small wreath for each bridesmaid to hold. The flowers were arranged in a crescent moon shape on each hoop. Then, the bride’s bouquet was adorned with deep red flowers to add some color.

We arrived at the groom’s getting ready location and to our surprise Matt was wearing a dark red suit. How cool is that?!  We love those non-traditional touches to weddings that really show the unique character and personalties of the couples.

After all of the getting ready events, we were off to the wedding ceremony at St. Ann’s in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania. It was such a beautiful ceremony filled with lots of emotion. We photographed all the family photos outside of the church, then headed to an abandoned train station nearby for some photos.

It was EPIC! The rust, metal, graffiti and gritty textures at the train station real complemented the colors in the wedding and was the perfect setting for the vibe Natalia and Matt were hoping to capture in their wedding photography and videography. Natalia and Matt were so authentic and definitely had no problem being themselves in front of the camera. This allowed us to capture real and romantic moments. To top off the couples portrait time, it ended with the train coming by and us capturing the BEST moment off them kissing as the train went by.

After all the portraits, the night continued at Trout Lake wedding venue. They were surrounded by friends and loved ones on the dance floor. They shared traditions and laughter with their guests. It was such a beautiful night for a beautiful couple.

This one was definitely one for the books. So happy to have been able to photograph and film Natalia and Matt’s wedding! Check out some of our favorite moments from their wedding day.


Photographed by Kristen Lopez
Filmed by Christian Lopez

Winter Woodsy Engagement Session | Belfast, Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

Matt & Natalia | A Woodsy Winter Engagement

Matt and Natalia are originally from the Poconos, Pennsylvania, but now live in Washington… that’s practically across the country! It was important that they had their wedding in Pennsylvania where all their friends and family are, but this made the planning a bit more tricky. Planning a wedding is already no joke, but planning a wedding from across the country is probably even more stressful. We made plenty of attempts to setup an engagement session way before the wedding, but something always came up.

Soooo… this engagement session actually took place the week of Matt and Natalia’s wedding. Which was not typical for us, but it actually made the shoot extra fun! The fact that they were only a few days away from becoming husband and wife and I got to capture that excitement, was pretty special. Sometimes I even felt that the shoot was actually a good way for them to take a step back and remember what this wedding was all about. They laughed and they enjoyed some quiet moments together in the woods of Jacobsburg State Park. It was pretty awesome! After the shoot, I knew that we were in for a treat on their wedding day. These two are the real deal.


Photographs by Kristen Lopez