Don’t Miss This Bridal Show at The Clarion October 21, 2012 Shepherdstown WV

Journal’s Bridal Show Held at The Clarion in Shepherdstown

On October 21st at the Clarion in Shepherdstown WV The Journal will be holding a Bridal Show.

Brides- and grooms-to-be will pack the luxurious Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in historic Shepherdstown Sunday October 21st for The Journal’s 15th annual Bridal Fair. This is a FREE event and vendors will be giving away great prizes.

Crouse Photography will give away a FREE Engagement Session voted for by brides on a recent poll on my facebook page.

Here’s a link to some great advice for booking wedding vendors. What to ask and what to look for before you sign a contract.

Think you can’t afford a professional Wedding Photographer? Read this blog post before you decide.


In other news! Some of you may know that I am also an indie author. If you have a kindle and you love to read, then you should get my story, Fortune, while it’s available FREE. October 4th and 5th


If you received a fortune cookie that said you were going to die, what would you do? Unlucky Sarah goes on a hunt to find out who gave her the fortune and why. What she discovers will change her forever.

Fortune is an 11,000 word story that will keep you at the edge of your seat. YA and adult fiction fans alike will enjoy the ride this story will take you on. You won’t be able to put it down.

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The Lively wedding was extremely lively!

I shot the lively wedding back on October 16, 2010 and it sure was lively.  I was only there for 2 hours but I still shot tons of pictures.  The wedding party was humongous.  It must’ve been crazy getting all those people ready on time.  I think the lively wedding party must’ve been my largest wedding party to date. I love the men’s suits, they were a lot of fun. I could tell they enjoyed wearing them too. Without further ado I present to you the lively wedding pictures.  I hope you enjoy looking at them.

October wedding I shot a year ago. I know, I’m WAY behind.

Maybe I’ll catch up on blogging weddings, but I probably won’t. I’m still going to try though. This wedding was held at a church on Tabler Station Road and the reception was held at the Holliday Inn. There is a great picture of Rick Rohn mixed in there. He is a local DJ if you are still looking for one for your wedding.  He and I have worked together a lot this year. Hi Rick if your reading this! He told me once he was amazed at how often I updated my blog. I do update, but some how have still managed to fall a year behind in posting weddings. Go figure. While things are slowing down I’m going to try to catch up. At some point I do promise to write the second part to my white balance blog (If anyone is interested in reading that leave me a comment so I’m more motivated to write it).

Such an adorable couple below. In a few days I’ll be shooting a portrait session with the two of them. It will be interesting to see where they are a year later. Hopefully still madly in love.

Wedding Back A Year Ago At Hill Brook Inn

If your thinking of having a wedding at Hill Brook I can say it’s a wonderful place and the staff were really nice. I’ve only had the opportunity to shoot one wedding at Hill Brook, but I do Hope to shoot there again in the future. Here are some images from that wedding.

Yesterday’s Wedding at Berkeley Castle

I t was an early wedding. I had to get up at 5am. Being so early and the fact that the bridal party were an hour late getting to the rehearsal, I figured the bride and bridesmaids would not be ready a 8:15 am and I was right. Not a big deal, it happens all the time. As I tell all my brides, “If we don’t get it done before, we’ll just do it after the ceremony”. It just makes the after session a lot longer and I have to cut out the more creative stuff I planned to do. Which I was sad about this time because I’ve never shot at Berkeley Castle before and had all kinds of cool ideas I wanted to do. Oh well, that’s the way wedding photography goes. Maybe next time.

Wedding at Berkeley Castle in Berkeley Springs WV

At least it didn’t rain even though it was burning hot. It was probably better we didn’t do outdoor shots before the ceremony because the bride would have melted into a puddle of white lace and chafon. The ceremony went perfectly even with six kids all under the age of ten. The kids did make the group shots after the ceremony quite interesting as they wondered in and out of the frame. I was using a very slow shutter speed on a tripod because the castle is very dark and in one shot a little boy jumped in from no where and he looks like a ghost in the shot. I don’t know how the couple will feel about it but I thought it was neat looking and kept it in.

The reception was at the Bathhouse at Cacapon state park. Normally it’s a great place for a reception but yesterday I guess it was just too hot for the air conditioners to keep up and it was a bit warm in the room. I enjoyed meeting the string quartet that played at the ceremony and reception. They were very nice and extremely talented players. They called themselves the String Poets and I highly recommend them. The fairy tale theme went wonderfully with the castle. I think it turned out to be a great day and the couple seemed so happy. I hope they had a safe trip back to Michigan.

Log In To See My Latest Wedding July 9, 2011

Here is the link to see my latest wedding here in Martinsburg WV Barth-Stroop Wedding. The ceremony was held at Back Creek Valley Full Gospel Church and the reception at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg.

Trying to get the bride to the reception on my John Deere

An Awesome Wedding Back On September 18, 2010

Kristen and Matthew’s wedding happened back in September of 2010. The bride and groom were both ready on time so we had lots of time to have fun on their wedding day. I was excited because they brought in a fire truck and I made sure we got lots of use out of it.