Posted on November 11, 2017
Ashley and Scott’s Brandywine Picnic Park wedding was the perfect combination of elegance and simplicity. We started at Hotel Warner where Ashley and the girls were getting ready. Avante West Chester had already given the ladies perfect hair and makeup and they were all relaxing when we arrived. We hung Ashley’s gorgeous mermaid-style Robert Bullock gown in the window and got to work. I really loved the simplicity of this dress; it was all white satin with a beaded belt to add just enough zest. The Kate Spade shoes with bows at the back were a perfect addition. Once Ashley’s mom and bridesmaids were dressed, it was time for her to slip into the gown. It fit her perfectly and she was glowing in it. After her mom and sister helped her with her jewelry, shoes and veil, we asked everyone to step out of the room so we could have a moment alone with Ashley for portraits. We grabbed the beautiful bouquet from Blue Moon Florist which was filled with roses and dahlias and got started. The light coming through the sheers was so beautiful and so was Ashley.
We then head over to St. Agnes Parish to meet Scott and his groomsmen. We took a few moments to stare in awe at this exquisite church before grabbing a few portraits of Scott. Guests started arriving so we got set up for the ceremony. The bridesmaids wore champagne colored gowns and the groomsmen wore navy suits with maroon ties. Ashley’s niece was flower girl and she pulled the cutest little ring bearer down the aisle in a wagon engraved with the couples names and wedding date. Reverend Michael G. Mullen married the couple in front of their family and friends during a traditional Catholic ceremony. Afterwards we got a quick shot of all the guests cheering for the newlyweds outside the church and family formals were taken in front of the striking alter before heading to our next stop.
We arrived at Brandywine Picnic Park which is nestled amidst the rolling hills of Southern Chester County and sits along the scenic Brandywine Creek. We gathered the wedding party for photos under Lenape Bridge, a gorgeous stone arch bridge built in 1912. We then took some time with the bride and groom before heading to cocktail hour in the pavilion, which was decorated with festive white pumpkins, lantern candles and lush green ferns. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Hickory House Catering at Brandywine Picnic Park. Some guests explored the picnic park, checking out the miniature golf course, riders, and the petting zoo including llamas, chickens and goats. There was even a talkative bird named Francis! Next everyone head over to a beautifully lit tent for dinner. DJ Nick Digiulio of White label DJ’s introduced the parents, bridal party and then the bride and groom. Ashley and Scott shared their first dance on the checkered dance floor while family and friends watched with big smiles. After the blessing came toasts by the maid of honor and best man. They both spoke of their love and admiration for the Ashley and Scott and the way the couple perfectly completes each other. After dinner Ashley danced with her dad and Scott with his mom. They then cut their cake before officially opening the dance floor for everyone to rock out. Guests loved dancing around with glow sticks and especially the ice cream sundae bar featuring ice cream from the Penn State University Creamery.
Ashley and Scott are such a sweet couple and I loved being part of their wedding day. I hope you enjoy a glimpse into their beautiful day.
Posted on November 8, 2017
Sallie and Adam’s Wilmington Country Club wedding fell on a gorgeous day in October. We started the day at Sallie’s parents’ house where she and her bridesmaids were getting ready. Top Knots by Aimee created perfect hair for each of the girls and Cheekadee Makeup Artists was putting the finishing touches on makeup. We started with the gown…a simply stunning sheath style gown with a beaded bodice, cap sleeves and a skirt of luxurious layers. The house had great light so I loved all the options it gave me. Before asking the girls to get dressed, I had to get a few pics of them in their matching rompers. The rompers were silky and floral and just so cute! We then had the bridesmaids and Sallie’s mom get dressed. Sallie waited excitedly for her turn. The bridesmaids wore black dresses of varying styles and looked very elegant. Sallie’s mom and sister helped her get into her gown, shoes and jewelry before putting on her veil. She looked absolutely perfect! We snuck her up to the third floor and went to get dad so we could surprise him. His face lit up when he saw Sallie come down the stairs; you could just see the joy and pride in his eyes. Sallie surprised him by pinning a heart shaped cutout from one of his old t-shirts inside her dress. We then took some time for portraits of Sallie before heading over to the venue.
We met Adam and his groomsmen at Wilmington Country Club. Set among the rolling hills of the Delaware Valley and surrounded by land formerly owned by the renowned DuPont family, this club is rich in history and beauty. The guys were relaxing in the groom’s suite overlooking the ceremony site. They all wore dark gray suits and UMass socks. Adam and his groomsmen (with the exception of his brother) all went to University of Massachusetts and were excited to show their school pride. After a few portraits of Adam, I set out to find the perfect spot for the couple’s first look. Once I had Adam in place I asked my assistant to bring Sallie out. The two were beaming with love when they saw each other. First looks are such a special moment and I love being able to capture them.
Next, we gathered the wedding party for group shots; the golf course made for a beautiful background and they were a lot of fun to work with. We then set off on a couple of golf carts for bride and groom portraits. There was a fantastic bridge spanning across a large pond that I was excited to use. This is where we first discovered a tiny bee that loved Sallie’s bouquet from Flowers by Yukie. I don’t know if it was the roses, dahlias or anemones that he liked, but he followed that bouquet around all day! The couple decided he needed a name if he was going to be part of the day and Franklin seemed fitting. We also made use of a handsome barn on the property. The burgundy doors matched the burgundy in Sallie’s bouquet perfectly and I love the way these photos turned out.
After family formals we headed indoors to meet with Rabbi Peter Hyman for the signing of the Ketubah. The Ketubah, or the official Jewish marriage contract, had a beautiful of two trees intertwining. It was a perfect representation of how Sallie and Adam are two individuals committing to each other and growing into one family. Once the families witnessed the signing of the Ketubah, it was time for the ceremony. Guests were welcomed with flutes of apple cider with molasses cookie toppers. The wedding ceremony took place under a beautiful Chuppah canopy, a symbol of the home that the new couple will build together. The ceremony included Jewish traditions such as the circling of the bride around the groom, drinking from the Kiddush cup, a gold ring, and the breaking of the glass. The Kiddush cup used was Sallie’s fathers from his Bar Mitzvah which also took place on October 7th and the gold ring that Adam presented to Sallie was the same ring that her grandmother was betrothed in 1945. After the ceremony guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the patio overlooking the golf course and then were ushered in to the amazing ballroom for the reception. They were greeted by the sounds of EBE/Milan 77, a 12 piece band who was ready to have some fun. Sallie and Adam entered to a roaring applause and went right into their first dance, which included an awesome breakout dance that had the whole crowd on their feet. This worked out well because next came the Hora, or chair dance. In this tradition, a few strong and brave guests hoist the bride and groom high above the crowd on chairs to the infectious sounds of “Hava Nagila”. Friends and family dance around in an ecstatic circle as the elevated couple tries not to look (or fall) down. This Hora was especially fun because not only did the bride and groom go up in the chairs, but so did Sallie’s parents, Adam’s parents and even Adam’s young niece.
The wedding meal began with a blessing over the challah, an elaborately braided bread, followed by the maid of honor and best man speeches. The maid of honor, Sallie’s sister, gave the couple the gift of an artist live painting their first dance. It was so cool to watch this artist paint the ballroom, the guests and the couple as the night went on. After the first course, Sallie had her dance with her father and Adam with his mother. Dinner was served and then both sets of parents toasted their children. Sallie and Adam then cut into their gorgeous cake from Yori’s Bakery and loving smashed it into each other’s faces. After that, the band filled the dance floor and everyone danced the night away.
Adam and Sallie are such a delightful and sweet couple and I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with them and having the opportunity to photograph their wedding day. Please enjoy the highlights and slideshow below.
Posted on November 3, 2017
Our time at the shore for Corine and Brian’s Yacht Club of Stone Harbor wedding was filled with excitement, anticipation and lots of coffee. We started in Sea Isle with Corine, her family and her bridesmaids at their beach house. We were enthusiastically greeted by Corine and Brian’s dog, Dani, who was wearing a “Dog of Honor” bandana. She is such a sweet dog and I couldn’t wait to have her join in the photos after the ceremony.
The fantastic team from Blaze Salon was finishing up hair and makeup so we grabbed Corine’s Stella York lace wedding gown. It was lighter than air with chiffon and corded lace, spaghetti straps, and a low cut back with a train that fanned out with an elegant spray of scalloped lace. We wanted to shoot the dress on the third floor deck, but the wind had other plans. I found another spot that I like even better though. Once everyone was finished with hair and makeup, I made sure to grab a few shots of the girls in their robes; the bridesmaids wore navy with gold glitter names on the back and of course the bride wore white. We then focused on shoes, veil and jewelry before asking the bridesmaids and Corine’s mom to get dressed. I loved the navy chiffon dresses from Allure Bridesmaids and the mother of the bride looked stunning in a deep plum colored gown. Before getting dressed, Corine’s grandmother gave her something borrowed; it was her late grandfather’s wedding ring. It was such a beautiful moment and I feel privileged to have been there to capture it. Next, Corine got into her gown and looked incredible! Her mom and sister helped with her shoes, jewelry, including the bracelet that Brian gave her as a wedding gift, and veil. We grabbed Corine’s bouquet from Blooms at the Country Greenery and got started on bridal portraits.
Next we met up with Brian and his groomsmen at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church which was down the street. They were all obviously excited for the big day, but none more than Brian. We did some portraits of Brian in his navy blue suit with his custom engraved cuff links from Corine. His dad helped with his boutonniere while the groomsmen watched on. We had to remind them that they all needed their boutonnieres on as well….groomsmen putting on boutonnieres is always a comical scene. Guests began to arrive so we got set up for the ceremony. We were joined by Katie from Martin’s Videos who was great to work with throughout the day.
Corine and Brian’s traditional Catholic ceremony included a full mass celebrated by Reverend O’Hara who was a close friend of Corine’s late grandfather. He had everyone laughing and crying and really made the ceremony so personal. We did family formals in front of the alter before heading off for a little tour of Sea Isle. The wedding party piled on the AC Jitny and we set off for the Sea Isle City Pavilion. Onlookers congratulated the couple as they enjoyed the nice day. We got some photos under the pavilion, along the dunes and on the Sea Isle City boat. Corine and Brian even celebrated with a champagne toast on the beach. Our next stop was back at the family beach house. We set off for the beach where Brian proposed to Corine. Her dad brought their dog, Dani, out to the beach for photos. Dani was more interested in digging, but we got a few good shots before letter her go back home. Corine and her bridesmaids ditched their shoes and we lined the entire wedding party up in the sand. We then sent them back to the house so we could move on to portraits of the couple. Corine and Brian seemed so at home on the beach. We had fun running around in the sand…though they may have thought I was crazy when I asked them to run through the giant group of seagulls! They were good sports though. We were all a bit windblown at that point so we head back to the house. Our next stop was the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor wedding venue where the team from Blaze Salon was waiting there to touch up the ladies hair and makeup. The wedding party enjoyed a private happy hour complete with a champagne toast and lots of delectable hors d’oeuvres. We grabbed some photos on the second story deck overlooking the bay before everyone headed downstairs for cocktail hour.
When it was time for entrances, DJ Johnny A, also known as Captain Johnny, from Eclipse Entertainment gathered everyone on the dance floor. Captain Johnny announced everyone before inviting Corine and Brian in the center of the room for their first dance to “Just One Look” by Doris Troy. Guests then made their way to the beautiful Bayfront dining room. Reverend O’Hara gave a lovely blessing followed by a poem by Corine’s dad. Corine’s sister gave her maid of honor speech next and spoke about the way the newlyweds balance each other perfectly. Brian’s brother and best man brought down the house with his speech which included how he brought the couple together when they were children laying the ground work for their entire relationship. After dinner, Corine and her dad danced to “My Girl” by the Temptations and Brian danced with his mom to “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor. The DJ then invited all the mothers and sons onto the dance floor for a special dance to “I’ll Always Love My Mama” by the Intruders.
The cake from The Bakeworks was simple and elegant with navy blue ribbon at the base of each tier. Corine and Brian cut the cake and sealed it with a kiss before getting back to the dance floor. The rest of the night was full of great dance moves, fun in the photo booth and tons of laughter. One of my favorite parts of the night was a special song dedication for Corine’s sister. Captain Johnny invited Caitlin up on stage and played “Africa” by Toto. She immediately took the mic and started singing along; before long Corine and Brian were up there with her and the whole crowd was singing along. It was fantastic!
It was an honor to be a part of Corine and Brian’s amazing day. Thank you for teaching me about the shore and sharing your day with me! I hope you enjoy the photos and slideshow below. Planning a shore wedding? Contact me to capture it!
Posted on October 25, 2017
Meghan and Matt’s Greystone Hall fall wedding may have been late September, but felt like July.
Meghan and her nine bridesmaids were getting ready at her parents’ home in West Chester. Alyssa Gallen was doing hair for all the ladies and Hayley Gerrard was finishing up Meghan’s makeup. We grabbed Meghan’s dress and hung it in one of the window alcoves where the light was pouring through. The Diamante-embellished designer wedding gown from Stella York featured a beaded sweetheart neckline, shoulder straps, belt and back details that were just stunning. I couldn’t wait for Meghan to put it on! After finishing the rest of the details, the bridesmaids started to get dressed. Each had a different style gown in various shades of gray. Once they were finished, as was Meghan’s mom, it was time for Meghan to get into her gown. She looked absolutely amazing! We grabbed a few photos while she got her shoes, jewelry and veil on before taking her downstairs to see her dad. He was waiting for Meghan at the bottom of the stairs and said he had been waiting his whole life for this moment. Sharing in moments like this are the best part of my job.
Matthew and his groomsmen, including Meghan’s five brothers, were getting ready in the house next door. After shooting a few details, including his Eagles cuff links, we moved on to portraits. His dad helped with his cuff links, his soon to be brother in law helped with his pocket square and his best man helped with his boutonniere. At that point City Wide Limousine was waiting outside so the guys head off to the church. St. Maximilian Kolbe Church was only a few minutes away and was already filling with guests when we arrived. During the processional, each of Meghan’s brothers took turns walking their mother down the aisle to her seat. Then Meghan’s father beamed with pride as he walked his only daughter to meet her soon to be husband. The couple exchanged vows during a traditional Catholic ceremony and then greeted each guest by row as they exited. After family formals at the Church we head to Greystone.
Upon arriving at Greystone Hall, we took Meghan and Matthew inside for some portraits. I typically do couple portraits outside, but could not resist the amazing interior of the historic mansion. The mansion stairway is overlooked by stained glass windows and made for gorgeous lighting. We then grabbed the wedding party and headed outside to the amazing pergola located at the edge of the woods. They were a fun group and had some great ideas. It’s always fun when the group wants to get a little silly. We then sent the wedding party back to the mansion and did some more portraits with Meghan and Matthew. I couldn’t resist the amazing shadows from the pergola; I just love the shot of Meghan in the lines of light! The light shining through the trees was also gorgeous so I had the couple dance around in the grass for me. I didn’t want to stop shooting, but I wanted to let them enjoy cocktail hour so we finished up and head back to the mansion. While everyone enjoyed cocktails and hors’ d’oeuvres from Feastivities Catering, we shot all the great details of the reception, including the cutest bulldog place cards by The Paperly Studio.
After cocktail hour, guests filled their seats at tables featuring beautiful arrangements by Offshoots! Décor. DJ Qlassick from Scratch DJs got everyone excited for entrances and then brought in the parents of the groom, parents of the bride, the wedding party and finally the bride and groom. Meghan and Matthew enjoyed their first dance to “Wanna Be That Song” by Brett Eldredge before taking their seats. After a blessing by Meghan’s uncle, her parents shared lots of fun memories of their youngest child and only daughter and their new son-in-law. The maid of honor and best man toasted the couple well. After dinner, Meghan danced with her father to “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion and then got a surprise from her brothers. They had gotten in touch with DJ Q to plan a surprise dance with their baby sister. Each of her five brothers took turns dancing with her to “Stand by Me” by Ben E King; it was honestly the sweetest thing! Then Matthew danced with his mom to “A Song for Mama” by Boyz II Men. Next the newlyweds cut their four-tiered cake from Bredenbeck’s Bakery that featured fresh roses cascading down the side and a “today & forever” topper. After that it was time to party…and party they did! The dance floor was packed and there were some top-notch moves going on.
Photographing Meghan and Matthew’s wedding day was so fun and truly a pleasure. I wish them love and joy for all the years to come. Please enjoy the highlights and slideshow below.
Posted on October 5, 2017
Allison and Anthony’s Red Clay Room wedding fell on a beautiful day full of beautiful people. We started at Allison’s parents’ house with the ladies getting ready. Salon by Dominic did all the girls’ hair and was putting the finishing touches on Allison’s makeup when we arrived. We started with the dress…a stunning Casablanca gown with beaded lace appliqués accented with Swarovski Crystals, pearls, and silver backed sequins over Luxe Satin. I just loved the pearl encrusted spaghetti straps; such an unexpected and delicate feature! Then I grabbed her shoes and jewelry. Allison had beautiful heels for the day, but also custom made Nike sneakers with her soon-to-be last name on them. They were a gift from Anthony. I also had to get a few shots of the family dog, Kooper. He was very friendly and fluffy! Once makeup was done, we went upstairs to get Allison and her bridesmaids in their cute bride and bridesmaid tank tops. Then everyone went to get dressed. We stepped out so Allison could get into her gown. Her mom and sisters helped her get her shoes, jewelry and veil on. We grabbed her bouquet from Fresh Designs Flora and Events which was overflowing with white and pale pink roses, peonies and ranunculus. I don’t know if it smelled or looked more amazing! We asked everyone to step out of the room so Alan, the videographer from VideoGems Videography, and I could focus totally on Allison. She looked amazing and was so natural in front of the camera…she made my job easy. Next we stopped at Anthony’s mom’s farmhouse; it was gorgeous! There were horses everywhere and the barn and pond made for fantastic backgrounds for photos with her bridesmaids.
Now it was time to make our way through the crowded streets of Kennett Square to get to the Red Clay Room wedding venue. With the Mushroom Festival in full swing, we had to maneuver around lots of closed streets, but we arrived with plenty of time. Guests were being seated in front of a beautiful gazebo along the banks of the White Clay Creek. There were programs, water and even beer for guests as they arrived. The chalkboard read “grab a program and a beer, our wedding day is finally here!” They even had custom Allison and Anthony beer cozies! The couple exchanged vows in front of their family and friends and sealed the service with a sand ceremony. As guests head to cocktail hour, we gathered both sides of the families for formals. Then we had some fun with the wedding party before taking Allison and Anthony off for some portraits. I took them straight to the small covered bridge that I had been eyeing up before the ceremony. I knew it would be perfect if the clouds would just get out of the way. We had to be patient, but finally we got some sun and I wanted to make the most of it. Allison’s dad came out and told us we better get inside before we missed the reception.
While the wedding party got ready for entrances we met DJ John Scibello, who filled us in on the order of events. The parents danced their way in, followed by the wedding party and finally the bride and groom. Then everyone’s attention was directed to the screen over the dance floor where a video of Anthony’s proposal played. They then enjoyed their first dance to “To Make You Feel My Love,” sung by Garth Brooks. Anthony danced with his mom to “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton and Allison danced with her dad to “I’ll Be Your Man” by Zac Brown Band. After the blessing came the speeches. Allison’s matron of honor and twin sister spoke about the special bond that twins have, they’ve been best friends since day one and they share everything….even Anthony! You see the two dated for about a week back in 6th grade. Allison’s older sister also toasted the couple and gave Anthony some great gift ideas for future anniversaries. Last, came Anthony’s brother and best man. He spoke of how he’s always looked up to Anthony and loved playing baseball with him. He said that Anthony had some pretty great home runs during his baseball career, but non as impressive as the home run he landed in Allison.
While guests enjoyed a delicious spread by Capozzoli’s Catering, I shot the rings and some other details of the reception. After dinner DJ John got everyone on the dance floor; the kids were really tearing it up. And everyone loved doing the Polka for the dollar dance! After some more dancing, the newlyweds took a break to cut their gorgeous cake from Master’s Baker. Allison and Anthony had some cake smashing fun, but not into each other’s faces. They surprised everyone and smashed the cake into the faces of the matron of honor and best man! It was hilarious!
Allison and Anthony were such a fun couple to spend the day with and I’m so pleased to have had the opportunity to photograph their wedding day. Please enjoy the highlights and slideshow below.