Courtney & Tim- St. Malachi Church and Loch Nairn Golf Club Wedding

Courtney and Tim’s Loch Nairn Golf Club wedding was a day full of love and family. I met Courtney and Tim ages ago when I was really just beginning my business. I loved them from the start and I really feel like I have gotten to know them well over the last few years. They are both very laid back and easy to work with. The best thing about working with them is that I don’t need to give them very much direction. Their love for each other shines through in their photos. I just set them up where I want them and let them be themselves.

Their wedding day started with getting ready at Courtney’s parent’s house. It was great to have open space to work in. It was also fun to see all of the photos throughout the house. Courtney’s father is a great photographer himself and has spent years documenting his family. After getting ready and bridal portraits, we set off to the church.

The church was St. Malachi Church in Cochranville, PA. My assistant, Katie, and I really thought we were lost on the way. It is located on Chester County back roads. It feels like you are in the middle of no where and then a church appears on a hill. This church was truly amazing. It was built in 1838 and still maintained its old world charm. After Courtney and Tim said “I do” we took some family formals behind the church and then headed to The Loch Nairn Golf Club.

When we arrived at Loch Nairn we immediately set off to take bridal party photos and portraits. The bridal party was so much fun! Everyone was easy going and helpful. As you can see from the photos, Courtney and Tim were just perfect for their portraits. I hoped that the sun would peek through but the day stayed gray. We actually were thankful for that! The entire week before and after their wedding was full of rain.

The reception space was decorated perfectly to fit Courtney’s style. Nothing was overdone or fussy. Everything was simple and elegant. There were photos of Courtney and Tim on many tables. The tables were decorated simply with gorgeous flowers in jars from Cottage Flowers who have been Courtney’s family florist for years. The cake was from a local baker Yori’s Church Street Bakery.  The crowd was great! They had a blast dancing the night away with music played by the DJ Anthony DiGregorio.  What a fun night!

It was wonderful working with Courtney and Tim and their families. I have really loved getting to know them over the years. I am honored that they have trusted me with their memories. Courtney and Tim, thank you so much for everything. I wish you years of happiness together!

More images in the slideshow below! To view photos from their West Chester engagement session click here!

 

 

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Wende & Mike- Chester County, Pennsylvania Wedding

Wende and Mike had the sweetest Chester County, Pennsylvania wedding. When I met with Wende and Mike back in the fall, their wedding vision was very clear. They wanted it to be an intimate, no fuss, affair with their closest friends and family. Their wedding day was exactly that. The day began with Wende getting ready in her West Chester home with her mom and sisters. At first, Wende was hesitant about how the pictures would look in her home. She warned me that it was small and dark. I assured her we would make it work. I actually really enjoy working in spaces like this. All it takes is a little window light to make a great photo. I also love the time spent with the bride and the women that are close to her at the beginning of the day. Working in their old home with its charm and quirks allowed for the photos to have more personality than if we had worked in a basic hotel room. I loved all of their details! Kati Mac  in West Chester provided all of the amazing flowers for the day. Mike’s suit even had the wedding date sewn into the inside pocket.

The ceremony took place at Marsh Creek State Park. The day started off a bit rainy but completely cleared just before the “I do’s”. Only their closest family and friends were present. The ceremony location was perfect for them. Wende and Mike both love the outdoors. Mike is an avid runner who is constantly hitting the trails. The ceremony was short and sweet with photos to follow.

The reception was what we deemed a “non wedding” wedding reception. Wende changed into a cocktail dress. The setting was a Chester County farm, complete with onlooking sheep. The feeling was all about simple charm. Beer and wine and a large cheese board welcomed their guests. The cake was a “Frozen” themed birthday cake for Wende’s niece, Charlotte. The farm to table menu was served family style with a toast given by Wende’s father.

I loved the simple beauty of this wedding, with a focus on family and fun. I am thankful to have been a part of Wende and Mike’s wonderful day. It has been a great time getting to know these two, from meeting them in West Chester, to their engagement session at Longwood Gardens. I wish them all the best.

Ceremony location- Marsh Creek State Park

Reception- Chester County Farm

Flowers- Kati Mac Floral Designs

Favors- Éclat Chocolate

 

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Michelle & Howard- Barn on Bridge Wedding

Wow, there is so much to say about Michelle and Howard’s Barn on Bridge Wedding. The entire day was so romantic and full of emotion. They chose to get married on Valentine’s Day. The day began with getting ready in separate quarters at the Barn on Bridge located in Collegeville, PA. Michelle and Howard exchanged Valentines cards and gifts. There were tears and laughter throughout the day. It was easy to see that day was not only about Michelle and Howard, but also a joining of families. It was a fun and beautiful day to capture. It was also about 10 degrees, in the sun. I left the decision to shoot outdoors up to Michelle and Howard. They gave me the green light and we went out for short periods of time. The entire bridal party even went out for some shots. No one resisted at all! You know your bridal party is filled with people that love you when they are willing to take partake in photos in 10 degree weather! The decor they chose was perfect for a Valentine’s wedding with love birds and candy hearts. Great food was served and fun was had by all. My assistant, Katie, and I even were able to take hot chocolate from the candy bar for the cold ride home. Thank you, Michelle and Howard, for allowing me to be a part of your day. It was an honor to capture the love you have for each other and your families. I wish you all the best!

Caterer & venue owners- Robert Ryan Catering & Design

DJ- Adam Moyer- Soundfactor

Wedding Duo (Ceremony & cocktail)- Overtones

Photobooth- Extreme Photo Booths

Florist- Moles Flower & Gift Shop

Hair- Alicia Preston

Makeup- Ashley Gallo

Dress Designer- Essence of Australia, from Arielle Bridal

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Eilis & Ferdinand- Stirling Guest Hotel Wedding

Eilis and Ferdinand’s Stirling Guest Hotel wedding in Reading, PA fell on a 65 degree day in December. When my assistant, Katie, and I walked into the hotel, it was like a winter wonderland. There were Christmas trees in each room. The tables were decorated beautifully in reds with wreaths. It was the perfect winter wedding, except for the spring like temperature. It was so gorgeous outside that they made a last minute decision to move the ceremony outside! The coordinators and hotel staff were able to make the switch seamlessly and it went off without a hitch. In spite of the outside temperature the fireplace was lit for part of the reception. The fireplace is what made Eilis fall in love with the venue and I agree, it was beautiful. I loved working with Eilis and Ferdinand and meeting their families and friends. I cannot thank them enough for choosing me to capture their wedding day! More photos are available in the video below.

Venue- Stirling Guest Hotel

Florist- The Nosegay Florist

Cake- Bakers of Buffington

DJ and Harpist- Greensleeves Entertainment

Photo Booth- An Event to Remember

Wedding Planner- Heather from Leo Design Gallery

 

 

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Lauren & Patrick- Loch Nairn Golf Club Wedding

Shooting Lauren and Patrick’s Loch Nairn Golf Club wedding was the perfect ending to my busy season. I am writing this post exactly a month after their wedding day, while my baby boy naps. I shot this wedding at 39 weeks pregnant. My second shooter sent over some photos of me laying on my side to grab a shot! I am so glad I made the decision to shoot to the end because it gave me the opportunity to work with this lovely couple and their families. Lauren and Patrick are both in the Air Force stationed in Wyoming. Their wedding details alluded to the importance of the military in their lives. Patrick, his father, and other members of the service were dressed in uniform. Lauren and Patrick entered their reception under an Arch of Sabres. A sabre was even used to cut the cake! I loved all of the personal touches at this wedding. I cannot thank Lauren and Patrick enough for trusting me to shoot their wedding, especially as pregnant as I was! It was so great to spend the day to witness to joining of these two families. I wish them all the best!

DJ: Eclipse Entertainment

Dress: Dora Grace Bridal

Baker: Country Butcher

Videographer: Cornerstone Wedding Films

Flowers: Sweet Peas of Jennersville

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