I had such a great time at Sarah and Colin’s Lodge at Mountain Springs Lake Resort wedding. Some weddings are emotional, some are focused on the details, some are all about the food, Sarah and Colin’s wedding was about the fun. And fun it was! Their wedding took place in the Poconos. We started with getting ready at the Mt. Airy Casino and Resort where the bridal party was staying. Once I shot the details, the bridal party headed to the reception spot where we were going to be taking photos. This left me with some time alone with Sarah and her mom, Maggie. It was nice to have a quiet few minutes with them before heading off for Sarah and Colin’s first look. As much as every bride want the girls to be a part of the day, I think every bride should have a minute to herself. It was nice to take bridal portraits of Sarah with just her and her mom without a bunch of onlookers. I always ask that the bride and groom do the first look alone as well. It may just be the only time the couple will be alone all day.
After bridal portraits, we headed to the Lodge at Mountain Springs Lake Resort. What a gorgeous venue! The Lodge is situated next to a pond, with sprawling fields all around. Perfect for photos. It actually started raining as we were setting up for Sarah and Colin’s first look. It was just a few sprinkles so they grabbed umbrellas to see each other for the first time. My gear was getting a little wet so we came in to make a plan. As I was asking someone to check the weather, the skies turned a beautiful blue and stayed that way the rest of the day. No back up plan needed! The bridal party was so great to work with. The rain had passed but left us with some hot and sticky conditions. No one complained about photos in the field. The groomsmen even all agreed to some running and jumping!
We finished with photos and then headed over to the ceremony site. The ceremony took place at the Villa of Our Lady Retreat House. It was actually the first wedding ever done at the chapel there. After Sarah and Colin were officially married, we headed back to the Lodge at Mountain Springs Lake Resort. Guests were greeted with cocktails and small bites and were set to mingle in the gardens. During cocktail hour I took the opportunity to take some photos of the reception space details, including amazing florals by Julie Bree Flowers. Sarah and Colin infused their personalities into the reception with little details to show their humor. They provided each guest with a cook book of family recipes. It was titled “The Joy of Trying to Cook with Sarah and Colin”. So cute! They also brought to the reception an old TV that had been painted and transformed into a beer cap collector. They continued the beer cap collection at the reception which I loved! I have to admit, I was also a little obsessed with their cake. It was decorated completely with sprinkles. My three year old would have loved it!
After first dances, dinner, and toasts, the crowd was ready to party! The DJ, Adam Skuba, had everyone on their feet. They were showing no signs of stopping when we left. Such a fun night and a great crowd! Sarah and Colin were so easy to work with. I appreciated them trusting my decisions and allowing me to capture their memories. I wish them all the best!
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
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
Shannon and Chris’ Waverly Community House wedding was so unique and full of personal details. Their wedding fell on a chilly and drizzly day in October. Thankfully, the hurricane they were predicting all week stayed off the coast, but the ground was still too wet to have the outdoor ceremony that had been planned. This did not ruin the day at all! The ceremony and pre-ceremony cocktail hour took place at Shannon’s family home. Yes, you read correctly, there was a pre-wedding cocktail hour! What a great way to kick off the occasion! The ceremony was a little cozy in the parlor but I don’t think anyone minded since it was about 45 degrees outside. After the ceremony, the couple and their guests paraded down the street to the Waverly Community House. Yes, there was a pre-ceremony cocktail hour and a parade, full of kazoos and sparklers! Personal touches were everywhere at the reception. All of the beer was brewed by Chris. The table numbers were created out of books. Chris, an engineer, also 3D printed all of the “place cards”! The cake was their favorite ice cream cake hand delivered by Manning Farm Dairy. A delicious meal full of fall flavors was catered by Accentuate Caterers. I loved all of the personality that was brought into this wedding. Shannon and Chris made sure that their wedding day was theirs and reflected them completely. They certainly succeeded in creating a unique and beautiful day. I wish them all the best and cannot thank them enough for choosing me to capture their day for them. More images can be seen in the video below.
Erin and Burke are truly one of the nicest couples I have ever met. I had such a great time getting to know them and their families since they booked me for their wedding about 10 months ago. I remember at our initial meeting chatting about the possibilities of rain or the intense August heat and humidity. Erin and Burke had the absolute perfect day for their Loch Nairn Golf Club wedding. I was especially worried about the heat for my August weddings, being in my 7th month of pregnancy with my second child. I cannot believe the luck I have had! Erin and Burke’s wedding day went off without a hitch. Burke is a musician and the one thing that he cared about in the planning was having a great band during cocktail hour. The Barbone Street Jazz Band was phenomenal and so much fun! It really set the tone for the rest of the night which was DJ’d by Dana McDonald. The groom even had a wardrobe change, being introduced with the bridal party wearing a white dinner jacket. The reception space was simply and elegantly decorated with florals by Green Meadows Florist and a gorgeous cake by The Master’s Baker. Erin and Burke were so great and flexible to work with, and happy to take some time away from their reception for some golden hour photos. I loved spending the weekend with them and their families for both their wedding and the rehearsal dinner the evening before. I cannot thank the Quinn’s and Johnson’s enough for trusting me to capture such an important time in their lives. Please enjoy the photos and slide show below.
Sarah and Drew’s Hartefeld National wedding in Avondale, Pennsylvania fell on a perfect day in June. The weather was amazing and what a spectacular venue! Hartefeld National is a private golf club with perfect greens and a quintessential Chester County feel. Sarah and Drew were so easy going and great to work with. They were up for anything. Hartefeld was kind enough to provide us with golf carts and free range to shoot anywhere (while being mindful of the golfers). Driving around on the carts with the bridal party for photos was such a blast. This wedding was so much fun, and complete with the funniest best man speech ever. Thank you to Sarah and Drew for allowing me to shoot your wedding and engagement. I loved every minute of working with you and meeting your families. Best wishes!! More images can be found in the slideshow below.
Venue- Hartefeld National
DJ- Dana McDonald
Photo Booth-Epic Occasions
Flowers- Flowers by Mary Elizabeth
Cake- Desserts by Dana
Videographer- Elegant Imagery Video
Favors- Candy for all Occasions
Caitlin and Andy’s Carriage House at Rockwood Park wedding in Wilmington, Delaware was really something special. First off, the venue they chose was perfect for their vision and the timing. It was a 95 degree day in Wilmington; operation mini personal fans was in full effect. Thankfully the Carriage House at Rockwood Park is fully air conditioned. Once we walked the gorgeous grounds for photos and cocktail hour everyone was cool and comfortable. One of the greatest things about this amazing venue is that it is also the home to The Greenery Caterers, making it almost a one stop shop. The food was fantastic and the cake was almost too pretty to eat. A good time was certainly had by all. During cocktail hour guests played cornhole in the garden while listening to musical duo J2. The reception space was decorated with gorgeous florals by Hoffman Design Group. The party went late into the night, lead by DJ Bob Genovese. It was an honor to shoot this amazing Carriage House at Rockwood Park wedding. I wish Caitlin and Andy all the best. More images can be seen in the slideshow below.
Nina and Max’ West Chester, PA private home wedding was simply one of the most charming weddings I have ever been to. Around every corner was a personal touch that added meaning to the day. The decor was simple, yet well thought out. It was clear that the most important thing to Nina and Max on their wedding day was that their families were being united together. The wedding was held at Nina’s grandparents’ home in the heart of West Chester. Nina’s father explained in his toast really how important the home was to the family. He had proposed to Nina’s mother in the same backyard years before. Nina was very close to her grandfather who had recently passed away. Small reminders of his presence were brought into the wedding, including a model airplane that had been his, as he loved to fly. Every detail was all about family, including the cake, a pound cake from Stock’s Bakery in Philadelphia. Each year the Lentz’ would “stock” up on this famous pound cake and freeze one for every birthday. I did get to have a piece and it really was delicious! This wedding was truly a beautiful collaboration of a wedding and a family gathering. I really think every guest had an amazing time, including the kids who were in the pool the entire night! Congratulations to Nina and Max! Thank you for letting me be a part of your beautiful day! More photos available in the slideshow below.
Venue- Private home, West Chester, PA
Caterer: Taste the Difference
DJ: Moore Music
Florist: Flowers by the Greenery
Cake- Stock’s Bakery
Yet another perfect Faunbrook Bed and Breakfast wedding this spring! So far 2015 has been a banner year for great wedding day weather (fingers and toes crossed). Erin and Eric’s wedding was no exception and you can’t go wrong with a location like Faunbrook. If you are looking for an wedding venue with an intimate feel for a small group of people, Faunbrook Bed and Breakfast is the way to go! This group may have been small, but this was one of the best groups of party people I have seen. The parlor where dancing takes place, was packed from the minute dinner was over until the time I left. What a celebration! Even though getting photos taken was not Eric’s favorite thing to do, I was able to get Erin and Eric out for a few moments before sunset for some some amazing portraits. I can’t thank Eric enough for being such a great sport, I think the results made it worthwhile. Thank you, Erin and Eric for allowing me to capture the moments of your day! Be sure to take a look at the slideshow at the end for even more highlights!
Venue- Faunbrook Bed and Breakfast
DJ- Fred from VIP DJ
Florist- Matlack Florist