I have been anxiously awaiting Pam and Jim’s Greystone Hall wedding for the past year. It finally arrived on my husband a my fifth wedding anniversary! It was every bit as beautiful as I expected it to be. I have really spent time the last 12 months getting to know these two and their families. We have done multiple engagement sessions, family portraits, and an engagement party together. I have not only had the pleasure of getting to know them, but I have also learned a great deal about Jewish wedding customs and traditions.
Pam and Jim’s big day began at Pam’s parent’s home. Hair and makeup was being done upstairs by the girls from Gloss in the City when we arrived. Pam not only had bridesmaids getting ready, but also had four bridesmen. Four of Pam’s best guy friends were asked to stand by her on her wedding day. They took the job very seriously and owned the role. They carried on during the getting ready portion of the day wearing matching floral robes and blasting music. Their positive energy was truly infectious. After photographing the getting ready and the details we headed to Greystone Hall.
Pam got into her amazing dress by Modern Trousseau at Greystone. After revealing to her dad, Pam and I spent a few minutes doing some amazing portraits throughout the Mansion. I then spent some time with Jim and the guys before the first look. The first look took place outside. The weather was just perfect! At this point in the day we were running a little behind. We spent some time walking the grounds and grabbing some photos in the amazing pergola. This space was just a dream to shoot in. The bridal party joined us for some formal photos and some fun as well. This group was just fantastic to work with. Everyone really had a great time getting photos done which is not always the case when working with bridal parties and various personalities.
Family formals then took place in the back of the house before the ceremony got underway. After family formals we headed indoors to meet with Cantor Mark Stanton for the signing of the Ketubah. The Ketubah, or the official Jewish marriage contract, was truly a work of art. It was a very detailed paper with a cutout design around the outer edge. Once the families witnessed the signing of the Ketubah, it was time for the ceremony.
The ceremony took place outside under an amazing Huppah, adorned with incredible florals by Bri from Robertson’s Flowers. Yarmulkes were handed out as guests arrived. The ceremony itself was full of many Jewish traditions lead by Cantor Mark. Once the ceremony was over we had Pam and Jim stop at the end of the aisle for a group photo. I loved this idea! I think it is great that they have a photo of everyone who celebrated with them.
The guests headed to cocktail hour. Pam and Jim and I took a few minutes for some portraits before we lost the last inch of light. We then joined cocktail hour which took place in the back of the house. The guests enjoyed an elaborate spread of food stations by Boscov’s A la Carte Catering. Each station had a different theme that varied from hand rolled sushi fresh made paella.
I had a few minutes to sneak into the tent to get some photos of the reception space. All I can say is, wow! I was blown away by the attention to detail. The room glowed with candles.The florals were a mix of hydrangeas and peonies. The place cards were hand made. Every detail had been very clearly thought out and came together beautifully. The cake, brought in from L’Estis Desserts in Brooklyn, New York was a work of art, adorned with sugar flowers. The space was carefully lit by Brian from Events Productions.
The party really got started the minute Pam and Jim entered the reception space. They went right into a Hora. After a few minutes of dancing, it was time for toasts and first dances, followed by dinner. After dinner was served, the Janis Nowlan Band played a killer set that had everyone on their feet. Once cake cutting took place, dessert was served in the house. The dessert display, also brought in from L’Estis Desserts in Brooklyn was incredible. Every type of pastry, cake, and mousse was there. It was a sweet lover’s dream. There was even a crepe making station.
It was an incredible day and even ended on an amazing note with a send off by the band. Pam and Jim followed the horn players in a New Orleans style Second Line.
I cannot thank Pam and Jim, the Stapes, and the Meissler’s enough for trusting me to capture your memories. It was an honor to be a part of such an amazing day and to witness the love Pam and Jim have for each other and their friends and families. Also, thank you to Samantha from Secretariat Wedding and Event Planning for helping to make this day go smoothly. It was also wonderful to work with Jennifer from The Good Life Films. I am anxious to see the final video!
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