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!
Alicia and Damon had perfect weather for their Hilltop House wedding in Devon, Pennsylvania. This wedding was the perfect combination of classic elegance with modern touches. The entire wedding took place at the Hilltop House which helped make the day run smoothly. The day started with a bustling bridal suite. Hair was done by Scott and Kim Greis and makeup by Helene Homovich. The girls all looked amazing. Scott even helped get my pony tail in check! Alicia’s wedding gown may have been one of the most unique dresses I have ever seen. It was designed by Rue DeSeine and made completely of cotton with a slip underneath. It fit Alicia perfectly. After some bridal portraits we headed across the hall for some portraits of the guys. Funnily enough, the guys seemed to take longer to get ready than the girls. After portraits of Damon, we headed out to the lawn and gardens for their first look. Damon seemed a bit nervous waiting for Alicia to arrive. When she finally appeared they got to share a beautiful private moment. It was clear to see they both were excited for the real wedding day to begin. I think having a first look also helped them to get their nerves out of the way. We spent a little time on the grounds doing portraits and bridal party photos. We then headed indoors to meet with Ellie Shaffer, the cantor. She lead Alicia and Damon in the signing of their gorgeous Katuba.
The ceremony took place in the garden. Ellie told the story of how Alicia and Damon met, both coaching water polo at Episcopal Academy. Ellie’s wit and charm captivated the entire audience. The ceremony music was played by the Wimington Street Ensemble. “All you Need is Love” played as Alicia and Damon processed down the aisle. It was truly beautiful.
The reception took place both in the house and on the large back porch at the Hilltop House. The tables were adorned with amazing center pieces filled with peonies and roses from Long Stems. During dinner, by Catering by Rich, we stepped out for a few minutes to catch the sunset. There is a matter of about 1o minutes of light that is just amazing that can’t be beat at the end of the day. I always try to get my couples to go out for a few minutes during that time if the day allows us to. Once dinner was done, dancing followed. DJ Howard kept the dance floor moving! Everyone had a great time, particularly during the Hora. I battled my way through and honestly feared being knocked over on more than one occasion. Alicia’s parents’ cake topper from their wedding sat atop Alicia and Damon’s wedding cake. Pastries and cookies were also served. I loved spending the day with Alicia and Damon and their families. The focus of the day was truly on their love for each other, and the love felt from their friends and family. Alicia and Damon, thank you so much for trusting me to capture such a special day. I wish you all the best!
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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
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.
Monica and Stephen’s Faunbrook B&B wedding was all about family. Faunbrook Bed and Breakfast, located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, is the perfect place to host an intimate gathering. The best thing about a Faunbrook B&B wedding is that it captures the feeling of being at home, but with every detail taken care of. Monica and Stephen wanted their wedding to be a celebration of their unity together and as a family. Their children were a part of the entire wedding day, from the first look to the very last dance.
We had worried a bit about the weather, since the wedding date was in April. However, we got lucky with a gorgeous 80 degree day! I enjoyed every minute of this wedding. Monica and Stephen’s family and friends were a wonderful group of people. Everyone, including the kids, really enjoyed themselves. I wish Monica and Stephen all the best and can’t thank them enough for making me a part of their day. If you are planning an intimate affair, consider a Faunbrook B&B wedding, you won’t regret it. And please contact me to capture your day!
Flowers- Kati Mac Floral Designs
Music Performed by- Anders Hyatt
Please enjoy a special slideshow with more photos and videos from Monica and Stephen’s special day!
Joey and Tim’s Downingtown Country Club wedding really was a beautiful wedding and a blast to shoot. I have known Joey since I moved to Pennsylvania and her and Tim were a joy to work with. The day was filled with smiles and very little stress. The staff at the Downingtown Country Club was phenomenal. They were extremely friendly and attentive. No detail was missed. I was a little worried that by the middle of November all of the leaves would be gone and we would be left with bare trees and a sparse golf course. Fortunately some of the leaves hung on for another week. And though Joey and Tim were a little (ok, maybe a lot) chilly during their “first look” we were still able to catch the end of fall. I had a great time with Joey and Tim on their wedding day and am honored to have been a part of it.
Flowers- Matlack Florist
Cakes- Sweet Somethings
Hair- Country Seat Style