We could not have asked for a more beautiful day for Danielle and Bill’s Penn Oaks Golf Club Wedding. Danielle and her bridesmaids were getting ready in the bridal suite at Penn Oaks when we arrived. Makeup was done by Dylan Michael Cosmetics and Up Your Do created beautiful updos for all the ladies. We hung the Maggie Sottero gown in the window and I loved the way the light came through the satin. This exquisite ball gown wedding dress was complete with floral lace appliques drifting down the skirt, an elegant illusion V-neckline, and a glittering Swarovski crystal belt. I couldn’t wait to see Danielle in it! After shooting the gown, I focused on shoes, invitations, veil and jewelry. Once I completed the details, I asked everyone to get dressed. The bridesmaids wore blue, floor length dresses and cute wedge heels. Danielle’s mom and sister helped her get into her gown….she looked amazing. We grabbed her all white bouquet from Matlack Florist and started on bridal portraits. I could tell Danielle was a little nervous so I asked everyone to step out of the room for a few minutes. She definitely loosened up and I love the way her portraits came out.
Next I found Billy and we headed to the ballroom. He was wearing a gray suit with a white tie and I could tell he was excited. After a few portraits, he filled us in on a couple of surprises that would be coming at the reception. I could tell it was going to be a fun night. We finished up and sent Billy off to relax with his groomsmen before the ceremony. Next we headed back to the bridal suite to catch Danielle’s dad seeing her for the first time in her gown. There was not a dry eye in the room! It was such a sweet moment and I’m so happy I was able to capture it. We then head outside to the ceremony site.
Danielle’s dad walked her down the aisle to meet Billy under the beautiful gazebo. The couple exchanged vows in front of their family and friends and I don’t think they stopped smiling throughout the whole ceremony. Guests then head into the Tuscan patio for cocktail hour. The open air tent overlooks the historical grounds, with picturesque trees and lovely greens spanning across the countryside. We took the family out for formals and then had some fun with the wedding party. Next we head out on the golf cart with Danielle and Billy. The grounds of Penn Oaks are so picturesque that I could have kept the couple out there for hours, but we had to get back for the reception.
DJ Eric from East Coast Event Group was ready to have some fun and so was the wedding party. They all had great entrances and then the bride and groom made their way in to a roaring crowd. They went right into their first dance to “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran…then came a fun surprise; a dance compilation! Nobody knew about this break out dance and it was awesome. You could really tell what a fun couple they are. When the applause finally subsided, everyone took a seat so dinner could be served. Danielle’s little sister and maid of honor started off the toasts. She spoke about how much she would miss having her sister at home and how she admires her. The best man, Billy’s brother, followed and spoke of the couple’s incredible dedication to each other as well as their educations and careers. The overall message was always the same; the two were meant to be together. After dinner, Danielle danced with her dad to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw and Billy with his mom to “My Wish” by Rascal Flats. They then cut into the all-white cake by The Master’s Baker.
With all the formalities finished it was time to party! The DJ had the dance floor packed in no time and everyone was having a blast. I have to admit, there were some great dancers. I pulled Danielle and Bill away from the party one last time to go outside for a quick night photo; I had to get them in front of the amazing Chinese cherry blossom tree. Not long after we got back inside another surprise showed up…Domino’s Pizza. You see, the couple met down the shore back in 2009 when Billy tried to sell Danielle a piece of Domino’s pizza. She declined the pizza, but they ended up exchanging numbers. The rest is history.
I really had fun spending the day with Danielle and Billy. It was such a privilege to photograph their wedding day. I hope they love their photos as much as I do.
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!
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!