Posted on January 29, 2018
Madeline and Maxwell’s Cairnwood Estate wedding was a snowy day adventure! When I picked my assistant, Katie, up at 7:30am on a snowy Saturday morning we both just smiled. The forecast did not call for that much snow, but we knew it would make for a picturesque day for Maddie and Max.
As we pulled onto the grounds of Cairnwood Estates, we were in awe. Created as an elegant sanctuary and private estate for 19th Century industrialist John Pitcairn; Cairnwood is an architectural masterpiece from the Gilded Age complete with lush gardens and grounds. We started in the Bridal Suite where Maddie, her mom and bridesmaids were getting ready. The team from Daneene Jensen and Associates was busily working on hair and makeup, so we grabbed Maddie’s gown and went to explore the mansion. Each room was unique, boasting incredible historic detail. There were so many areas that I couldn’t wait to shoot. After finishing up details, we asked Maddie’s mom and bridesmaids to get dressed. The bridesmaids wore striking red gowns and her mother looked just as great in her navy, lace gown. Next Maddie got into her gown and everyone lit up. She looked stunning! We grabbed her bouquet from An Enchanted Florist and took her for a walk for portraits. One of my favorite spots was the landing of the grand staircase where the window seat overlooks the grounds. The photo of Maddie gazing out that window at the snow-filled grounds is so elegant and classic; I just love it.
We then went back out into the snow to meet Max and the guys at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral located just down the road. This building was magnificent. Construction of this masterpiece began in 1913 and lasted for decades. We found Max waiting in the library in his Navy full dress white uniform. After a few portraits, we went to find his groomsmen and fellow Submariners. We took them outside for a few photos and they only complained a little about the cold. We then went inside to warm up and get ready for the ceremony. The hand-blown glass windows of the Cathedral looked breath-taking as Maddie’s father walked her down the aisle. Maddie and Max exchanged vows and a kiss in front of family and friends before heading back down the aisle to sign their names in the Bryn Athyn Cathedral book of records. Next came my favorite part of the day; the Arch of Swords. The tradition demonstrates a pledge of fidelity from the military to the new couple. Eight of Max’s fellow service men performed the custom as the couple exited the church. Maddie and Max passed under each arch, but only after following all commands given. As they reached the end of the Arch of Swords, the last two Submariners announced the couple and welcomed Maddie with a swat on the behind and a “Welcome to the Nuke Navy, ma’am!” Guests then head off to the Cairnwood Estate main house for cocktail hour. The bridal party was happy to endure the cold temperatures for group shots, before we took the newlyweds off for couple portraits. After exploring the Cathedral and its grounds during portraits, we head up to catch the end of cocktail hour.
Upon entering the main house and location of the Cairnwood Estate wedding venue, guests were greeted into the great hall with a ceiling two stories high, a massive carved stone fireplace and beautiful holiday décor. Guests enjoyed passed hors’ d’oeuvres from Feastivities and indulged in custom cocktails at the bloody mary and mimosa bars set up in the library. Maddie and Max enjoyed a few moments alone upstairs in the bridal suite when they arrived. When it was time for entrances, Jon and Joel from Jon Ardito Entertainment, brought the parents, bridal party and then the bride and groom down the stately staircase. Maddie and Max went right into their first dance to “Lucky” by Jason Mraz. The couple wowed guests with their graceful dance. Maddie’s father welcomed everyone, before handing it over to the maid of honor and best men for toasts. Brunch was then served in the dining and billiard rooms.
After the meal, guests were lured back into the living room where the dance floor was ready for action. DJ Joel had a daytime dance party, complete with a little swing dancing, going in no time. Maddie enjoyed a dance with her father and Max one with his mom. Then the couple enjoyed another military tradition where the bride and groom cut their wedding cake with a ceremonial military sword. Max presented the sword to Maddie and together they cut into the beautiful cake from Bredenbeck’s Bakery. More dancing and merriment endured the rest of the day. Before we left, Maddie and Max were willing to truck through many inches of snow to the front garden to get their photo with the historic Cairnwood Estate behind them. This photo really captures the essence of their day. Please enjoy the highlights and slideshow below.
Posted on January 18, 2018
Gina and Michael’s Desmond Hotel wedding fell on a cold and rainy Christmas weekend. The day was all about their nearest and dearest. They made sure that their children and grandchildren each had a roll in the occasion. The weather did not get them down at all. They were giddy with excitement the entire day. The rain even let up during the exact right times so that we could make it outside for portraits. This was particularly great as it got dark and the Christmas lights outside the Desmond were turned on. Gina and Michael made sure that their guests had an amazing time, complete with dancing led by DJ Jeff from Silver Sound DJ’s, and a caricaturist during cocktail hour. The elaborate dessert display by the Desmond Hotel truly topped off the evening. It was an honor to be a part of such a special and heart felt occasion. Thank you, Gina and Michael, for allowing me to capture your memories.
Thank you vendors!
Cake- Master’s Baker
Hair and makeup- Stephanie Karynik, Marty Zegstroo
Dress- Melissa Sweet
Flowers- Blue Moon Florist
Posted on December 28, 2017
Sarah and Daniel’s Chester county wedding day was full of joy and surprises! We started out at Sarah’s parents’ house where the girls, along with Sarah’s dog Macy were getting ready. The energy was light and fun. The hair and makeup team from Fabrizio Salon were putting final touches on the girls. The house was all decorated for Christmas which make for some great backdrops for photos. I also loved having festive small details to include with my ring and invitation shots. We took some photos of all the bridesmaids in a bedroom. Even Macy joined in on the fun! Sarah got dressed and looked gorgeous in her backless gown.
We then headed over to the Hilton Garden Inn in Kennett Square where the guys were putting on their final touches. Daniel was obviously extremely excited for the fun to start. We took a few quick photos here and then headed over to the church.
When arrived at Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Chester just a few minutes ahead of the bridal party. The church was fully decorated for Christmas and I knew it was going to be a gorgeous ceremony. Once the bride and groom arrived, I set up for their first look. Sarah and Daniel decided to do a first look to make sure that most of their photos were done before their ceremony. This was a smart decision, as their ceremony was taking place after sunset. Sarah and Daniel saw each other for the first time in the courtyard at Westminster. The stone facade of the church provided the perfect backdrop for a Chester county wedding. Daniel was giddy with excitement. We gave them a few moments to themselves before taking family and bridal party photos.
We then took Sarah and Daniel for a little walk for their portraits. Sarah had scoped out a pretty path across the street. This was perfect! There was even a small pond which made for some nice reflection shots. Sarah and Daniel were relaxed and natural together for their photos. They were great to work together.
The ceremony got underway with the church perfectly lit with Christmas lights. Sarah’s very talented bridesmaids even performed during the ceremony, one was a singer, and one played the french horn. After their sweet vows, they sealed the moment with a kiss, and Daniel even gave a fist pump. One of my favorite moments came next. Because it was already dark, Sarah and Daniel decided to have a sparkler exit from the church. These are some of my favorite photos of the day.
We then headed to Loch Nairn Golf Club in Avondale, Pennsylvania. The Great Room looked very festive with long tables and white floral arrangements from Le Style 25. During cocktail hour, we took some time for some lovely night photos with Sarah and Daniel. It was nice to get these done early on in the night. After cocktail hour came the bridal party entrances and Sarah and Daniel’s first dance. As they were going to sit down, DJ Binh from SilverSound Djs announced that Daniel had a surprise in the works. A keyboard was brought out and Daniel sang a song to Sarah that he had prepared. I think the entire room was in tears. It was very sweet. The tears kept flowing as Sarah’s dad gave a memorable toast, followed by the best man and maid of honor.
After dinner and cake cutting, DJ Bihn had the dance floor packed! I loved these photos from the end of the night. Katie and I had such a great day with Sarah and Daniel and their families. It was truly an honor to capture their amazing moments. Please enjoy the photos and slideshow below. Planning a Chester county wedding? Please contact me to capture your day!
Posted on December 13, 2017
It may have been chilly for Amy and Eric’s Grand Ballroom wedding at the Mendenhall Inn, but their love warmed everyone’s hearts.
We started at Mendenhall Hotel where Amy and her bridesmaids were getting ready. The moment we entered the hotel, we were greeted by an “Old World” sense of hospitality and charm. We made our way up to Amy’s room and found the girls relaxing and enjoying some snacks. Their hair and makeup by Salon Pasca was looking flawless. We had perfect light with all the large windows in the suite. I started with Amy’s Bridals by Sandra gown in the bedroom where I hung the dress in the middle of the large tub. Surrounded by mirrors, it took a few minutes to figure out how to get the dress without having my reflection in the photo, but once I did it looked great! I then moved onto jewelry and shoes. Next I asked the bridesmaids to get dressed; they wore beautiful deep purple dresses. Then it was time for Amy to get dressed; her strapless gown fit her perfectly. She started glowing as soon as she put it on! Once her shoes, jewelry and veil were on, we grabbed her bouquet from Frugal Flowers to complete her look. It was filled with red roses, purple carnations and almost black calla lilies. After a few portraits, we head across the parking lot to find Eric. He and his groomsmen were looking great in black suits. Once boutonnieres were in place, we took a few portraits and then head out to find the perfect spot for the couple’s first look.
Amy and Eric had their hearts set on the train tracks for their first look, so I did some research into this option to make sure it was safe. I set Eric up on the tracks and waited for Amy. Eric was so excited while we waited; it was really cute. Amy came up behind him and the couple lit up when they saw each other. They were so happy that they were giddy and it was really sweet. We took some time for couple portraits before asking the wedding party to join us. We then head over to the Grand Ballroom wedding location to meet the family. We took them outside for family formals before the ceremony.
Amy and Eric were married by Pastor Gary Langensiepen in the Mendenhall Inn Grand Ballroom wedding venue. They exchanged vows and said I dos in front of family and friends and sealed it with a kiss. While guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the outdoor terrace area, I was able to get shots of the beautifully decorated ballroom. The tables looked lovely with white linens and giant wine glasses filled with candles. Instead of table numbers, the couple had wine table names and corks for place cards. The sun was starting to set so we grabbed Amy and Eric outside for a few more photos. The light was gorgeous, but fading fast, so I was running through the parking lot to find the best light. We took advantage of every last second of sunlight before heading back to the ballroom.
After cocktail hour in the solarium, the guests were ushered back into the Grand Ballroom while the bridal party got ready for entrances. DJ Adam from Soundfactor Entertainment had everyone on their feet while he introduced the parents, wedding party and of course the bride and groom. Amy and Eric enjoyed their first dance to Roses by The Chainsmokers. They stared into each other’s eyes throughout the whole dance; it was one of the sweetest first dances I’ve ever seen. Everyone then took their seats and dinner was served after a blessing by Pastor Langensiepen. After dinner, Amy danced with her father to Daddy Dance with Me by Krstal Keith and then with her stepfather to Tiny Dancer by Elton John. Eric and his mom danced to I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack. Then the DJ invited all the married couples onto the dance floor for the anniversary dance. I love seeing couples at so many stages of their lives together. Amy’s grandparents were the last dancing with 65 years of marriage under their belts! Amy and Eric then invited everyone over to watch them cut their cake. The stunning creation from Master’s Baker was definitely one I’ve never seen before…the Stanley Cup! The silver cake was so realistic and everyone loved it. The rest of the night was spent dancing, laughing and loving.
I had such a great time getting to know Amy and Eric and really enjoyed capturing their wedding day. Please enjoy the highlights and slideshow below.
Posted on December 8, 2017
Alexis and Ron’s Greystone Hall wedding fell on a chilly November day. We met Alexis and her bridesmaids at the Sheraton Inn where they were getting ready. Since five of the girls are stylists, they took turns doing each other’s hair and makeup. We grabbed a few pics of them in their satin robes before moving on to details. Alexis’ sheath style gown was very light and flowy with a gorgeous beaded and satin belt. Her bridesmaids wore full length gown in blush and beige and they were ready to have fun. I snapped a few pics of Alexis getting into her dress before heading over to the Greystone Hall wedding venue.
Once the girls arrived at Greystone, we grabbed her bouquet from Sweet Pea Florists and took Alexis to the amazing mansion stairway. The stairway is overlooked by stained glass windows and makes for the most gorgeous lighting. Alexis looked just flawless; her dress fit perfectly and I loved the magnolia leaf headpiece she wore. Her bouquet had roses, peonies and anemones in various shades of pink. She laughed when I asked her to dance around in her dress, saying that was the most girlish she’s ever been. What better day than your wedding to by ultra girly! Ron and his groomsmen arrived next so we met them in the library. They wore navy suits with blush colored ties and brown shoes. I could tell Ron was so excited. The guys put on their succulent boutonnieres from Sweet Pea Florists and then I took Ron off for the first look. Alexis and Ron couldn’t stop smiling when they saw each other…it was such a sweet moment. We did a few portraits before moving on to bridal party formals as we were losing the light. The large group was really fun to work with and troopers about being out in the cold as the sun went down.
Alexis and Ron exchanged vows in the Great Hall. This was my first time shooting an indoor ceremony at the Greystone Hall wedding venue. What a great space! The couple chose to have a simple ceremony officiated by their friend, PK. Many happy tears were shed during the couples self-written vows and you could really feel the love coming from the family and friends. After the ceremony, guests set off to cocktail hour. The main bar was in the Iron and Glass Palm Room overlooking the North Garden. While we made quick work of family formals, guests enjoyed butlered hors’ d’oeuvres by Sage Catering. After family formals, we shot the reception area; the Tent-Pavilion was lit by small twinkle lights along the perimeter and highlighted by two beautiful white lanterns on either side if the Great Hall doors. Iron lanterns and vases full of succulents served as beautiful centerpieces of the guests’ tables, while magnolia leaf garland accentuated the sweetheart table. When it was time for dinner, guests were ushered into the tent. The DJ from Xclusiv Entertainment settled down the excited crowd so he could make introductions. After parents made their entrances, all the bridesmaids came out dancing, followed by all the groomsmen. Alexis and Ron then made their debut to Wifey by Next. Surrounded by all their closest family and friends, they enjoyed their first dance to Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love. About midway through the song it changed over to the UB40 version of the song and the couple invited everyone onto the dance floor. It was tough getting everyone back into their seats because they were ready to dance! Before dinner was served, Alexis’ sister gave a toast where she read excerpts from her diary starting on the day Alexis was born. She even spoke about the time they went to camp and Alexis kissed some boy named Ron. Ron’s two cousins spoke next and both talked about how Ron is more of a brother to them than a cousin. They offered words of advice, admiration and love for the couple, and one even sang a few lines with a very impressive voice. During dinner, Alexis and Ron snuck off to cut their cake in the Dining Room. The barely naked cake by Master’s Baker was a sight to be seen! I loved the hint of sparkle mixed into the icing. After dinner, Alexis danced with her dad to Hero by Mariah Carey and Ron with his mom to Three Times a Lady by Lionel Richie. Finally the dance floor was officially open and it was packed! This group was having such a great time that it was hard to say goodbye.
I really enjoyed spending the day at the Greystone Hall wedding venue with Alexis and Ron. They are obviously head over heels in love and that is always something I am happy to be part of and capture. Please enjoy the highlights and slideshow below. Please contact me to capture your love.