Sarah & Daniel- Chester County Wedding

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! 

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Valerie & Thomas- Loch Nairn Wedding

A dreary day was no match for the love that lit up Valerie and Thomas’ Loch Nairn wedding.

We met Valerie and her bridesmaids at Shear Satisfaction where they had just finished up hair and makeup.  We then head over to Loch Nairn to finish getting ready. The girls all wore plaid flannel shirts with their initials embroidered on them and they took a few minutes to grab a snack before getting dressed. I took some time to photograph Valerie’s David’s Bridal gown and the rings before asking her mom and bridesmaids to get dressed. We then had Valerie get dressed and she looked stunning! We grabbed her wooden bouquet from Etsy and got started on portraits. I was a little nervous about doing all portraits inside, but we were able to use natural light by opening the door and I love the way they turned out. I was sure to get a photo of the charm on Valerie’s bouquet as it had a picture of her father in it. He had passed when she was younger. We also got a special photo of Valerie with her dad’s military picture. I was happy to help Valerie find a way to include her father in her wedding photos. We then head next door to see Thomas and his groomsmen. They wore gray suits with emerald green ties to match the bridesmaids’ emerald green cocktail dresses.

The intimate wedding ceremony took place in the Greathouse Round Room in front of the blazing fireplace. This room is totally encased in glass, boasting two fireplaces and overlooks the tree lined golf course.  I don’t think there was a dry eye when the couple exchanged the vows they wrote for each other. After the ceremony, we took some time for family formals and wedding party formals. Then while guests enjoyed cocktail hour, we spent some time with Valerie and Thomas for portraits. I enjoyed using the white lights hanging from the ceiling to capture their love. The reception took place in the Greathouse Ballroom, which features gleaming plank floors, adorned by tribal oriental rugs; gabled ceilings; huge overhead beams and museum pieces of local art. Valerie’s mom had created the beautiful bird cage centerpieces that twinkled with candles and white lights. DJ Dana McDonald got the crowd excited for entrances and Valerie and Thomas shared their first dance to Cross My Heart by George Strait; they were so sweet to watch. The best man opened the night with a speech where he talked about the hard work that goes into a marriage and that he know Valerie and Thomas will put in that work to keep their love alive and make their marriage last forever. Then the maid of honor, and Valerie’s little cousin, spoke about how she has always been best friends with Val and learned so much from her over the years. She closed by toasting the couple who are the epitome of love.

There were a couple more special dances after dinner. Thomas and his grandmother danced to Through the Years by Kenny Rogers and then Val with her mom to I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton. Their special bond was beautiful to see in this moment. Thomas cut in part way through the song to dance with his new mother-in-law. Next Valerie and Thomas cut their exquisite cake from Master’s Baker. The three- tiered cake had gold icing cascading down one side and a nest with little love birds on top. The rest of the night was spent laughing and loving on the dance floor.

Valerie and Thomas were such a sweet couple to work with and I’m so glad that I had the chance to get to know them. Please enjoy the highlights and slideshow below.

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Amy & Eric- Grand Ballroom Wedding- Mendenhall Inn

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.

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Alexis and Ron, Greystone Hall Wedding Venue

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. 

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Caitlin & Eric- The Washington at Historic Yellow Springs Wedding

Caitlin and Eric said “I do” on a brisk November day at the Washington at Historic Yellow Springs wedding venue. Originally built around 1750, this building served as a colonial inn and tavern and is brimming with history.

We met Caitlin upstairs where she and her bridesmaids were getting ready. While the ladies from Emily Alice Salon  finished up hair and makeup, we worked on shooting the details.  Caitlin’s A-line gown featured a sweetheart neckline, whimsical lace and a crystal belt. After details, we asked Caitlin to get dressed. She looked stunning! She grabbed her bouquet, made entirely from wood, and we took some time for portraits. Then we headed downstairs to find Eric. He and his groomsmen were hanging out so we put them to work pinning boutonnieres. After a few portraits of Eric, we went to set up the couple’s first look. I choose the garden area outside the Washington that featured a large fountain in the middle. Caitlin walked up behind Eric and they both smiled from ear to ear when they saw each other. We went for a walk behind the house to check out the Ruins of the Revolutionary War Hospital. It was so cool to walk through these historic grounds and they also provided an awesome spot for photos. We then gathered the wedding party for photos as well. The girls all wore shades of pink and the guys wore custom suits. They were such a fun group to work with, which always makes my job easier. When I told Eric that my husband graduated with him, he quickly realized that all of the groomsmen knew my husband as well! It was so fun to hear them reminisce. Next, we took care of family formals before heading inside to get ready for the ceremony.

One of the bridesmaids officiated the ceremony which made it very personal. She spoke of how calm Caitlin was throughout wedding planning and how supportive Eric was. The couple said I do in front of family and friends and sealed it with a kiss! While everyone moved downstairs to cocktail hour, we took some time to photograph the dining room. The tables had the cutest pumpkins adorned with succulents from Twig Gardens as centerpieces. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors’ d’oeuvres from Catering by Rich while also getting the opportunity to check out the artifacts of the Washington. When it was time for dinner, Adam from Schaffer Sounds got the crowd excited for entrances. After parents and the wedding party came Caitlin and Eric who went right into their first dance, followed by parent dances. Before dinner, Caitlin’s father gave a toast where he reminded the young couple to always see the beauty around them. Toasts by the maid of honor and best man had the crowd laughing and crying. During dinner, DJ Adam asked each table to nominate a captain to represent their table. The captain’s job was to figure out what one song would get every person at their table to get up and dance and report back to him. I thought this was a great idea and it really did get everyone out there dancing after dinner. One of my favorite parts was when Caitlin’s mother and aunts surprised everyone with a choreographed dance to I Got the Feeling. This got the group even more excited.

I stole the couple away for a few moments to grab a night shot on the gorgeous porch at the Washington before we left. Caitlin and Eric are such a sweet and humble couple that were truly a joy to spend the day with. I hope they enjoy their photos as much as I enjoyed taking them. Please enjoy the highlights and slideshow below.

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