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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Ashley & Scott- Brandywine Picnic Park Wedding

Ashley and Scott’s Brandywine Picnic Park wedding was the perfect combination of elegance and simplicity. We started at Hotel Warner where Ashley and the girls were getting ready. Avante West Chester had already given the ladies perfect hair and makeup and they were all relaxing when we arrived. We hung Ashley’s gorgeous mermaid-style Robert Bullock gown in the window and got to work. I really loved the simplicity of this dress; it was all white satin with a beaded belt to add just enough zest. The Kate Spade shoes with bows at the back were a perfect addition. Once Ashley’s mom and bridesmaids were dressed, it was time for her to slip into the gown. It fit her perfectly and she was glowing in it. After her mom and sister helped her with her jewelry, shoes and veil, we asked everyone to step out of the room so we could have a moment alone with Ashley for portraits. We grabbed the beautiful bouquet from Blue Moon Florist which was filled with roses and dahlias and got started. The light coming through the sheers was so beautiful and so was Ashley.

We then head over to St. Agnes Parish to meet Scott and his groomsmen. We took a few moments to stare in awe at this exquisite church before grabbing a few portraits of Scott. Guests started arriving so we got set up for the ceremony. The bridesmaids wore champagne colored gowns and the groomsmen wore navy suits with maroon ties. Ashley’s niece was flower girl and she pulled the cutest little ring bearer down the aisle in a wagon engraved with the couples names and wedding date. Reverend Michael G. Mullen married the couple in front of their family and friends during a traditional Catholic ceremony. Afterwards we got a quick shot of all the guests cheering for the newlyweds outside the church and family formals were taken in front of the striking alter before heading to our next stop.

We arrived at Brandywine Picnic Park which is nestled amidst the rolling hills of Southern Chester County and sits along the scenic Brandywine Creek. We gathered the wedding party for photos under Lenape Bridge, a gorgeous stone arch bridge built in 1912. We then took some time with the bride and groom before heading to cocktail hour in the pavilion, which was decorated with festive white pumpkins, lantern candles and lush green ferns. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Hickory House Catering at Brandywine Picnic Park. Some guests explored the picnic park, checking out the miniature golf course, riders, and the petting zoo including llamas, chickens and goats. There was even a talkative bird named Francis! Next everyone head over to a beautifully lit tent for dinner. DJ Nick Digiulio of White label DJ’s introduced the parents, bridal party and then the bride and groom. Ashley and Scott shared their first dance on the checkered dance floor while family and friends watched with big smiles. After the blessing came toasts by the maid of honor and best man. They both spoke of their love and admiration for the Ashley and Scott and the way the couple perfectly completes each other. After dinner Ashley danced with her dad and Scott with his mom. They then cut their cake before officially opening the dance floor for everyone to rock out. Guests loved dancing around with glow sticks and especially the ice cream sundae bar featuring ice cream from the Penn State University Creamery.

Ashley and Scott are such a sweet couple and I loved being part of their wedding day. I hope you enjoy a glimpse into their beautiful day.

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Sallie & Adam- Wilmington Country Club Wedding

Sallie and Adam’s Wilmington Country Club wedding fell on a gorgeous day in October. We started the day at Sallie’s parents’ house where she and her bridesmaids were getting ready.  Top Knots by Aimee created perfect hair for each of the girls and Cheekadee Makeup Artists was putting the finishing touches on makeup. We started with the gown…a simply stunning sheath style gown with a beaded bodice, cap sleeves and a skirt of luxurious layers. The house had great light so I loved all the options it gave me. Before asking the girls to get dressed, I had to get a few pics of them in their matching rompers. The rompers were silky and floral and just so cute! We then had the bridesmaids and Sallie’s mom get dressed. Sallie waited excitedly for her turn. The bridesmaids wore black dresses of varying styles and looked very elegant. Sallie’s mom and sister helped her get into her gown, shoes and jewelry before putting on her veil. She looked absolutely perfect! We snuck her up to the third floor and went to get dad so we could surprise him. His face lit up when he saw Sallie come down the stairs; you could just see the joy and pride in his eyes. Sallie surprised him by pinning a heart shaped cutout from one of his old t-shirts inside her dress. We then took some time for portraits of Sallie before heading over to the venue.

We met Adam and his groomsmen at Wilmington Country Club. Set among the rolling hills of the Delaware Valley and surrounded by land formerly owned by the renowned DuPont family, this club is rich in history and beauty. The guys were relaxing in the groom’s suite overlooking the ceremony site. They all wore dark gray suits and UMass socks. Adam and his groomsmen (with the exception of his brother) all went to University of Massachusetts and were excited to show their school pride. After a few portraits of Adam, I set out to find the perfect spot for the couple’s first look. Once I had Adam in place I asked my assistant to bring Sallie out. The two were beaming with love when they saw each other. First looks are such a special moment and I love being able to capture them.

Next, we gathered the wedding party for group shots; the golf course made for a beautiful background and they were a lot of fun to work with. We then set off on a couple of golf carts for bride and groom portraits. There was a fantastic bridge spanning across a large pond that I was excited to use. This is where we first discovered a tiny bee that loved Sallie’s bouquet from Flowers by Yukie. I don’t know if it was the roses, dahlias or anemones that he liked, but he followed that bouquet around all day! The couple decided he needed a name if he was going to be part of the day and Franklin seemed fitting. We also made use of a handsome barn on the property. The burgundy doors matched the burgundy in Sallie’s bouquet perfectly and I love the way these photos turned out.

After family formals we headed indoors to meet with Rabbi Peter Hyman for the signing of the Ketubah. The Ketubah, or the official Jewish marriage contract, had a beautiful of two trees intertwining. It was a perfect representation of how Sallie and Adam are two individuals committing to each other and growing into one family. Once the families witnessed the signing of the Ketubah, it was time for the ceremony. Guests were welcomed with flutes of apple cider with molasses cookie toppers. The wedding ceremony took place under a beautiful Chuppah canopy, a symbol of the home that the new couple will build together. The ceremony included Jewish traditions such as the circling of the bride around the groom, drinking from the Kiddush cup, a gold ring, and the breaking of the glass. The Kiddush cup used was Sallie’s fathers from his Bar Mitzvah which also took place on October 7th and the gold ring that Adam presented to Sallie was the same ring that her grandmother was betrothed in 1945. After the ceremony guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the patio overlooking the golf course and then were ushered in to the amazing ballroom for the reception. They were greeted by the sounds of EBE/Milan 77, a 12 piece band who was ready to have some fun. Sallie and Adam entered to a roaring applause and went right into their first dance, which included an awesome breakout dance that had the whole crowd on their feet. This worked out well because next came the Hora, or chair dance. In this tradition, a few strong and brave guests hoist the bride and groom high above the crowd on chairs to the infectious sounds of “Hava Nagila”. Friends and family dance around in an ecstatic circle as the elevated couple tries not to look (or fall) down. This Hora was especially fun because not only did the bride and groom go up in the chairs, but so did Sallie’s parents, Adam’s parents and even Adam’s young niece.

The wedding meal began with a blessing over the challah, an elaborately braided bread, followed by the maid of honor and best man speeches. The maid of honor, Sallie’s sister, gave the couple the gift of an artist live painting their first dance.  It was so cool to watch this artist paint the ballroom, the guests and the couple as the night went on. After the first course, Sallie had her dance with her father and Adam with his mother. Dinner was served and then both sets of parents toasted their children. Sallie and Adam then cut into their gorgeous cake from Yori’s Bakery and loving smashed it into each other’s faces. After that, the band filled the dance floor and everyone danced the night away.

Adam and Sallie are such a delightful and sweet couple and I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with them and having the opportunity to photograph their wedding day. Please enjoy the highlights and slideshow below. 

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