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!
Melissa and Tom’s Maria’s Love Point Wedding in Stevensville, Maryland was a very relaxed and intimate affair. Melissa was sent to me as a referral from one of her friends. I have now shot 4 weddings and one engagement session within the same group of friends. It is so much fun to see them all at each wedding and has been an incredible experience getting to know these amazing people!
Maria’s Love Point is a bed and breakfast that sits right on the water on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. This place is truly gorgeous. I was impressed right away by how well the grounds were maintained. We started with the girls getting ready upstairs. Hair and makeup was done right at the bed and breakfast. There were perfect little alcoves of light that were great for the makeup artist. It was also great to have these little coves of natural light for portraits. We finished up with the girls and went to see Tom and the guys. Tom started off feeling a little funny about having his photo taken. He really loosened up as the day went on and as he got to know Katie and I.
Melissa and Tom decided to do a first look before the ceremony. The lawn overlooking the Bay was the perfect spot for this. I think it was great for the two of them to see each other to get the nerves out of the way. We took advantage of the amazing grounds for photos and Melissa and Tom had some time to relax before the ceremony.
The ceremony site overlooked the Bay. The breeze off the water allowed us a much needed break from this summer’s oppressive heat. Melissa and Tom kept their guest list small. I think they only had about 75 guests. Their friend Brad (whose wedding I shot 2 years ago) was the officiant. Brad’s wife, Nikki played some of the ceremony music. It was a very quick and intimate affair.
Cocktail hour took place by the pool. I took the chance to get photos of all of the details that they put together. Melissa and Tom did most of this wedding themselves. There was a large oar for people to sign. Tom actually carved it himself. Melissa put together her own flower bouquet. They decided to use starfish and sand in the centerpieces to go with their seaside theme.
After cocktail hour, guests were ushered into the tent. The entrances were followed by dances and toasts. After the toasts, the sunset at the front of the house was spectacular. We took some time to capture this with Melissa and Tom in front of the corn field. I’m so glad we were able to catch these 10 minutes. The photos really are spectacular. Back in the tent, guests enjoyed food stations served by Windows Waterfront Catering. The DJ, Chris Temple, kicked off the dancing portion of the evening. There were some amazing dance moves at this wedding! At the end of the night, Katie took a photo of me with everyone there whose weddings and engagements I have shot. I absolutely love this photo as I have loved getting to know all of these people over the last few years. Thank you, Melissa and Tom, for allowing me to capture your intimate affair. I loved spending the day with you and wish you all the best!
Jessica and Lavon’s Delaware Museum of Natural History Wedding was so fun and unique! I always love when we get to see venues that are out of the box! The day started at Jess’ aunt and uncle’s home in Kennett Square, PA. The girls came back from getting hair and makeup done at Platinum Salon in West Chester and we began shooting. I actually shot some of the details before anyone had even arrived. I found a great dark room in the home that allowed for great detail shots and portraits. I really enjoy when brides decide to get ready in a home. It is great to be able to choose the space we shoot in rather than being tied to a single hotel room. Jess looked stunning in her Madison James wedding dress. After the girls were done getting ready, I moved over to see the guys. I had never actually met Lavon until that day. Poor Lavon had thrown his back out that week and was really feeling badly the whole day. He was gracious enough to allow me to take some great portraits before the ceremony began.
The ceremony took place in the back yard. It was hot that day but the wind picked up and made it tolerable for everyone sitting in the sun. The ceremony had both Christian and Jewish influences. It was very short and sweet. I loved watching Lavon’s face as Jess came down the aisle. It was so sweet to see the love they have for each other. After the ceremony we took a few minute for family photos and then headed to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
Once we arrived at the museum, guests were invited to mingle through the exhibits for cocktail hour. It was fun for everyone to be able to eat and drink amongst dinosaurs, sharks, and fossils. The dinner portion of the evening took place in a back room that was transformed to fit Jess’ wedding day vision. The tables were decorated with hand made paper flowers and mint table cloths. A large dinosaur head sat in the corner by the cake. The cake was even made by Jess’ cousin, Allie. Dinner was served by the students at William Penn High School’s Penn Bistro. After toasts, dinner, and cake cutting, everyone was ushered back into the center of the museum for dancing, led by the DJ from Center Stage Entertainment. Jess and Lavon’s wedding day was so fun and unique. The museum was the perfect backdrop for their vision. It’s blank slate really allowed them to put together their own DIY touches. It was wonderful to meet Jessica, Lavon, and their families. Thank you for choosing me to capture such a special day! More images are in the slideshow below!
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
Sarah and Jeff’s Penn Oaks Golf Club wedding fell on a perfect afternoon in July. I knew that this was going to be a fun day from the start. The girls were blasting Disney tunes while getting ready at the Holiday Inn Express in West Chester. They even did some push ups to tone their arms before pictures. Sarah and Jeff’s first look was just gorgeous. I love being able to set up a first look in a spot with gorgeous light to make the moment even more beautiful than it already is. Sarah and Jeff are such a fun couple and their adoration for each other made them so easy to photograph! They even busted out a secret choreographed dance after the cake cutting! I loved working with these two for the second time and meeting their families. I cannot thank them enough for allowing me to capture their day. More photos and video are available in the slideshow below. The photos from their adorable engagement shoot can also be found here.
Venue- Penn Oaks Golf Club
Flowers- Halladay Florist
Danielle and Kieran’s Parque wedding was incredible. First off, the Ridley Creek State Park mansion is just stunning. The building is completely made of stone, with fountains and courtyards. It is the perfect location for an upscale Chester County wedding. The details of this wedding were rustic, yet elegant. Danielle created the centerpiece floral arrangements. Kieran built the centerpiece boxes. My favorite details were the succulents both in Danielle’s bouquet and as the wedding favors. Danielle was a stunning bride with an infectious smile. Her bridal portraits turned out amazing! I had a great time photographing Danielle and Kieran’s wedding. I cannot thank them enough for choosing me to capture their day. More images in the slideshow below.
Caterer – Christina’s Catering
DJ – Silversound Entertainment -Kevin Compton
Florist – Flowers by Veronica
Cake – The Master’s Baker
Ceremony Music – Katie Brennan Cello
Sarah and Drew’s Hartefeld National wedding in Avondale, Pennsylvania fell on a perfect day in June. The weather was amazing and what a spectacular venue! Hartefeld National is a private golf club with perfect greens and a quintessential Chester County feel. Sarah and Drew were so easy going and great to work with. They were up for anything. Hartefeld was kind enough to provide us with golf carts and free range to shoot anywhere (while being mindful of the golfers). Driving around on the carts with the bridal party for photos was such a blast. This wedding was so much fun, and complete with the funniest best man speech ever. Thank you to Sarah and Drew for allowing me to shoot your wedding and engagement. I loved every minute of working with you and meeting your families. Best wishes!! More images can be found in the slideshow below.
Venue- Hartefeld National
DJ- Dana McDonald
Photo Booth-Epic Occasions
Flowers- Flowers by Mary Elizabeth
Cake- Desserts by Dana
Videographer- Elegant Imagery Video
Favors- Candy for all Occasions
Caitlin and Andy’s Carriage House at Rockwood Park wedding in Wilmington, Delaware was really something special. First off, the venue they chose was perfect for their vision and the timing. It was a 95 degree day in Wilmington; operation mini personal fans was in full effect. Thankfully the Carriage House at Rockwood Park is fully air conditioned. Once we walked the gorgeous grounds for photos and cocktail hour everyone was cool and comfortable. One of the greatest things about this amazing venue is that it is also the home to The Greenery Caterers, making it almost a one stop shop. The food was fantastic and the cake was almost too pretty to eat. A good time was certainly had by all. During cocktail hour guests played cornhole in the garden while listening to musical duo J2. The reception space was decorated with gorgeous florals by Hoffman Design Group. The party went late into the night, lead by DJ Bob Genovese. It was an honor to shoot this amazing Carriage House at Rockwood Park wedding. I wish Caitlin and Andy all the best. More images can be seen in the slideshow below.
Yet another perfect Faunbrook Bed and Breakfast wedding this spring! So far 2015 has been a banner year for great wedding day weather (fingers and toes crossed). Erin and Eric’s wedding was no exception and you can’t go wrong with a location like Faunbrook. If you are looking for an wedding venue with an intimate feel for a small group of people, Faunbrook Bed and Breakfast is the way to go! This group may have been small, but this was one of the best groups of party people I have seen. The parlor where dancing takes place, was packed from the minute dinner was over until the time I left. What a celebration! Even though getting photos taken was not Eric’s favorite thing to do, I was able to get Erin and Eric out for a few moments before sunset for some some amazing portraits. I can’t thank Eric enough for being such a great sport, I think the results made it worthwhile. Thank you, Erin and Eric for allowing me to capture the moments of your day! Be sure to take a look at the slideshow at the end for even more highlights!
Venue- Faunbrook Bed and Breakfast
DJ- Fred from VIP DJ
Florist- Matlack Florist
Beth Ann and Greg’s Loyola Blakefield wedding in Towson, MD was absolutely perfect. The weather was gorgeous and the whole day ran smoothly. Loyola Blakefield is an all boys Catholic school. The school has meaning to the two of them since Beth Ann works there and Greg went to school there. I loved working with Beth Ann, Greg, and their families. This wedding was full of love, laughter, and wonderful Polish traditions. I hope that when Beth Ann and Greg look at these photos they can remember exactly how they felt in these moments. Beth Ann and Greg, thank you for making me a part of your amazing day. It was an honor to capture it for you.
Venue- Loyola Blakefield
Catering- Hasslinger’s Golden Clipper Catering
Hair- Randy Rix
Makeup- Zina’s Day Spa
Cakes and Pastries- The Fenwick Bakery