Courtney and Ryan's Timeless Old City Wedding | Presentation BVM | Sheraton Society Hill

Just three short weeks ago these two met each other at the alter at the front of Presentation BVM in Wynnewood to become husband and wife! Arm in arm with her father, tears welling in her (and just about everyone else’s eyes), Courtney walked down the aisle to Ryan.

Just hours earlier, away from one another, they simultaneously got ready for the day. I walked into this bride’s parents home, greeted by smiles everywhere. I love walking into spaces as joyful as this! Details were the first on the list to photograph, and Courtney’s were just perfect. Every piece included were classic and romantic. From her creme invitation suite to her gorgeous off-the-shoulder gown to the Tiffany bracelet she received from her maids of honor, each piece was just perfect. I love that she even had her father hang a hook by the windows to place her dress for photos! Courtney is one of the sweetest brides, with the most happy tears I’ve witnessed to date. From the moment she opened her card from her husband-to-be the tears began to form, and from that moment on they continued to swell in her eyes. You could just tell that she was soaking in each moment to the fullest and it was so heartwarming. Around the same time Ryan was reading his card from his soon-to-be-wife and the guys continued getting ready for the ceremony. Tying ties, drinking a final beer, and heading off to church.

After a wonderful ceremony and family portraits everyone hopped on the party bus to make our way into Philadelphia. Merchant’s Exchange building in always a good idea for an Old City wedding! We began here, capturing the bridal party. The girls soft blue dresses coupled with the historic building brought such a dreamy quality to this set of photos! The sun popped out just in time for Bride and Groom portraits as we walked around the area capturing the newlyweds. One final stop near the Sheraton Society Hill and we were ready to head in just in time for cocktail hour. So many family and friends surrounded Courtney and Ryan on their day. Their cocktail hour and reception alike were consumed by love and laughter! Their band, Midtown Express, welcomed everyone into the ballroom and fun entrances and a heartfelt first dance welcomed everyone to the beginning of an incredible night! From speeches including some gifts to welcome Ryan into the family to the sweetest parent dances all the way to almost everyone on the dance floor. Courtney and Ryan’s wedding was a day to remember Congratulations again Mr. and Mrs. Murray!

Wonderful Vendors!
Ceremony: Presentation BVM
Reception: Sheraton Society Hill
Hair and Make-up: Capelli & Trucco
Bride’s Dress: Elizabeth Johns
Rings: Francois Jewelers & Diesinger & Dolan
Bridesmaids Dress’: Bella Bridesmaids
Groom’s Attire: Iacobucci Formal Wear
Florist: Roseann Christian, Beau Soleil Flowers
Videographer: Petit Four Films
Catering: Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
Cake/Desserts: Bredenbeck's Bakery
Music: Midtown Express - CTO Artists

Kirsten and Tony's Upscale Christ Church of Philadelphia & Union Trust Winter Wedding

On one of the most beautiful February evenings, Kirsten and Tony stood outside of Finley Catering’s Union Trust in Philadelphia, snuggled up for a final portrait, colorful lights glowing on the portrait behind them. What. a. day.

Hours before Kirsten and her girls were at The Loew’s Philadelphia having their hair and makeup done by Ariel Katrina and Emily Dimant (check these girls out, so much talent!) and anticipating the day. Kirsten’s details were spot on with her emerald green and gold color palette. Her something blue was a beautiful family ring and she wore Tony’s mothers watch, I love when my couples add these details. Not only a perfect accessory but what a beautiful and meaningful way to keep loved ones close <3 Everything was so elegant, but the kicker was her stunning gown. A 3-piece dress with a gorgeous lace leotard and detachable blush train that was added halfway through portraits. I’m also going to take this moment t note Kirsten’s lacey socks that she chose to wear with her heels - this should become a thing. Such a cute touch! A few floors away the guys were also getting ready, putting on their bow ties and tuxes. Tony completed his look with a killer green jacket (which matched the inside of his wedding band), and soon enough we were headed to their sweet first look!

Portraits are always a different experience in the city, with the energy of all the people around you, everyone honking their horns to congratulate the couple. Your joy seems to be picked up by all those around you, it’s such a fun thing to experience! Our first stop was city hall, then the broad street median. We then traveled to Merchant’s Exchange building, definitely one of my favorite Old City portraits spots. My goodness we couldn’t have asked for better weather! Billowing clouds filled the sky, creating such a soft quality of light which made the colors stand out incredibly! So much laughter, a fur coat, cathedral veil, and anticipation of what was to come all captured before we made our way to Christ Church.

I could go on forever describing this day, but I’ll try to let the images tell the details of the story - the ceremony was held at the historic Christ Church and was just perfect. Kirsten mentioned the cobblestone street that we took advantage of for a couple more portraits before making our way to Union Trust. A fabulous cocktail hour later and our couple was making their way down the stairs to the dance floor after their spotlight grand entrance (check out Kirsten’s wink - just the best). Kirsten and Tony’s first dance turned into a dance for the whole bridal party and kicked this party off the right way! I had Level Up stuck in my head for a solid 3 days after their wedding. Sweet and silly toasts by the best man and bride’s sister and before long everyone was enjoying dinner, dancing, and just celebrating these two. I can’t say it anymore, it was a wonderful day! Congratulations again Kirsten and Tony!

Wonderful Vendors!
Getting Ready Location: Loew’s Philadelphia
Ceremony: Christ Church of Philadelphia
Reception: Union Trust, Finley Catering
Hair: Ariel Katrina
Make-up: Emily Dimant
Bride’s Dress: Viero Bridal
Rings: VanScoy Diamond’s of Deleware
Bridesmaids Dress’: BHLDN
Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux
Florist: Quinnie Granger, RosyLilyFlorals
Videographer: Tag Visual Media
Catering: Finley Catering
Cake/Desserts: Termini Brother’s
Music: DJ Richard at Philly Event Group

Ashley and Kyle's Backyard Wedding in Havertown

Ashley and Kyle had the most wonderful, relaxed, stylized backyard wedding! From pumpkins all around to the rabbit room (that I had been obsessing over since Ashley showed me photos of the home they would be getting married at), to the beautiful tree which had started turning just for the two of them to be married in front of - I could have photographed this day over and over again! Every where I turned there was something new to discover.

I arrived as Ashley’s hair was being completed; her mother, and soon to be sister and mother-in-law were peeking in so lovingly on the bride getting ready for her day. I whisked away her dress and details across the hall and took full advantage of the unique rooms in this home. Each space provided a perfect backdrop to showcase Ashley’s dress, her lilac Rothy’s (that she customized with the sweetest flowers!) and her headpiece. It as just a joyous and calm morning with these girls getting ready. While Ashley’s father wasn’t there, it was the most wonderful thing that he was, indeed, there in the room, and with her throughout her day.

Just downstairs Kyle arrived and finished getting ready to see his bride! We stepped outside into the perfect fall air where Ashley met Kyle for their first look. The two of them were captured as we walked across the lawn, to the lemon trees and back to the front porch where family eagerly awaited them! Not long after guests begin to arrive, finding their seats in this picturesque backyard. Ashley walked down the aisle, arm in arm with her mom to meet her groom. A sweet ceremony performed by their dear friend made these two one, bride and groom now husband and wife!

Their cocktail hour and reception perfectly bled into one as a fantastic spread of hours devours were replenished throughout the evening, and dinner was passed, tapas style! This should be a thing at more weddings - not only was it a fun change, but the food was just delicious. Ashley and Kyle surprised their guests with a choreographed first dance (the best!) and right after shared a simultaneous mother’s dance (the sweetest).

Their guests enjoyed the company, conversation, and eventually all trickled onto the dance floor. One of many highlights: Time of my Life was requested, and Ashley’s rugby team all took turns being Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray - you know what I’m talking about - photos to prove it below! A top 5 in dance floor moments, for sure! The dancing, eating and enjoying continued on until their sparkler exit which sent everyone straight to the after party. What a terrific day with Mr. and Mrs. Ranshaw <3

Wonderful Vendors!
Coordinating: Ashley Power Events
Hair and Makeup: Something You
Bride’s Dress: Jay West Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Rothy’s (customized by the bride!)
Groom’s Attire: Rochester Formal Wear
Florist: Robertson’s Flowers
Catering: Ashley Power Events
Cake/Desserts: Ashley Power Events
Music: Vintage Vinyl DJ

Melissa and Steve's Beach Wedding at The Breakers Hotel

What better to bring some warmth into this winter than by reliving Melissa and Steven’s beautiful wedding day at The Breaker’s on The Ocean in Spring Lake, NJ! If I had to choose one word to describe their day it would be: joy. These two had a day as bright as their personalities. The details were palm springs inspired (hello pink flamingos and palm leaves) which I couldn’t possibly love more! Even better than that, there were so many sentimental pieces to this couples day, from carrying her Great Grandma’s change purse with her down the aisle, to so many details created by Melissa’s mom, to the newlyweds first dance. What an honor to capture it all!

Everything felt beachy and bright walking in to a room full of giggles as Melissa and her girls were getting ready for the day. It was so sweet to capture Melissa with her sister and mom, especially, you can just tell how dear those relationships are. Before we knew it it was time. Melissa stepped in to her stunning gown and had the sweetest first look with her father. Soon enough the girls were gathering up their beautiful bouquets (which were created by Wildflowers) and we were all on a trolley heading to the chapel! Not long before, Steve and his guys were nearby putting on their floral ties and white vans. A wonderful ceremony with so many beautiful and silly moments (note this bride winking at her groom mid-ceremony) and these two walked out of Saint Elizabeth’s Church, as husband and wife, into a sky filled with bubbles! Another trolley ride, fantastic beach portraits, and cocktail hour on the deck of The Breaker’s moved these guests into the evening. Inside, the reception room was decked out in pineapples, flamingos, and summer galore! The cake toppers are my personal favorite; how incredible are those guys??

This is a wedding day that I will always look back on with a big smile. It’s hard to believe these two have been married more than half a year already! Enjoy viewing and reliving their wedding day <3

Wonderful Vendors!
Venue: The Breakers on the Ocean
Ceremony: St. Elizabeth’s Church, Spring Lake 
Hair and Makeup: Christen Papasso at Grow Organic Salon
Bridesmaids Dresses: Sorella Vita
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Attire: Express
Groom’s Shoes: Vans
Florist: Wildflowers
Catering: The Breakers on the Ocean
Cake/Desserts: Chocolate Carousel
Music: Jay Thomson (Elite Entertainment)


Lisa and Joe's Wedding at The Logan Philadelphia

On a beautiful, warm, July day Lisa and Joe were ready to be married! Just a few floors separated them at The Logan in Philadelphia as they simultaneously got ready to see each other. Lisa’s details were all ready when I arrived, from her gorgeous gown to her sparkly Kate Spade dancing shoes. Bouncing back and forth between capturing this and the girls having hair and make up done was so much fun! It wasn’t long before Joe was reading a letter from his sweet to-be bride and Lisa was upstairs, admired by the family and friends surrounding her as she stepped into her gown and began adding the finishing touches to her bridal look. My favorite detail, by far, was her “something blue” - a piece of the blanket she had since she was a small child - pinned inside her dress! The joke was that she would walk down the aisle with that blanket someday; Lisa told me they had to really search to find a piece with some blue on it, and every single person that she shared this detail with just adored it!

We headed down to the courtyard together where Lisa and Joe saw one another for the first time this day, and the last time as fiance’s! I will never tire of the way a groom looks at his bride, especially when it’s just the two of them.

It wasn’t long before we gathered up the bridal party, took some photos, and went on our way to The Philadelphia Museum of Art. From our first consultation (and really, probably one of the first things that Joe mentioned) I was told that getting photos on the Rocky Steps was a huge priority! When you’re just a few blocks away why would you not?? Everyone was such a trooper in that afternoon July heat, and we had lots of fun capturing everyone right there by the Art Museum (and of course with The Rocky Statue! That line definitely moves a lot quicker than I thought it did).

Not long after, Lisa and Joe had the sweetest ceremony. Tears unexpectedly came from the groom and just had everyone else tearing up, as well. Vows, rings - finally husband and wife! Cocktail hour was enjoyed with delicious hors devours and their string quartet serenading everyone in the patio area. The newlyweds snuck into their reception room a little early where Joe was surprised with a personalized groom’s cake, made by the Aunt of the bride! You have to take a look at this cake. The details were incredible, including some of this Wisconsin groom’s favorite things: fishing, the Green Bay Packers, a whole side dedicated to the day these two met (at a halloween party, so naturally the bride and groom in their costumes are the highlight there - guys, it’s the coolest groom’s cake). Their reception was filled with joy and lots of dancing! I was able to sneak these two out and up to the rooftop lounge of The Logan for some sunset portraits overlooking the city. It was party number two up there! With snuggles and celebratory champagne it was a beautiful ending to a wonderful day. What an honor this day was to capture. Congratulations again, Lisa and Joe!!

Wonderful Vendors!
Venue: The Logan
Videographer: Martin's Accent Wedding Videos
Hair and Makeup: Tim O’Leary
Bride’s Dress: Charlotte's in La Crosse, Wisconsin
Florist: Time Farrell
Catering: The Logan
Cake/Desserts: Aunt of the bride
Music: Mike Noble from EBE Entertainment

Carley and Auston's Sweet Elverson Camp Wedding

What a joyful day it was for Carley and Auston! I arrived to the sweetest Airbnb (barn turned loft!!) where Carley was busy getting ready with her girls. Her dress was simply stunning and beautifully complimented by the most incredible antique looking flowers by Jena Paige, which just matched this bride and the space beautifully. Excitement filled the air, something I feel with almost every wedding, but it's always a little different. A little unique. As Carley slipped on her shoes and her mother fluffed her veil, there was just this quiet joy. And it continued and grew as she sat to read a letter from her soon-to-be-husband, trying to hold in tears that inevitably escaped. Their wedding day had really begun!

Just a few minutes down the road Auston waited patiently for his bride. Literally over the river and into the woods she came to him for their adorable first look! You can see for yourself how sweet that one was =) There were so many opportunities throughout the day for portraits with these two and I was thrilled! It wasn't long before their bridal party joined them and soon enough we were on our way to Action Impact for their ceremony.

Beside the lake, under the trees, guests began to gather. There are few things better than the sound of voices singing out into nature, this was such a beautiful beginning to the ceremony. Carley and Auston shared vows, exchanged rings, and worshipped God together during these moments of becoming husband and wife. Wedding day's are such wonderful things, but there's a raw joy that just spills from the ceremony and it was so wonderful to capture that being embraced!

Portraits amongst ferns with golden light leaking through was definitely one of the highlights of the day - closely followed by the Dough & Co. truck that showed up towards the end of their reception, just after we finished sunset portraits! (For you who don't know - that would be scoops of ice cream and scoops of cookie dough - for real, so delicious). Enjoy discovering and reliving the rest of their day for yourself below! Carley and Auston, it was such a joy to be there to capture your day. Wishing you so much joy in your marriage! Congratulations again!!