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!!

Amy and Jamie's Anthony Wayne House Wedding

What a beautiful wedding day it was for Amy and Jamie last month! On one of the hottest days of the year these two stood outside at The Anthony Wayne House and exchanged words of love and promises to one another. Giggles and sweet teary moments surrounded their day!

Earlier that afternoon The Desmond hotel was buzzing with wedding excitement! My second photographer Allie and I found a little nook to capture all of Amy's beautiful details before the day really got going. We split ways and she met the anxious groom while I was with Amy as she finished up getting ready with her girls; it wasn't long before everyone was off to the venue. Anthony Wayne House is just stunning! Guests began to arrive with fans in hand and we're back to where we started the recap of this day.

One of my favorite things on a wedding day is capturing expressions. Wedding days just bring out these overwhelming and raw emotions, like Jamie tearing up when he saw his bride and then again while she was saying her written vows. It's just too much! I adore preserving those moments, forever.

After their sweet ceremony we took the bridal party over to this gorgeous wooded area before sending them to enjoy cocktail hour, and the light just poured onto Amy and Jamie for their portraits! I could have been there with them all day long. Meanwhile, beautifully elegant and perfectly-summer details greeted everyone as they walked into the tent for the reception. A grand entrance, sweet first dance (with a little cufflink-meets-hair moment), and speeches highlighted the evening.

We snuck Amy and Jamie out for a final night portrait in between their cake cutting and dancing the night away. Overall the day could not have been better! A twinklelight lined tree, s'mores, and underdog and unicorn masks closed out our night. A simply increidble summer wedding. Be sure to soak it all in below! Congratulations again Amy and Jamie! 

Wonderful Vendors! 
Getting Ready Location: The Desmond Hotel
Venue: Anthony Wayne House
Hair & Make-up: Daneene Jensen & Associates
Florist: Barbara Loeslein
Catering: JAM Catering

Ronny and Jon's Baltimore Street Car Museum Wedding

This memorial day weekend I met Ronny at Hotel Indigo where she got ready with her girls before heading to the Baltimore Streetcar Museum. This girl had a smile on her face all morning that I just couldn't stop capturing! The joy that filled the room was contagious and I was thrilled to carry it around all day with me. I snuck out to the library to meet Jon, all decked out in his custom Baltimore suit (one of the coolest suits ever - including baltimore socks, cufflinks, red tie and all). As the groomsmen arrived, hugs were given, beer was had and laughter filled this space, too. The moments ticked by, the guys left the space, and Jon waited patiently to see his bride. 

Ronny was a vision in her beautiful dress and before long it was time for her to meet Jon just down the hall. The joy that Ronny emanated became the sweetest tears of joy as she walked up to her husband to be. Their first look was so full of love, but my goodness, what came after that... Ronny and Jon decided to write their own vows, for just the two of them. So, after their first look and a few portraits they sat down together and read their vows a loud to one another. It was so difficult to hold back tears as these two poured into one another their memories, admirations, and promises to each other. It was such a beautiful moment that I can only imagine these two will cherish forever. 

Soon after we made our way to the Baltimore Streetcar Museum and snuck in a few portraits just before we got back into the cars to go in for the ceremony. Literally - sheets of rain came pouring down the moment we closed the doors! The rest of the day was on-and-off showers, which didn't keep anyone from having the best time. From their heartfelt ceremony (including mad-lib vows!), to some of the best food I've ever tasted (thank you The Food Market!), to the streetcar rides for guests, the whole day was just extra full of life! And the details of the day!! Ronny made practically everything, including their incredibly detailed cake toppers and pinwheels for her bridesmaids! Such a colorful and beautiful day. 

The blog version of a P.S.: Very quickly we have to talk about this venue. First, I am absolutely in love with this space! But you need to know, one of the primary reasons Ronny and Jon chose Baltimore Streetcar Museum is because it only takes a few events their to fund the museum for the whole year. This means that on top of the fun, unique and antique vibe, Ronny and Jon knew that choosing to have their wedding there meant giving back to the community. And that is just something that blows me away about these two. The friends, family, and even vendors at the wedding couldn't stop talking about how wonderful this couple is - and I couldn't agree more. Congratulations again Ronny and Jon!

Wonderful vendors
Planner: Renee at RCC
Getting Ready Location: Hotel Indigo Baltimore
Venue: Baltimore Streetcar Museum
Hair & Make-up: Salon921(Hair), Makeup by bride
Brides Dress: Modcloth
Brides Shoes: Kate Spade for Keds
Invitations: Made by bride
Florist: Flowers and Fancies
Catering: The Food Market/Hoopla Catering
Cake/Desserts: Patisserie Poupon (Cake) & The Charmery (Ice Cream)

Tara and Peter's Hotel Du Village Wedding | New Hope, PA | Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

Tara and Peter were married at Hotel Du Village in New Hope, PA on a beautiful April afternoon, and it was nothing short of magical <3 The weather has been confused all year, let's be honest. We had some rain before in the days leading up to their wedding day, giving us a nice wet ground, but the sun decided to make it's way out just in time for portraits of these two!

I arrived to Peter and his guys having a relaxed afternoon getting ready. Foosball, getting dressed and a letter from his love moved so beautifully into going upstairs to the bridal suite to capture Tara's gorgeous details (her dress, people - I'm obsessed!), opening a sweet letter of her own, and getting ready to see her soon-to-be-husband! As she headed out the door for the first look, her mother and bridesmaids couldn't resist getting a peek as well from the windows above. 

Hotel du Village is one of my favorite spots, ever. When Tara and Peter told me they found through hotel through my blog post not only was I thrilled to hear that I would be able to go back, but I was ecstatic to hear that Tara fell in love with their floors, walls and total vibe like I did the first time I walked in - so it was a no brainer to feature her shoes on the tiles, get some pre-ceremony dancing photos in the gorgeous piano room and utilize the beautiful brick patio for their first look!

These two had a short and oh so sweet ceremony with an amazing cocktail hour to follow! So much food and laughter in the air! Before long it was time for grand entrances, speeches, toasts and the party! Tara's father made wine for favors for each of their guests, such a thoughtful gift. And check out their centerpieces! All bright green herbs <3 Thank you for allowing me in to capture your day Tara and Peter!

Wonderful vendors
Planner: Ashley Roesler at Hotel Du Village
Venue: Hotel Du Village
Hair & Make-up: Nancy Caroline Bridal Beauty
Brides Dress: Alvina Valenta, Unveiled Bridal Philadelphia
Brides Shoes: Kate Spade
Invitations: Custom Etsy
Florist: Valley Green Florist
Catering: Hotel Du Village
Cake/Desserts: Palermo's Bakery
Music: Silver Sound Entertainment/DJ Taz

Samantha and Andrew's Accelerator Space Baltimore Wedding | Loyola University | Baltimore Wedding Photographer

A morning that came and went in an instant. The sweetest father-daughter first look. A church filled with the perfect wedding ratio of smiles, laughter, joy and tears. This hardly begins to describe not even half of Samantha and Andrew's wonderful wedding day! This is a couple who I met and instantly clicked with - from our conversation that lasted far longer than the normal client-consultation to their baltimore engagement session (throwback to that one here) to feeling like I was there with two good friends on their wedding day...It's a really special thing to connect with a couple like that and I just feel so honored to have met them and captured their day <3

There's this really wonderful feeling you get when you walk into that first place on a wedding day. Everyone is bustling around, there's usually music playing in the background, chatter from moms and aunts and bridesmaids happening in every room... but there's still space for this sort of quietness that settles in the spaces between all that's happening. It's a beautiful feeling that I believe is unique to only these days - and it is my absolute favorite. Details, hair, make-up and getting ready was captured in what felt like an instant and before anyone knew it we were all on our way to Loyola University for the ceremony! We pulled up to the back of the building where Samantha's father was waiting to see his daughter. Smiles began there and became the common theme throughout their ceremony. From the moment Andrew saw his soon to be wife coming down the aisle to him until the very last guest was greeted after their ceremony, everyone was beaming! 

The campus of Loyola University gave us the perfect spot for portraits, especially when the sun showed up for a moment and gave us a warm backlit sky. Samantha's veil blowing in the wind, some really wonderful doors, and two brand new-newlyweds made my job pretty easy. We took advantage of the quieter moments of just the two of them before headed over to their reception site for a few more photos and cocktail hour!

Parking and walking along the blue wall of Accelerator Space I just knew that we were heading into an incredible industrial reception venue! We paused along the lantern filled walkway with Samantha and Andrew for just a few more bride and groom portraits before heading inside. Flowers, candles and incredible bulb string lights brought such a warmth into this space which was perfectly matched by the energy of the room. Speeches that were filled with so much joy, a blessing of the meal and some amazing food by Zeffert and Gold kicked off the night! The bouquet and garter toss seem to be slowly dying out in the wedding world, but I have to tell you, Samantha and Andrew's was so much fun! That is the only way to describe this couples reception - just, fun! As my moments there came to a close we snuck outside for some amazing night portraits of these two (special shout out to my second photographer Allie for not only helping me capture this day, but being the best lantern holder around!) We ended the evening with quiet moments of these two, lots of hugs, and the sound of music playing in the background as they partied on. Congratulations again Samantha and Andrew!! So thrilled for you both and your first month of marriage <3