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Caitlin and Marc's Spring New Hope Estate Wedding | Hotel Du Village | Bucks County Wedding Photographer

Hotel Du Village is one of my favorite places in Bucks County. There is so much elegance and character in this space, which mirrored Caitlin and Marc beautifully! I arrived to the creme bridal suite on a windy day in April. All the girls having their hair and makeup done, a sweet flower girl wandering around the big room and colors popping from the berry colored bridesmaids dresses and blush, burgundy, and green flowers that were just arriving. Caitlin was such a calm bride, just taking in the morning. The guys were not far away, getting ready in their space downstairs. Between the games of foosball, grabbing a drink, and even heading outside for a little bike ride after getting dressed; the day was setting up to be perfect!

And my goodness it was just that, perfect, for these two! April 27th was probably one of the windiest days we will have this year, and it barely seemed to phase this couple. As they headed outside for a first look that brought the biggest smiles (what an incredible joy to capture!), the day got better with each moment! The bridal party braved the wind (and looked amazing in it) and before long guests were arriving. Luckily the wind died down just in time for Caitlin and Marc’s outdoor ceremony. Hotel Du Village has this gorgeous patio space, and the birch tree arch and flowers by Flower Station just completed the space incredibly. As husband and wife these two took a moment to themselves after saying their beautiful vows and sharing a first kiss (something I would highly recommend to every bride and groom to be - the day passes so quickly, give yourselves that moment to breathe together) before heading to cocktail hour and then their reception to celebrate with their family and friends!

I was so thrilled to be able to sneak these two out for a few last light photos before cake cutting and an incredible night of dancing, celebration, and sparklers to end the night! Every time the wind blows through the trees I bet Caitlin and Marc will be reminded of their beautiful, blustery wedding day! What an incredible gift they have been given in that <3

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