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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

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)

Jenny and Ryan's New Beginnings Farmstead Wedding | New York Wedding Photography

Last month I was pulling up to New Beginning's Farmstead in Hudson Valley, New York on a beautiful, sunny September day. Greeted by sheep, sunlight, and a great big yellow barn I made my way to sweet Jenny who was getting ready to go from Miss to Mrs. in just a few short hours. SO much joy filled the room as she and her girls were in the midst of getting their hair and makeup done. I stepped up to the hay-barn-turned-bridal-suite and began photographing Jenny's perfectly country details! From her custom wedding gown to sunflower bouquets, her mother's wedding veil and all of the girls boots - the yellow against the rustic blue barn walls, my goodness I was in heaven!

Jenny's sister had surprised her with a beautiful handmade scrapbook complete with photos and notes from each of her girls right before she stepped into her dress. These moments are always so special and just a privilege to capture. It wasn't long before she was quickly tucked away again, anticipating seeing her soon-to-be-husband who was getting ready. 

Now before we go any further I have to point something out: Most of the time when a couple decides to have a DIY wedding they put together the most beautiful decor and details and Jenny and Ryan did, but this couple took that one step further. They did and helped with everything. Like, everything including this hay barn/bridal suite, helping to make another wagon to take people up to their ceremony site, and tending to the fields where they got married. Every time Jenny or Ryan casually mentioned something that had made or helped with my mouth opened even wider. 

Ryan's face was priceless as he saw Jenny for the first time t their first look! They enjoyed some time together just the two of them before their bridal party showed up for more photos! It wasn't long before we were taking those wagons through the woods and up to a great open field. I love that they brought their guests up to their ceremony this way! So unique. It had the nostalgic feeling of a hay ride but was so romantic and awe inspiring to ride in the open air surrounded by sun dappled trees and dirt roads.

Their sunflower ceremony was just gorgeous. Smiles the whole time, even with tears streaming down faces as they did a butterfly release in honor of Jenny's mother, who was certainly there with them. Husband and wife jumped on a wagon and headed down to a sun drenched field for family portraits and enjoyed a few peaceful moments and backlit portraits (my absolute favorite!) before heading back to enjoy cocktail hour with their guests. 

Everyone ushered into the large barn and it wasn't long before this couple was causing everyone to tear up again with their sweet first dance. We enjoyed the best barbecue possibly ever, toasts from wonderful friends and dancing soon began! 

Thank you so much for having me to capture your beautiful day, and happy one month anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Coon! Enjoy celebrating all over again!

 

Wonderful venors!
Venue: New Beginning's Farmstead
HMUA: Sarah Palen
Flowers: Albany Votec
Food: Mirabellas
Music: Chewy Down Productions DJ Service
Bride's Gown: Allue and Maggie Sottero

Emily and Joe's Blue Bell Country Club Wedding | Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

Emily and Joe were married this summer at Presentation BVM which was followed by the most wonderful reception at Blue Bell Country Club! It has been such a wonderful thing getting to know these two. From our first meeting last fall to their perfect East Falls Philadelphia engagement session (where I also got to meet their pup, Dixon!) all the way to final meetings and emails leading up to their wedding day finally arriving - there is just such a joy and ease about them. It has been such an honor to capture that.

I began my day at Emily's parents house, capturing her beautiful details (hello to the cutest Kate Spade shoes with bows and Emily's stunning bouquet by Willow & Thistle) while the girls were finishing up at the salon across town and my second shooter Rebecca hung out with Joe and the guys at Normandy Farm. In a matter of moments the girls arrived and the space was filled with laughter, champagne, and anticipation for what the rest of the day would bring! Tears started early as Emily opened up cards and gifts from her sisters and soon-to-be husband, they just kept on coming throughout stepping into her dress and Emily's first look with her girls and her dad. In what felt like moments the relaxed morning was gone and we were heading to the church just down the street.

Joe stood at the altar and watched his bride glide down the aisle, beaming. Everyone was beaming (though I'm pretty sure Joe and Emily's smiles were the brightest). They had a gorgeous ceremony filled with moments and stillness and laughter all leading up to their announcement as the new Mr. and Mrs. Corbett!

The next destination for the newlyweds and their bridal party was Gwynedd Preserve. This is one of my favorite most recent discoveries! The sky was perfectly overcast for portraits and everyone enjoyed a little bit of time before heading to the excitement of cocktail hour and the reception. Soon we were on our way back down the road to the country club where the sky went from cloudy to grey and it began to rain just after everyone made their way inside. Cocktail hour, ceremony details, and a roomful of people later we were on to some of the funniest and most heartfelt speeches I've heard, from Emily's grandfather and the siblings of the bride and groom. 

The weather decided to cooperate for us to sneak out for just a few moments before we lost light and we captured a few more portraits of Emily and Joe as husband and wife (these are always my favorite moments, when you have that bit of quiet with your new spouse). From there we went back inside to a night full of dancing! Brian from Cutting Edge Entertainment kept the party going and almost everyone on the dance floor until the end of the night!

Enjoy this peek into Emily and Joe's wedding day! Thank you two for having me and congratulations one last time <3

Wonderful vendors!

Ceremony: Presentation B.V.M
Reception: Blue Bell Country Club
Videography: Jackson Kitchell
Second Photographer: Rebecca Renner
Flowers: Willow & Thistle
DJ: Cutting Edge Entertainment
Hair and Makeup: Jason Matthew Salon
Shoes: Kate Spade
Catering: Blue Bell Country Club
Transportation: Chuck at Secrets Limousines
Invitations: Minted