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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)

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

Marisa and George's Tug Hill Winery Wedding

Anticipation and tears and laughter and joy...I don't think there are enough words to describe all of the wonderful emotions and moments on Marisa and George's wedding day! Tug Hill Winery provided the perfect backdrop for this late summer day. Their first look was definitely my favorite - George's reaction to seeing his bride to be had me in tears instantly! (Which happened again as she walked down the aisle to him) Excitement and love just filled every space these two were in; I can't gush enough about these two!! Thank you so much to Jenny Haury for asking me to be a part of capturing this beautiful day! 

Kristen and Andrey's Summer Hotel Du Village Wedding

Over the summer I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Kristen and Andrey's wedding day alongside Andrea Tracy Photography at the Hotel Du Village in New Hope, Pennsylvania! Let me tell you, it was nothing short of stunning. The flowers, colors, venue itself; Kristen DIY'd so many details...I was blown away.

More than that, though, was the love shared between these two. Nervous excitement was so apparent in Andrey leading up to their first look; he was so giddy with excitement to finally see his bride! Goodness, those are my favorite things to capture. Never have I met a more silly, carefree couple - during their vows there was a mixture of laughter and happy tears from nearly every person in attendance. Following their ceremony (and the sweetest first kiss) was a Ukranian bread tradition, portraits by the field and a reception FILLED with dancing! 

So much joy filled this day and it just filled my heart to be there to help capture it all! 

Zach and Allison's Elegant Outdoor Elizabethtown Wedding

A few short weeks ago I was asked to come alongside Shelia Martin and capture Zach and Allison at Moonstone Manner in Elizabethtown, PA (a venue which absolutely blew me away) as they promised each other forever. They found the perfect balance in creating a wedding which was so classic and elegant, but obviously full of both their personalities, as well!

 Walking around capturing candids, the sweetest first look by a gorgeous stone wall, little succulent guest cards (one of which is now growing in my windowsill), were all so lovely to capture! But seeing and being able to document their sweet love - that just filled my heart. These two were so wonderful and it was just such a joy to be a part of photographing their wedding day. Congratulations again to Zach and Allison!