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Emily and Austin's Garden Vibes Rosebank Winery Wedding | New Hope, PA

I remember sitting down with Emily and Austin at Zebra striped whale when they were here in Pennsylvania (all the way from Hawaii!) and listening to their incredible vision for their wedding day at Rosebank Winery. They anticipated guests loving the adorable goats and sheep at their venue, described the dual ceremony which would allow them to be married both inside the church and outside in nature, and how excited they were for all the little details to come together. My favorite thing that Emily noted in preparation for her wedding, though, was that they were both most excited to ‘officially become the "old married couple" they've unofficially been for years’. Is that not the sweetest thing you’ve heard?? And how beyond true was this statement. Emily walked up to Austin for their first look and he just couldn’t contain his excitement to see his bride to be. Pure joy radiated from both of them as we walked over to visit the sheep before heading to Tyler State Park for the most gorgeous, sun soaked portraits.

Emily and Austin had not one, but two beautiful ceremonies. We arrived to St. Andrew’s church and Emily walked arm in arm with her father to Austin. It was so special to be a part of this intimate ceremony with just the two of them, their bridal party, and close family. Meanwhile, guests were gathering at Rosebank beneath the perfect large tree in anticipation of seeing the couple. Their second ceremony outside included a ring warming, where guests had a chance to hold their wedding bands and say a prayer or offer a warm wish for these two. They had a unity sand ceremony where they combined sand from two meaningful beaches in Hawaii. These two had so many little pieces of themselves weaved throughout their day.

Their guests enjoyed cocktail hour and soon made their way into Rosebank’s reception space. It was warm and inviting with fresh flowers everywhere! This bride’s vision of soft lighting, flowery garden vibes, and the celebration of life and love came to fruition just beautifully! I loved the pops of color on the tables which mimicked the girls bouquets, Jenga guest book and string lights (you just can’t beat string lights in a reception space!) The celebration continued by means of beautiful toasts and celebration! (Make sure you check out the bouquet toss and picking-up-of-the-groom)

What a joy it was to be a part of Emily and Austin’s wedding day! Enjoy all of the moments that made up their incredible wedding day below. Congratulations again, you two =)

Wonderful Vendors!
Venue: Rosebank Winery
Videography: Well Spun Weddings
HMUA: Prive Salon
Bride’s Dress: Mikaella Bridal
Invitations: Minted
Bridesmaids Dresses: Birdy Grey
Florist: Flora
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Caterer: Piccolo Trattoria
DJ: Cutting Edge Entertainment
Cake/Desserts: Cramer’s Bakery
Favors: Kitchen Kettle Village

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

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