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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

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

Michelle and Daniel's Winter Wedding at The Manor | Northern New Jersey Wedding Photography

What a picture perfect February day Michelle and Daniel had for their wedding at The Manor in New Jersey just a few short weeks ago. A beautiful sunny afternoon with snow on the ground! What more could you ask for??

A gorgeous getting ready space for the bride and groom, stunning details (hello tea length dress and dancing keds), and so much joy! Michelle and Daniel are one of the most fun couples I've had the pleasure of working with. From our first meeting via skype I knew they would just be a blast to be around (and their engagement session proved that to be true). The first look these two had was just perfect and their golden hour portraits out by the fountains and large window were to die for! A friend and coworker made a blanket for these newlyweds which we of course included in photos (so cozy and romantic, don't you think?) 

We moved inside to the wine cellar where the Ketubah was signed and everyone took their places for the ceremony! One of Michelle's favorite spots in The Manor was the wine cellar - and I can't at all blame her, that space is incredible! Pictures below to prove it! We just had to sneak a few in before Daniel moved into place and Michelle walked down the aisle to meet her groom. It's always one of my favorite things when a couple writes there own vows, and these two just hit the nail on the head with theirs.

Not long after everyone made their way upstairs to enjoy a some delicious hors devours at cocktail hour. Okay, so something about Michelle and Daniel - they love music and love to dance, like...an admirable amount. It was so fitting that their grand entrance was a traditional New Orleans second line! My first second line ever and I hope for so many more (though I've got to be honest it's going to be tough to top this one). The music all night was phenomenal, thanks to none other than The Love Revival Orchestra. From the toasts, to the cake cutting and ALL of the dancing, this night was definitely one for the books. Congratulations again Michelle and Daniel! Thank you so much for having me there to capture your incredible day! 

Wonderful vendors
Venue: The Manor
Day-of Planner: Deborah Chen
Videographer: We Cinema Films
Hair and Makeup: Pink Comb
Brides Dress: Park Avenue Bridals
Florist: Judy Billotti, Designs by Wildthings
Catering: The Manor
Cake/Desserts: The Manor
Music: The Love Revival Orchestra

Nicole and Alex's The Gables at Chadds Ford Wedding | St Agnes Church West Chester | Philadelphia Wedding Photography

This autumn, on one of our beautiful, warmer-than-it-should-have-been weekends, Nicole and Alex were married! We began the day at The Gables at Chadds Ford where Nicole and her girls got ready. So, this venue... absolutely amazing. They care for their couples, their food is incredible (incredible) and it is just beautiful! I loved taking advantage of their fall decor for Nicole's detail photos. I'll always utilize a pumpkin as a backdrop for jewelry! The girls had a lovely morning spending time together getting their hair and make up done (shout out to Daneen Jensen & Associates for your beautiful work!), gushing over the beautiful bride and taking a few photos before heading off to the church. One of my favorite things is when a bride and her father decide to have a "first look" - can we just talk about Nicole's Dad's reaction for a second?? It still brings tear to my eyes, so much joy! Meanwhile, Alex was not far away getting ready to see his bride to be! 

These two stood in St. Agnes Church in West Chester to say their "I do"s. There is something so special about seeing your bride for the first time walking down the aisle. Alex's sweet reaction just says it all! A ceremony, kiss, and bubble exit later we were soon traveling to Everhart Park, followed by the Red Barn right next door to the Gables for some sweet and fun portraits! We made our way back over to The Gables just in time for cocktail hour (yum!) before heading into the barn to dance the night away. Some other highlights: polaroid guest book, punny signature drink, a drop dead gorgeous first dance and some pretty amazing night portraits! Keep scrolling to see the magic =)

Nicole and Alex, what a joy it was to be a part of your day (and to get to know you two awesome people!!) Congratulations again!

Kelsey and Harrison's Radnor Valley Country Club Wedding | St. Teresa of Calcutta | Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

Kelsey and Harrison (and their families) are just the sweetest souls! Between their beautiful ceremony, the perfect warm autumn weather, and light for portraits, and an incredible reception at Radnor Valley Country Club the wedding celebrating the new Mr. and Mrs. Betsill was something out of a dream!

We began the morning with details and getting ready at Kelsey's parents home. It didn't take long before all the girls gathered in and the whole home was filled with this laughter and joy! Gifts were given, champagne glasses were clinked and so much swooning happened over Kelsey (I mean, how could you not?) as she stepped into her gown. Meanwhile, Harrison was not far away getting ready to see his bride! One of my favorite things about having a second shooter with me is going through the images and getting to see exactly what was happening with the groom as I was with the bride. Seeing the images of Harrison putting as his shoes the same moment that Kelsey was putting on her earrings, there's just something so sweet about these two simultaneously preparing to meet one another at the end of the aisle <3

Before long it was time to move to the ceremony. Just a hop skip and jump away, we quickly arrived at St. Teresa's of Calcutta (one of the most gorgeous churches I've had the pleasure of photographing). Kelsey and Harrison seeing each other for the first time was the sweetest thing, and so contagious! I mean, the look on their faces says it all. One beautiful mass later these two were officially one! The newlyweds and bridal party headed to Valley Forge National Park to kick off portraits.

So, hen I say it was a warm day I mean it - like, relieving the bridal party to the A/C while we finished up portraits at Valley Forge...in October. Crazy. Regardless, this group was so full of life! The laughter was loud and real and I loved it! Also, lets talk about these portraits of our bride and groom for a second - except, I have no words. This was a portrait session where I had trouble choosing favorites, so there are definitely a few extra included here! We went on to Radnor Valley Country Club to complete our portraits, Kelsey and Harrison had a sweet moment, and dance, to themselves inside before joining their guests for cocktail hour, complete with cigar bar and some incredible food. From there the party continued on inside with tear jerking dances (check out the image of Harrison's dad sitting beside Kelsey during the mother-son dance) and toasts! We snuck out for a moment of night portraits before the dance floor opened up - and man does this group know how to party! What a crazy fun night to be a part of! We ended with one of the biggest sparkler exits I've seen and Kelsey and Harrison just as joyful as when the day started. Mr. and Mrs. Betsill, thank you so much again for inviting me in to capture your day. SO thankful to have met you two! Congratulations once more!!