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Tai & Chris – one of my favorite days.

Posted on December 3, 2015


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This one is really fun. :)
It was one of those days, where you sit back and think….I have a really cool job. I remember trailing behind Tai and Chris passing back and forth the bottle of Champagne in their canoe… beer lodged in between my feet, and long lens in my hands. There were so many amazing moments, I just needed my trusty canoe captain (Chris’s best friend, who generously offered to be the sole paddler) to steer me in the right direction.
I met Tai in my first year shooting weddings. She was the maid of honor for one of my most memorable couples that year, Emily & Clay.  Sometimes you really connect with people, and you are like…um, can we please be friends? Friend crush.Truth be told, that happens with a lot of my couples, and it’s one of my favorite things about my job. Actually, scratch that, it is my favorite thing about my job. Granted, I like that I found a way to use my creativity to do something meaningful, and make awesome images…but I love so so so so much the connection with new people. So a few years later when Tai & Chris got engaged, I was over the moon with excitement when she reached out.
Imagine how much that excitement doubled, no tripled (!) when she told me the plan. Her wedding would be split into two days, one small intimate day with their immediate family near her grandparents home, followed by an afternoon canoeing down the river. With beer, and champagne, and music. “So, in your wedding dress?” “Yes! I think I might even get in! Omg Omg…. coolest bride ever. “Is that going to be okay for your camera equipment?” She asked. “Like, getting in a canoe on the river?” My answer every time to any couple wanting to take it to the next level, is YES!” Every time. If you want me to ski down a mountain or get in a canoe I will do it! High risk, high reward. And there’s nothing more exciting to me than a couple who is into that.
Before the ceremony we were climbing trees (amazing!), and after the ceremony we were in the river. And as you can see….I mean IN the river. Tai brought this gorgeous little parasol and the light was perfect and she was perfect and I was having one of those experiences, like is this really happening? Am I really shooting a beautiful girl in the river with these colors and this light? Wow. “Yay for this day….yay that is my job!” I’ve included some behind the scenes shots of me, just because I want to share how much I love what I do, and was particularly loving it with Tai and Chris. Baby turtles taking flight, and family laughing the day away to the sounds of Led Zeplin and Bob Dylan on a sunny, summer day floating down the river in Princeton, NJ. Yes please and thank  you.
A month later, the larger celebration began for these two adventurous souls, and they surprised me once again with their positivity and happiness. It rained most of the day, but that didn’t stop them from enjoying the swinging, volley-balling, and face painting fun. It was exactly what they wanted. I had to strongly suggest that Tai wait until we took a few pictures to get her face painted…she was so excited about it. Chris was excited to take his shirt off. I think that’s my favorite part about weddings these days…people are not afraid to do what fits them. And I am just so incredibly thankful that they ask me to come along and document their awesome story.



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Megan & Brenden’s Philadelphia wedding on the Moshulu

Posted on October 23, 2015



Megan & Brenden’s gorgeous wedding day was jam packed with non-stop adventuring with one of the most off-the-hook parties I have ever photographed. I had an incredible team with me that day (thanks Annie & Dan!), but even with three photographers, we were put to the challenge to cover all the energy and happenings going on. I was literally hanging from the rafters swinging out into the crowd to capture the insane energy as the dance party roared on. It was a beautiful day, and Brenden picked Megan up about 84749585 times out of sheer joy and excitement. Also, when you are a rugby player that can easily pick up your girl with ease, I will likely encourage that as much as possible. :)
Megan & Brenden exchanged vows at Philadelphia’s historic Old St. Joseph’s church, and then after adventuring all over Queen Village and Spruce Harbor Park (with a quick game of skee ball!) we headed to their epic, legendary landmark party spot. ‘The Moshulu is the world’s oldest and largest square rigged sailing vessel still afloat. She is in fact the one and only restaurant venue on a Tall Ship today in the World.” You can read more about the history of the Moshulu here: http://www.moshulu.com/history.html. I should also mention the Moshulu is also comes with some of the nicest staff most impressive offering of delicious food and drinks I’ve seen in a long time. The sun sparkled off the water and streamed onto the deck as the dances and toast began…and it was pretty much magic.
As the party rolled on, so too were some special on site hand-rolled Cortez cigars… a present from Megan to Brenden, it was a special touch to the top deck goers who were taking a break from the non-stop dance party below by their fantastic band, Chico’s Vibe. It gave us a chance to grab some special sunset/evening shots, and a sweet moment setting off a special lantern into the sky for Megan’s Mom. Guests were offered Philadelphia water ice and soft pretzels for late night snacks as they grabbed a sparkler to see off this couple off style. It was quite the wedding folks. I needed to sleep for about 4 days after this one. But it was incredible, and I personally consider the awesome team of planners at Eastern Shore Events and my amazing photo team top dog rock stars for the non-stop party ship we sailed into the night. Check out it for yourself!




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Laurel & Dan’s Wedding in the Catskills

Posted on September 24, 2015



Laurel & Dan’s wedding is too lovely not to revisit, and this time of the year is so incredibly beautiful….I wanted to remember it too. Like many of the weddings I shoot, I just wish we could do it all over again and go back to that awesome, magical day. Set in the beautiful Catskill mountains at a private home with a sweet little lily pad pond, these two celebrate their love with all their favorite people. Their ceremony was one of the most heart-felt, emotional ceremonies I have ever witnessed. Everything was so personal, so sweet and so special. I felt so special to be a part of it. I also really enjoyed taking all these beautiful pictures. I hope you like them too.


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Lydia & Tushar

Posted on August 26, 2015

Lydia & Tushar rocked their wedding in style. It was colorful, cultural, warm and inviting, fashionable & fun. These are all the words that come to mind when I think back on their awesome day in Philly.  And although I wish I could have been at their wedding in India as well… I was pretty excited to rock the American celebration by taking them to some EPIC Philly spots. Can you guess where the one above was? It was one of those magical moments when everything just worked out and we got that mural all to ourselves after exploring some familiar tiny streets, and gorgeous museum grounds. Just another day in awesome wedding world land. :)
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Ann Marie & Jon

Posted on July 24, 2015

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When I first met Ann Marie & Jon, their joint wedding email came over as JAM…and when I met them… they explained the acronym that their friends lovingly address them by. I loved it too, and it was hard not to start every email with, “What’s up JAM!?” I also found out they have really good taste in music, have two big awesome dogs, like to run marathons, and take dance lessons.  I knew I was going to have fun with them.


So on a beautiful spring day at the College of Physicians in the middle of Philadelphia these two tied the knot. And there was lots of big smiling. And happy people. And kids in strollers awesomely photo bombing. And crazy dancing. And a great start to the 2015 wedding season had begun. :)



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Kristen & Christian

Posted on July 2, 2015

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Once upon a time I lived with two sisters…in a house beside a house with two sisters in the center of a city. We broke down the rickety old wall between the back patios (literally) and thus began a super fun time of some single ladies on an adorable little block called Mole Street. That’s where it all began. At least for me and Kristen. She moved to Philly (I think largely upon my suggestion, or at least I’d like to think so) when deciding where to go to grad school. Her sister Kara and I were room mates in college, and when the house next door to mine happen to come up for rent, I called upon the Howland sisters to make a move – and I’m so glad they did!!
Kristen & Christian’s romance began sometime in that era…the Mole Street era as I’ll call it. Christian was just about to embark on an epic entrepreneurial journey to China, but their connection was strong, and upon his return, these two were the newest new couple on the block. To say that Kristen and Christian are adventurous would be an understatement in describing their lust for life. They do more traveling than most people I know – and so it was only fitting that Christian finally popped the question in Paris, France earlier this year. These two are the team to beat every time at yard games, the king and queen of weekend trips, staying active and working to live rather than living to work.
So although I wanted them to go climb a mountain or jet ski on a lake, or take me with them to another country to photograph their engagement session, we went to the beach, which is pretty much the next best thing. The light was stunning that evening…ah the light, the pretty pretty early evening light with a sunset to knock your socks off. It’s great to see your friends that you’ve known forever fall into place when it’s their turn for wedding photography fun. And although there was some prompting which may have resulted in some face-licking, or ear-smelling…I think the end result here is pretty awesome.  :)





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Emily & Ryan

Posted on June 23, 2015

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I can’t help but want to blog this sweet little wedding. It was perfect. I rode my bike to Emily & Ryan’s that day, gear in tow with the help of my my handy and cute assistant, Brian. (Otherwise known as my boyfriend and best assistant ever.) The light was beautiful, the colors were vibrant and love was abundant everywhere. All 12 people that were there to celebrate this intimate celebration played an influential part in the day. After an adorable first look in the backyard at their home in West Philly, we headed out to the Wissahickon where Emily and Ryan had their first date. After an emotional and joyful ceremony at the top of an outlook over the river, we headed to their other favorite spot…Lee Cultural Soccer fields where they met on a co-ed team that they still play on together (and kill it!). No wonder Emily has such killer stems! Dang girl!
Sometimes weddings are on the books for a while…and sometimes you run into your friend on the trolley who needs a wedding photographer in a couple weeks…and I love that. :)
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