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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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Matt & Andressa – Destination Wedding in Brazil

Posted on May 29, 2015

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I am so excited to finally share the story of two of my favorite people in the world, Andressa & Matt. Happiness and love follow them wherever they go, which is why I was thrilled when they asked me to capture their wedding story. Celebrating in Brazil was so special, with the most loving collection of incredible people. The week-long festivities began in Curitiba, where Andressa went to school, and the veiw from their 14th floor apartment set a beautiful scene of this delightful city. The festivities continued as a small group of family and friends traveled by ferry to a remote island off the coast, called Isla de Miel – ‘Honey Island’. After two days exploring, hiking and swimming, I now know why Matt & Andressa say it’s their favorite little peace of heaven.

 

On the day of the wedding, the sun was beaming through the palm trees at their charming boutique venue set in the mountains of Mojites, Brazil. Gorgeous colors and textures everywhere! So many great moments happen on a wedding day that are not part of the script, that are the moments in the prep that show the energy and excitement of the beginning of the day. I love when I have the time to explore and relax with the bride (and groom) and tell the story of the day from start to finish. While Matt and the guys enjoyed the ‘futebol’ field, I found a sweet little red outdoor garden house that I knew would be perfect for Andressa to get ready. The light in this little house was incredible, and Andressa didn’t bat an eye when I suggested we move from her larger cabana. Some of my favorite getting ready pictures ever! Take a stunning bride in a sexy little number in colorful little room filled with beautiful light, and you have a photographer’s dream come true. And when the moment came for these two to see each other for the first time…well, see for yourself. I found a sweet little spot in the trees… my favorite place wherever I am. Their expressions say it all. A 1950’s black car delivered them in style to the adorable little town of Antonina, where the historic white and yellow church sat at the top of the town overlooking the ocean. The celebrations continued back in Mojites at Hakuna Matata, and we danced the night away. A fairy tale story come true for these two. He’s her perfect man, and she’s his dream girl.

 

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A Christmas Proposal – Ryan & Meghan

Posted on January 2, 2015

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My heart was beating so fast as I kept looking toward the South entrance to city hall. With two huge lenses hanging from my side, I clearly had a purpose, but somehow kept getting in the way of all the folks trying to take their yearly selfies and portraits in front of the Christmas Tree.
Another text……they were parked and now walking! I had my perfect shot all set-up, but a large group of tourists happen to step into my composition as Ryan and Meghan stepped through the South entrance to City Hall.
They were SO cute. I suggested he take some deep breaths, chat a little while I move around upon their arrival. Ryan told me he had asked Meghan’s parents for permission to marry their daughter in that very spot, not long ago, and thought the location would create a fun story and natural introduction to his big surprise for her that day.
People passed in front, behind, and through my shots as Meg’s face changed with so many fantastic expressions of disbelief and joy…but I didn’t mind, it just added to the realness of where we were. The family walking in with kids on their shoulders in the background created the perfect dark color to make the ring pop in the shot as Ryan went down on one knee. One of the guys lifting his arm up in celebration. Behind the lens, I was loving every moment…it was so happy and exciting! Meghan’s happy face told it all. He then picked her up with one arm several feet about the ground with a solid embrace that I can only imagine made time stand still for those two. Cheers and clapping commenced and I ran up to give them a hug and introduce myself to Meghan. “Yayyy!” What would I do without the word, “yay!?” I don’t know. It’s always perfect.
We took a couple quick shots in and outside of City Hall, and they were on their way to celebrate with a whole party full of people to share the good news. I strolled down to the Christmas Village in the sunshine with a huge smile on my face. What an amazing thing. I was invited to capture the beginning. The very beginning of something wonderful. What an incredible job I get to do.
Feeling thankful and grateful for new year of new beginnings, documenting life’s most precious moments and most wonderful stories.
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Amber & Bart

Posted on December 1, 2014

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Amber & Bart’s wedding was an amazing, inspirational day in the land of wedding photography. Just look at those faces. JOY I TELL YOU! That’s what it’s all about. The weather, the details, the friends, the family, the food, the venue, the band, and everything that they picked out was so incredible. Not to mention the fun, gorgeous couple that made it all happen. Their wedding day was filled with love, joy, sunshine, happiness, dancing and COLOR! So colorful! From Amber’s fuchsia orchid and orange lily bouquet, to the amazing up lighting at the Kimmel Center, to the lush green streets and urban murals that became our backdrop in this beautiful city. We shot their first look on the roof of the Double Tree Hotel, directly across from where they would later exchange vows and throw down a ridiculously awesome party.
They gave me full creative freedom in the hour 1/2 we had set aside for portraits to take them on walking route through Philadelphia that was sprinkled with some lovely little spaces of light and color that I was hoping we’d get to shoot in. Everything worked out wonderfully, and we ended the portrait session at a mural I had picked out for the Bridal Party Photos, which is probably one of my favorite bridal party shots ever. After a heart-felt exchange of vows and first kiss at the Epic Kimmel Center, Bart shattered the glass ceiling of awesome when he broke into the classic Italian love song ” That’s Amore.” He had mentioned to me that he was going to sing to Amber, so I would know to look out for it…. although I had no idea what to expect. Right on cue, he looked at Amber, then looked at the crowd, opened up his 6 foot 4 inch wingspan, and belted out, “When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie, that’s amoreeeeee. ” Ohhhh my Lord – it was AMAZING! Amber’s expression is priceless, and EVERYONE began singing along, beaming ear to ear with happiness and song. Now that’s a way to throw a wedding! The party rocked all night with an impressive performance from their band, Brian Kirk & the Jirks. <—- Amazing. Amber & Bart wanted to make sure we captured the grandness of the Kimmel Center, and I think when we stepped out at the end of the night to get a couple portraits, we did just that. :)
Enjoy!!

 

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Fall Wedding Sneak Peeks

Posted on October 23, 2014

In case you missed it, here’s some of the highlights from this fall seasons’ weddings. Can’t wait to blog all these stories. :)

Katie & Henry – September 13, 2014Katie&Henry.SneakPeek

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Cheryl & Kevin – September 20th, 2014 Cheryl&Kevin.SneakPeek

Laurel & Dan – September 27th, 2014

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Erica & Rob – September 28th, 2014

 

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Sara & David – October 4th, 2014Sara&Dave.SneakPeek Sara&Dave.SneakPeek2

Dana & Mike – October 18th, 2014Dana&Mike.SneakPeek

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