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

Laurel & Dan

Posted on September 26, 2014

Laurel & Dan are getting married this weekend, and I could not be more excited! I shot their engagement session back in the spring on a beautiful day in our  wonderful neighhorhood of West Philly. We spent some time in the sun at Clark Park, and then headed over to West Philly’s little slice of heaven in the Woodlands. Then we headed downtown to get to the heart of these lovely foodies. Walking into the Oyster house with these two – I was now entering an establishment with some serious VIPs.
I cannot wait to capture their wedding this weekend in the Catskills. Get ready for some seriously pretty stuff coming soon. :)

 

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Kristianna & Brendan

Posted on September 16, 2014

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 Talk about a fun couple! Take a look. It all took place in Long Beach Island, NJ where Kristianna & Brendan met many summers ago and fell in love. LBI has a special place in my heart since it’s not only one of my favorite beach towns, but it’s where I shot my first wedding, and fell completely in love with wedding photography. Kristianna & Brendan’s day brought back fond memories of being barefoot on the beach, and running after a joyful couple riding bikes in the sun. Ahhhhhhh, my type of day!
I met Kristianna after photographing her sister, Kourtney’s wedding back in 2010. Their family was so lovely to work with, and I had been looking forward to our reunion!! I love when I get to keep photographing awesome groups of people when they refer me to their friends, siblings, etc.  It’s wonderful to be asked to come back and work with people you’ve made a connection with at previous weddings.
Like most wedding days,  dress and suits purchased, details arranged, guests invited with all the excitement and planning. But here’s what was so awesome about K&B- even all dressed up, make-up, hair shoes, the whole 9 – they were up for some fun and even a little risk! Because like every other day of their interesting and adventurous lives, they were into my ideas and let me run wild! And since I was actually running through traffic to try and capture them zipping around on their beach cruisers – I mean that quite literally! I was SO excited about having a wedding couple on bicycles – because if you know me, you know I love to incorporate bicycles into my photos!
Their first look was a sweet and touching moment on the porch of and old beach home that they had chosen for the wedding weekend. Family was sprinkled around, relaxing, adding to the beachy vibe that fit the day so well. After biking and exploring the bay, we headed back to to beach to get hitched. It was a touching service full of love. We spent some time capturing the magic hour of light and then onto the party! The percentage of wedding guests belting out songs and doing air guitars was incredible. I love these two, and I’m so happy to have been part of their amazing day. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Campbell! Can’t wait till the next one already. :)
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Rachel & Patrick Sneak Peeks!

Posted on September 15, 2014

Loved the time I had to work some magic with these two. Thank you so much for that, Rachel & Patrick. Amazing people right here.

 

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