When was the last time we had a really nice spring day? Well, it wasn’t the day I met up with Charis & Steve in High Bridge, NJ for their engagement session! It wasn’t supposed to be dreary and rainy, but Mother Nature had different plans for us.  It’s all good though, because we dodged the rain for a bit and got some great coffee at the super cute Scout’s Coffee Bar.  This detour turned out to be pretty appropriate for these guys as they frequently go out for coffee and brunch.  After the rain moved out so did we! We ended up at Lake Solitude to finish their session. Thanks Charis & Steve for being so patient, and a big shout out to Nicole from Scout’s for welcoming us to her coffee shop. Enjoy these previews!

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Engagement session 2017 has commenced! A few weeks ago I met up with Kristina (a huge sweetheart) and her hero Chris (who obviously adores her) at Valley Forge to photograph them at this point in their lives. It’s always a pleasure getting to know my couples during these sessions, as I love documenting their chemistry (and PDA!) We strolled around the gorgeous landscape, chased the yummy light, and overall simply had some good old fashioned fun. They are having a winter wedding in Philadelphia next year. Congrats guys!

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I’m so excited to share that these 5 images were recognized in the latest WPJA contest. Thank you! And thank you to my couples who trust me to document their wedding day. You all rock!

Meet the Manahan Family! A couple months ago we met up in High Bridge, NJ when everyone was home for the holidays. They are a lively bunch and braved the freezing cold temperatures to do their first ever family session. These are some of my favorites. Enjoy this preview!

Did you know I also shoot families?  I mean that in the nicest way possible!  I am happy to share this family session I did in the fall with an old high school classmate of mine and her family.  We met up at the Watchung Reservation and soaked up the sun and yummy fall colors. Enjoy this preview!

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I’m excited to share that this image earned me another Fearless Award!  Out of 10,000+ images, only 89 were chosen as award winners, so you can imagine (and do the math!) at how much this is a tremendous honor. Thank you to the Fearless Photographers organization and the dedicated judges from this round!  To see the rest of the award winners, click here.

About this image:  This was shot while I was second shooting for the uber talented (and very cute!) Todd Laffler. Their are many documents that need to be signed on a wedding day, and in this case the ketubah since it was a Jewish wedding.  One thing I have been learning and practicing is to keep shooting through the moments, especially after getting the “must have” or “safe” shot.  This was a split second where everyone must have gotten a little fidgety simultaneously… and snap! I guess so did I. 🙂

I’m so happy to share another amazing Philadelphia wedding with you!  You may remember Morgan & Mike from their engagement session in the spring.  Their big day finally arrived on a beautiful September afternoon in center city Philly, and it was quite an amazing day.  The ceremony was held at the First Presbyterian Church near Rittenhouse Square, followed by an epic fairy-tale reception at the prestigious Union League on Broad Street.

Get to know Morgan and Mike, in their own words:

The proposal: On December 11, 2015 after almost three years since our first date at Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA Mike popped the question in his own living room reciting a verse from “The Phantom of the Opera”, Morgan’s favorite Broadway Musical. After taking the obligatory selfie and having a glass of celebratory champagne, Mike then surprised Morgan by driving to her favorite restaurant for dinner where our parents were waiting to celebrate with them as well. It was definitely the night to remember.

Why did you choose your venue? We chose the Union League of Philadelphia as our venue mostly because of his historical grandeur, but also because Morgan spent a lot of time there growing up. She still attends the annual Father-Daughter dance every year with her Dad and sisters, and has always loved the traditional style of the venue

What were some of your favorite moments from your wedding day? Our wedding day went by in a flash, but it was amazing to see all of our hard work and planning pay off in what was the most spectacular day for both of us. The highlight for Morgan was the band, East River Project Band, who were simply the most amazing group of musicians. They are actually booked to play Morgan’s sister’s wedding in November of this year! Mike’s favorite moments were the morning trip to Federal Donuts, experiencing his first straight shave, seeing Morgan in her dress for the first time, officially tying the knot, our epic cake, and all of the fun and joy we experienced through the night. We made it a late night, moving the after party over to the Jazz Club across from the Union League, and topping it off with Insomnia cookies at 2AM, Mike’s favorite late night stop in the city.

What’s next on your calendar as a couple? After the wedding, we took a week long honeymoon to sunny Aruba! It was the first time there for both of us and it was just as picturesque as the photos make it seem. It was a great way to unwind, relax and de-stress from all of the wedding planning! We went abroad again for New Year’s, a week long trip to Ireland with Morgan’s parents. 2017 is sure to bring more business to Mike as he is a wedding photographer, but will also mean more weddings to attend as Morgan’s cousin ties the knot in March, and her sister in November.

Any advice for future couples planning their weddings? If your budget allows for it, book a live band! You will not regret it. Other than that, make sure your wedding is YOUR vision, not anyone else’s.

Thanks for sharing, M&M!!!  Best of luck to you both.

Holy crap this is a good one!!  Gina and Jon are two of a kind, and together they make one fantastic kick-ass couple.  I’m not going to write too much here, because I think their words below and the photos that tell their wedding story speak for themselves.  Enjoy!!

How they met: “All great love affairs start at 3AM in a bar right? Well ours did! We met in scenic Poughkeepsie, NY during Jon’s senior year at Marist College and Gina’s sophomore year. Legend has it that Jon’s dance moves were just too good that night and Gina didn’t stand a chance.Gina was actually looking for one of Jon’s friends and asked Jon where his buddy Ryan was. Jon said, “I don’t know where Ryan is, but I’m right here.” <— NICE

The proposal: “Gina and I took a trip to Iceland Memorial Day weekend 2015. The very first day of the trip we went on a pretty strenuous hike up to the site of the first Icelandic viking’s tomb, Hjörleifshaugur was the name of the dude. Pretty bad ass right?? Once I caught my breath and shimmy’ed the ring out of a crew sock, it was go time. We went with like 7 of our buddies from college so they were in on it. Best part was, when we got to the top of the mountain and I suggested we take a picture, Gina goes ‘ok, lets get this over with’. Then i dropped to a knee and popped the question. Our tour guide packed a couple bottles of champagne and it was epic.”

What’s next for you guys? “We’re most psyched about our honeymoon to Bali in late April. We both love to surf so it’s a dream destination for us. Other than that, we are heading to Mexico to surf. In between we will be living the west coast life in Santa Monica.”

Why did you choose your venue? “It’s funny, G and I wanted an outdoor, barn rustic type of place. Her parents wanted something a bit fancier. So we met in the middle and found The Stone House through a friend of ours who used to bartend there.”

Wedding day favorite moments: “First look, cruising in the VW, massive dance party with 180 of our closest friends, and a lot of tequila.”

Any advice for future couples planning their weddings? “Don’t take it too seriously. As long as the music is good, the food is decent, and the booze is flowing…everyone will have a good time.We have been having nothing but fun since we met in 2008 and our wedding day was no different. One thing I would say to other couples getting married is to take 3 times throughout their wedding day to just stop and take a look around and soak it in. Cheers!”

Meet Alicia & Alex! Their wedding was supposed to be a washout according to the weather guy, but thank the heavens (literally!) they were wrong again.  Terrain at Styers in Glen Mills, PA was the setting that day, and we all experienced a full range of emotions. From shy & quiet to sweet & sentimental, it all culminated in one of the best dance parties of the year!  When the dance floor got to be too small, this crew simply turned the speakers to the lawn and everyone danced their asses off outside under the stars.  Nice work, everyone!  As I like to do now, I am including their story, as told in their own words. Enjoy!

How they met: “We met at Amherst College in the beautiful Pioneer Valley. We lived in the same dorm freshmen year and took all the same classes. Junior year our best man pointed out that we had the same sense of humor and so Alex asked Alicia out on a date. Quickly it became clear that this was going to be a lasting relationship.”

The proposal: “We have been known to make videos of ourselves dancing to different pop songs and send them to friends inviting them to respond with a video of their own. Alex asked a group of our closest friends to film themselves dancing to Alicia’s then favorite pop song, Bruno Mars’ “Treasure”. He spliced the videos all together with everyone holding signs asking “will you marry me?” He surprised Alicia with the video late one night after she had worked an extra long shift as an intern. She came home exhausted, and I had already fallen asleep wearing my suit, but the smile on her face when I showed her the video made it all worth it. The following day her family came up to visit so we were able to celebrate with them, and we also made a “thank you” dance video of our own which was a blast.”

Why did you choose your venue? “Alicia found the venue Terrain online. I think it immediately caught her eye as having the right aesthetic as well as a low key and informal vibe that we were hoping for. It was also small and intimate and felt unique enough to match to our personalities.”

Wedding day favorite moments: The dancing turned out amazing. We definitely had high expectations which were exceeded thanks to our rowdy crew. They even decided to organically move the dance party outside under the cool fall stars for a beautiful finish to the evening.

Any advice for future couples planning their weddings? “Try to not stress over the little things, ask for help, and definitely recruit the input of your friends.”