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Mason & Kira {Wedding}

“Never above you. Never below you. Always beside you.”
- Walter McLaughlin032-storyboardMason and Kira are quite possibly the cutest couple we have photographed all year. They have a simple and easy kind of love and are so evidently supported by their friends and family.

Kira dreamed of a winter wedding. We met a few days before the big day to do a walk through in Center City and all signs pointed to a perfect celebration to come. Just enough leaves were hanging on to the arms of the trees to create a beautiful contrast of color and winter branches.

The day arrived and it was truly perfect from start to finish. The girls prepped in the beautiful bridal suite at Pen Ryn Estate. Kira was breathtaking. A gorgeous gown that she paired with a stunning fur shaw, made by one of the groomsmen. She was the perfect picture of modern class and elegance.
Kira’s nerves were instantly calmed as her soon to be husband embraced her during their first look.
Our next adventure was taking on Washington Square, we loaded up in party bus and galavanted all over the area, never once hearing a complaint from the bride and groom with the brisk weather they faced. A dream team to work with from the couple to the bridal party.
They said their sweet I Do’s at Tenth Presbyterian where readings were stated by friends and family and their marriage was blessed by prayer.
The day continued back at Pen Ryn with delicious hors d’oeuvre, speeches by the maid of honor and best man and of course the precious dances between mother and son and father and daughter.

What a spectacular day it was. We were so very honored to be able to document such a sweet couple and pray God tremendously blessed your new marriage!

- T

VENDORS:
Ceremony: Tenth Presbyterian Church
Reception: Pen Ryn Estate
Dress: The Country Bride and Gent
Groom & groomsmen attire: Country Bride and Gent
Florist: Alicia Ward
DJ: Bill Hence
Cake: Isgros
Catering: Pen Ryn Estate
Hair & Makeup: Do or Dye Salon

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Dan & Jaclyn {Engaged}

“And we’ll build this love from the ground up
Now ’til forever it’s all of me, all of you
Just take my hand
And I’ll be the man your dad hoped that I’d be”005-storyboard2017 couples for the win, seriously, I’m not sure how we got the best couples around.

I met Dan & Jaclyn right outside of their home in the beautiful and historic Queens Village area of Philadelphia. We walked the streets (skipping and dancing at times) chatting about their relationship and all the plans for the future, even photographing in the very spot where Jackie said yes to Dan’s proposal. Engagement sessions really are my favorite. It is a relaxed time that allows me to learn so much about a couple.

Dan and Jaclyn were nervous at first, noting how they couldn’t believe it was now them in front of the camera. (The streets of Philadelphia are no stranger to engagement sessions) But they settled in to the comfort they find with being with one another and knocked their session out of the park.

August 25th is going to be a good one.

- T
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Alex & Jes {Engaged}

“You’re nothing short of my everything.”
-Ralph Block
001-storyboardMusic and location are two very bonding things. In this particular case, it was Phish and Philadelphia.

Alex and Jes are SERIOUS Phish fans. After chatting with them, (and then later looking up Phish), it is a pretty special thing that this connection brought them together. While at a Phish concert in Saratoga Springs, NY the two realized they were both from the Philly area. A week later, they planned to drive to another show together. And yet again, it was another Phish show (I told you they were serious fans), they met up once more.

Music brought them together, location made it easy and their obvious connection sealed the deal.

On a very seasonably warm November evening, we met and ventured back to what possibly is my favorite location of all time. I really need to find better adjectives than cool, amazing and magical. Not only was the location just that, but so are Alex and Jes. They are simply fun to be around and are naturals in front of the camera.

We cannot wait to celebrate with them in just over a year at the beautiful Tendenza. Thank-you both for showing me the best spot in Philadelphia and for putting up with my raspy (barely existent) voice! You’re champs and we are honored to be photographing your love story.

- T

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Chris & Sheri {Wedding}

“Take my hand, I won’t let go.
We’ve waited so long.
And all my life I walked alone, to you, my heart, my home.”021-storyboardWinter came early this year and it blew in with a vengeance the morning of November 20th. Chris and Sheri have been together for over ten years, so there was really nothing that was going to get in the way of their special day.

While the weather threatened to keep us indoors; Sheri, Chris and bridal party were up for the winter winds. They never once complained, but rather embraced the circumstances head on. The Homestead is a beauty outdoors, so we are so very grateful for a couple with an adventurous attitude.

While the winds blew outside, the ceremony took place in the quaint tobacco barn, with its cream walls and high ceiling, the heaters warmed the guests as the Jewish traditions took place. There is something so very special about a ceremony laced with traditions that have been taking place for decades. With the breaking of the glass, the party continued as guests found their seats in the grand barn.

It is so evident how loved and supported this couple is by all of their friends and families, not only did the best man and man of honor share heartfelt speeches, but the parents as well.

As the evening came to a close, the pretzel truck pulled in, treating guests to warm and doughy pretzels. The perfect topper to this beautiful day.

Congratulations Chris and Sheri! Thank-you for allowing us to be a part of your special day!

- T

VENDORS:
Ceremony & reception venue: The Stoltzfus Homestead
Dress: Davids Bridal
Florist: Pearls & Petals
Day of Coordinator: Dawn Waltman with Stoltzfus Homestead
DJ: R Lawrence DJ
Videographer: Ace Media
Cake: House of Clarendon
Catering: Hess BBQ
Additional Vendors: Dutch Country Soft Pretzels Truck
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Don & Ashleigh {Engaged}

“Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds,
or bends with the remover to remove:
Oh, no! It is an ever-fixed mark.
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
it is the start to every wandering bark,
whose worth’s unknown,
although his height be taken.”
Sense & Sensibility
007-storyboardWe are squeezing out every last drop of Fall, and thankfully the season is being so good to us. I met Ashleigh and Don at Springton Manor where we were welcomed with a ridiculously beautiful evening. The trees have started to lose their leaves, leaving the skeleton of branches which creates these textures and reflections that can only be found in late Fall and Winter.

This couple was particularly nervous, which is always a good sign on my end. For whatever reason, the couples that start the most nervous end up being pros in front of the lens. Don and Ashleigh did just that. They interacted with ease, Don keeping a smile on Ashleigh’s face pretty much the entire length of our evening.

We ended the night with me continuing to ask questions about their relationship. They have so many sweet stories and connections. I guess that is what happens after 12 years of dating. The two are high-school sweethearts and have weathered the years of changes from graduation to college, grad school, moving and so on. There is always such an evident depth with couples that have endured the ups and downs of life through years of seasons.

A big part of their current life is their pup Nala. She joined us with all of her energy and even put on a happy face for her family picture.

Within minutes of departing, the clouds quickly rolled in, blanketing the County with a dark light. It held off just long enough to allow us to get all these pretty images. Don and Ashleigh, you crushed it.

- T
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