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Andrew & Brittany {Engaged}

“I don’t believe in magic.”
The young boy said.
The old man smiled.
“You will, when you see her.”
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Giggles from start to finish. Andrew and Britt bring the fun side out from one another. Instantly, they were comfortable in front of the camera, which made my job a breeze. The weather was calling for a downpour, but far in the distance. As we began our session it seemed the weather was approaching quite faster than expected. This meant rapid fire to fit in everything we wanted for the evening!

Andrew & Britt rolled with it, still at such ease with one another even with the underlying rush of the session. Brittany is a babe and so clearly adored by her counterpart, Andrew. There is this goofy and playful quality to their relationship which is so endearing. The two brought their two spunky pups, which added such a fun aspect to the shoot.

With the clouds looming in the distance, we knew we were pressed for time. Squeezing out every last moment of dry skies we photographed till the clouds decided to outpour. As we ran back to the car, I could feel the couple had one more shot in them. Knowing we only had a few more minutes before we were drenched, I grabbed a flash from my car, position the couple in front of it and spent the next 30 seconds playing in the rain.

Let me tell you, the image that came out of it, may be one of my favorites to date. Thank-you to this amazing couple for being flexible and a whole load of fun. That rain…worth it.

- T

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Sam & Kora {Brunch Wedding}

“But you’ve slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.”
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

055-storyboardSo much good to say about this day, so much love for this couple.

Sam & Kora planned their wedding in under three months. With engagements stretching years, that is most definitely a daunting task. But there is something to that. The day fell together perfectly and every fiber of it was about the couple and their love.

I met the bride at her parent’s home early in the morning, where her sister, fresh off of a plane and a full day of moving, was putting the finishing touches on hair and makeup (Maid of Honor for the WIN.) The bride’s mom was steaming the gown and her grandma came to join the celebration. As the new day unfolded, Dad threw together some scrambled eggs and put on a pot of coffee.

Kora is vivacious. A classic beauty. Her mom helped her slip into her elegant, beaded gown, adorning the look with simple pearl earrings. Of course, surrounded by her best girls (including grandma) we took some time to photograph the whole group.

Wrapping up with the girls, I traveled to Bryn Athyn. I had heard of this hidden Philadelphia gem and was anxious to see it in person. This church quite literally took my breath away; with its sweeping pillars and perfectly manicured lawns, it was something I feel I’ve seen in the rolling countryside of England, not Philadelphia. Yet here it was in all of its beauty. The weather perfectly matched the feel of this location; a misty and cool morning, full overcast.

The ceremony began and through the opened church doors, the sun decided to peek out. We had been watching the weather closely, a day that called for downpour held off magical for this bride and groom.

I see a lot of weddings, and I am always so appreciative of a minister that keeps things lively and dynamic. Sam and Kora’s ceremony fell perfectly under this description. Poems were read by friends and the whole event felt so sacred, heavy with the weight of the commitment the two were making but in such a blessed way. It is so evident how very loved and supported these two are by their friends and family.

Kora’s long veil blew perfectly in the wind, as I had to stop myself from photographing all afternoon on the grounds of Bryn Athyn. We ventured to brunch, located at The Blue Bell Inn. Let me tell you, this place KNOWS how to do brunch. Tucked away inside, the clouds opened and the called-for-rain came in perfect timing. Guest enjoyed endless brunch options, from a custom omelette station to waffles, sausage, french toast, fruit…and of course, plenty of coffee.

What a sweet celebration, what an amazing couple. I was so honored to be a part of this day! Thank-you for choosing me to document the whole celebration!

- T

Ceremony Venue: Bryn Athyn Cathedral
Reception Venue: Blue Bell Inn

VENDORS:
Wedding Dress: Sabrina Ann (Theia gown)
Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: Joseph Abboud
Florist: Valleygreen
Catering: Blue Bell Inn 

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Dan & Jackie {Wedding}

“You are every lovely word I could possibly think of.”
037-storyboardOne of the BEST parts of our job, is getting to spend a whole day with a couple and feeling like we’re just hanging with our best friends. Dan & Jackie’s day couldn’t have been more chill or more fun. These two are selfless through and through. They care so deeply for their friends and family and put others above themselves. Even with their vendors, we started the day with gifts from the bride and groom; a lens coffee mug for us and baby clothes for the videographer, who had just welcomed a little one into the world a few weeks prior. Pouring out love to others, it is just the kind of people Dan and Jackie are.

Following with the trend of the past several weeks, the weather felt more like Fall then the end of summer. It was if you could smell the changing season in the air (although a few weeks early – we will take it). The bride stepped into her gown tucked away in one of the many classy rooms at The Cork Factory, marked by its exposed brick and chic decor.

The bridesmaids and groomsmen portraits proved that we had an entertaining group on our hands. In “boys will be boys” fashion, these gentleman posed in their best football formation and grabbed a hotel cart for a quick ride.

The couple comes from Philadelphia and were dying for a bit of that Lancaster County Country magic in some of their photos. After a short ride to a nearby park, we took advantage of the lush greens and budding flowers, ending with a classic Lancaster County covered bridge. All the good things were happening.

Back at the venue, Dan and Jackie said their I Do’s under the most beautiful floral hanging ladder. With a sweeping kiss the deed was done and the new Mr. & Mrs. McCarty were introduced to their excited friends and family.

The rest of the evening was the most perfect celebration; sentimental speeches, sweet dances and of course a whole lot of getting down on the dance floor. The day was wonderful from start to finish.

Thanks for choosing us to be a part of it! You guys are the best!

- T

Second Photographer: Victoria Walters

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Cork Factory

VENDORS:
Wedding Dress: Demetrios Bride
Bridesmaids Attire: Country Way Bridal (Haddonfield, NJ)
Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: Joseph A Banks
Florist: Petals with Style
DJ/Entertainment Services: Paul with Complete Wedding & Events
Videographer: Christopher Lee Films
Cake: Bakers Table
Catering: Cork Factory
Hair & Makeup: Plum Salon and Spa
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Andrea & Addison {Engaged}

“I’m much more me when I’m with you.”001-storyboard Busy season is good…don’t get me wrong. We just get in the zone and have a blast creating new imagery, hanging with our awesome couples along the way. But then there are some days where we feel real tired and quite frankly, unmotivated. With a few crazy weeks behind us, this past Sunday, Haley and I were feeling the exhaustion.

We traveled to historic Chestertown, a quaint little town tucked away in Kent County, Maryland. It was something out of a movie set. Surrounded by a beautiful lake that feeds into the nearby Bay, boats are docked by gorgeous homes. There is a peace that fills the street. Just entering the town offered these two tired photographers a much needed breath of fresh air and an invigoration for the evening ahead.

Then we got to hang with Andrea and Addison and all our energy returned. Seriously, they couldn’t have made the night more fun. We walked the streets of the little town, which holds a ton of sentimentality for this couple. Addison’s parents own a home right on the water and over the last year plus, they have spent holidays and weekends away taking in some of the most beautiful sunsets this side of the Mississippi. Truly, they are unrivaled.

We ended the evening taking in one of these amazing sunsets, as Addison and Andrea popped champagne on the dock. We were welcomed into the Haller’s home afterwards and chatted about how small the world is when you grow up in Lancaster County and getting to hear more about how this couple’s love story unfolded. By the end of the evening it felt as if we had spent the previous few hours with old dear friends.

Andrea and Addison, THANK-YOU for making our job so fun and so worthwhile. You guys remind us why we feel so very privileged to get to do what we do. Cannot wait for August 11th.

- T
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Ian & Hannah {Engaged}

 

“To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything.” — T. Tolis070-storyboardIan + Hannah, the perfect combo. The internet wins again with these two starting off by meeting on the world wide web. Ian was in the Army and it was Memorial Day, so naturally, Hannah needed to “like” this dapper man. What began as a joke is now continuing with a marriage. Life is pretty great like that.

I had the pleasure of attending Tyler School of Art with Hannah as we both studied photography. Now both in our careers, I am ecstatic (and honored) to be photographing her love story. We met on a beautiful evening at one of my favorite spots in the city, Head House Square, directly in front of the spot they had their first date, The Twisted Tail.

It took about ten seconds in front of the camera to know I was just gifted with another insanely amazing couple. These two interact with such ease and it is so evident that Ian adores his girl. These two = Power Couple.

Hannah is a badass through and through. I LOVE how she describes her style: executive punk. Trashy to classy in under 60 seconds. Art school grunge mixed with classic DC chic and throw in a healthy bit of hippie. Her other half, Ian, is the perfect balance. Simple and to the point, sometimes absurd but enjoys getting classy when it’s called for. Very forward in appearance and personality.

Our night continued with meeting up with another mutual art school friend, who allowed us to climb up onto his roof for what may be the best view of pretty Philadelphia I have yet to see. Continuing with the bad ass theme, Ian popped some champagne with a massive kitchen knife and the two kissed as the sun set.

Their wedding is sure to be nothing short of amazing. Most likely out of the ordinary, in the absolute best way. Is it Sept 1, 2018 yet?

- T

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