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Jeff & Jess {Engaged}

“Call it fate, destiny, call it luck you ended up with me
But some things are meant to be
Coincidence, circumstance
Or something bigger thats just out of our hands
But some things are meant to be.”
Sammy Kershaw001-storyboard This session was EXTRA special for me. I adore all of my couples, but when they are friends beforehand…it is even better. I’ve served alongside Jeff on the worship team at our church in Philadelphia, Epic, for several years now. And as of recently, jammed with him in the band, The Electives. He is one of the best guys I know. I met Jess through him, and obviously he chose a keeper. Jess is the sweetest, a loyal friend with the biggest heart. Together, they take the cake for greatest couple around.

Jess was working for LaSalle where Jeff was in grad school. They ended up getting each other’s numbers and Jeff asked Jess for help on an assignment…quite the excuse, as Jess says she never actually ended up helping him with any assignment. Over some brief conversation they realized they literally lived RIGHT around the corner from one another. Naturally, drinks at the cute corner bar was a must. For their engagement session, we met right outside that same bar, photographing at the exact location of their first date.

Now three years later they have traveled very far from that corner bar together, from St. Thomas and Costa Rica, to Paris and San Diego, and of course, plenty of road trips. Just as much as they love traveling they’re always up for a quiet night in or an evening out playing quizzo (seriously, I’ve experienced it…they are legends).

It has been their faith that has shaped and grown their relationship. Jeff introduced Jess to the community at Epic Church, where they both serve on teams and are apart of lifegroups. And who could forget their child, Bayley; the pup that Jeff is happy to adopt.

Jess expressed that she has never been so confident in something as she is in their relationship, primarily due to his love for her and for Jesus. And as Jeff said during the proposal, he has believed in them all along.

It is a VERY RARE occurrence that I am a guest at a wedding with no responsibilities, but I will be handing over control to Haley and Victoria and could not be more excited to celebrate with Jeff & Jess in this upcoming summer wedding.

Love you guys, and so stoked to witness how God is going to use your relationship for some awesome things.

- T

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David & Dawn {Engaged}

“Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.” Carolyn Gold Helibrun001-storyboard Meeting out one evening, simple, yet this story is becoming more scarce. It was just a night like this, in Philadelphia, that Dawn & David met. While neither can remember exactly who approached who; Dawn would like to think that she strutted across the bar, parting the sea of people to approach her now fiance (I’m going to stick with that being the correct version). It has now been almost two years of memories, from beginning dating, to the proposal and all of the details that come with planning a wedding.

I officially met these two on a BEAUTIFUL evening in the city that brought them together. Philadelphia was showing off, with it’s golden hour drenching the building with warm light. Trees are still holding onto their leaves, with the warmer Fall months we have had. Dawn and David were obviously apprehensive about the process but quickly eased in and flawlessly interacted.

A party awaits this coming September and it is sure to be a good one!

- T
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Michael & Rachel {E-Session by Haley}

“I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you, not only for what you have made of yourself but for what you are making of me”

- Roy Croft

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Meet Rachel, Michael and Oliver – the cutest little family.  I met these three near their home in the Fairmount/Art Museum area, and it made the perfect backdrop for their engagement photos. Thanks to the unusually warm November weather, we had a great time walking around to all their favorite spots, including the Barnes where they had their first date! And at the end we were rewarded with the BEST sunset I’ve seen in a while.

Michael and Rachel both have jobs in banking, and met at work. Even though they now work at rival banks, their relationship stayed strong. These two are so sweet, stylish, and in love and all that made my job super easy. I’m already looking forward to their wedding next November!

- H

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Justin & Cecilia {E-Session by Haley}

In all the world there is no heart for me like yours.

In all the world there is no love for you like mine.

- Maya Angelou

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Cecilia and Justin are each other’s perfect compliment. They are both calm and understanding but have the ability to be silly, have fun, and laugh with each other. Their shoot took me to Rocks State Park in Maryland where the leaves had just turned to the perfect shades of red and orange, and the overlook we made our way to at the end of the session gave the perfect panoramic view of the beautiful foliage.

The Spanish soccer jerseys made an appearance because Spain plays an important part in their relationship. Justin and Cecilia met in Spanish class their freshman year at college, which led to the most college date which I’m sure many can relate to – getting pizza on a random week night on campus and talking for hours after, only to be cut short when they realized class started at 8am the next day. But their love for each other, and Spanish, flourished from there. Cecilia went on to become a high school Spanish teacher, and one of their most treasured memories is their trip to Barcelona, where Justin proposed in the Barcelona soccer stadium!

I had the best time getting to know these two a little better, and I have to say their venue is one that I am most excited to work in next year – it is a working glass blowing studio, and I can only imagine the fantastic and unique photos we will create together. So be sure to look out for that next June!

- H

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Avy & Michaela {Engaged}

“Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.”
- Carolyn Gold Helibrun001-storyboard These two are CHAMPS. Winter came in with a vengeance, what was just sunny and 75 a few days ago has turned to blustery and 35. Thankfully the leaves didn’t get the memo and Avy & Michaela were up to conquer the evening. Not once did they complain about the chilly temperature, rather, they spent the evening cuddling and making my job easy peasy.

Avy & Michaela met at NC State, more specifically during a missions trip to Philadelphia with their campus ministry. The significance of the two locations couldn’t be more fitting. Avy is a North Carolina native while Michaela is a PA gal. Their lives have now been built in Raleigh where Michaela is wrapping up schooling (just in time to get married) and Avy with a job in his profession.

These two are the sweetest. Holding of utmost value, their faith, which strengthens any relationship and brings it to a deeper level. I had the pleasure of photographing Michaela’s sister’s wedding almost exactly a year ago so I know how special this family is. I couldn’t be more honored to be a part of another celebration!

- T
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