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The TMI Team

It has been a busy several months at Tessa Marie Images. We moved into a new studio in the East Falls area of Philadelphia in February of this year. (Open house to come) We expanded our commercial department and will be photographing nearly 40 weddings in 2016. Jenessa had her first baby girl, precious Nora June (If you don’t follow her on IG, go do it now @Jenessa_Seiz) Mommy and baby are doing fantastically.

With all of the changes it was time to expand our team. Over the winter months, Jenessa helped to train Victoria Walters to take over second shooting responsibilities while she was on maternity leave. After only a couple of weddings it was clear to see she was the perfect fit. She has a great eye, takes initiative and is simply amazing with interacting with people.(Instagram: @ForkAndCrumb)

Jenessa will be returning at the end of July (we miss her so) and will continue to cover Lancaster based weddings, while Victoria will cover destination and Philadelphia based weddings.

Several months ago I spoke at Tyler School of Art, my beloved alma mater. There I met Haley Adair, a photography student who also grew up in Lancaster County. After grabbing coffee a couple of weeks later, I knew I had to offer her the internship position I was about to open up. And again we added another to the team. Haley is fantastic! She is a hard-worker and soaks up knowledge. She has an amazing and creative eye and captures people in a refreshing and beautiful way. (Instagram @HaleyRaeAdair)

I could go on and on about how much I adore these girls. You wanna get to know them, because they’re pretty awesome.

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- I am the eldest of four girls.

- I love to cook, have a food blog, and bake wedding cakes.

- I once won a rock climbing competition in the novice division.

- I was 12 minutes away from qualifying for the Boston marathon when I ran the Philly marathon in 2011.

- I studied abroad in Tokyo and the city stole my heart.

- I love to travel and have the goal to go somewhere new every year.

- I’m a singer and I sing in an Acapella group, In the Mix and at Epic Church on the worship team.

- My last meal would be my moms bechamel lasagna.

- My husband and I home brew beer.

- My sister and I just started a wedding planning business.

- I’m married to my better half and favorite person in the world.

- I love love and can’t wait to take your picture!

 

Some people know exactly what they want to be when they grow up, from an early age. I am not that girl. When I was little I thought I’d be an ice skater (for the uniform), then a designer (but I can’t draw), then a lawyer (I’m an accomplished argument starter), but when I entered college I finally had to choose. So I chose two tracks to hedge my bets; pre-med and business. My junior year I decided I didn’t have the drive to do medicine, even though I had the grades, so I graduated with a degree in international business and marketing. I worked a job in sales for 3 years before deciding I was bored and fed up and I found the job I’m in now as a strategist which opened me up to the world of freelancing. I never thought it’d be the life for me, being in business I always saw myself as a 9-5er or business owner. Discovering photography has encouraged me further into this freelance lifestyle. By 2020 more than 40% of the workforce will be freelancers, so why not pursue my many interests and make money at the same time? So what do I want to be when I grow up? Anything I want. I’ll strive to be the best I can be and learn something new every day. For now I am a photographer, strategist, Etsy shop runner, blog writer, wedding planner, and cake baker. I’ll wait to see whatever else the future has in store for me.

- V

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- I don’t like donuts and I’m not particularly fond of chocolate cake.

- I’m an avid tea drinker because I can’t drink coffee.

- My favorite foods are manicotti, quesadillas, and all fruits, and I love Mexican food but I am among the 4% of the population that hates cilantro.

- My mood from day to day really depends on how I feel my hair looks.

- If I didn’t decide to go to school for photography, it would have been interior design.

- My favorite things to photograph are are trees, myself, and interesting moments created by natural light in reflections, shadows, patterns, etc.

- I really love restaurants/bars/houses with rooftops, especially when they have a great view.

- Some of my favorite pastimes are watching all the indie movies on Netflix, and exploring the coffee shops of Philly while people watching.

 

One of the biggest things college taught me is that its okay to be introverted. I love doing things by myself, in fact I prefer it, but I used to try to force myself to try to be outgoing to fit in. But in the past few years – huge thanks to my college experience – I have learned that its okay go be quieter and its okay to like being  alone. So if I could give anyone in a similar situation a piece of advice, it would be to let yourself be yourself. If you allow yourself to do the things you like and become comfortable in your own skin, you will be so much more comfortable in all aspects of life – even those that require you to tap into the more outgoing side of your personality.

Another invaluable thing I’ve learned in the process is to be my own biggest fan – in life, in art, in relationships, everything. Especially in the art field, everyone is their own worst critic, so why not be your biggest supporter as well! Confidence really is key.

- H

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Good things ahead!
- T

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Kyle & Jenna {Wedding}

“Falling in love could be achieved in a single word – a glance.”

022-storyboardJenna & Kyle haven’t been together long, but the way they interact is as if it has been a lifetime. In just a short time they have built this life together that is so sweet and uncomplicated. Spend thirty seconds with these two and you are inspired by the ease at which they interact and the tangible love they have for one another.

Their wedding day was just another chapter in their love story, and beautiful it was. On a historic estate, friends and family gathered to take part in witnessing Jenna & Kyle pledge their forevers. Their precious babe was pulled down the aisle in a wagon and Tellur was able to witness mom and dad on their most special day. With personalized vows and the declaration from the pastor Jenna & Kyle were announced husband and wife.

Tucked away amongst scattered trees, standing tall and spreading their limbs, were barn wood tables, complete with eclectic china and the table drenched in purple flowers and sprinkled sunlight. The charm was off the chart.

The heat didn’t stop this party from happening. The crowd moved indoors and danced the night away. We stole away the couple for a sunset session to cap the evening off. The day was breathtaking from start to finish. Congratulations Jenna & Kyle, we are so honored to have taken part in your day!

- T

VENDORS:
Ceremony & Reception: Bear Mill Estate
Dress: Posh Bridal
Florist: Kerry Kegerise at Bear Mill Estate
DJ: DJ Freez
Cake: Oregon Dairy

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Ryan & Natalie {Wedding}

“Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.”
― Elinor Glyn
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Blue skies, a slight breeze and endless sun; the perfect combination for a beach wedding. Natalie and her girls got ready for the day at a gorgeous beach house just blocks from the ocean. Natalie, a hair dresser, looked breathtaking with her perfectly pinned back blonde hair topped with a jeweled hair piece. Her dress was the most wonderful combination of beach simplicity topped with just enough jewels to make it unbelievably classy.

Guests were asked to leave their shoes at the beach entrance as they gathered for the ceremony. A simple set up, with a wooden arbor and white flowers. Beach goers turned their chairs and craned their necks to get a view of the beautiful bride. Ryan, a historically known tough guy, shed a tear as the breathtaking Natalie walked towards him.

This reception took place at The Windrift Hotel, Avalon’s most coveted wedding location. Guests enjoyed indoor and outdoor spaces, the room laced in a nautical theme. The speeches were heartwarming and truly showed how loved this couple is. The special dances always get me and this wedding was no exception. Natalie teared up as she shared her dance with her father and then the dancing continued on. This group knows how to party, especially with the music skills from DJ Freez. 

We stole away the couple for a sunset session, Ryan scooping up his new bride and taking a quick walk in the water.

This day was perfect from start to finish and we couldn’t have asked for a more fun couple! Thank-you for choosing us to be a part of your special day!

- T

VENDORS:
Ceremony & Reception: Windrift Hotel Avalon, NJ
Dress: Renaissance Bridal
Grooms & Groomsmen attire: Joseph A. Banks
Florist: Karen Folwer
DJ: DJ Freez

For more of their love story, check out the engagement session here.

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Stephen & Hope {Wedding}

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

― Jane Austen, Pride And Prejudice
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By Sunday of this past week, we were venturing into our third wedding and with that comes a bit of exhaustion. But there was something about Hope and Stephen’s day that recharged every part of our creative juices. I think we could have kept shooting far past the sparkler exit.

Hope & Stephen are one of a kind. They have this goofy side that is ridiculously endearing and refreshing. Their day was beautiful, to the max. From the garden, in which they got married, paired with the string quartet and the most beautiful floral awning (by the amazing Petals with Style) where they said their I Do’s.

The manor was dripping with charm. An old library was tucked in the corner, where we stole away the couple for a quick photo. Stephen made individual wooden coasters for each guest that laid beautifully on the dinner dishes, providing an amazing contrast between rustic and chic.

And don’t get me started on the toasts. Stephen & Hope were showered with love as their closest friends declared their support and admiration. Hope’s dad shared from his heart, a mix of sentimentality and jokes. Bridesmaids and groomsmen shared how the couple have this love for God that is contagious and unshaken.

The party continued outdoors on a beautiful terrace, where DJ Mast brought the tunes, and everyone (including grandma) danced the night away.

I really cant describe how much I loved this day. I left feeling completely inspired and thinking “THAT” is why I do what I do. So honored to have captured this love story. Congratulations to Stephen and Hope!

- T

To see more of their love story, check out their engagement session here. 

VENDORS:
Ceremony & Reception Location: Brasenhill Mansion
Dress: In White
Cake: Cake Alfare
Florist: Petals with Style
DJ: DJ Mast
String Quartet: Vivace Strings
Transportation: Infinity Transportation Services
Hair & Makeup: Anne Aguilar

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Ryan & Colleen {Wedding}

“One day you will kiss a man you can’t breathe without and find that breath is of little consequence.”

― Karen Marie Moning

020-storyboardWe have been looking forward to this day since the moment Ryan & Colleen inquired on their June 4th date.

Ryan and Colleen are a couple you just want to be around. They are fun and have a passion for life which is so evident in the way they interact with one another and those around them.

The sun shone brightly, peaking in through the large windows of the ceremony space at St. Genevieve Church in Flourtown, PA. A short ride on the party bus hand delivered this energetic bridal party to individual golf carts, which you can bet we took absolute advantage of. The grounds at The Flourtown Country Club were simple perfect. Freshly cut greens, paired with blue skies and a centrally located pond, allowed for an endless array of gorgeous backdrops.

The party continued inside as old friends reunited and new friends were formed. Colleen’s bridesmaids delivered a medley that was nothing short of epic (church friends, pun intended). The customized cake topper was an exact replica of these two fitness gurus. And you could find flip-flops by the entrance to aid with an amazing evening of dancing. This crew knew how to party, complete with a “spin the bottle” dance off, that may take the prize for the coolest event I have yet to see at a reception.

There was something so special about the joy, not only from the couple, but from the friends and family that supported these two. It was truly an amazing thing to be a part of and we are honored to have been able to photograph this love story.

Best wishes to the new Mr. & Mrs. Wood!

For more about their love story, check out their engagement session here.

VENDORS:
Ceremony: St. Genevieve’s Church
Reception: Flourtown Country Club
Dress: Sabrina Anne
Groom & groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Valley Green | Center Pieces: Judy Baigis
Day of Coordinator: Bunny Doyles
DJ: Kens Entertainment
Cake: Lochel’s bakery
Catering: Flourtown Country Club
Hair: Salon 463
Makeup: Caitlin Fasano

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