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Ryan & Kelly {Wedding}

“We can always look back at what we did
All these memories of you and me baby
But right now it’s you and me forever girl
And you know we could do better than anything that we did
You know that you and me, we could do anything”
- You and Me | Dave Matthews 001-storyboardI met Ryan and Kelly while photography a good friend’s wedding last summer. Once they inquired about their wedding date, and we chatted a bit about their day, I had a great feeling about this couple.

Ryan and Kelly met at Marywood University, and you better believe their college squad showed up to celebrate the marriage of these two. This couple is so easy-going and fun. This was apparent right off the bat by the laid back demeanor of both the bride and groom.

June has not been very nice to those in the wedding industry. Lots of rainy weekends which can often times make our jobs a bit more difficult. But it is couples like Ryan and Kelly that make the work so very worth it. While the rain came and went all day, nothing could deter form the true meaning behind the day. Pockets of sunshine peeked through as this flexible bride and groom allowed us to pull them in and out of their party.

When asked what the three most important things to this couple are, they said family, faith and community. And that could not have been more evident. The two said their I Do’s in a beautiful Catholic Church, bathed in natural light and surrounded by supporting friends and family. One of my favorite moments of the day was when Kelly slipped away before the ceremony to pray to the Blessed Mother Mary in a courtyard nearby. Her father later expressed in his speech that Kelly has this deep faith, and even with little words about it, her actions throughout the afternoon so clearly pointed towards that fact.

The party continued at Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club in Fort Washington, where guests were gifted not just one, but two beautiful rainbows. The speeches were incredible, sentimental yet fun, with one of the most tear jerking father speeches we have yet to hear.

The dancing continued late into the night as the new Mr. & Mrs. Duggan celebrated their marriage. Haley and I were extremely honored to be a part of your day! We hope you enjoy a little visual sneak of the beauty that was June 17, 2017.

- T & H

Second Photographer: Haley Adair

Ceremony Venue: Saint Alphonsus Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club

VENDORS:
Dress: Darianna Bridal and Tuxedo
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Darianna Bridal and Tuxedo
Florist: Angel Rose & Elite Florist
Wedding Planner: Linda Hower
DJ/Entertainment Services: Jon Ardito Entertainment
Videographer: Shawn Fisher Productions
Cake: Ann’s Cake Pan
Catering: Manufacturers’ Golf and Country Club 
Hair & Makeup: Sugar Salon and Spa

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Matt & Katie {Engaged}

“Love; it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you. It will set you free.”  - Mumford & Sons

012-storyboardJune has thrown us a curve ball this year, what typically is mild and pleasant temperatures has been replaced with two extremes: cold & hot. But again and again, couple after couple, they embrace the temperatures and go with it. Matt and Katie were no exception. It was a hot evening in Philadelphia with temperatures tipping over 95 degrees, but this couple embraced it all.

Matt and Katie have a certain ease about them. They are go with the flow and such obvious fans of one another. They bring a silly side out from each other but yet it is so evident that their relationship has a strong depth to it.

We are preparing for another hot one in just over a month as the two will wed in the Poconos on July 29th. It is certain to be a party. Haley and I cannot wait!

- T & H

Second Photographer: Haley Adair
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Winston & Katherine {Engaged}

“I’m so in love, every time I look at you my soul gets dizzy.” Jaesse Tyler 

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Quite possibly our favorite engagement session of all time. Katherine came to me with the idea of the Philadelphia Lantern Festival a few months back and you better believe Haley and I’s eyes lit up at the idea. But we had no idea how magical the event would really be…

Winston and Katherine met in college through their friend Peter, a soon to be groomsmen in their 2018 summer wedding. They don’t quite agree on when their first date was. Katherine thinks it was the first time Winston asked her to lunch at a sandwich shop. Winston thinks it was a few days later when they went to dinner for the first time. Katherine considers herself the more introvert of the two and spent her time quietly listening to the chatty guy across the table. She was nervous, but Winston’s outgoing personality had a way of calming her nerves.

They have experienced a lot through their relationship; family trips, long distance years, moving to NYC together and a whole lot of good times. Their relationship is playful yet grounded in support for one another’s dreams and aspirations. Their cat, Autumn, dog, Rey and their friend group are amongst their most important things in life.

So on a warm June evening, Haley and I made the trek to Mohnton the perfect location for over 11,000 lanterns to be released into the sky just hours later. The sold out event was a bustle of activity from moon bounces, delicious carnival cuisine, a DJ that kept the party going and a variety of lawn games. The price of admission came with the cutest smores box, complete with a lighter for the lantern and a mini sharpie to write the wishes on the lantern.

We embraced the crowds as Winston and Katherine literally danced amongst the mob. The warm sun slowly set and with it, the temperatures dropped and a slight breeze kept the heat at bay. As dust approached we gathered around one of the hundreds of fire pits and ate a few too many smores (they probably blame this on the fact that I COULD NOT stop taking photos). The whole night felt relaxed, casual and inspiring.

And then it was time to light the lanterns…

I’m known to make sweeping dramatic statements, but truly, I have never witnessed something so magical. Amongst the flurry of making sure we were getting plenty of images, we looked up and took in the site. 11,000 lanterns soaring into the sky, flickering against the dark backdrop…it was magic in the truest form.

Winston and Katherine, THANK-YOU for such a fabulous evening. For not only coming up with the most EPIC idea but for being so fun and easy to hang with. We are insanely excited to continue to document your love story.

- T & H

Second Shooter: Haley Adair

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Andrew & Sheri {Wedding}

 

“May these vows and this marriage be blessed.
May it be sweet milk,
this marriage, like wine and halvah.
May this marriage offer fruit and shade
like the date palm.
May this marriage be full of laughter,
our every day a day in paradise.
May this marriage be a sign of compassion,
a seal of happiness here and hereafter.
May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,
an omen as welcomes the moon in a clear blue sky.
I am out of words to describe
how spirit mingles in this marriage.”

 

by Rumi

028-storyboardDirectly on Broad Street, the primary road that stretches North to South through Philadelphia, is Congregation Rodeph Shalom. The synagogue is spilling with history, with it being the oldest Ashkenazic synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, dating back to 1795. With that rich heritage, it was bound to be a special ceremony that took place within the walls on June 11, 2017.

The weather did not speak of June but rather the deep days of summer, with temperatures reaching nearly 100 degrees. But the heat had nothing on Andrew and Sheri. The morning had a quiet peace about it. Sheri and her sister, with future sister in law, had their makeup and hair set in a room drenched with natural light. The historic building had upgrades done in the last couple of years, and it now creates the perfect mix of modern and historic. The boys tied their ties and laced their shoes. What followed was a sweet first look, where Andrew held back tears at the sight of his wife-to-be.

The ceremony venue was breathtaking, with its sweeping ceilings and stretching stain glass windows. Andrew and Sheri said their I Do’s in the exact same location as Sheri’s parents 33 years prior. The words from the Rabbi were sweet yet true to the sacrament of marriage. Just minutes before they walked down the aisle, the sacred tradition of signing the ketubah took place where the family shared in this integral tradition that marks a Jewish marriage.

There is something so lovely about history and culture blended together to honor a new marriage. Such a solid foundation, modeled by both sets of parents and supported by so many friends that have arrived through all the seasons of both Andrew and Sheri’s lives.

After several sentimental toasts from the parents, a poem from the maid of honor and a lighthearted speech from the best man, the party began. You wouldn’t have thought it was a mid afternoon on a Sunday, as EBE brought the energy and the dance floor remained packed.

We stole Andrew and Sheri away for an additional mini couple session. At one point, Andrew looked over at Sheri in mid photos, and in the most genuine tone I have ever heard from a groom exclaimed, “Isn’t she gorgeous, how did I get so lucky?”

This is truly a special couple, not only do they compliment each other with their interests, but their values and integrity go far beyond the surface. Their marriage is surely to be one marked with compassion, virtue and honesty. Praying a crazy amount of blessings on your new marriage! We were so honored to be a part of your day.

Mazel Tov!

- T

Second Photographer: Haley Adair

Engagement Session: Andrew & Sheri {Engaged}

VENDORS:
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Congregation Rodeph Shalom
Wedding Dress: BHLDN
Groom’s Attire: Indochino
Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux
Florist: Robertsons
Entertainment Service: EBE Sydney
Cake & Catering: Feast Your Eyes
Hair: Arielle with Arielle Katrina Hair 
Makeup: Shimmer and Spice

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Noah & Catherine {Wedding}

“Because I could watch you for a single minute, and find a thousand things I love about you.” -Unknown
017-storyboardI rarely get emotional on wedding days because I am so focused on capturing everything that’s happening, but this day was not one of those days. Best friends falling in love may be my favorite love story, and it is the one that Noah and Catherine share. There is just something about two people that have known each other for years, through all life’s ups and downs, finally realizing they are meant to be together. With the foundation of that closeness and friendship, then adding romantic love, it can only be a mix for a solid marriage.

As our morning began, the girls dressed and did final makeup and hair touch ups while in the adjacent room the guys tied their ties and put on their jackets, and the brothers even had time for a quick game of chess. Noah and Catherine exchanged letters just before seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day, heightening the anticipation of what was sure to be an emotional first look. By this time it was all we could do to keep the excited groom from turning around to see his bride as she made sure her dress and veil were just right. Their reactions did not disappoint as they shared a few moments together before we joined the bridal party on the caravan of golf carts leading us around to the most picturesque spots on the golf course at Old York Country Club.

The rain held off just long enough for Noah and Catherine’s outdoor vows. Catherine’s pastor gave a heartfelt message to the couple and their closest family and friends, reminding the couple of how loved and supported they are by everyone in attendance. Together they built a three piece cross to be a decoration in their home together as a reminder of the vows and commitment they have made to each other.

The newlyweds entered the ballroom and were greeted by their bridal party, family and friends, and Catherine’s great-grandmother, Maga, for a traditional Polish blessing. After first dances, toasts, and dinner the MC for the night led the guests in a table dance that got everyone on their feet and onto the dance floor where they stayed for the rest of the night.

I couldn’t have asked for a better couple as my first wedding lead shooting for TMI. Every love story is unique and it is always an honor to be able to play a part in capturing that, but the bond that Noah and Catherine share is just so sweet and genuine. Victoria and I had so much fun getting to know this couple and their bridal party, and we wish you all the love and happiness!

- H

Lead Photographer: Haley Adair
Second Photographer: Victoria Walters

VENDORS:
Ceremony & Reception: Old York Country Club
Wedding Dress: Fantasy Wedding by Anna Marie (Robinsville, NJ)
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Designs by Linda
Day of Coordinator: Melanie Szakielo
DJ/Entertainment: Encore Entertainment
Cake & Catering: Old York Country Club
Hair & Makeup: Anthony Vincent’s Salon
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