“Love is like a friendship caught on fire.”
- Jeremy TaylorI knew this would be a day to remember from the first moment Andrew and Taylor booked, to say I was excited for the celebration in Philadelphia is an understatement.
Andrew & Taylor have quite a history, reaching back all the way to 8th grade. So this wedding was highly anticipated and long awaited for by all of those in attendance. When there is that many years of a love story being formed, it takes the depth of a relationship to a whole other level. There is something so special about two people who have been through almost every season together. From awkward middle school dances to the drama and changes highschool brings, to college days where they attended the best school around (you already know, T for Temple U) and continuing with their career choices. Through it all, they had each other, and that’s just pretty cool.
The day was a party from start to finish. From the amazing bridal party to the epic dancing that came at the reception. Philadelphia was a major theme; a city where the couple went to college, work and continue to live in. The rain held off and the sun decided to shine as we ventured in a party bus to the most Philly scene of all, the PMA (aka the Rocky steps).
Back on City Avenue, the ceremony took place in front of 200 friends and family. The Hilton was decked out for the continued celebration, with high ceilings and regal crystal chandeliers. The couple was welcomed into their reception with loud cheers as they stepped out onto the balcony, waving and beaming from ear to ear.
Sweet dances took place between mother and son and father and daughter and a heartfelt speech was given by the bride’s father, expressing that this love was simply fate and the sentimentality of giving away his daughter just a stone-throw away from the hospital in which she was born.
This day could not have been more fun. What a celebration of a true love! We were honored to be there. Thanks for inviting us to the party!
Second Photographer: Haley Adair
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
Dress: Davids Bridal (Springfield)
Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: Mens Wearhouse
Florist: Condon Flower Cart
DJ/Entertainment Services: Kevin Henley
Cake: Isgro Bakery
Catering: The Hilton
Hair & Makeup: Salon Belisima (SpringField)
“He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began.” -Leo Tolstoy’s Anna KareninaMatt & Megan are the sweetest pair and from the beginning, they were simply meant to be.
It was a cloudy day in Lancaster County as we pulled up to The Booking House, a gem in Manheim and truly one of our favorite spots to photograph at. The girls were busy with last minute hair and makeup details. The boys relaxed with a glass of whiskey, tying their ties and bowties and buttoning their suits.
Megan’s dress patiently awaited its debut; a classic gown marked with casual elegance and femininity. Her mom helped to zip her in and the last minute touches of the gold diamond earrings were placed. The girls slipped into their dusty blue, floor length gowns and the day was set to begin.
A quick first look with Megan’s first love, her dad, took place and following, Megan got to got see her groom. Matt stood with anticipation, waiting for the word that he could turn and see his bride. Once he did, he couldn’t keep his eyes off of her for the rest of the day.
The whole afternoon had this unhurried peace about it. Often times when a couple does not have an engagement session, it takes a little more work on our end to make sure they are comfortable in front of the camera. Not the case with this couple. They were simply content to be with one another. Quick kisses and such ease of interaction made for authenticity in front of our lenses. A dream bride and groom from start to finish.
Indoors, guests arrived and were welcomed with a glass of champagne. The ceremony took place in the history restored warehouse, complete with wooden beams, exposed brick and of course, the multiple crystal chandeliers.
The guests ventured to cocktail hour while the magic began as the ceremony room was flipped into the most exquisite reception space. From the moment we saw the barnwood head table; with tall candelabra, the most beautiful greens from Petals with Style and enveloped in white drapery, our jaw couldn’t leave the ground (and our cameras couldn’t stop snapping). This layout definitely took the prize for most beautiful ceremony space we have seen.
Dinner was served as the celebration continued. The dance floor was packed with this fun bunch. Just before the evening ended a special treat arrived in the form of an ice cream truck where guests indulged their sweet tooth.
Days like these make us so very grateful for the privilege it is to photograph such sweet love stories. Thank-you for allowing us to be a part of it!
Second Photographer: Haley Adair
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Booking House
Dress: Hayley Paige Blush collection
Florist: Petals with Style
Day of Coordinator: David Cole Snook with Mx2 Event Design
DJ/Entertainment Services: 3West Productions
Videographer: Nick at Visual Rose
Catering: Rettews Catering
Hair & Makeup: MKUP The Beauty Studio
Lickity Split Ice Cream Truck
Barnes Handcrafted Farm Tables
One of the many things I love about Philadelphia is that, while it is is this big bustling city, there are certain times of the day it quiets. A serene peace covers the place. You can walk the streets late at night and are not bombarded by people or go for a quiet run along the water and forget the 1.5 million neighbors around you. This also happens in the early morn, right before sunrise. The occasional runner passes by, or the nurse headed to (or leaving from) his shift; but there is a quiet tranquility about the place, a calm before the storm. Because as soon as the sun peaks out, the hustle and bustle begins.
It was this peaceful quiet that Haley and I found ourselves in the morning of Kamen and Nichole’s wedding. An unusual time for our weekend clocks, but a nice break from the norm. Some might be concerned that the prep would not be underway by our 7:30 am arrival time, but not when Nichole is the bride. We walked into a beautifully lit space, expected from a venue like the Logan, with a wall of windows overlooking Logan Square. Last minute touches were being placed on the bride and bridesmaids and the smell of bacon filled the room as breakfast was served. The excitement for the day ahead could be felt from the moment we entered.
The calendar said August 5, but it may as well have been early May with the cool temperatures and slight breeze. Kamen turned to see his bride in the courtyard and a smile enveloped his face. We ventured to both the Rodin Museum and The Barnes Foundation with the best bridal party around. The deep green of the girl’s dresses paired perfectly with the historic stone backdrops. Nichole was nothing short of a goddess as her hand painted gold dress caught the wind just right.
The ceremony was short and sweet as the two said their I Do’s amongst such a combination of friends and family who literally traveled from all over the world to witness this union.
Nichole’s eyes widened and tears formed at the sight of her reception space, and a sight it was! Barnwood tables filled the rooms, paired with the classy feel of the Logan, it was the perfect combination of rustic and chic.
You wouldn’t have known it was mid afternoon once this party got started. The dance floor was packed as the guests celebrated Kamen & Nichole. Macaroons and mini creme brûlée were served to top off the exquisite palette that was presented all day. We stole the couple away to the rooftop as they cheers to their newest chapter.
We couldn’t believe it was only 5 p.m. by the time we were loading up our car. What a fun-filled day and beyond that, a true celebration of an amazing couple! Thank-you for choosing us to be a part of it!
Second Photographer: Haley Adair
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Logan Philadelphia
Dress: by Leanne Marshall via Lovely Bride Philly
Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: Armen’s Custom Tailor (Manayunk)
Florist: Sweet Pea Shelby
DJ/Entertainment Services: Rob Bediako
Catering: Urban Farmer
Makeup: JazminRae Makeup
Have we mentioned how much we LOVE Temple? With three of us here at TMI being Temple alumni, the school holds a special place in our hearts and we are so excited when we get the chance to work with fellow Owls. Sophie and Rob are one of those couples. They met at Temple when they were roommates for a semester by chance.
Marsh Creek State Park was the perfect background to let Rob & Sophie’s fun personalities shine, and we were rewarded with the most gorgeous golden hour and sunset. To say this couple is photogenic would be an understatement. By the end they were such naturals in front of the camera that we let them take the reigns with posing! We always encourage our couples to make their engagement sessions their own so they are a reflection of their relationship, and Rob and Sophie did just that. They brought a bubble machine to play with and also included their TMI shirts from their wedding welcome package (the way to our hearts if I ever saw one).
We are so incredibly excited to be a part of Sophie & Rob’s love story and to capture their wedding next April!
“I carry your heart with me
I carry it in my heart
I am never without it
Anywhere I go you go, my dear;
And whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling…”
- E.E. Cummings
Matt and Katie’s wedding day is one that we have been looking forward to for awhile. The groom is our very own Victoria’s brother-in-law. So while Tessa and I worked, Victoria got to experience the wedding from the other side of the camera!
This day went as flawless as a wedding photographer could hope. The weather felt more like May than the end of July with a temperature of 75 and a perfectly blue sky. From beginning to end, the day was so relaxing, fun, and filled with love.
Out of sight in the house, the girls zipped up their dresses and finished off the look with strings of pearls and white lily bouquets. While on the other side of the door, Matt and the boys tied their ties and toasted with their customized groomsmen beer steins. The girls in their black dresses and the guys in all black suits made for a very classy looking bridal party.
The pond at Harvest View Barn sparkled in the sun as Katie walked across the bridge to see her groom for the first time. Both of them shed a few happy tears before rejoining their bridal party. Their joyful ceremony was officiated by Matt’s dad, adding to the sentimentality of the day.
The newlyweds were announced into their reception room that was just drenched in golden sunlight, enhancing the classic gold and black decor. After a few speeches and Matt and Katie’s first dance, the guests flooded the dance floor where they stayed until the end of the night. There was even a special appearance by the DJ on the dance floor as everyone sang along to the Backstreet Boys. The night ended with a glow stick send off just outside the barn as the friends and families of the bride and groom said their last well wishes to the newlyweds.
All in all, this day was smooth from start to finish and we are so happy that these two are finally married! Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Walters!
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Harvest View Barn at Hershey Farms
Second Photographer: Haley Adair
Dress: Bijou Bridal
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Mens Wearhouse
DJ/Entertainment Services: Tom with DJ Press Play
Cake: Victoria Walters
Catering: Tasteful Occasion
Makeup: Bombshell Brides