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Bloopers and Behind-the-Scenes {2016}

2016 was a whirlwind. 42 weddings, a growing team and a whole lot of memories. Lets be real, we all know weddings aren’t just smiles and cupcakes. Take a look at the good, the bad and the embarrassing.

Stay tuned for our Best of 2016/Year-in-Review blog post coming in the next couple of weeks!
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Anthony & Melissa {Engaged}

“If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If we were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.”—Michelle Hodkin

001-storyboardWe have now discovered the secret to an empty Longwood Gardens: freezing temperatures. Haley and myself met Anthony and Melissa ten days before Christmas and expected a packed Longwood. The sun was shining but the temperature dropped below 20 degrees. What awaited us was an almost empty atrium and walkways less the crowds. It didn’t take long to forget about the cold temperatures. Seriously, this couple crushed it from start to finish; seemingly getting lost in the presence of one another. Stealing kisses under vine-lined hallways and dancing with the twinkling lights of the holiday season around them. We use the word magical a lot, but this took it to a whole other level.

Anthony and Melissa, THANK-YOU for braving the cold! We hope you love your sneak peek.

- T & H
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Jason & Jaclyn {Wedding}

My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep;
The more I give to thee
The more I have,
For both are infinite

– Romeo and Julie

032-storyboardJason and Jaclyn get the award for the most fun couple of 2016.

The day began with a very calm Jaclyn. The planning and preparations had been done and now it was time to enjoy. The girls wrapped up with hair and makeup as their flowers arrived. The most beautiful arrangements, dripping with pink and a sweet aroma that filled the room. Flowers that had come all the way from Alaska as the bride had dreamed of having summer blooms for her winter wedding.

Jaclyn slipped into her hunter green converse and completed her gown with a beautiful lace shawl. We hopped in my car and made our way to the Rockwood Park Carriage House, a fantastic location tucked away, where her groom was anxiously awaiting her arrival.

The first look was pure perfection, as Jason embraced his bride, a smile overtook his face and didn’t leave for the rest of the day. The weather was cold to the bone, but the bridal party and couple took it on like champs. Embracing the cool of the day to take advantage of the amazing backdrops we were given on this winter afternoon.

The ceremony was a short and sweet celebration of their love and what followed was the most epic party. This crew knows how to have a good time.

Jason and Jaclyn, thank-you for choosing us to capture your day! We could not have been more honored.

Congrats to the new Mr. & Mrs. Sanchez!

Associate Photographer: Victoria Walters
Photo Assistant: Haley Adair

Check out their engagement session here: Jason & Jaclyn {Engaged}

VENDORS:
Ceremony & reception: Rockwood Park Carriage House
Dress: Irini’s Originals
Florist: Tunies Floral Expressions
DJ: Billy Logue Entertainment
Videographer: Clear Vision
Cake: The Master’s Baker
Catering: Greenery Caterers
Hair: Bette with Paris Salon
Makeup: Shannon Steppat

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Jason & Krystyne {Wedding}

“Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible—it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.”

—Barbara de Angelis
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Where do I even begin with Jason and Krystyne? I just like them so much.

Krystyne is bubbly and outgoing and Jason is more quiet but yet has a strength and sweetness about him. He has this ability to bring out this contagious laughter from Krystyne. And this bride so clearly adores her groom.

Christmas has arrived in Philadelphia and with it, cooler weather and plenty of tourists. With the two getting ready downtown we met up to talk strategy a few days prior to their wedding. It is always so exciting to meet just days before the big event, somewhat the calm before the storm.

The big day arrived in winter fashion. Sunny skies but frigid temperatures. The girls prepped and primed with the most amazing view of City Hall directly out their window. The champagne was popped, bobby pins placed and the day was underway.

The gentleman got ready at Jason and Krystyne’s home, only blocks away from City Hall. They strolled through the streets taking on the weather like champs.

The ceremony took place at St. John the Evangelist; a beautiful church with reaching ceilings and exquisite architecture. One of the most beautiful singing voices I have every heard, welcomed guests as they arrived into the warmth of the building.

Afterwards, Victoria, myself, the bridal party and the new Mr. and Mrs. took on Rittenhouse Square Park. Let me tell you, it was cold. Like can’t feel your toes and nose, cold. We sped through the bridal party pictures allowing the crew to return to the party in the limo and spent the remaining time with Jason & Krystyne. While the winds blew this couple took on the temperatures with the best attitude I have seen all year. They kissed in front of the twinkling lights that accompanied the Christmas tree and Jason warmed his bride with plenty of big hugs.

As expected, the reception was a huge party from start to finish. Jason & Krystyne are clearly loved and supported by so many friends and family and this could be seen all day. It is evident they have not only invested in the relationship with one another but with all of those close to them.

My favorite thing about our couples is when they become our friends throughout the process and I can absolutely say this happened with Jason & Krystyne. I am so extremely honored to not only have had the opportunity to photograph their day but also to have gotten to know them throughout the process. They are the kind of couple that you are better for simply by being around them.

Best wishes to the new Mr. & Mrs. Garrison

- T

Associate Photographer: Victoria Walters

Check out their engagement session here! Jason & Krystyne {Engaged}
VENDORS:
Ceremony: St. John the Evangelist Church
Reception: Clarks Landing Yacht Club
Dress: Maggie Sottero
Grooms & groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Carl Allen Floral Design
DJ: Johnny Valerini with Center Stage Entertainment
Cake: DiBartolo Bakery
Catering: Clarks Landing
Hair & Makeup: Philly Hair & Makeup Co.

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Bryce & Katelyn {Wedding}

 

“All their life in this world and all their adventures had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

― C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle
025-storyboardBryce and Katelyn were our 42nd and last wedding of the 2016 year and we can think of no better way to have ended the season.

The evening before, temperatures dropped drastically and with it came freezing rain and unpleasant conditions. What threatened to make for a messy day, somehow turned into the most beautiful backdrop. The rain held off and in its place a dusty covering of snow.

It was only fitting that this bride and groom spent the morning in their childhood homes which happened to be only steps away from one another. Bryce and Katelyn were next door neighbors, a strong friendship that ultimately lead to marriage. A fairytale ending that their parents had prayed and dreamed for.

This day was about so much more than pretty dresses, exquisite flowers and yummy food. Rather, it was a testimony to God’s faithfulness in the lives of two families. The ceremony was sweet, with words from each of the parents and a time of worship while singing “Then sings my soul, how great thou art”.

It was such a special celebration to be a part of. Bryce and Katelyn, thank-you for allowing us to capture your day!

And with that, our 2016 weddings our a wrap. 2017…we’re coming for ya!

VENDORS:
Dress: Twice Upon a Bride
Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: Express
Florist: Groom’s Aunt
Day of Coordinator: Susan Burkholder
DJ/Entertainment Services: Platinum Mobile Djs
Cake: Bakery at Lititz Family Cupboard
Catering: JOHNZ Catering
Hair: Amanda at Split Ends
Makeup: Catherine Oxley

Associate Photographer: Haley Adair

Check out their engagement session here: Bryce & Katelyn {Engaged}

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