“Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.”
- Carolyn Gold Helibrun 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!
“The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.”
- Jiddu Krishnamurti
Oh my goodness gracious, WHERE do I even begin. This day was one for the books. Starting with our lovely bride. Vicki is type A to the tee (shout-out to all my type A’s), so she was aware of every detail. This day was meticulously planned and thought about, but while this bride had such an eye for detail she also has the biggest heart and with that comes the concern for everyone around her. I wanna say right off that bat, this bride and her groom planned the most perfect day, from start to finish.
I met Vicki at a Starbucks in Center City Philadelphia what feels like eons ago. But I can remember feeling like we should probably just be BFFS. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, there is nothing like walking through this process with our couples. I love beginning as strangers and then truly feeling like we have gained friends. Cheesy, maybe…but so freakin’ wonderful. So to say that I was excited for this day was an understatement.
Haley and I arrived in Wildwood the night before, which allowed us plenty of time to scout the area when we awoke (after plenty of coffee of course). It was a brisk morning, but this couple LUCKED OUT for a November wedding. Dealing with off-season at the beach is tricky…but the sun decided to shine and grace us with a beautiful morning. Haley and I were even more excited when scouting the deserted boardwalk. Nothing like an epic backdrop to work with paired with no humans to interrupt. I’m pretty sure we were oohing and aahhing from start to finish.
I met the girls at a rented beach home, where the final touches of hair and makeup were placed. Vicki slipped into her gown with her mothers help. Holding back tears as she gifted her a hand-stitched handkerchief. Her dad saw her for the first time and the three held hands. Their daughter, thanking them for all they had done over the years to lead her to this day. Cue tears by 11 am from this photographer.
The groom was dapper in his Military dress, joined with a group of gentleman, his awesome groomsmen. They allowed Haley to boss them around a little to make sure all of their handsomeness was well documented.
A quick Mass at Assumption Church made it all official, these two became Mr. & Mrs. Howell. We hopped on the trolly and trekked all over the beaches of Jersey. From the iconic Wildwood sign with this adventurous bridal party, then sneaking away to the boardwalk with the bride and groom, followed by a quick trip to Cape May Zoo, where the leaves were just right and the couple in a state of bliss. Naturally, a beer run was needed on our way and our last stop was where the party awaited, the Yacht Club of Sea Isle City…and what a party it was. The celebration began with dances from the bride and groom, followed by toasts and dances shared with the parents. The DJ brought it from start to finish, and let me tell you, I have never been so entertained by a groom before. He left it all out on the dance floor. Friends and family joined in on the party, singing out lyrics and possibly taking part in a few dance battles.
What a FUN day, what an unbelievable couple. THANK-YOU for allowing us to be a part of it. We could not have loved it more! Same time and place next year?
Second Photographer: Haley Adair
Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero “Greer” from Wedding Belles in Northfield, NJ
Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse (Groom in Military Dress)
DJ/Entertainment Services: Ultimate Sounds Entertainment
Cake & Cupcakes: Stocks Bakery & A Spoonful of Sugar
Catering: Yacht Club of Sea Isle City
Hair: I Do Hair (Katie Bryan)
Makeup: Makeup by Kacey (Kacey Rosenberger)
“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 HodkinScott & Danielle are the best…yet another reminder of why I love my job. We met for their engagement session in the heart of Philadelphia on an insanely beautiful Fall evening. The leaves had officially changed and the parkway was looking oh-so-pretty. The two made the trek into their favorite city, all of the way from York, PA. This place holds a special part of their hearts, particularly for Scott. This groom is a fellow Owl (Temple University Alumni) so naturally, I knew he came from good stock. His bride-to-be was equally as wonderful. And together, they are simply adorable. Don’t let Scott’s tough outer demeanor fool you, he adores his girl. And Danielle is his perfect match, vibrant and outgoing, they carry an ease about the way they interact. It really felt like I was just hanging with old friends all night. Their love-story is one made up of countless trips, growing their family with two French bulldogs, nights spent watching movies and building pillow forts and their love for gymnastics.
Scott & Danielle will wed at the BEAUTIFUL Historic Shady Lane next September and I already cannot wait. Thanks for being awesome, you two.
“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
Quinton and Noelle are just the sweetest breathe of fresh air. There is nothing quite like Fall weddings. On this day, the pop of colors were matched with the vibrance of the day. From the AMAZING bridal party, to the sentimental ceremony, and of course, the fantastic reception celebration in the grand barn at The Homestead.
Noelle is a humble beauty. You know that country song, “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful?” That’s how Noelle carries herself. She was breathtaking in her gown; her long curled hair, eyes that popped and quirky personality put her in the running for one of favorite brides of 2017. Her handsome groom was dapper in his black suit and couldn’t have pulled at the heart strings more when he saw his bride walk down the aisle for the first time. The two were in a state of pure bliss the entire day, completely focused on the real meaning behind the celebration.
From the moment Victoria and I arrived, there was just this ease about the day. Weddings can bring the best (and the worst) out of people and we see it all. This day was all about the best. The support these two have from their friends and family could be seen not just in the interactions throughout the day but with the tears of joy and insanely wonderful speeches. Seriously…we get a little nervous when we hear there are FOUR speeches. But this crew did not disappoint.
Quinton and Noelle, we could not have loved you guys more! Thank-you for allowing us to be a part of your special day.
Second Photographer: Victoria Walters
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens
Day of Coordinator: Liz Walters
Bride’s Dress: The White Dress For Less
Bridesmaids Dresses: Davids Bridal
Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Florist: Pearls & Petals
DJ/Entertainment Services: Portable Soundz
Cake: Inspired Confections
Catering: Hess’s BBQ
I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
John and Heidi’s story can only be described as serendipitous. They met at church where they were both taking a class. Heidi walked into the wrong classroom which turned out to be the right classroom, but for a different reason. John was in this class so Heidi decided to stay, and the rest is history. I had so much fun learning more about these two and witnessing their complete adoration for one another and joy in being together. They are the best of friends and it is so clear. The laughs and love were endless in the few hours we spent together.
This session was exactly what I needed at the end of a long week. John and Heidi were fun, inspiring, and refreshing, and the location and weather could not have been better for the second day of November. Ridley Creek State Park is another new location for me, but it quickly became one of my favorites. As I was scouting before the session I found that it may have been unnecessary as every corner I turned was prettier than the last, and there were endless spots for photo-ops for this small area. This couple was down for anything I proposed to them, and I think they may have let me photograph them for another 2 hours if the sun had not set. And better yet, they were so excited for and involved in their session!
Needless to say, I cannot wait for September 2nd! Their wedding day is sure to be a gorgeous one, and I am so excited to be a part of it.
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