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Caroline & Garret {E-Session by Haley}

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you.”

- Pablo Neruda

019-storyboardIs there anything better than coffee and snuggles on a Sunday morning at home with your sweetheart? I can’t think of anything, and Caroline and Garret invited me into their cozy home to capture these sweet moments for their engagement photos. I was invited in and greeted with coffee, and found out Garret is quite the coffee connoisseur. We chatted about their not so typical valentine’s day, and reminisced about early days in their relationship as we looked at prom photos on their refrigerator. I love the ease that these two have in their relationship, and within a few minutes they were complete naturals in front of the camera, just hanging out like I wasn’t even there.

Caroline and Garret met in high school and have been together over 9 years! That’s right, almost a decade already, and I have no doubt that this foundation is built to last. These two love their lives in the city, they love trying out new restaurants around their center city apartment, being outside when the weather is nice, and going to the beach. For the end of February we seriously lucked out with near 70 degree weather! And after taking photos at their apartment, we walked around the neighborhood to enjoy the beautiful weather.

I am so glad these two trusted me to come into their home and try something new for their session. I love the photos that came out of it, and can’t wait to see what their wedding day has in store. Crossing our fingers that the weather will be just as lovely!

- H

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Kenya 2018 {The Neema Project}

NEEMA is an amazing organization. I had the pleasure to return for year two to photograph this fantastic project.

“What happens to the kids on your refrigerator (or the one who never made it there) once they grow up, start making their own decisions and their own mistakes, building a hope and a future? NEEMA picks up where childhood sponsorship left off, empowering the most vulnerable of girls to become all they can as women, discovering their purpose and value and building skills set to thrive.”

This isn’t just another school. These girls’ lives are literally redirected and changed through what they learn at NEEMA. They are given one of the most valuable tools in that part of the world, a way to support themselves through the art of sewing. In a culture run by men and the mistreatment of women, they are taught their worth and their value not only as individuals but as daughters of Christ. They are cared for and nourished, their children are supported. For three years they work hard. The program is not easy by any means, but if they stick with it, it changes the trajectory of their lives.

The organization is run by Faith Wise from the United States, but the day-to-day life on the compound is all structured under Kenyan teachers. Each and every one of these teachers are passionate about their job and the girls they care for. There is so much potential, so many big dreams for how this organization could change the community.

Do yourself a favor and go ahead and follow them:
FACEBOOK
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WEBSITE

To check out images and a write up from the trip last year, check out this blog post: The Neema Project 2017

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Alex & Jes {Wedding}

“Where I end
and you begin
I wanna find… that line
and cross it back and forth
until it’s erased
by our foot steps
by our foot steps
by our foot steps”021-storyboardWhen the forecast shows 50 degrees and sun in January, you know it’s going to be a good day. Then pair that with the most amazing couple on the planet, and you’ve got a pretty epic combination.

The weekend began with the rehearsal dinner at Bistro Ramano where friends and family gathered to begin celebrating with Jes and Alex. Heartfelt speeches were shared and good friends reunited. The sentimentality that surrounds this couple is unmatched. The two met because of their interest in the band, Phish. This band attracts not just a following, but a tight-knit community. Separately, Jes and Alex have each attended nearly 100 shows, and in more recent years have together shared the experience dozens of times over. So with that, their friends have become family and this was so evident throughout the rehearsal and during the wedding day celebration.

There are so many adjectives to describe this couple but what first comes to mind is wonderfully eclectic. Just take a look at their cake below and you will see what I mean. From the bright, custom-made Ketubah, to the hand made ties, this day was filled with hand picked details that matched the couple and their personalities so well.

Alex and Jes are just fun to be around, and it is so very clear how much they adore one another. There was no sense of stress or rushed manner at any point throughout their day. They took each moment and embraced it.

Tendeza never disappoints, with it’s sparkling chandeliers and insanely delicious cuisine, it was the perfect venue for Jes & Alex. Once the Ketubah was signed, the glass broken and the kiss shared, it was time to party.

EBE brought the entertainment with live music, upbeat tunes and even an appearance from a groomsmen on stage, who crushed it on the keyboard.

We really could not have loved this day more. Haley, Victoria and myself were so very honored to be able to not only witness this union but to be able to document it as keepsakes for decades to come.

We love you guys and wish all of the good things over your marriage!

- T

Second Photographer: Haley Adair
Day of Assistant: Victoria Walters

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Tendenza
Bride’s Dress: BHLDN
Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: My.Suit
Florist: Beautiful Blooms
DJ/Entertainment Services: EBE Events & Entertainment
Videographer: Cornerstone Wedding Films
Cake & Catering: Cescaphe
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Bob & Ariane {Wedding}

“You look good wearing my future.”
Some Kind of Wonderful

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The 2018 wedding season started back up in EPIC proportions, and we could not think of a better couple to kick off the year with.

We met this bride and groom at the Marriott in Collegeville, where the atmosphere with both groups was extremely relaxed. The anticipation of the day ahead hung in the air. The girls slipped into their gorgeous floor length gowns and the boys took in that days playoff football game as they straightened their ties and buttoned their suit jackets.

Bob & Ariane chose to do a first look, but before they did, they exchanged heartfelt letters. Words that brought tears to this bride and a beaming smile to the dapper groom.

Bob turned to see his bride for the first time, his excitement and adoration written all over his face.

A quick bus ride to The Foundry and we were on to photos! Let me tell you, Winter has not been kind in Pennsylvania this year. With days where the temperature dips below zero and what feels like a weekly snow storm. This particular afternoon was warmed slightly by the sun and paired with striking blue skies. This crew were CHAMPS for braving the teen weather conditions (with plenty of warm up breaks indoors).

The day was relaxed and unhurried from start to finish. Each moment felt like it was being embraced without an event passing by where the significance was not noted.

Bob and Ariane’s pastor from Epic Church in Philadelphia kept the ceremony sweet and playful while also stating the significance of the powerful union that was being commemorated on that date. Bob & Ariane hold their faith, family and friends as the utmost important things in their life and the ceremony was such a testament to that.

This may be the first wedding of the TMI year, but I will be anxious to see if any entrance this year tops this one. Bob, a huge Trust the Process believer, entered with his bride to the tune of The 76ers Theme Song, tossing shirts and waving a foam finger. AMAZING.

The celebration continued with sentimental speeches, exquisite dining and a full dance floor all night.

We could not have been more honored to be able to document this love story.

Hope you two are enjoying the WARM temperatures in Costa Rica! We’re all a little jealous here in chilly Philadelphia.

- T

Second Photographer: Haley Adair

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Phoenixville Foundry

VENDORS:
Brides Dress: Country Bride and Gent – Lansdale
Bridesmaids Dresses: Sabrina Ann
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Mens Wearhouse
Florist: Summerfields Design
Videographer: Kristian Golick Films
DJ: BVT Live & DJ Gaetano Bosco
Cake: Masters Bakery
Catering: J. Scott Catering
Hair & Makeup: Apothecary Salon
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John & Lindsay {Esession by Haley}

“I am yours.
I am yours as the stars belong to the sky
and I am yours as the rivers belong to the sea.
I am yours as your tears belong to your eyes
and I am yours as your lungs belong to the pattern in which you breathe.”
- Christopher Poindexter

016-storyboardWhat began as an innocent friendship between coworkers soon turned into something much more. John and Lindsay met at work and were first friends before they decided to date. But since they were still working at the same company, their relationship had to be kept secret for the first few months. Once they both moved on to different, separate jobs, they were able to go public with their relationship and date without the worry of anyone spotting them. A few of their favorite memories include traveling to some of their favorites places together. In the past year they have taken trips to Cape May and to NYC to see the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, something that had always been a dream of Lindsay’s. They have the personalities to perfectly balance each other. Lindsay is outgoing and sweet, John is steady and calm and always knows the right thing to say when Lindsay needs it.

Despite being one of the coldest and windiest days of the winter, John and Lindsay’s positive attitudes didn’t waiver and they were such champs as we walked the grounds of Longwood Gardens – a special location to them as Lindsay’s grandfather works there and often shows them the best, hidden locations around the gardens. Luckily, our shoot happened on the last day of Longwood’s Christmas so we got to take advantage of all the beautiful indoor and outdoor decor, and my favorite, the colored lights that light up every tree after the sun sets.

Victoria and I can’t wait for Lindsay and John’s winter wedding just over a year away in Philadelphia! It is sure to be a beautiful day at the Downtown Club, but we will all be crossing our fingers for slightly warmer weather!

- H

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