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Veronica and Nick

Being from New Jersey, Veronica and Nick wanted the beauty of the shore but not the beach.  We chose an off beat location that had the feel of the ocean and beach complete with a pier.

Now I get to celebrate their wedding with them tomorrow!

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Walt and Kacey's Perfect Wedding

Walt and Kacey, married on April 16, 2016. One of the first of the wedding season for 2016. They had a perfect day. The weather was warm and sunny. Making for the best lighting situations all day long!  Kacey chose a coral color for her bridesmaids which popped in the spring sun. Her mermaid style dress looked absolutely gorgeous on her.  

Their day was full of beautiful moments and fun memories.

"I wish we could do it again." said Kacey. Well, Kacey, I don't blame you at all. It was perfect.

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Outdoor Maternity Session

Outdoor Maternity Session

Maternity Sessions do not have to be held indoors in a studio setting.  There are so many beautiful outdoor locations. Why not choose your favorite?

This couple wanted an airy outdoor feel with some trees and woodsy undertones. We choose an offbeat shore location, which had the best of both worlds. And while we got the natural beauty photographs, we also had to get some really fun

photographs with the couple to include a shirt they had made based off of a Pinterest Idea.

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Two Maternity Session with Different Styles

Maternity Sessions, no matter what your style is, are beautiful. And a wonderful way to document that stage of you and your baby's life.

PinUp pregnancy photographs are a fairly new style and ladies are loving it.

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Hair and Makeup by Carmen at Salon649 Beauty Bar.

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Photographing Professional Photographers

Photographing Professional Photographers

Photographing a fellow photographer is always fun.  This photographer and I actually swapped taking family portraits for each other.  This was so very special to me.  Here are some photographs I took of her with her husband and son.  The fall colors and that golden sun will get you every time!

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Batsto Family Portrait

Batsto Family Portrait

November 27th was so unseasonably warm.  The sun was bright and made the weather very comfortable.  I absolutely had a great time photographing this family and loved how their portraits turned out!

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Shane and Ashley's Ocean City Wedding

Shane and Ashley's Ocean City Wedding

One couldn't tell from their photographs that their wedding was acutally on a fairly chilly day in October.  The sun and the beach proved to be a splendid backdrop for their nuptuals.

The bridal prep was in the Penthouse Suite of the Flanders Hotel. What a view! The balcony and visible rooftop of the hotel reminded me of and Italian Villa. Especially with the shining sun and clear blue sky. I knew I had to get Ashley's bridal portraits out on that balcony. I am so glad that she agreed to take the few extra minutes to capture her timeless look in this location.

Of course then we had a first look with Dad, a beachfront ceremony, family formals, followed by countless memories and a reception to never be forgotten.

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Walt and Kacey: A Blooming Engagement

Walt and Kacey chose Gibraltar Gardens for the backdrop of their Fall Engagement Portraits.  While many of the leaves had fallen already, the sun during sunset was golden and beautiful. I can't get over how gorgeous the light was for their session. Little gardens like this always get my attention. Many times they have beautiful statues, structures, or gates, just like this one that adds a fantastic atmosphere. 

I am looking forward to Walt and Kaci's April wedding at the Waterfall in Claymont, DE!

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Best of 2015

We had such a wonderful 2015 that it was hard to narrow down. This year there are no specific "best of" categories, just a collection of some of our favorite images. We wanted to give our portraits as much love as our weddings so we included some photographs from family, individual, fitness, and engagement session portraits as well.

We are looking forward to 2016 being a year as fun, full, and memorable as 2015!

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Pin Up Glam Shots in Hammonton, NJ

While the term pin-up was first used in 1941, the style dates back to the 1890’s. The term pin-up is used because these photographs are meant to be pinned up. Pin-up girls are risque but never explicit; always fiercely independent- remember Rosie the Riveter.

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While this style of photography waned a bit in popularity, it never really left. Lately it has again become wildly popular. It certainly is a fun way to spend a few hours. Hair and make-up are done followed by a portrait session. Who wouldn’t want their very own set of photographs emulating strength and sexiness?!

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dawn elizabeth photography has paired up with Carmen from Salon 649 and Motives Glam Squad to have day long events where 8 or more girls can enjoy their very own pin-up session. Photographs in this post are from our very first event. Our next will be held on July 19 in Hammonton, NJ. Please call Carmen at 856-343-2178 for information and to schedule your very own session time.

 

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Fourteen Week Fitness Challenge

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In March, Hugo contacted me and told me about a 14 week fitness challenge he would be completing on April 5. Being inspired by Dr. Stoppani and wanting to see if he could complete the challenge, Hugo embarked on a journey that would transform his body and give inspiration to many. During this challenge, Hugo watched what he ate, how many times a day he ate, and worked out on a regular basis. Needing the “after” photographs and wanting to document how his body had transformed due to all the hard work, he asked me to do an extensive fitness photography session. I instantly agreed.

We had an awesome time photographing Hugo and can’t wait until he asks for another fitness shoot.

He obtained permission to use one of the rooms at the Island Gym in Ventnor, NJ. Thank you Island Gym for your kind hospitality. You all were so very helpful. We used a simple lighting scheme so that we could focus on Hugo’s transformation. The results were fantastic. I am extremely excited to share this post and these photographs with you. If anyone would like to know more about Hugo and follow him on his journey through fitness challenges or perhaps like to get started on a fitness journey of their own, you can follow him on Facebook (Hugo Jaramillo- Jaramillo Fitness) or on Instagram (Jaramillofitness). You won’t be sorry.

Please contact my studio 609-561-5322 if you are interested in a fitness shoot of your own. We can also be reached through email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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dawn elizabeth photography Launches Their New Website

South New Jersey Photographer Prepares For 2015 with New Look

For over 10 years, dawn elizabeth photography has been creating beautiful memories throughout the East Coast, from gorgeous beach front weddings to family fun-filled sessions to dramatic military reunions. The dream to take my passion for capturing a multitude of emotions in a single photograph has gone through many different evolutions in many different formats.

Today, we here at dawn elizabeth photography are proud to present the look of our new website. Taking the ideas that have been whirling around in my mind over the past 10 years along with my incredible partnership with Blue Muse MediaWorks, the design and overall aesthetic ambience of this site allows the beauty of the photographs to take center stage. By aligning my dreams, passions, and emotions with this amazing technology, we are able to showcase the art that is photography.

Serving New Jersey, Philadelphia, Delaware, and New York with all possible photography needs, dawn elizabeth photography will bring the astonishing details into every event throughout your life and create memories that will last for generations to come. Make sure you take a moment to look around the new site and remember – do not settle for the ordinary.

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Waterfall Catering and Special Events

I am so excited to be announcing a new partnership.  I am pairing up with the Waterfall Catering and Special Events in Claymont, DE. I will be one of the featured photographers in their venue brochure coming out the January of 2015!

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So to prepare, I called back two of my couples to put on their wedding attire one more time.  Of course the ladies jumped at the chance, the gentlemen might not have been quite as enthusiastic but humored us ladies for the day.

Chrissy from Charming Blossoms in Hammonton, NJ created such beautiful bouquets and boutonnieres.  I couldn't get over how lovely the bouquets were or how perfectly they matched each girls' gown.

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Karen Zeigenfuss did the hair and makeup not only for Allecia but also for herself!

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The couples, Allecia and Jason, and Karen and Dave, put up with some intense humidity and long hours of getting the absolute perfect shots--which we did of course.  Thank you all!  And thank you to Chrissy for the amazing arrangements and the Waterfall Staff for all of your help.

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The following images were taken at the second shoot so that we could capture the real essence of each ballroom! Talk about fairytale ladies!

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Melissa and Joe: Sweet and Classic

What a lovely couple.  They didn't mind cuddling up close or goofing off. No matter what I asked them to do for the perfect photographs, they did so with ease and grace.

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We had a First Look on the Union League steps,

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photographs overlooking the city at Belmont Plateau,

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and finished up at Rittenhouse Square.

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What a gorgeous day to have an outdoor ceremony at the gazebo overlooking the water at The Waterworks in Philadelphia.

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Kayti at the Ventnor Beach

 

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We had so much fun at the beach. Who can resist a cutie pup like Oscar. The weather was warm and the water wasn't too bad either.

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Julie and Chris: The High School Sweethearts...

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High school sweethearts, Julie and Chris had fun plans for their portraits.  Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate and they were forced  to change the location of where they had their formals taken.  But it didn't stop them from having the time of heir lives.  We were able to get a few good photographs before the rain hit.

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They had a live band to help get the party started and to keep it going until the very end.  And boy those guys knew how to jam!

 

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Quarry Valley Farm Wedding

This couple chose the bride's family farm for their ceremony and reception.  What a unique and different idea?! I loved it. As well as being an intimate setting, it was an absolutely beautiful setting for all photographs throughout the day.

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The bride and her father rode into the ceremony on horseback! Now that is something you don't see everyday!

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Flyers Gymnasts on the Beach

I really wanted to take these very talented girls out of the gym and photograph their talent in nature.  Since we are a shore lined state we chose the Jersey Shore.

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We took four of the Flyer's Youth Fitness & Fun Medal winners to the shore one evening and photographed them doing what they do best. I hope you enjoy their talent as much as I do.

They are the most talented ladies I have ever met!

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And we had to have a little modeling fun at the end...

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Brandy & Nickoy at the Mansion

This couple chose a classic Paris theme with deep purple as their color.  Their ceremony and reception was at the Mansion in Voorhees.

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I photographed the groom and groomsmen first.  We had a blast. They were so much fun and kept me smiling the whole time.

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And, of course, this little guy got tired before the ceremony even started!

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The bride was a vision in a lace gown.

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My favorite photographs of the couple were taken on the stairs and the piano in the lobby.

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Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring!!!

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Since we had a particularly chilly and snowy winter, I thought it to be appropriate to say goodbye to winter in style. This is the first year in my almost 10 years of photography that I had the pleasure of photographing a few weddings and a few engagement sessions in the snow! The only other time I have photographed portraits in the snow was a family photograph of my own family years ago. I had so much fun and the couples were amazing and so willing to walk and even play in the snow for the sake of some epic photographs!  And the first photograph is one I took at Longwood Gardens prior to one of the snowy engagement sessions.

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I am looking forward to a fantastic 2014 wedding season South Jersey and Philadelphia!
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Nicole & Ryan

Seven months pregnant and still a beautiful bride.

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Such a gorgeous day for a wedding!

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We did formal portraits at a lake that was on the way to the reception.  This bridal party was so nice, and very cooperative too!  I had a blast working with them.

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Since they were expecting, I did a different ring shot...

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And, of course, you can't forget cake at a wedding. Wedding cake, my favorite!!

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Katelyn

I love it when the leaves turn green to gold, orange, and red. The fall colors were in full swing for Katelyn's Confirmation portraits.  The colors brought out her complexion and dress to create stunning combinations. There wasn't one bad photograph.

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A Family Portrait at Batsto

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Family photographs at Batsto are so much fun. There are plenty of options ranging from the historic village to the trails which are wondrous and the lake and other small rivers and ponds.

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This particular day was rather chilly. Although they were cold, no one looked cold at all.

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Ashleigh and Rob

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A lovely summer wedding.  I was thrilled when they chose to go outside on the beach.  They were such a down to earth and fun couple.  We got some amazing photographs of them; I really couldn't decide which one I liked best of all.

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One Atlantic, gorgeous as always. Clean bright colors. And always a great view.

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PinUp Shoot

I have always wanted to try my hand at a Pin Up Shoot.  So my stylist, Carmen from Salon 649 in Hammonton, NJ, said she would do the hair and makeup.  And our friend Ruby said she would model.  One Atlantic was so kind to let me use their amazing facility as a location for the shoot.

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Thank you all for your help, expertise, and time.  I think it was well worth it!
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Lauren & Chris

 

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A nice casual stroll down the cozy street in Chestnut Hill, provided us with great little nooks for the couples formal shots.  My favorite was an alley, of course.  This alley provided the most yummy light for beautiful closeups.

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It was a gorgeous day for such a down-to-earth, wonderful couple.

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Jansen & Corey

What a gorgeous dress! And a radiant bride!!

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And those flowers, such a brilliant and colorful bouquet.

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Even though it threatened to rain we captured the nuptials outside in the garden.

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The trees and flowers in the garden were magnificent.  The couple saw each other before the ceremony and did all the formals then so that they could enjoy their cocktail hour. And party right thru to the reception!

 

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I love it when grooms get emotional!

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Queen of Hearts Board Members

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When Marjorie from Queen of Hearts Foundation of New Jersey asked me if I could take head shots of their board members for their website, I immediately agreed.

 

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Queen of Hearts fundraises to help those suffering from cancer or awaiting or recovering from transplants.   Visit their website! www.njqueenofhearts.org  Their next fundraising event is March 15th, their annual Dinner/Dance held at Lucien's Manor in Berlin, NJ.
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Pink Dahlia Vintage and dawn elizabeth photography Stylized Shoot

I'm sure you all saw the sneak peak image from my stylized shoot with Pink Dahlia Vintage, a local florist.

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Sally, owner of Pink Dahlia Vintage, is so very talented.  She is the florist for my wedding coming up in November. So when she asked me to photograph some bouquets and centerpieces for her, I immediately agreed.

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Jessica Kennedy agreed to model for us that day.  Well, it was January and we had no idea what the weather was going to bring. However, we got no snow, a cold but sunny day.  Everyone tolerated the cold and we were able to get some stunning images of Sally's amazing talent.  Her arrangements and bouquets were rustic and vintage (hence the business name) and absolutely wonderful.

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All arrangements created by Pink Dahlia Vintage

Model: Jessica Kennedy

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Christine and Kevin

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Married in December, one year ago…Christine and Kevin! They are such an awesome couple with an adorable little girl.

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Words cannot express how beautiful a venue One Atlantic in Atlantic City, NJ is.  No matter the weather this venue has so many photographic options!

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The staff is so friendly and easy to work with! They run events so effortlessly and smoothly, you would never even know if something did go wrong.

Christine and Kevin were so lucky. Not only did nothing go wrong for their wedding, but they had a relatively mild day considering their wedding was in December!

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Christine wore a white sexy gown with a black fur stole. The flower girl, the couple's daughter was simply adorable.
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While we did most of the formals indoors we did capture some outside on the balcony.

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Christine and Kevin, congratulations on your one year anniversary! I could not have had more fun than I did at your wedding!

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A Boudoir Post in Time for Valentine's Day

Kayti is a stunningly beautiful Illinois native who can't seem to stay away from Jersey.  And Jersey is glad!

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Her radiant personality showed thru in every photograph I took. She just couldn't stop smiling!

She had her boudoir shoot done at a club where she used to work. It had some awesome lighting and unique decor.

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Dan and Donna: From the Stadium to the Aisle :)

From the baseball stadium to the aisle.  These two were meant for each other.  They love to have fun together but are still romantic and show their love for one another effortlessly.

First their engagement session at the Phillies Stadium!

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Next up: THEIR WEDDING!!!

Donna was a vision in her gorgeous gown and Christian Louboutin shoes.  A red rose bouquet and long beautiful curls.

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We had a blast driving around the city stopping at iconic locations for fabulous formals--Broad Street and the Merchant Exchange Building.

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The reception had a modern feel with alternating crystal and iron chandeliers.  A black scrolling design on white for the tablecloths. Cahlalilis and gardenias (correct me if I'm wrong) topped each table for a touch of elegance, while a live band played popular and classic tunes.  The whole day was definitely a hit.  Everyone had so much fun. The guests and bride and groom continued the party at a nearby bowling alley for the after party!

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Aundrea and Bobby's Wedding

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I couldn't believe it when this bride told me that she designed and made her wedding gown and her bouquet!!

I just think brooch bouquets are awesome! I love antique or vintage jewelry (well antique or vintage anything, but jewelry fits here so…)

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The couple shared some quiet time together when they took me to a local park for portraits of just the two of them.

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Kristi & Gino

So for a wedding that started out for me as a slight disaster, falling with two of my cameras (yes, both ended up out of commission as well as me having some bruises and cuts), it ended an awesome wedding with fantastic photographs.

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Love this bride for being game for this photograph. Oh yea, and the guys for letting the bride do this!! Haha…best bride and groomsmen shot ever!

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Erin & Josh: The Grand Hotel

 

This bride was so laid back. When I arrived, the bride was in her pajamas having a bite to eat. I thought to myself, awesome, a truly laid back relaxing beach wedding.  We had oodles of time and captured some fantastic memories including a butterfly on the bride's bouquet.

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The ceremony was complete with starfish, parasols, and sand!

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And of course, what is a beach wedding without romantic beach photographs afterwards!

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Shannon & Jim

 

This couple was just plain fun!  Even though they had a larger bridal party, we made sure that we had lots of fun. We went to a separate location for formals because their reception was at a hotel. Good choice. Although, I did love the images I captured of the bride and her girls prior to meeting the groom.

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Best of 2013

So below are my favorites of 2013 for each important shot at a wedding.

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*All images above were taken for George Street*

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Couples Portrait (Ok, I know there is two in this category…but I couldn't decide!)

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Melissa and Charles!

 

Their wedding went from rain in the morning to clear skies (ok maybe not clear, but no rain.). To me that's just as good.

This gorgeous bride was up for anything.

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She took a little walk with me in the woods and looked like a goddess standing among the trees in her beautiful gown.

 

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And we also took some iconic shots at the reception venue.

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The rain subsided just in time for an outdoor ceremony and then formals on the steps of the Art Museum replica.

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And I ended the night with a cool photograph of the venue as I left!

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Shyla and Pete

Shyla, a stunning bride and Pete, a handsome groom made a magnificent couple.

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They were married in a Greek Ceremony.  There is something about Greek Churches and Ceremonies that I absolutely love. They are beautiful, nothing compares.IMG_7286

Due to a movie filming in Rittenhouse Square the couple chose to have their formals at St. Joseph's University.  My Alma Mater! The campus is just as pretty as ever.  Some building modifications and additions!  We had lovely landscaping to choose from.

The green grass and plants really made the brides dress pop.  And the old stone of one of th e1st buildings of the campus looked wonderful in the background.IMG_7809 rt blog2

The day ended with an awesome party at the Hilton on City Avenue!

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Catie and John

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I love a nice silhouette. :)

This gal just could not stop smiling! I love it when my brides are like this.

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The couple wanted to have some fun in Philly, so we went to the Art Museum for some of their formals, and what fun we had!!

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Jenny and Mike

 

 

 

I remember their engagement session. We had fun at Valley Forge National Park. But their wedding was the icing on the cake!

Gorgeous bride. Handsome groom. And completely loving the rustic feel of everything.

As you can see this bride and groom were super fun and had no problems getting into any pose I asked. And just look at them! How amazing do they look??!!IMG_3439 rt blog2 IMG_3432 rt blog2 IMG_3420 rt blog2 IMG_3052 rt blog2 IMG_3047 rt blog2 IMG_3025 rt blog2 IMG_1139 rt IMG_1136 rt IMG_1135 rt IMG_1120 rtIMG_1134 rt IMG_0994 rt rt blog2 IMG_0950 rt blog2 IMG_0957 rt blog2 IMG_0974 RT blog2

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Meghan and Brad

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She looked just like a princess out of a fairytale.

The smile from ear to ear showed not only on her but also on him.  This couple had so much chemistry and happiness.

We traveled all around Philadelphia getting the most fantastic shots of the couple.

They planned everything out perfectly.  The whole day flowed smoothly and effortlessly allowing myself and the second photographer the luxury of relaxing and focusing on the task at hand, capturing the couple's happiness and love.

All events, from the bride getting ready to the reception and everything in between was in the city.  Meghan an dBrad chose the Cescaphe Ballroom for their reception location.  Cescaphe offers a variety of add ons.  One important add on the couple chose was the Trolly service for the entire day.  It allowed the couple to keep their photographers with them all day long and then provided us with a ride back to our cars and guests back to the hotel after the partying came to a close.

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Lindsay and Kyle

A chilly but beautiful day at Normandy Farms in Blue Bell, PA.  I adore this venue. White buildings, lots of land, and lovely glass.  It gave me the setting for some of my favorite photographs!

Kyle and Lindsay were so down to earth and very very nice. I loved how they interacted with eat other. It was a sweet little ceremony taking place inside a building with a wooden wall (how cool is that?). Loved all the belly laughing and fun we had!!

 

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Nicole and Lee

Nicole and Lee had a gorgeous and exciting day.  The weather was perfect, the church magnificent, the reception hall was beautiful.  The DJ pumped out the latest hits combined with some oldies but goodies. Nothing was stopping this party!

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Royal Pains Groom Look-a-like

 

 

Yes, Anthony looks like the actor from Royal Pains. At least in my opinion he does.

 

Anyway, it was a beautiful sunny day making this bride and groom shine even more.  The sun shone exquisitely through the bride's dress.  Though she didn't need the sun to make her radiant.

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Kristen and Anthony shared a quiet moment together before I whisked them away to start capturing all the romance in the air.  I've never seen a bride smile the whole day like Kristen was. After proclaiming their love and saying their vows, we photographed the family while their guests sampled the delicious food. Excited and anticipating the meal and festivities to come.

 

A wonderful beautiful day to celebrate the couple and their love.

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Engagement Portrait in Old City

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Janice and Matt EP

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Valley Forge National Park, Take One and Two!

I had two Engagement Portraits in one day at the Valley Forge National Park. It was the first time I had ever been there. It is absolutely gorgeous!  I couldn't have asked for a nicer day, better couples, or more amazing scenery!

Take One: Jenny and Mike

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Take Two: Meghan and Brad

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Special Wedding Offer...

I am a professional wedding photographer. I have been photographing weddings for 8 years now. I am currently mentoring a new photographer. She is learning the art of second shooting. I would like to compensate a 1 or 2 couples in 2013 for helping me help this second photographer. She has shot with me before, but has not been on her own and I would like to teach her a little bit more before sending her off to shoot on her own.

I would like to make sure the 1 or 2 couples are a good match. If you are interested please reply to this email with your wedding date, wedding reception location, a few photographs of the two of you, and a little bit about yourselves so that I can get a feel of your personalities. If I think you would be a good match I will call you to set up a consultation (this must be a face to face consultation), where we can discuss the packages I offer and the compensation I am offering for these two weddings.

Thank you for your interest!
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Jess and George

The Engagement Session was shot at Longwood Gardens. It was so beautiful! I love that place.

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And it's always great when the couple is up for anything, even getting a little wet!!!

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Married in a quiet town at an old inn with a beautiful garden in the backyard. This couple went for elegance after having a blast at Longwood Gardens for their engagement shoot.

 

 

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