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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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Bob and Mandy: Another Reason to Celebrate on March 20th

On March 20 of this year I was lucky enough to celebrate another birthday. How did I celebrate, you ask? Not in any ordinary way that is for sure. I celebrated my birthday doing what I love best, photographing a wedding. I spent my time with a beautiful couple, both inside and out, and their wonderful bridal party, who kept me laughing and smiling the whole time.

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I love being able to capture both groom and bridal preps, they end up being so different from each other and unique to the individual.

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Their wedding took place at one of my all time favorite venues, One Atlantic. Elizabeth McGlinn and the Staff at One Atlantic did an awesome job. I also got a chance to work with Andy from Extra Step Vidiography, always a pleasure.

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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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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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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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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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Donna and Joe

Donna and Joe had a beautiful, intimate wedding at One Atlantic in Atlantic City on September 28th.  She wore a flattering black lace dress, while he wore a tailored suit.  Both looked awesome.


The weather wasn't great (it was a little rainy), but that didn't stop the love, fun, or me from taking some great shots of the happy couple and excited guests.

The setup for the wedding was unique, it was in the lobby part of the venue! Great job to One Atlantic for tailoring their wedding to fit them perfectly.

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Christine and Kevin: Getting to Know You

What a great family.  We were privelidged enough to photograph their daughter and dog as well.

Their Engagement Session was so much fun.  I love it when couples pick unique different locations.  Christine and Kevin picked Gardner's Basin in Atlantic City.  Such a beautiful and varied location, we had boats, water, rocks, grass, and trees.

Stay tuned for their wedding images!!
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Congratulations Ellie and Jim!

Ellie and Jim were able to spend their first Christmas as a married couple this year.  Such an awesome time!

Their ceremony and a beautiful reception was held at Lucien's Manor in Berlin, NJ.  How could they not have had a blast?  Great venue and surrounded by wonderful family and friends.

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Congratulations Robert and Elise!!

Robert and Elise were married on August 20, 2011.  It was a hot day, but thankfully no rain! They married at One Atlantic in Atlantic City, NJ.

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Robert looked handsome in his uniform.

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I loved the colors of this wedding. Navy and silver. The girls wore navy dresses. And the flowers in the reception hall were brilliant blue.  Everything made for spectacular photographs.  I hope you enjoy!

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Engagement on the water

Congratulations on their engagement to Gaetan and Kalynn.

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We had wonderful weather for their engagement session on the water in Sweetwater, NJ. These photographs speak for themselves; you can't get better color and light than this.

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Wedding Re-do

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I have heard from many people how they could not afford a professional photographer when they got married or how unhappy they were with the portraits that were taken for their wedding.

Well, I feel that having beautiful portraits to remember such a momentous day is very important.  So for 5 very lucky couples I will waive all session fees and photograph them free of charge.  Each session will last 1.5 to 2 hours long.  Please note the session fee only is waived and your photographs will be uploaded to Pictage so that you can view and order from there.

Submissions will be accepted until April 10, 2011.

Please write a description of why you want this session and why you feel you should win. Please include your names, year you were married, phone number, address, and email address.  You can mail your submission or email to:

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615 Grape Street

Hammonton, NJ 08037

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Dana and Tony

Congratulations to Dana and Tony! They got engaged in October of 2010.

We feel honored that they chose us to photograph their Engagement Session.  Unfortunately the leaves all fell at once so there was not enough left on the trees to photograph them at the family farm, but we chose an equally beautiful setting. Batsto.

It was still warm enough that no coats were needed, the trees still looked lovely with some leaves and the crispness was evident.

This couple was so much fun. They had me laughing the entire time. (Most of the time I am trying to get the couples to laugh.) I loved how they just wanted to have fun and laugh and they really let their personalities show through.

The last image was their idea! I love it when the couples get into the session this much.

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Guest — Dana Santora
We absoluely loved the pictures and had a great time! Thanks so much for adding them to your blog!
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Congratulations Rob and Kristen!

Rob and Kristen said their nuptuals on the high seas off the coast of Spain, if my memory serves me right.

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But they celebrated with family and friends on October 24, 2010 at the Waterfall Banquet and Conference Center in Delaware.

It was an honor to photograph such an important occasion for the couple.  We were able to get some quality time in outdoors doing portraits of the couple, before moving indoors to photograph the evenings festivities.

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Brandy and Joel

Congratulations to Brandy and Joel, married on June 12th!

They were married on the beach in Brigantine, NJ. Mother Nature was nice enough to hold off on the rain.  We were able to get some gorgeous photographs of Brandy on the beach before Joel arrived.  She wore a magnificent lace strapeless gown.  Joel rocked a white linen suit to match his bride.

Everything was simple but beautiful and portrayed the couple's personality to a 'T'.

Enjoy the photographs!

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Cake, yum! (It's there...see it, in the corner.)

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Wedding Series: 13

The Carriage House is a spectacular place for a wedding.  I shot my first wedding their this summer and loved it.  They have one attendant dedicated to helping make sure everything runs smoothly and mainly there just for the bride.  This woman is fantastic!  Besides the friendly staff and beautiful grounds, the bride and groom were a match made in heaven.  The bride could not have been lovelier than Cinderella and the groom was as charming as well...Prince Charming.  The portraits of both were so easy to take, it's hard to mess up perfection.  The bride and groom were so lucky, a storm was minutes away as we were trying to squeeze in all their formals.  As we were shooting the formals of just the two of them, thunderheads crossed the sky overhead and created the most amazing scene for by far my favorite photograph of the entire wedding.  It is featured on the first slideshow of my website.  As you can tell, it was my favorite. *wink


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I must add the couple's son was a little cutie too.  He "hammed" it up in front of the camera a few times.  When we got to the cake cutting portion of the reception the bride and groom had a cake made for their son.  It was his first birthday.  Let me tell you, he enjoyed that cake probably more than he enjoyed the entire day and all the attention he received.  The picture will tell it all.

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Enchanted Engagement

I am so bad at keeping up with blog2ging.  I appologize to all of my fans and blog2 followers.  I had shot this engagement session back in the fall and loved the images.  Unfortunately this was back before the new website went live, so it sort of slipped through the cracks, until now!  It has been found and is begging to be shared.  Here goes...

Sarah and Rich were not your typical engaged couple. They loved the outdoors and wanted that to show in their photography.  The two chose a beautiful hiking area that reminded me of the enchanted forest.  The images we got were absolutely magnificent.  It was a crisp day, but sunny and not too cold.  We did not have to worry about weather at all during this shoot, making my job a whole lot easier.

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Wedding Series: 12

This bride and groom were a fun-loving pair.  They wanted to have fun the whole day, and it really showed through in their photographs. They are people you want to be around all the time because they make everything fun.  Shooting their wedding was nothing but a joy.

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Getting to know you session...

Tom and Jenn, are a wonderful couple who are getting married the end of June.  We previously photographed Tom's family in Philadelphia.  They are all so pleasant and genuinely nice that we are so excited to be a part of Tom and Jenn's special day.  It was a pleasure getting to know Jenn.  Both, Tom and Jenn, photograph so well.  It is evident in their photographs how much they mean to one another.

We are looking forward to the wedding.  Stay tuned for those photographs!

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Wedding Series: 8

This ceremony was held at the Peddie School.  It was the first time I had ever done a wedding at this location.  It was beautiful.  It was a warm sunny day, the architecture was a phenomenal from the brick buildings to the Grecian columns.  I just loved the bride's colors and just look at those shoes!


The bride and groom were willing to play and take the time to get really fun romantic shots.  The fun did not stop there.  Everyone had a ball at the reception, dancing, eating, and talking.

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It was warm and sunny.  Nostalgia set in when the couple arrived with the bridal party and family to the ceremony and reception site by a big yellow school bus. So unique!  In order for the groom to not see the bride before their "first meeting," the bridal party made sure he was blind folded at all times.  To my surprise he did not even sneak a peak on the bus ride.  What a good sport.

The bride was beautiful with a simple and elegant dress and flowers in her hair, while the groom looked ever so sharp in his tux.  The cocktail hour which was held in the wine cellar of the reception hall, with low ceilings, wood detail, and mood lighting; the ambiance was amazing and the food surpassed expectations.  Everything went off without a hitch and everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves.  I hope you enjoy the photographs as much as I enjoyed the wedding!

Wedding Memories from dawn elizabeth on Vimeo.
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