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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Getting Ready

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First Look

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Groomsmen

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Cake

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Nighttime Couple Shot

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Candid Moment

*All images above were taken for George Street*

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Reception Decor

 

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Groom Portrait

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Children in the Wedding

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Couples Portrait

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

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Decor

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First Dance

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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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