Emelia + Jay 05.18.08 (Part 2)

The reception was at Appleford Estate in Villanova, PA. It was such a delight to once again work with Donna O’Brien of Beautiful Blooms. I though this wedding was a perfect example of following a color theme with style. Pink and purple were incorporated in various hues in all the décor and flowers. The festive Chinese lanterns were the crowing glory! The catering was by Max Hanson. Their food presentation was amazing and it tasted as good as it looked. (I’m such a foodie). Check out the ice sculpture. It was used for a buffet presentation during the cocktail hour. It really looked like an architectural feat to construct!
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Emelia + Jay 05.18.08 (Part 1)

It goes to show how beautiful a wedding can be rain or shine! I POURED most of the day for Emelia and Jays wedding and only stopped for 15 minutes when we did the couples portraits (call it luck). Their ceremony took place at St. Luke’s Greek Orthodox Church in Broomall, PA. Photographing at Orthodox churches is always a delight. They are just aglow in gold. Jay borrowed his fathers BMW Z8 to drive to their ceremony. Friends attach some cute old fashioned cans to the back of the sports car.

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Oklahoma is OK

Last week I flew out to Oklahoma with a few of my staff to photograph a really big, beautiful and Pink Oklahoma wedding. It was my first time visiting the state and I was so impressed with the graciousness of the “Okies”! I also was struck by how flat everything was. Definitely not a place for skiing! On our first day there Jessica, Megan and I had brunch with several Oklahoma wedding photographers. I was looking forward to hearing how different our worlds would be, but I found that being a wedding photographer is probably pretty much the same everywhere. The only difference I found is that in Oklahoma they don’t have one hour cocktail hours. Thanks Tara, Christian and Shannon for sharing your world with us! The rehearsal dinner was in Oklahoma City. Jessica shot this great image of a “van-vertisment”. We also visited the Oklahoma City bombing memorial. Our wedding in Oklahoma was Very big so I needed 4 shooters. Shannon Ho was our “Oklahoma Shooter”. Thanks so much Shannon for your beautiful work. With 4 shooters it will be awhile before I can share any images of the wedding, but I promise it will be worth the wait!

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Lauren + Adam 05.10.08 (Part 2)

I must say I was totally blown away when I entered the ballroom of the Union League to see the breathtaking flowers and décor by Nancy Saam. The usually very dark ballroom was all aglow with white tulips. It was very grand, yet so spring like. It was my first time working with event planner Lynda Barness of I Do Wedding Consulting. She kept the day running perfectly; it was a pleasure as I was able to just concentrate on capturing all the moments of the day! After the cake cutting the couple were surprised with a visit by one of the Philadelphia mummer groups. Adam really got into it; donning a Mummers hat and microphone. Lauren and Adams motto for their wedding was “Live, Laugh, Love” and everyone certainly did!
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Lauren + Adam 05.10.08 (Part 1)

I need to do another 2 part wedding. Lauren and Adam had so many fantastic and unique details of their Philadelphia wedding that I would really like to do a slide show. My May is so busy with tons of unbelievable events that it seems like I’m running in place and will think about a slide show for my blog sometime in July. I will share some teasers for now. I knew I was in for a treat when I say Laurens Ulla-Maija Couture gown hanging in the doorway. I’ve always loved this designer because the fabric has such an amazing sheen. Ulla-Maija gowns seem to glow in photographs. You can see how Lauren glowed as she descended the stairs of her parents’ home to her fathers waiting arms. Lauren wore her mothers mantilla, which goes to show taste is timeless! I cannot rave enough about the astounding job that Nancy Saam did with the flowers for this wedding. If you love the vines that graced the aisle of Saint Patrick’s Church wait until you see Part 2 in the Union League!!! After the ceremony Laurens mom surprised her with a bagpiper (Perfect for a Duffy bride). The bagpiper led the way for the bridal party to walk to Rittenhouse Square for pictures. The couple then dropped by their center city town home for a picture in front of their home. Very romantic! Right around the corner was one of Philadelphia’s famous murals. They always make a great backdrop for artistic pictures. Lucky me!!! I have many more surprises in round 2!
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