Michelle + Craig 04.26.08

I loved Michelle’s “goddess” gown! It was just the perfect gown for her. Her bridesmaids also had “goddess” gowns in a beautiful lilac. Her mom embroidered the monogram that was sewn into her gown. A couple with strong ties to the city of Philadelphia, Michelle and Craig took photographs all around town prior to their ceremony. They started at the Rodin museum and went on to Broad Street for the famous “Philadelphia City Hall” shot! For a very special photo, the couple stopped by the restaurant where they had their first date. He kissed her hand on the corner. There ceremony and reception were held at the Cescaphe Ballroom. They made their grand entrance to a pyrotechnic display! She gave her guests a choice of a book, yummy jam or bird ornaments. Very unique!

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Bonnet Island Wedding – Stephanie + Frank 04.25.08 (Part 2)

I love ceremonies in the boathouse at Bonnet Island Estate. They are so timeless. Stephanie and Frank were just beaming as they greeted each other at the end of the aisle. After the ceremony, the couple invited all their guests to join them in the garden for a group photo. A funny note, every wedding always has one little “glitch”. For Stephanie, the strap to her gown broke during her first dance. She had the kind of gown that the bodice would not stay up without the strap. Check out the bottom 2 dance pictures. Frank found it very hysterical! Luckily for Stephanie one of her guests was a professional seamstress and came with a sewing kit. Note to self: remember to bring a sewing kit if wearing a dress with spaghetti straps!
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Bonnet Island Wedding – Stephanie + Frank 04.25.08 (Part 1)

One of my favorite wedding venues on the “Jersey Shore” is Bonnet Island Estate. It offers the perfect combination of country charm and elegance. Couples can have their wedding ceremony in the quaint boathouse, cocktails on an expansive open veranda overlooking the bay and then dance the night away in the formal ballroom. Stephanie and Frank had such a perfect spring day for their “shore” wedding with sunshine and temperatures in the mid 60’s! Her Amsale gown was stunning! When Frank first saw her for their portraits, he said she looked like a beautiful wedding cake. Her gown was certainly delish! She paired her beautiful gown with a great pair of Jimmy Choo shoes too. The springtime floral theme of pink flowers was beautifully done by MDS Floral Designs. Check out the pretty cans of flowers that were hung in the windows of the boathouse. There were so many pretty details; I’m going to do this wedding in 2 parts. I’ll put up some images from the ceremony and reception tomorrow.
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Bridal Hair Fashion

As many of my brides know, a veil is no longer the only option to adorn your locks on your wedding day. From birdcage veils to feathered combs the possibilities are endless. Yesterday I was very fortunate to photograph some of the beautiful bridal headgear of milliner, Holly Slayton of Artikal. Holly has been designing hats and bridal veils for many years and her bridal headgear was just picked up by Kleinfelds Bridal. You go Holly! What fun we had! I took so many images during the 6 hour shoot and it’s going to take me several weeks before I’m finished working on them all. I picked out a few of my initial favorite head shots to share with you (as a teaser). I’ll have some more images to share from this shoot in the coming weeks. Wait until you see the magnificent gowns! Hair and makeup for the shoot was provided by the always amazing Claudia Seyler. Claudia’s talent never ceases to amaze me. She just creates look after look for me to photograph. We have such fun doing our editorial shoots together. It’s sort of like we are 6 years girls old again dressing our Barbie dolls. Our beautiful model was Anelisa, an actress from NYC. Her expressive eyes made the shoot so varied and beautiful. Thanks everyone for this really creative and fun day!

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