Jessica + Adam 06-21-08

When Adam first met Jessica the first thing he said to her was “Do you like candy”? Jessica responded “yes” and Adam pulled out a pocket full of candy for her. The rest was history! Obviously Jessica likes candy. As their wedding favor all their guests received candy scoops with Adams famous first line “Do you like candy?” Their guests got to use their scoops with a tasty candy bar with lots of treats to take home. Jessica and Adams wedding took place at the beautiful Jersey City Hyatt Regency, which probably has one of the best views of the Manhattan skyline. Their day included some really sweet details. Jessica had Adam design their wedding cake as his contribution to wedding planning. He wanted the cake to depict the brick buildings and graffiti of Brooklyn. He also gave all his groomsmen custom Nike sneakers with the wedding date. Jessica also had her share of special details starting with her beautiful gown which was hand made by a relative and had a detachable apron with bow. The couples invitation included a portrait of themselves sketched by a dear friend. Cutest thing of all, Jessica and Adam had adorable pictures of their French bulldog on each table. It was their way of having him share their day!
The handsome groom!
Everyone is a critic!

Amanda + Martin 06-14-08

It usually happens once ever year that I am commissioned to photograph weddings back to back at the same venue. On June 7th I photographed Jaclyn and Dans’ wedding at Carinwood Estate in Bryn Athyn, PA and I was back again the next week to photograph Amanda and Martins wedding. I really think it’s a great example of how the couple makes the wedding, not the venue. Amanda and Martins wedding was totally different, yet very beautiful in their own way. The couple are both marine biologists. They were partners in work and now in life. PhD Amanda, describes herself as the “Queen geek” and their wedding was definitely “geek chic”. I believe their entire wedding party were scientists. The couple wanted their special day to reflect their love of nature and chose wild flowers and herbs for their décor. A friend of theirs grew the herb gardens that they used for their centerpieces and their guests loved taking them home for some great cooking. What a wonderful “green” idea for centerpieces! In breaking with the “natural” theme, the bride wore a very opulent Reem Acra gown that she paired with Manolo Blahnik shoes. If there are any “Sex in the City” fans out there, these were the famous Blahniks that Carrie had stolen from her friends baby shower. Amanda kept them safely on her feet, even when the couple played croquet on the grounds of the Estate. Bravo Amanda, it takes a real woman to play croquet in Blahniks!

The couple prepares. I documented Amanda’s preparations and Jill photographed Martin.
I just love the staircase at Cairnwood! I ran up and down to get all the amazing views.
The couple sees each other for the first time in the English Garden.
I adored the presentation of food during the cocktail hour. Feastivities catered the event did a most beautiful job(as always)!

I Need a New Model!

Well I finally finished working on all the images from the bridal shoot that I did early Spring (before my busy wedding season began). It was such fun working with the most creative Claudia Seyler. We make such a great editorial team. I love doing these these editorial shoots. I feel every time I grow so much as an artist and it makes my weddings all the better. Well, now that I’m finished working on the images, I feel I’m ready for another shoot. Anyone know any agency models, 5’9″+, size 0-4, and looking for some great bridal shots for their portfolio???? I’m ready! Here are some of the last few images from the shoot. I’m dreaming up ideas of what my next shoot will be.

Jaclyn + Dan 06-07-08

The temperature was soaring on Jaclyn and Dan’s hot, yet beautiful wedding day. The afternoon temperature was near 98 degrees and combined with the high humidity it felt like 110 in the shade. This did not keep the couple from having a very “cool”, romantic and uniquely beautiful wedding day. Their wedding too place at the historic and opulent Carinwood Estate in Bryn Athyn, PA. Jaclyn wore a classically beautiful Ramona Keveza gown. It reminded me of something worn by a 50’s movie star. Jaclyns Kate Spade shoes were a perfect match! The flowers and décor were by the always marvelous Donna O’Brien of Beautiful Blooms. There were just too many details to talk about (I’ll let the images speak for themselves), but the crowing glory was a vine and floral wrapped Chuppah. Two Paperdolls designed the couples “logo” that was on all the couples paper products…. programs, invitations, napkins and it was even incorporated on the dance floor. The day moved along so smoothly with the “day of” coordination of Lynda Barness of I Do Wedding Consulting. Thanks to such a wonderful team of professionals to create such a marvelously perfect wedding day!

Great wedding gift! Dan gave Jaclyn a Shar-pei puppy as a wedding gift. He presented Jaclyn with a little story book with pictures of the new addition to their family.
Grandma sees the new bride.
Dan sees his bride for the first time.
The bridesmaids kept cool in these very lightweight dresses by J.Crew.
“Green Tea Mint Julep” and gazpacho “shooters” during the cocktail hour!
First and last dance! Notice the dress change… I love the new trend!
Lighting is EVERYTHING!!! The lighting was beautifully executed by Eventions Productions!

Bridal Fashion – Part 2

I adore everything about weddings, but I must confess a particular “passion” for bridal fashion. I think some of my brides think I’m a little strange when I can rattle off the designer of brides that I photographed over 6 years ago. (A girl just remembers those things) Anyway, as some of you may remember, several months back I shared with you some images that I photographed of the beautiful bridal headgear of milliner, Holly Slayton of Artikal. (Then my outrageously busy wedding season began) It was a marvelous shoot with hair and makeup provided by Claudia Seyler who you all know I adore. The gorgeous gown for the shoot were provided by Jennifer’s Bridal in Hockessin, Delaware. What a fab selection she has. Thank you Jennifer! I finally had a few minutes free from my VERY busy schedule to work on a few more images to share with you. Editorial so creative and really helps me grow artistically for myself as an artist, and my couples. Enjoy!