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Rebecca & Adam’s Wedding at The Chelsea in AC

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Rebecca & Adam: The Chelsea Wedding in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Rebecca and Adam contacted me this summer about photographing their wedding and from the very beginning, I knew it was going to be a beautiful day. I quickly Googled “The Chelsea Atlantic City Wedding” and immediately fell in love with the photos and details I found about the venue online. When Rebecca filled out my wedding day questionnaire, I learned about all of the meaningful details she planned to include in her wedding which made me even more excited to photograph her wedding! I love when couples incorporate so many things of such personal significance throughout the day!

I didn’t get to meet Rebecca & Adam until the wedding day itself, which is very unusual for me, since I almost always do an engagement session with my couples. Imagine my surprise when I walked in and saw the absolutely gorgeous bride I was about to have the privilege of photographing! Stunning – and she didn’t even have her hair and makeup done yet!

Read below to hear more about the details you see above and how Rebecca and Adam incorporated their heritage and important family members throughout their day.

Also, check out some behind the scenes photos of me shooting and a few more images from this wedding, on my friend Karen’s blog!

How did you first meet?

I had a really good fake ID and Adam was bartending. I left my number on my tab and he called before I even got the parking lot.

What advice would you give to future brides for their wedding day?

Breathe. It goes by so fast so take in every moment.

What was the biggest surprise on your wedding day?

My necklace! I was a mess the week before the wedding because it was hitting me hard that my dad wasn’t walking me down the aisle. As a wedding gift Adam had my dad’s signature made into a necklace so I would have him with me that day and everyday.

What one moment will last with you both forever?

Besides me knocking over the lantern as I walked down the aisle… The first dance

Why did you chose The Chelsea in Atlantic City as your wedding venue? What did you love most about it?

We wanted to do an affordable destination wedding for our guests to enjoy and AC nailed it! The Chelsea Hotel is unique and has a great view of the ocean. Plus the staff is unbelievably accommodating and helpful. I couldn’t imagine my wedding day being as perfect without the Chelsea staff.

Which moment are you the most excited to see in photos?

I’m excited for all of them but especially the silhouette photo.

What was your wedding inspiration? (think decor, overall theme and feel of the day, etc)

We did a modern theme with a little asian flair in honor of my nana, Noriko, who was not able to make it. The 1,000 crane tradition was our ceremony backdrop and our placecards were handmade origami dollars to gamble at the casino with. We also put a train set around the cake in remembrance of Adam’s grandfather Warren.

Describe some of your favorite wedding details and how you came up with them.

The 1,000 crane backdrop, the train set around the cake, place cards and my bouquet.

What song did you walk down the aisle to?

She’s my kind of rain by Tim McGraw

What song played for your first dance? What song played for the parent dances?

You are the best thing- first dance
You’ve got a friend- bride/brother dance
What a wonderful world- groom/mom dance

Any advice for those planning their wedding now?

Don’t stress it too much. When it starts to become too much and you are on the verge of a meltdown take a break and remember it’s not about how fancy your day is–it’s about celebrating you and the groom with the people you love most.

What are you most looking forward to as a married couple?

Officially being a family.

Why did you choose me for your photography? What did you like the most about working with me?

I stumbled across your portfolio and was drooling by the last picture. You have a uniqueness to your photos that aren’t cookie cutter. I have always said wedding pictures are the same poses with different faces and you are NOT that! You were so much fun to work with and even put up with our crazy bridal party.

Thanks so much to Houston DITL Photographer, Karen Jacot and Gary Nevitt for shooting this wedding with me! :)

New Jersey Wedding Venue: The Chelsea AC
Chelsea Coordinator: Regina Heffler
Hair & Makeup: Mark Bennett of American Hairlines
Cake: BakeWorks
Florist: Beth Ann @ Pocket Full of Posies
DJ: Layne Gehris
Officiant: Rev William Heisley

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Sandy & Brandon’s Wedding at Elk Manor Winery

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Sandy & Brandon: Elk Manor Winery Wedding in North East, Maryland

I have really enjoyed getting to know Sandy and Brandon through the months leading up to their wedding. Their snowy, animal-filled engagement session was one of my favorite ever. It was truly a pleasure to be there to witness everything that happened throughout their wedding day… bird filled skys, beautiful little flower girls, two special dances by the bride and groom, and so much more.

Read below to hear Sandy’s version of her day, with some really helpful tips for brides planning their own weddings!

How did you first meet?

We first met on the school bus in middle school. The first time I met him, like an ornery girl :), I messed up his perfectly gel placed hair. We became best friends and would talk on the phone for hours. Our first date, my mom drove us to see Dr. Dolittle. We were on and off through middle school, dated for 3 years at the end of high school but split up in college (for 6 years, for some much needed growing up time!) and then got back together 3 years ago :)

What advice would you give to future brides for their wedding day?

Stop and enjoy every minute. Take the time to take a breath and savor every moment. I had been given this advice prior to my wedding and it really helped me to enjoy the little things and to appreciate the value of the day. Things WILL go wrong but SO WHAT! At the end of the day, you are married and are having a grand party with your favorite people in the world, that’s all that matters!

What was the biggest surprise on your wedding day?

I expected Brandon would be somewhat emotional and I knew I would be a mess, but I was really surprised about how much the ceremony affected him as well. Seeing his emotion and love during the ceremony made the day that much better.

What one moment will last with you both forever?

I think saying our vows. We were both so caught up in emotion that it was even difficult to speak. In that moment, it was only about us and our love and dedication to each other and our promise for the years to come.

Why did you chose Elk Manor Winery as your wedding venue? What did you love most about it?

The view! and the fact that Brandon loved as much as I did, we were sold. It was actually the only venue we looked at (although I had done months of searching for venues online and this was my favorite prior to seeing it) I loved that it was a beautiful setting and it had so many different possibilities to make it our own. I would absolutely choose it again.

Which moment are you the most excited to see in photos?

Oh goodness… so many! Saying our vows (although I am sure I have an awful crying face in most!). Father-daughter dance. Moments with my grandmother. There are too many to narrow it down!

What was your wedding inspiration? (think decor, overall theme and feel of the day, etc)

I wanted simple elegance. I loved the softness of light grey and pink and the simple beauty of hydrangeas. The view of the water was just the perfection I was looking for. Having it in a tent suited us since we love the outdoors but I could make it beautiful at the same time. I tried to add small touches of us throughout the day such as the “Our story” board, the little plants for favors/place cards, having our friend play “Remember When”, the personalized card box, and the “thank you notes” at everyone’s place settings. I wanted everyone to know how much we appreciated them being there and to have a day that was not just a generic wedding but one that was about our life together yet still the beautiful wedding that I had envisioned.

Describe some of your favorite wedding details and how you came up with them.

Grey and pink colors – these colors just brought everything together for me, even though it was a fall wedding, I kept coming back to those same colors

Our ceremony – I picked out the readings that were read and asked the officiant to add some details about our relationship to make the ceremony personal to us. I picked readings that were relevant to the important things to remember in a marriage. One reading was the “The art of marriage” poem.
Our card box – sounds silly but I loved that I could put some of our pictures in it and now have it as a keepsake. Found it on etsy
Place setting thank you notes – I loved these since we were able to let each guest know that they are an important of our lives and we appreciated them being there.
Song by Craig – Our friend Craig is an important part of our lives and we asked him to play “Remember When” by Alan Jackson since this is an important song to us and our relationship. The DJ also gave a little back story on why it was important to us. It was not chosen as our first dance song since the second half of the song is talking about stages of life that we have not gotten to yet, such as kids and turning grey :)

What song did you walk down the aisle to?

I’ll be by Edwin McCain acoustical version. LOVE this song and it was considered for our first dance but didn’t quite make the cut in Brandon’s mind.

What song played for your first dance? What song played for the parent dances?

First dance: “When I said I do” by Clint Black.
Father – daughter: “Because you loved me” Celine Dion
Mother – Son: “My wish” Rascal Flatts

Any advice for those planning their wedding now?

1. Don’t stress. There will be times of stress but it’s a process and try to take it one step at a time.
2. I found planning timelines online that helped me stay on track for things that I needed to be doing and how many months in advance it should be done. They were helpful in making sure I didn’t forget anything.
3. STAY ORGANIZED! Make folders on your computer or in a file cabinet.
4. Make lists of things to do, budgets, address lists and modify them as you go along.
5. Do your research. Sounds silly but my most stressful time of planning was booking my vendors because I researched each one of them. They are the people that are going to help make your day come alive. Make sure you build a strong team to help you accomplish your goal. My photographer (Blonnie :)), caterer, florist, DJ, videographer and day of coordinator worked so hard to make everything perfect and without them, things would not have turned out as perfect as they did. They are also the reason I did not stress a single bit on my wedding day because I fully trusted each and everyone one of them and knew they were working hard to make everything perfect. It is a great feeling to fully trust the team of people that you have helping you on one of the most important days of your life.

What are you most looking forward to as a married couple?

Raising little ones :), traveling and taking life as it comes…together.

Why did you choose me for your photography? What did you like the most about working with me?

I was referred to you from Tom Harmon. He spoke highly of your work and after looking at images you had taken I knew that you had the skills to take the unique shots that I was looking for. I wanted someone with an eye to capture those breath taking images that are one in a million. What I liked most about working with you…
1. You delivered those breath taking images in EVERY session I had with you (engagement, boudoir and wedding). Your images have gone above and beyond any of my expectations, simply phenomenal.
2. You are SO easy to work with. You made us feel comfortable, gave tips to better our appearance for the photos, really payed attention to what was being captured and came up with unique ideas. Even if it meant crawling around in the mud and snow :)
3. You are an awesome person! You are laid back, kind, funny and simply a great person who I am thankful to have had the opportunity to meet and get to know.

Thanks so much to Westchester Wedding Photographer, Eve Prime for shooting this wedding with me! :)

Maryland Wedding Venue: Elk Manor Winery
Officiant: Reverend Bob Devine
Day of Coordinator: Melissa Slacum
Florist: Amanda’s Florist
Hair & Makeup: New Trend Hair Salon
DJ: Mike Warren
Bakery: Half Baked Patisserie
Cake: Creative Crumbs Bake Shoppe
Dress: Jennifer’s Bridal
Videography: Rick of Quality Video

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Elizabeth & Timothy’s Atlantic Sands and Salero Wedding

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Elizabeth and Timothy’s wedding in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, began with Elizabeth, her bridesmaids and close family members all gathered together to excitedly prepare for the day’s events in a beach cottage beside the Atlantic Ocean. After Liz completed her final bridal touches, she walked along the boardwalk to see Tim for the first time on the rooftop of the Atlantic Sands hotel where their ceremony was held overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Following the ceremony, Liz and Tim finished the day with a beautiful wedding reception at the best Delaware Beach venue, Salero – and Oceanfront penthouse level wedding venue on top of the Henlopen Hotel in Rehoboth Beach. The final couple’s final farewell was a sparkler sendoff that lead right out of the Henlopen to the Atlantic Ocean… the perfect ending to a perfect day! :)

Thanks so much to Liz & Tim for choosing me to photograph this beautiful wedding of yours!

Liz & Tim: Atlantic Sands and Salero Wedding in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Thanks so much to Gary Nevitt for shooting this wedding with me! :)
Ceremony Venue: Atlantic Sands Hotel
Reception Venue: Salero Ocean Front Venue
Cake: Creative Crumbs Bake Shoppe

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Tiffany & Jerry’s Swan Harbor Farm Wedding

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After photographing Tiffany & Jerry’s engagement session in North East, Maryland I knew their wedding would be fun. I was also happy to work at Swan Harbor Farm again, because it is one of my favorite Maryland Wedding Venues! Tiffany loves the beach and the water, so the venues beautiful view of the Chesapeake Bay was a wonderful backdrop for her wedding and reception as they danced the night away under the starry sky in Swan Harbor’s tent.

Their wedding had the cutest flower girls and ring bearers and… the sunset… wow. It was definitely one of the best sunsets I’ve seen at a wedding. The perfect ending to a beautiful wedding!

Tiffany & Jerry: Swan Harbor Farm Wedding in Havre de Grace, Maryland

Thanks so much to Gary Nevitt Photography for shooting this wedding with me! :)

Wedding Venue: Swan Harbor Farm in Havre de Grace, Maryland
DJ: Jenny Z Mobile DJ Service
Florist: Jonathans Weddings and Flowers
Makeup Artist: Makeup by Chrissy
Cake: Desserts by Rita

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Nemours Mansion and Gardens Wedding Portraits with Kristen and Jason

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Kristen and Jason’s wedding was a day of travel throughout the beautiful Brandywine Valley area of Delaware and Pennsylvania. They both got ready at the Concordville Hotel in Glen Mills, PA. We then arrived at the Calvary Episcopal Church in Wilmington, DE for their ceremony, followed by wedding photos at the majestic Nemours Mansion in Wilmington and the ended the day with their reception at Kings Mills in Media, Pennsylvania.

As you can see from the photos, Kristen and Jason were attentive to every detail and everything came together in a beautiful and cohesive wedding day. I had such a great time with this couple and their family! One of my favorite parts of the day was the portrait session at Nemours. Kristen and Jason were so easy to photograph and Nemours gardens has virtually no bad angles. The Nemours staff member who assisted us was also wonderfully kind, helpful and truly made the session go smoothly in spite of the sprinkling that threatened to end our session early.

Kristen & Jason: Nemours Mansion and Kings Mills Wedding

Getting Ready Location: Concordville Hotel
Ceremony Location: Calvary Episocopal Church in Wilmington, Delaware
Reception Location: Kings Mills
DJ: Bill Schievert
Florist: Berger Flowers and the bride, Kristen
Cake: Sinfully Delicious

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100 of my Favorite Wedding Photos from 2013

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2013 was one of the most exciting years for me as a wedding photographer here in Delaware. Opening my Delaware photography studio was definitely a highlight, but I also got to meet some wonderful people, work at some fantastic wedding venues, and take some of my favorite wedding photos ever. I photographed over 40 weddings in 6 states! Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia. I am hoping to add a few more locations to my roster for 2014. :)

My favorite wedding photos are not simply about pretty pictures…. they are about capturing the emotions and connection between my clients and their friends and family. The most memorable photos to me are the ones that show more than just beautiful people. They also show the closeness that comes along with lifelong friendships, the elated look on a groom’s face when he sees his bride for the first time, the family members all ecstatic to see grandmother join the party, a proud father looking on at his handsome son, the aunt beaming with joy as she watches her niece’s wedding day slideshow… from toddler to beautiful bride. I hope when you look through these wedding photos you see not only a nice photograph, but also a little glimpse into what makes the people in front of my lens so wonderful.

By the way, when you’re done looking at these, check out some of my favorite wedding photos from 2012 as well!

Included below are wedding photos from my own clients as well as from weddings I photographed alongside some of my favorite fellow photographers. I especially want to thank Rob Korb, a Delaware and Maryland wedding photographer who I love working with! Some of the photos are also from times I worked with: Eve Prime of Poppy Studio, a Westchester wedding photographer, Karen Jacot, a Houston Lifestyle Photographer and Erik Matey, a Philadelphia wedding photographer

Best Delaware Wedding Photos of 2013

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Wedding at the Historic Barns of Nipmoose

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Karen Jacot, a Houston lifestyle photographer asked me if I’d like to come along and photograph a wedding with her in New York. Karen is one of the best photographers I know and also happens to be one of my very best friends, so of course the answer was HELL YES!

I stayed with the groomsmen as they got ready in White Oak House near the wedding venue. The wedding took place at the Historic Barns of Nipmoose in Buskirk, New York. Wow. Spectacular, breathtaking, stunning – this barn wedding venue was absolutely amazing. The gorgeous couple, their wonderful friends and family, the beautiful light, the fantastic views… all of it was breathtaking.

White Oak House
White Oak House New York

White Oak House at the Historic Barns of Nipmoose

Historic Barns of Nipmoose Wedding Photographs

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Sheri & Dirk’s Patriot Cruise Wedding

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Cruise Ship Wedding

After preparing for their wedding at the Hambleton Inn in St Michaels, Maryland, Sheri and Dirk were married in an intimate wedding ceremony aboard the Patriot cruise ship. They were surrounded by their closest friends and family members as they celebrated, sipped champagne and cruised down the Miles River in the Chesapeake Bay.

Following their wedding ceremony and cruise, they topped the perfect day off with dinner, and wedding cake at Harbour Lights Restaurant overlooking St Michaels Harbor. The decor throughout the restaurant was perfectly suited to the nautical theme echoed throughout the entire day. Their dinner was accompanied by the music from guitarist, Greg Jones.

Sheri and Dirk were among the first few couples to meet with me in my studio soon after opening. They will always be a very special couple to me. :) Thank you so much, Sheri and Dirk, for choosing me to document such an important day for you. :)

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Sheri & Dirk: St Michaels Maryland Wedding

Getting Ready Location: Hambleton Inn
Ceremony Location: Patriot Cruise
Reception Location: Harbour Lights Restaurant
Guitarist: Greg Jones
Florist: Seaberry Farm
Cake: Sweetie Bakery

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Leslie and Dave’s Spring Hill Manor Wedding in Maryland

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Below are some of my favorite photos from Leslie and Dave’s barn wedding in Maryland. Leslie and Dave chose one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Cecil County, Maryland – a hidden gem called Spring Hill Manor. Spring Hill Manor has several beautiful backdrops, barns, gardens and interestingness wherever you turn.

Not only was I excited to photograph this cute couple in such a great location – I was also excited to see some past favorite clients at the same time. This is such a great and close knit group of friends. A past bride was the maid of honor and a past groom was the officiant!!! Leslie and Dave are lucky to have one another but they are also lucky to have such wonderful and long-lasting friendships with many good people. They went out of their way to make this wedding not only about themselves and their relationship, but also the relationships they have with friends and family.

Ceremony Location: Spring Hill Manor
Hair & Makeup: Bonnie Kammerer
DJ: Jenny Z Mobile DJ
Cake: Fenwick Bakery

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Sabra & Aaron’s Kent Manor Inn Wedding

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Sabra and Aaron’s afternoon wedding was held at the Historic Kent Manor Inn on Kent Island in Stevensville, Maryland. This beautiful old inn was built in 1820 (you can read more about it here) and was the perfect choice for a Maryland wedding venue. I loved the tall old trees and the waterfront view of the Chesapeake Bay.

It was a pleasure to spend the day with Sabra and Aaron and witness the genuine love and affection surrounding them with so many friends and family. Their reception slideshow was particularly touching to me, as I watched them growing from young children, to young adults and ever more deeply in love with one another – with many loved ones always by their side. To be a little self-indulgent here, I realized how lucky I was to be included in their lives and felt very fortunate that I was able to witness and be a little part of their wedding. This couple is special. I can especially tell by the interactions with those around them: they are two truly kind and lovely people.

Sabra and Aaron: Kent Manor Inn Wedding

Ceremony Location: Kent Manor Inn
Hair & Makeup: Gina and Hilary
DJ: Mario Rocco Entertainment
Florist: Jen-Mor
Cake: Fields of Heather

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