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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! :)

Vendors:
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! :)

Vendors:
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 Rehoboth Beach Engagement Photos

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Elizabeth and Timothy met me in Rehoboth Beach on a beautiful summer day to talk a bit about their wedding that’s coming up at Salero later this year, and of course – so I could photograph their engagement session! The light was perfect… all of the way from the golden hour right through to blue hour. In a relative small area around the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk we were able to get a wide variety of photos.

Like a lot of couples, Elizabeth and Timothy were worried they wouldn’t know what to do when it came time to be photographed…. of course they were perfect, so cute together and had absolutely nothing to worry about. :)













Elizabeth & Timothy: Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk Engagement Session


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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



Vendors:
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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Delaware Engagement Photos in Smyrna with Sandy & Brandon

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Sandy and Brandon wanted me to take their Delaware engagement photos around their home. I loved the idea of photographing an engagement session that was truly unique to them and not just some pretty location we chose as a backdrop. This place has true meaning to them. I photographed their engagement session around their house in Smyrna on their family’s farmland surrounding their home. There have been some crazy days in the Northeast this winter, but we were fortunate to have scheduled this session for a beautiful (and warm-ish) winter day. Thankfully, the pretty white snow was still covering the ground. This is actually the first time I’ve ever done an engagement session in the snow! It did get a little chilly as the sun started to set, so we took the last few photos of the day with the sun falling below the horizon creating a breathtaking watercolor-like sky. Sandy and Brandon are very lucky to have their home surrounded with such a fantastic view of these kind of Delaware sunsets. :)

As you can tell, Sandy and Brandon are big time animal lovers – me too!!! (I think my dog, Violet, charmed Sandy when we first met and I credit her for at least part of the final decision of them deciding to hire me! ;)) We made sure to include Sandy and Brandon’s dog and cats in some of the photos, but I have to admit…. there was also a lot of curious animal photo-bombing going on that none of us had any control over (I kinda loved it.) :p

I’m looking forward their summer wedding which will be held at the Winery at Elk Manor in North East, Maryland.































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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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Delaware Family Christmas Photos

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My Holiday Open House had to be postponed to the Sunday following it’s originally scheduled date because of an unpredictedly heavy amount of snowfall here in Delaware. Thankfully, Santa was still able to stop by, but it was cutting it awful close since Christmas was around the corner. He is a little busy this time of year!

The deadline for getting family photos taken for Christmas Cards was also fast approaching! In addition to my open house, I’d scheduled a sort of mini-session for that day with my friend Mike Allebach (of Allebach Photography). He and his super cute family decided to venture out into the great white unknown, regardless of the weather, so that I could take their annual Christmas Card family photo! He said the roundtrip was an epic 5 1/2 hours!!!! Personally, I think the photos were worth the drive…. haha!!

Here are a few of my favorite shots from our quickie session – one of which ended up on his family’s Christmas card. It turns out, falling snow is a pretty awesome setting for photographs – if only I could make it snow on cue! :)


Delaware Family Christmas Card Photos in the Snow

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30th Street Station Engagement Photos

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She proposed with a red pen, and he said yes! :)

T & P were unsure how their relationship would fare after she accepted a job in New York City and he stayed behind at home in Philadelphia. A move like this could make or break a relationship. Would it fizzle and burn out, or would the move fortify their bond? Their uncertainty was quickly replaced with solid understanding between them – their lives were meant to be shared with one another. So one day, after careful planning and coordination with their friends, T proposed in Philadelphia’s Clark Park with a long letter she read to her English major boyfriend. She handed him a red pen as the note concluded, and asked: “Will you do me the extraordinary honor of editing my written correspondence for the rest of your life?” What was his reply? Just as she predicted: “Let me sleep on it and I’ll give you an answer in the morning!

Since much of their lives are spent traveling between New York City and Philadelphia, they decided 30th Street Station would be the perfect setting (indoors and warm) for an engagement session in Philly on a cold November day. After 30th Street we went to Rittenhouse Square for a few shots in the park. It was a bit darker (and colder) than we anticipated, but they were not opposed to snuggling together for warmth for a few more photos.
















Philadelphia Engagement Photos at 30th Street Station and Rittenhouse Square

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Announcing My Delaware Photography Studio

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If you follow me on Facebook, you may already be aware that I recently opened a photography studio in the Hockessin / Yorklyn, area of Delaware! I am constantly tweaking the space, but I think it is finally complete enough to make the big official announcement!

The studio is in a building that was once the science lab for the National Vulcanized Fiber Plant in Yorklyn, Delaware. Since the NVF factory closed it’s doors in 2008, the area fell into a bit of disrepair, but is currently undergoing revitalization in partnership with the state of Delaware. You can read more about the improvements and progress for the area on Yorklyn Village’s website detailing their restoration and redevelopment.

Collin O’Mara, DNREC Secretary, says: “This recreational space and redevelopment plan will create a destination for Delaware unlike any other in the country. With the beautiful, historic setting of Yorklyn as a backdrop, we believe the synergy created by the master plan, that includes a trail, an antique car loop, and railroad will make this a uniquely Delaware destination.”

The end vision for the studio was to give it an industrial loft sort of vibe, combined with a bright and airy feel. Much of the contents are recycled pieces reclaimed from the surrounding factory, and even the floor was reclaimed wood from another old factory that was listed for sale on Craigslist. I am so thankful to everyone who helped this all come together – they all know who they are, as I have thanked them profusely and as often as possible. :)

I was so lucky to find this hidden gem of a space filled with beautiful soft, natural lighting. The studio is in a nice tucked away place in the Brandywine Valley area of Delaware, and truly something special with multiple gorgeous backdrops and landscapes at my disposal. I can’t wait to photograph more and more clients in and around the studio. If you’re in the neighborhood, let me know – I love visitors! :)

Be sure to stay tuned this coming week for a special announcement detailing my official studio opening reception in December – with a very important visitor!

Without further ado, I’ll let these pictures speak their thousand words. :)


















 

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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.

























































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

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