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
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
In preparation for Elizabeth & Marc’s wedding at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware this Saturday, I photographed their engagement session at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. I’ve included some of my favorite photos here, along with a few shots of their custom engagement guestbook / album! I LOVE LOVE LOVE making these! Why? After their wedding is over, they have a fantastic guestbook that is more than just a logbook of signatures on a page. These are meant to be filled out “yearbook style”. I create them with lots of white space on special art/watercolor paper in a layflat style, so the pages are easier to write on. Friends and family leave heartfelt notes and sentiments that will surely make Elizabeth and Marc smile more than just having a book listing the name of their wedding guests (not to mention that it’s another great reason to look at their beautiful engagement photos!) :)
This post is a sneak peak for them as well, because I’ll be bringing this album along with me to their wedding this weekend. I can’t wait for them to see it in person! :) I’m also super excited to photograph their wedding at the DuPont Country Club, which is one of the most beautiful Delaware wedding venues.
From a photographer’s perspective, I was so happy when Debby and Glenn wanted to do their engagement session at Longwood Gardens, because I knew about the lighting exhibit currently on display, and of course, everywhere you turn is another beautiful location. When I discovered what made the gardens very special to them, I became even more excited about the idea. Debby and Glenn had shared many phone conversations and e-mails before finally meeting each other for the very first time a few years ago in these very gardens!
We had a lovely time strolling around and reminiscing about their first meeting and first phone conversation during the Stanley Cup playoffs. Glenn is a big fan of the Penguins and they were in the final game of the Stanley Cup playoffs that year, but when Debby called him that night, he forgot all about the game and just enjoyed a wonderful conversation with Debby.
Glenn loves to make Debby laugh and as you can see from the photos below, these two have many years of laughter and happiness to look forward to. Stay tuned to my blog to see photos from their upcoming Delaware Beach Wedding. I can’t wait! :)