There’s nothing better than photographing weddings in a location that is deeply personal to a bride and groom.  We have been fortunate to have photographed a romantic, rustic YMCA camp nestled in the woods of Medford, New Jersey twice now.  Once at the boys camp, Camp Ockanickon, and this season, it was time to visit the girls side, Camp Matollionequay.

Bride Jessica grew up spending her summers at Camp Matollionequay, and the back woods of her family’s home leads right to the camp.  When Jessica and Evan began looking for the perfect location to begin their family, the camp was the perfect choice.  One of the camps bridges which held special memories for the couple was the perfect spot for one of the most beautifully light filled first looks that we’ve ever photographed, followed by a charming wedding in the camp’s chapel, fall decor lovingly done by mom with loads of chrysanthemums, candles, a fireplace, and of course, their adorable dog in attendance.  Gina Corso and her violin provided the perfect soundtrack for the intimate event.

After the ceremony, and as we worked our way through family formals, we began to notice a few of the important men from Jessica’s life missing.  ‘Cause what would a camp wedding be, without a few of the guys grabbing some fishing poles and sneaking out to the lake?  Absolutely perfect.

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When we first met local Philly burlesque babe and artist Nikki Malicious and her fiance Steve, they were making out in a metal washtub in front of a pink trailer,  surrounded by lawn flamingos.  It was a John Waters inspired photo shoot, and Nikki was such a great model: sultry, dark and edgy with a touch of classic pin up that when embarked on our journey exploring Holi Powder, we called on Nikki once again.

When Nikki and Steve got engaged, I was thrilled.  At that point we only had a wedding or two under our belts, and it’s quite possible that I begged her to let us shoot it.  They were everything we wanted to shoot when it came to weddings.  A beautiful burlesque dancer and her hockey playing, mechanic husband, not afraid to learn some pretty complex choreography for his bride.  A talented artist, every detail that went into Nikki’s wedding was made by her, from the bridemaids’ rainbow bouquets to her guest book.

Hunting Hill Mansion (or Ridley Mansion) at Ridley Creek State Park was the perfect venue.  A historic English Tudor style mansion built around a stone farmhouse from 1789, it includes a rich, wood ballroom, a grand marble staircase and a bridal suite flooded with natural light.  For Nikki’s theme, “Fall with a hint of Flyers”, bridesmaids and groomsmen wore vivid orange. The Goddess Isis broke her wedding officiant cherry at the top of an outdoor stone staircase and Steve’s face when he saw Nikki in her champagne lace dress was just about the best thing ever.  A delicious dinner by Diverse Catering accompanied by a seemingly unending supply of PBRs.   An array of mouthwatering cupcakes from Philly cupcake stole the show and DJ Nolz made it virtually impossible to get Nikki and Steve off the dance floor.