Anniversary Shoots

5 years of anniversary shoots

As if anyone needed further proof that we have the most awesome clients ever, I must share the past 5 years of Lauren and Charles’ anniversary shoots!

Lauren and Charles hired me for their wedding through the national studio I work for, George Street Photo. It’s a studio I love working for, but I don’t get much chance to get to know my GS couples before their wedding. We only get one phone call before the wedding, however, even from that one phone call, I felt an instant connection to them. Their wedding was a sun drenched day filled with laughter and easy spring vibes. A year later, Lauren reached out to me with her idea of breaking out their wedding attire for an anniversary shoot and trying to keep it up every year! It was such a cute idea, and a great shoot.

Almost 5 years later, and we just finished our 3rd amazing anniversary shoot with them. They’re such a fun couple that it’s become a great little project finding different locations for their shoots. This year we did Longwood Gardens and it’s probably my favorite so far. I truly look forward to our little 90 minute field trips. I’m so grateful to photograph them over the years, I can’t wait to see where I can make them dance next year! 

Historic Smithfield Inn Wedding

I loved Lauren’s non-traditional dress and dried flower bouquet. She even indulged me in giving me time for a killer double exposure using her bouquet as texture. I MUST remember to start doing these at our anniversary shoots!

Anniversary Shoot 1: Batsto Village

The first anniversary shoot was at Batsto Village in New Jersey. It’s such a beautiful spot for a rustic shoot, and there’s no permit needed. There’s no entrance fee and lots of cool nooks and crannies. It’s great for outdoor shoots when the weather is beautiful.

Anniversary Shoot 2.5: Adventure Aquarium

Anniversary shoot number 2 was SO cold, we had to find an indoor spot. Adventure Aquarium was loads of fun, and I think we really got some great images. Note to photographers: It’s a tough place to shoot. Be prepared to have to work around crowds, it’s super dark, you can’t use off camera flash, and you have to watch for flash reflections in all that glass. That being said, it’s never a bad thing to spend the day at the aquarium, and we did get some super cool images. 

Anniversary Shoot 4.5: Longwood Gardens

This year were determined to stay warm and Lauren wanted some Holiday cheer. Longwood Gardens fit the bill perfectly! No flash is allowed at Longwood, but there’s tons of natural light throughout, and the Holiday decorations are pretty epic. It’s a fabulous location any time of year.

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We’ve been incredibly fortunate to attract couples who are unafraid to break tradition and do their own thing.  Fall is always our busiest season of the year, and has some of our favorite weddings.  There are fall leaves dripping from the trees, rich color palettes, Halloween parties and hot cider.  Fall weddings can be deeply romantic and completely unique.  Although we adore all of our BWR couples, our dark little souls have a special place for those whom embrace their beautifully creepy sides.

Abandoned Cemetery Engagement

Lily Cheshire is the owner and artist behind Witch’s Way Craft, so Lily and Joe’s engagement photos include an abandoned Cemetery, smoke bombs and 2 cats with only 3 eyes between them. 

Dark, Moody Romance at the Vandiver Inn

The couple continued their theme a year later, with a dark romantic wedding at the Vandiver Inn. She did all the spooky decor from a flower wholesaler and her personal collection of skulls. We loved that they included framed prints of their engagement shoot throughout the venue. 

 

Halloween Elopement with Witchling at the Philadelphia Wedding Chapel

Carrie and Craig traveled from Virginia just to have a Halloween elopement in Philadelphia.  Their private ceremony at the Philadelphia Wedding Chapel included their daughter as a witchy flower girl.  After the ceremony we walked over to Falls Bridge for some Halloween family photos that were loads of fun!

Doctor Seuss Wedding at Laurel Hill Cemetery

The wedding that started it all, was a Doctor Seuss themed wedding in Philly’s historic Laurel Hill Cemetery.  Not only was there a gorgeous bride in a blush pink dress, colorful Truffula trees and paper bouquets made from stories, it remains one of Offbeat Bride’s third most viral blog posts with 3.7 thousand shares for A Doctor Seuss Wedding in a Philadelphia Cemetery.

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Halloween Costume Party at North Bowl

Chrissa and TJ’s Halloween themed costume party at North Bowl was a family affair complete with street art, wedding ring tattoos, and one of the most gorgeous black cakes I’ve ever seen.  And if you’ve never been fortunate enough to photograph family formals with Wayne and Garth, a corpse bride and a fairy princess in a bowling lane, I highly suggest it.  Another favorite of ours fortunate to be included in Offbeat Bride.

 

For more from our Corpse Bride Wedding 

Burlesque Performer at Hunting Hill Mansion

Burlesque Performer Nikki Malicious married her love Steve, at Ridley Creek Mansion with DYI details including paper bouquets, drenched in the  colors of the Philadelphia Flyers and officiated by one of Philly’s favorite drag queens, The Goddess Isis.