A Witchy Walk in the Woods with Lily Cheshire

Witch in the woods

Modern witch in the woods of Philadelphia

As a wedding photographer, I struggle with the off season.  It’s cold, I’m tired and I need to be creative to thrive.  Luckily I’m blessed with a partner who feels the same way and spectacularly magical friends who will collaborate for an afternoon of creating art.  It’s the perfect cure for my wintertime blues.

Lily Cheshire of Witch’s Way Craft is a good friend, who we’ve been fortunate to photograph over the years.  From many shoots when she was a young model, to her cemetery engagement shoot, and witchy wedding and now as an artist and business owner, it’s been quite an artistic journey.  Her shop is filled with beautiful candles, crystals, cauldrons and herbs.  I’ll admit to going home with a few Goddess candles the day we shot together.  I’m still drooling over the calcite sphere from the shoot!  I highly suggest you check it out!

We teamed up with Jessica Saint,  of Jessica Saint Beauty for hair and makeup and invaluable help on the shoot itself.  Paul and the three of us bundled up for the cold. We all carried armloads of gear, smoke bombs, candles, sage and cauldrons for a Witchy Walk in the Woods.  Lily brought a few looks, including stunning dress from Trashy Diva in New Orleans. It’s a beautiful dress that can be worn in two ways, providing us with a nice variety.  Her beautiful jewelry was from The Brass Dragon.  A little bit of nature, a little magic and beautiful art. It was a perfect day.

Longwood Gardens Engagement Shoot

Longwood Gardens Engagement

Summer Longwood Gardens engagement shoot

There’s always something special about a Longwood Gardens engagement shoot.  It’s one of my favorite spots for couples who love nature and want to honor the season.  Longwood Gardens is spectacular any time of year, and I’m pretty sure I’ve photographed them all.  Every single shoot I’ve done there becomes one of my favorites.  It’s one of the prettiest spots I know that has both indoor and outdoor options, which is great in case of rain, or the cold of winter.  For Rebecca and Donny’s summer engagement shoot, the green house was a cool relief from the heat.

This Longwood Gardens engagement was special in that Rebecca and Donny are living in different states while he does his medical residency in Atlanta.  They are so wonderfully in love and such a joy to be with, our 90  minutes together felt more like a great walk with friends.  I’ve had several couples bring their children for a few family photos, and Rebecca’s daughter was a real champ for a kid who would rather be out playing sports than tagging around on a photo shoot. 

Pro Tip:  The Longwood Gardens staff is incredibly helpful when it comes to keeping an extra outfit at the guest services desk, and the restrooms are large and convenient.  Consider bringing an outfit change to give more variety.  I love that Rebecca and Donny did a fun summer look and more elegant formal wear.  

I absolutely can’t wait to photograph their wedding! 

Photographed by Lori Foxworth of Black, White and Raw Photography for Lily and Lime