Every now and then the creativity and uniqueness of weddings just blows me away.  When we were contacted about shooting Beth and Patrick’s wedding at YMCA Camp Ockanickon in Medford, New Jersey.  I had images of uninteresting conference rooms and high school basketball courts in my brain.  I should have known that we get MUCH cooler couples than that.

A stunningly beautiful dark haired bride, in a classic white dress,  and beautiful shades of purple everywhere, which seemed to match the crisp November air, ripe with the air of impending winter.  Homey wooden signs directing guests over a bridge and through the woods to a perfect ceremony on a sandy island with a setting sun that lit up our bride and groom and allowed us the challenge of capturing the magic of some lens flare.  God, I love that.  A lake beside a gorgeous clearing in the fields where the yellowing leaves just screamed for group photos.  A wild boxer pup with a pink leash, so in love with her human mommy bride, her excitement bordered on uncontrollable.  A cozy, warm log cabin for friends and family to dance to a rockin’ band, eat amazing food, and drink from personalized mason jars, and to wrap up the perfect camp wedding?  Smores by the campfire of course!  Perfection.

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Someone recently asked me why I love shooting weddings.  I think we approach them differently.  Not only differently in terms of trying to shoot in a more unique way that all those big wedding studios, but we treat each wedding as a unique event unto itself.   Most weddings have similar elements.  The challenge of wedding photography, and what I think sets us apart, is that we don’t have a set way of how we shoot those similar elements, or how they get processed.  Take the classic Broad Street shot, for instance.  No two are exactly alike.  Some are light hearted and playful, others deeply romantic, some have that perfect dip, and some look like they’re straight out of fashion magazine.  Each wedding leaves me with a different impression of what made it beautiful and uniquely special.

Kelly and Mike had the ultimate classic wedding.  With their movie star good looks, her classic dress screamed old Hollywood glamour.  From a traditional ceremony at Old St Mary’s Church to fun bridal party photos at Race Street (where we were lucky enough to grab a fabulous shoot with model Porsha Terry in the spring), this wedding seemed to beg for tons of grainy Ilford film black and whites and Portra color film treatments.   Here are just a few of my favorites from the day.  Enjoy!

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