Bride and Groom at sunset

bride and groom sunset portrait

Tracy and Anthony’s sun drenched Spring Mill Manor wedding was an absolute joy to be part of.  We met Tracy and Anthony through our favorite method, word of mouth referrals!  I photographed one of her closest friends several years ago for a large national company.  She loved her photos, but wasn’t crazy about  working with a “big box” studio.   She referred several of her bridesmaids to us at Black, White and Raw.  We’ve now photographed 6 weddings from this particular group of friends, and each one has been a great experience.  

Tracy and Anthony’s snowy engagement shoot at the Museum of Art was one of my all time favorites. The two are so natural with each other, so funny and considerate.  I couldn’t wait for their wedding at The Spring Mill Manor.  It was a perfect day, filled with the most gracious bride and groom, their loving families, and their incredible group of friends.   I’ve included way too many bridal party photos, but when you’ve photographed so many of their weddings…well, I couldn’t help myself!

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Bride and Groom Prep

The couple got ready at family homes in Philly near each other.  Tracy’s gown from L&H Bridal was absolutely stunning and perfect on her, with a cathedral veil that was perfect.  I loved that Anthony changed into a white dinner jacket for the reception.  Tracy did a first look with her dad and her bridal party before we left for the church.  I love her bridal portraits!

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St Christopher Church

I think I’ve lost track of how many weddings we’ve photographed at St Christopher’s Church in Philadelphia.  They are always so warm and welcoming, which makes returning a joy. The church is bright and the families all seem to be very close. It’s a wonderful place to photograph a Catholic ceremony.

 

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Spring Mills Manor

Special shout out to Spring Mills Manor! This amazing Bucks County wedding venue was is always a pleasure to work at.  The management is totally communicative and the staff bends over backwards to help you.  The grounds are always beautiful, and they feed us at the same time as bride and groom so we can jump up and get back to work as soon as they’re finished. But the biggest thing they did? THEY FOUND A VERY EXPENSIVE LENS I LEFT OUTSIDE AT NIGHT. I didn’t notice for 2 weeks. Someone had not only found it, but kept it nice and safe until I realized it and called. Absolutely unbelievable.

Bride and Groom Portraits

Sunset bride and groom portraits are something most couples would love to have, but it’s not always a perfect day with perfect light. Sunset at Spring Mill Manor is gorgeous and Tracy planned her day perfectly so we could take advantage of it. I just love these.

 

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Bridal Party

The wine colored bridesmaids dresses were some of my favorites of the season.  This is such a close group of friends, Tracy and Anthony couldn’t imagine leaving any of them out. Wedding parties of 24 can be a total nightmare, but this group is so much fun (not to mention REALLY experienced in weddings) that they’re a breeze to photograph. 

 

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Reception

With touches of pink and gold, the wedding decor was elegant and pretty.  Family cried, friends celebrated, the venue was amazing.  And did I mention they found my 24-70mm? Absolutely perfect. 

 

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Vendor List

Dress Store: L&H Bridal
Makeup: Devon from AMG Beauty Bar

 

 

Aldie Mansion Wedding

Spring wedding at Aldie Mansion

Emily and Tj’s spring wedding at Aldie Mansion was truly inspiring in every way.  It was a wedding day filled with close family, good friends, amazing food, stunning details and just enough nerdy details to make my heart sing.
 
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Ursinus College Engagement
Courtyard Marriott Springfield Prep
Saint Dorothy Parish Ceremony
Aldie Mansion Bride and Groom Portraits
Aldie Mansion Bridal Party
Aldie Mansion Cocktail Hour
Aldie Mansion Reception
Fabulous Vendors

Ursinus College Engagement

Emily and Tj met as freshman at Ursinus College. Emily was a dancer and Tj was a swimmer who found themselves living at opposite ends of freshman hall and quickly became friends. They bonded over their love of Pokemon, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, which would all play a part in their beautiful wedding.  After surviving two years of a long distance relationship, Tj took Emily back to Ursinus College to propose. He took her into the theater where she’d performed as a dance major, and began playing Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight”, a song they had danced together to in college. They danced alone on stage before he knelt and proposed to her. I was thrilled when they wanted to go back to Ursinus college for their engagement photos. Knowing how important dance was the couple’s story, it was a thrill to incorporate it into their engagement and wedding photos.

Courtyard By Merriott Springfield Prep

Emily and Tj were surrounded by friends and family as they got ready at the lovely hotel.  The bridal suites are elegant and filled with natural light. Her wedding dress from the Morilee collection by Madeline Gardner was absolute classic elegance perfect for dancing all night.

Saint Dorothy Parish Ceremony

Emily and Tj chose not to see each other prior to their ceremony at Saint Dorothy’s Parish in Drexel Hill.  Emily was so beautiful walking down the aisle and the church is a dream to photograph.

Aldie Mansion Bride and Groom Portraits

Aldie Mansion is absolutely one of our new favorite venues.  Emily scheduled lots of extra time for us to photograph bride and groom portraits around the venue.  With all the brick and dark wood of the venue, the photographic opportunities are endless. It’s a truly beautiful space.

Aldie Mansion Bride Bridal Party

I loved the color scheme for the bridal party. The deep wine of the bridesmaids dresses from Azazie were perfect with her maid of honor’s dress floral dress from Anthropology. The soft pops of pinks and white in the floral bouquets were the perfect combination for the venue and the season. 

Aldie Mansion Cocktail Hour

This was one of the most lovely cocktail hours I’ve seen. While visiting Aldie Mansion for the first time, Emily fell in love with a beautiful tree on the property and had a vision of her and Tj having their first dance under it.  After joining their guests for a short while, the two went up to the balcony of the bridal suite to toast their guests from above. They then went down to the tree where their guests surrounded them for a beautiful first dance.

Aldie Mansion Reception

I loved the way they incorporated their nerdy details into their elegant wedding. Seating assignments organized by “Fandom” which included Hogwarts and Tattooine. Emily made the candles for the fandom tables and each setting had a little chocolate frog from their favorite candy chop.  Tj used to bring to Emily the adorable little guys after his swim meets. Vince from Signature Djs was amazing to work with and kept everyone dancing all night long. We had to take the newlyweds out for some night portraits for one last dance under that tree, before their light saber send off. SO much fun!

 

Fabulous Vendors

Renaissance Bridal Salon (Dress Designer, Morilee by Madeline Gardner)
Chocolate Frog Favors: Jan’s Homemade Candies 
TJ’s Wooden Watch: CMT Impressions, Etsy
Pokemon Cake Topper: Rinyrinri, Etsy 
Bridal Party Hair and Makeup: Cuz n’ Company Salon and Spa
 
All photos by Lori Foxworth and Paul Cofield of Black, White and Raw Photography