I love those beautiful times when your work and your personal loves collide into one giant evening of celebration and fun.  Alex and Sean’s wedding in West Grove, Pa was exactly that.  Set in a rustic old schoolhouse turned into family compound by the ridiculously talented architect father of the groom, amidst sprawling farmlands, chicken coops strung with paper lanterns and flower themed tables and decorations, this was a truly joyous and home spun evening that was a delight to be a part of.

Alex wasn’t a bride that wanted contrived photos.  She wanted loads of candids, especially of her guests.  No formals photos and very few posed photos of the bride and groom, just timeless photo journalistic coverage that portrayed what her day was really about.  A simple, outdoor Quaker inspired ceremony, a dinner catered by Local 215, one of my very favorite Philly food trucks (and still one of the best pieces of pork belly I’ve ever had in my life), and a cajun zydeco band that turned a farm house in Westgrove into a New Orleans outdoor dance party.

The one thing Alex didn’t tell me about, was how warm and wonderful and welcoming her family was, or how much I would genuinely enjoy spending the evening with a long lens on my camera, hanging back and letting the evening unfold before me.  Or how effortlessly she would handle herself when an unnoticed cut on her mother’s leg got blood on her dress before the ceremony, or how dropping her cake would turn into an story to laugh about later in the evening.  Or that her friends were surprising her and her new husband…with fireworks.

Just another lovely evening I couldn’t have been happier to have been a part of.

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