Bride and Groom at Bryn Athyn College

Photo walk before an Emerald Ballroom wedding

I ADORE word of mouth referrals, especially when they lead to a fun summer wedding at the Emerald Ballroom!  There’s one particular group of friends, of whom we’ve been fortunate to photograph about 10 weddings for so far.  The first wedding of this group that we photographed had over 20 people in their bridal party. Since that day, we’ve photographed so many of that first bridal party getting married. We’ve photographed their siblings, their friends and now we’re photographing their pregnancies, new babies and family photos.  It’s always amazing to see the bridesmaids become brides, the groomsmen become grooms and seeing them and their families as guests, too. It’s been a real joy to be even a small part of watching this group as their families put down roots and grow.

Rebecca and Kevin’s summer wedding at the Emerald Ballroom was the latest we photographed from this group, and it was absolutely lovely.  They both got ready in family homes which is always such a personal and lovely way to start the day. The couple chose not to see each other until Rebecca walked down the aisle of their family church.  After family formals, we all met at Bryn Mar for some bride and groom portraits. We then headed to the Emerald Ballroom for a reception full of family, friends, great music and loads of fun.

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Summer Wedding Photo Walk

Reception at the Emerald Ballroom

DJ: Justin from Synergetic Sound
Catering:  Mario’s





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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