tattooed bride and groom

Tattooed bride and groom at Barn on Bridge

ShaunaRae and Andrew’s wedding at Barn on Bridge was the perfect example of every reason we dove into wedding photography in the first place.  This gorgeous tattooed bride and her love’s star war themed wedding was a perfect reflection of heart filled moments, beautiful DIY touches, and plenty of geeky details.

ShaunaRae was a stunning bride. Her beautiful artwork was the perfect compliment to a sweet wedding dress from L and H Bridal, and playful Mod Cloth bridal shoes. Lindsay Cave from Do or Dye Hair Salon gets my vote for the coolest bridal hair ever, which included several pre-wedding day trips for color. I’m not even close to sorry that I was obsessed with portraits of ShaunaRae all day. I love the Bridal Suite at Barn on Bride for portraits, which is good since it always seems to be the coldest day of the year every time I shoot there.

Favorite details? That’s a tough one. Andrew’s AT-AT walker plug was amazing. The Star wars ties and storm trooper ” boutonnières” for the groomsmen, and sweet little suitcases for the ladies instead of bouquets. The flower Shauna Rae made for her dad out of Beetles sheet music was unique and beautiful.  There was even a faux “photo booth” set up in the corner which made a cute area for us to take guests photos during dinner.

I love the romantic night portrait from the end of the evening. It was so cold, I can’t believe Shauna Rae braved it. We got it right literally in 5 shutter counts, ’cause that’s how magic this wedding was!


Venue: Barn on Bridge, Collegeville, Pa
Caterers: Robert Ryan Catering
DJ: Vaughn from Silver Sound Djs
Hair and Makeup: Lindsay Cave from Do or Dye Hair Salon
Dress: L and H Bridal
Shoes: Mod Cloth
Officiated by Rev. Lei of Weddings by Lei 



We are the luckiest wedding photographers on the planet.  Every now and then we wander into the lives of a couple who’s wedding combines everything we love most about our career, and the reason we were attracted to wedding photography in the first place.  We knew from photographing Ryan and Christie’s amazing South Street engagement shoot that we were in for a treat with their totally cool Waterloo Village fall wedding.

Christie was one of the most beautiful brides I’ve ever seen.  Her stunning rose tattoo was perfect with her red bouquet.  A big, dramatic veil with cool jewelry and a “Just Married” denim jacket made the happiest photographer ever.  Her badass bridesmaids in black leather jackets were like my dream crew, and I wonder if she has any idea how many mini emergencies her sister averted throughout the entire day.  It was truly a thing of beauty.

We loved that Christie and the girls wanted to shoot in the cemetery at Waterloo Village.  It is always our goal to create stunning wedding photography even for our most off-beat, unique weddings, so it was a thrill to revisit cemetery bridal portraits, as we did in Laurel Hill Cemetery, which became  Offbeat Bride’s third most viral posts of all time.  Waterloo Village provided tons of great backgrounds for photos, and the bridal party colors and of rich plums and greys were perfect with the weathered rustic buildings and barren trees. Their cozy, romantic ceremony took place in front of a roaring fire place, under the glow of warm chandeliers.

I love that their family formals weren’t so formal, but perfect for the day, and we managed to squeeze in some super cool bridal party photos after the sun went down.  A bonfire with s’mores was the ultimate ending to the evening, and  I couldn’t have chosen a more perfect couple for what we love to do.  Thank you Christie and Ryan for allowing us to photograph your day!