It was late-April when I met Anna and Jeff at Smithville Mansion in Mount Holly for their engagement session. I love Spring. It’s a time of renewal and new life. There were gorgeous blooms everywhere- we even found the most beautiful purple flowers for a portrait of Anna’s engagement ring. Anna and Jeff are so genuinely fun to be around. They were super laidback even while they were in the process of moving and planning their wedding. I can’t wait to share their wedding with you!
When I pulled into The Flanders on Tracy and Don's wedding day, I saw a man wearing a shirt that said, "I can't keep calm, my daughter is getting married!" I knew that (a) I was in the right place and (b) this wedding was going to be awesome! We found Tracy getting her finishing touches done at Divine Images Salon, inside the Flanders Hotel. We headed up to her room for her getting ready and saw the cutest assortment of bridesmaid dresses (I love when bridesmaids pick out their own dresses!) and the most adorable Maid of Honor dress. Tracy's MOH was her gorgeous, adorable, and very witty daughter, G. After Tracy was ready (and so stunning, might I add), it was time to head to the Crystal Ballroom in The Flanders Hotel for the ceremony. I love the ease of having everything in one venue- it makes it easy for the guests to have everything within walking distance! After a heartfelt ceremony, we headed onto the boardwalk for bridal party and bride and groom photos. We got traditional walking down the Ocean City boardwalk photos, visited Playland Castaway Cove to visit the rides, and to Hamburger Construction Company (a special place to Tracy and Don). We even made it back to The Flanders Hotel in time for Don and Tracy to enjoy some of cocktail hour. After fun introductions from Over the Top, they went into their first dance, followed by speeches. G (the cutest MOH) gave the best speech and set the bar high for all MOH's after her! Don, Tracy, and G- congratulations!
Venue: The Flanders Hotel, Ocean City, New Jersey
Gown: San Patrick
Hair and Makeup: Divine Images Salon
Florals: Red Barn Designs and Flowers
Cake: Viking Pastries
DJ: Chris of Over the Top
Wedding albums are so important. They are your first family heirloom- a treasure that will be passed on to your children, and your children's children. So when I decided to find the perfect wedding album company- I feel in love with Red Tree Albums. They are timelessly elegant, yet stylish and so high quality. I typically offer my couples leather, but when I saw Red Tree's vibrant Costal Linen collection- I knew it was perfect for Mike and Amanda's beach wedding at The Flanders Hotel, in Ocean City, New Jersey. The linen color is named "seashell," and matches Amanda's bridal bouqet perfectly- meant to be.
See the gorgeous details below!
Christy and Paul's wedding day started off in Wildwood for the bride and groom's getting ready. I started with Christy and her bridesmaids, while my second photographer started with Paul and his guys just blocks away. The room was buzzing with excited and even with so many girls getting ready in one house, Christy was ready ahead of schedule! I'm pretty sure she was just beyond excited for her First Look with Paul. They had their First Look on the boardwalk in Wildwood with their bridal party watching in the distance. Once they saw each other, we started their formal photographs on the boardwalk, beach, and then also at their venue- Sand Barrens Golf Club in Swainton, New Jersey. It was such a brilliant idea on Christy's part to do the First Look on the beach and do more photos at the golf course- it added so much variety to their photographs. After a heartfelt ceremony overlooking the greens, the party started. The dance floor was buzzing the entire night in celebration of the new Mr. and Mrs. Chladek! Congratulations you two!
Venue: Sand Barrens Golf Club, Swainton, New Jersey
Gown: Allure Bridals
Makeup: Nick Joniec
Hair: Allie Ferraiolo
Florals: Barbara's Sea Shell Florist
Cake: The Bake Works
Video: Color Room Films
I met up with Christy and Paul at Race Street Pier in Philadelphia for their engagement session. On a windy day, we strolled just below the Ben Franklin Bridge to capture some gorgeous images for their Save the Dates and to get them comfortable in front of my camera. The benefit of it being a windy day is that we had the pier practically to ourselves. I love the bright blue just under the bridge- made for gorgeous photographs!
It was a windy day. Scratch that, a blustery day. The type of wind that makes you want to put your arms out at your side and lean all of your body weight against the wind to see who will win- you or the wind. Are you getting the drift? (Dang, that was good). It's the type of weather that doesn't mesh with updos, gorgeous lashes, and fancy dresses, which is why I was so relieved that the wedding was at The Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, NJ. I feel like I mention it all of the time, but just in case you don't know... my husband and I were married at The Flanders Hotel six years ago and one thing that was a requirement for me as a bride was a weather contingency plan. You can plan just about everything on a wedding day, except for the weather, so I always tell brides, make sure you LOVE the backup plan! As a bride, I checked out (what feels like) every square inch of The Flanders Hotel to make sure it had plenty of locations in case of terrible weather. Good news- it absolutely does! It all started with the extremely stunning, Allegra, getting ready at The Flanders Hotel's most stunning suite on the highest floor, overlooking the ocean. Allegra was so calm and just enjoying her bridesmaids- like every bride should before the day begins. Her girls wore the most gorgeous sequined gowns from Rent the Runway, while Allegra turned heads in her elegant Jay West gown with the most gorgeous design in the back. She met with her groom, Mike, in the lobby of the Flanders Hotel for their bridal party portraits just before the ceremony. Her brother walked her down the aisle just before Mike and Allegra exchanged vows by the fireplace, under a gorgeous chandelier- romance was certainly in the air. Then it was off to celebrate the new Mr. and Mrs. Wilhelm! The band, 39 Mariner, lead the celebration and the night ended with not a cake cutting, but a donut cutting, with the most yummy treats from Federal Donuts. Congratulations Allegra and Mike!
I couldn't be more excited for Ali and Alex's wedding after their gorgeous golden hour engagement session last August at Cooper River. We started off at the Masonic Village in Burlington, NJ for both Ali and Alex's getting ready. After checking the weather continuously leading up to their wedding day, we lucked out with just a few quick showers while they were getting dressed. The rain had no stopping our plans of shooting around the property. They did a First Look at the Carriage House on the property, where Ali revealed her gorgeous bridal self, and Alex revealed his timeless kilt. We met up with the bridal party and took a trolley ride just down the street to the farm house. While snapping bridal party portraits, I felt like I was shooting a destination wedding because of the gorgeous grounds and the guys in their kilts. We even got a little peek of what a groom and his men wear under their kilts on a wedding day. Yes, you read that correctly. (I'll rate the below photo PG-13 no nudity, just cool undies.) We headed back to the chapel for their unplugged ceremony, followed by a bubble exit! So much fun. The newly married Mr. and Mrs. Churney hopped on the trolley with their closest pals to the reception at Crescent Shrine in Westampton, NJ. Ali and Alex shared a first dance to "You're My Best Friend," by Queen (a personal favorite), followed my SO much more dancing, including a special group dance by the groomsmen. Ali and Alex are such an awesome couple. I could tell by watching them interact with their wedding guests- there was just so. much. love. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Churney, it was simply amazing.
Venue: Crescent Shrine, Westampton, NJ
Gown: Stella York
Makeup: Brenda Liz
Hair: Hillary to Go
Kilts: Kilted Bros.
On a warm August night, I met Alex and Ali at Cooper River Park in Collingswood for engagement photographs. Ali was stunning in a gorgeous white dress, fit for a bride, and I loved Alex's style, rocking a vest. Ali and Alex are so easy going and super fun to be around- the kind of people you could see yourself hanging out for hours and it just seems like mere minutes have past. I will forever remember the gorgeous willow tree with the sun light streaming through it, making the most amazing backdrop for Ali and Alex's engagement session. We started on one side of the river, and ended on the other, with a breaktaking sunset.
Wedding season started off with a bang with Zane and Deana’s wedding at the Atrium at the Curtis Center on Friday evening. Ever since photographing their engagement session at Wissahickon Trail, I knew their wedding would be highly anticipated and so much fun! The couple got dressed and ready for the wedding at Hotel Monaco, in Philadelphia. Deana, fearfully, popped open a bottle of champagne which made for plenty of giggles and an awesome photo. After getting into her Hayley Paige gown with the help of mom and her girls, this bride was ready to start her day. Deana is absolutely STUNNING and that’s when I noticed her happy dance begin. Zane later told me that he loves her little happy dance and she does it often. A tear filled first look with dad completed our time at Hotel Monaco and we were off for Zane and Deana’s first look near Second Bank. Deana wanted Zane to see her walking toward him to have a resemblance of a coming down the aisle and Zane’s reaction was amazing. Zane and Deana were both able to be present in the moment SO many times throughout the day and truly enjoy everything that was going on around them. Next stop was City Hall in Philadelphia for bridal part portraits. The light in City Hall is a photographer’s dream and I was so glad we were able to capture so many moments there. We stopped at Washington Square Park to finish the formal photos of the day before walking to the gorgeous Curtis Center. Deana and Zane tied the knot (literally), exchanged the most heartfelt vows, and became husband and wife surrounded by their friends and family. The reception began with a canon shooting rose petals on Deana and Zane as they began their first dance. Under the gorgeous chandeliers at the Atrium at Curtis Center, family and friends danced and celebrated until early the next morning. My very best wishes to the new Mr. and Mrs. Deller!
Venue: Atrium at Curtis Center, Cescaphe Event Group
Gown: Hayley Paige
Makeup: Daneene Jensen Makeup
Hair: Jen Donegan
Florals: Beautiful Blooms
Cake: Cescaphe Event Group
Band: CTO Fifth Avenue
There's nowhere I'd rather be on a Friday in June than in Ocean City, New Jersey. Jessica and Kevin planned their wedding at The Flanders Hotel in Ocean City and boy was it perfect! The beach-themed wedding was complete with vibrant bridesmaid dresses and stunning florals from The Manic Botanic, in shades of Tangerine, Begonia and Kelly Green. After getting ready at The Flanders Hotel, Jessica and Kevin decided on a First Look on the beach. As Jessica tapped Kevin on the shoulder, onlookers from the boardwalk shared in their exciting moment- who doesn't love to stop and watch a bride and groom?! Their colorful bridal party joined them on the beach for portraits along the sand dunes with the iconic Ocean City Boardwalk behind them. Just before sunset, Kevin and Jessica exchanged vows on the beach before heading back to The Flanders Hotel for their party to begin! As we walked up from the beach onto the boardwalk, we snapped a few more photographs of the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Terres. I love using the time just after the ceremony for a few quick portraits of the bride and groom because they are on such a high from just getting MARRIED! It's really so exhilarating to be a part of it all. Jessica and Kevin shared their first dance surrounded by all of their wedding guests on the dance floor, followed by memorable speeches from their Best Main and Maid of Honor. Once the dance floor hopping, we decided to sneak out for a night photograph with the boardwalk rides behind us. It's one of my favorite places to shoot at The Flanders Hotel and it allows the bride and groom to have five minutes to reflect on the day with each other. It's hard to believe how quickly the entire day goes and how much time you spend chatting with other people that day, opposed to the person you just married! The night ended with lots of hugs, kisses, and high fives to congratulate the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Terres!