Super Bowl Sunday: Philadelphia Love

I'll admit, I'm not a huge football fan, but you know what I am a fan of? The community sharing in something special. It's been so much fun to watch my daughters' preschool chanting for the Eagles, to hear the Eagles' Victory Song being played on the organ at church, and getting ready to gather with family for good food and good times. So here's the best tribute I've got- Go Eagles!

ALL photos below were taken in Philadelphia OR with Philadelphia in view! What's your favorite place to visit in Philadelphia?

Mike and Rina danced the night away at the South Street Bridge in Philadelphia for their engagement session.

Mike and Rina danced the night away at the South Street Bridge in Philadelphia for their engagement session.

Paula and Frankie found a field of gorgeous sunflowers at their Manayunk engagement session.

Paula and Frankie found a field of gorgeous sunflowers at their Manayunk engagement session.

Mike and Miranda cuddle up at their Rittenhouse Square anniversary session in Philadelphia.

Mike and Miranda cuddle up at their Rittenhouse Square anniversary session in Philadelphia.

Mallory and Steve find the most gorgeous sunlight walking down the streets of Philadelphia.

Mallory and Steve find the most gorgeous sunlight walking down the streets of Philadelphia.

Mike and Rina's wedding at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey, overlooks Center City in Philadelphia.

Mike and Rina's wedding at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey, overlooks Center City in Philadelphia.

Zane and Deana's super secret location in Wissahickon Trail in Philadelphia. It still baffles me that THIS is Philadelphia!

Zane and Deana's super secret location in Wissahickon Trail in Philadelphia. It still baffles me that THIS is Philadelphia!

Elizabeth and Phil strolling around FDR Park in Philadelphia.

Elizabeth and Phil strolling around FDR Park in Philadelphia.

Paul and Christy at the base of the Ben Franklin Bridge. I LOVE that blue!

Paul and Christy at the base of the Ben Franklin Bridge. I LOVE that blue!

Clayton and Colleen cuddle up in the Piazza before heading into their wedding reception at Tendenza in Philadelphia.

Clayton and Colleen cuddle up in the Piazza before heading into their wedding reception at Tendenza in Philadelphia.

Jamie and Pete snuggle up for an amazing sunset near the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge leading into Philadelphia.

Jamie and Pete snuggle up for an amazing sunset near the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge leading into Philadelphia.

Deana and Zane are MARRIED and loving every minute of it in Washington Square Park in Philadelphia.

Deana and Zane are MARRIED and loving every minute of it in Washington Square Park in Philadelphia.

Christine and Nick in the middle of the action by City Hall in Philadelphia.

Christine and Nick in the middle of the action by City Hall in Philadelphia.

Jaclyn and Parker spend a summer evening at Spruce Street Harbor in Philadelphia.

Jaclyn and Parker spend a summer evening at Spruce Street Harbor in Philadelphia.

Kate and Jeff visit the quaint and cozy Elfreth's Alley.

Kate and Jeff visit the quaint and cozy Elfreth's Alley.

Are you getting married in Philadelphia and looking for a wedding photographer to capture it all? Email me at diana@styledpink.com!

Spruce Street Harbor Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Engagement: Parker and Jaclyn

On a Sunday evening in July, I met with Parker and Jaclyn in Philadelphia. The plan was to shoot in some of the most meaningful places to them including Penn's Landing and Downey's (where they had their first date). The city was bustling with visitors, delicious-smelling food in the air, and gorgeous colored lights as we stumbled upon Spruce Street Harbor. We found gorgeous flowers, hugely colorful ships and (the best) a mural of Mario (and Luigi) near a small arcade. Parker and Jaclyn stopped at a pop-up beer garden for a glass of their favorite brew as we started our way back towards Penn's Landing. I love the way that Parker makes Jaclyn laugh- I'm sure he's become quite the expert in this when they first started began dating in their long-distance relationship. As clouds rolled in, Jaclyn reminded me that she would definitely be okay with a few shots in the rain, and that it was actually encouraged! We managed to get a couple of shots between the rain drops before the thunder began. I'm so excited to have photographed their engagement! I love to get to know my couples so that on their wedding day, I'm not just a stranger, but a friend, ready to document their day. Their day is coming up really soon- just under two months!

Manayunk Engagement: Paula and Frank

When I pulled up to Paula and Frank's home in Manayunk, I immediately saw a field of sunflowers- I felt like a hit the jackpot! I knew we would definitely be venturing out to the sea of golden goodness during our session. Paula and Frank are a power couple- both engineers, engaged, living in the cutest and hippest town of Manayunk and both so incredibly caring- their future is bright together. We walked downtown to some of their favorite spots, along the water, sunflowers, and bridges to document their engagement. I'm so very excited for their July wedding at Water Works in Philadelphia.

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We walked along the Manayunk Canal- what a hidden gem!

We walked along the Manayunk Canal- what a hidden gem!

I love how Frank makes Paula laugh- they are so adorable together!

I love how Frank makes Paula laugh- they are so adorable together!

Fox Hill Farm Wedding, Honesdale, Pennsylvania: Jamie and Marissa

Early on a Saturday morning, with our families in tow, we left for Honesdale, Pennsylvania to photograph Marissa and Jamie's wedding. The wedding was at the gorgeous Fox Hill Farm, where every detail has been thought out, not to mention the flowers everywhere and the mountain view.  Jamie and Marissa decided on a First Look so we could capture their family portraits before their ceremony. JUST as the First Look was wrapping up, the skies opened up and it downpoured. These brides were so calm about it! We ran for cover, grabbed umbrellas and kept shooting! The rain continued for a while, so we found a cozy greenhouse for more photos of the brides, and finally, the skies cleared in time for the ceremony. Their ceremony took place just feet from a lake, overlooking the barn/reception area. Towards the end of the ceremony, Jamie surprised Marissa by singing her a song, and had even passed out the lyrics for everyone participating in the ceremony to join along. It was such a sweet touch! On the way to the reception, we snuck into a fenced off area where the cows are kept. (How cool is that?) We were at the highest point of the farm, and from there we had gorgeous sunset colors with a touch of fog. The reception started off with heart-felt speeches and continued with dancing in the barn. The string lights and barn decor was simply amazing. Congratulations Mrs. and Mrs. Place!

THE DETAILS

Venue: Fox Hill Farm, Honesdale, Pennsylvania 

Wedding Planner: Megan Gustafson of Bella Life Events

Gowns: John Alexander and Hailey Paige

Flowers: Katherine, Owner and Flower Goddess of Fox Hill Farm

Hair: Donna Cross

Makeup: Blushed Makeup Studio

Cake: Monique Milleson, Ant Hill Farm

DJ: KDK Entertainment

Sunset AND fog all at once? Bless my little photographer heart.

Sunset AND fog all at once? Bless my little photographer heart.

So many gorgeous places to shoot details at Fox Hill Farms.

So many gorgeous places to shoot details at Fox Hill Farms.

The barn at Fox Hill Farm had the PERFECT lighting to show off Marissa and Jamie's gorgeous dresses.

The barn at Fox Hill Farm had the PERFECT lighting to show off Marissa and Jamie's gorgeous dresses.

A heartfelt first look.

A heartfelt first look.

And then the rain! But no worries for these brides, we just kept on shooting.

And then the rain! But no worries for these brides, we just kept on shooting.

We found a greenhouse filled with gorgeous flowers while taking cover from the rain.

We found a greenhouse filled with gorgeous flowers while taking cover from the rain.

Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club Wedding, Galloway, New Jersey: KC and Meredith

Meredith and KC are pretty much my dream clients... not only are they buying me peanut M&M's every time they see me (this is amazing) but they are so genuinely sweet! Meredith and KC both completely trusted me with every detail when it came to their photos and I think any photographer will agree- this is the best possible thing for creativity! They were just so much fun to be around, there's lots of joking going on, but when things get serious (like the ceremony), there are tears and there's nothing like someone showing their genuine emotions. As I edited their wedding, there were SO many emotions and Meredith's face showed each one! Clearly, I can't stop gushing about them. Their love is so sweet and I have no doubt that in 10, 20, or even 50 years, they will still be just as crazy about each other as they were on their wedding day. Very best wishes to you, Mr. and Mrs. Koseoglu!

THE DETAILS

Venue: Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Galloway, New Jersey

Gown: Sophia Tolli

Flowers: South Jersey Florist

Hair: Melanie Beck of Artemis Salon

Makeup: Pro Makeup Artistry by Dee

Cake: Stockton Seaview

DJ: This is It Entertainment

We were chauffeured onto the golf course at the Stockton Seaview with the most gorgeous views, but the clouds this day were begging to be a part of Meredith and KC's story so we had to include them!

We were chauffeured onto the golf course at the Stockton Seaview with the most gorgeous views, but the clouds this day were begging to be a part of Meredith and KC's story so we had to include them!

I love the variety of the Stockton Seaview for wedding photographs- how about a bridal party group hug?

I love the variety of the Stockton Seaview for wedding photographs- how about a bridal party group hug?

Meredith's bridal bouquet from South Jersey Florist was stunning- those purples!

Meredith's bridal bouquet from South Jersey Florist was stunning- those purples!

How gorgeous is this bride?

How gorgeous is this bride?

We took bride and groom portraits outside of the Bayview Ballroom before their ceremony.

We took bride and groom portraits outside of the Bayview Ballroom before their ceremony.

A gorgeous bridal party!

A gorgeous bridal party!

Views of Brigantine and Atlantic City from the Stockton Seaview golf course.

Views of Brigantine and Atlantic City from the Stockton Seaview golf course.

The dog and cat glasses?! YES, I love it.

The dog and cat glasses?! YES, I love it.

Batsto Village, Hammonton, NJ Engagement: John and Kelly

John and Kelly met while they were both working at Wegmans- and just like my favorite store, their love is wholesome, exciting, and keeps you coming back for more! ...Okay, so I'm seriously in love with Wegmans, but we'll save that excitement for another day. We headed to Batsto Village in Hammonton, New Jersey for John and Kelly's engagement session. Not only was the weather perfect, but there also happened to be a bagpipe player (not pictured) just about the entire time. We joked that John hired him just for their engagement session. John and Kelly are just as adorable as they photograph and I cannot wait until their wedding day next October!

Unionville Vineyards Wedding, Ringoes, New Jersey: Lindsay and John

It was late in September and it was a hot one when Lindsay and John tied the knot at the gorgeous Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes, New Jersey. They both got ready in the farmhouse alongside their best man, John's brother, and matron of honor, Lindsay's best friend. Lindsay's getting ready involved lots of pale pink and rose gold, which seemed fitting in farmhouse at Unionville Vineyards. The bridal suite is pale pink and absolutely stunning. Lindsay and John opted not to see each other before the ceremony but they shared a special moment as they held hands while standing on opposite sides of a door- talk about anticipation! The ceremony was just beside the farmhouse and officiated by Lindsay's Godfather. It was during that time I learned that Lindsay and John had known each other for a while but hit it off while at ShopRite one day and the rest is history. After the ceremony we went into the vineyards for portraits of the new Mr. and Mrs. Reilly before they joined their reception underneath of a tent. As the night went on, the party headed indoors in the Winery Building. What an absolutely beautiful day! Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Reilly!

THE DETAILS

Venue: Unionville Vineyards, Ringoes, New Jersey

Gown: Martina Liana

Flowers: Dahlia Florals

Hair: Christy Madriz

Makeup: Perfect Bridals by Christina

Catering & Cake: Main Street Fine Catering

DJ: Elegant Music Group

The Flanders Hotel Wedding, Ocean City, NJ: Dorian and Samantha

Dorian was living in Arkansas, Samantha in New Jersey. While browsing through fitness hashtags on Instagram, Samantha came across a photo of a man in a Phillies hat, leading her to believe he was local... little did she know the man she would fall in love with was many miles away. They would begin a long distance relationship with countless phone calls, plane tickets and lots of planning to be with each other as often as possible. Finally, their long distance relationship became much easier when Dorian moved to New Jersey. They planned a gorgeous wedding at The Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, New Jersey. The day started with thunderstorms but the weather cleared and I was SO glad so we could get some portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Terry on the beach and boardwalk. It's been such a joy planning with Samantha, when I left the night of the wedding I told her I was going to miss her, and then she reminded me we live five minutes from each other. It was an honor to witness two families coming together and celebrating such an amazing couple starting their lives together. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Terry! This is just the beginning of an amazing chapter!

THE DETAILS

Venue: The Flanders Hotel, Ocean City, New Jersey

Gown: David's Bridal

Flowers: Willingboro Florist

Hair and Makeup: Amanda Atoori Beauty Artistry

Cake: The Cake Boutique

DJ: Tommy Bertolini, Steve and Company

We headed to Playland's Castaway Cove on the boardwalk in Ocean City for a pop of color!

We headed to Playland's Castaway Cove on the boardwalk in Ocean City for a pop of color!

Amanda Atoori Beauty Artistry provided the finishing touches for Amanda's hair and makeup.

Amanda Atoori Beauty Artistry provided the finishing touches for Amanda's hair and makeup.

Samantha and Dorian and their First Look in the Hall of Mirrors and the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, New Jersey. I love the elegance!

Samantha and Dorian and their First Look in the Hall of Mirrors and the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, New Jersey. I love the elegance!

Samantha is stunning, and she was so laid back. Rain on the wedding day? No worries. All she cared about was marrying the love of her life!

Samantha is stunning, and she was so laid back. Rain on the wedding day? No worries. All she cared about was marrying the love of her life!

How cute are these adorable cookie favors that Samantha's aunt made?

How cute are these adorable cookie favors that Samantha's aunt made?

Samantha and Dorian actually won their wedding cake in a contest from The Cake Boutique. Sooo gorgeous!

Samantha and Dorian actually won their wedding cake in a contest from The Cake Boutique. Sooo gorgeous!

I love the vibrant colors of the boardwalk with the Flanders Hotel in the shot as well. Ocean City sure is a magical place!

I love the vibrant colors of the boardwalk with the Flanders Hotel in the shot as well. Ocean City sure is a magical place!

Are you getting married at The Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, New Jersey and looking for a wedding photographer to capture it all? Email me at diana@styledpink.com

South Jersey Wedding Photography, Gibbsboro, New Jersey: Oriana and Melanie

Melanie and Oriana are in a beautiful season of life. Just a few months ago, they were planning a wedding, while in a long-distance relationship. Now they are under one roof and married! Both brides got ready at the Hotel ML in Mount Laurel, NJ before heading off to Lakeside Manor in Gibbsboro, NJ for a gorgeous outdoor ceremony and a tented wedding reception.

My absolute favorite moment of the ceremony was the ring exchange. Most couples fumble around and have a lot of trouble getting the ring on their spouse because of well... wedding day nerves! Melanie had some trouble putting on Oriana's wedding ring, because she had the wrong hand altogether- her right hand. I didn't notice at the time, until Oriana told me. I immediately scrolled back through the photographs and started laughing! Wedding nerves are no joke!

Congratulations Melanie and Oriana!

THE DETAILS

Venue: Lakeside Manor, Gibbsboro, New Jersey

Floral: The Rose of Sharon Florist

Cake: Country Sweets

DJ: Posh DJs

The Bradford Estate Wedding, Hainesport, New Jersey: Jeff and Anna

When I asked Anna to describe her wedding, she answered, "We are a pretty laid back couple and are just looking forward to a fun day full of love." There's no better way to describe their day. When I started with Anna in the bridal suite at the Bradford Estate in Mount Holly, she was as calm as can be with the biggest smile on her face. She joked and danced with her bridal party as she got ready for her day. She read pages upon pages of love notes from Jeff, he'd been writing her a love note every day in July, leading up to their wedding at the end of the month. Soon more and more family would gather, with more and more hugs and high fives. The mood was so full of love and lightness. The mood only changed once their surprise guest had arrived- laughter... and singing, lots of singing as ELVIS walked through the doors at the reception. Jeff is a huge Elvis fan, so Anna arranged for The King to make an appearance. Much love and laughter to you, Anna and Jeff!

See their engagement session here!

THE DETAILS

Venue: The Bradford Estate, Hainesport, New Jersey

Gown: Lillian West

Hair and Makeup: Kristen DiLella, Hello Beautiful

Cake: DiBartolo's Bakery

DJ: DJ Adam Weiner, VIP DJ Entertainment

The grounds of the Bradford Estate in Hainesport, New Jersey are so gorgeous. It's a hidden gem filled with the cutest spots around every corner.

The grounds of the Bradford Estate in Hainesport, New Jersey are so gorgeous. It's a hidden gem filled with the cutest spots around every corner.

I'm sort of obsessed with the Bridal suite at the Bradford Estate. It's gorgeous, with tons of natural light.

I'm sort of obsessed with the Bridal suite at the Bradford Estate. It's gorgeous, with tons of natural light.

Pretty little details. I love seeing how much pretty I can fit into one photo.

Pretty little details. I love seeing how much pretty I can fit into one photo.

Anna and her bridesmaids wore the cutest pink dresses while they were getting ready. See all of those smiles? 100% genuine. all. day. long.

Anna and her bridesmaids wore the cutest pink dresses while they were getting ready. See all of those smiles? 100% genuine. all. day. long.

The bridesmaids and the groomsmen outside of the Bradford Estate. It was a HOT one, but you would never know by how awesome everyone was.

The bridesmaids and the groomsmen outside of the Bradford Estate. It was a HOT one, but you would never know by how awesome everyone was.

We photographed the bridal party before the ceremony so everyone could enjoy cocktail hour.

We photographed the bridal party before the ceremony so everyone could enjoy cocktail hour.