Styled Pink Wedding

One Atlantic Wedding, Atlantic City, NJ: Brian + Kelly

Brian and Kelly are such a fun couple to be around. Their wedding day was filled with smiles, laughter, tears (happy, of course), and more smiles! One Atlantic provided a stunning backdrop for the Brian and Kelly’s first day as Mr. and Mrs. Capps. Enjoy!

THE DETAILS

Venue: One Atlantic, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Florals: A Votre Service Events

Hair & Makeup: Art is Salon

DJ: DJ Lady FX

Gown: Hayley Paige

The Pier provided a secluded spot for bride and groom portraits at One Atlantic.

The Pier provided a secluded spot for bride and groom portraits at One Atlantic.

Kelly’s mother and mother-in-law help her get into her Hayley Paige wedding gown. SO STUNNING, Kelly!

Kelly’s mother and mother-in-law help her get into her Hayley Paige wedding gown. SO STUNNING, Kelly!

Kelly’s first look with her father will forever stay with me. Her dad’s reaction is simply priceless.

Kelly’s first look with her father will forever stay with me. Her dad’s reaction is simply priceless.

Brian and Kelly chose to do their first look on the deck at One Atlantic- such a perfect backdrop to see each other for the first time on their wedding day.

Brian and Kelly chose to do their first look on the deck at One Atlantic- such a perfect backdrop to see each other for the first time on their wedding day.

We started portraits on the boardwalk of Atlantic City before heading to the beach.

We started portraits on the boardwalk of Atlantic City before heading to the beach.

Such an impressive First Dance by the newlyweds.

Such an impressive First Dance by the newlyweds.

Back to the balcony for the sunset and a quiet moment together.

Back to the balcony for the sunset and a quiet moment together.

Dancing the night away and instead of cutting the cake… feeding each other doughnuts! Love it!

Dancing the night away and instead of cutting the cake… feeding each other doughnuts! Love it!

What if it rains on my wedding day?

You’ve been making plans big and small, and countless decision, but there’s one decision (unfortunetly) that we have no control over- the weather. One of the most common questions I get from brides is, “What happens if it rains on my wedding day?” Here are five stages of rain preparation on a wedding day that I want to let you in on- when rain might be on the way.

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1- Don’t check the weather too soon- or too often.

This was a bad habit of mine. If I had a wedding coming up on Saturday, I would be checking the weather starting on Monday, several times a day, and every day after that. Stop! This is completely draining, and the forecast will most likely change SO much. This is a fast lane to panic. Check a few days prior, and not more than once a day after. Which brings us to my next point.

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2- If you see rain is definitely in your forecast- make an umbrella purchase.

I love the Totes clear bubble umbrella- paired with Amazon Prime and you are prepared! If it rains, you’ll be all set, and if it doesn’t, you can easily return them. I keep a handful with me, but like all umbrellas, they can break fairly easily, so I suggest brides have some on hand.

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3- If it’s raining on your wedding day for sure- let’s take to overhangs.

Now it’s your wedding day and it’s for sure raining. First, don’t panic! This is YOUR WEDDING DAY. The day you marry your best friend- not even rain can stop the beauty that is about to unfold. There is always SOMEWHERE to shoot. It’s my job to make any situation work, so that’s what we are going to do. If it’s spitting or simply not down pouring, we can go for the umbrellas. But say it’s raining harder, and it’s just too much to risk- let’s look for overhangs. Can we put you under the overhang and I can shoot from an umbrella in the rain? Perfect.

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4-It’s down pouring and just down right inclement. Let’s find beauty inside your venue.

You chose your wedding venue because you found beauty in it. We’ll look in for all the charming nooks to make sure your wedding photographs are truly unforgettable. This can be challenging but it pushes the creativity of your photographer (aka me)- it’s a great experience to learn and really push the creativity to the next level.

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5- You can count on a gorgeous sky surrounding rain.

Whether it’s just about to rain, or it has finally ended- you can count on the most gorgeous sky, creating another photo op for us! So whether there is rain in the forecast or not- no worries, what seems like such a giant piece of the day, will soon become a sweet memory of just how your wedding day unfolded and you’ll have the beautiful photos to relive it.

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*A lot of these tips can apply to other forms of inclement weather including extreme heat, winds, or raining cats and dogs.*


Ridley Creek State Park Engagement, Pennsylvania: Joe + Amy

Joe and Amy wanted a gorgeous location for their engagement photos with lots of greenery and somewhere their pups could enjoy as well. They came up with the gorgeous Ridley Creek State Park in Pennsylvania and I'm so glad they did! The Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park, is now used as a wedding venue, and my goodness, how could you go wrong with such a stunning backdrop? Amy and Joe are so much fun to be around- joking every minute, so grabbing smiles was not an issue! Cheers to Amy and Joe’s gorgeous Ridley Creek engagement session!

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Collingswood Grand Ballroom Wedding: Meg + Eric

Meg and Eric have been wedding planning from Chicago, so when their wedding day arrived and I finally got to meet them in person- I was beyond excited. Meg is the kind of girl you've always wanted to be friends with- she's so funny, sweet, and shares all of her emotion- she lights up a room! When Meg and Eric get together their chemistry is undeniable! They are so sweet and kind to each other and I'm beyond happy for them- I can't imagine how happy their family is for them, witnessing a perfect match.

Both bride and groom started at The Westin hotel in Mount Laurel, NJ for their getting ready. Meg and her bridesmaids prepped and shared so many special moments while Eric got.... a haircut in his hotel room! I was so excited for my second photographer, Danielle, that she was going to be able to capture it (maybe a little jealous too)! It's a wedding day first, and soooo much fun. Meg put on her gorgeous gown at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom before meeting her groom outside for their First Look, with their family and friends watching from afar. We were able to capture their bridal party, bride and groom portraits, and family portraits before rain clouds started moving in.

Their indoor ceremony, complete with a beautifully decorated chuppah by Leigh Florist, and the romantic candles and twinkle lights at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom, made for the perfect setting for their "I do"s. Their reception started with the most fun hora, followed by a lively dance floor and soooo much celebrating for our happy couple. Thank you so much to Mr. and Mrs. Gold for letting us capture your best day ever!

THE DETAILS

Venue: Collingswood Grand Ballroom, Collingswood, New Jersey

Florals: Leigh Florist

Hair: Jill Kozar of Up Your Do

Makeup: Blushed Makeup Studio

Cake: Sweet T's Bakeshop

DJ: Centerstage Entertainment

I love using the bride's veil to shoot details- makes a dreamy backdrop.

I love using the bride's veil to shoot details- makes a dreamy backdrop.

How about a fresh haircut on your wedding day?! I love that my second photographer, Danielle, got to capture this!

How about a fresh haircut on your wedding day?! I love that my second photographer, Danielle, got to capture this!

Such a GRAND setting at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom. So timeless and elegant.

Such a GRAND setting at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom. So timeless and elegant.

I love that Meg and Eric invited their bridal party and family to witness their first look- their reactions were sooo worth capturing!

I love that Meg and Eric invited their bridal party and family to witness their first look- their reactions were sooo worth capturing!

LOVE allll the twinkle lights at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom.

LOVE allll the twinkle lights at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom.

Smithville Mansion, New Jersey Engagement Session: Scott and Rebecca

If you've been following my work, you've probably noticed this location pop up quite a few times- Historic Smithville Mansion in Mount Holly, New Jersey. My couples love this gorgeous location and it's easy to see why- there's so much variety and looks amazing in every season... not to mention the gorgeous sunset over the lake. Rebecca and Scott are getting married in just a few months and what better way to celebrate than an engagement session. When I saw Rebecca in a white tulle skirt, I was SO excited! I love when couples get a little fancy for their session- it's so inspiring. I was also excited to see Milo, their excited little guy! We had a great evening- see for yourself. :)

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!

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.

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