Pala Mesa Resort Wedding – Dora & Martin

From the very first email/consultation, it was painstakingly obvious what a truly special couple Dora & Martin are. From the way they looked at each other, talked about each other, held each other; everything just screamed that these two were totally and unconditionally in love. It’s the kind of love that grows out of years of friendship, seeing each other through thick and thin, and patiently waiting a short lifetime to find the one person you were at one point certain just didn’t exist.

Martin wanted to give Dora the fairytale wedding of her dreams. There was no bridezilla and no expectations on Dora’s part, but Martin agonized over every aspect of planning the perfect wedding none-the-less. I believe that, in a way, the wedding represented the type of future he wanted to give her from that day forward.  And judging by the results, Dora is in for many more years of being among the most spoiled and appreciated women out there, and I am so so happy for them both.

A special thanks goes out to Jason Marino for trekking in all the way from Arizona to shoot this one-of-a-kind California wedding with me.  He did a bang-up job covering the guys getting ready and is also responsible for a couple of other photos on this blog!

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Congratulations you two!

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ArtsQuest SteelStacks Wedding – Katie & Tom

Often times with my couples, I wonder… why did they choose ME as their wedding photographer? Sometimes it isn’t until their actual wedding day that I finally have the opportunity to really find out the answer to that question, and it definitely varies.

In Katie and Tom’s case, I think we tend to attract the people who are most like ourselves. I’ll admit, I didn’t see it at first. But come their wedding day, when they forgot all about the cameras and the stress of planning, I had the opportunity to really observe them just being THEM. And there it was: The fun, spontaneous, up-for-anything-and-just-a-little-bit-quirky type of couple I enjoy working with most :)

This was my first time shooting at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA, so I was extra excited to see what I could get out of this unique venue and location. I was grateful to be accompanied by an awesome second photographer in Scott Vuocolo, who covered the guys getting ready and a couple of other shots on this blog. I hope the couple is as thrilled with the results as I am!

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The couple decided on a "first look," which worked out well with the sun setting a bit earlier this time of year and allowed us to monopolize on the beautiful Fall light for their portraits!

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And now that we're done with awesome portrait overkill, onto their beautiful outdoor ceremony in front of the SteelStacks! The flames on the arch are actually on a random timer, so I was thrilled when they kicked on just as the couple was announced husband and wife.

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At last they were free to dance the night away! I didn't peg them for cake smashers, but being that most of my couples are, I shouldn't have been surprised! Also, super glad I pushed them to go out for a quick night shot... or two!

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Congrats to the lovely couple!

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Gramercy Mansion Wedding – Michelle & Rob

The Gramercy Mansion in Baltimore, MD, has for a long time been one of my favorite venues to photograph at. The grounds are sculpted but not in a way that looks cookie cutter and staged, and every time I’m there I continue to find new photo opportunities to be had.

Having great couples to work with only makes the experience that much better, and not only do Michelle and Rob have a fantastic sense of humor, they were very much into photos, and put a lot of faith in my vision for shots.

Theirs was a full-on military wedding, and Michelle is now officially an Army Wife! It’s been a while since I’ve shot the dress blues, and I fully enjoyed what was actually my first Saber arch, Saber champagne pop, and cake cutting. So photo set full of Saber overkill, here we go!

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Big thanks to Jim Heine for doing an awesome job second shooting and covering the guys getting ready!

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Michelle and Rob, thanks for making me laugh and serving me such delicious food! Since you asked, I’d rate it in the top 10 guest meals I’ve had in over 100 weddings… you’ll have to provide me with the name of your caterer so I can recommend them to future Gramercy brides… for my own selfish reasons of course…

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Curtis Hotel Denver Wedding – Tracie & Steve

Tracie and Steve are good friends with one of our absolute favorite past couples, so we had high expectations for their wedding, and anticipated a high-energy reception!

Ironically, in all the years we lived in Denver, it is just as we are about to make the move to New Jersey that we had our first opportunity to shoot at the Curtis Hotel. The venue offers a super-fun and very colorful atmosphere, and is located just a short walk from some popular, and equally colorful photo-op spots!

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This rooftop ceremony was simply gorgeous, and the late afternoon light even added a little flare!

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I have told clients again and again, a little uplighting can go a long way to add interest to an otherwise simple reception space, and in the case of Steve and Tracie's wedding, that was an understatement!

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Thanks Tracie and Steve! You guys rock!

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National Park Wedding Photographer – Jackie & Mike

There are some clients who just make you smile from the moment you first meet them. There are some clients whose quirky sense of humor is completely in line with yours. And there are some clients who become more than just clients. Jackie and Mike are EVERYTHING on this list. Sean does not shoot engagement sessions with me, but I remember telling him before arriving at their wedding, that if we had to spend our 5-year-wedding anniversary shooting someone’s wedding, this was the couple to share it with. He was a bit skeptical about how “fun they could actually be” until he met them for himself and immediately knew what I was talking about.

Jackie’s laugh is contagious, Mike’s expressions are priceless, and neither of them are afraid to just be themselves, regardless of how formal the environment. I literally can’t say enough good things about them, or their Black Canyon Inn/Twin Owls Steakhouse wedding this past Friday… but since a picture is worth a thousand words…

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Sean’s only regret on our wedding day five years ago, was that he never did get to taste our actual wedding cake. He carried a slice of it around for a full 45 minutes while he mingled with his guests, before finally putting it down and completely forgetting about it. For our first-year anniversary, he attempted to buy us a new cake to finally complete that missed portion of our celebration… but it tasted awful. Jackie and Mike were amazing, and had their MC announce that they were sharing their special day with their photographers, and promptly smashed more cake in Sean’s face than I have EVER seen on one person’s face in the history of shooting weddings. I laughed SO freakin’ hard, I may or may not have peed my pants just a little.

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Jackie and Mike, thanks so much for choosing us to photograph your amazing day! I'm excited we'll be sharing an anniversary for many many more years to come! :)

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