Thursday, August 29, 2013

Chris & Steph - A Valley Green Engagement Session

Valley Green is a beautiful place that I used to frequent quite often to hike, mountain bike and just enjoy nature in all of its glory. So I was delighted when Chris and Steph wanted to have their engagement shoot there! Besides being a special place for its natural beauty, it holds a special place in Chris and Steph's hearts because it's where Chris proposed to his love.

I've know Chris for many years. And many years had passed since I last saw or talked to him. We attended the same high school for a couple of years and at first, we just knew each other through a large circle of friends. One of my fondest teenage memories was within this circle of friends: "Volleyball Tuesdays and Thursdays" in the park behind my parents' house. At the height of our "careers", 30 people would gather and wait their turn to get into some pretty competitive all-out matches and just catch up with each other. It makes me wonder, do kids even do things like that anymore? Do mall rats still exist? Or are kids consumed in Xbox, Facebook, or just enamored by whatever technology they carry in their pocket?

Sorry, got off track there. 

I was excited when Chris called about the possibility of shooting his wedding, but more than that, I was  happy that he had met the special person with whom he wanted to share the rest of his life. Chris is about as genuine as they come and when I met Steph, I knew they were a perfect match. As a couple, they are kind to each other, friendly to everyone around them, and you can't help but become friends. But most of is clear, they enjoy each other.

I want to take a moment to thank my fiancé Jessica for joining us and shooting again. She continues to amaze me with the images that come out of her camera, her direction during a shoot, and her desire to capture the essence of the couple. She inspires me and I love that photography is a passion that we have to share together!

Chris and Steph, can't wait for your wedding! On with some pics...

This man pictured above just about followed us down to the creek and started doing 
some form of Yoga on the rocks...right behind where we were shooting Chris and Steph. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Brynn & Todd's Gorgeous Wedding - St. Francis of Assisi

I'm super excited to share the story of this couple's special day! I met Brynn and Todd last year right before I shot his brother Tim's wedding in October. I also met a special little man named Camillo, Todd's son, who kept me running around at both his uncle Tim's wedding and his father's wedding. Camillo's a good kid, you can just tell. He's cooperative (he's been in front of my camera three times now) and has even shown a passion for photography at his uncle's wedding.

I love this family, they know how to party! The way I was welcomed into their day made me feel like they remembered me from last year. Whether or not they did, that's not the point. The point is that I felt like I was not just some strange photographer for the day, but a friend of the family.

Brynn and Todd got married at St. Francis of Assisi church in Norristown, PA. We feared rain based on the forecast, but ultimately we were blessed to be given a perfect day. Their portrait session at Norristown Farm Park came complete with a backdrop of big puffy clouds and a beautiful blue sky. After portraits, it was off to Presidential Caterers to get the party started right. Their reception included something I've never seen before but you'll just have to scroll down, I'm not going to ruin it here.

Special thanks to Ashley Bartoletti  for second shooting and helping me capture this amazing day.

Brynn, Todd, Camillo and Family: Thank you for allowing me to share in such a special day. I had a BLAST documenting the day and hope to see you again. Who's getting married next?!?

On with some pics...

Love the moments Ashley captured between Todd and his son Camillo.

Gorgeous old church, inside and out!

A moment alone before she walks down the aisle