We ended our Labor Day weekend with Lauren & Tom, and their big, beautiful American wedding! Just wait until you see her shoes. And his socks. And the surprise she had for him at the reception (did someone hear Doug Allen?!) This whole day was full of so many gorgeous moments, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t tear up a few different times! The first being when Lauren opened a gift from her groom, which was a custom-made necklace, featuring a diamond from each of their grandmothers, symbolizing their families coming together, and making sure these ladies were close to their hearts, on their wedding day & always. Are you tearing up yet reading this? Just wait… because then, Lauren’s elderly neighbor came to visit her and see her in her dress, and his eyes were welling up as he hugged her! I kept it together somehow, but when Lauren’s dad held her hand just a bit longer than most do, and looked at her with the sweetest, tear-filled eyes before he gave her away at the altar, the whole room started to fall apart! We were all tearing up right along with him. It’s just such an honor be invited to witness and capture these beautiful things!

You’ll see these moments, and so many more as you scroll the highlights of their day. Be sure to say hi to Minnie, their cute little pup ūüôā

Thank you to Tom and Lauren for being so sweet (and up for that little hike at the end of the night!), thank you to Steve for dreaming up so many great shots throughout the day, thank you to the Burchfield Nature & Art Center for the gorgeous light we were gifted with at¬†for bridal party photos, and thank you to¬†Kotecki’s Grandview Grove¬†for hosting such a fabulous reception! Let’s do it all over again!

Vendors Who Rocked This Wedding :
Second Photographer : Stephen Gabris
Ceremony Site : Ebenezer United Church of Christ
Reception Venue :¬†Kotecki’s Grandview Grove
Hair Stylists : Sense of Style, Angel and Krissy
Makeup Artist : Shannon June Stylist
Videographer : Phil, Bella Star Productions
Limo : Giorgios
DJ¬†: Jammin’ James
Cocktail Band : Tritone Jazz Quartet
Florist : Maureen’s Buffalo Wholesale
Bakery¬†: Muscoreil’s
First Dance Lessons : Kiptom Dance Center

View their video from Bella Star Productions!

Lauren & Tom – Highlights from Bella Star Productions on Vimeo.

 

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One month ago today, we celebrated with Carissa & Ryan at the¬†Hotel @ The Lafayette!¬†They¬†were married right inside one of the gorgeous courtyards of the hotel, in front of the sweetest orchid backdrop, and under a dazzling string of lights and a sprinkle of rain. Afterwards, we took a stroll with the bridal party and found fun stops for their photos, including a rooftop spot overlooking the city. The elevator was down that day, but they were so excited about those shots, and up for anything, so up the eight flights we went! Carissa’s dress was a dream, and we just had to get some twirling shots. We headed back inside¬†The Greenhouse Room for their reception, full of touching toasts and a surprise video speech by her maid of honor who couldn’t make the wedding. How cute is that?! I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed being there!

Vendors Who Rocked This Wedding : 

Second Photographer : Stephen Gabris
Ceremony & Reception Venue :
Hotel @ The Lafayette, Pearl Street Catering 
Hair & Makeup 
: VIP Salon
Videographer Name & Contact: 17 Video Productions
DJ : Encore Events
Florist¬†: Maureen’s Buffalo Wholesale
Bakery : Cathy Lawrence

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This month is FULL of beautiful e-sessions, and I cannot wait to share them all! I kicked off a great session last week with Keely & Josh, at the forever-gorgeous Knox Farms. I loved getting to meet their pup Abel (that tongue though!) As we strolled around the property, I was gushing about the light (it was magical) and day-dreaming about moving right on into that big beautiful mansion. Looking forward to seeing these guys again on the BIG day!

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Kathryn & Otello… Where do I even begin!? These two just radiate such a FUN, lovable energy. From the moment that I walked into the girls’ adorable Airbnb Allentown cottage & saw them relaxing in hammocks, with mimosas in hand, I knew it was going to be a beautiful day. I loved all of the details K&O chose, from the yellow shoes to her brilliant blue ring, and the gorgeous¬†Lipinoga Florist¬†orchids. Kathryn has to win an award for one of my most low-key brides ever; I asked her if she needed anything as they were getting ready, and she handed me the bottom of her mother’s old wedding dress & asked if I wouldn’t mind just cutting a bit of lace off it to wrap around her bouquet… (I think I had a panic attack as I took the first snip; thankfully it came out great!)

Once we arrived at the Delaware Park Rose Garden, even though the ceremony was running a bit behind, both Kathryn & Otello said they just needed to see each other before anything else. We chose a beautiful willow tree next to the lake, tucked away from all of the guests. They saw & held each other there, and took in a sweet moment together, before walking up to get married. After the wedding was over, they both said that was their favorite part of the day.

They had a gorgeous ceremony in the garden, followed by family portraits and bridal party photos (see the guest stars, including a dog that jumped into the fountain while we were shooting there and another wedding group that popped by). This whole bridal party was a BLAST; they were running, jumping, dancing, and singing throughout the entire photo shoot! You’ll see below ūüôā

Afterwards, we headed to¬†Karpeles Manuscript Museum¬†for their reception. They had a confetti entrance, tear-filled speeches, emotional dances with their parents, delicious food, bright decor (including backdrops and table runners that Kathryn hand-painted!) and definitely some of the WILDEST dancing we’ve seen. K&O definitely designed their entire day to be a party, and it was chock *full* of hilarious, heart-filled, happy moments. Thank you for that. We LOVED being there to capture it all and already want to do it all over again!

Vendors Who Rocked This Wedding :
Second Photographer
: Stephen Gabris
Ceremony Venue : Delaware Park Rose Garden
Reception Venue
: Karpeles Manuscript Museum
Wedding Planner 
: Tori Toma
Hair/Makeup : Del Monte Hair System
DJ : Mike Setlock
Florist : Lipinoga Florist
Bakery : Desserts made by Groom’s mother, Wendy Tiano

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Every wedding season, this jobs gets better & better. I keep meeting new clients who just feel like *my people*! We click right away during our consultation, and when they leave, I think to myself “Ohhh PLEASE book me!!” There’s always a literal happy dance when I get the “We’d love for you to be our photographer” email a day later.

Every single couple that’s booked for 2018 has been one of those clients! We’ve just clicked, and I’m so excited to get to spend more time with them all during their engagement sessions. There are so many of these shoots coming up this fall, so be prepared to see a lot of beautiful couples ūüôā

Let’s kick it off with the ever adorable Alyssa & Rob! They are the sweetest, and I loved getting to hang with them at Woodlawn Beach for their shoot. These two were up for anything, so we splashed in the water and caught a gorgeous sunset. We shared a lot of laughs, and I can’t wait to see what magic the wedding day brings!

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