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I am loving this season’s family sessions! I’ve had the most wonderful time getting to hang with such sweet littles, and patient parents 😉 I like to do sessions a little differently than some expect, and I think it takes a little getting used to since so many people are used to stiff and formal family portrait sessions. This family was so great, and up for anything! Personally, I love it when the kids run, jump, scream, roll in the grass, show their true selves. I encourage silly, and fun. We always capture nicely posed shots as well, but I really enjoy families that are up for both! It’s so nice to have this wild and wonderful time in your lives captured in an authentic manner, and to get out of the studio for some fun. Check out my time with Michelle and Jordan, and their two boys. They wanted to document this time before their third baby arrives this fall, and I can’t wait to see them as a family of 5!

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One of the absolute best parts of my job is getting to see my wedding clients go through the next stages of their lives, and being invited to capture it all! I love love love visiting with past clients and getting to meet and photograph their children, and was so thrilled when Amy called me for a family portrait session. I traveled to New Jersey with Amy & Chris for their wedding, and always hoped to see them again. They are just the sweetest, and their wedding was such a joyful day. Their children are so beautiful, and we decided to do a session in their home, so their dog Cocoa could participate, and so we could play in the pool in a little bit 🙂 I love the images we captured, and can’t wait to see them again!

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2016-08-16_0001I can’t wait to share Emily & Tim’s day with you! It was full of love, laughter, color, sunshine, beautiful venues, great people… pretty much everything a wedding photographer could ask for! They had a gorgeous ceremony at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church before we headed off for bridal party photos at City Hall, a fabulous new mural by Jessie and Katey and The History Museum. E&T had a lovely Rolls Royce to move them around town, and of course, we had to grab some shots with it! Afterwards, we moved over to one of my favorite venues, Asbury Hall at Babeville, for the party with all their guests and the Steve Ballesteri Band! See more of their day below :

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This season has been full of emotional processions, and this wedding was no exception. My clients need to stop making me cry at their weddings 😉

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Per usual, Babeville looked stunning. Emily & Tim thoughtfully chose gorgeous details, including photographs of meaningful places for their table numbers!

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Tim & his mom took over the dance floor, shaking it to Whitney Houston. I’m always a sucker for sentimental dances, but also *really* love when my clients choose to have fun with it! This mother/son dance was epic!

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Before we left, we just had to recreate this adorable photograph of Emily’s grandparents. Isn’t this so sweet?

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Thank you, Emily & Tim! We loved spending our 716 day with you!

VENDORS WHO ROCKED THIS WEDDING :
Second Photographer : Melody Hyatt
Ceremony : St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church
Reception : Asbury Hall at Babeville
Band : Steve Ballesteri Band 
Florist : William’s Florist 
Bakery Muscoreils
Hair/Makeup : Groom Service

 

 

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Ok. So I don’t even know where to start with this wedding!! Heather & Phil’s day was just *magical*. I really can’t think of a better word! We had perfect weather, an insanely gorgeous venue at Knox Farm State Park, beautiful decor, details galore, happy moment after happy moment, and two of the sweetest, most loving clients! The entire day ran smoothly, thanks to Gabby & Pat at After 5 Events. From getting ready, to photos, to an emotional ceremony, and wild party… everything was amazing. I can’t wait for you to see for yourself in the photos below! Enjoy more of Phil & Heather’s story as you scroll 🙂

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“We really enjoyed putting our own touch on our day. My mom was SUCH a great teammate in all of the planning and decorating. Phil & I & our families put thought into little thing because we are pretty sentimental.” – H

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Meanwhile… Colin was with the boys & captured all the fun 😉

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Phil surprised Heather by exchanging little Polariods of each other on their wedding day. He sent a camera up with one of her bridesmaids for a shot of her, along with a letter and photos of him. They’ll have these little prints forever, and of course, I love everything about this.

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Once photos were done, we headed to the back field for their ceremony. The sun kept coming and going, and right before Heather walked down the aisle, it was very dark and looking a bit gloomy. As she came closer to Phil, the sun came out, bright and lovely as ever. It was just MAGICAL. Add to that, an emotional groom, a joyous bride, and some seriously cute reactions from the crowd… One of my favorite processionals ever!

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Let’s take a minute to recognize Phil’s best man/brother, Corey. He is an Army Ranger who is deploying overseas *today*. Heather & Phil wanted to give him a shout-out : “We love you, Cor! Thank you for being the greatest best man and boo-in-law we could ask for. We couldn’t imagine our special day without you. Be safe & hurry back to us!”

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“Our wedding day was everything we could have hoped for and more. A moment I will never forget was walking down the aisle with my Dad and seeing how handsome and emotional Phil was. My Dad and I were SO happy and I wanted to sprint down the aisle into Phil’s arms. Having been together since we were very young, you can imagine we had thought about that moment many times but actually living it, it was more that I could have ever dreamed. In that moment I felt so loved, so proud and so so lucky.” – H

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“My favorite moment, was the second I turned around and first saw my wife. I can’t even describe the feeling, it was just the happiest moment of my life.” – P

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“The ceremony was so important to us and we cherished every minute.” – H

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Heather’s parents AND grandparents are high school sweethearts, all still going strong. How cute is that!?

“My ‘something borrowed’ was my mom’s 10th anniversary ring, she and my dad have now been married for 34 years.” – H

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We had to do a few more shots in front of this incredible altar that Heather’s dad & Phil built. It’s made of an old door that will become their dining room table. See what I mean about the details here?

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Prepare to fall in love with all of their details & decor! There was so much at every turn, and Gabby & Pat did an incredible job setting it all up! From a photo booth, to vintage china, to a gorgeous floral curtain, to photos galore, to bean bag toss games, to delicious food and dessert spread by Frontier Catering, this wedding had it all.

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“At the very end of the reception, Phil and I were holding each other in the center of the dance floor and all of our friends and family were surrounding us chanting our names. It was just the coolest.  We are so blessed with the most wonderful family and friends who came to celebrate us from all over… New York, North Carolina, California, Colorado, Hawaii… And that was the perfect way to end the night!” – H

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Before the light was gone, I snuck H&P out front for some final shots of them. I love these moments (& the whole day!) Thank you both! XOXO

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Vendors Who Rocked This Wedding
Second Photographer : Colin Gordon
Wedding Coordinator : After 5 Events
Ceremony & Reception Site : Knox Farm State Park
Officiant : Nathan Stoddard
Band : Nik Lite
Florist : BJK Baskets
Make-up : Shannon Caliguiri
Hair : Jessi Darvill, Taylor Rock & Becca Taneff
Transportation : Simply The Best Limo
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