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When Sammi reached out to me about her unique wedding, I was thrilled! Everything she wanted to do was unconventional, and I couldn’t wait to see how it came together. She & Brady focused on planning a day that was true reflection of who they are as a couple; low-key, fun, surprising! They held their wedding on a Thursday, brought in food trucks, featured home-brewed beers, had the most colorful bridal party, Sammi wore a gorgeous handmade skirt and crop top, and they incorporated two of their favorite things : wrestling and crayons (more on that below)!
They treated the day like one huge party, and their guests had a blast. The entire wedding was very relaxed, without a lot of the usual formalities. Sammi & Brady exchanged letters before a gorgeous first-look. After which, we did bridal party portraits before a big, beautiful ceremony in the Rose Garden. After they were announced husband & wife, they danced their way down the aisle, with their bridal party following. It was amazing! Enjoy reliving their day as you scroll below!

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One of Brady’s highlights of the day was finally being able to finally take a sip of the holy grail of IPA, Heady Topper.  He’s never had it before, and this beer is only available in Vermont for purchase on Wednesdays and the line starts before 8am! “Our wonderful friend who traveled from Vermont brought us a cooler full of beer from The Alchemist, along with some other hard to find beers only available there.  While we are avid beer lovers, this was truly a special treat for us.  They even sell empty beer cans on eBay!” – Sammi

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“My advice to others planning is to remember that the wedding is about you and your significant other.  While friends and family always seem to input their advice and suggestions, you can kindly decline and do it your way.  Everything we did was a reflection of us.  I hope that this was portrayed in everything that we did, as we wanted out guests to get a sense of who we are.  We are huge foodies, who love wrestling, drinking and being silly with one another.  While the extra frills work for some, it didn’t work for us.”
Vendors Who Rocked This Wedding
Ceremony : The Delaware Park Rose Garden
Reception Site : The Marcy Casino
Second Photographer : Colin Gordon
Florist : Graser’s 
Bakery : Fairy Cakes
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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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2016-08-16_0062Emily & Tim did not have a traditional bridal party, which allowed us more time for photos. We were able to create so many beautiful images together before their reception!

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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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