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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 🙂

2016-08-02_0002 2016-08-02_0003Isn’t this place just stunning? It’s a gorgeous mansion, with lovely grounds for ceremonies and tented receptions. We had a field day shooting on this property! Both the girls and the guys got ready here, and I love the images that were captured.

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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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2016-07-31_0001I awaited Scott & Alicia’s day with much anticipation! I knew it would be full of happy moments, and easy-going fun, as that’s just the kind of couple they are. We had such a great time hanging with them on their wedding day 🙂 We started with prep photos at Alicia’s family home and the Marriot Harborside before heading to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church for a beautiful ceremony. There were so many sweet moments throughout their day, from the gift Alicia received from her groom, to the first look with Scott & his daughter, and many more, pictured below. Check out more of their story as you scroll below! And be sure to get to the end to view their video sneak peek by Filmwell Studios!

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Alicia shared how important this home was to her, so we thought it would make for the perfect background for her dress shot.

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From her father, to her bridesmaids, there were some seriously cute reactions to seeing Alicia in her wedding dress for the first time!

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Meanwhile, the boys prepped at the Marriott, doing the usual groomsmen things (I love the shot Colin grabbed of the beer-can-balance haha)

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Scott’s first look with his daughter Julia was the sweetest!

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Before Alicia’s dad walked her down the aisle, he had a reader recite a poem about their relationship. They stood in the back of the church while she read it, and tears were flowing! It was so, so beautiful.

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After their ceremony, we headed downtown for photos around the Theater District before heading to Kloc’s for their party!

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We ended our night with S&A out on the terrace for a few magical shots 🙂 Thank you both for being so wonderful! We loved being able to capture your story!

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Second Photographer : Colin Gordon
Ceremony : Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church
Reception Venue : Kloc’s Grove
Chair Covers : Tesoro Event Rentals
Invitations/Cards/Etc : Print2Web, LLC
Wedding Bands : Gem Design Jewelers Inc.
PS Be sure to check out this FABULOUS sneak peek from their stellar videographers, Filmwell Studios!

 

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2016-07-11_0001At this time, one month ago today, you could find us at the Hotel Lafayette capturing Kathleen & Mitch’s big celebration! We had so much fun with them and their guests, throughout the entire day. They had a gorgeous ceremony at St. Joseph University Parish before we headed off to the Cobblestone District and The Outer Harbor for bridal party photos. We ended right in front of the hotel for one more set of images, with strong winds and magical light in Lafayette Square, before heading inside for their party! They had Radio Nation band to keep the crowd moving, and fun glow sticks and flip flops to get everyone on the dance floor. It was such a lovely day, and we loved being the ones to document it. Check out their beautiful story below!

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Second Photographer : Stephen Gabris
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Videographer Phenomenon 
Limo : Buffalo Limousine
Band : Radio Nation
Florist : Maureen’s 
Bakery : Muscoreil’s
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2016-07-07_0001I love so many things about my job; right at the top of the list is getting to see my clients again & again, as they move through the different phases of their lives! It is so exciting to be selected to capture these milestone moments! From their engagement session, to their wedding, to their now maternity session, I have loved having Heather & Brian in front of my camera. They are the sweetest, and they bring my buddy Furry Murray along for visits 😉 I started my morning with them and a nice little hike around Tifft Nature Preserve. The light was perfect and they rocked it. I can’t wait to see them again, with Baby Griffin!

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A beautiful couple, a gorgeous venue, and perfect weather… a recipe for a dream wedding! Now, throw in an adorable dog, and we’re really set 😉 We had such a great time celebrating with Katie & Dan last month at The Butler Mansion & are so excited to share some favorite shots! I started my day with Katie at Shianne Waxing Studio on Elmwood, where she got her makeup done. What a place! I was enchanted with the record flooring, rock & roll decor, and wonderful staff. Katie left super glam, and we headed to the Butler to get her ready. Meanwhile, Melissa met Dan & his groomsmen over at Lockhouse Distillery for some of their ‘prep’ 😉 Man, the boys sure do have it easy ha! Afterwards, we all headed to the gardens at the mansion for a lovely ceremony, followed by an amazing cocktail hour & dinner, al fresco! The guests were pampered with fountain-side dining, followed by an insane dessert spread and wild party inside! The band kept the fun going all night, and we loved being there to capture it!

Katie & Dan, thank you for having us as part of your day & allowing us to document a small part of your story together!

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Vendors Who Rocked This Wedding
Second Photographer : Melissa Rathke
Ceremony & Reception Venue : The Butler Mansion
Food & Beverage : Three Pillars Catering

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