Photography: Ardita Kola Photography
Venue: The Farm Bakery & Events
Flowers: Perkasie Florist
Wedding Dress: Darianna Bridal
Model: Ashley Beitel – Model Management Agency
Jewelry & Invitations: Sweetened Moments & Design
Film Processing & Scanning: The Find Lab
Cait and Jason’s Philadelphia Wedding at Merion Tribute House was one for the books… Considering how much fun we had during their engagement session last year in Manayunk, I knew then how awesome their wedding would be and they certainly did not disappoint. This year I’ve been blessed by an incredible number of really talented brides and Cait is definitely one of them. She envisioned a fun wedding full of colorful details to go along their Cinco de Mayo theme, but that also honored the city they now call home. She designed and created all the wedding stationary which were the perfect starting piece behind the wedding decor and flowers.
Their wedding day started out with a 100% rain prediction. It’s not something any couples wants for their wedding day, but these two were not going to let anything affect them on their most special day. Having a view like this from your hotel room certainly doesn’t hurt… 🙂
Their gorgeous colorful fiesta theme was perfectly balanced with these gorgeous bridesmaids dresses in different shades of gray from Show me your Mumu, not to mention her absolutely stunning dress from Christina Wu.
How gorgeous is her boho inspired long braid and hair flowers?
They had always envisioned doing their first look at the Philadelphia City Hall. They were worried about the rain of course but when we told them we could do it in the tunnel that runs across it, they were ecstatic.
I love love love this shot by my amazing second shooter Mackenzie capturing not only our beautiful couple but this incredible city we live in.
Once we knew there was going to be 100% chance of rain, we scrambled to find a place to do their photos. We were so incredibly lucky to find that the Horticulture Center was available. It provided such a gorgeous backdrop for their wedding party photos.
After the ceremony we made our way to their gorgeous wedding venue, The Merion Tribute House. With the rain giving us a break, we took the opportunity to get some more photos done.
Given the cinco de mayo theme for their wedding, everyone was invited to partake in a celebratory tequila shot… 🙂
With the incredibly gorgeous details already out, Cait was not done… She had one last surprise with this stunning second wedding dress from Weekend Wedding Dress and incredible flower crown by Amaranth Florist.
At the end of the reception, the guests were delighted with these scrumptious desserts. YUM!!!
Venue: Merion Tribute House
Catering: John Serock Catering
Photography: Ardita Kola Photography
Photography Assistant: Mackenzie Lane Photography
Videography: Emorrow Productions
Flowers: Amaranth Florist
Hair and Makeup: Philly Glam Girls
Those that know me on a personal level, know one thing about me… I love New York City!!! Do I mention that often enough??? It is where my family and a lot of my friends are and I love every chance I get to go up there. That’s why I was so excited when Alexa and Aniket asked to do their engagement session in the city they call home. Here is their NYC Engagement session at Fort Tryon Park.
We started out at Katz’s Deli which was very special to them and wanted to incorporate it in their session. You see, these two lovebirds met the old fashioned way… at a NYC bar… 🙂 They hit it off right away and after a night of talking and dancing, they got late night pastrami sandwiches at the famous NYC deli and the rest was history as they say.
When I asked them what they enjoyed doing together, here’s what they told me… “Anything food or drink related (but particularly searching for the best late night ramen), driving over all the cross-borough bridges at night, watching movies, reading WSJ or the Atlantic, trips to The Strand bookstore, going for walks around or outside the city, looking at art, chatting about ideas like what kind of dog we should get, spontaneous trips here and there… ”
How cute are they???
We then made our way through the city and ended up at the Fort Tryon Park. I had visited the park earlier in the year and I immediately fell in love with it. Needless to say I was so excited when they took my suggestion and chose this place for their engagement session.
Alexa and Aniket… Thank you so much for allowing me to capture you and the beautiful love you share for each other. Your NYC engagement session at Fort Tryon Park will always be one for the books… 🙂 You two make such a beautiful couple inside and out and I’m so excited for your upcoming Indian-American wedding at Warwick County Park and the gorgeous Welkinweir Estate.
If you like Alexa and Aniket’s NYC Engagement Session at Fort Tryon Park, contact us to discuss your engagement and wedding. We’d love to chat!
It was a chilly late March morning, when I met with Kelly and Michael for their Washington Crossing State Park engagement session. Considering the rustic theme of their upcoming November wedding, this park was just perfect…period homes, a beautiful park setting, the river and bridge were all within close walking distance. Add to that the fact that the park was free of the usual crowds that you find in the evenings and it may even convince this totally non-morning person (aka me) to start doing all morning sessions from now on… ok ok maybe not that drastic, but it was definitely nice to not have to worry about avoiding people everywhere. It allowed me to focus on my couple, getting to know them and capturing them and their love for each other.
We even saw something pretty cool… scroll down to the last photo… 🙂
These two lovebirds had met in middle school and been friends for many years. It wasn’t until late in high school though that they realized something was there and have been together ever since… 🙂
Their proposal story is so cool… 🙂
“Mike told me to take a day off from work so he could take me to the city. We spent the day in NYC. Mike made reservations at a fancy steak house and then afterward he got us VIP reservations for top of the rock an observatory that goes up 70 feet and let’s you come out to the most breathtaking view of NYC at night. We walked around for a little and then he got on one knee and proposed (:”
And what a treat to see this as we were walking around for this Washington Crossing State Park Engagement Session. It felt like such a trip back in time.
Film photography is quickly becoming my new favorite thing. This session was shot about half and half on digital and film using fuji 400h, developed and scanned by The Find Lab.
The thing I immediately noticed about Matt and Hope as soon as I met them for their Duke Art Gallery wedding was how laid back and funny they were. As they described their vision for their wedding day I became so excited to tell their love story and honored that they had chosen me to document it. The wedding they were planning, which they wanted captured mainly in documentary style, was the perfect intimate event that celebrated them as a couple amongst all their family and friends.
Hope works with children at CHOP as a creative arts therapist and is so incredibly talented. She had told me that she was doing all the flowers herself, by hand, with paper. It was hard to imagine just how beautiful they would turn out. They looked so realistic that I couldn’t believe they were paper flowers.
This Duke Art Gallery Wedding had a beautiful bookcase in the bridal suite which was perfect for the book theme they had chosen for their wedding. How adorable is that?
How adorable is this photo of the flower girl peeking through the stairs as the bride was preparing to come down for the first look? (captured by my second shooter Lauren Allmond)
The staircase offered an ideal spot for their first look. He was so excited, he could hardly contain himself.
Matt had one of the best reactions during first look… who can blame him? Hope was absolutely stunning!! 🙂
There are so many photos from this Duke Art Gallery Wedding that I would categorize as all time favorites and this one with the flower girl looking up at the couple is definitely up there near the top… 🙂
I tried to get them to be serious for one moment…
And of course this happens… 🙂
Books and candles were carefully placed throughout the ceremony, creating such an inviting atmosphere…
All hand made by Hope, these cards incorporate the art gallery setting of their wedding with a hand painted and hand written pocket with the book theme of their wedding. Inside the pocket is a library card with the table numbers along with the symbol of the deathly hallows from the Harry Potter books. Pretty awesome! 🙂 It’s funny sometimes in the chaos of the day, we don’t typically have the time to analyze all the details and truly take a minute to enjoy them. It wasn’t until afterwards when I was going through the photos that I noticed all the details in these table cards.
Both talented musicians, Matt and Hope performed and sang before stepping off and dancing their first dance together.
Many thanks to the following team who helped make this day possible…
Venue: Duke Art Gallery, part of the Wallingford Community Arts Center
Flowers and Design: DIY
Caterer: Jeffrey A. Miller
Band: Music by Eli
DJ: Vince DiTanno
Photographer: Ardita Kola Photography
Second Photographer: Lauren Allmond
Sara and Tal were living in Israel while Tal was finishing medical school, and planning their wedding with the help of their family and friends. They had met when Sara was a freshman in high school and had known immediately this was meant to be. It doesn’t happen very often that I don’t meet my couples in person before their big day. Even if the initial consult is done online, I always try to schedule follow-up visits or an engagement session so we get to know each other better. These two though were so sweet and easy to talk to that we immediately connected over Skype.
While I had photographed Jewish weddings before, this was my first more traditional Jewish wedding. On our first conversation over Skype, we went over all that would be happening during their wedding day. The more we kept talking the more excited I became. I was fascinated by the Tisch and Bedeken ceremonies especially, and they didn’t disappoint. The excitement prior to the first look, the anticipation and the utter pouring of emotions when they saw each other for the first time was indescribable. The father’s blessing was also especially sweet to witness and capture. There was so much joy and happiness in the air and everyone was cheering, dancing and making certain their day would be one to remember.
What a blessing to be surrounded by so much love and joy on their most special day.
Their wedding took place at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Harrisburg, PA. Sara had 16 bridesmaids and Tal had 20 groomsmen. Add to that 4 most adorable little ring bearers and it was by far the largest and one of the most fun wedding parties I have ever photographed.
I absolutely adored these bridesmaids dresses in 50 shades of gray… pun intended. The slightly different hues and textures were perfect for the large wedding party as it allowed for a cohesive look while still keeping them each very unique.
The first look with her dad was so beautiful. Sara was the baby in the family and the last child to get married, so this moment was especially emotional for him.
Sara and Tal: I’m so incredibly honored to have had the pleasure of capturing your wedding. Congratulations again and hope that you love your wedding photos as much as I do!
Venue: Scottish Rite Harrisburg
Catering: Norman Gras
Flowers and Decorations: Shelly’s Blossom Shop
Wedding weekend festivities: The Manor on Front
Day of Wedding Coordination: Casey Rudegeair from Stylish Occasions Wedding & Event Planning
Videography: Documented Video Productions
Hair and Makeup: Color Bar Beauty Salon
DJ: Adam Grobman from Klock Entertainment
While I bask in the beauty and love that is our newest daughter Gabby, I’m also trying hard to catch up on blogging weddings and sessions from last year. As mentioned in my previous post, we have a few of them coming your way, so without much ado here are Sarah and Will. I had so much fun exploring two separate locations in Bucks County with them for their engagement session last summer. These places really spoke to me because their simplicity and the gorgeous light allowed us to focus solely on capturing them as they are, in their purest selves and their love for each other. I’m so excited for their upcoming wedding this July at the gorgeous Blue Mountain Resort in the Poconos.
Photos below are a mix of film and digital. Have I mentioned how much I’m loving shooting film again? While weddings are still mostly all digital, I’ve decided to start incorporating film more and more into my engagement and family sessions. If you absolutely love the look of film and would love an all film session, let me know and we’ll make it happen… 🙂
Our first scheduled session above happened on one of the hottest days last summer, so we decided to split things up and come back another day to finish them. It actually worked out perfectly as it also allowed Sarah to do a change of clothing and hair style. Isn’t she gorgeous by the way???
As many of you already know I recently had a baby girl, so I went on a bit of hiatus for the last few months of 2016 and am slowly getting back into the routine of things. We have a lot of weddings and engagements coming to the blog in the next few months as well as lifestyle sessions so stay tuned… 🙂
To start things off, here’s a Valley Forge engagement session… this gorgeous couple here is my very own little brother and his beautiful fiance who will be tying the knot in April. I was so honored when they asked me to capture their engagement photos last summer at the Valley Forge Park and am so excited for their upcoming wedding. It will be a nice change to be a guest.
As I’m starting to incorporate film more and more into my work, I used Fuji 400h on Pentax 645NII along my main digital camera for this session.
I knew immediately when I first met Cait & Jason that we would hit it off… two amazing souls from the midwest, who are planning a truly awesome Philadelphia wedding for next year… seriously I’m so stoked and excited for their wedding, although in all fairness I say that about all my weddings, because without a doubt I have THE best couples… 🙂
We got to know each other a lot better through a fun and relaxed engagement session. They chose their own neighborhood in Manayunk for it and I couldn’t be happier. Manayunk is quite amazing with everything from amazing greenery, an adorable main street and the towpath near the canal.
In case I haven’t mentioned that before I have a bit of a love affair with New York City. Even though I haven’t called this beautiful city home in a long time, every time I’m there it just feels like home. It’s where a lot of my family and friends still live and it’s where I spent a lot of my teenage years. Needless to say I was so excited to work with Nida & Dritan who i’ve had known for almost two decades and their two gorgeous children Tessa and Tom for their lifestyle family session. I had been wanting to a session at the Brooklyn Bridge Park for a quite a while now and was so happy they were immediately on board as soon as I mentioned it to them. Given that it was going to be late October, we weren’t expecting large crowds, but it turned out to be a beautiful 70 deg day so it wasn’t all that surprising. Nonetheless we managed to find some awesome spots to let them enjoy each other as a family while I captured all the laughs and giggles and the cutest sounds that Tom made every time the subway went over the Manhattan bridge… so so adorable… 🙂