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… 🙂
You couldn’t tell from the photos, but Becky & Josh’s Wedding Day was one of the hottest days of the summer, and as anyone who spent some time in the Northeast this summer knows that’s not an exaggeration. These two though were so engulfed in their happiness that it never phased them. Surrounded by one of the largest wedding parties I’ve shot in a long time, their day was filled with love and laughter, but most importantly lots and lots of water… 🙂
Venue & Catering: The Mendenhall Inn
Photography: Ardita Kola Photography
Videography: From Here I Stand
Brittney and Aaron are one of those couples that you can’t help but like as soon as you meet them. They contacted me to shoot their wedding even before they even had a date established. She was an army vet, going through the police academy, and planning a wedding at the same time. We instantly connected as her friendly and sweet personality instantly jived with mine and a friendship was born. After we did their engagement photos at Discovery Park I realized how comfortable they both were in front of my camera, although Aaron would disagree… 🙂 and how awesome their wedding was going to be.
When couples connect with my work and can picture themselves in it honestly there’s no better feeling. We were scheduled to move back to PA in July after spending some time in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and because they were determined to have me document their wedding, they set the date for the last weekend in June.
They chose her family’s horse farm in Port Orchards, WA as the venue for their intimate and rustic wedding. From sunflowers to a handmade alter to a gorgeous horse, their wedding was full of amazing details, but more importantly full of love and laughter surrounded by their closest family and friends.
A special thank you also to my amazing assistant Laura of Fyrelite Photography who helped make this day run smoothly and got some great images from unique perspectives.
Cara and Calum have this amazing, straight out of the books, you tell your grandchildren about, love story… Sweet adventurous girl traveling through Scotland meets this amazing Scottish guy… oh and did I mention the accent? Of course Calum is one of the sweetest and most gentlemanly guy I’ve ever met, a true quintessential of his scottish heritage. After the wedding their love of adventure and travel will be taking them to New Zealand… sort of a little jealous there but I couldn’t be happier for them… 🙂
Their wedding was small and intimate with most of the guests travelling from all over the world. They combined her love of rustic with his amazing Scottish details and traditions and what emerged was that perfect blend that made their wedding truly theirs.
They had me at the word “kilt”… need I say more?
The complete scottish attire though includes many other details that I wasn’t aware of until this wedding including the kilt, kilt shirt, argyle jacket, sporran, belt and buckle, kilt hose, ghillie brogues, kilt pin and flashes, and of course scottish dirks and daggers.
Aren’t these kids’ kilts completely adorable or what?
They chose the beautiful Glen Echo Gardens in Bellingham, WA as their wedding ceremony and reception location. The weather threatened all day to rain so the ceremony was moved under the tent but luckily it only rained for a few minutes and we even got lucky with some sunshine during their portraits.
Signs like this one were everywhere around the ceremony and reception, all handmade by Calum the week of the wedding. What an amazing idea for their rustic wedding.
Their wedding ceremony included a traditional Scottish handfasting ritual which was amazing to witness and capture.