Bride and groom portrait in front of book case

Duke Art Gallery Wedding || Matt & Hope

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?

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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) Duke Art Gallery Wedding first look Bride coming down the stairs for first lookBride coming down the stairs for first look

The staircase offered an ideal spot for their first look. He was so excited, he could hardly contain himself.  Bride coming down the stairs for first look

Matt had one of the best reactions during first look… who can blame him? Hope was absolutely stunning!! 🙂Duke Art Gallery Wedding Bride and Groom first look Duke Art Gallery Wedding Bride and Groom first look Duke Art Gallery Wedding Bride and Groom first look Duke Art Gallery Wedding party photo

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… 🙂Flower girl photo with bride and groom Bride and groom walking across a field Duke Art Gallery Wedding party photo Duke Art Gallery Wedding party photo Duke Art Gallery Wedding party photo Groom hanging out with groomsmen

I tried to get them to be serious for one moment… Photo of bride with her bridesmaids laughing

And of course this happens… 🙂Photo of bride with her bridesmaids laughing Duke Art Gallery Wedding Bride and Groom Portrait Duke Art Gallery Wedding Bride and Groom Portrait Duke Art Gallery Wedding Bride and Groom Portrait

Books and candles were carefully placed throughout the ceremony, creating such an inviting atmosphere… Book Theme Wedding ceremony detail Book Theme Wedding ceremony detail Book Theme Wedding ceremony detail Book Theme Wedding ceremony detail Book Theme Wedding ceremony detail Book Theme Wedding ceremony detail Book Theme Wedding ceremony detail Bride and dad walking down the aisle Bride and dad walking down the aisle Bride and dad walking down the aisle Book Theme Wedding ceremony Book Theme Wedding ceremony Book Theme Wedding ceremony Book Theme Wedding ceremony Book Theme Wedding ceremony Book Theme Wedding ceremony Book Theme Wedding ceremony Book Theme Wedding ceremony Book Theme Wedding ceremony Book Theme Wedding Ring Detail Book Theme Wedding Ring Detail Book Theme Wedding Ring Detail Duke Art Gallery Wedding Bride and Groom Portrait in front of book case Duke Art Gallery Wedding Bride and Groom Portrait Duke Art Gallery Wedding Bride and Groom Portrait Duke Art Gallery Wedding Bride and Groom Portrait Duke Art Gallery Wedding Bride and Groom Portrait Book Theme Wedding Reception Details

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.Book Theme Wedding Reception Details Book Theme Wedding Reception Details Book Theme Wedding Reception Details Book Theme Wedding Reception Details Book Theme Wedding Reception Details Book Theme Wedding Reception Book Theme Wedding Reception Book Theme Wedding Reception Book Theme Wedding Reception Book Theme Wedding Reception bride and dad dancing Book Theme Wedding Reception bride and dad dancing Book Theme Wedding Reception groom and mom dancing Book Theme Wedding Reception Dancing Book Theme Wedding Cake cutting Book Theme Wedding Cake cutting

Both talented musicians, Matt and Hope performed and sang before stepping off and dancing their first dance together. Book Theme Wedding Bride and Groom playing music and singing Book Theme Wedding Bride and Groom playing music and singing Book Theme Wedding Bride and Groom playing music and singing Book Theme Wedding Bride and Groom playing music and singing Book Theme Wedding Bride and Groom playing music and singing Book Theme Wedding Bride and Groom playing music and singing Book Theme Wedding Bride and Groom playing music and singing Book Theme Wedding Bride and Groom playing music and singing Book Theme Wedding Reception Dancing Book Theme Wedding Reception Dancing Book Theme Wedding Reception Dancing Book Theme Wedding Reception Dancing Book Theme Wedding Reception Dancing Book Theme Wedding Reception Dancing Book Theme Wedding Reception Details Book Theme Wedding Reception Details Book Theme Wedding Reception Dancing Book Theme Wedding Reception Dancing Book Theme Wedding Reception Dancing Book Theme Wedding Reception Dancing Book Theme Wedding Reception Dancing Book Theme Wedding Reception Dancing Book Theme Wedding Reception Dancing

Many thanks to the following team who helped make this day possible…

Vendors

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

 

 

2 Comments on “Duke Art Gallery Wedding || Matt & Hope

  1. As the Mother of the Groom-I was so excited for Matthew and Hope..the day was a dream come true!

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