Monthly Archives: March 2017

Stephanie + Raul

What a pleasure it was to meet and work with this sweet couple!  Guo, known as Stephanie and Shukai, also known as Raul, decided to have a morning/early afternoon wedding, a rare treat for us!  Both their ceremony and reception took place at their church, with their photo shoot taking place at several iconic sites in the city of Philadelphia.

Stephanie and Raul went to the same high school, however they didn't really know each other until they met again at their high school reunion several years ago.  That's when they started dating and before long, they both knew they found 'the one'.  Raul's proposal was so romantic!  After asking her if she wanted to go out to see fireworks (it was Chinese New Year), he met her at the door and led her down the stairs of her building where he had already placed small candles along the way from the 5th floor to the 1st.  At the end were roses, rings and friends waiting there to congratulate and celebrate as Raul proposed to Stephanie.  Of course, she said yes!

On the morning of their wedding day, the two got ready at Homewood Suites in Philadelphia.  Stephanie's bridesmaids wore lovely mint green dresses with a one-shoulder design while the groomsmen wore dark suits with ties that coordinated with the bridesmaids' dresses.  Raul looked so dapper in his classic black tuxedo... and so excited to be marrying his love!

Stephanie looked so gorgeous in her breathtaking lace covered ballgown!  It featured a bateau lace neckline, an amazing illusion bodice and delicate buttons down the back.  She wore a veil on the back of her hair which was done in an elegant updo and fastened with lovely pins.  And her final beautiful accessory was that pair of sparkling Jimmy Choo shoes!  She and her bridesmaids carried lush bouquets filled with white flowers and accented with purple blooms from Rose 4 U Florist.

Stephanie and Raul's ceremony and reception were held at Grace Chapel Church in Havertown, PA where the pews were adorned with white fabric and mint colored bows.  After a very beautiful sermon by their Pastor Tony Liang, the two lit a unity candle symbolizing their two lives joining together to become one.  Their friends and family tossed red rose petals on the newlyweds as they walked back down the aisle together.

The bridal party also had a wonderful photo session at various sites around the city, including the Museum of Art and at the LOVE statue where they all had fun posing with the Philadelphia icon for the perfect wedding shots.  It was so enjoyable to work alongside Anthony and Laura Barlich from Hitch & Sparrow Photography for this fantastic wthedding event.

Stephanie and Raul's reception was decorated so festive with paper lanterns in mint green, blue and white.  After the newlyweds were announced, guests enjoyed a wonderful dinner and toasts from their fathers, Stephanie's bridesmaid and friend, as well as from the couple themselves.  All were so beautiful and so heartfelt.  Stephanie and Raul were so lovely to translate their sermon and speeches for us to include in their wedding highlight.

Wonderful, time-honored wedding traditions were included at their beautiful reception, such as tossing the bouquet and cutting that delectable cake!  Whipped Bakeshop created an amazing wedding cake in a deeper shade of mint, featuring a LOVE cake topper reminiscent of the famous statue we visited that day.

It was so wonderful, truly such an honor, to be a part of capturing this very special day for Stephanie and Raul.  We wish them, as in the words of Stephanie's good friend, a journey filled with love, laughter and adventures.

 

Photographer:  Hitch & Sparrow Photography - Anthony Barlich and Laura Barlich - Denver, CO

Floral Design:  Rose 4 U Florist -  Philadelphia, PA

Hair Stylist:  931 Skincare - Stephanie Lum - Philadelphia, PA

Makeup Artist:  931 Skincare - Stephanie Lum - Philadelphia, PA

Cake:  Whipped Bakeshop - Philadelphia, PA

Officiant:  Pastor Tony Liang

Church and Venue:  Grace Chapel Church - Havertown, PA

Accommodations:  Homewood Suites by Hilton - University City Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA

 

Amy + James

We were so thrilled when one fall morning, we received an online inquiry as to our availability from Amy… She just happens to be the cousin of one of our amazingly talented cinematographers/editors, Lisa!  Amy chose both our videography and our photography services for her gorgeous wedding at Running Deer Golf Club and it was such a pleasure to be a part of her big day!

Amy and James have been together since their high school days.  They met in their senior year, went to their prom together and have been together ever since.  After five years of love and laughter, James proposed to Amy with all of her closest friends and family there to celebrate!

On the morning of her wedding day, Amy prepared at her parents’ house with family members and her bridal party lending assistance with her beautiful hair and makeup.  James got ready at his house with his groomsmen right by his side.  And check out those awesome Homer Simpson socks!  We love it when our couples choose unique and fun ways to personalize their wedding!  And we were so happy that they decided to take a moment aside during their preparations to exchange cards and read them aloud for us.  Their heartfelt sentiments were so touching, as was the wonderful framed poem Amy presented to her father.  It was so hard to keep from crying along with them!

Amy was such a gorgeous, radiant bride!  She wore a light and airy belted gown with lots of subtle ruching and sparkling spaghetti straps.  She wore a lovely headband in her braided updo and accessorized with delicate pearl jewelry.  Her final accessory was a lovely fingertip length veil which was fastened to the back of her hair before it was time for the official ceremony.

And soon it was time to head to the church.  Amy and James were married at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Williamstown, NJ in a traditional Catholic ceremony.  Well, it was mostly traditional…everyone had such a laugh when James pulled out his chapstick before the big first kiss as husband and wife!  Afterwards, the couple was treated with a bubble salute as they exited the church, ready to celebrate their new marriage at their reception.

Their photography sessions took place during their morning preparations, at the church and at their exquisite reception venue, Running Deer Golf Club in Pittsgrove.  We loved capturing the formal photos of the bridal party, the wedding guests and of course, the couple of honor!  They were terrific to work with, and their venue provided a beautiful backdrop for their photos and video of bright rolling greens all encompassed by a thick row of evergreens.  So serene and lovely.  And Amy and James were such a photogenic couple which made it easy to get just the right shots!

Amy and James entered their reception to cheers of family and friends and kicked off the celebration with a spirited first dance together.  Later, James and his groomsmen also entertained everyone with a fun choreographed dance!  Steve & Co. did a fantastic job as always of keeping the party alive and everyone dancing on that dance floor all evening.  It was a wonderful wedding, filled with all the love and laughter for which Amy and James had wished.

Congratulations to Amy and James!  We're wishing you the happiest of all the happily ever afters!

 

 

Photographer:  Love Frame Photography - Wenonah, NJ

Entertainment:  Steve & Co. - Sewell, NJ

Cake:  Stella Baking Company - Sewell, NJ

Officiant:  Rev. Christopher Bakey - Williamstown, NJ

Church:  Our Lady of Peace Parish - Williamstown, NJ

Venue:  Running Deer Golf Club - Pittsgrove, NJ