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Kaitlyn + Mitch

Kaitlyn and Mitch were high school sweethearts, but not in the way you're thinking... They're both teachers and coaches at the same high school!  With the many extra curricular activities that they support, they quickly became friends.  As time went on, that friendship turned into a 'best friendship' and then, love.  We love how each knew they had found 'the one': Mitch acknowledged that it was so easy to be around Kaitlyn and she said that life just made sense with him by her side.

Mitch actually had the revelation that Kaitlyn was 'the one' during a special dinner at Plumsteadville Inn, so that's where he decided to ask her to be his wife!  While Kaitlyn was perusing the menu, Mitch left the table (Kaitlyn didn't realize that he was making sure everything was all set with the staff).  When he returned, he got down on one knee and proposed!  Kaitlyn of course, said yes!  After the applause from the surrounding tables subsided, he let her know that both of their parents were there waiting to celebrate with them.

Let's fast forward now to their wonderful wedding day!  Kaitlyn got ready at her parents' home where her mother and matron of honor helped her put on her dress and accessories. Kaitlyn was such a beautiful bride!  She wore a fabulous strapless Anne Barge gown with a lovely fit and flare silhouette and a subtle corset bodice.  It featured delicate lace appliqués and just the right amount of sparkle.  Kaitlyn carried a striking bouquet overflowing with greenery and blooms in shades of magenta, violet and rose from Allium Floral Design.  She didn't have a first look before the wedding with Mitch, but did share that special moment with her father.  He was so overjoyed to see his beautiful daughter in her wedding gown, ready to head off to the church for the ceremony.

Kaitlyn and Mitch crossed the river into New Jersey for their ceremony at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in the town of Alpha.  Reverend Monsignor Lawler delivered a wonderful mass and led the couple to recite their traditional marriage vows.  They were pronounced 'husband and wife', then greeted their guests in a traditional receiving line. When it was time for additional photos, they exited the church while their friends and family cheered and waved celebratory flags made by Kaitlyn's cousin.

Littlewing Studio Photography took photos of the special day's events and it was truly wonderful to work with their team, Kristi, Scott and Ciara.  And their photos are fantastic!  Check them out on their website's journal!

The reception then kicked off at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, PA.  The club's ballroom was decorated so beautifully with flowers that coordinated with the bridal party's bouquets.  The doors opened and Kaitlyn and Mitch entered the ballroom to cheers and very exciting lighting effects, then danced their first dance together, complete with a dip and many kisses!

We were treated to such witty and wonderful toasts that evening from Kaitlyn's father, Mitch's best man and Kaitlyn's matron of honor, whose sweet (pun intended!) toast was filled with candy references!  Soon, the dance floor opened to everyone and The Big House Band kept it packed!  They were amazing!

Kaitlyn and Mitch's wedding was so elegant and truly, so perfect!  We were so honored to be a part of capturing their special day and wish them a lifetime filled with love and happiness!

 

Photographer:  Littlewing Studio Photography - Pennsburg, PA

Floral Design:  Allium Floral Design - Bethlehem, PA

Hair Stylist:  Alisha Nycole & Co. - Easton, PA

Makeup Artist:  Alisha Nycole & Co. - Easton, PA

Wedding Dress:  Anne Barge at Elizabeth Johns - Morristown, NJ

Entertainment:  The Big House Band - Philadelphia, PA

Cake:  Easton Baking Co. - Easton, PA

Officiant:  Rev. Msgr. Terrance Lawler - Alpha, NJ

Church:  St. Mary Roman Catholic Church - Alpha, NJ

Venue:  Saucon Valley Country Club - Bethlehem, PA

Accommodations:  Courtyard Marriott Bethlehem-Lehigh Valley - Bethlehem, PA

 

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

 

Kirsten + Gary

It was such a pleasure to work with Kirsten and Gary on their wedding day!  Kirsten has such an amazing character and is a very talented artist with her own design studio.  And once we met Gary on the wedding day, we discovered that he is equally sweet and truly a perfect match for Kirsten’s enthusiastic personality!  Their wedding was such a wonderful event held on a gorgeous summer afternoon.

Kirsten and Gary met online and had their first date, quickly finding out that they didn’t seem to have much in common.  But that doesn’t mean that they didn’t click!  Kirsten mentioned to him that her passion is photography and that she had recently lost thousands of photos on a broken laptop computer.  The computer repair team acknowledged that they couldn’t be recovered after weeks of attempts.  But Gary insisted that she let him try to get them back for her.  Kirsten agreed that they would have lunch if he tried to work on her photo recovery.  The next day, Gary called to apologize for the fact that he had given up, and they met for lunch as planned.  But over lunch, he let her know that he had indeed been able to get back all of her photos!  The next four years together were full of surprises like this, some ups and some downs, but through it all, they’ve grown closer together and more in love each day.

The couple’s beautiful wedding took place at Ridley Creek State Park in Media, PA.  She and her bridesmaids prepared for the wedding there, having Daneene Jensen and Associates perfecting their hair and makeup.  Gary, meanwhile, was getting ready for the day at The Hotel Warner.  Afterwards, we were happy to capture Kirsten reading her love note from Gary as the two exchanged heartfelt written messages and gifts.  It was then time to get dressed for the big event!

Kirsten’s wedding gown was so beautiful!  She wore a gorgeous gown that featured a sweetheart neckline, a gorgeous brooch and sparkling halter top straps.  The lovely full skirt featured an abundance of beautiful ruching and we loved her accessories... lace gloves and a glamorous white feather and flower fascinator in her hair!  She was an absolutely captivating bride!  Gary was a very dapper groom in his formal white jacket tuxedo, which contrasted with his groomsmen in their black tuxes.  Kirsten’s bridesmaids were all so delightful in their cream, lace covered gowns.  And we certainly can’t forget their beautiful children all dressed up for this very special occasion (their son definitely stole the show in the reception)!

Kirsten and Gary’s ceremony was held outdoors in the formal gardens at The Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park.  The setting couldn’t have been more beautiful.  With the grand tudor mansion in the background, the perfectly manicured grounds and the impressive gray stonework repeating throughout the park, this location was simply enchanting.  The ceremony definitely took place in a ‘secret garden’ carbon copy!  The two recited their heartfelt vows to each other and were now ‘two as one’!  A fun bubble salute from their guests led them out of the ceremony location and on to formal photos by Luckie Photography’s Ivan Luckie and Crumz Photography’s Marvin Cruz.

After formal photos and the cocktail hour concluded, the reception kicked off!  This took place inside the impressive ballroom at Hunting Hill Mansion, where Kirsten surprised guests with a terrific, well-choreographed dance with her son!  It was a hit!  And the venue was so wonderfully decked out in flowers supplied by Sue Dumin, who previously handled décor at Normandy Farms.  The bridal party bouquets and table arrangements were just beautiful.  Kirsten herself also supplied so many of the wonderful DIY décor pieces found throughout the event.

Guests continued to mingle on the patio and dance the evening away inside to high energy hits played by DJ Mike Oberholtzer, who also is a good friend of Kirsten’s!  And check out that amazing cake by Shackamaxon All Seasons Catering (which Kirsten just couldn’t resist dabbing onto Gary’s nose during the cake cutting ceremony!).

At the end of the evening, guests treated the happy couple to a sparkler salute in celebration of their new marriage.  Congratulations to Kirsten and Gary!  We wish you both a lifetime of love and happiness!

 

Photographer:  Luckie Photography - Ivan Luckie - Playa Del Carmen, Mexico and Crumz Photography - Marvin Cruz

Floral Design:  Sue Dumin

Hair Stylist:  Daneene Jensen and Associates - Doylestown, PA

Makeup Artist:  Daneene Jensen and Associates - Doylestown, PA

Entertainment:  DJ Mike Oberholtzer - The Quality DJ - PA, MD, DE, NJ

Cake:  Shackamaxon All Seasons Catering - Jenkintown, PA

Officiant: Jay Geistdorfer - Immanuel Church of the Nazarene - Lansdale, PA

Venue:  (Jeffords) Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park - Media, PA

Accommodations:  The Hotel Warner - West Chester, PA

Jessica + Zack

Jessica and Zack clicked right from the start.  The two have so much in common - so many of the same interests and passions.  One of their loves is the beach.  In fact, every vacation that they take together, they try to squeeze in some beach time!

The proposal just had to have a connection to the beach as well.  Zack proposed during a fabulous trip to the Caribbean.  The two made a last minute decision to vacation with her sister and her husband on St. John.  Before the other couple arrived to the island, they decided to drive to one of their favorite beaches.  But Zack passed the entrance, telling Jessica he wanted to take some photos first at a famed lookout spot, Peace Hill.  When they reached the lookout location, Jessica turned around to find Zack on one bended knee, asking for her hand in marriage.  Her sister and her husband were so happy to arrive later to celebrate, along with a surprise, her parents as well!  What a beautiful place to be celebrating an exciting new beginning!

Jessica and Zack prepared for their special day at the Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia.  Aleksandra and Jennifer from Aleksandra Ambrozy Makeup & Hair did a fabulous job getting everyone dolled up for the big day!  Jessica and Zack were sure to take some time out afterwards to exchange beautifully written cards.  Before heading to the ceremony location, they shared a touching first look at the 18th Century Garden at Independence National Historical Park.  It was clear to see just how excited they were to finally see each other!

Jessica’s wedding gown was a gorgeous strapless satin gown with a trumpet silhouette and beautiful beading on the bodice.  She was such a stunning bride!  Her bridesmaids wore matching gowns with a sheer, flowing design, perfect for an early summer day.  Each held a delicate white bouquet of roses from Petals Lane.  Zack and his groomsmen looked so sharp in their matching black tuxedos with coordinating white rose boutonnieres.

Their beautiful ceremony took place at the historic house museum, Powel House, in Philadelphia.  The two were wed in the lovely period garden under a magnificent, white floral covered arch created by Petals Lane.  Although rain was in the area, we were so happy that it held off for this wonderful outdoor ceremony!

Then it was time to celebrate at Cescaphe’s Tendenza! We love the chic, glamorous atmosphere at Tendenza, with its amazing crystal chandeliers, exposed brick walls, stainless steel columns and violet uplighting.  Check out that amazing cake from Cescaphe.  It was half covered in glitter, which coordinated wonderfully with their modern, glitz and glamour theme.

Christina Hill from Chill Weddings did an awesome job organizing and helping to create the perfect wedding event for Jessica and Zack.  For the evening’s entertainment, the Janis Nowlan Band wowed the guests and kept the energy soaring high all evening! Jessica and Zack and all their family and friends definitely had the time of their lives!

Congratulations to Jessica and Zack!

 

Photographer:  Bartlett Pair Photography - Morgantown, PA

Floral Design:  Petals Lane - Philadelphia, PA

Hair Stylist:  Aleksandra Ambrozy Makeup & Hair - Philadelphia, PA

Makeup Artist:  Aleksandra Ambrozy Makeup & Hair - Philadelphia, PA

Entertainment:  Janis Nowlan Band - King of Prussia, PA

Cake:  Cescaphe Event Group - Philadelphia, PA

Wedding Coordinator: Chill Weddings - Christina Hill - Philadelphia, PA

Officiant:  Rev. Dr. Harry A. Freebairn - Easton, PA

Ceremony:  Powel House - Philadelphia, PA

Venue:  Tendenza - Philadelphia, PA

Accommodations:  Hotel Monaco - Philadelphia, PA