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Gianna + Zack

Gianna and Zack met at the very beginning of their freshman year at West Chester University.  During the first couple weeks of school, one of Zack's friends was placed into the same dorm room as Gianna, and she was introduced to Zack through her during their orientation weekend.  After that, their relationship continued to grow as they got to know... and then fall in love with each other.

Zack's proposal to Gianna was so touching!  At the last minute one day in late September, the two decided to drive to Ocean City, NJ instead of their planned apple picking date.  As they got closer to town, Zack asked Gianna if she wanted to drive past her grandparents' former shore home.  Afterwards, as that sentimental feeling was still in the air, they parked and walked to the ocean's edge.  Zack told Gianna to walk over and put her hand in the water and when she walked back to him, he grabbed her hand and told her, through tears, how much he loved her.  Then, he got down on one knee and asked Gianna to be his wife.  She of course, said 'yes'!  Now let's fast forward to their beautiful wedding...

Yes, it did rain on this wedding day, but the rain certainly didn't put a damper on anything!  The one thing we remember most from this fabulous wedding was how genuinely happy and excited this couple was for their wedding day to be here.  There was not one thing that was going to take away the smiles on their faces or the excitement in their hearts!

On the big day, Gianna got ready for the wedding at her home while Zack relaxed and readied with his groomsmen at The Westin Mount Laurel.  Gianna's beautiful bridal party wore long white gowns and carried such lovely bouquets in ivory, with just a hint of blush, from Addie Rose Floral Events.  Zack dressed into his classic black tux with a necktie and looked ever so sharp! And check out those sports-themed argyle socks the guys all wore!

And wow, Gianna was such a stunning bride!  She wore a gorgeous Martina Liana gown with a subtle fit and flare silhouette.  It had a dramatic sweetheart neckline and was covered in lovely sequin lace.  She accessorized with her mother's delicate tennis bracelet and a beautiful, lush bouquet with its handle wrapped in part of Gianna's mother's wedding gown.  Such wonderful tributes to her mom and to her parents' wedding day.

The two decided not to have a first look, but instead to save that special moment for the altar at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Marlton, NJ.  We loved seeing how overwhelmed with emotion Zack was at the sight of his bride walking down the aisle on the arm of her father.  It was such a moving moment and one we know they'll both treasure.  Their ceremony was so beautiful, with Reverend Jorge Bedoya leading the couple in reciting their traditional vows.  At the end, they were pronounced 'husband and wife' and shared in a kiss and laughter!

Before their cocktail hour began, the couple traveled to Lakeview Memorial Park for another terrific photo shoot with All My Love Photography.  It was so wonderful to work with the team at All My Love and the couple had a blast while their photos were taken... despite the rain that continued to fall!  They were such troopers, and had so much fun the whole time! Be sure to check out some of the photos from the day on All My Love's facebook page!

Gianna and Zack then continued on to The Merion in Cinnaminson for their reception.  We absolutely love filming at The Merion and couldn't have been happier to be there celebrating with such a wonderful couple!  And the ballroom looked so glamorous, with tables overflowing with tall floral centerpieces highlighted by flickering tea lights.  We were touched again to see the cards at the place settings letting guests know that a donation to the Cathdral Kitchen was made in lieu of favors (in their grandparents’ honor as they were very involved with helping this organization).   

The new Mrs. & Mrs. were introduced, then danced their sweet first dance together.  After heartfelt toasts from Gianna's father, her matron and maid of honor and from Zack's best man, the newlyweds shared dances with their parents.  They cut their beautiful (and so delicious) all-white cake from Isgro's Pasticceria and Gianna tossed her bouquet, all in between high-energy dance sets brought to life by Center Stage Entertainment! All their friends and family had so much fun as they celebrated the enduring love and life that Gianna and Zack will share together.

As Gianna remarked later, this wedding was such a dream!  It was for Gianna, Zack and their families, but also it was a dream for us. It was so wonderful to work with such a sweet, thoughtful, easy-going and simply happy couple!  We wish them love, success and all the happiness in the world!

 

Photographer:  All My Love Photography -  Riverside, NJ    

Floral Design:  Addie Rose Floral Events - Berlin, NJ     

Hair Stylist:  Moxie Blue - Marlton, NJ   

Makeup Artist: Kiss n' Makeup Artistry- Southern NJ    

Wedding Dress:  Martina Liana

Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka    

Entertainment:  Center Stage Entertainment - Lindenwold, NJ   

Cake:  Isgro's Pasticceria - Philadelphia, PA  

Transportation:  Albert's Transportation - Mt. Laurel, NJ

Officiant:  Reverend Jorge Bedoya - Marlton, NJ   

Church:  St. Joan of Arc Parish - Marlton, NJ     

Venue:  The Merion - Cinnaminson, NJ     

Accommodations:  The Westin Mount Laurel - Mt. Laurel, NJ    

 

Maria + Gregory

Maria and Greg met online and definitely hit it off right away!  Their first date actually lasted eleven hours and involved lots and lots of talking to get to know each other.  We're firm believers that when you know, you just know!

Greg's proposal came as a complete surprise to Maria.  He works most evenings, so Maria planned a nice evening out with the girls one night.  Well, about an hour into the evening, Greg called to tell her that he was coming home soon because he hurt his back at work.  He would need help from her with taking off his work boots.  So Maria, disheartened, left her friend's house and came home.  Inside her house, Greg had prepared rose petals on the floor in the shape of a heart, with tea candles outlining the petals.  In the middle stood Greg with a ring box in his hand.  Behind him were silver balloons that spelled out, 'MARRY ME?' and he had one of her favorite songs playing ('Holy' by Florida Georgia Line) as he asked Maria to be his wife.  A professional photographer was there to capture the moment for them forever as Maria said 'yes'!  She then changed because Greg told her they would meet her sister and brother-in-law out for a quiet dinner, but instead Greg had planned a huge engagement party at her sister's house and even flew her best friend in from out of state for the surprise!  As Maria noted for us, 'He did great!!'.

More celebratory silver balloons were present on their fabulous spring wedding day, as 'I Do' shaped balloons were tied to the lamp post at Maria's parents' home, the place where she would be getting ready for the big day.  La Bella Sposa expertly applied Maria's makeup while she remained in her pretty floral robe and the gorgeous, bright floral bouquets arrived for the large bridal party.  Afterwards, Maria took a few quiet moments to read a wonderful card filled with a beautiful, heartfelt message from Greg.  In it, Greg tells Maria that he is lucky and so blessed that they found each other and how excited he is for the day's events.  Meanwhile, Greg got dressed into his classic black tux with white tie at a nearby home and also took time aside to read a lovely love note from Maria.  We were so thrilled to be able to capture these sweets moments for the couple.

Then, with help from her mother and sister, Maria put on her gorgeous wedding gown.  Her sleeveless dress featured a head to toe, full lace overlay and had an elegant trumpet silhouette, flaring beautifully just above the knee.  She had a long veil fastened to the back of her updo for her ceremony and after accessorizing with jewelry, she was ready for her emotional first look with her father.

Then it was time to head to the church!  With a gorgeous white bouquet in hand, Maria arrived at St. Charles Borromeo in Cinnaminson, NJ for their ceremony.  Father Dan delivered a very special, personal message for the couple and guests before they recited their traditional vows.  After being pronounced 'husband and wife', they sealed it with a kiss and exited the church to a fun bubble salute!

It was such a pleasure to work alongside Artistic Imagery, one of our favorites, as they photographed the day's events and the formal portraits for Maria and Greg's wedding.

Maria and Greg's wedding day also incorporated such beautiful, touching tributes to Maria's brother.  They released symbolic floating lanterns during the day and evening and laid a lovely flower bouquet at Lakeview Memorial Park in honor of his memory.  The remembrances were so beautiful and so moving.  It was so wonderful to have him included in this special day.

Afterwards, we traveled to the grand Belle Voir Manor at Pen Ryn Estate in Bensalem, PA for their incredible reception!  This elegant venue overlooking the Delaware River features soaring ceilings, ornate iconic columns and sparkling chandeliers. Maria and Greg's arrival was announced, then they danced a beautifully tender first dance as husband and wife.  Maria's father welcomed everyone to the reception and gave such a touching toast to the couple, officially welcoming Greg into his family.  Maria's maid of honor and Greg's best man followed with both heartwarming and lighthearted toasts to the happy couple!  And Maria's dance with her father had those same qualities... they started slow and traditional but broke into a fun, choreographed dance routine that had everyone cheering them on!  Sean McCaffrey from Center Stage Entertainment kept the party going all evening long and the guests' hands in the air on that dance floor!  The evening concluded with a dazzling sparkler salute for the couple as everyone celebrated this joyous occasion and two very special people.

Congratulations and all our best wishes to Maria and Gregory!

 

Photographer:  Artistic Imagery - Fairless Hills, PA

Hair & Makeup Artist:  La Bella Sposa - Glen Mills, PA

Entertainment:  Center Stage Entertainment - DJ Sean McCaffrey - Lindenwold, NJ

Cake:  Isgro's Pasticceria - Philadelphia, PA

Officiant:  Rev. Daniel E. Kirk - Cinnaminson, NJ

Church:  St. Charles Borromeo - Cinnaminson, NJ

Venue:  Belle Voir Manor at Pen Ryn Estate - Bensalem, PA

 

Joyce + Jonathan

Joyce and Jonathan were so kind and so wonderful to film on their beautiful wedding day!  We enjoyed every minute of their wedding event, from their morning preparations through to their romantic reception.  And their love story was equally fantastic! We learned that for well over a year, their families had been trying to set them up on a date.  They knew each other’s first names, but never had the chance or any real plans to meet.  But as Joyce said it best, another force had other plans for them.  They ended up meeting each other when Jon was visiting family in the hospital that she worked in as a nurse.  He wondered if this was the same Joyce that his family was trying to set him up with!  A week later, he asked for her number from his aunt and they went on their first date.  It turns out, Joyce’s grandmother also babysat Jon when he was a child!  So many events happened that put Joyce and Jon on the path to being together.  And when they finally were ready, everything fell into place.

Joyce and Jon began their wedding preparations with their bridal party at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill, NJ.  They each had special touches that made their day so personalized, including Jon’s Superman cufflinks!  Jon was sure to take a moment to read his beautiful love note from Joyce before the guys toasted to the couple.

Before Joyce was finished getting ready for the big day, she read her love note from Jon.  It was so touching that he wrote that he was looking forward to spending the rest of his life with her, his best friend and soul mate.  Joyce’s attendants and family helped her prepare for the event, including such perfect hair and makeup by her maid of honor, and then into her gorgeous wedding gown.  Joyce’s wedding dress was an elegant ballgown with an illusion sweetheart bodice covered in dazzling beading.  She was the most beautiful and graceful bride! Joyce also carried a lush and beautiful bouquet filled with blooms in white and several shades of purple, her lovely wedding theme colors. The two skipped a first look and headed straight to the church for the ceremony.

Joyce and Jon’s ceremony was held at Christ Our Light Catholic Church in Cherry Hill.  Check out the smile on Jon’s face as he saw Joyce for the first time that day.  Both were truly all smiles and couldn’t hide their excitement!  They celebrated many Filipino wedding traditions during their ceremony, including lighting unity candles, binding with the veil and cord, blessing and giving coins and placing flowers at image of Mary. We loved how their officiant, Father Tom Newton, reminded them of all the things that are necessary for a successful marriage during the ceremony before they spoke their traditional vows.

After the ceremony concluded, photos were taken by the team at Kalen Foley at Knight Park in Collingswood.  It was such a pleasure to work with them for this beautiful wedding event.  We also loved the variety of shades of purple that Joyce’s lovely bridesmaids wore, matching the gorgeous wedding theme colors.

Joyce and Jon had a wonderful, romantic reception at the exquisite Collingswood Grand Ballroom with their first dance being truly extra special.  At the very end of their cocktail hour, all of their guests went to the mezzanine overlooking the dance floor.  Joyce and Jon arrived to dance their first dance together as husband and wife with all of their guests watching from above.  There was not a space left available!  The grand ballroom was so elegant, all awash in a lavender glow.  Truly spectacular!  Touching parent dances followed and then the party continued with Center Stage Entertainment doing a terrific job emceeing and providing music for this event.  You can see their guests had so much fun on that dance floor… and there were some really amazing dancers!

Congratulations to Joyce and Jonathan!  May you always remember the love shared on this special day.  All our best wishes to you for today and for always!

 

Photographer:  Kalen Foley - Sea Bright, NJ

Floral Design:  Leonor Cueto - Cherry Hill, NJ

Hair Stylist:  Magnolia Nicdao

Makeup Artist:  Magnolia Nicdao

Entertainment:  Center Stage Entertainment - Lindenwold, NJ

Cake:  Sweet T's Bakeshop - Haddonfield, NJ

Wedding Coordinator:  Sensational Host - Maple Shade, NJ

Officiant:  Father Tom Newton - Cherry Hill, NJ

Church:  Christ Our Light Catholic Church - Cherry Hill, NJ

Venue:  Collingswood Grand Ballroom - Collingswood, NJ

Accommodations:  Crowne Plaza Philadelphia-Cherry Hill - Cherry Hill, NJ

 

Melissa + Matthew

It was almost officially summer as we celebrated with Melissa and Matt on their beautiful wedding day.  These two sweethearts knew right from the beginning of their relationship that they would be spending the rest of their lives together.  They couldn’t have picked a more favorable, more perfect day for their delightful wedding event!

We began our day filming Melissa in her personalized white robe and her bridesmaids in their initialed, matching waffle knit robes getting ready for the big day.  We love it when the bride and bridesmaids wear customized or matching robes!  It just makes this part of the day even more special.  We were so happy to be there to capture the moment Melissa was presented with the gift of a beautifully designed photo album.

It was time then to dress for the event!  Melissa wore such a gorgeous wedding gown!  It featured delicate embroidery and a flower detail on the sash, which was tied into a lovely bow in the back.  She completed her outfit with sparkling silver shoes, pearl jewelry and a beautiful flower accessory in her hair.  In keeping with this year's fantastic trend, she wore a graceful veil on the back of her hair.  Fresh, bright blooms in pinks, peaches, white and lavender filled their beautiful bouquets, courtesy of Debbie Bitler.   And once her bridal party dressed in their matching long coral dresses, it was time to meet the groom at the altar!

At Annunciation Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Bellmawr, Matt and his groomsmen waited wearing matching gray suits, with Matt in a distinctive white tie.  The groomsmen wore bright coral vests to match the bridesmaids (and although you couldn't see here, they each wore vividly colored and patterned socks to liven up their wardrobe!).  Melissa and Matt's ceremony was traditional and touching.  We were so honored to have been witnesses to their exchange of vows.

After a special bubble salute send off from the church, we were so happy the weather was so ideal for photos and video at Lakeview Memorial Park.  With the rocks and the lake as the backdrop, the wedding party posed for awesome shots for Amy Wolfe Photography.  They all had so much fun doing it too!  Check out some of her photos of Melissa and Matt's wedding on her Facebook page!

Melissa and Matt chose to hold their reception at The Merion in Cinnaminson.  Their first dance together as husband and wife was touching to watch, as well as the dances shared by Melissa and her father and Matt with his mother.   And it was so hard to keep a dry eye listening to the toasts from the maid of honor and best man.  You just knew a lot of thought and emotion poured over writing those heartfelt words.  Center Stage Entertainment did a spectacular job as always in providing this evening's music and entertainment, as special touches included a tribute to Melissa's parents on their anniversary.  The remainder of the evening was spent laughing, celebrating and dancing the night away!

Congratulations to Melissa and Matt!  May the love you share today continue to grow forever.

 

Photographer:  Amy Wolfe Photography -  Pennsylvania

Floral Design:  Debbie Bitler

Hair Stylist:  Happily Ever After Hair - Cherry Hill, NJ

Makeup Artist:  I Do Hair and Makeup - Cherry Hill, NJ

Entertainment:  Center Stage Entertainment - Lindenwold, NJ

Cake:  The Merion - Cinnaminson, NJ

Church:  Annunciation Blessed Virgin Mary Church (St. Joachim Parish) - Bellmawr, NJ

Venue:  The Merion - Cinnaminson, NJ