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Brittany + Kevin

Brittany and Kevin first met as teens at a "college day" event where the students from the local all-girls and all-boys high schools visit a prep school to learn about the different college opportunities.  The two ended up in a lot of classrooms together and discovered that they had a mutual friend in common.  Kevin knew right from their first encounter that he was in love with Brittany, and even told his friend he would marry her someday!  They continued to see each other at different events and locations, with Kevin usually initiating the conversations.  But one evening when they saw each other at a bar, Brittany called Kevin over to talk.  She noticed the ring he was wearing was an Irish Claddaugh ring, and she was wearing the same one!  After finding out if he was already taken as the ring can often signify (he wasn't), they hit it off, enjoying the rest of the evening together.  By the following week, they were officially dating and sharing their first magical kiss!

The special place Kevin chose to propose to Brittany has a huge significance in their lives for several reasons.  He asked her to marry him in Disney's World's Epcot park, on the bridge right across from the Italy pavilion.  Brittany loves that scenic bridge, and the couple have a fantastic photo of the two of them on it that they treasure from a previous trip.  But also, Brittany and Kevin have always planned a special honeymoon in Italy that they'll be taking soon!

Brittany and Kevin were actually officially married before this very special day.  But this was the day to wear the beautiful white dress and dress up in fine suit.  It was the day to hold their wedding ceremony at their church.  And of course, it was the day to celebrate their wonderful marriage with all their family and friends!

On the morning of their wedding, Brittany and Kevin each got ready at their parents' homes, not very far from the church where their ceremony would soon take place.  The team from Nancy Caroline Beauty finished their artistry with hair and makeup and Brittany's bridal party dressed into their lovely long pink gowns.

Kevin and his groomsmen had fun hanging out together before it was time for them to get into their dark blue suits with coordinating pink neckties.  And we loved his fun aqua puppy dog socks!  A fabulous tribute to their little pup who would be joining in the day's celebrations, too!

Then it was time for Brittany to put on her beautiful wedding dress.  She wore an amazing plunging v-neckline gown from Eddy K with gorgeous glittering embroidery.  She accessorized with pearl earrings and necklace and a long, flowing veil for the ceremony.  And her beautiful ivory and pink bouquet from London Flower & Variety included a pin with photos of Brittany's beloved grandmothers.

Before the ceremony was to start, Brittany and Kevin read beautifully written love notes that they exchanged that morning.  This is always such a meaningful, sweet moment to capture and we know they'll both treasure having the first time they read their cards to re-watch and relive forever.

Brittany and Kevin's ceremony was held at St. Ephrem Parish in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.  And their marriage ceremony was made even more wonderful because Kevin's uncle, Father Vincent Guest, officiated their traditional Catholic ceremony.  We really enjoyed his personal message to Brittany and Kevin as they continue in this new chapter in their lives together.  The couple said their 'I do's', exchanged rings and were soon pronounced 'still husband and wife'!

We all had so much fun during Brittany and Kevin's photo shoots with Emily Kirsten Photography!  The formal and candid photos were taken after the ceremony at nearby Holy Ghost Preparatory School, the place where Brittany and Kevin first met, and at their reception venue.  You could see how much fun they and their wedding party all had during their shoots.  And of course, their cute pup got in on the action, too!  Check out some of the photos on her website!

Then it was time for the party to celebrate the happy couple!  Brittany and Kevin's reception kicked off at Pen Ryn Estate's newest venue, River's Edge.  This beautiful tented garden pavilion has an impressive arched ceiling, patio paver flooring and boasts amazing views of the Delaware River.   The venue was filled with floral centerpieces and décor that reflected the shades of pink in wedding theme colors.  Absolutely gorgeous!

Brittany and Kevin skipped into the room to the cheers of everyone and danced their first, very fun, dance together!  This was followed by a beautiful, very moving welcome speech and toast from Brittany's father and the blessing.  We also fell in love with the toasts given by Brittany's maid of honor and Kevin's best man and especially the recitation of the traditional Irish Blessing.  Then those touching parent dances followed.

Brittany and Kevin cut their five-tiered cake adorned with lovely pink roses from Isgro Pasticceria and the dance floor was opened to everyone.  The Exceptions were truly exceptional and kept the party rocking and everyone out on that dance floor and having fun all night!

Brittany and Kevin's wedding day was incredible and we were so happy to be able to share in their day and to celebrate with them!  Through delays and several changes in plans, the two always stayed positive, determined to make their dream wedding day come true and they succeeded without a doubt.  Their beautiful wedding event was absolutely perfect!  Congratulations to such a sweet couple, Brittany and Kevin.  We wish them all the best!

 

Photographer:  Emily Kirsten Photography - Philadelphia, PA  

Floral Design:  London Flower & Variety, Inc. - Philadelphia, PA

Hair Stylist:  Nancy Caroline Beauty - Yardley, PA

Makeup Artist:  Nancy Caroline Beauty - Yardley, PA

Wedding Gown:  Eddy K

Bridal Shoes:  Lilly Pulitzer (sneakers)

Entertainment:  The Exceptions - Philadelphia, PA

Photo Booth:  Old City Photo Booth - Philadelphia, PA

Transportation:  Philadelphia Trolley Works - Philadelphia, PA

Cake:  Isgro Pasticceria - Philadelphia, PA

Officiant:  Father Vincent Guest - Camden, NJ

Church:  St. Ephrem Parish - Bensalem, PA

Venue:  River's Edge at Pen Ryn Estate - Bensalem, PA

 

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 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