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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    

 

Cindy + Brian

Cindy and Brian met at work.  Even though they are from two different states, they had so much in common and even when they first met, they felt like they'd known each other for years.  Their connection was just that instant!  We can see why they get along so well... they're both such sweet individuals!

We loved being there to film as Cindy and her bridesmaids got dressed and ready for the day.  They wore lovely matching (and coordinating) floral robes as they had their hair and makeup done by professional artists from Thriv. Salon and Spa.  It was so heartwarming to hear Cindy read her love note from Brian as he said he would always love and respect Cindy, be loyal to her and forever be a shoulder to cry on.

Cindy’s bridesmaids then changed into their beautiful long, deep purple gowns and Cindy put on her gorgeous wedding gown.  It was an amazing fit and flare gown, covered in lace and accented with a pearl and rhinestone belt.  She was such a striking bride! Cindy wore her long hair down and had a lovely mid length veil fastened to the back of her hair.  Their bouquets were so delightful in bright shades of violet, lavender and fuchsia.  Cindy’s flowers contrasted wonderfully as they featured an array of white flowers, accented with touches of violet and lavender.

Brian and his groomsmen dressed in their classic black tuxedos and Brian traveled to Strawbridge Lake Park to anxiously await Cindy’s arrival for their first look.   We love first looks!  They’re so exciting, filled with anticipation and passion.  It was fun to film the two as Sara and Steve Langdon of Langdon Photography took such beautiful photos of the couple.  Check out their blog for some wonderful images of Cindy and Brian’s wedding!

The two held their beautiful ceremony in the Palace Ballroom at The Merion in Cinnaminson.  It was a beautiful Jewish ceremony held under a chuppah adorned with gorgeous floral arrangements and hanging candles.  We were so honored to first be there to witness the signing of the ketubah, the official marriage contract, and to film it for Cindy and Brian’s wedding video.  Cindy and Brian exchanged their traditional vows, were pronounced ‘husband and wife’ and friends and family cheered as Brian stomped on the glass!

After the ceremony concluded, the guests and guests of honor continued on to the reception in the Skylight Ballroom.  This beautiful room features a 40-foot glass dome ceiling, floor to ceiling windows and a sparkling marble dance floor.  Look at those amazing floral centerpieces by Michael Bruce Florist! They were overflowing with fresh florals in the wedding theme colors!

Everyone had such a wonderful time dancing the night away at the reception!  EBE Entertainment’s Imagine’s pop, rock, R&B and club music catered to everyone’s tastes and style!  They really rocked the house!  Friends and family celebrated by dancing the Hora, raising Cindy and Brian in their chairs to honor them.  The reception also included the Mezinke crowing ceremony to honor the parents who are seeing their last child be married.  It was an evening filled with tradition and celebration!

Towards the end of the evening's festivities, Cindy and Brian cut their cake, a beautiful and scrumptious 4-tier dessert made by The Merion.  We loved seeing Cindy have fun smashing Brian's piece on his face!  It’s awesome to see the newlyweds relax and ‘let their hair down’ during their wedding event!

Dan truly enjoyed filming this terrific wedding event and we absolutely loved working with Cindy, Brian and their families.  Congratulations to such a phenomenal couple! We wish Cindy and Brian a lifetime filled with love and laughter!

 

Photographer:  Langdon Photography - Haddon Township, NJ

Floral Design:  Michael Bruce - Pennsauken, NJ

Hair Stylist:  Thriv. Salon and Spa - Cherry Hill, NJ

Makeup Artist:  Thriv. Salon and Spa - Cherry Hill, NJ

Entertainment:  EBE Events & Entertainment - Imagine - Philadelphia, PA

Cake:  The Merion's Elegant Cakes Patisserie - Cinnaminson, NJ

Venue:  The Merion - Cinnaminson, NJ

Accommodations:  The Wyndham Philadelphia Mt. Laurel - Mt. Laurel, 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

 

Felicia + Michael

Felicia and Michael were such a wonderful couple to film on their wedding day!  They’re so fun and down to earth, and just so perfect for each other!

The two met in Long Island, NY when they both were recruiters, scouting for their respective colleges.  After they had dated for two years, Michael decided to propose in their favorite city, New York!  After they enjoyed dinner, Michael took Felicia to a rooftop bar overlooking the Empire State Building.  In keeping with their fun-loving nature, he asked Felicia if she wanted to be FAT for the rest of her life (they had joked before that if they got married, her initials would be F.A.T.)!  Knowing exactly what he meant, Felicia said “yes” and the lounge cheered in celebration for them!

Our day started with filming Felicia and Michael getting ready for their big day at separate locations.  They each wrote thoughtful and very emotionally stirring cards to each other which they read aloud for us.  It was touching to hear Felicia’s words to Michael as she proclaimed her love for him and how she can’t wait to dance in the kitchen with him for the rest of their lives.

Felicia’s glamorous strapless wedding gown was such a perfect choice for her!  It featured dazzling beading and a lovely trumpet skirt silhouette.  Her beautiful long veil coordinated so nicely with its embroidered edge. Michael was so handsome in his black suit... and look at those NYC socks!  They’re an homage to the city where Felicia and Michael met and fell in love and where Michael proposed.  Once they were ready, we were off to the church!

Felicia and Michael were married at Christ Our Light Catholic Church in Cherry Hill, NJ.  Their ceremony was filled with both solemn and lighthearted moments.  We loved the way the two made sure to have some fun during their ceremony...check out the way they looked lovingly into each other’s eyes!

After the ceremony, we paused for photos and video at Lakeview Memorial Park. It was a beautiful day for strolling around the park and a pleasure to work alongside Ray O’Connor Photography for this event.  Fun and creative shots were certainly captured as the wedding party posed by the lake, on the rocks and in the garden!

Their reception was held at The Merion in Cinnaminson, NJ.  We enjoy filming at this venue so much!  Brava Vita Flowers & Gifts did a magnificent job decorating the ballroom with fabulous large centerpieces in tall, glass vases.  And Monte Carlo from EBE Events & Entertainment were amazing as always as they rocked the house and kept the party going strong all evening long!  You can see how much fun Felicia, Michael and all their guests were having on that dance floor!

Best wishes to Felicia and Michael!  May you always find love, laughter and happiness together!

 

Photographer:  Ray O'Connor Photography - East Northport, New York

Floral Design:  Brava Vita Flowers & Gifts - Sewell, NJ

Hair Stylist:  Family Member

Makeup Artist:  Jessica Leason

Entertainment:  EBE  Events & Entertainment - Monte Carlo - Philadelphia, PA

Cake:  The Merion - Cinnaminson, NJ

Officiant:  Father Tom Keily  - Cherry Hill, NJ

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

Venue:  The Merion - Cinnaminson, NJ

Accommodations:  The Wyndham Philadelphia - Mount Laurel - Mount Laurel, NJ