Jen & Ray are getting married next month! We met up at Jen’s parents for their engagement shoot, you’d never know we just took pictures around their front and back yards! I had a lot of fun with these two. It crazy to think they have been together for eleven years! They are cute as ever and very excited to make it all official soon.
I think this may be one of my favorites.
They love hanging out on the hammock
The tongue thing is a pretty normal occurrence with these guys I found out. 🙂
Just being a little goofy.
Jen’s dad saved this bench from a local park demo.
See here we go with the tongue thing again. 🙂
It spitted rain on us every now and then.
Another contender for favorite. Ray has a very super man quality about him, yes?
Jen is so tiny its easy to just pick her up. This is also a pretty normal occurrence.
Jen found this old window in the trash and thought it was cool, I saw it at the side of the house and was excited to use it.
It started raining again so we did a few shots in the basement, with Elvis.
You guys are too cute! (Elvis you are adorable too.)
I had a lot of fun! See you in a few weeks.
A few weeks ago Don and I traveled down to LBI to meet up with Kirsten and Max for their engagement shoot. They currently live out in Colorado but Kirsten’s family has a house on LBI and its a family tradition to spend summers there. We had a gorgeous evening!
Max received his certificate from Kirsten earlier in the summer for climbing to the top of this light house.
They are so sweet with each other.After the lighthouse we headed back to get the dogs and go to the beach for “the golden hour”.
Yawn, well I am no ordinary dog! Rules don’t apply to us, psssh. 🙂
These guys have had an amazing summer at the beach, I think they may be a tad spoiled actually.
I love this. It makes me cry every time.
yummy golden light….oh and Max and Kirsten are pretty awesome too.
We had so much fun with the dogs.
Now over to the bay side to watch the sun finish setting. Pretty nice spot to do that.
A little fun with flashes.
Our jumping off into the sunset picture.
Thank you for all your hospitality you guys! We really enjoyed our time with you. The wedding is a year off but will be here before we know it!
I had so much fun with Dina and Pat! The day stated out like a monsoon, we hadn’t had rain in over a month and literally a months worth of rain fell on the area the morning of their wedding. We made a few changes in regards to rain plans but in the end the storms rolled out just in time for us to head into the city for the portraits. It was a gorgeous day, perfect light, perfect temperatures. We couldn’t have asked for more.
Before this post that is full of images here are the other wedding professionals that contributed to making this day all that it was:
Flowers: Alvin’s Flowers, Dina’s flowers were like a sculpture of flowers. They were amazing. I kept calling them her baby. 🙂
Bakery: Testa’s Bakery, Dina’s Dad’s bakery. He made all the desserts, the favors and the wedding cake. We all went home with a goody box and it was simply heaven.
Band: Vincent James Band
Make-up: Clinique by Alex Kania
Venue: Crystal Tea Room
Photobooth: Wilmington Photobooth
Videographer: First Floor Films, Pete Malone and his dad Andy did a wonderful job as per usual. Its always fun when Pete is out doing video.
Second Photographer: Misty Dawn, Thank you so much Misty. Great stuff as usual, you’ll see some of your images here. Its been great being able to work with you a few times this season!
Assistant Photographer: Stephanie Lugo, Stephanie is my Drexel Co-Op student and she has learned a ton this summer, not to mention its been a lot of fun. I’ll really miss her when she goes back to school in September.
Okay, enough talk you really just want to see the images. Here you go!
I loved Dina’s shirt when I arrived.
Mom watching as the veil goes on.
hachacha, beautiful bride!
Dad’s first look at his beautiful daughter
Dina’s veil was awesomeThe amazing bouquet of flowers, AKA the baby. I’ve never seen a bouquet quite like this, they were stunning.
Reactions on both ends to seeing each other the first time.
Their church was beautiful
Might be my favorite.
Dina was ready to strut her stuff.
Another favorite, I told you that the light was amazing.
Some real Dina personality.
high fives, awesome portrait shoot
Misty got this “luck” shot as I call them. She captured me setting off my other flashes for this awesome image. Not too shabby timing pressing out shutters at the exact same moment.
(you see my on camera flash there on the right)
Some great speeches and reactions
The St. Joe’s Hawk made a surprise appearance.
The one specific shot Pat really wanted. 🙂 Its always fun to head out to broad street for night shots.
We had so much fun with you guys! Thank you so much for having us out to document your day.
Make sure to check out the slideshow below for even more images from the day.
I was so excited for Thu and Alex’s wedding. My first experience with a Vietnamese wedding. I love learning about other cultures and their traditions.
We will get into photos in a sec, first here are the other professionals that made the day go smoothly.
Venue: The Elkins Estate. (AMAZING place, I highly recommend this venue. This was my first time there and its simply gorgeous.)
Flowers: provided by a friend of the family.
Caterer: Culinary Concepts
Cake: Confection Perfection
Second Photographer: Andrea Mecci
Assistant Photographer: Stephanie Lugo
(Big thanks to Stephanie and Andrea! They stepped up to help out in a big way on this day. The one thing about being a photographer is that you can not call out of work if you are sick. On this particular day I happened to be very ill, horrible cough, fever and migraine. It didn’t stop me from doing what I needed to do to get the job done and with extra help from Stephanie and Andrea we made it through the day. With lots of medication I was feeling much better by the time the ceremony came along. Thu, Alex and their families were very wonderful to me as well and I am very grateful for that.)
When we arrived at Thu’s house for the first of two tea ceremonies this is how we found the men. They were waiting for the ladies to make their entrance and would be giving them their flowers.
Alex presenting Thu with her flowers.
The first of two tea ceremonies started at the brides house. They burned incense sticks, asking for permission from the ancestors to bless them. They then bowed to their parents, gave thanks for raising and protecting them and then bowed to each other. The tea and candle ceremony along with speeches followed. Thu and Alex served tea to their parents. Each parent gave advice about marriage and family. The candle ceremony followed, symbolizing the joining of the bride and groom and the joining of the two families. Thu and Alex then both received gifts of jewelry from their parents. Make sure to watch the slideshow at the bottom of this post for more images.
Here is Alex’s dad giving some advise.
Food was an integral part of the whole day. It was taken and presented to Alex’s parents at the second ceremony at Alex’s family home.
A few details
Thu and Alex had wonderfully colored traditional Vietnamese wedding outfits.Ready for ceremonies to begin at Alex’s parents.
Ah, kids. Makes me smile!Bowing to the ancestors of Alex’s family.
A nice little moment, Thu and Alex looking at a little scrap book of images.
Now we are venturing into the western ceremony at Elkins Estate.
Thu’s shoes were awesome.
Loved this old stair case at Elkins. Went along nicely with the color scheme for the day as well.
The ring barer and his sister.
Thu looked amazing.Thu right before seeing Alex for the “first” time, in the wedding dress and tux at least.
I love this view point of Alex seeing Thu in her dress for the first time.
The story of Alex and Thu is a pretty cool one. They have been together for a very long time, nine years I believe. They met at Thu’s sisters wedding. Alex was the best man and Thu was the maid of honor. They hit it off and have gone through a lot over the years, long distance living and everything in between. Needless to say this was a very happy occasion for everyone involved.
Beautiful flower girls.
Thu was stunning.
The Elkins Estate is an amazing place to get married.
I had Stephanie placed here inconspicuously for this shot.
And your married!!!
A little fun run with the bridal party.
I loved this tree.
One of my favorites.
They are almost like cake toppers on this stump.
The reception at Elkins was gorgeous!! I loved the lime accents on the chairs and napkins.
One last shot of Elkins.
Thu and Alex I am so happy for you guys. Thank you so much for having us out to document your day!
Be sure to watch the slideshow for a more in depth look into the day.