I absolutely loved being apart of Nikki and Jimmy's special day - It was such a heartfelt time, from the ceremony, all the way to the reception! There is no denying the love they have for one another, you can just tell by all of these images! Scroll down to see more of their special day!
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When Katie and Mike first mentioned they were getting married on a Wednesday, I was in complete shock - who get's married on a Wednesday? These guys do! and you know what? it's genius!! They had the absolute most perfect day, the weather couldn't have been any better, it was so calm and quiet (not the usual hustle and bustle of a Saturday), and the day didn't lead into a super late night. I could take weekday weddings ANY DAY! One thing I can say about Katie and Mike's special day, is they both truly adore each other; I couldn't help but watch them (without my camera) and admire the way they look at each other, it reassures me to know that this is why I love doing what I am doing - to capture these moments in time for them to look back on years from now!
Katie and Mike truly had an amazing DIY wedding with help from their loving family and friends - everyone did such a great job! Leading up to the big day, they both couldn't wait for it to be here already having been together for almost 8 years. When the day came they felt certain, eager, and victorious! I had asked Katie and Mike a few questions and one question I asked was 'give me 3 words that best describe your relationship?' they answered "Laughter, Adventure, and Heartfelt". Heartfelt indeed, take a look at their special day:
Katie's Father, Charlie, seeing his beautiful daughter for the first time
"When Mike was trying to get the courage to ask me out for our first date, he flipped a quarter and it landed on heads so he decided he would go for it and ask me out that night. Six years later, he proposed on Christmas Eve (my favorite day) by asking me to marry him while handing me the ring and a double-sided quarter to "help me decide", so no matter what it would land on heads and be a "YES!". I did say yes and since we were at my grandmother's house with the family all there for Christmas we got to walk right out and announce it to everyone. It was great."
Wedding Dress Designer- Vnaix Bridal
Tux- Vera Wang
Venue- The Washington at Historic Yellow Springs
Catering- Semplice Catering
Music- Starlite Entertainment
Cake- Krystal Gamez (Maid of Honor)
Hair and makeup- Larisa and Alex DeFrangesco
Bride’s headband – made by Sally Wehr
Flowers- made by bride and groom
Jewelry- provided by Angie DeFrangesco and Sally Wehr (mother and grandmother- I’m wearing jewelry that belonged to my great-grandmother and my great-great-great grandmother)
Centerpieces - Sister Larisa
We all know that social media can get a pretty bad reputation, but I have to tell you, social media can also be such a wonderful thing - especially for small business owners like myself and Hannah Rees! Hannah and I met through a Bucks County Vendors Association group on Facebook. We know mutual acquaintances and have been virtual cheerleaders for one another! I've had the privilege of meeting her and her daughters for a mini session back in May and when she contacted me to work with her on head shots I was so thrilled!! Hannah is so easy-going and her drive for the business is so contagious.
Hannah studied at the University of South Carolina for Restaurant and Tourism Management. She has had her hand in events working with 'mom and pop' catering companies all the way to 4 star hotels. If that is not enough, she also has her real estate license! Personally, given how well-rounded Hannah is, it sets her apart from most event coordinators since she has taken different types of experiences and applies them to her business today. Most recently, you can find Hannah coordinating events at The Farm Bakery and Events in Quakertown. If you have a wedding coming up there, Hannah will be your go-to gal (you are in good hands, trust me! Check out this styled shoot she recently did here).
It has been such a pleasure working with Hannah on my side of the business and I can only imagine the magic if (or when) we are able to work together on a wedding - she truly is a southern gem in the center of our great little town. Enjoy our session together!
PS - if you happen to be in the Souderton area, you HAVE to stop by this amazing little (not so little) coffee shop, The Broad Street Grind. Seriously, my new favorite place!!
Fun Little Fact:: You may wonder where the "bee" comes from... Well, Hannah's mother used to call her 'Hannah Bee'. Since then, she has always had an afinity for bees. It seems fitting for a business totem since the bee symbolizes diligence and indefatigable effort. (LOVE THIS!!)
It all started with my mother's heirloom luncheon set. She has kept so many pieces from our family (we tease her that she'll become a hoarder one day - but hey, at least these items are neat!) and came across a half-opened box in the garage with something sticking out. Curious as to what it was, I got closer and saw the gorgeous detail work of the patterns. The intricate floral pattern with olive greens, yellows, and the most subtle hint of pink. I was blown away - how could something so simple, be so complex and beautiful - I instantly felt myself travel back in time. It got me thinking, I can't not let these plates go unnoticed, they need to be out of the box to breathe the golden hour light, with blush's and greens.
I couldn't wait to get home and write down ideas (in this technological day in age, do people do that anymore? I know I do!) Three adjectives that came to mind when I first starting planning this shoot: texture, mix-match, golden hour. I know I wanted to find pieces that were floating around my mothers house since they all seem to fit the general idea. There is a story behind almost every single piece; to me, that means so much; it's a conversation starter and an instant attachment. With the enthusiasm of other vendors, they too pitched in and found story-old pieces to add to our shoot.
From the deliciously delicate cakes and macarons, to the rustic farm table and sage green chairs - The contrast of textures: soft yet heavy glass. Endless layers of peonies and roses with fresh herbs and eucalyptus. The mixture of metals: rose golds, yellow golds, and pearls all the way to the delicate homemade paper goods and hand-written calligraphy; it's enough to make a vintage lover swoon!
Not only did we want to create such a warm, romantic setting, we also wanted brides to feel inspired by their own family's pieces and hope to create a story of their own.
This amazing group of local vendors really did such an amazing job at collaborating their ideas and making them into a reality. I couldn't have asked for a better team! Scroll through and try not to drool over that gorgeous golden hour light!
Vendor Team and Model List:
Cakes/Confections | Snacky French | @snackyfrenchcakes
Dress | Priscilla Costa Bridal | @priscillacostabridal
Floral | Caroline's Floral Design | @carolinesfloral
Hair styling | Christine Mitchell | @churak1
Jewelry | Marnie Lewis Jewelry | @marnielewisjewelry
Make-up Artist | Anna Sky Beauty | @anna_sky_beauty
Mens Attire | Ventresca LTD | @ventrescaltd
Photography | Rachel Betson Photography, LLC | @rbetson_photography
Ring(s) | Lauren Priori Jewelry | @lpriorijewelry
Stationery/Calligraphy | Pretty Ink Press | @prettyinkpress
Videography | Jess Palatucci Photography | @jesspalatucci
Models | Bride & Groom | Abbey Markward & Tom Morris
Models | Bridesmaid 1 | Suzie Lee
Models | Bridesmaid 2 | Liliana Daly
I must say, I've been chomping at the bit to share these photos with you. It's not every day you get to do a SUNRISE (yes.. I said sunrise) engagement session, and it's not every day you have such an easy going couple more than willing to be apart of it! Nikki and Jimmy were such troopers! Their love is effortless and it shines through in this session. I hope you enjoy these moments just as much as I enjoyed capturing them!!! xoxo
((how gorgeous is that ring?!?! oh my!))
I don't know what it is about the month of April, but it always seems to FLY by! Between birthdays, and spring sessions, time really got away with me! This is a series of photos from a good friend of mine, Jess from a couple of weeks ago. A few weeks back I had another blog post about a lovely mama, Maegan whom works from home with two little ones. I wanted to capture different perspectives of real moms doing what they do every day. Jess is a full fledged working mom; She carries a 9-5 career while raising her son, Vincent. I wanted to get the hour timeframe of dinner time, since that always seems to be the time where you catch up on your day, chat about various things, and simply enjoy each others company before its bedtime. Here is a look into what an hour is like in Jess' home.
Jess is a HR Generalist for an IT Consulting company. Her day typically starts waking up at 5am (oh em gee seriously!). She uses the time until she gets Vince up to check emails, and catch up on some shows she missed the nights before, but really to just have Jess time (we ALL need those times!). Jess does the drop off at preschool at 7am and then heads right into work. Jess typically gets home around 5:15 and start to work on dinner right away. As you can see, she has the best helper!! Might I say, Vince does a great job cracking open an egg!
"I'd rather him help with dinner and contribute, than sit in front of the TV for the next hour" - Jess
When I caught up with the Ferretti's they were getting things ready to head to Florida the next day for vacation - Vince had NO IDEA he was a few days away from meeting the mouse!
Dinner is in the oven, so now its time to play, and catch up on the hours missed with Vince - I think that's the one thing I hear all the time from working moms (parents in general) is they feel the guilt of missing out on so much time with their kids. Another perspective I take from it is you are showing your kids what hard work really is, and sets an example for their generation.
Jon set out to mow the lawn one last time before heading out for the week - he too, also got the best helper!
One thing I can say about working moms that feel the guilt of missing time with their kids, is that it's QUALITY, not quantity.
Side note about Jess -- she is an AMAZING cook - seriously, I can smell this meatloaf through the screen!
Being a mom, you have to relearn how to manage your time. We have to clean, cook, work, take care of the kids, do the laundry, have 'us' time, take the kids to birthday parties, etc.. the list could go on and on ...and on! One thing is for sure that working moms manage their time well! Thank you for taking the time to read a little bit into an hour in the life of Jess! She truly is an amazing mom and vince is such a great kid (I mean, look at that face?). Signing off!!
How gorgeous has it been this past week? Everywhere you look there are trees blossoming, flowers blooming - it's a wonderful thing! As we lead into the second half of April (I know, I can't believe it either) I start to reflect on spring, rebirth, and motherhood. I started my 'Mommy and Me" sessions earlier this month, My first was so nice; it was for a grandmother and her grandchildren - it's a nice reminder of the roads it took to get to where we are. Driving back home from my session, I got thinking about our daily life with our kids, the struggles, sometimes hardships, but the joy and laughter too. I wanted to dive more into what it's like 'a day in the life' of real moms; working moms, stay-at-home moms, work-from-home moms. It's a challenge no matter the job title you have.
Last week I had the pleasure of spending some time with Maegan and her two littles, Parker and Vivian. Maegan works from home 3-4 days a week and goes into the office every Thursday to catch up on meetings, phone calls, and any weekly tasks that need to get done. Maegan happened to be working from home the morning I came by, and I was greeted by the most adorable little boy, with Maegan carrying sweet Vivi AKA "Fifi".
I came in and settled a bit with Parker, he showed me his magna-tiles while Maegan nursed Vivi. Parker sat right next to mommy to make sure all is well with his ladies. Maegan and I have known each other for...goodness, probably 18 years?! Maybe longer, maybe shorter, I don't know mommy brain tends to kick in when it comes to specific numbers (haha!). We got talking about life with 2 little ones under the age of 2. Parker will officially be 2 in May while Vivi was born in January. We swapped birthing stories, talked about the dailies with our kids, life with little boys, and life with little girls - it was so so nice to catch up.
Parker, like every other little boy, is always. on, the. GO. Always something new to see and do! The second Maegan would sit and check emails, you best believe he was right there to take her hand and pull her into Parkers world.
If there is some perspective I can give on work-from-home parents is that their time and attention is CONSTANTLY being pulled left and right. You are trying to balance family time and work time efficiently....the entire day. We always somehow figure out our own routine that works best for us. Maegan's routine is emails in the morning while Parker plays; it gives her a chance to spend time with him, feed Vivi, and check her computer to make sure she is up to date. Once Parker is down for a nap, she can hop on conference calls without disturbing those beautiful babes.
Working from home with two little ones is, as Maegan puts it "beautiful chaos". But really, isn't that life in general with kids? There are days where all you want to do is cry because the little things build up and get so tough to handle, and then there are days where every little new thing your child learns amazes you. It's a beautiful thing! I absolutely loved getting a little inside look into someone else's life for an hour.
Mom's really are super heroes - Thank you for taking the time to read a little bit about Maegan and her life with her two littles! I enjoyed myself so much that I'll be posting weekly blogs on other 'hour in the life' installments until Mothers day. Cheers to us moms!
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I got to spend some time with the Sheehan/Kidder family a couple of weeks ago! what a great looking group, am I right?? Enjoy some photo's from their session, it was such a great time!
Look at these GORGEOUS babes!!
The Sheehan/Kidders were big troopers, given that it was 40 degree's outside!! Just look at Liam's happy face, silly noodle!
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I had the pleasure of meeting the Alison, Randy, and their GORGEOUS new baby girl, Savannah on such a luck day - St Patricks Day! ((fun fact: Alison and Randy met ON St Patricks day - what are the odds!)) Savannah was so sweet, calm, and alert the entire time but I certainly did not mind at all!
I absolutely love to do lifestyle newborn sessions; I love to observe newbie parents get better acclimated with a sweet little bundle. As you can see, Alison and Randy are instant pros! This type of session is very special because it gives the outsider an intimate look on the first week with a new babe. It's very heartwarming.
Such a sweet family - so much love and happiness to them!
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