John & Morgan Engagement Shoot - Water Works, Philadelphia

John and Morgan passed one another in the halls of high school without a second glance at one another for years.  Yet some where in college their eyes were opened to one another and love bloomed!  Both are from Penn State College area and have made a life together in  Center City Philadelphia.  Their dates always include biking through the city.  So the historic Philadelphia Water Works along the bike path was the perfect frame for their engagement shoot!  Congratulations Morgan and John & Happy Valentines Day!  I am looking forward to capturing your wedding day in April!

Mr. & Mrs. Valenti - Newport RI

Meet the lovely new family, Matt and Kim Valenti.  He hails from New Jersey and she from Massachusetts, but they found each other while working in the Athletics Department at the University of Pennsylvania.  On October 29th, they tied the knot on a gorgeous fall day in Newport, RI at St. Anthony's Church.  With portraits snapped at the Newport Cliff Walk and a reception at The Bohlin, this breathtaking wedding day was one for the books.  As a beautiful personal touch, Kim's late father's Camaro made an appearance and an indelible mark on the hearts of the bridal party and guests.  Congratulations, Matt and Kim on your gorgeous nuptials! 

Serventi Family - Wynnewood, Mainline Philadelphia

The Serventi family lucked out with the last warm November day.  I joined them as they played on the swing, ran through the woods and climbed trees.  Lauren and Jesse's boys are growing up so fast and they wanted to have individual and family photos bring to life the memories of this time when they look back.  Serventis, you all were a treat to photograph!  May you treasure each day with these young men!

Mr. & Mrs. Baque - Bayhead New Jersey

Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Baque!  I had the pleasure of memorializing the engagement of Jonathan and Courtney, as they revisited some meaningful locations on Penn's campus.  I was honored to follow that up by capturing the story of their beautiful wedding in Bay Head, New Jersey.  Though the day started out with a light drizzle, spirits were high as the couple vowed to honor each other at the Bay Head Chapel and celebrate those vows at the Bay Head Yacht Club. Courtney's family is in the fragrance business and crafted an exclusive product just for the wedding day! The couple paid homage to Jonathan's roots by including lots of stories and toasts in the reception, as is customary in Australia.  The beach setting was a perfect backdrop for this momentous and beautiful day. Congratulations, Jonathan and Courtney!

 

 

Austere Advent - Stylized and Photographed for Liberti Church, Rittenhouse & Mainline Philadelphia

It was an honor to be asked by Liberti to compose and photograph scenes to be used as stock images for the church's Christmas web and print publications.  We chose this aesthetic because the season of Advent draws us back into a different time when we remember a young woman waiting to deliver a baby in a dark and austere place far from home.  Advent is a time of hopeful waiting as we reflect on the Light that Christmas celebrates.  Appopriately, this shoot was about bringing light into the darkness.  It felt like we were working on hallowed ground in the dark, dusty barn creating images that acquaint our hectic hearts with peace and simplicity.  Thanks, Liberti, for working with us!  

Mr. & Mrs. Hallman-Wolfrom

Danielle shared some special moments with her family and bridesmaids while getting ready for this Big Day.  She grew up on Lovers Lane and there was not a more perfect place for the bride to prepare for her betrothed!  As they tied their ties in the couple's Rittenhouse apartment, Michael and his groomsmen peered out of the windows and wondered if the skies would clear. The couple vowed "...to have and to hold from this day forth..." in the historic and beautiful St. Augustine Church.  Michael's dad delivered the homily with conviction, wisdom and love.  As the couple emerged from the church as Mr. and Mrs., they were bursting at the seams with joy. To capture this moment, the couple braved a shower for unique photos in Washington Square Park.  The reception was framed by Greystone Hall where the welcoming fire places were blazing as the storm danced to the beat of the festivities. The polished couple danced a flawless first dance and Michael opened up the dance floor with a solo that could not be beat! Danielle and Michael, you were both amazing hosts to all your guests!  Congratulations over and over again!

Special thanks to Danielle and Michaels Creative team:

  • Greystone Hall- Reception
  • Geastivities Events - Catering
  • Berni Bridal and Formal - Bridal Dress
  • La Petite Fleur - Flowers
  • Bredenbeck's Bakery - Cake
  • Chick Invitations - Invitations 
  • Bucci's Jewelry & Design - Rings
  • St. Augustine's Chruch - Ceremony
  • First Class Limo - vintage car

Twins!

Welcome to your world, Claudia and Louisa!  Megan and Tom were initially thrilled to be blessed with a third pregnancy.  When they discovered they were having TWINS,  they were overwhelmed...with joy of course!!  My time with them in their quiet, sunny Old City row home was marked by a family celebration of week seven of life for the girls.  Big Sisters were amazing and loved helping every step of the way.  Congratulations, Lavoie family!

** Special thanks to Philadelphia silk graffiti artist Aubrie Castello for her LOVE Masterpiece!