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There was a moment during Leah & Chris’ wedding that I think summed up everything about the day.  Actually it was one of the very last moments of the day.  Near the end of the reception, on our way back in from taking a picture at night in front of Congress Hall (that photo is the very last one of this blog post) Leah was stopped by a little girl who was probably about 3 or 4 years old.  The girl wanted to say something to Leah and she was trying to work up the courage.  Leah saw this, stopped for a minute and bent down to let the girl approach.  The girl said “You look beautiful” and Leah of course thanked her but then proceeded to ask the girl her name and if she was having a good time.  They talked for maybe a minute. But you could tell that it meant the world to this little girl to be able speak with a real life princess.  That is the type of person Leah is.  Her wedding reception was about to wrap up and so was the entire day that she and Chris had planned for over a year.  But Leah didn’t rush back in for the final few minutes of the party.  She made time for a stranger as she knew that brief moment, an extra few seconds out of Leah’s day would be important to the young girl.  Yeah, the whole day was like that.  Just crafted perfectly for everyone else to enjoy themselves and share in the celebration.  I was honored to be a part of it all.

Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey is one of my favorite venues anywhere.  There are just so many things that all work together to make Congress Hall an incredible location for a wedding.  It’s located right on the beach in Cape May, it’s got a long and storied history, it’s incredibly gorgeous with location after beautiful location to shoot.  Simply put, I love working here.  Now Leah and Chris fit perfectly into my favorite venue.  I have rarely seen a bride as jubilant on the morning of her wedding day.  I mean everyone is happy and upbeat on their wedding day but Leah was literally dancing around Founder’s Hall while she was getting ready.  Leah & Chris had a perfect, first look on the beach in their own private cabana and the portraits around Cape May were easy and natural. Joey and I could have shot all afternoon, but there was a wedding to be had!

Leah and Chris….you guys were meant to be. That is obvious to anyone who spends time near you.  It was truly a pleasure being a part of your wedding.  I will remember your day for years and years to come…it was one of my absolute favorites.

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Rita Wagner - December 10, 2014 - 10:11 pm

I loved every picture ,also had a wonderful time . The pictures showed how happy the day and evening went ..You and Chris are a BEAUTIFUL couple !!

As a photographer it is a great honor anytime your photos are chosen for publication online. But it is a bit extra special when your photos are chosen to be published in print! Stephanie and Joe’s wedding at Pomme in Radnor has been published in the spring and summer edition of The Knot Magazine for Pennsylvania and Delaware. Copies are on news stands now. If you are a bride looking for ideas and inspiration for your upcoming wedding you need to pick up a copy of the Knot Magazine and be sure to take a look at Stephanie and Joe’s incredibly gorgeous wedding featuring the unbelievable florals and design from Sarah and Donna and Beautiful Blooms. The Knot Magazine PA and DE The Knot Magazine for Pennsylvania and Delaware Published in The Knot Magazine

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I am fortunate enough to be able to say that I truly do connect with each couple I work with….and it’s totally true.  Sometimes that connection is stronger than others and sometimes there are just so many odd coincidences between myself and the bride that it kinda forces us to assume that the universe meant for us to work together .  That’s exactly how it was with Abby.  She and I would send emails and texts to each other almost ever week in the months leading up to her wedding.  Each time the messages revolved around something like, “You’ll never guess who I just met that knows you”. Or, there was the time that Abby met a girl at her dress fitting who’s wedding I was scheduled to photograph the day before Abby’s own wedding.  What does it all mean?  I don’t know. But there were just so many little signs that Abby and I were meant to connect in some way.  Abby and Ben’s wedding day arrived in August and as all days this summer it was just gorgeous out. Their first look was held just across the street from The Westin before we hopped an Uber and headed around Center City for photos.  Alexa and I took the wedding party into Rittenhouse Square for all of their pics before returning to The Westin where the ceremony and reception were held..  These two had almost all of Philadelphia there to celebrate with them and Jellyroll got EVERYONE on the dance floor jumping and sweating well into the early morning hours.

Abby and Ben, it was a pleasure working with and becoming friends with you both.  I have no doubt that we will be seeing a lot more of each other through the years.  Enjoy your wedding photos!

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Our baby girl, Frankie is one today!

Happy Birthday Frankie, Franks, Dinks, Dinkettes, Dooditts and so on and so forth.
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Just a few personal pics of the kids playing in the yard a couple days this fall. Frankie will be one in a week….which is crazy.

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Aimee Akazawa-Poston - November 26, 2014 - 6:24 am

Adorable! Love these pics!!!

Gina Martesi-Detore - November 27, 2014 - 3:59 am

Wow what beautiful kids to photograph! The smiles are priceless! Precious moments!

Tony Alden - November 27, 2014 - 2:11 pm

Can’t find any better words than what Gina wrote, other than thanx for the smiles you put on my face…….!!!!

Shirley Haughton - November 30, 2014 - 2:00 am

Absolutely Beautiful !! Thank you