A Lovely One Atlantic Events Wedding | Stephanie & Ross

A Lovely One Atlantic Events Wedding | Stephanie & Ross

Stephanie & Ross… we absolutely adore these two! Just hanging out with them for a little bit, you KNOW that these two were meant for one another! We had the pleasure of meeting with them over a coffee at Starbucks, then got to know them even more during their Central Park engagement, and from then on, we KNEW that their One Atlantic Events Wedding would be one for the books!

Beautiful, Sweet Details for a Classic Bride

When I show up at the getting ready location, and the bride has everything ready for me to start taking detail shots, you know its gonna be a good day!  Not only was everything in the room and ready to go, but she had extra fabric, ribbon and details galore!  Stephanie even got her bridesmaids monogrammed lipsticks!  That was a first that I’ve ever seen that!  So awesome!

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Stephanie Getting Ready at the Hard Rock Hotel, Atlantic City

Stephanie and her bridesmaids were glammed up by Metemophosis New York!  After Stephanie looked perfect, her mom and her maid of honor helped her get into her gorgeous Mikaella Bridal Dress! I loved it so much!!  But I may be partial, because I had a Mikaella dress as my wedding dress too!

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A First Look with Stephanie & her Dad

Have I mentioned lately how much I LOOOOOOOVE Daddy-Daughter first looks?!  A brides mom normally gets to be a big part of helping her pick out her dress, and get her into her dress, so now Dad gets to be surprised and see his little girl as a bride!!

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Ross Getting Ready at the Hard Rock Hotel, Atlantic City

Ross and his groomsmen were in the next tower over, just hanging out and waiting on the girls to get ready… haha!  In the meantime, Ryan spent some time getting them ready for the day ahead!

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The Story of Stephanie & Ross

In her words… “We met in April 2012 on a Wednesday night at a bar In Atlanta, a month before we both graduated college. He went to Georgia Tech and had a job in Atlanta, and I went to Emory and was deciding where to go to law school (either St Louis or NYC). By the way, I chose NYC. Ross and I both grew up in the suburbs of NYC, so I was hopeful that he would eventually come back home. And he did about a year later!  In March of this year (2018), he proposed to me in Central Park on a Monday evening. He made up a story about how he was running in the park and didn’t have any identification, so I had to come rescue him. I left work early and rushed to the park. I found him by his favorite lake in a suit. I was so surprised! He even picked out the perfect ring!”

First Look & Bride and Groom Portraits at the Hard Rock Hotel Beach, Atlantic City

The boardwalk may have been filled with people, but all you could really see were Stephanie & Ross!  Her beautiful white dress and dreamy veil walking towards him… as the butterflies grew!  What a sweet moment between these two!  After their hugs, kisses and “I love you’s”, we walked down to the beach for their photos!

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Bridal Party Portraits on the Beach at the Hard Rock Hotel

When our couples say they have large bridal parties, we always plan for the worst, and hope for the best!  Well, this group was better than best!  They were all so much fun and so easy to work with!

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Fun Portraits at Steel Pier Atlantic City

Our very first time ever shooting portraits at Steel Pier did not disappoint!!  They were so accommodating and even let everyone play a few games!  We had a blast!!

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Ketubah Signing at One Atlantic Events

I love all of the Jewish traditions!  One of those include the Ketubah signing!  This is a very special, private moment for the couple, surrounded by their witnesses and closest family!

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A Sentimental Jewish Ceremony at One Atlantic Events

Ross and Stephanie stood under the beautiful huppah, along with their parents and Rabbi, and vowed forever to each other. With little glances, smiles, and some laughter, these two sealed it with a kiss (and breaking of the glass!) and became husband and wife!!

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Sunset Photos on the Deck at One Atlantic Events

Summer sunsets are the best! The golden sky never disappoints!  Even if the sun is hidden by the clouds… Stephanie and Ross rocked these moments together!  We even had the bridal party jump in for one last group shot!

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A One Atlantic Events Wedding Reception Filled with Fun, Dancing and lots of Love

What is there not to love about One Atlantic?! The views, the food, the staff… you really can’t go wrong!  We’ve been capturing weddings at One Atlantic for over 8 years now, and I feel like each one just gets better than the last!  Ryan and I are honored to be a part of their Preferred Vendors list, and LOVE when couples choose us to capture their day!!

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The Hora!!!  LOVE!!!!

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The Perfect Evening – Fireworks from Tropicana Casino on the Deck at One Atlantic Events

Saturday nights from Memorial Day to Labor Day are my favorite at One Atlantic!!! Why, you may ask?!  FIREWORKS!!!  The Tropicana Hotel has fireworks every Saturday night!  So, we get to take advantage of that with beautiful, romantic fireworks photos to end our evening!! <3

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Breakwaters at the Dunes Wedding Photography | Victoria + Jon

Breakwaters at the Dunes Wedding Photography | Victoria + Jon

From the most adorable meet-cute straight out of a romantic movie, to their surprise proposal, to their now wedding at the Jersey Shore, there was no shortage of romance and love and laughter throughout Victoria and Jonathan’s wedding day!!  We loved capturing every moment, and really enjoyed their Breakwaters at the Dunes Wedding!

Classic, Romantic Details for a Jersey Shore Bride

Victoria’s dress was stunning!  From the moment we took it out of the bag, I fell in love with her Christina Wu dress!  Her long, gorgeous veil was the perfect accessory, along with her sparkly Betsy Johnson heels (which I was impressed that they kept on all evening!).

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The Bride Getting Ready at The Dunes

The room where Victoria got ready was so perfect!  There was so much room for everyone to hang out, get their hair and makeup done and just relax before the festivities were to begin!  After her sisters got her into her dress, she did a grand reveal with all of her bridesmaids, as well as her parents.  Her dad’s reaction was everything you could hope for, when a dad sees his daughter as a bride for the very first time!

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Her flower girl trying to sneak a peek of the bride getting ready…

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The Groom Getting Ready at The Cove

Meanwhile, Jon was hanging out with his groomsmen across the street at The Cove.  They also had a grand suite, with lots of light, and room for everyone to hang out!  Over the past 11 years of capturing weddings, Jon is one of our tallest grooms, as you’ll see when his best man is fixing his tie below!  I believe it was said that he is 6’8″ which is the same as one of our past grooms, Rob who married Cassie back in 2011.

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The Story of Victoria & Jon

It all started with what seemed like a meet-cute from a romantic movie… It was the day of Victoria’s sister’s wedding, and she was the Maid of Honor.  She had not met the Best Man at the rehearsal the night before, because he could not make it.  So, Victoria and Jon met right when they were about to walk down the aisle together.  There was something there, between them, instantly, and the romance blossomed!

Although he was living in Seattle at the time, they made their long distance relationship work (She even flew out to visit him, even though she hates flying!). Not too much time passed before Jon got a new job, back on the east coast, closer to Victoria! They moved in together a couple months later, and after Victoria finished up a certification for work, Jon took her out to celebrate!  Little did she know, that on this December evening, that they would arrive at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, and enter into a private room where Jon would get down on one knee and ask her to marry him!

Now, they are about to walk down the aisle again… but this time she walked TO him… and they became husband and wife!!

A Beautiful Ceremony at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Stone Harbor, NJ

The greatest things come to those who wait… which is what their Priest opened up the ceremony with!  Their ceremony may have started a little late (almost an hour) but the ceremony flowed beautifully and nothing was rushed!  It was the perfect way for Victoria and Jonathan to finally say their I do’s in front of all of their family and friends!

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Bridal Party Photos on the beach in Stone Harbor

After the ceremony, we went down to 111th Street in Stone Harbor for portraits!  We didn’t have much time, but their bridal party were troopers, and we were able to get what we’d normally capture in 30 minutes down to about 10/15 minutes!!  We can’t thank them enough for being such great sports and helping us out so much!!

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Romantic Bride & Groom Portraits in Stone Harbor

These two. Pure perfection!  The way that Jon looks at Victoria, and the way she shyly glances back at him… it’s the stuff that romantic movies are made of!  They were so easy to capture, and such a joy to be around!!  Thank you for being so much fun, and so in love!! <3

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The Breakwaters at the Dunes Wedding Reception in Sea Isle City, NJ

We absolutely loved Victoria & Jon’s The Breakwaters at the Dunes Wedding!  From the gorgeous ballroom, to the delicious food, to the amazing staff (Patrick & Sarah, we love you!), to just the ambiance of the evening – you really couldn’t have asked for a more perfect location to celebrate your I do’s!!

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A Classic Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Wedding

A Classic Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Wedding

Back in the Spring of 2017, we were at Brides, Bubbly and Brunch, hosted by Philadelphia Wedding Magazine.  It was here that we met Ashley for the very first time!  She was so sweet and we instantly had a connection!  So, when she reached out to us to capture her and Mark’s Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Wedding, we were ecstatic!

We really got to know them during their Rittenhouse Square Engagement session and built a wonderful friendship leading up to their day!  When we arrived, we were welcomed with open arms and the trust and excitement to capture it all!

Classic Details for a Modern Bride

This year, I have deeply fallen in love… with Hayley Paige dresses! Any time I see a bride fill out her questionnaire, and her wedding dress is designer by Hayley Paige, I get so giddy and excited!!  If I could go back, 7 years in time, I would definitely be getting a Hayley Paige dress for myself!  On top of her gorgeous dress, Ashley had the prettiest Betsy Johnson shoes and Swarovski jewelry!

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Bride Getting Ready at Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

The suites at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown are perfect for bridal parties getting ready!  There is so much room, even with a large bridal party!  While I may have had to help a little bit to get Ashley’s zipper up on her dress, everything otherwise went smoothly!

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So, funny story, the Pizza ornament is a little throw back to Ashley and Mark’s first date, where he may or may not have stolen a pizza on the boardwalk… haha!

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Groom Getting Ready at Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

Meanwhile, the guys were just hanging out!  Mark was getting Nicholas, their son, dressed. How cute is his little suit?!

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The Story of Ashley & Mark

Mark and Ashley met one another during the Summer of 2015 in Avalon, NJ. Their love grew and so did their family! They welcomed a beautiful son into their lives this past October!  BUT earlier in the year, while moving into their new apartment in Philadelphia, Mark proposed to Ashley in the ‘soon to be nursery’. Swoon!  How sweet is that?!

A Sentimental Ceremony at St. John the Evangelist Church

Mark was doing pretty good watching everyone walk down the aisle.  That is, until his dad walked down the aisle with Nicholas.  The waterworks started.  He probably would have continued as Ashley walked down the aisle, but she slightly tripped, which made Mark giggle a bit. He was so excited to see her walk down the aisle towards him! Their ceremony was full of meaning, and love and little glances towards one another.

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Bridal Party Photos at the Merchants Exchange Building, Historic Philadelphia

Whenever our couples mention to us that they would like to do their wedding photos somewhere within Independence National Park, we always tell them to get a permit!  Permits are required, and while park rangers aren’t always around, would you really want to get kicked out of the area you had your heart set on taking photos at?  When we arrived to the Merchants Exchange building during their permitted time, there was another bridal party there taking photos.  They were nicely approached, and since they did not have a permit for the time slot, they had to move along to another photo location. (This is not the first, second or third time that this has happened!)  So, definitely better to be safe than sorry!

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Bride & Groom Portraits at the Merchants Exchange Building and Philadelphia City Hall

Classic Elegance and Romance would pretty much sum up Ashley and Mark. The way they looked at each other would just make me melt!  We had the best time with them both!

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A Beautiful Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Wedding Reception

The Liberty Ballroom, was the perfect, luxurious location for Ashley and Mark to celebrate and dance the night away with their closest family and friends!  From on-site amenities, to being located in the heart of the city, to the food and staff, Marriott makes sure that they provide a top notch wedding for their couples to remember forever!

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Philadelphia Wedding Vendors

A Burgundy & Navy Scotland Run Golf Club Wedding

A Burgundy & Navy Scotland Run Golf Club Wedding

Oh man, how do I even begin this one? Lindsey and Josh were an absolute dream to work with. I know we say it often, but the love… my goodness, so much love could be felt throughout this day! From the cheers of excitement from the bridesmaids seeing Lindsey for the first time… to the groomsmen and Josh throwing leaves in the air… to the single tear that Lindsey brushed from Josh’s cheek… and gosh, I could just go on and on!  Their Rustic Scotland Run Golf Club Wedding was EVERYTHING!!!

Not only was their day a dream, but the wedding professionals they chose…. DREAM TEAM!!  Anytime that we get to work with A Garden Party Florist and Your Day Your Way Hair & Makeup, makes us so darn happy!  The talent and creativity is just beyond anything else!  We love every moment working with such amazing ladies!!!

Classic, Rustic Details for a Chic, Modern Bride

Details definitely set the mood and feel of the entire wedding. Everything that Lindsey and Josh chose were perfect!  The rustic feel, the burgundy and navy, with pops of gold. I mean, I could have photographed just the details all day long! Haha!

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Bride Getting Ready at her Parent’s House

The wonderfully talented Jessica from Your Day Your Way Traveling Hair & Makeup Artistry is a close friend of Lindsey’s family! So, of course she enhanced Lindsey’s beauty and gave her the perfect wedding day look to surprise her groom!

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Groom Getting Ready at the Couples House

Meanwhile, Josh and his guys were getting ready at his house!  Lindsey thoughtfully gifted Josh a watch, and made sure to tell him not to be late for the day!! haha!

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An Emotional First Look & Couples Portraits at Scotland Run Golf Club

First looks, they get me every time.  Especially when that tear runs down the grooms cheek… I’m done!  So sweet! These two made photographing them easy! They are so comfortable together, and the way that Josh looks at Lindsey… Ladies, that is the way you want a man to look at you!!  Swoon!

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Bridal Party Portraits at Scotland Run Golf Club

Although a bit windy and chilly, their bridal party were troopers! We were trying to outrun the rain that was on the horizon, and we thankfully did!  It started to drizzle just as we were walking back inside after the photos were complete!  Thanks Dark Sky App!! haha!

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A Meaningful Outdoor Ceremony under the Covered Pavilion at Scotland Run

The couple had the honor of having Josh’s Uncle perform their wedding ceremony.  He was able to make it very personal, and truly unique for the couple.  We loved every moment of it!

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A Fun Reception with Family & Friends at Scotland Run Golf Club

Scotland Run is one of our favorite venues to shoot at!  Pairing their modern and elegant decor with Lindsey and Josh’s rustic theme was the perfect combination of rustic elegance!  The centerpieces by A Garden Party were amazing, their Mule Bar was so unique and of course they needed an Eagles ice sculpture to complete the details!!  Take a peek into such a fun evening!!

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Ocean City Yacht Club Wedding

Ocean City Yacht Club Wedding

From the moment that Liz contacted us, I felt such a connection to her and the love story that her and Steve share!  Over the past year, we’ve had the great joy of getting to know them both.  We had the absolute best time during their Longwood Gardens engagement session over the summer. Getting to know them together was amazing.  It was awesome to see how easily Liz curls into Steve’s arms, how he makes her laugh, and when she smiles at him, how his face just lights up.  You could truly feel the love.  So, naturally, we couldn’t wait for their Ocean City Yacht Club Wedding, so that we could capture that love between them once more!

Classic Details and Bride Getting Ready

When I saw Liz’s Watters dress that she purchased from BHLDN, I was just in “awe”.  It was so simple, beautiful, and that little hint of blush just made me swoon! She had such beautiful details to compliment her dress, as well as the most gorgeous flowers!!  She was so lucky to have a family friend who also works with one of my all time favorite florists!  Darlene really outdid herself!

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Groom Getting Ready

Meanwhile, Steve and his men were getting all dapper, waiting for the ceremony to start!  Before they left the house, though, they made sure to have a Crown Royal toast in honor of Steve’s grandfather.  It was such a sweet moment.

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The Story of Liz and Steve

It was March 14th, 2015. Liz’s girlfriends called her up an asked her to come out for drinks.  She reluctantly said yes, and that decision changed her life forever. A very drunk patron attempted to his on all of the girls at the same time. He was very unsuccessful, but the guys sitting next to them found it very amusing. After a few hours of trading jokes and occasional conversation, the bar got crowded, and it was time to leave.

To Liz’s surprise, Steve asked for her number. (She had thought he was originally hitting on one of her friends).  They went out on a date a week later, and three days after that he cooked her a beautiful dinner after a rough day at work.  There was never one moment, one look, one instance – they just grew together and didn’t want to be apart.

In October of 2017, while standing on a cliff overlooking the harbor in Maine, Stephen proposed! Liz, of course, said YES!

 

Emotional Ceremony at St. Augustine Church in Ocean City

Shooting at St. Augustine Church in Ocean City is always such a pleasure!  We are always greeted with such warm smiles and the ability to move around as we please. (Obviously not going on the alter though)  One of my favorite parts of the church is the balcony!  It’s great to be able to get the full wide perspective of the church with all the guests down below!  Plus, if the priest happens to be standing in front of the couple during their first kiss, it gives a different perspective! 🙂

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Bridal Party Photography on the Beach in Ocean City

1… 2… 3… Open your eyes!  There was a lot of that going on during our bridal party photos on the beach in Ocean City!  But, with a gorgeous sunny day, that is just something that has to happen to create such gorgeous photos!  Thank you to everyone for being such great sports!!  I am so thankful that we were able to capture these beautiful images for the wonderful couple!

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Ocean City Bride and Groom Portraits

Oh, Liz and Steve… You were such a joy to capture!  You made our “jobs” so darn easy.  Lets just do this again every year, ok?  Haha!  I truly believe that since we had your engagement session, you two became professionals at this “being in love and taking photos” thing.  You really rocked it… from the boards, to the bike to just snuggling on the rocks… these are some of my favorite photos!

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Ocean City Yacht Club Bride & Groom Sunset Photos

Once arriving at the Ocean City Yacht Club, we had to take advantage of their docks out back!  I love the choppy waters and the beautiful sun… but nothing shined brighter than the love that these two share!

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A Fun Ocean City Yacht Club Wedding Reception

This was our very first Ocean City Yacht Club Wedding, and just, wow!  The ballroom was so beautiful, and much larger than I had imagined!  Plus, the bay-view panoramic windows were the icing on the cake!  Being able to see the remains of the orange sunset behind Liz and Steve during their first dance was just everything!

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A Rustic Fall Military Icona Avalon Wedding  | Gianna & Glenn

A Rustic Fall Military Icona Avalon Wedding | Gianna & Glenn

There was sun shining, and it was a beautiful October day down the Jersey Shore! Ryan and I had been waiting for this day for what seemed like forever! After a few hiccups and a postponement, we were finally here – at the Icona Avalon Wedding of Gianna & Glenn!

Classic, Rustic Details for a Fun, Modern Bride

Rose gold for days!  I’ve always loved rose gold, but this year, it became an obsession!  So, imagine my excitement when I saw Gianna & Glenn’s rings and her jewelry! AH!  Absolutely gorgeous! And those sparking Converse sneakers? The icing on the cake!

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Getting Ready with the Bride & her girls at Icona Avalon

Walking into a room full of laughter and love is one of my absolute favorite things to do on a wedding day! Gianna was surrounded by all of the women that mean the most to her! Each bridesmaid made sure their bride was happy and calm and that the morning was running on schedule!

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Getting Ready with the Groom at Icona Avalon

Meanwhile, Glenn was hanging out with his guys, getting ready for the first look!  So much anticipation was building for the first time he’d see Gianna in her wedding dress!

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The Story of Gianna & Glenn

Gianna and Glenn meet when Glenn was home on leave.  Gianna was a bartender at Schileens Pub and Glenn happened to come in to grab some food and beer with a mutual friend.  Funny story, Glenn did not want to even go to Schileens that day. All he wanted to do was stay home and get wings from Dominics Tavern.  Our mutual friend had to force him and said, “My friend Gianna is working and I promised to stop in and see her today, so lets stop there first then we can go to Doms”.

If you know Gianna, she is not the type of girl who is shy.  Well, when she saw Glenn, for some reason she was! She asked her friend to serve them because she felt like she just couldn’t talk to him.  After a little while, the ice was broken and they did talk.  Later that night Glenn told Gianna to meet him and some friends at a local bar for some drinks, and after work she did.  They had so much fun that night, that they did not want the night to end. So, Glenn invited Gianna and her friends to the local firehouse bar (Glenn volunteered there and it was almost a second home to Gianna).  That night, they had their first kiss and Gianna told her friend “this is the guy I am going to marry!”

Their relationship was built on trust and long distance.  Airports and a lot of traveling to see each other as often as they could.

From Gianna ::

“Glenn and I have always been in one another lives. We went to the same grade school, Glenn use to cut my grandmothers lawn (the house I grew up in, which we are currently in the process of buying), lived in the same town, a street and a block over, hung out with the same friend group.  We just never knew each other.  Faith definitely brought us together at the right time.

Glenn was stationed in Minot, North Dakota when we meet.  After about a year, he got orders and got stationed in MT.  It was such a disappointment because he really believed and hoped to get closer to home.  Instead, he was moved further away.  We did not let that stop us, we made it work and eventually we decided – why let distance stop us from starting our lives?!  So Glenn popped the question!  He took me to Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, and proposed to me on one of the most beautiful places, on the frozen lake.  The mountains were covered with snow in the background and it looked like a scene out of a movie!!”

A Beautiful First Look and Couples Portraits on the Beach in Avalon

Oh, first looks! You get me every time! While we never force a couple to have a first look, because we definitely respect everyone’s opinions on what they want to do, we still love a good private moment with the couple before the ceremony! That moment when Glenn turned around and saw Gianna was the sweetest! As he was wiping the tears from his face, you could see the love that he felt for his beautiful wife!  These two made our job easy and just had to be themselves for our portrait time together!

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Bridal Party Portraits at Icona Avalon

What a fun group of people!  You could tell how much each of these individuals meant to both the bride and groom!

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A Sunny, Sentimental Ceremony on the Avalon Beach

Gianna and Glenn had one of their friends officiate their wedding ceremony. We love when ceremonies are filled with personal anecdotes and beautiful words about just how much the bride and groom mean to each other.  My favorite part? The red, white and blue beach balls thrown in celebration as these two walked back down the aisle!

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A Fun Icona Avalon Wedding Reception with all of the Couples Friends & Family

Icona Avalon truly is a destination wedding dream location!  Whether you’re just traveling there from an hour away or from another part of the country, you feel like you are at a beautiful destination wedding! From the location, to the staff, to the food – you really get the best of the best!  It’s one of our favorite venues to work at!

So, in 10 years of capturing weddings, we’ve never had a bride and groom ICE their bridal party! While the bridal party was doing their entrances, the bride and groom were hiding behind the bar with bottles of Smirnoff Ice! Once Gianna & Glenn were announced, and didn’t come through the doors, they popped up with the bottles for each member of their bridal party to chug on the spot!

The rest of the evening was a blast, with the Stellar Mojo Band rocking the night away!!  We even got to take the couple out by the pool for a few romantic nighttime portraits before we left for the night!  It truly was a perfect day!

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