A Bear Creek Mountain Resort Wedding | Sarah & Eric

A Bear Creek Mountain Resort Wedding | Sarah & Eric

September 1st was a lovely summer day, that almost had the crispness of fall in the air. As we pulled up to Bear Creek Mountain Resort, we could see why Sarah & Eric fell in love with it!  Bear Creek Mountain Resort was the perfect destination wedding location (without having to fly)! From the beautiful rooms, to the beautiful mountain views to the perfect ballroom to celebrate… it was an absolute dream wedding venue!

We have been looking forward to this day for what seemed like forever! We first met Sarah back in 2014, when she was a bridesmaid at Concetta & Shamus’ Wedding. (If you head over to the blog, there is even a photo of Sarah & Eric dancing together at the wedding!) We were friends on Facebook, and we were super excited when we saw that Sarah & Eric got engaged!  We were totally honored and thrilled when they asked us to capture their wedding day!!

Classic, Romantic Details for a Chic, Modern Bride

My jaw dropped when I saw Sarah’s Hayley Paige Wedding gown!  It was absolutely gorgeous and I knew that it would fit her perfectly! Her Badgley Mischka shoes were beautiful, along with the most perfect belt for her dress!  There wasn’t a detail that was missed!

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Bride and Bridesmaids Getting Ready at Bear Creek Mountain Resort

Once of my very favorite parts of the wedding day, is when the bride is hanging out with her bridesmaids before she gets in her dress. Sarah was so excited, yet calm!  It was such a special moment watching her mom help her into her dress. Then the best moment, normally an unspoken one, is when you can see almost a slight change – the moment of “Oh. My. Heart. I’m about to get married!” I could definitely see that moment happen after Sarah got her dress on!

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Groom Getting Ready at Bear Creek Mountain Resort

While the ladies were getting their hair and makeup done, the guys were right down the hall, just hanging out, playing with a custom Cornhole board that Sarah had made for Eric.  His brother and dad both helped him to get ready.

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A First Look with the Bride and her Dad

You could see the anticipation on Sarah’s dad’s face.  He knew he was going to be emotional. And when he turned around to see his stunning daughter for the first time in her dress, goodness, I think we all shed a tear. It was such a special moment shared between a father and his little girl.

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Bridal Party Photos at Bear Creek Mountain Resort

Sarah and Eric chose not to see one another before the ceremony, but wanted to try to get a lot of photos done beforehand, that we could!  So, we took Sarah and her bridesmaids outside first (making sure the blinds were closed in the guys room!) and then, once she was safely hidden, we brought the guys out to take photos in the same locations as we did the ladies! (This way it looks nice in their album!)

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A Beautiful Ceremony at Bear Creek Mountain Resort

When a couple tells us that their officiant is going to be a family member, we always get so excited.  The ceremonies seem to have a lot of sentimental anecdotes and stories about the couple. Sarah and Eric’s ceremony was no different!  It was absolutely perfect for the both of them!  Even after her dad gave Eric a bit of a punch on his arm as he handed his daughter to her new husband!

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Bride & Groom Portraits at Bear Creek Mountain Resort

There is no shortness of gorgeous landscapes at the Bear Creek Mountain Resort!  Everywhere you look, you can place a bride and groom there, and it will look stunning!  Especially with Eric and Sarah – they were so comfortable together and just so easily fell into each others arms. We could have photographed them all day long!

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A Reception with their Family & Friends in the Mountain Ballroom

The Mountain Ballroom was the prefect spot for Sarah & Eric’s wedding reception! From the tall ceilings to the open beams to the awesome staff and delicious food – we wouldn’t mind coming back to this resort time and time again! They started off the evening with a beautiful first dance to H.O.L.Y. by Florida Georgia Line, and continued right into the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances.  After a few meaningful toasts, the dancing began and didn’t stop for the rest of the evening!

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It was at this moment that Eric realized he was holding an Eagles garter in his hands… and then he hears… E-A-G-L-E-S … EAGLES!!!

He couldnt throw it away quick enough! Ha!

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Congratulations Sarah & Eric!  We have loved getting to know these two lovebirds and wish them nothing but so much love, happiness and laughter in their future!  To an amazing happily ever after! Lots of love! xo

Amazing Wedding Vendors Included:

A Beautiful Jersey Shore Wedding at Icona Avalon | Lisa & Jason

A Beautiful Jersey Shore Wedding at Icona Avalon | Lisa & Jason

Lisa and Jason’s summer wedding at Icona Avalon was absolutely lovely, filled with so much love, laughter, and even a bit of squealing (on the brides part – haha!). Ryan and I first met Lisa at a bridal show at Icona Avalon, and just knew when we first met that her and Jason would be our ideal couple to capture!  So, when we met up again for their engagement session at Valley Forge National Park, it was no wonder that we would all get along so well!  We’ve looked forward to capturing their wedding ever since!  The couple’s unforgettable wedding day was classic, sentimental and perfect, just like the bride and groom!

Classic Bridal Details for a Lovely, Modern Bride

Lisa’s Essense of Australia dress, from All Things Bridal in Quakertown, PA, was absolutely stunning! It had just the right amount of bling, and the off-the-shoulder straps were the perfect touch! Her earrings from Francesca’s were beautiful, and matched her cupcake charm necklace perfectly. (Lisa’s mom calls her Cuppycake)

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Getting Ready with the Bride and her Bridesmaids & Bridesman at Icona Avalon

Lisa, her bridesmaids and bridesman, had such a great time getting ready at the Icona Avalon.  The room was beautiful and bright! I loved walking in and seeing Alex from Taffeta Hair & Makeup Design doing Lisa’s hair! Alex and her team are some of my absolute favorite Hair & Makeup artists to work with! While everyone was being pampered and getting ready, you could truly tell how excited and important this day was for Lisa – and how much everyone that she loved supported her and Jason!

I think I was the most excited when I saw Kristin and Meredith from Bel Momento Weddings!  It is so important to hire a Wedding Planner! Even if they don’t help you from the start, hiring a day-of coordinator is such a great decision!  They will take the burden of all the last minute details and deal with all of the moving parts of the day!  This way, you get to enjoy every moment and not have to worry about anything!

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Getting Ready with the Groom and his Groomsmen & Groomsmaid at a Private Residence

Meanwhile, Jason was hanging out and getting ready with his Groomsmen and Groomsmaid at a shore house in Avalon. After getting dressed, Jason read a beautiful card and opened his gift from Lisa 🙂  Then everyone headed to the beach to get some groom and his party photos done before the first look!

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The Story of Lisa and Jason

Lisa and Jason met in 2006 at the University of Central Florida, where they both joined the marching band and a co-ed music fraternity. They didn’t start dating, however, until July of 2013, after they had both graduated and were moving on in their chosen career paths.

What started out as two old friends catching up at a piano bar on International Drive in Orlando, slowly developed into a very strong relationship.  So strong, that when Jason’s career moved him to Phoenixville, PA, Lisa followed a few months later! Their relationship grew as they experiences seasons for the first time together as adults and things have never been better!

In January of 2015, they welcomed their fur-baby, Thor, to their happy little family. Then, a year later, for Christmas of 2016, Jason surprised Lisa with the best gift ever – he proposed – and Lisa was left speechless for the first time in her life!

The Perfect First Look for the Bride and Groom & Portraits on the Beach

Lisa and Jason were SO excited to see one another! They chose a perfect location, along the beach path right next to Icona Avalon!  The look on Jason’s face says it all!  I even teared up a bit while capturing these precious moments between Lisa and Jason!  After all of the “I love you’s” and hugs and kisses, we captured some beautiful portraits of Lisa & Jason!

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Beach Portraits with the Bridal Party

On the beach in Avalon, after the first look, we took advantage of all the time we had before the ceremony, and captured their bridal party portraits, and Lisa’s party portraits!  To say this group of people, that Lisa and Jason loved most, were amazing, would be an understatement! We had so much fun with them all!

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Saying, “I Do!” at Maris Stella Catholic Church

Having their ceremony at Maris Stella Church meant a lot to Lisa and Jason, because it is the church that is one street away from her grandparents house, and her grandfather still ushers there! They had such a meaningful ceremony, surrounded by everyone that was important to them!  Including Lisa’s father!! She was unsure if he would make it to the ceremony, as he had emergency surgery the week prior.  However, he greeted us as we pulled up to the church, and after her uncle and grandfather walked her half way down the aisle, her father took over the rest of the way!  It was so exciting that he was there!

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Bride & Groom Portraits along their Beach Path at Lois Lane

Lisa and Jason are husband and wife! Yay!  So, of course we need some more photos now that they are officially married!  After the ceremony, we walked across the street to the beach path that Lisa grew up walking down, to get to the beach in Avalon!  We spent a little bit of time there, before heading back to Icona Avalon and enjoying cocktail hour!

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A Reception with all their Family & Friends at Icona Avalon

The Icona Avalon is an award winning New Jersey Shore Luxury Resort. This beachfront resort stretches across an entire oceanfront block giving its guests access to some of the most coveted beach views in New Jersey. Having a wedding at Icona Avalon is like having a destination wedding – wether you’re from NJ, close-by in PA, or from across the country – it is a dream destination wedding venue!

The ballroom was full of silver, purple and sparkled, just as Lisa dreamt it would!  There was no detail untouched!  Lisa even got to do her father-daughter dance with her dad, while everyone was still enjoying cocktail hour, before he left to go back to the hospital!  It was so heartwarming!  Their reception was so much fun – a beautiful first dance, funny and loving speeches, and all of their family and friends dancing the afternoon away!!!

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The Perfect Ending to Lisa and Jason’s Wedding – Ice Cream at Sundae Best

Lisa grew up coming to Sundae Best in Avalon.  So, what else would be the perfect ending to their wedding day?!  Ice Cream Sundae’s!!  Lisa, of course, got Mint Chocolate Chip, or, as she called it growing up, Beach House Ice Cream!  Sundae Best even set up their own ice cream cart for them outside for their family and friends!  It s the perfect ending to the most perfect day!  We didn’t want it to end!  Congratulations to such a wonderful couple!

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The Best Wedding Vendors Down the Jersey Shore

A Sentimental Wedding at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia | Andria & Paul

A Sentimental Wedding at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia | Andria & Paul

Andria and Paul had a perfect June wedding! The forecast may have called for rain, but we got very lucky, and the rain didn’t arrive until after our First Look and Portraits outside! We absolutely loved capturing every detail for such a special bride and groom!  After all, the Rooftop Bar at the Hotel Monaco is the location where they first met, so it was only meant to be for them to plan a Wedding at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia.

Details for a Classic, Modern Bride

The moment I saw Andria’s Alma Novia bridal gown, I fell in love! It was so Classic and Elegant. The best part about it, however, was the removable train! Her Nina shoes and gorgeous diamond earrings and bracelet were the perfect touch of accessories.

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Getting Ready with the Bride and her Ladies at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco

When I arrived to the room, the Philly Hair & Makeup Company was just putting on the finishing touches of hair and makeup for Andria.  Then, her mom and her maid of honor helped her get into her gorgeous dress.  We had a bit of time, as Ryan was setting up Paul for the first look, so we took some individual portraits of Andria in the hotel room.  I have to say, the hotel rooms at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco are some of my very favorites to shoot getting ready photos in!

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Getting Ready with the Groom and his Men at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco

Meanwhile, the guys were over in their hotel room getting ready. Paul’s best man was helping him with his details, and then Paul helped his son get dressed!  It was the cutest!

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The Story of Andria & Paul

Andria and Paul met how many of our couples have met – online dating!  They met for the very first time in the lobby at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco and had their first date at the Stratus Rooftop Lounge!  They had a very long date that they never wanted to end – they talked about everything! From how they would get engaged in a couple weeks to where they would honeymoon!  Well, the engagement came more than a few weeks later – it happened in April 2017 while on a cruise around New York City!  Paul proposed right as they passed the Statue of Liberty!

First Look and Portraits at the Second Bank of the United States

We were so excited when Andria & Paul mentioned getting their photos and their bridal party photos taken at the Second Bank of the United States! We absolutely love shooting anywhere within Independence Park! Andria and Paul secured the permit for the area a few weeks prior, so that we would have unrestricted access to the area for an hour!  We took advantage of every minute!

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A Sentimental Ceremony in the Lafayette Ballroom South at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco

The equisitite, elegant Lafayette Ballroom was the perfect setting for Andria & Paul to say their I do’s and officially become husband and wife. We LOVE when couples write their own vows, and Andria and Paul’s were no exception! They were full of love, commitment, laughter and tears!  We could not be happier for a more perfect couple!  You could tell how much they were meant for one another!

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A Fun Reception with Family and Friends in the Lafayette Ballroom South at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco

Andria and Paul danced and twirled the night away with all of their closest family and friends!  With an entrance that would make Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell from Night at the Roxbury proud, to a special slideshow during dinner, not a detail was missed!  Especially their gorgeous cake from Bredenbeck’s Bakery!  They are one of our favorites!!

Congratulations Andria & Paul!

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The Best Philadelphia Wedding Vendors

A Grounds for Sculpture Celestial Themed Wedding | Lauren & Sean

A Grounds for Sculpture Celestial Themed Wedding | Lauren & Sean

Lauren & Sean’s June wedding at Grounds for Sculpture was truly one-of-a-kind with a celestial theme that incorporated unique and stylish details along the way. We already knew they their day would be amazing, since we captured Lauren’s brothers wedding almost 6 years ago! We loved getting to know Sean, and all of their friends and family throughout the wedding day. The couple’s unforgettable wedding day was stylish, unique, sentimental, and gorgeous, just like the bride and groom!

Unique, Celestial Details for a Modern Bride

Lauren’s Ysa Makino bridal gown from Kleinfeld Bridal was the perfect mix of Modern, Class and Unique. It was the perfect dress for the perfect bride!  Her Worthington heels with just the right amount of rose gold glitter was the perfect accessory for her feet! Lauren was also wearing her grandmothers ring from Cuba, which is also Seans birthstone! I was in love with all of the pink, purple and gold details that filled the day!

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Getting Ready with the Ladies at her Parent’s House

Lauren and her bridesmaids had a great time getting ready at her parents house. They were pampered all morning by VC Salon, making sure that they looked perfect and not a hair was out of place! You could tell how important this day was for Lauren and her friends and family. They were all so attentive to such a sweet bride.

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Getting Ready with the Guys at the Hyatt Place Hotel – Princeton, NJ

Sean was so stylish in his custom suit by Dr. Bespoke.  We loved the bicycle details on the inside of his jacket and the back of his vest. Each of his details were unique and modern, which just added to his style.

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The Story of Lauren & Sean

Lauren and Sean met at work. They became friends through movies, cartoons, and video games. Lauren left that job and Sean invited her to the company holiday party a month later. She got there late, and so, as fate may have it, Sean and her got their own table. Their first date was seeing the movie Gnomeo and Juliet, and they fell in love instantly. He Proposed at Grounds for Sculpture at the highest point, on a secluded bridge, when no one was around. He asked Lauren to be his best friend forever. Swoon!

A First Look where Sean Proposed at Grounds for Sculpture

The moment that Lauren and Sean laid eyes on each other for the first time on their wedding day was so sweet and perfect.  Right in the spot that Sean proposed, he caught the first glimpse of his soon to be bride.  There were smiles, laughter and a few tears and they enjoyed such a special moment together.

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Bride and Groom & Bridal Party Portraits at Grounds for Sculpture

Grounds for Sculpture is such a spectacular and picturesque location for wedding photos! So, with the time that we had, we walked around the park and captured the love shared between Lauren and Sean, as well as fun with their Bridal Party and Family!

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Saying “I Do!” in a Sentimental Ceremony at The Nine Muses at Grounds for Sculpture

The Nine Muses is a multi-component grouping carved from Vermont granite. The number of figures holds significance in that there were nine “muses” in classical mythology, all daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, who presided over the arts and sciences.

Kris Bruno officiated Lauren & Sean’s wedding, adding in touches of love and sentiment. Lauren and Sean wrote their own meaningful vows, and his sister performed a reading and “tying of the knot” ceremony as well.  Every moment was beautiful and true to who they are.

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A Fun Reception at the Seward Johnson Center for the Arts at Grounds for Sculpture

“It’s easy sometimes to forget the simple things that give us pleasure. If we open our eyes, life is marvelous. The human spirit triumphs, if only for moments in a day.” -Seward Johnson

The gallery at the Seward Johnson Center for the Arts was the perfect spot for Lauren and Sean to celebrate with their friends and family! It was a modern ballroom filled with love and light!  The band, EBE Milan 77, made sure that all of their guests had a great time and did not leave the dance floor all evening! Lauren and Sean chose an amazing wedding venue and planned an absolutely unforgettable day for all of their family and friends!

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Do these two look familiar?  We were lucky enough to capture Lauren’s brother Brendon and his wife Anna’s wedding almost 6 years ago at the beautiful Unionville Vineyards!grounds for sculpture wedding reception grounds for sculpture wedding reception grounds for sculpture wedding reception grounds for sculpture wedding reception grounds for sculpture wedding reception grounds for sculpture wedding reception grounds for sculpture wedding reception grounds for sculpture wedding reception

 

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A Fun, Elegant Blush and Navy Wedding at Aqimero, Inside the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia

A Fun, Elegant Blush and Navy Wedding at Aqimero, Inside the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia

Fun, Elegant Blush and Navy Wedding at Aqimero, Inside the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia

We first met Alayna, the Events Sale Manager at Aqimero, when we were attending a Bridal Show at the Philadelphia Convention Center this past January.  We immediately clicked, and started planning a Fun, Elegant Blush and Navy Wedding at Aqimero, Inside the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia. Aqimero is such a unique space for weddings. It attracts a fun couple that would like their event to be outside of the box!

From Aqimero:

“Situated in the lobby of The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, Aqimero offers the chance to unwind while savoring Wood-Burning Grill flavors. Expect nothing short of excellence from acclaimed chef and Aqimero restaurateur Richard Sandoval. Our kitchen features Latin inspired notes that enhance the tastes of an eclectic menu, while a stunning atmosphere encourages guest-to-guest connections over shareable plates and carefully crafted cocktails. It is our pleasure to serve residents and visitors alike in a relaxed setting where memorable dishes are expertly executed and stylishly served.”

There are so many options to host a wedding in their space!  From the intimate private dining room, to the main dining room, and you can even rent out the lounge! They also have a window into the wood fired grill. This allows your guests to see the kitchen in action!

With the help of some of the best vendors in Philadelphia, we created the most beautiful, elegant and fun Wedding Inspiration shoot for Aqimero! We took advantage of all of the amazing locations within Aqimero!

Our Couple : Alison & Jim

Alison and Jim had a Beautiful Summer Wedding at the Atlantic City Country Club.  We absolutely adore them as a couple, and we were super excited that they wanted to be a part of this shoot!  Now they have wedding photos down the shore, as well as in the city!  These two are SO in love.  So much so, that each of the vendors involved in our inspiration shoot made sure to point it out!  They are such a fun-loving, down to earth couple, which is just the type of couple that would choose Aqimero for their wedding!

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A Romantic Yacht Club of Sea Isle City Wedding | Julia & Nick

A Romantic Yacht Club of Sea Isle City Wedding | Julia & Nick

Like the words from one of my favorite songs by Jack Johnson, Julia and Nick surely are ‘Better Together.’ This lovely, down to earth, fun couple planned such a beautiful, romantic Yacht Club of Sea Isle City wedding! From all of the little details, to the flowers, to the band, you could tell that so much thought and so much love was put into making this a perfect day for the two of them to celebrate the beginning of their greatest adventure yet! Marriage!

Simple, Classic Details for a Sweet, Modern Bride

Julia’s details may have been simple, but they were so classic and elegant, and you could tell how much they all meant to her!  From the moment I saw her Maggie Sottero dress, I knew that Julia would look absolutely breathtaking in it! (Spoiler alert – she really did!!)

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Getting Ready with the Girls at a Private Residence in Sea Isle City, NJ

Julia and her girls arrived back at the house, after a morning of pampering at the Fusion Salon. Each girl looked so beautiful, and their hair and makeup was perfect with their burgundy bridesmaids dresses! Julia’s mom and sister helped her to get ready, while the rest of the bridesmaids and her future Mother in Law were waiting in the Family room for the reveal!  There were so many happy tears shed!

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Getting Ready with the Guys at a Private Residence in Sea Isle City, NJ

Meanwhile, the guys were on the other side of the island, just hanging out, drinking some Pellegrino, and waiting for the festivities to begin!

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The Story of Julia and Nick

Nick and Julia met while studying abroad in Beijing (which is where they are currently honeymooning!!).  He was at school in Cleveland and Julia was in Baltimore, and they both had chosen Beijing for their Junior Fall Semester abroad!  A few days after arriving, the group of students took a 3 week Silk Road trip across China. Two weeks into the trip, a group of them had gone to a Karaoke bar. Nick and Julia talked the entire way there, as well as all throughout the night.  There was a spark between them, as shortly after returning to Beijing, they were inseparable!

Over the next year and a half, they successfully endured a long distance relationship and visited one another as often as they could! After graduation, they both moved to Florida for their graduate programs!  It was in Florida, in 2017, that Nick proposed to Julia – at the China Pavilion in Epcot!

A Meaningful Ceremony at Sacred Heart Church in Avalon, NJ

Julia and Nick said their vows at a beautiful jersey shore church that turns 90 years old this year! Every moment was planned perfectly, and they were pronounced husband and wife!

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Bridal Party Photos at the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary

Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary is a 21.5-acre bird sanctuary and nature preserve in Stone Harbor, Cape May County, New Jersey.  When heading down the shore, you’d never expect to have such a beautiful, serene place right on the middle of the island!  We had a great time capturing the people that mean the most to Julia and Nick in this beautiful location!

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Bride & Groom Photos at the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary

Although, Julia and Nick were getting married down at the Jersey Shore, they didn’t want the typical beach photos.  So, when I recommended the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary, they were so excited! We walked through the Egret Espy Path, through whispering pine trees, over a beautiful footbridge, and through the intricate, artistic remnants of white spruce.  Julia and Nick were such a joy to capture, and truly made our job easy!  There is so much love between these two, and it is undeniable!

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A Fun Reception with their Family & Friends at the Yacht Club of Sea Isle City

The Yacht Club of Sea Isle City is located in the Bay.  The building overlooks the water and has absolutely breathtaking views of sunset! From the staff to the food, the YCSIC does not disappoint!  Julia and Nick chose to have the Big City Band Philadelphia as their entertainment for the evening, and gosh, it was a great choice!  We always LOVE bands at weddings, and they were phenomenal!  I think the dance floor was full all night!

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