Wedding in Blackwood, NJ at the Palace | Denise & Brian

Blackwood, NJ Wedding at the Palace | Denise & Brian

 

When you love a holiday, how do you celebrate? With a wedding of course! Denise and Brian invited friends and family to their wedding Cinco de Mayo at the Palace in Blackwood, NJ. Brian and Denise are down to earth but love to party, and their wedding was the perfect place to do so. Although it was raining outside, you would never know inside with all the shining smiles. Denise and Brian chose Disney’s Aladdin’s “It’s A Whole New World” to walk out of their ceremony to.

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It stopped raining after the ceremony and we were able to slip outside for some bridal party and individual portraits.

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Of course you have to walk in with sombrero, if your wedding is on May 5th.

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After a night of dancing and a conga-line, they enjoyed their cake with a little icing on the nose.
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Congratulations Denise and Brian!

Love and Joy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©2017 TLM Productions, LLC
Hired by David Tutera Photography as a second shooter.

 

Media, PA Wedding Celebrating Two Cultures | Vishal + Ajila

Media, PA Wedding Celebrating Two Cultures | Vishal + Ajila

An unusually warm fall day in late September, a sweet ceremony in a romantic stone walled church. Candles flickering and love floating through the air, as the flower girl lets the rose petals fall gently to the floor. Vishal and Ajila’s intimate wedding ceremony was the perfect start to their life filled with tradition. Ajila’s elegant white dress and chapel length veil paired with Vishal’s James Bond style black suit, a wonderful fit to their lovely personalities. The stone walls of the Kings Mills building help show off the bold red of the bridesmaids dresses and the groomsmen’s ties as the group showed off how much fun they like to have. We think their favorite part of the bridal party pictures was when the groomsmen tried to carry Vishal off, but he was holding Ajila’s hand as she tried to give him a kiss.

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The fun didn’t end there, it’s time to change to outfit number two! Everyone went to change, because now it’s time to show off their party side and share in their Indian tradition. Ajila’s gorgeously stunning navy blue and gold saree looked amazing next to Vishal’s gold and maroon Sherwani, which he looked handsome in, by the way! We walked by, what we can only guess would be an outdoor ceremony space and did a few portraits there, before heading to an arch that just drew your eye to them, if your weren’t already just staring in amazement of how wonderful these two are together.

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Well, it’s time now to hit the dance floor and if you have not been to an Indian wedding before, you better bring your dancing shoes. Everyone was on the dance floor after the cake cutting and and I mean everyone!

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Congratulations to Vishal and Ajila!
Here’s to many years of happiness.

Branding Portraits with Keara Anne Weddings | Jenkintown, PA

Branding Portraits with Keara Anne Weddings | Jenkintown, PA

 

I love meeting people and getting to learn about them. Rising Tide Society is a great group for creatives and wedding industry people. I met Keara at our RTS June meeting at Ali’s Wagon in Philadelphia, we got to talking after the meeting and continued emailing over the next month. We wanted to work together and we figured out the perfect way to start, Keara is just starting Keara Anne Weddings, her wedding coordination company and needed some new headshots and lay flats that showed off her colorful style.

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Keara and I meet at her office in July, after a little rearranging a few things to get the best lighting, we got her office set up. We wanted to show off just a few of the items, that you will find on her desk during one of your in-person meetings. Keara is not only an entrepreneur, but also a mom, so we got a few shots of her adorable boys helping her work, and playing on the side of her desk.   

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After hanging out in her office for a little, we headed to downtown Jenkintown, PA. It was time for head shots and some lifestyle photos to finish off our session. I am looking forward to getting to work with Keara again. If you are looking for a month of / day of coordinator or just some help with your wedding planning be sure to check out Keara’s website here.

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Love and Joy.

©2017 TLM Productions, LLC

 

Wedding Planning for the Non-Wedding Planner

Wedding Planning for the Non-Wedding Planner

 

I am in no way a wedding professional, and today this is not a post about one of my sessions. It’s a personal blog that I wanted to share, well it will be part 1 of a few. If you are recently engaged or just love everything wedding, then you may enjoy a personal account of real life wedding planning for the non wedding planner. I got engaged this past winter! I was so excited, and I still am. I get to plan an amazing celebration with my best friend. Yes, I am having Matt help me in every piece of the wedding planning process, after all it is OUR day.

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Probably the most important thing we’ve learned, you have to pick and choose your battles and just let somethings go. I am so happy that Matt and I took time for just the two of us to discuss what we really wanted and what was most important to both of us. For Matt, it was the caterer and then maybe the venue, for me it was the photographer and then the venue. With this in mind, we knew what we would want to fight for the most. Other than a little push back on the barn venue, there was not much arguing; but after explaining that the barn we picked had air conditioning and was not a barn for livestock anymore, everyone was on the same page.  Now we have all three of our wants booked for our July 2018 wedding, but it was not all easy sailing to get to this point.

In the days after our engagement, I learned real quick that everyone wanted to tell Matt and I what our wedding should be. No I don’t mean what they thought it should be, I mean what they wanted. No idea was held back; from the venue, to the dress, to pretty much anything you can think of. Some were serious “request/suggestions,” and others were joking around. My favorite joke one came from my cousins. The wedding my cousin’s planned was held in my grandparents’ backyard and included pizza, a keg, and a bouncy house. It wasn’t really my ideal wedding, but we all had a good laugh.

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Matt and I still have a ways to go before we can say that we are done with the wedding planning, but we have learned that what is important for us IS worth standing our ground for. We now have our list of things that are negotiable, and we are learning what is important to our parents.

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Navigating the world of wedding planning is not an easy thing, and it’s pretty stressful at times. Not everyone likes the same thing or agrees on what something should look like. My suggestion is to sit down with all of your parents, talk about what they have envisioned your wedding would look like, and then start the planning. This way at least you have an idea before you start the planning, whether you take their vision into account or not, or just part of it. Don’t forget to have your list of non negotiables and negotiables, after all the wedding is about you, but it’s also for your parents.

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A Philadelphia/King of Prussia, PA Wedding at Sheraton Valley Forge | Julianna and Vasken

A Philadelphia/King of Prussia, PA Wedding at Sheraton Valley Forge | Julianna and Vasken

 

Meeting a couple on the day of their wedding can make you a little nervous. Pulling up to where they groomsmen are getting ready and a few of them standing on the front step with swords, a little confusing. Yes, I said swords.  Vasken and his groomsmen are into cosplay. Once I was ready to start shooting, the guys were ready to their picture. Posing and making faces the whole time.

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After a handful of groomsmen photos, they were ready to head over to the church and what better way to take a fun group, than a school bus!

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St. Francis DeSales Church in Philadelphia was the perfect ceremony spot for Julianna and Vasken’s traditional wedding.

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It’s time for a little bit of fun and the bridal party photos at a beautiful hotel in King of Prussia.

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Congratulations Vasken and Julianna!

Here’s to many more amazing memories!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
©2016 TLM Productions, LLC
Hired by David Tutera Photography as a second shooter.

A Leola, PA Couple’s Wedding Portraits at the Inn in Leola | Stephanie and Shawn

A Leola, PA Couple’s Wedding Portraits at the Inn in Leola | Stephanie and Shawn

 

It’s a beautiful sunny late June afternoon day, and Stephanie and Shawn are going to stand up in front of their friends and family and say “I do.” The Inn at Leola Village, which is just outside of Lancaster, PA, made for a perfect backdrop to their fancy, country themed, wedding. I had the pleasure of being a photographer for David Tutera Photography.

When I arrived, I met with the groom Shawn, and we headed to the groomsmen’s room to capture some fun photos of them getting ready. I asked Shawn if he had a theme that he wanted me to capture as part of the men getting ready. He told me that, “We have a super hero theme, the groomsmen are all wearing socks that represent different Marvel and DC Comics. My cousin would have been my best man, but he passed away while serving in the US military. He was and is my hero, so I am wearing camo socks with his badge and the American flag that was on his uniform.”

The two ring bearers were adorable, one liked playing with the pool balls and the other one asked Uncle Shawn for help with his bow-tie.

The guys all looked dapper in their tuxedos and super hero socks while looking like they were on a movie set.

Stephanie looked amazing as her dad walked her down the aisle.

I’ve seen different ways to symbolize the joining of two families and their pink and blue sand was a wonderful way to show their families becoming one.

Congratulations Stephanie and Shawn!

©2016 TLM Productions, LLC

Partners for Life Ceremony at Adelphia’s in Deptford, NJ | Donna & Johnny

Partners for Life Ceremony at Adelphia’s in Deptford, NJ | Donna & Johnny

“You are my best friend, and my other half. You mean the world to me and I love you!” Donna and Johnny have been partners for the few years, and their love for each other shines through in every way. Donna and Johnny’s families surprised them with a ‘Best Friends for Life’ ceremony in December just before Christmas at Adelphia. They were excited to say the least!

Everyone pulled their chairs onto the dance floor to watch these two best friends become partners for life.

 

Surrounded by family, Donna and Johnny said, “I promise to be your partner and best friend for life.”

 

Here is to Donna and Johnny and their happiness and love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©2016 TLM Productions, LLC

A Cherry Hill, NJ Olive Garden Wedding | Danielle and Dugan

A Cherry Hill, NJ Olive Garden Wedding | Danielle and Dugan

Everyone has a love story, and each one is the most amazing love story. When Adrianne, the general manager at the Cherry Hill Olive Garden, told me that they were having their wedding at Olive Garden and needed a photographer; I was happy to be their photographer.

Danielle and Dugan met 15 years ago while they were both working at Olive Garden. Life happened and they went their separate ways, before re-uniting a few years ago.

The decor on the tables were simply beautiful, vases filled with water and floating candles surrounded by silk rose petals.

Love and Joy.

 

 

 

 

©2016 TLM Productions, LLC