Tom & Amber – Philadelphia, PA Wedding <3

2nd Wedding, Intimate Weddings, PA, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Wedding Photographer, Philadelphia, PA, Small Wedding
Tom & Amber | 11.2.2019 | Estia Restaurant Philadelphia, PA

Tom and Amber are a very happy, fun-loving couple who celebrated their marriage at Estia Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA on November 2nd. It was an intimate ceremony with a small guest list of their closest friends and family. The night was lit up not only by their love, but also by the gorgeous glow of many candles, which made a warm atmosphere.

Vendors:
Estia Restaurant
Carl Alan Floral Artistry
Sophy Curson
Meacreations Photography

Congratulations, Tom and Amber, I wish you the very best <3

Getting the Perfect Photos

Couples, East Falls Bridge, East Falls, PA, Engagement Portraits, Lifestyle portraits, PA, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Wedding Photographer, Philadelphia, PA, Portraits, Small Wedding, Weddings, Wissahickon Valley Park, Wissahickon Valley Park
Kat and Josh chose a background that means a lot to them and their relationship – the East Falls Bridge in Philadelphia is where they used to run while dating.

What defines the perfect photo?

Is it one that is styled to mimic Pinterest, or is it one that embodies emotions of the day?

A perfect photo is uniquely personal. So, when you hire a photographer to capture your wedding, event, or family portraits, how do you ensure that you will get your very own perfect photos?

The answer is communication.

Clear communication with your photographer leading up to your shoot can make the difference between good photos and perfect photos. Communication is key to relationships – and why wouldn’t you want a good relationship with your photographer, the one who is capturing precious memories of a big event or special moments with the ones you love?

Amanda and Shrey’s relationship is so much fun – just letting them be themselves helped to create their beautiful engagement photos at Valley Green Inn, Wissahickon Valley Park, PA.

Okay, communication. But, what do we talk about?

When you first shop around for photographers, certain styles of photography stand out to you more than others. You may find yourself falling for the high fashion style with lots of lighting techniques, or more drawn to lifestyle photography which focuses on relationships of the subjects within the photographs.

Once you find your top few photographers, reach out to them and let them know what drew you to their photos. That’s the first key of unlocking the potential for the perfect photographs. There’s a connection between you and the photos, and if you can explain what you like about them – the photographer will be sure to listen.

Make sure you hop on a call with your top photographers of choice for at least 15 minutes– just to chat about what (again) drew you to the photos, and what you hope to have captured within your own.

Jeanine and her father’s relationship is so close – I was told there may be tears. There were <3

Once you have selected your photographer, set up another time to talk – either on the phone or face-to-face, about your relationship between you and your significant other or with your family. I don’t mean laying down on the sofa and spilling your guts out, but I do mean:

  • What makes your relationship work?
  • What’s your personality like and your significant other’s?
  • What are your favorite hobbies together?
  • How have you grown as a couple/or family?

Giving the photographer this information helps them build a file about you and what you are expecting to see in the photographs. The more you can let them in on your relationship, the better they can capture it for the few hours they are with you.

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Suzanne & Tom

Cape May, NJ, Small Wedding, Surprise Wedding, Weddings

Suzanne and Tom are a fun couple. I mean, pulling off a surprise wedding definitely puts you at the top of the list for being a fun couple. The day was gorgeous, extremely windy, but otherwise absolutely perfect for the couple. Somehow the couple was able to not mention a word about the wedding until just hours before! Everyone was very delighted when they found out they were going to be attending a wedding! I loved every moment of this wedding.

Congrats again, Suzanne and Tom!

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Kelly & Dave

88th Street Pavilion, NJ, Small Wedding, Stone Harbor, Weddings

I think it is a good thing that I can still tear up at wedding ceremonies. It means I really want to be part of my couples’ lives and photograph their day in the way that captures their relationship perfectly. Kelly and Dave have an amazingly strong relationship, and I listened to every word of their vows enjoying the stories they shared together, their triumphs together, and their dreams for their future together. Kelly and Dave had an intimate ceremony at 88th Street Pavilion in Stone Harbor and portraits on the beach after. It couldn’t have been a more beautiful day for the couple!

Congratulations again, Kelly and Dave.

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Colleen & Harry

Cape May, NJ, Peter Shields, Small Wedding, Weddings

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love,love,love intimate weddings. There’s a special feel with intimate weddings and I think that the camera picks that up.  It’s the quiet moments, it’s the family and close friends that are very important to the couple, and it’s the portraiture time that photographers love. Colleen and Harry had a very sweet intimate wedding at a rented house in Cape May and then celebrated by having a delicious dinner at Peter Shields Inn. Colleen and Harry are so easy going and fun, it’s hard not to smile around them, especially when they are together.

Congratulations again, Colleen and Harry!

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Jessica & Dave

Cape May, Couples, NJ, Small Wedding, Weddings

Jessica and Dave’s wedding was a sweet and beautiful intimate ceremony on Congress Street beach in Cape May. Jessica got ready at Hotel Macomber and the reception was held there as well. The weather was a perfect overcast; not too dark, but no sun to make unsightly shadows or to make it too hot, and there were beautiful patches of blue popping through the clouds here and there. I absolutely loved the color scheme, a beautiful bright turquoise.  When I did Jessica and Dave’s engagement photos last year, I had not had the chance to meet their son, Noah, and I was excited to do so at their wedding. I have a daughter close to Noah’s age and Jessica, Dave, and I have connected through comparing and sharing stories about our children. Noah is such a cutie! He knows how to work the camera, and loves every minute of it. It truly was a perfect day for a perfect couple.

I look forward to keeping in touch with them.

Congratulations again, Jessica and Dave!

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Carolyn & Matt

Cape May, Inn of Cape May, NJ, Small Wedding, Weddings

– Cape May, NJ Wedding Photographer –

Have I mentioned that I love fall weddings? I do. Big time. It’s just the right temperature, beaches are not nearly as crowded, and the lighting is perfect. Carolyn and Matt had a stunning day for a ceremony on the beach in Cape May and the portraits went right into sunset which was great.  We then headed over to the Inn of Cape May for their reception.  Everything was simple and elegant and matched their personalities perfectly- full of joy and love.

Congratulations, Carolyn & Matt!

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Anne & John

Delaware Bay, NJ, Small Wedding, Villas, Weddings

– Villas, NJ Wedding Photographer –

I love intimate weddings and this was a very elegant one! Anne & John wanted to keep things simple and family oriented so they rented a house on the Delaware Bay in Villas, NJ just a few blocks from where I live. I was excited when they took my advice on bringing along a few props for some shots, and the props they found were so much fun! It was a nice evening which led to views of the sunset over-looking the bay.

Congratulations, Anne & John!

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Tori & Brian

Intimate Weddings, NJ, Sea Isle City, Small Wedding, Weddings

– Sea Isle City NJ Wedding Photographer –

Tori & Brian got married at Tori’s mother’s beach house in Sea Isle- such a perfect spot for this stunning couple. The ceremony was very intimate and I really enjoyed being a part of their day. I absolutely loved Tori’s dress as it photographed so well.

Congrats again, Tori & Brian!

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Amy & Chris

Cape May, Higbee's Beach - West Cape May, NJ, Small Wedding, Weddings

– Cape May NJ Wedding Photographer –

Though the skies were threatening, Amy & Chris didn’t let the weather change their plans for their ceremony on Higbee’s Beach (one of my favorite locations), and I am extremely glad they didn’t! The rain held off for the ceremony and the portraits afterward, leaving us plenty of room to play around. Chris and Amy are a fun couple who are up for anything, and their bridal party also! It’s always great to work with people who have a fun time and are up for anything 🙂

Congrats again, Amy & Chris!

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Laurie & Keith

Cape May, Cape May Harbor, NJ, Small Wedding, The Chalfonte, West Cape May

Love overflows between Laurie & Keith, a couple who have known each other since high school (I love these stories!) They decided to keep things intimate with only them as well Laurie’s parents. The intimate wedding was perfect for these two- very romantic, indeed! We then went around Cape May, shooting at locations that meant something to their relationship, and it was nice learning the background for what each spot represented.

Congrats, Laurie & Keith!

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Audrey & John

2nd Wedding, Cape May, Cape May VFW, Congress Hall Beach, NJ, Small Wedding, Weddings

What a fun couple Audrey & John are, and their newly blended family is already filed with such love! An intimate beach wedding with the reception at Cape May’s VFW made for the perfect relaxed atmosphere for the fun and relaxed couple. Congratulations again, Audrey & John!

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Diana & Kurt

Cape May, Family Portraits, NJ, Small Wedding, Sunset Pavilion - Cape May, The Cove - Cape May, Weddings

Another gorgeous day for a beach wedding as Diana & Kurt celebrated their new marriage with their boys. A perfect intimate wedding and very family oriented, it was a very relaxing atmosphere. The boys, besides being handsome, were also such great sports with all the photos. Congrats again, Diana & Kurt!

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Lisa & David

Cape May, Grant St. beach, Hotel Alcott, NJ, Small Wedding, Weddings

Lisa & David had a very elegant wedding at Grant Street beach and Hotel Alcott in Cape May. I absolutely loved Lisa’s dress. One of the highlights was Lisa’s sister’s toast- a toast about treating your spouse as a dog- it was so funny and so sweet, and one of the best I ever heard! A sweet couple for sure, I wish them the best ahead!

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