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Curtis Center Wedding by Cescaphe | Lauren & Bill

Lauren and Bill are a special kind of couple – amazing, fun, and up for ANYTHING! Combine that with the Curtis Center wedding venue, and we knew it was going to be an epic day. Lauren was smart enough to build some solid buffer into her timeline, which allowed us to be very spontaneous when roaming the streets of Philly. Case in point, while driving in the Cescaphe trolley, we saw a ferris wheel outside of the Art Museum and had no choice but to hop on board! We even hit some carnival games…who gets to do that on their wedding day!? Lauren was ecstatic the entire day, and at one point declared: “This really is the best day of my life!” She was glowing with joy from start to finish, which makes our job much easier!

The trolley’s last stop was the Atrium at the Curtis Center wedding venue by Cescaphe. I’m not kidding when I say the Cescaphe Event Group is legendary in the Philadelphia wedding scene. Imagine a dream team of planners/designers that spare no expense to custom create a wildly extravagant wedding experience. Everyone was going crazy when the Philly Phanatic made an appearance during cocktail hour, and even Benjamin Franklin showed up! The fall wedding decor was done to perfection, and a super romantic ceremony was the whipped cream on top of the pumpkin spiced latte ;) The wedding band Milan 77 was crazy good and kept the dance floor PACKED the entire night, including a moment I’ll never forget as Lincoln got called out into the middle of the dance floor to bust some impromptu moves!

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Liberty State Park Engagement Session in Jersey City

Brace yourself, because this is an especially epic engagement session. As some blog stalkers may know, Lincoln and I used to reside in New York’s Upper East Side. Thus, we jump at any chance to photograph near our old NYC stomping grounds. So when Tara & Matt told us that they lived in Jersey City and asked how we felt about photographing an engagement session at Liberty State Park, we excitedly agreed! Lincoln and I love traveling, and we find that visiting/discovering new places supercharges our creative juices. Now, since Liberty State Park overlooks the beautiful Manhattan skyline from New Jersey, it becomes swamped with locals, tourists and photographers during the day, BUT Tara and Matt were dedicated enough to start the engagement session at 7:30am (oh and don’t forget to give Lincoln and I some credit for waking up at 3:50am to travel to and scout the location!). By starting the engagement session early, we were able to avoid the crowds and also enjoy some absolutely heavenly morning light.

Tara and Matt came to the session full of energy, perhaps they’re morning people…or maybe they love coffee as much as we do. Either way, it’s so much fun (and easier!) to photograph couples that are just as excited as us to be there. None of our wedding clients are professional posers (though one of our recent favs told us that he practiced smiling in the mirror haha), so it’s all about keeping things fun/candid and laughing at the bad jokes we make. This engagement session is case in point, because you can tell that their true personalities absolutely shine through. Their cute little puppy, Piper, was perfectly well behaved, which we hope will translate to an appearance/role during the wedding!

Also, choosing to have a Liberty State Park engagement session was the perfect choice because they have a personal connection to the location: Tara and Matt live nearby and often run through the park, and the New York skyline commemorates their fond memories with the city. Also of note, Tara and Matt are just as obsessed with Disney as we are (that’s where Lincoln and I went on our honeymoon!), and they visit Disney every year to run in a race. We can’t wait until their Anthony Wayne House wedding next June! Update: Tara and Matt are now happily married and their blog post is live!

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Greystone Hall Wedding in West Chester | Megan & Tom

We cannot say enough about Megan and Tom’s vintage chic wedding at the fabulous Greystone Hall wedding venue in West Chester. You may remember their Philadelphia engagement session from earlier this year, so we were all super comfortable with each other before even showing up to the wedding. These are two of the sweetest people ever and their personalities really showed through in all of the personal touches at their wedding. Luckily the weather held out and Megan got her dream ceremony outside the mansion. Everything was perfection and seems like it was right out of the 50’s!

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French Creek Golf Club Wedding | Emily & Jason

Here’s some trivia for you: what’s the closest wedding venue to our house? Well, excluding someone’s backyard, it’s a French Creek Golf Club Wedding! We may be a little biased towards Chester County, but it’s hard to deny that the rolling hills full of farms are anything but beautiful. French Creek Golf Club is nestled within this magnificent wilderness, and the autumn colors nothing short of dreamy. The ceremony took place with rolling hills in the backdrop and Fall colors creating a watercolor blur of yellows and oranges, quite a contrast to Emily & Jason’s wintery West Chester Engagement session :) The wedding night was filled with heartwarming speeches and lots of fun dancing action!

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Ocean City NJ Engagement Session | Jessica & Zack

We love the beach. And what is one of our favorite beaches? Ocean City, NJ for sure! So we were thrilled when Jessica and Zack asked us to shoot their engagement session in OCNJ. We got there bright and early and even though it was the weekend of a 5k/marathon and also a massive bike race, we managed to get some pretty amazing, serene shots too!

Update: Jessica and Zack are now officially married! Check out their incredible Tendenza wedding in Philadelphia!

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