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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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World Cafe Live Wedding in Wilmington Delaware | Kate & Ryan

WOW. Yes, that about sums up our experience with Kate & Ryan’s World Cafe Live Wedding in Wilmington, Delaware. These two both plan events as part of their profession, so needless to say they perfectly orchestrated every last detail of their wedding! This was the first time that Lincoln and I photographed a wedding at the World Cafe Live, and it totally blew away our (high) expectations. First of all, the World Cafe Live’s wedding ceremony space is astonishingly gorgeous: huge windows revealed the cityscape and poured gorgeous light all over the rustic wood floors and arched brick walls. Once the knot was officially tied, it was only a few steps to the World Cafe Live’s wedding reception space, which is a massive concert venue that frequently hosts big acts. Now, you may be thinking that most concert venues are beaten up and gross, but somehow the World Cafe Live is in pristine condition. Utterly spotless. Lincoln and I even had a green room behind the stage, complete with delicious food! We felt like rock stars, and yes…we liked it. The night unfolded with plenty of surprises that Kate & Ryan had planned, like a hilarious video that announced each member of the bridal party during their entrances as if it were a sporting event (by the way, Kate & Ryan have excellent sports broadcaster voices haha). Their wedding favors were Hershey bars signifying a donation to the Hershey Medical Center’s THON Four Diamonds Fund (see ring shot below). They also had a GENIUS idea for the cake cutting/smashing: they wore Penn State ponchos! WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT FOR MY OWN WEDDING? Oh yeah, because I made Lincoln swear to not smash cake in my face.

After the wedding, Kate & Ryan flew to Greek islands: Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete. Now that’s how you kick off a marriage!

Venue: World Cafe Live at The Queen /// Wedding Planner: Stefanie Bock (Coordinator at the World Cafe Live) /// DJ Tanner of Scratch Weddings/// Ceremony Music: Wilmington String Ensemble /// Florist: Wise Originals /// Caterer: World Cafe Live /// Dress (both bride/bridesmaids): Pronovias /// Invitations: Minted /// Cake: Sweets to You by Ginger /// Table Place Setting/Décor: World Cafe Live

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