Crystal Tea Room Wedding of Mary + Nick

In honor of the LAST snow of Winter ’14 I thought I’d share Mary and Nick’s delightful snowy wedding day! Yes, a snowy can be beautiful but I’m definitely ready for some green!

Event Planner: Kristin Barse of Bel Momento Weddings and Special Events

Décor and Floral Design:  Mum’s the Word

Bridal Preparations: Courtyard Marriott Downtown

Ceremony: Saint Nicholas of Tolentine

Reception Venue: Crystal Tea Room

   Bridal Gown: Watters from The Bridal Garden

Shoes: Ann Taylor

Hair: Bonnie Principato of Spice Salon

Makeup: Face the Occasion

Cake: Termini’s

   Music: Center Stage Entertainment

Invitations and Monogram: Papel Custom Design

Videographer: Walsh Video

    

Philadelphia Wedding of Mary + Nick

Mary and Nick came all the way from sunny California (and I came back from Hawaii) for their Philadelphia wedding. We were all hoping for a light snow to capture that winter in Philadelphia feel. When the day started it was rain, but what a lucky pair….. when we left the church, after their “I Do’s”, the rain had changed to a light fluffy flurry. Just the kind of snow photographers hope for on a wedding day. It was so great to again work with Kristin Barse and her team of Bel Momento Weddings and Special Events . The day went as smooth as a sunny spring day (which I hope will come sometime).  Check back for their snowy portraits around Philadelphia and their grand reception at the Crystal Tea Room.

Event Planner: Kristin Barse of Bel Momento Weddings and Special Events

Décor and Floral Design:  Mum’s the Word

Bridal Preparations: Courtyard Marriott Downtown

Ceremony: Saint Nicholas of Tolentine

Reception Venue: Crystal Tea Room

   Bridal Gown: Watters from The Bridal Garden

Shoes: Ann Taylor

Hair: Bonnie Principato of Spice Salon

Makeup: Face the Occasion

Cake: Termini’s

   Music: Center Stage Entertainment

Invitations and Monogram: Papel Custom Design

Videographer: Walsh Video

    

Bumpe’s Hawaiian Adventure

I once had a friend that had a job that took him all over the world. For company, he used to bring a Bob’s Big Boy Restaurant doll with him. He used to photograph him everywhere he went from the pyramids to the Amazon rain forests. I just adored the idea. This winter I went to Hawaii for an entire month and I thought it would be a great idea to bring my “friend” Bumpe, the Swedish bull.  On my trip I shared all his adventures (and misadventures) with my Facebook friends. I thought I’d share some of the images on my blog for my other followers.   Can’t wait to bring him along again!

After a very long flight to Hawaii, Bumpe decided on a morning yoga session at the beach. Great way to start his vacation!

I’ve been dumped! Bumpe made fast friends with this bird named Kekipi and they left me somewhere on the North Shore! Do you think he’ll return?

So I was walking the windward beaches of Oahu when I heard a muffled cry, “I…I….I…I….” It was Bumpe, buried in the sand and burned to a crisp!!!!! I found him just in time. I’m taking him to the doctor now.

Back from the doctors, though he is badly burned, the doctor said there should be little scarring. Bumpe said it was an important lesson learned: never go off with strangers…. no matter how beautiful their feathers may be.

Inspired by his brothers miraculous recovery Bumpe decided to go to church too!

It’s A Miracle! Bumpe has made a complete and speedy recovery

Bumpe decided to circle the island of Oahu

Running low on cash after buying a vintage Hawaiian shirt, Bumpe joined a Reggae street band to pick up a little cash. I didn’t know he sang so well!

When I was young my family used to tell my stories of our Swedish Viking ancestors who set sail for the South Seas? Well maybe he was telling the truth. Check out this photo I found in a museum?!?!?!

I went to another museum yesterday. I think I understand why there are no Swedish bulls in Polynesia today. Headhunters!

Bumpe was schedules for hula lessons but he cancelled when he heard the big waves were here. When did he learn to surf?

Bumpe got lei’d!!!!! And he also got a little kiss. He is one lucky bull! Now if he could only find a hula skirt!

I was crowned the pineapple king last night at the farmers market! They thought I had a butt that most resembled a pineapple!

Bumpe is acting like a cow again. Has he been in Hawaii too long?

Hey bro, I volunteered to help with the sea turtle rescue. Wow, the sea turtles move slower than us! I did not think it possible.

Bro, it’s been a disaster here in Hawaii!!! 48 hours of wind and rain and temperatures have plummeted to the 70’s!!!!! It’s been very rough Finally I am catching up on my tan! How is the weather back home?

Don’t be jealous of my Hawaiian adventure. I bought you this very fine t-shit to remind you of my trip! Can’t wait to give it to you!

My first hula lesson!

After his first hula lesson Bumpe wanted to REALLY impress his dance teacher. He jumped onstage at a luau and joined a group of dancers from Tonga performing a ceremonial war dance. I was so embarrassed!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! How long have I been here anyway?

Aloha Hawaii! It’s been the most amazing month but I am so ready to be going home. I miss everyone so much and look forward to getting together with my bros when we are all back home. Aloha Hawaii and Mahalo nui loa!

I flew home in a snow storm. Do you think it was karma for all those beach pictures I shared? Anyway, it’s good to be home!

I want a dog!! Look what Marie Labbancz got me instead, stuffed animals! What good are stuffed animals!

 

    

Sherri Jessee - Very cute!

Old Artist, New Trick – Off Camera Flash

Like many artistic style wedding photographers I know I excel at available light photography. From getting ready, to ceremonies to portraits; I can see the light and I know how to work with it. If I had a weakness I would say it was using flash in very dark venues.  There were instances where available light and flash were very “flat”. I knew some photographers were using multiple remote flashes in the reception and it looked beautiful. As an artist though I thought it was just too technical and would take away from me reacting in the “moment”. Well in 2013 I decided to give it a try. I am so proud. Yes, you can teach an artist new tricks! We can perfect remote flash! I’ve been photographing weddings since 1999 and it goes to show there is always something to learn. The most important trick is knowing when to shut the flash off. The final 2 images are flash off. I’m so happy as I feel I’ve gained more control over those big dark ballrooms. Now, what will I learn in 2014.

Knowing when to shut the flash off is probably the most important trick!

    

lena - The image of that couple walking down the aisle at the University Chapel is one of the loveliest I’ve seen!

Happy Valentines Day

I love the “love locks” that are found on bridges all over Europe. Couples lock the personalized locks on a bridge and throw the key in the water. They will be together as long as the lock is on the bridge. I photographed this one in Saint Petersburg, Russia. I wonder why this sweet notion has not come to the US. Happy Valentines Day all my loving couples.

    

A Taste of Spring

I’ve been back from Hawaii for a week now and I thought Spring would be right around the corner. I have not lost faith. I thought I’d share a sweet little “English Garden” inspiration shoot that I did last fall with Viburnum Designs and Provence Catering at Morven Museum and Garden, in Princeton, NJ  . I just adored the vintage inspired gown from BHLDN .  What a perfect day it was. Spring will come!

Venue: Morven Museum and Garden, Princeton, NJ

Décor and Floral Design:  Viburnum Designs, Princeton, NJ

   Bridal Gown: BHLDN

Caterer: Provence Catering

Hair & Makeup: Beke Beau

    

Wolves, They love this weather

Last month I had a very special afternoon visiting the Howling Woods Farm, located in Jackson, NJ. The farm is a breed-specific animal shelter that rescues and places domestic bred wolves, and wolfdog hybrids. I did not know people were breading these beautiful creatures to live in homes. Turns out when the pups are 7 months old they are tearing down the house. Most are given to shelters. So sad!!!! This wonderful shelter is able to find homes for them when they can run free. You must visit this farm sometime. It was such a great experience.