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I think it is safe to say that my very favorite wedding venue in and around Philadelphia is Material Culture. Why you ask? Where do I begin? The colors, incredibly unique space, the staff, the food. The layout is perfect for moving around, catching up with friends in a relaxed and fun environment. I really can’t say enough about Material Culture. I was excited when I got a call from Dylan about his wedding to Morgan in September. This was the second time I have worked at this venue so we changed things up a bit from Ed and Maria’s wedding in 2016. Check out the photos of their big day and you will know why I feel the way that I do. Also, awesome couples get married at Material Culture! Thank you to Dylan and Morgan. You picked a place that fit perfectly laid-back vibe! All the best to you XOX
Sophie and I connected a few years ago via instagram. I was thrilled when she asked me to photograph her wedding to Patrick at the Stotesbury Mansion in January of 2020. We decided on an engagement shoot at the Glen Foerd Mansion on the Delaware in Philadelphia. Sophie wanted their shoot to feel wintery and ethereal. I think we accomplished exactly that and had fun while doing it. Thank you Sophie and Patrick, you are a lovely couple. I am glad to be part of your wedding day!
Raelah and Ryan planned their engagement shoot right after booking their wedding. They knew that they wanted to explore the city and visit some of the famous Philadelphia landmarks, such as LOVE park, the Philadelphia Art Museum, City Hall and their favorite restaurant El Vez. We also made a pitstop at the Barnes Museum to capture a shot of them on the benches and beyond the reflecting pool. A shoot in Philly is easy and fun and I definitely recommend to any Philly lovers. We beat the rain by a few minutes, it was fun and very relaxed. Thank you Raelah and Ryan. You are a match made in heaven and I am so happy to be your photographer!
I finally convinced someone to join me on an adventure to Cape May. Earlier this year, I visited Cape May to check out the Ghost Tracks on Higbee Beach. (click here to see the WWI tracks that surfaced on the beach). Anyway, during that trip I walked this amazingly beautiful and peaceful beach. I hoped I would find a couple to venture to mile zero for a shoot. When I asked Lyndsey if she would be interested, she agreed. We met at the lighthouse and they followed me to our destination, making one pit stop at the nature center. After learning that Sebastian is a merchant marine and avid birder, it seemed that this was exactly the couple that was meant for this shoot. I am so glad they found me and glad they agreed to take the trip to Cape May. It was so fun. I can't wait for their wedding in September. Thank you Lyndsey and Sebastian!
You couldn't ask for a day more perfect than this. The sky went from blue to gray and back to blue. The clouds were white and puffy and made an already picturesque ceremony even more beautiful. Anna and Patrick were married at a private family home in Ottsville, Pa. The friendly neighbor was kind enough to let use their sunflower field for a few bridal party photos. However, we were welcomed by a very rowdy visitor that made us all a bit nervous... (scroll down to see who and why) He had to be hugged by one of the groomsmen but you can see the worried look in everyone's eyes! Hint, no one wants muddy paws near a bridal gown.
The details were absolutely breathtaking. The mother-of-bride did such an amazing job planning and selecting the best vendors for her daughters big day. It went off without a hitch and more importantly, they had an incredible time. Thank you Anna, Patrick and Linda. You are awesome people and I was so happy to be there.
"Do you want to skip school tomorrow?" "Yes." "I hear there's a train track from the early 1900's that has surfaced on the beach in Cape May and I'd like to take a drive over." " Okay, let's do it."
Of all the places, I love Cape May the most. When I hear Cape May, my heart skips a little from excitement. It is one of the oldest vacation destinations in the our country, located on the southernmost tip of New Jersey. It is home to an 11,000 acre wildlife refuge and a Whale Watch and Research Center. It is rich in history. The streets are lined with colorful victorian homes. In the back of Della's 5 and 10, you will find an antique pinball machine and a real 1950's soda fountain. Walk the beaches and you may find an artifact or two.. It is rumored that one passionate collector has found as many as 2000 (some say 5000) arrowheads on the Cape May shoreline. I wonder who she is...
Just beyond the lighthouse, while standing on Sunset Beach you can see the sunken World War I SS Atlantus, peeking out of the ocean. But this week, and maybe only this week, you can go to Cape May and visit the uncovered train tracks that appeared after a recent winter storm. The tracks run right beside the ocean on Higbee Beach and are visible at low-tide. They once served as support for sand mining and munitions testing facilities during World War I. To see something like this a rarity and a photographers dream. We will never forget it. School can wait.
I had a blast meeting Dani and Brian at Peddler's Village for a rainy day maternity shoot. Dani wanted photos on the carousel at the Giggleberry Fair. After a quick session on the carousel we headed to the new Lahaska Bookshop and then to Jazam's, the greatest toy store that ever was. The photos are sweet and fun. Congrats to Dani and Brian, I wish you all the best with the new addition.
Material Culture is in Philadelphia, it is a showroom/store/cafe /wedding venue and it is filled to the brim with unique treasures from all over the world. If you haven't had the pleasure of visiting, I highly recommend that you do. When Ed and Maria asked me to photographer their wedding, I had not yet visited Material Culture.
We decided to meet a few months ahead of time to scope out photo locations. When I entered the building I was amazed and so excited to be part of this wedding. If I could be the resident photographer at this venue, I would. It even smells good!
Ed and Maria got married in late November. They opted for a first look, on the second floor of the building, under the lanterns and surrounded by beautiful handcrafted furniture. Maria and her family members strung marigolds together and hung them in an archway at the alter. Surrounded by the nearest and dearest, they exchanged vows and ring and kisses and danced the night away. It was perfect in every way. So happy I was there. Thank you Ed and Maria. XOX