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
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.
Leah and Josh, Wedding at the Aldie Mansion, Doylestown, PaRead More
Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Taylor Cotilla. I live in Doylestown, Pa with my husband, my daughter and our cat, Shadow.
My daughter is the light of my life. She has a little freckly face, dark twinkly eyes and long, thick lashes. Getting Josey into a dress is like trying to put a stray cat in a bubble bath. She calls herself a tomboy, her favorite color is dirt and she loves to leave the boys in her dust... maybe just for now. ;)
She is turning ten this year which also marks the year that I put my heart into photography. I began to capture everything that time would allow. It is hard to believe that the tiny toes that once wiggled their way out of every pair of socks are now filling black and white, size 3 Chuck Taylor high-top sneakers. I can still see her twirling in front of the mirror in over-sized ruby slippers and a tutu, thanking her reflection for the all the sweet compliments. " Why thank you! My hair does look shiny today."
I think that many photographers are inherently sentimental. We spend half of our lives anticipating the next moment and the other half carefully preserving the past. It is a balance of nostalgia and optimism. I was very optimistic when I insisted on keeping every pair of shoes that Josey has ever worn. Maybe I thought she'd fit into them again, maybe it's the sentimentalist in me. Wink. Whatever it is, I can now liken my experience as a photographer to this growing collection. With every step, I've been trailing behind with my camera capturing her movement, her growth, her stumbles, her belly laughs, and tears, the first time she put her feet in the sand, or jumped off the diving board, silly dances and lightning fast dashes around our yard. As the years go by, there will be more shoes and more stories and I will be there, right beside with my camera, as long as she lets me. Sigh...
I learned some things in Film Production 101 and 102 but the real teacher for me is life. I am grateful everyday for the opportunity to meet new people and to tell their stories. It is nothing short of an honor when someone trusts you to take a look into their life, to meet their loved ones and to capture the personal and poignant moments happening around them. It really means the world to me.
August 2016 marks three years in business. Woohoo! I am really looking forward to the 2017 season!
I LOVE LOVE museum weddings. My cousins Tim and Tiffany got married under the Carl Sagan LED light installation at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University. I offered to shoot the wedding as a gift to them. But I would say it was more of a gift and an honor for me to be there witnessing these two awesome people on their wedding day. Tim and Tiff invited us to join their rehearsal dinner at a Mexican restaurant the night before. Before dinner, I scouted the area for the perfect place for a unique first look location. After roaming for a bit I found a fire escape in an alley behind a bar. The walls that led to the fire escape were bright and colorful and there was a Ducktails mural on the wall beside it. This place was perfect for two artists. They loved it.
We had some time before the ceremony to take some group shots and candids around the town and at the museum. A personal favorite of mine is Tiffany and her sister, the MOH, cracking up in front of The Vintage Industry in downtown Ithaca.
They did such a great job planning their wedding. It was beautiful and fun. What more could you really want on your wedding day?!
I have so many favorites from Tim and Tiff's wedding it was hard to decide what to use for this blog. This is what I came up with!
For most of our clients the wedding photography process isn't complete until they receive their wedding album. The album is a chance to create your very own wedding day storybook. In a digital world, it is easy to view your images a few times and file them away. Some might post a few shots on Facebook or Instagram and that is as far as it goes and that is okay. Albums aren't for everyone. For others, they are a family heirloom. You can pick it up and hold it in your hands! We recently met with a client and gave her the finished product. She teared up while paging through photos of their special day. I am sure that will happen many more times for this couple and their family.
I have included some images from this beautiful wedding and images of the 8x8 album. Enjoy!
Venue- Brandywine Manor House
Wedding Planner- Parties by Ryan
I can't remember the last time I saw a young man pull a chair out for a lady, long enough that when it happened, it struck me as something I don't see very often. After the first dance, Dan carefully slid Meredith's chair back and held her hand until she was seated at the sweetheart table. What a gentlemen, what a lady. What class. The way he looks at her. The way she smiles at him. Moments like this are the true sparkle of a wedding day and the real details of a lasting love. As I panned the room, I saw the sparkle everywhere, from parents to siblings, aunts and uncles, grandparents, cousins and friends. It seemed to be contagious.
Meredith and Daniel, To have found one another and to be surrounded by so many loving people is the greatest blessing in life. Meeting people like you on our journey is surely the icing on the cake. Thank you for being so gracious and kind to us. We wish you all the best in love and life! Many more beautiful images coming your way.
Taylor & Ryan
Venue- Normandy Farm
Florist- Newtown Floral Company
DJ- Gaittins Entertainment
Acoustic Guitarist- Anders Hyatt
Bridal Gown- Bridal Garden
We recently had the honor of photographing the wedding of Caitlin and Bobby Jordan. They were married on May 2, 2015 at Our Lady of Good Council in Southampton, Pa. The reception followed at Spring Mill Manor. Their wedding was fun, vibrant and classy!
When I arrived at Caitlin's childhood home, she mentioned how being relaxed and having fun was priority. That is exactly how the day went. From start to finish, the bride and groom took the time to enjoy every moment. Surrounded by loving friends and family, they celebrated the life they have started with one another and their passion for basketball and coaching. They celebrated the people that have been beside them every step of the way and the unique bond they share. The room was overflowing with love, laughter and memories that Caitlin and Bobby will treasure forever.
Caitlin and Bobby, we are so glad you picked us. We loved working with you and getting to know the wonderful people in your lives! Thank you, thank you. We wish you the happiest future together.
Taylor and Ryan
We have recently brought on a new and awesome assistant, Sheleen McElhinney. Sheleen is an accomplished writer, artist, crafter and mother of two. She is well-known for her unique and inventive robot sculptures . Her famous robots were featured in an ad for Motorola in 2012. If you were in Time Square in 2012, you are sure to have caught a glimpse of her creation. Her robots can be found on Etsy and make the coolest wedding cake toppers on the planet. Check them out! We are lucky to have Sheleen working with us. Leen will bring an added layer of beauty and passion to our beloved photo business and we are grateful to have her.