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!
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