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A Huntingdon Valley Engagement – Hannah and Joe

Every year, the winding down of our wedding season seems to dovetail perfectly with an uptick in engagement sessions; with couples who really want to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and perfect light this time of year has to offer. Hannah and Joe’s Huntingdon Valley Engagement session was one of these sessions and it was fantastic. On my first call with Hannah a few months ago, it was immediately clear how enthusiastic she was about photography and moreover finding the right photographer for her and her fiancé Joe. It’s something I emphasize a lot with my clients. Finding the right photographer is both about finding someone whose work you love, but also it’s about making sure you’re a good fit for each other personality-wise. Hannah’s excitement was infectious and I was really happy you get to work with her and Joe. Hannah and Joe are getting married at a property called The Lords’ New Church just outside Philadelphia and that’s where we met for their engagement session to capture some great shots in the beautiful fall afternoon sunlight. The castle-like venue and the sprawling, natural property are practically hidden. You wouldn’t know it was there if you weren’t looking for it. After we’d explored for a bit and took some shots there, we headed over to the nearby Pennypack Ecological Trust which is a public park and bird sanctuary and made some striking images of Hannah and Joe as the sun set over a golden field. It was a great afternoon with an awesome couple and I’m super-excited to shoot their wedding in 2018.

Congrats to Hannah and Joe! Enjoy the photos and be sure to wish the couple well in the comments below!

Couple sitting on a rock on the bank of the Pennypack Creek. Photo by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Ben Weldon of Weldon Wedding Photography.
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Couple walking together at sunset over a field at the Pennypack Ecological Trust. Photo by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Ben Weldon of Weldon Wedding Photography.
Colorful silhouette shot of couple kissing during an engagement shoot at sunset at Pennypack Park. Engagement Photos by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Ben Weldon of Weldon Wedding Photography.
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A Lambertville Station Inn Wedding – Jenna and Kenny

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This weekend I had the absolute pleasure of capturing Jenna and Kenny’s awesome Lambertville Station Inn Wedding.  I’ve known Jenna and her family for years so this one was extra special for me. Jenna and Kenny have been together for a long time and their wedding was predictably perfect. It was one of those days where everything just…flowed. Jenna and Kenny were both relaxed, happy, and so excited. On top of that, the weather couldn’t have been better. From the second they saw each other during the first look, Jenna and Kenny were all smiles and they looked amazing in that beautiful light you only get this time of year. We captured great shots of the couple on the canal and then took the bridal party to the Lambertville/New Hope Bridge. The Ketubah signing and ceremony were both personal and moving and the reception was simply fantastic: Excellent speeches and the band kept the dance floor packed throughout the evening. And, just when you thought the night couldn’t get any better, the Phillie Phanatic busted through the doors to surprise the guests, show off some patented dance moves, and (briefly) steal the show. It was a great day from start to finish and I’m so happy we got to be there.

Congratulations Jenna and Kenny!! Enjoy the photos and be sure to wish the couple well in the comments below!

 

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bride and groom first look at the lambertville station inn. Photos by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Weldon Wedding Photography
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1bride and groom on the canal in Lambertville NJ. Photos by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Weldon Wedding Photography
 Lambertville Bridge wedding photos. Photos by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Weldon Wedding Photography
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1Jewish Ceremony at Lambertville Station Inn. Photos by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Weldon Wedding Photography
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2Phillie Phanatic kisses bride at a reception at the Lambertville Station Inn. Photos by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Weldon Wedding Photography
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2Reception at the Lambertville Station inn. Photos by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Weldon Wedding Photography

Hair stylist: Budd Reigner
Makeup Stylists: Lauren Ireland
Caterer: Lambertville Station Inn
Florist: Petals Lane
Videographer: Cinescope
Band/DJ: EBE (Love 77)

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A Desmond Hotel Wedding – Talene and Joe

Armenian wedding reception photos of bride and groom on family shoulders. Photo by Philadelphia Wedding photographers Weldon Wedding Photography.

I’m just going to say it: I love Armenian Weddings. Talene and Joe’s Desmond Hotel Wedding was the second Armenian wedding I’ve shot and I’m just a huge fan. From a photography perspective, the Armenian ceremony presents a unique set of challenges because 95% of the ceremony is performed with the bride and groom’s back to the church but if you are familiar with how it goes, you can find the moments where you can capture their expressions. Talene and Joe are a fantastic couple.: Joe a doctor and Talene a lawyer are both successful and kind and were just great to be around. We shot the portraits at Valley Forge Park . They took the time to find their favorite spots beforehand and even though we were racing against the waning fall light, we captured some great portraits of this happy couple at a few spots I hadn’t shot before. Afterwards, we headed to the Desmond Hotel for what is my favorite part of the Armenian wedding: the dancing. So. Much. Dancing. Every single guest was on the floor for the entire night with the exception of Talene and Joe, who spent some of that time in the air, being hoisted above the dancing crowd by their family. It was a great day and we were honored to be a part of it!

Congratulations to Talene and Joe! Enjoy the photos and be sure to wish the happy couple well in the comments below.

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3father cries as he sees his daughter for the first time on her wedding day. Photo by Philadelphia Wedding photographers Weldon Wedding Photography.
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Armenian wedding ceremony. Photo by Philadelphia Wedding photographers Weldon Wedding Photography.
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bride and groom at night at valley forge park. Photo by Philadelphia Wedding photographers Weldon Wedding Photography.
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evening shot of bride and groom against blue sky at valley forge national park. Photo by Philadelphia Wedding photographers Weldon Wedding Photography.
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Armenian wedding reception. Photo by Philadelphia Wedding photographers Weldon Wedding Photography.
bride and groom on shoulders of guests at Armenian wedding reception at Desmond hotel. Photo by Philadelphia Wedding photographers Weldon Wedding Photography.

 

Ceremony: St Gregory The Illuminator
Bride and Groom Portraits: Valley Forge National Park

Hair/Makeup Stylists: Avalanche Salon & Spa (Dani Poletti)
Caterer: The Desmond Hotel
Florist: Petals Florist in King of Prussia
Videographer: Merryweather Films
Band/DJ: Band – Kevork Artinian & Friends; DJ – Barone DJ Services

 

 

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A Spruce Street Harbor Park Engagement – Lindsay and Spencer

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We kicked off Lindsay and Spencer’s Spruce Street Harbor Park Engagement shoot with at a little Italian Restaurant in Society Hill called Bistro Romano. The restaurant was where Spencer proposed to Lindsay and it made for a unique way to start the shoot. They had a private table in the wine cellar and it was easy to imagine it being an ideal spot for a romantic proposal. It was really neat to be able to recreate that moment. Afterwards, we took a walk to the Harbor Park and made some beautiful pictures along the Delaware River. Lindsay and Spencer are a great couple: Friendly, fun, and though they claimed that they had a little experience with getting their picture taken, they warmed up to the process quickly and I think the photos speak for themselves.

Congratulations to Lindsay and Spencer! Enjoy the photos and be sure to wish them well in the comments below!

 

2Engagement Photos at Bistro Romano in Society Hill. Photo by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Weldon Wedding Photography
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Engagement Photos: Man lifts woman in a kiss on the wall at Spruce Street Harbor Park along the Delaware river. Photo by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Weldon Wedding Photography
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Couple sits together on the stairs at Spruce Street Harbor Park. Photo by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Weldon Wedding Photography
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A Wissahickon Valley Park Engagement – Alex and Steve

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The last two weeks in October are one of the most popular times for couples in the Philadelphia area to schedule engagement photos. The lighting is great, the weather is comfortable and everyone wants that beautiful fall foliage. In those respects, Alex and Steve’s Wissahickon Valley Park Engagement did not disappoint and I enjoyed the added benefit of working with this great couple. They were up for anything as we explored the woods near Kitchen’s Lane, a popular walking/biking path just outside the city. I often tell my couples that shooting engagements is a chance to get your feet wet with the idea of feeling comfortable while having someone take your picture. On this shoot, I tested that idiom a bit when I waded into the Wissahickon Creek so I could get shots of Alex and Steve from the water. Amid the photo-ing, I got to know Alex and Steve a bit and of course was curious how they met. Alex was attending a party at Steve’s house in high school. She had brought a date with her, but once she got to talking to Steve that night, that first date concluded immediately and a new one began. Years later, they are still going strong and taking that next step so clearly Alex made a great decision that evening.

Congrats to Alex and Steve! Enjoy the photos and be sure to wish them well in the comments below!

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1Fall Engagement photos of couple in the woods at Fairmount Park. Photo by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Weldon Wedding Photography
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1Couple kissing through a hold in stone wall. Woman in red dress. Photo by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Weldon Wedding Photography
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2Engagement shots of couple (woman in red dress) along the side of the Wissahickon Creek. Photo by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer Weldon Wedding Photography
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