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An Appleford Estate Wedding – Michele and Ross

Michele and Ross are an awesome couple: sweet, kind, funny and I’m not sure I’ve ever met a couple more excited on their wedding day. They clearly couldn’t have been happier to be getting married to each other. Michele and Ross’s Appleford Estate Wedding was excellent. Michele and Ross have known each other for years but their origin story is unique. In 2004 they worked together at a theatre in Malvern. They each went their separate ways. Twelve years later, they visited a zoo. At that zoo, they both, separately, took a selfie with a giraffe, as we are all want to do from time-to-time.  Ross put that giraffe photo on Facebook. Michele happened upon the photo, decided to comment, and the rest is history. Their circuitous, giraffe-lined route was meant to be.  It was an honor to be there on this day that was 14 years in the making and a pleasure to photograph their amazing wedding.

Congratulations Michele and Ross! Enjoy the photos and be sure to wish them well in the comments below!

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First look for a bride and groom at an Appleford Estate Wedding. Weldon Wedding Photography
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bride and groom portraits at appleford estate wedding in Villanova. Photo by Weldon Wedding Photography
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Bride looks out window before ceremony at Appleford estate wedding. Photo by Ben of Weldon Wedding Photography.
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bride smile during her ceremony at the Appleford Estate in Villanova. Image by Ben Weldon of Weldon Wedding Photography.
bride and groom walk down the aisle together at the end of their ceremony at the Appleford Estate. Photo by Weldon Wedding Photography
1A bride dances during the reception at her Appleford Estate Wedding. Photo by Weldon Wedding Photography

Wedding Venue: Appleford Estate
Caterer: Sage Catering
Florist: Sage Floral Designs
Videographer: Merryweather Films
Band/DJ: Phil Nicolo

 

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A Sayen Gardens Wedding – Corinne and Chris

So, I shoot a lot of weddings and Corinne and Chris’s Sayen Gardens wedding was absolutely one of the most one-of-a-kind affairs I’ve ever had the pleasure of capturing. When I arrived at Hairports where Corinne and bridesmaids were getting their hair and makeup done, they immediately set me up with a trove of interesting details to shoot that merely hinted at the neat traditions and interesting takes Corrine and Chris would show off on their wedding day. Among those details, were two sets of shoes, white boots for the ceremony and a pair of light-up sneakers in neon colors that could most accurately be described as “rad”. The women donned saris and the bouquets were an artful synthesis of asian fans and flowers. For the first look, Chris wore a purple unicorn-themed blindfold (No explanation needed). During the nuptials, instead of a more traditional sand ceremony or a candle-lighting, Chris and Corinne prepared Tabouli as a nod to Chris’s Syrian heritage. Immediately following, Corinne and Chris retrieved a bottle of bourbon from where they had buried it a few days prior in order to ward off any bad weather. The table centerpieces and decorations inside the Sayen House reception were all mementos from their visits to National Parks, a passion that Corinne and Chris told me in our very first meeting. Its an interest I share with them and it played no small role in why I was excited about them as a couple and their wedding. They polished their perfect day off with a packed dance floor and some incredibly tasty cupcakes created by Danielle’s cake-tastic creations. It was a  truly unique wedding and I was also happy I got to be there to capture it.

Congratulations Corrine and Chris! Enjoy the Photos!

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1Groom wears a blindfold for his first look at the Sayen House and Gardens Wedding. Photo by Weldon Wedding Photography
Bride removes grooms blindfold during a first look at The Sayen House and Gardens Wedding. Photo by Weldon Wedding Photography
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bride and groom walking the path at their sayen gardens wedding. Photo by Bucks County Wedding Photographer Weldon Wedding Photography
bride and groom dance in the field at their Sayen Gardens Weddings. Photo by New Jersey wedding photographers Weldon Wedding Photography
bride and groom sit by a waterfall in New Jersey at their sayen house and gardens wedding. Photo by Weldon Wedding Photography
A wedding ceremony at the Temple at the Sayen house and Gardens. Photo by Bucks County-based Weldon Wedding Photography
Bride and groom make tabouli during their wedding ceremony in New Jersey. Photo by Weldon Wedding Photography
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6Bridal Party Performs a traditional Indian dance at a Sayen House and Gardens Wedding. Image by Weldon Wedding Photography
4groom serenades his new wife on the dance floor at the Sayen House and Gardens Wedding. Weldon Wedding Photography

Wedding Venue: Sayen House and Gardens

Caterer: Mafalda’s
Decorations: K’s Event Decorations and Rental
Wedding Cake Design: Danielle’s cake-tastic creations
Florist: Petal Pushers Inc
Videographer: Greg Hoffman Films
Transportation: Cescaphe Trolley
Hair/Makeup Stylists: The Hairports Wash and Blow Dry Bar
Digital Caricature Artist: Drawn Together NYC

 

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A Cescaphe Vie Wedding – Anu and Edwin

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When we had out initial planning call many months ago, we were imagining a cold day and maybe even some snow. Anu and Edwin’s Cescaphe Vie wedding surprised us though with balmy 50 degree temperatures and rain. It turns out, the weather wasn’t the only surprise on what was a really unique (and a very Philly) wedding day. Anu and Edwin are an awesome couple. They managed to infuse their wedding day with their creativity and an amazing sense of humor. Despite the wet conditions they were determined to get outside. We coordinated a First Look with the entire bridal party in Logan Circle and captured portraits of everyone at the Art Museum before heading to The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul for a beautiful ceremony. Anu and Edwin clearly spent a lot of time thinking about how they wanted their wedding to go and especially at the reception, they scripted lots of moments that were unique to them and their relationship. Before they came out to formally greet their guests at Cescaphe Vie there was a hilarious introduction video which showed them working through a few “rejected” reception ideas. Then, they entered the party, donned in inflatable elephants and Edwin wore Jason Kelce’s genie get-up from the Eagles recent Super Bowl parade. And to be clear, I don’t mean he wore a similar genie outfit, he wore the exact genie outfit that Jason Kelce wore. They then launched into a fantastically choreographed and flawlessly performed dance routine which I gather took weeks of preparation. There was also a few performances that Edwin surprised Anu with. First, Edwin had a Dohl drummer join a violinist in an awesome duet that was really unique. Then, Michael Jackson took the dance floor to perform a medley of some of his best routines. It was an awesome night and we were so happy we could be there to capture it.

Congratulations to Anu and Edwin! Enjoy this sneak peek and be sure to wish the couple well in the comments!

 

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Bride and Groom First Look at Logan Circle in Philadelphia with City Hall in the background. Photo by Weldon Wedding Photography.
2groom rocks some awesome shoes on the steps of the art museum in Philadelphia. Photo by Weldon Wedding Photography.
Bride walks down the aisle with her parents at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Photo by Weldon Wedding Photography.
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Bride and Groom enter reception at Cescaphe Vie. Both wearing inflatable elephants. Groom wearing Jason Kelce
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Michael Jackson impersonator at Philadelphia
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1Guests join in with Michael Jackson Thriller dance on the floor at a Cescaphe Vie Wedding Reception. Photo by Weldon Wedding Photography.

 

Hair/Makeup Stylists: Jacklyn Ryan

Ceremony: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
Reception Venue and Caterer: Cescaphe Vie
Florist:Chelsea Mettinger
Videographer: Liz Wiese
Band/DJ: Everett Jackson

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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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best man holds cross over bride and groom
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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 Philadelphia Old City and Society Hill Wedding – Francesca and Jason

From the second I walked through the door of her Sheraton Society Hill hotel room on Saturday, Francesca had me laughing. Literally the very first thing she said to me was hilarious. And it continued all day. Francesca and Jason’s Society Hill wedding was filled with all the warm, romantic moments you find at most weddings, but the highlight for me of this one was the laughter. And it wasn’t just Francesca and Jason. Their wedding party, their family, their guests-everyone was clearly having the time of their lives. It was such an amazing celebration to be able to capture: from the portraits in Old City and City Hall, the ceremony at The Shambles, to the Reception at the Society Hill Dance Academy, it was a pleasure to be a part of their day and to be able to photograph this amazing couple.

Congratulations Francesca and Jason! Enjoy the photos and be sure to wish the couple well in the comments below!

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5bride gets ready at the Sheraton Society Hill in Philadelphia before her wedding. Photo by Philadelphia Wedding Photographers Weldon Wedding Photography
1First look at Merchant Exchange in Old City Philadelphia wedding. Photo by Philadelphia wedding photographers Weldon Wedding Photography
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3bridal party champagne uncorking at the first bank of the United States. Photo by Philadelphia wedding photographers Weldon Wedding Photography
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6bride and groom crossing broad street in philadelphia. Photo by Philadelphia wedding photographers Weldon Wedding Photography
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1Bridesmaids waiting to walk down the aisle at the shambles in society hill Philadelphia. Photo by Philadelphia wedding photographers Weldon Wedding Photography
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1A Wedding ceremony at The Shambles. Photo by Philadelphia wedding photographers Weldon Wedding Photography
2A wedding ceremony at The Shambles in Philadelphia. Photo by Philadelphia wedding photographers Weldon Wedding Photography
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2wedding reception at society hill dance academy. Photo by Philadelphia wedding photographers Weldon Wedding Photography
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4Society Hill Academy of Dance wedding reception.Photo by Philadelphia wedding photographers Weldon Wedding Photography
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Philadelphia Ceremony Venue: The Shambles
Portraits: Old City
Getting Ready: Sheraton Society Hill
Entertainment: Ace DJ Entertainment
Hair: Hair by Amy Lyn
Makeup: Makeup Powers (Stephanie Fuchs)