During the sweetest of garden ceremonies this past weekend, Lisa and Jim were married…

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Thanks to all of the amazing vendors that helped in making their day nothing short of spectacular:

Bridal attire: Casablanca purchased at Chantilly Lace Bridals

Bridesmaids: Nordstrom

Groom’s Attire: Vera Wang

Florals: Moles Flowers

Stationary: Minted

Music: Silver Sound

Venue: The Columbia Station/Robert Ryan Catering

Let’s talk about this for a quick sec…

When I open the discussion of engagement sessions with couples, one of the first questions I ask is, “where would you like to have your engagement session shot?” Immediately, they look at each other and then look back at me.

I feel that engagement sessions should take place at a place that has meaning to you…a place you frequent as a couple or an activity that you like doing together. It should be a comfortable place…someplace where you can forget that there’s a camera following you around…where it’s just you guys showing me around one of your favorite hangouts. Engagement sessions should reflect who you are a as couple. They should be indicative of your lifestyle and your personality. They’re meant to showcase your love story and let future generations know more about you…the personal you…not just “the bride and groom” you. Engagement sessions are meant to be fun and relaxing and shooting them in a place where you are happy and familiar with definitely helps achieve that.

One of my favorite sessions was recently featured on Philly in Love. It’s the engagement session I shot for Michelle and Vince. Their session was shot at the Italian Market…a place where they visit often to just roam the streets and indulge in some cheese at DiBruno Brothers. One of the awesome aspects of their engagement session is that we had the Italian Market all to ourselves since it was random weekday evening giving us the opportunity to walk down the middle of the street, visit all of the colorful handprinted murals and duck into quaint alleys.

For those of you that live in Philadelphia, Philly in Love is showcasing some of the coolest locations within Philadelphia where you could have your engagement session shot. Just some food for thought as you guys start thinking about YOUR engagement session.

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