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Jess & Tony // Dapper Wedding at The German Society of Pennsylvania

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Jess & Tony // Dapper Wedding at The German Society of Pennsylvania

These two really give us all the heart-eyes! Their Philly wedding perfectly represented all the best parts of their love and personalities. If anyone else is getting married in a historic library, please hire us immediately!
Jess had their suit custom made from one of our faves Bindle & Keep, and then changed into the most perfect jumpsuit to dance away the evening. Tony is one of the sweetest people, and the love these two share just radiated through the entire wedding day. Shawnee had so much fun just hanging out with Jess & Tony and their guests, Philly weddings are some of our faves!

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Justin & Jacob // Portland Maine Peaks Island Wedding

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Justin & Jacob // Portland Maine Peaks Island Wedding

There are a million wonderful things I want to say about Justin & Jacob, their warm and welcoming friends and families, and the heartfelt and gorgeous wedding weekend they planned out perfectly. I'm going to attempt to collect my thoughts here, but know that it will never be enough to express the gratitude and pure joy I experienced getting to photograph J&J's wedding.

Justin is an incredibly talented wedding photographer that I had the pleasure of meeting through Catalyst Wed Co. a few years back, and have been lucky enough to call him and Jacob friends since. Getting hired by a fellow wedding photographer is the biggest honor. (Let's be real, we are by far the pickiest when it comes to having photos taken of us since it's what we do all day everyday for others!)

We started off the wedding weekend with a sunrise session at the Portland Head Lighthouse. There were so many epic locations that Justin and Jacob wanted to use for their photos, and just not enough time to fit it all into the wedding day. I'm SO happy we woke up at 3:30 in the morning to trek down the the beach for this perfect sunrise:

The next day was the wedding! Justin and Jacob got ready together with their wedding party at a quaint Airbnb. We then headed to downtown Portland for some photos and took the ferry to Peaks Island where the ceremony and reception would take place!

Next was the ceremony, and hooboy, there wasn't a dry eye anywhere. I somehow managed to shoot and wipe away tears at the same time, but my eye makeup was no match for amount of love and joy in the air. J&J's ceremony was so heartfelt and perfect, and everyone there was just so happy to celebrate these two wonderful souls.

Now comes the best part: CAKE! DANCING! SPEECHES! MORE HAPPY TEARS!

Justin & Jacob, thank you for including me in your wedding weekend. It was absolutely perfect.

A special thanks to Diana Ascarrunz for being the best second photographer I could ever hope for, and an all around amazing human.

The other vendors who made this weekend pure magic:

Wedding Planner: Alanna Claire Events
Florist: Courtney Reid Design
Cake: Amy at Hippie Chick Bakery
DJ: Jason Tubbs at Double Platinum Celebrations
Catering: Jennifer Banis at 111 Maine Catering
Rings: Royal Jewelers of Rye
Ketubah: Adriana Saipe, Ink with Intent
Chuppah Fabric: Hayley Cavataro
Party Favors: Coastal Maine Popcorn Company
Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals

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MC & Jonathan // The Best of Richmond - Portrait Session

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MC & Jonathan // The Best of Richmond - Portrait Session

While working on MC & Jonathan's portraits, I couldn't stop smiling. My cheeks and face hurt by the time I was done. These two are so incredibly in love, and happy together, and it truly shows. They found out just a few days before our session that they would be selling their house and moving to Texas, leaving this city that they love so dearly behind. Jonathan is now in Texas, while MC settles up everything here. I hope these pictures bring smiles to their faces, and help them feel closer and connected, until they can physically be together again. 

This past weekend had left me an utter mess, with a vast sense of hopelessness. Sitting at my desk, trying to focus on work, and not look at my phone to get the latest update on the Orlando attack was nearly impossible. These portraits helped to get me through that, and reminded me that THIS is why I'm a photographer. Being there for the queer community, my community, and helping to create memories that will be cherished by couples and their families for years to come is incredibly humbling, important, and fills my heart with joy. 

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