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Loving this engagement session photographed by Sam, our super talented and sweet associate photographer. Kate and Ray are getting married in just two months and if these photos are any indication, it’s going to be incredible.

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Kate + Ray
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Where is a better place to get married and make art-y Super 8mm films than at an actual art museum? Monica and Justin’s choice of the Michener Art Museum was perfecto. We love shooting in the outside courtyard spaces and making use of the multiple sculpture gardens. The Doylestown institution has multiple galleries and other hidden areas we’ve made great and dramatic use of, especially with the exhibition lighting.

So we had fun making this Super 8 film in the spitting rain and windy wind. Monica and Justin were troopers to stick it out for photos (shot by the talented Jim Heine) and filmings. I knew these two had an adventurous spirit as they’re no stranger to traveling to exotic locations around the globe. We share a couple similar routes but I especially hold dear our crossed paths of Sri Lanka.

Congrats Monica and Justin. I hope you are inspired to make Super 8 films of your own as you travel the road less chosen.

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at the Michener Art Museum
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Despite getting caught in a downpour on my bike ride over to meet Katie and Joe at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the rain cleared up 10 minutes later and we had the most beautiful light you can ask for for their engagement session. It’s always tricky trying to decide whether or not to postpone due to weather. On one hand, I don’t want anyone to get caught in the rain (including me and my gear). On the other hand, post-stormy light is the absolute most amazing light you can get. The sun is diffused and glowy, the sky is dark and dramatic. Katie and Joe got the best of both worlds (stayed dry and looked pretty!). 

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Katie + Joe
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A few favorites from Diane and Doug’s beautiful wedding at Aronimink Golf Club. Our favorite part? Definitely their wedding party. It was made up of Diane’s 3 kids and Doug’s 3 kids. It was so sweet seeing Doug’s son adjust his tie and Diane’s twin boys walk her down the aisle. Each of their daughter’s helped Diane get ready. Such a close knit family. This family also knows how to party and they made the most of their day with all their friends, hanging out and enjoying every minute. Congratulations Diane and Doug!

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I’m seriously going to miss Ludlow at Laura and August’s wedding next week. This pup was the absolute sweetest, most cuddly little thing. Ludlow was such a baby, he got tired out and we had to bring him home after about 20 minutes of photographing. I got to carry him as he napped in my arms, I was in heaven. Bringing your pup to your engagement session or wedding is always an excellent idea as long as you have an exit strategy (aka home is nearby or a friend can pick the pup up). Looking forward to seeing these two again for their small, intimate wedding at one of Philadelphia’s finest restaurants, Laurel. 

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We always say that something goes wrong at every wedding no matter how much you plan. All that really matters, is how you handle the hiccup. Can you laugh and roll with it? Hope and Matt certainly did. They had a fire alarm go off at their wedding, forcing all the guests to evacuate. The fire truck pulled up, we got a few great photos with it, and everyone had a fantastic time. It didn’t hurt that it occurred during sunset so it was actually a gorgeous time to step out and enjoy some fresh air. Did it put dinner behind? Yeah, but the Garces crew handled it with aplomb and everyone was patient and cool about it.

We really loved all of the energy, excitement, and laughter at Hope and Matt’s wedding. The Cira Centre Atrium is truly one of the most unique wedding venues in Philly. It’s lovely how the natural light pours in and then at night you have a stunning view of the Philadelphia skyline. We wish these two all the best!

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The cold wind couldn’t stop the warmth radiating from Jackie and Nate at their beautiful Lake House Inn wedding. We couldn’t be happier for these two bright shining souls. We first met them at Keri & Kelley’s wedding where Jackie astounded us with her limbo abilities (which, by the way, she bravely did again at their reception, see photo below). When she contacted us about photographing her and Nate’s wedding, we knew we were in for a good time. And while Jellyroll was as impressive as ever and kept the dance floor packed, it was Jackie’s brother’s singing and friend’s performance that brought the house down. This was a super fun crew and the sparkler exit was a perfect ending to an amazing day.

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Let me start by saying there are weddings (great ones, of course) and then there are Greek weddings. As much as we knew certain events and dances and toasts, etc were going to happen, we could not have imagined the vigor Cynthia and Terry’s wedding had.

It was everything all at once…elegant and welcoming, decadent and moving, dancing and singing throughout. I want to learn how to throw money the way Greek guys launch it into a slow-motion cloud with a stomp of the foot.

Congrats Cynthia and Terry. We feel thankful we could be the team to document your day.

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Sweetwater was there for photo and video capturing every moment. Have a minute to check out the photos?

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Cynthia + Terry’s film
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Sara and Steve’s wedding at the Philadelphia Museum of Art was beyond stunning. If you’ve ever been at the bottom of the Great Stair Hall staring up at Diana or shadowed by the Calder floating above you, you know the feeling of that space. Grand is an understatement.

Now, enter Sara and Steve as they decend for their first dance. It was stunning, indeed. What was most impressive with the space was the mix of grandeur and intimacy as guests flowed from long tables set amongst tapestries and galleries, right down to a dance floor at the base of the hall.

Sara and Steve were a pleasure to work with, open to our professional opinions of the technical, and ready for anything creative we had in mind. For now let me congratulate these two and please enjoy their short format film of their day, as well.

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Sweetwater was snapping away on both photo and video for this one.
Check out some photos if you like photos.

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Sara + Steve’s Film
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A wedding at Grace Winery is always special with the lush vineyards, stone barn, and gorgeous amphitheater. But Katrina and Colin’s wedding was different. Their vows more potent, their gaze more intense. I suppose the entire wedding day felt almost surreal to them after the trials they had endured to get here. When you see Colin’s face when Katrina walks down the aisle is says everything. It’s probably my favorite moment from the entire day.

Katrina suffered through a year of brain surgeries leading up to the wedding. I say Katrina suffered, but we know Colin suffered by right by her side. I tell more of their story here, but even better, watch the film we made at their wedding and listen to Colin’s speech. That’s love. That’s a love story that didn’t need any special effects or crafty editing. Katrina and Colin held fast and strong to each other through an incredible ordeal and came out on the other side of it deeper in love, more mature, and ready to begin their new life together. Healthy and happy.

It rained on Katrina and Colin’s wedding day and it didn’t phase them a bit. We were driving away from the church, St Thomas of Villanova, en route to Grace Winery when we spotted a huge tree with an almost unbelievable hollow that was bone dry. It was perfect for taking photos. Sometimes it’s the serendipitous moments that make the best photos, the unplanned stops, the surprises.

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