JOURNAL

Cheyenne + Blake || Cork Factory Hotel || Modern Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

The sun was shining (for the first time in what seemed like all of 2018), the leaves had turned glorious shades of yellow, orange and red and though it was a bit chilly, a more perfect day could not be found for Blake + Cheyenne.

This day was special. And honestly, I think I cried more during it than I did on my own wedding day. From start to finish, it was clear how intensely special this moment was for not just C + B, but their fiercely loving group of family and friends. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more emotional first look than that between Cheyenne and her Papa. But what was so sweet was that they’d cry, then laugh at themselves crying, and then cry again. It was completely endearing. Add that to tear filled dances between those two and also Blake + his Mama- well, you get the picture. It’s such a gift to watch people care about other people. And if one sentence could contain their wedding day as a whole, it would be that.

C + B: Thank you for bringing me along for the ride! It meant so much to not only spend this time with you two, but also your closest people. And you’ve got GOOD people. I can’t wait to see how your journey unfolds!

Jenna + Tom || Landenberg, PA Engagement || Modern Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

I had the pleasure of meeting Jenna a few years ago. She was a friend of a friend (and former bride!) that had a wonderful idea of hiring a photographer to catch the comings and goings of her family’s annual Christmas party as a gift for her parents. I thought, “Sure! I love Christmas. Why not?”. I had been told that this was unlike any other Christmas party I’d been to and that Jenna’s mother REALLY loved to decorate their home for the season. Never in my wildest imagination could I have ever imagined walking into a perfect, magazine-worthy, magical wonderland of Christmas trees, multiple fireplaces with several stockings hung with care, golds and greens and reds galore. It was MESMERIZING. And for a Christmas nut like me, there was no happier place on earth.

Fast forward to today, and that same thoughtful gift-giver found the love of her life in Tom- a Harry Potter-loving (I mean, how could they NOT be my kinda people?) keeper of the best dry sense of humor I’ve ever met. After getting to know them a little better on the day of their enagement session, I’m convinced that #teammulloe (okay, I gotta stop with my attempt at a hashtag game) is a complete match made in heaven. I mean is there any doubt with the smile on Jenna’s face?

J + T: It’s so much fun to spend time with you! Want to do it again in September? :) In all seriousness, thank you for inviting me in to such a special place in your lives for such a special journey. I’m a blessed woman to know you!

Becky + Chris || Ridley Creek State Park Engagement || Modern Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

This is a long one. But it’s a GOOD one.

Meet Becky. She’s my best friend. Meet Chris. He’s her person (and someone that Owen will eventually call “Uncle” whether he knows it now or not :)).

I’ve tried to write this countless times over the last two weeks, but it usually ended in tears. I mean, I couldn’t even title their gallery “Dodds Engagement” without waterworks. Lawd help me come April…

These two are the real deal. A very special real deal. They met, dated, fell in love and grew in favor of each other in the most perfect timing. God has been faithful, and He will be again. And honestly, the rest is just beginning.

B + C: WHAT DO I SAY TO YOU. I LOVE YOUR STINKING FACES. GOD IS GOOD. That is all. Can’t wait to stand up for you both and scream “YAAAAAAAS!” when I hear man and wife. Sorry in advance for any ugly crying.

Jen + Alex || The Barn at Silverstone || Modern Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

If I could bottle this day up and keep it with me always, I would.

Rain was a definite. Wind too. For some, that can be a devastating thing on a wedding day. But not for these two. They embraced every single obstacle (including sideways pelting from the wet stuff) with smiles, giggles, toothless grins and an overall sense of “we so got this”. The Barn at Silverstone is a beautiful place and its classy, rustic charm added the perfect backdrop to the day. This dress, the toasts, the shoes, the tears and it’s easily one of my favorite wedding days to date. Oh and I’m TOTALLY still swooning over the braid in Jen’s hair. :)

J + A: I mean, do I have to even tell you that I love you? Let’s be besties, mmm kay? In all seriousness- you’re both the best thing and every moment spent with you was a gift. I’m a little sad that this part is ending, but I can’t wait for coffee dates just because we can. Also, you’re making me totally jelly with your Hawaii pictures- hope you’re having THE BEST time!! <3

Lisa + Randy || Valley Forge National Park || Modern Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

Have you ever wanted to write a thank you note for a thank you note? I might be weird, but I ALWAYS feel like I want to. Especially when, just three days after their session, your clients send one along with words that feel good and really make a girl feel appreciated. I tell you, kindness goes a long way, and I’m really, really grateful that I get to work with people like Lisa + Randy.

This day was the sunniest thing on the planet….five minutes before we began shooting. You’d think that I’d see a glimmer of disappointment on one or both of their faces when the clouds took over and honestly- there were smiles for days. Moody days are some of my favorite days to shoot because it forces me to be creative with lighting. But it also forces the clients in the spotlight in the most wonderful way! There are no distractions, just them. And love. And a ton of laughter. And happy. Yeah, the HAPPY is what makes it great.

L + R: I get so excited when I’m around people that love. THANK YOU for knowing how to enjoy each other. That’s the good stuff, guys. What a joy it was to spend time with you! Are you looking forward to June yet, because I sure am!