I am so pleased to share some photos from Erin & Stephen’s wedding this weekend.  They are such an awesome couple and their wedding was breathtakingly beautiful!  As an architect, Stephen suggested we photograph at The Barnes Museum in Center City, luckly The Barnes obliged and we got some great photos! Stay tuned for more photos of their wedding day!

Erin & Stephen | Wedding Sneak Peak | Photos by Emily Wren
Erin & Stephen | Wedding Sneak Peak | Photos by Emily Wren
Erin & Stephen | Wedding Sneak Peak | Photos by Emily Wren
Erin & Stephen | Wedding Sneak Peak | Photos by Emily Wren
Erin & Stephen | Wedding Sneak Peak | Photos by Emily Wren
Erin & Stephen | Wedding Sneak Peak | Photos by Emily Wren
Erin & Stephen | Wedding Sneak Peak | Photos by Emily Wren
Erin & Stephen | Wedding Sneak Peak | Photos by Emily Wren

I had the pleasure of Working with GRID Magazine’s talented crew on the cover story for this month’s Wedding Issue.  GRID designed the shoot around sustainability, featuring local vendors who use recycled materials or environmentally conscious practices.  Pick up a copy of GRID magazine this month, you can find it in coffee shops and stores around Philadelphia or read the magazine online.  If your feeling like the wedding industry is focused too much on stuff and less about what you care about, the wedding issue of GRID is full of great information about local, sustainable wedding options and vendors.  From caterers like Birchtree Catering, who source their food locally, ideas for honeymoon locations right here in Pennsylvania, to local jewelers such as Bario Neal, that use conflict free gems and reclaimed precious metals.  Location// Bowman’s Wildlife Preserve, New Hope, PA,  Florist // Love n’ Fresh Flowers,  Dress // Mill Crest Vintage, Lamertville, NJ

GRID Magazine | Wedding Issue | photos by Emily Wren
GRID Magazine | Wedding Issue | photos by Emily Wren
GRID Magazine | Wedding Issue | photos by Emily Wren
GRID Magazine | Wedding Issue | photos by Emily Wren
GRID Magazine | Wedding Issue | photos by Emily Wren
GRID Magazine | Wedding Issue | photos by Emily Wren
GRID Magazine | Wedding Issue | photos by Emily Wren
GRID Magazine | Wedding Issue | photos by Emily Wren
GRID Magazine | Wedding Issue | photos by Emily Wren
GRID Magazine | Wedding Issue | photos by Emily Wren
GRID Magazine | Wedding Issue | photos by Emily Wren
GRID Magazine | Wedding Issue | photos by Emily Wren

I am so excited to be featured on Freedom to Marry today!  Doug & Terry’ were married last August at Fort Tyron Park in NYC and it has been a honor and privilege to photograph their union!  Today’s feature by Adam Polaski chronicles Doug & Terry’s courtship and wedding and includes an excerpt from the toast given by Terry’s best man.  Terry’s best man, Derek Hartley,  gave one of the most compelling and moving toasts I have ever witnessed and I am so excited to be able to share this excerpt from today’s feature:

 

No one has the secret to what makes people fall in love and how to turn that love into a lifelong commitment. But Derek Hartley, one of Terry’s longest friendships and the host of Out Q’s Derek & Romaine Show on Sirius Radio, did a pretty great job at delivering his perspective on it during his toast at the wedding. ‘In the name of good taste, just consider this one man’s opinion,’ he said. ‘It’s a theory based more on observation than direct experience. What is love?’ He paused. ‘No, seriously, I’m asking – I’ve been single a really long time. I like to say that the only difference between love and stalking is mutual attraction. Love is a two-way street. But there’s more to it than a simple 1 + 1 = 2. Because simple math doesn’t get you here. Google Maps can’t even get you here. I’m not even sure where we are.  Love takes two people who love. It takes two people who want to love. And it takes two people who want to be loved. I know that sounds like six people – but it’s two people. Two people doing three extraordinary things at the same time: Loving, wanting to love, and wanting to be loved. I remember when Terry told me about Doug, when they first started dating. I knew it was different. I could hear it in his voice and the way he spoke about him. And I knew Terry had found love, and was ready to love and be loved. Love is about time. Because life is long and life is short, seemingly all at once. … Gore Vidal died this week, and he wrote a few years ago about being with Howard Austen, his partner of 54 years, as Howard lay on his death bed. “Didn’t it go by awfully fast?” Howard asked. “Of course it had,” Gore wrote. “We had been too happy. And the gods cannot bear the happiness of mortals.” The time we have – that each of us has, together – is fleeting. …. The good time goes by so fast. All of you, cherish the amazing moments along the way. Stretch them out. Make them last. And ignore the bad stuff that slows it all down – like any of my jokes you didn’t laugh at. In All About Eve, there’s a great toast when one of the couples is getting married. “To each of us, and all of us, may we always be this close. May we never be farther apart.”And to my friends – my dear friends Doug and Terry – today is happily ever after, and tomorrow is the whole world. May it all go by too fast.”
Check out the blog post at Freedom to Marry to read more about Doug & Terry and their wedding.

Freedom To Marry Feature | Doug & Terry | Photographed by Emily Wren
Freedom To Marry Feature | Doug & Terry | Photographed by Emily Wren
Freedom To Marry Feature | Doug & Terry | Photographed by Emily Wren