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

It has been a busy week for engament sessions now that spring is here and Philadelphia is in bloom!  Amanda & Steve came up from Virginia this weekend and we explored Fairmont Park for their engagement session.  The Art Museum & Fairmont park offer a myriad of locations for photos and the cherry trees provided a vivid backdrop! I really enjoyed spending the day with Amanda & Steve and I am so excited to photograph their wedding this September!

Amanda & Steve | Engagement Session | Photos by Emily Wren
Amanda & Steve | Engagement Session | Photos by Emily Wren
Amanda & Steve | Engagement Session | Photos by Emily Wren
Amanda & Steve | Engagement Session | Photos by Emily Wren
Amanda & Steve | Engagement Session | Photos by Emily Wren
Amanda & Steve | Engagement Session | Photos by Emily Wren
Amanda & Steve | Engagement Session | Photos by Emily Wren
Amanda & Steve | Engagement Session | Photos by Emily Wren
Amanda & Steve | Engagement Session | Photos by Emily Wren
Amanda & Steve | Engagement Session | Photos by Emily Wren
Amanda & Steve | Engagement Session | Photos by Emily Wren
Amanda & Steve | Engagement Session | Photos by Emily Wren
Amanda & Steve | Engagement Session | Photos by Emily Wren
Amanda & Steve | Engagement Session | Photos by Emily Wren
Amanda & Steve | Engagement Session | Photos by Emily Wren
Amanda & Steve | Engagement Session | Photos by Emily Wren
Amanda & Steve | Engagement Session | Photos by Emily Wren
Amanda & Steve | Engagement Session | Photos by Emily Wren
Amanda & Steve | Engagement Session | Photos by Emily Wren

I am so honored and excited to have a two page spread in the most beautiful wedding magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings.  You can see all the photos Martha picked for the magazine and more here.  A huge congrats to Tyler & Jenn, our beautiful Bride & Groom.  Such a HUGE DEAL!!  And I am so excited for them!  

Martha Stewart Weddings | Winter 2013 | Feature
Martha Stewart Weddings | Winter 2013 | Feature
Martha Stewart Weddings | Winter 2013 | Feature
Martha Stewart Weddings | Winter 2013 | Feature
Martha Stewart Weddings | Winter 2013 | Feature
Martha Stewart Weddings | Winter 2013 | Feature
Martha Stewart Weddings | Winter 2013 | Feature