For their engagement session, Gabby & Tristan invited us to their home in New Jersey. And what a treat that was— turns out that these lovebirds had their very own bucolic slice of paradise! The weather was crisp, fall perfection, and we were all smiles as we explored the property with the couple and their handsome pup. We honestly didn’t want to leave, and after looking at these images you’ll be able to see why.

Gabby wore a killer, off-the-shoulder Katie May gown that she found at Philly’s Lovely Bride. Our dear friend, Jennie, from Love ’N Fresh Flowers, created a crown of ivory blooms and delicate greenery to finish the bride’s look. And Tristan looked sharp in his perfectly tailored button-down from the menswear masters at Commonwealth Proper! We loved that this due to incorporated pieces from so many talented Philly vendors.

Last month, we reunited with Gabby & Tristan to capture their Union League wedding. The day was spectacular, and I can’t wait to share the images. For now, enjoy these images from their love-filled, at-home engagement session!

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The Fairmount Park Horticulture Center is one of my favorite Philadelphia venues. Within those towering greenhouse walls, the possibilities are endless! Each year, Starr Events hosts their annual bespoke bridal event, “Love is in the Air,” at the center and each year I’m reminded of just how spectacular the venue is. This year, the folks at Starr organized vendor teams and tasked them with creating a themed display that would showcase their services to potential clients. Led by the talented Christiane of Truly You Events, our team put together a charming “Party en Provence.”

Lovely provided some stunning gowns for our models to wear. My personal favorite was the Lovers Society Riley Gown. With long lace sleeves and a low open back, the dress was soft, but still edgy, giving it a classically French sexiness! Lexi from Everlaser created custom wooden hoops with sweet French phrases which Petals Lane decorated with natural greenery. We used these as place settings and larger installation pieces. Maggpie Vintage supplied a beautiful chippy white table for the sweetheart table that looked like it belonged at a chateau garden party and Vision Furniture provided a pair of elegant chateau-style dining chairs— perfect for this little soiree. We finished the table with romantic grey linen from Party Rental and matching Grey taper candles!

And of course, no Party en Provence would be complete without touches of lavender! The Papery designed an invite suite that perfectly captured the sharp, clean scent of lavender in paper form— graceful deckle-edged paper, dipper in purple watercolor, sophisticated script and monogram encircled with a lavender graphic. Starr Events provided a vast array of French-inspired baked goods including, you guessed it, lavender scented macaroons.

It was such a pleasure to work with so many amazing friendors and I loved capturing all of the gorgeous, thoughtful details!  And I was so honored to have this shoot featured in the inaugural issue of Philadelphia’s Modern Luxury Magazine!

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Parques Hunting Hill Mansion sits at the heart of Ridley Creek State Park. Nestled amidst thousands of acres of natural lands, the estate truly feels as though it exists in a bygone era of opulence and grace.  The grounds are blissfully serene— manicured lawns, towering cedars, and a still as glass reflecting pond. The interior carries that essential old-world charm with its stone walls and oak paneling. When the team at Parque asked me if I would collaborate on a styled shoot at their remarkable venue, I jumped at the opportunity to transport myself to that extraordinary age of elegance!

An exquisite venue requires exquisite details. Christy from Papertree studio designed a bespoke invite suite with ivory handmade paper, silver calligraphy and intricate wax seals. Lauren Priori provided with a resplendent set of rings— ice-blue aquamarine, warm peach sapphire, striking watermelon tourmaline, and a milky white moonstone! A Garden Party designed two lovely bouquets. One with porcelain white blooms, dense greenery, and a velvety sage air plant, and one with supple succulents and fresh eucalyptus surrounded by cornflower blue and amethyst flowers. Aleksandra Ambrozy styled each of our model’s so that their hair and makeup worked to complement each of the very different gowns we received from Lovely. From soft and bohemian, bold and glamour, to vintage and romantic, each look worked beautifully against in the dramatic setting. Peachtree Catering provided sparkling champagne cocktails and a feast of hors devours and plates that was as visually pleasing as it was delicious!

Parque is the perfect setting for couples looking to escape the world of today for something a bit grander, something they’ve only ever dreamed of. The day I spent at Hunting Hill Mansion felt like I was a part of a 19th-century romance and I can’t wait to go back!

 

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