Meredith and Matt- Married Lumberton, NJ and Collingswood Ballroom

So, Its been a long time since I cried at a wedding while I was shooting it. I normally have my game face on and I’m thinking about the lighting and catching the right moments, and all kinds of technical photography stuff running through my brain. But, every once in a while there is a point that makes me realize that not only do I love photographing weddings, but that I am genuinely invested in these couples for who they are. Leave it to two of my previous brides who happen to be sisters, and the cousins of the bride, to give one of the best bridesmaid speeches I have ever witnessed. It makes me happy to have been part of their weddings, know their families, and to now shoot Meredith and Matt’s wedding. We knew that shooting Meredith and Matt was going to be great, and we were right. The ceremony was held in Lumberton, NJ and the reception followed at the Collingswood Ballroom. Right in between the ceremony and reception was a quick thunderstorm that passed through but it definitely didn’t put a damper on this party. Meredith and Matt did a spotlight dance, and I have so many favorite shots from the dance that I had to put a bunch in this blog post. I am so grateful that we were able to be part of their day.

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Meredith and Matt – Engaged Historic Smithville Park Mount Holly, NJ

Beautiful scenery, a fun couple, and one awesome pair of pants. That about sums up this session, and we spent most of the time laughing. I met Meredith a few years ago at her cousin’s wedding, and we are so excited for Meredith and Matt’s wedding this upcoming summer. We shot these photos a while back before it got cold, and I’m excited to finally share them. This session was so much fun to shoot, and we didn’t even feel like we were working. The Historic Smithville Park in Mount Holly, NJ was the perfect place for an engagement session. I hope that these make you smile!

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Kailene and Brandon- Married Moorestown, NJ

I’ve thought about what I was going to write on this post for a while now because I could go on and on about this wedding. Austin and I have been waiting to shoot this wedding forever, and the day did not disappoint. Kailene looked so gorgeous, and Brandon so handsome that I love every photo of the two of them together. When I was putting this slideshow together I found myself filling up even though I was there, and these were my photos. But, the one thing that gets me every time is to see how Brandon looks at Kailene. There are no words for it, but when you are around them their energy in infectious. We are so lucky to call them our friends, and we are grateful for the fun times we have had with them and their family. We are looking forward to spending plenty more time with these two, and with that crowd we know its always going to be a good time. The wedding was perfect. Kailene put so much attention into making all the details come together so perfectly and create the wedding they dreamed of. I thought there was a chance I would cry at this wedding, and I figured it would be during the vows or the first dance. I wasn’t however expecting it to also be when her father saw her in her dress, or when he gave a speech about them at the reception. This is one wedding that I am so glad to look back on and know that we were there to capture it. I hope you love the photos!

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Kailene and Brandon from Issy Schmid on Vimeo.

Michelle Mcmanus - July 31, 2015 - 5:11 AM

Wow this gave me chills what a beautiful couple all the best.

Lisa Sheldon - July 31, 2015 - 11:21 AM

One word can’t even explain this video, I couldn’t be there this meant the world to me to see it, absolutely beautiful

Nicole and Andy- Married Tendenza Philadelphia, PA

Ever since I have known Nicole and her family (which is about 15 years), they have always had great style and this wedding was no different. Everything from Nicole’s dress, the flowers, the ceremony and reception locations, as well as the décor was perfection. There were so many amazing things about this day that I could go on and on, but I loved everything that Nicole and Andy chose to celebrate their day. Nicole has a smile that lights up the room, and she didn’t stop smiling all day. I love when a couple just has an amazing time on their wedding day and enjoys every moment of the day. We started off the day in Old City Philadelphia where we did their first look and some bridal party pictures, and then went to the ceremony which was held at Christ Church in Philadelphia which was founded in 1695. There is something about having a wedding in an old beautiful church that you can’t get elsewhere or put into words. One of my favorite photos of the day was as Nicole was heading down the aisle, the look on Andy’s face was of pure happiness. That moment inside of that gorgeous church was like something from a movie. The reception was held at Tendenza in Northern Liberties, and it was such a great venue. The staff at Tendenza was some of the best I have ever seen, because I love how well they took care of the bride and groom. I am so glad that Nicole and Andy chose us to be their wedding photographers. There are a lot of images in this blog post because I have so many favorites and I hope that you love every image!

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Jennifer and Vincent- Married, Brigalias Sicklerville, NJ

When I look back on a wedding (usually it starts on the ride home that night) I always think about what was my favorite thing about the wedding. This wedding is easy because I know exactly what my favorite thing was. My favorite thing about this wedding was the way that Jenn and Vinny love each other. I saw it in the way they looked at each other, the way they talked about the other, the way that they smiled, and how when they were together on their wedding day it was as if the rest of the world had disappeared and it was just them. So, before I get to everything else about the wedding day this brings me also to my favorite photo. This photo was actually a surprise to me because it was supposed to be a test shot. When we were setting up the bridal party for their formal photo, I took a few test shots to make sure I had my lighting set up the way I wanted. But, amongst the chaos going on around them with Austin setting everyone up was the most sincere, special moment. I may have been the only person to notice it, but I’m glad I did because it is hands down my favorite shot of the day because it was real… and I believe this shows exactly that love I was talking about that they share.

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So, as far as the rest of the wedding goes… it was amazing. Both the ceremony and reception were held at Brigalias in Sicklerville, NJ. Brigalias is such a great wedding venue, and it was a great choice for this wedding. Since this was a December wedding, it was terribly cold out, but the bride and groom along with their bridal party braved the cold to get some fun outdoor photos. Both Jenn and Vinny’s families as well as their bridal party were so much fun to be around. We felt like we had known them for a lot longer. We are so glad that Jenn and Vinny selected us to be a part of their wedding day. I hope you guys had a great time on the honeymoon!

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joanne bowdren - January 25, 2015 - 1:51 PM

Absolutely stunning. So glad we were able to share your special day!

Debbie Borum - January 26, 2015 - 5:25 AM

Tthe pictures are breathtaking…thank you for preserving my daughter’s wedding day with these gorgeous pictures …mother of the bride!