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Jessica and Matthew | The Reeds at Shelter Haven

May 22, 2016
Weddings
This Spring I've been reminded that Mother Nature is a guest at every wedding: No exceptions. Sometimes she shows up in a sunny mood, but I've seen her storm through the ceremony and continue right into the reception.  
 
I can't control the weather, but maybe by offering up a few images from Jessica and Matthew's Wedding at The Reeds at Shelter Haven, down at the Jersey Shore--a day when the weather was warm and dry--I can get on Mother Nature's good side. 
 
Douglas

Amy & Brandon | Cedar Lakes Estate

Jan 18, 2016
Weddings
January through March are months packed with bridal shows. Brides and grooms-to-be descend on ballrooms and conference centers filled with vendors eager to help them make their day special. They often come to me and say they saw something in a magazine and wanted that for their day.  
 
If you're a bride or groom-to-be and you are gathering ideas for an elegant day, I highly recommend looking at Amy and Brandon's wedding. They were married late in 2015 at Cedar Lakes Estate and I can assure you it was a dream wedding. They had tradition, elegance and most of all happiness.  
 
Good luck to those of you in the planning stages. If you're in need of a photographer, please contact me now for a consult. I'd love to help you capture the day. 
 
Douglas

Kate & Michael | The Guesthouse Lost River

Jan 12, 2016
Weddings
I know it's going to be a special shoot when the bride and groom greet me with bear hugs and their extended family finds me a chair and pulls me into the latest round of family news. That's exactly what happened at Kate and Michael's wedding and I find myself thinking back on it fondly. 
 
They celebrated their wedding with a weekend long party at The Guesthouse Lost River in Lost River West Virginia. They reserved the entire property and treated their guests to a weekend filled with all their favorite activities--the highlight being the 50-mile bike ride just hours before they said "I do." If the ride wasn't your thing (it was my thing, by the way; there was no time for me to ride though...I was too busy hanging out the sunroof of a car grabbing as many moments as I could) you could sit by the pool and linger over coffee or head into the nearby mountains for a guided ride on horseback.  
 
What Kate and Michael created was a relaxed atmosphere; and a relaxed bride and groom makes for gorgeous and genuine moments to photograph.  
 
Douglas

Christine and Jordan | Down Town Club

Dec 1, 2015
Weddings
When I think about Christine and Jordan's wedding at the Down Town Club in Philadelphia, the first adjective that comes to mind is elegant. I am not going to spend too much time trying to describe the elegance of their day to you--just look at the photos and you will know exactly what I mean.

Olivia and Anthony | Perona Farms

Nov 7, 2015
Weddings
There are venues where you can feel the history. The minute you arrive, you realize these places weren't built as wedding sites--in fact that's usually the furthest thing anyone ever thought of at its conception. When I shoot a wedding at one of these places, I find myself wondering what went on here? How did it get to be a wedding venue?  
 
Olivia and Anthony were married at Perona Farms in Andover, New Jersey, which I learned was once a 260-acre dairy farm. It was purchased in 1917 by Emil Perona, who, after a few years realized he was going to have to take in boarders to pay his bills. His wife, known as Mother Perona, feed the hundreds of guests who eventually flocked there for respite from life.  
 
And now, four generation of Peronas later, "farm" remains in the name, but this place is really an elegant site for people to come together and celebrate. I am guessing while Emil and his wife meant to raise dairy cows, they would be happy to know this place hosts events filled with joy and happiness--Olivia and Anthony's wedding was most certainly one of these.  
 
Douglas