Bride and Groom at Marsh Creek State Park

Chester County Wedding – St Patrick’s Church in Malvern and Meredith Manor in Phoenixville, PA

Julie and Carl’s wedding!!!

Julie had such unique wedding attire!! Her dress, an Ellis Bridals tea-length dress with long, lace sleeves, is one of my favorite wedding dresses ever! Her shoes were simple white heels with a tie closure, but she sent them to Claire Jones of Beautiful Moments in the United Kingdom to be hand painted and personalized with the couple's names, wedding date, and fairy tale quotes! The wedding invitations are black and white in orange envelopes to echo the Halloween weekend wedding. Just before getting into their dresses at the Hilton Garden Inn, the girls all toasted mimosas in their floral robes.
Julie had such unique wedding attire!! Her dress, an Ellis Bridals tea-length dress with long, lace sleeves, is one of my favorite wedding dresses ever. Her shoes were simple white heels with a tie closure, but she sent them to Claire Jones of Beautiful Moments in the United Kingdom to be hand painted and personalized with the couple’s names, wedding date, and fairy tale quotes! The wedding invitations are black and white in orange envelopes to echo the Halloween weekend wedding. Just before getting into their dresses at the Hilton Garden Inn, the girls all toasted mimosas in their floral robes.
Bridal prep images at Hilton Garden Inn of a bride being helped into her dress by her mom and maid of honor.
Julie’s mom helps her into her dress and pins on the veil in Exton, PA. Her maid of honor does the buttons on the dress and helps with the hair. Julie bought her fancy earrings at the Wedding Pavilion VanCleve in Paoli, brand is Sara Gabriel.
Groom prep photos at Hilton Garden Inn in Exton and First Look (Reveal) photos at Marsh Creek State Park in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.
My second shooter, Erik Matey, took the black and white groom prep shots at the Hilton Garden Inn in Exton, PA. After everyone was ready, We all headed to Marsh Creek Lake for the first look, and went right into the bridal party photos. This wedding party silhouette was intended to be a normal photo, but the bright sun came out from behind a cloud so I changed my plan and made something different!
Marsh Creek State Park Wedding Party Formals
Julie and Carl’s wedding party were all great sports and we had a great time photographing them in the park! The Maroon and orange colors inĀ the flowers and dresses let you know it’s a fall wedding, if the trees don’t give it away first. šŸ™‚
Marsh Creek State Park Wedding Photos
Julie and Carl are absolutely adorable together, and photographing them is quite easy! We could stick them in any spot and perfect photos would present themselves!
Bride and Groom at Marsh Creek State Park
I love this image of Julie as she leans on Carl’s chest for a snuggle. The fall foliage and lake are behind them, and the afternoon sunlight shines on their shoulders.
St. Patrick's Church Ceremony in Malvern
After the formals in the park we all headed to Saint Patrick’s Church in Malvern for the Catholic ceremony.
St. Patrick's Church in Malvern- Catholic Ceremony Wedding Photos
The ceremony was full of expression and emotion, much like the rest of the day! Father Redcay performed the ceremony at Saint Pat’s, like he does for almost every wedding at the church!
St Patricks Church in Malvern family formals
After the ceremony we did a few family formals at the altar. I always photograph a traditional “looking and smiling” photograph for each grouping, but I love andĀ appreciate the more fun and candid images that accompany them!! Both Julie and Carl have amazing families that are so full of love- not to mention they know how to have a good time!
Wedding Party Photos at St Patricks in Malvern
A few more photos of the bridal party at the church, and our lovely couple showing off the altar at St Patrick’s!
St Patricks in Malvern- Bride and Groom Portraits
Did I mention how much I love Julie’s dress?!?! These are mostly close-up photos but I assure you we took a lot of full length to show off those shoes!!

 

Meredith Manor in Phoenixville Cocktail Hour and Room Shots
Meredith Manor was all set up and ready for us when we arrived for cocktail hour. The couple did much of their own decor (…and by couple, I mean the bride, her mom, and her bridesmaids). They had a Virginia Tech jersey as their guest book, mason jar mugs for each guest, and cute chalk board signs all over! The orange and maroon colors remained prominent in the room decor. The cake, by Bakers of Huffington in Downingtown, was on a table in front of the words “best day ever,” and christmas lights lit up the room!
Meredith Manor Wedding Reception in Phoenixville
Julie and Carl got introduced to Metallica!! That is my kind of couple!! After a quick head bang, the two began their first dance under the lights of the tent at Meredith Manor.
Wedding Toasts at Meredith Manor
Toasts and speeches were made by the bride’s parents, maid of honor, and best man. There was no shortage of laughter with this crew!
Meredith Manor- Chester Country Wedding Reception
Julie danced with her dad, Carl danced with his mom, and then the couple cut the cake- Not too much smashing from these two, just a little icing on the nose.
Partying at Meredith Manor in Phoenixville
The party was hopping after Julie and her brother Steve tore up the dance floor! later on The garter and bouquet were tossed, and everyone had a great time!!
Whiskey and Cigar Bar at Meredith Manor
Julie surprised Carl with a Whiskey and Cigar Bar at the reception so he could have quality “man time” with his friends that traveled near and far! It was a big hit, and while we had half the crew outside, we organized the group shot for their alma matter, Virgina Tech. A chalkĀ board saying “I love you to Blacksburg and back,” hand-made by the bride, is in the front of this crazy group of college friends.

 

I absolutely LOVED documenting this fall wedding. The bride and groom are not only adorable together, but Julie is the sister of a groom I photographed earlier in the year – Rob, with his wife Laura. See their summer Philadelphia wedding here!

I hope to continue to document these families as they grow! <3

 


Second Shooter: Erik Matey

Bride’s dress brand: Ellis Bridals (style# 11317 in ivory) purchased atĀ Bridal Sophisticate in Media, PA

Shoes hand painted by Claire Jones of Beautiful Moment UK

Celeste Earrings by Sara GabrielĀ from The Wedding Pavilion at Van Cleve in Paoli, PA

Bridesmaids dress brand: Jordan Fashions style 857 in Wine

Hair: Bride’s Hair done By Brittany Pagano. Bridesmaids hair done by Brittany Pagano and Valerie Baughman

Make-up artist: BrideĀ did her own makeup. Bridesmaids’ makeup done by Brittany Pagano

Groom and Groomsmen suit brand and outfitter: Vera Wang Suits by Men’s Warehouse

Florist: Matlack Florist in West Chester, PA

Decor: The Bride, her mom, and herĀ Bridesmaids hand made the table center pieces, the do-it-yourself photo booth frame, and all chalkboard signs. Corn hole set made and personalized by Bride’s brother, Steve. Bride surprised the Groom with a Whiskey and Cigar Bar.

Caterer: Meredith Manor in Pottstown, PA

Cake: Bakers of Huffington in Downingtown, PA

DJ: Chett Light DJ

Officiant: Father Redcay of St. Patrick’s Malvern, PA

Videographer: Chester Springs Video