Katrina & David’s Wedding Day Highlights
Rain = good luck on the wedding day… what does sleet, snow, wind, sun, and partly cloudy add to the good luck meter? Katrina and David had a little bit of everything to add to their Valley Forge wedding day!
Katrina began her wedding day at the Privè Salon & Style Bar in Newtown Square with her bridesmaids. The crew prepped the bridesmaids for the wedding day with luxury hair and flawless makeup. There was laughter and stories told as each girl was made-up at the salon. Jen Smack and Dayna Bushong personally took care of Katrina’s bridal look. Once finished, the ladies headed to The Radisson at Valley Forge Casino Resort to finish getting ready. Katrina gathered her bridal details for Jen to photograph (a elegant pair of Badgley Mischkas, jewelry from Givenchy, and Tacori rings from Benari). The best details she handed me were a family rosary (to tie around the bouquet from Carl Alan Floral Designs), family identification tags (“dog tags”), and a family heirloom book titled, “Our Marriage Vow.” Katrina’s favorite detail was her cathedral veil from L&H Bridal – which, if you know us and veils, we’re always happy to see these details included on the wedding day!
At the same time David was at his parent’s house not that far down the road. Nestled back in the woods, the entrance to the property was a long crushed stone driveway lined with large oak trees. Sitting on the top of a hill was the house, and as soon as I knocked on the door I instantly knew I was going to have a great time photographing David and his groomsmen. I met David, quickly explained how I like to take “getting ready” photos and started snapping away as he started to put on his Michael Kors tuxedo from Weitzenkorns Mens. The entire time I worked with David and large and genuine happy smile filled his face. You could tell David was so excited to be marrying Katrina and couldn’t wait for the day to move forward. The look and feeling almost reminded me of boy on Christmas. The excitement, anticipation, but more importantly pure joy exuded from David and spread happiness to everyone around him. After a few more photos, we all headed down the tree lined driveway for some photos before everyone headed off to the church.
So, it’s November… but it’s like, 65 degrees outside… and the bride-to-be purchased a white cape to wear for their outdoor photos… so we had her wear it for a few photos with her bridesmaids in identical matching robes before Katrina got ready to get into her bridal gown. Katrina’s wedding gown was a dreamy design from Eddy K purchased from L&H Bridal. The bodice of her gown was covered in intricate crystal beading and was such a show-stopping part of her wedding attire. Katrina’s mother and sister helped her get into her gown before doing a reveal for the rest of her bridesmaids (whom wore Sorella Vita from Bijou Bridal). After a quick first look with Dad outside the hotel, Katrina and her bride tribe piled into the limo, from Limo Today, and made their way to Conshohoken to get her married!
St. Matthews Parish sits on Fayette Street in beautiful Conshohoken. Limo Today pulled the car in front of the grand doors of the church and the bride and her group waited in the limo for a few minutes (we arrived early!) while the 135 guests made their way into the building. Father Tom Heron officiated the Catholic ceremony and pronounced the duo married just in time for them to walk out to their cheering guests as the golden sun kissed the shoulders of the cheering crowd. The nice weather allowed us to photograph family photos on the front steps of the church before everyone headed back towards Valley Forge.
After the ceremony the bridal party and the newlyweds made a pit stop at Valley Forge National Historical Park for their portrait session. We gathered everyone around the National Memorial Arch as the sun set behind the rolling hills. Katrina and David couldn’t stop smiling and it was very clear they were happy to be married! As the light drifted away, the wind started to pickup a bit, and the temperature started to plummet (yes, dropped 20 degrees in about 15 minutes). We snapped this great nighttime fall inspired photo before we wrapped the chilly bride in her veil and ushered her back to the limo to head off to cocktail hour at the Valley Forge Casino Resort.
The Grand Ballroom was decorated in tones of blue with traditional centerpieces full of red roses and hydrangea. Their Brooklyn Girl Bakery cake was displayed in the corner of the room with an adorable topper of the couple almost kissing (with a silhouette of their dog hidden on the first layer of the cake). Setup in the opposite corner was Silver Sound, DJ Taz Sellers was ready to bring in the guests from cocktail hour and get the dancing started! The newlyweds entered their reception and danced their first dance on a cloud – yes, an actual white fluffy cloud on the dance floor.
Guests could take home a gift of a Honey Bear (made by the groom and father of the groom), and the newlyweds also treated their guests to take-home milk and cookies. The toasts were heartfelt, the dancing was amazing, and the bride and groom couldn’t stop smiling all evening. As the guests partied inside, mother nature dumped some rain and snow outside, though by the end of the reception there was no evidence of the snow (it was there, I saw it!). Thank you to the newlyweds for having us at your #wilsonphilippmashup!
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