Vanessa & Jon’s Wedding Day Highlights
Fans of fitness, laughing, and having a good time, Venessa and Jon are a perfect match, and on their big day they celebrated all of this and more at the beautiful Joseph Ambler Inn!
You may remember Vanessa and Jon from their engagement session we did this spring at the Joseph Ambler Inn. It’s great fun when couples love their wedding venues so much that they want to do both their engagement session and wedding photos at the same location.
Vanessa’s day started at the Thomas Wilson House on the Joseph Ambler Inn property. The historic home has a private getting ready bridal suite in the basement which is where the bride-to-be and her attendants prepped for the wedding day. Bella by Design worked diligently to have Vanessa’s bridal hair and makeup ready ahead of schedule so she could walk the historic property to find Jon for their first look!
Flanked by her bridesmaids in their Adrianna Papell dresses, Vanessa’s wedding gown from Arielle Bridal blew softly in the warm May air as she walked the Joseph Ambler grounds to find her groom. Jon waited patiently and stoically in a courtyard for his bride. His straight face turned to smiles as he felt Vanessa take his hand and they exchanged love letters before sharing their private first look. Though I’m sure a few guests caught some glances through the guest room windows, the duo is a rather private couple and enjoyed the few minutes they had to themselves before we swept them away for their pre-wedding photo session on the grounds.
Traveling around the scenic grounds of the Joseph Ambler Inn we photographed Vanessa and Jon. It was fantastic watching them enjoy each other’s company as we soaked in every inch of greens, flowers, and rustic backdrops and buildings we could find. Jon loves picking up Vanessa and one of our favorite images of the day is Jon (who has massive arms by the way for he is an amazing personal trainer) and effortlessly lifted her into the air to show of her Badgley Mischka heels! Bending down and giving Jon a kiss, you could tell Vanessa loves being wrapped up in Jon’s strong and protective arms. After a few more photos with the bridal party and some family photos it was time for Vanessa and Jon to “tie the knot”.
Jon waited patiently at the front of the aisle in his Country Bride and Gent tuxedo, and his face lit up when he saw Vanessa exit one of the historically buildings and work her way towards him and his groomsmen. Like Vanessa and Jon, the ceremony was sweet, to the point, and filled with personal moments. For example, both Vanessa and Jon asked their mothers to choose passages and read them out loud during the ceremony. There wasn’t a dry eye, or hand on heart, as the two women read passages which had deep sentimental meaning to both of them. After a kiss and run down the aisle to a live guitarist Dave Baker, Jon and Vanessa was off to cocktail hour to enjoy the amazing drinks and appetizers prepared by the Joseph Ambler Inn.
The tables in the ballroom were decorated with flowers by Vanessa’s Uncle – Billy Lowry. There was an impressive use of soft orchards paired with black polished river rock and DJ Bob from Philly Event Group lit the entire ballroom at Joseph Ambler Inn with romantic amber uplights and wild DJ lights. The newlyweds entered the ballroom and danced to Jon Pardi’s ‘Head Over Boots’ before being toasted (and roasted) by their attendants. Cafe Roma Bakery provided cupcakes and a cutting cake for the bride and groom. Perhaps the sweetest smile we saw on Vanessa’s face all day is when she returned the cake smash favor to her groom during cake cutting.
Guests danced the night away and the newlyweds socialized with their friends and family before exiting to their after party through a glow of a sparkler exit and cheers provided by their guests.Thank you so much for including us as your wedding photographers on your big day!
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