Sarah and Diego’s Winterthur wedding will hopefully leave no doubts as to why this is one of our favorite venues to shoot at. Over the past few years, as we’ve shot at more and more venues, there have been a select few that hold a special place in our hearts. The former DuPont residence that stretches for over 1000 acres called Winterthur is one of those venues. What was once the former home of Henry Francis du Pont, a renowned antiques collector and horticulturist is now a museum and most importantly for us a wedding venue. A venue that has a perfect mix of beautiful architecture and landscaping to keep a photographer’s creative motor fueled for well over multiple visits due to its size and intricacies.
Sarah and Diego were married at St Elizabeth’s Catholic Church on June 22, 2018. The remainder of the day was spent at Winterthur where the two of them spent a good amount of time enjoying their big day together while Sandi and I captured every moment. We love seeing our clients dedicate a nice chunk of time to themselves on their wedding day, allowing things to slow down a little and letting the biggest day of their lives soak in. No matter how long the wedding day is, it always seems to be over in the blink of an eye. Sarah and Diego set aside almost two hours where the two of them simply explored the Winterthur property hand in hand, enjoying each other’s company. Sandi and I did our best to capture as much as we could of that time in a storytelling way so that the two of them can look back on the photos and relive the day all over again.
It was an amazing day for two beautiful people at one of our favorite venues. Sarah looked absolutely stunning as you’ll see the photos that Sandi captured of her as she got ready. She looked even better with her arms around her new husband. We lucked out with some beautiful weather and we couldn’t have asked for a better Winterthur wedding in the typically hot month of June. We wish these two nothing but the best and look forward to seeing them again soon.
A last-minute trip up to Acadia was well worth it. It was cold and rainy the first couple days but the weather cleared up and we had some sun and temps in the mid to high 60’s. We stayed in the Southwest Harbor just 10 minutes from Bass Harbor Lighthouse and got to do some new exploring. It was just in time for Luke’s birthday, he turns four on the 30th, but we are working so we celebrated while we were there. It’s the perfect place to celebrate his birthday since we were in Maine just weeks prior to him being born. We were there for one last vacation before becoming parents and to take some maternity photos in our favorite vaca spot. One of those maternity photos was taken at a tree that sits alone out in the middle of a huge wild blueberry field that has captured my attention since I first saw it twenty-some years ago. I took this specific photo of Sandi in front of this tree with a much larger idea in mind. This past trip up to Maine we captured the third photo in the series that started with that first shot, taking a new one every 2 years. Pretty cool to see that not only did Luke double in size with each photo, but so did the tree. Click on the photo of Sandi and Luke to see all 3 photos.
Daria and Bart’s Sky Philadelphia wedding from June was just one of several summer Philly weddings that Sandi and Jay photographed, they still have a few more go before Fall kicks in. The Philadelphia wedding season is in full swing right now and things are about to get even crazier with the Fall season here on the East Coast about to kick in. Looking back on this summer’s weddings, we were in the city a lot more than in previous years. We had a stretch of 5 weddings in a row that were all in the city, each of them unique from the other. Daria and Bart’s wedding was one that we fell in love with as it had a nice mix of different elements throughout the day. They each got ready in old Victorian homes that they rented out and it made for some great prep and first look photos to start the day off. From there everyone drove over to Manayunk where their ceremony was held at the 186-year-old St. John the Baptist Church which didn’t disappoint for beautiful photos either. Once Daria and Bart were married and enjoyed a few mins with family and friends it was time to head over to the city for some photos and celebrating.
Daria and Bart’s reception was held at the Sky Philadelphia, where the two of them would spend the rest of the night dancing and having one hell of a time on the 51st floor overlooking the beautiful city of Philly below. Whenever a couple books their reception at Sky Philadelphia, I would have to imagine they dream of being able to look out from the balcony and have a beautiful sunset. I’m sure there have been plenty of disappointed brides when the weather didn’t cooperate, but not ours. As the sun started to go down, the sky began to resemble the colors from the famous Claude Oscar Monet’s painting, San Giorgio Maggiore At Dusk. Well, without the water, but you get the idea. It turned out to be one of the most beautiful backdrops Jay and Sandi have ever photographed at a city wedding. It’s one that I’m sure Daria and Bart had only dreamed about when they were planning their Sky Philadelphia wedding, and one that Jay and Sandi won’t be forgetting any time soon.
Venue: Sky Philadelphia
Wedding Gown: Martina Liana
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Tux: Menguin
Videographer: Shutter and Sound
Florist: Shannan Holland
Hair & Makeup Artist: Monica Virga of Monica Virga Cosmetics
Wedding Cake: Bredenbeck’s