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Winter Park Wedding Photographer

Winter Park is one of the prettiest areas in Florida to photograph a wedding, or in this case, an engagement session. Only minutes away from all the hustle and bustle of downtown Disney it seems like its worlds away. This quaint little town offers much needed refuge from the theme parks and tourists. The restaurants, parks, and lake front views offer many an oasis of normality.  I was so excited when Shelby suggested that their engagement session take place on Rollins College in Winter Park. After all, that’s where she is going to school, and she just loves the area. Shelby and Greg lived quite close to one another growing up, in fact, you could practically call them neighbors. Yet it took both of them living in Atlanta for the stars to align, and the two to meet. They were inseparable after that. I loved that they brought their pup along with them to the session. Dogs make me happy. Dogs make people better. Dogs make the world better. HaHa. Okay I’m done with dogs. I am SO excited to be  a part of Shelby and Greg’s wedding journey. Here are some of my favorites from their Rollins College engagement session. And stay tuned. You will be seeing much more of this lovely duo as they will be getting married this May at the beautiful Alfond Inn. Yeah!!!

 

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Phoenixville Foundry Wedding Photography

I absolutely LOVE shooting weddings at the Phoenixville Foundry. It’s one of those unique venues that is everything historical, urban, and neighborhood cozy. But before I go into the venue and the amazing wedding. Can we talk for a second about the proposal?  A while back Megan had suggested to Mike that they create a bucket list, containing a list of places they wanted to travel and see.  So one day Mike came home with a journal and handed it to Megan. He wanted to show her the first thing on his bucket list. As she opened the book much to her excitement the book read #1. To marry my best friend . And the ring was placed in the cutout part of the book Mike had created. How cute is that?!?! Oh my gosh I love that story. So now fast forward to their wedding day at the Phoenixville Foundry. I’m not going to lie, I was nervous for the weather. It had been raining for a week leading up to their day. And even the morning of was a little cloudy. But right around 2 p.m. the sky parted and we had sunshine! I adored Megan’s BHLDN dress and her shoes. The bridesmaids dresses were a stunning soft pastel color and the bouquets were beyond breathtaking. I fell in love with the farm tables, baby’s breath and candles that adorned the reception. But I think more then their eye for beautiful decor, Megan and Mike surrounded themselves with amazing people. Their friends and family are so genuine and have such a strong bond with the couple. That was beautiful to see and so much fun to photograph. I’d like to thank the beautiful and talented Jennifer Baumann for shooting this wedding with me. Here are some of my favorites from their day as well as the vendors who made this wedding magical.

Wedding Reception :: Phoenixville Foundry

Wedding Dress :: BHLDN

Bridesmaids Dresses :: Monique L’huillier

Invitations :: Hand Painted Weddings

Caterer:: J.Scott Catering

Wedding Cake :: Clays Creative Corner Bakery

Florist :: Sommerfield Designs

DJ :: Schaffer Sound

Transportation :: Philadelphia Trolley Works

Second Shooter :: Jennifer Baumann

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Kennebunkport Wedding Photography |Brian + Cecilia

I love traveling up to Kennebunkport Maine, especially during the summer months for wedding season. However, this last trip to Kennebunkport took place at the end of December. And while I was completely preparing for snow and frostbite and a winter white engagement session for Brian and Cecilia, it just didn’t happen. Apparently I brought the Florida sunshine with me as the highs were in the 50’s. Trust me, in the end, I was grateful for that warmth. So rather then look for a snow capped mountains further North we found a beautiful evergreen forest not too far away from Kennebunkport, Maine.  The secret garden {no really, that’s the name of the garden} is part of the Kennebunk land trust that offers 40 acres of pristine forest. The 1.5 mile hike took us through evergreen trees and beautiful rivers. It was absolutely breathtaking. I felt so honored to capture Brain and Cecilia in all of their cuteness. And let’s talk about her outfit! That amazing jacket is from BCBG and her boots are Roxy. I love how she styled it a little bit military yet kept it soft with the cream colored dress and soft curls. Just beautiful Cecilia! Brian, you’re not too bad yourself  ;) What a fun afternoon we had and I cannot wait to reunite with them for their wedding this June in  Stockholm  Sweden. Eeeeeek!!! I can Cannot wait! Here are some of my favorites from their “winter wonderland” engagement session :)

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2014 A Year In Review

I have no idea where the 2014 wedding season went. Here I am, in front of my computer, towards the end of January trying to put into words the last 12 months. How do I start? What do I say? Well, why don’t I just start at the beginning. The first wedding of 2014 I showed up an entire day early . I can recall walking through the Powel Crosley looking at all the pictures hanging from the mantle thinking “they must not have cleaned up from last nights event, and they better get their act together”. Then upon almost walking into the bridal suite a lightbulb went off that quite possibly Susan and Alvin were getting married on Sunday, January 12th not Saturday, January 12th. HaHa! Yes, in true Stephanie A Smith form, I showed up to my first wedding of 2014 – 24 hours early. The laughter and smiles continued throughout the Spring as I traveled around Florida photographing some pretty amazing clients and their big day. I recall some really cute dogs, adorable grandparents, and some pretty sweet flowers girls and ring bearers. I was welcomed by the families and they trusted me whole heartedly with their day. Summer leading into fall changed a little bit. As usual the summer months of Florida are a little slower, a lot hotter and much more humid then any bride and groom want to deal with. This, for me, means I can take some much needed time off to refresh, recharge and refocus. I got to spend some time with my family down in the Keys and up in the Outerbanks which was beyond want the doctor ordered. Heading into the Fall season I knew I had a big lineup. 7 out of the 8 weddings I had in September and October were out of state. And this wasn’t just the typical go back home to Philadelphia, these were entirely new destinations and experiences all up and down the Eastern sea board. These destination weddings took me to Charleston, South Carolina, the Outerbanks, North Carolina, Monterey, Tennessee, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, Maine Line, Pennsylvania, Kennebunkport, Maine and Manalapan, New Jersey. Southwest loved me :) While I was completely exhausted after all the traveling I was filled with an enthusiasm for life and my career that I had never experienced before. Wow, it was truly amazing. If I were to name my top three favorite locations, without hesitation I would say the Outerbanks, Tennessee and Maine. I will go back to those states and shoot weddings in a heart beat. I finished up 2014 in Florida with four amazing couples. Their genuine love for each other and their families was undeniable and as you will see in the next few weeks as I blog them their decor and venue selections were mind blowing. Looking back and reflecting on weddings past is a wonderful thing to do. It makes me realize, going forward where I want to take my business and the clients I want to work with. As I include a few of my favorite photos from the 2014 year both professionally and personally I hope that you see a common theme among my images. I want you to see warmth, I want you to feel happy or moved emotionally, and I want you to smile. Guys, that is me, in a nutshell, that is who I am, and that is how I capture weddings. I love raw emotions, true happiness and a warmth that comes not only from the natural elements you are surrounded by but the love and support from those closest to you. Looking into 2015 I hope I get to travel more with weddings. In fact, I’m almost in a position where my life will be completely mobile and I can take myself and my dog anywhere you need me {more to come on that soon} I want to capture your love and day in the most genuine way. I want to capture first looks between bride and grooms, moments with parents and grandparents, laughter between friends and of course smooches with your pooches. Below are some highlights from my year as well as a few of my travels, and my dog, Tito Monster.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all my clients who trusted me to capture their day. I feel so blessed to have been a part of your journey.

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Nashville Wedding Photographer

It seems like it was just yesterday that everything was decorated for Fall. There were pumpkins, red and orange colored leaves, even lattes the flavor of autumn. And as soon as daylight savings time happened it became full speed ahead for Christmas! Now all I see are lights, pine cones and santa clauses. We haven’t even hit Thanksgiving yet! I am putting a stop to this by posting a perfectly Fall wedding from Tennessee. Now if any of you have not visited this beautiful state, I encourage you to get in your car right now and head that way. It is the most beautiful place. Jess fell in love with the area when she went on a road trip with her dad. They drove all around looking for run down barns, vintage old signs, and just historical beauty.It was her dad who introduced her to the Garden Inn. This quaint little bed and breakfast is perched on the edge of the Cumberland Plateau. Wow, is all I could say when I pulled up to the venue. And with the fog and mist surrounding the area it set the perfect mood for the fall wedding. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this wedding. The venue was entirely dedicated to the bride and groom and their wedding guests. Jess and Matt decided on a first look and wanted to photograph the entire bridal party before the ceremony. They got to enjoy the entire cocktail hour, and then went on a 10 minute hike with me to the peak of Bee rock for photos. And they had live music playing all night long, in harmony with the light rain that danced on the tin barn roof. Eeeeeek. It seriously could not have gotten any better. So without further ado I give you Jess and Matt’s wedding.

Ceremony Location :: The Garden Inn

Reception Location :: The Garden Inn

 Florist & Caterer :: Beyond Details

Wedding Planner :: Beyond Details

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