Engagement Session: Gibraltar Gardens, Wilmington, Delaware in Late Fall with Emily, Phil and Kaitlin

•September 17, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Fall Engagement Session at Gibraltar Gardens Wilmington Delaware_0002A runner and a golfer find each other through the beauty of an organized sports league game called kickball…and a little help from a mutual friend too.  Fast forward to April of 2014. While on their trip to the romantic town of Niagara Falls, Phil proposed to Emily during their horse-drawn carriage ride.

Emily and Phil currently live in Wilmington, Delaware and are not far down the road from the Gibraltar Gardens.  It was an obvious choice for us to meet and get them comfortable in front of my lens.  Gibraltar offers a huge assortment of locations for great portraits.  There is a great deal of history at this site as well.  The estate is on the national register for historical places and the garden itself was laid out by one of the first female landscape architects, Marian Cruger Coffin.

And back to the happy couple…

We enjoyed a very mild late fall, late November morning and walked around the grounds getting shots of not only Emily and Phil but also Phil’s daughter Kaitlin.  The space lent itself to lots of creative perspectives that complimented the standard family portraits I also provided for them.

Emily and Phil are getting married in Cape May in late September.  Keep an eye out later this fall to get a look at some of their most treasured moments.  For now here is a little taste of their time as an engaged couple.  Enjoy.Fall Engagement Session at Gibraltar Gardens Wilmington Delaware_0000Fall Engagement Session at Gibraltar Gardens Wilmington Delaware_0001
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I always appreciate those who stop by to check out my latest post.  I hope you enjoyed looking at the engagement images I made for Emily and Phil at Gibraltar Gardens late last fall.  Maybe they inspire you to get out this fall and make some wonderful photographs for you and those close to you.  If you dream of images like these to display in your home don’t hesitate to connect with me.  I’d love to use my gift of finding those moments in between to create one of a kind works of art that document and preserving priceless memories.

All the best,

DV

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Mini Portrait Session: Sam and Matt in Glen Mills, PA

•May 15, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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This is a mini post about a mini shoot I did for my upcoming bride and groom, Sam and Matt.  I offered this session the evening they made it official…meaning of course when we all signed the wedding photography contract.  We went out for about 10 minutes around her parents country property and got a hand full of images.  The mini portrait session is more casual than the 2 hour engagement shoot that I offer.  It’s primary purpose is to create images for the save-the-date cards that a bride and groom send out ahead of time to their guests as an early announcement of their big day.  I give both color and black and white versions of each image as well as offer design and printing solutions.  How many of you know a couple who went the DIY route only to experience frustration with a personal printer that goes bonkers and requires going out to your local Walmart in the wee hours of the night to ultimately spend that money they thought they saved (by not hiring a professional) on a new printer?  Yeah I can say I know a couple…including myself way before i started this wedding photo gig!  So take my advice, give yourself a break and let me take your save-the-dates off your shoulders so you can focus on the bigger details of your wedding day.

Here are some of the images I provided to Sam and Matt.  I am very much looking forward to their wedding that takes place this Saturday, May 16th in West Chester, PA as well as honored to be their wedding photographer.

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All the best,

DV

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Maggie and Dan’s New England Fall Wedding at the Salem Cross Inn, MA

•April 29, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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To say I was looking forward to Maggie and Dan’s wedding is an understatement. They are truly great family friends. Maggie and I were introduced by our friend Ray at our local rock climbing gym, The Delaware Rock Gym. She and I instantly hit it off since we climb at the same level, allowing us to work the same rock climbing problems together. When we took a break from our workout we chatted about our work outside the gym. She too is a photographer. I invited her to join my local photographer’s group, Better Together Newark. At our next meeting, I was introduced to her boyfriend (at the time), Dan. From there we took some weekend climbing trips together, which turned into mountain biking adventures when the weather got too hot to be out on the rocks. Maggie was a nanny to a little boy (who would later become the ring bearer in their wedding) and we would plan play dates during the week with my son.

Naturally, I eventually asked Maggie to help me shoot some weddings. (Here are a couple of the weddings she second shot with me: Nicole + Harry and Kaileigh + Dan). She got to know the photography I produced, my work ethic, methods of documentation and my style of wedding photojournalism.

Fast forward to August of 2013 as Dan proposes on the beaches of Cape Cod, a very memorable and meaningful place for the two of them. Next step is ultimately planning the wedding from Newark, Delaware…to take place in Brookfield, Massachusetts, the area in which they both grew up.  I was speechless when they came to me and asked if I would photograph their wedding. I was also a bit nervous as Maggie is a great photographer and the pressure was on to produce the best set of wedding photos I could as a friend and as a professional. My anxiety was relieved when they explained how much they loved my work and they were confident I was the right choice for them.

Their momentous day took place on Sunday October 19, 2014, exactly the peak of the fall foliage season in New England. My husband made the trip to Massachusetts with me the Friday before the big day. As I do with every client, it was important for me to attend Maggie and Dan’s rehearsal at the Salem Cross Inn, an 18th century farmhouse beautifully restored into a restaurant and tavern. This gave me a chance to meet the families, map out interior logistics, and scout outside for portrait locations. Witnessing the rehearsal, locking in my camera settings, and understanding the chain of events was very helpful in this case as the ceremony location was unpredictably moved indoors due to a little bit of precipitation and cooler than normal temperature.  Following the rehearsal we were invited to attend the dinner held at Dan’s parent’s house. I was glad I didn’t put my camera away because the rainy sky opened up to a beautiful double rainbow which gave me an opportunity to get this cool portrait of Maggie and Dan with the rainbow peaking through the fall foliage.

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The Salem Cross Inn was a spectacular space for Maggie and Dan’s wedding. The barn interior fit very well with the overall rustic feel of the wedding. I really appreciate wedding spaces that are one of a kind since they tend to ignite my creative eye for unique imagery.

One of the biggest parts of Maggie and Dan’s day was to entertain the guests with a live band. They chose a band called The Bad Tickers. These guys were awesome! I always enjoy live music at weddings and this band was one of the best I’ve seen. Maggie’s sister, Glenna, even grabbed the microphone to sing a couple of songs including providing vocals to Maggie and Dan’s very special first dance, The Wedding Song by Angus and Julia Stone. Near the end of the night Dan’s cousin, Zack, joined in with Glenna on the guitar for a couple of songs. Kudos to the band for sharing the stage, allowing the family to display their talents, and creating one of a kind memories. Hats off to The Bad Tickers!

The big day has come and gone, thankfully without any snags or snafoos, leaving us all with wonderful memories and some spectacular photographic images. I am utterly grateful to Maggie and Dan for their trust in me to document their most precious moments on their Wedding Day. For close friends to have chosen me as their wedding photographer was the biggest compliment to my life’s work that anyone could give me. Thank you Maggie and Dan. Also, a very special thank you to my husband, Dann, for making the trip north to assist me.

Without further ado, I present a selection of images that best showcases the story of Maggie and Dan’s Wedding Day.

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Can’t forget the other pros who helped bring Maggie and Dan’s wedding together.
Venue/Coordinator: Salem Cross Inn Paula Roberts
Makeup Artist: Yvette Cordio
Hairdresser: Misty Thorpe
Florist: Ladyslipper Designs
Caterer: Salem Cross Inn
Band/DJ: The Bad Tickers
Invitations: MJ Designs
Rings: A.R. Morris

Thank you for visiting my blog and reading about Maggie and Dan’s wedding day. If you found this post enjoyable and feel compelled to share, then please do. (If you know an engaged couple looking for a photographer and you think I would be a good fit, your share would be greatly appreciated.)
Until next post.
All the best,
DZ

(Here is documentation of their extra special heirloom keepsake box.)Rustic New England Fall Wedding at Salem Cross Inn Massachusetts October 2014_0001

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Summer August Wedding in West Chester + Phoenixville, PA uniting Nneka, a Philly girl and Austin, a Boston gent at the Phoenixville Foundry

•March 25, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Nneka and Austin live in Boston, MA but decided to say their vows in front of family and friends in Southeastern Pennsylvania.  Nneka’s family resides in the Phoenixville area and attends the Church of the Holy Trinity in West Chester.

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The lovely Church of the Holy Trinity was the site of the ceremony and not far from Nneka’s family home, the newly reinvigorated Phoenixville Foundry (previously the Phoenix Iron Works Foundry) hosted their celebration.

I recall pointing my long lens down the church aisle toward the bridesmaids, just as they began to enter, and being wondrously distracted by the beautiful stained glass window that illuminated as the sun broke through the surrounding rain clouds.  The guests stood up as the gorgeous and stunning bride, Nneka, began to make her way down the aisle, arm in arm with her father,  toward her soon-to-be (and anxious)  husband, Austin.

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Father and future son-in-law shook hands, dad gave daughter a kiss, and then joined the happy couple.
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The Reverend Dr. Barbara from the Grace Episcopal Church (Austin’s family’s church) traveled all the way from Massachusetts to officiate their wedding.  (She is a super neat lady.  I was fortunate to spend a little time with her as we both traveled over to the Phoenixville Foundry together.)  To incorporate Nneka’s Nigerian background, their friend, Zain, read John 4:7-16 in Igbo, a native language of Nigeria.  Another pretty awesome ceremonial touch  was the gorgeous voice of Nneka’s sister, Chimdi, as she sang Victor Young/Edward Hyman’s “When I Fall in Love.”

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This was followed by their official marriage vows and one of my favorite moments as they walked up the aisle to the awesome voice of John Legend singing “All of Me,” through the church speakers.

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The church garden area made the perfect location to get a couple of bridal party shots, as well as some intimate images of just Nneka and Austin.  These images are some of my all time favorites as they exhibit a genuine and natural feel of relaxed portraiture.

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It was on to the Phoenixville Foundry…with the rain clouds deciding to join in on the outdoor photo session we had planned. If it weren’t for the awesome Gretchen Johnson, my side kick and second shooter extraordinaire helping out with a bit of the umbrella action, the images on the Phoenix Column Truss Bridge wouldn’t exist.  Thank you, Gretchen!

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The inside of the foundry was a pretty spectacular space.  It is very open and full of light.  The salmon and grey table settings were a very elegant color pairing.  Nneka and Austin’s table numbers were super cute as each contained a childhood photograph of both of them.

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I managed to grab the couple from their rounds during the cocktail hour to get a shot in the dining room.  It isn’t a true photojournalistic moment as I directed them to that particular space; however, they fell right into the each other’s arms as if I wasn’t even around.  This made for a very real moment in spite of the initial set up.

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The terrace or mezzanine level where the cocktail hour was held overlooked the dance floor.  I took advantage of this space during their first dance as it provided a bird’s eye view on all the excitement.

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I knew I couldn’t leave the foundry without at least one image of the couple on the mezzanine amidst the steel beams.  This image was instantly one of my favorites, as again, Nneka and Austin were completely natural as they sweetly embraced among the massive, complex structures.

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A very special and unique part of their day was their dress change in the middle of the Reception.  Both Nneka and Austin changed into traditional Nigerian dress called the “aso-ebi.”  The colors were tailored to their wedding colors of navy and salmon.

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The night was coming to an end, but we had to squeeze in one more important photo.  It was a last minute addition and put me on the spot as it required the location of a bench.  As luck would have it, in the Visitor Center at the other side of the foundry, was a small bench.  Austin pulled up an image on his phone and we did the best we could to emulate.  It took a few tries, but I believe Austin and Nneka nailed it and made it their own.

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The Obama wedding photo is courtesy of http://33427478.weebly.com/present-day.html

Nneka and Austin, it was a blast working for you and your families.  Thank you for trusting the artist in me to come through in providing you with memories that will live on forever.  It was a true honor.

Huge thank you to my home girl Gretchen Johnson for all her efforts in making sure Nneka and Austin got complete documentation of their big day.

A special thank you to my sweet mother, Suzy Zeigler.  She possesses a gift of understanding the English language much better than I do so she kindly polished this piece up to make it shine.  Love ya Mom!

Just a little side note on a special piece of artwork.  Nneka and Austin didn’t want to go with the sign-in/reception book for their wedding guests.  Together we came up with this wedding tree, a one-of-a-kind artwork.

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It is primarily based off of one of the photos I took of them at the Boston Public Gardens during their engagement session.  (If you missed that post totally go take a peek here.) Guests signed in on each leaf or around the tree.  I even used part of it to nail a shot of their rings (Musto’s Jeweler).

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It was a really fun challenge for me to design something completely unique as their guest memorial.  They could have very easily gone on Etsy to grab a designed wedding tree from a top designer/illustrator but they laid out the challenge for me.  This is the bonus when you hire me…having the fine art background, I can utilize many more special talents to give you one-of-a-kind pieces to commemorate one of the biggest days of your life.

Shout out to the Master’s Baker for their amazing cake!  Cake is a weakness of mine.  If at the end of a wedding there are slices sitting by the exit, I can’t resist grabbing a piece.  I have photographed a couple of cakes done by Master Baker over the years.  Their attention to detail paired with a scrumptious fluffiness of cake and icing is pretty hard to rival.  I had fun photographing this one for sure.

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As always, I like to showcase the keepsake box I create for each of my clients.  I really love giving a simple work of craftsmanship new life and purpose.  Each box is uniquely designed based on a couple’s wedding colors and decor.

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Can’t forget to thank all the vendors who contributed to such an amazing day for Nneka and Austin:

Event Coordinator:  Jenni Kaper of the Queen of Hearts Catering

Hair/Make-up:  Wadiyah & Saddiyah of FACE Beauty Boutique

Florist:  Judy Shaw of Flowers by the Greenery

Caterer:  Queen of Hearts Catering

Cake:  The Master’s Baker

Band/DJ:  DJ Paul

Videographer:  their friend Matt Schaeffer

Invitations:  Lovebirds Philly

Rings:  Musto’s Jeweler

Thank you for taking the time to view Nneka and Austin’s wedding.  If you enjoyed the post and know someone else who would love to see this work I ask you kindly to pass it on, especially to any brides and grooms to be.

All the best,

DV

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Intimate Summer Wedding Under the Tent in West Chester, PA with Nicole and Harry

•November 26, 2014 • 2 Comments

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As I listen to what I believe to be a thundersnow going on outside, I am wishing I could travel back in time to a much warmer day of the year.  I am reminded of the warmest of my weddings this year which took place on July 26th between Nicole, an English Lit/French/Latin (anything Shakespeare) grad and Harry, a broadcast journalism grad.  Both attended Northwestern University together in the fall of 2010.  But their story started much earlier in their lives as they grew up as childhood friends and eventually became high school sweet hearts.  Being together for so long meant Harry had the difficult task of surprising Nicole with the proposal of the ages.  Harry, keeping in mind his girl’s love for Shakespeare, decided it was in his best interest to tailor the proposal to incorporate a series of 10 Shakespearean sonnets.  Each sonnet was a clue in a scavenger hunt that pointed to a significant place in their relationship.  The sonnets lead Nicole all around the Philadelphia area until he made the big proposal.

They set their big day for July 26, 2014 and boy was it a hot summer day.

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Photograph by Margaret Hubacz

Photograph by Margaret Hubacz

Photograph by Margaret Hubacz

Photograph by Margaret Hubacz

The cuff links are a family heirloom passed down to Harry for his big day.

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The intimate outdoor ceremony took place on the back patio of his parent’s property.  They wrote their own vows but they delivered them in a more unique fashion.  When they began I felt like I was suddenly in the middle of a Shakespearean play.  Each responded to the others line that ultimately ended with them both saying the same line.  “I’ll always be with you.”  I thought it quite fitting for the two of them to profess their love in the way that they did.  I witness a lot of weddings seeing as it’s my job to document them but it is always awesome when a couple can make it theirs, especially the ceremony.  They were kind enough to share their vows with me and now I have them to share with all of you:

HARRY:  Nicole, which words feel like a kiss? I could talk for days and still not encircle you with language as tight as a hug. We work in words, written and spoken, but we say I love you best when we say nothing at all.

NICOLE:  I don’t believe in soul mates, or love at first sight. I don’t believe in true love, or happily ever after. I don’t believe that promises can make me love you, cherish you, honor you always. But I do believe in you.  Love is an action;

HARRY:  words are not enough.

NICOLE:  You know I have always loved the way you climb furniture like a cat and make home wherever you are.

HARRY:   You know I have always loved the way you dance around the house to music playing in your head.

NICOLE:  Always wanted to deserve your respect, your trust, and your affection, as you earned mine.

HARRY:  Always admired the conviction you have when you really care about something.

NICOLE:  Always cherished the small moments of exploring life with all the childlike wonder of two kids hand-in-hand.

HARRY:  Always delighted in your willingness to try new things as long as I try them with you.

NICOLE:   Always found solace, forgiveness, hope, and warmth in your perfectly snug hugs.

HARRY:   Always found understanding, patience, and intelligence behind your kaleidoscope eyes.

NICOLE:  You know I have always shared each little adventure with you, even when you were miles away, and I know I always will.

HARRY:  And you know I have always looked forward for tomorrow, knowing it would bring me one day closer to you, and I know I always will.

NICOLE:    If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together,

HARRY:  there is something you must always remember.

NICOLE:  You are braver than you believe

HARRY:   Stronger than you seem,

NICOLE:   And smarter than you think.

HARRY:  But the most important thing is,

NICOLE:   even if we’re apart

BOTH:   I’ll always be with you.

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Photograph by Second Photographer, Maggie Hubacz

Photograph by Second Photographer, Maggie Hubacz

Photograph by Second Shooter, Margaret Hubacz

Photograph by Second Shooter, Margaret Hubacz

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Following the ceremony we hopped in a van and drove about 5 min away to a little trail that led down to a pond.  I love images of brides and grooms in natural settings.  I also love when they get a couple minutes to take in all the days events.  Weddings are super stressful and those 15-20 minutes they get to escape make for some awesome moments.  We happened upon a weeping willow tree which is my all time favorite tree.  I couldn’t resist playing with the depth of field to get a close up of Harry about to whisper into Nicole’s ear.

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The reception, no ordinary backyard get together, was around the corner in a tent at the side of their house.  As any of my wedding couples do, Nicole and Harry really put themselves all into this wedding.  They provided all the popular lawn games like ladder ball, corn-hole, and Frisbee to entertain their guests during cocktail hour.  They collected old lanterns to use as their center pieces as well as one for their unity candle lighting.  They put together an elaborate scavenger hunt with aspects that relate to both their personalities as part of the events during the reception.  Photographing this part of the day was really fun.  Their wedding wasn’t at some big fancy venue but in the words of Dave Matthews, “It isn’t where, but who you are with, that really matters.”  I would add to Matthew’s quote though that if the location of the event is in your families back yard that it can have more meaning and significance because it’s likely that no one on earth will have the same looking wedding photos.

I enjoy shooting the “non traditional wedding location” as much, or even more so, than a traditional style.   I gravitate toward it because on the 24th day of May back in 2008 my husband and I got married on my Aunt Martha’s estate in Lancaster County, PA.   We had an outdoor ceremony and a tented reception just like Harry and Nicole.  My friends and family still talk about my wedding as one of the most fun weddings they have ever attended.  It really is the friends and family who make the day extra special.  Nicole’s extended family from Canada as well as Harry’s 99 1/2 year old great Aunt Jeanne were among the special guests to make the trip to West Chester for their special day.  I was lucky enough to get a quick portrait of Aunt Jeanne before the ceremony began.

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Portrait of 99 1/2 year old Aunt of the Groom - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

There were so many favorite moments it was hard to pick a small portion of over 1,000 photos that my second shooter, Maggie, and I were able to preserve for their future generations.  Here are highlights from their reception.

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Tiny Table lanterns wedding reception - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Bride and Groom with bridal party behind during first dance - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Bride and Groom during first dance - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Bride and Groom during first dance - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Bride and Groom kissing at the end of their first dance - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Wedding Ring detail shot on table lantern - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Wedding rings detail on Winnie the Pooh and Tigger figurine - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Bride and groom toasting best mans speech - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Photograph by Second Photographer, Maggie Hubacz

Photograph by Second Photographer, Maggie Hubacz

Nicole’s parents presented Harry with a Canadian hockey sport coat as a welcome into their Canadian family.

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Groom presented with Hockey sport coat by Father/Mother of the Bride - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Groom presented with Hockey sport coat by Father/Mother of the Bride - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Father Daughter Dance Bride showing her dance moves - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Father Daughter Dance under the tent - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Mother Son wedding dance - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Mother spinning during Mother Son Wedding Dance - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Mother hugging Son at end of Mother Son dance - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Wedding cake/cupcake orange and white - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Bride and groom kissing during cake cutting - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

…and the scavenger hunt has commenced…tables compete against one another to score points in the ultimate showdown!

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Wedding Scavenger Hunt Tie together a man and woman's shoes - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.comtwo shoes tied together…

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Wedding Scavenger Hunt find a Kleenex - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.comanyone have a Kleenex?

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Wedding Scavenger Hunt sketching a lantern task - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.comThe table’s best artist at work rendering a drawing of the lantern centerpiece.

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Wedding Scavenger Hunt sketching a lantern task - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Wedding Scavenger Hunt Lego building task - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.comThe table’s best builders were hard at work utilizing Legos to build anything that had to do with Nicole and Harry’s wedding.

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Wedding scavenger hunt Lego build - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.comthe winner…a lego sculpture of a table lantern

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Bride and Groom taking a selfie with guest - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.comBest selfie time!

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Tented wedding night shot - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Orange Ball Lantern decorating tent wedding - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Time to show off their dance moves!

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Bride showing off her dance moves - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Bride showing off her dance moves - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Groom showing off his dance moves - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Groom showing off his dance moves - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Getting the dancing started at the reception - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Bride, Groom and guests dancing from dance floor perspective - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Bride and Groom dancing - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Bride, Groom and guests dancing to Footloose - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Pretty sure this dance was to Footloose🙂 “Kick off your sunday shoes!”

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding Photography - Summer - Outside Wedding - Last dance with Bride and Groom - Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.comsave the last dance…

A huge thank you to my great friend Margaret Jones, or Maggie as I call her, for her excellent supplemental coverage of Nicole and Harry’s day.  The coverage is only as good as the person I have standing beside me.  Photographing weddings is a team effort and without you Maggie, moments would be missed.

Thank you to all the wedding professionals that helped make Nicole and Harry’s day complete including the following:

Florist:  Halladay Florist

Caterer:  Hickory House Catering

Cake:  Cakes and Candies by Maryellen

DJ:  DJ Paul Parrinello

Videographer:  John Breznicky

Rings:  Kaplan’s

I couldn’t end it without my thank you to my audience for taking the time to read the story of Nicole and Harry’s wedding day.  I look forward to sharing many more weddings as long as you, my audience, is  happy to listen.  If you get a moment give a little love to my clients in a comment below.  My team and I do our jobs well but the images wouldn’t be as great without having such amazing clients.

P.S.  Side note on some background on these two crazy kids…Nicole loves to model pajamas so if you have any recommendations for cool PJ’s leave them below…Harry loves movies so recommend your favorite movie to him…maybe it matches up with his all time top 5 (Princess Mononoke, Slumdog Millionaire, Citizen Kane, Star Wars V:  Empire Strikes Back and Wall-E)

All the best,

DV

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A Wonderful Delaware Spring Wedding at Winterthur with Andrea + Josh

•October 3, 2014 • 2 Comments

Bride, groom, wedding bands fade composite - Danielle Vennard Photographer

Days are growing shorter and the air feels a little cooler.  I love this time of year and at the same time I start to get down because winter, my least favorite season of all, is inevitably approaching.  I want to rewind to the feeling of those first few warm days of spring.  That time of year is always so energizing.  I think it is the nicest time of year to have a wedding…but I am pretty biased seeing as I got married in the month of May.  I was lucky enough this year to photograph a wedding just a few days into the month of May.  Andrea and Josh are the letterboxing couple that I photographed last fall at Silver Lake in Dover, DE for their engagement session.   (Click HERE to check out their engagement session).

Fast forward to May 3, 2014 and Andrea and Josh’s big day had finally arrived.

Let the getting ready begin:

Bride helping her flower girl get her dress on - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Bride getting her necklace on - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Photography by Gretchen Johnson

Photograph by Gretchen Johnson

Photograph by Gretchen Johnson

Photograph by Gretchen Johnson

Close up of the beautiful bride - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

 

Andrea and Josh chose Winterthur, one of the most gorgeous locations I have had the privilege to photograph in.  The weather played nice and their outdoor wedding next to the reflecting pool was perfect.  The lighting could not have been any better as the surrounding foliage diffused the sun just enough to allow for brilliant images.  Here are two favorite individual portraits just a little while before the ceremony of both Andrea and Josh.

Bridal Portrait - Bride with flowers at Winterthur - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Bridal Portrait - Groom sitting on steps at Winterthur - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Photograph by Gretchen Johnson

A flower girl in all her glory…

Flower girl dropping petals - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Here comes the bride…

Groom emotional as he watches his bride come up the aisle at Winterthur - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Bride and Father walking up the aisle - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

 

To make their ceremony more memorable and characteristic of who they are, they took a moment to create a piece of artwork.  It was stamped with a tree design in the shape of a heart with their names and the date, 5-3-14.  I was so glad to have had asked not only one but two photographers to help with this wedding.  Venues such as Winterthur that offer lots of excellent angles for capturing moments need more than just one photographer as it would be impossible for just me to have gotten both important moments below.  Maggie Jones,  a great friend and fellow photographer, had an awesome view to document the stamp making moment to compliment my shot of them showing their guests the finished piece.

Bride and Groom create a letterbox stamp during their ceremony at Winterthur Gardens - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments - daniellevennard.com

Photograph by Margaret Jones

Bride and Groom create a letterbox stamp during their ceremony at Winterthur Gardens - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments - daniellevennard.com

Photograph by Gretchen Johnson

Photograph by Gretchen Johnson

Bride and Groom kissing as the make their way to the cocktail hour location at Winterthur - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

My go to gal, Gretchen Johnson, was also on board for the day as my co-pilot.  As always she fills in all the gaps that I am not physically able to close since I can’t be in two places at once.  They truly are awesome friends and no way could I have provided Andrea and Josh with so many great moments all by myself, considering I was also 2 weeks post giving birth to my baby girl, Zoey.  This wedding was all around awesome not only having friends by my side but also capturing my husband and his friends from high school, enjoying a fun time.  Josh and my husband Dann went to Smyrna High School together as well as one of my very first brides, Amy.  (If you want to go back to one of my first ever posts take a look at this short but sweet little write-up on Amy and Spencer’s wedding. (Click HERE)) It was at Amy and Spencer’s Wedding that Josh saw one of my very first weddings under my young business of Danielle Vennard Photographer and apparently I made an impression shooting solo at 6 months pregnant.

I admit I overshot their portrait session a bit but I am pretty sure they were ok with it once they saw the images that will forever document their first time as husband and wife.  Winterthur is just an amazing and immense space.  I applaud both Andrea and Josh for having the trust, patience and energy to hike around the gardens while I clicked away.

Here are my favorites from their portrait session:

Bride and Groom laughing together in the garden of Winterthur - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Bride and Groom portrait at Winterthur Gardens - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments - daniellevennard.com

Bride and Groom portrait at Winterthur Gardens - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments - daniellevennard.com

Bride and Groom on Terrace at Winterthur Gardens - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments - daniellevennard.com

Bride and Groom portrait at Winterthur Gardens - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments - daniellevennard.com

Bride and Groom portrait at Winterthur Gardens - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments - daniellevennard.com

The reception was held in the visitor’s center that had been transformed from its usual cafeteria into an elegant ballroom complete with purple up-lighting and warm glowing orb lanterns.  This space was perfect to allow for my team and I to stay out-of-the-way with so much open area surrounding the main dance floor.  I love throwing on the long lens, finding an inconspicuous spot and capturing moments without the couple noticing me.  It allows for real, uninterrupted emotion like these:

Bride and Groom enjoying their first dance at Winterthur - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Bride and Groom enjoying their first dance at Winterthur - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Bride and Groom laughing at best man speech - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Bride and groom raising their glasses following the best man speech - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Just a few of the details…

Bride's opal ring on her set of pearls bracelet - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Bride and groom's wedding bands on their letterbox stamp - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

White cake with purple ribbon trim and flowers wedding cake - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

A break to get a couple pics with some VIPs…

Thanks Maggie for this sweet pic!

Thanks Maggie for this sweet pic of my husband and I!  Love this guy!!

Thank you to my husband, Dann for this pic with my girls!

Thank you to my husband, Dann for this pic with my girls, Maggie and Gretchen!  Love these two too!

A few to end the night…

Bride and groom enjoying one of their favorite songs at Winterthur wedding - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Andrea takes over the DJ booth…

Bride becomes the DJ - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Photograph by Margaret Jones

Last dance for Bride and Groom at Winterthur Wedding - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Last dance for Bride and Groom at Winterthur Wedding - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Thank you to Andrea and Josh for giving me the honor of documenting their wedding day.  What a fabulous time had by all!

Thank you Gretchen and Maggie to whom I truly appreciate all your efforts and enjoy having you by my side to work with.

Thank you to the entire staff of wedding professionals that had a hand in making Andrea and Josh’s wedding a perfect day:

Venue:  Winterthur – http://www.winterthur.org/

Flowers:  Flowers by Theresa – http://www.theresafloral.com/

Hair/Make-up:  Gloss Salon – http://www.salondelaware.com/

Baker:  The Master’s Baker – http://themastersbaker.com/ 

Caterer:  Restaurant Associates at Winterthur

DJ:  Wired Up Entertainment – http://justgetwired.com/

 

If you felt any kind of emotions while looking through these images please don’t hesitate to express them in the comment section below.  Your comments don’t go unnoticed and they certainly mean a lot to me as an artist who is constantly working to perfect her craft.

Look forward to sharing the next couple weddings with you all…a back yard scavenger hunt and an elegant Nigerian/American wedding at a foundry renovated into a tremendous event space.

All the best,

DV

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Boston Summer Engagement Session with Nneka + Austin at Parish Cafe and Public Gardens, June 15, 2014

•August 20, 2014 • 2 Comments

Engaged couple seen through weeping willow trees - Boston Public Gardens - Engagement Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

I had the great pleasure of being invited up to Boston, MA to capture engagement photos for Nneka and Austin.  (You may recognize them from their mini portrait session we did at the Phoenixville Foundry. – Blog Post Here) We had discussed locations for their shoot  in the Phoenixville area since that is where her family lives, but the more I heard about their story of how they met and got engaged in Boston the more it made sense the session needed to happen there.

Here is the story of their engagement:  Nneka and Austin planned a date night in Boston.  Austin insisted upon a Saturday night as opposed to Nneka’s request for a Sunday afternoon.  Naturally they headed back to the Parish Cafe, the place where they had their first date to enjoy a nice dinner outside before heading down to Boston Public Gardens.  According to Nneka she had a feeling Austin might propose that night since he had said he would do it before her birthday which was a month later.  However, she had no clear signs it would be happening that day.  On their walk down to the gardens Austin kept stalling their arrival and she was getting suspicious of what was going on, especially since Austin kept checking his phone.  They got to the frog pond and he asked her to take a picture of the swan boats.  She didn’t really understand why and then it hit her that maybe there will be a big marry me sign on the side of the boat.  So she takes the pic but there wasn’t any sign.  A little confused, she then heard the infamous line “there’s something I need to ask you,” from Austin.   She turns around to see him down on one knee, and is overcome by emotions.  He again tells her “You are the best thing that’s ever happened to me.  Will you marry me?”  She was still crying but managed to get out an “of course.”  There was a huge crew of people up on the bridge who stopped to watch the proposal.  After Austin places the ring on her finger he explains that among all those people on the bridge that her whole family was there watching from afar.  Lots of hugs, laughter and cries of happiness ensued before they all headed out to celebrate.

I thought it was touching that Austin included both their families to make an awesome moment even more special.

Nneka, Austin and I met at the Wooden Spoon in Phoenixville, PA to talk about their big day and discuss possibilities of where their engagement session would take place.  We decided, although it would be a big drive for me, Boston is where it needed to happen.  As it turned out everything worked out pretty well since we were able to stay with friends we had meant to visit that live just outside of Boston.

We started the session at the Parish Cafe on Boylston Street on the outside patio and took a nice walk back to the Boston Public Gardens where there was an infinite amount of possibilities for getting great images.   So I have a thing for weeping willow trees.  Maybe because every time I see one I am immediately taken back to my days as a kid running around my grandparents house.  They had a couple weeping willows in their yard and as a kid I pretended to be like Tarzan grabbing and swinging on the vines.  My brother and I spent a lot of Sunday’s at grandma and paps playing ball in their big yard, walking back to the creek to catch crayfish and minnows, playing pool in their basement, sneaking Oreo cookies and Dr. Peppers out of their mini fridge before walking down the road to go fishing off the bridge.  Entering into the gardens my eyes drew towards the weeping willows and knew they would be part of the session.  As it turns out one of my all time favorite images I have ever taken was captured in these willow trees (top image).  I also wanted to note that Nneka’s cool dress made for excellent images due to the color standing out well with their surroundings.  Austin’s attire was also very dashing.  :)

Here are my favorites moments from our adventures in the Boston.

Engaged couple getting close at a restaurant table - Parish Cafe - Boston, MA - Engagement Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Detail of engagement ring on outside restaurant table - Parish Cafe - Boston, MA - Engagement Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Engaged couple getting shade under the weeping willow trees - Boston Public Gardens - Boston, MA - Engagement Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Engaged couple seen through weeping willow trees - Boston Public Gardens - Engagement Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Engaged couple getting close in front of magenta flowers - Boston Public Gardens - Boston, MA - Engagement Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Detail of engagement ring in magenta flowers - Boston Public Gardens - Boston, MA - Engagement Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Engaged couple enjoying a moment together on the bridge while people walk by - Boston Public Gardens - Boston, MA - Engagement Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Engaged couple enjoying a moment together on the bridge while people walk by - Boston Public Gardens - Boston, MA - Engagement Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Engaged couple enjoying a moment together on the bridge while people walk by - Boston Public Gardens - Boston, MA - Engagement Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Engaged couple embracing while seen through a partition in a bush - Boston Public Gardens - Boston, MA - Engagement Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Engaged couple portrait under the trees - Boston Public Gardens - Boston, MA - Engagement Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Thank you to Nneka and Austin for an awesome photo shoot.  They were excellent to work with as they needed little if any direction.  As a result the expressions and emotions are natural and real without being staged.  Thank you to the both of them as well for being so sweet giving me a ride back to my parking garage and even more so for their thoughtful Boston themed gifts for my Graeme and baby Zoey.

Here’s a shot of my little 4 month old, Zoey, with her Boston Hello Kitty from Nneka and Austin.

Baby Zoey with Hello Kitty Boston doll

Thank you to my readers for taking a look at my latest work.  Heads up to keep a look out for Nneka and Austin’s wedding post.  They get married the end of this month at the Holy Trinity Church and celebrate at the Phoenixville Foundry in Phoenixville, PA.

All the best,

DV

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