A Wonderful Delaware Spring Wedding at Winterthur with Andrea + Josh

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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~ by DanielleVennard on October 3, 2014.

2 Responses to “A Wonderful Delaware Spring Wedding at Winterthur with Andrea + Josh”

  1. This was seriously one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever attended. Josh & Andrea are such a sweet & adorable looking couple. To top it off, the day was captured perfectly! Great shots all around! Bravo!

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    • You didn’t just attend dude…you showed up with your game face on and got amazing pics for Andrea and Josh. You are my #1 co-pilot! Love your attitude and the effort you put forth every wedding. Thank you friend.

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