Wedding Photojournalism: Jessica + Matthew’s Delaware Winter Wedding at Our Lady of Fatima and Hilton Christiana

•August 5, 2014 • 2 Comments

Relaxed portrait of the bride and groom under the pavilion on the courtyard at the Hilton Christiana - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Jessica and Matt are two of the sweetest people I know.  It isn’t a surprise since they come from two of the sweetest moms I have ever met.  You know it’s going to be an awesome experience all around when mom offers up her daughter’s vacant room, if my family ever needed a place to stay.  Truthfully, I knew it way before that moment anyways.  Jessica is the little sister of Angie, whom i had the pleasure of capturing her wedding to Ryan back in October of 2012.  (Check out their fall wedding at Our Lady of Fatima and the Mendenhall HERE).  Following their wedding the family was all a buzz with talk of Jessica and Matthew’s possible engagement.  It wasn’t but a little over a month later that Matthew would propose at Longwood Gardens, one of their favorite places to spend time with one another.

We spent a bit of time together in the spring of 2013 when we had a little adventure around their beloved Longwood Gardens.  If you missed their engagement session make sure and go back and take a look HERE.  It is one of my favorite sessions to date as the location is just filled with so many creative possibilities.  I love showing a great deal of depth in my images and find shooting through trees, flowers, natural elements make for the most interesting images.  Engaged couple seen through leaves at Longwood Gardens Kennett Square, PA - Engagement Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.comThe composition and use of framing with out of focus foreground will direct the viewer’s eye right to the main subjects, the couple.  It also satisfies my need to create images with real moments and emotions by allowing me to disappear and give couples a space to interact without having a big lens up in their face.

From the beginning Jessica had mentioned a winter wedding and moss…yeah that green stuff that grows on trees…oh and i can’t forget Sasquatch…aka Big Foot.  I recall them telling me that one of their guilty pleasures was watching the documentary, Finding BigFoot, together.  I was intrigued to see how all these elements of their vision would come together on their big day, February 28, 2014.

I always aim to be in the background and just the observer for the wedding day.  With these families it was tough.  They made me feel like I was just as special and a part of the day as their family and friends.  Knowing that I was about a month and a half away from delivering my second child, Zoey, they made sure I was feeling alright (and eating and drinking enough).  I am floored by that kind of compassion and love from people who hired me to do a job.  I am forever grateful for their kindness.

Here are a ton of favorites from their big day:

Detail of brides Bedazzled shoes - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Photograph by Second Shooter, Gretchen Johnson - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Photograph by Second Shooter, Gretchen Johnson

Bride admiring her flowers - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Detail of bride's diamond bracelet in green glass - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

portrait of bride with star hair clip - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Bride and her bridesmaid enjoying a laugh - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Bride almost finished getting ready with her bridesmaids - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Bride pinning on her father's boutonniere - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

 

Their wedding day was definitely a chilly one.  The guys had no worries with the many layers they had on and the girls made sure to have their wraps and gloves for extra warmth.  Jessica added a short fur coat to her long dress and her very unique pair of shoes, bedazzled by her of course (pictured above).  Pockets on a dress?  Yes please 🙂  I don’t usually show the straight forward portrait images but it is important to note that these are still a part of the day even though I primarily shoot in a photojournalistic or documentary style.

 

Photograph by Second Shooter, Gretchen Johnson - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Photograph by Second Shooter, Gretchen Johnson

Portrait of the Bride outside in February wearing short fur coat - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Their ceremony was held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in New Castle, DE.  I had photographed her sister’s wedding here before and already had a vision of what the images might be but Jessica and Matt’s ceremony was a bit different giving way to opportunities for capturing images that were much different from her sisters.  I was excited to see the ring bearer, Robert, as he was just a wee little smasher (as Grandma Vennard would say 🙂 ) at Angie and Ryan’s wedding (pictured with his Mom, Laura).  Now he looks like a little gentleman complete with his drivers cap.

Ring bearer and his mom at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church wedding - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Ring bearer carrying Here Comes the Bride Chalk board sign as he comes up the aisle - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Bride, Groom and Wedding Party all at the altar in Old Lady Fatima Church, New Castle, DE - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Groom placing ring on Brides finger at Old Lady Fatima Catholic Church, New Castle, DE - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Bride and Groom enjoying a laugh with the priest at Old Lady Fatima Catholic Church, New Castle, DE - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

 

Their reception took place at the Hilton Christiana (incidentally right next to the hospital I was to deliver in).  I was a little nervous about how their bridal portraits were going to turn out seeing as it was already night-time when the ceremony ended.  The courtyard with its excellent arrangement of old style street lamps was a really fun space to work with.  Jessica and Matthew braved the cold long enough for me to get some of my favorite images of the day.

Relaxed portrait of bride and groom under the pavilion in the courtyard of the Hilton Christiana - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Relaxed portrait of the bride and groom under the pavilion on the courtyard at the Hilton Christiana - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

It was a relief to get out of the frosty air and into the toasty, purple up-lit ballroom.  I couldn’t wait to see the decor and was pleasantly surprised to see the groom’s cake topped with none other than a Mr. and Mrs. Sasquatch.  The tables were decorated with the greenest moss I had ever seen with lots of brilliant purple and magenta orchids and so the winter, moss, Sasquatch vision had been achieved.

Bride and Groom entering the reception as man and wife - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Bride and Groom during first dance with all their guests looking on in ballroom of Hilton Christiana, DE - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Bride and Groom during first dance in ballroom of Hilton Christiana, DE - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Bride and father dancing and laughing in ballroom of Hilton Christiana, DE - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Photograph by Second Photographer, Gretchen Johnson - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Photograph by Second Photographer, Gretchen Johnson

Best man speech and toast in ballroom of Hilton Christiana, DE - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Bridesmaids giving speeches during a reception at Hilton Christiana - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Detail of wedding bands in an orchid

Detail of wedding bands in moss with purple orchid in background - the Hilton Christiana - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Detail of brides bouquet - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Detail of cake topper at wedding reception at Hilton Christiana - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

The Grooms Cake topped with Sasquaches - the Hilton Christiana - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Bride and Groom dancing at their wedding reception at Hilton Christiana - It was a relief to get out of the frosty air and into the toasty, purple up-lit ballroom.  I couldn't wait to see the decor and was pleasantly surprised to see the groom's cake topped with none other than a Mr. and Mrs. Sasquatch.  The tables were decorated with the greenest moss I had ever seen with lots of brilliant purple and magenta orchids and so the winter, moss, Sasquatch vision had been achieved.

Bride and Groom dancing during their reception at Hilton Christiana - It was a relief to get out of the frosty air and into the toasty, purple up-lit ballroom.  I couldn't wait to see the decor and was pleasantly surprised to see the groom's cake topped with none other than a Mr. and Mrs. Sasquatch.  The tables were decorated with the greenest moss I had ever seen with lots of brilliant purple and magenta orchids and so the winter, moss, Sasquatch vision had been achieved.

I could not have photographed this wedding without the help from two awesome photographers as well as good friends of mine, Gretchen Johnson and Maggie Jones.  Maggie was my side kick making sure to step in and assist or take over if I needed to rest my ever-expanding torso.  Gretchen was as always excellent in documenting the guys getting ready and grabbing the shots I have no chance of getting since I can’t be in two places at once.  Without their efforts I would not have been able to give Jessica and Matt complete coverage of their wonderful day.  Thank you Maggie and Gretchen for caring for my clients as if they were their own.

Vendors who contributed to a perfect day:

Venues:  Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Hilton Christiana

Florist:  Diamond Weddings

Baker:  Sweets to You by Ginger

DJ:  Top Notch Entertainment – Steve Carroll

Photographers:  Danielle Vennard Photographers (Danielle, Gretchen Johnson & Maggie Jones)

 

Here are also a couple of images of the heirloom keepsake box I created for them:

Custom Wedding Heirloom - Keepsake Box created by Danielle Vennard - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Custom Wedding Heirloom - Keepsake Box created by Danielle Vennard - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Custom Wedding Heirloom - Keepsake Box created by Danielle Vennard - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Custom Wedding Heirloom - Keepsake Box created by Danielle Vennard - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Custom Wedding Heirloom - Keepsake Box created by Danielle Vennard - Wedding Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

 

Phew!  That was a long one.  I hope you made it this far and I commend you the readers for sticking it out through my long-winded recount of Jessica and Matthew’s wedding day.  I look forward to sharing many more weddings and engagements with you all.  Thank you for taking the time to read and view my latest post.

All the best,

DZ

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Wedding Photojournalism: Laura and Bill at the Barn on Bridge, Collegeville Wedding, November 9, 2013

•June 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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The last days of fall were near but held on just long enough for Laura and Bill’s outdoor tented wedding ceremony at the Barn On Bridge. Laura and Bill had a first look in the carriage house where Laura and her girls were getting ready. It is always a special moment when the bride and groom see each other for the first time. I am partial to a first look as my husband and I elected to have this more intimate moment on our wedding day. I find the first look to be much less formal and allow the couple to be more relaxed and less nervous for their ceremony. An advantage to the first look is that all the family portraits and formals can be done before the ceremony, leaving the couple more time to spend with family and friends at the reception since they can go directly to cocktail hour.

Weddings are very emotional days and as a documentary wedding photographer I have to concentrate on capturing as many emotional and real moments as I can.  Every wedding I shoot I am reliving my own wedding over in my mind. I feel those emotions and so it can be difficult to not get swept up and forget to keep snapping that shutter when the eyes start to well up. Every father and daughter dance gets me.  I think of my own day and wish I had that moment with my dad.  I think to the future when I will witness my husband twirling our now 9 week old daughter, Zoey, around on her big day.

The most emotional part of Laura and Bill’s day was when Bill pulled out his guitar, grabbed the microphone and sang to Laura. Not only did he sing to her but he played an original piece he had written especially for her on their wedding day.  I do karaoke once in awhile but I can’t think of a more nerve wracking moment than performing at your own wedding reception.  Bill was fantastic and kept his cool the entire way through. I was in awe but somehow managed to keep documenting even though I was getting all misty eyed.

I thought i would choose an excerpt to share from this piece but its all beautiful and needs to be appreciated in its entirety. Here are the lyrics from Bill’s song:

“On a summer night, all alone,
I was going to meet my true love.
But I didn’t know that yet.

Just a normal night, till she entered the room – the bride before her groom.
This blue-eyed, gold-haired queen of my dreams was placed here just for me.

Now when I look back, I recall
How my heart did beat so rapidly
The first time our eyes did meet.

Love can do that to ya.
Sing hallelujah,
‘Cause I always knew you were the one
Who would say I do
Love you too.
You know that’s all true.
I wrote this for you.
My love. My Laura…

I love you more than words do justice. It’s just us. Forever.”

Here are the images that will forever be a happy reminder of that which is true love.

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Photograph by Gretchen Johnson

Photograph by Gretchen Johnson

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I also can’t forget to share a couple images of Laura and Bill’s keepsake box that houses their hard drive of high resolution jpeg images and DVD of a slideshow of best images from the day.

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A huge thank you to my awesome second shooter, Gretchen Johnson.  She allows me to do what I do best and fills in the gaps with images I would literally have to be in two places at once to capture.  She also is an excellent people person, very energetic and has a passion to get amazing images for my clients.  Without her the coverage would be incomplete.

Here are the vendors who were involved in making Laura and Bill’s day wonderful:

Venue:  Barn on Bridge, Collegeville, PA – Coordinator – Christen

Make-up/Hair:  Gloss in the City

Florist:  Kathy Stamm

DJ:  Bob Mills

Caterer:  Robert Ryan Catering

Thank you for taking the time to visit my wedding photography blog.  I love what I do and love sharing it with all of you.  Are you an engaged couple or know an engaged couple looking for a wedding photographer that provides a documentary style of coverage that offers very unique and priceless heirlooms?  My focus is on the unrehearsed.  I provide clients with images that are one of a kind, full of emotion that can be felt not just by the bride and groom but by anyone with a heart.  (Contact me directly for availability – danielle@daniellevennard.com or call 717-701-0363)

All the best,

DZ

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Save the Date Mini Portrait Sessions

•June 13, 2014 • 1 Comment

Wedding websites are the popular new trend for any engaged couple.  It is a great way to inform your guests of details about one another, share how you met, highlight your wedding party and any important info about the wedding day itself.  One of the important pieces of the site is a gallery of images that a couple uses to highlight significant moments in their relationship.  Another big to-do on any couple’s list is to send out a save the date.  These give guests advanced notice of the wedding date and location ahead of sending out the invitations.  Both the wedding website and save the date may require recent photos of the engaged couple.

If you are an engaged couple and may not have time in your busy planning schedule to fit in a full 2 hour engagement session then consider a 10 minute mini portrait session.  For a limited time (Summer 2014) I am offering them free of charge to any engaged couple who graciously gives me their time by booking an in person meeting with me.  In person meetings are a must to really get to know who I am as a person and artist.  It allows me to get a sense of your vision and expectations of what you are looking for in your photographer.  It is important to see if our personalities match up and that we find commonalities to make for an enjoyable experience working with one another.  This time also allows me to show you lots of sample work including sample wedding books, heirloom photographs (canvas and metal prints) as well as an example of my original black and white charcoal drawing, the ultimate heirloom.  Before the meeting concludes I will provide you with a mini portrait session to obtain 3-5 images for use on your wedding website, social media sites and save the dates.  These images are fully edited and yours to keep no matter if you decide to book with me.

Here are examples of two of my couple’s who received their mini session images for use on their wedding sites:

Nneka + Austin Wedding Website

Nicole + Harry Wedding Website

This is a great opportunity especially if you are approaching the deadline for getting those save the dates out and need an updated photo of the two of you ASAP.  (Incidentally, I can also design and print your save the dates, taking one more responsibility off your long to-do list.)

Here are a couple other images from my mini portrait sessions I would like to share with you:

Nneka & Austin at their reception location, the Phoenixville Foundry

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Nicole & Harry on their parent’s property

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Please don’t hesitate to pass this post on to any engaged couples you know who are in search of a wedding photojournalist.

All the best,

DZ

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Wedding Photojournalism: Danielle + Ben at Hotel Bethlehem, Bethlehem, PA on October 26, 2013

•May 16, 2014 • 1 Comment

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Danielle and Ben were a breeze to work for.  I knew that from the day we met but even more so while walking around Bethlehem, PA together last December during their engagement session (did you miss that post?  if so visit HERE).  They are a fun and go-with-the-flow kind of couple.  They let me do what I do best and explore my creativity.  They trusted my vision and were super grateful for my efforts (don’t take my word for it – check out their review of my work HERE).  It was really enjoyable to travel back to the town of Bethlehem for their wedding day.  Getting great images of the both of them felt effortless especially with my awesome co-pilot, Gretchen Johnson…couldn’t give me clients a complete documentation without her spectacular effort.  Danielle and Ben were in the moment and enjoyed every minute of their wedding day and then some.    Their venue, The  Hotel Bethlehem, is settled right in the heart of the city and it was a perfect venue for Danielle and Ben to celebrate their wedding day with their family and friends.  Their wedding date was so close to Halloween they went with an elegant and fancy vision complete with pumpkins covered in glitter and fun masks that resembled those of a masquerade ball.  Take a moment to check out a little taste of their big day.  (Check out Ben’s cuff links…super awesome transformers symbols and yes Danielle’s Dad did their father-daughter dance in Kermit the Frog Adidas sneakers 🙂 How cool is that?)

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Photograph by Gretchen Johnson

Photograph by Gretchen Johnson

Photograph by Gretchen Johnson

Photograph by Gretchen Johnson

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Again I wanted to share images of the heirloom keepsake box just as I did with the last wedding photojournalism post.  It is a piece I take great pride in creating as it exhibits my love for making beautiful art that goes beyond the solution of packaging the hard drive and DVD.  (The hard drive is not present in the images as I delivered it earlier to Danielle and Ben).

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Thank you to Danielle and Ben for having the utmost respect and confidence in me as their wedding photographer.  As with any wedding there are challenges to overcome with making sure the day is documented to its fullest extent.  I couldn’t have done it without my great friend, Gretchen, who provided not only the perfect complement of images to my own but continues to push me further as an artist with her insight and perspective.

Wedding Professionals from Danielle and Ben’s day:

Hotel Bethlehem – http://www.hotelbethlehem.com/ – Event Coordinator – Terry Marrow

Hair – Jen Grey

Baker – Cakes by Angie – http://cakedesignsbyangie.com/

DJ – A-plus DJ – http://www.aplusdjs.com/

Thank you readers, my friends, my family for your time.

All the best,

DZ

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Wedding Heirloom: Black and White Charcoal Drawing: Kaileigh + Dan – by Danielle Vennard a Chester County, PA Professional Artist

•March 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I have been an artist of many different types of media.  At a very young age I observed and learned about art and being creative via my father who also was an artist in the fields of painting, drawing, photography and sculpture.  Over my growth as an artist, I have used my photographs as a tool to create something that deviates from the original, making it unique to my identity as an artist.  Copying a photograph takes skill but to me the finished work is just that, a copy.  It doesn’t really show the true creativity of an artist.

Over the last five years I’ve focused my talents specifically on documentary wedding photography.  I long to revisit the fine art of drawing.  Last year I began offering my wedding photography clients a true heirloom.  It is a one of a kind piece of art that differentiates me from the ever-increasing number of wedding photographers.  I use images I have photographed on a client’s wedding day to create a hybrid drawing between what I see as realism and abstraction.  My clients give me guidance by choosing one or several of their favorite photographs for me to create from.

The latest piece for Kaileigh and Dan is the best collaborative effort I have had thus far.  I felt strongly that I had finished the drawing and sent the image below to Kaileigh to get their opinion.

Black and White Charcoal Drawing of Bride and Groom in an orchard on Avon Bleu Farm, Lincoln University, PA - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Although hard to swallow at first, Kaileigh and Dan decided it wasn’t exactly what they were looking for.  I was unsure after getting their first reaction to the drawing what needed to be changed.  At one point I thought I was just going to have to start over from scratch and this had my mind second guessing my talents, effort, as well as whether it made sense for my business.  For a moment it felt like my Dad was there giving me his feedback and teaching me (again) to be more open to criticism, which at times can be my kryptonite.  As a creative individual it is really difficult to hear you missed the mark.  That, however, is a risk I choose to take in sharing my gift with the world to make art that is meaningful.

Thankfully, Kaileigh and Dan agreed to sit down together with me one evening to express to the best of their ability what the drawing needed to make it truly their work of art.  The decision was made to alter the original and not begin again.  By adding the tree into the foreground it broke up some of the evenness of the abstract branches, leaves and vines that had dominated the left side of the drawing.  The tree also helped push the viewer’s eye back to Kaileigh and Dan which is the main focus of the piece.  I am glad they didn’t just settle for what I thought was a finished piece and challenged me to push my creative potential.

Here is the final piece.

Black and White Charcoal Drawing of Bride and Groom in an orchard on Avon Bleu Farm, Lincoln University, PA - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

 The finished piece is a composite of these three different photographs I took of Kaileigh and Dan in the orchard on the Avon Bleu Farm where they were married.

Bride and Groom in an orchard on Avon Bleu Farm, Lincoln University, PA - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Bride and Groom in an orchard on Avon Bleu Farm, Lincoln University, PA - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Bride and Groom in an orchard on Avon Bleu Farm, Lincoln University, PA - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

I’ve also put together an animation to show evidence of the drawing from start to finish.

Animation of Black and White Charcoal Drawing of Bride and Groom in an orchard on Avon Bleu Farm, Lincoln University, PA - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Although you are viewing it on a computer screen and it now exists digitally I stress that this artwork is all hand-drawn with black and white charcoal on paper.  This drawing and others like it commemorate one of the best days in a couples life.  It is gives them something unique to who they are, that can provide happiness to a wall of their home as well as become a priceless heirloom to their future generations.  Just as my father’s artwork, hanging on my walls inspires me, I hope that my work does the same for my clients and their children to express themselves creatively to the world.

Thank you for taking time out of your day to read about my black and white charcoal drawings.

If you would like to check out two previous black and white wedding drawings please visit my past blog of Christina + Tom here:  https://daniellevennard.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/wedding-heirloom-hand-drawn-black-and-white-charcoal-drawing-by-danielle-vennard/  as well as Megan + Brian’s Live Wedding Drawing here:  https://daniellevennard.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/wedding-heirloom-megan-brians-wedding-drawing-august-9-2013-live-drawing-during-the-reception/

I prefer to work from my own images but I have created from other sources of inspiration not of my creation.  If you would like to see more examples of my charcoal drawings that expand into portraits, animal life, and rock climbing than please visit a gallery on my personal Facebook page here:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.291328860516.324771.834805516&type=1&l=7766c0a989

If you or anyone you know would appreciate an original work of art like this don’t hesitate to get in touch.  danielle@daniellevennard.com or call me at 717-701-0363.

All the best to you, my fans, my supporters, my family, my friends,

DZ

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Engagement Session: Andrea + Josh at Silver Lake Park, Dover, Delaware on September 29, 2013

•February 25, 2014 • 1 Comment

Engaged couple sitting by Silver Lake, Dover, Delaware - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.comIt is always extra special when I get the chance to photograph friends.  Josh and my husband, Dann went to high school together at Smyrna High and have kept in touch through the years as they chose to live close to home following their adventures after college.  

After high school Josh spent five years in the US Marine Corp as communication technician which then transitioned into earning his engineering technology degree at the University of Delaware.  (Thank you for your service to our country Josh!)  

Andrea grew up in Alfred New York and ventured to Maine where she attended Bates University and received a Bachelors degree in Psychology.  After a couple jobs she decided the elementary class room was her calling.  She went back to school at Syracuse University and achieved a Masters degree in not only early childhood education but also early literacy.  With all those degrees she made her way to Dover, DE and became a first grade teacher.  

Six weeks after she moved to Delaware (September 2011) her new friends, Jill, Jenn and Jeff were already busy trying to set her up with Josh.  Andrea decided to meet Josh for the first time on October 30, 2011 and the sparks flew from there.

For their engagement session Andrea and Josh wanted to take a stroll through Silver Lake in Dover, Delaware.  It is the same place that  Josh proposed to Andrea on March 30, 2013 in a very unique and thoughtful way incorporating Andrea’s love for letterboxing.  Letterboxing entails carving a rubber stamp, placing it in a waterproof box along with a blank paper pad and hiding it.  Clues are provided online in order to lead other letterbox enthusiasts to its location.  For a more in depth explanation please visit:  http://www.letterboxing.org/faq/faq.html  So back to the story…

Josh designed and carved his own stamp.

Engagement Ring with will you marry me rubber stamp used for letterboxing - Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

He then found an evergreen tree to stash it under at Silver Lake Park and posted clues online.  Andrea’s Mom helped out by alerting her to the new letterbox posting and got the ball rolling on the unexpected treasure hunt.  Andrea was able to locate the box and inside was a puzzle that Andrea had to decipher.  After it was decoded the message read “willyoumarrymeandrealovejosh.”  She said “Shut up” then came “Are you serious”  followed of course by a “YES!”

Part of their engagement session was to go back and document the proposal location with them along with the ring, pictured above.  Following the lake visit we headed into the historical section of Dover to get some images of them around the state buildings and brick walkways.

Engaged couple enjoying time under a large tree - Engagement Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Engaged Couple standing on the bridge at Silver Lake, Dover, DE - Engagement Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unreahearsed - daniellevennard.com

Engaged Couple together in historical Dover, Delaware - Engagement Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Engaged couple together in historical Dover, Delaware - Engagement Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Engaged couple together in historical Dover, Delaware - Engagement Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Engaged couple together in historical Dover, Delaware - Engagement Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Engaged couple together in historical Dover, Delaware - Engagement Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Engaged couple together in historical Dover, Delaware - Engagement Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

Engaged couple together in historical Dover, Delaware - Engagement Photography by Danielle Vennard Photographer - In Pursuit of Moments Unrehearsed - daniellevennard.com

I will also have the pleasure of documenting their wedding in May so keep an eye out for part two of Andrea and Josh’s story.

Thank you for taking time out of your day to check out my latest creative endeavors.

All the best to Andrea and Josh as well as all of you.

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Wedding Heirloom: Megan + Brian’s Wedding Drawing – August 9, 2013 – Live Drawing During the Reception

•February 5, 2014 • 2 Comments

Last fall I was given the chance to break out of my comfort zone and do something I haven’t done since my time as an undergraduate art student at Kutztown University.  The opportunity of doing a live drawing was presented to me by my good friend and wedding planner, Tonia Lowe of Aribella Events, while enjoying one of our semi-monthly meet-ups at the local Starbucks.  I was a bit hesitant to accept her challenge as I was always a bit nervous in undergrad when a professor was looking over my shoulder to check out the progress of my live figure drawing.  In person, at a very important event such as a wedding, the pressure was going to be much more intense.

The plan was to photograph Megan and Brian’s first dance, download the images to my laptop, pick the best one and start sketching.  I anticipated their parents to be somewhere nearby to enable me to get a single image to work from with them in the background as the couple danced together.  As it turned out the seating assignments had gotten a little mixed up on entry into the reception.  I got a great image of Megan and Brian but none not one of the parents since they ended up at a back table nowhere near the dance floor.  Tonia suggested that I take some additional images of the parents during the speeches and it just so happened that all four parents ended up front and center to congratulate Megan and Brian.  I was able to put together a composite sketch using not one, but four different photographs.  Here are the images that gave inspiration to the finished piece below:

Bride and Groom enjoying their first dance togetherFather of the Bride giving a toastMother of the bride raising her glass in honor of the married coupleMother and Father of the Groom during the toast to the married couple

I was very fortunate to have received permission by the hired photographer, Lindsay Docherty, of Lindsay Docherty Photography to photograph during the first dance and parent toasts.  (Check out her blog post with lots of her awesome photographs from Megan + Brian’s Wedding at http://blog.lindsaydocherty.com/2013/09/philadelphia-wedding-photographer.html)  Being a wedding photographer myself I know the risk involved (from prior experience) in allowing another photographer outside of your studio to enter the mix and possibly get in the way of doing your job.  I assured Lindsay that I would park myself in one spot and respect the needs of her and her staff.    Everything went super smooth and she was even cool enough to catch a couple images of me working on the drawing.

Danielle Vennard working on a live black and white charcoal drawing during a weddingDanielle Vennard working on a live black and white charcoal drawing during a weddingDanielle Vennard working on a live black and white charcoal drawing during a wedding as the mother of the bride stops to take a peekHere is a documentation of the black and white charcoal drawing as it evolved from the progress I made at the end of the wedding night to finishing it up in my home studio:

Danielle Vennard Wedding Heirloom:  Black and White Charcoal DrawingDanielle Vennard Wedding Heirloom:  Black and White Charcoal DrawingDanielle Vennard Wedding Heirloom:  Black and White Charcoal DrawingDanielle Vennard Wedding Heirloom:  Black and White Charcoal DrawingDanielle Vennard Wedding Heirloom:  Black and White Charcoal DrawingDanielle Vennard Wedding Heirloom:  Black and White Charcoal Drawing

And here is the finished piece:

Danielle Vennard Wedding Heirloom:  Black and White Charcoal Drawing

Thank you so much once again to Tonia of Aribella Events and Lindsay of Lindsay Docherty Photography for giving me this opportunity to utilize another facet of my artistic arsenal.  It was an awesome experience and I am very much hoping that I get the chance to do it again.

Thank you the readers for your time and attention as I showcase another one of my many wedding adventures.

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