Wedding Photojournalism: Megan + Alex’s Wedding at the Red Clay Room, Kennett Square, PA – August 3, 2013
You may remember this awesome couple from their unique engagement session with their horse, Foxski. (If you missed it take a quick peak to get the whole story from start to finish in the blog about their engagement session HERE) We traveled back to Joan’s horse farm for the second half of the preparations following the hair appointments at Tranquility Day Spa. Megan spent her morning getting ready with all her girls and her mom. I expected there would be more photographs taken with the beautiful 4 legged creatures and I guessed right. Joan, the owner of the farm, had another horse, Dylan, all done up and hooked to a carriage to give Megan and her girls a little ride and opportunity for me to get some more unique group photographs.
Meanwhile my great friend and awesome photographer, Gretchen Johnson, was documenting Alex with his men at the Red Clay Room in downtown Kennett Square. She is my go to girl and has been shooting almost all my weddings with me. I value her different perspective and her talented skills in getting the portraits accomplished. Although this is not the main photography style I provide, it is very important to include these photos to complete the day. Gretchen’s background is in traditional family portraits so she is a great compliment to my style of photojournalism. She is also incredibly fun to be around which always makes for a more enjoyable experience for my clients as well as me.
Both parties were in great spirits and incredibly fun to work with which made our jobs a walk in the park that day. Even though there were rain showers in the forecast, the ceremony was set to take place outside. Megan and Alex were lucky to only have a very brief passing shower with blue skies and sunshine to follow.
Although the location was right in the middle of the town of Kennett Square, the property of the Red Clay Room gave the feeling of being in a wooded park. This setting lent itself more to my style of wedding portraits because it allowed me to distance myself from the couple in order to create opportunities for more intimate moments. This is in contrast to the more traditionally posed portraits that are included, but not the focus. These were my personal favorites:
They entered the reception to the welcoming sound of clapping, whistling and hoorays as they were announced for the first time as man and wife. The DJ’s, G2 DJ Service, had the dance floor packed all evening with lots of variety of songs for young and old.
Wedding Vendors: Venue: Red Clay Room Kennett Square, PA; Caterer: Capazolli Catering; Hair: Tranquility Day Spa (Essentials Day Spa); Florist: Petals in the Park; Baker: The Master’s Baker; DJ: G2 DJ Services
I also wanted to include a piece of the experience of working with me after the wedding is all said and done. Here are images of Megan and Alex’s keepsake box. It is an old cedar jewelry box that has been refinished with natural polish. Hardware is a mix between the new and old but old being revitalized with gold leaf. The photographs are small metal, aluminum, prints chosen as one of their favorites. The image on the lid is fixed permanently while the inside is magnetically attached and can be removed to be displayed elsewhere. The ribbon and fabric touches are all based on the wedding colors chosen by Megan and Alex. Each box houses a hard drive certified by the manufacture to preserve files for up to 100 years. A disk with the custom slideshow is also included that can be played in any DVD player.
To Megan, Alex and their families and friends: It was an immense pleasure to be given the honor of documenting your important day. I wish you all the best and many years of happiness, good health, and love.
To my second shooter Gretchen, you are my peace of mind that allows me to be the composed yet laid back artist that I am for my clients.
Thank you readers, friends, family and new comers for giving me a moment of your time to share with you the very special wedding of two really loving and respectful people, Megan and Alex. Feel free to share any comments or provide feedback about the work below.
All the best,