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    Monday
    May022016

    Jessica and Greg

    Jessica + Greg
    04 | 09 | 16


    Just like the Post Office Motto - "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night..."  weddings happen every day and in every type of weather.  The separation between and amazing day and gloomy day is the attitude of the couple.  April had already been a month of surprises with crazy summer weather to the wintry mix of the day and if anything it added to the memories of this amazing couple and amazing wedding.  I can't speak highly enough of their attitude to a little snow and rain mix :-).   They and their wedding party trudged it out on wet roads, running out of near moving busses to get the happy shots of the day only to show the weather how much they could turn such a day into a crazy party!  From the tears of joy to the laughs and excitement I couldn't of asked for a better day!

     








    Friday
    Feb052016

    ICELAND

    A few months ago I had the awesome opportunity to help out one of my good buddies with a wedding in Iceland!  Stephen Govel and I flew out for what was going to be an amazing week of work and play.  After some initial exploring we met up with the awesome couple and discussed the next days events.   After finishing up their wedding we headed out to explore the Island!   Here's some of my favorite shots from the Trip!

    Here was Steve's awesome wedding blog post: Chewie + Ann 

    Here's a few shots from the wedding followed by some of my favorites from the Trip.

    If you're interested in Purchasing some - feel free to contact me for custom products or check out this link! 

     


     
     
     

    Monday
    Feb012016

    Amanda + Andrew

    Amanda + Andrew
    10 | 16 | 15
    The Park Savoy, Florham Park, NJ

    I never realized how much coffee was consumed on a day of the wedding but over the last few weddings I'm starting to get an idea - and as a coffee lover.  I love it.

    I've known the Laufer family now for a few years and have been a part of many of their friends and families amazing events.   Every time I see them I'm greeted with a warm smile and hug from Momma Laufer and it makes the day that much better.   As I get further and further back to these weddings that were a few months ago - I can't help but realize how much they stick around in my memory - From the amazing details - to the incredible moments I get to document.... Including cutting a hole in Andrew's Bow tie to make sure it had a nice snug fit (sorry if it was a rental... they'll never know.)

    This was officially my last wedding of 2015 and I couldn't of found a better couple to spend it with.  After their first look we jumped in my SUV and headed down to Morristown to grab a few more shots of just the two of them.  I love the option of just walking around and grabbing more candid locations rather than really scouting prior - it just gives a more candid feel to the shoot and we're able to find amazing light in new locations.  After shooting them for a few and having some laughs we headed back to The Park Savoy and met up with the eager bridal party (many of whom I already knew :-).   After family photos and a quick Groom Crowd Surf it was onto the ceremony.  I usually hang back with the bride as my assistant shoots them walking down the aisle as it allows me to catch the emotions of the bride moments before her family gives her away to the waiting groom.   I loved the shots of Amanda and her dad in this setting, both smiling ear to ear knowing that this was the start of an incredible journey.

    After the vows it was onto the party, and boy did they party!  The setting was stunning with the thought and planning of the details and capped off with an amazing dance and dip at the end.  The drinks flowed and the crazy poses cracked me up as they jumped into the Photo Booth with crazy faces and laughter.  Luckily I was able to sneak the couple away for a few more photos and ended the night back at the ceremony spot with an gorgeous showering of flowers.

    Thank you for having me be a part of your incredible wedding day!

    -Drew



    Loved this shot from her snack bag.  Being a phtoographer it made me laugh since you often say CHEEESEEEEE!!!! By the way - the answer is - Yes they are ready! 













    Saturday
    Jan232016

    Sami + Eli

    Sami + Eli
    01 | 17 | 16
    Bellevue Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

     

    First of all let me apologize for the sheer number of photos I'm about to post.   I tried my hardest to narrow these down for you.  I started off at 500 - knocked it down to 300 - knocked it down to 200 - and finally ended up with around 150 and I feel like I've given up.   I spent close to 4 hours just trying to wrap my head around the fact that there were SO many that I loved.

    Samantha and Eli's wedding was held at the beautiful Bellevue hotel in Philadelphia.  When I arrived I couldn't help but laugh when Sam's mom told me that I "Cleaned up nice" (after I showed up for an engagement shoot in shorts and t-shirt.   She then told the story to the ladies in the room how she immediately understood my apparel after she saw me walk out side and start rolling around on the city streets :-).

    I loved the atmosphere and bubbliness of the room immediately with lots of laughter and excitement reverberating off the walls - a perfect place to start shooting and probably the reason why I couldn't narrow it down any further!  After a few getting ready and detail shots we called up all the girls for a few photos and some champagne which was a blast.  I told Samantha that if the champagne started spraying a little bit - just enjoy the moment and don't worry about me or the camera (it's weatherproof).  She immediately asked if she should shake it up first then (which would of been awesome - but I think the hotel may have been a tad upset). After popping the cork and pouring out drinks it was off to Eli's room.  Still getting ready I took the opportunity to grab a few more details and plan out the rest of the day.  With another cheers I was back to Sam's room to get the final prep and set up their first look.

    I set up my cameras and enjoyed the excitement of Eli as he entered the room, brimming with anticipation to see his lovely wife to be.   Hiding her I set them back to back and let the magic happen - and boy did it happen.  The look on Eli's face was incredible and awesome to capture as he gazed with wide eyes at his bride.  After giving them a second to relax from the excitement we were off to grab a few more photos of them before the ceremony!  The first thing I noticed when I walked in the hotel was the awesome staircase that I wanted to get them on as we made our way downstairs to the snow.  After a few shots we headed outside where Sam was so enthused about the snow (which she had prayed for!)  After a few more photos it was up to the Ketubah and the ceremony and reception!

    The room was a buzz with joy and love for the couple as they officially became man and wife.   With a gorgeous hanging flower chuppah they, along with their family, celebrated each other and the life forthcoming. With a smash of a glass and kiss they through up their arms and headed off to the party. 

    The reception room was decorated and lit to perfection thanks to the stunning work of Evantine Designs.  The food was incredibly presented and the guests were taking it all in.  When it was time for intro's the bride and groom rolled out like Rock Stars and danced the night away.  Leaving the dance floor for the stage several times as their guests lifted them into the air and then joined them!   With a gorgeous cutting of the cake and some amazing words by friends and family the night came to a close as one of the most memorable weddings of my life.

    Thank you having me be a part of your day!  I hope these images do justice to the incredible love you two have for each other and the love of your family that they carried through the day! 

    - Drew Noel 















    Friday
    Jan222016

    Christina + Justin

    Christina + Justin
    01 | 08 | 16

    Cescaphe Ballroom - Philadelphia

    New years resolution that I'm gonna stick to:  Start Blogging again.   It's been about 4 years since I was blogging, accepting facebook as an easy alternative...  Unfortunately it doesn't show the full day like a good ol' blog does!   So here we go.  A new year - A new blog and hopefully I'm going to be able to put one to two up per week and start working my way back in time while adding new weddings as they come in!

    These two were just straight awesome.  Thank you so much for having me be a part of this incredible day.  I love it when my couples allow me to do what I do best - capture the candids and create some stellar imagery for them to have for generations of memories.    Starting off at the Lowe's Hotel in Philadelphia is was apparent we were gonna have a blast.  Christina was just as happy as ever and Justin was joking around with his guys confident in the day and the memories they'd share.   Time and time again small gaps of silence were broken up with laughter and joy and I couldn't of been happier to be in the middle of it.   After their "First Look"  it was obvious how perfect these two were for eachother - Christina wiping small drops of joy from Justin's eyes as they both looked around for tissues.   Then off we went, working our way from center city to old city capturing everything a long the way.  The ceremony was beautiful and unique as a surprise bagpiper welcomed guests to the church and for the first time in my history of being a photographer the "I do's" were said alter left as the couples slipped on the rings and gave eachother the first kiss as Hubby and Wifey. 
    As expect the reception kicked off and they laughed - drank - and danced the night away with joyous friends and family.  Cake of course got a little messy - but hey, you only get to do that once right?

    At the end I was both sad to leave and happy to have this be my first wedding of 2016.
    You two rock.  Thankyou thankyou thankyou.

     

    -Drew Noel