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    Thursday
    Jan122017

    Jessica and Marty

    Jessica + Marty
    05 | 20 | 16
    Surf Club on the Sound
    New Rochelle, NY

    How do I describe two of the most amazing people I've ever met.  When I first met them I picked them up from the train station and brought them to my studio where we chatted about the day and how we'd organize it etc.  I'll never forget on the way to dropping them off to find some dinner in Princeton they told me about the Package offered to them by another company to which I blatently responded "Did they offer you a kitchen sink to?"  (SMH).  I always make the comparison that no matter what collection any couple gets with me I put my heart and soul into the day and in the end I may not offer 20 albums, 4 canvases and a kitchen sink but I do offer quality.  In the end it doesn't matter how many things someone else offers if they can't give you good imagery.... and apparently that black and white comment stuck with them (as you'll read in their review which I'll include).  A week or so later I get a call back from them saything they were super excited to include me in their day and would love to set up an E-shoot as wel.  Needless to say - I was super excited at the opportunity to work with such an amazing couple as well! 

    The second time I met them was for their engagement shoot around Central park.  Afterwards we headed back to grab beer and pizza at their apartment and chatted more about the wedding.  During this time we chatted about how often I made it to the city etc and grabbing dinner drinks at some point and then they offered me the holy grail of offers....  A toothbrush - if I was ever stuck in the city and need a place to crash - it'd be there for me.  I can count on one hand how many friends have offered me a toothbrush at their place - so to hear this was pretty awesome and showed how amazing of a couple they were.

    Finally came the wedding day.  I could go on and on about how much fun it was but really I think I'm going to let the pictures do the talking.  I adore emotion in photos - and when you have a couple that is head over heels in love with each other it makes the day that much more special to capture.   There is a common saying I've heard over the years during toasts.   "I hope you look back at this day and see it as the day you were in love with each other the least as man and wife" - This is them.  Ever time I met them they seemed closer and closer and to this day with Facebook updates etc I don't know if I've ever seen another couple so willing to give 110% of themselves to the other. 

    Bottom line - thank you for putting your trust in me.... I couldn't of enjoyed a wedding more than I did yours.


     
     Their Review:

    "How do I begin to write our review of our absolute favorite vendor from our wedding? I would imagine if you are looking at this review you’ve already seen one of Drew’s pictures & if that’s the case, you may be doing what I did which was comparing every other photographer to Drew. I was actually referred to Drew by a close friend of ours & from the moment I saw one of his pictures I was done. I spoke to Drew on the phone & felt like I was talking to one of my friends. He was down to earth, laid back & easy going. He answered my hundreds of emails (literally hundreds) in record time, which is extremely important, & followed through on everything he said he had to offer.

    To be 100% honest, my husband & I were hooked on Drew & his work right from the start, however, his packages were more than our original photographer & videographer budget combined. We knew before we got engaged that, to me, photography was the most important vendor – it was our photographer’s pictures that would allow us to relive our wedding forever. After meeting with Drew, we tried our best to consider other (cheaper) photographers but they just didn’t compare. Drew’s name came up at least once a day for two weeks straight as we continued figuring out what to do & then we stopped fighting it & decided to book Drew.

    As Drew captured our engagement shoot, we knew without a doubt that we had made the right decision. Drew’s such a talented & passionate photographer whose love for the art shines through in each & every picture that he takes. To say he’s dedicated to his couples is an understatement… at our wedding he literally took off his shoes & socks, rolled up his pants & climbed into a fountain to capture the perfect picture. He’s absolutely incredible at what he does & we plan to have him capture our family’s lives for years to come. If you’d like to ask questions to one of Drew’s former couples we’d be more than happy to chat. Just ask Drew for Marty and Jess' contact information."

    And the photos!

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Wednesday
    Jan112017

    Rachel and Jeff

    Rachel + Jeff
    04 | 16 | 16

    It's been forever since I've blogged so I'm going to keep this short and sweet.  After capturing their E-Shoot in Hoboken, I knew I was going to have a great time with these two :-).  Wedding was at the lovely Nassau in in Princeton NJ with a great group of family and friends.   After their first look we strolled through Princetons greens and found some amazing walls to capture some pretty bad ass photos along with some of the cuter more romanticy (yes it's a word.... kinda) shots.   After meeting up with the bridal party we boogied on down to the reception held on a gorgeous day right ouside the venue where they gave their hearts forever to one another :-)

     

     






     

    And one set from the engagement shoot!

    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!

     








    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