Thursday, September 25, 2008

Janine & Eric

Yup, another Janine this week and you'd think they wouldn't have too terribly much in common, just a random coincidence. But you'd be wrong. This Janine, like last week's Janine, also smiles from a deep and confident place and she wore her excitement on the outside all day long.

Their ceremony took place at Old St. Joseph's Church in Philadelphia's Society Hill. A beautiful, historic church. We then took a trolley over to Washington Square Park for some quick portraits then back to the Sheraton Society Hill for an elegant and fun reception.

A slideshow of highlights is (here).

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Janine & Scott

Janine's face probably still hurts from her wedding to Scott at the Knowlton Mansion in Philadelphia. Most brides spend the day smiling pretty intensely. I know that my cheeks were sore the day after my wedding. But Janine's smile starts in her toes and her laugh is the kind of belly laugh that comes from a confident woman who's not afraid to let you know she's loving the moment. Not to mention that she looks like she just fell out of a Dutch Masters painting. She and Scott are perfect compliments to each other. Their day, including the false fire alarm in the hotel and the remnants of Hurricane Hannah pushing everything indoors, was perfectly fun. And, again, much love to Donna and her team at Beautiful Blooms who rocked some seriously gorgeous floral arrangements of deep reds and purples. The room took everyone's breath away, most notably Janine's (see below)!

I typically get hugs of thanks from brides as we've traveled the journey of the day together and I am witness to all the "stuff" on the wedding day. It's always great at the end of the night when a groom pushes my handshake aside and throws a hug saying I was like family. A great reward for folks who'd yet to see the product of all that hanging around with a camera to my face.

Janine and Scott's slideshow is (here). (And that's not my double use of Bubbly by Colbie Callait, it was their first dance song, as it was for Andrea and Tim.

This is Janine's reaction upon seeing her reception space at the Mansion filled with family, friends and gorgeous flowers.

Monday, September 15, 2008

My boy

Andrea & Tim

Andrea and Tim had a great wedding incorporating a number of elements from their Irish and Catholic backgrounds, including a honeymoon to the homeland. And if you're wondering if I went with them to Ireland for the ceremony and reception, those are just the Our Lady of Lourdes church and Merion Tribute House on the Main Line. A beautiful castle-like facility just minutes from Center City. And I can't forget to mention the always beautiful, elegant and simple floral presentations by Beautiful Blooms.

Checkout their slideshow (here).

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Moving On

Yesterday I worked on an interesting assignment for a regular client, The Boston Globe. The story was a different take on the annual remembrance of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The reporter, David Filipov, was writing about his own personal experience and how it paralleled that of the city's. David's father was on American Airlines Flight 11, the first plane to crash into the towers. David was in Moscow at the time covering the one year anniversary of the sunken Soviet submarine. David's been to Ground Zero before but has avoided coming down to the site during the annual memorials. He's actually avoided any acknowledgment of the anniversary, until this year. So the story was a bit non-traditional in being first person but it became an interesting way to examine the ways both an individual and a city move on from tragedy. Below are some of the other pictures I submitted, the first one is of David looking for a photo of his father at the Tribute WTC Visitor Center. It is also the image that was on the paper's front page this morning.

As a journalist, I really like stories like this. From my perspective, it's a story that relies on the ability of a photographer to see images and not rely on just stuff that happens in front of them. To me these images get at the idea of the mood of this part of the city now. It can be dark, have odd juxtapositions, powerful, harried, poetic. Fences surround the site and construction workers are EVERYWHERE. The image of the guy with the Statue of Liberty mime was so strange. Here you have a field of flags with the names of the WTC victims and there's tourists doing goofy posed pictures right next to it. It's where traditional New York tourism butts up against the solemn memory of the attacks. Ground Zero has become another thing on the list that people visit. In this image, Michael Sinclair photographs the front of NYFD Ladder 10, the fire department that's across the street from the site. Sinclair and his family came to NY from Belfast, Ireland as part of a trip to the States that includes a few days in Florida. Visiting Ground Zero was the first thing on their list of sites to visit.

Here's a link to a story David, who was the paper's Moscow bureau chief for about 14 years, wrote from Afghanistan in November 2001. David also covered the Iraq war for the Globe.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Abigail & Cameron, part 2

In May, Abigail and Cameron had a nice, small, immediate family only ceremony in a pasture in Delaware. They followed that up with a full-scale celebration at Congress Hall in Cape May, NJ.

Here's the slideshow of both events.


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