Downton Abbey Inspired Bride

Just before the holidays I did a shoot with Marie Labbancz, Beautiful Blooms, Architeqt Salon and The Wedding Factor, featuring the latter's beautiful Berta gowns.  The regal Madison courtesy of Reinhard Agency.

Lots of great images to share, but in celebration of the new season of Downton Abbey (yes, I'm addicted), I wanted to share these first because they so remind me of the beloved series.  Can't you just see Mary (or even poor Edith) in this?

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As seen in: BHLDN styled shoot for 100 Layer Cake blog

These glorious photos were recently featured on 100layercake.com.  Delectable BHLDN gowns (Tamsin was my favorite) taken at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts by Alison Conklin.  Brilliant styling by Beka Rendell of Styled Creative (and The Styled Bride) - who else would something so cool with a bunch of stools that happened to be lying around?

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Brides, grooms and puppy love ...

In honor of Valentine's Day, I give you photos of my brides, some of whom are with their grooms, but all of whom are showing the love to their four-legged friends on their wedding day.

I would delight in having a dog, but we've recently become a three cat household, so that ship has sailed for the time being.  Instead, I live vicariously through the loving person/canine relationships of others, and always want to know if my clients have pets, what their names are, etc.

With love for creatures great and small, Happy Valentine's Day!

Sarah DiCicco

Jen Woodruff

Photo: Jauhien Sasnou

CWR Photography

Jennifer Boyle Photography

Beautiful Bride: Emily Ciliberto

"Spunky glamour on wheels" - that is the way I would describe Emily, who married Jamie in November.  Photographer Daniel Moyer had a field day with the colorful backdrop that characterizes the Hotel Monaco in downtown Philadelphia.  Here are just a few  of those photos that delighted me.

Emily came to me as a daily wearer of false eyelashes, so she was used to a bit of cosmetic magic.   Because of her already perfect skin,  I was able to do maximum eye and still keep it looking real.

I was particularly moved by Jamie's expression when he first saw Emily - happy tears of "first look" love.  And any bride who checks her make-up in the side mirror of a moped is a goddess to me.

Hair by my pal Amanda D'Andrea, Monique Lhullier dress from The Wedding Shoppe in Wayne, florals by Beautiful Blooms.

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Beautiful Bride: Caitlin Keys Pemberton

I had the pleasure of getting the beautiful and photogenic Caitlin Keys ready for her May wedding at the Merion Cricket Club, as seen through the lens of photographer David Campli.

The black and white photos of this venue, in particular, have a classic, old Hollywood quality that will be a pleasure to look at for Caitlin and her new husband Sam Pemberton for years to come.  And how elegant is the long dining table pictured below?  Need to see more of those at receptions.

Caitlin's exquisite lace dress was a Monique Lhuillier purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue Bridal Salon in New York.  I was in love with this one and it fit her like a white kid glove.  She looked utterly regal and like any good monarch, she was calm and serene throughout the preparations.

Hair by Allison for Amanda D'Andrea, flowers by Kristin's Wildflowers.

Thank you, Caitlin and Sam - wishing you happiness!

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The joy of a beautiful dress....

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Oh, the joys of a beautiful gown - I would love to see one of my brides in this Elizabeth Fillmore number (Amelia) we borrowed from The Wedding Shoppe in Wayne for this fun shoot.  Sleek space courtesy of one of my former brides, Kimberly Dixon, who is the sales manager for the over-the-top condos at Pembroke North in Wayne....

Photos: Todd Zimmerman

Hair: Amanda D'Andrea

Bouquets: Ilonka Floral Decorator

Bling: Max Weiner

Model: Lynice

Beautiful Bride-to-be: Rachel Fendell

More blog-worthy engagement photos, this time of lovely Rachel Fendell and her fiancé Jonathan Satinsky who will be married on March 24th.  This pre-marital bliss was captured by the one and only Alison Conklin.

Love the dreamy quality of these pictures, and Rachel's sparkling eyes.  Plus, you've got to love the enthusiasm for rainy day shoots, which, as you can see, really paid off.

What's even more fun about this is that Rachel is good friends with Stacey Cutler, the bride-to-be featured in my previous post.  The two met through through mutual friends and have, according to Rachel, "been gabbing about our weddings for months."  She refers to Stacey as "the Philly wedding expert."

And if that's not enough in common, Rachel and Stacey are both marrying a Jonathan.  Now that takes some planning!

Beautiful Bride: Rebecca the Wedding Planner Gets Married

Once in a while, wedding professionals get to "cross the road" and be the client.  Case in point: Rebecca Richman (née Druckenmiller).  Rebecca is a top notch wedding planner for the Queen of Hearts Wedding Consultants team and married her man Dan last March.

Rebecca could not have been more at ease (expected, considering, but you never know...!) as she was getting ready.  Because she's beautiful to begin with, we kept the make-up soft to accessorize her incredible blue eyes and porcelain skin.

Of course, I was thrilled that Rebecca chose me to do her make-up, and even more thrilled that photographer Laura Eaton captured it all on film.

Shoot at The Queen, Wilmington

I've been lucky to be involved in a some special photo shoots lately, at locations that were delightfully new to me.  Case in point: my day with photographer Laura Novak, Beka and Kimberly of Styled Creative, and others to highlight the beautiful bone structure of a grand and revitalized theater in Wilmington, DE, The Queen.  And I was thrilled that hairstylist Mike Rossmark was able to join us at the last minute.

All of the drama and textures of this unique venue make it an amazing backdrop for a wedding!  You can see more of these photos on Laura Novak's blog.

Full credit goes to:

Photography: Laura Novak and Jason Thomas

Stylists: Styled Creative

Makeup: moi Hair: Michael Rossmark Gowns: Jennifer's Bridal Accessories: Houppette Venue: Live at the Queen

My photo published in the New York Times: do I keep my day job?

Wedding photographers beware: apparently the New York Times found my photography skills acceptable and agreed to publish my work.

Okay, here's what really happened in New York City in February of 2003: I took a picture of Alison after she came to see me for her trial run, and she liked it so much that she submitted it with her engagement notice.

Here's the original:

 

If any of you photographers want the details on my equipment and lighting technique (!) ... let me know....