You may remember Heather and Mike from the blog just a few months ago. They were the ones who wanted to walk through the mud in Ridley Creek State Park and recreate the Dirty Dancing tree-over-the-creek scene. They got married not very long after that engagement session on a hazy, hot and humid July day at the Greystone Hall in West Chester, PA. A quick tangent on Greystone Hall first. Holy cow! That place is beautiful. Everywhere you look is an amazing backdrop. It was also my first experience working with the Video and DJ guys at Lovesick, Inc. They made the day a lot of fun and kept everyone on the dance floor well into the night.
Heather and Mike wanted to see each other before the wedding, but we didn’t have much time. Luckily we were operate on a limited timeline to come up with some great photos before the ceremony and a few fun ones after the ceremony with Mike’s ’32 Ford. I even got to sit in the rumble seat and go for a ride with the new bride and groom! There were too many photos to choose from for the blog, so I just put them all, up. Get your scrolling finger ready!
I’m going to be honest with this one, I wasn’t sure what to expect! Kellie and Amadou were a little light on details when we were planning their wedding photography and for good reason – they were both graduating Med School two days before. I quickly realized that they were both laid back and were up for whatever I asked of them. We were able to make a few quick photos on Broad St then made a quick run up to Hahnemann Hospital for a few photos between rain showers.
The ceremony was held at the Hyatt Bellevue, and they were surrounded with close family and friends. Amadou’s family is originally from South Africa, so they were able to do a joint ceremony to honor both both African and traditional customs.
I had such a great time while shooting Heather and Mike’s engagement session last Saturday. We met at Ridley Creek State Park and walked around near the creek and hiking paths to start off. They didn’t set their expectations as models very high, mostly because they would be laughing and goofing off most of the time. While that was true, we did make a lot of great photos. It was great being outside on a nice day with a couple who was willing to go crawling across logs, stand in freezing cold streams, and lay in the tall grass. I can’t wait for their wedding in July!
When they saw this log, they wanted to recreate the famous scene from “Dirty Dancing”, which then turned into the “Karate Kid”.
They kept me on my toes by doing things like this without telling me what they were doing. It’s a good thing I was paying attention while they were walking ahead of me.
This was my last wedding of the year second shooting for JDN Photography. It was a crisp fall day in West Chester. Erin and Dave were married at the St. Agnes Church and we walked around town to get a few photos afterwards. Everyone was waving, honking and congratulating at the new bride and groom! Afterwards the reception was at the Mendenall Inn down the road in Chadds Ford.
Beth and I have been a little stressed in preparation for our wedding next weekend, so it was a great relief to spend a weekend away. We left Friday morning and spent the day surfing, eating clam chowder and lobster rolls and hanging out with my friend Aaron who lives in Rhode Island. The next morning we took the ferry to Block Island to meet the groom – my good friend Jon. We checked into our hotel which was right at the ferry dock and were off to explore the island, surf and photograph him as he got ready for the wedding ceremony. It was a great time on a beautiful island. We scored awesome waves right in front of his rental house and were blown away by the scenery as we made some photos of him getting ready. The wedding went off smoothly, and the reception and after party went until late in the night. We can’t wait to go back.
Jon and I heading down to surf. Photo: Bethany Dye
Jon getting a pre–wedding surf. Photo: Bethany Dye
View from the cliff. Again, Jon on another fun one. Photo: Bethany Dye
Yup, this is where they’re spending the rest of their time on the island. I’m jealous.