Aimee and Ross, two amazing souls that so many people in their lives look to for inspiration, love, and to try and harness some of their adventurous spirits. Their zest for life and new adventures is infectiously awesome. After speaking to many of their family and friends about their beautiful mountaintop wedding and what they were most excited about for the new couple, one thing rang consistently true - they compliment each other in every way possible. I met Aimee and Ross many years ago in Manasquan, the town where I grew up and also the town where we each share many happy memories. Fast forward to 2017, and it was time to tie the knot at a place dear to them and fitting to their adventurous journey together. Blue Mountain Resort not only provided an amazing backdrop but was so accommodating throughout the wild weather we experienced! A planned outdoor ceremony was quickly washed out and moved inside for a beautiful exchange of vows and even a magic trick from the groom himself - Magic Man Ross. They even started the ceremony with a meditation to get everyone in the present mindset - so good! Multiple rainbows marked the start of their reception, a sunset ride in a classic MG was a quick escape for them to privately soak up the awesomeness of their wedding day, and a vibrant dance party was waiting for them upon their return to celebrate properly. I am so happy for these two, and I think the photos show just that!
What an amazing day these two had!! The Ashford Estate was the perfect venue for their beautiful winter wedding. Their day was filled with so much family love and fun, and it even snowed for us a little during our photo session time. How lucky!? They said their vows in a candle lit barn, and exited in style with their best friends playing a duet of Lady Gaga's rendition of 'You and I.' The party continued, and so did the love and laughs. Here's a few of my favorites from the day.
Camping for 11 days with a 1 year old.
Does that scare you? It certainly did scare us, and people were legitimately worried about our levels of sanity when we told them we were taking Layla along for my 30th birthday present from Mad out to Salt Lake City to go visit Yellowstone and Zion National Parks. It wasn't a photo trip, which was a nice change in our usual travel agenda. In the end, after many cold and crying nights, strenuous hikes with a bit of extra weight, amazing laughs coming from the back of the van, terrorizing campgrounds, bathing in silty lakes below unreal rock formations, seeing my favorite milky way again, hair-raising drives up the side of a mountain for epic camping spots, and a couple nights of unplanned reprieve in hotels, we came out alive. Alive and smiling, and closer as a family than ever before (even though I’m not sure how that was possible). We did it, and would do it again in a heartbeat.
But probably with a Nanny next time.
I have been lucky enough to start working alongside Terren Landscapes and photograph some of their beautiful landscape architecture projects scattered throughout the Philadelphia Main Line. These guys do a brilliant, full service job transforming large properties into things of beauty. Have a look at a few of my favorites below!
I owe much of my success (and lack of stress) this year to my trusty sidekick Arielle. I met her a few years ago when I photographed her brother Andre and Gaby's wedding, and was lucky enough to get her on my team shortly after! This year the kids got their parents an awesome gift, a family session by me in Hoboken. Here are a few from our time together, what an awesome family!!