Philadelphia Brides

Mary and Arielle - A Philadelphia Lesbian Awbury Arboretum Wedding

I can't believe these two are finally married!!!!  It seems like its been forever since I first sat down with them and their amazing planner and dear friend of mine Ashley to talk about their wedding day.  I knew these two would be the most gorgeous brides and let me tell you, they were!!!!  The entire day was filled with laughter and every detail was perfect thanks to bASH events!  Its fun to get to work on a wedding where almost every vendor and person apart of Ashley's team was a friend!  This was the true example of it taking a village...and in this case, a beautiful very gay village!  And true to Ashley's style, her vision came to life for these two in a way that was beyond what I think of all of us expected!  

My favorite moment, and probably my favorite first look ever, was when Arielle saw the back of Mary right before their first look.  As she was walking towards her, she had to stop and wipe away a few tears.  She kept saying how hott Mary looked and it was the cutest thing!  And then when they finally saw each other for the first time, it was so evident that these two couldn't wait to start this next chapter of their lives together.  

From their perfect ceremony and their tear filled vows, to being surrounded by the people who clearly love and adore them, to dancing the night away...this is the kind of weddings I love to photograph.  Mary and Arielle...I am so so happy for the two of you.  I can't wait to send you the rest of your preview and to get you all of your images!  And thank you for allowing me the honor of photographing your wedding!  Here are a few of my favorites!  

Kris and Mu - An Urban Reading Viaduct Engagement Session

This engagement session is a different one for us!  While most of our clients opt for a park or downtown Philadelphia for their engagement shoot, Kris and Mu asked if we could take their engagement photos at a totally unique location!  We explored the Reading Viaduct - a former railway that has since then been abandoned.  It's urban feel, overgrown fields, graffiti and gorgeous views of center city made it the perfect location!  And there was even a sweet little swing!  So while this isn't our normal vibe here at Swiger Photography, we are so happy with the results!  

Check out a few of our favorites from their session and get ready to see these two again really soon as their wedding date is fast approaching!

Stephanie and Joshua - An Old Mill Wedding Preview

As soon as we pulled up the Old Mill on Saturday afternoon, I knew there was no way I was going to be able to wait to blog this one.  The venue is one I have wanted to shoot at since I heard about it a little over a year ago and it did not disappoint!  Stephanie was a gorgeous bride, but more than that, she is the sweetest person.  Her first look with Josh was perfection, and their love was so evident all day long.  I loved all their blush and coral and lavender details and just you wait till you see their centerpieces!  So beautiful!  Fresh Florist did an amazing job! (Go check out more of their work HERE!)

Stephanie and Joshua, thank you for allowing us to be apart of your day.  I am so happy you loved your preview gallery and I can't wait to share the rest!  And thank you to the Old Mill for being SO amazing to work with!  To check out more info on all the amazing Vendors that were apart of this wedding see the vendor list at the bottom of the post!  

A special thanks to the amazing vendor team:

Photography - Swiger Photography

Wedding Dress - David's Bridal  (http://www.davidsbridal.com)

Bridesmaid Dresses - David's Bridal  (http://www.davidsbridal.com)

Groom's Suit - Men's Warehouse  (http://www.menswearhouse.com)

Groomsmen Suits - Men's Warehouse  (http://www.menswearhouse.com)

Cake - Sophisiticakes  (http://www.sophisticakespa.com)

Venue - The Old Mill Pa  (http://www.connercatering.com/oldmill/weddings)

Caterer - Conner Catering  (http://www.connercatering.com/oldmill/catering.htm)

Flowers - Fresh Designs Florist  (http://www.freshdesignsflorist.com/)

DJ - Brian Kania 

Missy and Mo - A Collingswood NJ Engagement Session

A little over a year ago I shot a sweet wedding at a lakeside venue in Jersey.  The couple had a photographer that bailed on them just days before the wedding and so their friend reached out to me shoot their wedding for them!  I was heartbroken that a photographer would do this to such a sweet couple, but it gave the opportunity to meet not one but THREE other amazing couples who's weddings I have done/am doing in the last year.  

Which brings me to Missy and Mo.  Missy was a bridesmaid in Ashley and Darnell's wedding last fall and she also wanted to hire us to shoot her August wedding!  We were so excited!  Missy is a gorgeous girl and Mo?  He's clearly the total package.  Sweet, charming, a gentleman, handsome and funny.  So needless to say, I was so excited for their engagement session!  We met at Knight Park in Collingswood NJ and just a few minutes in, I was commenting about how excited I was to photograph Missy as a bride.  These two have the best kind of natural chemistry, so between that and the gorgeous sunset light, it was the perfect of sessions!  And this park?  A new favorite little place!  The lake, red bridge, beautiful trees; you can bet that I will be back there sometime!  

Enjoy a few of my favorites from their engagement session and look forward to seeing their wedding pictures in a little over a month!!!

Lee and Alex - A Valley Forge Park Queer Engagement Session

I can't believe that I will have the honor of photographing these two again in just FIVE days!  Lee and Alex are tying the knot on Saturday at a family farm and last weekend we met up to shoot their engagement photos!  It was so fun getting to this awesome couple as we explored around Valley Forge National Park!  From the moment we started taking pictures, it was obvious that their love is built on a lot of laughter.  And coming from 2 years of marriage, I can tell you that a love that is full of laughter makes for the best kind of life!  But seriously though, these two are so easy going, down to earth and obviously in love that you can't help but like being around them.  

Lee and Alex, I can't wait for this weekend and being so honored to capture the start of this exciting next chapter in your lives.  I am crossing my fingers for the perfect weather and the most amazing day for the two of you!  For now, enjoy a few of my favs and look forward to seeing them again real soon!  

Ashley and Chris - A Del Fresco's Wedding

Every so often I'll get an email asking if I would possibly be free for a wedding that is quickly approaching, usually within 2 weeks.  Some might be so overwhelmed by the idea of being hired that close to the wedding date, but as someone who put together their own wedding in 74 days, I get it!  Sometimes you are so in love or life hands you situations that make you realize that waiting to plan that big wedding just isn't right for you!  When you know, why wait to get married?  And this particular one happens to be one of my favorites of this type of wedding we've done!

Angela and Chris had the sweetest wedding day!  From the moment I showed up at the hotel to take pictures of her getting ready, I knew it was going to be a great day!  Angela has to sweetest laugh and gave me a ton of time to photograph them around Philadelphia City Hall before getting married at the gorgeous Del Fresco's!  We had a beautiful winter day, warm and sunny and these two couldn't have been more in love!  And their first look ya'll?  Oh such perfection!  Chris was overwhelmed with how gorgeous Angela looked and can you blame him?  She looked stunning!  We made our way to Del Fresco's where we did family photos and then it was the moment they had been waiting for!  Time to get married!  When the judge announced that they were husband and wife, Angela squealed and that happens to be one of my favorite photos of the day!  She was so incredibly happy!

The newlyweds then headed for a private dinner there at Del Fresco's and I left loving that this is my job!  Intimate weddings are so sweet and focused on the things that matter most - each other!  Here are some of my favorites (it was hard to only pick a few!) and congratulations to this beautiful and sweet couple!!