Associate photographer Eric spent a beautiful evening in Philly hanging out with this gorgeous, newly engaged couple, Alyssa and AJ. Eric did a phenomenal job capturing some really amazing images, but it is the meaning behind this session that really is the “icing on the cake”. AJ owns an AMAZING family bakery called Isgro’s located right in the heart of the Italian Market, so obviously an engagement session centered around this delicious place was a given. Alyssa and AJ love the city, and spend much of their time in the Italian Market and were even able to capture some really awesome images in their favorite bar. Eric expressed how excited he is to shoot this upcoming wedding, and we can’t help but wonder if the INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS cookies and cannoli’s Alyssa and AJ gifted him have anything to do with that. Exact words: “Best cannoli’s I have ever eaten, just wish my daughter Raisa would have shared at least ONE cookie with me.” Either way this is definitely a killer job on an extremely unique and personalized engagement session.
First off, I can’t believe it’s already March, but I know I speak for all of us that we’re looking forward to warmer weather and the 2019 wedding season. Showing this blog post off makes us even more excited for the year ahead. Below is Cecilia’s Best of 2018 gallery showing off some of our favorite photos captured by her this year. One of the biggest benefits that Sandi and I have had over these past 3 years of running Twisted Oaks Studio is getting to watch each of our photographers continue to grow into who they are today, especially Cecilia.
Cecilia has been with us since the beginning and is one of our most popular and requested Lead photographers for a reason. As with all photographers, she’s extremely tough on herself which ultimately leads to her pushing even harder to become better and better. 2018 was a year where we watched her take a step back and re-evaluate what she needed to work on and as the season came to a close it was easy to see that it paid off. I really enjoyed putting this together and as you scroll through you’ll not only be able to see how talented she is but how natural our clients can be in front of her camera. Clients love working with her and it’s because of the time she spends getting to know each and every one of them that helps her capture the awesome photos that you’ll see below.
2018 was a special year and we have no doubts that 2019 will be her best year yet as she continues to evolve as a photographer and an artist. We’re extremely thankful for her and she plays a vital role in what makes Twisted Oaks one of the best wedding photography studios in the country.
Alexandra and Timothy’s stunning wedding at the Brandywine Manor House was without a doubt one to be remembered. The day was absolutely perfect and the rain that everyone was so worried about held off just long enough for associate photographers Cecilia and Austin to get some truly beautiful outdoor photos. Just when we thought the night couldn’t get any more fun with plenty of dancing, partying, and having the time of their lives, our very own bride serenaded everyone with her beautiful voice, and truly topped off what was already a already spectacular day.
Ceremony: St. Anastasia Church
Reception: Brandywine Manor House - The Crown Ballroom
Videographer: Bob Hogan
Band/DJ: Chico’s Vibe
Bonnie and Thomas’ amazing Porta wedding was absolutely perfect in every way. From the intricate and delicate details in the bridal suite, to the unique Asbury Park Bride and Groom portraits, to the fun, and entertaining reception, this is definitely one that will go down in history. Associate photographers Cecilia and Eric did an outstanding job capturing the bride and groom’s special day. These images not only tell the story of the day so perfectly, but you can certainly feel the joy and laughter as you scroll through. Congrats again to the newlyweds.
Bride and Groom Prep Location: Berkeley
Ceremony and Reception Location: Porta
Bridal Gown: BHLDN
Bridal Shoes: Sam Edelman
Hair and Make-Up: The Beauty Room
DJ: DJ Za
Associate photographers Jenna and Inna did an awesome job capturing the newlyweds Erin and Brian on their special day. The Smithville Inn is always such a beautiful venue with the rustic charm and beautiful scenery. Of course no wedding at The Smithville Inn would be complete without a carousel ride for the newlyweds, and Erin and Brian looked fabulous doing so. Another great job by our associates, and congrats again to the new bride and groom.
Ceremony: St. Thomas the Apostle Church
Reception: The Smithville Inn
Bridal Gown: Pronovias
Bridal Shoes: David’s Bridal
Grooms Tux and Shoes: Men’s Wearhouse
Videographer: Tom Johnson - Alliance Video Productions
Florist: Pocket Full of Posies
Wedding Cake: The Bake Works
Brianna and Kevin’s Union Trust Wedding was certainly one to remember. The love and emotion that poured out of Kevin when he saw his bride for the first time was absolutely breath taking, and these photos tell the perfect story of why we love when our clients decide to do a first look. Associate photographer’s Jenna and John did a killer job capturing this beautiful bride and her new groom on their special day.
Bride/Groom Prep Location: Hotel Monaco
Ceremony/Reception: Union Trust
Bridal Gown: Martina Liana
Bridal Shoes: Badley Mischka
Grooms Tux: Vera Wang
Videographer: Petit Films
Wedding Cake: Termini Brothers
DJ/Band: DJ Big Ant
It was a super hot day but that didn’t stop Victoria and Kevin from absolutely killing it in front of associate photographer Cecilia’s lens, they even got a chance to cool off in the creek at the end of the session. Cecilia mentioned how easy it was to shoot these two love birds and how they were complete naturals when it came to this gorgeous Wissahickon Valley Park engagement shoot. Another great session by Cecilia and definitely another wedding we are looking forward to. Can’t wait to watch these two say I do.
There is something very magical about a wedding that takes place at Christmas time. The way the homes are decorated, the happy holiday music that fills the air, and the pure joy that Christmas and the holiday season brings, was sure felt by all on Katelyn and BJ’s special day. It was a beautiful day for sure, and associate photographers Angela and John did an amazing job once again capturing some timeless memories for the new bride and groom.
Ceremony: Saint Isodore’s Church
Reception: Eastlyn Golf Course and the Greenview Inn
Bridal Gown: Casablanca
Bridal Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Hair/Make-up: Utopia Salon & Day Spa
Grooms Tux and Shoes: Suit Supply
Videographer: Ashe Productions
Florist: Martine’s Countryside Florist
Wedding Cake: Crust N’ Krumbs Bakery
DJ: Straight Up
“Lisa and Daniel are the KINDEST SOULS who have ever gotten married”, was a direct quote from associate photographer Cecilia who with Eric, did a phenomenal job capturing this new bride and groom’s amazing day. Lisa and Daniel’s gorgeous wedding, at the Glen Island Harbour Club, was absolutely stunning in every way. The bond this family has is certainly very special, and the bride even had a special FUN dance planned with her father, which was a huge surprise to everyone. You will see the genuine emotion and love pour out of these photos, and it is truly beautiful.
Bride/Groom Prep Location: Hyatt Place New York/Yonkers
Ceremony Location: Korean Presbyterian Church of Westchester
Reception Location: Glen Island Harbour Club
Bridal Gown: Alexandra Grecco
Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groom’s Tux: Calvin Klein
Groom’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo
Florist: Arcadia Floral Company
Videographer: Eric Aumen of Shutter and Sound
DJ/Band: Stolen Moments
It’s not often you meet your soulmate in PRISON, which oddly enough is where these newlyweds first laid eyes on each other...luckily for them they weren’t inmates!! Kiersten, an intern, and Joe, a corrections officer, hit it off from the get go. They share a love for movies, in particular Harry Potter, which made Princeton University the perfect setting for their wedding photos. The detail that went into planning Kiersten and Joe’s special day was perfection. From the custom ONE OF A KIND wedding dress, to the beautiful bouquet, right down to the snow falling during their first dance at their reception at Windsor Ballroom. This wedding was definitely one to remember not only for the bride and groom, who by the way just beamed and expressed how much fun they were having the entire day, but for everyone who was lucky enough to attend. Associate photographers Jenna and Megan did an amazing job capturing some really great images for the new Mr. and Mrs.
Bride/Groom Prep Location: Holiday Inn
Ceremony/Reception Location: Windsor Ballroom
Wedding Gown: Sweet Caroline Styles
Grooms Tux: Joseph Abboud
Hair/Make-up Artist: Unveiled by Anna
Wedding Cake: Chocolate Carousel
Band/DJ: Off the Chart
What do two people who are in love with not only each other, but also BEER, do on a cold winter day?? Obviously go to Monk’s Cafe in Philly and cuddle up with a few drinks to help keep you warm. The wonderful people at Monk's opened a little early and allowed associate photographer Angela to do her magic and create some really great images that fit right in with the ambiance of this super cool place. After that they braved the chill in the air and headed to the Rittenhouse area where they found some really interesting and unique backdrops to shoot. What a fun engagement session and again a great job by Angela.
It was a scorching hot day but that didn’t stop Megan and Nicholas from having the wedding of their dreams. Luckily enough their wedding was at The College of Physicians, so this adorable couple got to steal snuggles and kisses in the outstandingly stunning grand libraries, before they made things official. Associate photographers Angela and John captured perfectly the pure love these two share, which was abundantly obvious. Megan’s smile and laugh is infectious and scrolling through this blog you can’t help but to smile right along with her. Congrats to the new bride and groom on their perfectly special day.
Bride/Groom Prep Location: The Logan Hotel
Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal
Wedding Shoes: Adrianna Papell
Grooms Tux: Men’s Wearhouse
Ceremony Location: Old St. Josephs Church
Reception Location: College of Physicians
Caterer: Catering by Design
Florist: Fifty Flowers
DJ: No Macarena
When you think of class and elegance look no further than to Tara and Sam’s absolutely stunning wedding at one of our favorite venues, Winterthur. The bride and groom each prepared for their special day at the beautiful Inn at Montchanin Village. It looked like a scene straight out of a romantic movie and associate photographer Jenna could not have done a more perfect job capturing the essence of this beautiful day.
Bride and Groom Prep Location: The Inn at Montchanin Village
Wedding Gown: Justina Alexander
Wedding Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Grooms Tux: Moss Bros
Ceremony Location: St. Anthony of Padua Church
Reception Location: Winterthur
Florist: Pink Dahlia Vintage
Videographer: Visual Rose Productions
Wedding Cake: The Masters Baker
Band: Bachelor Boys Band
“This wedding was AMAZING!”, were the exact words of associate photographer Cecilia as she described Elizabeth and Dan’s heavy metal inspired wedding at the American Swedish Historical Museum . Cecilia and Eric and did an awesome job capturing the newlyweds, who’s cool and unique rock and roll style really made for some killer photos. Elizabeth and Dan have an inspiring relationship that shined through all day. You could just feel the love and respect between the two of them as well as their friends and family as they ROCKED the night away.
Bride/Groom Prep Location: The Logan Hotel
Bridal Gown: Pnina Tornai
Bridal Shoes: Express
Hair/Make-Up Artist: Salon Blush
Grooms Tux: Moda Matters
Grooms Shoes: Santoni
Ceremony/Reception Location: American Swedish Historical Museum
Florist: Beautiful Blooms
Caterer: Jeffery A Miller Catering
DJ/Band: No Macarena DJ
Erin and Eric’s wedding at The Ballroom at the Ben in Philadelphia could not have been a more perfect location for two people who absolutely love this city. Associate photographers Jenna and John did an outstanding job capturing this new bride and groom’s beautiful day. It was super hot out, but that didn’t seem to bother anyone as each person in this bridal party including the bride and groom could not have been more kind, laid back, and filled with really awesome personality. Maybe it really helped that Erin and Eric would soon be leaving the smoldering city and heading to the crisp, comfortable Alaskan weather for their honeymoon, where they would be attending their very first wedding as husband and wife. Congrats again to the newlyweds on your special day. We wish you a lifetime of happiness.
Bride Prep Location: The Ballroom at the Ben - Bridal Suite
Bridal Gown: Lovely Bride
Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade
Hair/Make-up: Architeqt Salon
Grooms Tux: Englund’s Apparel
Ceremony/Reception Location: The Ballroom at the Ben
Florist: Carl Alan Floral Designs Ltd.
Wedding Cake: Termini Brothers Bakery
DJ/Band: RhythMix Entertainment (Nico)
A little bit of rain here and there did not stop this stunning bride and her handsome groom from having the wedding of their dreams, and Tavistock Country Club was the perfect setting for their special day. Shannon and Jake were just as kind as they are beautiful and the love these two, and that their families have for each other, was certainly evident as the new Mr. and Mrs. said I Do. Shannon and Jake were both so laid back and trusted the vision of associate photographers Cecilia and Eric, who once again delivered, capturing some truly stunning images of the new bride and grooms joyous day. Congratulations to the newlyweds.
Bride and Groom Prep Location: The Westin
Bridal Gown: Amsale
Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Groom’s Tux: My.Suit
Groom’s Shoes: The Black Tux
Make-Up Artist: Tara Yordanov & Felicia Ann
Ceremony and Reception Location: Tavistock Country Club - Haddonfield, NJ
Florist: Leigh Florist
Videographer: Greg Hoffman Films
Band: Silver Arrow Band
Gina and Kevin’s wedding could not have been more beautiful. The bride, the weather, the venue, and most of all, the amount of love these two people have for each other, really shined through the entire day. Witnessing two families who care so deeply for each other come together as one, was truly magical. Associate photographers Cecilia and Eric really outdid themselves once again, and captured some amazing memories. One of Cecilia’s favorite moments was when the Groom and his Grandmother shared a very special dance. The bond between Kevin and his Grandmother was truly an honor to witness. Congratulations again to the newlyweds.
Bride Prep Location: Congress Hall - Founder’s Hall
Groom Prep Location: Congress Hall
Bridal Gown: Casablanca Bridal
Bridal Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Make-Up Artist: Gia Angelozzi
Grooms Tux: Jos A Bank
Grooms Shoes: Aldo
Ceremony Location: St. Paul's Church
Reception Location: Congress Hall
Band: Lost in Paris
Stephanie and Mike's wedding was an absolutely beautiful celebration. The love literally filled the room (as you will see) as these two became husband and wife. Associate photographer's Cecilia and Austin did an outstanding job capturing the new bride and groom's glorious day. Congrats to the newlyweds.
Bride and Groom Prep Location: The Franklin Hotel at Independence Park
Ceremony and Reception: National Museum of American Jewish History
Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo
DJ/Band: EBE Talent - Rio
From the traditional Greek Orthadox ceremony, to the picturesque setting at The Barn at Forestville surrounded by willow trees and even horses, this was certainly one beautiful wedding. Arianne and Sean provided their guests with delicious food, cocktails, and even games to keep them entertained all night. Everyone danced their hearts out under the rustic wooden beams in the barn, and had a fantastic time. This will definitely be one to remember, and associate photographers Angela and Austin did an incredible job telling this love story. Congrats to the newlyweds.
Wedding Gown: WTOO by Watters
Hair/Make-up Artist: Rachel of Mam'Zelle Salon
Grooms Tux: Bryan Michaels
Ceremony Location: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Byzantine Catholic Church
Reception Location: The Barn at Forestville
Wedding Cake: Cramer’s Bakery