Caitlyn & Nick are an amusing and stylish couple herehat had a beautiful fall Knowlton Mansion wedding in Philadelphia, PA. Conroy Catering does an excellent job as I will explain in more detail below. I had a great time getting to know them during their engagement session in Smithville Park in Eastampton, NJ. I love doing these sessions as it does make different comfort level on the wedding day.
Caterer: Conroy Catering
Ceremony & Reception: Knowlton Mansion
Florist: A Garden Party
DJ: Steve & Co.
Videographer: Stomping Bread Productions
Bride’s Dress: Essense of Australia
Camera/Film:Contax 645, Fuji Acros 100, Kodak Portra 400 and some digital
Caitlynn’s Bridal Preps
Nick had all his groom preps at his brother’s house not too far from the Knowlton Mansion. The guys were fun and laid back. My style is very documentative for the groomsmen during the morning preps. They are usually having some drinks and moving around quite a bit when they are prepping. After a bit of dabbing with his nephew, it was time to head over to Caitlyn’s parent’s house for her preps.
To my pleasant surprise their dogs to go along with the eight bridesmaids, one flower girl, and one junior bridesmaid. One fun little tidbit was that her one dog would come over and sit on her dress while she was getting her jewelry on and adjusting her veil. What we did not know was that the dog had lipstick on their paw which got all over the bottom of the dress. The wedding boy scout I am I reached into my camera bag and pulled out a Tide stick. Problem solved!
First Look and Portraits at the Knowlton Mansion
I setup Nick on the walkway behind the mansion so that Caitlynn can sneak up behind him and they can see each other for the first time on the wedding day. After a few tears and some quiet moments together we brought out that bridal party to photograph!
A few great things about shooting Knowlton Mansion wedding photos is there are tons of space for large groups, an abundance of shaded natural light and magnificent landscape and buildings to photograph around. Also, not to mention a few horses to photobomb your portraits.
We scheduled plenty of time, so there was no rush before the ceremony started. Together we explored the grounds, let the bridal party hang inside and drink and also grabbed the family for some natural light formals outside. If it is raining on your wedding day here, you can always capture your formal photos inside right by the reception area.
Knowlton Mansion wedding ceremony
They had a beautiful outdoor ceremony and even had scarfs for all the guests. The temperature does drop quickly here when the sun starts to set. The sun always seems to place in the perfect direction for the ceremonies here. The light adds to the laid back natural setting for their outdoor ceremonies. One of my favorite parts of their service was of course when Nick dropped the ring during the vows. Thank god there is no storm drains at the altar! One wedding ceremony tip is that live music or a DJ playing music off to the side adds a beautiful ambiance.
Yes Nick dropped the ring during the ceremony!
Knowlton Mansion wedding reception
They are a fun crew, so I was prepared for quite an exciting reception once the music kicked in! One thing I see at the Knowlton Mansion wedding reception space is that the floral designer will cover the four middle columns surrounding the dance floor with flowers or artistic brush that go up towards the ceiling. You should ask your planner or florist about this service.
The real hidden gem at the mansion is the wine cellar. I try to sneak off with the couple for a few minutes to create some natural romantic portraits. I cut my hand on some broken glass during Caitlynn & Nicks session in there, but it was worth it.
Best wishes to this great couple! I had a fantastic time with them and their families!