I am pleased to share this amazing couple’s story of their Pen Ryn Estate Wedding in Bensalem, PA. I met Felicia when she was a bridesmaid at a wedding I photographed for Dr. Pam & Patrick a few years ago. I was ecstatic to hear from her and honored that she remembered me. When I met Jarrad and Felicia together, I could not wait to start planning their GTKY/Engagement session! They met in college, so that is where we went for their session. You can view their video BTS here: YOUTUBE
Ceremony & Reception: Pen Ryn Estate
Florist: Eastwick’s Florist
DJ: Lovesick Inc.
Bride’s Dress: Demetrios
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie
Groom’s Tux: Jos. A. Bank
Cake: Isgro’s Pastries
Videographer: Stomping Bread Productions
Camera: Contax 645 and Canon Digital
Film: Portra 400 & Acros 100
Felicia & Jarrad had one of the most laid back and fun bride and groom preps that I have ever done! We built a beautiful timeline together, and I had an absolute fun time in the morning. Felicia has two brothers that are very close, and she had them on her side for the bridal party. I loved how nontraditional this was.
Her brothers were amazing! We kept saying movie lines together such as “Ma, the meatloaf!” from Will Ferrell’s character in Wedding Crashers. Felicia’s mom had no idea of this reference which made us say it more and laugh harder and harder!
So with our additional time in the morning, I was able to spend some extra time doing some more creative work with the bride. Additional time is pure playtime for me. I can try new things, play with different angles, light, and have fun! I remember leaving the hotel room to set up for the first look, and I had a feeling of excitement and rejuvenation.
The First Look
One of my tips is to make your day simple and remove outside variables that could cause problems. An issue I often see is when there is one piece of transportation that makes multiple trips for family, bridesmaids, and groomsmen. They had one limo bus that was the cause of her guests being late for the ceremony. So instead of doing the first look on the grounds of Pen Ryn Estate, we opted to do it at a private spot at the hotel, and then everyone went together over to where we were going to shoot. They had a beautiful first look, and we were hot (summer wedding ;)) but on time!
Pen Ryn Estate wedding portraits
The Pen Ryn Estate had an early morning wedding, so we were unable to get on the grounds until 2 hours before the ceremony. We opted to go to another hidden spot that still overlooks the Delaware River and has beautiful views.
The bridal party was just awesome, and we had a great time despite the quite warm weather. My rules for hot weather: stay in the shade unless I tell you to move closer to get a beautiful rim light on your hair; guys, jackets off until we are ready to shoot, and I will be very quick so you can go back into the AC.
When we got down to the little beach area I call Little Italy, due to its picturesque backdrop and foliage, I noticed a family using the spot so I kindly asked if we could get 5-10 minutes there with Felicia and Jarrad. They were cool, but I was closely surrounded by the Russian family that did not speak any English the entire time. I made it work though!
We finished with a small shoot at the back of Pen Ryn Estate walking down by the big leaning tree by the river. The light was fantastic at this time, and we had extra time to be creative together. I have one of my favorite double exposures on film.
Pen Ryn Estate Wedding Ceremony Outdoors
The Pen Ryn Estate wedding ceremony ran a little late due to transportation issues, but it all went off without a hitch once everyone arrived. I love outdoor ceremonies, and this one was no exception. Everything was beautiful and under 20 minutes! We finished with a few extended family photos before they were whisked off to cocktail hour.
Pen Ryn Estate Wedding Reception
The Pen Ryn Estate wedding reception was as entertaining as expected with their amazing friends and families. I had the best time with them and honored they chose me to capture their wedding. And I would like to end this post with the immortal phrase from the movie Friday: “Bye Felicia.”