John and Amanda got married on June 11th. Both the ceremony and reception were held in a pre-revolutionary church on the grounds of The High Point in Malvern. I was beyond thrilled to see what great light there was inside since churches tend to have very poor lighting. Huge windows flooded the rooms with light which makes a natural light photographer (me) pretty happy!
I met Amanda at the Desmond where she had stayed the previous night to get some detail shots before the ceremony. She was FAR more relaxed than I thought she would be, especially since she had been at the venue tying up loose ends immediately before meeting with me. I knew when I originally spoke with John and Amanda that this was going to be such an awesome wedding. I would describe this as a DIY vintage wedding (I just take pictures, and am clueless about the “proper terms”, so forgive me if I’m way off). Amanda’s maid of honor baked all of the cakes served at the wedding, and her matron of honor did the floral arrangements and bouquets. Some serious talent between the two of them!
I loved every single detail, and you could tell how much time, effort, and planning went into their big day. They did a fantastic job making every detail personal to them and who they are. You can learn a lot about people through their wedding. John and Amanda had a beautiful self-uniting ceremony filled with readings from loved ones. The church (St. Peter’s) is on the small side which made the ceremony feel more intimate and cozy.
There were lawn games set up outside during cocktail hour. How freakin’ awesome is that!? John, Amanda, and I managed to sneak off for a few “formal” shots before dinner. Formal meaning chasing sheep, holding hands, and running through the cemetery outside of the church. They headed in for dinner and we all snuck out one last time to get some shots with the bridal party as well. I had a blast with these people! They had some great ideas, too! I’ve also been enjoying working on the photos. Amanda likes the high contrast images, over saturated greens and yellows, along with the antique sepia tones. I was able to step outside of my soft edits I typically do for weddings, and play around a bit with the formals we did, which fit in perfectly with the entire feel of the day.
After some dinner and dancing the night was complete. I think I loved their wedding so much because it reminded me of my own (minus the amazing flowers and kick a** shoes that Amanda wore). Goes to prove you don’t need $30,000 to have a spectacular wedding – just some love, dedication, and creativity into the details.
Congratulations John and Amanda! I wish you and your beautiful daughter, Madeline, all the best. Hope you enjoy!