Ana and Chris have a special kind of chemistry.
We like to get to know our clients and spend some time with them at our initial meeting talking about life, love, values, relationships, traditions etc. Ana and Chris radiate a very warm, calm, romantic energy. They are so into each other and so good together. During our first meeting they told me and showed me how much they value each other and their families. When I asked them what they are most excited about and what they are looking forward to the most on their wedding day, they said : “ We just want everyone to have the best time. We want to celebrate and have fun and be happy.” Could it be any better? ;)
Our engagement session had 2 parts: first we got hit with a storm on a sunny day in July while walking around Manayunk… I had this vision of a nice warm sunset for their love and the second time we got lucky with great weather and all the charm that Valley Forge Park had to offer. Here’s some of our favorites!
This past Thursday was an unforgettable day when we all got to celebrate relaunch and rebrand of Slay Displays. Networking, meeting new people and making amazing connections - what can be better? Funny how I’ve been asking everyone how they met Julia.. and was happy to share my story: we first met at a styled shoot at Anthony Wayne House, a project I got interested in because I saw her name and wanted to meet another russian- speaking vendor in the industry! I got to meet her and her husband and got amazed by how much effort and hard work they put into their craft. All of their flowers, giant letters and backdrops are made by hand… it’s clear they pour all their energy and soul into what they do and always come up with creative ways to wow! Their letters are definitely show stoppers that would be an awesome addition to a surprise proposal, wedding, family celebrations and any other event.
It was awesome to meet new amazing friendors I ‘ve heard of before : Frost 321 are so unique and so cool! While we were filming them, I was literally mesmerized by the way their cocktails are made. Watching them do their magic made me think of summer rooftop parties and how great it would be to have them there. It’s literally entertainment + frozen tasty cocktails ( 2 in 1).
Huge thank you to all the vendors who participated:
Venue: LOCATION 215 @location215
Rentals: PARTY RENTALS LTD @partyrentalltd
Displays: SLAY DISPLAYS @slaydisplays
Photo/Video: Inna Ovsepian Photography @innaovsepianphotography
Hors D’oeuvres: Garces @ @garcesevents
Beverages: Frost 321 @frost321_
DJ: SILVER SOUND @silversounddjs
Balloon Arch: Peonies Events @peonies.events
Desserts: Danis Cake Pop Shoppe @daniscakepopshoppe
Make Up Artist: Just B Beautiful @justbbeautiful
Lindsey and Joe and their love story could easily be in a movie. They are absolutely sweet and the moment when Joe got down on his knee had us all in awe :)
Prior to his surprise proposal, I carefully picked up champagne, 24 red roses, a love note and a blanket and hid it while making it look natural and at the same time made sure it won’t fly away ( if you know the rotonda spot in Philly behind Museum of Art, you know how windy it gets there, especially on a chilly day ;) The time has come, it was about 5 pm, I made sure to clear the spot and was ready to capture the sweetest moment. Joe and Lindsay came from Washington and were enjoying their day off in Philadelphia. Lindsey didn’t have any idea what was about to happen in the next 5 minutes. Joe opened the ring box and she quietly nodded after a few seconds…. :) That was the cutest and sweetest moment ever!!! We popped the champagne and took a walk around museum grounds. We got so lucky with a few early cherry trees being in bloom at the end of March. They kissed, hugged, smiled and could not take our eyes off the ring.
I can’t wait to work with these lovebirds for their wedding! Happy Engagement!
Chance asked the love of his life to marry him after being together for 2 years. She didn’t hesitate :) They traveled all the way from DC, it was their first time in Philly and look how it all worked out for them! Ring on her finger, happy tears and kisses and then it was time for a nice photo walk around Art Museum.
Prem surprised Sarah with a shiny heart shaped ring and VIP tour around Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ. The coolest part of this afternoon: divers with the sweetest sign “Will you marry me?”…. and Sarah’s reaction of course! :)
Congratulations on your engagement!
Thank you to Aquarium’s staff for being super caring and helpful.
She said yes!
👩❤️💋👨Fresh! She said yes!!! Saturday morning in misty Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania :) The sweeeeetest couple ever! The way Brianna looks at Joe blows my mind 💍😍🤗
#surpriseproposal #shesaidyes #FutureMrsKnellinger
The funniest part is that obviously Brianna didn’t have a clue while Joe coordinated every detail with me. On the day of proposal Morris Arboretum was crowded so we had to take a shuttle to the upper level. What do you think? Of course we happened to be on the same bus and Joe and I had to pretend nothing was happening. It was drizzling and they finally walked to Rose Garden when Joe got on his knee and asked Brianna to marry him. She had the sweetest reaction ever. You know the rest :) Tons of questions, from how he picked the best ring to who else knows….
They have been together for a few years and share so much together. Their little baby princess is so!!! adorable. We jokingly mentioned that she might be a flower girl for their wedding in a couple years from now :) I am so happy that I met these young, beautiful, candid lovebirds.
Happy engagement! Can’t wait to capture your emotions on your wedding day.
There is a subtle magic in people. That magic that’s shining through on a dark grey rainy day. The magic that can heal you once you get lucky to touch it or just to hang around. That little string of connection and hearty warm hugs, conversations and that cup of coffee. The world exists in a way that usually separates those people from you. There is quite a distance. But you know what’s interesting? No matter how far you are, or how long you haven’t seen each other, one word and one meeting is enough to dive back into that comfortable warm pool of magic. It’s not going anywhere, it’s all there. Just stretch a hand, send one message, meet some day and take some portraits. Because is there anything better than a portrait of one’s beautiful soul? That damn magic speaks louder than any words or any explanation people have been trying to find for ages… Meet Sandra, she is #sundra.
It's an incredibly great feeling when clients come back every year to do a fun family session with their beloved dog. Beau and Craig both enjoy living in the city, and so does their little furry ball of happiness, Butters. Last year we met at Race St Pier where Butters had all the freedom in the world to sniff everyone, say hello and play in the green hot grass while occasionally sitting still for photos :) This summer we decided to change the scene a bit, and chose romantic Kelly Drive on a warm August night. We got so lucky with gorgeous sunset and quiet intimate moments between these two. I am already excited about our photo session next year!
Although our love for Philadelphia, especially during these charming fall days is immeasurable, we absolutely adore Princeton, NJ and highly recommend our clients consider it when deciding on photo session location. Princeton University is truly magical and is probably one of the country's prettiest campuses. Here you can find gothic, romanesque, modern and postmodern styles, beautifully intertwining. These amazing buildings and gardens make the perfect backdrop for photography, whether it is romantic photosession, or a fun family lifestyle shoot with kids. Enjoy these peaceful images and hurry up to book your dream session with Inna Ovsepian Photography, fall won't last forever ;) We all know what's coming soon :)
I visited 2 sunny countries recently. Countries of "sun", as I call them. My forever sweet and bright memories don't let me go so easily and I keep telling myself how said it is that warm days are over. We never want summer to end, right?;) But the good news is everything comes in circles and spring will be here pretty pretty soon. And we all know what it will start with. Cherry blossoms, of course!
Today on the blog is a spring- inspired photo session with Rie. She's a lifestyle blogger, dancer ( fragile as a tiny statuette) and a beautiful soul who got impeccable taste, combines outfits in the most organic and unique way and loves to roam romantic streets of old Philly with a cup of freshly-brewed La Colombe.
Armenia gave us so much inspiration it had to pour into something beautiful. The word " beautiful" is not really enough. It was a magic trip, revelation and self- awakening all while discovering something deep inside your soul. This portrait session with lovely Arpine took place in one of the most remarkable, romantic and fundamental locations - Cascade. Enjoying Mr. Ararat from the top of Cascade became my favorite thing to do while in Yerevan. I can't wait to be back and work on more creative photoprojects while enjoying all the beauty and charm of this country. Here are some of our favorites from portrait session with Arpi.
*Proud to be an Armenian photographer in Philadelphia, specializing in weddings, engagements, lifestyle sessions and portraits.