Ritz-Carlton Wedding: Dana and Andrew {Philadelphia Wedding Photographer}

The sky was a soft cotton-candy blue as I made my way into Philadelphia for Dana and Andrew’s elegant wedding at the Ritz-Carlton.

I found out it actually takes two elevators to get to the lavish Penthouse Suite, where Dana and her girls were getting ready; one main elevator takes you to the 30th floor, and then there is a small secret elevator (which needs a secret key) that will take you to the large floor with the spectacular view of this City of Love.

I adored all of Dana’s bridal details, including her show-stopping Jimmy Choo heels, her adorable pink and blue floral robe, and her cathedral veil. Her maids wore long silk chiffon dresses in the color “graphite.” One of my favorite colors is gray, and it was lovely to see bridesmaids in this unique wedding color combined with pink roses and white peonies.

The black tie wedding ceremony took place within one of the beautiful rooms of the Ritz-Carlton, with a reception following in the Grand Ballroom. Andrew looked in awe as he saw his beautiful brunette bride walk down the aisle; he knew he was the luckiest guy in the world.

Pink and peach uplighting and tall candelabras created a romantic scene in the grand ballroom. a creamy iridescent cake was just waiting to be eaten, and large vases of extravagant florals brought so much beauty to each table. Every little detail was divine.

Sentiments were spoken, feet were dancing, and Dana and Andrew were sent off with a ribbon wand exit, surrounded by their dearest family and friends.

Congratulations Dana and Andrew! You are truly a match made in Philadelphia.
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The Fabulous Vendors

Venue | Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia

Photographer | Dyanna Joy Photography

Florist | Carl Alan Designs

Cake | Van Earl Cakes

DJ & String Quartet| EBE Talent

Hair and Makeup | Bella Angel

Wedding Dress | Nordstrom

Wedding Dress Designer | James Clifford

Bridesmaid Dresses | J. Crew

Men’s Tuxes | Men’s Wearhouse

Romantic Wedding in the Woods: Nicole and Alex {Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer}

Sometimes you just have to put on your rain boots, hold an umbrella, and smile for the photographer.

That is what this incredible couple and their fun-loving bridal party did on a rainy June day.

I used to get nervous when it would pour down rain on a wedding day. These days, I don’t mind the rain, I even embrace it. And when the heavens rained down on us on Nicole and Alex’s wedding day, it was quite the adventure.

I loved all the vintage touches throughout this wedding, from Nicole’s adorable shoes to her lace gown with the pretty pink ribbon around her waist. Roses and baby’s breath were everywhere from the bouquets to the romantic creamy cake.

Since both the bride and groom are artists, I loved the artistic touches, which include the wood cufflinks the groom created, his unique wedding band, and an arts and crafts children’s table at the reception.

I absolutely loved the woodsy setting at the C. Barton McCann School of Art, located within the mountains of Central Pennsylvania. My childhood home is not too far from this venue, and always loved running through the tall green ferns. Speaking of ferns, they were all around the venue, and even included the table flower arrangements.

Guests were sent home with bottles of pink champagne and memories of a beautiful day celebrating two people so in love.

Congratulations Nicole and Alex! You both blew me away with your graceful spirits and kind souls. It was a true honor to document your day, even if that meant getting soaking wet. The rain just made everything more beautiful.

Rain is what makes the flowers grow, and perhaps also, love.

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The Fabulous Vendors

Venue | C. Barton McCann School of Art

Photography | Dyanna Joy Photography

Florist | Pocketful of Posies

Cake | Delectable Delights

Wedding Dress | Diamonds and Lace

Dress Designer | Casablanca Bridal

Hair and Makeup | Evolve Studio

Bridesmaid Dresses | BHLDN

Men’s Tuxes | Harpers Shop for Men

Catering | Harrison’s Catering

Linens and other Rentals | Best Event Rental 

State College Engagement: Kelsey and Ronnie {Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer}

Kelsey and Ronnie met at Woodward Camp, which hosts a premiere BMX Freestyle program.

During one of the camps, Ronnie, a professional BMX rider, fell for the gorgeous brunette camp director. Ronnie eventually moved to Happy Valley, and they have been inseparable ever since. They have been through a lot of life’s ups and downs together so far, which I know will only make them stronger as a couple as they journey into marriage.

We meandered through the Penn State Arboretum for their engagement session. I loved their urban style and relaxed vibe. My camera loved Kelsey’s million dollar smile. I had so much fun with these two and I can’t wait for their Happy Valley wedding this October. It’s going to be such a celebration of love.

Congratulations Kelsey and Ronnie!!

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Shadow Creek Wedding: Caitlin and Matt {Virginia Wedding Photographer}

In late June, Caitlin and Matt were married at a beautiful Virginia church, nestled in the midst of Loudoun’s wine and hunt country.

Family and friends, including their adorable daughter Madeline, watched as they promised each other their lives. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and delicious food at Shadow Creek, right outside its grand equine barn, with million dollar views.

Peach and ivory flowers were abundant, while chandeliers and thousands of twinkling lights were shining from the ceilings.

The Virginia summer heat brought on some intense thunderstorms during the reception. The sound of rain hitting the top of the barn was romantic and thrilling.

Delicious cake {created by a dear friend of the groom} was enjoyed, the dance floor was the place to be, and guests went home with bottles of limecello.

Congratulations Matt and Caitlin! It was such a beautiful day for such a beautiful couple!

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The Fabulous Vendors

Wedding Coordinator | Weddings by Calla

Photographer | Dyanna Joy Photography

Venue | Shadow Creek

Florist | My Wedding Flowers, LLC

Wedding Dress | TLC Bridal

Wedding Dress Designer | Justin Alexander

Bridesmaid Dresses | Macy’s Bridal and Weddington Way

Men’s Tuxes | Men’s Wearhouse

DJ & Lighting | Slable Entertainment 

Catering | R&R Catering

Bridal Party Transportation | ING Limo

Guest Transportation | Haymarket Transportation

Cake | Lauren Kenny (Friend of the Groom)

Makeup | Dina Saddat

Hair | Shameem Slovich

Acoustic Guitar | Michael Stephenson

Annapolis Engagement: Jessica and Derrick {Annapolis Wedding Photographer}

When Jessica met Derrick, she knew there was something special about him, but it wasn’t the right timing.

They were working together, and after awhile a friendship developed. It didn’t take long after that for Derrick to realize Jessica was the one his heart belonged to.

Jessica and Derrick are having an elegant wedding next month at Baltimore’s Four Seasons Hotel. But for their engagement session, we decided to walk along the colorful and nautical streets of Annapolis.

I love Jess’s long ombre hair, her adorable outfits, and sweet disposition. And when she looks into Derrick’s eyes, she is oh so happy. I absolutely love these two and can’t wait for their July wedding!

Congratulations Jessica and Derrick!

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St. Francis Hall Wedding: Jamie and Andrew {DC Wedding Photographer}

Jamie and Andrew’s Washington, DC Monastery wedding was a dream to photograph. I loved everything about their style; Jamie’s couture dress and cathedral veil, the combination of pink roses and wildflowers, the gorgeous columns at St. Francis Monastery, bubble tea, a red dress, and a grand exit.

As always, I enjoyed working alongside Tiffany from Simply Breathe Events. Together we are always making wedding magic.

Some of my favorite moments of the day…

*When tears fell down Jamie’s face when she saw Andrew for the first time, and again when she joined him after walking down the aisle.

*Taking photos of the bride and groom within the gardens of the beautiful historic monastery. I was completely inspired by this venue.

*A little boy using his dad’s professional camera to take his own photos from his seat during the ceremony.

*Jamie changing into a gorgeous red wedding dress during the reception. In Asian culture, red symbolizes the color of love and prosperity.

*Trying Bubble Tea for the first time. Also known as “pearl milk tea,” bubble tea contains a tea based mixed/shaken with fruit or milk, to which chewy tapioca balls and/or fruit jellies are often added. The “bubble” refers to the foam created by shaking the tea, which makes it foamy. It was absolutely delicious.

*Being around overflowing joy and happiness as everyone celebrated love.

Congratulations Jamie and Andrew!!!

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The Fabulous Vendors

Venue | St. Francis Hall

Wedding Planner | Simply Breathe Events

Photographer | Dyanna Joy Photography

Florist | Convention Floral

Makeup | Susan Lim Makeup Artist

Hair | Carly Fisher

Wedding Dress  | Mori Lee

Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal

Men’s Tuxes | Men’s Wearhouse

Videographer| D.P. Weddings

DJ | Musical Djs

Woodlawn Manor Wedding: Francesca and Jared {Maryland Wedding Photographer}

Their love for the outdoors was evident in so many of the wedding details, from the big trees surrounding the historic manor, to the tree branches, moss, and florals gracing the reception tables, to the placecards being held by pieces of wood.

Francesca and Jared’s Woodlawn Manor wedding was simply sublime. Francesca’s soft and fluffy bridal bouquet of peonies, created by Dear Sweetheart Events, took my breath away. The bridesmaids’ flowy pink dresses, Francesca’s stunning gown, Jared’s boutonniere showcasing succulents, a glowing mother of the bride, and old estate charm combined to create the perfect summer wedding day.

This day just flowed smoothly with grace and happiness. The bride’s brother conducted a beautiful ceremony in front of the beautiful mansion. The delicious wedding cake not only was lovely, but included replicas of the bride and groom’s dogs along the side of the cake.

The evening ended with gorgeous sunset photos, personalized beer brewed by the groom, and a whole lot of dancing.

Congratulations Francesca and Jared!

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The Fabulous Vendors

Venue | Woodlawn Manor

Photography | Dyanna Joy Photography 

Wedding Planner & Florist| Dear Sweetheart Events

Caterer | Stone Soup Catering

String Players | Two Rivers Chamber Music

Wedding Dress Designer | Pronovias

Wedding Dress | Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection

Bridal Shoes | Badgley Mischka

Bridesmaid Dresses Designer | Vera Wang

Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal

Cake | Kake Korner

Men’s Tuxes | Men’s Wearhouse

Hair and Makeup | Brandi Taylor

Avalon Beach Engagement: Lauren and Brian {New Jersey Wedding Photographer}

The sea called to them…

It was the sand, the ocean mist, the waves, where Lauren and Brian fell in love.

They both grew up spending their summers at the shore. Lauren’s family owns a beach house in Avalon, NJ, and Brian’s family has one in Ocean City, NJ. But when Brian’s friends began to vacation over the summer in Avalon, Brian joined them. And it was then, one day, one summer, when Brian met a beautiful beach-blonde beauty named Lauren. Over the course of that summer, Brian and Lauren spent every weekend together in Avalon. And even now, you can find them in Avalon together on any given weekend, enjoying life together by the sea.

Congratulations Lauren and Brian!

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Historic Acres of Hershey Wedding: Bekah and Mike {PA Wedding Photographer}

Both her daddy and her very soon-to-be husband cried when they first saw her.

Bekah was radiant, and the day she had been waiting for, finally arrived. The sun was shining brightly at the Historic Acres of Hershey, and so were all our hearts. I loved hanging out with all my beautiful cousins throughout the morning, especially the queen of the day: Bekah.

Pink peonies, lamb’s ear, and baby’s breath graced the bouquets. Bekah was stunning in her lace gown, and the bridesmaids were graceful in light pink. The men wore mint green ties and socks with gray suits. The whole color combination was soft and romantic, just my style.

Grandiose weeping willows provided the perfect amount of shade for portraits of two people in love; embracing them in its soft green branches. And during the ceremony, our grandmother’s bible held the rings of commitment, as she looked down from heaven upon us.

In an act of love, Bekah and Mike humbled themselves before each other for a feet washing during the ceremony. Tears were flowing throughout the group of observing and supportive friends and family.

The evening continued with lots of photographs, cupcakes, dancing, and a magical night portrait of the bride and groom. Each and every photograph from this wedding was created with so much love and warmth from my heart; it’s the only way I know how to photograph, and the only way that makes sense to me. May you feel my love.

I adore you Bekah and Mike. You are my family and my heart. Have an incredible time in Hawaii.

With all my love ~Dy

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The Fabulous Vendors

Venue | Historic Acres of Hershey

Photography | Dyanna Joy Photography

Makeup & Hair | Bombshell Brides

Wedding Dress | Alfred Angelo

Flowers | Holly Hostetler, Mother of the Bride

Bridesmaid Dresses | Adrianna Papell

Men’s Tuxes | Express

Caterer & Cake | The Uncommon Caterer, Inc.

DJ | DJ Scooter 

Chester Valley Golf Club Wedding: Valerie and Steve {PA Wedding Photographer}

As a wedding photographer you might be surprised that I have many lawyer friends all over the country and abroad.

Throughout my 20s, I worked as the alumni coordinator at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, and the best part of my job was creating relationships with so many wonderful law students and practicing lawyers; and Valerie was one of them.

Although I left Penn State to pursue my photography career full time in the spring of 2012, Valerie and I kept in touch and remained dear friends.

Valerie and Steve attended my wedding in 2013, and soon after, Valerie contacted me to see if I was available to not only attend her wedding, but to be her wedding photographer. I was so incredibly honored.

I love when certain paths cross, and just by being at the right place at the right time, you can end up with a lifelong friend. I love you Val!

Valerie and Steve are so perfect for each other. They are both avid golfers, and there was no better place in the world than to have their wedding reception take place at the golf course. Navy blue, gold, and pinks were sprinkled throughout the whole day, from their gorgeous florals and stunning invitations to the gold sequined table cloths and chevron patterned cake.

What a very happy wedding day it was! Congratulations Valerie and Steve!

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 The Fabulous Vendors

Venue | Chester Valley Golf Club

Florist | IIonka Floral Decorator

Wedding Dress | Bijou Bridal

Bridal Shoes | Kate Spade

Wedding Dress Designer | Maggie Sottero

Makeup | Dolled Up Hair and Makeup

Bridesmaid Dresses | Bijou Bridal

Men’s Tuxes | Men’s Wearhouse

Hair | Holly Antonelli

Cake | Brooklyn Girl Bakery

Band | Back 2 Life

Videography | Merryweather Films