August 13, 2013

Montgomery County Wedding Photographer | John James Audubon Center | Laura + Ryan

Wedding

I have started this blog post over about 5 times now because I can’t even form the words to describe this wedding. Stupendous? Magical? Utterly perfect? Take your pick; any of them will work. The sushi-loving, California couple were a delight, the weather was more than anyone could have asked for (a threat of rain turned to 0% precipitation that day), the venue is one of my all-time favorites (John James Audubon Center), and the details, oh the details…! Here is their chilly winter engagement session and here is their wedding!

The peach and teal invitations and stationary suite were gorgeously coordinated throughout the day.

Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center

Beautiful Blooms (and I think Laura’s mom was a huge actor in this too) outdid themselves! The many floral pieces and décor accents presented a look that was amazingly cohesive and delicate without ever being too over-the-top. It was just right done just right. You’ll see…

Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center

While the guys were at the hotel taking in this very solemn occasion:

Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center

The ladies were getting ready at Laura’s family’s house in Blue Bell.

Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center

Laura’s white lace over champagne strapless gown was beautiful. She tried on about 7 dresses and knew that this was the one.

Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center

Laura arrived in a white Rolls Royce with the man who has been the guy in her life until that day. She left in that same classic car with Ryan that night.

Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center

The outdoor ceremony was lovely and very personal. Gidget, Laura’s sister’s French Bulldog helped the sweet flower girls down the aisle, the couple gave memory boxes to each of the parents, they signed their marriage certificate with a custom wax seal, and the ceremony music was courtesy of friends and family of the bride – all marvelous musicians. Laura doesn’t remember a word of the ceremony.

Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center

The Audubon Center has a pretty awesome perk for guests during cocktail hour – an owl!

Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center

Laura surprised Ryan, an avid surfer, with a custom longboard as a wedding gift – a gift that doubled as a guest book!

Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center

We strolled around the grounds for a little while to capture pictures of the newlyweds.

Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center

The pavilion couldn’t have been more beautiful. I could devote an entire blog (not just blog post) to the elements that came together that day.

Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center

Laura and Ryan were introduced and shared their first dance to “You Belong to Me” by the Duprees as their wedding party swayed on.

Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center

As one could imagine from a family of musicians, the reception was a blast. Friends played during the father/daughter dance and nary a tune after 1970 was played that night on that checkerboard floor.

Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center

The Lindsay Docherty Photography Oh, snap! Studio was sporting a custom backdrop. It was a hit!

Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center
Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center

LOVE! This wedding had so much amazing. So much thought and care went into every component to create a blissful day for Laura and Ryan. I am pleased as punch that I was able to be a part of it!

Philadelphia Montgomery County wedding photography at the Audubon Center

Fly the ocean in a silver plane
Watch the jungle when it’s wet with rain
Just remember till you’re home again
You belong to me
~ The Duprees, “You Belong to Me”

Wedding Ceremony: John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, Audubon, PA
Wedding Reception: John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, Audubon, PA
Wedding Photographer: Lindsay Docherty Photography
Photo Booth: Lindsay Docherty Photography Oh, snap! Studio
Paper Suite and Invitations: Maxine Monroe
Florist and Event Design: Beautiful Blooms
Hair & Makeup: Nu Waves Salon and Day Spa
Dress Designer: Marisa
Dress Shop: Bridals by Danielle
Veil: The Ivory Suite
Shoes: Bandolino
Flower Girls’ Dresses: Laurie’s Tutu Boutique
Ceremony Music: Enso String Quartet, Dan Boring
Cocktail Hour Music: Burning Bridget Cleary
Caterer: Jeffrey Miller Catering
Wedding Cakes: Bredenback’s Bakery
Ring Shop: 33 Jewels

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