Racquet Club of Philadelphia Wedding | Brigid + Steve

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Oh my goodness I am just so excited to share this wedding with you - I’m giddy about it! Brigid + Steve tied the knot on Saturday surrounded by their closest friends and dear families. I have loved working with this couple every step of the way. From their stunning engagement session in a brutal heatwave to the final moments on the dance floor at their wedding, they have been such a joy to capture and be around.

They have a very devoted and supportive kind of love that is just filled with laughter but this day had some happy tears too. Celebrating in the city that means to much to them and their relationship, Brigid and Steve shared their vows at Old Saint Joseph’s Church, the oldest catholic church in Philadelphia founded in 1733, and then enjoyed an incredible reception at The Racquet Club of Philadelphia, a Georgian Revival clubhouse founded in 1882. There were touches of Philly history all throughout their wedding day including their LOVE Statue cake topper!

I was honored to team up with some incredible vendors to make this day possible. There were a lot of moments that had us all busting with laughter and some really precious time where we were choking up at how loved and cared about Brigid and Steve really are. These might be some of my favorite wedding day portraits of all time… so… get to scrollin’!

Enjoy some of my favorites from Brigid and Steve’s stunning Philadelphia wedding!

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: Savannah Smith Photography | SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER: Cait Kramer | ENTERTAINMENT: SoundFactor Entertainment | CEREMONY VENUE: Old St. Joesph's Church | OFFICIANT: Fr. Fran Gillespie | COORDINATION: Shoshanna Wiesner with Jeffrey A Miller | RECEPTION VENUE: The Racquet Club of Philadelphia | FLORALS: Petal Pushers | CATERING, CAKE, DESSERTS AND BARTENDING: Jeffrey A Miller | HAIR STYLING: Julia Montgomery of Julia's Hair Boutique | MAKEUP ARTISTRY: Kate Stout with Gloss Salon | BRIDAL SHOES: Badgley Mischka | BRIDAL GOWN: Morilee from Brides and Grooms | BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Sorella Vita from Brides and Grooms | GROOM + GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: JoS. A. Bank | PAPER GOODS: Tara Buck of Hungry Heart Ink | TRANSPORTATION: Cescaphé Trolley

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My Recommended Starter Camera + Accessories

I get a lot of questions from non-photographers about gear! Most of the questions come with disclaimers like…

I just want to take better pictures of my kids.
I want to better document our family vacations.
I travel a lot and I’d like to come home with photos I can actually do something with.
I use my point-and-shoot so much and sometimes I just wish it could do more.

So, today I wanted to share with you my favorite starter gear for entry-level or hobbyist photographers! These are perfect to treat yourself or gift to the aspiring photographer that you love!

It’s the perfect entry level camera that still has full manual shooting options, can shoot raw, supports interchangeable lenses and features of a high end piece of gear. The 50 mm lens is super affordable and I definitely recommend it in addition to the kit lens for people who want to see a shallow depth of field in their images (where the background looks soft and blurry) and for those who specifically want to shoot portraits. The Black Rapid strap is perfect for travelers and busy parents.

Full disclaimer: I shot my first two weddings on an equivalent of the camera that I’m sharing below. I’m a huge, massive, insanely passionate believer in that it’s about the user, not the equipment. Whether you’re definitely sticking with hobby or hoping to launch a career, before you go spending thousands and thousands on gear, hoping that it will make your images look like what you’re seeing from professional photographers, invest in a basic shooting and editing course like this one, take this free webinar or find a photographer who offers a class in your area. The biggest mistake you can make is purchasing more advanced equipment and then leaving the camera on auto or not understanding your settings!

Happy shopping and happy shooting!!

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