Nicole & Brad’s Hotel Monaco Wedding

Nicole and Brad’s Hotel Monaco Wedding in Philadelphia was one of the most prettiest weddings I photographed last year. Between the stunning getting ready and reception location of Hotel Monaco and a gorgeous bride in a long sleeved lace dress, this timeless wedding was one for the books!

I started the day with Nicole and her bridesmaids in a suite at Hotel Monaco. I had so much fun capturing the final touches of hair and makeup with Nicole, champagne toasts and laughing with her while it took 5 people to button up the back and the sleeves of her long sleeved lace dress. One of my favorite moments was when Nicole had a fun first look with her bridesmaids, their reactions to seeing her complete in her dress was priceless!

Once Nicole was dressed, it was time for their romantic first look on the roof top of Hotel Monaco. These two were all smiles as they finally saw one another. After a few emotional moments, we used every inch of the roof top for photos before heading to the street to hop in their trolley.

After the first look was complete, we boarded the trolley and headed to Fairmount Park for bridal party and more couple photos. These two were so easy to photograph and I absolutely loved the pink of the bridesmaid dresses next to the black tie look of the groomsmen.

Nicole and Brad’s ceremony was at Old St. Joseph’s Church in Philadelphia and was a sweet  and traditional ceremony. These two were once again all smiles throughout. At the end of the ceremony, the newlyweds did a sweet exit, only to both trip (they didn’t actually fall!) on the way out. Another fun and funny moment on Nicole and Brad’s wedding day!

After the ceremony was complete, we made a mad dash to Broad Street for the iconic City Hall photos. Our trolley had broken down (!) during the ceremony, so we quickly called an Uber and even though we sat in traffic for quite a bit, we made it before the sun officially set! I am glad we did and quite a story to remember from their wedding day <3

Nicole & Brad’s reception was beautiful! I absolutely loved their floral centerpieces and their favors of wine homemade by Nicole’s father was such a sweet gesture. Our couple did not leave the dance floor as Nicole showed off her dance moves all night! But before the night ended, I was able to sneak these two away for a few romantic night shots outside the hotel.

Thank you to Nicole and Brad for allowing me to photograph your classic Philadelphia Hotel Monaco wedding! xoxo

Scroll through to view my favorites from their day!

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

  

 

    

 

   

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

Kaitlyn & Tom’s Hoboken Engagement Session

Last Fall, I photographed Kaitlyn and Tom’s Hoboken engagement session. We had a gorgeous Fall day last November for their engagement session and we were lucky enough to capture a little Fall color before winter officially arrived.

We picked this urban location because Kaitlyn had always wanted a city wedding, but chose a rustic Manor in Central New Jersey for their day. This was the perfect compromise to get a great variety in images!

Before finishing our shoot, we walked to a few fun spots in Hoboken, I loved the colorful mural we found as well as the cobblestone streets. Hoboken has so much variety in a small area!

Before we ended our shoot, we got some beautiful golden hour shots with the New York City skyline in the background. Hoboken has one of the best views of New York City for an engagement session!

These two are tying the knot on October 20th of this year at the Hamilton Manor in Hamilton, New Jersey, I cannot wait! Check back late this year for a full recap <3

xoxo

 

   

 

 

 

Rachelle & Tim’s Avalon Yacht Club Wedding

I am so excited to share this beautiful Avalon Yacht Club wedding on this cold and snowy March day! Last October, I photographed Rachelle and Tim’s wedding and it was on a perfect Fall October day.

I started the day at a rental home in Avalon with Rachelle and her family. The ladies were having final touches on hair and makeup by Deneen Jensen and Associates while I photographed Rachelle’s details. The house they rented had the perfect amount of natural light and her details were so pretty! My favorite part of bride prep was the first look Rachelle shared with her father, I was an emotional mess photographing his reaction behind my camera!

Once time for the first look, my second shooter, Josh and I set Tim up on the beach and let Rachelle join him. It was a super sweet moment and I am always thankful when my couples brave the wind and sand for beach photos on their wedding day! 🙂

After formal photos on the beach, we arrived at Avalon Yacht club for their outdoor ceremony. The location at the Yacht Club for the ceremony was perfect, I loved photographing their sweet ceremony right next to the water.

During cocktail hour, they had a perfect sunset, I was so thankful we were able to grab Rachelle and Tim for a few more shots before the party began!

 

Rachelle and Tim’s reception was not only beautiful but so fun. I loved their centerpieces by Manic Botantic and especially loved their gorgeous cake from Bake Works. Once the dance floor was opened for the night, it stayed packed for the rest of the evening, but before the night ended, I did get to sneak outside for a few more night shots of our newly married couple.

Thank you to Rachelle and Tim for allowing me to photograph your gorgeous Avalon Yacht Club wedding!

xoxo

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributing Vendors:

Photography: Susan Hennessey Photography

2nd Photographer: Josh DeHonney

Wedding Dress: Watters (Zuanna)

Bridal Accessories: BHLDN

Bridesmaid Dress: J. Crew

Hair & Makeup: Daneene Jensen & Associates

Florist: Manic Botanic 

Cake: The Bake Works

Invitations: Minted

DJ: FM3

Videography: Abominable Productions

Officiant: Marilyn D’Auria

Jenna & Andrew’s The Ballroom at the Ben Wedding

Jenna & Andrew’s The Ballroom at the Ben wedding was one for the books. I absolutely adored capturing this fun Philadelphia wedding and by the end of the day, I felt as though I had known these two forever. I also loved their green accent color, not quite the pantone color of the year, but ahead of the 2017 trend!

I started the day at the Sheraton Hotel in Philadelphia with Jenna and her bridesmaids. I was able to spend my time capturing all Jenna’s details, I adored her David’s Bridal dress and her stunning engagement ring! I loved watching Jenna get more and more excited as bride prep advanced and she was transformed.

Once Jenna was fully dressed, we hopped on a trolley and headed to the first look location where Andrew was waiting. Once Andrew was in place, I grabbed Jenna and as we walked by the groomsmen, they gave her an awesome and sweet standing ovation on her way to see Andrew.

Once finished with the first look and family photos, we headed to the Art Museum and then Broad Street for bridal party and couple photos. I love both these locations and highly recommend them for all Philadelphia weddings!

Once all formal photos were finished we headed to the Ballroom at the Ben for their ceremony.

Their reception was such a fun time! Jenna and Andrew made their entrances with a jacket change for him and she added a beautiful shoulder necklace for her dress. They had a live band and these college sweethearts were hilariously and sweetly roasted in the speeches. Once dinner was finished, Main Line Affair rocked for the rest of the night and no one ever left the dance floor!

Scroll through to view a few more of my favorites from their beautiful Ballroom at the Ben wedding! xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributing Vendors:
Photography: Susan Hennessey Photography

Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal

Getting Ready Location: Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Ballroom at the Ben

Catering: Finlay Catering

Band: Main Line Affair

Florist: Flowers by Sharon Anne

James & Kat’s Longwood Gardens Engagement Session

James & Kat’s Longwood Gardens Engagement Session was one for the books. I had SO much fun walking around Longwood Gardens with these two on a brisk Fall day last November getting to know them and laughing, plus they were just the sweetest couple!

Longwood Gardens is the perfect spot for an engagement session, their greenhouse is always changing and this year we had gorgeous colorful lanterns in many sections of the greenhouse.

These two seemed to have known one another forever before they finally began dating a few years ago, they even found out after a few months of dating that James attended Kat’s 5th birthday party from her family’s home video! And after seeing each other again post college, they began a romance after meeting again at a New Years Eve party.

Kat an oncology nurse and James an engineer were engaged nearly a year ago in Washington DC, where they both now reside at the Cherry Blossom Festival.

I am photographing James and Kat’s Cape May wedding this Summer and cannot wait! Scroll through to view more of my favorites from their Longwood Gardens engagement session.

 

    

  

 

  

 

 

Rachael & Matthew’s Bradford Estate Wedding

Last October, I photographed Rachael and Matthew’s beautiful Bradford Estate wedding in Hainesport, New Jersey. These high school sweethearts were true romantics and such a joy to photograph, I am so happy to share this wedding!

I started the day in the upstairs bridal suite with Rachael and her bridesmaids. I absolutely love Bradford Estate’s brand new bridal suite, it is equipped with large windows which allows you to use natural light for hair and makeup as well as photographing all those gorgeous bridal details <3 I especially loved photographing Rachael’s Jay West dress and the reactions to the sweet notes they wrote one another.

Rachael and Matthew were traditional on their wedding day, so did not see each other prior to the ceremony. My second shooter, Josh and I took full advantage of our time with them prior to the ceremony and managed to get tons of shots of these two apart.

Their ceremony was so sweet, officiated by Rev. Jill Dillner, there were tons of laughs, sweet readings and even a hand fasting ceremony. My favorite part of the ceremony was the gorgeous Fall foliage! I absolutely loved all the colors in their ceremony photos.

Once the ceremony was complete, we photographed the bridal party and Rachael and Matt together, finally! These two were so sweet and I loved all the smitten looks they gave one another <3

Their reception was such a fun night! Between sweet and funny speeches and adorable favors made by Rachael herself, their evening was filled with personal gestures. I loved photographing these two and cannot wait to be back at the Bradford Estate later this year!

Scroll through to view of my favorites from this gorgeous Bradford Estate wedding! xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributing Vendors:

Photography: Susan Hennessey Photography

2nd Photographer: Josh DeHonney

Ceremony & Reception: The Bradford Estate

Wedding & Bridesmaid Dresses: Jay West Bridal; Haddonfield, NJ

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Jos A Bank

Hair & Makeup: Salon Santa Fe & Spa

Florist: Alisha Simone – Elegant Event Flowers and Decor

Cake: DiBartolo’s Bakery

Officiant: Reverend Jill Dillner

DJ: Center Stage Entertainment

Amber & Justin’s TCNJ Engagement Session

Last Fall, I photographed Amber and  Justin’s TCNJ Engagement Session. We chose this beautiful campus for the location of their shoot as these two are college sweethearts!

These TCNJ grads, are both now teachers. They were engaged last Summer in Colorado and are planning a Summer wedding this year. I had so much fun walking around the TCNJ campus with these two for their engagement session, in fact, Amber is a fellow Friends addict! 🙂

Amber and Justin are getting married at the English Manor, which is one of my favorite New Jersey venues, I cannot wait to see them again in July!

Scroll through to view more of my favorites from their fall engagement session at TCNJ! xoxo

     

 

Adrianna & Madeline’s Same Sex Wedding in Pennsylvania

Last Summer, I photographed Adrianna and Madeline’s same sex wedding at The Manor House at Prophecy Creek Park. These two ladies were such a joy to photograph (their engagement session is here) and I am so excited to share this wedding!

I started the day with Madeline and her bridesmaids in the bridal suite at The Manor House at Prophecy Creek Park. I absolutely loved Madeline’s gorgeous gown and all her details. My favorite detail was their vow books, which had “All the Reasons I want to Marry You” on the cover. I also loved the surprise gift from her bridesmaids, a frame with lines from their first dance song.

Once ready for the first look, these ladies were ready to see each other. Their first look was one of my all time favorites, the joy on their faces was priceless!

One thing I love about same sex weddings is each couple gets to make their own traditions and Madeline and Adrianna were no different, Adrianna wore a suit and called herself a “Broom” and her half of the bridal party were called “Broomsmen”.

Their ceremony was beautiful and began with a ring warming ceremony. Tons of tears, sweet vows, beautiful readings and an excited couple! I loved Adrianna’s reaction after kissing Madeline for the first time <3

Their reception details were beautiful. I loved their cake topper and the colorful flowers in their centerpieces. This was definitely one of my most favorite and colorful weddings of the year!

Adrianna and Madeline’s reception was extremely memorable as well! They adorably danced to their first song, laughed like crazy during toasts and even smashed cake in each other’s faces during cake cutting.

Scroll through to view my favorites from Madeline and Adrianna’s beautiful same sex wedding! xoxox

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributing Vendors:
Photography: Susan Hennessey Photography

Ceremony & Reception venue: The Manor House at Prophecy Creek Park 

Florist: Julie D’Agostino Designs

DJ: Synergetic Sounds

Wedding Dress: Lovely Bride

Engagement Shoot Tips for Couples by Susan Hennessey Photography

Engagement Shoot Tips for Couples

Your wedding day is one of the most important and exciting days of your life. Not only does it mark the beginning of your marriage, it’s also the biggest and most complicated party you’ll ever throw. This requires a very long to-do list, and while some of the items are fun (cake tasting, anyone?) others can be a bit more stressful (two words: seating charts).

Now that you have chosen me as your wedding photographer, the next step is to schedule something even better than cake tasting – your engagement shoot! As a wedding photographer, I’ve answered a million questions about how these shoots work, why they’re important, and how to make the most of them. To help my current and future clients, I’ve put together these engagement shoot tips for couples. I hope they help you relax, have fun, and take some amazing photos!

Why do we need an engagement session?

The engagement session is the perfect way for you and me to get to know each other before the big day. It gives us a chance to talk, practice those perfect smiles, and maybe even vent a little – I got married in 2016, and I know how good it feels to unload some of that stress! The best part about an engagement session is that it helps you feel comfortable in front of a camera. Most people aren’t used to a photographer following them around for a full day, capturing their every move. We’re normal people, not supermodels (even though you’ll look like one on your wedding day) and acting naturally in front of a camera isn’t easy! Thanks to the engagement session, we’ll figure out which poses come naturally and how to best capture your unique personalities. Think of it as the dress rehearsal, except at the end you get beautiful photos you’ll treasure forever.

When should we schedule our engagement shoot?

If you want to use your engagement photos for your save the dates, you’ll need to plan accordingly.  For most weddings, mailing out save the dates six to eight months in advance is fine. If, on the other hand, you’re planning a destination wedding, eight to ten months before the big day is a better bet. The sooner we schedule a date, the more options you’ll have.

When can we expect our images from the engagement session?

My turn-around time for engagement sessions is three to four weeks. This gives me time to sort through and edit the photos, so you receive only the best images.

Where should we do the shoot?

My favorite engagement sessions take place at a location that’s special to you. This is a great way to add personality and meaning to your shoot. If you don’t have a special place or if it’s too hard to get to, any picturesque area will work. My clients have taken me to beaches, big cities, beautiful parks, stunning waterfalls, rustic barns, universities – you name it, I’ve photographed there!

Are there any additional fees we should be prepared for?

If your desired location requires an entrance fee, a permit fee, or a parking fee, it is your responsibility to reimburse me or pay that fee. Additionally, if your location is more than 100 miles round trip from zip code 08057, there will also be a $75 travel fee to cover gas and tolls.

What should we wear?

I’m no fashionista, but I know what looks good on camera. My recommendation? Wear something that captures you and your relationship, just a little more polished. Remember, these are the photos that represent the next chapter of your life as well as the announcement of your upcoming marriage!

As a general rule, keep in mind the background when selecting your colors. I would suggest avoiding sky blue if you’re planning to pose in front of fall foliage. If, on the other hand, you want to stand in front of blooming cherry blossoms, blue is perfect! Also, I suggest no graphics or words on the clothing and only one person should wear a pattern at a time. Finally, I recommend each of my couples bring two outfits to the engagement session. A little costume change is a great way to switch up the shoot!

For the ladies: I love the look of a pretty dress and heels, and highly recommend renting an outfit from Rent the Runway. We usually do a bit of walking at the engagement session, so bring a pair of flats you can slip on and off.

For the gents: A button-up shirt or a sweater over a button-up shirt is timeless, but don’t be afraid to rock a suit jacket or blazer! For an extra polished look, slip on a pair of wingtip shoes.

Should I get my hair and makeup done? How about a manicure?

Absolutely! You’re not required to get your hair and makeup done, but most people feel a bit more confidence when they’re all dolled up. I’ve even had brides schedule their hair and makeup trials around the engagement session, which is a great idea! Definitely get a manicure, or at least come with nails that aren’t chipped. Your ring is a focal point to the shoot so please come with clean or freshly painted nails!

Can we bring props to the shoot?

Feel free! I love when my couples bring props to the session, but you’re not required to. It helps if the props you choose are meaningful to your relationship, so wine or beer glasses, baseballs, basketballs and bikes are all great examples of props! I’ve even had a couple bring a rowboat to the shoot before! One of my all time favorite props is a simple blanket or picnic scene. I also love banners and things with your wedding date written on it – those are perfect for save the dates!

Can we bring our pet to the shoot?

Yes! I love when my couples bring their furry friends to the shoot, but please coordinate this with a friend or family member. I prefer to photograph the two of you with your pet at either the beginning or end of the shoot. This ensures we have enough time to concentrate on the two of you without any distractions from family members or pets.

How long is the engagement shoot?

Engagement sessions last anywhere from 60 – 90 minutes.

When are you available for engagement sessions?

I photograph engagement shoots all year, but only on weekdays. I also like to begin two hours prior to sunset (check the sunset times here). This means that in the summer, I’ll start my shoots anywhere from 6-6:30 PM, but in the winter, especially after the clocks are changed in November, we’ll need to begin the shoot between 2:30-3:00 PM.

Is there a time of year you prefer?

I find beauty during every time of the year, but I do find that if you’re too hot or too cold it shows in your face and body language. I also find that a lot of my clients like fall engagement shoots. If you’d like to book your session in the fall, schedule your session as soon as you can – my calendar fills up fast!

How far in advance should we book our engagement shoot?

The sooner, the better! Many couples book me months in advance, which is ideal. This ensures you have plenty of time to plan and prepare for the shoot, and that you get a date that works with your schedule.

I hope you liked these engagement shoot tips! If you have any additional questions or want to schedule your engagement shoot, feel free to reach out! And if you want to see more engagement photos to help you plan your session, check out my portfolio. Happy wedding planning!