September 14, 2018
Last weekend, I photographed Kristen and Mike’s Scotland Run Golf Club Wedding in Williamstown, New Jersey. Kristen and Mike met at a Temple football tailgate. Kristen and her friends had been roaming from tailgate to tailgate looking for beer when they stumbled upon Mike and his friends. Mike approached Kristen with a beer and they started talking. Kristen was a commitment phobe but Mike kept trying for months and eventually won her heart. Their first date was at El Camino in Northern Liberties in September of 2013. Last Fall, I photographed these two for their engagement session at Temple University, it was only fitting to do the session at the place they met.
Kristen knew Mike was the one when they had been dating for only a few short months. She had left for a summer internship in Cincinnati shortly after they had officially started dating and he was fully supportive and never complained. They spoke every night and even watched movies together over Skype. He goes out of his way to cheer her up after a long day and he knows how to calm her down when she’s angry. His unwavering support of her and her career really opened her eyes to seeing him as her lifelong partner and friend. He also agreed to let her get a dog (mandatory husband quality)!
Mike knew Kristen was the one when she first visited and stayed with him at his apartment. They enjoyed a night in, drank wine, listened to “Best Hits of the 90’s” Pandora station, and he attempted to make her a perfect grilled cheese sandwich. They laughed all night.
Engaged on 05/24/2017, the proposal from Kristen: “I was in Germany for a 12 week work assignment. Mike and I were separated for the first 10 weeks. After living together for almost 2 years, waking up and falling asleep next to that person, this was a really tough adjustment. As always, he was completely supportive and encouraged me to seize the opportunity and explore the world. Mike flew into Munich on our 3 year anniversary. After dropping his bags off at my apartment, we went for a walk in the English Garden in Munich and we were crossing over a bridge with locks, engraved with peoples initials, attached to the bridge. He said “I didn’t bring a lock but I brought something else” and proposed. I was SHOCKED because he had just gotten off the plane like 35 minutes before. He also “fake” proposed in public like 1,000 times before so I was totally surprised. We spent the next 2 weeks of our “engagement moon” traveling to Amsterdam, Italy, and exploring Germany.”
Kristen and Mike had a beautiful vintage romantic celebration for their Scotland Run Golf Club wedding. I love photographing weddings at Scotland Run and this wedding proved why. Kristen and Mike had a very rainy day and the ceremony site stayed dry and we managed to photograph these two in so many covered spots, you would never know it rained from our portraits! I absolutely loved photographing their gorgeous florals filled with dahlias, hypericum berries, garden roses and thistle. Their gorgeous florals continued throughout with a dramatic display for their ceremony and beautiful tall centerpieces at their reception. I also loved the way all their colors popped against the navy blue suits and dusty blue bridesmaid dresses. Kristen and Mike were so fun and so clearly in love, I am so excited to share this Scotland Run Golf Club wedding!
I hope you two are enjoying your honeymoon in St. Lucia!
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