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Rachel & Matt – Engagement Session

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Not long before Rachel and Matt’s engagement session we had some pretty strong rain. I was so worried that we were going to have to reschedule. Normally rescheduling something one time happens, but in their case we already planned on doing their engagement photos but had to reschedule due to COVID and we had also rescheduled their wedding day. We definitely needed to get these photos done! So the storms thankfully cleared just in time for a great walk around Fairmount Park and the Art Museum, and for a perfect sunset on their friends’ rooftop deck. I loved the laid-back style of their engagement session and taking the time to really find some great locations. Wedding days don’t always provide enough time to really walk around explore. Rachel and Matt were also able to score some ice cream from Mr. Softee which made for some really cheesy yet adorable photos. I’m so excited for their September wedding and hopefully by then I’ll be able to understand Matt’s sarcasm 🙂

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Are you recently engaged? Congratulations! I would love to meet you and hear all about the details of your day. You can inquire about open dates here!

LBI Wedding

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You can add Stephanie and Kyle to the long list of couples’ weddings affected by the COVID pandemic. You might remember these two wonderful humans from their engagement session last summer. Well, their original dream plans were to have an LBI wedding, but their reality was to get married at Belle Voir Manor in Bensalem. I think it’s kind of ironic that after all of the stress of rescheduling, that they were actually able to have some form of their dream LBI wedding! The newlyweds were set to get married on  June 13th but postponed until July, and then had to postpone again to July of 2021. However, they still wanted to proceed with a micro wedding on the beach and I was more than willing to photograph it! I love Steph & Kyle, and their families too! It was the perfect little wedding on a perfect beach day! And it just made me even more excited to photograph their second wedding in 2021!

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Are you engaged? Congratulations! Reach out for more information regarding your wedding, microwedding, or elopement here!

 

NJ Engagement Session – Kristin and Megan

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Photographing Megan and Kristin’s NJ engagement session was one of the most fun sessions I ever had at a session! We struggled with thinking of exactly what to do for their session and when that happens I always recommend that we just imitate a typical day or favorite thing to do. In this case, bowling and breweries! We spent the afternoon bowling at Pinsetter’s then enjoying a few beers at the nearby Double Nickel Brewery. I truly felt like I was just hanging out with friends and had to keep reminding myself to take pictures and document the day! Their session was the last thing I photographed before quarantine which means I am officially 100% caught up on my blog. I spaced apart sharing my sessions because I wasn’t sure how long it would be until I photographed something new. I am pretty excited to say that starting next weekend I will finally be back out in the world, doing what I love – which is getting to know the amazing couples that chose me to photograph their engagements and weddings. And no offense to all of my other couples, but you have a lot to live up to after Megan & Kristin’s session! And can we all just cross our fingers that their wedding this fall (which is sure to be pretty incredible), and the many others that are scheduled, are not affected by the coronavirus and we can all go back to our normal lives? Ok thanks 🙂

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NJ Engagement session - lifestyle photography session at Double Nickel BreweryAre you recently engaged? Congratulations! Contact me here to discuss engagement sessions and weddings! Noreen Turner Photography specializes in weddings in the Philadelphia, New Jersey, Jersey Shore, and Bucks County areas.

Philadelphia Microweddings

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What was once going against tradition, Philadelphia microweddings, elopements, and intimate gatherings are about to become much more popular. Due to the recent coronavirus pandemic which has just left everyone’s lives upside down, the wedding industry has also taken a huge hit. I admit that I was very naive when this all began and thought that my early through mid-summer couples would not have been affected. Now as we near closer to June I know how wrong I was. At this point, I don’t know when my next full wedding will happen. Many of my couples plan on getting married on the day they originally had planned but in a much different way. I want to share a few things for my own couples and also for anyone planning a smaller wedding in the near future – and it’s all good!

Philadelphia microweddings, elopements and intimate gatherings by Noreen Turner Photography

 

In Philadelphia there are so many great places that accommodate couples looking for a smaller affair, such as the Hotel Palomar. In the heart of the city, Hotel Palomar offers an excellent location close to Rittenhouse and their library provides a perfect spot for a first look, or family photos. There are so many great places to get married in Philadelphia!

 

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There is something so great and carefree about having a small wedding. You have the time to really talk with each of your guests while also having the freedom to really make sure that everyone gets photographed! No one gets lost in a small wedding.

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And when no one gets lost in a small wedding, that also means that (depending the location) your pets can be included!

Philadelphia microweddings, elopements and intimate gatherings by Noreen Turner Photography

Time is on your side if you are planning to elope! Did you have your heart set on sunset photos? You have the freedom to really tailor your own timeline with a small wedding.

Philadelphia microweddings, elopements and intimate gatherings by Noreen Turner Photography

In the end, and what I always tell my couples, is that what truly matters is you are getting married! Things always go wrong on a wedding day – big or small. Of course no one expected for things to go wrong at this magnitude but what matters and why we’re all here in the first place, is for you to say “I do”!

 

 

Are you recently engaged? Contact me here and we can discuss your plans – big or small! We have collections that can be tailored to exactly what you need.

 

Longwood Gardens Engagement

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I am so excited to finally share Patrice and Rob’s Longwood Gardens engagement session. After speaking with the future Mr. and Mrs. and planning their engagement session, they mentioned how they did not want photos in the city. I jokingly asked what it was that even attracted them to my work considering I love  working in Philadelphia! I knew Longwood Gardens would be a great option for their photos since the scenery is beautiful and there aren’t too many places that work for engagement photos in the winter. We lucked out with a gorgeous day although honestly, this winter was so mild that snow was never a real threat. I thought there session was a great start to my 2020 wedding and engagement season but we all know how that ended up, and their session instead was only one of two engagement sessions I was able to do so far this year. I am really looking forward to their August wedding at Belle Voir Manor and I’m praying that everything continues without any complications!

 

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Are you recently engaged? Congratulations! To find more about we I offer and if I’m available on your wedding day you can reach out here!

DIY Engagement Photo Tips

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Hey there happy couples! I love that so many of you are moving forward with your wedding plans for later this year and in 2021, even if it means zoom meetings and virtual venue tours. What is also happening right now is that many couples are trying to get their save the dates out the door, even if it means that they have to take a few photos themselves. So, for those of you attempting to do this on your own, here are a few DIY engagement photo tips. But here is a little disclaimer – I 100% believe that working with a professional is the way to go. In different circumstances I would not be offering these tips because having your engagement photos done professionally provides a world of difference in your photos. However, since we’re all distancing ourselves from each other, here a few tips to help you get some of the best results for your DIY engagement photos.

DIY engagement photo tip for couples during their photos during the coronavirus pandemic.

  1. It’s likely that you do not have a tripod or something tall enough to get the perfect angle, so cut yourself some slack here. Try to prop your phone or camera on something so that you aren’t photographing up your nose if you can, but otherwise, just change up your posing.

DIY engagement photo tip for couples during their photos during the coronavirus pandemic.

2. Keep your poses simple. You only have a few seconds to get in the frame before the self timer goes off so don’t try anything complicated.

DIY engagement photo tip for couples during their photos during the coronavirus pandemic.

3. Use the easiest light possible. Don’t go out in harsh sunlight – instead, time your DIY engagement photo session for closer to sunset, about an hour before. And don’t bother trying to capture a beautiful sunset behind you. Just find some good, even, soft light to work with.

DIY engagement photo tip for couples during their photos during the coronavirus pandemic.

DIY engagement photo tip for couples during their photos during the coronavirus pandemic.

4. When posing, make sure you’re doing something with your hands. Grooms can keep their hands in their pockets and brides you can show some leg, hook an arm, etc. These are all very easy things to do. Also, look at each other Crack some jokes about the situation and get each other laughing!

DIY engagement photo tip for couples during their photos during the coronavirus pandemic.

5. Do your research about locations first! Photographing certain locations is off limits already but now even more might be closed down. Be respectful and make sure you’re following all of the rules!

DIY engagement photo tip for couples during their photos during the coronavirus pandemic.

6. Have fun!! Do some dancing and twirls and see what you can capture! Just because someone isn’t directing you doesn’t mean you can’t play a little.

DIY engagement photo tip for couples during their photos during the coronavirus pandemic.

Now go out and fill those cell phones with some hilarious outtakes and a few gems! And don’t be afraid to choose an outtake for your save the dates! Sometimes those end up being the best photos.

Recently engaged? Congratulations! If you’re searching for a wedding photographer I’d love to meet you! Contact me here!

Hyatt at the Bellevue Wedding

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With  all of the talk about postponing weddings lately it seems fitting that Kaitlyn and  Rob’s Bellevue wedding is the next on the blog. These two successfully postponed their November 2019 wedding after a tragic car accident and were able to celebrate this past February, just three months later. In the end, the date didn’t matter for the newlyweds – only the fact they were happy and healthy, and able to have one hell of a party – mostly thanks to Lisa, their wedding coordinator at the Bellevue.

I had the pleasure of meeting Kaitlyn, Rob, and Kaitlyn’s parents in my studio to discuss their day and then photographed their engagement session on a beautiful spring day in old city. Their wedding day was full of amazing surprises planned by friends and family! Their niece beautifully sang their first dance song, one of the maids of honor had the most amazing toast which was written  to the tune of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and the best man surprise everyone with a visit from the Eagles pep band! It’s difficult to accurately put in words what an incredible day it was, so continue scrolling for a complete overload of photos! Congratulations Rob and Kaitlyn! It was an  honor to photograph your wedding day. And thank you to all of the vendors that pulled together to make the new wedding date a complete success!

Ceremony & Reception – Hyatt at the Bellevue

Photographer – Noreen Turner Photography

Videographer – Visual Rose Production

Florist – Carl Alan Designs

DJ – Mike Ry Productions

Strings – Philadelphia String Quartet

Makeup Artist – Gina Jost

Hair Stylist – Heather Psoras

Dress Designer – Whispers and Echoes

Bridal Salon – BHLDN

Bridesmaids Gowns – Hayley Paige

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Reeds at Shelter Haven Wedding

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Michelle and Jeff’s Reeds at Shelter Haven wedding was an exra special one for me to photograph. Michelle and I first met almost eight years ago when she started working for the same company as me, both in the accounting department. I left accounting a few years ago and then moved on to work for a different company as well, but in the same building. My office faces the parking lot and when I saw Michelle coming in to work in the morning, I would make sure I told her that she looked amazing, like a total creep!! And I made sure to tell her that again on her wedding day because she truly never looked more beautiful. I was more than honored that Michelle chose me to photograph her day! I was excited to be there not only to capture these memories but also to see someone who I admire and respect, say I do to a wonderful man.

The day started out with sunshine and we crossed our fingers that our photo plans would work out. Unfortunately the rain poured down during prep, leaving us stuck indoors for the first look and a good part of the bridal party portraits. After the rain stopped we brought a towel outside and took as many portraits as we could before the ceremony. The rest of the evening was on and off with rain, with a few flickering lights and claps of thunder, which left us all wondering if we would have power for the reception. Luckily we did! Friends and family partied the night away and celebrated alongside Michelle and Jeff.

Congratulations newlyweds and best wishes for a beautiful life together!

 

Bride & Groom Prep – The Reeds at Shelter Haven

Ceremony & Reception – The Reeds at Shelter Haven

Florist – Coventry Crossing

DJ – Dinardo Brothers – Michael Scott

Makeup – Makeup by Tracy

Hair Stylist – KisstheBride LLC

Bridal Gown – Allure Bridals

Bridal Salon – Bridal Garden

Grooms’ Suit – Jos. A Bank

Photographer: Noreen Turner Photography

 

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