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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!

 

Philadelphia microweddings, elopements and intimate gatherings by Noreen Turner Photography

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.

Philadelphia microweddings, elopements and intimate gatherings by Noreen Turner Photography

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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Hotel Palomar Wedding

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From our first meeting to their engagement session at Forbidden Drive and finally to their wedding day, Christine and Devon were kind, goofy, funny, thoughtful, and just a joy to be with. Their Hotel Palomar wedding was perfectly quaint, romantic, and full of love.

We started the day a little different than most weddings, skipping the bride and groom prep and went straight for the first look in Hotel Palomar’s library. After a few portraits there we were able to take our time and explore Rittenhouse Square for a few more portraits. The park was pretty busy since it was such a beautiful day but we lucked out and scored a sweet spot where no one was in our way. Christine and Devon were even personally serenaded by a wonderful gentleman in a yellow seersucker suit. They insisted that he didn’t need to sing for them I won that battle and we have some adorably sweet and awkward photos for it!

After the photos in Rittenhouse we made our way back to Hotel Palomar for family portraits, the ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner. I need to mention that Christine and Devon truly made me feel like family. I had a seat at the table and enjoyed dinner with their close family and friends. I loved learning more about them as a couple and also all about how they met their friends. After an amazing dinner we walked over to Fado for a little after party!

Their wedding day was truly amazing! Having a small wedding doesn’t take away from the importance of the day and if anything, the celebration is even more special. This was definitely evident for Christine & Devon. Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. and thank you so much for having me be a part of your day!

 

Florist: Carl Alan

Hair & Makeup: Salon L

Bridal Gown: BHLDN

Groom’s Suit: Armen’s

Ceremony & Dinner: Hotel Palomar

After Party: Fado

Photographer: Noreen Turner Photography

 

Photos from a spring Hotel Palomar wedding in Philadelphia.

Photos from a spring Hotel Palomar wedding in Philadelphia.

Photos from a spring Hotel Palomar wedding in Philadelphia.

 

Photos from a spring Hotel Palomar wedding in Philadelphia.

Photos from a spring Hotel Palomar wedding in Philadelphia.

Photos from a spring Hotel Palomar wedding in Philadelphia.

Photos from a spring Hotel Palomar wedding in Philadelphia.

Photos from a spring Hotel Palomar wedding in Philadelphia.

Photos from a spring Hotel Palomar wedding in Philadelphia.

Photos from a spring Hotel Palomar wedding in Philadelphia.

Photos from a spring Hotel Palomar wedding in Philadelphia.

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To book your wedding with Noreen Turner Photography just send me an inquiry over here!

PLEASE TOUCH MUSEUM WEDDING

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What a whirlwind of a day!! First of all, this day was not the first wedding for Swetha & Jon. The happily, already married couple already celebrated in India alongside Swetha’s family in a traditional ceremony and celebration. The wedding, in traditional fashion, lasted several days and was a huge event! Following their Indian wedding, Swetha & Jon had their American wedding right here in Philadelphia, at the Please Touch Museum. The location was perfect for this fun-loving couple who did not let anything get in their way of a great time.

Their wedding date happened to fall on the first beautiful spring day in Philly which meant traffic….everywhere. We originally had planned on finishing the bride and groom’s preparations then meeting at the Delaware Waterfront for the first look and a few portraits, then heading to the Please Touch Museum and Whispering Wall for more photos. The traffic really threw a wrench in our plans and unfortunately we were not able to make it to the waterfront and barely had time to leave the immediate area outside of the Please Touch Museum. You would never guess how much we were running behind because of those issues because Swetha, Jon, and their families and friends were just intent on enjoying the beautiful day.

Their Please Touch Museum wedding went off without a hitch and we were still able to make beautiful photos just on the steps and areas in front of the museum. The ceremony was heartful, romantic, and sweet and was followed by some laughter and craziness on the carousel. The reception area at the Please Touch Museum is stunning. You won’t find a ballroom as grand as this anywhere else. Swetha & Jon’s good friend made custom toy centerpieces for each table, fitting given the location. The rest of the night was a true party and the dancing didn’t slow down for one second.

Swetha & Jon, you were a true pleasure to work with. Your personalities were truly magnetic and it was a joy spending the day with you both, even if a good part of that day was sitting in an uber, slowly making our way through traffic. I wish you both a life together filled with even more beauty than BOTH of your weddings!

 

Ceremony & Reception – Please Touch Museum

Catering – Brulee Catering

Florist – Willow and Thistle

DJ – Center Stage

Makeup – Emily Dimant

Hair – Blo Out

Bridal Gown – Essence of Australia

Bridal Salon – Ellie’s Bridal Boutique

Groom’s Suit – Men’s Warehouse

Photographer: Noreen Turner Photography

 

A spring Please Touch Museum wedding by Noreen Turner Photography in Philadelphia.
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PHILADELPHIA ENGAGEMENT SESSION

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I recently met up with Kaitlyn and Rob for their engagement session in Philadelphia! We met a little while back in my studio, along with Kaitlyn’s parents and I knew working with them would be a blast. We had a great time just at our initial meeting and I enjoyed getting to know them more at their engagement session. The happy couple are planning their November wedding at the Bellevue so getting outside for some springtime sun and scenery was perfect!

 

 

To book an engagement session or wedding please contact me through my website here!

HOTEL DU VILLAGE WEDDING

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You may remember Carrie and Pat from their NYC engagement session last summer. The happy couple lives together in New York where they first met playing rec soccer on opposite teams. I was fortunate enough to meet Carrie & Pat last July for their engagement photos and got to see the neighborhood that they call home. Fast forward to this spring, Carrie and Pat are finally married!! Their wedding day was absolutely beautiful (and luckily much cooler in temperature than their engagement session). The day went off without a hitch not only because Carrie and Pat are awesome, but so was their venue. Their Hotel du Village wedding was flawless! The ceremony and reception spaces, the bridal suite, groom’s prep location, and grounds were all available for us to use and did not disappoint.

After the first look and some windy portraits guests started to arrive for the ceremony. The ceremony was heartfelt, sentimental and gave everyone gathered around had an inside look into Carrie and Pat’s history and love story. After cocktail hour we were able to steal the newlyweds for a few additional minutes of portraits. We couldn’t was the amazing sunset that was happening! The rest of the night is history! Guests partied along with Modern Luxe band who had everyone up and dancing all night! And before the sparkler exit, guests were even treated to late night snacks like mini pork roll, egg, & cheese sandwiches.

I have loved working with Carrie and Pat over this past year! They have been so kind, easy-going and genuinely wonderful. They even gave me a few bags of their favorite coffee as a gift and if that doesn’t tell you how awesome these two are, I don’t know what will.

Enjoy a small look into their beautiful Hotel du Village wedding!


Bride and Groom Prep:

Ceremony: Hotel du Village
Reception: Hotel du Village
Catering: Hotel du Village
Wedding Coordinator: Lisa Stankowski
Florist: Virburnum Design
Band: Modern Luxe
Makeup Artist: Jillian Eldridge
Bridal Salon: Lovely NYC
Groom’s Suit: Book a Tailor
Photographer: Noreen Turner Photography