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JG DOMESTIC WEDDING

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I have so many favorites from Chelsea and Tony’s wedding! Their day was a bit hectic due to some crazy traffic in the city but when you have a bride like Chelsea that has every gorgeous detail planned perfectly a little traffic is no big deal. The new Mr. and Mrs. had the most gorgeous sunny day for their wedding and celebrated alongside close friends and family at JG Domestic in Philadelphia. Garces Events ran the whole day perfectly as well as all of the other vendors that Chelsea and Tony chose for their day! Enjoy!

 

Bride and Groom Prep: The Study University City

Ceremony: JG Domestic

Reception: JG Domestic

Photography: Noreen Turner Photography

Videographer: Domino Productions

Florist: Beautiful Blooms

DJ: Center Stage Entertainment

Hair Stylist: Capelli & Trucco

Makeup: Capelli & Trucco

Bridal Salon: Tesi Bridal

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Groom’s Suit: Men’s Warehouse

 

 

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HAMILTON MANOR WEDDING

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Sometimes  I struggle with what to write in these blog posts and the main reason is because I just can’t repeat how awesome a couple is, over and over again. So I sit here just thinking that Ashley and Dan are awesome and I can’t come up with anything else to say that would do any justice. Their Hamilton Manor wedding was full of all of the moments you want to see during a wedding – emotion, laughter, hilarious antics from family members, and mummer umbrellas. Let’s just start with the bridal prep where everyone had Mean Girls themed shirts on. Amazing. Then we got to Ashley’s first look with her dad complete with high fives. On to the ceremony where Ashley’s sister and maid of honor was a tad overzealous when it came to fluffing the dress but had us all cracking up about it. And we can’t forget the reception where Ashley’s dad unbuttoned his dress shirt to reveal a Spiderman costume underneath and “webbed” everyone. I won’t even get into the hilariously inappropriate best man and maid of honor speeches! The day was overall gray and gloomy but left only the brightest and most cheerful memories. Congratulations Ashley and Dan!!

 

Bridal Prep: Fairy Godmother’s

Makeup:  A.Muse Artistry – Jennifer Surovick

Ceremony: Church of the Incarnation

Reception: Hamilton Manor

Photography: Noreen Turner Photography

Wedding Coordinator: Erin Salzano

Videographer: Nicolette Anderson

Florist: DFW Event Designs

DJ – Center Stage Entertainment

Hair Stylist: Lisa Siano

Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero

Bridal Salon: Brides and Grooms Inc.

 

 

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BLACK BASS HOTEL ELOPEMENT

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I truly love when couples know exactly what they want and aren’t afraid to go against the norm and pursue their own version of a perfect wedding day. Rachel and Tom first reached out to me and weren’t quite sure of where they wanted to tie the knot but they knew they wanted it to be outside in nature. After making a decision, the Black Bass Hotel came up weeks later. We changed course and never looked back. The Black Bass Hotel in Bucks County was the perfect location for their intimate, fall elopement. The short ceremony was officiated by a great friend and as soon as they said “I Do”, their family all ran up to give hugs!  We took photos out on the bride behind the Black Bass and a few more on the grounds near the ceremony location. Afterwards Rachel and Tom enjoyed lunch with their family. It was pretty much a perfect day – no fuss, no stress, but all of the love you can imagine.

 

Ceremony and Luncheon Location: The Black Bass Hotel

Photography: Noreen Turner Photography

Officiant: Chrissy Higgins

 

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FALL WEDDING AT READING TERMINAL MARKET

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There are so many reasons to love this job and two of them are Alisha and Rick. I can’t say enough good things about them. From our first meeting together to discuss their fall wedding at Reading Terminal Market, to our correspondence before the wedding and then on the actual day, they were awesome to work with and a joy to be around. In the morning I met Alisha and her family at her home while she got ready for the big day. I loved chatting with her dad while photographing details and feeling like a member of the family! Rick and Alisha chose to do their first look and some portraits at their home, which is also where Rick grew up. They also signed their marriage certificate at the same dining room table that was a part of Rick’s childhood home. It was important to the happy couple that their home was used in their photos before heading into the city for their wedding.

After arriving in the city we took cover from a little bit of rain and took several family photos at the Courtyard Marriott and City Hall. Afterwards our Bride and Groom and her newly engaged sister and soon-to-be-brother-in-law walked to Love Park for a few more portraits. After waiting in traffic caused by the naked bike race we finally were able to finish up our bride and groom portraits in Rittenhouse Square. Finally it was time for the ceremony with Rick served as the officiant which made it that much more special. The bride’s sister Nicole said a few words before announcing Rick and Alisha as husband and wife!

Reading Terminal weddings always vary between couples and I love seeing how mine use the space as a blank canvas to create exactly what they want. Alisha and Rick chose classic white linens, gold chiavari chairs, and simple greenery with white candles as their decor which pairs amazingly well with the industrial vibe of the market. The new Mr. and Mrs. started the party with their first dance to Sea of Love by Cat Power and then ultimately broke into a high-paced choreographed dance to Now That We Found Love by Heavy D, which will go down as my favorite first dance ever! The rest of the night was full of laughter, dancing, amazing food and drinks, and a great celebration of our newlyweds.

Congratulations Rick & Alisha!!

Bridal Gown: Rosa Clara at BHLDN
Ceremony: Reading Terminal Market
Reception: Reading Terminal Market
Wedding Planner: Bree Tomar at All About Events
Florist: Fabufloras
DJ: Rhythmix Entertainment
Hair Stylist: Nicole Lacek
Makeup Artist: Maria Allegretti
Groom’s Suit: Indochino
Photography: Noreen Turner Photography
Photo Locations: Philadelphia City Hall, Courtyard Marriott, Love Park, and Rittenhouse Square
Jewelry: L Priori Jewelry
Invitations: Hooray Creative

 

 

To book a wedding with Noreen Turner Photography please inquire using this form on my site.

ATLANTIC CITY WEDDING

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This job as a wedding photographer is pretty incredible but it does have moments where you feel like a complete failure. It’s difficult to meet couples that end up booking with other photographers but you have to keep reminding yourself that the couples you are meant to work with are out there. I had a previous inquiry for Nichole and Kyle’s wedding date that didn’t work out and I’m so glad that I ended having this day open! It just so happens to be the same day as my own wedding anniversary. Nichole and Kyle’s Atlantic City wedding was just fantastic. The intimate brunch reception followed a short and sweet ceremony where the couple said “I do” in front of close friends, family, and most importantly, their daughters.

Everyone had a blast dancing away the afternoon and enjoying amazing food provided by Carmine’s at the Tropicana. After the reception was over we strolled over to the Atlantic City boardwalk, taking photos of the bridal party and ending the day with photos of the new Mr. and Mrs. Messina!

Congratulations to the happy couple and their families and thank you for having me as a part of your day!

Hotel: Tropicana Hotel
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Ceremony: Carmine’s
Reception: Carmine’s
DJ: DJ Tony
Hair and Makeup: Kristen Kramer
Groom’s Suit: Men’s Warehouse
Photography: Noreen Turner Photography

 

 

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PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS INDIAN WEDDING

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Welcome to my new favorite photo shoot! Do I say that I every time I do a session? Perhaps…but seriously, this one was incredible. I loved working with this amazing team of wedding professionals to create this styled Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Indian Wedding. PAFA is branching out and accommodating more and more Indian brides in the Philadelphia area so this styled shoot was a great way to show what they can offer in terms of ceremonies, receptions, and especially sangeets. This rockstar team really went above and beyond and made this shoot what it is and I can’t be more appreciative of their amazing skills!

Photography: Noreen Turner Photography

Venue: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Hair: Ariel Katrina Hair

Makeup: Makeup by Emily Dimant

Event Design and Florals: Lax States

Accessories: Simitri Designs

Model: Gopi – Squats and Swatches

Maharani Weddings Feature

 

We started the day with portraits of our stunning model, Gopi. Gopi wore a traditional cream and gold lehenga for these portraits. We were able to use the rooftop at PAFA for the first part of the day. I loved this because so many weddings and portraits happen during the brightest parts of the day and many times photographers are left to figure out how to work in that bright full sun. In these photos I just accepted the full sun and used it to show that you can still make great portraits on a bright and sunny summer day.

We didn’t last too long outside because the heat was intense and poor Gopi was wearing about 30 pounds of beading. We made our way to the historic building first to showcase their stunning interior.

The possibilities of working inside the historic building are endless and I could have spent the entire day there! I had to wrap things up though so we could head over the modern building and see what the team at Lax States created! Lax States set up the most perfect event decor. The colors, textures, florals and every little detail worked together to flawlessly create the setups you see here.

These setups would primarily be used for sangeets, ceremonies, or even mendhi ceremonies.

I may have gotten a little sidetracked here when the idea popped into my head to showcase the view from the Annenberg Gallery.

Back to these gorgeous setups …

We ended the day by coming full circle and going back to the historic building just to show the versatility of the spaces and the event decor. Lax States brought over pieces from the sangeet setup over to the the hallway near the rotunda and we were able to capture these gorgeous photos.

Thank you again to all of the vendors that collaborated on this project!

To inquire about Indian or American wedding collections and availability please contact Noreen using the website here.

WEDDING PHOTO ALBUMS

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Ok guys…I’m going to take a break from posting recent sessions to talk a little bit about wedding photo albums. I’m going to be completely honest here. My wedding album was included with our package and I didn’t even order it until my third anniversary. At that point I wasn’t sure if my photographer still had my photos because I never asked her how long she would keep them. Luckily, she still had the photos and was able to make our album. I was so excited to get the final product. My husband and it looked at it that day and then packed it away in storage for years. I did bring it out again for our 10th anniversary to show our kids though! I loved hearing that I looked like a princess because Lord knows I do not look the same as I did 10 years ago. It was fun showing photos of our relatives, some people who they never had the joy of meeting, and how much younger their grandparents looked. After an evening of reminiscing, the album was again packed away.  I don’t know when I’ll look at it again.

So in between the time I got married and now, I became a wedding photographer. I never pushed clients to order wedding albums because I’m not a salesperson. I want my clients to want an album just like they want my services. If they don’t want it, I’m not going to push it. Because if I am being honest here, do you really need a wedding album? No, you don’t. There, I said it. From someone who does this for a living, you don’t need a wedding album.

Recently I have been cleaning out the house of clutter and things that have become meaningless. I was been doing pretty good but still felt like we could stand to get rid of even more. My husband and I, over a delicious homemade chicken enchilada dinner, watched the documentary “Minimalism”. I immediately felt like if we just cleaned the clutter from our small home, we wouldn’t need to move somewhere larger. I felt motivated to make our home really work for us which means we would have to renovate the kitchen and finish our basement into an extra living space. My husband says I didn’t completely get the point of the documentary and maybe he’s right. But what I did take away from it was that we definitely need to stop buying the meaningless junk that piles up in our home. I may be good at getting rid of things, but I absolutely contribute to filling up those empty spaces with more finds from my beloved Target! The documentary also got me thinking about what is truly important to me. The next day I started digging through my closet and bedside table and really asked myself what I wanted to keep or what I felt a connection with. I quickly filled up two garbage bags of clothes and other items to go to goodwill. What ended up staying, and what will always stay, are my photographs, albums, and of course my wedding album.

Have you ever noticed how wedding albums always make it through? Many years after my husband’s parents passed away we were given their wedding album. We don’t have much to remember his parents but having this small symbol of their marriage was so significant.

A good friend of mine was helping her grandmother move into an assisted living facility where she unfortunately couldn’t bring most of her belongings. Her wedding album, of all the things from her life, remained as one of the most important. After pulling it out of its storage space, her family gathered to go through the pages and reminisce with gram.

Many times, wedding albums are all that remain at the end of your days or when the time comes to downsize. When grandchildren and other family are saving the things from your life, the wedding album is always a keeper. When photos are saved, they are the wedding photos. The wedding photos are eventually what sum up your life.

So would a wedding album bring value to your life? Use your album as an heirloom and make it the most beautiful thing you own, next to your marriage.

Noreen Turner Photography is a boutique photography studio located in Riverton, NJ. We specialize in Philadelphia weddings and engagements but also work in South Jersey, Bucks County, and Delaware.

To book your wedding with Noreen Turner Photography please head over the website and complete the inquiry form or check out the portfolio.

ALLAIRE STATE PARK WEDDING

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“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

Emily Bronte

I am always torn between posting a few photos from a wedding to give the couple a sneak peak, or waiting until after the couple has received their photos to share some with everyone. I don’t have a strict workflow when it comes to sharing photos after a wedding. This Allaire State Park wedding was my first wedding of 2018 and maybe it was the downtime over the dreary winter or just because this wedding was beautiful, but I couldn’t wait to share some of the photos. And very shortly after sharing, I did complete the full gallery and as able to send off every photo to the bride and groom.

This was my first time working at this beautiful and charming Allaire State Park wedding chapel. The clean and natural tones in the chapel combined with the natural light made my job during the ceremony very easy! I also loved that we were able to use the grounds afterwards for more formal photos. Earlier in the week the forecast for this day was perfect but then changed to a chance of rain. The rain held out and we were able to get all of the photos we wanted before heading to the South Wall Banquet Hall to continue the celebration. Keep scrolling to see the photos from a great day and to see all of the vendors that contributed!

Ceremony – Allaire State Park Chapel

Ceremony Music – Bridal Music

Reception – South Wall Banquet Hall

Band – Sweet Chin Music

Bridal Gown – Barefoot Bride

Caterer – Taste of Italy

Groom & Groomsmen Attire – Men’s Warehouse

Makeup – Make Me Up Eva

Hair – Dana Haines

Photography – Noreen Turner Photography

 

To book a wedding with Noreen Turner Photography please complete the contact form here.