Julie and Jake’s love story began at their eighth grade dance. Almost a decade later, their journey brought them to their wedding day at the Phoenixville Foundry!
Bridal prep time is one of my favorite parts of the day. The energy, excitement and anticipation of the day just makes the first few hours of the wedding day such fun. While Jake got ready at home with his parents and groomsmen, Julie opted to prepare for the day at a hotel just a few miles from the Phoenixville Foundry.
The day began with an uncertain weather forecast. It was somewhat gloomy to start, so I was thankful the hotel rooms and conference space where the girls were getting prepped had plenty of window light!
Although they were having a church ceremony, Julie and Jake wanted to stop at the Phoenixville Foundry to share a first look and to have all of their former portraits captured there. Julie and Jake’s wedding day proves you can have a traditional wedding day and still share a first look!
A first look is a great way to shake off some of those pre-ceremony nerves. Doing portraits prior to the ceremony allows us to get the majority of portraits done before the actual ceremony, which frees the bride and groom to attend the majority of cocktail hour with their friends and family. Another added bonus is that couples who share a first look often have over 40% MORE PORTRAITS than couples who do not share a first look.
Following Julie and Jake’s first Look at the Phoenixville Foundry, we explored the area nearby where we snuck into little nooks to hide from the passing showers that came through! We eventually made our way to The Colonial Theater where Julie and Jake had their names added to the marquee sign!
After bride and groom portrait time, we invited their best friends and family to join us outside of the Phoenixville Foundry for some bridal party and family portraits. The sun was rolling in and out, but the rain held off for us!
I have to note how nice it is when the schedule allows us to get the formal portraits completed before the ceremony! It takes so much pressure off the timeline, allows the couple to participate in cocktail hour, and gives the photography team time to capture beautiful reception details!
Since their story began at the eighth grade dance in St. Basil the Great’s school gymnasium, Julie and Jake planned to bring their love story full circle where they had the ceremony take place at St. Basil the Great‘s church.
Since we were able to capture all of their formal portraits pre-ceremony, Julie and Jake headed straight to the Phoenixville Foundry for cocktail hour where they joined their guests for drinks and appetizers. This gave the photography team plenty of time to capture beautiful details of their reception space as well as pop into cocktail hour to capture candid photographs of everyone enjoying themselves!
Following introductions, we heard heartfelt toasts, enjoyed parent dances and were able to quickly sneak outside one last round of portraits to capture the soft sunset light.
Julie and Jake, you have been an absolute joy to work with! I hope you both enjoy this newlywed season and many blessings for a beautiful marriage to you both!
Alyssa is a Lehigh Valley-based wedding photographer specializing in fine art wedding and portrait photography. To inquire about your upcoming wedding, send a note here.