Steakhouses: bringing people together since we realized we can make a profit off of cooking food for other people! Joking aside - fancy restaurants have this air about them that make you want to dress up to the nines, drink some fancy cocktails and have stirring conversation. Upscale steakhouses can be very romantic too! This leads me into the story of Denny + Katie. These two cuties met all the way back in 2009 through some mutual friends so they're almost at the decade mark of being in each other's lives. How many people outside of those blood relatives we are stuck with have been in your life that long? It took about five years for Katie + Denny's romance to blossom - in 2014 they began dating officially.
Once Barclay Prime opened up in the city these foodies just knew they had to check it out. They made a reservation there a MONTH in advance! This gave them a little something to look forward to as well. As most things go with being an adult - Katie was sick the entire week leading up to the reservation. Unsure if she could even make the reservation, she said screw it because they made this RSVP so long ago and got ready. After primping - Katie actually began to feel a bit better seeing herself all dressed up and lookin' good. Dinner comes to an end and these two walked around Rittenhouse Square. Suddenly Denny pulled Katie aside and said, "Katie, I love you and want to spend the rest of my life with you..." Katie interjected saying, "You're not proposing are you?!" Denny followed up with, "Yeah, don't ruin it." and asked Katie for her hand in marriage. Katie later discovered that during that week she had fallen ill - Denny went to Katie's parents and requested permission for them to get married. What a little sneak!
Katie + Denny's wedding will be in September of 2018. They really are aiming for an easy going day and want it to simply be as fun as possible! Their main goal is to have everybody they love celebrating their once in a lifetime day. This laid back couple seem absolutely perfect for each other!
Is Tinder made for more than just hook ups? I wouldn't believe it but apparently soulmates can find each other through Tinder nowadays! Call that the future. A prime example is Kalyn + Collin. They were on Tinder before it was cool anyway - in 2014. To specify even more in depth under the magnifying glass, they had a lot of mutual friends so it wasn't too bizarre! Let's flick forward a bit to Rehoboth Beach. This is where Collin dropped that, "L", bomb to Kalyn. No, he did not drop thousands of lollipops on her - but told her he loved her!
Let’s jump to July 2, 2016 - two years after that event. Colin + Kalyn went back to Rehoboth Beach to apparently celebrate Kalyn landing a new job. Collin made reservations for dinner and everything! The whole kit and kaboodle. This set off a tiny red alarm in Kalyn's brain only because it seemed a bit extravagant to do all of this for solely her new job. Dang. That woman's intuition is intense. They arrived at Stingray -- a Sushi bar and Asian Latino Grill. Not only was a section of a restaurant reserved just for the two of them but there were flowers and champagne too. Before Kalyn could even comprehend what was going on and was putting her purse down - she turned to see Collin bending down on a knee! He had a ring and even had a photographer there to capture this unforgettable moment. Upon "swiping right" (metaphorically! aka saying, "Yes") the waitstaff cheered and began serving the four course meal Collin had also planned for this beautiful evening. After dinner - Kalyn noticed her parents sitting at the wine bar so they were present for this magical moment too! Crap. Collin thought of everything!
Collin + Kalyn's wedding day finally happened as of late. They adored seeing each other dressed to the nines for the first time. A lovely surprise for Kalyn was that her parents brought in a bagpiper for the end of their ceremony. I mean how much more epic can a wedding get? Well - it can get a little more epic actually. Kalyn and her crew left the venue during cocktail hour to do the epic Broad Street picture (see their gallery for how that turned out!) While they took this picture - a majority of passerbys stopped to congratulate this couple and Kalyn says it really felt like, "The City of Brotherly Love".
Collin + Kalyn are really looking forward to their honeymoon to the south of France in May of 2018. After that? They are wanting to start their family! They are thrilled to see where life takes them from exciting places to travel to just fun in general.
I can't believe this all stemmed from swiping right.....Kalyn + Collin definitely have made me see dating apps such as Tinder can be more then just a one night stand or fling!
How many of us have had friends that tried to set us up with someone they "just know" would be great for us? 🙋🏻🙋🏻🙋🏻 Well - that's how Jessica and Brian met...sorta! For the longest time, Jessica's friend just knew she had to meet Brian. But, Jessica being like most of us, wasn't down for that. What did Jessica's friends do - got sneaky of course! They planned an informal bowling night that was absolutely NOT a date! Both Brian and Jessica hit it off INSTANTLY and did not even realize this was a setup for them to meet. I guess friends really DO know who works for us. Brian and Jessica did not even become aware of this little scheme until months until finally dating when they reminisced on that night. +1 to your friends, Jessica!
Did Jessica and Brian get an engaged at a bowling alley? That's where I thought this was going but nope! Brian popped the question on the glorious Appalachian Trail at the Pinnacle lookout. Jessica had been wanting to do this hike for a very long time so eventually they both took off of work so they could conquer this trail. It was also the three year anniversary of these two meeting at the bowling alley - so I guess you could say that bowling had a part in their engagement. After about two hours into this hike - Brian wanted to take a selfie. Most men never say this, so Jessica thought it a bit strange. But as they snapped that selfie Brian whipped out the ring and went on a knee. Jessica says she has never seen Brian so nervous and excited at the same time! If your S.O. does not have that combo of emotions when proposing - I think something's wrong! With this new energy from the proposal - these two completed their hike. They were metaphorically preparing for the hike that is life as husband and wife!
What have Jessica and Brian learned from being a married couple so far? It's not how to get a Turkey in bowling but much more intimate. They say there's the power of truly living everyday together as a team and seeing one another not as people living separate lives but rather as two that are living just one life together. Jessica says, "A partnership and best friend type of relationship that is always striving to put the other person first selflessly."
The takeaway from this love story is don't shoot down your friends if they want to set you up and won't leave you alone about it! Sometimes our friends know what's best for us - in this case Jessica's friends knew she was missing out on her soulmate. Who knew bowling could help you find the one?
Tim and Mel are a wonderful example of pure destiny. Although they did not interact MUCH in high school - Tim says he has always had this intense draw to Mel that he simply cannot explain. On top of that he MAY have cheated off her in science class too! For all we know - Mel is the reason Tim graduated high school. (Totally joking!) Years after high school - Tim noticed Mel at a local bar. Take note that Tim was the one who noticed that special girl. Yet again - there was some sort of pull between them! He spent a majority of the evening poking her and walking away until she noticed it was him doing the poking. A week later they began Facebook chatting and Tim knew after one Instant Message that this was his soulmate. Their life is filled with joking around and making the other smile.
Collingswood is where these two had their engagement session with LoveStruck Pictures. It's their most frequented spot on their date nights so it seemed more than appropriate. They say it's an intimate town filled with creative nooks left and right. The vibe they were going for fits more so in Knights Park with the minimal yet elegant surrounding of trees and nature itself. If you ask me they should have considered a small shoot at that high school too!
These two lovebirds are huge DORKS! They hit up any kind of museums they can together from historical to art to anything in between. No matter what they are doing though - they can always make it fun and exciting and remember those moments as being ones with laughs and smiles. You can find Mel and Tim at any opening of a comic book film. Stargazing is a favorite of theirs too! Tim's absolute favorite thing is driving aimlessly and purposefully getting lost to explore new areas.
What is something these two have made better in the other's life? Mel says that Tim constantly encourages her to follow her dreams and passion in the art field and also with helping others. Although she doesn't know exactly what that job title is yet - she knows she wants to go for it and could not do it without Tim's uplifting energy by her side! Tim simply adores being surrounded 24/7 by someone who is consistently making everyone's life better. It motivates him to be a better person each and everyday.
Do you think you'd ever go on a date with that person who cheated off of you in class? I definitely wouldn't! I love this story so much - these "high school sweethearts" (in one way or another) make it tough to ever question the term, "meant to be"!
Jessica and Joe met in an unusual way for them: at a bar far away from their home: Finnigan's. Jessica and Joe are typically bar hoppers only in their local area - but one night something inside each of them triggered each to step outside of their boxes and hit up downtown for a change. Good thing they did! "J Squared" met on the dance floor that night and had a blast. They ended their night with exchanging numbers and from there it was history for the two of them. It was an instant connection. From that night they became inseparable besties! The just know how to make each other smile and laugh at any given moment. Both say that no specific moment made them know the other was, "the one", but they just had a deep rooted feeling upon stepping into each other's lives.
Further along into dating - Joe's mom approached Jessica about planning a surprise party for Joe. Obviously Jessica was thrilled to assist! She setup the location and got the whole thing prepared. The day finally arrives for the party and Joe's mom pulled Jessica aside. She asks Jessica to come with her because she has a gift for Joe that she wanted Jessica's approval for before she gave it to Joe. Jessica was handed a plaque that said, " You’re the best thing to ever come into my life and I will always love you and do my best to always be there for you. I can’t imagine my life without you. With that being said, Jessica, Will You Marry Me?” Jessica told Joe's mom that was a strange thing to give her son... just kidding! Joe then appeared and dropped to one knee waiting for an answer. Jessica said, "yes", of course and realized that this whole "planning a party" was really all of Joe's doing to propose to her.
What are these two most excited for in the future? Welcoming in the New Year with family and friends for the first time as husband and wife. We wish you the absolute best, Jessica + Joe!
Chrissy and Jason are high school sweethearts who officially tied the knot on the most magical day of the year: 11.11! They not only have been together since high school but have been in each other's lives practically forever since he is one of Chrissy's best friend's cousins. Can you say, "fate"? How did these two cuties start dating? Jason's family hosts a killer video scavenger hunt in their area each year for Easter. First of all - who WOULDN'T want to be a part of that family? That seriously sounds made up. Anyway - one year Chrissy went to this as invited by her best friend mentioned above. Her and Jason were both single and were placed on the same team for the scavenger hunt! I swear to you this is not fictional or the plot to some film - although this would be a box office hit don't ya think?
This soon to be movie keeps getting better though! Let's move to Jason and Chrissy's first date: Outback Steakhouse. Chrissy had some mixed feelings just because she was on a date with her BFF's cousin. Not only that but SHE HAD NOT TOLD HER THEY WERE DATING! (The scandal) Fortunately Chrissy felt no nerves at all since she had known Jason forever - so how jealous are you of her on that aspect? I feel like first dates just ooze sweat, "um's", and frequent bathroom breaks.
Let's fast forward through all of the filler stuff they'd throw into the flick to be of Chrissy and Jason's life to when he pops the question! He went on his knee a year and a half into dating last November. Kind of "The Office" reminiscent - this was done in front of waterfalls but these falls were in the Poconos - not Niagra! In true Lovestruck spirit - he even setup a camera to capture the moment forever. (That's the whole point of our business ya know!) Chrissy's fave holiday is Thanksgiving so it seems Jason is very observant since he asked Chrissy for her hand only a couple night prior to Turkey Day. Props to you, Jason!
The theme of C+J's wedding is fitting, classic and starts with "F". No - it's not "Funky" - its theme was that of Family! How fitting since Jason wouldn't have met Chrissy if not for FAMILY!
What's next for the new Bells? Well - they want to explore what the universe has to offer together. After they find Carmen San Diego - they plan to settle down and start a family.
Over 7 years ago Jill was going to a family BBQ with her best friend Shauna; little did she know that at this little family event she would meet the man she would soon fall head over heels in love with: Michael, her best friend’s brother.
It was last Christmas when Michael popped the question. The couple was running late “as per usual”, says Jill. Supposedly, Michael couldn’t figure out what shirt to wear. “At least that’s what he told me” she said. Finally Jill went upstairs to se what was the major malfunction Michael was having and she walked into the bedroom and he was on one knee playing their favorite song. He looked at her and said “It always was you. It’ll always be you. Will you?” Jill says she “totally ugly cried.”
When it came to planning the wedding they wanted something that would reflect their chill, laid back personalities. They had dreamed about going away to travel but found it hard to imagine spending their day without so many of their beloved family members. Their day turned out to be just as beautiful and relaxed as we all imagined. Their chill vibe carried through on their wedding day and it was beautifully accented with food, flowers, and autumn colors.
The the party started after toasts, and dancing. The happy couple made a couple appearances on the dance floor and we caught some amazing shots of them that we thing really capture their character. The crowd kept us laughing all night long. Looking forward to the future, Jillian + Michael are so ready for the future with each other. Since they come from a huge family they can’t wait to add to the bunch with a family of their own. We're so excited to watch them write their story. Cheers to our friends Jill + Mike!
Ryan, a bartender, and Chelsea, the bartendee locked eyes for the first time at a bar in North East Philadelphia. Little to their knowledge their lives would never be the same again. It took almost a year until Chelsea gave Ryan a chance but they decided to seal the deal one day while at a baseball tournament.
As time went on the couple became inseparable and soon they couldn't imagine their lives without each other. Four years goes by and the couple is taking a day trip back to the baseball field where everything started years prior. That's when Ryan proposed to Chelsea and asked for her hand in marriage. The answer of course was yes.
When planning their wedding Chelsea + Ryan wanted something to reflect their outgoing yet super chill personalities with a sprinking of traditional vibes. The couple tied the knot in a religious ceremony at the bride's childhood parish before celebrating with friends and family at the Merion in Cinniminson, NJ. Chelsea + Ryan wanted their wedding to be both formal and yet still personal — and decidedly unstuffy. Elegant escort cards directed guests to their seats where they found a calligraphed menu card made the setting feel special and reminiscent of a great dinner party.
The night was amazing and people danced all night long. The couple had smiles on their faces all night as they made their way around the room, buzzing with energy and having the time of their lives. Chelsea + Ryan are excited for their new home that they are hopeful to fill with children, memories, warmth and happiness. We're sending good vibes to our friends Ryan + Chelsea as they celebrate 5 weeks of marriage!
Two of the nicest people you could ever meet - Lauren + JP. From the preps in the morning all the way through the party in the evening the tone of the whole wedding was just an easy-going, light + airy event. Lauren's grace and JP's down-to-earth energy was brilliantly showcased through the planning of their day. The overwhelming exuberance we felt from the family captured our hearts + let us know this couple has a lot of support. Check out some of our favorite silly, romantic, epic once-in-a-lifetime moments from their wedding day;
Jason + Mackenzie brought their low-key vibe to The Farmhouse in Delaware for a day they'll never forget. The rich, historic farmhouse turned into an super-romantic dinner party + by night the dance floor opened up for some of the most interesting dance moves we've seen all season. This wedding day went at such a nice pace + we truly got to do it ALL - the first look, a full cocktail hour, 3 hours of dancing, 2 full toasts and even a quick but epic night shot out back of the venue. Throughout Mackenzie + Jason's day we felt a strong sense of family; I observed everyone's eager participation helping to bring the day together from DIY makeup preps in the morning through the end of the night where the family members tore up the dance floor tirelessly in complete, utter excitement. One thing I loved about this couple is they don't sugar coat; they're come-as-you-are people + I felt like Mackenzie + Jason's wedding day was a reflection of what it's like to hang out with them everyday. Lovestruck couples are real-life, messy, imperfect, awesome, hilarious + down-to-earth...that is the kind of love we LOVE to capture.
Nothing about these two was cookie cutter and I loved that they felt comfortable enough to really let their personalities shine. From the micro-gestures they shared throughout the day we could tell Meg + Steve have a unique, playful vibe about them; they don't take life too seriously, love to have a good laugh and are just want to be themselves. Cheers to our friends Meg + Steve, we can't wait to celebrate with you next year!
Sometimes our favorite engagement sessions are the simple ones; the sessions with a couple hand-in-hand, giddy + giggling, so completely in love. Alex knows exactly know exactly how to capture those sweet moments between a bride and groom to be. With this couple being a long-time friend this session was flawless.