I met Alicyn over 10 years ago (wow has it been that long?) when we traveled to Australia together with the People to People Student Ambassador Program. I shot close to 30 rolls of film on that trip and despite my still developing photography skills and lack of any sort of wedding photography knowledge at the time Alicyn joked often that I was going to photograph her wedding when the day came. Over the years our lives have pulled us in different directions and we haven't been able to stay in touch the way we would have liked...despite that, I know that we both have always considered each other a dearly close friend.
Last year I received a phone call from Alicyn about meeting to discuss shooting her wedding (I guess she wasn't joking)...and of course I had to meet Ross, the lucky dude...and I liked him right from the beginning. I got to spend some quality time together with them when I shot their engagement session at Longwood Gardens in December and learned just how well their personalities blend together and even more importantly how easily they can laugh hysterically at each other.
The big day arrives and it's raining...and not just a light sprinkle...it's a seriously epic monsoon like downpour . I know that there are a lot of brides that would allow this to completely ruin their day. Alicyn however, just smiled and embraced it...she grabbed some colorful umbrellas, and some rain boots and we went for a short walk in Valley Forge. Amazing. Not once did she complain. I think it is wonderful when a couple can remember that the day is about them, their marriage, and the celebration of their love...and not the actual wedding itself.
The reception was held at the Phoenixville Foundry an amazingly cool recently renovated iron and steel foundry originally built in 1882. The ambiance inside this room is stunning, they kept a ton of the original history of the building while adding some modern touches. I would love to have the chance to shoot another wedding at this venue...it's just so photogenic and really makes an impact.
Alicyn and Ross, I'm so incredibly happy for you guys. The dynamic you have is a beautiful thing...and I feel truly privileged to have had the opportunity to document your day for you. I hope you enjoy the photos. Here's a bit of what the day looked like.
Thanks to Terry Tigue for coming out (on your birthday no less) and helping out. I really appreciate it!