Stephanie and Matthew had a beautiful fall wedding at the incomparable venue The Merion. I was very excited to finally get to shoot a ceremony in the new expansion they had done. Even though it was quite chilly, spirits were high and everyone loved watching Stephanie and Matt tie the knot in the beautiful new ceremony space. Stephanie is a teacher and Matt works in property management. They love each other’s sense of humor, determination, sensitivity, companionship, and similar love of family.
Stephanie looked absolutely stunning with her hair by Moxie Blue Salon and her gown by Irma’s Bridal. After a First Look and some quick portraits around the grounds, it was time for them to get married. A lovely outdoor ceremony was held, including the Hawaiian tradition of placing garlands of flowers around the necks of the couple and their mothers. The ceremony was immediately followed by The Merion‘s usual stellar cocktail hour. SoundEfx Entertainment provided both DJ and Photo Booth service to keep everyone dancing and having a great time throughout the the reception. They were even joined by a special group of Mummers, many of which have been family friends of Stephanie all of her life.
At the beginning of the reception there was a very neat moment from Stephanie’s family, who shared a very neat Ukrainian tradition with everyone. They presented Stephanie and Matthew with a Korovai (Ukrainian Wedding Bread), which welcomed Stephanie and Matt into her Ukrainian family as a united couple. The korovai is an intricately woven wedding bread that represents nature’s bounty and the fullness of life. In the center of the korovai are two doves on a bed of myrtle leaves representing Stephanie and Matt, their life, love, hope, and the building of a new nest together. It is adorned with many more doves to represent their family and friends. The korovai is surrounded by a wreath of periwinkle, a symbol of love and purity, braided with myrtle to symbolize the unity of Stephanie and Matt as they begin their life together.
Congratulations Stephanie and Matt on an absolutely beautiful wedding day celebration. Thank you so much for giving us the honor and joy of capturing it for you!
Michael Chadwick is a multiple award-winning wedding photographer located in Medford, NJ. Michael Chadwick Photography offers photography services all over the mid-Atlantic region, as well as for destinations all over the world. All images copyright 2016 and may not be distributed or reproduced without express written permission.
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