I really can’t believe that Cailen and Craig’s wedding is one of our last weddings of the 2011 wedding season.  I said to Michael months ago, once we shoot their wedding, it will really hit me that we have come down to the final stretch.

I must say, what an amazing wedding to be apart of.  We first met Cailen and Craig when they came to our house to meet us about possibly shooting their wedding.  We were thrilled when they decided to go with us.  I knew our personalities would just click.  We shot their fun Anthropologie engagement shoot one year ago in Philadelphia.  After the engagement shoot, we’ve gotten together for happy hour and dinner.  We became friends rather than just the photographers shooting their wedding.

I really think developing a friendship with our clients has really helped our photography.  There is much more of a connection when shooting the event.  Not only does it give the bride and groom comfort when working with us on the wedding day, but it also helps the family and friends on the wedding day.  Most of the guests thought we’ve know each other for years.

Their slideshow is also special.  Although, the song may sound very familiar to one we recently used, listen closely.  It is actually Cailen singing (she’s silly talented).  She took the song and changed parts and gave it a little Cailen touch.  It was definitely a sweet touch to their first dance.

Cont…

Michael is thankful for the lunch Craig bought him…cannot go wrong with street hot dogs!

Don’t most grooms go to Staples on their wedding day?!

Our first ever bride to wear a blush colored dress!

You can clearly see two very different perspectives from 2 different photographers, lol.  However, they work well together =0)

Cailen was literally sown into her dress.

I believe the entire room was crying, including Michael and myself.

If Michael had his way with the guys, this is what you would get…lol

Afterward we attended the after party at Tavern on Broad where surprisingly Craig was wide awake closing down the bar (quite impressive).  Michael and I are happy to have shared a buttery nipple shot with the bride and groom (girly, I know..but it goes down easy. Clearly we are not big drinkers, lol).   I’m very interested in seeing Cailen’s dad’s pictures from post-wedding hours ( I like to call him, the after hours photographer).

Craig & Cai, you are an amazing couple and amazing friends.  We wish you nothing but the best and happiness in your future together.  It was great being apart of such an amazing event and it’s been a pleasure meeting your family and friends. Enjoy your honeymoon!

TTFN!  (for all the newbies…Ta Ta For Now).

<3

Melissa.

 

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Wedding Details

Hair & Makeup: Calista Brides (Cali & Yvette)

Venue: XIX Restaurant at the Bellevue in Philadelphia

Catering: Hyatt at the Bellevue in house catering

Florist: Beautiful Blooms from Philadelphia

Entertainment: Andy Gotsch from Washington Talent

Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Musician: Pete Smyser, guitarist

Jeweler: Castor Jewelry, Lambertville, NJ

Photographers: M2 

  1. jen baumann
    November 8, 2011

    INCREDIBLE. Love it all, all of it.

    • Melissa
      November 9, 2011

      Thanks Jen!

  2. November 8, 2011

    Hey Guys,

    Just wanted to tell you it was a pleasure meeting both of you and I had so much fun getting to know you at the after party! These are some of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen and the slideshow made me cry! I will be hiring both of you when I find a man!

    Ashlee

    • Melissa
      November 9, 2011

      Only if you promise to break out your Zumba moves at your own wedding…

  3. Cailen & Craig Marone
    November 9, 2011

    we honestly cannot think of words to express how utterly happy we are with the pictures. now that we’ve watched the slideshow 3 times and scrolled through the blog pictures countless times, we figured we could take a moment to tell you guys just how awesome we think you are. thank you, thank you for capturing our wedding so exquisitely. you guys did an absolutely fabulous job! i think we’re goning to look through them again now…

    love,
    cailen & craig

    • Melissa
      November 9, 2011

      Thank you both so much. It means a lot when we get such positive feedback from the bride and groom. Over the winter we are going to take the time and try and get a few weddings published. I would like to try and get yours published…I think it deserves it. =0) Love you both. Enjoy your amazing honeymoon.

  4. Yvette Delgado
    November 9, 2011

    Another beautiful jobs guys!!!!!

  5. November 10, 2011

    Congratulations to you both Cailen & Craig! We are so happy for you. The photographs are amazing – truly capturing you amazing day! Best wishes.
    And, Melissa – Magnificent work!!
    Tom and Sandy Castor

  6. January 15, 2012

    her dress is gorgeous!!

  7. Laura
    January 28, 2014

    Hi – This wedding is GORGEOUS. I’m also looking at XIX for my upcoming wedding, and would love to book a ceremony space separately. Any idea where this ceremony took place?

    Thanks!

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