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There is nothing better than seeing two amazing families joined together by the love of two individuals.  Jessica and Robert both have incredible friends and family who came out to support their marriage.  We began the day separately before the ceremony at St. Joseph’s Church in Aston.

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It was one of the first sunny and 60 degree days we’ve had all year, perfect for their wedding day.  The groomsmen were a blast to shoot and were up for anything.  Their pocket watches proved to be a hit with our photographers as well.  The grooms gift to his men are always an important image to capture.  Jessica’s Maid of Honor was actually Robert’s sister who, in fact, introduced the two lovebirds in college.
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We headed to Mendenhall Inn and used their awesome hotel lobby for a few portraits and then headed to the grand ballroom and atrium for some great bridal party photos.  We also got to bring our photo-booth which always adds some great entertainment to the evening.  A big thank you to Chris from Schaffer Sound for great music throughout the night that kept the dance floor packed!  And of course to our photographers Coleman & Cassandra for capturing a fantastic event.
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Congratulations again you two!  All of our best for your future together!

xoxo

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Family, Food, Music & Dancing, that’s what amazing Italian weddings are made of!  What an awesome day we had with Laura and Carlo!  These two have incredibly deep Italian roots and their cultures were on great display that day.
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As tradition would have it, Laura and Carlo got ready separately and both were very anxious for the moment they would lay eyes on each other at St. Rita of Cascia in Philadelphia. With 300 guests, the church was filled with family and friends who traveled from all over the globe, even Italy itself.  Our wide angle lenses were able to capture the magnitude and classic architecture of this beautiful church and ceremony.
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Laura and Carlo had their first date in center city Philadelphia, so it was only fitting that we shot their bridal party images in Logan Square and in front of Independence Hall on Broad Street.  We got some great twilight shots with just the two of them on the Parkway and got to take a walk down memory lane… El Vez was the location of Laura and Carlo’s first date, we got some great shots in front of their marque and were able to jump up on the bar inside the restaurant to document where it all began…take a look at the great shots below!
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The Merion
in New Jersey was a perfect location for the reception.  The hall fits large groups very comfortably and their food is exquisite and plentiful.  Laura and Carlo wanted to really make the room vibrant and utilized Duca Studio’s amazing up lights, the images created with the lights as the backdrop are stunning.  We recommend up lighting every room to really make your images really pop.
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To the Lubrano and Cognata families, thank you for making us feel like part of your own.  Knowing that generations of the Duca Family who came before us, helped capture so many weddings in your families before, made documenting this special day for your children that much more special.

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Congratulations again Laura and Carlo!  All of the best from our family to yours!

xoxo

Holidays with family and friends is always amazing, Weddings with family and friends are spectacular, and when you put the two together…Amazingly Spectacular, that’s how we’d describe the wedding we photographed on New Years Eve.  Sara and Mike are the perfect fit, and it was obvious on their wedding day.
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We spent part of the late afternoon getting ready with both Sara and Mike separately at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Valley Forge, Pa.  As always, they’re great hosts for weddings with bridal suites upstairs and a great ballroom for the reception.  Purple, gold and silver were great colors that helped make their images pop and made the ballroom glow with fun.  Their ceremony was intimate and really showed Sara and Mike’s love for each other.
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The timeline of the day allowed us to take care of our family portraits in between the ceremony and cocktail hour which was perfect.  We got through them with ease because Sara had all the families organized and made them responsible for being ready in the batter’s box to have their portraits taken.  This portion of our day is always made easier when families know ahead of time that they need to be ready on deck to jump into the shot with the bride and groom.  We definitely recommend having an ambassador or two that know both family’s and can help in wrangling the groups.
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The reception proved to be nothing short of a great party, with a dj from Silver Sound keeping the dance floor going all night.  Both families came together and paid great tribute to the Bride and Groom.  Our photobooth was a huge hit for everyone as usual, and the signature book that was filled with images and sweet messages will be a forever reminder of the fun all the guests had.  We got to ring in the new year with both Sara and Mike leading the countdown at centerstate, it was a great way to start 2013.
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Thank you to all involved, especially Sara and Mike for allowing us the pleasure of capturing your huge life moment for you to look back on for years to come.  Congratulations and all our best for your amazing future together.

xoxo

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