I met Patsy and Michael at a wedding that I photographed last summer. I was thrilled when Michael contacted me a few weeks later, asking me if I was available to photograph his own upcoming wedding! When I met him and Patsy at my studio to discuss their wedding day in person, I knew we were going to make a great team.
I wasn’t wrong!
Their wedding day was overflowing with excitement, energy, and LOVE! Their decorations (many of them DIY) were so colorful and full of textures - it was truly a photographer’s dream. Their wedding day vibe was an amalgamation of tradition and romance, with a touch of rustic shabby chic thrown in for good measure.
I began my day photographing the final bridal preparations that took place at Patsy’s home. (I was supposed to begin at the guys’ hotel - but that’s a story for another day. A wedding just isn’t a wedding without some last minute chaos - and believe me, we had it! Luckily, I’m great at going with the flow…)
Next, I headed to the Sacred Heart Chapel to photograph their traditional Catholic ceremony. The chapel is located on Alvernia University’s campus, and is absolutely breathtaking inside! Their ceremony was beautiful, and included mariachi music, readings, prayers, the vow exchange, the bringing of gifts, blessings, and communion - and then Michael and Patsy were officially pronounced husband and wife!
We spent some time taking bridal party portraits around the Alvernia University campus, and then boarded the trolley to head to the reception. The reception took place at the Heidelberg Country Club. Once we arrived, we took a few more photos around the trolley, and then noticed that we were in a race with Mother Nature. We finished our final bride and groom portraits seconds before the skies opened up and poured down rain.
At the reception, Michael and Patsy wowed us all with a choreographed first dance. Afterwards, many of their guests joined them on the dance floor as they celebrated their Day #1 as a married couple. Patsy and Michael went all out, adding their personal touches to their wedding ceremony and reception. It really was a beautiful day, and was perfectly reflective of their love for each other.
Here are a few of my favorite images from their wedding day. I hope you enjoy them!
Big thanks to the following people (among others) who helped make Patsy and Michael’s dream wedding day a reality:
Florist: Mary, Sycamore Springs
Cake Artist: Mother of the groom, Lizzette Rodriguez
DJ: Billy, friend of the family
Photographer: Carrie Kizuka
Second Photographer: Adam Naples
Band: Mariachi Flores
Hair Artist: Vanessa New
Wedding Dress Boutique: Pocadiz Bridal (Aime Couture and Pollardi Fashion Group)
Bridesmaid Dresses Boutique: Pocadiz Bridal (Jovani Fashion and Faviana)
Groom’s Suit Boutique: Pocadiz Bridal, Jim’s Formal
Groomsmen’s Suits Boutique: Pocadiz Bridal, Jim’s Formal
Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Chapel, Reading, Pennsylvania
Reception Venue: Heidelberg Country Club