We were over the moon when we found out we’d be working with this terrific family once again! We’ve filmed a few weddings for members of Will’s family already (and have another one coming up later this year!) and Courtney and Will were a dream to work with on their own wedding day.
The two met in high school and became very close in their junior year. Their relationship continued to blossom despite four years apart at separate colleges. After nine years together, the time had come to get engaged… and Courtney and Will’s engagement day was certainly a memorable one! They spent the day in Sea Isle cleaning the beach house to get it ready for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Courtney never complained as she mowed the lawn, pulled weeds and cleaned the outside shower. This was not the day to suspect a proposal! They made reservations to go to dinner that evening at the restaurant where they had their first date and on the way, they drove past the back bay. Will asked Courtney if they could get a picture with the bay in the background and when they walked down to the bay, Will got down on one knee and popped the question! Surprised but overjoyed, Courtney said ‘yes’! At the restaurant, Courtney was surprised yet again to find their friends and family waiting to celebrate with them.
On their fabulous wedding day, Will and his groomsmen had a lot of fun as they got ready at his mother’s house. At her own parents’ house, Courtney and her bridesmaids started their preparations by having their hair styled and makeup expertly applied by Sandy and Candice from Douglas Arthur Salon. A glimmering headband and long flowing veil adorned Courtney’s hair as the perfect finishing touches (and we loved how her proud mother looked on). Her beautiful bridesmaids dressed in long, matching cheerful violet gowns for the big day. Before getting dressed herself, Courtney took a moment to read Will’s love note to her where he beautifully professed his true and everlasting love for her. What better way is there to start the day?
Courtney then got dressed in her gorgeous trumpet fit-and-flare wedding gown with a strapless sweetheart neckline and a sparkling jeweled belt. Courtney’s skirt had such beautiful tiers edged with delicate lace. She completed her ensemble with a delightful white bouquet with shimmering accents by Martine’s Countryside Florist, and we just couldn’t get enough of her… she was such a radiant bride!
We were then off to the church for the ceremony. Courtney and Will were married in a lovely traditional Catholic service at the Church of Our Lady of Pompeii (part of St. Padre Pio Parish) in Vineland, NJ. But Courtney didn’t arrive via limo or classic car… she chose to be brought to the church in an awesome John Deere tractor as a nod to their family farming business! (Of course, the classic car would take them to the reception!) During their beautiful ceremony, she and Will were challenged to be an example to others through their own expression of love. The two then exchanged their vows and became ‘husband and wife’.
Before heading to the ceremony, there was plenty of time for formal and candid photos of the wedding party and their family…and of their cute pup, Winston! Our good friend and an amazing photographer, Ron Soliman, captured images of the day for Courtney and Will. Be sure to check out some of these photos on his blog!
One of our favorite venues was chosen for this wedding reception, Vie in Philadelphia. Vie is one of now six gorgeous locations owned and operated by Cescaphe Event Group. Courtney and Will made their grand entrance to the cheers of their guests and to a burst of white petals, guiding them into their first dance as a married couple. Guests then continued to have an incredible time dancing the evening away with help from the high energy and “big” sounds of CTO 5th Avenue!
Congratulations, Courtney and Will! May you always remember the love and joy shared on this special day.
Cinematographers: Glen Elliott // Violet Elliott // Lisa Skala
Editor: Dan Sawyer
Photographer: Ron Soliman – Philadelphia, PA
Floral Design: Martine’s Countryside Florist – Vineland, NJ
Hair Stylist: Douglas Arthur Salon – Sandy Pincosy – Vineland, NJ
Makeup Artist: Douglas Arthur Salon – Candice Caruso – Vineland, NJ
Entertainment: CTO – 5th Avenue – Philadelphia, PA
Cake: Cescaphe Event Group – Philadelphia, PA
Officiant: Father Peter Saporito – Vineland, NJ
Church: Church of Our Lady of Pompeii (St. Padre Pio Parish) – Vineland, NJ
Venue: Vie – Philadelphia, PA
March 24th, 2016
by Kristi Chapman
in New Jersey Pennsylvania Philadelphia Wedding Film