Is there a Wedding Photography Photo List?

Is there a wedding photography photo list for me to use?

Absolutely there is a photo list! In fact you can find several photo lists to use for your wedding online. I believe it is a huge tool to use for the bride and the photographer to help create a plan for photographing the wedding day. But one of the things I always stress (as a gentle warning) is this wedding photography shot-list is just a guide and not a guarantee that all of the requests will be met.

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Wedding Days are a crazy, busy time and even the best intentions by all parties involved cannot stop unforeseen circumstances. I know that every wedding photographer wants to deliver every photo request but a late hair appointment or the limo being stuck in traffic can greatly affect the wedding photography plan.

I always encourage the use of a wedding photography shot-list to establish a plan but with the foresight to expect changes to the day. In fact, I as your wedding photographer actually welcome those unforeseen schedule changes. Because those, “weather delays”, “problems” and “frustrations” actually make the story of your wedding day! Then, I am there to photograph and make the most of it Let’s face it. How many stories have you heard about a wedding day that was absolutely perfect?

My wish is that you as a Bride, Groom and your family make plans with your photographer but be flexible. The wedding photography shot-list is a guide to make sure you have a plan. Now, I am also a big believer that if you have a few photos that are absolute “must-haves”.  Definitely communicate that to your photographer and they can do their best to make it happen. I always like to recommend that the bride and groom assign a family member to help coordinate the wedding photos. It helps to make the day move much smoother since they know your family better than the wedding photographer. Feel free to use the wedding photography shot-list I have linked in this blog to make your day run smooth.

Don’t forget to contact David James Photography and let me deliver the most beautiful Wedding Photography possible!

 

David James’s Favorite Wedding Photographs from 2014

It is incredibly hard to blog about my favorite wedding photographs from 2014. There were so many awesome weddings that David James photography was privileged to be a part of their day. This selection off photos really is just a few, a tiny bit of so many more that were captured. They are in no particular order and I hope you enjoy them for the pure sake of almost being there yourself. Here at David James Photography , we are looking forward to an exciting and very busy 2015.

 

Aubrey and Celeste

Aubrey and Celeste’s wedding was traditional and magic at the same time . . . . These shoes are some of my all time favorites from any wedding.

 

 

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Celeste’s wedding shoes!
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Aubrey & Celeste before the ceremony.
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Aubrey and Celeste’s children, waiting . . .

Vesta & Mike

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Vesta and Mike in West Chester, PA

Christina and Jamie

Christina and Jamie were married in Pittsburgh, PA and it was a true celebration of love, friendship, family and bulldogs . . .

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Christina & Jamie in Pittsburgh, PA
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“Chumley” the bulldog was the ring bearer!
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“Yes”. Jamie dried Christina’s tears with a “Terrible Towel”!

Jessica & Buddy

Jessica & Buddy had a wedding like no other! They arrived at the reception in classic cars!

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Jessica & Buddy’s Wedding Day – ©David James Photography
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Jessica and Buddy with their Classic Car “Carriages” to the reception.

Paul and Evelyn

Evelyn and Paul were surrounded by family the entire day and even better, their “best of” best friends!

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A family portrait! – ©David James Photography
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Paul’s reaction to th first time he sees Evelyn coming down the aisle.

Caitlyn and Lisa

This is  great couple who wanted Engagement Photos. They were both very passionate about Philadelphia!

Caitlyn and Lisa's Engagement Photos.
Caitlyn and Lisa’s Engagement Photos.

Christina and Nathan

I love that Christina and Nate were able to make the day about themselves and celebrate their love!

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Christina and Nathan’s Wedding Day!
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The beautiful Christina before the wedding!

Megan and Jeff

Megan and Jeff are getting married this year in 2015 but we had a great engagement shoot in 2014!

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Megan and Jeff’s Engagement shoot!

So as you can see, this is just a small sampling of some of our favorite photographs of 2014. There are just too many good ones to include them all. David James Photography is looking forward to 2015 and we hope to be a part of your special day too. Please contact David James Photography for an estimate or just to say “hello!”

Christina and Nate on their Wedding Day

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Christina and Nate on their Wedding Day were a couple in love and it was a real joy to photograph! Christina and Nathan were married on Friday October 24th, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Church in Eagle, PA and the reception was held at the Whitford Country Club. As their wedding photographer it was a joyous event to capture and I have never seen a group of people so ready to dance the night away! I swear the DJ could have just played static and they still would have danced!

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Christina and Nate have a beautiful daughter together. Their little Olivia is just absolutely precious. I always think it is truly special when a Bride and Groom incorporate their children into their wedding day. Olivia was the flower girl and she did a great job at the wedding ceremony. Before she was at the church she was giving, high-fives and hugs to all of the family! In know way would I ever imply the photo below was manipulated through the use of Grandpa’s M&M stash!

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Christina was an absolutely stunning Bride. I loved her gown. It was very contemporary with a nod towards tradition.

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I had to take advantage of the natural light coming through the window to showcase this natural beauty of a Bride!

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The ceremony at St. Elizabeth’s Church was full of tradition and personal touches as officiated by Pastor Thomas M. Mullin. It was clear he knew the families well and wove personal stories and advice beautifully throughout the ceremony.

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Once the wedding transitioned from “ceremony” to “party” it was an absolute blast at the Whitford Country Club. The venue was absolutely gorgeous and the dance floor was alive! The wedding party couldn’t wait to start the party!

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The Father of the Bride busted out some dance moves of his own!

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Christina and Nate had a great time at their wedding reception as they were surrounded by many family and friends!

-©David James Photography

It was truly an honor to be Christina and Nate’s wedding photographer! Congratulations to the Bride and Groom!

 

Wedding Photography of Jessica Fedena and Buddy Yarnell

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Jessica Fedena and Buddy Yarnell were married on June 20th, 2014 at the Central Presbyterian Church in Downingtown, PA. It was our honor at David James Photography to capture their very special day. The reception was held at the Downingtown Country Club.

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Jessica and Buddy’s Wedding Day – ©David James Photography

It’s great to be a part of such a special day. Jessica and Buddy had so many wonderful elements to their wedding. They truly made their wedding, THEIR wedding. When I first met Jessica last fall at the DCC Bridal Fair, I knew I loved her energy and wanted to be a part of her day.

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Jessica & Buddy’s Wedding Day – ©David James Photography

“Oh!”, did I mention the classic cars? Jessica’s Dad is a member of a classic car club and they are a very tight-knit group. Jessica and Buddy were over-joyed to have had the cars as a part of their wedding day. I am ecstatic to edit the rest of the photos that include the cars. It was my first wedding that had them as a big part of the day. I think everyone had fun seeing the wedding party arrive at DCC in the cars.

But Jessica and Buddy had so many personal touches to their wedding, it is hard to list them all.

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Jessica is escorted down the aisle – ©David James Photography

Jessica was first escorted down the aisle by her biological father Steve, then her Step dad (or Dad) Mr. Wayne walked with Jessica to the altar.

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Wayne escorts Jessica down the aisle! – ©David James Photography

 

Jessica’s fiance’ Buddy played the guitar as she came down the aisle, and after a beautiful unity candle and ceremony these two finally got to the good stuff . . . the “smooch”.

Jessica & Buddy's First Kiss (As man & wife) - ©David James Photography
Jessica & Buddy’s First Kiss (As man & wife) – ©David James Photography

The entire wedding party had fun along with Jessica and Buddy.

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Jessica and Buddy’s Wedding Day – ©David James Photography

 

Congratulations Jessica Fedena and Buddy Yarnell, I know you will be happy for many. many years!

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Jessica & Buddy’s Wedding Day by David James Photography

Wedding Photography of Aubrey and Celeste

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I met Aubrey and Celeste at a bridal show last fall held at the Downingtown Country Club. In fact they won a free engagement session from the door prizes at the bridal show. I think Aubrey and I hit it off right away because we have similar tastes in shoes. Although As much as I love shoes, it is clear I am no match for the style of Aubrey and Celeste.

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Aubrey and Celeste’s Wedding Shoes

This has to be one of the “classy-est and flashy-est” weddings I have ever been blessed to be contracted as the wedding photographer. At the center of all of this refined taste is love. There is no doubt of the love between Aubrey, Celeste their daughters and the whole family.

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Olivia and Marie

The ceremony began with the guests being greeted and moved to the spirit by a gospel choir at the United Methodist Church in Downingtown, PA. Then a very moving interpretive dance by Aunt Fran whipped a frenzied guest list to their feet in anticipation of Aubrey and Celeste making their way into the church.

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Aunt Fran’s stirring Performance

Aubrey and Celeste’s wedding ceremony continued with moving sermons and testimonies from family and close friends. The bride and groom even made gestures of love to their daughters with beautiful necklaces and roses for their mothers.

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The Ring Butler’s tray and jewelry box.

The rings were carried on a silver tray down the aisle by a Ring Butler (This was a first for me to see!)  The best man and woman received the symbols of love and passed them on to the Pastor for a blessing.

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The First Kiss as man & wife!

The anticipation built after the blessing of the rings and of course culminated with Aubrey and Celeste’s first kiss as man and wife. The guests put down their handkerchiefs and rose to their feet in applause for these two lovers, bound forever together as man & wife!

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Aubrey and Celeste steal a kiss!
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Aubrey and Celeste

 

Aubrey & Celeste’s Wedding Gallery

Trotter and Mayer Wedding Photographer

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Most people consider seeing a rainbow lucky! Well, what about seeing a rainbow on your wedding day? That’s what happened yesterday at the Trotter-Mayer wedding.How lucky is that? Evelyn Trotter and Paul Mayer were married yesterday in Newtown Square, PA. The Trotter and Mayer union was a beautiful affair from start to finish. When my assistant Kimberly and I arrived at the bride’s home we could tell the celebration was going to be full of love and laughter. Evelyn and her bridesmaids were getting ready in their matching robes while her parents and brother were loading up the transport trolley.

At the ceremony I joked with Evelyn and Paul that it was so short they could’ve just worn the rings down the aisle. Don’t get me wrong, the ceremony was exactly what they wanted,  short, elegant and sweet.

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Evelyn is escorted by her father. – ©David James Photography

The look on the groom’s face when the bride appeared in the doors is priceless!

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Paul sees his bride for the first time! – ©David James Photography

After the ceremony we couldn’t resist taking some candid photos. Of course, we also just had to take a family portrait of Paul, Evelyn and their dog Bobo.

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A family portrait! – ©David James Photography

I would have to say one of the most exciting things I’ve ever seen as a wedding photographer is the rainbow that was over Phoenixville yesterday. There was a slight rain storm just about the time the reception was beginning. I arrived at the Phoenixville Foundry ahead of the “party trolley” and noticed the rainbow in the sky. The party trolley full of the wedding party hadn’t arrived yet. Fortunately my “on-the-ball” assistant Kimberly made the bus driver pull over and was able to capture this awesome shot of the rainbow with our bride and groom, Evelyn and Paul.

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Evelyn and Paul’s Wedding Day and their lucky rainbow! – ©David James Photography

Now there are tons of photos of this amazing event. But nothing will capture the spirit and the luck that every body who attended the wedding wishes for Evelyn and Paul. These two were truly meant for one another and you could just feel the love as they danced their first dance at the reception.

Evelyn and Paul's First Dance at the Phoenixville Foundry - ©David James Photography
Evelyn and Paul’s First Dance at the Phoenixville Foundry – ©David James Photography

I have more photos to post and will do so shortly. But I just wanted to show off this amazing rainbow and all of its luck that it holds for Evelyn and Paul’s future. Congratulations you two from David James Photography.

Changes at David James Photography

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We found a dance floor, so they just had to try it out!

One of the things my father always says is, “the only thing permanent is change!” I know he borrowed that line from more famous philosophers. But its sentiment does hold true. No matter how hard we try, we cannot stop change or progress. But fortunately, what I am discussing in this particular blog are small changes. Nothing major for you to worry about. The first is the “look” of the website. I am playing with a few different theme ideas to make the pages a bit easier to read and to feel a little contemporary. Right now you are looking at a standard white background with black lettering. But, I think it will eventually evolve into a black background with white letters.

I was reluctant to say, “goodbye” to the green and white theme because I loved it so much. But I have had some good feedback on the fact that maybe some potential clients don’t like green at all. Plus some friends pointed out on some computers the light green font may have been a bit hard to read. So, I am listening! I am going to try a few different combos of white, grey and black.

As I started to think about it, the “classic” colors do make sense for a website featuring photography. I’ll bet you can look around your home and take note of how many photos in frames you have. Then note how many of those photographs are matted in black frames with a white matte. It’s clean simple framing to highlight the photographs.

So, why not try something new?  I’m open to new ideas! Like when a bride wants to shoot a particular pose or setting. I listen and implement their ideas along with mine. It’s the team collaboration that always yields the best results. Changes at David James Photography? Sure, but their small . . . .except for our new blimp. (But thats a story for another day.)