Rockwood Park wedding portraits of Balbina & Sean | Wilmington, Delaware

It’s not often that I get to photograph a couple post-wedding – no wedding-day nervousness, plenty of time and the ability to plan the time of day we shoot. Hello gorgeous light! Here are a few from Balbina & Sean’s post-wedding photo session at one of my favorite locations – Rockwood Park. I seriously could have photographed this couple all day…

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Rockwood Park wedding reception of Katie & Talbot | Wilmington, Delaware

A few more sneak peeks from Katie & Talbot’s reception and a bit about the wedding day from the couple…

Who proposed to who and how?
Talbot: Talbot proposed to Katie after a steep hike down to a lake in the middle of a volcanic crater on an island off the coast of Portugal.
Katie: I cried and then said, yes!

How does it feel different being married?
Talbot: Ask me when she becomes Katie Beck.
Katie: There is definitely something very cool in “forever.”

How did you choose Rockwood Park as your wedding venue?
Talbot: Proximity to home for our families and a beautiful, natural feel.
Katie: We wanted our celebration to be outdoors (at least partially) and have an opportunity for our guests to enjoy some Wilmington summer scenery.

Tell us about your dress.
Talbot: Perfect. So complimentary of Katie’s figure and style.
Katie: It was hard to pick just one dress! I liked how my dress was comfortable and easy to dance in. My guests commented on how the dress sparkled in the sun while we were saying our vows.

What was the one thing you were most stressed about before the wedding and how did it turn out?
Talbot: I really wasn’t, I’m glad I didn’t cry at the altar though.
Katie: Making sure our guests had fun and that things were easy for them. It turned out great! Everyone had a blast dancing and being together.

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Tell us about your cake and/or dessert.
Talbot: Looked great but I didn’t taste it. The guests seemed to like it though.
Katie: I think I ate about 5 pieces AFTER the wedding:)It was delicious with a mocha filling.

Tell us about your decor, flowers, etc.
Talbot: The flowers were awesome. Succulents everywhere.
Katie: Our vision came together by the incredible Bonnie Beck. My mother-in-law has a great sense of style and she also happens to be a florist. We wanted things to be very natural and easy-going. Bonnie brought that to life with gorgeous succulent arrangements in wooden planters. When I saw room and the arrangements on the tables I was overwhelmed by how beautiful it was.

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What was your favorite part of the wedding day?
Talbot: Seeing Katie in her dress and our first dance!
Katie: There is no way I could choose just one! I loved the moment after we were married before we walked in for our first dance – and then…the first dance!

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What’s next for the two of you?
Talbot: About 6 more weddings in the next 5 months. And hopefully the opportunity to settle peacefully into the rest of our lives.
Katie: Getting back into the swing of things. Hopefully a few more travel adventures! There are so many places we want to go.

Rockwood Park wedding ceremony of Katie & Talbot | Wilmington, Delaware

An awesomely laid-back couple, surrounded by amazing family and friends, who wore flip flops for their wedding  – who could ask for more? A few photos from their wedding are below… more from the reception coming soon!

A bit about the couple…

Katie and Talbot’s story a classic one. Boy meets girl. Boy joins co-ed fraternity with girl. Boy and girl never date when it’s nice and easy and they live in the same city. Instead they wait until they live 3,000 miles apart and then BOOM!

We met as many do… blindfolded in the basement of a castle in Hartford, Connecticut while getting yelled at by older students. Though sometimes (most times) Katie wishes she blended in, she certainly stood out to Talbot! Throughout the fall semester of our Sophomore year, we became close friends. Late night parties, early morning forced labor, Techno Tuesdays and Thirsty Thursdays… who could blame us?

Luckily for Talbot, Katie was eager to stay in touch even after graduation and even traveled up to Seattle from San Francisco to visit one time. There also may have been a ‘date’ to the White River Amphitheater to see Katie’s favorite celebrity crush, Eminem.

Finally, one late night in the Fall of 2011, after years of stalling and avoidance, Katie texted the following to Talbot:
“I think I like you. Oops.”

Rudely, Talbot didn’t respond until the following morning but was thrilled that his years of subtle overtures finally paid off.

We had our real first date in Philadelphia a month later – going for a long winter walk in Wissahickon Valley Park. Then came a few months of long distance phone calls and enough cross country flights to qualify for premier status. Katie’s next move took her to New York City for grad school and after zero pressure whatsoever, Talbot joined her. Then on a March trip to the Azores (islands off the coast of Portugal) Talbot first convinced Katie to hike to the bottom of a crater to the edge of a lagoon…and then…they were engaged!

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wedding flowers – 2016 | delaware, philadelphia, nyc wedding photographer

I have no idea how couples finalize their decision on wedding flowers. So many gorgeous options to choose from! I haven’t photographed a wedding with a flower wall yet, but that’s on your wish list for your wedding decor let me know. A few favorites from last year…

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