Steph & Marc — Ballroom at Ellis Preserve Wedding Photos
“Stunning” is such an understatement for Steph & Marc’s wedding, and I’m beyond thrilled to show them their Ballroom at Ellis Preserve wedding photos! When Stephanie and Marc first told me about their Ballroom at Ellis Preserve wedding, I got really excited. It’s not often I get to shoot at a brand new venue, and knowing Finley Catering, it wasn’t hard to get my hopes up. In short: Steph and Marc’s weddings exceeded my wildest expectations.
The day started out with horrid forecasts – calling for a nor’easter with deluge rains. And yet when we were getting ready at the Desmond hotel with the girls and Marc with the guys at Steph and Marc’s house, we had nothing but the lightest spit of rain. It was just the first sign of an outstanding day to come. As Steph finished her hair and makeup (Ashley Sorrentino of Blushing Brides did a fabulous job on all the girls!), I styled Steph’s details with some loose blooms from her flowers, and soon it was time for Steph to step into her drop-dead gorgeous lace Pronovias gown. Meanwhile, Marc got ready in his tux, and they both headed off to the ceremony at St. Mary Magdalene. They said their vows without a hitch, and it was a beautiful service, complete with some adorable nieces.
Then it was time for some Ballroom at Ellis Preserve wedding photos! We used the grounds extensively (how could you not?), taking bridal party photos by the wonderful cottages surrounding the ballroom. What a venue!! It had endless photographic opportunities and I was super appreciative of the time we built in for photos. We took Steph and Marc around the property, film flying through the camera as this super happy couple soaked in the freshly-married feelings.
The cocktail hour was equally amazing, with the floral wall stealing the show. What an incredible detail to have at a wedding – it really completed the space! Finley is known for their crazy-good selection of food both at the dinner and during cocktail hour, and they didn’t disappoint: from mozzarella sticks and cheese spreads to lobster and tuna, it took everything in me to resist digging in and keep shooting.
The reception was serenaded by the ever-terrific Love Jones Band, the most delicious dessert bar imaginable kept everyone sugar-fueled, and the couple partied into the night. With heartfelt speeches from the fathers of the bride and groom, fun and touching toasts from the maid of honor and best man, and so. much. dancing., it was just about the most perfect reception one could imagine.
I feel so fortunate that Steph & Marc chose me to be their Ballroom at Ellis Preserve wedding photographer, and I’m super excited to see where the future takes these two!
Venue: The Ballroom at Ellis Preserve by Finley Catering | Florist: Marcus Hook Florist | Wedding Gown: Pronovias | Hair & Makeup: Blushing Brides | Band: The Love Jones Band | Invitation Suite: Wedding Paper Divas | Wedding Gown Boutique: Elizabeth Johns | Heels: Badgley Mischka | Tuxedo: Iacobucci Formal Wear | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bari Jay | Bridesmaid Dresses Boutique: Irini’s Originals | Rings: AR Morris | Cake: Termini Brothers Bakery