Archive for June, 2009

Classic Wedding in Roanoke, Virginia for Laura & Chris

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009




Talk about classy, fun, and elegant — Laura and Chris’s wedding weekend in Roanoke, VA had it all. We Philadelphia photojournalists were impressed! Rebecca and I arrived on Friday from Philadelphia International Airport to a rehearsal dinner at the classic O Winston Link Museum. Rebecca has a thing for trains (the woman has literally traveled from Philly to Quebec and back via Amtrak), so she was thrilled to learn that we’d be at a train museum the day before National Train Day!  We couldn’t resist snaggin’ a few cute shots of the couple by the old caboose (see below). They run a part of the Norfolk Southern family.

And just in case we’d forgotten that Karen and Rick from 2008 showed us that a pork bbq could be classy, Laura and Chris reminded us again with some fabulous food for their rehearsal dinner from 3 Little Pigs BBQ.  Immediately, we were made to feel like we were part of the family, talking cameras with Laura’s dad and chatting about adopting our next rescue dog with Laura and Chris.

We weren’t sure that Saturday could actually top the warmth and excitement of Friday, but it did.  The ceremony and reception were held at the beautiful grounds of Sundara, owned by Patty Trostle.  I’d be lying if I said we weren’t incredibly spoiled by the view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the rolling green fields, and the blue sky that popped out just in time for Laura’s walk down the aisle.

What I love most about these wedding pictures is the vibrant colors.  The flowers, c/o Kerry McCarty at George’s Flowers perfectly complemented Laura’s gown from White Dress by the Shore.  And they certainly mirrored the colorful personality of Laura and Chris’s bridal party; including, Best Man: Marshall Chalmers, William (Will) Dichtel, Trey Pollard, David Merrick, Doannie Tran, Maid of Honor: Kyna Fong, Britt Craiglow, Nina Glass, Laura Gibson, Blair Ellis, with readers, Robbie Quinn and Matt Edwards.

While it did rain on their wedding day, it only did for 15 minutes. Besides, you wouldn’t know it from Laura and Chris’s reactions.  They were so thrilled to celebrate their love that a few raindrops actually added to the fun, as you can see in the umbrella picture below.  As we tell all our couples, when it rains, it rarely downpours for an entire day.  With patience and ingenuity, we can seek out the patches of blue sky or just have a blast with oversized umbrellas.

The day’s elegance continued into the night, as Center Stage Catering provided some incredible food at the reception, with the sounds of the band, Soulercoaster, rocking the tent all evening with an incredibly versitle songs.  It was a night of fun and frolick, and even Rebecca and I found ourselves cutting the rug a little bit.  The wine from Puppie McCloskey of Andes Importers was freely flowing, and the guests seemed to appreciate it!

Laura and Chris, thanks for your love, which made capturing beautiful images of your wedding day a snap!  Gus thanks you too for his box of goodies.  He would have been there if we could have figured out how to stow him in our carry-on bags, we swear.

Finally, the Bride and Groom would like to thank coordinator Joan Niederlehner, Bob Wood at Earl Wood Printers for the invitations, Pastor Elizabeth Marie Melchionna, ceremony music by Julee Hickox, favors by Jamisons Orchard, bride makeup by Laura Bumgarner, Roanoke, Virginia, and of course, all of their friends and guests.

Thanks so much! It was an honor.


Bec & Joe


Philadelphia Engagement for Regina & Kevin

Friday, June 5th, 2009






This awesome couple was one of our Philly Engagement Story Contest Winners through JPG Photography’s contest last winter! Regina and Kevin are completely sweet, and we had a blast across Philadelphia. We hit up WaterWorks and the Philadelphia Art Museum. We went to City Hall and Love Park, too! We had fabulous weather, and we took advantage of the Ben Franklin Parkway, too!

Here’s their story!

“We scheduled a trip to WildWood on 8/22/2008. I purchased the most beautiful ring and this trip was the perfect opportunity to propose to her. The whole ride up, I was trying to figure out how I would make the proposal. I decided that I would give it to her while on the Ferris wheel. After playing a few games I was getting nervous because I knew we were about to get on the Ferris wheel. She is afraid of heights, but I convinced her to get on. She was clinging to my arm the whole time before getting on. The conductor opened the door; I took a deep breath and we sat down. The Ferris wheel started and as we reached the top, a rain shower started. So not only was she scared, now I was too! We were about 5 stories in the air! As I try to keep cool for the both of us, I thought about how this was ruining my opportunity to propose. After 20 minutes of sitting idly we calmed down, the rain stopped and the sun shinned bright. All we wanted to do was get off the ride. We gave each other a huge kiss and hug cause we survived this experience; still in the moment of embrace, I took her hand and got on my knee to pull out the ring. She screamed and accepted the ring. We received a round of applause from NJ park visitors. It was the perfect engagement.”

Congratulations you two! Everything will be online at Pictage:


Joe G; President, JPG Photography

P.S. About 15 hours later…I was editing the rest of their images, and I just had to add this… IT’s ART! Congrats you two! You look fabulous!


Photojournalism Award Recognized in East Falls Newspaper The Fallser

Monday, June 1st, 2009



Myself and David Zaveloff were honored this month when the editor of the local East Falls Newspaper, The Fallser, thought our Wedding Photojournalist Association recognition was newsworthy for the local paper. Zaveloff, owner of David Zaveloff Photography, and I, earned a place on the WPJA’s best wedding photographers in the world. It’s sweet recognition that humbled us both, especially since we’re practically neighbors in Philadelphia.

Since only four photojournalists in all of Pennsylvania made the list, and two of them live within a mile a part, it was a good story all around.

Take a look at the story online by downloading the May 2009 PDF, or go ahead and read it above. Thanks so much East Falls, we’re here to stay!


Joe G; President of JPG Photography