Kayleigh and Matt got married on a beautiful day in July and celebrated at Blue Bell Country Club. We had the honor of this being our second wedding we’ve shot in the Brunner family, after having shot Kayleigh’s sister, Alex’s wedding two years ago on October 2nd (Happy Anniversary Alex and Russell!!!) Kayleigh and Matt’s traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Catherine of Siena was led by Kayleigh’s uncle, Father Rymdeika, who was the priest at Lansdale Catholic High School when I (Brad) went to school there. It was great seeing so many familiar faces on this day all lit up with joy for the two of them.
Teresa and Greg invited us over two days before their wedding to tell the story of their engagement and the home they have made together. We got to meet Charlie, their beautiful dog boy, and captured some footage and interviews to use in their same-day edit which was to be assembled and played on their wedding day, after toasts. We got to learn of how they met while working for the Philadelphia Phillies, and about how Greg couldn't even get the words out when he proposed on the front porch of their new home. For this casual shoot, Greg proudly wore a t-shirt for the brewing company he helped form and now runs, Levante Brewing Company.
Teresa's bouquet and all the flowers for the day were provided by Matlack Florists and provided a bright, warm, sunny summer feel to the day.
Their first look at Cira Green, a gorgeous rooftop garden within walking distance of World Cafe Live, was adorable and featured Charlie jumping for joy at seeing his beautiful mother in her wedding dress for the first time.
Their ceremony and reception took place at the beautiful Word Cafe Live where Teresa and Greg had seen a concert together years before, which was also where they met us at the wonderful Lovesick Expo which we are proud to participate in twice a year. Their ceremony was sweet and adorable on the World Cafe stage, where only a few short hours later we played their Same-Day Edit film, featuring highlights from the entire day, including up to their first dance. We were so touched to see their friends and family's reactions to the same-day edit, with people cheering when Teresa and Greg came on screen.
The rest of the night was a big party, featuring the Phillie Phanatic dancing with guests and attempting to take our cameras.
Our team had the honor of photographing and making the wedding film for Pete and Aphrodite's gorgeous Greek wedding. Our day started out with rain and we had to quickly relocate our first look from City Hall to the top floor of the Loews Hotel. We couldn't have asked for a better location and it ended up being private, intimate, and with a great view of Philadelphia's skyline in the background. The rain dried up soon after their first look and, after their ceremony at St. George's Greek Orthodox Cathedral, the sun even came out and made for some incredible photos at the 18th Century Garden. We couldn't get enough of the gorgeous late-afternoon light! But we eventually had to hurry off to the reception at The Crystal Tea Room for some dinner, drinks and traditional greek dancing!
We made the above video to help the Yoder family in their time of need. Steve and Teddi's son Carson was diagnosed with Pearson Syndrome, a rare mitochondrial disorder which will require constant care. Please visit their GoFundMe page, share and donate if you can. Steve and Teddi's friends, family and coworkers have sponsored a fundraising event tomorrow, August 17th at Talamore Country Club. Entry is $25 and there will be food, live music and raffles to directly benefit the family in their time of need. Please come out and show your support.
We were honored to be a part of Lex and Jules' adorable wedding at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ. They started off their day at the Loews Hotel in Philly, had their first look at City Hall, then went together to the aquarium for tacos, penguins, sharks, dancing, sparklers, laughs and love! This was by far one of the most fun weddings we've ever shot. =)
Last spring I collaborated on a styled shoot at Durham Hill Farm, an adorable pastoral wedding venue in Pipersville, PA. Congratulations to our two models, who were at the time just dating, but have since gotten engaged AND married before the end of the year! I was so taken with the beauty, charm and tranquility of Durham Hill Farm that Jenna and I are definitely going to return when considering our own wedding venue once the winter thaws.
Emily and Thorne had the most adorable backyard wedding with a Lord of the Rings-themed bridal party and unique Halloween costumes from all of the guests. We loved dressing up as members of Starfleet to shoot this wedding and were honored to help make their day memorable.
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Video by Brad Allen & Jenna Pastore
Photos by Lori Foxworth and Paul Cofield
Gerard and EO are one of the most adorable couples I've ever met, and I was honored to be able to shoot their engagement photos. I've been friends with Gerard since high school and when he told me he was going to propose I was so excited for him, but I had a wedding on the night of his proposal so I couldn't make it in person to celebrate. This was my way of making up for it, and I love the photos we took at Morris Arboretum. Check them all out here:
Gerard & EO
On January 7th, 2017, I had the honor of photographing the wedding of two good friends. Mike and Katie had a tumultuous start to their day, pushing through schedule setbacks, inclement weather, and more, but in the end things worked out and they were able to enjoy their evening with their loved ones. We braved the extreme cold and snow and were able to squeeze in a photo stop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, despite being three hours behind, after which, their ceremony and reception were a breeze indoors at the lovely J.G. Domestic, located at 30th Street Station.
View more highlights from their day here
Mara and Rich had their wedding celebration at the Merion Tribute House, a gorgeous venue with a long history of weddings. Their ceremony was held at the Church of St. John, just down the street, and we enjoyed the beautiful crisp autumn weather. This wedding was so much fun to shoot alongside the talented Hieu Pham and his second shooter, Dave, whose upbeat energy and sense of humor put everyone at ease and made the day that much more fun.
Congratulations, Mara and Rich!
Alex and Russell got married on October 2nd, 2016 at the Manor at Commonwealth, in Ambler, PA. Their wedding was full of autumnal decoration and charm, with so many hand made details, like the bouquet Alex's mother made out of jewelry, featuring her grandfather's Constable pin. Alex and Russell are the kind of couple that are so in love, you don't need to tell them to do anything, just point a camera in their direction and they will surely be doing something adorable and exchanging some sort of sweet affections. Their ceremony was sincere and touching, with Russell's sister officiating their self-uniting marriage and Alex's brother, Will, playing the acoustic guitar piece you hear in the trailer below.
We were honored to be part of Courcy and Emma's wedding at Radnor Valley Country Club. It was an elegant mix of cultures and traditions, culminating in a huge party for all of their friends and family.
shot by Brad Allen and Jenna Pastore
Edited and original music by Brad Allen
From 2010 to 2011, I had the privilege to be a counselor at the Central Bucks Family YMCA's skate camp, and worked at the Teen Center and Skate Park. This was how I was introduced to the CBF YMCA family, and I have fond memories of the staff, the kids, the families, and seeing the Seekers Program have their weekly meetings and seeing the joy on all of their faces. When Pat Kelly and the Y reached out to me to make these videos for their 50th Anniversary, I was thrilled at the opportunity to tell the Y's story. The following videos were created for the 50th Anniversary dinner, the proceeds of which directly benefited the programs depicted. The videos were directed by Pat Kelly, shot and edited by me, with project direction by Cheryl Brubaker, and featured original music written by Sean Kelly and performed by New Solution Entertainment.
Hayley and Jared's wedding was incredibly fun to shoot! It was a relaxed day, with a lighthearted and goofy bridal party, and the church was just a short walk across the street from the venue, Tabora Farm and Orchard. Hayley wore her mother's vintage 70's dress for the ceremony, and later surprised Jared with her second light dress for the rest of the day. After an evening of celebration, Jared got on stage with the band and rocked out on bass.
Congratulations Hayley and Jared!
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My good friends Pat and Sean Kelly of The Revere have become full-time wedding/event performers/DJs, and so they asked me to record a few videos of some of their amazing covers. Of course I jumped with glee at the opportunity to do this. Since I met them in 2006, their voices have never failed to make my heart pound in a way that no other musicians can. They are incredibly talented, wonderful people and I strongly recommend you hire them for your wedding or event!