Cairnwood Estate Wedding
Vanessa and Steve’s Cairnwood Estate wedding was simply angelic and it was a dream to shoot. From the french-inspired architecture to the vibrant gardens every inch of this estate was exquisite and fit for the beautiful union of this lovely couple. The wedding ceremony took place inside the cathedral and the reception was held under an elegant outdoor tent with the stunning landscape as the backdrop. Fortunately, we were blessed to have great weather that day. There was not a raindrop in sight and this allowed Vanessa, Steve, and their loved ones to celebrate the night away. Check out the stunning visuals we captured at this dream Cairnwood Estate wedding.
Vanessa and Steve’s Love Journey
Vanessa and Steve met at a social gathering on the rooftop of the building where they both lived in 2017. Vanessa describes their meeting as fate because she hadn’t planned on attending the event but for some reason, she ended up there that night. “I thought she was so beautiful,” Steve said when he described the moment they both met. “I asked her what’s her name, she was a bit hesitant but she told me. We ended up talking all night.” That night, Steve and Vanessa exchanged numbers and they begin talking on the phone every night.
“ We had so much in common, “ Vanessa remarked. “ I knew he was different from anyone I had ever met. Once I let my guard down I fell head over heels,” she says with a smile on her face. It was Steve’s inquisitive mind and generous heart that captured Vanessa’s heart. It’s obvious that Steve and Vanessa are truly a match made in heaven.
Quirky Facts About Steve and Vanessa
Vanessa is a classically trained ballet dancer and she’s a stickler for being organized. She’s the one that ensures that their trips go smoothly with her detailed planning. Together they love cooking, traveling, and wine tasting.
Steve proposed to Vanessa, the night before her birthday. He wanted the proposal to be a big surprise. “I had the ring for a couple of months. I stashed it at my parent’s house because I knew she would end up finding it. I was waiting for the perfect time to give her the ring and I knew that before her birthday would be a great idea.”
Steve decked their home out with string lights and hung pictures of them everywhere of all the memories they had created during their relationship. “He had pictures of our first few dates, photos of trips we had taken together, and just those random silly moments,” Vanessa said as she recalled the night. “I didn’t know what was going on until he pulled out the ring. It was literally the best day of my life.” When Steve asked for her hand in marriage, Vanessa immediately said yes.
Vanessa and Steve commemorated their engagement with an epic engagement shoot last year at a beautiful park. The same park they found solace in during the quarantine. J&J Studios shot their engagement visuals while they were planning their wedding.
Dream Cairnwood Estate Wedding
Steve and Vanessa’s wedding took place on the Cairnwood Estate located in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. The Cairnwood Estate is a National historic landmark and was formerly the private residence of industrialist John Pitcairn. The Cairnwood Estate is an architectural masterpiece with a meticulous blend of Roman and French Renaissance designs. This upscale wedding venue is popular for hosting wedding celebrations. The estate consists of the Main House, Courtyard, and formal gardens.
The bridal party was prepared for the ceremony in one of the private rooms on the estate. Of course, our crew was there to get pictures of Vanessa’s custom wedding dress and capture intimate visuals of the bride and groom getting ready for the ceremony with their bridesmaids and grooms.
Steve and Vanessa’s union took place in the opulent Cathedral on the Cairnwood Estate. They were joined by all of their loved ones who sat spaced six feet apart due to COVID-19 restrictions. Nevertheless, there was lots of love in the room and the couple’s union was absolutely heartwarming. After the ceremony was over, we took photos of the bridal party in front of the Cairnwood Cathedral. Vanessa’s bridesmaids all wore pale violet dresses while Steve and his grooms were fitted in navy blue tuxedos.
We also took a series of post-ceremony visuals of the newly married couple. Some of our personal favorites are the photos of Vanessa and Steve near the water fountain which was a work of art. Together we explored the grounds of the Cairnwood Estate, snapping pictures of the couple as they lavished in the exquisite beauty surrounding them hand in hand. They were totally enamored in each other and their love provided a warm glow that shined right through their wedding pictures.
The reception took place outdoors in one of the formal gardens under an elegant white tapestry tent. The staff did a great job at decorating the outdoor space. The tables were lined in gold and blue plates and cutlery. Beautiful floral arrangements were everywhere and it literally looked as if we had all died and gone to heaven. Some of the best visuals were captured when the sunset. The starry heavens served as the best backdrop.
Vanessa and Steve’s four-layer vanilla and the strawberry wedding cake was decadent and even though the cake didn’t end up on anyone’s face it was still pretty exciting to watch the traditional cake cutting. Their excitement was refreshing and they sealed the moment with a sweet kiss. Later on in the evening, the party moved indoors. The bride’s dance with her father was a tear-jerking moment. The bride and groom’s first dance was just as emotional.
Steve and Vanessa’s Experience Working With J&J Studios
According to Steve and Vanessa, they thoroughly enjoyed working with our team during this entire process. We know that weddings can be just as stressful as they are exciting therefore, we make it our job to be accommodating to our clients. Vanessa and Steve’s wedding was so much fun and it was an epic experience. We feel so lucky to have been able to have been part of their wedding journey and we wish them a lifetime of happiness.
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About J&J Studios
J&J Studios is the leading photography studio based in Philadelphia and owned by award-winning photographer John Ryan. Our team is committed to producing quality visuals for all occasions. We travel to any location in the U.S.