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Romantically Rainy Private Estate Wedding in Bryn Mawr PA

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania


It is always such an honor for a fellow creative in the wedding industry to trust you to photograph their wedding… so when TWO wedding vendors get married and they hire you, it’s truly a *cue the tears* moment. Kirsten and Patrick are the sweetest couple, and together they make such a talented, powerhouse of a team — Kirsten a photographer, and Patrick a videographer — for their own wedding clients. When Kirsten first reached out to me about photographing their intimate wedding at her grandparents’ private residence, I couldn’t have been more excited. Her vision was truly something out of my wildest dreams, and I knew their day would be nothing short of breathtaking.

These two are literally middle school sweethearts! As Kirsten tells it, “We actually met in seventh grade because of mutual friends. We became instant best friends, and Patrick definitely liked me a lot but I wasn’t interested. In eighth grade we actually started dating, and we have been together ever since. This November, we will have been together for ten years. We went to middle school dances together, every prom together, and he was a groomsmen in my sister’s wedding in 2020. We are fully a part of each other’s families.”

Fast-forward to last March, when Patrick popped the question! “Patrick was born in San Francisco, CA. That is where his mom was born and raised and where everyone on his mom’s side of the family currently lives. Every summer, his family goes back out to San Francisco to see family and have a vacation. The summer after we graduated high school (2018), I joined his family on the yearly trip. I then went back every year with them. Patrick and I started building our own traditions out on this yearly trip and always looked forward to going. Since I now work constantly over the summer, we decided to go back and visit together this past March. His grandparents live right next to the Sutro Baths and Patrick and I have a tradition of going there at sunset, eating burritos, and watching the sun set. It was supposed to pour every day that we were visiting, but one afternoon the sun came out. We went to our spot by the Sutro Baths and he asked me to marry him! He’s a smart man too because he had a photographer hiding.”

In the days leading up to Kirsten and Patrick’s special day, it started to seem like the weather gods were not on our side. The forecast was a threatening 70% chance of rain all day, but these two kept an amazing outlook the entire time and decided to embrace the romantically rainy vibes. Unsurprisingly, Kirsten had the most beautiful bridal details — I could have spent hours styling everything she gave me to work with. The pressure is always on when it’s a fellow wedding vendor, and I could not have had more fun creating flat lays with all of the gorgeous items she had left for me.

After an emotional first look together, we braved the elements outside… to find the rain beginning to clear! Someone was truly watching over us, and we were blessed with clear skies for the rest of their celebration. From the dreamy ceremony space by the fountain, to the breathtaking tented dinner space (with a tablescape that was absolutely to die for), every single intentional detail of this day was truly perfection. I could not be happier that Kirsten and Patrick were able to have the wedding they had always dreamed of, and am forever grateful for their trust in me! Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Kelly!



Planning: Events by Gillian and Co.
Photography: Jill Sahner Photography
Videography: Seth Umbenahuer Wedding Films
Florals: We Are Wildflowers
Music: Vivace Live Strings
Hair: Emboldened Hair Artistry
Makeup: JKo Beauty
Tenting: Event Quip
Catering: Serock Catering
Stationery: Line Ave Calligraphy
Tent Draping: Betsy Kohr Designs
Furniture: A to Z Event Rentals
Dress: Elizabeth Johns Couture, Reem Acra
Cake: The Master’s Baker

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