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    Award Winning || BG Productions Photography and Videography
    Al and Cat are first and foremost artists. We are down-to-earth, energetic, wedding professionals! We will work hard to make sure that your day is everything you planned it to be. We want to help it go smoothly and help you smile. It's important to hire a team that you are comfortable with -- you want to be able to laugh and have fun -- this helps you feel more at ease and your pictures come out better.

    We want to provide you with artistic imagery that captures your love and your style. We aren't super "posey," but will work with you to get the best shot and have fun doing it.

    Contact us today for our family, lifestyle, and travel photography and videography pricing.

    BG Productions is proud to be a socially-conscious, green company! We are listed on the Green Bride Guide and you can read more about our green practices here. Thank you for your interest.

One of the best things about working in the wedding industry in the Philadelphia region is all the amazing people we get to meet who are building their brilliant businesses, one happy couple at a time. We'll be highlighting some of these wonderful folks with our new series: vendor spotlight!

First up, the fantastic and creative Anne Lindeman, co-found of wedding apparel company She Riot and the blog genius behind Clever Wedding Ideas. We'll let her tell you all about it...


Hi Anne! Thanks for joining us. Tell us about you and your businesses.
My name is Anne Lindeman, I'm 33, a wedding blogger (, mother to a teenage daughter Deanna and four cats, and happily married wife to Derek, co-founder of She Riot. She Riot is an alternative and independent wedding apparel line with a stylish, rock 'n' roll edge. Our goal is to empower ladies to ditch the wedding party clone persona and encourage bride tribe girl power without the sacrifice of individuality. A She Riot girl has edge, she has style, and above all she is ready to party! AND she isn't afraid to rock a sexy heel with a killer shade of red lipstick. She's hardcore, she's bad ass, she's beautiful - she's She Riot.

How long has She Riot been in business and how did you initially get into it?
We launched this past July. For the past year or so I was toying around with the idea to add a tangible product line to accompany my wedding blog, Clever Wedding Ideas. My husband Derek is a full time screen printer and graphic artist, so we thought it was a no-brainer to team up and create a line of wedding tees that reflected the offbeat style of my blog.


Where does your inspiration come from?
The inspiration behind She Riot comes from everyday life, pop culture, and all things pretty much bad ass! Tattoos and rock n' roll are biggies for me, combined with some sparkle and glam. I aim to create garments that are high quality, not just a one night wear.

What tip(s) would you give to those currently planning their weddings?
Wow, this is a loaded question and I could literally go on all day, but here a few things that come to mind from personal experience:

  1. Hire a wedding planner or day of coordinator. You do not want want to be the ringleader of the circus on your wedding day, trust me.
  2. You are not going to please everyone. Accept it early on and save yourself the stress. Be yourself, be confident and just do you.
  3. Feed people good food and feed them often. The more food (and alcohol) you have circulating the event, the happier everyone is and they will think it's the best wedding ever. True story.


What is one of your favorite wedding day DIY stories? 
Well, I think I should share my own! After booking our wedding at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (which is basically a city block long mosaic art gallery - for those of you who aren't familiar), I became inspired to create miniature mosaic cactus plants as wedding favors - from SCRATCH. Yes, the ambitious juices were flowing. Did I also mention I planned this wedding in three months? Well, needless to say it was a project - spray painting 100 pots, gluing hundreds of pieces of broken glass, grouting, and not to mention keeping all of these plants alive for the wedding! Good thing I was running on adrenaline for three months straight or I wouldn't have gotten it done. I'm happy to report I had a little help from family and friends, and even my husband to be, but it took a few white lies to get them there and a whole lot of wine to keep them working!

Favorite thing about being involved in the Philadelphia wedding industry?
My favorite thing about the Philly wedding industry is all the amazing vendors I get to meet and collaborate with. Philly is such a fabulous city to work in and there is so much talent all around from the photographers to cake designers to stylists, so being a part of this creative and hard working industry really keeps me motivated to do bigger and better things.


What keeps you passionate about weddings?
I think what keeps me passionate is the individuality and creativity a couple brings to their wedding day. No two are alike and I truly adore the fun themes, inspiration, and diversity of love.

What's the best thing about your job?
I think the best thing about my job is seeing people at their happiest. Whether it's featuring their wedding day, inspiring them with a fun, creative wedding theme or surprising a bridal party with extra She Riot swag, in the end I'm catching a glimpse of one of the most important milestones in their life and that is just amazing.

Thanks again, Anne! We hope you enjoyed the first vendor spotlight in our series. Stay tuned for more awesome local folks doing rad things in the coming months.

Photo Shoot Credits

Elmwood Zoo Halloween Wedding || Laura + Chris || BG Productions Photography and Videography

Talk about an awesome wedding. This Elmwood Zoo Halloween Wedding with Laura and Chris was fantastic. I swear, BG Productions has the best clients ever. I love all the awesome details they put into their Halloween-themed wedding. Guests arrived in some fantastic costumes and there were even awards given out at the end of the night. One of my favorite moments was when Chris was helping their son get ready. Just so cute. I also loved when the bridesmaids let me know they all had on Halloween boxers and wanted to do a funny shot behind Laura without her knowing. Of course, we got of a couple -- but then Laura heard all the laughter and had to turn her head. She was surprised, to say the least. I think Laura spent the whole day laughing! Which is fantastic and just how it should be.

This wedding was totally Laura and Chris's style. It is so important to have a wedding that represents who you are and the fun you have as a couple! The point is to surround yourselves with people you love and love you for who you are! They even had a 15-minute mosh pit to hardcore metal! And the Elmwood Zoo is the perfect place for a wedding. We wish this awesome possum couple a lifetime of big laughs, love, and keeping it real.

I hope you enjoy this Elmwood Zoo Halloween Wedding and thanks to Jen for being a fantastic second shooter, as always.

Please make sure to leave a comment on the blog saying your favorite photo and why, and help Laura and Chris win a FREE 8x10 of the most popular photo.

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  • November 23, 2015 - 2:03 pm

    Gabrielle - Love the Halloween theme! Everyone looks like they had a really relaxed fun time, especially the bride & groom (which is so important after how stressful wedding planning can be). I’m voting for the night shot under the Elmwood Park Zoo sign – great shot of the details on her dress, and the backdrop being the nighttime seems so fitting for such an occasion.

    Second runner up vote goes to the bridesmaids in their boxer shorts. So cute!

  • November 23, 2015 - 3:20 pm

    Debbie - I love the picture of Laura and Chris sitting on a wall I believe and she is laughing. It truly captures Laura’s spirit and the fun loving person she is.

  • November 23, 2015 - 3:25 pm

    Stephanie Powley - Amazing!

    Voting for the one in front of the zoo!

  • November 23, 2015 - 5:39 pm

    Dorothy - Completely awesome! I want to do it again!

  • November 23, 2015 - 6:22 pm

    Patty Cottrell - My absolute favorite picture is of Laura and Chris at night under the Elmwood Park Zoo sign with the moon shining behind them…That was an amazingly awesome fun wedding…What a gorgeous (& handsome) cousin I am blessed with…So grateful for my awesome family! Great job to all the photographers who were able to so expertly capture the fun and love of this zany, beautiful wedding!

  • November 23, 2015 - 6:45 pm

    Laura Houck - I absolutely love every picture! But out of this batch I just love the rocking out ring punch picture!!

  • November 23, 2015 - 6:48 pm

    Chasity - My favorite is the upclose side shot of laura and chris on the dance floor where shes holding his face. You can just see the love they have for each other. Amazing pics to finish off an amazing day!!!

  • November 23, 2015 - 6:53 pm

    photosbycat12 - i KNEW you would Love that one!! it is one of my all time favs!!

"I want to run away and travel the world with you," it's a mantra Al and live by! We had the extreme pleasure of going to Iceland, the land of fire and ice. and it was incredible! We can't wait to go back. We booked our trip through Iceland Air and chose to travel economy comfort, which turned out to be an excellent decision. It is basically the same as business class with a lot of perks (including access to their lounge) without the usual business class price. And when your legs are long like Al's -- every inch counts. We flew out of Newark airport because when I researched, it was a huge savings.

For the trip I used Iceland Travel and decided upon a "self-driving tour." This way I didn't have to spend energy deciding on where we should go and stay on any given day. I gave a list of places we wanted to go and they picked the tour that was best for us. They planned the hotels, the rental car, and supplied detailed lists of sights and maps. It was super-easy. Once that was in place, I could really study Iceland to lay out our plans. When the sun rises at 9:30 a.m. and sets at 4:30 p.m., you have to be pretty organized to get to all the things you want to see. We knew we also wanted to photograph and video as much as possible. We kept snacks in the car, skipped lunches, and hit the ground running with our route planned out before the sun officially rose each day. (I could get used to shooting the golden hour before sunrise if it was at 8:30!) The sights were simply breathtaking! There were simply no bad views -- even in the rain, snow, hair, sunshine -- no matter what extreme weather we experienced -- sometimes all in the same 30 minutes. We cant wait to go back and do the northern part of the country. We really fell in love with this beautiful northern haven and some made friends along the way. We would run into some of the same people since we were all on the same path. Sarah and Lee from England, we ran into every day and always very randomly! This made the trip even cooler.

So many people have asked me what our plans were and where we went. So I thought is might be easier to share our agenda. Of course, there were a lot of little side trips down random roads, but this gives the general outline. Please dont hesitate to ask for more details. All of the Iceland Travel Photography here was taken with my Nikon D810, but there's also plenty of snaps with our phones over on Instagram. Follow us @bg_productions.

I know there are a lot of photos... but the place is gorgeous! Please email me at cathie.bgproductions at gmail dot com if you'd like to purchase prints.

Nov. 8 (Day 2)

Day 1 started with us arriving from spending 4 days in Amsterdam. We spent the night in Reykjavik.
  • Pingvellin Nat. Park
  • Neorivellin
  • Oxara River
  • Oxarafoss Waterfall
  • Drive to Lake Laugaruatn –geothermal
    • Fontana Geo Baths- super awesome after spending the day in and out of the rain
  • Gyser region-Strokkur small geyser-Gullfoss- double fall
  • Grimsnes Kerio (Tjarnholer craters).
    • We didn't have enough daylight time to do this- super bummer! It didnt seem to be on the road we took.
  • End at Hotel- Hekla fuss Hotel in Fludir and Selfoss area.
    • This is the night we saw the Northern Lights and then hung out in the hot tub at the hotel drinking hot chocolate and watching them. So cool!

Nov. 9 (Day 3)

Rt. 1 towards Selfoss Town Through farmlands, small villages Hella and Hvolsvoller.
  • Helka- most famous volcano
  • Eyjafjallajokull Glacier
  • Seljalandsfoss- awesome waterfall
  • Skogafoss waterfall- most impressive
    • Cool plane is in this area- E. on Rt. 1 Solheimajolkull Glacier- remote hot spring- LOVED it!!
  • Myradalsjokull- largest glacier
    • Dyrholsey- rocky headland/sheer cliff- southern most tip of Iceland
    • Reynishverfi- black beach and cave
    • Village of Vik-lush green pastures, black vol. sand
    • Kirkjubaejarklauster –town- drive through lava filled- Laki craters-
      • That's what all the moss covered rocks are... LAVA!!
  • End at Klaustur hotel
  • Nov. 10 (day 4)

    • -Skaftafell Nat. Park -icecap at Vatnajokull- Must walk path-Svartifoss- Black Fall- most majestic
      • super cool and my shot was featured on Instagram
  • Skaftafellsjokull glacier- glacier lagoon
    • My fave! We took the boat ride through the lagoon.
  • Brunnhol Farm- Homemade ice cream
    • The farm was closed by the time we got there, but we had awesome homemade ice cream in Rereykjavik.
  • Hofn- eat seafood
    • Yes- we drove another 1.5 to have the fresh Langostines that come into the harbour
  • Same hotel as last night
  •  Nov. 11 (day 5)

    • Breakfast at hotel- drive to glacier for snow mobile ride
      • pure white out on the glacier- but still super fun- even if I did have to drive with my glasses off because they kept fogging up!
  • 1-hour snowmobile tour on Myrdalsjokull Glacier
    • Drive to Reykjavik and check into hotel- same as first night- explore the town

    Nov. 12 (day 6)

    • Check out of hotel 8:30- grab some breakfast? 35 min drive
    • Blue Lagoon - Experience Package - Luxury-
      • Why not pamper yourself before your flight? And given that I got sick while at the airport and then for the whole flight, this was even more perfect.
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    • November 21, 2015 - 9:06 pm

      Lauren - Cathy, these photos are STUNNING. Seriously, they’re a million times more beautiful than any National Geographic screensaver I could put on my computer. I’m a sucker for animal photos, and it seems like you guys made quite a few friends on your travels! I hope you and Al had the most wonderful time while you were away!

    • November 21, 2015 - 9:09 pm

      photosbycat12 - AWWW! thank you so much! I wish travel photo editors thought so! lol!! everyone seems to love the overly dramatic HDR “nature” look.

    Rittenhouse Square Engagement Session || Courtney + Sean ||BG Productions

    We have the greatest time with all the BG clients. And we LOVE when they add an engagement session to their packages. It gives us a greater opportunity to get to know them -- and we had a blast getting to know Courtney and Sean at the Rittenhouse Square Engagement Session. They wanted to do their session there because the park has special meaning to them and it was a perfect fall day. Even though the park was crowded, we found some great spots and there was even a band playing. We took advantage of this by asking them to dance. At first they were a little shy about it... But then I said "Dance like no one's watching," and they did! It was just so cute. When romantic moments present themselves, its' up to us to open our hearts and let them happen, right?! We are glad Courtney and Sean are so fun and willing to try anything. Like hey- stand on that bench so you will be closer to the tree- lol!!

    We are totally looking forward to their June 2016 wedding at Talamore Country Club. We know it's going to be filled with love, fun, and lots of laughs!

    Please make sure to leave a comment on the blog saying your favorite photo and why, and help Courtney and Sean win a FREE 8x10 of the most popular photo.

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    • November 17, 2015 - 9:34 pm

      Courtney - Cat!!! So in love with all of them. The third to last (with the tree) is my favorite for a few reasons. For one, the COLORS. Also, I think it’s cool how creative you were with the shot. Thanks again for the blog post and the awesome work! Thanks!

    • November 17, 2015 - 9:51 pm

      Tracey Plant - I like the twelfth pic. It’s very symbolic. Sean and Courtney on a path to new life together looking very natural and comfortable together. This picture does not look posed. Their happiness is shining through!

    • November 17, 2015 - 10:30 pm


    • November 17, 2015 - 10:37 pm

      Tammy Wicher - The second to last one is my favorite photo! I love the scenery in the background, it’s a perfect way to show how happy and in love Courtney and Sean are together. Great job with all the photos!

    • November 17, 2015 - 10:48 pm

      Lauren Kleen - My favorite is the 4th one down from the top. I love how real and genuine this photo is. I love the way you guys look at each other…with such love and compassion!

    • November 18, 2015 - 2:24 am

      Kim O'Neill - I love the 5th picture- the love this beautiful couple have for one another radiates from this photo!

    • November 18, 2015 - 5:15 am

      Laura - My favorite is the 4th from the bottom! They both look so happy! And I can just picture them in their wedding clothes dancing to their first dance as a married couple!

    • November 18, 2015 - 8:08 am

      Peggy Wagner - I really like the dancing pictures and the pictures with the yellow door I seem to like a lot of them . I love the colors in the last picture ,I have to many favorites

    Smithville Mansion Wedding || Vanessa + Brian || BG Productions Photography and Videography

    I love fall-in-love weddings so much. This Smithville Mansion wedding with Brian and Vanessa was just spectacular. Smithville Mansion in Mount Holly is such a gorgeous venue. While it was a little crowded dodging all the family and engagement photographers there for the day, we still managed to be able to use the grounds to get some gorgeous shots. I was in shock how many photographers didn't seem to care that this was their wedding venue and their wedding day with a wedding day timeline. Besides that little hiccup, and the house where they were getting ready opening late, everything else was perfect for this laid-back vegan wedding catered by Sensational Host.

    Vanessa and Brian met about 3 1/2 years ago at work. They are such an adorable couple. I loved all their little touches such as the lace tambourines instead of bubbles to exit their ceremony from, the beautiful flowers from Karma Flowers, and homemade candles and Love Tea as favors. Definitely the big hit of the day was there an incredible band, Almost Easy. From the first note, they rocked out and sounded incredible. I think I lip-sang through most of the reception, LOL. I do love classic rock!!!

    Vanessa looked beautiful in her dress from the Allure Bridal and her hair and makeup was done by The Hair Room. The girls dresses came from David's Bridal and the men wore suits from Men's Warehouse. The whole day was just filled with love, fun, and personal touches. They definitely wanted a light and airy, laid-back wedding, and pulled it off perfectly. We know they're in for lifetime of love, fun, and great vegan food.

    Thanks to Jen and Brian for capturing beautiful photos and video. We love having you on the BG Team!

    Please make sure to leave a comment on the blog saying your favorite photo and why, and help Vanessa and Brian win a FREE 8x10 of the most popular photo. 

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    • November 16, 2015 - 1:45 pm

      Lauren - What an interesting and awesome venue! My fave is Vanessa in front of the fireplace, she looks beautiful!

    • November 16, 2015 - 2:52 pm

      Vanessa - Can I comment on my own pictures!? I love them! I love us cutting the cake those are great shots! BG stands for Body Guards

    • November 16, 2015 - 3:16 pm

      photosbycat12 - of course you can comment on your own blog!! lol!!

    • November 16, 2015 - 3:42 pm

      Lori - I love the one of Vanessa and Brian clinking teensy beer mugs! (I’ve decided I’m going to vote now, because I always have a favorite. Or five.)

      Congrats to the couple!

    • November 16, 2015 - 4:03 pm

      melissa - Well done you two! This smithville mansion wedding is goorrrrrrrrgeous! :) xoxo

    • November 16, 2015 - 4:19 pm

      maria - I like the full bridal party pic of everyone goofing off!

    • November 16, 2015 - 6:23 pm

      Carly Fuller - Love this wedding at Smithville mansion and her cathedral veil at the outdoor ceremony!

    • November 17, 2015 - 1:17 am

      Ashlee - This Smithville mansion wedding is beautiful!! Gorgeous photography!

    • November 17, 2015 - 5:32 pm

      Lloyd - Nice photos. The couple in the dark is the best photo to keep…standing outside smiling at the camera is great

    • November 18, 2015 - 3:05 pm

      Rich Ortiz - Woot! These pics came out awesome! I wish you two all the happiness possible!

    • November 18, 2015 - 3:28 pm

      Renee - I love them all! Absolutely beautiful pictures! I keep scrolling through to pick a favorite but I cannot choose just 1!! I love them all!

    • November 18, 2015 - 6:11 pm

      Mom - Vanessa, I love the black and white dance. Your face says it all.

    • November 19, 2015 - 1:51 pm

      Lori Foxworth - Beautiful Smithville Mansion wedding! Love the bridal prep shots and all those rustic outdoor shots. Beautiful, timeless, creative wedding photography. Well done!

    • November 23, 2015 - 11:20 am

      Gabrielle - Gorgeous wedding!! Voting for the up close, holding hands, smiling in front of the tree shot. They look so happy (and that bouquet is gorgeous)!

    • November 23, 2015 - 1:54 pm

      Steve kuzma - What a Georgious wedding at Smithville Mansion! The couple looks just as amazing as the brides cathedral vail. it looks like not a detail was lost at this wedding!

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      Our approach is a photojournalist style. But that being said- dont worry, we still make sure we get all the posed formal pictures. However we love to capture all the funky shots. i am usually on the floor at some point and on a chair if allowed by the venue! Al can be seen with his video camera high over head on the dance floor and often using his glide cam for all those really smooth shots! We also fully support the DIY weddings. There is so much you can do yourself or through other handmade goods. there is a plethora of cool Indy wedding blogs and we encourage our clients to check them out. Mostly we believe your wedding day should be all about you and your personalities- not what some wedding magazine tells you it should be. so go ahead- think outside the BOX!!! So check out our work and we look forward to capturing your BIG day!!
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