Vie Wedding Photography || Melissa + Lloyd ||BG Productions
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Wow! This was just an AMAZING wedding! We fell in love with Melissa and Lloyd the first time we met them! We knew they were a perfect match and they felt that way too! Not only are they Gorgeous, and Sweet- they share my home state of Ohio!!! They are also the most humble people we have ever met. I will never forget when we first met and Lloyd was talking about being a basketball coach- i of course ask him what HS he coaches for! lol!! He just smiled and was like “nah, I don’t coach HS”. after a little more talking he said he coached for the Sixers! Other, more boastful men, would have led with that. But this is just how they are. And this was so evident when we saw them interacting with their family and friends at the cocktail party the night before that they so graciously invited us to as well as the wedding.
We have really gotten to know them by having dinner together and catching some of the games- pretty fun sitting in the “family” section cheering on the Sixers! We hope we can continue to foster a friendship as well as be their photographers (and videographers) for life- no matter where they may end up!!
You may remember these two from their Philly engagement session. Well their Vie wedding was just spectacular. I cant even tell you how many Amazing photos I have that I didnt put in this mini album. I have already been told I put too many- but these posts are for our couples and their friends and families. Sometimes this is all others beside them see- and i know this crowd wants to see as many as possible! Especially since their ceremony was Unplugged- and YES- everyone stuck to it (ok there was 1 guy- but he was quickly reminded of the policy by his date and my stare as I leaned in and said- “they are serious- they don’t want to see 1 phone or camera in their pictures!! lol and what a treat not to have all of them ruining such sweet and tender moments of their ceremony.
We knew we wanted to have a different look than all the typical Philly places. And I think we Nailed it! We started with them getting ready at the Loews Hotel. Lloyd has some of the most Epic getting ready shots ever! and Melissa looked just gorgeous- but really it was the smile she wore ALL DAY that was her best accessory! The couple had gone back and forth on doing a first see or not. Lloyd was really into it (at first). But he let us know at their walk through meeting that he was going to surprise her and do it! and by surprise i mean- not telling her until it was happening! It took a lot of coordination (including a fake timeline sent to the bride) and a lot of reassuring Melissa that we had it all under control and not to get lost in the details. Yes- it was a Crazy plan and we knew it wasn’t working that way- but poor Melissa didnt. And what a testament to how much she Trusted the BG Team- she just went with the flow! Of course Al and I were Really nervous (never really a great idea to surprise a bride with such a big thing on her wedding day- but he was willing to take any backlash that may come our way!!). We had a special team meeting to go over the complete plan, lots of texts back and forth with Lloyd, and letting the Loews and staff at Vie in on the surprise!. and it was the MOST AMAZING moment ever!! Because of the first see we were actually able to do all the photos that Melissa was really wanting, and more!! They knew they wanted to showcase murals but yet also have the softer romantic side. By stoping at the Dr. J mural from the Mural Arts Program and getting it allowed us to get some of the coolest Philadelphia photography we have ever gotten with the groom and his guys! And that mixed with the great sun setting shots at the park (I saw just a small sliver coming through the trees and knew we needed to capture them with it) really showcased the beauty of the day.
Vie (Cescaphe Events) did a wonderful job with the reception. Everything looked beautiful and the food was Fantastic! A friend of Lloyds from California came into town to be their DJ, DJ Jay Biz, and played some dope music all night! A very special thanks goes out to our BG Team- Brian- 2nd video, Chingi-2nd photographer and Jen- assistant and BG Booth goddess! They KICKED ASS!! Here are some of the other vendors- Beautiful Blooms (florals) Philly Hair and Makeup, Wedding Paper Divas (stationary) Spososabella (wedding dress) Nordstroms (Adrianna Papell) bridesmaids dresses) Lloyds suits were both custom made.
We know they are having a blast on their honeymoon in Italy! We cant wait till we finish all their photos and video- we know they are gonna Love them!
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