keep calm and carry massage on.
the brilliant + talented leigh stevens, at her home studio in philadelphia.
leigh stevens, the incredibly creative mastermind behind least likely to breed (LL2B), is a woman of many talents — artist, massage therapist, business woman, mother, wife, and aesthetic genius — she does it all! ever since i discovered her fabulous products and ordered my custom lip balms ages ago, ive loved working with her and getting to know her better. last year i did a session with her + scott to celebrate their 8th wedding anniversary and was thrilled to visit her again in philly last month. leigh is preparing to launch her newest project — whereapy, a comprehensive online guide to therapy in philadelphia — and i spent the day documenting various forms of therapy, from massage to reiki to acupuncture and more! it was a fantastic experience — check out their *new* blog online :: blog.whereapy.com
melissa + mike’s wedding was absolutely divine. they exchanged vows in a gorgeous, emotional ceremony along the banks of the wissahickon creek, in fairmount park.
if i’m falling in love with philly, it’s because i’ve shot the most amazing sessions recently in the city of brotherly love and was so thrilled to return for melissa + mike’s wedding. i loved spending time with them a few weeks ago for their engagement session and nothing could be more perfect than a summertime wedding in a gorgeous, 9000 acre park – a true retreat in the center of the city. melissa + mike are the epitome of calm and cool, and the entire day followed their lead. in fact, every aspect of the wedding, from the relaxed getting ready to the intimate ceremony, relaxed portraits and gorgeous setting, was so blissful that i was completely unprepared for the wild reception that followed! after amazing toasts and a phenomenal dinner, the dancing began. i can say with certainty that this dance floor was the wildest i have seen at a wedding – i saw moves that made me want to party in philly every night. the action was officially off the charts – there were points when i couldn’t even get remotely close, unimaginable since i can often be found in the center of the dance floor and/or on the ground getting intense action shots!
being partial as i am to cigar smokers, i *loved* the cigar bar (luis cortez of cortez handmade cigars was fantastic!) and thoroughly enjoyed watching melissa’s spunky grandma puff away with the boys, tear it up on the dance floor, and party until the very end! both of their families were wonderful – so spirited, and so loving. melissa + mike are truly an exceptional couple and i cannot say enough good things about them. their love is tangible – the moment i met them i could feel it. it’s a love that is easy, and true, making their union so natural and perfect that i feel so incredibly lucky to have been a part of it.
amazing save-the-date doodle by quinnep!
*love* a cigar smoking grandma.
in the name of love.
melissa + mike pretty much rock. i originally met this couple in the summer of 2007 at one of the very first weddings i ever shot – melissa was a bridesmaid at andrea + bobby’s wedding in york, pa. i was thrilled to hear from melissa again late last year when she + mike got engaged! they are getting married next weekend in philadelphia, and i had a fantastic time with them during the great philly shootout last week! technically, this should really be part III of the philly series since melissa + mike had the final session of the day, but in light of their upcoming nuptials i decided to bump them to part I!
i arrived at their absolutely adorable house late in the afternoon, having shot two sessions earlier that day. melissa was amazed at my crazy energy level, but i was just so excited to spend some time with her + mike and get to know them better before the wedding! we explored the amazing 9,000 acres that is fairmount park – hitting a ton of fantastic places and bending the rules just a bit…a little harmless climbing on the rocks (they are athletic!), entering certain park areas after hours (the gate was open!) and of course the illegal parking…i have to admit i was a little nervous, especially when i thought we might have to sleep in the butterfly garden, but it was so worth it! i love these images, i had such a great time and i cannot wait for their wedding next weekend!