Gabby & Derek's Brandywine Manor House Wedding

It was a true joy to photograph Gabby and Derek's August wedding at the Brandywine Manor House. I photographed this wedding as a second photographer - if you're not sure what that means, here's where I break down second shooting a little. The lead photographer on this wedding was my sister Amanda, one of the most senior photographers at the studio I was hired by. We have an excellent workflow together, and to add to the mix, we knew several of the bridesmaids and guests from high school!

I could feel just how much Gabby and Derek were enjoying the day. Between their laughs, hugs, and breathless moments I would have to say my favorite was when they realized they had written almost identical opening lines to their vows... at the altar. Gabby was stunning. With her white-blonde hair and intricately patterned gown, I was convinced that she was the Daenerys Targaryan of the Main Line. After the ceremony, they walked back onto the lush landscaping at the Manor House to soak up the warm afternoon light during their portrait session. The beautiful property one of the reasons I LOVE this venue. It feels vaguely European while still being a quintessential Pennsylvania estate. Another reason to love the Manor House is the beautiful white tent with globe-like lanterns strung from the ceiling. It photographed so well, and as a backdrop to Gabby and Derek's day it was perfect.

Their details walked the line between rustic and edgy: a combination I never thought I could love so much. The twine-wrapped boutonnieres and brown paper vow books were balanced by glam Betsey Johnson accessories and the coolest velvet groom's shoes.

Gabby and Derek had an emotional, beautiful, incredibly photogenic day all around... but the main event for these two was certainly the dance floor! As soon as the DJ started the music it was two hours of non-stop moves from the bride and groom. Sometimes a well-lit, sharp image doesn't really capture the energy of the party. For this reason I had some fun playing with a technique called "shutter drag" which causes the blurred motion effect you'll notice in some of the dancing photos. Can you feel how fun it was?

All images photographed by me (Dylan) as a second photographer for Duca Studio.

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