© 2017 Julie Melton Best wedding and engagement moments of 2016, photography by Sweetwater Portraits.

Favorite Moments of 2016

Aloha! Dutch and I are in Hawaii photographing a wedding (I know, it’s a rough life). Between lounging on the beach and stuffing ourselves with papayas and poke, we finally sat down at the computer to put together a few of our favorite moments from 2016. It was an eventful year for us, full of wonder, as we watched our newborn grow into a 1-year-old. What’s it like having baby Dane around? Heart bursting into a million pieces and floating into the sky. It’s the best. We also got to photograph some really beautiful weddings. Some at old favorites like Terrain, Front & Palmer, Holly Hedge Estate and Aldie Mansion and some new to us like College of Physicians, Horticulture Center, Mallard Island Yacht Club, and Lake Naomi in the Poconos. We photographed some elegant museum weddings (American Swedish Museum and NMAJH) and we photographed some simple intimate wedding ceremonies at Quaker meeting houses and Philadelphia restaurants. One of our favorites was a sweet little ceremony at Penn Museum that culminated with dinner for 14 at Vetri and another was an elopement at City Hall where we wandered around Dilworth Plaza trying to choose the perfect witness. We feel so fortunate to have made so many new friends and be able to devote our time and energy to something we feel so passionate about. Here’s to 2017!

Lake Naomi Club in the Poconos of Pennsylvania is a unique outdoor venue for woodland weddings. A unique, intimate outdoor elopement in the spring. An intimate Philadelphia engagement photo session in Bella Vista along the cobblestone streets. Bride and groom walk along Broad Street after their intimate elopement at City Hall in Philadelphia. An intimate outdoor elopement at City Hall in Philadelphia. Gorgeous and romantic wedding at the historical Aldie Mansion estate, outside of Philadelphia. Unique and romantic floral design by Sullivan Owen in Philadelphia, PA. A fun, offbeat bride gets ready for her outdoor garden wedding hosted by Terrain at Styer's. Outdoor elopement session along the classic cobblestone streets of Philadelphia. Outdoor elopement session along the classic cobblestone streets of Philadelphia. At the quiet Wissahickon park in Philadelphia, a unique outdoor engagement session took place. A modern, fresh wedding at HollyHedge Estate, outside of Philadelphia. At Independence Park in Philadelphia, a unique outdoor maternity belly photography shoot took place. An intimate elopement wedding in Philadelphia during the spring, full of offbeat ideas. At the historical American Swedish Museum in Philadelphia, an outdoor wedding ceremony was held with unique bright floral details. A unique outdoor winter engagement with urban backdrop. Bride takes photos along the historical cobblestone streets of Philadelphia before her wedding at the American Swedish Museum. In Glen Mills, PA, a fun and unique outdoor garden wedding ceremony took place at the eclectic Terrain at Styers. At this spring wedding at the College of Physicians or Mutter Museum, this couple brought their dog to their outdoor wedding ceremony. Unique modern floral arrangement with bright peonies. A fun and edgy way to keep warm on your wedding day at Terrain at Styers. Rustic string lights decorate the wedding reception cottage at Terrain at Styers, outside of Philadelphia. At the classic Aldie Mansion, a spring outdoor wedding ceremony was held with blush pinks and vintage decor. A blog post about the best wedding venues in the Philadelphia area, photography by Sweetwater Portraits. Sky Philadelphia, or Top of the Tower, is a unique and breathtaking venue for weddings overlooking the Philadelphia skyline. Race Street Pier is an alternative space for outdoor wedding portraits along the Delaware River in Philadelphia. Mallard Island Estate, along the New Jersey coast is unique shore spot for modern outdoor weddings. The boathouse at Mallard Island in New Jersey is a gorgeous venue for nautical, modern weddings. Bride gets ready with her bridesmaids for her wedding reception at the Sky Philadelphia, a venue with breathtaking cityscape views. Philadelphia engagement session in Old City, Philadelphia, along the historic cobblestone streets. A beautifully ornate Indian wedding in the tri-state area near New York. Bride gets ready for her gorgeous Indian wedding. A fun and relaxed engagement photo session in Dumbo, Brooklyn, photos by Sweetwater Portraits. Bride gets ready for her modern, clean wedding at the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia. Unique lifestyle photography by Sweetwater Portraits, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bridesmaids in the woods at this rustic but modern wedding in the Poconos at Lake Naomi Club. Unique family and lifestyle portrait session in Philadelphia by Sweetwater Portraits. A glam-modern wedding in Philadelphia, portraits in Independence Park after some rain. A modern bride outside of the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia, before her wedding ceremony. An intimate wedding dinner at Vetri in Philadelphia, PA. Front & Palmer is an alternative industrial chic wedding venue in North Philadelphia, PA. An outdoor wedding ceremony was held in the courtyard of the College of Physicians in Philadelphia. The College of Physicians in Philadelphia is an conventional yet stunning venue for a modern and unique wedding. An offbeat and funky Philadelphia elopement in Independence Park. Unique lifestyle baby and family photography by Sweetwater Portraits, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bride and groom share a moment before their outdoor courtyard wedding at Penn Museum in Philadelphia. Bride gets ready before her modern outdoor wedding ceremony at the American Swedish Historical Museum. Modern glam bride before her unique wedding ceremony in Philadelphia, photography by Sweetwater Portraits. A Brooklyn Bridge engagement session in New York, photography by Sweetwater Portraits. Aldie Mansion is a unique estate venue for outdoor wedding ceremonies, floral arrangements by Sullivan Owen. A relaxed and indie engagement photo session at Fernbrook Farms, NJ. Groom gets ready for his unique intimate elopement wedding in Philadelphia. Graffiti Pier is a unique, off the beaten track place for alternative and indie engagement photos. A bride enjoys the details of her dress at her intimate Quaker wedding in Pennsylvania. Glen Foerd Mansion in Philadelphia is a unique venue along the Delaware River, with many historical and classic details. A fun and candid engagement session in New York during the winter. Fernbrooks Farms is an unconventional and indie venue for relaxed engagement photo sessions. Unique candid moments during this ornate and unique Indian wedding in New York. Front & Palmer in North Philadelphia is a unique venue for industrial chic weddings in the city. Mallard Island Estate in New Jersey is a unique venue with a boathouse for your ceremony. American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia is a stunning space for outdoor wedding ceremonies in the spring. HollyHedge Estate has many opportunities for outdoor garden bridal portraits, outside of Philadelphia. Bride gets ready for her modern wedding at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia Bride with her mom before her modern wedding at the Sky Philadelphia, a venue with a unique perspective of the Philadelphia city skyline. The Audubon, outside of Philadelphia, is a unique outdoor space for wedding ceremonies. An intimate Quaker wedding, held outside of Philadelphia, photography by Sweetwater Portraits. HollyHedge Estate has many opportunities for outdoor garden bridal portraits, outside of Philadelphia. A gorgeous sun sets during this classic engagement session along the historic cobblestone streets of Independence Park in Philadelphia.

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4 Comments

  1. Larissa
    Posted February 24, 2017 at 6:27 am | #

    You guys are MY favorites. Dane too!

  2. wendy B
    Posted February 23, 2017 at 11:05 pm | #

    How beautiful… how wonderous…. how insightful… you make life worth celebating & sharing.

  3. Posted February 23, 2017 at 6:31 pm | #

    Thanks so much, Emily!

  4. Emily Wren
    Posted February 23, 2017 at 5:14 pm | #

    LOVE THIS!! So much joy and emotion in your images!