August 9, 2021

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Emily Pottiger

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Intimate Home Wedding, West Chester PA | Nate and Jackie

I had the pleasure of photographing Nathan and Jackie Daniel’s intimate, home wedding ceremony in West Chester, Pennsylvania. They exchanged vows surrounded by close friends and family. The guest list was short in numbers, but high in love and support! 

An emotional and intimate home wedding ceremony

Emotions ran high as Nathan got ready in the basement of his childhood home. Proud family members were bustling around, expertly hosting their wedding day! We took portraits of the guys in the yard, and I went back upstairs to see Jackie slip into her wedding dress. She had the sweetest little bridal look reveal with her wedding party, who were all ready to hype her up! Then, Jackie had a private first look with her father before the ceremony. 

It was a chilly day, but under the backyard tent we felt all the warm and cozy feelings as we watched Nate and then Jackie make their way down the aisle. Intimate home weddings are typically more emotional, but there’s something extra special about this gallery. The photos show just how proud and happy friends and family were to see them joined in marriage! Nate’s reaction to seeing his bride for the first time was precious, and a testament to how much he adores her. 

This small, January wedding was not without gorgeous details! The family decorated the tent for the ceremony and reception in lush florals with classic white roses and overflowing greenery. Finding gorgeous blooms in January is no small feat. They did such a great job with the décor! 

Unique newlywed portraits at sunset

When it came time for the newlyweds’ portraits, the sun was setting and natural light was nearly gone. We expected this for a January wedding, when there’s limited daylight hours. We wanted to capture that gorgeous, colorful sunset, and also create some romantic photos. While we usually prefer natural light photography, we had to break out the artificial light for these! OCF — off camera flash for non-photographers out there — helped us light the couple well, without creating a lot of grain or washing out the colors in the sunset. We think they turned out gorgeous! A little something different than our usual style, but just as beautiful. 

P.S. For those reading this who are planning a wedding: Weddings present all sorts of lighting challenges. When you’re looking for a wedding photographer, be sure to ask them if they’re comfortable working with flash in difficult situations! Even at this intimate home wedding, we encountered multiple lighting challenges.

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exterior of house in west chester PA decorated and ready for intimate home wedding ceremony. Photo by em and tom weddings.
white roses and greenery decorate wedding signage and altar at intimate home wedding in westchester pa
white roses and greenery decorate wedding signage and altar at intimate home wedding in westchester pa
mother of the groom kisses him on the cheek
Groom puts on wedding shoes and buttons vest
groom gets ready with his father at intimate home wedding in west chester pa
photo display of bride and groom as children at intimate home wedding in west chester pa
wedding rings photographed on layers of white lace in velvet ring box
bridal bouquet of white roses and greenery next to hanging wedding gown at intimate home wedding in west chester pa
wedding party in matching pajamas sit on the bride's bed, giggling and laughing at one another
Bridal party wedding look reveal
bridesmaids help bride button the back of her wedding dress with long train
bridesmaids help bride button the back of her wedding dress with long train
bridal portraits by a bedroom window at intimate home wedding in west chester pa
bride rustles with her long tulle veil
first look with the father of the bride at intimate home wedding in west chester pa
father of the bride kisses his daughter on her cheek and poses for a portrait
wedding party enters the tented ceremony
emotional reaction to wedding entrance at intimate home wedding in west chester pa
groom's emotional reaction to seeing his bride for the first time
parents of bride and groom react to the bride walking down the aisle at intimate home wedding in west chester pa
father of the bride gives his daughter away
tented ceremony in black and white at intimate home wedding in west chester pa

West Chester Wedding Vendors who made this day possible!

  • Florist: Kati Mac Floral Designs (@katimacfloraldesigns)
  • Hair: Daneene Jensen And Associates (@daneenejensenhairmakeup)
  • Dress: Noel Pirolli (@lipstikjunki)
  • Rings: Benari
  • Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

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