I met Nestor in 2014 when I started touring with his band PUP. Last March, Nestor proposed to Carly while they were staying at a winter cottage in Collingwood. They've been together for 9.5 years!!
Their wedding theme was inspired by a bar close to their home called Northwood which they described as "totally romantic with brick walls, loud music, lots of branches and greenery, and flickering candles. It's the perfect place to snag a secret sneaky kiss or to tell a funny story over a beer. Cosy, warm and fun."
This was my first time photographing a wedding outside of the country. And while I've been to Toronto and other parts of Canada many times, it's the first time I left the country while not on tour! I'm so stinkin' excited that they chose me to photograph their very very special wedding.
Venue - Burroughes Building
Photo - Jessica Flynn
Flowers - Hunt & Gather
Dress - Tadashi Shoji + BHLDN
Suit - Indochino
Hair + Makeup - Kerry Vaughan
Rings - Catbird + Fair Trade Jewellry & Co
Day of Coordinator - Gagan Sagoo
Catering - Adamsons BBQ + El Arepazo
Cake - Nadia Chumak
Music - Richie Guzman
Photography: Jessica Flynn
Second Photographer: DJ Dohar
Venue: Whitby Castle
Florist: Floral Fashions
DJ: Derek Wise
Shoes: Vince Cammuto
Dress: Martina Liana
Hair: Michelle Zaccanino - Beauty by Bellz
Make-up: Ashley Lauren Beauty Lounge
Bridesmaids Attire: Davids Bridal
Groomsmen Attire: Joseph A Banks, The Tie Bar
Okay, this wedding was THE BEST.
This was hands down my favorite wedding so far. Not only did they kill it at picking the perfect getting ready location, but their ceremony was at one of my favorite venues.
Rachel & Phila used a family friend's home to get ready. Rachel got ready in the garden room and Phila got ready in the master bedroom. We did the first look just outside the garden room near the koi fish pond. The walls of the home were covered in ivy and made for a perfect backdrop for many of the portraits. They had a perfect mix of warehouse-industrial and nature.
Material Culture is a store, auction house & cafe. The space is always filled with gorgeous rugs, antiques and furniture
Photographer: Jessica Flynn
Venue: Material Culture
Dress: Nicole Miller // Lovely Bride
Shoes: Michael Kors
Rings: Golden Nugget Jewelers
Hair: Alexis Burkhardt // Lakshmi Hair Studio
Makeup: Naomi Weiss
Grooms Attire: Smith's Black Tie
Catering: Aliza Green
Cake: Frosted Fox
Music: Barcelona // EBE Entertainment
Nicole, Erik & I planned their engagement session months in advance. I COULDN'T WAIT. Erik is in a band that travels a lot so scheduling wasn't easy. The day of their session we all waited in our cars for at least 20 minutes waiting for the rain to slow down-still determined to shoot.
I'm so glad we didn't reschedule! I love a good cloudy shoot. I especially love how the blues in their outfits matched race street pier and the general vibe of the weather.
They brought along their pup Ollie! I brought along my partner, Jake, to help hold Ollie and help demonstrate poses.
We walked around Race Street Pier & Elfreth's Alley.
At some point there was a joke about Nicole and John murdering me and leaving me in the woods and this was one of my favorite engagement shoots ever.
What a fun, cool couple. I'm truly happy when I get to work with people that I would be friends with outside of working together! These two were as weird as me and we had a great time.
We started the shoot off during their cake tasting at Queen Bee Pastry! Which was really fun. I always love when there's an opportunity to take part of the shoot inside somewhere, especially when it has a lot of natural light!
We spent the rest of the shoot at the Wissahickon during golden hour, where Nicole and John spend a lot of time together with their pup!
I got to photograph Sarah & Rich's engagement photos at the end of July. We got a lucky break from the heat for this one!
We started at their house and then headed into the city. They are having their June wedding at Bok Bar in South Philadelphia and wanted to do some photos close to their venue.
I caaaaan't wait to work with them next year!!!
HOLY MOLY I LOVE MY JOB. Lucas and Sara were soooo fun. We met at The Monkey & The Elephant in Brewerytown, which has a super cool backyard area. We walked around the area and went to my favorite Philadelphia bridge. I can't wait to photograph their wedding this fall in Maryland!
Seriously, I have the best job.
Carly and Scott were soooo incredible to photograph. Despite the rain, their wedding was so fun that even all of the vendors were dancing (including me)! If you've never worked with me before, I should probably let you know that it's in my contract that you have to play "Come On Eileen" at your reception.
The rain caused a little change in plans because ceremonies at this venue are usually outside. If you've ever been there you know it has a large staircase and once the ceremony starts you pretty much just have to stay planted either upstairs or downstairs. Since the wedding party is ON the stairs it would be absolutely ridiculous to walk up the stairs mid-ceremony, and the elevators make a really loud beeping sound that is equally inappropriate to use mid-ceremony. I'm so grateful that these two hired a second photographer so that my girl Kelly Giarrocco could stay on the top floor to give some diversity to these ceremony shots. I'm thinking of making second shooters a part of all of my packages because really I think it's so incredibly important and makes such a big difference.
This was my second wedding under my own name for this year and I am so happy with these photographs. I am not married, but one of my favorite things to do while shooting a wedding is think about the photos I'd want of my friends and family. I think this one is exactly that!
PS: I could literally shoot every Jeffery A Miller wedding and never get sick of it.
"As Chuck and I were planning our wedding the idea of having a traditional formal affair was not in the cards for us at all. Instead of all the pomp and circumstance we wanted a wedding that really reflected us and who we are as a couple, a fun, modern, cool, and casual wedding that was just a huge party with good food and great music for all our family and friends. The backdrop had to be Brooklyn, since we met one fateful night in Williamsburg and our relationship grew when we both moved to Greenpoint 6 years ago where we continue to call home today. It was important for us to work with and support local and small businesses so we could to give our guests a glimpse of our everyday lives and all the things we love to do together. Whether it was staying at a hotel that we always admired from afar since it's only a couple of blocks away from our apartment, holding our rehearsal dinner at our favorite neighborhood cookbook store / cafe Archestratus, booking a photographer and a singer we knew after spending years at concerts and D.I.Y. shows, ordering the same Momofuku birthday cake I would get for Chuck every year as our wedding cake, hiring an awesome DJ who we gave a mile long playlist, arranging Mr. Met to stop by, giving out the best cream filled heart shaped donuts from our local bakery Peter Pan, to finding the perfect church during a walk around our neighborhood one evening, everything felt authentic and real to who we are as couple and the life we are building together.
All of the decorative details and elements throughout our wedding was all thanks to our wonderful and extremely crafty Mother of the Bride / Matron of Honor Rosanne Vorrasi, without whom none of it would be possible. She was able to take all of our crazy ideas, photo clippings, and Pinterest D.I.Y's and make them a reality working for months hand painting/glittering paper mache' dinosaurs and paint cans to compliment the bright Poppy floral arrangements for the tables, folding paper fortune cookie escort cards, making pennant flag wedding programs, cutting out paper masks for the photo booth, creating a faux neon sign, to hand beading a sweater with extra beads from my wedding dress. All of her hard work helped to weave all of these small details that showed our eclectic love of music, vinyl records, Star Wars, Frank Sinatra, Jaws, dinosaurs, art, the New York Mets, Brooklyn and more together into the one cohesive design that I had originally envisioned only in my head.
While our wedding day now feels like such a blur of excitement and emotion some of our fondest memories and highlights are: our "First Look", walking around our neighborhood hitting up local spots with Jessica and DJ, our matching leather jackets, Poppies, Peter and the big yellow taxi, our pre-ceremony smoke break, the wedding procession to the Star Wars theme, Father Nick's sermon tying into Star Wars, the view of the Brooklyn Bridge out on the patio at Giando on the Water, our "First Dance" with Max singing live in person, the Matron of Honor / Best Man / Chuck's sister's speeches, Mr. Met's appearance and photo booth takeover, dancing until the very last song, and our Peter Pan Doughnuts at the end of the night.
One piece of advice we would give to anyone planning a wedding is to not be swayed from what you envision for your wedding by any outside opinions other than those of you and your significant other. Even if it's out of your price range or budget and you have to do it yourself or find alternative and creative ways to make it happen. We had a few important goals and elements for our wedding in mind that we stayed adamant about and stuck to our guns throughout the entire process no matter what anyone thought or said and we are so happy we did. Our ideas might not have originally made sense to family members or friends, but that didn't matter because it made sense to us as a couple and that's what a wedding is supposed to be about."
Lucha Libre for VICE
SPORTS for Urban Outfitters