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    Welcome to Jean Valentin Photography. We have been creating beautiful memories for brides and families in Philadelphia area for over 10 years. We hope you enjoy looking through our past images. We look forward to hearing from you to create your new memories and further family heirlooms.

Kagami Biraki is a traditional Japanese celebration that is held in many traditional martial art schools (dojos) in January. It was an old samurai tradition dating back to 15th century and was adopted by modern martial arts. It symbolizes the beginning of the new year.

At our dojo, all students are invited to train together and there were instructors from aikido, jujutsu and iaido presenting different techniques from their respective arts. Afterwards, there is a ‘cleansing’ session where people go in the stream behind the dojo and dump a bucket or (really) cold water, followed by food and refreshments.

I hope you enjoy the images, especially since this year the dojo had a guest that trained in the art of samurai warrior since he was 4 yrs old.aikido sensei showing a trowing techniqueaikido river of life dojoaikido trow for defenseaikido techniques trowing your opponentkids training aikidotameshigiri - cutting with a katanasamurai trainingiaidoiaido trainingkagami biraki

After a small Thanksgiving break we are back! Here is the second installment of Jen and Gino’s beautiful wedding at Philadelphia Courtyard Marriott.Wedding details from wedding at Philadelphia Courtyard Marriott

You can see the happiness on their faces as they entered the room …Entrance of bride and groom at their weddingBride and groom first dance at Philadelphia Wedding at Courtyard Marriott

… as well as their grace as they danced for the first time as husband and wife.B&W images of the first dance of bride and groom at Philadelphia Courtyard MarriottB&W portrait of father and daughter danceMother and son dance

Jen and her friends goofing off in the photoboothBride and guests photobooth portraits during wedding reception

Everybody had a great time the entire night …

Groom dancingBride dancingBride and groom dancingBride and groom dancingCourtyard Marriott Wedding Reception

I love this caricature of Jen and Gino …

Caricature portrait of bride and groomBride and groom portrait at night on Broad St with City Hall in the background

 

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I really enjoyed and had a good time photographing Jen and Gino’s engagement session and I knew the wedding will be the same. Well, the wedding was even better. Jen was radiant (despite of the unusual cold weather we had) during the entire day.wedding detailsbride getting ready and putting her own makeupbride getting ready being helped by her mother and bridemaidsbride portrait while getting readybride portrait with bridesmaids holding gown

Dad was sporting some cool socks (in fact, all the guys in the wedding party had them).

father of the bride with some cool socksgroom portrait at the Mariott in Philadelphia

 

Jen taking a peek right before walking down the isle…

bride peaking through doors waiting in the church to walk down the isle

 

And dad … well, I don’t think this needs any commentary:)

father of the bride waiting for bride and holding her bouquet

 

Proud dad walking Jen down the isle …

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And a portrait of the wonderful couple in front of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (did I mention it was in the thirties outside? … thank you for braving the cold Jen and Gino).

bride and groom portrait in front of cathedral basilica of saints peter and paul in philadelphia

 

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