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    Welcome to Jean Valentin Photography. We have been creating beautiful memories for brides and families in Philadelphia area since 2003. We hope you enjoy looking through our past images.

The story of these images starts about 20 years ago.

Newly married, we decided to move to Italy (my wife is half Italian) even though our parents were living in US. We sold whatever we had in Romania and moved in with one of her relatives in beautiful Bologna. For few months, everything was good. Working and taking small day trips throughout the beautiful country.

On a side note, Italy should be a requirement for everybody to see. Its historic beauty is unique. You walk the same streets Julius Caesar, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and many more you read and learn about in history classes, walked hundreds and thousands of years before you.

Back to the present day, one day in December (couldn’t be any worse time), her uncle told us that we have to move out. Even though we were working, we were not making enough to afford to rent an apartment on our own (plus all the living expenses). I knew that one of my parents friend was working in Italy so I got in touch with him. We left Bologna and moved in with him, in a little village outside Brescia. We told him that we will contribute to the rent and started looking for work. After about a week, he was going home in vacation for the holidays and told us that everything was OK. I helped him to the train station and came back home. An hour later, the landlord came and told us to leave immediately since only people working for him could live there. We told him that we will pay rent but he refused. We took our clothes (luckily we didn’t have many ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and went to the town’s bar (the only bar in the village where everybody was going after work). It was 9pm, cold and snowing and we didn’t have a place to stay. This is a small village with no hotels or motels and we didn’t have a car. Being December, sleeping outside was not an option. We were in shock: I’ve never been homeless before and it was a scary thought.

We were sitting at the table and my wife was overwhelmed and started crying. At that moment, Mario and Ida (our friends) started talking to us. My wife explained the situation to them and we were very surprised when they said “Don’t worry about it. You can come and stay at our place”. I couldn’t believe it: we literally just met them. We stayed with them for about a month until we were able to get our things in order and came to US. That was 20 years ago, but I will never forget their kindness and they will be my friends forever.

We stay in touch all the time via Skype and Facebook, but I wanted to give them something that it came from us: a couple of portraits of them. Since Mario just got his tattoos done, I wanted to showcase them. And you can see from Ida’s smiles the kindness and loving nature of them.


If you are in Castigione delle Stiviere, stop by their bar and arcade: New Piccadilly Pool. You will definitely receive a warm welcome (and taste a real Expresso).

Hopefully, it will not be another 20 years until we see each other again (my boys can’t wait to go to Italy).

And here are a few images of us back 20 years ago. We packed some sandwiches in the cooler and take the train to whatever we wanted to see that day. That’s how you see Italy on a budget ๐Ÿ™‚


Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral for US peeps)



Venezia (Venice for US peeps)

To true friendship.

Philadelphia Tattooed Portrait Photographer

Welcome to the second part of Dmitriy and Katie’s wedding celebration. I hope you enjoy these images of their intimate wedding reception at the Camden Boathouse (it was my first time working there and I really enjoyed it).


Venue – Camden County Boathouse
Catering – Due Amici



I always enjoy capturing the emotions during the parent dances.


And afterwards they had a parents dance. A very nice gesture to have everybody included.


And then the party started …


… including … lightning strikes. Shortly after the reception started, a big storm hit the area. You can see the lightning bolt in the left side of the image.


You don’t see everyday such acrobatics during the wedding cake cutting ๐Ÿ™‚ …. Katie pulling a move from “The Matrix” …


I guess Dmitriy knew what’s about to come ….


All is well when it ends well …


Taking advantage of the calm before the storm for some beautiful bridal portraits.


New Jersey Wedding Photographer

You met Dmitriy and Katie not too long ago during their New Jersey engagement session. Both, Dmitriy and Katie got ready at the Crown Plaza near their location. Enjoy!

I love the excitement of Katie walking down the isle with her father

You could definitely see the love for each other during the ceremony


As usual, we end with a picture of the beautiful couple.


New Jersey Wedding Photographer

“It takes a village to raise a child” … and it takes an army of people to put together a beautiful wedding. And a beautiful wedding it was.

Venue – Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Event Planning – Truly You Events
Band – EBE (Milan 77)

Christiane from Truly You Events did an amazing job organizing and putting together all the details of the wedding.

And the reaction seeing the room for the first time …

Bridal party entrance …. a lot of fun …

… and the newlyweds were on par ….

The beautiful moments during the parents dance ….

EBE did a great job entertaining and keeping on the floor everybody.


And, as usual, a picture of the beautiful couple.


Philadelphia wedding photographer.

Today’s wedding started in Media where both Matt and Caitlin are from. David started with the guys (thanks again for your help) and I started with the ladies (lucky me ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

Ceremony – Nativity BVM, Media


Caitlin’s wedding gown was beautiful and it fit her like a glove.


And a quick image with Monty, the “puppy”

Matt seeing his beautiful wife for the first time …


It was a beautiful ceremony full of laughter and emotions …


…. although, not everybody was impressed ๐Ÿ™‚


And I leave you with an image of the gorgeous couple


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  • Kristen Verone - Hello
    I am getting married October 25,2014 at Nativity BVM in media then reception at RiverCrest Country Club. Dawn spoke very highly of you and was wondering if I could get more information on your wedding packages and get an overall idea of your goal for the wedding day. Thank you and look forward to hearing from you.