Gina & Luigi, The Curtis Center

Gina’s says:  We planned for over a year and I can say with confidence, that not one second was wasted as you captured all details large and small.  We are more than pleased with your professionalism, your attention to detail and your incredible skill at photography!  I know when we look back through our wedding album, years from now, that we’ll experience our day all over again because of you…  Thank you, Rebecca!

“Of Course, We are Stopping at Geno’s Steaks!

Gina & Luigi’s fathers were best friends during childhood in a small town in Italy. They each moved to America and bought houses one mile apart.  They started families and Gina & Luigi were born two month apart…so the couple grew up knowing each other. They were never more than friends, until one day Gina drove by Luigi and beeped her horn.  I’m not sure exactly sure what transpired after that fateful car beep, but a few years later on Jan. 9th, 2010, they married at St. Rita’s in South Philadelphia, and had their reception at The Atrium at The Curtis Center. Of course, we stopped at Geno’s steaks! The couple declined a Geno’s Steak, as their wedding reception was to be catered by the Cescaphe Ballroom’s Joe Volpe.


Hair by Michael Guaguardo & his hard working crew from Miracolo Hair Studio in Doylestown.  Engagement ring by Testa Jewelers in Paoli.

Days before her wedding, Gina still didn’t have the right shoes!  Marina from Nicole Bridal personally delivered this pair, with just two days to spare.


Make up application by Jodie from Drop Dead Gorgeous Cosmetics in Jenkintown.


Veil and accessories also by Nicole Bridal in Jenkintown.




Flowers by Mary Jane Murray of Kiki Rose in Maryland.



Gina and her proud father, Benito,  proceed down the aisle in St. Rita’s Church in South Philadelphia.



Father Zachery Navit officiated  Gina & Luigi’s ceremony at The National Shrine of  Saint Rita of Cascia, in South Philadelphia, the church was completed in 1915.


Ask me about my personal theory about how couples proceed down the aisle,  how this visually  represents their relationship!…It’s totally unscientific, but interesting!  I love the way Gina & Luigi are clutched together as they go into their future, but at the same time they are respectful of each other’s individual vision. I particularly love the way Luigi is holding her hand.




Wedding day image, Nicole Bridal with Rebecca Barger Photography, Jenkintown

Gina in her dramatic St. Pucchi couture gown.   Nicole Bridal, family operated by Nicole and her daughter Marina, offer personal assistance and guidance in their Jenkintown shop.  Same location for over 30 years, and right around the corner from me, Rebecca Barger Photography based in Jenkintown.


Remember we are shooting outside in January, and yes, it was a bit cold, but Gina was prepared!




A lavish reception was held at The Atrium at the Curtis Center, catered by Cescaphe Ballroom’s, Joe Volpe.




RMy assistant, Dave, shot this incredibly romantic photo during their first dance.



Wedding cake by  Joe Volpe and his pastry chefs from Cescaphe Ballroom.

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Best Wishes to Gina & Luigi!

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