If elegant, modern, romantic, and down-to-earth wedding photography appeals to you and describes your dream photos, then you're in the right place, and I can't wait to meet you. Whether you're doing an modern elopement or having a romantic wedding, our creative collaboration will make your heirloom photos shine with love and radiate with happiness. Grab a cup of coffee and read on...
Celia Ragonese Wedding Photography is a Philadelphia-based wedding and anniversary photography service available for travel and serving couples in the Mid-Atlantic area from New York to Baltimore.
If you're looking for a down-to-earth wedding photographer who is inspired by film and has an elegant touch to natural light wedding photography -- but you also love fun candid moments! -- then you're in the right place. We can develop a wedding or vow renewal photography package for you based on your needs. If you are looking for a Philadelphia anniversary photography session, you are definitely in the right place!
My style is to be there for you as a friend and as a photographer during your session and chase the golden hour light for relaxed, gorgeous portraits and also get you back to the party (can't celebrate without a glass of bubbly in your hand, am I right?).
Every wedding day has a special story to tell -- whether you're getting married at an elegant estate or an urban and modern venue, having a intimate elopement or vow renewal, or a party-till-you-drop wedding, I'd love to capture your photos and your day as you envision it. I want to hear from you, lovely! So let's grab some coffee and chat about what you two need.
"Oh Celia, and Charles- where do I begin?! Before starting my review, I want everyone to know my fiance and I met with three photographers before meeting Celia. We were having difficulty finding the right person who wasn't there to sell us on the latest and greatest. We wanted a photographer who we could trust to be our right hand and have our day at their best interest- ENTER Celia. I found Celia while scrolling through Instagram and reached out. From day one, she was incredible. Celia is the perfect amount of "type A" and "just go with it." She is down to earth, personable, kind, focused and honest -- a true gem. Her husband, Charles, shoots with her. Their relationship is encouraging to all getting married. They are supportive of one another and make the perfect team. I booked Celia after our first conversation and she began planning with me the next day. She coordinated the best engagement shoot in our favorite beach town, and incorporated events close to our hearts. Celia kept me in line and crossed all her t's and doted her i's BEFORE the wedding day began. The entire day went without a hiccup. **She even drove up two hours away to the town our wedding would be held in, two days before the wedding to scope out the best blooms for our pictures** I cannot say enough good about these two. One of the reasons I am sad that our wedding is over is because I miss planning with Celia! - I hope she knows that regardless of her being a "wedding photographer," she is on-call for all future major family events. We have such respect for these two!" - Emily & Kevin
"My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Celia for a one year anniversary shoot at our home and around Old City, Philadelphia. From the second we started working with Celia, she made sure we were extremely comfortable with every step of the process. She gave us fun ideas about how to incorporate memories from our wedding day to make the shoot really special. Celia made us feel really comfortable in front of the camera. She even brought us an anniversary gift! Celia is an extremely talented photographer and kind person! I'm so glad we worked with her on these anniversary photos that we'll cherish forever.
" - Lauren & Grant
"From the moment I saw Celia's pictures online, I knew she was the photographer for us! Hiring Celia as our wedding photographer was the easiest decision we made during the wedding planning process. Celia was genuine, engaging and truly interested in learning about my husband and me, and which moments of the day were important to both of us to have her capture. This thoughtfulness and caring carried on throughout the whole process and truly shone through in her pictures. We were lucky enough to have an engagement session with Celia prior to the big day, which was invaluable. I have never felt so relaxed getting my picture taken! Celia provided a comprehensive photo timeline which we were able to use as a guide to plan out our entire day, ensuring that everything ran on time, and allowed for us to hit those golden hour moments for unforgettable couple shots after the ceremony. I have never seen my family looking as relaxed, smiling and all with their eyes open, as they did in the shots Celia and Charles took. What an achievement! They were incredible, making their way around and capturing everything without us even realizing! And the pictures themselves. Oh, the pictures! They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and Celia is a true storyteller. Words don't even begin to describe the feeling of reliving your most special day through a fresh perspective and the most beautiful of pictures. Seeing your favorite people captured in memorable moments forever is just breathtaking. My husband and I, in that moment where we made the most meaningful of commitments to each other, with everyone we love looking on. The feelings of pure love and friendship that resonated from our guests during our first dance that could be felt though the pictures. We laughed, cried and smiled our way though them all. What a truly incredible gift Celia gave to us with her pictures. We are extremely thankful and honored to have had the opportunity to work with Celia. Any couple that has the chance to work with Celia would be very lucky indeed!" - Alison & Scott
“From the moment I met Celia to talk about the possibility of her shooting my wedding I felt like she really listened to what I wanted and picked up on my vision right away. Celia gives perfect instructions and has an amazing eye for details. Her style and ability to capture candid and natural moments provide effortless and beautiful photos for every important moment, planned and unplanned. I can’t say enough great things about them and the job they did for our wedding and engagement shoot. The wedding timeline Celia and I worked on together provided me with a plan for my entire wedding. Her work is flawless, natural, stunning, fun and a perfect combination of edited and candid.”
- Amy & Troy
"We could not have been happier with Celia Ragonese Wedding Photography! At every step of the way, Celia did an amazing job communicating with us to make sure we were on the same page with regards to what we wanted as well as her own ideas. The final result was photos more gorgeous than we'd dreamed of, as well as a process that was both fun and meaningful. On the day of the wedding, Celia and Charles really helped make things run smoothly. When we finally saw the photos they took, it was a revelation to see the day again from a new perspective: they captured the spirit of the event, the aesthetics of the place, and the personalities of our guests. Our families felt the same way, and Celia has been great subsequently about answering their questions about ordering photos (which have been in high demand!).
Thanks to both Celia and Charles for an amazing experience, and for documenting our wedding day. Celia is a consummate professional, but also generous in spirit, and along the way there were many moments she went above and beyond with small touches that ended up making all the difference. We'd recommend her to anyone!"
- Kelly & Alan
“Celia captured our special moments through her creative lens throughout our day and created the most beautiful photos of our wedding. It didn’t matter who it was - our wedding planner, hair/makeup team, drunk friends on the dance floor, and most importantly, our moms, Celia connected and engaged well with everyone. She made everyone feel at ease, and found the most beautiful opportunities for shots. She made the entire experience truly enjoyable for us, as well as our friends and family. While always in the background, Celia was ever present with catching our loving moments and engaging friends and family to capture theirs. She’s an amazing woman, photographer, and now, a friend.”
- Kelly & Robert
"Celia (and her second shooter/husband Charles) shot our engagement pictures, and we loved the photos/experience so much we immediately asked to book her for our wedding. They are some of the kindest people I have known, and make you feel like friends immediately. Throughout the entire planning process, Celia made us feel like she was as excited about our big day as we were, with her constant communication, or a kind note and thoughtful gift. She provided us with (so many) bright, light-filled photos that we are so happy with, and that captured the beauty of our wedding day perfectly. She is organized, professional, proactive, polite, and fun. We truly enjoyed the quality of the photos we received, as well as going through this experience together - I highly recommend Celia (and Charles)!" - Kendra & Stephen
"Working with Celia was an absolutely wonderful experience through every step of our wedding! She is personable and fun, but always professional. She made us feel completely comfortable during our engagement and wedding shoots and the photos were more stunning than I could have ever imagined! Celia also captured so many great candids through out our wedding, as well as beautiful detail of the decor. I am so happy we found Celia as she greatly contributed to making our wedding day so special!" - Rachael & Scott
As your wedding photographer, I'm there for the two of you to capture your day and elevate your experience. Select wedding dates are available for fall & summer 2019 starting at $2500. Whether you are having an intimate or grand wedding, I have a package for you that includes digital images to share with friends and family.
Anniversary sessions are my jam. With a specialty in creating images and setting up a perfect photography session for the two of you that helps keep your gallery wall refreshed with professional images, I'm here for you to create a fun and elegant anniversary photography session in Philadelphia, New York, and beyond.
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