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  • I could give some speech about how I was born to do this. But in all honesty I watched my older brother take pics as a kid and I just wanted to be like him. My grand-pop gave me my first camera and after that i saw the world differently. A photograph can not only bring you back to a time and a place but can bring you back to a feeling. My name is Matt Gari. I love photography and I basically own a time machine. To be able to relive an entire day through a picture is a special thing. I try to approach every wedding this way. I want to tell your story. Who you are, whom you love, and what you stand for. I want to elicit so much more than a simple sequence of events. I want to capture the little moments—those that make your love real—with the hope that looking back at these moments will bring you back to how you felt on your wedding day.To be able to relive an entire day through a picture is a special thing. I try to approach every wedding this way. I want to tell your story. Who you are, whom you love, and what you stand for. I want to elicit so much more than a simple sequence of events. I want to capture the little moments—those that make your love real—with the hope that looking back at these moments will bring you back to how you felt on your wedding day.

Heidi & Scott: Philadelphia Garden Wedding

With less than a month before their wedding Heidi and Scott were on to their third photographer. For various reasons the two previous shooters were not able to be there for their day, things happen. After a phone conversation with Heidi, there was no way I was saying no. She told me about the old mansion that sits on three hundred acres and how she was to be married in late afternoon in a garden, right out side of Philadelphia (psssh fairy tales, right?). But what sold me was the love in her voice. How she couldn’t wait to marry Scott. It wasn’t so much that she needed a perfect day, because with a love like this maybe it’s already perfect. So what if it rains or if you go through a few photographers. It’s about two people in love…it’s that simple. Plus, Scott’s freaking awesome. Here’s a guy who would do anything to make Heidi happy, and just make people laugh. And what a huge Star Wars nerd (the originals…calm down internet.)

Here’s Heidi & Scott’s Wedding

Thanks to The Highlands (http://www.highlandshistorical.org/) Brothers Catering (http://www.brotherscateringcompany.com/), Philadelphia String Quartet (http://philadelphiaquartet.com/). And special thanks to Anna for setting me up with this amazing wedding and amazing desserts (www.saveyourfork.com) and Emily Wallhauser for being a rock star and shooting the shit out of this with me (http://www.emilybearphoto.com/)

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Sarah & Ryan: Philadelphia Engagement

I met these two for brunch, they were on a quick stop between DC and New Jersey. We got to know each other over eggs and coffee. We did engagement pictures in Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.  I love these guys not much more to say except I want to hang out with them more…done. See you September 27th.

Food at Hawthornes ( http://hawthornecafe.com/) pictures at The Magic Gardens (http://www.phillymagicgardens.org/)

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