philadelphia recommended wedding photographer | Mark Gardner /blog are your images as important to you, as they are to me? Mon, 12 Apr 2010 16:30:59 +0000 en hourly 1 Select summer wedding dates still available! Save up to 25% /blog/select-summer-wedding-dates-still-available-save-up-to-25/ /blog/select-summer-wedding-dates-still-available-save-up-to-25/#comments Mon, 12 Apr 2010 16:30:59 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1814 The calendar is filling up but we have a few dates that are still available for this summer! We’d love to get you on board with MGP, and to do so we are offering up to 25% discount off wedding packages for select dates. This is a limited time offer! Once the dates are filled this sale will be over, so if you haven’t already inquired about your wedding, you should do so ASAP. We’d also appreciate you telling your friends, we have some special gifts available to you for referring your friends to MGP! Contact the office for more information on the summer sale, or to inquire about your wedding date!

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engagement session @ mystery location /blog/engagement-portrait-session-mystery-location/ /blog/engagement-portrait-session-mystery-location/#comments Wed, 07 Apr 2010 16:10:52 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1664 As a photographer I tend to enjoy to being behind the camera as opposed to being the subject for a portrait. I can sense the anxiety that can come along with having professional portraits made, even if my subject happens to be a professional photographer. I was excited beyond belief when my good friend and colleague, Erik Matey (along with his fiance, Christie), asked me to shoot their engagement photos. When we showed up at this amazing, undisclosed location, my heart as well as my brain raced as the images formed in my mind… Everything was perfect… the location, the light, a couple willing to do ANYTHING!

I found myself with the perfect opportunity to shoot for me… and no doubt I did, I love the amazing stuff I got. As our shoot came to a close I just felt that I needed to present this couple with a few images that say more about Erik and Christie, than about me…Mark Gardner, the photographer.

So as we wrapped up the shoot I found a couple locations where the light was just right, and put them in a position where they could simply be… and enjoy each others company… then the fun began… enjoy!

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Spring Wedding at the Hyatt Chesapeake Bay /blog/spring-wedding-at-the-hyatt-chesapeake-bay/ /blog/spring-wedding-at-the-hyatt-chesapeake-bay/#comments Mon, 29 Mar 2010 21:35:21 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1655 I spent the day Saturday photographing the wedding of Emily and Steve at the Chesapeake Bay Hyatt. The weather was beautiful, Emily and Steve’s family and friends were very courteous and treated me like I was one of the gang, and the venue was amazing (as always)…a perfect day! As one might guess, in the course of downloading and backing up the images, I’ve found a few I’d like to share here…a teaser if you will! Congratulations Emily and Steve!

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Spring Philadelphia Engagement Session /blog/spring-philadelphia-engagement-session/ /blog/spring-philadelphia-engagement-session/#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2010 20:39:43 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1629 Well Spring has finally sprung in Philadelphia, and it’s time to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather, and make beautiful images. Emily and Steve were great sports as I led them thru the city on the hunt for some great images. It was awesome to hang out and get to know them a bit as their wedding is this coming weekend at the beautiful Chesapeake Bay Hyatt in Cambridge, MD.

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New York City Engagement Session /blog/new-york-city-engagement-session/ /blog/new-york-city-engagement-session/#comments Sun, 21 Mar 2010 03:10:27 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1636 What an awesome day in New York City! Absolutely perfect weather, great for just about anything… including a shooting some portraits in Central Park. Except, 2 million other people had the same idea…

Ashley, Nate, and I set course for a few of their favorite spots to hang out, but quickly realized that if we wanted any images at all without having a bunch of other folks in the background we’d have to seek out the original and sometimes not-so-obvious locations.

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Happy Valentines Day! Wedding Photography One Day Sale! /blog/happy-valentines-daywedding-photography-one-day-sale/ /blog/happy-valentines-daywedding-photography-one-day-sale/#comments Sun, 14 Feb 2010 16:20:22 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1600 Happy Valentines Day to all the love birds out there!

I know there are going to be a ton of proposals today, and I want your business! So starting at tonight at Midnight, through Midnight tomorrow 2/15 save $500 on your wedding photography!

Take a moment to call and check to see if I have your date available, I’ll be running a marathon of meetings tomorrow as well! So if you want to drop in and check out our storybook wedding albums, and see the work first hand, just let me know and I’ll do my best to be available for you.

This offer cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. Date must be booked on 2/14/2010 or 2/15/2010 to be eligible for discount. Retainer and signed contract is required to save any date, no exceptions.

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New Years Eve Wedding Favorites /blog/new-years-eve-wedding-favorites/ /blog/new-years-eve-wedding-favorites/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2010 21:24:41 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1542

Some of my favorite images from the New Years Eve Wedding with Ryan Estes

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Chesapeake Bay Hyatt Beautiful Summer Wedding /blog/chesapeake-bay-hyatt-beautiful-summer-wedding/ /blog/chesapeake-bay-hyatt-beautiful-summer-wedding/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2010 19:33:14 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1529

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Hotel DuPont Wedding Wilmington Delaware /blog/hotel-dupont-wedding-wilmington-delaware/ /blog/hotel-dupont-wedding-wilmington-delaware/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2010 19:36:59 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1531

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“Four Weddings” casting call Philadelphia Brides /blog/four-weddings-casting-call-philadelphia-brides/ /blog/four-weddings-casting-call-philadelphia-brides/#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2010 17:45:40 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1516 From TLC’s Website:

Would you like to register to participate in TLC’s “FOUR WEDDINGS”?

If you are getting married in the following areas:

* New York City (or within 1 hour of Manhattan, NY)
* New Jersey
* Philadelphia, PA

During the following months:

* Jan 2010 – March 2010

Email us right away – and you could be one of our 4 brides on an upcoming show!

Details – Email us the following:
1. Your WEDDING DATE / LOCATION OF YOUR WEDDING in the subject line.
2. Include a photo of you and the future groom.
3. The best way to reach you DURING THE DAY – usually your cell phone # is best!

Email us at:

We will contact you right away with further details!

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January wedding promotion, better hurry! /blog/january-wedding-promotion/ /blog/january-wedding-promotion/#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2010 23:23:42 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=893

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Simple wedding pricing… /blog/simple-wedding-pricing/ /blog/simple-wedding-pricing/#comments Tue, 12 Jan 2010 00:54:20 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1503

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Happy New Year! /blog/happy-new-year/ /blog/happy-new-year/#comments Thu, 31 Dec 2009 16:51:03 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1484 To all of the clients, as well as their families and friends, who have allowed me into their homes, and to be part of their lives in the past year… Thank You!

I’m honored to have been part of your life and want to wish you the very best in 2010 and beyond!

To celebrate, any order of $100 or more placed from Dec 31st to January 4th, will receive a free 11×14 print of choice! No discount codes or coupons involved, just simply place your order thru your proofing page…then send me a message letting me know which print # you want as your freebie!

Thanks again, and Happy New Year!

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Three-4-Two Gift Certificates now available thru Jan 3rd! /blog/three-4-two-gift-certificates-now-available-thru-jan-3rd/ /blog/three-4-two-gift-certificates-now-available-thru-jan-3rd/#comments Sat, 19 Dec 2009 17:54:24 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1478 It’s that time of year again folks! The Mark Gardner Photography Three-4-Two Gift Certificate sale!

Are you having a tough time finding the perfect gift? Fear not my friends, I have the perfect solution. Starting right now, and continuing thru January 3rd, you can purchase a gift certificate for for that special someone (or yourself), and you will receive $3 credit for every $2 you purchase! That’s right, you read me correctly! $3 for every $2, so there is no better time to get maximum value for your dollar on priceless images that will get passed on for generations.

Gift certificates can be used toward the purchases of any print enlargements, canvas gallery wraps, albums, or you can also use them for children/family portrait, boudoir, engagement or senior session fees!

So go right now to Mark Gardner Photography’s secure payments page to purchase your Gift Certificate! (i.e. $200 and you will receive a coupon code via email for the value of $300)

Some limitations may apply, call or email for more details.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

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Holiday Camera Deals /blog/holiday-camera-deals/ /blog/holiday-camera-deals/#comments Thu, 17 Dec 2009 15:33:01 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1471

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Philadelphia Fashion Photography @ Chestnut Club /blog/philadelphia-fashion-photography-chestnut-club/ /blog/philadelphia-fashion-photography-chestnut-club/#comments Thu, 17 Dec 2009 07:06:55 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1458

Equipment List:
Continuous Fluorescent Lighting Kit
Canon 5DMkII Camera
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM Lens

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wilmington delaware wedding album /blog/wilmington-delaware-wedding-album/ /blog/wilmington-delaware-wedding-album/#comments Wed, 02 Dec 2009 17:29:58 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1741

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December Wedding Photography Promotion /blog/december-wedding-photography-promotion/ /blog/december-wedding-photography-promotion/#comments Tue, 01 Dec 2009 11:54:06 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1455 Complimentary Parent Albums when you book MGP during the month of December!

Congratulations on your engagement! Since December is the single most popular month of the year for engagements, I want to offer two complimentary parent size albums to any couple who books an album package with MGP in the month of December!

Contact Mark directly for further details!

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Make-a-Wish Charity Drive /blog/make-a-wish-charity-drive/ /blog/make-a-wish-charity-drive/#comments Sun, 15 Nov 2009 19:10:29 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1436 My career as a photographer has taken me to many wonderful places in the United States as well as abroad, such as Belize, Mexico, and Jamaica. I’ve also been fortunate enough to go to places like Disney, New York City, Las Vegas, and experience things that others less fortunate only dream of.

That’s why for this Holiday Season I am teaming up with my friends and fellow photographers Cindy Guessford of Cindy Guessford Photography and Nicole Polk of Nicole Polk Photography for our Make A Wish Portrait Promo!!!

Help Make a difference for a child in the Philadelphia/Susquehanna Valley area.
The Deal…. For the First 8 clients to contact either one of us and book a portrait/holiday/Baby /any reason session at the reduced rate of $250 you get ::::::Drum Roll ::::::

$250 includes – Session Fee
travel within the Greater Philadelphia Area and some parts of De, NJ
your names added to the list of donors
DVD of 25 high res images – with a usage release (use for gifts,holiday cards etc..)
online proofing and hosting for 90 days
100% of the cost will be donated directly to The Make A Wish Foundation- Philadelphia/Susquehanna Valley Chapter
you may get one, two or even all 3 of us depending on availability
That’s right folks! 100 percent donation baby! I’ve done a ton of research on charities and I’m happy to say that this chapter of the Make a Wish foundation has received a 4 star ranking which is the highest that you can receive and they are among only 5% of the charities rated to receive this rating for 5 consecutive years. The rating means a lot to me because it confirms that the charity exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its Cause. A large portion of the funds collected actually go towards the cause they represent and that is huge!

So contact us now to book your session – limited availability

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Huge Black Friday sale /blog/huge-amazon-com-black-friday-sale/ /blog/huge-amazon-com-black-friday-sale/#comments Sat, 14 Nov 2009 15:29:51 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1443 Just a quick public service announcement for those of you looking for some great deals on your holiday gifts and equiptment purchases! So don’t delay, hit up and save some dough!

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stuff /blog/stuff/ /blog/stuff/#comments Sat, 07 Nov 2009 18:55:45 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1423

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blog testing and modifications in progress /blog/blog-testing-and-modifications-in-progress/ /blog/blog-testing-and-modifications-in-progress/#comments Tue, 03 Nov 2009 15:20:53 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1418 We are going to be doing some testing in the upcoming days and weeks, we don’t expect problems, but if you happen to notice something that doesn’t seem right, please send me an email. If you like some of our new features, feel free to leave a comment!

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old town alexandria engagement session /blog/old-town-alexandria-engagement-session/ /blog/old-town-alexandria-engagement-session/#comments Tue, 03 Nov 2009 13:52:01 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1415

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Wilkes Barre engagement portraits /blog/wilkes-barre-engagement-portraits/ /blog/wilkes-barre-engagement-portraits/#comments Sat, 31 Oct 2009 04:43:38 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1407

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stop-motion-video /blog/stop-motion-video/ /blog/stop-motion-video/#comments Fri, 30 Oct 2009 22:39:17 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1401 When the best wedding photographers in Philadelphia get together, there is no shortage of ideas and inspiration. As a group we photographed the wedding of Erin and Waiel at Turbine Hall, a beautiful waterfront venue located in West Chester, PA. As part of this group I was responsible for covering alternative angles and details of the brides preparations, ceremony, and reception. In addition, I wanted to do something a little different, something special, so pitched the idea to group frontman, David Zaveloff, and got the go-ahead to do stop-motion or time lapse photography. Dave did a super job on the edit, so kudos to him. Have a look at the video below.

Erin + Waiel from David Zaveloff on Vimeo.

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new jersey weddings rock /blog/new-jersey-weddings-rock/ /blog/new-jersey-weddings-rock/#comments Sat, 19 Sep 2009 04:22:56 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1373

Congratulations Courtney & Justin! It was great to work with Dollface Studio again!

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last minute wedding planning? /blog/last-minute-wedding-planning/ /blog/last-minute-wedding-planning/#comments Sun, 13 Sep 2009 17:27:53 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1368 Congratulations! Procrastination has paid off in a big way if you are still in search of your wedding photographer!
Maybe it’s because the economy is tough and you thought hiring a skilled, talented, and artistic photographer wouldn’t fit into your budget. Or, perhaps you just haven’t found the right personality or chemistry with those photographers you have met with. I’m confident your search is over, this is the hottest deal going right now for the coolest months of the year.

Starting RIGHT NOW you can take advantage of our newest package, “Old Man Winter”. Yes, a boring name, but truth be told I want to work in what are normally the slow months of the year, and don’t want old man winter to settle in an make home here. I need to keep my skills and vision sharp.

So what is it? Well in short, old man winter is a wedding package where you simply pay a small non refundable contract fee, which covers our basic time and expenses up till the wedding day. This payment is also converted into credit for to use after the wedding toward the purchase of prints, albums, or files, you choose. Easy.

Because I’m making myself extremely available there are of course some rules, but you will have to contact me to find out what they are; and when you do, please include some information about your wedding plans, such as, where and when are you getting married, how big is the bridal party, how many guests, etc. I’m happy to answer and in most cases we’ll do it within 4 hours.

This is by no means a wedding giveaway. It’s a contracted booking – just like all other weddings that I book during the busy wedding season. The only difference is that if you are not absolutely in love with your photos after your wedding – you owe nothing and have no requirement to purchase anything further. The industry standard for wedding photographers is to collect the entire balance due BEFORE the event, but I’m mixing it up on this one. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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photographer self portrait contest /blog/photographer-self-portrait-contest/ /blog/photographer-self-portrait-contest/#comments Tue, 08 Sep 2009 21:31:32 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1363 Hey party people!

Most of you know I’m a member and involved with the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers. Well they have just announced a self portrait contest for photographers.

I’d love to win it, but I’ll need your help! I’m sure the competition will be stiff. Please take a look at some of the creative stuff these photographers can do, and vote for your favorite! If it’s not me, that’s ok. These are all great people, and they’ll appreciate an honest vote as well. So go ahead, Click here to vote for your favorite photographer self portrait!

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happy birthday lifestyle portrait /blog/happy-birthday-lifestyle-portrait/ /blog/happy-birthday-lifestyle-portrait/#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2009 19:14:09 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1350 Had a great time hanging out with Luca and his family on his 1st birthday, just having some everyday fun.

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why do you need a wedding album? /blog/wedding-album/ /blog/wedding-album/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2009 19:27:03 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1339 While it’s certainly not a requirement, especially in this day and age of digital photography, but I’ll tell you a few of the most important reasons why I believe nobody these days should exclude this priceless item from their list of wedding day priorities.

These aren’t your parents wedding albums! Today’s books are works of art, limited only by the vision and creativity of the artist, and they are totally cool.

The wedding album is the heirloom that is handed down from generation to generation. It is a direct representation of who you are today. The styles that are/were in fashion, the type of dancing that is/was cool, what you ate, what your drank, the colors you love and the textures you feel. It’s much more than the pictures it contains.

It looks much better sitting on the coffee table than a DVD.

Anyone can pick it up and re-live your wedding story.

And finally, because all the cool kids are doing it!

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baltimore engagement session /blog/baltimore-engagement-session/ /blog/baltimore-engagement-session/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2009 17:16:49 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1326 I met up with Meg and Mark this week to talk about some very huge wedding plans coming up a couple weeks, you will definitely want to stop back by to see the crazy fun we’re going to have (after all it will be “talk like a pirate day”)! Almost forgot, we took a few images as well.

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lake mohawk wedding photography /blog/lake-mohawk-wedding-photography/ /blog/lake-mohawk-wedding-photography/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2009 13:42:32 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1318

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philadelphia photographer in new jersey (again) /blog/philadelphia-photographer-new-jersey/ /blog/philadelphia-photographer-new-jersey/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2009 22:12:14 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1291 On this trip to New Jersey, I had the distinct pleasure of working with Neil van Niekerk who just happens to have his 1st book released this week. Here are a few images from the day.

Of course they are Yankees fans, and pronounced it in bold fashion on their grand entrance!

And some cool light during the father/daughter dance.

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new jersey wedding photography /blog/new-jersey-wedding-photography/ /blog/new-jersey-wedding-photography/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2009 19:40:30 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1281 A couple weeks ago I had the privilege of working with my good friend Steve Akins, here are a few images from the wedding at the Allaire State Park Chapel, Wall Township New Jersey.

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family portraits in maryland /blog/family-portraits-in-maryland/ /blog/family-portraits-in-maryland/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2009 13:58:40 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1273

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engagement session at Seaport /blog/engagement-session-at-seaport/ /blog/engagement-session-at-seaport/#comments Sat, 08 Aug 2009 14:57:14 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1266 Met up with Beth and Steve at Seaport in NYC for a fun engagement session. I’ll follow up with a super cool guest book design using the rest of the images from the shoot.

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prime winter wedding dates still available! /blog/wedding-photography-deals/ /blog/wedding-photography-deals/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2009 19:57:31 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1258 I know it’s a little hot outside and summer has finally arrived, but I wanted to pass on a quick note to announce that we still have a select number of winter wedding dates available. So, if you are still in search of your wedding photographer there is still a chance MGP is available to shoot for you! Give us a call or contact us thru the website, and be sure to mention Old ManWinter Wedding Photography as we have some very special promotions lined up, in fact, you just might want to ask about having Mark shoot your wedding “risk free”. That’s right, I said it, risk free. I’m so confident you will love your wedding images that during select dates in the months of November, December, January, and February (including a very special holiday weekend) we will shoot your wedding virtually risk free! You will need to call for more details, but hurry, we want to get these dates filled and plan out our vacations as well!


ps. If you are planning a winter destination wedding, this is probably a very, very, good time to contact us!

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wedding photography in kennett square /blog/wedding-photography-ikennett-square/ /blog/wedding-photography-ikennett-square/#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2009 14:13:40 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1243 Emily and Martin were married at the Yellow House in Kennett Square yesterday. Here are a couple of teaser images while the rest are downloading and archived, I’m sure I’ll find a few more…

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greatest wedding photography sale ever, part deux July 20th-26th /blog/wedding-photography-sale/ /blog/wedding-photography-sale/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2009 15:45:28 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1170 Ok folks here it is, our most aggressive (or shall we say progressive) wedding sale yet!

Book Mark Gardner between the dates of July 20th – July 26th to provide you with the best in documentary wedding coverage for your wedding, and we’ll give you a complimentary Engagement Session and Guest Signature Book!

What’s even better, we going to give you a print credit based on which day you book! Here is the schedule:
July 20th – $600 print credit
July 21st – $500 print credit
July 22nd – $400 print credit
July 23rd – $300 print credit
July 24th – $200 print credit
July 25th-26th – $100 print credit

That’s it! So hurry to make sure we still have your date available!

Fine Print:
Wedding must take place between August 2009 and December 2010, and based on availability of Mark Gardner Photography. Print Credit must be used within 90 days of wedding. Engagement sessions will be photographed in the Philadelphia area, scheduling is subject to availability of Mark Gardner. Additional travel fees may apply. A signed contract and retainer is required to book and take advantage of this offer.

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seaview marriott wedding photography /blog/seaview-marriott-wedding-photography/ /blog/seaview-marriott-wedding-photography/#comments Sun, 19 Jul 2009 13:44:54 +0000 markgardner /blog/?p=1208 A teaser from Heather and Jon’s great wedding at Seaview Marriot last night.

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