I love a Historic Venue with a lot of character, charm and story to tell. Historic Strawberry Mansion in Philadelphia was just that and more. This wedding was a coming together of some amazing vendors in the industry who brought the vision and creativity of Heather Benge Events into life. For as much as I am used to shooting pastel toned weddings, the explosion of colors via the gorgeous florals on this particular event made me fall in love with colors all over again.

Photographer: Upasana Mainali Photography | Venue: Historic Strawberry Mansion | Planning & Creative Direction: Heather Benge Events | Assistant Coordinator: La Rue Events | Florals: Intrigue Designs | Stationary: Eros Studios | Hair: Brush on Beauty | Makeup: Blushing Bombshell | Gowns: The Dress Matters | Cake: Frosted Fox Cake Shop | Linens: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Open Aire Affairs | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes |


Andrew and Lydia first met at a church event; even though Andrew didn’t catch Lydia’s attention, she definitely caught his. A few months later they both attended a winter youth retreat in PA. On the last night, Andrew was sitting with a few friends when Lydia came over. They talked for over three hours about school, travel, and the Bible. After the retreat, Andrew got in touch with Lydia and soon texting turned into nightly phone calls. One day, Lydia mentioned how much she wanted to attend a Bible conference in Toronto but didn’t have a ride. Andrew was planning on driving, so he offered to give her a ride. Suddenly, he realized he had committed to spending 16 hours in the car with Lydia. Those 16 hours turned into a year and half of dating and finally Andrew was ready to propose. He bought a ring and came up with a brilliant plan; he convinced Lydia to go to Natalie’s Vineyard to “meet his boss” where he completely surprised her and proposed.

Two years and nine months later, Andrew and Lydia got married at Greate Bay Country Club in Somer’s Point NJ. Their wedding day was a fairly tale affair filled with pure joy and tears of happiness. The weather was perfect, the couple were smitten and the parents, family and friends were beyond happy for the young loves.

Photographer: Upasana Mainali Photography | Venue: Greate Bay Country Club | Wedding Gown: BHLDN | Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden | Groom’s Suit: Tommy Hilfiger | Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan | Floral Designs: Isley and Woodrue |


Tiana and Kirk had a fall wedding in Manhattan. We started the day in Midtown East at Intercontinental Barclay where the couple got married. We used the beautiful lobby of the hotel for their first look, family and bridal party portraits. The ceremony took place in Soho at The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. This 200 year old stunning cathedral which also happens to be the Couple’s church is the original Cathedral of the Archdiocese of New York. For reception we drove west in a vintage checker NY taxi cab to Lighthouse by Chelsea Pier. The venue greeted us with beautiful sunset for portraits during cocktail hour. The couple, family and friends danced the night away with an incredible performance by the Hank Lane band. It was an incredible day and I was so honored to document it all for my sweet bride and groom.

Photographer: Upasana Mainali Photography |  Venue: Lighthouse by Chelsea Pier | Caterer: Abigail Kirsch | Florist: Superior Florist | Hair: Magda Designs Beauty | Makeup: Beauty Entourage | Invitation: Gothic Press | Wedding Gown: St Patrick by Pronovias | Bridesmaid Dresses: Calvin Klein | Groom’s Tuxedo: Mens Wearhouse | Band: Hank Lane


Nicole and Philip got married on Aqua Azul Yacht in Manhattan last month. For getting ready, Nicole chose the charming Highline Hotel in Chelsea. Thats where the couple had their first look also. We explored the couple's favorite neighborhood of Chelsea for some Bride and Groom and Bridal Party Portraits before getting on the boat for their stunning ceremony on the top deck. For next 4 hours, we sailed on Hudson through the beautiful Manhattan Skyline, Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty as the rest of the wedding festivities continued. A perfect wedding day for the most kind hearted and beautiful souls I know. It was an honor to be a part of it. 

Wedding Photographer: Upasana Mainali Photography | Getting Ready Venue: High Line Hotel | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Aqua Azul Yacht | Floral Designs: Tiger Weddings | Hair and Makeup: Marci Saucedo | Wedding Invitation: Shiny Penny Studio | Wedding Gown: Rebecca Ingram by Maggie Sottero Designs | Bridal Shoes: Jewel by Badgley Mischka | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Groom's Suit: Brooks Brothers


Lucille and Jeffrey are two of the most laid back and down to earth people I know. I had the privilege of documenting their beautiful engagement in Liberty State Park in the spring and their wedding in Greentree Country Club this Summer. Green tree Country Club has a nice outdoor space by the water for ceremony, thats where these two lovely souls said 'I do', surrounded by their incredible family and friends. Isley and Woodrue, one of my favorite florists in New Jersey, did their floral designs and it was beyond stunning. My favorite part of the entire day was capturing that moment when the bride and groom decided to sneak out to the beach alone in the middle of the reception. Lucille got in the water with her gorgeous wedding gown by Wtoo Watters, carefree and madly in love. Jeff had no choice but to roll up his pants and dive in with his lovely bride. Its capturing instantaneous moments like these that makes my work so much fun and worth getting up for. 

Wedding Photographer: Upasana Mainali | Venue: Green Tree Country Club | Florist: Isley and Woodrue | Hair and Makeup: The Bridal Suite New York | Wedding Invitation: Minted | Wedding gown: Rowena by Wtoo Watters | Wedding Shoes: Amelia by Bella Belle Shoes | Groom's Suit: Indo Chino | Videographer: We Cinema