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No, I’m not afraid of fish. When my dear friend Isis originally invited me to attend the Association of Bridal Consultants (South Jersey Group) meeting at the Camden Aquarium…. I have to admit, my gut reaction was to say no. And then I reminded myself of my #1 goal for this year: network more. I do fine in small groups, but large masses of people with no familiar faces tend to make me nervous. Actually, I’m lying. They make me super nervous. Like that first-day-of-school-crazed kind of nervous. What if no one likes me? What if no one talks to me? What if I do something really embarrassing like fall flat on my face?

But the lure of tackling one of my goals, and an excuse to explore the awesome Camden Aquarium (WHERE YOU CAN HAVE YOUR WEDDING!) was too much to say no to. So, I asked my first question: canĀ I bring my camera? And, when I was told yes, I knew I was golden. As long as I have that pretty black hunk of metal, plastic, and glass to hide behind when my nerves get to be too much then I can do pretty much anything. And so I went.

And, of course, rather than any of my fears coming true it was quite the opposite. It was a lovely evening and we got an awesome, winding tour of the amazing aquarium and learned a lot about having weddings there. For instance, your reception room can have the shades lifted to reveal giant windows into the shark tank to wow your guests (see below, first two images). Heck, you can even have your ceremony in front of a giant aquarium window. The long winding pathways with glass windows looking in the tank can be filled with cocktail tables or reception tables so your guests can actually even be surrounded by the amazing sea life while they eat. And the photo opportunities? Endless. After getting to hang out there for the evening I am absolutely itching to shoot a wedding there. So, brides, let’s do this!

A huge, huge thanks to the Association of Bridal Consultants, South Jersey, and to Isis of Posh Events. Also, a thank you to the people who made me feel especially welcome…. I won’t mention them all here for fear of forgetting someone, but you know who you are. So lovely getting to meet so many talented individuals in the wedding industry.

See, right here (below)… you can have your ceremony RIGHT HERE. Amazing.

And the final sunset I caught as I left the aquarium. Five-image stitched pano of the Philadelphia skyline.

Jenna - Love your opening statement! I’m pretty sure no one assumed you’re afraid of fish, but you never know! :] xxxMarch 26, 2012 – 12:33 PM

Isis of POSH Events - You my friend, are awesome beyond measure. I’m glad that you joined us last night and look forward to many, many more.March 26, 2012 – 1:02 PM

Tina - Yay for you! I need to get out and do those things more often:)March 26, 2012 – 1:42 PM

Dee Nikolaidis - WOW ! Absolutely gorgeous. You got some amazing shots and I loved your composition ! Glad you had a good time ! xoMarch 26, 2012 – 6:13 PM

NJ Wedding Videographer - I know I was one of the cool people to make you feel welcome. It’s ok, you can shout me out next time. No one should take offense because that’s just how I roll!! LOL

Seriously though, Amanda, great post and it was wondeful meeting you. Hope to see you again soon!March 27, 2012 – 11:59 PM

Jessica Ares - Wow, first I must say I love your opening story, second your pictures are beautiful and third, you are good. Congrat’s I have been networking more as well. It really helps.March 28, 2012 – 12:01 AM

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