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Wedding at the Loews Hotel Philly

Wedding at the Loews Hotel Philly

Who? : Alexa + Ryan

What? : Preparations in a hotel and an AirBnB in Philadelphia, ceremony at a church, portraits in the park, and a reception in the Loews Hotel Ballroom

Where?   The Loews Hotel Philadelphia

When? : April 2019

The bold documentary style has drawn us both in. We like the creative and artful touches (fades, bokeh in lighting, mirroring and strong angles are very nice). We are both drawn to the colorful/psychedelic styles and would love to capture this if possible.

Bold documentary style?  Creative touches?  Mirroring?  Strong angles?   Colorful style?  When I read this note from Alexa and Ryan in regards to their wedding photography I knew I was all in – as if I wasn’t already.  Alexa and Ryan are the sort of people that bring the sun with them wherever they go, from the incredibly sweet way they are with each other to the way they laugh and forge bravely into some of the craziest Philadelphia wind I’ve ever experienced.

From the wind sweeping them through a shower of rose petals down the steps of their church to crawling under scaffolding in the pitch dark for a breathtaking rooftop view of the city, Alexa and Ryan are the kind of clients that wedding photographers dream about : bold, creative, artful, and strong.  They themselves are colorful and extraordinary, so it’s no surprise that they wanted that reflected in their wedding images.

What a dream, what a windy dreamy dream their day was.

Here are a few of my favorite images from their wedding:

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Wedding at the Westin in Philadelphia

Wedding at the Westin in Philadelphia

Who? : Rachel + Brandon

What? : Preparations, ketubah signing, tish, bedeken, ceremony, and reception in a Center City Philadelphia hotel and ballroom.  Portraits of the couple, family, and wedding party around Philly : most notably, at City Hall, Broad Street, and Rittenhouse Square.

Where?  The Westin Philadelphia

When? : September 2018

Some people are just…joy.  They radiate light, happiness, that intangible exquisite nature that makes up good people.  You can see it in their eyes.  In how they speak to you and to the world around them. You can see it when their family and friends look at them.  You can tell by the joy that surrounds them on their wedding day.  Both Rachel and Brandon are that kind of good people.  From Rachel singing Once On This Island while putting on her wedding dress to the way Brandon touched her face when he arrived at her bedeken, the entire day was full of moments that simply brought tears to your eyes.  It was a joy to witness, to feel that love, and to document these moments for them and their incredible, incredible families.

Here are a few of my favorite images from their wedding:

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Wedding at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia

Wedding at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia

Who? : Valerie + Steven

What? : Preparations, wedding ceremony, and reception at a Philadelphia Center City hotel.  Portraits at Philly’s City Hall.

Where? The Loews Philadelphia

When? : August 2018

Valerie’s first email to me began with the sentence I really like what you do with light.  It seems only fitting then that hers and Steven’s day was full of gorgeous light.  From the beautiful rooms they got ready in at the Loews in Philly, to the pre-thunderstorm light filtering through the windows for their first look, to the delicate light under City Hall for their portraits, their day was simply full of light.  It’s also fitting, because Valerie and Steven themselves are light-filled, funny, bright, sweet, and endlessly joyous.  The sun held out for them all day, until giving them a glorious ceremony thunderstorm.  I’d spend a rainy afternoon with these two any day!

Here are a few of my favorite images from their wedding:

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Wedding at the Crystal Tea Room

Wedding at the Crystal Tea Room

Who? : Sara + Ben

What? : Preparations in a hotel, first look at Philadelphia’s City Hall, portraits around Philly, ceremony and reception in a historic ballroom.

Where? :  The Crystal Tea Room, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

When? : June 2018

Ben and Sara, along with their fantastic coordinator Jennifer Supper of Kaleidoscope Weddings, planned for their wedding day to be a total rainstorm from start to finish.  Instead of the deluge that we were so worried about, we were treated to a pleasantly cool, dreamy Philly day.  “If only we had a LITTLE crazy rain for just ONE dramatic shot” we all said as we finished the portrait session…only to have a crazy torrential rain pour all over the end of the reception for one final shot.  Talk about perfect weather!  Much like the weather itself, Ben and Sara were cool, calm, and collected – and why wouldn’t they have been?  Their day was seamless, from start to finish!

Here are a few of my favorite images from the day:

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Wedding at Union Trust in Philadelphia

Wedding at Union Trust in Philadelphia

Who? : Stephanie + Nickolas

What? : Outdoor wedding ceremony, portraits around historic Philadelphia, and a reception inside a renovated bank

Where? :  Hotel Monaco, the Powel House, and Union Trust.

When? : June 2018

Clearly this summer is “photograph lots of weddings in renovated old banks” month!  From Capitale to Cipriani and now over to Philadelphia’s Union Trust, it’s been a gorgeous month of soaring ceilings, expansive spaces, and excellent renovations!  Stephanie and Nickolas had a day that was pure Philadelphia joy from start to finish.  From their preparations in the popular Hotel Monaco to the gorgeous outdoor Greek ceremony at the Powel House, their charming indoor portraits at Powel surrounded by beautiful old architecture to their outdoor portraits around classic Philadelphia landmarks, ending at their reception inside the iconic Union Trust building, the entire day was full of history, sunshine, and sweetness.

Here are a few of my favorite images from the day:

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New Year’s Eve Wedding

New Year’s Eve Wedding in Philadelphia

Who? : Becca + Hal

What? : Nighttime indoor ceremony and ballroom reception at Philadelphia’s The Logan Hotel (formerly the Philadelphia Four Seasons)

Where? : The Logan

When? : December 2017

If you want to throw a killer party for your family and closest friends, what is the best day of the year to ensure that party atmosphere?  New Year’s Eve, of course!  Every time I shoot a New Year’s Eve wedding I always end up documenting one of the best parties of the year.

I have adored Becca since our first communication (set up by her magnificent wedding planner, Gina).  We talked all things theatre, hit it off immediately, and I just knew that was the beginning of an excellent relationship.  After meeting Hal at their Philadelphia engagement session, it was evident that this couple was a spectacular one.

Becca and Hal chose to celebrate their marriage at Philadelphia’s beautiful Logan Hotel.  Despite the weather being in single digits, it was warm and inviting inside.  The ceremony took place under a beautifully illuminated chuppah, and then the party moved into the iconic Logan ballroom for hours of dinner, toasts, and dancing.

Becca and Hal, thank you for having me at one of the wildest parties of 2017!  It’s always an honor to ring in the new year at a wedding, and it’s extra special when clients are as marvelous as you two!

Here are just a few of my favorite images of the day:

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Cescaphe Philadelphia Wedding

Cescaphe Philadelphia Wedding

Who? : Tommy + Abby

What? : Indoor ceremony and reception with portraits in Washington Square Park

Where? : Cescaphe Philadelphia

When? : December 2017

Winter weddings are always cause for planning, planning, and planning some more.  What if it snows?  What if bad weather makes it difficult for your guests to arrive?  What if it’s too cold to go outside for portraits?  What if?  What if?  Abby and Tommy planned perfectly, and got the best kind of winter wedding : meticulously designed, impeccably executed, and with the most flawless coating of snow on the ground for spectacular outdoor portraits.  It’s always a delight to collaborate with the team at Cescaphe Philadelphia wedding team, and it was so beautiful to see Abby and Tommy’s day come together.  From the deeply personal Amish wedding ceremony to the floral cannon showering the couple during their first dance, the emotion and design of the day were first rate.  It was an honor to witness the love this family has for each other, and an honor to create these images for such spectacular people!

Here are just a few of my favorite images of the day:

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Wedding at the Hotel Du Village

Wedding at the Hotel Du Village

Who? : Names withheld by client request

What? : Outdoor ceremony and portraits, indoor wedding reception

Where? : Hotel Du Village, New Hope, Pennsylvania.

When? : September 2017

I had never worked at the gorgeous Hotel Du Village before this gorgeous wedding day.  I quickly came to learn that a wedding at the Hotel Du Village was right up my alley.  There were multiple orgeous interior locations where I could work with quirky, charmingly directional light.  There were beautiful outdoor locations for portraits of the couple together.  There were beautiful backgrounds and brilliant light for the family photographs.  There was a great outdoor location for a ceremony, and an equally great location for the indoor reception.  To cap it all off, there was a brilliant, beautiful, phenomenal couple to work with.  What more could any wedding photographer ask for?

THANK YOU both for trusting me with your day.  It was an honor and a pleasure to meet you and work with you.

Here are just a few of my favorite images from the day:

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Wedding at Philadelphia’s Logan Hotel

Wedding at Philadelphia’s Logan Hotel

Who? : Alison + Jeremy

What? : Wedding in a historic basilica, portraits at the Rodan Museum, and reception in a modern hotel ballroom.

Where? : Wedding at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and reception at The Logan

When? : June 2017

Alison and Jeremy have been a delight to work with from the very start.  From our first in-person meeting to their glorious sunset engagement session, it’s been a joy working with these two and their incredible families.  I have loved The Logan in Philadelphia for years, having gotten ready there for my own wedding back when it was the Four Seasons.  I also well remember the first wedding I ever shot at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.  The combination of those two spectacular venues makes for a very iconic Philly wedding, and the addition of a quick stop at the Rodin Museum for portraits made this day nothing short of perfect.  The pouring rain  that had threatened all day stopped the second the ceremony was over, and the skies opened up for some gorgeous light during their portraits together, which was truly a sight to see.

Alison and Jeremy, thank you so much for having us be a part of your day.  You truly had a dream team of collaborators working on your wedding, from Evantine to Eric at the Logan, and it’s always wonderful to work with such amazing artists!

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Winter Wedding at the Kimmel Center

Wedding at the Kimmel Center

Who? : Laura + Greg

What? : Winter wedding in a modern performing arts center

Where?The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

When? : March 2017

This winter wedding at the Kimmel Center was freezing cold outside but warm and welcoming inside! The bride started her day at the beautiful Ritz Carlton in Philadelphia’s famed City Center.  From there, the bride and groom went with their wedding party to Rittenhouse Square for some portraits before heading to the Kimmel Center for their ketubah signing, ceremony, and reception.

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Wedding vendors:

  • Photographer : Susan Stripling
  • Event Coordinator : Jamie Nadeau, Lauren James Events
  • Hotel/Lodging : Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia
  • Hair : Jill Kozar/Up Your Do
  • Makeup : Make Me Up Pretty/Victoria Roggio
  • Videography : Tim Sudall/Allure Films
  • Entertainment : Clay Sears/American Deluxe
  • Bridal Gown : Elizabeth Fillmore/Gabriella’s
  • Florist :Petals Lane
  • Stationary : Pen and Paper

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Downtown Club Wedding

When I delivered the images from this Downtown Club wedding, the bride immediately emailed me back.  “You literally captured every single emotion of our entire day. I remember every moment exactly. I can’t believe it.”  As a wedding photographer, there is nothing better than making your clients happy.  It’s an honor to document such important events, and this wedding day was an especially brilliant one.

When winter starts to roll around, the sun stops cooperating.  No more long, dreamy summer sunsets.  Now the sun is racing towards the horizon at a breakneck pace, setting far too early.  The clouds block any light we might have, it can’t seem to stop raining, and “dreary” is the best word to describe most northeastern late-fall days.  Not this day.  It was cold and clear, with the most perfect winter light.  More, please?

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We started the day in the bridal suite at Philadelphia’s Hotel Monaco. I love the light in the suites here! It makes for brilliant detail images, and really compelling getting-ready photographs.
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The bride wore a phenomenal Jenny Packham dress. Her shoes were the perfect compliment to the nuanced detail of the dress.
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Right before heading out to see her groom for the first time, Jessica made sure to move her engagement ring to the right finger!
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I love the preparation part of a wedding day. There are so many moments to capture, both big and small. I love the light streaming through the bride’s veil, illuminating the detail on her Jenny Packham gown.
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Wedding day details are a popular part of modern wedding photography. I especially love documenting details in action, such as the way the light streams through the veil. I think it’s so beautiful, skimming across her headpiece and highlighting the shoulder detail.
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After the bride and groom were dressed, it was off to Old Saint Mary’s for the wedding ceremony. How cute are these flower girls?
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One of my favorite parts of the wedding day is the ceremony processional. It’s the first time the bride gets to see all of her guests assembled together!
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Church lighting can be a tricky thing. It’s the one part of the wedding day that photographers have little to absolutely no control over. Old Saint Mary’s was especially brilliant on this particular day. The sun was coming directly through the stained glass windows. It lit the bride and groom perfectly during the entire ceremony!
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See what I mean about the light? It was just perfect.
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I’ve never seen such glorious light in a church in the wintertime! See how it lights up her veil so extraordinarily? And how it highlights his face? So very, very beautiful.
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The recessional after a ceremony is another chance to see some great moments. I love how the groom is looking at his bride, and how she is grinning into the crowd!
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After the ceremony, there was a break before the cocktail hour. We spent the time going around Philadelphia for some portraits. We started at the Merchants’ Exchange Building. This Old City location is so beautiful, with it’s classic cobblestone streets and beautiful Philly architecture.
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From there, we visited Washington Square Park and the Second Bank of the United States. The light here was also completely extraordinary.
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Philadelphia was still deciding whether to be fall or winter. The air was crisp and cold, and the trees were struggling to hold onto their leaves.
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We spent a little longer in Washington Square Park, while the sun fell lower and lower in the sky.
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I have such a soft spot for this particular location, as it’s where I got engaged years ago. The light is always so lovely.
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Having the break in between the ceremony and cocktail hour meant that we had plenty of time for portraits of the bride and groom.
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We not only had permits to shoot in Washington Square Park, but at Waterworks as well. We chased the sunset all the way to the water.
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We were determined to use every last bit of sunlight – and we did!
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Once the sun set, portraits were over. It was time to head to the Downtown Club for the cocktail hour and reception!
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The Cescaphe confetti cannon is always a big hit!
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I love father-daughter dances. They are such wonderful times between family. I love that you can see the groom in the background, watching his wife dance with her dad.

Jessica and Erik, thank you so much for trusting me with your day!  Thank you even more for spending so much time in the cold for your portraits.  It took extraordinary dedication, and I love you both for it!

Vie Wedding

Marissa and Thomas’ Vie wedding was everything you want a Philadelphia summer wedding to be.  The bride and groom got ready at Philly’s lovely Loews Hotel.  The ceremony took place at the stately St. Augustine Church, just blocks from the historic Liberty Bell.  After the ceremony was over, the bride and groom brought their bridal party to the extraordinary Washington Square Park for some truly extraordinary, sun-drenched portraits.  The reception took place at Cescaphe’s brilliant Vie, a cheerfully vibrant reception space near City Hall and Love Park.

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I love starting a wedding day out at the Loews. It’s such a vibrant hotel with such beautiful light. Marissa had her details all ready for me!
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The bride was surrounded by her bridesmaids and darling flower girl while she got ready. I love Marissa’s attention to detail with the bridesmaids’ striped robes, her silky white robe, and her flower girl’s delicate white wrap!
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Marissa and her mom are wonderful together. I loved documenting the relationships between her and her parents!
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When photographing a wedding, sometimes I see a beautiful moment (like the one above) and think that it can’t possibly get better than that. And then sometimes it does!
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How crazy and elaborately excellent are the bride’s shoes?
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Marissa has wonderful style, and her dress matched her personality perfectly. I love the lace detail and the sheer paneling!
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Marissa wanted to have a “first look” of sorts with her bridesmaids. This is their reaction upon seeing her in her wedding dress for the first time!
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…I especially love the incredibly charming reaction of the flower girl!
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The bride had each bridesmaids’ bouquet personalized with their initial. I love the grey satin ribbons and the rose flowers. They were gorgeous against the bridesmaids’ rose-colored dresses.
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The corsages for the mothers were especially excellent. I love the modern spin on the traditional wrist corsage, seen here on the mother of the bride.
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Marissa was all smiles as she headed down the aisle. You can really see the great detail of her dress in this image. Isn’t it lovely?
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Immediately following the ceremony, the bride and groom greeted their guests in a warm, charming receiving line. My favorite part of this image is Marissa’s wonderful bridesmaid to the far right. She was helping Marissa fix her veil while Marissa was hugging guests!
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There are so many wonderful moments during receiving lines!
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After the family formal photographs at the church, it was off to Washington Square Park with the bride, groom, and bridal party. We arrived just at sunset, and the light could not have been more stellar.
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The groom wore blue. How amazing is that?
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Washington Square Park has a wonderful, warm place in my heart. Right behind where these women are standing is Talula’s Garden, one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia. And less than fifty feet away was where my husband asked me to marry him in 2011. Yup, Washington Square Park is basically the best.
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We had limited time in the park, so we had to work quickly. These two have marvelous chemistry and made my job incredibly easy!
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We were able to work with the last moments of sunlight before heading off towards Vie and the wedding reception.
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Marissa and Thomas are so kind to each other. They are also very sweet, very funny, and very, very charming.
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What would a Philly wedding be without a portrait at City Hall?
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We worked as quickly as we could in the fading light. It was so wonderful to be out in the sunset, and even MORE wonderful that the bride and groom were so excited about their portraits.
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Philadelphia’s City Hall at sunset is really spectacular, no?
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Once at Vie, I had a few moments to document the reception space before cocktail hour was over.
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The bride and groom put a lot of thought into their reception decor, and every detail was flawless.
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I’ve seen lots of things happen during a reception introduction, but never a bridesmaid being attacked with silly string!
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The bride and groom entered the reception to screams from their guests, and with a tunnel of bridesmaids and groomsmen to run through!
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See what I mean? It was a great start to a FANTASTIC party.
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The second the first dance started, a rose petal explosion took place. I absolutely adore Marissa’s reaction!
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The first dance was followed by dinner. Dinner was followed by some truly incredible, fun, and heartfelt toasts.
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Parent dances are among my favorite wedding traditions!
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The band kept everyone on the dance floor all night long. Somewhere in the midst of the party, the bride and groom became the lead singers for a song or two!
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As you can see, the cake cutting got a little bit crazy.
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Nothing ends a wedding better than a good old fashioned sparkler exit…and a kiss or two!

 

Marissa and Thomas, I cannot thank you enough for your enthusiasm, energy, and kindness.  I know your wedding photography was very important to you, and I thank you for giving me ample time to create images that I hope you adore as much as I adored capturing them for you!

Front and Palmer Wedding : Jennifer + Brian

Jennifer and Brian’s Front and Palmer wedding warmed my heart for dozens of different reasons. One : Awhile before the wedding Jennifer mentioned in passing that it would be great if it snowed on their wedding day. “Not a lot of snow” she stated “But maybe a little snow on the ground would be nice.” True to her wishes there was an incredible coating of snow on the ground in Washington Square Park for their portraits – and we had the park almost entirely to ourselves! Two : When Brian heard Jennifer coming down the hallway of the Westin to see him for the first time he started crying before she even reached him. Three : My husband and I were married at Front and Palmer less than a year ago and being back to photograph there was deliciously surreal. 

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I met up with the bride in her gorgeous suite at the Westin Philadelphia. I love that hotel for it’s gorgeous light and peaceful, elegant rooms.
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The winter light in the Westin was soft and gentle.
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The bride had family and friends on hand to help her get ready.
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The bride was so calm and collected during the entire getting ready process.
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The bride’s gorgeous bouquet was provided by the sweet team at Flowers and Company.
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I loved the genuine emotion between the bride and her family.
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Before heading out to see her husband for the first time the bride sat for a few portraits in her room at the Westin.
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The bride and groom saw each other for the first time in the hallway at the Westin.
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They were so happy to be together after a day apart!
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It was only 22 degrees in Washington Square Park, but the bride and groom were still up for going outside for their portraits.
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I was so glad that they were willing to brave the cold for such gorgeous portraits.
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I was so touched by the groom’s emotion all day long.
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Washington Square Park is gorgeous all year-round, even with a completely frozen ground and piles of snow!
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While we were only in the park for twenty minutes, we made some wonderful portraits.
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Then it was off to Front and Palmer for the wedding ceremony. Ram Productions did a wonderful job with the lighting for this wedding.
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The bride’s rings were so beautiful.
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The ceremony was short, sweet, and emotional.
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Feast Your Eyes did an incredible job on the catering for this sweet winter wedding.
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I had a few moments to photograph the Front and Palmer reception space before the party began.
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I also had a few more moments to take some portraits of the bride and groom in their reception room.
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The intimate feel of the wedding reception matched the season perfectly.
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Lovesick Inc. did an excellent job keep everyone entertained during the reception.
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I love the distressed concrete background behind the head table!
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The groom’s dance with his mother was so lovely!
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We stepped outside for a few more portraits towards the end of the night as well!

 Jennifer and Brian, THANK YOU. Thank you for braving the cold for your portraits, thank you for trusting me, thank you for letting me witness how much you love each other, and thank you for having me as a part of your day. It was already magical to be back in my own wedding venue but to be there with you was a true treat.