What can I say. I have lived here for 11 years, been in the photography business for almost 2 and 1/2, and this is the first wedding I have shot-even been to- in Philadelphia. It was worth the wait. There is something about this city that pulls you in; perhaps it is all of the history, maybe the architecture, or maybe just the roughness of the city itself. Whatever it is, it is magical, and Philadelphia delivered on this particular wedding day. If you would like to see their Philly engagement shoot you can click the link.
From Rittenhouse Square to the historic Tenth Presbyterian Church to coffee supplied by Philadelphia’s own GreenStreet Coffee Roasters, this day was full of neat experiences around every corner. The bride is rarely seen without a smile on her face, a truly joyful and refreshing individual to be around. The groom obviously adores her, he was so obviously excited and nervous as she walked toward them for their first look.
The girls got to prepare in the catacombs of the church, a spot underneath the sanctuary with neat arches and a stone wall. Funny enough, the maid of honor used to be a music student of mine, a good friend who assisted me and kept my wild mind organized back when I taught high school.
When the bride arrived from hair and makeup, she immediately began writing a special note for her groom to read before the ceremony.
The groom got ready elsewhere, and eventually got to read the note from the bride, and stopped to pray with his groomsmen.
And… the sanctuary. ‘Nough said.
We met in the church for the first look.
We met in the church for the first look. Can you tell they were excited?
I love catching the Father of the Bride’s first look, too…
We headed to Rittenhouse Square to do almost all of the formal pictures before the ceremony.
And… ceremony time. What a gorgeous church.
We wanted to grab a few shots out in front of the church, and went for the iron gates.
This was definitely a DIY wedding, and all of the hard work paid off. There were so many neat personalized items at the reception; here are a few:
Bacon cupcakes, anyone?
So I have to throw out a shout for the Green Street Coffee Roasters. AH-MAZ-ING would be an understatement. They basically brought the coffee shop to the reception. Their iced coffee was incredible, and they were all so friendly. What an awesome idea to have a coffee bar at your wedding. I am definitely making a trip into the city for that iced coffee.
Time for the exit..