Laura and David’s Philadelphia wedding was one of the few this past year where we didn’t do an engagement shoot to get to know the two of them. It’s rare that I walk into the groom prep and don’t know who the groom is, so Sandi and I both had a little more anxiety starting the day than we typically do. Sandi had done the consult at the studio that I wasn’t able to make, but she had let me know that both the bride and groom’s fathers were photographers and were really interested in seeing how we worked. No pressure, no pressure at all. As soon as I walked into the hotel room where the groom along with all the groomsmen were getting ready, his father immediately introduced himself and began showing me photos he had taken on recent trips around the US. Awesome photos that were truly impressive. He had a great personality, both fathers did, and I honestly could have sat there and talked about photography with him for hours which eased some of the pressure I had felt earlier in the day. (There’s a few pics of him on the dance floor below)
From the beginning of the day till the end, we did our best to creatively capture every moment as they played out in front of us. We did our best to be as documentary as possible while still being creative and artistic with some of our portraits which you’ll see below. Laura and David got ready at the Logan Hotel in Philly, then headed over to the Arch Street Presbyterian Church for their beautiful ceremony. They chose to go the traditional route of seeing each other for the first time as Laura walked down the isle, so they kept her in a separate area of the church to keep her hidden. The room they had her in had perfect window light and the walls had old wallpaper that had a pattern that seemed to almost match the design of Laura’s dress. Typically, I would never think to use wallpaper as a backdrop for a bridal portrait, but something about the room just seemed to work and I went for it. You’ll see the shot below, it’s a vertical shot, and it’s one of my favorite shots that I took, the other being the double-exposure at the very end of the blog post.
After they officially tied the knot, we headed back into Philly for some photos of the bridal party and some creative portraits of Laura and David. Once the sun went down and we had all the photos we needed, everyone headed over to the Franklin Institute for the ceremony. This was our first time photographing a wedding reception at the Franklin Institute and it was pretty special as you’ll see. We were pretty happy with the photos we were able to capture during this day and had a great time with both families. It was an all-around great day that we wish every city wedding was like. We wish the two of them nothing but the best and look forward to designing their wedding album with them!
Please see the list of other vendors below that were involved in making this big day go so smoothly and so special for Laura and David.
Wedding Gown: Blue by Enzoani
Bridal Shoes: Nina
Groom’s Tux: Scabal
Videography: Tweed Videography
Florist: Carl Alan Floral Design
Wedding Cake: Frog Catering
Name of DJ: Synergetic Sound