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When Adrienne and I first began speaking about her wedding, her vision was all about color.  As a graphic designer, she loves colors and patterns and textures so we were ridiculously excited about her colorful University City Wedding.  We began the day at Homewood suites which has been the hotel of choice for several of our University City brides.  We then hopped over to City Hall for Adrienne and Mike’s first look, which we still managed to make work despite a large Muslim festival going on in the courtyard.  Our experience in street photography continues to be asset in our wedding photography and I love the photo journalistic aspects of their city hall and Broad Street shots. I also love the variety of looks we’re able to provide in half the time, with Paul’s sweeping wide angles and my longer lenses for intimate close-ups.

Falls Bridge is one of my new favorite areas for bridal shoots, and was a great compliment to the earlier portion of the day. I love the portraits of Adrienne, and her dress (with pockets!) was the perfect romantic contrast to the street lights and hard angles of the bridge.  There was no more fitting venue for a cool city wedding than University City’s Distrito, where guests were greeted with margaritas, Mexican Lucha Libre masks, and some of the most fabulous Mexican food I’ve ever tasted. Thank you Adrienne and Mike, for allowing us to document your amazing day!

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This has officially been our season of Industrial Weddings in super cool venues, so when we heard that Maria and James were having their Industrial Chic Wedding at Goggleworks Center for the Arts in Reading, Pa, we couldn’t wait to photograph it!  We already knew from their Philadelphia Old City/Penn’s Landing engagement shoot, which remains one of our favorites, that they have a natural ease about them.  There is a palpable joy about them when they’re together, deeply romantic and full of fun.

Goggleworks Center for the Arts is a 5 story community arts facility which houses art galleries, teaching studios, a theater for daily art films, a cafe, etc, in what was formerly The Willson Goggle Factory. Founded in 1871 it was the first factory to manufacture optical glass for lenses and reading glasses.  Maria and James’ joyous day was spent entirely at the venue.  I loved the exposed brick for Maria’s portraits pre-ceremony. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house for their beautiful vows, and a photo walk around the grounds of the facility was a dream to shoot, with walls and alleys and hard edges a perfect contrast to their warm, romantic day.  We loved using elements of James’ Polish traditions (bread, salt and vodka) in their ring shots, and Maria’s Brazilian heritage brought Carnivale to life at the end of the evening.  Such a fun, joyous, and lovely event, we were absolutely thrilled and honored to be a part of it.