Rainy wedding days

Rainy day bride and groom on Race Street Pier

I know I’ve said it a million times before, but I absolutely adore a Rainy Day Bride, and all the opportunities the unexpected provides. There’s something so romantic about a couple who thoroughly embraces the elements and whatever the day has to offer. Jenn and Joe’s first look at Race Street Pier couldn’t have been a better example of what makes them so perfect.
This was no ordinary rainstorm. This was approaching torrential downpour just in time for their first look at Race Street Pier. Joe knew Jenn wanted her first look at the end of the pier, and therefore, patiently waited for her in the rain (the girls had all the umbrellas on the bus. Ooops!), which was just about the most romantic thing ever. We got some beautiful umbrella shots, grabbed some fun bridal party and found a perfect spot under the bridge that kept the family group shots nice and dry.  My favorite moment was when I asked Jenn to swish her wedding dress in front of some pretty blue doors, and directed her to look down at her dress, not realizing it would be pretty wet and yucky from the rain. After a moment of shock, she completely laughed it off and as a result, we got super cute photos. (Pro tip! No one will ever notice the bottom of your dress, but you’ll have fun photos forever!)
Power Plant Productions is one of our favorite Philly venues. It’s conveniently located in Old City and because it’s also used as a photo studio, it’s got loads of natural light and cool details.  Jenn and Joe managed to make their beer theme truly elegant with brand themed tables and customized growlers.  Carl Allen Florist did a fabulous job of incorporating hops, wheat and barley throughout the dining room, creating an elegant, yet fun, decor.  Jenn actually had so many hops left over, she offered them to Paul and he just brewed a batch of beer from it to share with them. How cool is that?

Jenn:  My favorite part of the day was getting to the pier and seeing Joe. Even though we had done so much for the wedding prior to this moment, at that moment it finally felt real. The funny thing about it being my favorite part of the day is that hour was probably the most miserable rain out of the whole day. We really wanted pictures on the pier and I am so happy we didn’t let the weather change our plans because the pictures on the pier in the rain look great!

Joe: My favorite part of the day was the ceremony itself. All the preparation, planning, and worrying (more her than me) led up to that moment. Once the ceremony was over, nothing felt different but our lives had changed for the better.

1700 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19103
Growlers and seating chart  Amanda Teschko
1201 Buck Road
Feasterville-Trevose, PA 19053
Tux : Xedo.com
Michael Kors 
230 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, Pa 19106
Scottville, Michigan
Caterer : John Serock Catering (Kristy)
835 Lincoln Ave
West Chester, Pa 19380

Cescaphe Ballroom Old Hollywood Glam Wedding-113

I can’t think of a more perfect Philadelphia venue for a wedding inspired by old Hollywood glamour than the Cescaphe Ballroom, an old world ballroom located in Northern Liberties, transformed from the once renown Imperial Movie Theater.  It’s a classic, opulent space with warm wood bars, chandeliers dripping with ropes of pearls, and a classic bridal suite with a balcony overlooking the ballroom. 

Katie and Matt’s old Hollywood glamour theme was one of my favorites of last season.  Katie’s makeup was perfect  with bold, purple lips and big, dramatic earrings. The couple’s color theme of black, ivory and gold, with touches of rose gold was incorporated throughout the day, from Katie’s vintage rose gold ring to their stunning black and gold cake and even blush pink champagne in gold fluted glasses. The bridal suite is lovely, but requires a little lighting love since it doesn’t have the natural light I prefer when shooting bridal prep.  My magmod diffusers were the perfect choice, small and unobtrusive enough to create some soft, pretty bridal portraits before the ceremony.  

The Cescaphe Event Group’s 90 minute cocktail hour is a great time to play in the empty ballroom before guests enter. I love that they let couple’s jump on the bar for a celebratory photo, and they are always some of my favorite Philly wedding photos. Katie changed into one of the most stunning gold gowns I’ve ever seen for dessert.  The dessert hour is unmatched in the city, with a private dessert flambe before the couple shares dessert overlooking the grand ballroom.  I managed to pull them off of the dance floor for some beautiful night portraits in front of the ballroom, again with my magmods, this time with a pop of a blue gel for some moody romance.  It was an absolutely stunning evening, and I’m deeply grateful to have been part of it.

Kremp Florist, 220 Davisville Road, Willow Grove, PA, 19090
Le Bella Donna Bridal & Formal Shop, 319 York Road, Jenkintown, PA, 19046
Pat and Sean Kelly
Cescaphe Ballroom, 923 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19123

Photographed for George Street Photo & Video