Philadelphia Wedding Chapel in East Falls

Elopement at the Philadelphia Wedding Chapel

There are those wedding venues that just feel good to be in, and for me, the Philadelphia Wedding Chapel is one of my local favorites.  Nestled in the East Falls section of Philly, it’s a charming, New York loft style space filled with vintage furnishings, warm wood and flooded with natural light. Stacey Thomas has done a beautiful job not only with the space, but the ceremonies as well.  The venue has wedding packages ranging from a private Elopement package with just the couple, to beautifully catered dinners for up to 50 guests in their newly renovated dining room.  The chapel celebrates complete diversity and treats every single wedding with dignity and complete devotion to the couple and the moment.  I adore shooting there, and now I’m happy to offer special pricing for weddings at this hidden gem in East Falls!

The following are special price packages offered only for wedding photography at The Philadelphia Wedding Chapel. All packages include fully edited, high resolution images delivered in a downloadable on-line gallery.  Photo albums, prints and engagement shoots are also available.


Includes 90 minutes of photography coverage, perfect for The Philadelphia Wedding Chapel’s “Elopement” or “Classic” weddings.  Includes ceremony coverage plus a photo walk to Falls Bridge with the bride and groom after the ceremony.


3 Hours $500

This is a great option for the “Deluxe” 60-90 minute receptions at Philadelphia Wedding Chapel.  We’ll cover the ceremony, champagne and cake, and family group shots.  After the reception, we’ll have time for 1-2 locations with the bride and groom.  Falls Bridge, The Museum of Art and Broad Street are all popular options.


5 Hours $700

For couples who would either like to have additional photo locations (before or after their ceremony), or who have dinner elsewhere in the neighborhood and would like coverage after their PWC ceremony, this is a popular option.  In Riva is a great local spot with super good Southern Italian food. 


5 Hours/2 Photographers $1050

For couples have both their ceremony and a full dinner reception at the PWC, this package features 2 photographers and includes a photowalk either before or after the ceremony. We LOVE shooting at night, so no worries if your dinner is in the winter or after the sun goes down.  We’ve got you covered!

All photos by Lori Foxworth and Paul Cofield of Black, White and Raw Photography





Trash the dress in Philly's Wissahickon

Smoke bombs in a trash the dress shoot

I can’t imagine a shoot that better exemplifies Paul and my journey as wedding photographers as ShaunaRae’s epic “Trash the Dress” shoot in Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Creek.  ShaunaRae booked us for her wedding 2 years before the actual date.  While there are wedding photographers who believe that it’s best to keep a professional distance from their clients, I’m overjoyed when our couples “friend” us on facebook, and ShaunaRae is a perfect example of why.  Wedding photography is deeply personal.  Over those two years, every photo she liked, showed me a little more of what she wanted. I feel like I got to know her and her family and the things she was most passionate about.  Her star-wars, vintage themed wedding, which was featured on Offbeat Bride, was one of my favorites. I couldn’t have been more happy when she called me less than a year after her wedding for a Trash the Dress shoot.

We love shooting in the Wissahickon, and have done TONS of engagement shoots there, so we know some great little spots.  I had been thinking of doing an Ophelia shoot in the Wissahickon with a model, when I thought there may be a way to merge our Ophelia ideas with ShaunaRae’s Trash the Dress shoot.  She asked about smoke bombs which we LOVE using.  Unfortunately, they don’t get a drop of color on clothing and we really wanted color on the dress, so we combined smoke bombs with Holi powder, which we’ve been playing with in photo shoots for several years.  I knew that ShaunaRae’s current unicorn hair was a deep purple, so I got smoke bombs and holi powder in colors that would compliment her hair as well as the cool blues and greys of the Wissahickon.  

I also knew from our facebook friendship that I could go dark and creepy with ShaunaRae. I know that she’s ballsy and emotionally open and introspective.  But the Wissahickon was cold, and with an hour and a half of shooting time, we decided to keep her as dry and clean as possible in the beginning so we’d have some pretty shots before the total destruction.  I think that’s the sweet spot in a Trash the Dress shoot.  Using a portion of your time to get the shots that can’t happen on a wedding day due to timing, or a fear of getting the dress dirty, or the venue location is pure gold.  It turned our shoot into a story about color and finding the beauty in destruction and of survival, all common themes in our fine art work.  Trash the Dress shoots are so much fun, but it’s more important to me to find the beauty within them and create unique artwork that’s just as worthy of hanging on a wall as a wedding photo.  I can’t wait to order a huge metal print of ShaunaRae covered in power, surrounded by smoke.  And I CANNOT thank her, or any of our clients enough for the trust they put in us.

All photos by Lori Foxworth and Paul Cofield of Black, White and Raw Photography