Someone recently asked me why I love shooting weddings.  I think we approach them differently.  Not only differently in terms of trying to shoot in a more unique way that all those big wedding studios, but we treat each wedding as a unique event unto itself.   Most weddings have similar elements.  The challenge of wedding photography, and what I think sets us apart, is that we don’t have a set way of how we shoot those similar elements, or how they get processed.  Take the classic Broad Street shot, for instance.  No two are exactly alike.  Some are light hearted and playful, others deeply romantic, some have that perfect dip, and some look like they’re straight out of fashion magazine.  Each wedding leaves me with a different impression of what made it beautiful and uniquely special.

Kelly and Mike had the ultimate classic wedding.  With their movie star good looks, her classic dress screamed old Hollywood glamour.  From a traditional ceremony at Old St Mary’s Church to fun bridal party photos at Race Street (where we were lucky enough to grab a fabulous shoot with model Porsha Terry in the spring), this wedding seemed to beg for tons of grainy Ilford film black and whites and Portra color film treatments.   Here are just a few of my favorites from the day.  Enjoy!

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New Year’s Eve weddings.  We love them!  Although we don’t really go out and party on New Year’s Eve, we do celebrate as New Years Eve as it marks the anniversary of the very first wedding that we ever shot.  This year we had double treat.  Not only did we get to shoot a beautiful New Year’s Eve celebration at Philly’s gorgeous DoubleTree by Hilton in Center City, but the couple also booked us for the Mummer’s Day Parade on Broad Street the next day, one of our favorite Philly traditions to photograph.

The DoubleTree is a spectacular venue for wedding photography.  Large meeting rooms which can comfortably house a team of makeup artists for bridal parties, stunning views, and a wealth of amazing areas around the hotel to shoot in.  Wedding coordinator Lisa Delucca offers the kind of personal attention to detail which is truly a rarity in the hotel wedding industry, even indulging my request to meet me days before the event for a tour of the entire premises with 5 full floors teaming with photo ops at every turn.  We felt completely welcome at every stage of our two days spent with the cast and crew of the DoubleTree, and nothing makes it easier to get gorgeous photos…except of course, an awesome bride and groom.  Oh yeah, we got that.

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