Although we built our business on non-traditional, off beat weddings, we’ve recently developed a love for those classic, timeless weddings with couples who love romantic elegance in their weddings while staying true to our aesthetic of fresh, modern photography.  Our classic weddings still incorporate lots of photojournalistic candids, but with more classic poses and portraiture.

Broad street wedding

Bride and groom on Broad Street

It’s one of my favorite location combinations for elegant Philadelphia weddings.  It starts with the bride and groom getting ready at The Hotel Monaco and ends with a reception at Cescaphe Ballroom.  For Alex and Andreas’ wedding day, there were even more beautiful stops throughout the day.  We were hired for this elegant wedding day by our friends at Sky Orphan Productions.  If you are considering video for an upcoming Black, White and Raw Photography wedding, please make sure to check them out! They’re one of our favorite teams to work with, and their cinematography and storytelling is the perfect compliment to the wedding coverage we provide

Prep

The Hotel Monaco is one of my favorite old city hotels for getting ready.  The suites are large and whimsically designed with lots of well lit areas for detail photos and bridal portraits.  Alexandra’s bridal party was relaxed and fun, while Andreas’ preperations involved the Greek Traditions of each member of the family helping to dress him while singing traditional songs.  The groomsmen had time for photos with Paul in front of Second Bank. It’s a great spot for photos, just make sure you get a photo permit.

Ceremony and Photo Stops

St George’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral is a truly magnificent house of worship. I always feel deeply honored to be allowed to photograph wedding ceremonies from other cultures.  We then made a stop at Broad Street for some romantic bride and groom photos before heading over to Independence Mall for bridal party photos. I loved the dark blue groomsmen’s suits with the pale blush tones of the bridesmaids dresses, everything punctuated with just a touch of sparkle.  A quick stop at Elfreth’s Alley, the country’s oldest residential street for a few group shots and really handsome portraits of Andreas.

Reception

The Cescaphe Ballroom is one of my favorite venues in the city. The Cescaphe Event Group  always does a stellar job with weddings and treats vendors with the respect and professionalism that keeps us energized and happily shooting all night long. The Cescaphe Ballroom has an amazing 90 minute cocktail hour, which allows for photos of the bride and groom in the empty ballroom before their guests enter. I love letting the couple jump up on the bar for some really cute photos.  Cescaphe Ballroom is also known for their sparkler entrances for the bride and groom, as well as stunningly beautiful cakes.  At the end of the night, a breakfast bar is waiting for the couple with a private dessert flambe and they are escorted to a private table to watch their guests in the ballroom below.

Photos by Lori Foxworth and Paul Cofield

Watch their video teaser by Sky Orphan Productions below:

 

Video by Brad Allen and Jenna Pastore

 

Classic fall wedding in Old City, Philadelphia

First look at Independence Mall

Nothing that says “classic” like an  Old City Philadelphia Wedding in the fall. The area is loaded with 18th Century charm, cobblestone streets and lovely hotels.  Pro tip: Make sure you get a permit from the City of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.  Although you may not get asked to show a permit, very often you are. And you don’t want to be scrambling for another place to shoot with a bridal party and guests to get back to. Don’t wait until the last minute, as sometimes the permits take a while to get.

Piaget and Colman’s  Old City Philadelphia wedding began with bridal prep in Franklin Hotel’s stunning bridal suite. There’s a lovely little path just across from the hotel that was perfect for a first look. We photographed Colman and his crew of Irish groomsmen as we waited for the girls. A pretty walk around Second Bank gave us opportunity for bridal party photos as well as bride and groom portraits. Second bank is one of my favorite spots for photos. It’s Greek revival architecture makes for grand, dramatic photos perfect for wall art. There are spots to keep dry if it raining or the sun is too hot, and I love the columns for portraits. All of that white fills the shadows of the face and creates beautifully flattering light.

After family formals on the roof lounge of the Hotel Monaco, a beautiful ceremony filled with the brides mother’s floral creations took place at the hotel before the real party started. The reception was full of laughter, close family and friends and dancing the night away. I can’t thank this lovely couple enough for having me be part of their day.

Photographed by Lori for George Street Photo