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.

Brides on broad

Broad Street, Philadelphia.  The one location almost every Philly bride wants.  When we first started shooting weddings, I was determined not to do the expected shots.  And I definitely, did not want to shoot Broad Street Brides.  It was cliche. It was overdone.  I wanted no part of it.  But as it would happen, one of the first couples that booked us wanted the big Broad Street shot, at night, on New Year’s Eve.  It’s a tricky enough shot during the day, but on the biggest party night of year in the middle of Center City, it was definitely a baptism by fire.  We decided to take model Tesla Baretta for a spin around the area in a wedding dress at night for some practice.  I think practice in our business is widely disregarded as working “for free”.  These model shoots have been instrumental in the leaps our wedding photography has taken.  Our couples hire us because in the middle of traffic on the busiest night of the year, we know what works because we’ve practiced.  Because our off-time is spent learning new techniques, practicing them and being able to add them toolbox of skills to bring out quickly and effortlessly in the middle of timelines and guests and nervous energy.  We are not afraid of shooting it differently.  When everyone else straps on a 24-70mm and shoots with available light, blowing out City Hall in the afternoon, we know that Paul is more than likely going to put on a wide-angle or play with long exposures on a tripod to tell the story, and I’m going to a long lens for the lens compression to bring City Hall closer to our couple, and to turn traffic lights into bubbles of color.  We know where there is space for a light stand in the middle of the street without it being wiped out by traffic, and have gotten ridiculously good at setting one up from the back of a party bus.  We are unafraid to shoot it in the middle of the afternoon and underexpose that tricky noon day City Hall light with a pop of off camera flash.  We know from dressing model Lily Cheshire in a gown from Simply Bridal and playing around on Broad Street that a back light on a gorilla pod makes a beautiful rim light relatively safe from pedestrians and now that we have fallen in love with our new Mag Mods, we have a new way to shape our light that will take it even one step further.  I’ve got a new technique that I’m dying to try on Broad Street, so you might want to check out #bridesonbroad to keep up with our on-going journey documenting this fabulous Philly wedding tradition in new and better ways every single time we shoot it.

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There is nothing more romantic than a Winter Wedding in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square.   The day started in the lovely bridal suite of Center City’s Radisson Blu Warwick.  For me, entering a hotel room on wedding day there is a flutter of nerves.  I always start with the details and as I begin removing wedding dresses from bags, jewelry from boxes, the brides often a bit frantic, I have very little time to formulate an image of this bride on her day, how to best showcase her most beautiful qualities as it all unfolds piece by piece.

Ali’s strapless tulle dress with crystal sweetheart bodice and tiered skirt by Hayley Paige Bridal was perfect even before she put it on.  Her Christian Louboutin’s seemed perfectly coordinated with the touches of red everywhere.  Beautiful bridesmaids in elegant long black dresses with small white bouquets, the perfect group of friends and family to surround Ali on her day.

After a lovely ceremony at Church of the Holy Trinity, we took a few minutes for some romantic shots of the bride and groom in the church and then out to Rittenhouse Square to watch Ali spin under the holiday lights with her handsome groom.  After last year’s winter bridal shoot with Lily Cheshire, I was thrilled to shoot a real winter wedding there, and want to make sure I do one every single year. The Center City holiday magic continued with my fight with the parking lot attendant to get my car out of the lot, but eventually I arrived at the Cescaphe Ballroom to photograph Ali’s beautiful winter wedding decor with Christmas trees, white roses and poinsettas, gold trimmed plates, greenery and twinkling holiday lights.

Hair stylist on hand for a quick and pretty hairstyle change, we had a little time for some of my all time favorite empty ballroom shots. Ali and John then danced the night away to great music by EBE Paris surrounded by close family and truly lovely friends.  Thank you Ali and John.  It was a joy to be a small part of your perfect day!

And a huge thank you to our friends at Philly in Love, for featuring Ali and John’s beautiful wedding on your site as well. We are honored!

Venue: Cescaphe Ballroom
Band: EBE Paris
Florist: Beautiful Blooms
Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige Bridal
Hotel: Radisson Blu Warwick
Ceremony: Church of the Holy Trinity