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
 
 

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This has officially been our season of Industrial Weddings in super cool venues, so when we heard that Maria and James were having their Industrial Chic Wedding at Goggleworks Center for the Arts in Reading, Pa, we couldn’t wait to photograph it!  We already knew from their Philadelphia Old City/Penn’s Landing engagement shoot, which remains one of our favorites, that they have a natural ease about them.  There is a palpable joy about them when they’re together, deeply romantic and full of fun.

Goggleworks Center for the Arts is a 5 story community arts facility which houses art galleries, teaching studios, a theater for daily art films, a cafe, etc, in what was formerly The Willson Goggle Factory. Founded in 1871 it was the first factory to manufacture optical glass for lenses and reading glasses.  Maria and James’ joyous day was spent entirely at the venue.  I loved the exposed brick for Maria’s portraits pre-ceremony. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house for their beautiful vows, and a photo walk around the grounds of the facility was a dream to shoot, with walls and alleys and hard edges a perfect contrast to their warm, romantic day.  We loved using elements of James’ Polish traditions (bread, salt and vodka) in their ring shots, and Maria’s Brazilian heritage brought Carnivale to life at the end of the evening.  Such a fun, joyous, and lovely event, we were absolutely thrilled and honored to be a part of it.