Black, White and Raw Photography is the collaboration of photographers Lori Foxworth and Paul Cofield, based in Philadelphia, Pa.  Although our primary focus, is unique, interesting, and non traditional weddings and lifestyle photography in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, we also love traditional and destination weddings in any amazing locations that our fabulous couples choose to share with us.

Merchant's Exchange Building

Bride and groom at the Mechant’s Exchange Building

Nothing says classic Philly quite like a Ballroom at the Ben wedding! Natasha and Julian’s stunning day had one amazing surprise for the guests at their reception…Belly Dancers!  Such a beautiful wedding, so many smiles and laughs and pure joy. It was an honor to be part of such an amazing celebration of love.

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Bridal Prep

Bridal Prep

Loews Philadelphia Hotel was the prep location for the bride and bridesmaids.  I was thrilled to once again work with Jenn Haines of Gloss Philly, one of our favorite hair and makeup artists. She’s honestly amazing. I never have to fix facial imperfections when Jenn does the makeup. She’s honestly that good. An elegant gown from Love Couture Bridal and flowers from Jennifer Designs made for a truly elegant look.

Ceremony

Old Saint James is the oldest Catholic church in Philadelphia. It has lots of old wood and beautiful gold and artwork.  I’ve been fortunate to photograph it several times.  You can feel the history of the building just by being there. It’s a very special place. I love that Natasha and Julian left the ceremony to go to our photo stop in a classic Chevy. SO romantic!

Photo Stop

The Merchant’s Exchange Building in Old City is a classic for wedding photos.  I joined the bridal party there for a some beautiful photos after the ceremony. I love the bride and groom portraits we took that day. Definitely make sure you get a permit for this location, so you can shoot undisturbed for a bit.

Reception

Ballroom at the Ben is always a perfect choice for classic Philly weddings. The staff is amazing and the building is stunning. Natasha and Julian surprised their guests with Belly Dancers! The performance was absolutely amazing. They were truly beautiful performers.

Photographed by Lori Foxworth for George Street Photo and Video

 

tattoo rings

Bride and groom with tattoo rings

I firmly believe that as a wedding photographer, it’s not about how much money you put into advertising,  but identifying your ideal client, and finding the perfect place to attract them.  We knew from the moment we decided to focus on shooting weddings that we wanted to attract more interesting, off-beat, unique weddings, and that Offbeat Bride was the perfect home for us.   We’ve been fortunate to be featured multiple times on their blog, so today we’re taking a look back at our favorite weddings that were featured on Offbeat Bride!

Dr. Seuss Wedding at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Our very first vendor submission to Offbeat Bride, A Dr. Seuss Wedding in a Philadelphia Cemetery, quickly became Offbeat Bride’s most popular wedding of 2014.  With over 11 thousand shares, it  remains one of the top external pages from which potential clients enter our website.  Can we just talk about her pink gown? I remain OBSESSED.

Bride and Groom in pink

Dr Suess themed wedding at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Photographed by Lori Foworth for Alix Passage Photography

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Victorian Corpse Bride and Groom in a Halloween Wedding 

I’m constantly suprised by every consultation we have when a couple mentions seeing our second highest viewed Offbeat Bride feature “Drool over one last spooky wedding of the season with a corpse bride from Pennsylvannia.”  Crissa and Tj dressed as a corpse bride and groom with young Corrine as a fairy princess, had a super fun costume party and wedding at North Bowl. It was one of the coolest weddings ever. We’re fortunate to still call them friends.

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Witchy Wedding with DIY Floral Skull Decor and Celestial Blue Gown

Lily and Joe’s Offbeat Bride Feature,  It’s all about chic dark romance at this pagan wedding in Maryland was our latest and quickly catching up to be one of our highest viewed features on Offbeat Bride.  We loved that they had beautiful prints from their cemetery engagement shoot framed and hung on the walls of their reception in at the Van Diver Inn in Maryland.  If you want to see the most beautiful DIY Florals and Skull decor, you MUST check this one out!

Witchy Wedding

Wtichy wedding with DIY flower skull decor

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An Intimate Reception and Rittenhouse Photo Walk

One of our favorite venues for small, intimate weddings and elopements is the Philadelphia Wedding Chapel.  I absolutely adore a beautiful photo walk with the couple afterwards.  After a champagne and cake reception, I went with Rasheeda and William to their favorite coffee shop before a romantic stroll through Rittenhouse. Pure perfection.  See the Offbeat Bride article at
This minimalist Philly wedding proves that simple is CHIC  

Rittenhouse wedding photo

Bride and Groom at Rittenhouse Square

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Philly Wedding Street Photography and Retro Bowling Party

I couldn’t believe this one is up to over a thousand shares!  We’ve been fortunate to photograph several weddings at North Bowl, and this one was super cute! Paul was able to flex his street photography muscle with Willow and Chris and we love that they submitted it to Offbeat Bride for their feature: Join Willow and Chris on their tour of Philly and retro bowling lounge wedding    

 

Pat's and Geno's Wedding Photos

Bride and Groom sharing a Philly Cheesesteak

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Tattoos, Star Wars and Vintage Style

ShaunaRae and Andrew’s wedding was an ecclectic mix that included the most beautiful rainbow hair I’ve ever seen, vintage style which included handbags and lace gloves in place of bouquets and loads of Star Wars details. ShaunaRae eventually got a tattoo of her dad from one of our photos of him at her ceremony.  I can’t imagine a deeper honor.  Check out Offbeat Bride’s article at 
Sci-fi meets vintage style at this unicorn-haired Star Wars wedding   

Star Wars Wedding

Tattooed bride and groom in Star Wars wedding at Barn on Bridge

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