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.

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There are days when I wish I could record some of the phone calls I get, like when Stefanie first called me inquiring about wedding photography.  “We’re doing a Doctor Who themed wedding and want an engagement shoot in Asbury Park dressed from different Doctor Who episodes that will be used as table settings.  Could you do something like that?”  I was instantly intrigued and terrified.  Paul has been a Doctor Who fan for years, but I needed a crash course.  Over the next several weeks, we binge watched from a quite extensive list of episodes that Stef listed as their favorites.  The engagement shoot turned into one of my very favorites, where Stef and Adam came loaded with costumes and props, and we spent the next several hours climbing sand dunes and creeping through the old casino, with our future bride and groom running with sonic screwdrivers down the boardwalk from invisible enemies.  Paul couldn’t resist photoshopping armies of Daleks and Weeping Angels throughout their shoot.

Wedding Day!  The tardis has landed!

Fast forward to wedding day!  Surrounded by Tardis blue bridemaids, Stef’s “getting ready” photos are among some of my favorite bridal portraits ever.  She absolutely radiated light and an easy elegance with sweet lace sleeves which she would remove for the reception an add a stunning drop necklace, while Adam donned his perfect bow tie.

Upon entering the lobby of the Northhampton Valley Country Club, guests were welcomed with Tardis Keys for table assignments, signed a River Song Diary guest book, selected a bag of gummy bears, engraved pencils and took a seat.  We were almost giddy with excitement when we were introduced to Al Vernacchio, the officiant perfectly attired as a Doctor, and performed a wonderfully simple ceremony complete with a unity candle lit by sonic screwdriver, and a diary.  After cocktail hour, guests found their tables, each centerpiece complete with a photo of a Doctor Who episode alongside a matching scene from our Asbury Park engagement photos.  Music by Eric Scott Gold of East Coast Event Group truly made it a party, with lighting that actually enhanced the photography rather than ruining it.

Stef and Adam, thank you for allowing us to document your amazing adventures.  It’s been an absolute joy!

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When we first met local Philly burlesque babe and artist Nikki Malicious and her fiance Steve, they were making out in a metal washtub in front of a pink trailer,  surrounded by lawn flamingos.  It was a John Waters inspired photo shoot, and Nikki was such a great model: sultry, dark and edgy with a touch of classic pin up that when embarked on our journey exploring Holi Powder, we called on Nikki once again.

When Nikki and Steve got engaged, I was thrilled.  At that point we only had a wedding or two under our belts, and it’s quite possible that I begged her to let us shoot it.  They were everything we wanted to shoot when it came to weddings.  A beautiful burlesque dancer and her hockey playing, mechanic husband, not afraid to learn some pretty complex choreography for his bride.  A talented artist, every detail that went into Nikki’s wedding was made by her, from the bridemaids’ rainbow bouquets to her guest book.

Hunting Hill Mansion (or Ridley Mansion) at Ridley Creek State Park was the perfect venue.  A historic English Tudor style mansion built around a stone farmhouse from 1789, it includes a rich, wood ballroom, a grand marble staircase and a bridal suite flooded with natural light.  For Nikki’s theme, “Fall with a hint of Flyers”, bridesmaids and groomsmen wore vivid orange. The Goddess Isis broke her wedding officiant cherry at the top of an outdoor stone staircase and Steve’s face when he saw Nikki in her champagne lace dress was just about the best thing ever.  A delicious dinner by Diverse Catering accompanied by a seemingly unending supply of PBRs.   An array of mouthwatering cupcakes from Philly cupcake stole the show and DJ Nolz made it virtually impossible to get Nikki and Steve off the dance floor.