I love weddings that just scream “Philly”, and for me, there is no area as uniquely Philadelphia as Independence Mall.  So a crisp fall day in historic Philadelphia with Hilary and Brian, was exactly what I was craving after a long summer of outdoor weddings.

I’m fairly obsessive about scouting locations that I’ve never worked in advance to get a little inspiration without the pressure of a wedding day schedule looming over me.  I was instantly thrilled.  With hotel, first look and venue all on Independence Mall and plenty of time scheduled for photos, this was going to be a dream to shoot.

After meeting with the girls to see Hilary in her lovely dress, we took a walk to Franklin Court, the site where Ben Franklin’s brick home once stood, and where Brian was waiting for a truly adorable first look, and loads of time to shoot with just the two of them before joining their families for formals at The National Museum of American Jewish History.  After a lovely simple ceremony, Hilary and Brian let us steal them one more time to play on the amazingly staircases around the museum, much to the delight of their guests at cocktail hour who were able to watch our impromptu photo session from the open staircases above.

So congratulations Hilary and Brian and thanks for letting us be a part of a beautiful, classic Philly day!

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Belmont Mansion Wedding

Sparkler exit at Belmont Mansion in Philadelphia

Stephanie and Steve’s summer wedding at Belmont Mansion was one of those that you truly don’t forget.  For those of you who haven’t been to the Belmont Mansion, the view of Philly is spectacularly gorgeous.   The two had planned the perfect summer wedding which included an outdoor ceremony with their beloved dog, Hendrix, cocktail hour by famed Food Truck Pitruco’s Pizza, a real wood burning, brick oven pizza truck, and sparklers.  Lots and lots of giant sparklers.

The day started at Stephanie’s house, with the wedding dress handed down by both her grandmother and her mother, and carefully supervised by “best dog” Hendrix, as Paul went Philly wall hopping with the guys, getting some of the coolest groomsmen shots I’ve ever seen.  Stephanie took the summer downpour perfectly in stride, as we quickly moved the planned outdoor ceremony with her beautiful skyline under a tent, dodging puddles and driving rain.  Luckily the skies opened up after the ceremony for a beautiful photo walk around the mansion with the new bride and groom.

But we were determined to get Stephanie that epic skyline shot that she wanted, and the weather wasn’t going to stop us.  We got a stunning night time portrait of the two that is an all time classic.  We played with sparklers, ate amazing pizza and got to spend the day with two absolutely warm and wonderful families and a pack of close friends that clearly mean the world to them.  Thank you, Stephanie and Steve for letting us drop into your lives for a day.  It was amazing!

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