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A Fire Dancer Weds in Society Hill, Philadelphia


On a rainy afternoon in Philadelphia’s historic Society Hill, a Fire Dancer took over Headhouse Square to marry her love while her friends danced with fire on the wet cobblestone streets. For this perfect BWR wedding, Paul was joined by Ashlee Mintz, one of our favorite photographers to call when we need some extra help. Nicole is a dancer with Lux Arati, an all female bellydance and fire troupe based in Philadelphia. When she and her fiance Chris began to plan their wedding, fire and dance had to be included.  Occasions by Diana did a beautiful job with hair and makeup, before Nicole got ready in a steam punk inspired apartment filled with incredible details.  The couples stunning rings were custom made by Olivia Ewing, using twigs Chris found in Rittenhouse.  Their ceremony took place in the Shambles in Headhouse Square, a historic open air street market.  Nicole’s flaming bouquet was used to light torches surrounding their performance space and the ladies of Lux Arati danced in front of the beautiful backdrop of the historic neighborhood.  Society Hill Dance Academy was the perfect spot for a sophisticated, intimate dinner.  Infinity Caterers served an amazing vegan dinner, and their friend made a fruit cake that was just as lovely as it was guilt free.  Yes, as a matter of fact, we do have the coolest clients on the planet.

Photography by Paul Cofield and Ashlee Mintz, for Black, White and Raw Photography
Wedding Planner:  Natalie Diener

4 replies
  1. Parker
    Parker says:

    I love everything about this wedding. The blue in the fire dancers outfits and their ceremony backdrop, the fact that there were fire dancers just lighting up Society Hill, and their cake is too adorable. Thank you for this glimpse into Philadelphia weddings, and as always, great photography!

  2. Occasions by Diana
    Occasions by Diana says:

    Awesome!! What a great celebration of love completely filled with personality and vibrancy. Congratulations Nicole and Chris! It was a pleasure and honor to be involved..XO.

  3. Shannon
    Shannon says:

    What a great Philadelphia wedding! That fruit cake- adorable! I love the location at Society Hill.

  4. Amy Elizabeth
    Amy Elizabeth says:

    I love this wedding in Society Hill! Fire Dancing at a wedding sounds incredible, and Black White and Raw captured it flawlessly. The Shambles in Headhouse Square looked beautiful. Love the whole look!

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