Micro Wedding at Awbury Arboretum

Awbury Arboretum Wedding
Micro Wedding at Awbury Arboretum


The last time I blogged was back in the beginning of the pandemic with a Race Street Pier vow exchange. It was the beginning of a very strange year for wedding photography. At first, the only weddings allowed were emergency licenses issued by zoom meetings. Pennsylvania is one of the only states that allows self-uniting marriage ceremonies. Since then, I’ve photographed every kind of wedding from safe, mask wearing private elopements, to WAY too many guests croweded indoors and pretending Covid doesn’t exist. But those are stories for future blogs. Today’s blog is about a local Philly venue that’s really getting it right, Awbury Arboretum


Kareemah and Damien’s micro wedding at Awbury Arboretum was a romantic event at a hidden gem in Philadelphia’s Germantown. The couple’s original plan was to have a private ceremony with no guests, but eventually opted for 11 close family members. The venue features a beautiful area to get ready in, with large windows for stunning views of the changing fall foliage. The venue co-ordinators gave every bit of attention to this intimate 2 hour wedding that they do for full scale events. The staff and guests were all masked and everything except prep was outdoors. The venue has lots of options for covid safe(r) weddings, including a large, opened sided tented area. 

Kareemah’s dress was so sweet and effortless and made an elegant combination with the muted colors in her bouqet. I loved her chic hair and pearl details. Damien’s mask matched his tie and handkerchief for a fashionable pandemic look. The couple jumped the broom after their beautiful ceremony, which is one of my favorite wedding traditions. Then I took a photo walk with the couple in Awbury’s “Secret Garden”. 

No matter what the size of your Awbury Aboretum wedding, I suggest leaving LOTS of time afterwards for photos. There are so many beautiful areas around the grounds and gardens for photos, we barely scratched the surface. It’s also a beautiful spot for engagement or family photos. I’m already dying to go back for another shoot there. (hint,hint, haha)


BWR: How did Damien propose?
Kareemah: December 25th, 2018 in our christmas PJs on Christmas morning! It’s my favorite time of the year and also my favorite holiday!! Quite simple, but very romantic and just the two of us!

BWR: What was your favorite moment of your wedding?
Kareemah: My favorite moment of my wedding was jumping the broom. I love the meaning of jumping the broom and Damien and I have been together for 10 years. He’s my high school sweetheart, and jumping the broom was a fresh start to our forever!
BWR: What tips would you give other couples planning a wedding during covid?
Kareemah: My biggest piece of advice for planning a wedding during COVID would be focus on your marriage and don’t stress too much about the wedding. Just because your wedding may be on a smaller scale doesn’t mean you have to have a low-end/inexpensive wedding. I pulled out all the stops for my elopement with our 11 guests and it was nothing short of amazing.


    IG: @awburyarboretum   
    IG: @upgradehair    
    IG: @sheenamarie.mua    
Decor/Florals: Event Loft PA   
    IG: @eventloftpa  (wedding arch/decor, florals, and wedding broom created by Eilena)
Dress: The Bridal Shop from Lulus.com
    IG: @lulus
Bride’s Shoes: Aldo
   IG: @aldo_shoes
Bride’s Mask: Katie May Collection
    IG: @katemaycollection
Damien’s Tux Rental: The Black Tux
    IG: @theblacktux
Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan
   IG: @colehaan
Groom’s Mask, Pocket Square, Bow Tie: Dazi
    IG: @daziusa

6 thoughts on “Micro Wedding at Awbury Arboretum”

  1. This is such a great Micro wedding, intimate but still glam! The Awbury Arboretum looks like the perfect place to have a Philly covid-friendly wedding, it’s all outdoors and beautiful! Such great wedding photography! But, the groom’s matching mask & tie combo is my favorite, he’s so chic!

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