There is nothing more romantic than a Winter Wedding in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square. The day started in the lovely bridal suite of Center City’s Radisson Blu Warwick. For me, entering a hotel room on wedding day there is a flutter of nerves. I always start with the details and as I begin removing wedding dresses from bags, jewelry from boxes, the brides often a bit frantic, I have very little time to formulate an image of this bride on her day, how to best showcase her most beautiful qualities as it all unfolds piece by piece.
Ali’s strapless tulle dress with crystal sweetheart bodice and tiered skirt by Hayley Paige Bridal was perfect even before she put it on. Her Christian Louboutin’s seemed perfectly coordinated with the touches of red everywhere. Beautiful bridesmaids in elegant long black dresses with small white bouquets, the perfect group of friends and family to surround Ali on her day.
After a lovely ceremony at Church of the Holy Trinity, we took a few minutes for some romantic shots of the bride and groom in the church and then out to Rittenhouse Square to watch Ali spin under the holiday lights with her handsome groom. After last year’s winter bridal shoot with Lily Cheshire, I was thrilled to shoot a real winter wedding there, and want to make sure I do one every single year. The Center City holiday magic continued with my fight with the parking lot attendant to get my car out of the lot, but eventually I arrived at the Cescaphe Ballroom to photograph Ali’s beautiful winter wedding decor with Christmas trees, white roses and poinsettas, gold trimmed plates, greenery and twinkling holiday lights.
Hair stylist on hand for a quick and pretty hairstyle change, we had a little time for some of my all time favorite empty ballroom shots. Ali and John then danced the night away to great music by EBE Paris surrounded by close family and truly lovely friends. Thank you Ali and John. It was a joy to be a small part of your perfect day!
And a huge thank you to our friends at Philly in Love, for featuring Ali and John’s beautiful wedding on your site as well. We are honored!