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Adam and Eva’s easy summer wedding at Valley Green Inn on the Wissahickon was the epitome of colorful, joyous whimsy, truly unique and absolutely wonderful.  We first met Adam where we find all our best treasures, at Philly Aids Thrift where he works as a manager.  We were fortunate to have one of our favorite engagement sessions at the Italian Market with the couple and knew we were in for a treat photographing their wedding.

Their details were a perfect reflection of the artistic, uniqueness of the pair.  From Eva’s pale grey dress with floral shoes, to Adam’s pink bow tie and Nikes, the bridal party in non-matching dresses (SOMUCHYES!) and everyone’s hand made bouquets and floral crowns.  Paper flowers adorned the archway for an outdoor ceremony on the Wissahickon, oddly perfect with the wrestling figures used as centerpieces on the tables.

This wedding was all about family and friends and laughter.  Eva’s nephew entertained guests pre-ceremony with a spectacular cello rendition of Star Wars pre-ceremony, and the Philly Aid’s Thrift family in attendance were fabulous in every way.  Some weddings you just feel fortunate to be a part of.  Thank you Adam and Eva for allowing us to drop into your life for an unforgettable afternoon.

WARNING!!!  Playing Heart during cake cutting can lead to brilliantly geeky lip syncing.  Trust me on this one.

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Bridal portraits.  Every girl’s princess moment.  Nothing makes me giddier on a wedding day than having tons of time, perfect light and a happy, relaxed bride who wants nothing more than to go play in her dress for us.  Unfortunately this is rarely the case.  The most carefully planned schedules run late as the sun goes down ruining her visions of warm, romantic sunset photos, unforseen weather at the worst possible time, a bride who thought she’d be fine for photos before the ceremony is suddenly a bundle of nerves and it shows.

Scheduling a separate bridal shoot after your wedding is a perfect solution.  Without the pressure of a schedule, guests to entertain, and no fear of getting a little dirt on the train of a gown you’ve waited your whole life to dance around in.  Maybe your wedding was a rustic country affair, but you’d love to play in Center City in a cool urban shoot.  Take a day to play, it’s absolutely worth it.

For this winter bridal shoot we called on model Lily Cheshire who we’ve shot in various haunted locations throughout Philly.  Lily is a true pro, and one of our favorite models to work with.  We were loaned a lovely little number from Simply Bridal which fit to a tee right out of the box.  If you’re looking for a beautiful dress that’s affordable, I highly suggest them.  Save your money for amazing accessories that you’ll use over and over from somewhere completely unexpected like we did here! Lily looked stunning with hair and makeup by Jennifer Haines, who’s work with brides is really fantastic, and added some totally rock and roll accessories from our buddy Psydde’s Delicious Boutique.  After all, the real fun of a bridal portrait session is to free yourself from the constraints of the wedding.  And there’s nothing like throwing on a red leather jacket from Delicious with a spike necklace and glittery hoodie and dancing around the globe lights in Rittenhouse Square.  A standard bouquet didn’t feel right either, so we tapped into the twisted creative mind of Rev Mackenzie Moltov to create a one of kind winter bouquet to tie everything together.

And then we played.  First 30th Street Station for some pretty shots in a Byron Lars dress  from Silk and Burlap then wiggling into a wedding dress on a side street for some truly unique shots at City Hall, Broad Street and Rittenhouse Square.  A big thanks to everyone involved.  SO very BWR!