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Bride and groom in Center City Philadelphia

Bride and groom at City Hall for a center city wedding

There’s nothing quite like a winter wedding in Philadelphia’s center city.  Le Meridien Hotel is a gorgeous venue and I was looking forward to spending the entire day there for Melanie and Santos’ beautiful December wedding.  I first met the couple for their engagement shoot over the summer. It was one of those shoots that was delightfully easy and relaxed.  The two are so natural and easy with each other, that photographing them together is like hanging out with good friends.  I love that they brought candy canes and mistletoe as a nod to their upcoming holiday wedding.  Please check out their sweet engagement shoot at the following link:

Melanie and Santos Engagement Photos

Their winter wedding at Le Meridien was just as wonderful as their engagement shoot.  Melanie was such a beautiful bride, so sweet and welcoming and her friends and family are people I’m not likely to forget.  The entire day was spent at the Le Meridien, and I can’t suggest it highly enough for weddings. The bridal suites are rich and elegant.  The library where the ceremonies are is filled with warm wood and beautiful lighting.  The couple filled both the ceremony spot and the reception with tons of photos from their engagement shoot, which always fills me with joy.

I was a little concerned about the limited time we would have for photos after the ceremony, which can always be tricky when couples don’t do a first look, especially in winter when we lose light early.  Melanie wanted the big Broad Street shot and hoped we’d have time to get some shots with the Christmas tree at City Hall.  Photographers always use the south side of City Hall for the big broad street shot, but I knew we wouldn’t have time to get there and keep the reception on time.  I decided making the North side work would be a better use of our time, and I’m SO glad we made that decision.  These Broad Street shots are among my favorites that I’ve taken there, because they are just a little bit different.  The back light with my Magmod gear was so lovely as the sun was going down, I decided to try another at the Christmas tree.  It was insanely crowded and kind of nuts to attempt off camera flash in the crowd, but it worked! I love the way it incorporates street photography with editorial wedding work. It’s one of my favorite images of all time.

Please enjoy these images, and feel free to share for some beautiful Philadelphia wedding inspiration!

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Bridal Prep

Ceremony

Photo Walk

Reception

BRIDAL PREP

CEREMONY

PHOTOWALK

RECEPTION

Photographed by Lori Foxworth for George Street Photo and Video

Arcadia University wedding

bride and groom dancing in mirrored room at Arcadia University

We absolutely love photographing a romantic Winter Wedding and every year there seems to be one that stands out.  There are those couples who I will always associate with a certain season, especially when both engagement shoot and wedding are in the same month.  Amanda and Keith’s snowy Rittenhouse Engagement Shoot and romantic Winter Wedding will always have me remembering them with a chill in the air, sparkling holiday lights, and Christmas trees.   Their engagement shoot was during the first snow of the season in Rittenhouse Park.  I have a special fondness for couples who will put up with the elements for really fun photos.  

Almost a year later, we met again for their wedding day.  Amanda and Keith got ready in homes, surrounded by family and close friends.  Amanda was absolutely stunning in her sparkly, ivory Watters gown (“Janet”) from La Belle MarieeLindsay Costello Maule did a beautiful job with pretty makeup and her soft hair was created by Adriana Ciliberto .  Bouquets of white flowers by Pennypack Flowers completed the elegant look. 

The two chose not to see each other before their wedding in Amanda’s family church, St Christopher in Philadelphia.  Knowing that the church was special to them, we made sure to get some pretty photos after the ceremony.

 

From Amanda:

My best memory from the day was getting to finally see Keith as I walked down the aisle in the church I grew up in! 
Also, being able to honor my dad with my something blue being his blue tie cut into a shape of a heart and sewn into my dress. 
Keith’s best memory was when he first saw me  and finally got to see what my dress looked like.
 
After the ceremony we stopped at one of my favorite locations of the year.  Arcadia University is truly breathtaking.  The bridesmaid’s dresses from Bella Bridesmaids, designed by Jenny Yoo in pale shades of blush were absolutely perfect with the limestone bricks of  Grey Tower  castle.  The french inspired mirrored rooms, the grand staircase, just the kind of space you feel honored to be allowed to photograph.
 
The reception at The Buck Hotel in Feasterville, was truly a joyous one in every way. Close friends and family celebrated with drinks, dancing and a great photobooth by  Greg Photobooth events.  Amanda even surprised Keith with an Eagles wedding cake, and shooting alongside the videographers from Innovation media was a real treat.
 
From Amanda:
It was an amazing and emotional day for us! 
We had some obstacles to get through before we were able to get engaged and married with Keith’s cancer diagnosis. He will be in remission for 2 years in March.  It was a surreal day for us finally getting to become husband and wife after being through so much the Past few years! 
 
Wedding advice for future couples?  Take it all in, the day seriously flies by!
 
All photography by Lori Foxworth and Paul Cofield of Black, White and Raw Photography