A Tattooed Bride, Cemetery Bridal Portraits and Badass Bridesmaids


We are the luckiest wedding photographers on the planet.  Every now and then we wander into the lives of a couple who’s wedding combines everything we love most about our career, and the reason we were attracted to wedding photography in the first place.  We knew from photographing Ryan and Christie’s amazing South Street engagement shoot that we were in for a treat with their totally cool Waterloo Village fall wedding.

Christie was one of the most beautiful brides I’ve ever seen.  Her stunning rose tattoo was perfect with her red bouquet.  A big, dramatic veil with cool jewelry and a “Just Married” denim jacket made the happiest photographer ever.  Her badass bridesmaids in black leather jackets were like my dream crew, and I wonder if she has any idea how many mini emergencies her sister averted throughout the entire day.  It was truly a thing of beauty.

We loved that Christie and the girls wanted to shoot in the cemetery at Waterloo Village.  It is always our goal to create stunning wedding photography even for our most off-beat, unique weddings, so it was a thrill to revisit cemetery bridal portraits, as we did in Laurel Hill Cemetery, which became  Offbeat Bride’s third most viral posts of all time.  Waterloo Village provided tons of great backgrounds for photos, and the bridal party colors and of rich plums and greys were perfect with the weathered rustic buildings and barren trees. Their cozy, romantic ceremony took place in front of a roaring fire place, under the glow of warm chandeliers.

I love that their family formals weren’t so formal, but perfect for the day, and we managed to squeeze in some super cool bridal party photos after the sun went down.  A bonfire with s’mores was the ultimate ending to the evening, and  I couldn’t have chosen a more perfect couple for what we love to do.  Thank you Christie and Ryan for allowing us to photograph your day!

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4 thoughts on “A Tattooed Bride, Cemetery Bridal Portraits and Badass Bridesmaids”

  1. This wedding is stunning! I am in love with the night shots and how you used lighting during the reception. Seriously stunning choices. That wedding cake topper is awesome too! You definitely are lucky wedding photographers with this group and with a wedding venue like Waterloo Village to shoot. But they are all the more lucky to have found Black White and Raw Photography to shoot their wedding! Great work as always.

  2. Loves this tattooed bride in the cemetery. This wedding is right up your alley Lori and you did an amazing job capturing it. They picked the right photographer to shoot their wedding at the Waterloo Village with their awesome style. You seemed to mesh perfectly.

  3. OMG! 1) This bride is amazing, I love it when couples have a wedding that combines tradition with their uniqueness. 2) The portraits show so much character and beauty. 3) The cake topper, “Yay”, says it all! 4) S’mores at the end of a wedding – yes please?! Can every wedding on the planet be like this?! Your photographs are amazing, and I love this blog post!

  4. It’s as if Lori hired Snow White, tatted her up, and styled the most perfect goth wedding. I have serious wedding photography lust over these images, but it’s more than the styling. Black, White & Raw Photography captured amazing moments, and edited them so beautifully; they are the perfect wedding photographers for the Philadelphia Offbeat Brides and Grooms. What a gorgeous wedding!

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