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

9 replies
  1. Amy Elizabeth
    Amy Elizabeth says:

    I’m drooling over the entire wedding party portraits out on Broad Street! You have this colorful wedding popping in Philly just as it should. Le Meridien is an incredible wedding venue, and the close up of that detailed wedding cake is FLAWLESS! So glad you shared this one.

  2. Ariel
    Ariel says:

    This Philly winter wedding in Downtown / City Center is amazing! All the portraits of the bride & groom with the MagMod lights are perfect. The Le Meridien Hotel is beyond gorgeous, I can see why the couple chose this location as their wedding venue!

  3. Cathie Berrey Green
    Cathie Berrey Green says:

    Such a beautiful Winter Wedding at Le Meridian Hotel in downtown Philadelphia. Such a wonderful wedding and Love their wedding cake!! Great Philly wedding photography.

  4. Gianna Karels
    Gianna Karels says:

    This Philadelphia wedding at Le Meridian Hotel is gorgeous. I love the moody light and classic architecture. Your urban portraits are breathtaking- you must have had perfect timing at dusk. Great job, Lori!

  5. Danyel Stapleton
    Danyel Stapleton says:

    Gorgeous wedding photography at Philadelphia’s Meridian Hotel. I love the photos outside with the Christmas lights behind them. The blue and pearl wedding cake is stunning!!

  6. Melanie
    Melanie says:

    Love this winter wedding in Philly! The Broad street wedding portraits are perfect with the christmas tree in the background. And the La Meridian Hotel looks like a gorgeous place for a reception.

  7. John Zimmerman
    John Zimmerman says:

    This winter wedding in Philadelphia is absolutely beautiful. These wedding portraits are breathtaking! The Meridian Hotel looks stunning.

  8. Sonia Freeman
    Sonia Freeman says:

    Beautiful wedding portraits showing off the city of Philadelphia all lit up with Christmas lights! The Le Meridien looks like such a sophisticated venue. I love the playful nature of these wedding photographs by Black, White and Raw.

  9. jen
    jen says:

    WOW. I think this is probably one of my most favorite weddings I have ever seen. I can’t even pick a favorite!! That one with the bokeh outside TAKES THE CAKE. Can we please go back in time AND move to Philadelphia so you can photograph my wedding??? Wonder, amazing. phenomenal job-you did an amazing job photographing this wedding in Philadelphia’s Merdian Hotel!

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