Here is a gorgeous, downtown wedding I photographed a few weeks ago at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, featuring the lovely Alexia and her handsome groom, John.
Photos began with a very sweet first look a few yards away from the back steps (west entrance) to the museum. A little patch of shade (and semi-privacy) was available under a large, leafy tree. Couples shots flowed right into wedding party shots – check out the size of this wedding party! I loved all the different dresses on the girls in various jewel tones.
Family photos started just as it was starting to drizzle, but lucky for us…we were at the Art Museum! One of the perks there, from a photography perspective, is the large pillars and overhang at the east entrance, which protected us from the rain. They ended up being some of my favorite shots, with the soft light bouncing off the warm stone: flattering for all skin tones.
When photos were concluded (right on schedule!) guests headed to the spectacular ceremony site, which was held on the ground floor beneath the stunning ‘Fire’ exhibit by Teresita Fernandez. The ceremony ambiance was warm, sparkling and glowing. The ceremony itself was quite joyous and tear filled, and officiated by a dear friend of the bride & groom.
Afterwards, the bride & groom went straight into cocktails, which were kicked off by a receiving line as guests filed in and up the stairs. I thought this was a great idea because this way, Alexia and John were sure to greet each and every guest, before joining the cocktail hour themselves. Greetings and conversations were kept brief, since guests were aware that there were people waiting behind them and cocktails waiting for them just ahead!
After dinner, guests were invited down the grand staircase as Alexia and John were introduced down the steps and into the party for the first time as husband and wife.
venue: Philadelphia Museum of Art
planner: Phuliffects Events
bride’s dress: Lovely Bride
groom’s suit: Boyds
hair: Up Your Do
makeup: Dylan Michael
second shooting: John Lorenzini
catering: Constellation Culinary Group