Alex & Nelson’s Union League wedding is one of the most elegant Philadelphia weddings, I’ve ever had the privilege to photograph! Working with a timeless color palette of deep blues and crisp whites, the couple planned an undeniably sophisticated affair. The Papery of Philadelphia set the tone for the wedding with an invite suite that featured a navy crest and a custom map of Philadelphia marked with historic sites and locations significant to Alex & Nelson!

The bride wore a stunning Carolina Herrera gown, her hair swept back in a sleek chignon with a chapel-length, lace-trimmed veil. She carried a bouquet of white garden roses, wrapped in a piece of cloth from her mother’s wedding dress. Her bridesmaids wore dresses in a navy chiffon, and carried blush bouquets to complement the bride’s. Alex and his groomsmen sport classic black tuxes and bowties with roses on their lapels— the groom’s in white, his groomsmen’s blush pink.

After a beautiful ceremony at The Basilica, Alex & Nelson joined their family and friends at The Union League for an evening of celebration! For their decor, the couple wanted to make sure everything suited the historic grace of the Union League. Gina Sole of In Style Planners helped the couple accomplish by decorating the tables with gorgeous antique blue ginger jars, white linens, and a lovely mixture of glass and brass candlesticks. Petals Lane provided the perfect floral complement with plenty of white blooms and runners of myrtle greenery.

The entire day was chic, cosmopolitan perfection! Alex and Nelson were glowing from start finish. And just wait until you see the magic reception moment when a celestial explosion of white confetti filled the dance floor!!

 

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Last fall, the ladies at Philadelphia Wedding Magazine reached out to me with an inquiry— they were digging into their spring/summer issue, looking to create an editorial on welcome stations, and wanted to know if I’d be interested shooting the feature. My answer was, of course, a resounding YES!

On a beautiful (yet unseasonably hot & sweaty) September day, we headed out to The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm in Holicong, Pennsylvania. With acres of bucolic landscapes, pastoral gardens, and charming manor structures, Barley Sheaf provided endless gorgeous backdrops for the shoot. For each station, a planner and a florist were paired together. Working closely with the magazine’s editor, the teams devised plans for unique and beautifully designed welcome stations.

The best part of this experience was being able to capture the work of so many of my wildly talented vendor friends! Normally, I’m only working with one or two of them on wedding days, but for this shoot I got to bask in all of their passionate work in one place. When the issue came out it featured an 8-page spread from our day at Barley Sheaf, and the magazine jokingly referred to it as “The Emily Wren Issue.” I firmly believe that the Philadelphia wedding industry is home to some of the most authentic, skillful, creative artists and I am so grateful to the ladies at Philadelphia Wedding Magazine for having me capture their work! Thanks to such a fabulous team of florists, planners, stylists and rental companies that made this editorial feature come to life, Clover Event Co., Valut+Vine, Devon & Pinkett, Rabbit Rabbit Crew, Faye & Renee, Laurel & Elm, Styled Bride, Carley is Inspired, Maggpie Vintage Rentals, Party Rentals and Barabra Botting.

 

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The sun behaves differently in California. It’s as if she can tell just how breathtaking the landscape is here. In Marin County, rolling hills, waves of spun gold grass, ocean-like swells of olive trees, and miles of emerald vineyards on the horizon—a particular kind of West Coast magic. How can anyone blame the sun for lingering? And I’m glad it does, because there’s nothing quite like the incredible quality of that California light!

To me, this perfect sunset and tall grass feel like quintessential California. That setting alone, made it easy to find inspiration for our Bay Area shoot. It was also a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with some amazing West Coast creatives. Holiday-Celebrate created a beautiful color palette of soft blues, pinks, and whites that she incorporated into every aspect of the shoot. From the whisper of indigo in the ceremony backdrop to the pale coral blossoms alongside the teal and white of the invitation suite, these crisp clean colors were the perfect addition to the sun-soaked scenery.

 

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