My first thought on looking over the photos from Alyssa and Dave’s sunny April wedding was that this couple had brought major Old Hollywood glamour to Philadelphia’s Old City! The vintage elegance of Alyssa’s Anna Campbell gown from Lovely Bride was augmented by the partially swept-back loose waves she wore in her red hair, (courtesy of Ariel Katrina). In their first look and couple portraits, Alyssa was as radiant as a starlet and Dave beamed like a leading man.

But, in the history of weddings on film, I don’t think anyone’s ever captured or imagined, a day like Alyssa and Dave’s. Alyssa and Dave were so incredibly thoughtful about creating a ceremony and celebration that would reflect not only their love for each other but also their love for their family and friends. All weddings are really an ensemble production, but it was moving to witness the way Alyssa and Dave took every opportunity to celebrate the many people who came together to make this special day happen.

Choosing the airy, light-drenched Power Plant Productions for a venue let all the sunshine on this glowing couple and their loved ones. Modern, playful flower arrangements by Devon & Pinkett brought a joyful vitality to the all-white space, and I am still thinking about the transformative power of an unexpected pop of deep purple!

The ceremony began with Dave and Alyssa processing in from opposite sides of the room and meeting in front of a spare metallic industrial arch with great sprays of flowers climbing up the sides. They were joined by their mothers, who each spoke during the ceremony. Rather than having one officiant, Dave and Alyssa took advantage of the Pennsylvania Quaker tradition of self-marrying and asked every member of their bridal party to speak about love.

Alyssa and Dave wowed the room with a first dance they had choreographed and been practicing for a year. (FYI, they nailed it–even the lift & spin!) Later, the couple toasted each of their guests—a really warm and personal way to bring the room together!  Ice Cream from Philly favorite Little Baby’s capped off a night of sweetness for Alyssa and Dave and their loved ones.

Congratulations Alyssa & Dave! I was so happy to have a part in your happily ever after!

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Clare & Andrew’s wedding was a study in the romance of early spring. All of the details– from the delicate lace overlaying Clare’s gown, to the palette of cream, blush, gold and green–call to mind the way spring transforms the landscape with its subtle radiance.

The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm was the perfect venue to showcase Clare & Andrew’s blend of sophistication and natural charm. When Clare & Andrew pulled up to the manor house in the Rolls Royce provided by Advanced Limos, it was a moment of pure British countryside luxury. Inside, A Cottage Gardener had brought the historic barn to life with cascading greens and artful sprays of barely blushing flowers.

In processing the pictures of Andrew & Clare, together, and with their family and friends, the word that kept coming up for me was glow. They look lit from within and I loved all the ways this radiance recurred throughout the day. I found it in the glittering detail on the bridesmaids’ dresses and Clare’s t-strap shoes,  Andrew’s commemorative cufflinks, the lingering afternoon light gleaming through the trees, the elegant gold table number holders and, perhaps most deliciously, in the dazzling metallic-inflected cake from Felix’s Caketeria!

Congratulations, Clare & Andrew! Thank you for sharing some of your wedding day glow with us!

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Jillian & David met and fell in love while they were at Harvard. After completing school, the couple moved to Philadelphia to pursue careers in medicine. This bright, adventurous duo quickly grew fond of the city they now call home. When it came time to plan their wedding, they knew they wanted to feature the city as a part of their celebration! The couple rented two unique Airbnb’s with lots of Philly character and local charm to get ready in on the morning of their big day. It was such a lovely way to start the day!

Following what seemed like an endless winter, we weren’t sure what to expect for the April wedding. Fortunately, though, spring was not going to miss this romantic affair! The air practically glowed with soft spring light as David, dressed in a perfectly tailored Oxford Navy Blue suit, waited to see his bride. When he turned to see Jillian in her elegantly vampy, fitted, lace gown, soft golden curls spilling over her shoulders, you could see his heart skip a beat. The couple was all smiles as they embraced in the sunlight!

After their emotional first look, we headed to the Rodin Museum for wedding party portraits. The group was perfectly styled for the season with ladies in expertly mismatched blush gowns and the men in sleek black tuxes. The magnificent magnolias in the European style gardens at the Rodin were in full bloom and provided a gorgeous backdrop for the fashionable group!

The streets were full with people enjoying the first truly beautiful spring day, and everyone seemed to gaze in awe as Jillian & David and their wedding party passed. Hard to blame them– the group was so chicly dressed and truly striking! Having turned heads downtown, the wedding party set out for the ceremony at Pomme. Everything was so beautifully prepared for the outdoor ceremony. I loved how the ladies from Two Little Birds Planning arranged the ceremony chairs in a semicircle around the floral draped, birch chuppah to give an added sense of intimacy.

Then as husband & wife, the lovebirds treated their guests to a joyful reception! Kate, from Devon & Pinkett, had transformed the interior of Pomme with floating installations of greenery and arrangements of deep pink florals. It was as if the perfect spring day had followed everyone inside so it could continue enjoying the celebration! Kate also created a stunning moss wall where guests stopped to find their table assignments. Jillian & David’s wedding perfectly reflected their fun-loving personalities and was spectacularly elegant from start to finish. It was such an honor to be there to capture every moment!

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