Cherry blossom season is one of my favorite times of the year, it feels like all of nature is celebrating the arrival of spring– so I was thrilled to find Philadelphia’s cherry trees in peak-bloom for Morgan & John’s Horticulture Center wedding!

No matter how many time I’ve seen cherry trees bloom, it always leaves me awestruck! The delicate and festive blossoms are like all-natural fireworks for lucky couples who get the timing right! Morgan & John made the most of the cherry blossom season, with a palette of smokey pinks and burgundies. I loved the way Morgan’s bouquet and her bridesmaids’ gowns referenced the cherry blossoms but with a sophisticated edge.

And, in choosing the Horticulture Center as their venue, Morgan, and John ensured that, whatever the weather was like on the day they were married, their wedding party would be inundated with natural light and lush greenery. Not a bad idea for an early spring wedding! The easy warmth that these elements provided was the perfect backdrop for Morgan & John to shine–you can see it in their faces as they listened to the toasts and speeches or when they hit the dance floor with their friends. The Horticulture Center also provided an amazing opportunity for Katie Werner to add mood and dimension to an already lush environment with floral arrangements cascading across tables and suspended from the ceiling for maximum drama.

Morgan & John’s wedding shared the same mix of excitement and vibrancy that has made cherry blossom season a centuries-old cause for celebration and it was a pleasure to get to share their day with them! Congratulations, Morgan & John!

 

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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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