High school sweethearts James & Ashley were married at Crane Arts in Philadelphia in October. Despite the Autumnal time of year, the couple didn’t want an obvious colour scheme – they wanted a rainbow!
“Our wedding was very DIY”, wrote the bride. “My husband and I can be crafty when we want to be and this wedding really let our creative juices flow. I hand painted all of the sugar skulls and signs while Jim was busy building the dance floor and the entranceway. We also got some old doors from my grandmother, painted them and used them for the ceremony backdrop. One thing I am particularly proud of is the beer bottle cap heart that we screwed to a pallet. We of course drank all of the beer ourselves! I also found some amazing Day of the Dead fabric that we used to make the photo booth, Jim’s bow-tie, and I also wrapped the flower bouquets in it.”
Matt & Kellyann had a homemade wedding in the historic Colonial Dame, a mansion in Philadelphia. The DIY details included the escort table, some decorative pinwheels made from origami paper, the chalkboards, the ring bearer’s book (an actual book instead of a cushion - inspired by The Clash’s Combat Rock album art, and as a nod to Kellyann’s bookish nature), the printed napkins and the invitations.
“We had been to mostly black tie hall-type receptions that followed ceremonies in churches, and wanted something that fitted us a bit more”, explained the groom. “We aren’t affiliated with any religion, and wanted something in a garden. We found the venue through our photographers, Love Me Do, and once we had that, the rest was sort of shaped around it. The venue was perfect for our small party size. The layout has lots of smaller rooms for exploring. As soon as we took a tour of it, we knew we had to have it there.”
Emily & George’s rustic autumnal wedding was sent to me by Carina and Nadine of Love Me Do Photography and I simply fell in love with all the personal touches.
The bride wore two dresses, the first, her Mother’s wedding dress from 1977, and the second, a vintage-inspired short number by Avioanni. She also wore vintage jewellery. “The necklace I wore in the church was the same one that my Mom wore on her wedding and it was my Great Grandmother’s (my Mom’s Grandmother),” the bride wrote. “The earrings I wore in the church were the ones my Grandmother (my Dad’s Mom) wore on her wedding and were given to her by my Grandfather. That was an amazing discovery. The jewelry I wore at the reception was also my Grandmothers but a little more modern looking. My aunt, Kathy, was amazing and loaned me most of the jewelry and told me some great stories along the way.”
The reception was held at Front and Palmer, Philadelphia. “We loved Front and Palmer from the beginning,” explained Emily. “We loved that it was a converted barrel factory and that the catering was part of the venue. We really liked the chandeliers, the wood floor, and the staff was just amazing!”
Instead of real flowers the couple opted for the paper variety. They bought them from Flowers from the Garden and loved the fact that they could keep them after the wedding. They also DIY’ed what they could with the help of friends and family.
“Amanda (of Love Me Do Photography) and my brother, John, made the candle centerpieces and did all the decor for the reception. John also made the card box – not just any card box, but a scale model of our house! Amanda also made the glitter backdrop for the photo booth. We bought the glitter in bulk from Southern Importers and used about 9 pounds of it!”
I don’t have much information on Nick & Nikki’s sweet Philadelphia wedding, but I felt the gorgeous images by Love Me Do Photography spoke a thousand words.
“They beautifully lit the space with purples, blues, and yellows, creating a vibrant and fun atmosphere,” wrote photographer Carina & Amanda. “Details of their wedding reception included Star Wars figurines in the terrariums and cat bride and groom on top of the wedding cake.”
“Nick and Nikki even had their own logo – a cute design of their faces that was projected onto the dance floor. Despite a little rain, Nick and Nikki had a beautiful and fun wedding day and we couldn’t be happier to have been a part of it.”
Julie & Chris got married on a hot and sunny rooftop in Philadelphia city centre. They handed their guests colourful parasols to keep them cool which they got from their local Chinatown. Following their intimate ceremony they hired out the second floor of their favourite restaurant Noble which they decorated with DIY flower arrangements, sweet treats and vintage style postcards.
The bride wore Dolce & Gabbana and the Groom looks dapper in DKNY. “In general, we wanted to keep the wedding simple and memorable,” Julie explained. ”Great food, plentiful booze, and our closest friends there to bear witness. We had thirty guests total.”
“We hired a fantastic guitar player to perform our favorite songs at the ceremony–I walked down the aisle to “I Summon You” by Spoon and afterward it was a great mix of White Stripes, Vampire Weekend, and Arcade Fire as we enjoyed a champagne toast. We had our friend and brother-in-law Richard ordained to perform the ceremony–he was fantastic. I decided against bridesmaids, but had my sisters read poems by Ogden Nash throughout the ceremony. The groom’s father held our rings.”
“The next morning, we attached our “Just Married” sign to our car and headed off to Lake Placid NY for a quick honeymoon. We had a beautiful time.”
The original tattooed bride photographers, Allebach sent me these this morning and I had to get them up right away. What could be better to gaze at right before Christmas that tattooed beauties looking shaaweeet!?
The images came from a ‘shoot out’ in Philadelphia, where a bunch of photographers gets together and shoot the same situation together to learn from each other and generally get some kick ass imagery themselves…
So the Philly Photog Shootout happened. In case you haven’t heard a Photog shootout is an event where photographers meet, photograph models and learn from each other. Anyway Rob “Ninja” Nicholson contacted me because he wanted to get a punk rock bridal theme going and needed a few more models. So I reached out to the most amazing couples in the world (my clients) and got a few responses. Jess an amazing bride (and rollergirl) married earlier this year was one of the first to respond. Patty DeCasere (my old punk rock band‘s drummer’s former band‘s singer’s wife – got it?) did an amazing job giving Jess a mohawk.Alicia from the 20s flapper shoot we did at the historic Stotesbury Mansion handled the costume design (available for wardrobe at email@example.com)Erin Proud (wedding planner of Lori & Kevin’s Eastern State Penitentiary wedding) channeled her inner anger and teenage angst for the shoot, along with an amazing wedding photographer turned model, Leslie Gilbert.