Patricia & Andrew's Fairmount Water Works Wedding

Water Works Wedding Portrait

*Posted by Matt*

When you have the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Boathouse Row and everything around there for wedding a backdrop, the real question on where to do portraits is: where do we start? That's the situation we were in for Patricia and Andrew's wedding at the Fairmount Water Works. Luckily we came prepared with a plan!

The day was extremely relaxed and fun to begin, with some easy getting ready at the Le Meridien downtown before heading out for portraits. We started with a First Look on North Broad Street, instead of classic South Broad Street setup, so we could get a different angle on a classic wedding portrait! Then we stopped at the Rodin Museum for wedding portraits before descending on the Water Works.

One fun wrinkle came when we were doing a few bride and groom portraits at Dilworth Park. We were on a bit of a time crunch but wanted to get some portraits with the water spraying up. Right next to us was what seemed like an organized flash mob. As we made our exit, they swarmed us. Turns out it was the PA Ballet filming a promo piece...and they wanted to twerk around the bride and groom (scroll down to check that out). And they did. And it was glorious.

The rest of the day was a bit more predictable than twerking ballet dancers. The ceremony along the Schuylkill River followed by some cocktails inside before moving back out for the reception! The sun was out and the win stayed (mostly) in check so we were all set for a great evening.

This was our first time at the Fairmount Water Works but it was not our first time working with Cescaphe Event Group (they operate the Water Works for weddings). We have worked with them at Vie earlier this year and Tendenza a few times. Their signature style did not disappoint!

We would love to be back!

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Tom and Kim's Appleford Estate Wedding

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Appleford Estate in Villanova was one of those places we had always wanted to work but just never had the opportunity. The estate has these wonderfully manicured grounds and extremely unique interiors so making things look pretty could not be easier. Then Tom and Kim came along and their wedding at Appleford Estate was simply beautiful.

We started out with a ceremony in Conshohocken at St. Matthew's Church which just set the tone for the day. The church itself is stunning with an elaborate altar design and bright white color scheme. Kim's beautiful trumpet-style wedding gown and Tom's grey suit looked super sharp there!

From there we went straight to Villanova for portraits at Appleford Estate. If you've never been to Appleford, you really should go. It has trails open to the public so you can just enjoy the scenery without having to shell out any money! For weddings, it's a dream. The estate itself sits at the end of a long, tree-lined drive and has ample space for bridal party portraits and bride and groom portraits!

We kind of wandered around with the bridal party and got their portraits outside done first so we could really spend some time with the bride and groom around the property. They have some small ponds and a really cool manicured garden, so there are really a lot of options to choose from! Then we went inside to utilize the awesome staircase! We were even able to do a few bridal party portraits with bookshelves!

The big group did not disappoint when it came to party, either. There was rarely open space on the dance floor and, for the people who weren't so keen on dancing, these guys had a contingency plan. They had outdoor games at the wedding!

One other huge highlight was when they rolled out Federal Doughnuts as wedding desert!

Our first time at Appleford did not disappoint! We can't wait to go back.

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