Philadelphia Wedding Photography | Jenn & Tom's Wedding at Vie

Bride and Groom in confetti

*Posted by Matt*

Jenn and Tom! Jenn and Tom! Such a fun day!

Over the years we have had the opportunity to work at a few different Cescaphe venues (like Tendenza in Northern Liberties). Jenn and Tom brought us to a new one, though, for their wedding at Vie on North Broad Street. Naturally it did not disappoint!

They got ready at the Franklin Hotel before heading across the street for a First Look in Olde City. Then we made our way to Washington Square Park for bridal party portraits. With a crowd stopping to watch, these two did fantastic! After we got done wrangling their bridal party, we knocked out a few portraits of just the bride and groom before heading to the venue.

One of the things Jenn and Tom asked to do, in order to save time after, was to do the family portraits before the ceremony. I LOVED this idea. We were able to get all the pictures we needed and they were able to be at their whole cocktail hour (which is the whole point of throwing a party, to attend it...right?).

The reception started off with a bang (see above) when a confetti shower welcomed the couple onto the dance floor and the partying really got going!


Philadelphia Engagement Photography — Sudha & Andrew — Originally posted September 18, 2009

Yesterday after we all got home from work, and it seemed that the predicted rain was not to be, I got a chance to take my housemate Sudha and her fiance Andrew out for a brief engagement shoot. Part of the reason that Ben and I get along so well with Sudha and Andrew that our personalities all seem to be foils of each other. Andrew and I have similar personalities and Sudha and Ben are more like each other. So while Andrew and I have had many in depth discussions about planning our respective weddings, Sudha (and sometimes Ben) like to pretend there is nothing to plan.

Sudha's first request for the engagement shoot was that she would like to not have to touch Andrew. We gently reminded her that despite her distaste for PDA, since it is an engagement shoot, some physical contact with Andrew may be necessary. In the end she came around and we got a few nice shots...including one of her (gasp!) kissing Andrew!

We started in a park that Sudha and Andrew had help rebuild. Here is Sudha's idea of the perfect engagement portrait: her in the front in focus, Andrew blurry in the background.

It took some coaxing to get Sudha to this point, but she finally admitted that she does like Andrew, and she gave in to relaxing a little and having some fun. Thank you Sudha!

Beth & Patrick — Originally posted September 7, 2009

Beth & Patrick tied the knot last Saturday at the Japanese Tea House in Fairmount Park. Their whole day was simple and elegant, and it fit them perfectly. With just 10 wedding guests and a Quaker ceremony, it was definitely our most unique wedding of the year. Matt and I really enjoyed this opportunity.

One of our favorite things about Beth and Patrick is that they are our first Fairmount couple, so not only were we actually able to walk to this wedding, but they also share our love for this neighborhood with it's neat rowhomes, treelined streets and friendly atmosphere. Matt snagged this shot outside their house.

Matt had to scramble around the perimeter of the garden and through some trees for the next two shots, but I think it was totally worth it.

The grounds were so beautiful and we could not have asked for better weather. I'm pretty sure we could have spent the whole day taking photos.

Here's another shot by Matt. The Koi Pond is one of their favorite parts of the Tea House.

All 10 of their guests were transported to and from the wedding in a trolley. After the wedding, Beth and Patrick took their family on a quick tour of some of their favorite places in the city.

The best way to do portraits... — Originally posted August 19, 2009

Kevin and Jackie didn't want to worry about having enough time for formal portraits the day of their wedding, so the day before they rented a limo and we hit a bunch of their favorite spots in Philadelphia for their portraits. The weather was perfect, and they were such a fun couple to work with. I wish we were able to spend three hours doing portraits with all our clients!