* Posted by Theresa *
May 31st, 2014 was the perfect day to get married, which is just what Sue and Gus did! The couple chose the most beautiful spring day for their wedding at the Morris House Hotel in the Washington Square West area of Center City Philadelphia, and we were so excited to be there to photograph their big day!
Sue's dress, a stunning beaded Monique Lhuillier wedding gown, fit perfectly with their art-deco theme, and she had the accessories to match: beautiful vintage jewelry and lace garters. The bridesmaids looked great in their gray bridesmaids dresses with pops of yellow from their shoes and flowers!
The girls got ready in the bridal suite of the Morris House Hotel, while the guys were also getting ready at the Morris House, but in a different area of the building. As both groups went out to take photos around the city, Natalie with Sue and her bridesmaids, and Matt with Gus and his groomsmen, we had to be careful not to run into each other!
The girls started out with portraits around Independence Mall, and headed over to Washington Square, while the guys took a different route around the city. Luckily, our timing worked out perfectly and both groups successfully avoided crossing paths. Sue and Gus did not want to see each other before the wedding!
Heading back to the hotel, it was finally time to start their outdoor ceremony in the Morris House courtyard. Sue and Gus exchanged their vows and said "I do" under a beautiful arch with a special good luck horseshoe hung above, and their rings were blessed in a special Irish bowl that was a bridal shower gift from Gus' Aunt Madeleine and Uncle Pete.
When the ceremony was over, we all headed over to Washington Square for some family portraits. One of our favorite photos was of all the kids running straight towards Matt's camera with Sue and Gus watching in the background!
We found some really cool spots around the Washington Square West area for portraits of Sue and Gus together, and then they headed back to the Morris House to join in their celebration! After all their bridesmaids and groomsmen made their entrances, the bridal party lined the dance floor holding sparklers as Sue and Gus entered to take their first dance.
The reception really started to pick up just as the sun was setting, making for a spectacular end to an amazing day.