philadelphia is for lovers

Every now and again I get to shoot a wedding for someone who is more than just a client. It's a grand opportunity to turn my camera on those blessed souls that are so dear to my heart and capture some pretty tender moments that every now and again draw a tear to my eye. Ahhh... yes, I can be sappy sometimes. More so with each passing year (getting old kind of  has this unique way of softening a person - at least in my case it does).  

This past weekend, I drove up to my former city, Philadelphia, to celebrate with my wonderfully good friend Jessica as she tied the knot with her loving bestie, Mike. While I wasn't the official photographer (I was one of the bridesmaids), I had the honor of snapping photographs before the ceremony with Jess and also after during the dance party reception at Circle of Hope at Broad Street and Washington in South Philly.

What a blast we all had! Anticipation for the big day was so palpable as anyone who knows Jess well knows that it has been a day 34 years in the making as she has (most of the time) patiently waited for God to bring the perfect teammate into her life.

The day was perfect - sunny and warm with all the lovely details perfectly put together. From bright pink peony bouquets, to mint green painted toenails, to craft beer lovingly brewed by those close to the couple, and adorable rootbeer floats for dessert.

Jessica - you're lovely and fantastic. So glad that you have found a helpmeet in Mike and that God has brought the two of you together so perfectly. And also: thanks for the 80s dance party that followed; I've been missing that in my life.


Wedding Gown: Galina for David's Bridal. Hair: Plume, Girard Avenue in Philadelphia. Make-up: Amanda Pargas (NJ). Venue: Circle of Hope, Broad & Washington. DJ: Ian McGlynn (NJ).

Had to include this one of me and the Deejay (and good friend), Ian McGlynn!