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Non-Traditional Wedding at the Powel & Physick House // Julia & Daniel

Powel House Intimate Wedding PhiladelphiaMan, I love a non-traditional wedding. Julia & Daniel tied the knot a few weeks ago and it was the best, most laid back day ever. First, getting ready together at their Queen Village home (with their cat Buster!). I always think it’s so special when couples opt to do their prep together – it makes the whole experience so special and intimate. For their festivities, they selected the best of Philly’s Old City district. The monochromatic Powel House was a beautiful respite from the rain for their self-uniting ceremony with 15 immediate family members. Though they had a close friend act as a guide for the ceremony, they took advantage of Pennsylvania’s pretty awesome Quaker laws and went sans officiant.

For the dinner party reception catered by Di Bruno Brothers, the quirky Physick House was the perfect setting. Although it rained for most of the day, Julia and Daniel didn’t let it ruin their cheer. They had smiles on all day, braved portraits in the rain, and even had an ice cream cart from Little Baby’s surprise their guests with unique flavors like rose pistachio (my personal favorite) and vanilla cardamom. Daniel is a coffee roaster, so his own beans from Other Animal Coffee Roasters were perfect favors for guests.

All day long, all I could think about was how happy I am to document such important days for my couples. Even though this day didn’t look like the “average” wedding day, it was perfectly catered to who Julia and Daniel are as people, and the way they chose to celebrate was the best, because it was so uniquely theirs. So whether you’re planning a big ball room party, an elopement, or a non-traditional wedding somewhere in the middle, as long as it’s true to you, you’ve made the right choice.

Now, from the beginning…

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Details:

Bride’s Gown: BHLDN, Sawyer Gown

Groom’s Suit: Indochino

Catering: Di Bruno Bros.

Ice Cream Cart: Little Baby’s

Jazz Quartet: Alex Delcourt Jazz Quartet

Coffee Favors: Other Animal Coffee

  • Megan - What a cool spot for a wedding! Totally love the indoor and outdoor options at the Powel House & Hill-Keith-Physick House! Makes me want to get married all over again. Such a cool Philly spot for a casual wedding. Well done!ReplyCancel

San Francisco City Hall // Wedding & Elopement Photographer

San Francisco City Hall is the best of the City Halls. There, I said it. (Sorry not sorry, Philly City Hall – you’re okay, too, but I mean COME. ONNNNN.) Not too long ago, I flew to northern California for Erin & Brian’s Lake Tahoe celebration, and I had a few days to kill in San Francisco. I explored the Presidio, the beaches, Muir Woods, and of course I couldn’t come back home without checking out the place I’ve been hearing about since I first started shooting weddings. The holy grail of City Halls. My monochromatic dream. I couldn’t help but take some photos while wandering. The romance, the spaciousness, the little beautiful nooks and crannies. I’ve been dying to photograph an elopement or wedding ceremony among these marble halls, so if you’re thinking of tying the knot at this stunning place…you know where to find me!

Tropical Destination Wedding in Punta Cana // Anna & John

Tropical Punta Cana Destination Wedding - Non-Traditional

Anna & John’s tropical destination wedding has a special place in my heart. You might recognize Anna from photos on this very blog – I shot her sister, Samantha’s wedding last year. One day, Anna reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in photographing her Caribbean celebration in the Dominican Republic, and I did what anyone would do…I kiiiiiind of freaked out. Not only did I get to document the day they married, I captured the build up of festivities during their time in Punta Cana. I even spent an afternoon on a catamaran with John, Anna, and 30 of their wedding guests, snorkeling and swimming in natural shallow swimming holes in the Atlantic. And of course, making portraits.

This was one of those weddings that made me really conscious of how amazing it is to capture people in love. The joy, the tears, the love, the laughter, and in this case, we can’t forget the epic dance party. The type of magical energy that made me feel so grateful to be alive that I had to keep pausing here and there just to savor the moment. The type of celebration where I cried before, during, after, and right now, writing this post. That’s a good damn wedding in my book.

This one’s for the people who party hard, laugh loudly, and are wildly in love. Part 2 (their day after photo shoot!) coming soon.

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Sharing their day after session soon. Stay posted for more!

Details:

Venue & Florals: Jellyfish Restaurant, Playa Bavaro, Dominican Republic

Invitations & Calligraphy: Longhand Edition

Bride’s Gown: Wtoo by Watters, Kennedy

Bridesmaids: Show Me Your Mumu