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23rd Street Armory & Fitler Square Pop-up Wedding

In the spring, I got to work on a really special 23rd Street Armory wedding with Elicia Bryan, a super-talented photographer based down south. She was looking for a second shooter for a Philly wedding, and I happened to be available. I got to help shoot Tracy & Dan’s epic day alongside a crazy talented local vendor team (credits at the end of this post!).

Tracy got ready in an Airbnb downtown, while Dan prepped at their home. The ceremony was pop-up style, and I loved how laid back it was! Everyone gathered around in Fitler Square, and the processional waiting area was the farmer’s market (how freaking cute is that?!). After they said their vows, things got weird in the best way. Tracy loves dogs, and wanted to hang out in the Schuylkill River Dog Park for some puppy time. It was an unseasonably warm April day, so we hit up Lil Pop Shop for some popsicles. 23rd Street Armory was transformed from a dark warehouse to a romantic reception setting, with floral installations and string lights (for the millionth time, people – you can NOT go wrong with string lights), and my favorite, a donut wall! After some dancing, toasts, and dinner, we headed to the river for some sunset portraits, which was one of my favorite parts of the day. It can be such a nice break from all the action to get outside and have one-on-one time with your honey!

This wedding was recently featured in print in Philadelphia Magazine – so proud to have been a part of this! A giant thank you to Elicia Bryan for having me and for allowing me to share these photos with you. More pop-up weddings, please!


Vendor Credits: 

Second shot for: Elicia Bryan

Florist: Wild Stems

Planning/design: Arielle Fera Designs

Venue: 23rd Street Armory

Caterer: Day by Day Philly

Lounge furniture: Maggpie Rentals

Dessert: Nutmeg Cake Design

Makeup: Shimmer & Spice

Hair: ONLO Beauty

DJ + lighting: Synergetic Sound & Lighting

Photo booth: Cut and Paste Photobooth

Doughnuts: Federal Donuts

Popsicles: Lil Pop Shop

An Intimate Wedding at Barbuzzo Philadelphia // Eric & Phil

Phil and Eric had an intimate wedding at the Barbuzzo restaurant in downtown Philadelphia in the fall, and it was hands down one of my favorite nights of the year. It was a Tuesday wedding with only 20 people in attendance, no wedding party, minimal formalities. Just good food, good company, and two people hella in love. I first met these two at a wine bar, where we shared stories and laughter, and talked about what makes a great wedding. When I left, I knew I was in for something really special.

They got ready together in their well-curated apartment (Phil shares my love of plants and cats – his cat, Squeaks was so adorable!), helping each other with ties and jackets. We stopped by their favorite neighborhood coffee shop and wandered through the streets toward Barbuzzo, stopping along the way at cute walls and vignettes and color stories. My absolute favorite way to take portraits – completely organic.

At Barbuzzo, they exchanged vows and rings (Bario Neal, the best!) in an emotional ceremony with their closest friends and family. From the beginning, Eric and Phil told me how much they just wanted to celebrate over wine and delicious food, and it made me wonder why everyone doesn’t get married like that. With speeches from their best buds, incredible courses (the salted caramel budino is literally to die for), and a laid back timeline, this wedding was perfect in every way. One of my favorite moments was when Eric, after months of not eating sugar, got to cut his wedding cake with Phil, and the look on his face was so happy that everyone was cracking up!

I couldn’t be more proud of these photos, or of these two gentlemen, who trusted me in telling their story.

From the beginning…

Wicker Park Chicago Engagement Session // Lindsey & Jon

This past fall, I flew out to Chicago for Lindsey & Jon’s engagement session. We explored their Wicker Park neighborhood, and I was successfully blown away by the amount of ivy covering every building in sight – if you know me, you know how much I LOVE ivy-covered buildings. I loved getting to see their home, meet their amazingly adorable cat (she has a mustache! I’m dead.), and admire the gorgeous, sometimes quirky homes. See the yard scene below with sheep + ducks to see what I mean – they change their scene regularly and it’s a favorite for Jon and Lindsey to walk by. We also spent some time with the chickens and anti-social goats in the community garden that they care for, and we stopped by a mural of a bear eating pizza. No frills, no tourist traps, just some favorite neighborhood spots and two wonderfully silly humans…and a cat, a bear, some chickens, two goats, and more.

Chicago, I love you.