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Modern Minimalist Wedding at the Physick House // Non-Traditional Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

Last year I dreamed up a shoot with the gals behind Heart & Dash, and after weeks of careful planning, unexpected mishaps, and straight-up winging it, we pulled together a day that I am still so proud of. Our inspiration was for a wedding with a modern minimalist approach. What would a laid back couple looking to celebrate in a non-traditional yet sophisticated way want? How could we elevate the concept of “backyard wedding?” We styled it as an elopement followed by an outdoor dinner reception, all within Philadelphia’s historic Old City district. From the beginning, I loved the idea of “all-white everything” as a design inspiration – if you know me, you realize that this shoot is pretty on-brand! My wardrobe, my studio, even my home decor – lots of white. We played around with textures and a clean, yet refined table, mixing and matching vases, candles, flowers, and even plates! Our team of amazing vendors really knocked it out of the park on this one, and I am so excited to finally share this. A big round of applause to all involved!

Vendor Dream Team:

Photography: Brittney Raine Photography

Planning, Styling & Design: Heart & Dash

Flowers: The Farm at Oxford

Stationery: Longhand Edition

Hair & Makeup: True Beauty Marks

Wedding Gown & Kimono: Ashe B & Co.

Ring: L. Priori Jewelry

Furniture & Rentals: Maggpie Vintage Rentals

Catering: Birchtree Catering

Desserts: Amy’s Sweet Bake Shop

Venue: The Physick House

Groom’s Attire: The Groomsman Suit

Lokal Hotel: Old City’s New Mid-Century Loft Boutique Hotel

This week I had the chance to tour Philly’s brand new boutique hotel, the Lokal Hotel in Old City. My inner design junkie couldn’t stop ooh-ing at ahhh-ing at the midcentury touches and thoughtful details, like local coffee, tea, and spirits, and a well-stocked booklet of things to do in the city that don’t suck. The hotel has six suites, all with kitchenettes, sitting areas, washer/dryer combos, and gorgeous accents. Philadelphia’s been in desperate need of well-designed, well-lit places for couples to get ready on their wedding days, and I think Lokal will be a huge hit. Each of the three floors has a one bedroom and a two bedroom suite, so it could also be a great place to call base camp for wedding party & family members. Bonus: there’s a brand new salon downstairs, Barnet Fair Hair, and word on the street is that the hotel & salon will offer wedding packages in the future.

Here are some photos from my walkthrough of Lokal Hotel – check it out and contact them if you’re in need of a beautiful getting ready location right in the heart of Philadelphia!

Joanna & Zac // an Outdoor Autumn Lakeside Wedding at Pocono Springs Camp

Camp weddings have my heart forever. I know, I know, I say this about every type of wedding I shoot, but camp weddings really are a personal favorite. Though my business and my work might evolve over the years, I’ll never stop loving outdoor weddings, and when your venue is a campground, it’s easy to see why. Pocono Springs Camp is a newer wedding location, and for Joanna and Zac, it was perfect. They said their vows privately in a tucked-away corner near the lake, married on the sprawling open field, and danced the night away in the longhouse, which doubles as the cafeteria during summer camp season. After the ceremony, Zac and Joanna got into a canoe just for the fun of it, and we got some of my more adventurous photos of the year (thanks feet, for being anchors when we couldn’t find a real one).

It was an emotional day for everyone around – something that I as a photographer love to capture. The combination of vulnerability and a completely unique day led to some of my favorite photos of my career. The intimate vows made for tears and open-mouthed laughter, which I think a lot of couples try to suppress when they’re standing in front of a hundred people. The circling rituals that Joanna and Zac both did (taken from other cultures) had me crying, thankful for my camera’s autofocus. The whole day was an honor to be a part of, the type of wedding that really makes me feel so honored to get to do this for a living, and once again I am reminded that at the core of my work, at the heart of business, it’s all about the people.

Here’s what their day looked like, from the beginning.