Sometimes, it’s a little bit of chaos being a part of the bridal prep. From the second I arrive, I’m already working up a sweat in a dress shirt and neck tie and I dive right into anticipating reactions while making sure not to be in way of the twelve other people in the hotel suite. However, when something happens like the bride picks up a mirror and sees her make up for the first time or when she gets bustled into the her dress at long last, time seems to slow down just a bit. It’s emotional – what photojournalists thrive on. It’s a real wedding moment. Most of all, it’s a whole lot of happy and it’s great to be there to enjoy it with her.
Bridal Prep – The Hills Hotel
Ceremony – St. Kilian Catholic Church
Reception – Dove Canyon Country Club
Event Planning – Deelish Events
When I took a short trip to Philadelphia for a wedding, I was treated to two very pleasant locations. Bridal prep took place at the Hotel Monaco and was just a short walk to the ceremony and reception at the Down Town Club.
Bridal prep can get pretty intense. Oftentimes, there’s this moment I witness that I refer to as the maternal touch. It is a series of mom jerking, twisting, and tugging the dress, any gentleness spared. Then there are dress emergencies. No, no staged or recreated moments with Stephen Tang.
Should I ever choose to create one, my non-definitive guide to bridal prep would definitely include safety pins and a sewing kit. Wedding and bridesmaid dresses sometimes run long or loose even after tailoring. Leave it to me to turn this entry into an educational moment. Anyway, moms are pretty damn awesome.
One of the coolest details at this wedding was the custom cake and topper. There was so much detail and cuteness to admire. I’ve seen my fair share of weddings, and I’m not gonna play favorites (will give you bad puns though – wait for it), but this one might take the cake?
Have you figured out by now that they love cats? Two different programs with illustrations for the wedding.
Instead of a traditional first dance, the groom performed a piano piece. If a piano performance and all of the other custom details do not make this wedding really stand out, I haven’t a clue what will.
It’s been a while since I’ve shared content from California but here you go. This wedding was at a private residence, where they transformed a backyard into an outdoor ceremony space, and afterward, a reception space. This is different from many weddings I’ve been to but I really liked how laid back and personal it felt. Weddings come in all shapes and forms, but I think we should all value the experience over trying to cram as much of anything possible into it (e.g. photos, guests, scheduled activities).
The couple was big on DIY, as you can see in their choices for the bouquet and decoration. Their invitations were prints of artwork painted by the bride. I often look for custom details as options for photographing rings.
The night ended with a couple of pyrotechnic displays. The smoke from the mini fireworks does something pretty cool to lights but remember to only set them off in an open, outdoor space!