We love it when a destination wedding is close enough to our home in Washington, DC, that we photograph it on a day trip. That's one of many reasons why Philadelphia has become something of a second base of operations for us. We've had the pleasure of photographing several matrimonial celebrations in the City of Brotherly Love over the past year, and we look forward to every opportunity to go back there.
This lovely bride and groom started their day at the historic Kimpton Hotel Monaco in downtown Philadelphia. We can't say enough about how beautiful and unique this hotel is. Each room there is tastefully decorated in line with its own specific theme. Even the interior of closet in the bridal suite was artfully and purposefully designed.
After the bride and groom were dressed, primped and ready to see each other for the first time, we left for their first look. Because the bride is an architect, she wanted the site to have just the right mix of design, structure and leading lines. Philadelphia's famous Benjamin Franklin Bridge a suspension bridge crossing the Delaware River and connecting the city to Camden, New Jersey, was a great choice in our opinion. It gave the photos a backdrop that was dramatic without overshadowing the spouses-to-be.
After capturing the groom seeing his future wife for the first time in her wedding dress, we took a few more couples portraits of the couple at the foot of the bridge. We then took them to Race Street Pier, a rare bit of green space on the waterfront, to get a couple more shots of the future spouses before hustling them off to the church for the wedding ceremony.