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Penn Archaeology Museum Wedding

Though we primarily photograph weddings in the DC area, we are also available to document your nuptials in Philadelphia. In fact, the City of Brotherly Love has become one of our favorite locations for wedding photography. We have photographed so many wedding celebrations there, that we sometimes think of ourselves as Philadelphia destination wedding photographers! So if you are planning a marriage event in Philly, we are ready and willing to make the drive up! Because we have photographically documented numerous weddings in and around the Quaker City, we are quite familiar with its best wedding venues. One Philadelphia location that is ideal for unique nuptial celebrations is the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. That is where the couple in this photo had their marriage ceremony and reception.

Housed in its present building since 1899, this Philadelphia institution has existed for more than a century. The purpose of the museum is to preserve historical artifacts that narrate humanity’s development from antiquity to the present day. It is also a great Philly venue for the telling of your love story! The Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology offers some great spaces for every part of a wedding day. You and your intended can say, “I do,” outside in the open air (as this couple did). You can then eat a luxurious dinner in the ornate dining room on the building’s top floor. Finally, you can dance the night away next to sarcophagi and mummies in one of the museum’s best exhibits.

That variety also makes it a dream location for the best DC wedding photographers. It allows us to give you a collection of photos that show great depth and diversity. It also lets us inject a lot of creativity into the shots we take for you.

Penn Archaeology Museum Wedding

This particular Philadelphia-based bride and groom organized their Penn Museum wedding in the way mentioned above. They had their ceremony outside in the Warden Garden, a green space on one side of the museum’s front lawn. For a Philadelphia wedding photographer, what makes this such a great spot for you and your beloved to exchange your vows is the brick staircase. That structure leads out from the second floor of the museum to the grass below. This means your wedding party emerges from the museum well above the lawn and then walks down the curving staircase. The guests at your Quaker City wedding get an unobstructed view of the entire wedding party during the processional. A Philadelphia destination wedding photographer can get similarly unobstructed images of you walking down the stairs. The pictures can show you moving toward your future spouse with the eyes of all the guests fixated on you!

After the ceremony, this bride and groom proceeded to the top floor of the museum for a traditional Chinese tea ceremony with their parents. This took place just outside the Chinese Rotunda. During the tea ceremony, Penn Museum's staff prepared that space for dinner by putting elegant place settings on ornate tables. Designed to fit as many as 300 seated guests, the Chinese Rotunda is the largest event space in the building. It is also a sumptuously appointed area that is a great space for a wedding dinner.

Following the meal, the entire Philly marriage celebration moved to the Egypt Upper Gallery. It was there that the maid of honor and best man gave their speeches and toasts. That part of the wedding took place alongside carved reliefs, stone coffins containing mummies, beautiful sculptures of Egyptian figures and a statue of the pharaoh Ramesses II. Afterwards, the guests danced and made merry in the surprisingly ample space between the various precious artifacts. It was quite a scene and looked fantastic when captured on film!

We captured this image just outside the museum after the Philadelphia-based couple had had their first look. The bride-to-be decided to meet her future husband by the ornate fountain located in the Stoner Courtyard. The latter is located just outside the Penn Museum’s front door. After he saw his soon-to-be wife in her wedding dress for the first time, the groom was overcome with emotion. After he wiped away a few tears, he sat with his bride on the edge of the fountain. The two spent a few minutes just chatting. It was a beautiful scene — just the two of them enjoying each other’s company and the few moments they had to be alone together. We did not want to disturb them by taking a picture, of course. So we moved out of their line of sight, and one DC wedding photographer got this beautiful and romantic photo of them.

Location: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104.

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