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Penn Archaeology Museum Wedding

Though we primarily photograph weddings in the DC area, we are also available to document marriage celebrations 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. And if you are looking for one that will make your marriage celebrations stand out from the rest, give some thought to booking the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. We promise you that a Penn Museum wedding is one your family and friends will not soon forget!

Facilities Available at a Penn Museum Wedding

The University of Pennsylvania founded its Archaeology and Anthropology Museum more than a century ago. Its goal was and continues to be the preservation of historical artifacts that narrate humanity’s development from antiquity to the present day. The museum’s impressive collections feature pieces from every continent that humans have inhabited.

More importantly for you, though, the institution is a great place for telling a very significant part of your love story! A Penn Museum wedding gives you a lot of flexibility in terms of how you celebrate your nuptials. If you want an outdoor wedding, the venue has a lovely patio area that is great for al fresco ceremonies. Is a luxury wedding more your style? The ornateness of the dining room on the building’s top floor will definitely leave your guests speechless. And of course, you will not want to miss out on what makes the Penn Museum truly special. You can dance the night away next to the sarcophagi and mummies during a reception in its Egyptian exhibit.

Penn Museum Wedding Photos

The best part about getting such a wealth of different stylistic options? You are certain to receive a collection of wedding photos with an incredible range of looks and feels. (This is the best part in the opinions of these Washington DC wedding photographers, anyway. Hey, we never claimed to be objective!) With a Penn Museum wedding, you can get outdoor shots in glorious sunlight, elegant pictures amid fine crystal table decor and creative images with a feel you cannot get elsewhere.

Penn Museum Wedding Ceremony in the Warden Garden

This particular Philadelphia-based bride and groom started their day at the Loews Philadelphia. Once in their wedding clothes, they left that luxury hotel for their Penn Museum wedding. The couple held their ceremony in the venue’s aforementioned outdoor space. The Warden Garden is a lovely green area on one side of the museum’s front lawn and a perfect spot for an intimate wedding ceremony.

The highlight of that part of the Warden Garden (again, in the biased opinions of Washington DC wedding photographers) is its 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 Penn Museum wedding get an unobstructed view of the entire wedding party during the processional. Your Washington DC wedding photographer can capture 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!

Dinner and Drinks in the Penn Museum’s Chinese Rotunda

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. With a maximum capacity of 300 guests, the Chinese Rotunda is the largest event space in the building. It is also the venue's most luxurious room and an ideal spot for an elegant post-ceremony wedding dinner.

Penn Museum Wedding Reception in Egyptian Collection

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 this Penn Museum 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!

First Look at Penn Museum Wedding

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 their Washington DC wedding photographers 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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