Wedding Reception at the Union League in Philadelphia
Potok's World Photography
Potok's World Photography

Wedding Reception at the Union League in Philadelphia

We are committed to ensuring that your wedding day is everything you have dreamt it to be. We want you to be completely satisfied with every aspect of it. So whatever we can do to make things run more smoothly or to eliminate stress, we will do it without hesitation.

Naturally, our main focus is ensuring that your wedding photography gives you beautiful reminders of every important moment during your marriage celebrations. To make that happen, we spend considerable time before your wedding day planning how we will get the very best photos of your nuptials. The best Philadelphia wedding photographers map out their shots well before they they ever pick up a camera. We talk about where we will stand and what lenses we will use. Because we are a husband-and-wife team who works together frequently, we also discuss strategies for coordinating our movements. Essentially, we want to be as prepared as we can be for every significant moment that happens to you and your beloved.

We want to be particularly ready when it comes to certain key parts of a Philly wedding, such as your first dance as newlyweds. When we have taken pictures of that sacred moment in the past, our best images have usually come from one of two approaches.

Sometimes, superlative photos of a first dance at your Quaker City wedding will be the result of using wider-angle lenses. Those shots will capture you on film with all your family, friends and invited guests in the background watching. In other situations, your first dance photos will look better when the focus is entirely on you and your new spouse. Fortunately for you, a Philadelphia wedding photographer can always get both shots and decide which looks better later! As a husband-and-wife team, we usually photograph weddings together. That means we can take pictures of the same wedding-day moment with different lenses and from different angles. So you are covered no matter what!

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Including the guests in a first-dance photograph at a Philly wedding can lead to great results. Capturing their reactions of can amplify the power of the picture tremendously. You and your beloved are obviously happy as you enjoy one of your first experiences as a married couple. The onlookers generally share that joy as they watch the proceedings. A wider-angle photograph frequently captures your wedding guests smiling or shedding tears of happiness. This echoes the emotions you are experiencing on the dance floor and suffuses the entire image with that feeling.

Photos of a first dance in which only the Quaker City newlyweds appear can also be very impactful. But they are visually striking in a very different way. Because the focus is solely on you dancing, the photograph highlights other elements of the scene. It is true that most of the important people in your lives are watching as you dance. However, you might find that at that moment, you are not aware of who else is there. Many newlyweds are lost in their own world as they share their first dance together. With the memories of exchanging vows still fresh in their minds, they are all that matters to each other. The pictures of them alone on the dance floor tend to emphasize this. They tend to show how the couple feels like they are the only two people in the world at that moment.

This photo is an example of how well that second approach can work. We chose to isolate this Philly bride and groom in the frame because they were lost in one another’s arms during the dance. At the moment when they kissed, it did not matter that there were hundreds of guests watching them. There was only her and him, and these Philadelphia wedding photographers wanted the photo to reflect that.

We also decided to capture this image in this way because the Philadelphia wedding venue was perfect for it. This bride and groom chose the Union League of Philadelphia for their marriage celebrations. It is one of the most luxurious and elegant in the City of Brotherly Love. One of the best parts of the club is Lincoln Hall, a fantastic and opulent ballroom on its top floor. That space has a fascinating history, as it was dedicated in 1913 with President William Howard Taft in attendance. It is a very “Philadelphia” venue for a wedding, because numerous portraits painted by local artists adorn the walls. More importantly for wedding photography, it has beautiful hardwood floors and dazzling chandeliers. Its best feature, though, in our professional opinions, is the balcony that runs near the ceiling across one entire side of the room. This allows a Philadelphia wedding photographer to get up above the scene during a wedding reception. Taking pictures of subjects below the photographer eliminates potential distracting elements in the background. That is how we were able to capture this beautiful image of these Philly newlyweds alone on the dance floor.

Location: Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

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