As wedding photographers who have been in the business for a couple of years it is a rare treat to see couples who met in high school to guide their relationship through college and young adulthood to arrive at the altar years later ready to exchange their vows.
Occasionally, though, we’re lucky enough to photograph the nuptials of brides and grooms whose relationships have lasted through high school and college. This bride and groom, for example, met when they were just 16 years old and finally joined each other in matrimony after 14 years of school and professional careers taking them in different directions.
For their wedding, it seemed fitting that these future spouses would come back to the city where their love story began: Philadelphia. We took pictures of their marriage ceremony at the lovely Lady of Good Counsel church in nearby Morristown, NJ, and photographed their reception at the famous Union League in downtown Philadelphia.
In between those two momentous events, though, we took them around the city to take couples portraits at various well known landmarks.
The best stop on that tour was the AMOR statue on the East Terrace of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Association for Public Art. Designed by Robert Indiana, the sculpture is the perfect place for newlyweds to pose.
Because “amor” means “love” in Latin and Spanish, the famous landmark literally embodies the feelings that bring a bride and groom together.
So we had this lovely couple pose beneath the sculpture, and amid the cheers of their wedding party, they shared a tender kiss.