March 22, 2010

Lindsay + Josh: Bellevue Wedding in Center City Philly


Have you heard of this little place in Center City called the Bellevue (technically, it’s the Hyatt at the Bellevue)? Nothing special, just absolutely stunning architecture, fantastic service, and top of the line everything… Okay, so maybe it is something special.

The Bellevue puts on some splendid weddings and I’m here to show you some images from Lindsay (great name, right?) and Josh’s wedding.

Some weddings just need to be in color. Others are just screaming to be in black and white. This was a black and white wedding. So many of my favorite pictures from the day were just made to be black and white. Take away the color and you immediately focus in on the sentiments of the day: the love, the humor, the pride, the bliss, and the fun.

We started with the ladies as they prettied themselves while Josh and Lindsay’s little Avery looked on. The ladies wore tea length navy blue v-neck dresses and carried light pink roses in their bouquets. Lindsay wore a gorgeous silk number with a beautiful lace bodice detailing and some superb Manolos. She carried her own bouquet of light pink roses and accented with white denrobium orchids.

There’s something about Lindsay… Yes, she looks like an absolute princess and she was getting married in this glorious marble and crystal palace, but she was so low key, so funny, so absolutely down to earth and just enjoying the day. And you could tell this was the way she was all the time. Definitely no bridezilla here.

The fellas were getting gussied up in their room as well. Simple black tuxes with navy blue vests and ties, and Josh in silver.

Yep, Josh is a stud.

The bridal party hopped on over to Love Park to enjoy the gorgeous day and take some formals. Lindsay and Josh opted to see each other beforehand but Lindsay didn’t want much of a production out of it.

And you can’t go to Love Park without the obligatory LOVE statue picture.

We returned to the Bellevue and took some pictures in the median on Broad Street with City Hall in the background. A beautiful woman in a white dress always commands attention.

Their lovely wedding was held in the Rose Garden Room of the Bellevue’s 19th floor. Have you ever seen such chandeliers?

Guests moved into the conservatory for cocktail hour. This place looked like an indoor version of a cute Parisian street. This is not your typical hotel mingling area. The food looked divine. There were passed hors d’oeuvres as well as a carving stations for steak, one for caviar and smoked salmon, and another for cheeses, meats, olives, and breads.

The reception was held in the recreated Rose Garden Room.

Lindsay and Josh started the festivities off with Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing”.

The reception was a blast. Some crowds dance but some crowds dance. This one fell into the latter group. And It wasn’t just those who were out shakin’ their thang. These people had rhythm and looked like professionals. I even had to ask one of the guests if there were professionals in front of me because they looked so good out there.

Those who didn’t get out on the dancefloor were severely reprimanded:

And of course the cake…

Even little Avery was included in the festivities.

The day was glorious. Lindsay and Josh – you two were glorious! Thanks so much for letting me be a part of it all!

And baby
The way you move me, it’s crazy
It’s like you see right through me
And make it easier
Believe me, you don’t even have to try
~ Ray LaMontagne, “You Are The Best Thing”

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