August 8, 2014

Philadelphia Elopement Photographer | Wissahickon Trail | Christina + Larry

WEDDING

In the grand scheme of all weddings, I don’t think there is anything more romantic than an elopement.  No details.  Just two people so in love that “wedding” means commitment in its purest and simplest form.  Think Romeo & Juliet, William Wallace & Murron, and a slew of celebrity couples.

I originally talked to Christina about her plans for a City Hall wedding but the more I heard of her story with Larry, the clearer the answer was: Christina + Larry + officiant on the 2 year anniversary of the day and place they met while hiking 22 miles down the Wissahickon Valley Trail.

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I felt so honored to be there to witness such a tender event as they stood on the bridge on Forbidden Drive and read their vows to one another as a few runners and cyclists passed by.  Goosebumps, right?

Romantic wedding elopement in Philadelphia's Wissahickon Park

It was a group excursion of about 15 people who had signed up for the 22 mile hike that day.  It was around mile 15 when they met and hit it off.  Larry didn’t ask for Christina’s number so she took matters into her own hands and contacted him through some sleuthing and coincidental mutual friends.

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They shared their first date a few weeks later at Penns Landing to go out for food which neither ate and stumbled across a concert that neither cared about.  It was conversation that carried them.

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It was this past April over conversations that they both realized that the idea of marriage is something that should go from the theoretical to the concrete.

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There were so many times that Larry tenderly touched her cheek that day, a little idiosyncrasy of theirs that was utterly heart-melting.Romantic wedding elopement in Philadelphia's Wissahickon Park

And so it was that Christina purchased a dress the week before the wedding and we met for an unforgettable afternoon along a beautiful stretch of nature.

Romantic wedding elopement in Philadelphia's Wissahickon Park

As with all weddings, Christina and Larry left with the only 3 things every couple gets to keep after the day: the pictures, a ring, and a spouse.  And because a honeymoon is awesome, they left for a European adventure to Germany and Croatia.

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What a truly amazing wedding!  Congratulations, you two!

Romantic wedding elopement in Philadelphia's Wissahickon Park

“I love you much most beautiful darling more than anyone on the earth and I like you better than everything in the sky.”
~ E.E. Cummings
Wedding Ceremony: Wissahickon Valley Park, Philadelphia, PA
Wedding Photographer: Lindsay Docherty Photography
Officiant: Charlie Cooper of Humbleman Weddings
Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co.
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