October 8, 2018

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer | Morris Arboretum | Amy + Zach

Wedding

I’m going to go backwards with this one.  I’m going to show you the wedding before the engagement pictures.  So be prepared for a two-parter.  You’ll understand soon enough!

brides jewelry and couples vows in leather notebook

Amy and Zach were married at Morris Arboretum on a day that brought down sheets upon sheets of rain.  Think dark skies and monsoons and you have a bit of an idea.

rainy wedding day with brides flats and jewelry silhouette in window

Zach and his gentlemen were coolly gathered at the hotel, sipping shmancy whiskey.

groom tying shoes on wedding day morning groom and groomsmen toasting with fancy bourbon before wedding ceremony groom on wedding day in profile before wedding

Amy credits Zach with a lot of the design decisions.  He had an eye on the details.  I love the story behind his great grandfather’s cufflinks that his tomboy grandmother also wore with a suit to her wedding.

vintage grooms cufflinks and Omega watch

Amy is a no fuss bride.  Rain?  Whatever.  Though there is some girly girl in her.  She visited six or so shops to find the perfect wedding dress.  After picking one with a friend, she went back with her mom and found this beauty with an eyelash lace sweetheart neckline, delicate buttons up the back, and tiny pearls sewn throughout.  As a nod to her late grandmother, Pearl, this one was it.

wedding dress hanging up ooutside on rainy wedding day mother of bride helping bride into dress on morning of wedding day natural makeup on bride on morning of wedding day

We played in the hotel and then headed out to the Arboretum.

bride and groom kissing on elevator in hotel

Amy, Zach, and I zipped around the vibrant and verdant grounds.

bride and groom at Morris Arboretum under huge treehandsome groom smiling against a tree at morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum’s incredible Fernery gave us some shelter from the raindrops outside.

bride and groom in greenhouse fernery at Morris Arboretum on wedding day bride and groom walking through green fernery on rainy wedding day at Morris Arboretum bride and groom in fernery at Morris Arboretum on wedding day

The wedding party were great sports, being willing to brave the overhead clouds for some pictures outside together.

wedding party pictures in the rain with umbrellas at Morris Arboretum

Thankfully, the weather gods smiled on us as afternoon turned to evening and the guests didn’t have to hire an ark to arrive for the nuptials.  The ceremony was held under the permanent tent behind the main house.

rain drop on green leaf at Morris Arboretum bride and father talkingtogether right before walking down the aisle at Morris Arboretum grandfather speaking at wedding ceremony at Morris Arboretum first kiss at wedding ceremony on rainy wedding day at Morris Arboretum bride and groom recessional after ceremony at Morris Arboretum

The evening became pleasantly drier and cooler as the party ramped up.  Sweet dances, sweet speeches, and good friends gathered, laughed, and danced into the night.

bride and groom dancing first dance at Morris Arboretum wedding bride and groom hugging at end of first dance under tent at Morris Arboretum bride and groom during toasts at Morris Arboretum wedding best man giving toast at Morris Arboretum wedding under tent couple coming into reception at Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia groom dancing with mother at reception at Morris Arboretum bride and groom about to share cake at Morris Arboretum wedding sweet couple laughing together during wedding reception at Morris Arboretum

One thing I must add is the favors.  Amy and Zach had tiny bottles of custom m&ms, custom soft pretzels in A, Z, and hearts, and bottles of Zach’s Tales of the Cocktail 2017 Official Cocktail Competition winning martini variation, the “Embrasse de la Terre.”

cocktail wedding favors and custom pretzels and mandms

The misty night sky gave us one more opportunity before the evening came to a close.  It was magic!

bride and groom kissing in silhouette at night outside at Morris Arboretum bride and groom walking back to main building at night at Morris Arboretum

Good morning, beautiful, how was your night?
Mine was wonderful with you by my side
And when I open my eyes to see your sweet face
It’s a good morning, beautiful day
~ Good Morning Beautiful, Steve Holy

Wedding Ceremony: Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA
Wedding Reception:  Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA
Engagement Session: Morris Arboretum
Wedding Photographer: Lindsay Docherty Photography
Makeup Artist: Dylan Michael Cosmetics, Cindy Singer
Music: Tom Barrett Disc Jockeys
Caterer: Joshua’s Catering
Wedding Cake: Catering by Amy
Lighting: Light My Event
Wedding gown designer: Provonias
Groom’s Suit: Maxwell’s Clothiers
Groom’s Shoes: a. testoni
Groom’s tie: Tom Ford
Wedding Ring Designer: Do Amore
Jewelry Shop: Tiny Jewel Box
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