August 19, 2014

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer | Morris House Hotel |Jean + Brian

Wedding

If I were planning my wedding all over again, it would look a lot like Jean and Brian’s.  It was incredibly similar in so many ways which made it all the more special since it was one of the very last I photographed before I said my own vows.  Their wedding had an intimate, family-centric guest list.  It was held on the summer solstice and pulled in a lot of natural and earthy elements.  There were a lot of whites and greens everywhere for a beautiful yet not shmancy feel.  It was great to have Rebecca of Rebecca Richman Events on board to keep the day running perfectly.

Jean didn’t realize how important her dress was to her until she went to the mall and tried on a few.  She didn’t want a big to-do but they just didn’t feel special enough.  She realized she wanted her dress from an independent boutique shop.  Her bridesmaid found one such shop and they just managed to get in that day on a cancellation.  Keep in mind that this was four months before the wedding.  After trying on several she came to THE ONE – an ivory strapless, raw edged, layered gown with a slight flare.  Best of all, it was a sample and it fit with very few alterations needed.  Jean says that the entire experience was incredible and she even got the magnificent sash and veil there too.

beaded ivory wedding dress sash with flowersraw edge silk layered  wedding dressgroom getting ready at wedding at Morris House Hotel in PhiladelphiaJean and Brian did their first look at the Morris House Hotel before heading to Washington Square Park for some pictures.

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They practiced their first dance right there on the sidewalk before going back for the ceremony.  One of my favorite stories I heard that day was that Brian called Jean after the rehearsal dinner the night before.  They were staying at the Morris House Hotel in different rooms and it was late, late at night and everyone else was asleep.  He called her downstairs to practice their first dance on the dancefloor in the dark.  I found out this guy was a romantic at the engagement session.

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The ceremony was beautiful.  The vows and choices of readings and songs were obviously so thoughtful and carefully considered.  (I was so touched I even used some of their ceremony for my own!)

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Who doesn’t need a celebratory selfie as newlyweds?

bride and groom funny selfie on wedding day

Jean and Brian incorporated some neat touches to the day.  Namely the signature cocktail, “the Summer Solstice” that Jean created of honey, mint, and green tea vodka.  They also had bottles and luxe paper for guests to write notes for them to open on upcoming anniversaries.

guest message in bottles at wedding

Every time I photograph a wedding at Morris House Hotel, I get to see completely different weddings.  Jean and Brian used long farmhouse tables for their reception with lots of candles, olive leaves, and laughter.  The draping and chandeliers overhead were just the right touch.

wedding reception at Morris House Hotel in Philadelphia with draped and tent

They impressed their guests with a flourish-ful first dance to “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young.

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They ended this, the longest night of the year, with a sparkler send-off last song out on the front patio.  Jean was so happy she hardly danced, instead grinning and looking around at all of her nearest and dearest lit up by tiny flames.

last dance with sparklers at wedding at Morris House Hotel in Philadelphia

These two were exactly what you want every couple to be on their wedding day: utterly blissful regardless of any wedding day flub and genuinely grateful for every single moment.  They were present and involved throughout the day, soaking it in and loving every bit of it.  Maybe my biased emotions were running away with me that day but I don’t think so.  They are special.

bride and groom on wedding day in Philadelphia Washington Square Park

 But there’s a full moon risin’
Let’s go dancin’ in the light
We know where the music’s playin’
Let’s go out and feel the night.
~ Neil Young, “Harvest Moon”

Wedding Ceremony: Morris House Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
Wedding Reception: Morris House Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
Engagement Session: Rittenhouse Square
Wedding Photographer: Lindsay Docherty Photography
Wedding planner: Rebecca of Rebecca Richman Events
Florist: Cottage Flowers Floral Design
Wedding Dress Designer: Amy Kuschel
Bride’s Veil and Sash: Amy Kuschel
Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade
Makeup: Cheekadee
Hair: Mirror & Mantel
Groom’s Suit: J. Crew
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy
Reception Music: The Remixologists
Lighting & Draping: Eventions
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