September 30, 2016

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer | Philadelphia City Hall | Sharah + Teddy

Wedding

All of their family is back in Australia but, after 8 years, it was go time.  They have traveled all over the world and aren’t nearly done exploring but I was thrilled that they chose me to celebrate this adventure in Philadelphia.  There is so much freedom in intimate weddings and elopements are basically engagement sessions with a very important event in the middle.

wedding couple picture in front of window at Philly City Hall

The September day was beautiful and City Hall was bustling.  We met up in time to take pictures in the gorgeous stairwells of the historic building.

Wedding couple walking down stairs in Philly City Hall before wedding Philly City Hall bride and groom in stairwell

We sat in the waiting room with about 8 other couples and their friends and families.  Sharah and Teddy thought about having guests but the travel for their closest didn’t make sense for the 4 minute ceremony.  They’ll be going back at some point for a celebration.  We had the #1 spot and saw the judge in the library.  After some introductions, important words, rings, and kiss, they were legit!

Philadelphia City Hall wedding elopement ceremony Elopement at Philadelphia City Hall for bride and groom

The giddiness was evident from Sharah’s hopping around immediately afterwards.

We gave ourselves a tour of the hallways and rooms and found some exceptional spots.  Teddy, who has been known to go on some under-the-radar locations to shoot himself, totally got me.  Like me, he’s the kind who will try locked doors and venture down alleyways.  Sharah is more nervous but always happy in hindsight.

Philadelphia city hall bride and groom in ornate roomwedding couple in Philadelphia City Hall ornate courtroom

The two were engaged last year in front of the LOVE statue one morning (when it was still in LOVE Park).

bride and groom kissing in middle of Philadelphia City Hall after wedding ceremony

The watch Teddy wore belonged to his late father.  His Hugo Boss cufflinks were his wedding gift from Sharah.  Sharah borrowed earrings and shoes.  The necklace was a gift from Teddy and the headband was from a friend.intimate picture of bride and groom laughing in Philadelphia

Before meeting, she had never been out of Australia.  Now they’ve seen Lebanon, the US (Alaska, Hawaii, and plenty in between), Thailand, and lived in Canada.

attractive couple married at Philadelphia City HallPhiladelphia bride and groom kissing in front of red church door

The shouts of congratulations and excitement from passers-by was a blast!

bride and groom on Broad Street in front of Philadelphia City Hall on wedding day candid wedding photography on Philadelphia city street

Sharah worked in a jewelry shop and was able to witness her wedding bands being made from blocks of metal to the beautiful, shiny heirloom pieces they are now.  Teddy’s is made of 18k gold with platinum bands on either side.  Hers has intricate scrollwork and diamonds.  Both have their initials and hearts engraved inside.

bride holding wedding bands with custom engravingcloseup of bride with headband kissing groom

It was such a joy to wander around with these two, finding squirrels and red doors together.  I am, so looking forward to following along with their future adventures!

Philadelphia City Hall wedding couple in front of Australian flag

 

“As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen.”
~ Winnie the Pooh

Wedding Ceremony: Philadelphia City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Wedding Photographer: Lindsay Docherty Photography
Hair and Makeup: Volume Hair Studio
Wedding Dress: Montique Australia
Bride’s shoes: Novo
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss
Wedding Rings: LeGassick
Engagement Ring: D’Antonio & Klein
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