January 7, 2013

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer | Pyramid Club | Denise + Mike

Wedding

Denise and Mike’s wedding day went off pretty much without a hitch and we even got a few bonuses thrown in too! It was the first time I had ever shot a wedding at the Pyramid Club and I could completely understand why they chose such an incredible venue. So much of it seemed like a whirlwind wince I met them the first time not long before the wedding at their engagement session on Race Street Pier.

Denise and Mike got ready at the Sonesta Hotel right on Market Street. I really loved Denise’s details. The purple ring was her grandmother’s. Completely coincidentally, Mike bought her an almost identical ring as a Christmas gift without knowing about her grandmother’s. Rumor has it that Denise has a history of pilfering her mother’s jewelry.

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club

I thought this embroidered shirt was so adorable!

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club

And then there was the sweet gift Denise gave to her father before the wedding. She knows him well.

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club

Mike was getting ready in another room. All was going on time until he realized that he had gotten completely dressed for the day but had forgotten to shave. I imagine he might have had something else on his mind. This is somewhat amusing as Mike gets on Denise’s case for being late and got her a watch as a wedding gift.

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club

Denise looked gorgeous in her her mother’s veil and her form-flattering gown with awesome train.

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club

After their first look we were off to Broad Street and City Hall. I just love shooting around here.

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club
Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club
Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club
Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club
Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club

One of my favorite parts of the day was the flute player in the middle of City Hall who played wedding music while Denise and Mike took pictures.

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club
Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club
Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club

We got back to the Mellon Bank Center to prepare for the ceremony in the Atrium.

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club

Great gift!

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club
Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club

This venue was absolutely stunning! It was so simple and yet still such a spectacle. The only décor added were the fabulous lanterns that lined the impressive stairs. The aisle runner was a work of love by Denise’s mother who sewed 6000 petals to it (and created all of the ribbon wands).

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club
Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club
Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club
Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club

The reception was held on the 52nd floor. The views from the Pyramid Club were something else. All was perfectly tied in to the motif running through Denise and Mike’s stationary and cake: the Philadelphia skyline. (I just have to note that this is a pumpkin pound cake with cinnamon nutella frosting by Bredenbeck’s.  Commence drooling.)

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club
Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club

The newlyweds entered and shared their first dance to “Come Rain or Come Shine” by Ray Charles.
Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club

A friend made the wedding favors – French macaroons – as a nod to Denise’s sweet tooth.

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club
Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club
Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club
Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club

One of the most exciting parts of the day for me was when my sweettalking got the lift operator to take us to the roof of the building for an in-your-face view of the Philadelphia skyline. It’s only fitting, right?

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club
Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club

Meanwhile, the party was going strong a few floors below with help from the Oh, Snap! Studio. Here are a few gems from the evening.

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club
Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club
Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club

Once this group started, there was no stopping them. The dancefloor was ridiculous.

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club
Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club
Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club

This dance move was called “the birth”. Apparently they bring it out for special occasions like this.

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club

As an after dinner treat, Denise and Mike paid homage to their current city with some classic Philly treats: water ice, soft pretzels, and mini cheesesteaks.

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club
Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club

He makes her relax and she gets him to be more organized. They’re great together and the day was so wonderful. Thank you so much for including me in your celebration.

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer at the Pyramid Club

I’m gonna love you, like nobody’s loved you
Come rain or come shine
~ Ray Charles, “Come Rain or Come Shine” 

Wedding Ceremony: Atrium, Pyramid Club, Philadelphia, PA
Wedding Reception: 52nd floor, Pyramid Club, Philadelphia, PA
Wedding Photographer: Lindsay Docherty Photography
Engagement session: Race Street Pier
Getting Ready: Sonesta Hotel, Philadelphia
Wedding Coordinator: Details by Kelly Miller
Dress Designer: Ramona Keveza
Dress Shop: Bridals by Danielle
Shoes: Bourne
Hair & Makeup: Salon on 4th
Florist: Amaranth Florist
Ceremony Music: Optimis Quartet
Reception Music: No Macarena
Photobooth: Lindsay Docherty Photography‘s Oh, snap! Studio
Catering: Pyramid Club
Cake: Bredenbeck’s Bakery
Invitations: Stephanie Parks Cowgill Designs
Cookie Favors: Flour Pot Cookies

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