April 28, 2014

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer | Racquet Club of Philadelphia | Kelly + Christian

Wedding

Kelly and Christian’s wedding got me through the winter. I knew their Philadelphia March wedding was likely to be cold but I was certain that it would be stunning after meeting them for their NJ engagement session last fall. I was not disappointed.

A late change had the bridesmaids getting ready at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia to take advantage of the lovely rooms and location.

One of my favorite details from the day was Christian’s wedding day note to Kelly. He had secretly hired their calligrapher to handwrite the letter. It was one of the most romantic and (surprisingly) original ideas I have seen for the wedding gifts. He also presented her with a beautiful pearl bracelet with antique latch. What a keeper!

Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures
Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures

The men, in their dapper black tuxes and bowties, got ready at Christian’s parents’ snow-covered property in West Chester.

Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures

Kelly was gorgeous beyond words. I can’t even find the right adjectives to describe how beautiful she looked. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures
Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures
Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures

The veil was her something borrowed, belonging to her bridesmaid, Kelly.

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Jaws dropped whenever Kelly entered a room!

Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures
Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures

The Catholic ceremony was held at St. John the Evangelist Church. It fit them just right.

Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures
Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures
Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures

The priest went into great detail on the courtship, romance, idiosyncrasies, and love that has gone into their relationship these last few years since that fateful New Year’s Eve.

Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures
Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures
Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures
Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures
Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures
Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures

We huddled up (note the luxe white fur, shawl!) and made our way to Old City and Elfreth’s Alley for some romantic pictures post ceremony.

Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures
Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures
Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures

We made our way back to the Racquet Club of Philadelphia in time to warm up before the real festivities began! All 240 guests gathered on the marble floor of grand lobby to watch as the newlyweds shared their first dance to “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison.

Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures

Toasts and more toasts before the scrumptious Jeffrey A. Miller Catering dinner in the blue dining room.

Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures
Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures

And then the dancing. So much dancing. The St. Vincent James Band blew everyone away. “Timber” and Pharrell’s “Happy” were crowd (and bride) favorites of the night.

Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures
Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures
Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures
Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures

What an incredible day. I’m sure St. Lucia was a happy retreat from the Philadelphia chill but Kelly and Christian put on a wedding that I wished would never end!

Racquet Club of Philadelphia Pennsylvania wedding pictures

I can hear her heart beat for a thousand miles
And the heavens open every time she smiles
And when I come to her that’s where I belong
Yet I’m running to her like a river’s song
~ Van Morrison, “Crazy Love”

Wedding Ceremony: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Philadelphia, PA
Wedding Reception: Racquet Club of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Engagement Session: New Jersey
Wedding Photographer: Lindsay Docherty Photography
Florist: Petals Lane
Makeup: Beke Beau (bride)
Makeup: Christi Zampino (bridesmaids)
Hair: Christi Zampino
Bridal Belt: Lian Carlo
Dress Designer: Lian Carlo
Dress Shop: Elizabeth John’s
Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Reception Music: St. Vincent James Band
Lighting: St. Vincent James Band
Caterer: Jeffrey A. Miller Catering
Wedding Cake: Jeffrey A. Miller Catering
Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works
Ring shop: Bove Jewelers

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