July 22, 2013

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer | Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel | Courtney + Ryan

Wedding

I have known Courtney for a long, long time. We went to elementary school together. When I moved back to Philadelphia from San Francisco a few years ago, she welcomed me with open arms and let me know that I would be photographing her wedding, whenever that may be to whomever that may be. I guess it was about a year or so later that she met Ryan while they were both working at Campbell’s (yeah, of Campbell’s soup). Check out this post for their engagement session in New Jersey.

On the day of their wedding, I showed up at Courtney’s parents’ house in Ardmore. Courtney was so excited to show me, and I was so excited to see, her incredible multi-colored glitter Kate Spade slingbacks. Droooool!

Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square

There were fabulous collections and toys all over the house. The room where Courtney got ready had an array of fantastic circus tin wind-up toys.

Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square

Another room held military miniatures (with a cameo by Courtney’s something blue).

Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square

I was so impressed by her dress decision. She saw it in a magazine, sourced it, and it was the first and only dress she tried on. Talk about love at first sight.

Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square

And her other love, Ellsworth, was with us for the pre-ceremony festivities.

Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square

Courtney has always been beautiful. On her wedding day she was absolutely radiant!

Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square

The ceremony was held at St. Patrick’s Church, right by Rittenhouse Square. Her parents surprised her with trumpeters!

Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square

The day gave us meltingly hot temperatures and hot winds. The family and bridal party were such troopers. I couldn’t have asked for much better than this!

Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square

Sorry, Courtney, I couldn’t resist!

Then again, not all were so accommodating.

Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square

Then I got them all to myself! This is always my favorite part of the day!

Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square

Check out the cocktail hour display set up as homage to the fateful place that brought them together. I loved this idea!

Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square

The ballroom at the Radisson Plaza Warwick (soon to be the Radisson Blu) was beautiful as always.

Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square

Check out the detailing on this wedding cake!

Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square

Courtney and Ryan entered the ballroom and shared their first dance, “Ho Hey” by the Lumineers.

Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square

The night went by in a blur of toasts, dinner, laughter, and dancing.

Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square

So much dancing. I never would have guessed that Ryan’s side especially were total dancing animals. “Party in the USA” came on and Shane, Ryan’s brother, tells me “Courtney didn’t request this song. Ryan did!”

Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square

I was so glad to be able to share the day with Courtney and Ryan. It was a blast!

Philadelphia Catholic wedding photography by Rittenhouse Square

I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart
I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart
~ the Lumineers, “Ho Hey”

Wedding Ceremony: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Philadelphia, PA
Wedding Reception: Radisson Warwick-Plaza Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
Wedding Photographer: Lindsay Docherty Photography
Hair + Makeup: Capriotti Salon
Dress Designer: Alfred Angelo
Dress Shop: Alfred Angelo, Cherry Hill, NJ
Bridesmaid’s Dress Designer: Alfred Angelo
Florist: Kremp Florist
Caterer: Radisson Warwick-Plaza Hotel
Wedding Cake: Van Earl’s Cakes
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Ring Shop: Diamonds Direct of Philadelphia

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