Philadelphia Wedding Photographer | Tyler Arboretum | Jen + Jeremy
I’m almost positive that Jen can make just about anything happen through some magically fierce combination of will and sunshine (she’s a Cali girl, after all). Jeremy keeps up and follows suit. The end result is a radiance I haven’t seen since Rainbow Bright.
Their wedding day was exactly as you’d imagine of these two: incredibly colorful and wonderfully happy. They drew inspiration from Napa Valley and the Mediterranean and mixed in some of the most gorgeous Pennsylvania fall hues.
The VIPs got ready at the Sofitel in Philadelphia. Jen wore what I assume is the most intricate and complicated wedding dress in the history of bridal couture. Her Monique Lhuillier was the same dress she had seen years before and knew that it was THE ONE that was right for her. Getting it on required graphs, charts, and interpretive dance (to 90s music, of course).
Her shoes were fabulous gold Manolo Blahnik heels with vine detailing (a theme that wound its way through their wedding china and other wedding elements). Swoon!
Our handsome groom wore a dapper grey three piece suit with yellow tie, colorful pocket square, and bright boutonniere. Groomsmen donned superhero cufflinks.
Despite a few clouds here and there, there was no rain once we began to make our way from the city to Tyler Arboretum in Media. Jen and Jeremy are very active knew they wanted a lush, outdoor space. Jen booked the space without realizing that it was the same place Jeremy and his family used to picnic and hike in Jeremy’s childhood.
The two shared their first look on the grounds. It was no surprise to anyone that things started off with a playful butt grab.
The space was gorgeous. Getting married in October meant that there was plenty of color and foliage. Jennie of Love ‘n Fresh Flowers added a punch everywhere you turned with vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows. Jen’s bouquet had some of her dress’s lace wrapped around it (might as well since they had to cut off 6 inches to accommodate her very petite frame).
The ceremony brought in the “Catholic Light” counsel of their Rittenhouse Neighborhood Episcopal priest and paid homage to the patron saint of animals and the environment, St. Francis of Assisi.
The cocktail hour showed off some of their foodie flair. They painstakingly picked out their Mediterranean menu featuring wine varietals from California, Spain, and Italy, a great craft beer selection, and an antipasto station.
The tented reception area was all decked out under the amber glow of string lights over long wooden farmhouse tables, mismatched wooden chairs, and delightful red, orange, and yellow organic centerpieces.
The two jubilantly entered the reception and swayed to “You and I” by Michael Buble.
Dinner was highlighted by kind speeches of varying lengths 😉 and a paella station and nighttime donuts.
And then they partied! As Jen puts it, she wanted “our friends and family to remember our wedding as the party where they cried some happy tears during the ceremony, ate and drank like Italian Lords and Spanish Kings, and danced their tails off!” Mission: accomplished.
After meeting with them and their jealous pooch, Bailey, last year for their engagement session (and winners of the Best Of 2013 contest), I was in love. Their day was such a delight and I loved witnessing every minute of it!
In my mind
We can conquer the world
In love, you and I
You and I, you and I
~ Michael Buble, “You And I”