December 5, 2014

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer | Valley Green Inn | Allison + Craig

Wedding

Allison and Craig’s wedding day started the fall season off with gorgeous colors and they couldn’t have done it in a more perfect place for nature than Valley Green Inn, a tucked away place in Wissahickon Park surrounded by trees, paths, a creek and lots of nature.  It still blows my mind that I’m in Philadelphia when I’m there.

But let’s back up to earlier in the day.  Allison got ready at their place in Old City.  Sadly, puppy Zelda was not there to join us.

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Allison wore earrings that had belonged to her great grandmother and a necklace made from the diamond of her grandmother’s engagement ring.  (Allison’s grandparents 74th wedding anniversary was that day.)

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Craig was at the hotel near the church.

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It was the first time I had shot at St. Philip Neri Church in Lafayette Hill.  It’s a beautiful place that seemed to be aflame with incredible colors at just that time that afternoon.  The stained glass windows were beautiful and created a rainbow over the guests during the lovely Catholic ceremony.

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We fought through some traffic and made it to Wissahickon Creek Park just as the sun had fallen behind the tops of the trees.  We still had some time to grab some fall colors walking along the creek and outside of their wedding venue.

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The reception was done up to reflect the season.  Vases of orangey and red flowers were at each table along with Allison and Craig’s labor of love, homemade candles at every place setting.

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The couple was introduced and joined in their first dance to “Swept Away” by the Avett Brothers followed by punny toasts and parent dances.

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Despite getting more healthy since meeting Craig (a fellow vegetarian!), Allison’s sweet tooth was represented at the Candy buffet table with orange, red, and yellow jelly beans, m&ms, truffles, kisses, rock candy, and candy corn were displayed.  And their cake was a total showstopper.

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The evening had guests, young and old, rocking the dancefloor and mingling through the night.

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To jazz things up, they changed into some custom chucks.

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We snuck out for a few minutes to grab some fresh air and a few quick pictures in the night.

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It is hard to believe that those amazing colors were just a few weeks ago when I look out my window today.  It was beautiful and I’m so honored to have been a part of it!

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Well you send my life a whirling
Darling when you’re twirling
On the floor
Who cares about tomorrow?
What more is tomorrow?
Than another day.

~ Avett Brothers, “Swept Away”

Wedding Ceremony: St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, Lafayette Hill, PA
Wedding Reception: Valley Green Inn, Philadelphia, PA
Engagement Session: Old City Philadelphia
Wedding Photographer: Lindsay Docherty Photography
Officiant: Father Anthony Hangholt
Florist: Valleygreen Flowers & Gifts
Wedding Dress Shop: J. Crew
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Earrings: Nadri
Hair Stylist: Ali, Lakshmi Hair Studio
Makeup Artist: Ali, Lakshmi Hair Studio
Bridesmaid Dress: Calvin Klein
DJ: DJ Colin, Remixologists
Wedding Cake: Bredenbeck’s Bakery
Wedding Bands: Campbell & Company

 

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