June 30, 2011

Wedding Photography at Philadelphia City Hall: Triana + Ankur

Wedding

I don’t think Triana and Ankur could keep a straight face for more than 10 minutes if their lives depended on it. And, honestly, I wouldn’t want it any other way. This was the same Harry Potter/Twihard couple I geeked out with at their engagement session a few months ago at Longwood Gardens.

So there we were at Philadelphia City Hall on an incredibly hot Thursday afternoon waiting for these two to say their ‘I do’s. Ankur had arrived at the crack of dawn and elbowed out some fellow to-be-weds months earlier to reserve this date. City Hall weddings are something special because there is so little stuff involved. It really is all about the couple, the closest of friends and family, and a marriage and I think that’s pretty cool.

Philadelphia City Hall wedding photography
We had some time before the ceremony began so we took a quick pass through the hallways to find some key spots for pictures. As my couples can attest, my photographic mantra is more akin to “it’s better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission” so when we saw a door ajar to this incredibly beautiful courtroom, there was no doubt about what to do.

Philadelphia City Hall wedding photography
As always, the hallways there are just gorgeous.

Philadelphia City Hall wedding photography
Philadelphia City Hall wedding photography
Philadelphia City Hall wedding photography
We returned to the outer room where several other couples were waiting to get their union on. And we waited, and waited, and waited…

Philadelphia City Hall wedding photography
Philadelphia City Hall wedding photography
I love a man who comes prepared…

Philadelphia City Hall wedding photography
Philadelphia City Hall wedding photography
It was our turn to be called into the courtroom. The judge was so friendly and everyone was all smiles. There was such energy in that small room while everyone was standing there, just an arm’s length away from this ceremony.

Philadelphia City Hall wedding photography
Philadelphia City Hall wedding photography
Philadelphia City Hall wedding photography
We adjourned to the heat (91 degrees and soooo humid) and took some pictures of everyone outside of the beautiful architecture of City Hall and then the three of us were on our way.

Philadelphia City Hall wedding photography
Philadelphia City Hall wedding photography
Philadelphia City Hall wedding photography
We stopped by Philly’s LOVE Park where people were dipping their toes in the purple fountain to feel just the tiniest bit of respite from the weather. Everyone was dripping with sweat but Triana and Ankur were such troopers.

Love Park wedding photography
Love Park wedding photography
I adored Triana’s bridal bouquet, a puffy cloud of pale pink peonies.

peony bridal bouquet
I am always impressed by my brides and grooms. They take risks, they have fun, they play, and they let me in on what is quintessentially them. I feel like I must be a magnet for the best people in the world because things like this happen:

Love Park wedding photography
There wasn’t even a second thought!

Love Park wedding photography
Love Park wedding photography
Triana and Ankur, thank you so, so much for inviting me to photograph your wedding. It was fantastic!

Love Park wedding photography

We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.
~ Dr. Seuss

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