On the 11th floor, overlooking Independence Hall, Grace and Kyle held their incredible wedding. A black tie event at The Downtown Club. A stunning venue for an even more stunning couple.
When Grace and Kyle first reached out to me about their wedding, I had fireworks shooting off in my chest. “YES!” I wanted to scream, but I had to keep my composure.
But truthfully, The Downtown Club is one of my favorite wedding venues to shoot. As a Philadelphia Wedding Photographer, you become aware of the history of venues.
Built in 1921, this venue was created to bring a sense of wealth and prosperity to Philadelphia. Utilizing a Georgian Revival style, with inlaid marble floors, it was built to impress the upper-class of a city during the Gilded Age. With European Chandeliers hanging overhead, illuminating the ballroom it’s a vision of class.
Now, over 100 years later, photographers in Philadelphia, jump at the opportunity to capture this historic piece of fine art. I’ve photographed weddings, and engagement sessions and delivered entire wedding albums from here this venue never lets me down. I am always taken aback by its luxurious style.
But, the comfortable level I have with the venue allows me to approach it as stress-free as possible.
So, for Grace and Kyle’s wedding day, I was ready.
This is a little secret, so don’t tell anybody, but wedding photography is kind of my jam. So, their special day, I just knew was going to be handled as elegantly as possible in my own hands.
I’ve served many brides and grooms over the years, but Grace and Kyle may be in the running for my absolute favorite couple. These two doted over each other with such passion and love, it made the entire room weep and cheer in the same breath.
Family and friends came from all over to watch these two on their big day. They weren’t just there for the cocktail room. They were there Grace and Kyle, two of the loveliest people on the face of the earth.
After a very emotional first look, the couple made their way to The Downtown Club.
As the two said their vows to one another, I caught sight of the city and the Delaware River beneath and drank in the beauty of the moment. It was something out of a story book.
After the Ceremony came the dancing. And these two were marvelous on the dance floor. As if they were trained dancers who had cut the rug with Gene Kelly himself. This town club was not ready for their energy.
Things eventually slowed down of course, as the couple ate their chef-attended meals, and everyone caught a mild breather as speeches we held.
I like in these moments to allow my team to have a little breather as well. Not me, of course. As they say, “ABC’S”
Always. Be. Capturing.
As the night continued on and the wedding party took to the dance floor, I was enthralled by their energy. As wedding photographers, I feel we capture so much more than just persons and objects. We capture the spirit and energy that is in an event.
So that when you look back over your photos, you can relive those moments for a brief instant. Allowing that emotion to come back into you across time and fill you once again. It’s a gift I am allowed to give my couples and one that I get to give Kyle and Grace five or ten years from now.
When they are sitting down, maybe with a little family of their own and they are going back over their wedding day.
I’m tearing up just thinking about this.
They get to relive that magical moment for years to come. And some day, those photos will be shown to loved ones and children and then their own children. A bridge between time and eras.
Sorry, I get very passionate about this. It’s why I take it so seriously and love what I do so much.
When I say I take “Timeless Photos”, in essence, I am not talking about style. I am speaking about your grandchildren seeing you in your wedding dress on your big day. That is what is important to me.
Wedding Photographers come in many different shapes.
Some are artists, that care truly about the art of the photo. Some like myself, care greatly about the longevity of the moment. Creating images that last you a lifetime. Then there are editorial style, documentary style and the list goes on.
But, one thing we all have in common is a love for our couples and being able to give them a gift that keeps on giving.
Sorry, back from my tangent. When the dancing all began to wrap up and the party began making its way out of the Downtown Club Philadelphia, we captured lovely exit photos and saw the couple off into their new life.
Kyle and Grace, thank you so very much for letting me be a part of your day.
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