posted by Joseph Gidjunis on October 23, 2014 Return to Weddings

Brooke and David Marry at the Curtis Hall Arboretum

A bunch of guys with guns emerge from a room at the Doubletree Hotel in Plymouth Meeting and crowd into the elevator.

This isn’t a beginning of the latest crime novel; it’s the beginning of Brooke and David’s awesome twenties-themed wedding. They considered every detail — from the flapper style dresses for the bridesmaids and their accompanying fans to the gangster-style suits (and toy tommy guns) for the groomsmen — in order to transport guests back in time to a bygone era.

The Doubletree Hotel was open in the middle, so we were able to play with the architecture and take shots across from the elevators. The fact that it was gorgeous out also helped, as we got one of our favorite silhouettes with the bride in front of the outside light pouring through the window.

We also have to give a shout out to the wedding coordinator, Erin Proud, whom we have worked with before. She was sweet in helping Brooke with her dress and helping us get some of those killer elevator shots (some with guns, some without),  and the whole day she was on top of things, really just doing a tremendous job.

The wedding officiant was great as well. Brooke and David stood under an outdoor trellis for the ceremony, and David got exceptionally emotional and it was very sweet. His son also stole the show as the families came together.

Brooke and David had a fabulous Thursday wedding, one of the three we have shot in 2014, and we loved the midweek South Philly energy from this crowd at the reception, which was held at the Curtis Hall Arboretum. With gorgeous inlaid ceilings, complemented by Brooke and David’s Art Deco lettering to read “Just Married,” the venue was absolutely perfect for their theme. Curtis Hall use to be the music room in the old estate, and we felt like we were stepping back into an era of swing dancing and speakeasies. It did not take long for the party to get as outrageous as the roaring twenties — clothes came off and (toy) guns were drawn, while wild dance moves reached new levels.

Congrats you guys, it was a blast, and we’re so glad you’re willing to fight off the mobsters for each other!


Joe G.

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