posted by Tracie Van Auken on September 11, 2013 Return to Weddings

Rima & Tim at the Crystal Tea Room, Philly

As a studio comprising of wedding photojournalists, JPG Photography loves real moments, so when the harmonious sounds of Tim’s college a cappella group had his new wife and family in tears, we knew it was going to be a great night.

This surprise show at the Crystal Tea Room included U2’s “With or Without You” and Grand Funk Railroad’s “Some Kind of Wonderful.”

“And that’s how I fell in love with him,” Rima said.

We were able to tell from the start what an amazing match Rima and Tim are. The way that they laughed and played around together made it obvious to everyone how close of friends they were.

Although from Boston, Tim and Rima wanted a quintessential Philly wedding. The day began near Rittenhouse Square where the wedding party got ready at the Hotel Palomar prior to the ceremony at St. John the Evangelist on S. 13th Street. On their way to the do some formal portraits, the wedding party chowed down on some yummy Philly style pizza in the limo, as they headed over to the Art Museum and Kelly Drive for photos to hold everyone over until the reception. They celebrated their union across from City Hall at the Crystal Tea Room in the historic Wanamaker Building. Originally from Media, Rima said that’s exactly what she wanted her wedding to be — “Philly”.

We loved documenting Rima and Tim’s day as they cruised around Philadelphia in a bright red, vintage Porsche convertible.  For the couple, it was like a wedding fantasy brought to life, largely in thanks to Tim’s father who collects classic cars. JPG felt right at home spending the day photographing the beautiful couple around the city! Now if only we could have kept that Porsche…

Before the reception, Tim’s father let him drive his bride-to-be around town in the vintage, stick shift car.  During his toast, Rima’s father included an interesting bit about inducting Tim into the “SWAT” club at the reception. “SWAT” stands for “Sestokas Women are Terrific”, Sestokas being Rima’s maiden name. At the conclusion of the father’s speech to the couple, Tim received a t-shirt with the title, and now joins all of Sestokas sisters’ husbands as a member of the SWAT team. What a sweet and silly way to welcome Tim into the family!

Rima and Tim, thank you for choosing JPG Photography to capture your wedding. We wish you the best of luck in the future of your SWAT team marriage, and hope you’ll ride that beautiful Porsche into the sunset!

Best, Tracie

 

 

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