Mel is our neighbor here in Manayunk working at the Salon l’Etoile & Spa down the street so we were thrilled to be asked to shoot her wedding with her fiance Andy. We knew Mel though one of our favorite brides, Amy, as Mel was Amy’s stylist. Small world!
We were happy to return to the Regal Sheraton in Old City, known for it’s open concept, a rare find here in Philly. The rooms and lobby are able fit large groups of people (good thing too– their bridal party was huge!) There are plenty of windows welcoming the natural light into the space which creates shadows in all the best places. Many of Mel’s bridesmaids are friends from the salon. They are masters in their craft of beauty and it was fun to watch them enjoy the day as they are often on the other side of things, helping brides get ready.
When Mel and Andy came to JPG looking for a photographer, they did not bring with them requests for portraits in any specific locations. Instead they suggested a theme: graffiti.
In the world of wedding photography, theme suggestions are relatively sparse. Graffiti is what they wanted, and I loved the challenge! We ventured to a place called Graffiti Pier, a concrete jungle celebrating street art with spurts of color, tags, murals. We were able to get this incredible shot where the entire bridal party stood in this barrow stream of light, illuminating their faces. Mel, Andy and their company have some serious cojones trusting me to take them to that space. It was a little damp and dingy, not your typical backdrop for a wedding party in gowns and tuxes, but it was a great experience. Bravo!
(Request: If anyone happens to know how to get in touch with the owner of Graffiti Pier property, please let us know. We love the space, and want to return.)
Tendenza is such a beautiful location for weddings! Everytime I’m there I find something new. Again, and perhaps without knowing it, Mel and Andy had picked a location that gives photographers free reign to be creative and play with amazing light!
Their band was fabulous and kept everyone moving! During the toasts, friends asked Mel if she knew what she was really getting into, holding up a ridiculously oversized enlargement of Andy from his past. It was hilarious!
Mel and Andy, you are fearless! See you around, neighbors.