Archive for April, 2010

Fun and Fabulous Winter Wedding for Kathy and Adam at the Rittenhouse Hotel

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

When this Philadelphia wedding photographer first met Kathy and Adam, I knew we’d be friends. This couple is made up of two of the funniest and yet sincere people I know. During their engagement shoot in center city Philadelphia, they said I couldn’t leave without trying the melting hot chocolate souffle at Roy’s Restaurant. Rebecca joined us for a glass of wine (and, of course, the chocolate), and we had a blast. To be honest, I was probably an afterthought. You gotta taste this dessert!

So when Kathy and Adam told us they were having their wedding and reception at the Rittenhouse Hotel, we were thrilled. The Rittenhouse is one of the premiere venues in Philadelphia, and we were excited to shoot such a fun and fantastic couple in such a fun and fantastic venue. We were not disappointed!

After an intimate Jewish ceremony, the happy couple allowed us to lead them outside for some pictures.

It was a chilly December evening, but the holiday lights were brightening up the city. OK, chilly doesn’t begin to cover it, as the bridesmaids pretty much wanted to shoot me it was so cold. But they suited up and braved the frigid temperatures.

We did some awesome couple shots in Rittenhouse Square, and despite the cold, Kathy looked absolutely brilliant against the glittering backdrop. Adam looked pretty fine too.  We were just about to join the guests for the reception when we hears some commotion down the street. It sounded like a band, like a parade! It sounded like this Philadelphia photojournalist’s dream come true — an out-of-the-ordinary crazy photo op.

Now, this was no band of naked bikers, but it was parade of people carrying banners, led by a marching band. Apparently, December 12 is the saint day for Our Lady of Guadalupe. Upon discovering this, I leaned over to Adam and said, “Well, I guess now you won’t ever forget your anniversary!”

Of course, I insisted that Adam and Kathy join the parade, and they happily obliged, after asking a Philadelphia Cop car to drive slower! It was almost as if the parade had arrived to celebrate the vow that they had just made, to remind them to always smile and have fun together.

And fun they did have!  For the rest of the night, the dance floor inside the Rittenhouse was never empty.

Kathy and Adam, may you continue to celebrate life in chocolate souffles and random parades.  We’re so happy for you two and wish you many good times to come.

Best,

Joe G, Rebecca and a thank to our Adam for doing some killer shots throughout the day!

The full event is online at Pictage: www.pictage.com/751646

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer renamed to Top Wedding Photojournalists in the World

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

I just got fabulous news today! Through my contest entries from my Philadelphia Wedding Photography that I submitted to the Wedding Photojournalist Association, I have been renamed to the organization’s Top Photographers list. It includes wedding photojournalists from around the world! Last year, I made the list, tied at #72, and with this, I was the top ranked wedding photojournalist in all of Pennsylvania.

But this year, my Philadelphia wedding photojournalism entries have placed me higher! I’m tied at #34. And this year, I’m the only Pennsylvanian on the list! PA represent! It also means, I’ve made the list three out of the last four years! This is one hell of an award.

My couples are just awesome! I’m so darn lucky! And I have to thank my JPG Photography team. Thanks Ashley, Adam, Rob and Michelle! Thanks Rebecca for being an awesome partner!

WPJA’s Top Photographers List 2009

WPJA Top Photographers List 2009 JPG Photography, Pennsylvania

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Fun November wedding in Philadelphia for Trish and Jim

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

How many Philadelphia photojournalists do you know who get to spend nearly every weekend celebrating a couple’s love with their closest family and friends?

Well, Trish and Jim took the family wedding celebration to the next level.  The ceremony was held on the weekend before Thanksgiving, which, ironically, is when Rebecca and I got married four years ago.  The contagious energy of the holiday season was upon us all, as Philadelphia businesses began decking their halls with boughs of holly and stringing Christmas lights across their roofs.

To add to the excitement of the advent season, Trish’s sister, Joanne, had just given birth a few days before!  By the grace of God, both mother and child were able to attend the wedding, and Joanne stood by Trish for the ceremony at Old St. Joseph’s Church.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.  First, Trish and Jim started the day separately, each getting ready with their siblings and parents.  I loved the quiet moments shared between family members as everyone’s excitement grew.

Then, donning custom-made gown by Nilah & Company, Trish walked from her suite in the Omni to see her groom, Jim, for the first time.  On the way through Old City, she got a few cheers and catcalls from passing cars and even one horse and buggy.  Jim was waiting for her in a charming secret garden near Carpenter’s Hall.

After sharing a few private (and not-so-private) moments together with each other and their siblings, the happy couple then headed across the street to the massive marble Catholic church as the sun set for the beautiful ceremony.

The drive from Philadelphia to the reception in Media, PA was long but well worth it: the Old Mill had a beautiful stone courtyard that was lit with candles, and inside we found a heated tent with tons of fruit, cheese, bread and other mini delights, courtesy of Connor Catering.  Colorful chinese lanterns hung above our heads like something out of a fairy tale, and beautiful floral bouquets made up the centerpieces, thanks to Alfred of Philadelphia.  In the reception hall, the live music by Tribecca at CTO was stellar, often coming down into the crowd to dance and sing.

Trish and Jim, may your love of family and friends continue to deepen your love for each other.  Thanks for including JPG Photography!  Many blessings to you and yours.

Best, Joe G

The full event is available on Pictage: www.pictage.com/751640