It’s always an absolute delight to work with couples who connect so perfectly with comfort and ease, and Aubrey and Eric do not disappoint. Their day began on a warm and sunny March afternoon, as the bride prepared herself at the Society Hill Sheraton and the groom in his home.
Normally, around this time, the nerves have a tendency to cause anxiety and pressure, but these two were one of the most relaxed couples I have ever had the pleasure to photograph. It was obvious that these two were ready for their new adventure together. Close friends and family greeted them in Tenth Presbyterian, a church that had a warm and classic feel, and made the intimate commitment even more homely.
Once the ceremony came to a conclusion, and the rings were exchanged, we took the Cescaphe Trolley to the Piazza at Schmidt’s in Northern Liberties, where we used the urban architecture to bring out their character. In the middle of our shoot, a man walked out of Kings Oak to invite the bride and groom inside for some shots at the bar on him.
Aubrey and Eric made their way to the Tendenza, a voguish and funky ballroom with elements of a metropolitan life, to enjoy their reception with family and friends. After they were introduced, they walked into their first dance by Green Day, “When It’s Time”, a song first shared when they attended the Broadway show “American Idiot.” As always at Tendenza, the reception food was awesome! From the variety of Hors d’Oeuvres all the way to the homemade wedding cake (made by Aubrey’s brother, Thomas Pratt, who customized the cake with a lovely twist on the Philadelphia “LOVE” symbol by using the first four letters of Hochstuhl), everyone left with stuffed bellies and happy spirits.
There were also homages to Aubrey’s hometown, by including chocolate martinis with little Hershey kisses, and the desserts were “complete with a sundae station and mini chocolate chip cookies with milk shooters!” The maitre d’ told me that their reception was one of the most relaxed and comfortable weddings he has ever worked.
“All the months and hours spent planning were so worth it and it was everything we could have dreamed of. Truly the greatest day ever and we’re thrilled to have done it together,” Aubrey said.
Cheers to the happy couple, and may the years bring them even more love and joy.