I Do: Anne + Tim| Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, wedding

From the moment I walked into Anne’s hotel room to photograph her getting ready, I knew it was going to be an amazing, laid-back kind of wedding. I was immediately greeted with champagne and introductions to Anne’s closest friends and family. At one point, Tim — the groom — walked in to say hello to his adorably calm bride. We soon headed downstairs and out the doors of the DoubleTree, taking in the view of City Hall while waiting for a cab.

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens was the perfect backdrop for Anne and Tim’s intimate wedding. The South Street destination remains to be one of my favorite wedding venues because every time I shoot there, I notice something new. Romantic adages painted on ceramic tiles by the artist — Isaiah Zagar; found objects embedded in brightly colored grout; South American folk art perched on a hand-carved canopy.

Every time I visit, passersby peer through the gates to get a glimpse of mirrored reflections of angels and bike spokes, artfully cobbled together. Guests are always impressed by the mosaic murals and taken aback by how much detail is in the 3,000-square foot open-air park.

Anne’s dad winded her down the candlelit aisles, where close family and friends soon watched the couple exchange their vows. It was an incredibly sweet ceremony, followed by much celebrating inside the space’s gallery setting. The Spot Food Truck provided burgers and fries for all, and I can say without hesitation that they were delicious.

I look forward to capturing more weddings at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens later this year, but until then, here are some of my favorite shots from the day.

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