Emily + Brian | First Unitarian Church + Reading Terminal Market
When Emily and Brian’s wedding day came around, I felt like I was celebrating with old friends. They have the raw, unapologetic kind of commitment to each other that makes you bumble around, humming exuberant Beach Boys songs in your head.
Stepping foot inside the bridal suite, I overheard Emily on the phone with Brian, who was just a few doors away at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. She was calm, but giddy, and reminded him, “We’re getting married today,” ending with an adorably drawn-out “dahhhhling.”
Their first look was lovely, with hints of Center City peeking through sheer white curtains. The hotel’s private library was a perfect portrait location since Brian is a librarian. We were soon escorted to the hotel’s roof, high in the sky at 33 stories and topped by the undisturbed PSFS sign.
The rest of the day swirled by in a blur. A burning chalice warmed the stage at The First Unitarian Church, where Emily and Brian exchanged emotional vows. A piano rendition of Wilco’s “I Got You (at the end of the Century)” played as they walked down the aisle holding hands.
Reading Terminal Market was a charming and unique selection for their reception venue. Guests grazed at the various restaurant vendors, from cajun and soul to a classic Jewish deli. There were so many thoughtful details— mix cd favors, donation cards for The Attic Youth Center, custom temporary tattoos … not to mention Fruity Pebbles donuts. It was perfect and personal on every level.
Shout outs to Natalie Diener for her wedding planning skills. Falls Flowers for always being a treat to photograph. No Macarena for surprising a packed dance floor with songs like Rock Lobster. And last but most certainly not least, Jessica Hendrix for joining me as second shooter and always thinking one step ahead while capturing some of the most gorgeous moments. You are a magical unicorn with a killer plie.
I had a blast reliving Emily and Brian’s celebration through these photos. Here are some of my favorites.
HOLY MOLY! These photos are wonderful, Shannon! Thank you for doing such a stunning job capturing Emily and Brian’s day!
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