Colorful, Floral Wedding at Merion Tribute House | Marine + Hannah

Two marriers kiss at a Philadelphia area castle venue.

Working with a disabled wedding photographer

So often, my brain likes to focus on the weddings I don’t book versus the marriers who trust me to document their day, and how fulfilling it is to have them put their faith in me. Hannah and Marine’s email inquiry was one that energized me and affirmed why I still do this work. Marine and Hannah heard from their friends that working with me as a queer, disabled wedding photographer was affirming for them. They shared that one of them is chronically ill and it never occurred to them to seek out a disabled wedding photographer, but once they knew it was an option, it seemed perfect. 

This industry, like many others, often prioritizes youth (and the non-disabled) and the next shiny thing at the best rate. It means a lot to me that people still choose me. 

How the marriers met

Marine and Hannah met at lunch in high school during their senior year. They were friends for years in separate cities until their relationship blossomed after being reunited once more in Philadelphia.

Hannah described Marine as making her feel safe, and as someone who is always learning and growing–making her want to be better. Marine shared she values how Hannah makes people feel seen and cared for. And that her outlook on the world and connections to other people changed the way she approaches life.

It always impresses me when marriers sew their own pieces, so hearing that Marine was making her own attire was lovely. So many moments from their wedding were similarly thoughtful.

Their chuppah was a group craft project, with 1,000 paper cranes hanging from it, which they folded with the help of their friends. On top was a tablecloth from Hannah’s grandmother, which was hand-mended by her sisters. The structure was borrowed from her oldest friend, who used it at her wedding.

Merion Tribute House castle wedding in the Main Line

Hannah and Marine’s wedding took place at Merion Tribute House, a castle-like venue that was built in 1924. The day was colorful and celebratory, with a DIY floral crown making table for guests to explore during social hour.

At one point, the band played “Love Like You,” from Steven Universe. I wanted to wrap by sharing some of my favorite lyrics from the song:

“Look at you go, I just adore you, I wish that I knew, What makes you think I’m so special.”

Thanks to Hannah and Marine for having me. I had a total fanboi moment when I saw Gen installing baby’s breath in the archways. The entire vendor team was a pleasure to work alongside, including Empire Vegan and Swig Events, who were so kind and joyful.

Queer couple kiss at a Philadelphia area wedding venue.
Marriers holding hands.
A couple smiles at each other during portraits.
A couple smiles during portraits.
A couple smiles at each other during portraits.
Couple photos on a staircase through greens.
Two marriers holding hands in colorful clothing.
A floral crown on a marrier.
Details of a wedding couple's attire.
A close-up of a floral crown and the marrier in her jumpsuit.
Two marriers kiss in front of greens.
A wide shot of two marriers in a field.
The wedding couple holds hands and sits with their dog.
A couple holding hands and walking.
Merion Tribute House outside during a wedding ceremony.
Merion Tribute House outside during a wedding ceremony.
A group family formal photo at a wedding in the Philadelphia area.
Candids from family formals.
Friends at a wedding take photos together.
Friends at a wedding take photos together.
Guests at a wedding gather inside with masks.
Baby's breath detail from a floral installation.
Baby's breath detail from a floral installation.
Guests interact at a queer wedding in Philadelphia.
Guests interact at a queer wedding in Philadelphia.
Guests interact at a queer wedding in Philadelphia.
Guests interact at a queer wedding in Philadelphia.
Guests interact at a queer wedding in Philadelphia.
Guests interact at a queer wedding in Philadelphia.
Guests interact at a queer wedding in Philadelphia.
Guests interact at a queer wedding in Philadelphia.
Details from a DIY floral wreath making table.
Details from a DIY floral wreath making table.
Details from a DIY floral wreath making table.
Origami cranes hang from a chuppah.
Origami cranes hang from a chuppah.
Flowers in a field at a wedding ceremony
Guests interact during an outdoor wedding ceremony in Philadelphia.
Guests interact during an outdoor wedding ceremony in Philadelphia.
Guests interact during an outdoor wedding ceremony in Philadelphia.
Guests interact during an outdoor wedding ceremony in Philadelphia.
Guests interact during an outdoor wedding ceremony in Philadelphia.
Guests interact during an outdoor wedding ceremony in Philadelphia.
Guests interact during an outdoor wedding ceremony in Philadelphia.
Photos of queer marriers during their Philadelphia ceremony.
Photos of queer marriers during their Philadelphia ceremony.
Photos of queer marriers during their Philadelphia ceremony.
Photos of queer marriers during their Philadelphia ceremony.
Guests interact during an outdoor wedding ceremony in Philadelphia.
Guests interact during an outdoor wedding ceremony in Philadelphia.
Photos of queer marriers during their Philadelphia ceremony.
Guests interact with live transcription during an outdoor wedding ceremony in Philadelphia.
Guests interact during an outdoor wedding ceremony in Philadelphia.
Photos of queer marriers during their Philadelphia ceremony.
Photos of queer marriers during their Philadelphia ceremony.
Photos of queer marriers during their Philadelphia ceremony.
Photos of queer marriers during their Philadelphia ceremony.
Photos of queer marriers during their Philadelphia ceremony.
Guests interact during an outdoor wedding ceremony in Philadelphia.
Photos of queer marriers during their Philadelphia ceremony.
Photos of queer marriers during their Philadelphia ceremony.
Wedding guests hug the marriers after their ceremony.
Wedding guests hug the marriers after their ceremony.
Wedding guests hug the marriers after their ceremony.
Empire Vegan passed hors d'oeuvres
Empire Vegan passed hors d'oeuvres
Guests celebrating during social hour at a wedding
Guests celebrating during social hour at a wedding
Guests celebrating during social hour at a wedding
Guests celebrating during social hour at a wedding
Guests celebrating during social hour at a wedding
Guests celebrating during social hour at a wedding
The West Philadelphia Orchestra
Guests celebrating during social hour at a wedding
Guests celebrating during social hour at a wedding
Guests celebrating during social hour at a wedding
Guests celebrating during social hour at a wedding
Guests celebrating during social hour at a wedding
Guests celebrating during social hour at a wedding
Guests celebrating during social hour at a wedding
Guests celebrating during social hour at a wedding
Guests celebrating during social hour at a wedding
Guests celebrating during social hour at a wedding
Guests celebrating during social hour at a wedding
Floral details from a wedding reception
Floral details from a wedding reception
Floral details from a wedding reception
Floral details from a wedding reception
Floral details from a wedding reception
An instrument from West Philadelphia Orchestra
A peek into a wedding reception room at Merion Tribute House
Wedding guests dance during the Hora at a queer wedding.
Wedding guests dance during the Hora at a queer wedding.
Wedding guests dance during the Hora at a queer wedding.
Wedding guests dance during the Hora at a queer wedding.
Wedding guests dance during the Hora at a queer wedding.
Wedding guests dance during the Hora at a queer wedding.
Wedding toasts at a Philadelphia celebration.
Wedding toasts at a Philadelphia celebration.
Wedding toasts at a Philadelphia celebration.
Wedding toasts at a Philadelphia celebration.
Wedding toasts at a Philadelphia celebration.

Venue: Merion Tribute House
Florist: Genaissance Designs
Officiant: Rabbi Lior Nevo
Rings: Halloween
Catering: Empire Vegan Catering
Day of coordinating + event staff: Brittney of Swig Events
Photo booth: Philly Snap Booth
Music: West Philadelphia Orchestra

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