Dreamy Rainy Day Morris Arboretum Wedding | Shona + Stuart

Morris Arboretum floral at a wedding

Shona and Stuart met in grad school as painters and spent two years as best friends before becoming a couple. Shona McAndrew’s work is wildly beautiful, with an incredible understanding of light and color.

When I asked in a questionnaire if the marriers had any special details they didn’t want to miss having photographed, Shona shared her love for hands—whether it’s a hug, hand hold, or a hand on a shoulder. It was refreshing walking around during social hour and being mindful of how intimacy can sometimes show up in ways that are too often missed. Shona and Stuart approached their entire wedding day with a similar level of thoughtfulness.

Morris Arboretum wedding

It always feels like an honor for me to photograph a Morris Arboretum wedding. Especially since I’ve been a member of the Arboretum for so long, with over a decade of memories there. I love everything about it, from documenting family photos and weddings, to exploring the garden railway with our kids. It’s such a special place to visit, with 92-acres of gardens with more than 11,000 labelled plants. Lucky for us, Morris Arboretum had their Summer of Dinos exhibit happening simultaneously, which included a paleontologist cottage. I was taken aback by the rustic walls, which were covered with bromeliads.

During our golf cart ride around the grounds of Morris Arboretum, we dodged lightning and storms for a quick portrait session before heading back to the venue. The couple greeted guests before the ceremony, which moved inside to a tented space. There was a warm glow of lanterns strung above.

As swiftly as it came, the rain shifted into sunshine at the start of social hour. Guests mingled throughout the gardens and into the Out on a Limb exhibit–perched 50 feet above the forest before one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen at a wedding.

I’ve noticed how quickly wedding days pass by for me as I progress in my career. I fully attribute that to being surrounded by clients who make me feel seen. Hopefully that is something I can give back to them in some small way.

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Wedding, Morris Arboretum, paleo cottage
Wedding, Morris Arboretum, paleo cottage
Wedding, Morris Arboretum, paleo cottage
Wedding, Morris Arboretum, paleo cottage
Wedding, Morris Arboretum, paleo cottage
Wedding, Morris Arboretum, paleo cottage
Wedding, Morris Arboretum, paleo cottage
Wedding, Morris Arboretum, paleo cottage
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Morris Arboretum wedding decor, rainy, romantic
Morris Arboretum wedding decor, rainy, romantic
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Morris Arboretum, wedding, out on a limb, cocktail hour
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Sunset after a rainy wedding at Morris Arboretum
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Morris Arboretum wedding reception in Philadelphia.
Morris Arboretum wedding reception in Philadelphia.
Morris Arboretum wedding reception in Philadelphia.
Morris Arboretum wedding reception in Philadelphia.

Venue: Morris Arboretum
Caterer + Decorating: Power Events
Florals: GMK Floral Designs + Wild Stems

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