Christi and TJ's wedding in Philadelphia

Christi and TJ

preparation at Sofitel
wedding photos at the Waterworks
ceremony and reception at the Chestnut Club

Philadelphia wedding photography

Christi and TJ are a very sweet, laid back couple. Throughout the planning process we went through with them, it was easy to tell that they were going to be relaxed and have a good time on their wedding day. They planned to meet before their ceremony for portraits to maximize time spent with friends and family at the cocktail hour and reception. And although preparation ran a bit later then planned, Christi and TJ kept their cool and everything went off beautifully.

Christi and TJ's wedding was inspired by their love of all things vintage and Asian. The vintage feel was supported by the historic yet thoroughly modern Chestnut Club, a refurbished early 20th century theater that makes for a great wedding venue in Center City Philadelphia. Christi's gown by Oleg Cassini and bird cage veil put me in mind of something Veronica Lake might have worn. So glamorous! Wedding caterers Sage served up some tasty dishes, including some Asian themed fare, and they helped ensure that the table presentation was lovely. I loved how the pink of the cherry blossoms in the centerpieces looked with the green of the potted bamboo favors Christi and TJ gifted to their guests.

Then there was the case of the disappearing cupcake. Master Bakers crafted some super cute bride and groom wedding cupcakes for Christi and TJ to enjoy, however, some one made off with the groom's cupcake. At the end of the night, when we had just about given up on it, the Chestnut Club's event coordinators found it (good job Joey!). No ransom note or anything. Just as mysteriously as it disappeared, it was returned, unharmed. 

I included some fun shots from the photo "booth" we set up at the reception. Christi shopped around for some festive props and her guests had a blast modeling them for us! Between the photo booth props and the colorful silken umbrellas that the groom's Uncle Eddie brought for a mummers dance, the reception festivities took on a carnival feel.

2011 is off to a great start! Check out some of our favorites from our first wedding of the year!

credits: catering by Sage (Berwyn, PA) Florist: Otto at Schmidt's Florist Makeup: Liz Jacobs  Hair / Marisa Campagna, Giovanni & Pileggi Bridal gown by Oleg Cassini. Groom's tux by Calvin Klein. DJ: Rickey Lee. Cupcakes: Master Baker's


Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos of such great and beautiful people, Congratulations!!
Maria P.

Joshua Finsel said...

Thanks Maria! We agree:-)