Maddie & Chris at World Cafe Live

Weddings are an absolutely beautiful and amazing life event to capture in photography, regardless of the setting. For me, it's truly the high-point in photography. It generally takes you to all sorts of extremes in terms of technique, because lighting is always a tricky thing. At the same time, the emotions and the extreme importance of that day in the lives of the couple and both of their families... NOTHING compares to capturing that.

One of my other passions is photographing concerts. I'm a musician AND a photographer, so capturing musicians as they are performing and creating is something near and dear to my heart. So this wedding was basically a matter of "hitting it out of the park" for me, because it was a wedding that was designed basically to be a huge kick-ass concert with a wedding ceremony included. Maddie & Chris are both musicians, as were virtually all of the wedding party and tons of the guests. Where else would they chose to have this wedding but the incredible World Cafe Live, Philadelphia.

Maddie started her day with her bridal party at Flawless Finish Artisty, for hair and make-up. This is actually the first time I have been there, and they were absolutely amazing! Their studio is also absolutely lovely. I'm not quite sure how Maddie found them, but if any future brides are working on preparations for a Philadelphia wedding, I'd definitely look into these talented ladies!

photo of bride and five brides maids
Maddie & her bridal party at Flawless Finish Artistry in South Philly.

I'm also willing to just add a personal little appreciation that Termini Brothers is right in the same plaza. I have been absolutely in love with Termini's for over thirty years, since I moved to Philly. I'll confess to ducking out not once but twice to grab La Colombe coffee and a rum cake. Oh so good!!!

After the morning of mimosas, hair, make-up and getting ready, the bridal party and I headed over to World Cafe Live, to join the guys. Maddie & Chris had decided to do a first look. We decided that it would be easiest if the couple got to see each other, prior to the ceremony. One of my favorite photos of the first part of the day is that moment just before Chris turned around and saw her in her wedding dress for the very first time.

Groom awaiting the tap on the shoulder to turn and see his bride on their wedding day.
You can just see how excited Chris is for that tap on the shoulder!

After the first look, we had time for everyone to just decompress and get prepared for the ceremony. This included getting photos of the wedding party, both in normal formal settings, and in the special way that truly captures Maddie & Chris's personalities the best:

Always cracking up and having a blast together, that's Maddie & Chris!

One of the great things about having the wedding at World Cafe Live is that they have a TON of space to accommodate different parts of the day's events. We used the top venue for formal photos, the ceremony, and the cocktail hour. Then, the event adjourned to the main stage downstairs for the reception. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful on the upstairs stage!

bride and groom exchanging rings
Having light and sound provided by a venue that specializes in light and sound? Priceless.

Everything upstairs was absolutely beautiful, elegant and perfect. But there is something especially incredible about the reception being held in the downstairs venue with the main stage. And this wedding have just one band for the reception, they had two!

The main stage at World Cafe Live, with room set for a wedding reception