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Bellevue Ballroom Photos

As I’ve said many times, Weddings at the Hyatt at the Bellevue are weddings that make me feel like I’m working with family. I’ve easily shot wedding photos at the Hyatt at the Bellevue over 75 times. Each time is a pleasure. It defines Old World Philadelphia and it’s truly one of the great ballrooms in the country. The Hyatt at the Bellevue sits in the heart of the Avenue of the Arts, and it’s proximity to Philadelphia City Hall makes for some great photos with Philadelphia City Hall in the background. It’s an icon image, and I enjoy capturing photos with City Hall Philadelphia as a compositional element. This image was captured during a winter wedding at the Bellevue, and we had the chance to travel down to Kelly Drive. We drove along the water coming from their church in Manayunk, and I couldn’t help but notice the amazing light coming from the setting sun over the water. As I mentioned, it was winter, February to be exact. It wasn’t exactly pleasant "strolling the river" weather. Regardless, this couple was adventurous, and they wanted the best possible photos. I’ve always loved this portrait, and the directional light facing our bride here is exceptional. The groom in the background is out of focus thanks to a shallow depth of field. He was compressed with my Nikkor 70-20mm F2.8 lens, and it was fully racked out at 200mm for maximum compression. After we made a few images along the Schuylkill River, we headed back for the wedding reception at the Hyatt at the Bellevue