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Bellevue Philadelphia Weddings

Ah, the "Philadelphia City Hall shot". Is there anything more Philly than city hall? Rather than shooting this image during the daytime hours when the light washes out the tower, my preference for wedding photos with Philadelphia City Hall in the background is always at night. Broad Street in Philadelphia is also called Avenue of the Arts. The street is lit up with gorgeous decorative lighting when the sun sets, and casts a warmth and a feel that is truly magical. Whether the wedding is held at the Bellevue, The Ritz Carlton Philadelphia, The Union League Philadelphia, The Arts Ballroom, or the Kimmel Center, wedding photos with City Hall is a common request that I’m always happy to take care of for my clients. No, it doesn’t get old, since each and every client is different. The interaction and chemistry is always different, and even the seasons change the look of the photo as well. In the winter, the decorations for Christmas always bring a refreshing look to the avenue, and even when it rains, as we see in this photograph, it’s a great place to shoot a newly married couple. This photo, taken of Stephanie and Darren at their Hyatt at the Bellevue wedding with City Hall behind them was shot in the rain with my Nikon D4S, my Nikkor 24-120mm F4.0 lens. The rain really adds to the image with the flash backlighting the subject. I used a Rogue Flashbender grid spot on the flash to reduce the angle of the light.