Visually, one of the most compelling portions of the wedding day is the bridal prep process. It’s not just about the Vera Wang or Monique Lhuillier wedding gowns; it’s more about the interaction between the bride and her most important people in the world.
Here, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia, the bride’s mother is assisting her daughter with her veil. I captured a series of images during the prep stage of the day, and I made some beautiful images that really depict the great chemistry the bride and this mother of the bride have.
From a photography perspective, it was important to use a lens with shallow depth of field in order to isolate the bride from the busy curtains behind her. The window light coming from the side gives a beautiful texture and dimension to this photo.
After this prep, I took the couple for some wedding portraits around the city of Philadelphia. From Washington Square Park, to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we utilized a gorgeous day before we headed to the wedding at the Franklin Institute. I’ve had the privilege of working there for many years, and whenever I get to work with the folks at Frog Commissary, I know it’s going to be a great wedding day.
The Franklin Institute is truly a unique wedding venue, and it’s one of Philadelphia’s most popular historical attractions. The Four Seasons Hotel was the perfect hotel for the wedding prep because it’s just a stone’s throw across Logan Circle in Philadelphia.
Location: One North 19th St. Philadelphia, PA 19103.1/640; f/1.4; ISO 1250; 85.0 mm.