I’ve been fortunate enough to have photographed nearly 100 weddings at The Bellevue Philadelphia hotel in my career as a wedding photographer. Besides the fact that the provide the quintessential Philadelphia experience, I’m treated there like family. From the catering staff, to the management office, we’re old friends, and it’s a treat every time I have the chance to shoot a wedding at The Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia. Originally called the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, it opened in 1904, and has been an historic Philadelphia landmark ever since.
The hotel sits on the corner of Walnut Street and Broad Street, just south of Philadelphia’s City Hall.For many of my Bellevue Hotel weddings, I’m able to shoot portraits in, and around the City Hall area. Now called Avenue of the Arts, South Broad street is a bustling, beautiful area with many wedding venues that sit next to one another. Some are new, some are old, but none compare to the grand nature of The Bellevue.
To have a wedding at the Bellevue is to have an old world Philadelphia affair that provides an incredibly elegant touch to each event. This bride, Elizabeth, had her Bellevue Hotel wedding a few years ago, and she asked if she could stop and spend some time with her horse on her wedding day. Liz has a special bond with this horse, as most horse owners do. She told me that the horse had an allergy, and that it’s been bothering the horse for a while. I had no idea what she was talking about until the horse actually sneezed in Liz’s face. I was fast enough to capture this moment with my Nikon D800 and my Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8 lens. While it may appear slightly disgusting, Liz simply wiped off the horse snot and went about the rest of her day! After all, the horse was truly her baby, and an enormous part of her family!
Location: 200 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102.