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A Philadelphia Wedding at the Ballroom at the Ben







Leo and Sarah chose to celebrate their beautiful wedding in downtown Philadelphia at the Ballroom at the Ben. They decided on this location so that friends and family from New Jersey, Miami, Brazil, and everything in between could join them on their special day. For months we had anticipated snow and cold temperatures, but we were surprised with sunshine and 40 degree temps which was absolutely beautiful! We were like frolicking little kids once we went outside- we were so happy! I absolutely loved all the special attention that was put into their wedding day details. Their stationery featured a drawing of the Philadelphia skyline which incorporated the famous Liberty Bell, City Hall, and even the LOVE statue! Sarah gifted a pair of cufflinks to Leo that had the Alabama map on them. This was special to them both since they first met at a wedding in Alabama and it’s also where Leo proposed to Sarah a few years later 🙂 I’m also particularly fond of the florals Sarah chose for the bouquets. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers and who doesn’t love a classic all- white bouquet! Oh and believe it or not, but Sarah is the very first bride I’ve ever had to wear a fur wrap on their wedding day and I hope to see more of them! SOOOO pretty and cozy! The bridesmaids wore stunning navy sequin gowns and the groomsmen the most dapper navy suits. I had so much fun working with these group of friends at the top of the Loews Philadelphia Hotel and also on the streets of Elfreth’s Alley! Thank you guys for laughing with me and being up for anything!

Sarah had two first looks – one with her dad and one with Leo. There’s something so unique about a daddy-daughter first look and they never cease to give me all the feels! Anyone else?? Leo and Sarah were married at the Saint Augustine Catholic Church and celebrated with a travel themed reception at the stunning Ballroom at the Ben. I totally geeked out when I found out that it’s the same ballroom where they filmed the dance competition scene from Silver Linings Playbook! From Seattle to New York … Paris, France to Cairo, Egypt, each table was decorated with a different city where they had traveled together. The table “cards” were luggage tags with each guests name printed inside and the head table featured a globe with Leo and Sarah written on it. How cute is that?! It was such a beautiful day and I loved seeing the love that they share for one another. Nothing makes my heart happier than to photograph such genuine emotion and the kind of love that can move mountains. I’m thrilled that our paths crossed in Miami during Leynee and Doug’s wedding day and that I had the opportunity to travel to Philadelphia to capture their wedding too! I know I’ve said this a million times, but I’m so happy for you both!! Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Silveira!!

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Vendor Spotlight

Ceremony Venue: St Augustine Church

Reception Venue: Ballroom At The Ben

Floral: Fabufloras

DJ: Bihn from Silver Sound DJs

Wedding Gown: Kittychen Couture from Wedding Belles Boutique

Tux/Suits: Generation Tux

Baker: Termini Brothers Bakery

Catering: Finely Catering

Hair Stylist: Jenn with Happily Ever After Hair

Makeup Artist: Casey with I DO Hair and Makeup

Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works/Big Bus

Stationery: Minted

Second Photographer: Ashley Gerrity Photography