Sami + Eli
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Bellevue Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
First of all let me apologize for the sheer number of photos I'm about to post. I tried my hardest to narrow these down for you. I started off at 500 - knocked it down to 300 - knocked it down to 200 - and finally ended up with around 150 and I feel like I've given up. I spent close to 4 hours just trying to wrap my head around the fact that there were SO many that I loved.
Samantha and Eli's wedding was held at the beautiful Bellevue hotel in Philadelphia. When I arrived I couldn't help but laugh when Sam's mom told me that I "Cleaned up nice" (after I showed up for an engagement shoot in shorts and t-shirt. She then told the story to the ladies in the room how she immediately understood my apparel after she saw me walk out side and start rolling around on the city streets :-).
I loved the atmosphere and bubbliness of the room immediately with lots of laughter and excitement reverberating off the walls - a perfect place to start shooting and probably the reason why I couldn't narrow it down any further! After a few getting ready and detail shots we called up all the girls for a few photos and some champagne which was a blast. I told Samantha that if the champagne started spraying a little bit - just enjoy the moment and don't worry about me or the camera (it's weatherproof). She immediately asked if she should shake it up first then (which would of been awesome - but I think the hotel may have been a tad upset). After popping the cork and pouring out drinks it was off to Eli's room. Still getting ready I took the opportunity to grab a few more details and plan out the rest of the day. With another cheers I was back to Sam's room to get the final prep and set up their first look.
I set up my cameras and enjoyed the excitement of Eli as he entered the room, brimming with anticipation to see his lovely wife to be. Hiding her I set them back to back and let the magic happen - and boy did it happen. The look on Eli's face was incredible and awesome to capture as he gazed with wide eyes at his bride. After giving them a second to relax from the excitement we were off to grab a few more photos of them before the ceremony! The first thing I noticed when I walked in the hotel was the awesome staircase that I wanted to get them on as we made our way downstairs to the snow. After a few shots we headed outside where Sam was so enthused about the snow (which she had prayed for!) After a few more photos it was up to the Ketubah and the ceremony and reception!
The room was a buzz with joy and love for the couple as they officially became man and wife. With a gorgeous hanging flower chuppah they, along with their family, celebrated each other and the life forthcoming. With a smash of a glass and kiss they through up their arms and headed off to the party.
The reception room was decorated and lit to perfection thanks to the stunning work of Evantine Designs. The food was incredibly presented and the guests were taking it all in. When it was time for intro's the bride and groom rolled out like Rock Stars and danced the night away. Leaving the dance floor for the stage several times as their guests lifted them into the air and then joined them! With a gorgeous cutting of the cake and some amazing words by friends and family the night came to a close as one of the most memorable weddings of my life.
Thank you having me be a part of your day! I hope these images do justice to the incredible love you two have for each other and the love of your family that they carried through the day!
- Drew Noel