This is our biggest post yet! Over 4th of July weekend, we had the honor of photographing Shoshana and Danny’s wedding at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Center City. I was in awe of all the details…and even more so when I learned that Shoshana MADE nearly everything, or at least had something to do with designing it. Not only was it a reflection of her talents as an artist, it made the whole wedding that much more personal and special.
Congratulations, Shoshana and Danny! I hope you two are having a blast in Mexico. I’ll be sad to see you off to Shanghai in a few weeks, but I’m forever thankful that you chose us to document your big day.
Smart bride– she wore flats!
While I was photographing Shoshana getting ready, I saw a bunch of empty Hank’s Root Beer bottles on one of the tables. It turns out that Danny LOVES this stuff, so I had to do something fun!
Off to Broad Street for portraits with City Hall!
I love their smiles here :)
In Jewish tradition, the ketubah is signed before the ceremony and once signed and blessed by the rabbi, the couple is officially married.
Did I mention how awesome Shoshana is with details? She painstakingly carved their ketubah with their wedding seal, Star of David, dragons, and phoenixes. It. Was. AMAZING.
Off to the ceremony…
While it’s tradition for the bride to circle her groom 7 times, Shoshana and Danny circled each other 3 times.
Breaking the glass– otherwise known as “the last time the groom puts his foot down” ;)
Husband and wife!
More details created by Shoshana…
They hired a live band, EBE Miami, who was seriously the best live band I’ve ever heard. It was hard to not bounce around and sing along as we were working the room. While we waited for the grand entrance, we caught this:
This has to be one of my favorite pictures of the night– during the hora! So much fun and EVERYONE, young and old, was on the dance floor!
During the reception, Shoshana and Danny had a traditional Chinese tea ceremony to honor their elders.
It was followed by the lion dance by the Penn Lions troupe!
Danny’s groomsman, Michael, gave the funniest toast about how they met in Chinese school about 20 years ago. Michael didn’t learn a lick of Chinese, and when his parents asked him what he took away, he said “Danny.” Awww!
That awesome live band, EBE Miami! They brought so much energy to the reception that Chris and I were still singing after the wedding.
Our last shot, another one of my favorites.