Melissa and Steve - A Wedding at Moshulu in Philadelphia
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - WeddingsApril 17th we made the trek to Philly for Melissa and Steve's wedding. Melissa is a Philly girl, but Steve has only been in the country for about 10 years. He grew up in Ireland, and has one of the best Irish accents this photographer has ever heard. :) I could listen to him talk all day!
The start of the day was probably one of the craziest we have ever had. We had about an hour and a half from the time we were to arrive until the start of the ceremony. Since it was a Friday wedding in downtown Philly at around 6 PM - we knew we had to leave some extra time for travel, but we underestimated exactly HOW much extra time. We left Lancaster area 2.5 hours prior to our arrival time, thinking the extra hour would be enough (it typically takes about an hour and a half to get into Philly) - and the traffic on Route 76 wasn't too bad. That is usually what makes or breaks us. No, the problem on this lovely Friday was actually in the downtown. The hotel we were supposed to meet Melissa at for getting ready was right in the circle around City Hall. THAT was the problem. Traffic around there was terrible and we had no idea where to park! After circling around 2 times, we finally were able to get in front of the hotel (now about 15 minutes late thanks to the traffic) and I hopped out to run up to Melissa while Joel dealt with the car and parking.
To say that Melissa was one of the most beautiful brides we have ever photographed is an understatement. She was radiant. She just glowed. She was a little nervous when we first arrived, but it all wore off in no time at all. There were some amazingly tender moments shared between her and her mom and dad in the tiny hotel room - tears flowed willingly and smiles were abundant. For the few minutes I was in that room, I caught some pretty amazing images. Joel came up for a few minutes after getting the valet to take the car, and I soon sent him back down because I knew we were getting ready to leave. It was about 5 PM and we were supposed to be over at Moshulu, where the wedding was held, to meet up with Steve for a first meeting. We hurried out the door and Melissa and her dad were whisked away in their car - I told Melissa we would be right behind them. But boy, was I wrong! Joel had come down almost a full 15 minutes before I did, and asked the valet for the car. 45 minutes later, after we stood there fuming and watching every minute tick by, the car arrived and we were off to the ceremony. We now were arriving at Moshulu at 6:10 PM, 10 minutes after the ceremony was supposed to start. To say that we were panicking was an understatement. I had Melissa's sister's cell number with me, and we were in contact the entire time, so they knew what was happening.
We arrived and Melissa was so calm and pleasant - she told us she was enjoying sitting in the car, that she was able to watch all of the guests arrive and board the boat. She said it helped calm her down - we were so relieved! We also found out that some of the other guests were having traffic problems, so although the ceremony started late, it all worked out. Steve saw her for the first time as she walked down the aisle, and I truly believed it worked out for the best. His reaction as she came down was one of the best I have ever seen on a groom. He was smiling from ear to ear and could hardly contain himself. I have a great shot of him below as she came down the aisle.
The rest of the day went smoothly and wonderfully. Melissa and Steve were just so into each other - and their families were a true joy! Steve had a big group of family/friends over from Ireland and for most of them, this was their first trip to America. It was great watching all of the little red-headed kids running around! And I loved talking to them, they were so full of questions about everything!
After dinner (which was delicious!) dancing was on the upper deck - and everyone let loose! We couldn't have had a better end to a beautiful day. Working under the pressure, we achieved some amazing images. Take a look below - it was unbelievable!
I just loved Melissa's dress - something different than what we normally see.