Fall Material Culture Philadelphia Wedding // Rachel & Phila


Okay, this wedding was EVERYTHING.

This was hands down my favorite wedding so far. Not only did they kill it at picking the perfect getting ready location, but their ceremony was at one of my favorite venues. Also, including Rachel & Phila, there were FOUR COUPLES AT THIS WEDDING WHOS WEDDINGS I HAVE PHOTOGRAPHED. Which basically means that I was referred over and over again in this group of friends. Which feels absolutely amazing.

Here's what's so important about picking a getting ready location for your wedding:

1. Lighting: This space had so much natural light coming in. The bigger the windows the better.
2. Space: When there's 8-10 people getting ready as well as a photographer and make-up artists. It can feel a little overwhelming. Not to mention, as a photographer I feel like my creative photography options are so limited when I can't move around. It's also SO great when there's a nice large closet for STUFF. Clutter can ruin what would have been a gorgeous photo. I always ask people to tidy up the room before I arrive, but sometimes there's just not a place to put all the extra stuff. Choose a getting ready location with enough space that people aren't running into each other or hopping over each other's belongings all morning. I promise it'll feel so much more relaxed and your photos will be so much better.
3. Decor: Think about how the space LOOKS. Don't book the venue of your DREAMS and then pick the closest, most affordable hotel that has old weird carpet and questionable bedding. 

One of my favorite recent trends is couples opting for the Airbnb or boutique hotels like Lokal & Wm.Mulherin's Sons

Material Culture is one of my favorite venues. It's a store, auction house & cafe. The space is always filled with gorgeous rugs, antiques and furniture. However, there's not really a great space for getting ready. There's also not any outdoor space for couple portraits and family photos. This is where having a gorgeous getting ready space plays a huge role in your wedding day story. Rachel & Phila used a family friend's home. Rachel got ready in the garden room and Phila got ready in the master bedroom. We did the first look just outside the garden room near the koi fish pond. The walls of the home were covered in ivy and made for a perfect backdrop for many of the portraits. They had a perfect mix of warehouse-industrial and nature.

Photographer: Jessica Flynn
Venue: Material Culture
Flowers: Eventricity
Dress: Nicole Miller // Lovely Bride
Shoes: Michael Kors
Rings: Golden Nugget Jewelers
Hair: Alexis Burkhardt // Lakshmi Hair Studio
Makeup: Naomi Weiss
Grooms Attire: Smith's Black Tie
Stationary: Minted
Catering: Aliza Green
Cake: Frosted Fox
Music: Barcelona // EBE Entertainment