So there we were at Philadelphia City Hall on an incredibly hot Thursday afternoon waiting for these two to say their ‘I do’s. Ankur had arrived at the crack of dawn and elbowed out some fellow to-be-weds months earlier to reserve this date. City Hall weddings are something special because there is so little stuff involved. It really is all about the couple, the closest of friends and family, and a marriage and I think that’s pretty cool.
We had some time before the ceremony began so we took a quick pass through the hallways to find some key spots for pictures. As my couples can attest, my photographic mantra is more akin to “it’s better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission” so when we saw a door ajar to this incredibly beautiful courtroom, there was no doubt about what to do.
As always, the hallways there are just gorgeous.
We returned to the outer room where several other couples were waiting to get their union on. And we waited, and waited, and waited…
I love a man who comes prepared…
It was our turn to be called into the courtroom. The judge was so friendly and everyone was all smiles. There was such energy in that small room while everyone was standing there, just an arm’s length away from this ceremony.
We adjourned to the heat (91 degrees and soooo humid) and took some pictures of everyone outside of the beautiful architecture of City Hall and then the three of us were on our way.
We stopped by Philly's LOVE Park where people were dipping their toes in the purple fountain to feel just the tiniest bit of respite from the weather. Everyone was dripping with sweat but Triana and Ankur were such troopers.
I adored Triana’s bridal bouquet, a puffy cloud of pale pink peonies.
I am always impressed by my brides and grooms. They take risks, they have fun, they play, and they let me in on what is quintessentially them. I feel like I must be a magnet for the best people in the world because things like this happen:
There wasn’t even a second thought!
Triana and Ankur, thank you so, so much for inviting me to photograph your wedding. It was fantastic!
We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.
~ Dr. Seuss