ashley + tom : the downtown club + cescaphe event group
Ashley and Tom celebrated their wedding on the 11th of September in quintessentially swank Philadelphia fashion. Their families and friends, many of whom flew in from Arizona, were treated to the best the city has to offer.
I met up with Ashley at the Sheraton in Society Hill, while Dan spent the afternoon with Tom and his boys.
While the bride and groom elected the more traditional route of waiting to see one another at the church, we did three First Look reveals. We started with the bridesmaids, then Ashley's uncle, Craig. And finally, her step-dad Charlie had his turn.
We all hopped aboard the Cescaphe trolley and headed to St. Augustine's, Tom's family's church for many generations.
Ashley's Uncle Craig had the honor of walking her down the aisle.
Next, it was time to hit Washington Square for photos. Normally, bridal party photos start out like this: someone asks me, groaning, if I am going to make them jump up and down or do cutesy poses. And the answer is almost always NO. As a bridesmaid, I can't stand when photographers make me do corny, rehearsed gimmicky poses that aren't even kind of in the realm of what my friends and I would do. It only works if it looks real and believable!
BUT. When I get my hands on a bridal party like Ashley's, it feels like the most fun I've ever had. Not only did I not even need to ask them to work the camera, they took it to some next level antics all on they're own. They are the greatest. (And how about those Badgley Mischka gowns? Are you dying over them?? Rent the Runway!!)
After group pics, we sent the guys and gals to The Downtown Club to dive into cocktail hour.
We had a little date with City Hall.
As soon as we arrived to The Downtown Club, I was impressed by Cescaphe. The attendants working on Ashley and Tom's wedding were incredibly professional, attentive and organized. They treated the bride and groom like royalty and kept the night moving and polished.
After the toasts and parents dances, it was time to pack onto the dance floor. As a photographer, my biggest obstacle at the reception is usually finding angles to make the dance floor look hoppin'. Very often the same 5 people are on the floor all night, and everyone else sits and watches (or plays with their phones, unfortunately). The opposite proved true for Ashley and Tom's crowd: the only time anyone sat down was to eat!
I have to give props to the couple's band, Milan 77, for this one. They were INCREDIBLE!!!! My favorite wedding band to date! Near the end of the night, the couple's maitre de took them into the cocktail area for their dessert tour. Like every other spread Cescaphe laid out, it was divine, and the flambé station was super fun.
After working with this couple on three occasions, I am really going to miss them! Thank you for everything, Ashley and Tom!!
Bridal gown: Antonio Gual Tulle New York
Hair: Salon L'Etoile
Makeup: Beauty by Victoria C
Videographer: Ryan and Austin of
Second shooter for AGP: Dan Wilson