Power Plant Productions - Benjamin Franklin Bridge wedding photo

Tabby and Dave’s Old City, Philadelphia Wedding – Race Street Pier and Power Plant Productions

Tabby and Dave found me through a previous couple I photographed (thank you Bridget and Jerry!), and we hit it off pretty quickly, as we have similar tastes. I photographed their engagement session a year before the wedding around their neighborhood in Philadelphia. I was excited to find out Tabby is also obsessed with the glass mosaics all around town, so we took advantage of this at the engagement session AND the wedding! (Philly really is an awesome city for the Arts!!)

Engagement session in Philadelphia
A few favorites from Tabby and Dave’s engagement session.
Bridal party prep photos then walking to park
The big day arrived in September and we started at a local hotel for a few prep photos – we captured the adorable flower girl, floral robes, elevator selfies, and Tom’s (brand) shoes! After a short time at the hotel we left to walk to Washington Square Park for the first look! On the way, we passed Philly Bride, the store where Tabby bought her Jim Hjelm dress, so she posed for a quick photo. 🙂
First look at washington square park
First look photos at Washington Square Park – Tabby cried happy tears and Dave was in awe of his beautiful bride!

Bride and Groom formals at Washington Square Park in Philadelphia

Bridal Party photos at Washington Square Park in Philadelphia
The wedding party was tons of fun, and the timeline allowed us to get a great combination of formal and fun photos.
City Hall Philadelphia Wedding Photo
The bride and groom grabbed an Uber ride to City Hall for a few photos on Broad Street. We definitely got a weird driver, and ended up bailing on the ride and walking the last block!
Broad Street Union League Wedding Photos
We crossed the street to the Union League, and snapped a few more photos as we waited for another Uber, who was luckily much more professional and got us to Race Street pier without a hitch. 😉
Family photos at Race Street Pier
At Race Street Pier we did the family formals before the ceremony. Dave has a huge family with tons of siblings!

Bride and Groom formals at Race Street Pier in Philadelphia

Race Street Pier Wedding, Philadelphia
When the time arrived, Tabby was escorted down the aisle to the end of Race Street pier where she met up with Dave to say their vows.
Race Street Pier Wedding Ceremony
Just as they were reading their vows, the cloudy skies became a drizzle, and then a more steady drizzle… the best man was there with an umbrella to shelter the couple as they continued on. Everyone in attendance just opened up umbrellas and enjoyed the wedding, no one was upset. It was a beautiful ceremony, performed by their friend, Jason Miller, and just as they finished exchanging rings and went in for the first kiss, the rain continued on its way and left us dry again! Tabby and Dave walked down the aisle together to a bubble send off, as the guests headed to Power Plant Productions for cocktails.
Painted bride mosaic wedding photo
Before heading to Power Plant Productions for the reception, we stopped by the “Painted Bride” mosaic wall for a few photos. Eucca Floral Studios in California made the bouquets and boutonnieres. The Cardinal broach on Tabby’s bouquet was given to her from her late grandmother, who loved cardinals.
Power Plant Productions wedding reception
Power Plant Productions! This venue is actually a photography studio rented to photographers during the week, but becomes a wedding venue for the weekends! Tabby and her mom made all the centerpieces themselves, and named each table a city that the couple had visited. The head table was Philadelphia, of course! Wooden pallet signing board made by the bride and groom, and the bride’s aunt made the bar sign, which showcases the beers home brewed by the bride and groom!

First dance and toasts at Power Plant Productions

Power Plant Productions wedding reception
After parent dances, Dave danced with his aunt and then his family joined in on a tribute to his deceased cousin. After dinner, the party was hopping all night long. DJ Bingh from Silver Sound Productions kept the music going and everyone got in on the dancing action. In lieu of wedding cake, Tabby and Dave ordered pies from a local farm!
Power Plant Productions - Benjamin Franklin Bridge wedding photo
At the end of the night, we went outside of Power Plant Productions, which is right under the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. We waited for the red light up the block so they could dance in the street for a minute, then it would turn green and they would run back to the sidewalk. I think we got it in two takes. 🙂

Thank you, Tabby and Dave, for letting me be a part of your big day! I am very impressed by Tabby’s eye for decor, the wedding was unique and personal to both of you, and I loved it!


Second Shooter:
 Carly Abbott

Bride’s dress: Jim Hjelm, purchased from Philly Bride. Headband from Tanna Paradis, and transforms into a necklace!
Bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom and Groomsmen: Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Eucca Floral Studios for the bouquets and boutonnieres (an online store from California)
Decor: all table flowers and centerpieces done by the bride!
Caterer: Diverse Catering
Cake: Pies purchased from a local farm near Diverse Catering
Band or DJ: Silver Sound, DJ Bingh