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On a late summer day in August, Jaclyn and Dylan tied the knot! J & J Studios captured the jubilation and immense love on the couple’s faces and those of their guests on this momentous day. Read on to learn more about the elegant and romantic wedding of this fun-loving couple, and to view the photos taken by J & J Studios at this wonderful Crystal Tea Room wedding!

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Getting Ready

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J & J Studios’ favorite thing about Jaclyn’s wedding dress was the tiers in the back of the its skirt. They added a rich decadence to her unbelievably beautiful ball gown!

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Also, we loved Jaclyn’s wedding shoes! The creamy pearls and netted lace on these dainty slippers tied in beautifully with her pearl and diamond wedding jewelry. 

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Jaclyn’s pearl earrings, with their twisted pave diamond design, were classy yet whimsical. These pretty earrings married the diamonds of her wedding rings to the pearls on her necklace wonderfully. (Forgive the pun – we couldn’t resist!)

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Dylan, the groom, made a funny face at us as he posed by the window buttoning his tuxedo jacket. The face he made will be an awesome memory for this young couple to treasure for the rest of their lives together! 

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Also, how dashing does Dylan look in these photos? J & J Studios made sure to use the cinematic lighting by the window to accent how handsome he looked in his wedding attire. Also, we thought that the way he did his hair was flattering and debonair. It gave us major midcentury vibes.

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Jaclyn’s attendants were brilliant. They used a crochet hook to button the tiny buttons on the back of her dress. We thought that it was a genius use of this unconventional tool!

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First Look(s)

Jaclyn had a first look with her father after she was finally ready and stunning. His reaction was one of the cutest we’ve ever seen. Just look at his delight at seeing his daughter ready for her wedding day and tell us you aren’t smiling too!

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Jaclyn then walked to her first look with her soon-to-be husband, Dylan. Look at the frothy layers of her beautiful ball gown as she walked to Dylan!

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The love and immense joy on this couple’s faces overwhelmed us. Jaclyn and Dylan truly are one of the most in-love couples we’ve ever seen! Dylan couldn’t keep his smile from his face even as he kissed his fiancee.

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One of J & J Studios’ favorite moments from Dylan and Jaclyn’s wedding day was when Dylan stole Jaclyn’s wedding bouquet and posed for the camera. We thought the shots turned out funny and adorable.

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The Wedding Party

Jaclyn’s bridesmaids wore A-line dresses in a gorgeous shade of medium blue. The dresses’ thick straps, V-shaped necklines, and cinched waists were universally flattering. If you look back at some of the earlier pictures, you might notice that the color of the personalized robes the women wore while getting ready matched the color of the bridesmaid dresses!

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The groom took a selfie with one of his groomsmen. We loved seeing the joy that was beaming on their faces, and we’re happy they – and we – were able to capture it forever!

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J & J Studios juxtaposed the romantic ivory lace of Jaclyn’s wedding gown with the black iron gate behind her. The effect was classic and dramatic.

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Dylan channeled his inner male model in these photos, with his jacket thrown cavalierly over his shoulder. 

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Dylan and Jaclyn requested that J & J Studios photograph them with their wedding party on the east side of Philadelphia’s iconic City Hall.

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Striking it Lucky!

If it wasn’t clear by their funny faces and many smiles, the fact that Jaclyn and Dylan are a funloving couple was evident when J & J Studios photographed them at Lucky Strike. Located on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia’s Center City neighborhood, Lucky Strike is a truly cool spot that appeals to many different desires people may experience on a night out on the town. This bowling alley also boasts a lounge, a dance floor, and bars, as well.

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The lighting in Lucky Strike Philadelphia lent itself to photos with beautiful color contrast. The photos J & J Studios took of Jaclyn and Dylan made us feel like we were in a movie – and they were the stars!

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Philadelphia Icons

What is a Philadelphia wedding or engagement without photos in front of the beautiful City Hall? The clouds in the sky above softened the lighting in these photos of Jaclyn and Dylan.

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Later, Jaclyn and Dylan posed on the gorgeous steps of the Union League of Philadelphia building. The way Dylan held Jaclyn’s hand reminded J & J Studios of a prince and princess entering a ball.

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It was almost as if the city of Philadelphia couldn’t help but share in Dylan and Jaclyn’s joy. The group in Dilworth Park was a delightful surprise, and certainly made for fun wedding day photos! 

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The next wedding day photo location stands just steps from City Hall – the incomparable Crystal Tea Room. This beautiful venue is also where Jaclyn and Dylan’s wedding ceremony and reception would take place.

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Jewish Wedding Traditions

Dylan and Jaclyn’s wedding ceremony took place under a chuppah. This is a common canopy used in Jewish wedding ceremonies. The word “chuppah” comes from the Hebrew word for “covering.” Though, this root word can also be interpreted to mean “protection.” The use of a chuppah above a couple getting married originally signified that God was present at the wedding. It also represented the idea that marriage, both in the wedding ceremony and the institution itself, came from divine origins. Jaclyn and Dylan’s chuppah was decorated with lush greenery and a variety of white flowers. This made an elegant effect on the Jewish marriage canopy.

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Before the wedding ceremony, the men each donned a yarmulke, also known as a kippah. This is a brimless head covering that is typically made from cloth. A kippah, or yarmulke, is worn by Jewish men when it is required by Jewish law that their heads be covered. The word “kippah” literally translates to the English word “dome,” which is an apt description of the shape of this head covering. “Yarmulke” is the Yiddish term for the same head covering. Wearing one is a sign of respect for the prayers being said and the ceremonies being performed, even if a man is not Jewish.

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In these photos, Dylan and Jaclyn are performing a tradition called the signing of the ketubah. The ketubah is a Jewish marriage contract. Signing it is a ritual that occurs the day before or after the ceremony, and before the wedding ceremony itself. Traditionally, the ketubah outlines the duties a husband has to his wife in their marriage. The ritual of the signing of the ketubah has been used and documented in Jewish weddings for thousands of years! 

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The Wedding Ceremony

Jaclyn had both her mother and father walk her down the aisle. She was radiant with joy to see Dylan at the end of the aisle!

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Meanwhile, Dylan was trying not to cry. We can’t blame him; wedding days are and should be joyful ones, and Jaclyn looked so wonderful!

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Dylan kissed Jaclyn – now a husband kissing his wife. The sweetest detail J & J Studios noticed and photographed was how these newlyweds kept holding hands as they kissed as a married couple for the first time!

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The Wedding Reception

Jaclyn and Dylan used tall candelabras decorated with splendid flowers and touches of greenery. The height of the centerpieces was a brilliant move. Their height allowed the centerpieces to give a more dramatic effect and made it so that the guests seated at the table could easily converse with one another.

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Jaclyn and Dylan chose to have their very first dance as a married couple in the empty reception space, just the two of them together. At the end of their first dance as husband and wife, towers of sparklers illuminated the dance floor. We know their future together is just as bright!

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Later, Jaclyn and Dylan each put a hand on the knife they used to cut their wedding cake. After feeding a bite of it to each other, they kissed – doubly sweet!

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After cutting the cake, Jaclyn threw her bouquet to all the single ladies, who’d gathered on the dance floor to try to do just that. 

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This couple is not only fun – they’re also thoughtful! Their consideration of their guests’ comfort was obvious as soon as J & J Studios spotted the basket of flip-flops they provided for guests with uncomfortable shoes, so they could stay on the dance floor!

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At the end of the night, Dylan and Jaclyn recreated the photos they’d had J & J Studios take of them in front of Philadelphia City Hall earlier in the day. 

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Contact J & J Studios Today!

J & J Studios wishes Dylan and Jaclyn many, many more years of the joy and love they experienced on their wedding day at the Crystal Tea Room. If you loved the photos taken by J & J Studios at Jaclyn and Dylan’s Crystal Tea Room wedding, you can contact us today about photographing your own special event. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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