Covid-19 masks intimate wedding in Philly

Together Is A Beautiful Place To Be

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In these times of uncertainty and being in the midst of a pandemic, one thing still remains – the powerful bond between Elizabeth Ann Rice and Victor Wang. 2020 may have changed a lot of people’s plans, but that doesn’t mean your wedding won’t be meaningful or beautiful. Regulations are everchanging, plans are shifting – it’s been a messy year. A wedding is about two people in love making a lifetime commitment to each other. Victor and Elizabeth weren’t about to let COVID-19 get in the way of that. 

J&J Studios was happy to capture their intimate ceremony held at Old Saint Joseph’s Church in Old City here in Philadelphia. The officiant – Fr. Walter Modrys – led the ceremony. This historic church shared timeless pieces of art, stained glass windows, and beautiful décor. Their ceremony was intimate and heartfelt, and the vows expressed their genuine love for one another. The entire setting was breathtaking and classical. Of course, Philly itself is a remarkable city perfect for any wedding setting. Elizabeth’s hair was on point, thanks to Chateau Blu Hair Studio. The princess up-do with her veil was lovely, along with her wedding gown from The Sample Rack. Having accomodating vendors helped a bunch and really pulled the wedding off. They were in luck when Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q quickly delivered food straight from Texas overnight.

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Lucky In Love

2020 has been unpredictable. When we rang in the new year, this isn’t exactly what we had in mind. Victor and Elizabeth were grateful to have received a special gift – a rat. It is the Year of the Rat, which means a year of wealth, good fortune, and positive outcomes. These two were pleasantly surprised when they opened the present. Also, the bouquet complimented Elizabeth’s overall appearance, thanks to Accents by Michele Flower

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This has been a fun gallery to tweak. We headed down to the Second Bank of the United States. It is a historical museum in Philadelphia for those of you who aren’t familiar with this place. Inside, you will observe various portraits inside of the essential people of America’s development in the 18th century. 

I Choose You

Around the Second Bank of the United States, we shared lots of belly laughs. This created precious photos of these two in their natural element. Being around people like this makes my job the best. It is plain as day to see that they are best friends, too. 

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I often hear couples say, “We are too awkward for photos. How do we pose?” Which is certainly fine, because that’s what I’m here for. I love guiding couples on posing techniques. However, this couple had fun with it. There are some shots that really showcase their outgoing personalities. Fun fact: Both Victor and Elizabeth are dancers. They met in August 2017 while practicing the foxtrot at Stardust Ballroom in Beemawr, NJ.Their love for the same hobby is genuinely inspiring. Despite everything that’s been going on this year, these two managed to go with the flow, embrace the unknown, and still conquered their ‘I do’s.

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It seems as though the micro wedding trend is here to stay awhile. Luckily, I’m here to stay, too. Whether you plan on waiting until regulations ease up and push things back, or you want to dive straight and downsize, I’m your Philadelphia wedding photographer. Together, we will accommodate you while adhering to guidelines and regulations. We will do everything in our power to make sure your wedding is magical. Don’t be afraid – let’s make the most out of it. Elopements, micro weddings, or anything in between, the first step is picking a place to do it. 

Also, kuddos to vendors who we want to take a moment to thank at helping make this ceremony so special. Victor’s tuxedo: Jacket by Joseph Abboud, shirt by DanZWorld, and pants by VE Dance. The wedding rings were designed by: D’Antonio & Klein, Brilliant Earth, and James Allen. The accesories: Earrings by Virginia Geiger Jewels, and cufflinks by Shelley Manor. Alterations were done by Nilah & Company, the groom’s dry cleaner was D&B Tailors, and the bride’s shoes were from Aida Dance USA. If you are wedding planning, you might want to check into these places for quality services/products.

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Keep scrolling for more shots from this intimate wedding in Philadelphia. 

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