Chris + Lumina’s Merion Tribute House Wedding | Philadelphia, PA

Merion Tribute House WeddingFair warning: you may want get comfortable, this is another one of my overly chatty (and super duper photo-heavy) posts…

Typically in these wedding posts I like to talk about the wedding day; the pretty things it involved, and the fun things that happened. And that’s totally what I was going to do today.  But then I started typing and all wanted to talk about was love. Just Love. You can see all of the pretty and all of the fun in the photos below, but today I’m talking about love. The love these two have for each other and the love they share with their family and friends.

The entire trip the one question I was asked most was, “So, how do you know Lumina?” When getting to know the photographer from Washington that their friend brought to Philadelphia for their wedding, that’s a good place to start. Lumina and I go way back, but to exactly where and when neither of us are 100% sure. We just have one of those friendships; we were friends of friends, we met in college, no it was a bar, no it was a bar in college… Of course the truth is it doesn’t really matter. All I know is that I am incredibly grateful that she and her fiance, Chris, wanted me to fly across the country to capture their wedding day.  I love destination weddings, but I especially love destination weddings of friends.  Especially friends with more awesome friends (they tend to run in packs, you know). From the minute that Chris picked me up at the airport (actually from the minute I met Lumina’s brother Damon and their friend AJ at the American Airlines gate at Seatac) I felt welcome.  Before arriving in Pennsylvania, I knew two other guests and by noon the day after the wedding, I was sightseeing with some of the raddest “strangers” you’d ever hope to meet.  I mention this because all of these incredibly welcoming and loving humans are the true testament to what wonderful people Chris and Lumina are. This is the company they keep; the mom who checked in with me throughout the wedding day, just in case I needed anything, the bridemaids who always made sure I had water when I needed it, the officiant who was the first to hand me a beer the minute my wedding day coverage was done, the friend who paid for my late-night snacks. And of course Lumina and Chris; you two leave me a bit speechless, which is incredibly tough to do. You two worked so hard and did such an amazing job creating this warm and friendly environment for all of your guests. From goody bags at check-in, to informative walking tours of the city, to billiards and fireworks- you did it all, not only to celebrate your love for each other, but also your love for all of your family and guests.

And for those of you who weren’t there and want to hear about some of the awesome stuff that happened, let me sum it up: Lumina wore her mother’s wedding dress- she was stunning. The boys played Frisbee in their tuxes. Chris and Lumina practiced their first dance while we traipsed about in 90 degree heat for their portraits. Chris came down the aisle to the Rocky theme song (hence the punching…) and his incredible 92 year old aunt was their “Flower Queen”. There were a few raindrops during the ceremony, just enough for good luck. Lumina and her brother Damon lit a candle during the ceremony for her parents and I might have cried just a little. They danced their first dance to That’s Amoré and had everyone sing along. During Chris’s brother’s toast, we learned about the birdman (if you’re confused, there are photos).  Lumina and Chris played a hilarious shoe game, which I’m pretty sure ended in a tie. There was a bouquet toss from a stone balcony and a garter toss on a Frisbee and we all learned the lyrics to On The Way To Cape May, which you can also learn if you skip to the end of this post. And to cap it off, at the end of the night, drunk on awesomeness, we were all chauffeured back to the hotel in a traditional yellow school bus.  Everyone laughed and smiled A LOT.  Like, a lot. Especially me.

Thank you, Lumina and Chris, for creating such an amazing experience for your friends and family; what an absolutely perfect way to begin your married lives together. I love you both and can’t wait to see you back in Seattle very soon!  xx, Amy

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On The Way To Cape May

You looked so very pretty
When we met in Ocean City
Like someone oh so easy to adore
I sang this little ditty
On our way through Ocean City
Heading south along the Jersey shore

On the way to Cape May
I fell in love with you
On the way to Cape May
I saw my dreams come true

I was taken by your smile
As we drifted through Sea Isle
My heart was gone
When we reached Avalon

On the way to Cape May
Stone Harbor skies were blue
We were naming the day
When Wild Wood came in view

If you’re gonna be my spouse
We better head for that courthouse
On the way to Cape May
On the way to Cape May

  • July 17, 2017 - 9:01 am

    Audrey - Amazing photos! Her wedding ring is so unique!ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2017 - 9:47 am

    Alicia - This looks like it was such a fun wedding! And your lighting throughout the day is spot on. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2017 - 9:48 am

    Lisa Kingsbury - This wedding looks like it was so much fun! They chose such an amazing venue, I bet you had a blast being their wedding photographer!ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2017 - 11:33 am

    sarah - who wouldnt want portraits that look like they got married in a castle.. this is a dream, you captured them so very well! I love your style!ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2017 - 1:39 pm

    EJ - Beautiful wedding, you captured it really well!ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2017 - 2:18 pm

    Erinn - The bride looks absolutely gorgeous and like such a sweet lady. You captured the emotional wedding beautifully and the flower girl totally stole my heart. Lovely!ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2017 - 2:29 pm

    Holly Montgomery - Gorgeous photos as always… LOVE the pink hair on the groomsman… LOVE the ring. Love the ring photo with the heart shadow. Love all the amazing moments captured. If I was the marrying type, you’d be destination-ing all the way to Canada!! <3ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2017 - 3:47 pm

    yasiris - I love all the images but my favorite is that ring shot with the bible!!! Love it.ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2017 - 4:30 pm

    Karen Shoufler - Beautiful wedding! They look like a fun couple!ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2017 - 5:44 pm

    Sarah - These are so gorgeous! I love the guys hanging out in the morning. Your attention to detail is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2017 - 6:00 pm

    Alekandra - Soo many fun elements during this wedding. I love the garter toss on the frisbee and the beach ball duru by the reception.ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2017 - 8:16 pm

    Elizabeth - Ahh I love the toasts! So emotional and beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2017 - 9:20 pm

    Valerie - OH my goodness this wedding is amazing! I love the brides dress!ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2017 - 11:28 pm

    Jamie - I love the story you’ve curated here. Everyone looks so natural and happy, and the location is stunning. Fabulous work!ReplyCancel

  • July 18, 2017 - 12:44 am

    Kate Gansneder - Looks like it was a fun and elegant wedding day. I adore her ring and the game of frisbee with the groomsmen!ReplyCancel

  • July 18, 2017 - 2:17 am

    Whitney - WOW What an incredible opportunity for you to document your friends wedding. I love photographing for friends and sharing in the joy of their big day! You captured everything flawlessly.ReplyCancel

  • July 18, 2017 - 6:48 am

    Tialyn - You captured the day beautifully and that RING!ReplyCancel

  • July 18, 2017 - 7:16 am

    Ashleigh - You captured their wedding day so beautifully! So many great photographs of happiness and joy!ReplyCancel

  • July 18, 2017 - 7:58 am

    Misty - HOLY!!! That venue is AMAZING, and these are all so stunning! I love that the guys were playing Frisbee before-hand. What a guy thing to do. HAHA!ReplyCancel

  • July 18, 2017 - 5:56 pm

    Kayla Grey - Gorgeous wedding! These are amazing! I’m in love with the horizontal ring shot, with her ring as the focal point! Incredible ring! That Frisbee shot before head! Nailed it!!ReplyCancel

  • July 19, 2017 - 6:18 am

    Sharee Davenport - Wow, chris luminas merion tribute house looks like a magical place for a wedding in Philedelphia! I seriously love her emotion during their first look + ceremony and that floral arch that they stood in front of during their ceremony is absolutely gorgeous! You did a beautiful job documenting their day!ReplyCancel

  • July 19, 2017 - 6:18 am

    Sharee Davenport - Wow, Merion tribute house looks like a magical place for a wedding in Philedelphia! I seriously love her emotion during their first look + ceremony and that floral arch that they stood in front of during their ceremony is absolutely gorgeous! You did a beautiful job documenting their day!ReplyCancel

  • July 19, 2017 - 6:50 pm

    Lynnea - Dreamy wedding, fabulous ring , gorgeous dress, and a great photographer!ReplyCancel

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