Julie and Brian’s Wedding | Knowlton Mansion | Philadelphia, PA

When Julie and Brian asked if I would come to Philadelphia to photograph their wedding I jumped at the opportunity, especially when told that we’d be able to build in time to take pictures in the City before heading out to the beautiful Knowlton Mansion for the ceremony and reception.  And while I don’t like to talk about the incredible luck that I seem to have with the weather gods (for fear of jinxing it) the rain did indeed hold out just long enough for us to head over to the elegant Rittenhouse Square for some wonderful moments with Julie, Brian and their wedding party. Then off to Knowlton for what truly was a day to remember.

“We met under somewhat unlikely circumstances – clerking together for a federal judge in Florida – but bonded over a mutual love of travel, wine, and the Olympic Games.  As luck would have it, we had both planned to move to Washington, DC, after the clerkship, and, to Brian’s delight, Julie decided to keep him around after the move.  After sharing many travel adventures, bottles of wine, and the occasional Olympics, Brian proposed to Julie overlooking a moonlit harbor on a Greek isle.

Wedding planning kicked in fast and furious, and managed to pretty much stay that way for more than a year.  But, we couldn’t have been happier with our wedding day.  We wanted an event that reflected our love of good food, good wine, and good family and friends, and that let our far-flung family and friends enjoy catching up with each other.  We were immediately drawn to the warm charm of Knowlton Mansion in Philadelphia, near where Julie grew up and where we enjoy spending the occasional weekend.  We had a beautiful early afternoon for photographs in some of our favorite places in Center City, Philadelphia, and even the persistent rain later in the evening only managed to make the celebration feel cozier.  We are thrilled to have had the day captured so well in so many fantastic pictures, including the ceremony, which was performed by the two judges for whom we had the honor of clerking.  All in all, it was a day to remember.”

Gown: Bridal Garden (gown by Mikaella)

Bridesmaids Dresses: (dresses by Jim Hjelm Occasions)

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Wedding Rings: I. Gorman Jewelers, Washington, D.C.

Makeup: Julie Desiderio of Julie Desiderio Photography

Hair: Wendy Weinstein of Ground Zero salon

Band: Vincent James Band

Florist: Precious Petals

Cake: Conroy Catering

Stationary/Paper Goods: Papersource

Venue / Catering: Knowlton Mansion/ Conroy Catering