August 21, 2010 I had the honor and privilege of photographing Ivana and Erin’s wedding at the tres magnifique Sofitel in downtown Philadelphia. These radiant women were more than excited to celebrate their union with their fifty closest friends and relatives; and I was more than proud be there to capture it. Their amazing dresses not only fit them perfectly but also complimented each other and stood out from the crowd!
During their sincere and emotional ceremony I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house; I even found myself blinking back tears! Then, while their guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres in the Toulouse room, we took to the streets for some shots of the happy couple. Though same-sex marriage is not accepted by all Americans, it didn’t faze these two stunners one bit. It was so satisfying to see them snuggling, canoodling and whispering sweet nothings as passers-by stopped in their tracks to say how gorgeous they were. People applauded them on their marriage, cars honked their congratulations, and one guy almost crashed his bike because he couldn’t take his eyes off of them!
Back in the Paris Foyer, Ivana, Erin and their guests were some of the best partiers I have ever encountered. They chatted, danced, sang and laughed all night long; Ivana even serenaded her new wife with an acoustic rendition of one of her favorite Keith Urban songs which ended with thunderous cheers and applause from her audience. I have to say that this was one my favorite weddings I have ever photographed. The genuine love these two women felt for each other seemed to reverberate through the city, the pride of their families and friends was almost epic and matched only by my own pride to be there. It gave me the opportunity to support a cause that I so strongly believe in, and I hope I have many opportunities after this to do the same. Equal Rights=Love.