Bride and groom share first dance with smoke on ground at Ballroom at the Ben

Ballroom at the Ben | Stephanie + Will

Stephanie and Will had such an amazing wedding day! We were able to spend the whole day with them to witness their amazing ceremony at the Ballroom at the Ben. Stephanie got prepared for her big day at the Sofitel Hotel in Philadelphia. This sophisticated downtown Philadelphia hotel, blends French elegance with American Style. Located steps away from Rittenhouse Square, Sofitel Hotel serves as the cornerstone of the new French Quarter. With 120 hotels in over 40 countries worldwide, Sofitel provides an award-winning luxury experience.

Once Stephanie and Will were ready for their First Look, we headed to Merchants’ Exchange Building to capture the moment. Built between 1832 and 1834, the Merchants’ Exchange Building, is an exquisite expression of Greek Revival style architecture. The building is significant to nineteenth century Philadelphia because it served as a commercial and financial center, home to the Philadelphia Board of Trade and the Philadelphia Stock Exchange. In 2001, the Merchants’ Exchange Building was designated a National Historical Landmark.

After their First Look, we headed over to the historic Second Bank of the U.S. for portraits of Stephanie and Will, as well as their bridal party. As a popular portrait location, we’ve worked with couples here before, but the stunning fall colors in the scenery, made this day truly unique for Stephanie and Will.

The couple’s wedding ceremony and reception were held at The Ballroom at the Ben in Philadelphia. Finley Catering, established in 1976, has a reputation for hosting prestigious events at its exceptional venues. In addition to the Presidential Summit Luncheon in 1997, scenes from The Silver Linings Playbook, featuring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, were also filmed at The Ballroom at the Ben. With exquisite chandeliers and European ambiance throughout, this beautiful venue was the perfect setting for Stephanie and Will’s wedding day.

Sofitel Hotel

Wedding dress hangs near window in Sofitel Hotel room

Bride is seated getting her hair done in hotel room before wedding

Bride cries as she reads a note from her fiance before the wedding

Bride Prep at Sofitel Hotel, Bride in gown

Bridesmaid helps Bride put on garter belt

Portrait of Bride seated in her wedding gown and veil

Bride puts on her mother's bracelet

Groom Prep

Groom smiles as he looks at picture album before wedding

Groom catching his shoe

Groom's father helps him put on suit jacket

Groom's mother looks up at groom lovingly

Close-up shot of groom's jacket and boutonniere

Merchants’ Exchange Building


Groom stands outside Merchants Exchange Building as bride approaches from behind

Groom wipes away tears and bride smiles after their First Look

Groom spins bride as they stand in archway of Merchants Exchange Building

Portrait of Bride with face against Groom's chest

Bride and Groom stand together at the Merchants Exchange Building


Second Bank of the U.S.

Bride and Groom sit on the steps of Second Bank

Bride groom portraits

Bride and Groom stand in front of door to Second Bank

Sun flare surrounds Bride and Groom as they kiss

Bride and Groom kiss on steps of Second Bank

Bridal Party watches as Bride and Groom kiss under fall colored trees

Bridal Party throws leaves up into the air as Bride and groom kiss

Groom and groomsmen walk towards camera holding beers

Ballroom at the Ben

Father and Bride walk together into ceremony

Bride and Groom kiss during wedding ceremony

Bride makes excited face after they are pronounced husband and wife

Termini Brothers wedding cake on table at Ballroom at the Ben

Shot from above as Bride and Groom enter wedding reception

Bride and Groom back to back acting out James Bond scene as they enter wedding

Bride and groom share first dance with smoke on ground at Ballroom at the Ben

Bride and groom smile during toasts at sweetheart table

Bride and Bridesmaids dance in front of DJ at reception

Bride and Groom dance on floor during reception

Wedding guests dance during reception

Bride and Groom walk along mezzanine at Ballroom at the Ben

daddy daughter dance

Bride licks knife after cutting wedding cake

Thank you to Michele of Finley Catering for coordinating such a beautiful day for Stephanie and Will!

Their other fantastic vendors included:

Videography by: Command Performance

Flowers by: Keith at Long Stems 

Cake by: Termini Brothers Bakery

Music by: Mazz Entertainment

Hair and Makeup by: Salon Zen

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