For any of you who experience Spring fever, wedding photographers get that same feeling for their upcoming busy season. Spring marks the start of busy season which means weddings, after weddings, after weddings. To be honest though, I wouldn’t want it any other way. AKP has had the pleasure of photographing so many weddings already this past year, it’s been absolutely surreal. Tabitha and Alex are just one of the many couples that we’ve had the honor of photographing and we’re so excited to be sharing about their Spring Wedding at The Morris Arboretum!
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania was officially established back in 1932. This arboretum is the perfect wedding event space for anyone looking to be more in tune with nature on their wedding day. The Morris Arboretum is located on 92 acres of lush, romantic gardens, fountains, and historic features that truly make this wedding space one of a kind. There are a variety of different ceremony locations for all different types of couples.
Some of the amazing amenities included when you book your wedding at Morris Arboretum include:
To read more about the amenities included when you book a wedding at Morris Arboretum at the University of Pennsylvania, click here! If you’re ready to hop on this opportunity and inquire about having your special day here, you can inquire by clicking here!
The AKP team arrived at the DoubleTree Suites Hotel to start photographing Tabitha and Alex getting ready. While I was with Tabitha and her bridesmaids photographing details, AKP’s second photographer, Jess, was with Alex and his groomsmen while they prepped! Now if you don’t know why wedding photographers suggest having a second photographer, then click this blog to find out why.
We captured some of the most beautiful details on Tabitha and Alex’s wedding day. Their color theme was filled with dusty rose, neutral and natural colors with a pop of color of navy blue. It was the ultimate color combination and worked so well – we were quite obsessed. Tabitha and Alex exchanged wedding gifts shortly before leaving the hotel and we were in utter shock. Tabitha received a map of the world with the sweetest message from Alex that was just so touching. While Alex received a sweet care package from Tabitha – these moments always get us so teary eyed so be warned. Shortly after finishing up with detail photos, it was time to get everyone dressed and packed to head to the venue!
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania truly is a hidden gem. We arrived and were stunned by the beautiful scenery, landscaping, and the amazing weather we were given. It was there when we arrived that we whisked Tabitha away to meet with her groom-to-be, Alex, for their first look.
We headed over to the Rose Garden where Alex and Tabitha met for their first look. If you want to read more about first looks, if you should have one, and why they can be so impactful, click here! Tears were shed, smiles were exchanged and love was in the air. All we can say is – WOW. Since Morris Arboretum is such a large space, we spent our time prior to the ceremony wandering the grounds and taking some STUNNING wedding portraits. Don’t believe us? Go see for yourself!
Next, it was time for the ceremony! Now what may shock some of you, is that rather than waiting at the aisle for Tabitha, Alex walked her down the aisle. It was such a sweet gesture and one that you don’t get to see too often. As you could imagine, the ceremony was beautiful. We were surrounded by the smell of flowers and fresh grass and it couldn’t have gone more perfectly. Tabitha and Alex actually did a tree-planting ceremony. That is where the couple will each add dirt and water to the plant together. In return, this symbolizes unity and the binding of their love – how cute right? The two ended their ceremony with an exchanging of vows, and smooches and they were officially newlyweds, woohoo!
Shortly after enjoying some signature cocktails for their cocktail hour, it was time to gather all of their guests for the reception! These two entered grinning from ear to ear, you could just tell the love and happiness radiating off from them. Set up was a selfie station with some props, some beautiful rentals provided by Morris Arboretum, and some pretty darn good food. The remainder of the night was filled with a lot of dancing, laughing and a bit of perspiration from a lot of a fun. You know what they say though, you gotta do what you gotta do!
The AKP team is honored to have been there to capture Tabitha and Alex’s wedding day. Every moment from the small wedding details, to how amazing these two looked. It was utter perfection. Congratulations Tabitha and Alex on the rest of your forever. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be buying myself a new box of tissues – LOL.
If you loved reading about this Spring Wedding at The Morris Arboretum, then you’re going to love this Summer Wedding at French Creek Golf Club!
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Photography: Andrea Krout Photography
Wedding Dress Boutique: Lovely Bride Philly
Designer of Wedding Dress: Made With Love
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Tuxes: The Black Tux
Hair Stylist: Gabby Nagy & Jamie Waldman
Makeup Artist: Shimmer and Spice – Maggie
Florist: RAM Floral
Calligraphy & Decor: Kelsey Martin
Cake: Bredenbeck’s Bakery
Videographer: Yours Truly Media
Officiant: John Kennan
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