Michael and Sam’s Bartram’s Garden Wedding
When two souls find each other in the most unexpected places, it’s truly magical. Michael and Sam’s love story is a testament to that. They first crossed paths in line at a comedy show, but it wasn’t until they matched on a dating app that their journey of love truly began. Fast forward to September 2, 2023, and I had the honor of photographing their beautiful wedding at Bartram’s Garden in West Philadelphia.
For Michael and Sam, their wedding was more than just a celebration of their love – it was an ode to their shared passion for nature and community. The historic Bartram’s Garden, with its lush greenery and charming surroundings, provided the perfect backdrop for their special day.
The couple’s attention to detail and personal touch was evident in every aspect of their wedding. Their table centerpieces featured handcrafted ceramic vases holding elegant white roses and greenery, creating a simple yet striking aesthetic. Michael and Sam made these vases themselves! To add a vibrant pop of color to their dark blue suits, Michael and Sam donned matching yellow ties and bowties, which perfectly complemented the garden setting.
The wedding day began with a heartwarming twist – Michael and Sam got ready together. This unique choice set a relaxed and intimate tone for the day, allowing them to share special moments as they prepared to say “I do.”
Under the shade of a tree in the garden, the couple exchanged letters and gifts, each gesture filled with love and anticipation. We then embarked on a delightful portrait session, capturing the candid moments that truly showcased their affection.
The ceremony was a testament to the couple’s strong bonds of friendship. A close friend officiated the wedding, surrounded by all the people who hold a special place in Michael and Sam’s hearts. The historic garden’s charm added a timeless beauty to the occasion, making the day even more magical.
One of the most wonderful aspects of Michael and Sam’s wedding was their decision to forgo many traditional wedding formalities. Their wedding day was a canvas for self-expression, allowing them to embrace their authentic selves as they embarked on this new chapter of their lives.
The reception took place under the comfortable and spacious tent at Bartram’s Garden, offering stunning views of the Philadelphia skyline along the Schuylkill River. As the golden hour approached, we took a golf cart ride around the grounds to capture some breathtaking portraits, bathed in the warm, soft light of the setting sun.
The evening was filled with heartfelt speeches, laughter, and tears of joy. Michael and Sam danced the night away with their family and friends, celebrating their love in style. The hora and an impromptu first dance as husbands added an extra layer of excitement to the festivities.
Michael and Sam’s wedding at Bartram’s Garden was a beautiful testament to the power of love and the joy of celebrating it in a way that truly reflects who you are as a couple. From their serendipitous meeting to their heartfelt vows, every moment of their day was a masterpiece.
As a Philadelphia wedding photographer, it was an honor to capture their unique love story against the backdrop of one of Philadelphia’s most cherished garden venues. If you’re planning your wedding in the Philadelphia area, especially at a place like Bartram’s Garden, remember that your day should be a reflection of your love and your unique journey. Embrace what makes your story special, and let your love shine through.
If you’re seeking a Philadelphia wedding photographer who can capture the essence of your unique love story and wedding day, look no further. Contact me today to discuss how we can create beautiful, lasting memories for your special day. I’d be delighted to be a part of your love story, just as we were for Michael and Sam’s beautiful day at Bartram’s Garden.