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Unique Wedding at The Excelsior in PA

Aug 10, 2022

This unique wedding at The Excelsior for Kelsey and Jerry was featured in Philadelphia Magazine last week. I couldn’t be more thrilled to share it with you here. Their day was the most beautiful mix of industrial and modern architecture complimented by romantic garden details.

Kelsey designed every detail of the wedding and decor, including a beautiful custom seating chart she built with her Maid of Honor! She did a beautiful job bringing together so many thoughtful and gorgeous design elements for the perfect wedding day that was uniquely theirs.

From the colorful array of bridesmaids’ dresses to the tapered candles on each table, she really thought of everything. Kelsey and Jerry even gifted each other beautiful custom albums before the ceremony. One of my favorite details of the day was a private moment Jerry and Kelsey shared just before the ceremony.

A First Look Alternative

They knew they wanted to keep with the tradition of not seeing each other before their ceremony but wanted a way to have a moment together. The two met outside their respective getting-ready locations for a “First Touch” instead.

Without sneaking a glance, the two found each other’s hands and shared a few sweet words in private before walking down the aisle. I loved this unique way of sharing a special, intimate moment before all the day’s festivities. It was such a tender thing to witness. I’m so glad they were able to prioritize this moment together.

While they opted to skip the first look, Kelsey did have a first look with her bridesmaids, and it was so cute! Not to be outdone, the guys had a bit of their own fun. I love that there was so much playfulness throughout their day.

Bridal gown hanging from a gold hanger | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bridal shoes sitting on a chair with bouquet | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
White bridal shoes with bouquet | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Wedding invitation styled with wedding rings and lipstick | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Wedding invitation styled with bride's details | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Wedding rings styled in a velvet ring boy on a silver tray | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Wedding invitation with shoes, florals and lipstick | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Pink and rust colored bridesmaids dresses hangin in a doorway | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride opening a gift from the groom | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride looking through album gifted from groom | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Groom opening a gift from the bride | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Groom opening a gift from the bride | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Mother of the bride helping the bride zip her dress | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Mother of bride helping bride into her dress | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride putting on her earrings | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride adjusting her earrings | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride doing a first look with her bridesmaids | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bridesmaids seeing bride for the first time | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bridesmaids helping bride with her dress | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Maid of honor buckling brides shoes | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride portraits with bridesmaids | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride with her bridesmaids and their flowers | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride smiling while holding her bouquet | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Grooms wedding flowers and jacket | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Groom portraits before his wedding | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Groom having fun with groomsmen | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Groom walking with groomsmen | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Black and white image of groomsmen laughing together | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Groom and groomsmen laughing | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride and groom laughing together during their first touch before their wedding | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride and groom holding hands during their first touch | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Groom during first touch with bride | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride adjusting flowers in her bouquet | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride holding her bouquet | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride holding her bouquet during portraits | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Portrait of bride in a room with big windows | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Colorful bridal bouquet with orchids and greenery | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride walking down the aisle | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Groom wiping tears as the bride walks down the aisle | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride and groom exchanging their vows | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride and groom kissing as they leave their wedding | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride and groom smiling as they leave their wedding | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Wedding party cheering as bride and groom kiss | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride and groom kissing with their wedding party in the background | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride with her bridesmaids holding their florals | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Portraits of bride and groom with their wedding party | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride and groom kissing on a rooftop | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride and groom kissing on a terrace | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride and groom with their foreheads together | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride and groom portraits on a terrace | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride and groom posing for portraits | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Groom kissing bride while she holds her bouquet | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Detail of colorful bridal bouquet held by bride | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Groom helping bride walk down the stairs | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Groom nuzzling bride during portraits | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride and groom snuggling during couples portraits | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride and groom holding hands in a black doorway | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride and groom kissing in a black doorway | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Groom leaning into bride during portraits | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride and groom kissing under her veil | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride and groom walking hand in hand | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride and groom with their foreheads together in an industrial building | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride and groom sitting on a sofa together | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Groom holding brides face while they sit on a sofa | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride and groom sitting on a sofa together | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Black and white photo of bride and groom sitting on a sofa | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride in a wedding dress sitting on a sofa | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Bride sitting on a chaise lounge in a wedding dress | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
| Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
| Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Custom seating chart in peach and pink tones | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Reception at wedding with pink tapered candles and florals | Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography
Table at a wedding reception with pink and peach floral details | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography
Black and white photo of bride and groom dancing | Excelsior PA Wedding Photography by Hope Helmuth Photography

The Creative Team

Photographer: Hope Helmuth Photography | Venue: Excelsior Lancaster | Day-Of Coordinator: Danielle Soucier-Ernst of Your Sweetest Day Events | Florals: Sandra Porterfield Floral Design | Catering: Signature Catering on King | Bride’s Gown: Bégum Bridal Design House from The Wedding Factor | Veil: Malis-Henderson | Hairpiece: Ulyana Aster | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Revelry, Azazie, Lulus and David’s Bridal | Hair: Tina Liddick of MKUP The Beauty Studio | Makeup: Maggie King of MKUP The Beauty Studio | Groom’s Attire: Central PA Tuxedo | Entertainment: 3 West Productions | Desserts: Bistro Barberet & Bakery | Invitations: Minted | Videography: Sage Design & Co. | Celebrant: Stephanie Gundy | Alcohol Coordinator: Traveling Tap | Rings: Brent Miller Jewelers, Mars Fine Jewelry & Benchmark | Custom Steel Planters: Michaud Iron & Wood Design

Hope Helmuth is a Luxury, Destination wedding photographer based in Bucks County, PA & NYC. Serving modern couples across the east coast, Hope specializes in timeless, candid, and romantic wedding imagery. For more information about the experience or to book your destination wedding, you can find more information here.

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