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bride and groom wedding portraits at the kimmel center in philadelphia

Earthy, Modern Kimmel Center Wedding

(This wedding was so cool that Philadelphia Wedding Magazine wrote a feature about it – check that out right here!!)

Royal & Joe hosted a stunning Kimmel Center wedding in Center City Philadelphia in June!! Though the couple lives in Detroit, they decided to celebrate their marriage in Royal’s hometown of Philadelphia. The two are incredibly kind and inspiringly adventurous — their first date was a Texas road trip during which they got stranded in a snowstorm for 12 hours!

I could go on about how awesome Royal & Joe are, how much fun their guests had and how sweet the ceremony was. But there’s one thing they did better than almost any other couple I’ve seen: the details.

Intentional Details

The sheer amount of intentional details sprinkled throughout this Kimmel Center wedding is astounding. Royal literally took every single detail she could and said, “how do I personalize that to us?”

The wedding programs looked like newspaper articles. The cocktail stirrers had their custom logo with their initials on the ends. The cocktail napkins showcased 5 different fun facts about their relationship printed on them. Instead of a seating chart, the guests each got their own lanyard with a backstage pass that granted them access to the reception. The guest book was a vinyl record the guests signed with silver sharpie. There were stickers with their wedding hashtag strewn about the tables. There was a neon sign over the sweetheart table of their new last name. They choreographed all of their special dances. In lieu of gifts, there was a framed QR code where guests had the option to contribute to their honeymoon fund.

And the florals!! Think: earthy, woodsy, unique. Royal didn’t want the typical, colorful florals often seen at weddings. She wanted lots of greenery infused, including moss and — get this – mushrooms!!! Bird Seed Florals hit this vision out of the park in every aspect! Every floral arrangement used was one-of-a-kind, and they are uber conscious about sustainability and minimizing waste.

There were two details that stood out to me as having the most meaning to Royal & Joe. First, they are a Detroit couple and wanted to bring a little bit of Detroit to Philly. So, they flew out The @Will Band from Detroit to play at their wedding. How cool!!

Second, and probably the most special detail, was the framed photo of Royal’s mother that stood on a table right next to the arbor as Royal married the love of her life. It was such a beautiful way of honoring her mother in a prominent place instead of keeping the photo on a memorial table all day!

Versatile Venue

The Kimmel Center is a great wedding venue for many reasons. It’s great for both summer and winter weddings because the festivities are held mostly indoors with options to go outside on a balcony for cocktail hour. The ceremony and reception space can be almost completely customized to match the theme of your wedding. Furthermore, there are plenty of places for bride & groom portraits inside the venue. My favorite is the glass-domed ceiling encasing the entire venue!

In addition to inside photo spots, there are a myriad of options outside as well. The balcony where cocktail hour is usually hosted has an incredible view of City Hall. Exiting the Kimmel Center, there is a really cool marble sign with the name of the venue that makes for awesome photos. And the median right at the Kimmel Center intersection is PERFECT for those epic City Hall portraits!! If you have even more time for photos, Rittenhouse Square is only a few blocks away.


Venue: Kimmel Center Cultural Campus

Photographer: Gabriella Marie Photography

Design & Wedding Management: Musa Weddings

Florals: Bird Seed Florals

Hair: Ends Hair Design

Makeup: Makeup By Chloe

Band: The @Will Band

DJ: DJ Supa

Catering: Garces Events

Cake: Milk + Sugar Bakeshop

Kimmel Center Wedding

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- Melissa & Johnnie

“Gabriella was absolutely amazing!!! Words cannot even describe how perfect she was, but I’ll try my best. Right from the beginning, I knew she was the one. She was so caring, calming, organized, and just a genuinely happy person. She made me feel even more excited for my wedding. She was so helpful throughout the entire process right down to the big day. AND THE PICTURES - OH MY GOD. They are absolutely breathtaking and she definitely tells the story of your day in the most perfect way. She captures every precious moment while having a smile on her face the whole time she’s with you. I can’t say enough amazing things about her. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking to have the BEST photographer for any occasion. We had such an amazing experience with Gabriella and we can’t thank her enough!”


- Aaron & lydia

Gabriella is the BEST photographer and we could not have asked for anyone better to capture our proposal! I had intentions of interviewing multiple photographers, but after seeing her work and talking to her over the phone, I immediately booked with her. Her passion for photography is so evident. She goes above and beyond to make your shoot about YOU. She does a great job of taking control and guiding you with poses that you will love, and her candid shots are unbelievable. She had a smile on her face the entire time and we felt like a close friend was there doing this for us. Would recommend her 100 times out of 100!

Gabriella was absolutely amazing. She made the photography session so easy and effortless. Her personality is so warm and inviting, she made us feel so so comfortable during these pictures. Gabriella went above and beyond for us and I’m so grateful my significant other found her as a photographer. I would highly recommend!


- Alex & mike

Gabriella is not only an amazing photographer, but she is an amazing person! She was incredible to work with and made everything from our engagement photos to our wedding day extremely easy. She really understands your vibe and does everything she can to help make that come true! My husband is extremely camera shy, but he was so comfortable with her and the photos were amazing!


- kevin & riya

Gabriella is the BEST photographer and needless to say she went above and beyond our expectations! She was hired by my fiancé for our surprise proposal and she did a phenomenal job at capturing every single detail of it. She made our lives easy by understanding us, our personality, the way we wanted to be captured and she did just that! From showing us every beautiful inch of Longwood gardens to telling us about different poses to capturing the beauty and essence of nature! She made my dream come true with these beautiful pictures. We spent 2 hrs with her and there was sign of rush of ending the session and it was more like whatever we felt in the moment which is what I truly enjoyed. She sent us our sneak peak pictures the day off just several hours later and needless to say not only did our jaws dropped but every single person who viewed those pics while asking who the photographer was! We proudly share her information with every member of our family and friends because she truly deserves the best❤️ Thank you Gabriella for capturing the most beautiful and intimate moments of ours and We can’t wait to work with you again!


- brandon & nasia

Gabriella captured our special moments perfectly! She photographed our proposal, Holud night before the wedding, and wedding day. She was very easy to work with and always communicative and responsive. She was able to handle a 300 person wedding with ease and always got the shot. I've only seen the sneak peek from our wedding weekend but I am already in love with the pictures. She truly captured the joy and happiness of the weekend through her photos, which I will treasure forever. She is also just a genuinely kind person, which makes working with her even better :) Highly recommend.