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exchanging the rings during a self-uniting wedding ceremony in rittenhouse square, philadelphia

Self-Uniting Marriage in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

Chris and Eric tied the knot with a self-uniting marriage ceremony in the presence of their immediate families at Rittenhouse Square this fall. It was a beautiful ceremony filled with tight hugs, big smiles and lots of happy tears!!! They were blessed with a gorgeous fall evening in the city. The soft, golden light of the late afternoon sun reflected their refulgent love for each other!

Self-Uniting Ceremony

Chris and Eric opted for a Quaker self-uniting ceremony. That means they basically officiated their own wedding! This let them get married exactly how they wanted to, intimately committing to forever with each other in their own words.

They began the ceremony with opening remarks about how beautiful, difficult and refining marriage is. Eric and Chris touched on the gravity of marriage – a forever commitment – and declared their everlasting love for each other. They also included a statement of Quaker tradition, explaining their decision to marry themselves. Then the floor was opened up for family members to say a few words. This was such a beautiful part of the ceremony – every single family member stepped up to affirm & support Chris and Eric’s love for each other and wished them the best in their future together!!

After hearing from their family members, Eric and Chris exchanged vows. The love in their eyes was so evident as they promised to commit to each other for the rest of their days!! The marriage license was then signed by Chris, Eric, Chris’s mom and Eric’s dad. The two lovebirds slid wedding bands on each others fingers, giddy with excitement. Before we knew it, Eric and Chris sealed the deal with a kiss to the sound of applause from their families!

Rittenhouse Square Portraits

Following their self-uniting marriage ceremony, we took formal family photos in the park to commemorate the momentous occasion. I then took Chris and Eric to a different part of the square for some romantic portraits! There’s just something about Rittenhouse Square that feels dreamy and nostalgic. And now Eric and Chris will forever have a special memory attached to this already romantic place in their home city!!

We moved through portraits quickly and efficiently, but without rush. I guided Chris and Eric through some poses and cues to capture their love. They wanted to include a fun fountain picture, which ended up being one of my favorite pictures from their day! It captured their silliness and joy perfectly. I ended their mini portrait session on a park bench because, helloooooo romance! The close up photo of Chris and Eric nearly kissing on the bench with smiles on their faces is one of my favorites EVER!! They are so darn cute together and I’m so happy we were able to capture that on their special day.

Massive congratulations to these two kind humans!! I wish you the very best as you begin this new chapter of your lives together 💛

Self-Uniting Marriage Ceremony in Rittenhouse Square

exchanging the rings during a self-uniting wedding ceremony in rittenhouse square, philadelphia
wedding portraits in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

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- Melissa d.

“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!”

"Captures every moment"

- Dawn g.

“Gabriella is a very great planner, very organized and an absolute delight to work with. Her planning and organization helped me prepare for the big day without any fear that I left any important photo out. Her planning skills ensured I didn't miss any details. She is such a delight to work with she was even happy to help me with my little surprise I had for my husband, it went off without a hitch. She captured all the photos we could imagine....all the fun, sweet, sincere moments throughout the day. She even provided the photos to us in a timely manner. I HIGHLY recommend her; she's highly energetic, personable, easy to work with, a planner, organized, and she captured lots of beautiful pictures. She exceeded all of my expectations. She was such a great photographer.”

"Exceeded all my expectations"

- Melissa N.

Making my dream wedding come true!
Gabriella was hired by my (now) husband, as a surprise photographer for our proposal. She was phenomenal and we hired her for our wedding as well! Her energy and vision for our wedding photos captured every moment and emotion. She was amazing in every way. Her attention to detail and knowing what was important to me on my big day was awesome - she went the extra mile. I would 10/10 recommend her to any one wanting to capture beautiful moments in life - for their engagement, wedding, and more.

"She went the extra mile."

- Megan W.

Hiring Gabriella was one of the best decisions that we made during our wedding planning. From our very first conversation, Gabriella was warm & bubbly. She radiates positive energy that I knew that we needed for our big day. Gabriella has a vigorous work ethic and eye for detail. Her ability to transform any setting is pure magic. We enjoyed working with her throughout the planning process and are absolutely thrilled with our engagement and wedding photos (which she had edited and back to us in less than one month!).

"One of the best decisions"

- Lisette & Tyrus b.

What can we say about Gabriella Marie Photography. There are so many words to describe the amazing job Gabriella did on our special wedding day. Gabriella will not only shoot your wedding, she can help you design what your wedding will be. She is there every step of the way. She has amazing attention to detail. Before the big day, Gabriella has a plan that will ensure that your day will be spectacular. She is always available via text, call, direct message, FaceTime or Zoom. Gabriella is the absolute best photographer ever. The best quality that she has is that she is more than a photographer, she is a true friend. She cares about her clients and makes us feel like a trust-worthy friend is there to help. For example, she sent my wife and I a pre-wedding care package. This gift proved to be so valuable for us while dealing with wedding stress. This gift was the most thoughtful thing my wife and I ever received. A simple thank you is just only the tip of the iceberg with regarding Gabriella Marie Photography. Everyone please check out our new friend Gabriella. Trust us, she is worth every penny and more.

"Worth every penny and more"

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