Tendenza Wedding | Michelle Kopera & Adam Hibbs

Michelle and Adam had a long day in the sun getting ready for their Tendenza wedding part-ay! Starting off the day at the Hotel Monaco to get glammed up, then walking over to a few of our favorite portrait spots in Old City, staying cool at the Old St. Joseph’s Church ceremony, and finally ending the night (technically morning) at the stunning Cescaphe venue, Tendenza

Getting Ready at the Hotel Monaco

From the moment we walked into the bright and colorful hotel room at the Hotel Monaco, we had so much to capture. Michelle’s posse did not leave one detail left unthought of. There were mini Hershey’s kisses with their names and wedding date on the bottom, painted champagne glasses with the brides new initials, and even custom koozies with their fur-baby on them. While Michelle finished up her hair and makeup, her bridesmaids popped some champagne and admired how beautiful she looked- even before the dress. Her mother assisted her into her elegant beaded back Pronovias gown and Michelle couldn’t help but start to get emotional. Meanwhile a couple floors up, the groom and his men were ahead of schedule. Adam put on some finishing touches, despite being shorted a cufflink, and we headed off to an Old City cobblestone street for their first look. 

Wedding invitation with names and wedding bands
Simple black and white wedding invitation suite with wedding rings, earrings, shoes, and florals
Bridal bouquet, shoes, veil, and wedding dress with Mrs hanger
Bridal accessory details with engagement ring, wedding bands, earrings, and something blue
Custom wedding koozie with wedding hashtag and couples dog
Wedding invitation with simple white bridal bouquet
Bride getting makeup done and bridesmaids cheers-ing in matching pajamas
Mother of the bride helping bride into her dress and shoes and bride putting on earrings
Traditional window lit bridal portrait with bride laughing and smiling
Traditional bridal portrait and parents of the bride laughing portrait
Traditional window lit groom portrait buttoning cufflinks and watch
Groom prep with best man helping with tie and ring bearer
Groom putting on his jacket and getting help pinning his boutonniere
Traditional window lit groom portraits

First Look and Portraits before Tendenza Wedding

Michelle decided to brave the heat and walk around the corner to their first look location where Adam had been very patiently waiting for his bride to arrive. We placed him along a secluded cobblestone walkway where they were hidden away from the chaos of the Old City weekend crowds. When Michelle walked up to Adam and placed her hand on his shoulder, he took a long pause before finally being able to see his bride on their day. They shared a lingering hug and kiss then whispered a few sweet words to each other before posing for a few photos and walking to meet their wedding party. 

Just across the street at The Merchant Exchange Building, Michelle’s long veil flowing softly in the wind was the perfect contrast to the strong marble structure and curvy staircase. When the wedding party arrived we had some fun in the sun taking family portraits. The ring bearer little Lawson was ADORABLE in his little tuxedo, and great at listening to everyone’s directions. With so much extra time for pictures in our timeline, we went back across the street to the front steps of the First National Bank for some seriously gorgeous wedding party portraits. We love taking advantage of the different levels with a large wedding party like this one- and these guys killed it! When the weather started wearing down on everyone, we cooled off in the trolley and headed over to Old St. Joseph’s Church for the ceremony. 

First look in Old City Philadelphia with bride walking up behind groom
Bride and groom kissing after first look on Old City cobblestone street
Black and white portrait with groom kissing bride on the forehead after first look
Traditional bride and groom portrait on cobblestone street in Old City Philadelphia
Bride and groom walking and groom kissing brides hand in front of Merchant Exchange building
Bride and groom portrait in front of Merchant Exchange Building
Bride and groom snuggling up for portraits in front of Merchant Exchange Building
Bride and groom portrait with long veil flowing in the wind in Old City Philadelphia
Bride and groom portrait with long veil flowing in the wind in Old City Philadelphia
Bride and groom holding each other and laughing portrait
Bride and groom singular portraits with bridal bouquet and long veil
Traditional wedding party portraits with tan bridesmaids dresses and black tuxedos
Bridal party laughing together with serious groomsmen portraits
Dramatic wedding party portrait spread out on stairs at Second National Bank
wedding party portraits on stairs at Second National Bank
Romantic bride and groom portraits smiling and kissing against column
Traditional bride and groom portrait with groom kissing bride on the cheek
Old City Philadelphia bride and groom wedding portraits in front of gate

Old St Joe’s Ceremony before Tendenza Wedding Reception

Again, Adam is standing patiently waiting for his bride to walk towards him. When she turns the corner and walks down the aisle with her father by her side, Adam’s face says it all. During the traditional Catholic church ceremony, Michelle and Adam shared prayers, vows, and a few laughs during the readings. We were able to take advantage of the unique architecture and second floor balconies to capture them as they stood up, exchanged rings, and the Deacon said “you may now kiss the bride!” 

Groom watching father of the bride and bride walk and laugh down the aisle towards him
Traditional Catholic Church wedding ceremony with groom kissing bride on the hand during readings
Traditional Catholic Church wedding ceremony in Old City Philadelphia
Traditional Catholic Church wedding ceremony in Old City Philadelphia
Bride and groom exchanging rings and kissing in traditional Catholic Church wedding ceremony
Bride and groom holding hands and cheering as the walk up the aisle after Catholic Church wedding ceremony

The Tendenza Wedding Reception

Excited to be back at one of our favorite Cescaphe venues, we arrived for their Tendenza wedding reception. While Michelle and Adam chatted with their guests, we captured beautiful details like the crystal champagne flutes just for the bride and groom and the matching glass place cards at each seat. Michelle and Adam made their entrance for the first time as Mr. & Mrs. Hibbs and shared their first dance as husband and wife. After the first dance, The FM Band really kicks it up a notch! The fun and upbeat setlist paired with the lively musicians got everyone up on the dance floor. The band loved playing in the crowd- and Michelle loved getting down with the band. All the guests, even Michelle’s dad, were in a mosh pit like circle surrounding Michelle as she danced and sang with her loved ones and different members of the band. They took quick break to cut their extravagant cake crafted by Cescaphe’s bakers, then it was back to the stage for the rest of the night. Good thing Michelle wore a gorgeous pair of flats perfect for a long night of getting down on the dance floor! 

Lavish Tendenza wedding reception setup with large white floral centerpieces
Custom bride and groom monogramed champagne glasses and Tendenza wedding reception details
Custom glass engraved place cards and table details at Tendenza wedding reception
Tendenza wedding reception room setup with large with floral Hydrangea centerpieces
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