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Emily Wren is an award winning wedding and lifestyle photographer serving the Philadelphia area and New England, focused on capturing authentic, light-filled images through a blend of fine art photography and photojournalism.

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From the moment Aly and Alyssa exchanged vows on New Year’s Eve at the opulent Ballroom at the Ben in Philadelphia, their wedding was more than a testament to their love and impeccable style—it was a vibrant celebration of marriage equality, embodying the joy and rights all couples should share. This glamorous lesbian wedding in Downtown Philadelphia, was not just about the personal union of two souls but also a powerful statement on love’s boundless nature and the importance of recognizing and celebrating all forms of love.

Their wedding day, marked by moments both grand and intimate—from the elegance of matching wedding heels to the heartfelt Ketubah ceremony—paid homage to their heritage and personal values while embracing the broader significance of their union. The transformation of the venue into a floral wonderland by Petals Lane and the carefully chosen color scheme added layers of visual harmony to the celebration, reflecting the couple’s thoughtful planning and their desire to create an inclusive, joyous experience for everyone involved.

As the New Year was ushered in with a burst of confetti and champagne, Aly and Alyssa not only began their journey together surrounded by friends and family but also stood as proud symbols of the LGBTQ+ community’s resilience and the ongoing fight for equality. Their wedding was a vivid emblem of hope, joy, and the unbreakable bond they share, further highlighted by the universal spirit of love that transcends gender, celebrating the progress made and the path ahead for marriage equality.


Venue: Ballroom at the Ben

Catering: Finley Catering

Planner: Kaleidoscope Weddings

Video: Wren Films

Flowers: Petals Lane

Band: BVT Live

Makeup: Bekebeau & Studio Christina

Hair: Amanda D’Andrea Hair

Lighting: Revolution Event Productions

Cocktail & Ceremony Music: Philadelphia String Quartet

Donation: Forget Me Knot

Paper: Chick Invitations


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