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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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In the timeless setting of Philadelphia’s Waterworks, with its iconic Engine House as the backdrop, Samantha and Brian’s wedding unfolded with a vibe that was both relaxed and deeply personal. Their story, a slow burn from casual workplace hellos to an undeniable connection, was celebrated in a way that felt genuine to them, thanks to the artistry of A Cottage Gardener and the culinary expertise of Cescaphe.

A Cottage Gardener brought the essence of early spring inside, despite the winter chill. Their designs, a mix of roses, tulips, butterfly ranunculus, and a sprinkle of raspberry buds, were not just decorations but emotional expressions, crafting spaces that felt both intimate and expansively beautiful. Samantha’s bouquet, in particular, seemed to tell the story of their journey — vibrant, resilient, and full of depth.

Cescaphe, beyond being the venue owner, ensured every guest was immersed in an experience that was as delicious as it was visually stunning. Their role went beyond catering; they curated moments, from the warmth of the welcome to the last dance, ensuring the celebration was seamless, flavorful, and memorable.

Brian, ever expressive and radiating happiness, wore his emotions like a badge of honor, making every glance, every tear, and every laugh infectious. His custom tuxedo, with a lining that nodded to his love for fishing, alongside the cocktail napkins featuring watercolor paintings of their dogs, added layers of personal touch that spoke volumes of the couple’s personality.

Samantha and Brian, with their effortless charm and kindness, turned their wedding into a reflection of their lives together. It was evident in every choice, from the laid-back elegance of the Engine House to the joyous moments shared with loved ones. Their wedding wasn’t just a day to remember; it was a testament to the beauty of being genuinely, unabashedly in love.

As the evening unfolded, with A Cottage Gardener setting the scene and Cescaphe’s dishes delighting the senses, the essence of Samantha and Brian’s relationship was everywhere — in the laughter shared under the soft glow of string lights, in the tearful exchanges of vows, and in the carefree dance steps. It was a celebration defined not by grand gestures but by the myriad of small, meaningful ones, much like their love story itself.


Florist: A Cottage Gardener

Hair: Emboldened Hair Artistry

Makeup: Makeup by Brielle

Men’s Attire: Damari

Rings: Try Hitched

Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids

Invitations & Paper Goods: Paradise Invitations

Specialty Rentals: White Glove Rentals

Band: Philly String

DJ: Remixologists

Content Creator: Photography by Nati

Videographer: Willow Tree Films


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close up portrait of a Philadelphia bride and groom by Emily Wren Photography

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