Heather Fowler's Vintage-Style Wedding
January 13, 2009
By: eddye
Mid Atlantic

Heather Fowler, another tremendously talented Little Black Book photographer in Philadelphia, got married this past year and we know you're going to oooh and ahhh when you see her wedding photos! When we saw them on her own blog, we knew you guys had to see them, too ~~~

Heather Fowler's Vintage Style Wedding In Rittenhouse

from Heather: The ceremony was in Rittenhouse Town, part of the Wissahickon woods. We could only invite immediate family and a handful of our oldest friends. To see every one's smiles after the ceremony was the best part of the day!

Heather Fowler Photography Her Wedding Philadelphia Rittenhouse Town

My stepfather, Paul, drove me up to the ceremony in a 1932 Ford pickup he built himself from pieces. I was so proud to ride in it and loved that it matched the time period. He started building it while my mother was still alive and she never got to take a ride, so getting into it for the first time on my wedding day was an emotional roller coaster, so happy, but also sad. We were both bawling when I arrived to the sounds of the bagpiper playing "Here comes the bride."

Heather Fowler Vintage Wedding Public Park Rittenhouse Town

Did I mention everyone was crying at the ceremony!? My best friend Sarah read a passage from the Velveteen Rabbit about what is "real". Jason, Shawn's brother, read the last paragraph from "The Road" by Cormick McCarthy. After the ceremony Jason said a beautiful toast about how I have always been a part of the family, but it was good now to make it "official" and again I cried!

Heather Fowler Vintage Wedding Rittenhouse Town Pennsylvania

The reception was at the Sedgwick Theatre on Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy. It is an art deco movie theatre built in 1928. I love the fashion and styles of that period so it was really important to me to have "vintage" hair and a cocktail dress.

Philadelphia Wedding Art Deco Theatre Heather Fowler Photography

Heather Fowler's Wedding Reception Sedgwick Theatre Mt Airy

The reception was a blast! I did not want a formal wedding reception, just a big party. It was a representation of us and our loved ones. We had a pool table and games for the kids. I also had a dress up photo booth for guests to take their own photos. On the center stage, there was a slide show running of my photographs from the past 14 years of our friends and family. The kids had fun jumping around on the stage and dancing in front of the photos! There was theatrical lighting to add to the ambiance. We had an Irish trio play at the cocktail hour who actually knew my mother, she played traditional fiddle in her life time. I also had the redware pottery she made put out on the tables. After cocktails the dj took over with a great assortment of country, indie rock, 80's music videos played on the screen, hip hop and lots of dance music from our generation. It was overwhelming seeing every person I know and love in one room, all there just for us! I am so lucky to have met Shawn 14 years ago and gained so many friends and family.

Vintage Wedding Art Deco Reception Philadelphia Movie Theatre

These fabulous photos were taken by Sarah Miller, her friend and frequent second-shooter. For more of Sarah's work, check out her website and blog!

Vintage Photography Effects Heather Fowler Philadelphia

LOVE the vintage-styled wedding touches that Heather executed flawlessly! Isn't she totally gorgeous!!?

Vintage Themed Wedding Heather Fowler Photography Philadelphia

Heather has written about her wedding on her own blog and has provided a list of recommended vendors. It's a really comprehensive list with great comments about each one. She's also included the sources for her veil, shawl, dress, etc... There are a few photos taken by other photography friends of Heather's and their names are also credited on her blog.

True vintage glamour ~~~