Philadelphia Wedding at Peche Sherman Mills by Sweetwater Portraits
June 7, 2012
Mid Atlantic

When life hands you fire alarms, use the fire trucks as fabulous photo props. That's what this good humored couple did in these Sweetwater Portraits shots after a little surprise fire drill rang in their reception at Peche Sherman Mills. This former fabric factory wasn't just the venue for this stylish shindig: it became the DIY decor inspiration. Check out all the close-ups of the handmade-by-the-bride paper goods and fantastic use of fabrics here in the full gallery!

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From the Bride... In looking for a venue, we were searching for an industrial, loft-like space, and we found the perfect site with Peche Sherman Mills. The raw space was a blank canvas. We wanted to make the wedding personalized and unique, so we took on many DIY tasks. I designed and screen-printed the invitations and wedding programs, as well as welcome bags for the out of town guests. The venue was once a fabric factory, so I used fabric elements throughout the printed materials, wedding and reception decor. For months before the wedding, we searched for thrifted vases to create the centerpieces. We also incorporated a few touches of Norway: Erik's mom baked a traditional Norwegian kransekake for dessert, we brought in Akavit to supplement the bar selection, and I surprised Erik by reading my vows in Norwegian. Because Erik and I were technically already married, the entire wedding was really more of a celebration of our love. Everything felt very laid-back and more like one big party. This was proven by the fire alarm going off seconds before we were to be introduced at the reception. After a moment of panic subsided, we joined all of our guests outside to take photos with the recently-arrived fire truck! What was really special about our wedding was that so many of our friends and family traveled from abroad to be a part of our big day.

Wedding Photography: Sweetwater Portraits / Wedding Venue: Peche Sherman Mills in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / Wedding Cinematography: Martin's Video / Catering: Peachtree + Ward Catering / Music: Pianist: Paul Pierangeli / DJ: Schaffer Sound / Paper Wedding Decor, Invitations, Welcome Bags + Programs: DIY by the Bride / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bride's Shoes: Sam Edelman / Hair + Makeup: Salon Vanity / Bridesmaids' Dresses: Priscilla of Boston (Now Closed) / Jewelry: Sachin + Babi