Finding the right venue can be key if you’re planning a nontraditional wedding. Location 215 is a Philadelphia wedding venue with a modern sensibility. I was lucky enough to shoot E & J’s nontraditional wedding for Kelly Giarrocco that brought unconventional elements to the bright space. The result was a visually stunning ceremony and reception – and some very cool wedding photography.
Location 215 Philadelphia
Location 215 in Philadelphia is a former industrial space that has been converted into an event venue. Unlike other industrial event spaces, it doesn’t have dated design elements or rugged exposed brick. The floors, ceiling, and walls are all white. Combined with the tall windows and high ceilings, this creates a very bright space that can be tailored to a nontraditional wedding.
In addition to being bright and airy, Location 215 has modern design elements. Polished concrete floors reflect light. Big light fixtures warm up the space, too. The features are very sleek and understated, which makes it flexible. The space really resembles an art gallery. This made it fitting for E, who is an art director in New York City.
One of the perks of Location 215 is the neighborhood. The venue is located in the Spring Arts District just north of Center City. There are so many restaurants and hotels within easy walking distance. It’s very convenient if you want to keep things simple for guests coming out of town. There are even good first look locations nearby. E & J opted to have theirs at The Rail Park, a city park on an old elevated train track.
Natural and Nostalgic Film Photography
Even though Location 215 is a very modern Philadelphia wedding venue, film photography fit in well with E & J’s day. The warmth of color film creates a sense of nostalgia, and the photos have a charming texture. Even the imperfections of film are charming because they’re unique and one-of-a-kind in a way you don’t get with digital photos.
The black and white photos, in particular, bring a feeling of timelessness to E & J’s nontraditional wedding photos. The aesthetic of the venue, decor, and even E’s dress are very contemporary. Black and white film still manages to set them apart and give them a sense of history.
A Modern Take on a Jewish Ceremony
E & J decided to incorporate some Jewish traditions into their nontraditional wedding ceremony. Before the public ceremony, E & J signed their ketubah, a marriage contract. Typically, this is a more intimate part of the wedding day, with just close family and friends present.
During the ceremony, E & J shared a glass of wine to signify the joy they share. Then the couple walked in circles around one another to symbolize intertwining their lives and creating a new home. Finally, they ended the ceremony by smashing the glass.
The whole ceremony took place under a beautifully decorated chuppah. The florals and greenery burst off an upper corner of the structure. They also wrapped around the support posts and draped gracefully outward. Against the clean white walls of Location 215, the chuppah made the ceremony spot feel like a little oasis.
E+J’s Nontraditional Wedding
E & J created a nontraditional wedding by incorporating unexpected elements throughout the ceremony, reception, and design. The florist used unconventional plants to create fresh and modern arrangements. They even used vegetables, including rutabaga, kale, and collard greens. The dark greens contrasted with creamy zinnias and deep red and orange blossoms. Such vibrant florals with interesting textures brought Location 215 to life.
Like the venue, E’s dress was very modern with interesting details that made it stand out from run-of-the-mill wedding dresses. The lines of the dress were sleek and elegant. The fabric fastened at the back and the slit on the side created fun movement too.
Another thing that made it a nontraditional wedding was the music choice. E and J’s reception focused on a luxurious dinner and intimate conversations. Instead of the usual dance tunes you hear at weddings, the DJ played a lot of indie music. The calmer music created the perfect backdrop for the occasion, and it was another thing that made the day unique.
Would you like me to photograph your nontraditional wedding? Get in touch, and let’s start the conversation!
Thank you to all the vendors who made this day possible:
Shot for: Kelly Giarrocco
Venue: Location 215
Planner: Confetti & Co.
Florals: Splints & Daisies
Hair & Makeup: Diane at ONLO
Music: DJ Jamie Grimble
Dessert: DiBruno Brothers