A Guide to Philadelphia Weddings During the Coronavirus Outbreak – Philadelphia magazine

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Resources, news, and real stories from couples who are trying to get married during COVID-19.
The coronavirus crisis has upended life in Philly (and across the country) in more ways than we can count. With the strictest guidelines focused on large group gatherings, weddings as the grand celebrations we know and love them as are effectively halted. While we can’t offer a perfect roadmap for how to proceed, we can share how real Philly-area couples are altering their plans in the wake of COVID-19, along with important wedding-related coronavirus news updates and advice from Philadelphia-area wedding vendors on how to change course. We’ll keep updating this page as more news becomes available, so check back often.
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Carrita Thomas and Jake Stein’s 660 Collective micro-wedding was playful and colorful. Photography by Love Me Do
The theme was inspired by 30th Street Station, where the couple met. Read more here.
Janel Robertson and Honore Haughton’s New Jersey backyard wedding was filled with pink hues. Photography by UBara Weddings
And the floral-filled ceremony arch was a beautiful backdrop to the celebration. Read more here.
Alicia Mucci and Kevin Montminy’s Queen Village block-party wedding took place amid the pandemic. Photography by Sweetwater Portraits
When COVID-19 caused them to pivot, they said “I do” in front of their home with 25 guests. Read more here.
Cheri Spigner and Tracey Syphax had their engagement photo shoot at Philadelphia City Hall and other iconic spots. Photography by Collins Oluka
The couple took their engagement photos at City Hall and other iconic spots. Read more here.
Trevor Moran and Aubrey Feeley eloped at home then had a dinner for two at Vernick Wine. First-look and restaurant photography by Carrie Kizuka; at-home photos by the groom
The guest list shrunk from 250 to zero due to COVID-19. Read more here.
Suzanne and Kip Salus were married on February 24th, 1990. They got their coronavirus vaccine on their 31st wedding anniversary. Photos courtesy of the couple
The couple got their second shots at the exact date and time of their wedding, then went to the Capital Grille to celebrate.
Turq and Anessa’s destination “I do’s” were canceled, so they held their intimate ceremony at their Delaware County home, instead. Photography by Robert Carter Photography
“No matter what, we have each other, and in this crazy world, our Black, queer love is resistance.” Read their story here.
Mosum Shah and Umang Jain’s Addison Street Proposal took place over Thanksgiving. Photos by Martin Reardon
He hid love letters in the trees. Read more here.
Grad Hospital couple Julia Tasco (left) and Elle Gordon got engaged during COVID. Photography by Glen Abolu
The South Street Bridge proposal was a Plan B.
Amanda Lincoln and Adam Rodzen got engaged during their maternity photo shoot at Locust Hall Farm. Photography by Smirnov Weddings
Their new baby was born a few months later. Read about the proposal here.
Stephanie Masucci and Kacy Hofstetter (right) held their Bolingbroke Mansion micro-wedding in August. Photography by Ashley Gerrity
The couple moved their Big Day up from December to August due to the pandemic.
Shruti Kumar and Nandu Mohan’s One Broad Street proposal was a decade in the making. Photography by Sweetwater Portraits
The couple had been dating since they were 16. Read their story here.
We pay homage to the Philadelphia pandemic weddings of 2020. Photos by Ryan Eda Photography and Patrick Robinson
We pay homage to 14 of the couples who shared their stories.
Philly nurses Lauren Coates and Lindsey Tyrell’s Miracle on 13th Street proposal took place amid the pandemic. Photos by Rachel Esteves and Samantha Jackson
“Why wait? 2020 sucks, and I wanted to kick off the holiday season in the best way possible.” Read their story here.
Louise Aka Ezoua and Michael Quoc Phan held their multicultural pandemic wedding in her family’s backyard. Photography by Jimmy Chae Photography and Maxwell Jennings
“Tomorrow was not guaranteed, and we simply did not want to wait any longer to get married.” Read the couple’s story here.
Carolyn Stevens and Alexa Woodward were married during the free wedding event at Pomme in late November. Photo by Jess Palatucci; all personal florals by Vine + Oak and donated by DVFlora
While the event was open to all duos, it was focused on the LGBTQIA+ community. Read more here.
Daryl Worley and Sierra Simmons held their backyard pandemic wedding in New Jersey then headed to Philly for their mini-moon. Photography by Ryan Eda Photography
A Philly photo shoot and mini-moon followed their celebration. Read about it here.
Sarah Kagan and Timothy Haney held their picnic wedding at Merion Tribute House amid the pandemic. Photography by Inna spivakova of Peach Plum Pear Photography
The couple’s feelings about Zoom are just so dang refreshing. Read them here.
Antonio Presta proposed to Andrea Helfrich at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. Photography by Philip Gabriel Photography
The groom-to-be popped the question between playoff rounds. Click here to see how he pulled it off.
Van Strother and Pooja Sampathi chose The Barnes Foundation for their engagement photo shoot. Photography by Sheronda Seawright Photography
The bride wanted to pay homage to her culture through their wardrobe.
Tiffany Taylor and Randolphe Jacques held their Riverdale Manor wedding in July amid the pandemic. Photography by Lauren Fisher Photography
The couple kept their original wedding date but cut the guest list by more than half.
Chelsea Holmes married local singer/songwriter Alexi Paraschos, who created a video compilation of virtual weddings amid the coronavirus, on July 26th. Photography by Allison Campbell
And he eloped in Rittenhouse Square amid the pandemic. Watch the video here.
Donte Murphy and Alicia Wilson held on the steps of Christ Community Church in Philadelphia amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Adam Hribar
The couple did a digital countdown, polls, videos, Q&As and live-streamed their ceremony. Find all the tips here.
Leroy West staged a photo shoot at Morris Arboretum for his proposal to Yolanda Patterson. Photography by Ricardo Mundell of Xquisite Media Ent
The suave groom-to-be got the whole family involved. See how here.
Molly Weinberg and Daniel Vessal moved up their wedding from June to May due to coronavirus. Photography by Yael Pachino
The couple had a small Jewish ceremony and got their legal marriage license later.
Shannon Hoffman and Steven Sminkey held a socially distanced drive-in wedding at SunnyBrook Ballroom during coronavirus. Photography by Marshall Scott Photography
Guests watched the big-screen ceremony from their cars.
 
 
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“We want the city to continue to create moments like this that will touch the world,” says the bride.
Stephanie Lynch and Bryan Foster’s original wedding date was honored by a drive-by caravan during coronavirus. Photography by Afrik Armando
The bride’s mom and planner came together to surprise the duo.
Briana Sposato’s bridal shower took place in her apartment in Philly’s Spring Garden neighborhood. Photography by Julian Farina
The bride-to-be’s fiancé wrapped the gifts, helped decorate and snapped all the photos.
Anthony Kotlarsky and Jena Wilson’s FaceTime engagement photo shoot took place in their apartment due to coronavirus. Photo by Dearly Beloved Weddings
The couple’s photographer snapped the pictures virtually.
John Dombroski and Dani Maiale, who changed their wedding date due to coronavirus, had an at-home photo shoot to share it. Photography by Du Soleil Photographie
The couple used an at-home photo shoot to announce their decision on Instagram.
Benjamin Siegel-Wallace and Jasmine Zheng eloped on their Grad Hospital rooftop during the coronavirus pandemic. Photography by Patrick Robinson
Zoom snafus? Misbehaving pups? This Philly couple took it in stride.
Philadelphia couple Christine Racobaldo and Michael Ciccarone went from a big wedding at Glen Foerd on the Delaware to a DIY wedding due to the coronavirus. Photography by Carly Landolt Photography
One Philadelphia couple’s tips and tricks on creating a crafty, personal ceremony.
April Coward and Fred Ferguson obtained an emergency self-uniting marriage license through the Philadelphia Register of Wills. Photo courtesy the couple
The bride has asthma and works at CHOP as a phlebotomy coordinator.
Deepika Subbiah and Mike Cicoria changed their 300-person wedding at The Lucy to an intimate backyard elopement due to coronavirus. Photos courtesy the couple
“It wasn’t the day we planned, but it was truly better than anything we ever expected.”
Jack Barry and John Luff had an impromptu wedding amid coronavirus on the steps of the Rodin Museum. Photography by John William Luff
“We thought: Now seems like the time to do it.”
Audrey Westerman and David DeJoseph held their wedding at The Peg and Awl House, a Philly-area Airbnb, during the coronavirus crisis. Photography by Moe B Photography
Before the ban on short-term rentals set in, this duo turned to The Peg and Awl House.
Bride-to-be Marta Waraksa is a nurse anesthetist at Penn Medicine working on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. She and fiancé George Benham are planning to wed in the summer. Photos courtesy of the couple
Her role makes her among the most at-risk health care providers facing COVID-19.
Lauren Clavin and Bob Walsh traded their large wedding for an intimate church ceremony due to the coronavirus crisis. Photography by Nicole Lois Photography
The couple clinked Coronas after saying “I do.” Read their story here.
Nadia Jamil and James LaGrutta changed their large celebration into a small wedding at her parents’ house due to coronavirus. Photography by MLE Pictures
The Jersey duo said “I do” and streamed it on Facebook Live. Click here to see how they pulled it off.
Lauren Thompson is a respiratory therapist impacted by the coronavirus crisis who is getting married in the fall. Photo by Melanie Weitzenkorn for George Street Photo & Video
This bride-to-be works at Lankenau Medical Center and is on the front lines of COVID-19.
Mia Carson and Jimmie Greeno III postponed their March 29th wedding due to the coronavirus crisis, and the couple is dealing with it differently.
Rescheduling takes an emotional toll, and the bride says her beloved “groomzilla” has struggled to accept it.
Wedding photographer Colin Coleman, fiancée Molly Harleman (and his daughter, Kenzie) brought joy to social media in the time of coronavirus with their ukulele engagement song. Photography by Colin Coleman Photography
Wedding photographer Colin Coleman, his bride-to-be, and his daughter shared their good news on social media.
Photograph by JPG Photo & Video
After COVID-19 caused them to cancel their large celebration, this Philly couple made their rehearsal dinner the time to say “I do.”
Christopher Bordoni proposed to Danielle Hulen during the coronavirus crisis. Photo courtesy the couple.
One Philadelphia couple’s journey to engagement despite the COVID-19 outbreak.
This Center City couple postponed their April wedding for the following year. Photo by Love Me Do
This Center City duo kept their friends and family digitally informed, every step of the way.
Erica Hamilton and Joseph Godio’s postponed wedding is now scheduled for October. Photo by Grace & Ardor
Tips and strategies from a Philly couple that worked to quickly postpone their wedding in the wake of COVID-19.
Photo courtesy the couple
This Old City couple texted some friends, grabbed flowers from Reading Terminal, and said “I do” in the open air.

After their Springfield Country Club wedding was canceled, this couple invited their pastor to the bride’s parents’ home for a ceremony in the living room.
Sea Philly offers private Delaware River cruises and outings on the Schuylkill in a restored picnic boat. Photos courtesy of Sea Philly
Say “I do,” get your wildlife fix or savor the sunset on the water. Read more here.
A couple strolls the grounds at Bartram’s Garden, one of the Philadelphia outdoor wedding venues on this list. Florals by Fresh Designs Florist; photo by Kelly Giarrocco
Embrace the wide open spaces on your Big Day. Click here for all the venues.
The view from Crescendo, one of the event rental spaces for weddings and more at the Mann Center. Venue photos courtesy of the Mann Center
Had to cancel that indoor party? Come April, the music venue has you covered. Read about the venue here.
The Deacon is among the Philadelphia-area micro-wedding venues to know. Photo by Ian Shiver
Set a small but mighty scene by clicking here.
Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia is offering a Night Spa package for couples. Photos courtesy the hotel
Looking for a good way to propose? We’ve got an idea for you.
Pau Hana is a new South Jersey tiki boat tour launching this May. Photos courtesy of Pau Hana
Celebrate whatever — small engagements, elopements, bachelorette parties and more. Click here for the details.
Casablanca Weddings and Events, located at Midway Arts in Coatesville, is among the new Philadelphia-area wedding venues to watch. Photo by Right Start Photography
Wedding-venue shopping? Here’s our list.
The Michener Museum is on our list of Bucks County wedding venues to know. Photo by Ashley Gerrity Photography
These vineyards, hotels and castles (and more!) have one-of-a-kind appeal.
Riverdale Manor has various indoor-outdoor spaces to suit your style; it is one of the Lancaster County wedding venues you will find on this list. Photo by Rebecca Shivers Photography
Sure, there are plenty of barns, but an art gallery and music hall are on the list, too.
The Logan Hotel is offering free ceremonies in its courtyard to couples whose weddings have been affected by coronavirus. Photo by Philip Gabriel Photography
The temporary offer extends to duos whose weddings have been affected by coronavirus.
Coronavirus front line workers and couples whose weddings have been impacted could have their ceremonies for free on the sidelines at Lincoln Financial Field. Photography courtesy Lincoln Financial Field
Ceremony fees are waived when you purchase a wedding reception package at the venue.
A ceremony at The Curtis Atrium. Photography courtesy Constellation Culinary Group
The offering extends beyond health care workers to grocery store staff and other essential figures.
Reading Terminal Market is waiving its venue fee for weddings booked through March 2021 in response to the coronavirus crisis. Photo by Landon Wise Photography
The move comes as couples scramble to reschedule and is available through March 2021.
Allie Beik of Polka Dot Events is a Philadelphia-based wedding planner who is prepping for her own Big Day amid the pandemic. Photos courtesy the couple
Allie Beik of Polka Dot Events hopes to say “I do” October 30th at Globe Dye Works.
Philly experts such as Clover Event Co. weigh in on pandemic wedding planning. Photo by Kelly Giarrocco Photography
The biggest takeaway? Be flexible. Read all of their advice here.
Thanks to self-uniting wedding ceremonies, a friend officiant can preside over your wedding. Life-cycle celebrant Alisa Tongg suggests your friend should dress with confidence, like what you see here. Photography by Redfield Photography
Life-cycle celebrant Alisa Tongg shares the details.
Photo by Alexa Nahas Photography
Advice and assurance from the front lines of celebrations halted by COVID-19. More details here.
Utopia Collective in East Passyunk is a one-stop shop for weddings. Store photos by Brian Sanchez; balloons by Papertini
Dreamed up by Cara Reaves, the East Passyunk store is a one-stop shop for couples.
Madelange Laroche Bridal Design Studio is now open in Elkins Park. Grand opening photography by Brandon Captures
The studio offers custom and ready-to-wear gowns.
Viet-Thi Ta and Brian Chan held a Quaker wedding at Fairmount Park. Photo by Mark David
Pennsylvania is one of the only states where you can self-unite.
A rendering of a new Philadelphia-focused wedding mural going up at City Hall. Rendering and photos courtesy the Marriage License Bureau at the Register of Wills
Couples with marriage license appointments are now able to snap pics. Read more here.
Philadelphia caterers offering micro-wedding packages include Peachtree Catering & Events (box), Feast Your Eyes Catering (sushi boats) and Brulee Catering. Photo by Trevor Dixon
Just because your wedding is smaller doesn’t mean you need to skimp on the food.
The Creative Weddings During COVID event takes place Saturday, Sept. 12th, at Location 215 and two other venues. Photo by Jillian Guyette; florals by RAM Floral; hair and makeup by Jessica Pineda
Here’s how to attend.
A classic white cake with hints of greenery by Sugar Realm, one of the Philadelphia wedding cake bakers on our list. Photo by Afrik Armando
All the best things in life start with frosting, right? Click here to read how these pastry experts have updated their offerings for coronavirus.
Heather McBride Photography is among the Philly wedding vendors who have created elopement and micro-wedding packages.
These packages bring together the best in the business for your small-but-stylish soiree.
Makeup by Emily Dimant. Photography by Du Soleil Photographie
Many have already updated their services for COVID-19 health and safety standards. Read more here.
Philly Register of Wills has resumed marriage licenses by appointment only. Photo by davidf/Getty Images
Make an appointment with the Register of Wills.
Celebrity officiant Roxanne Birchfield. Photo by Iryna Shostak Photography
Many are offering virtual consultations or COVID-19 compliant ceremonies. Read more here.
A hunter green Bonnet Island wedding. Photography by Magdalena Studios
But you must apply by May 15th.
Philly will issue virtual Quaker (self-uniting) marriage licenses in emergencies during the coronavirus crisis. Photo by Karen McFarland / Getty Images
Virtual marriage licenses for self-uniting ceremonies will be issued in emergencies, but there are caveats. Read more here.
The Lovely Bride Philadelphia salon | Photo by Love Me Do Photography
Five experts weigh in on how they’re helping clients, working with designers and the impacts of COVID-19.
DFW Event Design flower-bombed Rittenhouse Square with blooms from events canceled in the wake of COVID-19. Photos courtesy Katie Robinson
After their events were canceled by coronavirus, four floral and event companies joined together to brighten our days.
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Weddings at City Hall won’t take place until March 31 at the earliest. More details here.
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