Not one, but two same-sex styled weddings were perfectly set amidst the Bok Building!  Zachary Andrew Events planned this organic urban shoot to reproduce the architectural structure of Bok and the lovely city of Philadelphia.  Earthy elements, and natural lush textures combined within the event space to create an ethereal wedding shoot like no other.  An amazing team of wedding vendors perfectly combined their skills to embody the concept behind the shoot, and the results are absolutely stunning.  We are so excited to share every essential feature of this shoot, and the behind-the-scenes details!  So immerse yourself in the beauty of this dual styled wedding below, and happy pride month Philadelphia, xoxo!


From the Wedding Planner/Coordinator, Zachary Andrews Events: “I married my husband, Sean, in March of last year, and I would search the internet endlessly for same sex wedding inspiration. I know firsthand what it’s like to break traditions, and be at the forefront of setting same sex wedding trends. It was extremely important to the team of vendors and myself to feature both a male and female couple to provide inspiration to those seeking it. I hope this styled shoot can provide a springboard for another same sex couple out there who are seeking that inspiration.”

Urban Elegant Same-Sex Wedding Styled Shoot at Bok Zachary Andrew Events Philadelphia Wedding Planner Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Urban Elegant Same-Sex Wedding Styled Shoot at Bok Zachary Andrew Events Philadelphia Wedding Planner Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Urban Elegant Same-Sex Wedding Styled Shoot at Bok Zachary Andrew Events Philadelphia Wedding Planner Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Concept:

“Philadelphia is such an amazing and inspirational city. There’s no better place (in my opinion) to take in the ever-growing skyline and landscape than from the rooftop of the Bok Building. Bok is an urban oasis in South Philadelphia with beautiful art deco inspired architecture. I wanted this styled shoot to reflect a sort of urban elegance and ethereal feeling. It was important to me that we capture the sense of being on top of the city like it’s there for your pleasure and enjoyment on one of the most special occasions of your life. To do this the vendor team needed to bring the elements from the rooftop views down into the event spaces.”

Urban Elegant Same-Sex Wedding Styled Shoot at Bok Zachary Andrew Events Philadelphia Wedding Planner Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Urban Elegant Same-Sex Wedding Styled Shoot at Bok Zachary Andrew Events Philadelphia Wedding Planner Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Urban Elegant Same-Sex Wedding Styled Shoot at Bok Zachary Andrew Events Philadelphia Wedding Planner Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

The Day of the Shoot:

“Every time I visited the Bok Building prior to this shoot it rained, but our shoot day turned out beautifully. The team from Papertini as well as myself showed up the day prior to our shoot to begin the process of setting up the multiple event spaces (in total 4 separate spaces to fill with decor, and the rooftop speaks for itself). We utilized the boy’s gymnasium as our main reception space, and the workshop as our ceremony location. The other spaces we used were the auditorium/stage, the rooftop, and the back side of the workshop (where the cake and a dance floor were located).

On the day of the shoot the team of wonderful vendors worked harmoniously together. We had a long day beginning at 10am and lasting until about 7pm. This allowed Sharyn to capture the beautiful sunset on the rooftop but also allowed her to capture the open spaces at Bok filled with sunlight.”

Urban Elegant Same-Sex Wedding Styled Shoot at Bok Zachary Andrew Events Philadelphia Wedding Planner Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

“The Black Tux provided the men’s suits. They provide an easy way to order suits or tuxedos online.”

Urban Elegant Same-Sex Wedding Styled Shoot at Bok Zachary Andrew Events Philadelphia Wedding Planner Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

“In working with Karena, from Papertini, she came up with this beautiful earth toned palette of colors that perfectly complimented the space, and pulled from the soaring rooftop views of the city. Papertini incorporated wood tones, metals, blue fabrics, and lots of flickering candlelight to resemble the skyline lit up at night. Karena and the entire Papertini team are some of the most creative ladies I have had the opportunity to work with. Their aspiration for pushing the limit, and trying new things constantly has my jaw hitting the floor.”

Urban Elegant Same-Sex Wedding Styled Shoot at Bok Zachary Andrew Events Philadelphia Wedding Planner Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Urban Elegant Same-Sex Wedding Styled Shoot at Bok Zachary Andrew Events Philadelphia Wedding Planner Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

“Vision Furniture provided us with the tables and chairs in the reception and ceremony locations for our shoot.”

Urban Elegant Same-Sex Wedding Styled Shoot at Bok Zachary Andrew Events Philadelphia Wedding Planner Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

“Sharyn Frenkel Photography and Drew E. Myers Photography are both an absolute gem to work with. Their fine art, non-traditional photo journalistic style perfectly captures the couple and the beauty of the natural surroundings. Sharyn & Drew were both an essential part of capturing our vision. They work harmoniously together, and have a way of making everyone around them feel comfortable and relaxed (plus it shows in their work).”

Urban Elegant Same-Sex Wedding Styled Shoot at Bok Zachary Andrew Events Philadelphia Wedding Planner Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

“Janelle from Dear Love Invitations created two separate wedding invitations suites to coincide with our male and female couples. Each of the final designs perfectly captured the urban feel of our shoot. Janelle was sure to capture the masculinity of our male couple in the men’s suite, and the beautiful femininity of the women in their invitation suite.”

Urban Elegant Same-Sex Wedding Styled Shoot at Bok Zachary Andrew Events Philadelphia Wedding Planner Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Urban Elegant Same-Sex Wedding Styled Shoot at Bok Zachary Andrew Events Philadelphia Wedding Planner Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Urban Elegant Same-Sex Wedding Styled Shoot at Bok Zachary Andrew Events Philadelphia Wedding Planner Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

“The Wedding Suite at Nordstrom, King of Prussia, PA provided a beautiful assortment of designer wedding dresses. With the help of Suite Manager and Wedding Stylist Samantha Barth I settled on a gorgeous Vera Wang ballroom gown.”

Urban Elegant Same-Sex Wedding Styled Shoot at Bok Zachary Andrew Events Philadelphia Wedding Planner Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Urban Elegant Same-Sex Wedding Styled Shoot at Bok Zachary Andrew Events Philadelphia Wedding Planner Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Urban Elegant Same-Sex Wedding Styled Shoot at Bok Zachary Andrew Events Philadelphia Wedding Planner Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

“Although the hair (Ashley from Cynergy Hair Studio) and makeup artist (Jazmin from JazminRae Makeup) had not worked together before, they came together to enhance the beauty of both the couples we worked with.”

Urban Elegant Same-Sex Wedding Styled Shoot at Bok Zachary Andrew Events Philadelphia Wedding Planner Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Urban Elegant Same-Sex Wedding Styled Shoot at Bok Zachary Andrew Events Philadelphia Wedding Planner Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Urban Elegant Same-Sex Wedding Styled Shoot at Bok Zachary Andrew Events Philadelphia Wedding Planner Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Urban Elegant Same-Sex Wedding Styled Shoot at Bok Zachary Andrew Events Philadelphia Wedding Planner Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

“Jennifer Low, from the Frosted Fox Cake Shop in Philadelphia, came up with a beautiful cake design that incorporated the lyrics from the “first dance” song. The cake was beautifully adorned with florals from Papertini.”

Urban Elegant Same-Sex Wedding Styled Shoot at Bok Zachary Andrew Events Philadelphia Wedding Planner Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

“Lastly, Bok provided the beautiful background and rooftop for our shoot. Melissa, the Venue Coordinator, was an absolute pleasure to work with and was always available to answer any questions we had.”


Vendors | Venue: Bok | Photography: Sharyn Frenkel Photography and Drew E. Myers Photography | Planning: Zachary Andrew Events | Floral Design: Papertini | Cake: Frosted Fox Cake Shop | Hair: Cynergy Hair Studio (Ashley Kelly) | Makeup: JazminRae Makeup | Furniture Rental: Vision Furniture | Stationery: Dear Love Invitations | Dress: The Wedding Suite at Nordstrom, King of Prussia, PA | Suits: The Black Tux

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