This styled shoot is illuminating with vibrant jewel tones that sparkle against an industrial setting. New Liberty Distillery was the most juxtapose scene to this colorful LGTBQ wedding flawlessly planned by Nicole Fuscia of Harry Merrill & Son Jewelers. Swiger Photography captured every gorgeous detail, and beautiful creation that stemmed from this inspirational day. Including the beautiful blooms crafted by Bloomsbury Floral Design which are simply stunning paired with the crafty stationery designed by Narola Design + Letterpress. In conjunction to all of the talented vendors involved, these two modern beauty brides are an exemplification of unique diversity which all comes to play on this beautifully styled day.
From Nicole Fuscia, Harry Merrill & Son Jewelers: “As a jewelry store that has been LGBTQ+ friendly for decades, we’ve had many couples come in to buy rings long before marriage equality was signed into law. I noticed that lesbian weddings in particular didn’t seem to be featured much locally and wanted to style a shoot that would specifically speak to that community. I wanted to collaborate with Amanda Swiger from Swiger Photography, because she and her wife Jordan are working to raise the profile of the lesbian community here in Philadelphia, and I trusted her to help me keep the shoot authentic. We came up with the concept of incorporating the rainbow, but wanted to tweak it a bit and so we opted for a moody palette with wine, teal, copper, gold, forest green, and deep purple. This was the perfect opportunity for me to bring emeralds, sapphires, and rubies into the jewelry suite!”
“I planned much of the shoot around the venue space, New Liberty Distillery. It’s a gorgeous Philadelphia institution (and I love the incredible history of our city and finding new local places to share). It has beautiful hardwood floors, huge windows that let in sunlight everywhere, and an incredible up-cycled chandelier on the second floor that was just begging to be the focal point for our ceremony location. The third floor has a lounge with leather furniture and a stocked bar for a laid back, intimate vibe. There’s even an antique copper still that survived Prohibition.”
“Kinsey created some pretty amazing bourbon and whiskey signature cocktails for us!”
“I’m fortunate to have wonderful friends who also embrace inclusivity. Brittany Ashe from Ashe B. & Co brought a textured gown with lace, tulle, and velvet, and Emily Dellinger of Narola Design conceived a marbleized suite with copper accents, tags for our rock candy favors, and even geode stamps! Cristina Cinquino is the artist behind Prima Cristina Theme Cakes and a longtime friend, and she created edible agates and marbled fondant for our theme. Lauren Booth from Bloomsbury Floral Design took our jeweled rainbow and ran with it – she even incorporated gorgeous orange roses to give the florals an unexpected pop! Kendra Lebo from Flora Poste Studio, a local textile and paper artist, created custom linens in a gray shibori pattern to mimic the marble of our invitations, candle holders, and cake. Sara Mann from Elegance Artistry and Lauren Liuzzi loved the idea of working with two brides on makeup and hair and creating a moody look with an edge, and they nailed it. Finally, when we asked Schweon’s if we could borrow a tux for a bride, their response was “Absolutely. When would she like to come in and try on some options?” It was a perfect collaboration with an amazing team. Together I think we gave LGBTQ couples some fun new ideas for planning their big day!”
Vendors | Venue: New Liberty Distillery | Photography: Swiger Photography | Planning: Nicole Fuscia, Harry Merrill & Son Jewelers | Floral Design: Bloomsbury Floral Design | Stationery Suite: Narola Design + Letterpress | Jewelry: Harry Merrill & Son Jewelers | Bridal Gown, Headpiece, and Veil: Ashe B & Co | Tuxedo: Schweon’s | Linens: Flora Poste Studio | Cake: Prima Cristina Theme Cakes | Makeup: Sara Mann, Elegance Artistry | Hair: Lauren Liuzzi