Shonta and Curtis are absolutely sweet together, and their captivating wedding is an exhibit of true love.  Bartlett Pair Photography perfectly captured this glamorous wedding at the Water Works, a newly designed venue owned by Cescaphe Event Group.  The Bride utterly planned this day herself, and every detail culminated as effortless as can be!  We absolutely adore the eminently beautiful florals crafted by Beautiful Blooms, that are simply rosy, and add the perfect touch of natural elegance to this day.  All of the vendors involved in this wedding certainly worked their magic for this significant celebration, and the pretty photographs, and couple’s love story are simply divine!

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

How They Met:

“My husband and I met during the summer of 2009 at the Manayunk Bike Race. “

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

The Proposal:

“He surprised me with a trip to Miami for my 31st birthday.  During this trip he took me on a private plane ride and while we were overlooking the beautiful scenery in Miami he pulled out the most beautiful ring I had ever seen.  At this moment he asked me to be his wife. Best birthday present ever!”

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Best Memory:

“There were so many memorable moments from the day of the wedding but if I have to pick just one I would say it was the “first look.”  This was so intimate and special for us.  Seeing him for the first time that day and knowing this is the man I will spend the rest of my life was surreal.”

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Wedding Planning Experience:

“Planning the wedding was pretty fun but I will say as the day got closer it became very stressful.  There are a lot of tiny details that I did not consider so that made things very stressful towards the end.  Also, not having a wedding planner added to the stress.  Coordinating everything on my own was a lot of work and having a wedding planner towards the end would have been helpful.”

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Wedding Inspiration:

“The inspiration for the wedding was “Fall Glamour.”  Since the wedding was in October we went with fall colors and I wanted a glamorous feel for the day.”

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Wedding Planning Advice:

“My advice is to stay calm and don’t lose sight of your overall goal.  At the end of the day a wedding is about two people that love each and want to spend the rest of their lives together.  It is easy to lose sight during all the chaos but this one single thought will put everything into perspective.”

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Wedding Vendor Experience:

“We were very lucky and had the BEST vendors.  All of our vendors were exceptional.  We did not have the most traditional wedding, and every vendor was more than helpful in accommodating our needs.  A special thank you to our photographers, Bartlett Pair Photography for capturing our special day, and Cescaphe Event Group for their amazing work.”

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

Elegant Wedding at The Fairmount Water Works by Bartlett Pair Photography Philadelphia Photography Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings

From the Photographer | Bartlett Pair Photography: “Shonta & Curtis are two of the sweetest people, ever! Shonta is just so stunning and her sweet personality is the icing on the cake. We were so excited for their Water Works wedding in Philadelphia, especially since it was our first time back there since Cescaphe Event Group took over! It did not disappoint – we especially loved the ambiance of the outdoor space with the twinkly city lights in view. It was a gorgeous day, with a true Philly vibe and we were so happy to be part of Shonta & Curtis’s wedding!”

Shonta and Curtis at the Water Works – A Full Length Film by Love Note Weddings from Love Note Weddings on Vimeo.


Vendors | Photography: Bartlett Pair Photography | Venue: Water Works | Florist: Beautiful Blooms | Catering: Cescaphe Event Group | Dress: First (Ceremony): Elizabeth Johns, Second (Reception): Lovely Bride | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Cake: Cescaphe Event Group | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair: Shannon Murray | Makeup: Rashanah Washington | Wedding Alterations: Nilah and Co. | Photo Booth: Martin Reardon’s Ultimate Photo Booth | DJ: Michael Kane, Silver Sound | Videographer: Love Note Weddings