BLDG39 at the Arsenal Wedding Photographer | Philadelphia, PA

Thank you so much for taking the time to catch up BLDG39 at the Arsenal Wedding Photographer about your wedding day.

What was your most anticipated part of the day?

I think we both agreed that having our families interact with each other and embrace each others cultures was something we were really looking forward to. Family is big part of our lives so it was important to us that everyone meshed well and got a chance to meet each other. We were also really excited to see the choreographed dances that our friends and family participated in on Friday during our Sangeet.

Did anything unexpected happen? What was the outcome?

Maggie: I think there were two things. One was the wind during the ceremony. This made the flame from the fire element a lot larger than expected. The officiant said “It most likely wont stay lit and that’s fine”. It was actually quite large. My sister and I had a good laugh afterwards as the flames were massive. We were sure someone or something was going to catch fire. The second thing was my grandfather. He has been very ill for a while and we weren’t even sure he would make it to the wedding. Not only did he make it but as he reminded us the next morning, he and my grandmother “started the dance floor” on Saturday.
Rushil: The beginning of the Baraat was a lot more eventful that I thought it would be. Since they didn’t bring any stairs or stool to get onto the horse my family had to make a step ladder with their hands to help boost me up. Everyone got a good chuckle out of that.

What ended up being your favorite part of the day?

Rushil: Just going around talking to everyone was great. I really enjoyed seeing people I hadn’t seen in a long time. Also the dances were a lot of fun on Friday.
Maggie: I had a lot of fun getting ready and taking pictures with bridesmaids (my sister Kelly, and best friend Mackenzie). They were making me laugh so hard I had to wipe tears from my eyes.

What advice would you give to future couples for their wedding?

Bring proactive is important. Try to think through things ahead of time so you are prepared. Don’t sweat the little things. A few minor hiccups here and there won’t ruin you day, they may even end up being funny stories. Don’t forget to laugh and don’t forget to eat.

Were you nervous? How did you squash the nerves?

Neither one of us was super nervous. Reception wise we knew everything was going to be great. I think the only part we worried about was the ceremony. We had a lot of people to please from very different cultural backgrounds and we wanted to make sure that both sides felt respected.

What was the biggest surprise on your wedding day?

How smooth everything went. We certainly planned but didn’t overly plan. We hadn’t really seen any mock ups or details from our decorator, and we were still ironing out details the week of. We just kind of crossed our fingers decided to roll with whatever happened. It turned out exactly as we expected and envisioned it. We actually got a lot more compliments than we were expecting which was really nice.

What was your wedding inspiration?

We didn’t specify a lot in terms of the little details. We knew in general we wanted fall colors and a boho chic vibe. When we talked to Erin (our decorator) about the decor and floor-plan we knew we weren’t doing a sit down dinner with a seating chart, which is more traditional. We wanted more of a relaxed lounge vibe where people felt free to mingle and move about. Even in terms of center pieces and bouquets we just asked for wildflower vibes and she made it work. Everything came out great.

What song did you walk down the aisle to? A Thousand Years (instrumental version by The Piano Guys) & Best Day of My Life (instrumental version by Vitamin String Quartet) – we left to I’m a Believer by Smash Mouth

Tell me about some of your favorite wedding details and how you came up with them!

We didn’t really stress the small details. We left most of that to the professionals. For the most part we gave our vendors some ideas and a general vibe that we wanted and let them run with it. Food and drinks were the only real areas where we did tastings and picked out specifically what we wanted. Food is important to us and we love to eat. We wanted our guests to try some fun things and really enjoy what was offered.

Any advice for those couples planning their wedding now? See comments above – don’t stress.

How did you feel at the end of the day?

Exhausted but happy. It was a toss up between passing out from exhaustion and going to the after party not wanting the night to end.

What are you most looking forward to as a married couple? Life getting back to normal. We already bought a house together and have been living together. Not much has changed.

What did you like most about working with Unforgettable Expressions Wedding Photographer? Everything was light and easy. Nothing felt stiff or overly posed. Rushil enjoyed some of the unique poses and action shots that you did. I (Maggie) liked how excited you were to get candid action shots of the silly things we were doing.

BLDG39 at the Arsenal Wedding Photographer | Philadelphia, PA

List of vendors who helped make your day happen:

Bldg39 (Venue)

Classic Events by Lauren (coordinator)

Laine Creative (Decor)

Bobby Morganstein Events (furniture rental)

Ambient (Lighting)

Chow Patty (Friday Catering)

Charcuterie Chic (catering)

Bao & Bun Studio (Catering)

Have a Ball (Catering)

Not Your Mamas Tacos (Catering)

Clean Plate Club (Catering)

13th Street Cocktails (Catering)

Insomnia Cookies (Catering)

Avery Austin (White Dress)

Yolandas Bridal Alterations

DJ Sunny Entertainment

Beautiful Brides Philly (Hair & Make Up)

Equishare Baraat Horses

Henna by Sushma (Friday for guests)

Art of Hennas (Bridal Henna)

US Coachways (Bus)

The Yellow Mirror (photo booth)

Sana and Laraib from BollyGroove (Choreographed Dances)

BLDG39 at the Arsenal is such an amazing venue to host your event.  Please contact me below, I would love to be your wedding photographer.

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