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Destination Wedding Photography | Philadelphia PA | Chantal + Dave

Deevo Tindall - Saturday, August 13, 2016
Destination Wedding Photography | Philadelphia PA | Chantal + Dave

Congratulations to Chantal and Dave on this gorgeous destination Philadelphia PA wedding!  A little background to set the stage please...I have known Chantal for over five years now, I first met Chantal on the phone by accident because she was filling in for a customer service rep at a print studio where we print all of our professional photography prints.  I had an escalated issue with a client of my own and she interceded to facilitate a resolution.  So impressed by the way she handled the situation that I contracted to print with Collages long-term from that point forward.  Fast forward five years and our relationship has grown into what I refer to as a great friendship.  Chantal is an amazing woman and a drop-dead gorgeous bride and her new husband Dave, could not be more perfect for her and they make a gorgeous power couple!  "C-C" and Dave thank you again for honoring Fusion Photography to photograph your wedding.

custom wood cutout used for the wedding details

In love with this actual tree cutout that was created through a wood-burning process

bride getting ready before her wedding

Always fun to work with true artisans like Beke who styled Chantal so gracefully

bride putting her wedding gown on before her wedding

In Their Words

How did they meet

We met at Recess Lounge, a night club in Old City. Chantal was working by the entrance collecting covers and Dave arrived for a private event, he asked her to hold his umbrella. They flirted and when he walked away, Chantal told a bouncer she thought he was cute. When he was later leaving, the bouncer stopped him and pointed at Chantal saying "she has something she wants to tell you". David turned around to Chantal and with a big smile on his face he asked, 'What did you want to tell me?" Mortified, Chantal bashfully told David she thought he was cute. David smiled wider and responded with "I think you're cute too," More words were exchanged and then David offered his business card and left. Chantal was confused about whether she should email him at work. Several hours later, David returned and they chatted for a while longer. He asked her if she wanted to hang out at his place. She said no. Then he asked for her phone number, which she offered up and he took her on a date later that week.

artesan Iron works served as the stunning backdrop for this destination wedding

Artesano Iron Works is truly a stunning and unique industrial wedding venue that is a beautifully restored historic warehouse built in the early 1900's

gorgeous wedding details at the reception site in philly

How did the proposal go down?


Chantal and Dave were walking around Philly and exploring the Christmas Village and other fun things going on around the city, when Dave led Chantal all the way to the Old City neighborhood in front of Recess Lounge where they had met, and he asked a passing by couple if they could take a picture of them, and then he got down on his knee and proposed to Chantal exactly where they had met over 5 years ago. They celebrated with drinks and dinner at one of their favorite restaurants afterwards.

gorgeous Jimmy Choo wedding heels


"Jimmy Choo’s on her feet when she be walking, ayy" (song reference)


stunning and dramatic wedding band and ring photographs

dramatic wedding ring on the wedding flowers

Using this Aster flower stem from Doyleston Florists in Philadelphia PA as an accompaniment for the ring shot proved very dramatic

Rain started downpouring just before the wedding ceremony start

It started down-pouring just as we finished the First Look and formal bride and groom photos, but made for a comical photo with the groomsmen prior to the ceremony starting.

flower girl and ring bearer escorting their parents into the ceremony

bride and groom exchanging vows during the ceremony

bride and groom kissing and raising arms in the air after said "I do"

Chantal and Dave's wedding ceremony incorporated a spiritual theme and an included multiple aspects of their lives together in a ceremonious aspect.

bride and bridesmaids walking to the wedding ceremony in Beatles-esque fashion

This brick wall served as a very Beatle-esque march towards our location for the formal photos.

Groom and Groomsmen photographs and some horsing around before the ceremony

The Best Man had this idea to push the monument, it turned out to be a great photograph.

Philly is the city of Brotherly Love using this monument for a photo was awesome

Philadelphia IS the City of Brotherly Love

bride posing before her husband sees her for the first time

Gorgeous industrial garage wall that served as an awesome backdrop for this formal bride photo with Chantal.

first look with bride and groom in the alley near their reception site

I Love the First Look for weddings.  Private.  Intimate.  Perfect!

bride and groom photograph against an industrial garage wall

gallery of photographs of the bride and groom in Philly

Chantal and Dave make a gorgeous Power Couple, the way they look at each other...

bride and groom stopping traffic in Philly for these photos

bride and groom standing in the middle of the street for this photograph

Thank you driver of Chevy trailblazer for patiently waiting for me to set this photo up and not getting mad and honking :)

industrial bride and groom photograph in the alley

Dingy little alley's sometimes have frosted little outcomes!

Bride and groom with ivy backdrop at the Artesano Iron Works in Philly

The Artesano Iron Works in Philly has this gorgeous ivy wall inside the main atrium and it made a stunning backdrop for this bride and groom portrait.

bride leading her husband up the stairs in this quint little town outside Philadelphia

I love the First Look.  Not only does it make it less stressful on the bride, but the intimacy and privacy of the event, make for very special photographs.
bride and groom stole away for a private moment before the wedding ceremonyThank you to the home-owner who unknowingly "allowed" us to take this photograph on their front porch.  The stone on this home have to be well over 100 years.

Here is the complete wedding video slideshow:

Chantal and David Wedding from Fusion Photography on Vimeo.

Amazing Wedding Vendors that helped make this possible 
 Venue Artesano Iron Works
Officiant Intentional Weddings
Florist Doylestown Flowers
(215) 348-2666
Makeup Artist Beke Beau
Musician/DJ DoubleDown Entertainment
610-623- 4770
Other Secrets Limousine Service
(215) 540-9955

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My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Fusion Photography for our wedding, and were so thrilled to have worked with Deevo and his team. He lent a hand to almost every aspect for our wedding, even borrowing a leaf blower to ensure we had a clean outdoor pavilion.

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