The American Swedish Historical Museum


Liza and Steven got married at the American Swedish Historical Museum on the most gorgeous November day.  They had a really sweet outdoor ceremony followed by cocktail hour on the patio. The included delicious specialty drinks and a mouth watering charcuterie spread. The party was then moved into the tent for the reception which was made to look timeless and elegant.


The American Swedish Historical Museum is the oldest Swedish-American museum in the United States and was founded in 1926. This makes it the perfect location for a grand wedding. There are several different locations around the property for weddings. As an added bonus they work with an exclusive caterer. This is to insure your food and service are top of the line! 


I love getting to incorporate fun elements to flatlays and make them personal to each couple. Liza and Steven had a minimal invitation suite that I was able to enhance the beauty of. I used simple trays, flower petals, and small decor. With Liza’s bridal flatlay I was able to think outside the box and add cherries! Her perfume bottle was red which gave me the idea to bring something fun to match it.


Liza and Steven wanted all the gorgeousness of The American Swedish Historical Museum in their pictures. Liza and Steven also wanted to incorporate City Hall and the surrounding locations in their portraits. I love being able to capture couples portraits all over the city, but there is something so timeless about city hall. The architecture of the building makes pictures look truly captivating.


One of my absolute favorite parts of this day was the fact that Liza and Steven wanted to have a champagne pop with their whole bridal party in front of City Hall. I love shooting any bridal party photo. This idea definitely added another level of enjoyment to the shot. You can tell in the photo how excited the bridal party was to be sharing in the moment. And who doesn’t love champagne!


One major perk of having your ceremony at The Swedish Historical Museum is that your location is absolutely breathtaking. Liza and Steven went with smaller urns and white bouquets laced with greenery. This perfectly complimented the grand archway and it added the perfect pop of subtle color.  On top of the loving vows they shared it ended up being a ceremony to remember!


One of the best parts of a wedding day is watching all the hard work of planning come together to create something magical. Liza and Stevens tables capes were some for the books. Between candles, colors, florals, and greenery they had a touch of everything. Sometimes adding all of these elements can feel cluttered. However, these had a minimalistic feel about them while also feeling grand and captivating.


There are always new trends in weddings, right now it is making sure your whole family is involved. That includes your furry friends. There were so many adorable nods to Liza and Steven’s dog Hoagie at their wedding. This started with a personalized drink named after Hoagie, napkins adorned with his face, a cake topper and a fat head for the dance floor. I love seeing what new ways couples show love to their pets on the big day!

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Kirsten Ann


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Meet Kirsten

Fine art Philadelphia wedding photographer

My biggest passion in life is being a wedding photographer. I love to photograph sweet and tender moments shared between two people who are madly in love with one another. I feel so honored and blessed to be able to capture such important and special moments in people's love stories. It is such a joy to look through my lens and see sweet smiles, warm embraces, and gentle kisses taking place between individuals who have decided to walk through life together hand in hand.

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