Jen and Tyler’s beautiful Race Street Pier ceremony and La Peg Wedding was one that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to forget.

When we first started working together, in October 2019, we were working on planning a wedding for October of 2020. As with so many other couples, 2020 had other plans and caused this amazing couple to make the difficult decision their wedding. Feeling cautiously optimistic, they originally postponed to a date in early May 2021. After some concerns that everyone on their guest list wouldn’t be fully vaccinated in time, plus knowing that Philadelphia might not be ready for weddings just yet – they made another difficult decision to postpone once again to August 2021.

With each postponement, they stayed positive, kept their guests’ safety at the forefront of every decision, and handled each bump in the road with so much grace and kindness. As their coordinator, I helped them navigate these uncharted waters and (according to them) “expertly guided” them through the whole process with “incredible professionalism and grace”.

(Let me just say that I will FOREVER be grateful for amazing clients like them)

Photos by Alison Dunn Photography of Jen and Tyler’s Race Street Pier Ceremony and La Peg Wedding Celebration

bride getting help with her dress before wedding

Jen and Tyler opted to get ready separately with their wedding party and VIPs at the Marriott Old City in Philadelphia, PA. This hotel in particular is GREAT spot for room blocks with a bright and airy lobby (with a great bar) and beautiful rooms.

bride getting assistance with zipping her dress prior to her wedding

shoes, rings, veil, and wedding invitation

groom pulling on his gray suit jacket prior to his wedding


groom buttoning his gray suit jacket before wedding

overview photo of groom's shoes, watch, black tie, and boutonniere

They did their first looks with their wonderful photographer, Alison Dunn Photography, on the Pier. Since it was so hot, it was easy to pop into their reception venue, La Peg at Fringe Arts to soak up some air conditioning as much as they needed.

bride walking up behind groom for their first look before wedding ceremony

groom in gray suit beside bride in white dress holding a bouquet of soft cream and green flowers

Under the most amazing blue sky, 150 guests made their way onto the Race Street Pier for a beautiful ceremony, officiated by the bride’s cousin, Andrew. This same cousin was the ring bearer in Jen’s parents wedding and his son was the ring bearer for theirs. The little guy even carried the same pillow down the aisle, just like his Dad did 30-some years ago!

photograph of a wedding ceremony between a man and woman facing each other in front of a bridge and water.

bride and groom kiss during wedding

groom and bride facing each other on their wedding day with bride's veil flying towards camera

newlywed couple sits on a bench outside of their wedding venue with a view of a bridge behind them

After some photos with their families, everyone made their way across the street for some amazing food and tasty cocktails by La Peg. This spot is one of my favorite venues in Philadelphia. It offers a relaxed and casual vibe, with seasonal and delicious food, plus a killer view of the river. Guests have indoor/outdoor space and allows something for everyone.

wedding cocktail hour outside of Fringe Arts in Philadelphia

After cocktail hour, the room for dinner was revealed. The floral team at Belovely created an incredible and take-your-breath-away space for guests to enjoy a family-style dinner at long tables.

romantic industrial wedding reception with long tables set for dinner

moody overview of guests eating at wedding reception with greenery installed on ceiling

floral centerpiece near candles

greenery ceiling floral installation with twinkle lights

wedding reception table with plates, long floral runner, and romantic candles

guests cheers across a long dinner table

After dinner and some toasts, it was time for cake, dancing, more dessert, and all-around celebrating! The Mole Street Artists band, Blues Junior, kept people dancing all night long,

close up of buttercream frosted cake with LOVE cake topper

groom behind his bride, as they cut their 4 tier wedding cake

bride and groom dance together

groom dips his bride for a kiss in front of brick building at night

Thank you again to Jen, Tyler, and Jen’s mom, Nancy – they were an incredible team that I had the utmost pleasure of working with! It was an honor to work behind-the-scenes coordinating the details of their day while they were able to enjoy every minute their friends, family, and loved ones.



DPNAK Events



Alison Dunn Photography



Ceremony Venue: Race Street Pier
Reception Venue: La Peg at Fringe Arts
Coordination: DPNAK Events
Photographer: Alison Dunn Photography
Baker: Whipped Bakeshop
Florist: Belovely Design
Entertainment: Blues Junior (Mole Street Artists)
Rentals: The Party Center
Specialty Rentals: Barnes Farm Tables
Makeup: Cheekadee Makeup