Best of Philly 2016

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One of our all-time favorite annual events, is the Best of Philly Soiree, hosted by none other than our bffs at Philadelphia Magazine.  Each year, the City of Brotherly Love competes for the Best of the Best.  Winners are crowned royalty, thrown an awesome party, and are able to boast their successes with the publicated truth.

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This years’ festivities were held at the gorgeous Dilworth Park in Center City at the ground level of City Hall – seriously, who could ask for a a better backdrop??  Many of the winners were on-site to provide amazing food bites, and drinks with just the right amount of kick.  A huge shout-out to Evantine Design, Eventions Productions, EventQuip and Brulee Catering for making the event a show stopper!!

If I had to rank ShutterBooth’s popularity at the event, I would have to say that the line, alone, spoke volumes (literally).  We want to say THANK YOU so much to everyone who waited, and waited (and maybe waited some more) all to stop by and snap some photos and upload some GIFs.  We had SO MUCH FUN with all of you!!

Click here to view all of the photos from the Best of Philly ShutterBooth

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Long Distance Love

For this couple, just being on the same continent is a vast improvement in their relationship status. After meeting in Las Vegas over a shot of tequila, Kate & Liam fell madly in love….the only kicker: they lived a million miles away from each other. After hours of phone calls and plenty of plane tickets, the couple decided to make it official, and, like any true love story, the two overcame incredible obstacles, moved mountains to be together, and, in the end, their love prevailed!

What better place than the Horticulture Center for these two true romantics to wed? The venue was lit with hanging bulbs casting a warm glow on the artistically designed tables below. In true Steven Starr fashion, dinner consisted of  a delicious menu featuring the finest fresh and local ingredients. Along with a live band, the entertainment included a hysterical toast from Liam’s brothers that featured embarrassing photos of the groom as a child! Very creative, gentleman. Friends and family flew in from all over the world to witness this long awaited day, and we were thrilled to be a part of the joyful celebration.

The night didn’t end there: a fun and festive after-party was held at one of Philadelphia’s coolest dive bars- Bob & Barbara’s. This long-time Philly hotspot which happens to also be the newlyweds favorite bar- invented “The Special” -a can of PBR with a shot of Jim Beam for $3- which quickly spread to other area watering holes later becoming known as the “The Citywide Special”. This crowd pleasing combo has been featured in many publications including Philadelphia Magazine, Maxim, Details, The Washington Post, Philadelphia City Paper, Philadelphia Weekly, and, late into the night, guests clinked their glasses and threw back their shots in honor of the new Mr. & Mrs. Woozley. Congratulations!

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3 Things That Will Never Change About High School

Everyone has their memories of high school -the good, the bad, and the ugly- and it seems like people’s opinions on that stage of life fall on either one end of the spectrum or the other. Either high school was the time of your life or the time of your life you wish you could forget. No matter what your feelings are around those four years, there are a few consistent themes in every high school:

1. Not everyone can hang with the cool kids. Every high school has their popular crew: the cheerleaders, the jocks, the kids that just fit it….And some of us – like myself – were nerds. (If you are not sitting at the cool lunch table…you probably fall into the nerd category. It’s okay – one day you will grow up to be a great writer and those memories of getting stuffed into lockers will start to fade as you bask in your incredible wealth and stunning good looks. Fingers crossed…)

2. If you are not aware of what’s cool and don’t follow the social acceptability guidelines set forth by the people who are cooler than you dictated by the people who are older than you, you can lose your social status in the blink of an eye or the drop of an uncool bomb.

Example:
Me: Hey everyone. What did you guys do this weekend?
Everyone: We went to the Ariana Grande concert. It was hella dope.
Me: Wow! That sounds totally rad. I just got tickets to see One Direction for my birthday. Does anyone wanna go?
Everyone: Oh my god. Did you just say One Direction? We are totally over One Direction. One Direction is for, like, middle schoolers. Ew. Ratchet. You just totally gave me a cringeattack.

3. Your life totally changes when you get your driver’s license. Regardless of what your high school experience was, who doesn’t remember the excitement they felt about turning sixteen? The anticipation of getting your driver’s license, driving your friends around with the music on and your windows down, and that first real taste of independence and freedom….killer memories.

Trying to figure out who you are and where you are going all while keeping track of the endless list of totally cool and absolutely NOT cool clothes, trends, and pop culture can be exhausting. Take a lesson from the awesome high school kids we hung out with this weekend. Sometimes it’s okay to just kick back, relax, and have some fun. You’ll have plenty of time to look cool later.

 

For all of the images from Brooke’s ShutterBooth, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Life’s a Peach

 

From the sweet peach place settings, the peach trees strewn throughout the venue, the adorable wands wrapped with cascading ribbons and bells, and the “Mint to Be” favors, we couldn’t get enough of Nichole & Dale’s aesthetic for their big day! So many details went in to making everything just right, and the entire venue was transformed into a space which really represented the couple.

Let it be said that while this wedding looked like a webpage straight out of Style Me Pretty: photo 5This was a FUN wedding. These people didn’t come here to show off their shiny new outfits, to enjoy a fancy dinner, or to sit and look pretty at their respective tables all night. These people came to party – turning speeches into rap songs like the Fresh Prince of Bel Air Theme and taking one million shots in our ShutterBooth. (Ok. That may be an exaggeration, but they took a LOT of photos. Way more than our average Shutterbooth client. Way more.)

Despite the thoughtful decor, the filet dinner, and the over the top centerpieces, all that mattered to these guests was having fun with the new couple. In our little corner of the reception, never before have so many people crowded to take so many fun and unusual shots in our booth. Thanks for a fun night, Nichole & Dale!

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Sometimes the photos just speak for themselves:

From a cute couple enjoying some camera time…..

To a man enjoying a roll and a beverage until photo bombers crash his party….

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This is art, guys.  To see more awesome shots from this super FUN crowd, check out the ShutterBooth photo gallery.

 

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Laughter: The Secret to a Happy Marriage

One of the wonderful things about what we do is having the chance to witness some of the most beautiful and memorable moments in a couple’s life. There are couples that we meet that we just know will be married for years and years to come, and we are so grateful to watch them take their vows and start their lives together. One of the things that we notice in the couples who seem to be the most happy and the most in love is their ability to have fun, to laugh, and to enjoy life together.

Cari and Ed sure know how to let loose! From the few glimpses we had into their relationship, we just know that these two have figured out the secret to a happy marriage. (If you think we’re going in the  “happy wife-happy life” direction, think again.)

The secret to staying married and, more importantly, staying happily married, is to LAUGH. Laugh at each other and with each other and you can’t go wrong. Everything else will work itself out. From their hysterical cake topper to their funny shots together in our booth, these two have got it all figured out.  Each and every person in attendance could see that these two love to have fun and that they never take life too seriously. To the new Mr. & Mrs. Shabot: We wish you many more years of fun and laughter!

 

For more photos of this zany couple and their fun friends, check out our shots here.

 

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Swingin’ At the Venetian Club

There were so many swingers at the Venetian Club in Chestnut Hill this weekend that I just couldn’t look away for a minute. While I don’t know if your mind is completely in the gutter on this beautiful Friday morning, I guess I should just clarify to be clear: Swingers- as in dancers. As in: swing dancers.

Our bride and groom chose to do a cute vintage swing routine together instead of the traditional slow song for their first dance. Changing speeds a bit, they turned up the volume and spent the rest of night dancing with their guests to an eclectic mix of swing, hip hop, jazz, and rock. After the host of the evening- Essentic aka Jaeki Cho– got the crowd pumped up,  DJ Jinetic kept them on their feet, dancing late into the night.  Like him on Facebook or listen to one of his hip hop mixes here.

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For those of you who haven’t tried swing dancing yet, we recommend heading down to the Philadelphia Swing Dance Society -also in Chestnut Hill- to take a turn at the Charleston or jump and jive with the Jitterbug. (Be sure to check out their next event on September 27th, 2014 with FREE pre-dance lessons!)

Doesn’t she look like she’s having a blast?????? Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Lee. Check out more photos from their event here.

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A Classic Affair

This weekend’s wedding was the epitome of the classic celebration. Andrea & Peter – the new Mr. & Mrs. Maxwell – officially started off their married life in style. With a posh venue (the only word to describe The Lake House Inn = GORGEOUS), a classic color palette of cheerful yellow cooled down with navy accents, exquisite linens, and signature accents, you can only imagine the look of awe on their guests’ faces as they entered the room for dinner, drinks, and dancing.

The only thing more striking than the eloquently decorated space was the view from the panoramic windows lining the front of the room. Guests dined while watching the sunset as the new couple danced their first dance as husband and wife, and we couldn’t help but adore the sunshiny yellow centerpieces against the backdrop of the lake with its unadorned tones of blues and greens. The black crystal chandeliers hanging from the fabric draped ceiling were the pièces de résistance and twinkled like candlelit jewels high above the guests.

One of the sweetest details at the event were the grade school photos of the bride and groom that adorned each table reminding their friends and families of the journey they each took to arrive at today’s momentous event as adults ready to take this significant step in their lives.

At the end of the night, we were packing up to leave, and a distressed bride came running over because she didn’t get a photo with her parents and brother in the ShutterBooth! Of course, we couldn’t allow them to miss out on the fun! We reopened to let this sweet family take another landmark photo to add to their collection of milestone moments of their lives. We are thankful that we get the opportunity to witness all of our clients creating these incredible memories – we wouldn’t trade it for the world.

 

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“Nana Recommends Manhattans”

Last month, we had the pleasure of working with an awesome couple- Kaitlin & Deniz – as we witnessed their vows at the Abington Art Center. This gorgeous venue had us totally swooning as we envisioned the endless possibilities for DIY details and darling decor. We must say: Kaitlin & Deniz wowed us with their adorable details which were both sweet and also a little bit sassy- kitschy mugs at each place setting, robot cakes pops, a naked lemon cake, carefree centerpieces, and the coolest cake topper we’ve ever seen of the groom dragging the bride by her delicate little ankle. This was not your typical vanilla wedding! She even had a sign made at the bar with a photo of her with her sweet Nana….The sign read: “Nana recommends Manhattans.” Apparently Nana isn’t as innocent as she looks- this little lady likes a good Manhattan every now and again, and she welcomed everyone in attendance to try their signature drink. The night, of course, with all of the whiskey cocktails flowing- was off to a great start, and the guests danced the night away under the gorgeous open-air pavilion. Nana included!

Not only is the Art Center itself an absolute gem, the 27 acre Sculpture Park onsite is worth its own trip out to the ‘burbs. The park is dedicated to environmental education and attracts students, art lovers, families, and tourists from far and wide. (We can’t wait to return to Abington Art Center to take a stroll through the park to check out these sculptures for ourselves!)

We had so much fun with these guys, and we hated for the night to come to a close. To all you sweet and sassy couples out there, keep the coolness flowing! We love a fun wedding with lots of personality, and this one takes the cake!

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Flash Mobs: Part 2

There was a very recent debate on our blog about flash mobs and whether they are still cool or a trend that has fizzled out. Inspired by a flash mob done at one of our recent ShutterBooth weddings, we decided to investigate a little further into the issue. After a quick Google search, I have arrived at my definitive answer…….and the verdict is:

Still. Totally. Cool.

I came across what I can only describe as one of the best proposals I have ever seen, and it just so happens to utilize a flash mob!

This is quite literally the best 4 minutes and 37 seconds I have spent on the internet in my life. Would you agree?

In local news, not only did ShutterBooth experience a flash mob over the weekend, the citizens of Bucks County enjoyed a flash mob proposal that broke out on the streets of Doylestown, PA. Check out the Shanna & Helen’s video here!

What type of a person doesn’t love the free spirited, fun, and life-loving energy that is the foundation of all flash mobs? When is the last time you and your friends were sitting around your living room and one of you thought, “Gee, what can we all do as a collective unit to bring a smile to a stranger’s face, to brighten up our corner of the world, to create a little sunshine thorough dance, music, and the art of expression?” Exactly – never.  (At least not in my circle of friends…….not too sure about you guys.)

And let me tell you exactly why that is- it’s because my friends are not thoughtful, considerate human beings. I mean they’re nice enough people, but they’re not sitting around rehearsing premeditated methods to inject joy into the world. When I say thoughful, I mean really thoughtful. To execute a flash mob-especially a well done one- participants would need to spend an incredible amount of time choreographing the timing, movement, and logistics of this public exhibition all while keeping it very quiet in the days and weeks leading up to the big reveal.

If the people in your life do a flash mob to propose marriage, while at your wedding, for your birthday, or wherever else they may break into explosive song and dance, remember this: You’re friends are totally rad.

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Please Vote for Us!

 

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Ahhh! It’s that time of year again….time to vote for the Best of the 2014 Philly HOT LIST!!!

If you aren’t familiar, every year PHL 17 holds a contest which allows voters – wink, wink: that means YOU – to choose who they believe is the best of the best in the city. We have been nominated again, and we need your help to get us to number one!

We need your help – take a few, quick seconds of your time to vote.  If you have had a great experience with us, now is the time to shout it from the rooftops!

We love our clients, and we are truly thankful for the success that we have enjoyed doing what we love. We couldn’t have done it without you!

CLICK HERE to cast your vote for ShutterBooth!

 

 

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Flash Mobs: Still Cool or So 2013?

According to Wikipedia, the internet’s most fabulous source of all things informative and the tool most often used to settle bets on trivial matters, a flash mob (or flashmob)[1] is a “group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression.”

(Where am I going with this, you might be wondering?……Stay tuned and allow me to set the scene.)

This weekend, we had the pleasure of working at the uber trendy, recently renovated Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel Philadelphia in the heart of the city in the prestigious Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. After $20 million of upgrades, Radisson Blu Warwick reopened to the public at the end of 2013 wowing everyone with the incredible transformation and attracting hip and happening crowds from across our beloved nation.

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Our lovely couple, Jenni Gonzalez and Brooks Wildasin, (the newly betrothed Mr. & Mrs.!) chose this hot spot for their nuptials, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled to work with their gracious team – especially Terri who was incredibly welcoming and accommodating to our needs. Once they said their “I do’s”, the new couple spent the evening dining, drinking, and dancing to the latest jams from Philly’s own DJ Perry Angelozzi, enjoying their friends & family, blissfully unaware of what was in store for them.

Just when we thought this was going to be another typical Saturday evening, the bride’s father began his toast. As the crowd prepared for the standard father-daughter-tearjerking-speech-about-how-Jenni-will-always-be-his-little-girl, etc., etc., etc., he engineered an incredible twist changing the course of the night completely. He, as well as the entire bridal party broke out into a fully choreographed, rehearsed, and perfected flash mob like Shutterbooth Philadelphia has never seen before. With each cheesy dance move, each energetic shimmy, swing, and two step, our crowd became more and more enthralled with the show unfolding before us.

We started this conversation by briefing you on the definition of a flash mob and the merits of Wikipedia…..I refer back to their definition:

‘A group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an “unusual” (ok…yes….unusual for a wedding, even more unusual for a father of the bride speech), “seemingly pointless act” (yes, right again, I suppose some people at the event may not fully comprehend the awesomeness that was this flash mob), for a brief time, then quickly disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression.’

I don’t know about satire or artistic expression, but what I do know is there is almost nothing more entertaining than a flash mob, and the group this weekend certainly didn’t disappoint. In the midst of all of the coolness gushing from the sophisticated clientele at the hotel, one might wonder:  Are flash mobs like so totally 5 minutes ago? Something tells me that Saturday’s crowd and the Radisson Blu crew don’t think so……

 

 

 

 

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Jimmy Rollins Foundation – Taste of Bollywood Event

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ShutterBooth Philadelphia JRFWe can’t even describe how much fun we had at Phillies player, Jimmy Rollins’, annual charity event this year.  From guests’ participation in dressing the part, to The Union League being transformed into a traditional Arabian tent, this year’s theme, Bollywood, was beautifully over the top!

Guests enjoyed snacking on amazing cuisine from local restaurants including, Sbraga, Dandelion Pub, and Davio’s, and desserts from Cakes and Candies by Maryellen.  The music was provided by CTO’s Tribeca band, and CTO’s DJ, Ravi Jackson.  Both kept the dance floor packed all night long, however, Jimmy and Johari’s adorable daughter, Camryn, was hands down the cutest dancer out there!

The Rollins Family Foundation is dedicated to making healthy food available to children and families most in need, including at risk youth in the Philadelphia area.

 

Guests and players alike enjoyed their chance to jump in the ShutterBooth and strike a pose!  Using a Green Screen ShutterBooth, we were able to transform ShutterBooth into its own Arabian oasis.  Cute, colorful, stick props were also on hand to provide a truly fun experience!

CLICK HERE to view all the great photos from ShutterBooth.

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The Super Run

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We had such a great time at the year’s Super Run at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia!

 

The Super Run is a national series of events that partners with non-profit organizations to put on superhero themed events to help raise funds and awareness for their cause.  Each run helps those in need.  You can CLICK HERE for the list of charities involved.  Not only does The Super Run help raise awareness for countless charities and organizations – it gives everyone a chance to channel their inner super hero and get involved in a fun event!
To learn more about The Super Run, click here.

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The ShutterBooth Super Hero Photo Booth was a hit!  Everyone enjoyed snapping photos – some famous super heroes even made an appearance for their chance to strike a pose!

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Here are some of our favorite candid shots in the ShutterBooth.  CLICK HERE to view all of the great photos captured inside the Booth!

 

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Philadelphia Auto Show Black-Tie Tailgate

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Last Friday we were lucky enough to be among the first to see some of the world’s finest automobiles at the Philly Auto Show’s Black-Tie Tailgate! The guests looked as sleek as the cars in their black-tie apparel and were able explore everything the Auto Show had in store for the upcoming week of events and festivities.

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Garces Cuisine Group provided some delicious grub in the main room which guests enjoyed while exploring some of the newest luxury models, along with some vintage models as well. Guests were then able to join us in the Mercedes-Benz room to enjoy some desserts and coffee, and take pictures in the Shutter Booth! Guests were also excited that they could upload their pictures to Facebook or email them to themselves right after taking their pictures with Shutter and Share! 2014.02.07.22.46.37.3

Just below, in the lavish Lexus room, our favorite band Jellyroll put on an awesome live performance on the Lexus stage while guests danced and explored the latest models, inside and out! Our favorite part of the night is that the proceeds for the Black-Tie Tailgate went to the Division of Neonatology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We even got to meet Clutch, the adorable teddy bear mascot of the Children’s Hospital! We were so excited to be a part of such a fun night and great cause!

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For Pete’s Sake Beach Ball Gala 2014

For the third year in a row, we joined For Pete’s Sake on Saturday night for their Beach Ball Gala Fundraiser in the Crystal Tea Room downtown! The warm room with beach balls, umbrellas, chairs, and towels made us forget all about the cold and snow outside. For Pete’s Sake is a non-profit organization that raises money to send cancer patients and their families on all-expense paid vacations to give them a break from cancer.

Throughout the night, on the projection screen flashed touching stories of gratitude patients formerly benefited by For Pete’s Sake.  We also were fortunate enough to hear a cancer survivor share his inspiring story of how the vacation For Pete’s Sake sent him on changed his perspective on his cancer and his life, and lifted his spirits to encourage him to renew his fight for his life.

We love having the privilege to be a part of events like this that are all about helping those in need. There was a silent auction, as well as a live one, full of generous gifts from some awesome donors. We had so much fun with all the big-hearted guests who came out to have a fun time and pledge their support to the organization!

Our favorite band Jellyroll was there as well, rocking out on the stage as usual, providing the perfect dancing music and party atmosphere. You can visit For Pete’s Sake’s website to learn more about their wonderful organization here and view the pictures from the ShutterBooth here!

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