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I was delighted when Rachel and Josh told me they wanted to do a pre-wedding portrait shoot at the Reading Viaduct in Philadelphia. The Viaduct is an elevated train track that used to carry trains to Center City. It has been abandoned for a long time (since 1984 when the service was discontinued) and is overgrown by grass and trees. It will eventually become a public park but for now it makes a great backdrop for pre-wedding shoots! A huge thanks to Rachel and Josh for this amazing idea and their sense of adventure! As you can see in one of the photos, Rachel’s shoes got destroyed in the process, but she had a great attitude about it. I loved working with this adventurous couple!

A few words from Rachel and Josh on the choice of location for their shoot:

“We first visited the Viaduct as part of a larger walking tour that took us through the entire length of the old rail line that used to go through the City. The tour was offered through Side Tour Philly. We started the tour near the Art Museum, along Pennsylvania Ave, and ended at the Viaduct. We were blown away when we got up there by the mix of urban decay and nature. We’ve been up a couple of other times since, and it was only recently that we thought of having photos taken up here. Once we had that idea, there was no way we weren’t going to do it! The experience was really fun.”

Rachel’s dress is from an English store called Monsoon and Josh’s suit is from Enzo Custom

Their very unique wedding at Material Culture in Philadelphia is coming to my blog very soon. Stay tuned!