Kimmel Center Wedding: Dana and Zal

Speaking as a groom about to plan his own wedding: Zal, you’re making it harder for the rest of us. First, the proposal: Both Dana and Zal are actors, knowing that Dana’s favorite movie was “Pretty Woman,” he faked an audition for her to go try out — but when she got there, all she found was that she had been put in the right place for Zal to come up, sticking out a limo a la Richard Gere. I knew right from this description that they were going to have a heck of a wedding, but this is only the beginning. Zal had been a member of the Broadway Boys performance group, and Dana knew that he had convinced them to perform at the reception … but not that he was rehearsed and ready to perform a few song with them. At every moment this sense of whimsy and delight at marrying Dana was written in exclamation points on his face, and in every aspect of planning. I got more involved in the planning of the day than usual, helping not just with the schedule and some of the other vendor recommendations (such as our pal Paul Hairston on video) but also things like lighting design, and loved it because both of their excitement even carried through the logistics.

It doesn’t hurt that Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center is a beautiful, dramatic place to hold a wedding. It’s also big. Really big. We were wearing fitness bands that day, and I’m glad, since both Tatiana Breslow and I hit all-time records. We’d love to shoot there again for that cardiovascular fitness, if not for the beauty.


Oscar Abraham Varghese - This is brilliant. I’m loving the new Ryan who posts way more often than the previous years!

Vitaliy Piltser - Fatnastic work as always! Did you light these from above?

Mark Taylor - Great stuff!

Matías González - Good work Ryan!!

Jose Flores - Amazing!

Dieter Koelbl - That’s just brilliant, amazing work!

Fahad Ahmed - This is brilliant. I’m loving what a work Ryan

Joel Richard Rubin - Wonderful. Just wonderful

Alim Kassim - Fantastic!! Love the graphic elements, compositions, and light. Really great!

Towab Muhammad Yusuf - You are one of the best, nay; you are the very best couple I have ever had the pleasure of knowing in my life. Congratulations and a happy wedding day to the both of you!

Rahul Khona - Stunning work Ryan. Breathtaking.

Rahul Khona - Stunning work Ryan. Breathtaking.

Aric Hoek - Simply fantastic. Love the images.