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Adela and Alex { Philadelphia Wedding Photographer }

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

Sometimes English just doesn’t cut it.

In today’s globalized world, being multilingual is be pretty much par for the course for many. But there is simply no substitute for hearing the language of your mother tongue, it means more.

Adela and Alex know this all too well. Adela is Albanian, Alex’s family is from El Salvador and was raised speaking Spanish. Both speak English as well as anyone, yet English is not the language of the heart for either one.

So, during their vows to one another, Adela spoke her vows to Alex in Spanish, his heart language. And Alex conveyed his feelings to her before everyone in Albanian; a language that, for Adela, is full of meaning.

I’ve seen a lot of beautiful weddings that have been intricately or elaborately planned down to the tiniest detail. But I have seldom seen such a touching, authentic, and genuinely beautiful gesture as this one.

It’s no surprise that Adela and Alex understand this language-of-heart concept so well. They both devote quite a bit of time every month as bible education volunteers as Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Philadelphia area.

Jehovah’s Witnesses take this translation thing pretty seriously because they want to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to learn about the bible in their mother tongue, the language of the heart, as they call it.

Amazingly, the website they use, JW.org is available in a staggering 729 languages. The next runner up, (as far as I could find) is Wikipedia at 287 languages.

Alex is himself used to teach language courses to other volunteer-minded Jehovah’s Witnesses that want to learn Albanian in order to make this personalized bible education available to Albanians, in this case, expats living in the U.S.

Every time I meet people like Adela and Alex, smart, talented, energetic people that give of themselves so willingly and so completely to help other people, I can’t help but be impressed with their self sacrificing thinking.

It was wonderful to work with their families as well. Working out of state as we were, they were so kind and accommodating, they really made it a real pleasure to make the trip. Putting us up in the world class Hotel Sofitel in Philadelphia, we felt more than well taken care of.

The reception was hosted at Rats, Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey, just a short drive from Philadelphia. What a stunning venue! Grounds for Sculpture is connected with the Seward Johnson Exhibition, which was truly a one of a kind place to work, a photographer’s dream!

Reception was hosted at Rats Restaurant, Grounds For Sculpture


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