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Romantic Blush Philadelphia Wedding

When it comes to a classic romantic pairing of style and color, ballrooms and blush win our hearts over every time. Case in point? This darling day snapped up by Paul Francis Photography. And when said wedding is chock-full of sweet blooms from Papertini, you can bet we’ll sneaking an extra peek or two at the gallery. See it all here.

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Summer
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Ballroom
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Elegance

From the beautiful Bride…When Bob and I first met, I was new to the Philadelphia area so a lot of our time together was spent with him showing me around all of his most favorite spots in the city. So when it came time to choosing a venue for our wedding, we knew we wanted to be in the heart of the city where we fell in love. Finley Catering’s Ballroom at the Ben was exactly what we were looking for. The high ceilings and warm glow of the uplighting give way to the mezzanine to create such a classic, romantic atmosphere.

The inspiration for the details of our wedding really came from the city. There is a famous park in Center City with a large LOVE statue, which became our theme, appearing on our invitations, cake topper, and ice sculpture. We also used the city skyline on our RSVP card and place cards. The place cards I was able to create myself using a template and paper from Paper Source in Marlton, NJ, but the invitation suite I needed help with. I met with a designer at Paper on Pine in Philadelphia and she was able to create exactly what I had envisioned.

In continuing with our theme of classic, romantic Philadelphia, we asked Paul and Carolyn of Paul Francis Photography to do our first look, couple’s portraits, and bridal party pictures by City Hall and in Old City. It was the perfect balance of beautiful architecture and lush summer greens. On the trolley between locations, Paul reached over to show me a few shots he had taken and I was blown away. I am so happy we trusted him to capture our day. His eye for detail and lighting is unbelievable.

Perhaps one of the best decisions we made while planning our wedding was hiring Tanti at Papertini as our florist. From our very first meeting, she completely understood my vision for classic romanticism using blush pinks, greens, and gold. She sketched out some ideas as we were talking and her enthusiasm as she was drawing and talking was electric. I loved how she turned a simple place card table into a true work of art using small elements of things Bob and I love. What I treasured most about Tanti’s work was our ceremony arch. Upon leaving her office after our first meeting, she asked if there was anything else I could think of so I mentioned that before my grandfather’s passing he had owned a lighting store and lightbulbs always made me think of him. Tanti used inverted lightbulbs as small vessels for hanging flowers from the draped arch above our heads. I couldn’t thank her enough for incorporating them; it was such a beautiful way to have him with us that day.

Lastly, my advice for brides to be, especially those who are feeling overwhelmed like I was in the beginning: hire vendors who are professional, organized, and see your vision. I cannot stress that enough. Everyone was asking how I was able to stay so calm the month of our wedding, and it was because I chose my vendors carefully. I knew that Finley Catering was the utmost professional in the business, and that Paul Francis Photography and Papertini were organized and understood my vision. The only thing you have to do is trust them to see it to fruition. Bob and I both agree if we could do it over, we would not change a single thing.

Photography: Paul Francis Photography | Floral Design: Papertini | Cake: Termini Bros | Ceremony Venue: Ballroom At The Ben | Reception Venue: Ballroom At The Ben | Bride's Shoes: Milk And Honey | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Finley Catering | Make Up: Romy McClure | Hair: Cindy Castro | Bride's Dress: BLISS Line From Monique Lhuillier | Bride's Hair Piece: Foolish Ginger | Ceremony Pianist: Billy Handy | DJ/Band: DiNardo Brothers Entertainment | Groom's And Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse (Vera Wang) | Invitation: Paper On Pine | Save-the-Date, Place Cards: DIY By Bride, Materials Used From Paper Source

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Mervis Diamond Importers Holiday Preview Event

There’s something about the impending holiday season that has me wishing for a little something sparkly. So the timing couldn’t be more perfect for the Mervis Diamond Importers Holiday Preview Event! Mervis Diamond Importers has been hand-selecting diamonds to help couples celebrate their love for over 80 years, and from November 14-16, they’re letting you enjoy some seriously amazing once-a-year prices!

This third generation family business founded in South Africa is not like any other jewelry store you’ve ever been to. At Mervis Diamond Importers, they’re all about a personalized experience from start to finish, allowing clients to pick out the perfect diamond to fit into the perfect setting! With endless styles and designs from some of the industries best designers (such as Verragio, Martin Flyer, Sasha Primak, Coast Diamonds + Benchmark), you can be sure your dream ring is waiting for you.

And this weekend, from November 14-16 at the Tysons, Rockville and Washington D.C. locations, you’ll get to beat the holiday rush and enjoy amazing once-a-year pricing! For more information on the Holiday Preview Event, head over here!

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Classic Elegance at Pomme Restaurant

Admittedly, I’m a little more of a boho girl myself. But you can bet a touch of classic elegance gets my heart a-racing, too. And this traditional fete from Asya Photography is chock full of traditional detailing, from the Bride’s Ines Di Santo from Bridal Reflections to the graceful blooms by Sullivan Owen. Hop on over to the gallery for even more.

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Summer

From the beautiful Bride…We first met in college, when I visited a high school friend at Princeton, where Dan went to school. When I came to Philadelphia in 2010 for residency, we reconnected when Dan invited me to an engagement party for some of his (now our) close friends.

We decided to buy a house in the spring of 2013, and soon found a townhouse near Fitler Square. We planned on celebrating closing on the house with some champagne on the roof deck. Dan secretly closed on the house a day early to arrange the surprise. I went to the house after work and working out, to find him on the roof deck in a tuxedo, surrounded by flowers, rose petals, and candles. I of course said yes.

We felt elated on our wedding day! We had a great time celebrating with our friends and family, and our guests danced the night away. The ceremony and reception were absolutely beautiful. Our wedding was everything we had dreamed of.

Special Detail — Veil and pearl headpiece were made by my great-great-aunt for my maternal grandmother to wear on her wedding day. My pearl necklace and earrings were given to me by my paternal grandmother, and used to be hers.

All of our rings are from Marchi Jewelry (8th and Walnut). The engagement ring was custom-designed by Mr. Marchiafava and Dan. My wedding band was custom-designed as well to coordinate with the engagement ring.

Photography: Asya Photography | Floral Design: Sullivan Owen | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Invitations: The Papery Of Philadelphia | Ceremony Venue: Christ Church | Reception Venue: Pomme Restaurant | Jewelry: Marchi Jewelry | Makeup: Béke Beau | Planning: The Styled Bride | Rentals: Maggpie Vintage Rentals

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