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Modern Meets Traditional in This Historic Philadelphia Wedding

If you were to ask me to pinpoint the perfect combination of modernity and traditional, I would direct you to said celebration captured by Rachel Pearlman Photography. It’s basically everything and then some and we just so happen to have it all waiting you to fall madly in love with in The Vault!

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Summer
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Country Club
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Classic

From Rachel Pearlman PhotographyA combination of modern meets historic is the best way to describe this stunning summer wedding in historic Philadelphia. Jess and Mark met at the University of Pittsburgh, and once engaged they knew that a wedding in the City of Brotherly Love was not negotiable. Jess is from Philadelphia, so the couple had spent a lot of time in the area and were drawn to the architecture and charm of historic Old City. Once they saw The Downtown Club, founded in 1897 in true Georgian Revival Style, their vision of a neutral color scheme – complete with modern additions- started to come together beautifully. Luxurious details included mixing ghost chairs with golden urns and neutral linens for an unexpected twist. Their cake included cascading sugar flowers dusted in gold. As Mark and Jess were introduced, a canon of rose petals was released on the dance floor. During their ceremony, the couple’s wedding bands were hidden under the chair of a ‘mystery guest’, who was called to act as their ring bearer during vows!

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Photography: Rachel Pearlman Photography | Cinematography: Well Spun Wedding Films | Floral Design: Beautiful Blooms Events | Wedding Dress: Matthew Christopher | Cake: Cescaphe Event Group | Invitations: Paper and Posh | Makeup: Your Day Your Way | Calligraphy: Caitlin Jane | Band: Ebe Amsterdam | Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works | Wedding Venue: Cescaphe Event Group | Film Scans: The Find Lab

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Margartias + Love = the Ultimate E-Sesh

Seeing as it’s the last day of August, we thought what better way to celebrate summer than with a margarita fueled engagement session? Thankfully Alexandra Elise Photography was behind the lens to capture every delicious sip and we’ve got it all waiting to quench your thirst in The Vault!

From Alexandra Elise PhotographyA few weeks ago I had the chance to travel to Scranton, PA to photograph Ashley and Justin’s engagement session to celebrate their upcoming wedding. I love traveling to new locations to shoot because it is incredibly inspiring– from the playfulness in the creek to the downtown romance, this session is truly beautiful. Captured solely on medium format film, the emotion and movement are intimately captured.

From The Bride…Justin and I met in college. I was finishing up my under grad in nursing school and he was completing his masters in administration. We hit it off immediately and spent every day of the rest of the semester together.

Justin proposed in Ireland at the Cliffs of Moher 2 years later at the top of a castle. (Ireland is very special to me because my grandma is from there and I have lots of relatives living there). That day, it was cold and drizzly. We got to the cliffs and I had told him and our friends to go ahead, I had already seen the cliffs and didn’t feel like trekking up the cliffs in the chilly, rainy weather. He somehow dragged me out of the car, got me to the top of the cliffs and he got down on one knee! I was in complete shock and immediately forgot about the weather and how cold I was.

Our life has been an amazing adventure together so far. We have lived in three different states and have seen so many things. We have learned through this that it does not matter where we are, or what we have, but rather being with the one that matters the most, no matter where life takes us.

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Photography: Alexandra Elise Photography

It All Started with an Instant Message

This couple? They’re kind of everything. Because not only did John and Amanda’s love story start when they were just youngsters, but the beginning of said romance? Downright cinematic. Fast forward a decade later and this sweet pair proves that their love is stronger than ever. With Maria Lamb behind the lens capturing every second of their celebration, we’ve got it all waiting for you in The Vault!

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Summer

“To officially ask me to be his girlfriend, he named a star
after me and filled up a spiral notebook with letters

From The Bride…My husband was 16 and I was 15 when we first met. We were playing tennis. He saw me on the other side of the courts and walked up to say hello – “Hey, you’re Abby’s friend Amanda, right?” That was the beginning of late nights instant messaging on AOL (AIM), sending mail on MySpace (pre-Facebook), and leaving notes for each other in between our high school classes. To officially ask me to be his girlfriend, he named a star after me (Walk to Remember?) and filled up an entire three-subject spiral notebook with letters. We then went to Prom, where we had our first official dance.

We are each others’ first-and-only. But like all couples, we’ve also had our struggles. 26/25 year old John and Amanda are very different from their 16/15 year old selves. For eight out of our 10 years together, we were doing long-distance (Los Angeles, New Haven, Maine, New York, Boston). For 1.5 of those years, we took a break (without seeing other people). Our first time as adults in the same city was only two years ago. We are thankful for our journey, a testament both to what God has done in our lives and also our continual perseverance.

John proposed in Napa on December 18th, 2015, by reading me a letter which he wrote in 2006, hardly half a year into our courtship. Although it was only a few months after we met, John wrote that he loved me and wanted to marry me. I think he was smart to never give me that letter 9 years ago, as he might have scared me away! But luckily he saved it, and I will cherish those words forever.

Maria did a great job capturing the vibrancy of our excitement, disbelief, and joy that this day was finally happening. We chose the Poconos because I spent every summer there growing up. We loved the camp theme as it offered our guests the chance to take advantage of the beautiful Pennsylvania outdoors: guests stayed the entire weekend and slept in cabins, while spending free-time zip lining, canoeing, hiking, etc. What sold the place for John was the lack of noise restrictions and that the party could last until sunrise (as opposed to strict 10pm cut-offs at other venues). Also, how gorgeous are the trees! There’s a reason it is called Camp “Timber Tops.”

The weekend started on Friday with a traditional Korean “paebek” ceremony, honoring John’s heritage and our beginnings as both an American and multi-cultural family. The dress is known as a “hanbok” and my favorite element of the ceremony was when John gave me, his mom, and my mom each a piggy-back ride, to signify his responsibility to uphold his future family. Also, family members threw us dates (girls) and chestnuts (boys), and how many we caught symbolized our future children – 2 girls, 1 boy! Finally we ended the night with delicious Korean BBQ and libations.

Saturday was the traditional black tie wedding. The decorations and planning were a collective labor of love led my my mom, along with her team of friends/family who worked hard to make the day special. I can never repay their time and energy, whether crafting the cross for our ceremony, tying hundreds of goodie bags with s’mores, setting the tables with logs and candles, hand-painting our bark signs, etc. My mom saved one surprise for coming back down the aisle – not rice, but rainbow marshmallows!

After we were pronounced husband and wife, we entered the camp dining hall for the reception; this was when it became real, as all of our friends and family who flew in from around the world cheered for us as we danced to “Must’ve Done Something Right.” If there was one thing that surprised me the most about our wedding, it was the realization that it is not all “your” day but where you can celebrate God, family, friends who were there with you every step of the way.

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Photography: Maria Lamb | Floral Design: Fox Hill Farm | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Sweet sensations | Invitations: Groom - Printefex | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Peter’s Europa House | Hair: Renee’s Hair Studio | Officiant: Redeemer Presbyterian Church | Ceremony Music: AVIVA Strings | Venue: Camp Timber Tops | Bride’s Shoes: Tess Harriss Designs | DJ + Photo Booth: Mike Walton Productions | Day-of-Coordination: Megan Gustafson (onebellalife@yahoo.com) | Dinner Rentals: Scranton Rent All | Korean Ceremony Gown: The Hanbok | Veil: David's Bridal

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