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Glamorous New Year’s Eve Wedding in Philly

What better way to ring in the New Year than with wedding in Old City? This couple chose (in great taste, we think) to host their party in the posh Hotel Monaco surrounded by metallic accents and cuddled in lavish furs for an event that looks as fun as the bride’s reception dress. Keep scrolling for some beautiful images by Asya Photography. Feeling the love? Then make sure you check out the full gallery here.


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From the Bride… Chris and I met at the University of Delaware senior year, even though we were from the same town! He went to Radnor and I went to the Academy of Notre Dame. I was instantly attracted to his charm and ability to make me laugh (he is pretty easy on the eyes too! :) ). We both found our way back home after college where we casually dated on and off until we took ourselves a bit more seriously around the age of 25. I moved in with him and his fuzzy/snuggly golden retriever into their charming condo in Conshohocken where we have spent the last four years together.

Chris totally surprised me with the proposal. I was off on a work trip to Chicago, I am the accessories buyer for BHLDN (Anthropologie wedding) and I was in town with a jewelry designer who was throwing a trunk show as a holiday shopping event. What I didn’t know is that my best friends from the office in Philadelphia, as well as the store staff in Chicago, helped coordinate the surprise of my life! I went to the event and was preparing to meet some of the team for dinner afterwards at a cute little restaurant called GT Fish & Oyster a few blocks from my hotel. I checked in with the hostess, who led me to the table and Chris was sitting there all dressed up by himself with a huge grin on his face. I was extremely caught off guard…I usually know EVERYTHING (really, the girls in the office call me Nancy Drew) and wasn’t sure what was going on… A bit shocked you could say, so surprised! As I walked up to him, he got down on one knee and proposed to me. It was very emotional, yet we still managed to laugh the entire time as well. It will always been one of my favorite memories.

I feel lucky enough to work for such an amazing brand as BHLDN because it taught me that your wedding day should really be reflective of you and your fiancé and that it is a day you can make your own to celebrate and cherish forever. I always dreamed of getting married on New Year’s Eve… a winter wedding on a night fit for celebration. I knew the colors would always be black & white with pops of gold and silver, perfectly festive for the holiday… A bit of preppy and chic with a mix of stripes and chevrons, vintage ribbons I found along my travels, and playful tinsel straws and party horns. We loved planning our big day and all the details.. We had the best wedding planner to pull it all together (Sara from Confetti & Co) too! We chose Old City as our venue spot because Chris really loves the historical part of the city. We wanted an older, charming church with an intimate feel and decided on Old Saint Joe’s on Willings Alley. Our reception was at the Hotel Monaco, which was a great compromise for us.. A modern, boutique hotel (for me) in the heart of Old City right next to the Liberty Bell (for him)- wedding bells and liberty bells exactly! We wanted to have fun surprises for our guests: a balloon drop at midnight as well as we a room setup next to the reception that had a photo booth with a balloon backdrop and our version of a guest book- wedding mad libs (one of the funniest/best parts of our wedding).

Photographer: Asya Photography | Event Planning: Confetti And Company | Floral Design: Petals Lane | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Wedding Cake: Bredenbeck's Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Old St. Joseph's Church | Reception Venue: Hotel Monaco | Shoes: Something Bleu | Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN | Groomsmen Attire: Saget's Tuxedos | Makeup: Aleksandra Ambrozy | Music: White Label

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Elegant Wedding in Wynnewood

We love this timeless wedding – antique rings, subtle grays and greens, a fresh blanket of snow (not to mention a bold, peacock-blue to make everything else pop). No theme’s more fitting for these high school sweethearts, whose story spans years, states and life stages, their hometown ceremony and reception truly as beautiful as they are. Check out these images from Asya Photography, you can find the full gallery here.


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From Asya PhotographyNickolas Bogdanovich and Julia McLaughlin first met as high school freshman at Delaware County Christian School in Newtown Square, PA in 2003. By their sophomore year, they had formed a friendship and soon started dating. After high school, Nickolas went to study at McGill University in Canada while Julia attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, but they remained friends and enjoyed returning to Philadelphia to see one another on their breaks. Unbeknownst to Julia, in March 2013 Nickolas asked her parents, James and Vivian McLaughlin, if he could ask Julia to marry him. After gasps, tears, and laughter, they said yes and Nickolas began hunting for just the right ring. He finally found a beautiful antique ring with a filigree setting that he knew Julia would love. He then set his mind to scheming up just the right surprise.

In May 2013, Nickolas told Julia that he was taking her on a surprise trip to celebrate her birthday. He drove her to Chestnut Hill and the two spent the day in search of little love notes hidden inside scallop shells that Nick had concealed around the town as part of an elaborate scavenger hunt. After they had found the last note, Nickolas suggested that they go by the Tyler Arboretum to see the gardens. There—when Julia thought all of the surprises for the day had been discovered—he proposed. Needless to say, she said yes! The pair then returned to Julia’s parents’ home to celebrate with her family, who—to her astonishment—had known of the plan all along.

Nickolas and Julia were married on January 4, 2014 at All Saints’ Church in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. It had snowed the day before so the church was covered in a stunning fresh blanket of snow. The ceremony was particularly moving to them as they made their commitment before God, their family, their friends, and their congregation. During the service, Julia’s sister and maid of honor, Laurel McLaughlin, sang Schubert’s Ave Maria and her brother and groomsman, Mark McLaughlin, played Bach’s Lute Suite No. 1 during communion. After the ceremony, the bridal party and guests made their way to the Racquet Club of Philadelphia for the reception. Many guests had braved the wintery weather, and Nickolas and Julia were so grateful that their family members and friends had traveled all the way from Canada, the Midwest, and Alabama to celebrate with them. Throughout the toasts, dances, and constant laughter, Nickolas and Julia reveled in the joy and love of the day. It was truly a precious one, and they look forward to many more of those days together.

From the Bride…  I tried on many dresses at several different shops in the area before hearing about Elizabeth Johns in Suburban Square. Elizabeth Johns is—bar none—the best wedding boutique in the area. The consultants made so much time for me and were also incredibly genuine in their desire to help me find just the right dress. When I tried on this dress, I loved the lace sleeves, the fitted-to-full shape, and the cathedral train, but I knew it was the right dress when my Mom started crying. My sister and I then started crying—and before we knew it the consultant even started crying! It was a very special moment, and I was amazed that I had found a dress more beautiful than I could have imagined. 

Heather Potter from Cottage Flowers in Malvern did our flowers. She is truly a fantastic artist and captured my vision of a wintery wedding exquisitely. She met with me and my Mom several times, wanting to make sure her plans were just right (and, of course, they were gorgeous!). She also worked very closely with my Mom to help design the table settings and decorate the mantelpiece in the Racquet Club. I would recommend her to any future brides and grooms in a heartbeat.

We had CTO’s Fifth Avenue as our band and they were amazing. We requested that they play a mixture of old and new so that all of our guests could enjoy the dance floor. Fifth Avenue certainly delivered! We loved their mixture of Motown, Classics, and Top-40 songs, and our guests did too! We also appreciated that they learned the songs we wanted for our first dance and dances with our parents.

We are both pretty traditional and all along we described our vision for the day as “uniquely elegant” and “timeless”. We wanted to retain beautiful traditions but add some artistry and personal touches as well. The colors were a wintery peacock blue but we added juniper, grays, whites and greens to create a wintery look, particularly with the flowers. We also used a lot of candles (and I mean a LOT) at the reception to create a glowing, warm atmosphere. And last but not least, we loved our photographers! Especially, Asya—who even took a fall on a slippery patch of ice to get a beautiful shot of us running away from the church!

Photographer: Asya Photography | Floral Design: Cottage Flowers | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Johns | Cake: Jeffrey Miller | Ceremony Venue: All Saints' Church Wynnewood | Reception Venue: The Racquet Club Of Philadelphia | Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal | Wedding Band: CTO's Fifth Avenue Band

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Art Deco Ballroom Wedding in Philly

You can’t go wrong incorporating an era of luxury, glamour, and most importantly, progress, into your big day. Which is why we’re so taken with this Philly couple’s amazing Art Deco wedding. Hotel Monaco provided a perfect backdrop for the modern affair with era-appropriate accents like gold sunbursts (and that dress!) laced throughout. Photographer Jennifer Sosa was there to capture the stunning event.


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From the Bride… When Matt and I first went to see the Hotel Monaco, it was still a construction site. We squeezed past ladders and tried to visualize how the ballroom would look when it was painted, but we knew – this modern, quirky space was where we would get married. And this was before we saw the showstopper rooftop bar to be used for cocktail hour! The deco-influenced space was our jumping off point for our vision for the wedding and our vendors brought it to life better than we could ever have imagined. We tried to incorporate the deco theme in a subtle, contemporary way: sunburst patterns on our wedding cake, a letter-pressed deco design on our invitations, and the beautiful beadwork on the Jenny Packham dress I fell in love with. Our ceremony was interfaith, so we mixed and matched traditions in a way that felt right for us – we used my mother’s wedding veil as the fabric for our chuppah, we did a unity candle ceremony, our cousins shared readings, (including an excerpt from “Plato’s Symposium” that Matt had originally shared with me in a 1st anniversary card years before), and we were married by the judge that he worked for. Since we would be moving back to NYC days after our wedding, the night was also our farewell to Philadelphia. We loved the map of the city that our invitation designers used in our invitation suite so much, that we had it blown up and used it as a guestbook. We even sent our guests off at the end of the night with some special Philly treats – water ice and mini soft pretzels! It was an amazing feeling to see all the planning and little moments come together, but in the end, the best part was having all our beautiful friends and family come together to celebrate our new start as husband and wife.

Photography: Jennifer Sosa | Videographer: Atlantica Pictures | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham Via The Wedding Shoppe | Cake: Ciao Bella Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Various Designers | Hair: Samantha Caulk | DJ: Nick Faragasso Via Priceless Photo Booths | Groom's Suit: J.Crew | Groomsmen's Ties: J.Crew | Bridesmaid Caftans: Etsy Via Silkandmore | Ceremony Musician: Philadelphia String Quartet | Florals: Carl Alan Floral Designs | Hotel Ballroom: Hotel Monaco Philadelphia | Invitations And Paper Goods: Loveleigh Invitations | Makeup: Kaitlin Kennedy

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