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.
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 & Co | Floral Design: Petals Lane | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Wedding Cake: Bredenbeck's Bakery and Ice Cream Parlor | Ceremony Venue: Old St. Joseph's Church | Reception Venue: Hotel Monaco Philadelphia | Shoes: Something Bleu | Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN | Makeup: Aleksandra Ambrozy Makeup and Hair Artistry | Groomsmen Attire: Sagets Formal Wear | Music: White Label DJs