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Brittany + Kevin

Brittany and Kevin first met as teens at a "college day" event where the students from the local all-girls and all-boys high schools visit a prep school to learn about the different college opportunities.  The two ended up in a lot of classrooms together and discovered that they had a mutual friend in common.  Kevin knew right from their first encounter that he was in love with Brittany, and even told his friend he would marry her someday!  They continued to see each other at different events and locations, with Kevin usually initiating the conversations.  But one evening when they saw each other at a bar, Brittany called Kevin over to talk.  She noticed the ring he was wearing was an Irish Claddaugh ring, and she was wearing the same one!  After finding out if he was already taken as the ring can often signify (he wasn't), they hit it off, enjoying the rest of the evening together.  By the following week, they were officially dating and sharing their first magical kiss!

The special place Kevin chose to propose to Brittany has a huge significance in their lives for several reasons.  He asked her to marry him in Disney's World's Epcot park, on the bridge right across from the Italy pavilion.  Brittany loves that scenic bridge, and the couple have a fantastic photo of the two of them on it that they treasure from a previous trip.  But also, Brittany and Kevin have always planned a special honeymoon in Italy that they'll be taking soon!

Brittany and Kevin were actually officially married before this very special day.  But this was the day to wear the beautiful white dress and dress up in fine suit.  It was the day to hold their wedding ceremony at their church.  And of course, it was the day to celebrate their wonderful marriage with all their family and friends!

On the morning of their wedding, Brittany and Kevin each got ready at their parents' homes, not very far from the church where their ceremony would soon take place.  The team from Nancy Caroline Beauty finished their artistry with hair and makeup and Brittany's bridal party dressed into their lovely long pink gowns.

Kevin and his groomsmen had fun hanging out together before it was time for them to get into their dark blue suits with coordinating pink neckties.  And we loved his fun aqua puppy dog socks!  A fabulous tribute to their little pup who would be joining in the day's celebrations, too!

Then it was time for Brittany to put on her beautiful wedding dress.  She wore an amazing plunging v-neckline gown from Eddy K with gorgeous glittering embroidery.  She accessorized with pearl earrings and necklace and a long, flowing veil for the ceremony.  And her beautiful ivory and pink bouquet from London Flower & Variety included a pin with photos of Brittany's beloved grandmothers.

Before the ceremony was to start, Brittany and Kevin read beautifully written love notes that they exchanged that morning.  This is always such a meaningful, sweet moment to capture and we know they'll both treasure having the first time they read their cards to re-watch and relive forever.

Brittany and Kevin's ceremony was held at St. Ephrem Parish in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.  And their marriage ceremony was made even more wonderful because Kevin's uncle, Father Vincent Guest, officiated their traditional Catholic ceremony.  We really enjoyed his personal message to Brittany and Kevin as they continue in this new chapter in their lives together.  The couple said their 'I do's', exchanged rings and were soon pronounced 'still husband and wife'!

We all had so much fun during Brittany and Kevin's photo shoots with Emily Kirsten Photography!  The formal and candid photos were taken after the ceremony at nearby Holy Ghost Preparatory School, the place where Brittany and Kevin first met, and at their reception venue.  You could see how much fun they and their wedding party all had during their shoots.  And of course, their cute pup got in on the action, too!  Check out some of the photos on her website!

Then it was time for the party to celebrate the happy couple!  Brittany and Kevin's reception kicked off at Pen Ryn Estate's newest venue, River's Edge.  This beautiful tented garden pavilion has an impressive arched ceiling, patio paver flooring and boasts amazing views of the Delaware River.   The venue was filled with floral centerpieces and décor that reflected the shades of pink in wedding theme colors.  Absolutely gorgeous!

Brittany and Kevin skipped into the room to the cheers of everyone and danced their first, very fun, dance together!  This was followed by a beautiful, very moving welcome speech and toast from Brittany's father and the blessing.  We also fell in love with the toasts given by Brittany's maid of honor and Kevin's best man and especially the recitation of the traditional Irish Blessing.  Then those touching parent dances followed.

Brittany and Kevin cut their five-tiered cake adorned with lovely pink roses from Isgro Pasticceria and the dance floor was opened to everyone.  The Exceptions were truly exceptional and kept the party rocking and everyone out on that dance floor and having fun all night!

Brittany and Kevin's wedding day was incredible and we were so happy to be able to share in their day and to celebrate with them!  Through delays and several changes in plans, the two always stayed positive, determined to make their dream wedding day come true and they succeeded without a doubt.  Their beautiful wedding event was absolutely perfect!  Congratulations to such a sweet couple, Brittany and Kevin.  We wish them all the best!

 

Photographer:  Emily Kirsten Photography - Philadelphia, PA  

Floral Design:  London Flower & Variety, Inc. - Philadelphia, PA

Hair Stylist:  Nancy Caroline Beauty - Yardley, PA

Makeup Artist:  Nancy Caroline Beauty - Yardley, PA

Wedding Gown:  Eddy K

Bridal Shoes:  Lilly Pulitzer (sneakers)

Entertainment:  The Exceptions - Philadelphia, PA

Photo Booth:  Old City Photo Booth - Philadelphia, PA

Transportation:  Philadelphia Trolley Works - Philadelphia, PA

Cake:  Isgro Pasticceria - Philadelphia, PA

Officiant:  Father Vincent Guest - Camden, NJ

Church:  St. Ephrem Parish - Bensalem, PA

Venue:  River's Edge at Pen Ryn Estate - Bensalem, PA

 

Shannon + Nick

Even though Shannon and Nick grew up only a few miles from each other, they didn't meet until just a few years ago.  The two were set up by one of Shannon's co-worker's daughter one day, and met for the first time on a blind date.  They ended up clicking... talking, laughing and sharing stories all evening long.  On their second date, Nick took Shannon four-wheeling and Shannon knew right away, in her words, that "this was something to hold on to (Literally, you don't want to fly off the back of a four-wheeler)"!

A year into their relationship, Nick was ready and excited to propose to the love of his life.  And what better place than at Shannon's favorite place of all, the charming beach town of Sea Isle City, New Jersey?  With a friend of Shannon's (and future bridesmaid) hiding in the dunes, ready to capture the perfect moment on film, Nick asked Shannon to be his wife and presented her with her dear late grandmother's engagement ring.  And of course, she said 'yes'!  Shannon's family and a best friend were back at the beach house waiting to celebrate with the couple!

Everything on this wedding day took place at the beautiful Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.  The resort is so picturesque with its tree lined drive, lush green fields and lovely stream views.  What a rustic and romantic setting for a wonderful wedding.

Shannon and her bridal party got ready in the stone mansion at their venue.  As they dressed and prepared for the day, the girls all enjoyed a bottle of champagne to celebrate this special occasion!  And we saw for the first time, Shannon's enchanting floral bouquet with its fantastic burgundy flowers and deep green eucalyptus from Sarah's Floral Designs.

Then, Shannon's mother helped her dress into her gown.  Her beautiful wedding dress featured cap sleeves, a glittering beaded lace bodice and a full and flowing A-line skirt.  Shannon's updo featured romantic braids and was fastened in a loose and wispy bun with lovely flowers.  And her amazing Badgley Mischka shoes provided that 'something blue' for the day.  She looked absolutely gorgeous!

Nick looked so handsome wearing a wonderful navy blue suit and a contrasting burgundy tie, coordinating beautifully with Shannon's bouquet and with her bridal party in their long, mismatched burgundy gowns.

After they were all dressed and ready, Shannon and Nick met for a first look outside along the garden path at Allenberry Resort.  Nick's laughter was so contagious as he saw his bride for the first time that day!  They held hands and kissed before taking a stroll together by the stream.

All of their photos took place on the grounds of the resort and we were so delighted to film alongside Earthmark Photography on this beautiful day.  Be sure check out a few of their wonderful photos from Shannon and Nick's day on their Facebook page!

Shannon and Nick were married in a Catholic ceremony earlier, so during their outdoor ceremony at Allenberry, the two reaffirmed their vows to one another, reading vows they personally wrote.  During their ceremony, they also participated in the ancient Celtic tradition of hand-fasting, where strands of fabric or "chords" are wrapped around the couple's hands and tied into a knot.

The reception that followed was held under an enormous white tent on property.  Shannon and Nick kicked off the celebration with a touching first dance, followed by Shannon's father's welcome speech to all the guests.  Then, we were all treated to fantastic toasts from Shannon's two maid/matrons of honor and from the two best men, Nick's brothers.  We loved how Shannon's matron of honor, Caitlin, reminded the two to be sure to periodically  take time to look around, acknowledge and be proud of the life they're building together... excellent advice for newlyweds.

Shannon and Nick cut and enjoyed their lovely homemade cake, then shared beautiful dances with their parents.  Afterwards, lively dancing continued all night as DJ Chris Garrett from Mixed Up Productions rocked the house!  We understand that before the evening was over, Shannon even took a turn behind the DJ booth!

What a wonderful wedding this was at such a gorgeous, romantic venue.  Congratulations to Shannon and Nick and thank you for letting us share in your special day!  We're wishing you both all the best!

 

Photographer:  Earthmark Photography - Gettysburg, PA

Floral Design:  Sarah's Floral Designs - Sarah Klunk - Carlisle, PA

Hair Stylist:  Steele Salon - Hershey, PA

Makeup Artist:  Steele Salon - Hershey, PA          

Wedding Dress:  Essense of Australia

Bridal Shoes:  Badgley Mischka

Entertainment:  Mixed Up Productions - DJ Chris Garrett - Harrisburg, PA        

Wedding Coordinator:  The JDK Group - Kelsey Ivan - Camp Hill, PA

Rentals:  Swoon Vintage Rentals - Hummelstown, PA

Officiant:  Andrew Weigel    

Venue:  Allenberry Resort - Boiling Springs, PA

 

Jessica + Joshua

Many of us will never forget the first words ever exchanged between ourselves and our true love, right?  Well, for Jessica and Josh, it's "Wow, you have soft hair!"!  See, the two met when they were at Resident Assistant training at Towson University.  They were involved in an outdoor group building exercise where everyone had to find someone close to them and interact with them in directed ways.  The first task was to find someone and touch his or her head, and that's when Jessica found Josh and spoke those memorable words! A friendly rapport turned into romance and then a serious relationship, and of course, a proposal was next...

When Jessica and Josh had conversations about a marriage proposal, they both agreed that either both sets of parents would be there to witness it, or neither would be there.  Josh was determined though to make his proposal a total surprise to Jessica and a planned trip to visit with Jessica's parents at their apartment in Florida would be perfect... Jessica wouldn't suspect a proposal with only one set of parents around.  But Josh arranged for his parents to fly down too and when the moment was right, they would be there at the apartment window with Jessica's parents, ready for their part!  Jessica's mother told her to meet them at 11:00am on the dock outside their apartment for a nice lunch out (so she would be dressed up a bit!).  With her brother, sister and her sister's boyfriend all there as well (and to film!), Josh turned and got down on one knee next to Jessica, the signal to their parents that this was it!  They went out on their balcony and hung a banner that read, 'Jessica, will you marry me?'.  So many of the apartment's residents are friends and family, and they  knew to watch out at 11:00am to see it all unfold!  The plan worked perfectly!  Jessica never saw it coming... and of course, she said, 'yes'!

Jessica and Josh's beautiful wedding day arrived in early June.  Both Jessica and her bridesmaids and Josh and his groomsmen got ready for the day in separate suites at Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia.  During those morning preparations, the two exchanged love notes to each other and we were so happy that they read them for us.  We especially loved Josh's words expressing how excited he was for what the future holds for the two of them.

Jessica then dressed into her amazing off-the-shoulder wedding gown.  It had a beautiful fit and flare silhouette, a strapless sweetheart neckline and a gorgeous lace and beaded overlay.  She was such a beautiful bride!  Josh put on his classic black tuxedo, looking ever so handsome, and soon, both were all ready for this exciting day!

It was time then for the couple to share in a first look across the street by the Second Bank of the United States and Independence Hall.  It was so sweet to see and be able to film their excitement and joy when Josh turned around and saw Jessica for the first time!  The team at Studio K Photography was there to take photos of their family and bridal party in this lovely outdoor setting, and it was a pleasure to work alongside them on this special day.

Jessica and Josh's ceremony and reception were both held at one of our favorites, Cescaphe's glamorous Down Town Club.  Before the ceremony was set to begin, the couple's family joined them as the Ketubah, the traditional Jewish marriage contract, was signed.  Afterwards, their beautiful, traditional marriage ceremony was held under a gorgeous chuppah draped in gauzy fabric and surrounded by lush, pink and white florals from Carl Alan Floral Designs.  Before long, Josh was breaking the glass to shouts of "Mazel Tov!"

Jessica and Josh were introduced at the beginning of their reception as the newest 'Mr. & Mrs.' and danced a wonderful first dance together as flower petals rained from the ceiling.  Then, guests danced and celebrated the Horah before the dance floor opened to everyone! Afterwards, Jessica's grandfather gave a beautiful blessing, followed by thoughtful and touching speeches given by each of their parents, thanking guests for attending and welcoming Jessica and Josh into their families.

Beautifully written, personalized toasts by Jessica's maid of honor (her twin sister) and Josh's best man (and brother) followed, then those sweet parent dances.  And an open dance floor was announced once again by EBE Talent's Dreamtime.  Their professionalism, talent and energetic sound had everyone dancing their hearts out all night long!  Before the end of the evening, their friends and family were all surrounding Jessica and Josh in a dance to celebrate their love and their wonderful wedding day.

We always love filming at Cescaphe's venues, Down Town Club being one of our most favorites, but it's always extra special when we have wonderful couples with which to work and such beautiful celebrations to share.  Congratulations and all our best wishes to Jessica and Josh!

 

Photographer:  Studio K Photography - Cherry Hill, NJ

Floral Design:  Carl Alan Floral Designs - Philadelphia, PA

Hair Stylist:  Brides by Valerie Clarke - Mullica Hill, NJ

Makeup Artist:  Meghan Jester Makeup - Mt. Laurel, NJ     

Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero

Bridal Shoes:  Blue by Betsey Johnson

Entertainment:   EBE Talent - Dreamtime - Philadelphia, PA  

Cake:  Cescaphe Cakes - Cescaphe Event Group - Philadelphia, PA

Officiant:  Rabbi Aaron Krupnick -  Voorhees, NJ  

Cantor:  Hazzan Alisa Pomerantz-Boro - Voorhees, NJ   

Venue: Down Town Club - Philadelphia, PA

Accommodations:  Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA

 

 

Jacquie + Dan

Our final wedding for 2018 was so beautiful and definitely was such a fantastic way to end the year!  It was just before Christmas that Jacquie and Dan were married at the Inn at Mendenhall, a lovely boutique hotel in Mendenhall, PA.  Their entire wedding event was held at this delightful venue, with their ceremony and reception taking place in the Grand Ballroom.

This sweet couple met at a New Year's Eve party given by one of Jacquie's best friends.  Her friend had gone to college with Dan's best friend, who was also invited to the party, and Dan came along with him that night.  Jacquie and Dan met and hit it off immediately.  The following morning, Dan called Jacquie and asked her out (for the second time, as he actually already did once the night before!) and the two have been inseparable since!

Dan's proposal was brilliant!  Both he and Jacquie are board game fans but since both were very busy, especially Jacquie who was in grad school and working full time, Dan asked her if they could keep a game out on the coffee table to play in the evenings whenever they could.  Jacquie picked a Harry Potter deck building card game.  A few days later, Jacquie came home to see the game all set up and ready to go.  As Jacquie drew cards and flipped them over, she noticed that one of her new cards was different.  This card was actually a replica with a picture of the engagement ring and instructions to "Gain 1 Ring" on it...  Even though she now knew what was going on, Dan told her however that her turn was over, so she had to wait for his full turn and then play her own hand before she could play her ring card!  When she did, Dan pulled out the ring box and asked Jacquie to marry him.  She said 'yes' of course!  We don't know that official final score but we'd say they both won this game!

Because Christmas was just around the corner, the Inn at Mendenhall was decorated so festively for the holidays on Jacquie and Dan's wedding day.  The couple continued the wintertime theme and chose the divine color scheme of Ink Blue, Cabernet and Gray to compliment.  Of course, there were also a few subtle nods to Harry Potter to tie in that fun proposal!

Jacquie and Dan got ready for the big day in separate rooms there at the inn.  Jacquie's bridesmaids wore Ink Blue gowns in keeping with the chosen color palette and Dan dressed into a dark gray suit, while his groomsmen coordinated with light gray suits with matching blue ties.  The couple also had a bridesman and a groomswoman who wore a gray suit and a blue dress to match the group and we loved how they mixed it up with their wedding party a bit!

Jacquie was such a beautiful bride, wearing an amazing off the shoulder gown with a wonderful princess silhouette.  It featured a plunging v-neckline, a gorgeous open back design and a sparkling belt.  It was very sleek and very modern, reminding us of the Duchess of Sussex's classic, chic wedding gown, but just in ball gown form.  Simply stunning!  Her exquisite bouquet from Matlack Florist was overflowing with lush blooms in white, blush and deep burgundy.  And while outdoors, Jacquie wore an amazing gray cape lined in blue!

Before continuing on to the Grand Ballroom for the ceremony, the two met up outside for a first look and we loved their genuine reactions and sweet little kisses!  Pat and Stuart from Pat Robinson Photography were there to capture this moment for Jacquie and Dan's wedding photos, along with all the wonderful memories from the day, and it was such a pleasure to work alongside them.

Jacquie and Dan's ceremony was so personalized and so special, with Jacquie's brother, Ashton, serving as the officiant.  Jacquie also wore her grandmother's engagement ring during the ceremony to honor her memory on this important day.  They recited their loving vows, exchanged rings and made it official!

Their reception followed there in the ballroom, decorated beautifully with with evergreen garlands draped along the top of the staircase railings and a bright Christmas tree below.  The tables displayed lovely floral centerpieces in white and red blooms and snow globes in keeping with the winter wonderland theme.  And their fantastic five-tiered wedding cake from The Master's Baker had a Harry Potter themed "Always" cake topper!

Jacquie and Dan entered the room down the staircase together, and the newest married couple danced their first dance together on the ballroom floor.  It was so sweet and so wonderful to watch as they kissed and danced!  Later on, there was a special dance announced for Dan's grandparents who were celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary!

Everyone had so much fun dancing the night away, especially the kids who really got into the groove!  A-1 Entertainment did a fantastic job with keeping the guests laughing and dancing all night.  All their guests had such a blast!

This wedding event was truly an amazing celebration of the love of two wonderful, kindhearted people and we were so blessed to be a part of it.  Congratulations and best wishes always to Jacquie and Dan!

 

Photographer:  Pat Robinson Photography  - Wilmington, DE

Floral Design:  Matlack Florist - Nicole Coyle - West Chester, PA

Hair Stylist:  Happily Ever After Hair - Cherry Hill, NJ

Makeup Artist:  Makeup by Alyssa - Alyssa McCourt

Wedding Dress:  Martina Liana - Style 981

Officiant:  Jacquie's brother    

Entertainment:  A-1 Entertainment - Vineland, NJ

Cake:  The Master's Baker - West Chester, PA

Venue:  Inn at Mendenhall - Mendenhall, PA