May 26, 2011

Carolyn + Jeremy: Philadelphia Wedding at St. Thomas of Villanova and the Down Town Club


“Rain” doesn’t even begin to describe the weather on Carolyn and Jeremy’s wedding day. We’re talking torrential downpour, gale force winds, sheets of water and fierce gusts. A downright tempest.

Regardless, Carolyn and Jeremy took it in stride and the day was an absolute blast. If they were phased at all, they didn’t show it. This is the same couple from the engagement session around the Penn campus a few months ago. The day was beautiful, fun, quirky, and hilarious. You’ll see…

I started at Carolyn’s parents’ house in Villanova where the ladies were getting ready. Jeremy and the guys were at the Omni Hotel in the city. Carolyn had some of the most elegant details – Manolo Blahnik wedding shoes, No. 19 Chanel perfume, some glamorous bling, a chapel length veil, and a stunning one shoulder asymmetrical number by Alma Novia by Rosa Clara.

wedding details shoes jewelry perfume
father writing letter to daughter on wedding day
bride wedding bouquet
wedding rings
bride getting ready for wedding
elegant wedding invitation
Philadelphia bride portrait
Don’t let the glamour and glitz fool you, Carolyn was laid back and prepared…

Philadelphia bride portrait
The sky opened up between the house and the church, the beautiful St. Thomas of Villanova on Villanova’s campus.

rainy wedding day Philadelphia
wedding party lining up
bride entering St. Thomas of Villanova Church
bride and groom at altar of St. Thomas of Villanova
St. Thomas of Villanova wedding
bridesmaids at St. Thomas of Villanova
bride and groom at St. Thomas of Villanova wedding

Our original plans were to take pictures around Boat House Row and at the Philadelphia Art Museum steps. That was not happening. Carolyn and I simultaneously came up with doing the formals at 30th Street Station.

bride and bridesmaids at 30th Street station
bride and groom at 30th street station

The reception was held at the Downtown Club in Philly. In addition to seating cards, guests’ pictures were displayed on boards with table numbers.

wedding seating cards
wedding guest tables
rainy day wedding

The florals by Long Stems Florist were beautiful.
green and purple wedding centerpieces
green purple wedding centerpieces
And the food… Check out the seafood buffet on ice. The table numbers were labors of love by Carolyn and Jeremy themselves, the Bostonians paying homage to Philly with liberty bell lanterns.

DIY Philadelphia table numbers and food
The bridal party was something.

fun groomsman with umbrella
Carolyn and Jeremy shared their first dance to “Say Hey” by Michael Franti & Spearhead which turned into a bridal party dancefloor shindig.

bride groom first dance
bride groom first dance
bride groom first dance
This started the night and it got even better. This group got down – complete with belly laughs, breakdancing, perfect speeches, outrageous props, a full Viennese dessert room, and all around hilarity. There are simply too many pictures of it all.

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bride groom wedding speech
bride groom wedding speech
wedding reception party
wedding reception party
dessert room at wedding
Even the cake was superb.

beautiful wedding cake
bride and groom feeding wedding cake
It was an incredible day. Rain? What rain? Thanks again, Carolyn and Jeremy.

bride and groom at 30th street station

My momma told me don’t lose you
‘Cause the best luck I had was you
And I know one thing that I love you
~ Michael Franti & Spearhead, “Say Hey”

Hair and Makeup: Kristen Pinciotti
Wedding Gown: Alma Novia by Rosa Clara
Wedding Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Invitations: Checkerboard
Florist: Long Stems Florist
Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works
Ceremony: St. Thomas of Villanova Church
Reception: Down Town Club
Catering: Down Town Club
Band: G-Force
Wedding Cake: Down Town Club
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