May 9, 2011

Julia + Matt’s Wedding at St. John the Baptist and The Old Mill

Wedding

Julia and Matt are fun, hilarious, and awesome (in no particular order). Not surprisingly, their wedding exuded the exact same qualities. This group was a blast – there was nonstop laughter. If that’s not the sign of an incredible wedding, I don’t know what is. This wedding was sprinkled with a little bit of Rocky (the boxer, not the squirrel), zombies, rugby, mummers, chests & vests (don’t ask), and an all around good time.

Perhaps you remember these two crazy kids from their engagement session in Manayunk last year.

We started the day in Manayunk at Matt and Julia’s place where the girls were getting ready.

Julia was stylin’! I loved her Demitrios lace gown and the adorable blush-colored bolero. And her blusher headpiece suited her perfectly (from Etsy, I believe).

wedding dress gown bride
bride wedding jewelry
bride blusher headpiece
bride getting ready for wedding
bride getting ready for wedding
The bouquets by Fresh Designs Florist were gorgeous. Julia’s featured soft pinks , whites, and greens while the bridesmaids had more vibrant colors to match their fuchsia cocktail length dresses.

wedding bridal bouquet
They were married at the gorgeous St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Manayunk.

Philadelphia St. John the Baptist Church wedding
Philadelphia St. John the Baptist Church wedding processional
Philadelphia St. John the Baptist Church wedding
 Philadelphia St. John the Baptist Church groom
bride receiving line
After the ceremony, the bridal party and I headed over to the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum. The day was perfect – huge puffy clouds against a brilliant blue sky.

partying groom wedding
wedding couple at Philadelphia Art Museum
couple at Philadelphia Art Museum
couple at Philadelphia Art Museum stairs
couple at Philadelphia Art Museum stairs
Have I mentioned yet that I love this group? Because I do. They rocked my socks. Hard.

fun bridal party at Philadelphia Art Museum
fun bridal party at Philadelphia Art Museum
fun groomsmen at Philadelphia Art Museum
fun bridesmaids at Philadelphia Art Museum
After a pic or two with the Rocky statue, we were off to Media to catch the cocktail hour and reception at the Old Mill in Media. This is such a charming venue with stone walls and indoor and outdoor spaces.

wedding centerpiece at The Old Mill, Media
Instead of a sign-in book or mat, they had their guests leave their fingerprints and names on a hand drawn tree. I loved it!

unique guest sign-in
Some fabulous introductions included hopscotch, a piggyback ride, and Thriller.

bridal party introductions
Matt and Julia entered the room to cheers (he carried her in) and they danced their first dance together as husband and wife to Cee Lo’s “Old Fashioned”.

bride and groom first wedding dance
bride and groom first wedding dance
Toasts by Cheech and the best men gave us the low down on the couple, including the top 10 things about Matt.

wedding toasts
bride groom wedding toasts
The food was delicious but I’m amazed anyone ate. Guests were itching to get out on the dancefloor from the moment they walked in the room. The place was packed all night long. And you should have seen it when the Mummers song came on. Here’s some insight… (Yes, that’s one of the priests living it up with his cane!)

wedding reception dancing
groomsmen at Old Mill, Media
I loved the dance Julia shared with her grandfather.

bride dancing with grandfather
Guests were crowded around the cake all night long. Matt and Julia, huge fans of zombie flicks, paid homage to their obsession with a fantastic cake by Liz Marden.

zombie theme wedding cake
feeding wedding cake
It was such a wonderful day. Julia and Matt, thanks so much for inviting me to be a part of it. I had a great time!

bride and groom at night

Oh, people they gather ’round
And they wonder how
How we end up right here and now
I just smile ’cause true love doesn’t go out of style
Ohhhh
(right on time)
Always
Right on time, oh timeless
I’ll be here for always
~ Cee Lo Green, “Old Fashioned”

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