Magdalena Studios perfectly captured a beautiful classic wedding at Crystal Tea Room, and we’re so excited to share all the pretty details!  We love the luxe dark red hues in the bridesmaid’s dresses and the statement floral arrangements designed by Fabufloras.  But no other detail can compare to Melissa and Michael’s love for one another (#relationshipgoals)!  From their undeniable chemistry to their clever and cute proposal story!  Keep scrolling to see more of this perfectly planned wedding and the meet amazing couple behind the photos!

Classic Winter Wedding at Crystal Tea Ballroom Finley Catering Magdalena Kernan Studios Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings Venues Vendors

Classic Winter Wedding at Crystal Tea Ballroom Finley Catering Magdalena Kernan Studios Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings Venues Vendors

Classic Winter Wedding at Crystal Tea Ballroom Finley Catering Magdalena Kernan Studios Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings Venues Vendors

How They Met:

“Michael and I met at a work happy hour in Arlington, VA.”

Classic Winter Wedding at Crystal Tea Ballroom Finley Catering Magdalena Kernan Studios Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings Venues Vendors

Classic Winter Wedding at Crystal Tea Ballroom Finley Catering Magdalena Kernan Studios Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings Venues Vendors

Classic Winter Wedding at Crystal Tea Ballroom Finley Catering Magdalena Kernan Studios Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings Venues Vendors

Classic Winter Wedding at Crystal Tea Ballroom Finley Catering Magdalena Kernan Studios Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings Venues Vendors

The Proposal:

“We have a memory jar that we write memories on post its and add them to the jar throughout each year and at the end of the year around NYE we open the jar to relive our memories together (it could be a special note from one of us, an accomplishment with work, a note marking a special occasion, etc). Michael had suggested we open the memory early before Christmas in 2015 because we had a lot going on the following few weeks and I agreed.  He planned a date night, December 23, 2015, to National Harbor.  We went to dinner and then walked the pier after dinner to open our memory jar.  As we got to the bottom of the memory jar- the last three notes said 1. I asked your dad 2. Your mom knows too 3. Will you marry me?! Of course, I cried and said YES!”

Classic Winter Wedding at Crystal Tea Ballroom Finley Catering Magdalena Kernan Studios Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings Venues Vendors

Classic Winter Wedding at Crystal Tea Ballroom Finley Catering Magdalena Kernan Studios Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings Venues Vendors

Classic Winter Wedding at Crystal Tea Ballroom Finley Catering Magdalena Kernan Studios Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings Venues Vendors

Classic Winter Wedding at Crystal Tea Ballroom Finley Catering Magdalena Kernan Studios Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings Venues Vendors

“Wedding planning was a lot of fun for me.  I used WeddingWire and recommendations from my friends to find all of my vendors which made it super easy. I am very organized so I booked my venue, photographer, DJ, and flowers right away.  Although planning was time-consuming because I focused on every detail, it was all worth it in the end.  The wedding day was seamless with all of my vendors!   I remember the day after my wedding I asked my mom- “Okay, what went wrong the ‘day of’ that people didn’t tell the bride about.” And she said ‘absolutely nothing, it was perfect!”

Classic Winter Wedding at Crystal Tea Ballroom Finley Catering Magdalena Kernan Studios Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings Venues Vendors

Classic Winter Wedding at Crystal Tea Ballroom Finley Catering Magdalena Kernan Studios Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings Venues Vendors

About the Venue:

“I chose the Crystal Tea Room by Finley Catering.  I absolutely loved my venue. From the minute Michael and I walked into the ballroom with the big chandelier sparkling on the grandiose historic pillars I knew right away I would have my wedding at the Crystal Tea Room.”

Classic Winter Wedding at Crystal Tea Ballroom Finley Catering Magdalena Kernan Studios Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings Venues Vendors

Classic Winter Wedding at Crystal Tea Ballroom Finley Catering Magdalena Kernan Studios Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings Venues Vendors

Classic Winter Wedding at Crystal Tea Ballroom Finley Catering Magdalena Kernan Studios Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings Venues Vendors

Wedding Inspiration:

“I wanted a classic, romantic, winter wedding.  Pictures from Pinterest helped me build my vision for my wedding day.”

Classic Winter Wedding at Crystal Tea Ballroom Finley Catering Magdalena Kernan Studios Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings Venues Vendors

Classic Winter Wedding at Crystal Tea Ballroom Finley Catering Magdalena Kernan Studios Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings Venues Vendors

Classic Winter Wedding at Crystal Tea Ballroom Finley Catering Magdalena Kernan Studios Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings Venues Vendors

Wedding Planning Advice:

“Stay organized with your schedule and all of your details.  Stay calm and make sure your bridal party has all the contact information for your vendors in case of an emergency on the day of and everything will run smoothly!  Most importantly – Enjoy this time in your lives with each other, it goes by so fast so cherish it.”

Classic Winter Wedding at Crystal Tea Ballroom Finley Catering Magdalena Kernan Studios Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings Venues Vendors

Classic Winter Wedding at Crystal Tea Ballroom Finley Catering Magdalena Kernan Studios Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings Venues Vendors

Classic Winter Wedding at Crystal Tea Ballroom Finley Catering Magdalena Kernan Studios Philly In Love Philadelphia Weddings Venues Vendors

“My best moment was standing on the dance floor in a big circle will all of my family friends knowing that I had the man of my dreams next to me and could feel all the love in the room. All of my vendors were amazing! From Finley Catering to Magdalena Kernan to Steve and Co. DJ to FabuFloras to C.E. Facial Artistry. They were all organized, kept me in the loop prior to the day of and had me completely comfortable and calm on the wedding day.  They were an awesome team to have by my side.”


Vendors | Photographer: Magdalena Studios | Ceremony Venue: St. John the Evangelist Church | Reception Venue: Crystal Tea Room | Wedding Planner/Catering: Finley Catering | Officiant: Father Brian Stacy | Florist: Fabufloras | Bride’s Dress: Roberta at Sposabella | Hair and Makeup: Charlotte Erace, CE Facial Artistry | DJ/Band: Steve and Co. Productions | Cake/Dessert: Termini Brothers

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1 Comment

  1. Taz

    April 2, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    These photos are something else, superb composition!

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