From the Photographer, Soult Studios: “A beautiful crisp and cold winter day. Pre-bridal and first look photos were done at The Sonesta Philadelphia Downtown hotel. From the moment they saw each other for the first time on the stairway of the hotel Greg could not hold it together. We chose to do photos at the beautiful first national bank in old city Philadelphia. The old cobblestones and beautiful stone made for a wonderful backdrop for the couple and their bridal party. The sun kissed the bride and groom for the last shots of the shoot while they walked hand in hand back to their trolley. When we reached the Cescaphe Ballroom the window light from the cocktail hour room made me want to silhouette them in the gorgeous window. The ceremony was another moment when Greg showed emotion and the two of them couldn’t keep their eyes off each other.”
As luck would have it, Gregory and Lauren were put into the same section of classes, sitting just one seat from one another, three to four nights per week. Between working and going to school at night, it was all business! It wasn’t until Lauren looked to her left during class one night, that she first took notice of Gregory. Come to find out, he had been very aware of Lauren.
One night after class, a group of classmates went out to a local bar (Scrimmages). There, Lauren and Gregory were able to get to know each other better. It was quite obvious to both of them that they had found something special and before long they decided to make their relationship official while overlooking the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia behind the famous Art Museum!”
On our way to dinner on May 30, 2015, Greg said he wanted to make a quick stop to see the new gazebos being built on the beach. Lauren, hair done and high heels on, was reluctant to bare the sand and salty wind! As usual, Greg insisted, and so we made a pit stop. As we walked out onto the gazebo, a red rose, a laptop, and a sign reading “Lauren” sitting on a bench caught our attention.
A note instructed Lauren to open the laptop and press “Play.” As we watched a video, it became clear that Greg had been proposing to Lauren every day for the previous 84 days, by filming himself holding a “Will you marry me?” sign on each day. He compiled the 84 clips, along with some of our favorite memories together. The last slide of the video asked Lauren to turn around where Greg was down on one knee with a beautiful diamond ring! Greg even had a photographer there to capture the special moments!
When we finally did make it to dinner, we were greeted by our closest family and friends to celebrate the first step toward becoming “The Houghs”!”
We chose Cescaphe Event Group. Greg and I were both so busy that we were attracted to the “one stop shop” that Cescaphe offered. They took care of our ceremony and reception spaces, catering, tables, linens, menu cards, cake, music during cocktail hour and a half, plus we used many of their recommended vendors including Beautiful Blooms, and the Cescaphe Trolley. We knew that Cescaphe is second to none in the city and were so happy with the outcome!”