Christina and Andrew’s wedding day was perfectly embed as a pictorial parade of love, documented by EAV Productions. The Ritz-Carlton, one of Philadelphia’s most prestigious hotels, served to be an elegant choice for this couples’ wedding venue. This wedding was bounteous with special elements, from the gorgeous floral arrangements, down to the stylish garbs worn by the wedding party! These two love-birds seemingly commenced their love for one another this past Spring, and it was all captured into one amazing trailer!
From the Bride: “Andrew and I met the night before we graduated from Boston University. We had noticed each other in classes, but didn’t meet until our mutual groups of friends were hanging out together and saying their goodbyes. We instantly clicked, and saw each other at the occasional get together with friends in the weeks that followed. Andrew asked me one day if I wanted to hang out around downtown Boston. We showed up so nervous, it became pretty clear we both wanted it to be a date. We ended up wandering around the streets of Boston chatting for hours. Less than a year later, Andrew had been accepted to Temple University School of Medicine. This confronted us with a lot of questions about our future sooner than we expected, but by then, neither of us wanted to lose the other. I applied to graduate school, and a year later, we started a brand new life together in Philadelphia!
Andrew’s proposal was exactly like him: methodical, but romantic. To catch me by surprise, he had one of my friends pretend to need us to fill in on a double date at the Water Works. The whole day, Andrew was going nuts thinking I was dropping hints that I knew what was going to happen, such as wearing the same dress I wore to our first date. We arrived at the Water Works right at sunset and went to enjoy the view from the gazebo before dinner. There, he pulled out a spreadsheet with dozens of dates and times. When I asked him what it was, he said he had started recording every moment he stopped to think of me over the past week, and that he had something he’d wanted to ask me for a long time. He got down on one knee and proposed, and of course, I said yes! Afterward, he revealed that he was taking me to my favorite restaurant, Little Fish. They greeted us with a bottle of champagne, and surprised me with my favorite dessert that we’d had when we first moved to Philadelphia: an almond cake with brandied cherries and dark chocolate ganache. We ended up basing our wedding cake on that special dessert!”
“Our favorite moment was right after the ceremony. We were hoping to take pictures back at the Water Works where Andrew proposed, but we only had a short time for formal portraits, and the sky was very overcast. I told Andrew in the middle of the formal portraits that we’d probably have to scrap the idea. He agreed, but seeing his face fall made me to grab a cab and the two of us hightailed it over there with our photographers. It turned out to be the one sunny hour of the entire day. The Art Museum and surrounding gardens were flooded by the setting sun. It was the perfect thing to do moments after having promised in our vows to take time to enjoy a sunny afternoon walk together.”
“Wedding planning was very busy for us, since neither of us has family in town. Like many couples, we found the options overwhelming! Because of this, we picked vendors whose work we loved and who were very independent once we pointed them in the direction we wanted to go.This allowed us to concentrate on taking care of the many guests coming from out of town, and on details that made our wedding feel meaningful and personal. We included details such as having our mothers do ceremony readings in Hebrew and Mandarin, having Andrew’s uncle perform a song he’d composed for our processional, and writing our own vows. Those were the most fun to plan. The weeks leading up to the wedding were very busy, but on the day, we relaxed and enjoyed ourselves.”
“We had a blast because we stayed true to what we wanted our wedding to be, but didn’t forget that the most important part was starting our marriage in the company of our loved ones. Trusting your own ideas to lead the way is the only way to have a wedding that represents you and your partner, because no other source of inspiration knows the two of you as well as yourselves. And while it’s natural to care and sometimes stress about the details while you’re planning, remember that it’s going to be a great day no matter what. Remember to let go and enjoy the start of your marriage!”
Vendors | Videographer: EAV Productions, Cameras: Craig De Maio, John Takach, Edit: Craig De Maio, Licensing: The MusicBed, “Heart of Gold” by Planes | Photographer: Angelina Minger, Angelina M. Photography | Venue: The Ritz-Carlton | DJ: John Guarracino | Florist: Kerry Fabrizio, Fabufloras | Makeup: Elizabeth Terenchin Makeup Artist | Hair Styling: Laura Berlin, Giovanni & Pileggi | Wedding Dress: Pronovias, purchased from Philadelphia Bridal Co. | Alterations: Malgo Szcepek, Dressigner | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim Hjelm Occasions | Groom’s Tuxedo: Canali, purchased from Boyd’s | Tuxedo Rental: Smith’s Black Tie & Tailoring |