We all know and love the Reading Terminal Market, but once the space is transformed for a wedding, it becomes magical!  Christian and Stephanie wanted their special day to be centered around their love for each other, family, and their adoration for fall and beer.  All About Events helped them to create their very own Oktoberfest!  With autumn inspired arrangements designed by Torresdale Flowers and a local selection of 35 draft beers, this unique celebration came to life.  In lieu of the traditional candle for their unity ceremony, they shared a beer after pouring it from glasses of their favorite teams, The Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Jets.  Noreen Turner Photography captured all of the love that was felt on this lovely fall day, so keep scrolling for more inspiration below!
From the Photographer, Noreen Turner Photography: “Christian and Stephanie started out as just friends 12 years ago in college at the University of Central Florida. After college, Stephanie came back home, Christian luckily followed soon after to pursue an internship. The two were reunited, and so was their relationship. Christian and Stephanie’s unique wedding was centered around their obvious love for each other and their families.  Family played a big role in this wedding where parents, brothers, and sisters all filled in the bridal party. Unfortunately, Christian’s father passed away but was memorialized in his custom cufflinks, the memory table, and also when guests danced along to his favorite song. Christian and Stephanie chose an iconic Philadelphia location for their ceremony and reception  – the Reading Terminal Market. The urban venue was combined with rustic fall details for this October wedding. Christian and Steph tailored the ceremony to their personalities but inviting their moms (who were also the matron of honor and bridesmaids) to the alter to play a special role in the ceremony. Instead of having the typical unity candle, our bride and groom who are Eagles and Jets fans poured beer from their teams’ cups then shared from one glass – uniting their love and their teams! After the ceremony guests enjoyed food from several of the vendors inside the market including the world famous roast pork sandwiches from DiNic’s and ended the evening with root beer floats made from Basset’s famous ice cream. They even skipped the wedding cake and feasted on Beiler’s donuts which are the best in the area!”

How They Met

“Christian and I met in college at the University of Central Florida. During our time at school, we became best friends and continued to stay in touch after graduation when I moved back home to PA. A few years later Christian was in NJ for a clinical for graduate school. He visited me in Philly, and our friendship quickly blossomed into something much more :)”

The Proposal

“We were in Puerto Rico on an unforgettable vacation with both of our immediate families. Christian got down on one knee while the two of us were on a pre-dinner stroll along the beach. I was completely surprised, there were some tears and squeals and finally a YES! We went back to the resort where our families were awaiting our return with lots of love, smiles and celebratory drinks!”

Wedding Planning

“I wasn’t one who had ever dreamed of having a wedding, and we were all over the place when originally discussing plans. We decided on Philly and then took our time planning the rest and enjoying our engagement. Over the next 1.5 years, we turned a lot of our planning items into date nights and actually enjoyed (most of) the process. We made every decision together and really took our time discussing details to make sure everything made sense for us. It was fun to learn what was important to each of us and to watch it all come together!”

The Reading Terminal Market

“We were looking for a unique venue, something totally different. After some searching, we found out that Reading Terminal Market hosted weddings and knew we had to check it out! RTM is one of our favorite places in Philly, and we wanted our reception to be pretty food and beer-focused (two of our favorite things), so it really couldn’t have been an easier decision. It was actually the first and only venue we viewed. The event planning group there, All About Events, are the ones that made it all possible and they were exceptional to work with.”

Wedding Inspiration

“Honestly, our main inspiration for our wedding was us. We really wanted everything to 100% reflect us – what we love, like, enjoy – and our relationship. We are both very close to our families, and they are always an inspiration to us, so they were a very big part of our wedding too. We also picked October for our wedding since we love everything fall. I guess overall you could say it was a very non-traditional wedding inspired by love, family, and fall!”

“Aside from our ceremony (thank you, Sheila, for creating something so heartwarming!) and exchanging our vows which were really just the most magical moment, our first look and bride and groom photos was our favorite memory. Noreen, our photographer, was so wonderful and she took us to different spots all around Philly. It was a beautiful fall day, and we had the best time walking around town with each other. There was something so special about stepping away from all the excitement of the day and being in the moment. Just us, so happy and in love! It was perfect!”

Wedding Planning Advice

“You will get a lot of advice and opinions, but make sure your day is all about the two of you! Take the time to really think through all of the details and to decide what things are important to you. Budget accordingly and DIY smaller details. Your vendors are also very important; they make all the planning a reality!”

Wedding Vendors

“All of our vendors were an absolute pleasure to work with! We took a lot of time reading reviews to help capture who had a focus on the things important to us. We did not hesitate to ask questions up front or during the planning process, and we were able to trust every one day off. Our photographer Noreen Turner was fantastic, and she captured every moment perfectly! Christina and Stevie from All About Events were also wonderful, and their transformation of the RTM was really remarkable! To all of our vendors – we thank you so much!”


Vendors | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Reading Terminal Market | Food: Valley Sheppard, Pearl’s, DiNic’s, Hershel’s | Photographer: Noreen Turner Photography | Florist: Torresdale Flowers | Dress Designer and Bridal Salon: Maggie SotteroAshley’s Bridal Shop | Planner: All About Events | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Hair and Makeup: Giovanni & Pileggi | DJ: Eric Scott Gold | Getting Ready: Loews Hotel