written by Dolly Marshall

From the photographer, Deibert Photography: “When we met Keke and Rob, we immediately loved how Rob was taking the lead on planning the perfect day for him and Keke – and it was clear he’d do anything to make her happy. When the day arrived, the crew was having a ton of fun getting ready at a hotel nearby the venue before we hit up the Manayunk Brewery for the ceremony and reception. There were no holding back any tears as Rob saw his bride come down the aisle, and the emotions ran high all day long and well into the night. We loved all the Great Gatsby touches, as Papertini transformed Manayunk Brewery into a stunning space, and Desserts By Dana had a serious line-up of sweets. To top it off, the DJ kept the dance floor packed as the couple celebrated with all their beloved friends and family.”

bride and groom hold hands outdoors in nature
bride and groom sit outdoors in nature
formal bride, groom and wedding party portrait

How They Met

“Rob and I met during the fall semester of 2012 at Community College of Philadelphia in a business management class. Rob could not help but to stare at me from across the class, but the only thing that he could bring himself to do was smile brightly at me. I began to gather people to start a study group and purposely did not include Rob because of the heart eyes he had for me. (Rob got his chance to woo Keiasha with his intelligence by showing her he received an A on a quiz). Soon thereafter, he and I would study together and he would walk me to my car afterwards. A friendship blossomed and we found ourselves painting Center City Philadelphia red during workday evenings.”

smiling bride and groom close up portrait
mermaid wedding dress with sweetheart neckline and encrusted pearls
bride getting hair styled before wedding
smiling groom in tuxedo and white bow-tie
bride looks at photo of herself on cell phone after being made up
sparkly high-heeled weddings shoes

The Proposal

“Rob decided to propose at the very same place we both met, the Community College of Philadelphia. One day Rob saw me walking passed him while he was sitting outside on the steps waiting for his class to begin. I rushed passed and said I would come back to chat; Rob proposed on those same steps!”

 groom and bride's hands with engagement ring
smiling bride reads card from groom
groom reads card from bride

Wedding Planning

“Planning our wedding was stressful, but eventful. Although we had a two-year engagement it felt like the time went by very fast!”

ring bearer in tuxedo holds sign while walking down aisle
bride escorted by her father down the aisle
groom cries seeing his bride
groom wipes away bride's tears at ceremony
father of the bride sheds tears at wedding
bride recites vows to groom during wedding ceremony
bride and groom walk down aisle after being married

The Manayunk Brewery

“The Manayunk Brewery has a great location and it went perfectly with our personality and wedding theme. Rob loves beer, so the atmosphere and pricing was everything we were looking for!” 

bride and groom kiss on deck of manayunk brewing company
bride and groom pose outside the manayunk brewery
outdoor floral accents at wedding
lighting fixtures and couple's monogram at wedding
wedding reception table with white feather centerpiece
black and gold wedding table at reception

Wedding Inspiration

“I wanted an Art deco, elegant, romantic and classic mood. We wanted to have a timeless look to our wedding and reception decor with classic black and touches of gold.”

golden framed seat cards with pearls
dessert table at wedding reception
sign displaying wedding cocktails
sweetheart table at wedding reception
wedding reception decor
wedding dessert table
bride and groom sit at sweetheart table
black frosted wedding cake with white roses

Best Moment

“The ceremony fell on a perfect sunny day for our outdoor ceremony. It was supposed to rain! There was no better feeling than seeing each other for the first time at the aisle.”

bride and groom exchange vows at wedding
bride and groom first dance
groom serenades bride at wedding reception
guests and family dance at wedding
groomsman and young lady dance at wedding
little kids dressed in formal wear at wedding

Wedding Planning Advice

“Create an excel sheet or keep a journal to stay on budget. That worked for us.”

bride and groom dance at wedding
ladies dance at wedding
guests take wedding selfie
wedding guests dance at receptin
bride and groom cut cake

Wedding Vendors

“All of our vendors worked very well with each other and us. They were all very personable and felt more like friends than vendors. They worked very hard to help make memorable moments. They didn’t make us feel pressure with any decision-making and made us feel like the only couple that mattered.”


Vendors | Ceremony Venue/Caterer: Manayunk Brewery | Reception venue:  Manayunk Brewery | Floral/Decor: Papertini |Makeup Artist: Jacen Bowman | DJ: DJ 007 |Cake/Bakery: Desserts by Dana Photographer: Deibert Photography