Moroccan inspired decor, and a lively color palette combine for this Philadelphia wedding! Andrew and Sheri’s special day was set at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, the oldest Ashkenazic synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. This fete features a lovely ceremony in the sanctuary followed by a vibrant reception catered by Feast Your Eyes Catering. Tessa Marie Images perfectly captured it all, and along with the narrative of the bride we get a glimpse into this couple’s love story and how this day came together!
How They Met:
“We were set up by our mutual friend, Kristin. We went on a group outing to quizzo one night and then Andrew asked me out on a date. We’ve been together ever since!”
“Andrew proposed at Longwood Gardens in a private, quiet moment which is exactly what I wanted. Longwood Gardens was a frequent date spot for us (and still is!).”
Wedding Planning Experience:
“Planning my wedding had its stresses and challenges like most weddings do. However, we really enjoyed putting together a memorable day for our guests and ourselves. I got to flex my creative muscle which was probably the most enjoyable part for me, aside from marrying my husband!”
About the Venue | Congregation Rodeph Shalom:
“Our venue was a historic synagogue, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, the oldest Ashkenazic synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. My parents were married in the same location 33 years prior. Its architecture is inspired by a Synagogue in Florence, Italy, and has a Byzantine-Moorish style. Our guests were completely captivated by the sanctuary.
I chose the venue for the beautiful, unique decor, the outdoor cocktail area (which ended up not getting much use due to the unusually hot June day), bright airy design and for the size (the venue could accommodate our 200+ guests). I also thought it would be special to get married in the same location as my parents (but we did explore many other venues).”
“I wanted our wedding to be a unique and modern with hints of Moroccan inspiration. We wanted a vibrant, bright day overall. The venue became the inspiration for the decor which included bright pinks, greens, and golds. We chose an energetic band to keep things lively and modernly presented food.”
Best Wedding Memory:
“Sharing our day with our friends and family was a wonderful memory. Also, our caterer arranged for us to have a private moment right after our ceremony with some snacks and drinks. It was a nice chance to take a deep breath and celebrate just the two of us. I would recommend this to all couples!”
Wedding Planning Advice:
“Keep things in perspective. Remember the wedding is one day, what really matters is the marriage. Other people will try and influence you but try to stay true to what you two really want.
Our vendors were fabulous! I would recommend everyone we chose from the makeup artists to the caterer!”
Vendors | Photographer: Tessa Marie Images | Wedding Venue: Congregation Rodeph Shalom | Floral/Decor: Robertson’s Flowers and Events | Stationery: Sealed with a Kiss | Dress Shop/Dress Designer: BHLDN/Catherine Deane | Bridal Accessories: Nordstrom, Macys, family heirlooms | Caterer: Feast Your Eyes Catering | DJ/Band: EBE Sydney