Chris and Sarah have stole my heart with their insanely gorgeous wedding, which in my mind is perfect down to every last detail! The Power Plant Productions continuously proves to serve as an amazing Philadelphia wedding venue! I can’t stop raving about the striking florals crafted by A Garden Party, they are absolutely ravishing. & let’s just take a moment to appreciate the stunning color palette, purple and pink never looked better together, much like Chris and Sarah! Alison Dunn shot every detail and precious moment oh-so-perfectly, and we’re so excited to share it all with you!
From the Bride: “When Chris and I met, he was living in California, and was visiting Philadelphia for a good friend’s wedding. He was at North Bowl on 2nd Street for the rehearsal dinner, and I happened to be there with a friend, as I lived nearby. I saw him from across the room and I knew I had to meet him! I passed him a note via the bartender, and he came over and introduced himself. We had two more dates that weekend before he flew back to California! He moved out to Philly a few months later. We held our rehearsal dinner at North Bowl Philly in honor of the night we met.”
“My walk down the aisle was the best moment for both of us. As soon as I saw Chris, I felt totally calm. Also, the feeling of being introduced into the reception as husband and wife, seeing the smiling faces of our family and friends, was a rush that we will never forget!”
“Chris and I were planning a “Fifth of July” party to host friends at our new place and celebrate Independence Day. I thought the party was my idea, so I wasn’t suspecting anything! On July 4th, we went out to dinner at Talula’s Garden and walked home through the free concert on the parkway. He turned to me and said he had something sparkly for me in his pocket….and pulled out a sparkler! It was a hint of the proposal to come the next day, but it hadn’t tipped me off at all because he’s always doing fun little things like that. The next morning, while I was getting ready for friends to come over, a trail of notes caught my eye outside my bedroom. They led downstairs to Chris’ laptop, and he was nowhere to be seen. I sat, (shaking like a leaf!) as a video played, showing Chris all around Philly, telling our story piece by piece. The last scene showed Chris at the top of the Art Museum steps, asking me to come meet him there. I can’t even describe the feeling as I walked over and up the steps to see him waiting, surrounded by roses, to ask me to marry him. His friends were hiding nearby, snapping photos, and brought us glasses of champagne to toast our engagement at the top of the steps! The surprises didn’t end there- we returned to our house and Chris led me up to the roof deck where family and friends from near and far were waiting to celebrate with a rooftop brunch!”
“Chris and I were really hands-on with our wedding. We chose to have our reception at Power Plant Productions because it was a blank slate for our ideas. Chris engineered paper lanterns with LEDs that could respond to the beat of music. I designed a 19 foot high backdrop for our head table using curtain lights and drapery panels. We hung the décor ourselves a few days before the wedding, when stress levels were high. It definitely challenged our teamwork skills, but it ended up being a lot of fun. I designed all the paper invitations and menus, as well as chalkboard bar menus and signs for the reception, which was a blast. On the wedding day, it was an amazing feeling to walk into a space that we had designed, now embellished with wonderful flowers, food, and our loved ones.”
Advice for Brides-to-be: “Don’t stress out over any one thing. Your wedding day will be a masterpiece of planned and unplanned things, and the only thing you can really control is how mentally present you are. When it’s over, what you’ll remember most are the moments you shared with people that day.”
From the Photographer: “Sarah and Chris met at North Bowl in Northern Liberties – Chris was at a rehearsal dinner for a friend’s wedding, and Sarah was hanging out with friends. One of Sarah’s friends passed Chris a note that read “Her name is Sarah and her drink is empty.” Before Chris left for California, they went on three dates, and the rest is history! In honor of their first meeting, Sarah & Chris had their own rehearsal dinner at North Bowl the night before their wedding. These two tied the knot at St. Francis Xavier church, right around the corner from the art museum steps where they got engaged, and celebrated their marriage at Power Plant Productions, with bright florals designed by A Garden Party Florist. Chris’ sister Stephanie made their wedding cake, and Sarah made all of their paper products herself. Chris also made his own ring from a pre-1964 half dollar, given to him by Sarah’s dad from his coin collection.”
Vendors | Photographer – Alison Dunn Photography | Ceremony – St. Francis Xavier Church | Reception – Power Plant Productions | DJ – EBE Events & Entertainment | Florist – A Garden Party | Caterer – Diverse Catering | Videographer – Well Spun Weddings | Bakery – Stephanie Earhart (sister of the groom) | Hair + Makeup – Beautiful Brides Philly | Dress – Watters | Shoes – Adrianna Papell | Suits – H&M | Bridesmaids’ Dresses – Donna Morgan | Paper – DIY