When I think of love, beauty, and celebration, Jackie and Kyle’s Mendenhall Inn Grand Ballroom Wedding is the day I think of. The couple was surprised to have snow on the ground for their March 18th wedding, but not even a little rain could damper their spirits. It was a day overflowing with love.
We started at Jackie’s parents’ home in Glen Mills where she and her eight bridesmaids were getting ready. The mood was light and the house was brimming with gold confetti and tulle. You could see the joy and anticipation on her parents’ faces as they watched their only daughter getting ready for her wedding day. Hair and makeup was flawless thanks to Joseph Anthony Salon and Jackie’s wedding dress from Claire’s Fashions was just dreamy. The open back and lace of the dress looked exquisite under Jackie’s mom’s veil.
Once dressed, we asked for a few moments alone with Jackie to take some portraits. You’d never know how dreary it was outside upon seeing the beautiful light coming through the windows. Jackie said her dad would be excited that we used the newly renovated bathroom for photos!
We then headed to the church to meet Kyle and his groomsmen…all 9 of them! We grabbed Kyle for a few quick portraits while the groomsmen made quick work of their boutonnieres. I have to say these guys get an A+ for their speed and accuracy! Kyle was excited to see Bells of Ireland in his boutonniere from Matlack Florist. We knew he was proud of his Irish heritage when we saw he choose a Claddagh ring for his wedding band. The Claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring given which represents love, loyalty, and friendship and I think that certainly sums up his and Jackie’s relationship.
St. Thomas the Apostle Church is simply lovely. From the stained glass window behind the alter, to the amazing wood beams overhead, it was a beautiful place for Jackie and Kyle to exchange vows in front of their family and friends. During the ceremony Jackie and Kyle were presented with a beautiful, hand-painted blessing from the Pope from Kyle’s parents which I’m sure they will cherish forever.
After the ceremony, we spent some time on the beautiful altar for family photos. We then followed the limo because we had a very special stop to make before heading to the reception venue. The entire day was packed with incredible moments, but this moment stands out… visiting Jackie’s grandmother at her nursing home. Nana was sweet and a little bit sassy! I’m so glad we got the opportunity to meet her and get some photos.
Now it was time to head to the reception site. The captivating Mendenhall Inn Grand Ballroom wedding venue showcases a breathtaking spiral staircase under a stunning crystal chandelier. The table décor was simple yet elegant as was the cake from Masters Baker. I couldn’t wait to get photos on the dance floor as the lights reflected beautifully on it.
We got some bridal party shots on the striking staircase before heading outside. The bride and groom didn’t want to keep their friends outside in the rain for too long, but the few photos we got out there were amazing. We sent the bridal party in and were thrilled when the newlyweds said they wanted to stay out. Jackie and Kyle didn’t mind the rain at all…they tromped through snow, mud and puddles without a single complaint! After walking around the property, we did take a minute to let them get warm next to the cozy fireplace at the Mendenall Inn Restaurant. Jackie and Kyle were a true delight to photograph. You could honestly feel the love between them and I think it really shows in their photos.
While we gathered some groups of family and friends for a few last shots, guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the large outdoor terrace area surrounded by beautiful greenery. They enjoyed custom cocktails, delectable hors ‘devours and even a crab cake station. Then it was time for the real party. Once the guests were seated, DJ Dan from Silver Sound got them all back on their feet for parent and bridal party entrances. These are always a fun part of the night, but the bride and groom made the grandest entrance of all to Danza Kuduro by Don Omar which had the whole bridal party rocking out.
Jackie and Kyle enjoyed their first dance, followed by parent dances and a few toasts. Then everyone relaxed and enjoyed dinner served by the wonderful team at Mendenhall. Their white glove service is truly fantastic. It wasn’t long before DJ Dan opened the dance floor and had it packed. There were some serious dance moves being busted out and we’ve never seen so many people do the Wobble! Maybe it was the candy bar that kept them full of energy all night. They were certainly a fun group to spend the evening with.
Jackie and Kyle, thank you for entrusting me with your special day and I wish you two nothing but all of the magic you shared with us at your wedding! Please enjoy some photos and more highlights in the slideshow below.