Gina and Michael’s Desmond Hotel wedding fell on a cold and rainy Christmas weekend. The day was all about their nearest and dearest. They made sure that their children and grandchildren each had a roll in the occasion. The weather did not get them down at all. They were giddy with excitement the entire day. The rain even let up during the exact right times so that we could make it outside for portraits. This was particularly great as it got dark and the Christmas lights outside the Desmond were turned on. Gina and Michael made sure that their guests had an amazing time, complete with dancing led by DJ Jeff from Silver Sound DJ’s, and a caricaturist during cocktail hour. The elaborate dessert display by the Desmond Hotel truly topped off the evening. It was an honor to be a part of such a special and heart felt occasion. Thank you, Gina and Michael, for allowing me to capture your memories.
Thank you vendors!
Cake- Master’s Baker
Hair and makeup- Stephanie Karynik, Marty Zegstroo
Dress- Melissa Sweet
Flowers- Blue Moon Florist
Alicia and Damon had perfect weather for their Hilltop House wedding in Devon, Pennsylvania. This wedding was the perfect combination of classic elegance with modern touches. The entire wedding took place at the Hilltop House which helped make the day run smoothly. The day started with a bustling bridal suite. Hair was done by Scott and Kim Greis and makeup by Helene Homovich. The girls all looked amazing. Scott even helped get my pony tail in check! Alicia’s wedding gown may have been one of the most unique dresses I have ever seen. It was designed by Rue DeSeine and made completely of cotton with a slip underneath. It fit Alicia perfectly. After some bridal portraits we headed across the hall for some portraits of the guys. Funnily enough, the guys seemed to take longer to get ready than the girls. After portraits of Damon, we headed out to the lawn and gardens for their first look. Damon seemed a bit nervous waiting for Alicia to arrive. When she finally appeared they got to share a beautiful private moment. It was clear to see they both were excited for the real wedding day to begin. I think having a first look also helped them to get their nerves out of the way. We spent a little time on the grounds doing portraits and bridal party photos. We then headed indoors to meet with Ellie Shaffer, the cantor. She lead Alicia and Damon in the signing of their gorgeous Katuba.
The ceremony took place in the garden. Ellie told the story of how Alicia and Damon met, both coaching water polo at Episcopal Academy. Ellie’s wit and charm captivated the entire audience. The ceremony music was played by the Wimington Street Ensemble. “All you Need is Love” played as Alicia and Damon processed down the aisle. It was truly beautiful.
The reception took place both in the house and on the large back porch at the Hilltop House. The tables were adorned with amazing center pieces filled with peonies and roses from Long Stems. During dinner, by Catering by Rich, we stepped out for a few minutes to catch the sunset. There is a matter of about 1o minutes of light that is just amazing that can’t be beat at the end of the day. I always try to get my couples to go out for a few minutes during that time if the day allows us to. Once dinner was done, dancing followed. DJ Howard kept the dance floor moving! Everyone had a great time, particularly during the Hora. I battled my way through and honestly feared being knocked over on more than one occasion. Alicia’s parents’ cake topper from their wedding sat atop Alicia and Damon’s wedding cake. Pastries and cookies were also served. I loved spending the day with Alicia and Damon and their families. The focus of the day was truly on their love for each other, and the love felt from their friends and family. Alicia and Damon, thank you so much for trusting me to capture such a special day. I wish you all the best!
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