It just goes to show you that you never know when and where you’ll meet the love of your life. Taylor and Matthew met during gym class while in high school! The started off as friends but after going together to their Junior Prom, they fell deeply in love and have been together ever since.
Matthew proposed to Taylor on a day he knew she’d not expect it… his birthday! And he made sure that because they play such an important role in their lives, their family was a part of the surprise. He told Taylor that he made arrangements for dinner that evening at an exclusive restaurant in Princeton. So they got ready for their special evening and drove onto campus, meeting a few friends before dinner for a drink. Then Taylor and Matthew began their walk to the restaurant, stopping at Princeton Gardens on the way.
At the end of a pathway in the gardens was their family standing with balloons that spelled out, “Marry Me?”! Matthew also had one of their favorite songs playing in the background, and a photographer and videographer there to capture everything. Taylor didn’t say yes though… as she put it, “I said said, ‘Yeah, Yeah!'” through tears. It was such a sweet, emotional moment. The next day, they drove up to Boston for the weekend to celebrate their engagement… and Matthew’s birthday, too!
And now the wedding day was finally here! Taylor and Matthew finished getting ready that morning at the venue where their reception would later take place, the rustic chic Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. And the couple and their wedding party had such a great time (celebrating with confetti, too!) even in these early morning hours.
Our beautiful bride was sure to have some very sentimental touches added to her wedding day ensemble. Taylor had her mother and her grandmother’s buttons stitched into the bottom of her wedding dress and she carried her grandmother’s clutch during the day. And look at her beautiful wedding gown! Taylor wore an amazing off-the-shoulder (and later strapless) Maggie Sottero A-line silhouetted gown covered in tiny pearls and sparkling beadwork. Her overskirt had such beautiful beaded lace appliqués and a delicate beaded belt circled her waist. She was absolutely gorgeous!
Taylor had a special first look with her father once her gown was all fastened and she was ready to go. He gave his daughter a hug and you could see how much he shared in her happiness on this very special day.
Then, Taylor and Matthew had their first look outside at their venue. The two kissed, hugged, laughed and cried at the sight of each other! It was so sweet!
We loved filming Taylor and Matthew’s photo sessions with their wedding party and family! Jeff Tisman and his team took amazing photos, as always with such an avant-garde, artistic eye. Be sure to check out some of his fun photos from the dance floor later that night on his Facebook page!
We all left then to make it to the church on time! Taylor and Matthew’s ceremony took place at St. Catherine of Siena in Horsham. The two were joined in marriage in a Catholic ceremony and were led in reciting their traditional vows by Rev. Joseph Rymdeika. After exchanging their rings, they kissed for the very first time as husband and wife! The happy couple then received a ribbon wand and bubble salute by all their friends and family outside the church!
Then it was time to head back to Normandy Farm for more photos and the reception in the Grand Ballroom. Twisted Willow Flowers adorned the ballroom with blush and ivory flowers and flickering taper candles in tall hurricane vases, and the reception space looked even more fabulous!
Formal introductions were made and Taylor and Matthew danced their first dance on the ballroom dance floor. This was followed by Taylor’s dance with her father and Matthew’s dance with his mother. We always love the formality and tradition of these special dances at the reception, and how they never fail to tug at everyone’s heartstrings.
As guests were seated, we heard toasts from Taylor’s maid of honor, her sister, and from Matthew’s best man. The couple was so emotional as they listened to their loved ones give personal, beautiful speeches in honor of them and their new marriage.
After dinner, everyone was invited to get out onto the dance floor! The newlyweds paused to cut and taste that amazing four-tiered wedding cake, then the dancing continued… and the floor stayed packed all evening long.
This super fun group loves to dance to “Paradise by the Dashboard Lights” at weddings so there was no question that this Meatloaf classic would be played during the reception! Taylor, Matthew and all of their friends and family had a ball dancing as DJ Jeff Gould from SCE Event Group kept the party rocking all night!
This was such a fantastic and fun celebration and simply a beautiful day for a wedding! We wish Taylor and Matthew all the best as they begin this new and exciting chapter together.
Photographer: Jeff Tisman Photography – New Paltz, NY
Floral Design: Twisted Willow Flowers – Princeton, NJ
Hair Stylist: Top Knots by Aimee – Amber & Alexandra – South Brunswick Township, NJ
Makeup Artist: Beauty on Location – Morristown, NJ
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero
Entertainment: SCE Event Group – DJ Jeff Gould – West Long Branch, NJ
Décor/Rentals: Willow & Thistle – Blue Bell, PA
Cake: Normandy Farm Bakeshop – Blue Bell, PA
Church: St. Catherine of Siena – Horsham, PA
Officiant: Rev. Joseph F. Rymdeika – Horsham, PA
Venue: Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center – Blue Bell, PA
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