Happiness // Rachael + Alberto

Rachael and Alberto met at a ‘Latin Night’ in a local night club, a venue where coincidentally, neither had visited before.  As it turns out, neither even wanted to go out at all that night but their friends talked them into it.  They were so glad they went though!  If they had stayed home like they planned, the two would have missed meeting the love of their lives!

On that first date, Rachael and Alberto talked for hours and hours (until about 3:00 or 4:00am!) and they felt like they’ve always known each other.  Their relationship blossomed from that night and Alberto chose two days after Rachael’s sister’s wedding to pop the question to her!  He arranged for Rachael’s family and friends to be waiting on the terrace of their favorite Italian restaurant, a place that saw many of Rachael and Alberto’s dates early on in their relationship.  It was so wonderful and so special that Alberto chose this restaurant to ask Rachael to be his wife, because, as she put it, “that’s the place where we felt like we really fell in love with each other… over bottles of wine and great Italian food.”

And on a gorgeous day in June, Rachael and Alberto were married!  Rachael started her day with her sister (her matron of honor) and bridesmaids by her side at the Cambria Hotel in Philadelphia.  Capelli & Trucco perfected their hair and makeup as they prepared for the day ahead.  After celebrating the day with some wine and taking some fantastic photos with Rachael, her bridesmaids dressed out of their matching robes and into their blush colored beaded dresses, looking spectacular!

Rachael and Alberto exchanged gifts and love letters that morning and we were so happy that we were there to film this. It was so sweet how Rachael could hardly keep the tears away as she read Alberto’s thoughts on the changes that were ahead in their life together.  And when Alberto was reading his card from Rachael, his emotions were so raw as well…from sentimental tears to pure joy! These were such touching moments and a wonderful keepsake to treasure in their film forever.

Then, Rachael dressed into her gorgeous gown, beautifully covered in lace and delicate beadwork with the perfect amount of sparkle.  It featured graceful lace cap sleeves and a subtle fit and flare silhouette.  And the tiny buttons that lined her gown’s illusion back detail were exquisite!  She truly was such a dazzling bride!

Rachael was sure to have her mother’s memory included on this important day as well.  Part of Rachael’s mother’s wedding dress was sewn into her beautiful gown.  And Rachael’s father’s cufflinks were made from her mother’s ring, given to him as a gift from Rachael and her sister.

Alberto and his groomsmen, meanwhile, were getting ready next door at the DoubleTree by Hilton.  With assistance from his best man and groomsmen, Alberto dressed into his tailor-made, navy blue tux while his groomsmen, including Alberto’s two handsome sons, wore contrasting black tuxedos.

Skipping a first look, Rachael and Alberto traveled by trolleys straight to St. Paul Church for their ceremony.  There, Father John Large celebrated a traditional Mass before leading the two in reciting their vows to each other, promising to love and honor each other all the days of their lives.

After their ceremony, photos of Rachael and Alberto and their bridal party were taken behind the Merchant Exchange Building by the team from Emily Wren Photography, and it was such a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with them.  It was such a pleasant, sunny afternoon and we were so thankful to be able to shoot outside.  The photos of Rachael and her sister were beautiful and of course the shots of the guys showing off their socks were fantastic!

Then, we hopped once again on the trolley to head to The Lucy, Cescaphe’s newest venue where timeless meets modern!  As always, Beautiful Blooms did an amazing job with the décor and floral arrangements in white highlighted with deep greens.  And the hanging floral installations in the chandeliers were amazing!

Cescaphe was sure to salute the couple of honor with those fantastic sparklers upon arrival!  Rachael and Alberto descended the grand staircase, entered the ballroom and danced their first dance together as a married couple.  Rachael’s father gave the blessing and a beautiful, touching welcome speech and we were treated to wonderful toasts from Rachael’s sister and Alberto’s best man, both expressing their love for the couple and their excitement for the years ahead.  Then, parent dances were held on the dance floor before Mazz Entertainment opened it up to everyone!  They totally rocked the house and everyone had so much fun dancing the night away!  And the mummers were there as a special treat for everyone too!

Rachael and Alberto’s was such an amazing wedding event, our very first wedding at The Lucy, and it was so much fun!  The fact that Rachael and Alberto were so fabulous to work with made it all even sweeter!  We’re thrilled that they listened to their friends and went out that night and found each other, and found a love to last a lifetime.  Congratulations to Rachael and Alberto!

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Photographer:  Emily Wren Photography – Philadelphia, PA    

Floral Design:  Beautiful Blooms Events – Philadelphia, PA     

Hair Stylist:  Capelli & Trucco – Philadelphia, PA     

Makeup Artist:  Capelli & Trucco – Philadelphia, PA   

Wedding Dress:  Allure Bridals

Bride’s Wedding Shoes:  Badgley Mischka;  Vince Camuto     

Entertainment:  Mazz Entertainment – Upper Freehold, NJ    

Cake:  Cescaphe Cakes – Philadelphia, PA     

Officiant:  Rev. John L. Large – Philadelphia, PA  

Church:  St. Paul Church – Philadelphia, PA     

Venue:  The Lucy – Philadelphia, PA    

Accommodations:  Cambria Hotel Philadelphia Downtown Center City – Philadelphia, PA;  DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City – Philadelphia, PA