Alexandra and Eitan met during their junior year while they both were attending the University of Pennsylvania. However, it actually wasn’t until a spring break trip to New Orleans that they officially met each other! Mutual friends brought them together and when they started talking, they hit it off immediately. After about a month back in the city, they were officially dating. Even though they had to spend a summer apart, emails and Skype came to the rescue and kept their relationship alive and growing! After graduation, they had another year together in Philadelphia before they had to begin a four-year long-distance relationship while attending medical schools (Eitan for people and Alexandra for animals!). After a special New Orleans-inspired wedding proposal in the fall of 2016, they found out that they both matched into residencies in Philadelphia in the spring of 2017, finally together for good and enjoying each moment as they planned their amazing wedding event!
On this special day, Alexandra’s beautiful bridal party donned floral robes, with Alexandra looking so radiant in her white robe, as they had their final touches of hair and makeup applied in her family home by CE Facial Artistry. Meanwhile, Eitan and his groomsmen dressed into traditional tuxedos at their home, looking dapper and ready to go!
Her bridal party, all dressed in their coordinating long blush gowns, helped Alexandra as she put on her wedding dress. She was such a gorgeous bride, wearing a strapless Liancarlo gown with a sweetheart neckline and a subtle fit and flare silhouette. It featured lovely Alencon lace appliqués and was belted at the waist with a delicate sash. Alexandra wore her long hair down, and fastened in it a beautiful brooch and a long veil for the ceremony. Her final accessory was her full, lush bouquet from Beautiful Blooms in romantic watercolor shades of pink. So beautiful!
Alexandra had a sweet, emotional first look with her father as she descended the staircase of her family’s home before they got into a vintage Rolls-Royce to travel to the combined ceremony and reception location. It was so touching to see just how proud he was of her on this most special day!
Alexandra’s father had his first look and now it was time for Eitan’s! Alexandra met up with Eitan at their venue, Water Works, the most recent addition to Cescaphe Event Group’s lineup. They saw each other for the first time that day outside on the terrace overlooking the Schuylkill River. It was such a tender moment, one we were so happy to be there to witness. Afterwards, we filmed their terrific photo session by the team at Alison Dunn Photography outside at Water Works, with the couple and their wedding party so relaxed and having such a great time! Be sure to see photos on her blog!
Alexandra and Eitan had a wonderful interfaith ceremony with both Jewish and Catholic traditions celebrated. Before the ceremony started, the couple and their witnesses signed the Ketubah with their family looking on in a private room inside the venue. Then it was time for the ceremony to begin in the open air Grand Pavilion at Water Works. Alexandra’s father walked her down the aisle to meet Eitan, and they stood under the beautiful chuppah along with their officiants, Rabbi Julie Greenberg and Reverend Monsignor Donald Leighton.
During the ceremony, we were thrilled to hear Alexandra’s sister sing such a beautiful song for the couple. Alexandra and Eitan both participated in the circling ceremony as well, and they recited such wonderfully penned personalized vows to each other. No one could keep a dry eye when Alexandra read about her promise to keep dreaming of Eitan, to dream along with him and to make their dreams a reality. Soon, the glass was broken, they were pronounced ‘husband and wife’ and the couple shared that special first kiss!
The couple had a grand tented reception onsite in the Mill House. After introductions, they danced a very sweet first dance together as their guests all looked on. When the dance floor opened to all, of course the Hora was danced as part of the celebration!
A heartfelt welcome speech given by Alexandra’s father and mother (again, tissues needed!) and wonderful, thoughtful toasts from Alexandra’s sisters (her maids of honor), Eitan’s father, sister and his best man. There were also beautiful blessings given, including the traditional blessing over the challah.
The floor opened again and the music was hot as Modern Luxe from East Coast Entertainment kept everyone on that dance floor all evening! And before the reception was over, Eitan’s father arranged for a surprise performance and Alexandra’s father had a surprise for the couple too, an exciting, dazzling fireworks display!
Alexandra and Eitan’s wedding day was a wonderful mix of warmth and romance and of laughter and fun! Congratulations to the newlyweds and best wishes from all of us!
Photographer: Alison Dunn Photography – Philadelphia, PA
Floral Design: Beautiful Blooms – Philadelphia, PA
Hair Stylist: CE Facial Artistry – Bridget – Philadelphia, PA
Makeup Artist: CE Facial Artistry – Charlotte Erace – Philadelphia, PA
Wedding Dress: Liancarlo
Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Entertainment: East Coast Entertainment – Modern Luxe – Philadelphia, PA
Cake: Cescaphe Event Group – Philadelphia, PA
Venue: Water Works – Philadelphia, PA
August 16th, 2018
by Kristi Chapman
in Pennsylvania Philadelphia Wedding Film