Love, Always // Lauren + Chris

Lauren and Chris’ first encounter took place after she made a cold call for her sales position to his place of employment.  He was so pleasantly surprised to meet her face to face afterwards and they just clicked together.  Within just a couple of months, each knew they had found the one they wanted to be with for the rest of their lives.  Two years later, Chris planned a wonderful surprise proposal on the beach, with both of their families there to celebrate their engagement afterwards.

Lauren and Chris’ wedding day was pure perfection.  It began with their preparations at the Courtyard Marriott: Downtown in Philadelphia.  We loved capturing the moments as Lauren prepared for the wedding day with her bridal party all there to help and support her.  Chris and his groomsmen got ready, dressing up in their black tuxedos with crisp white ties in a separate suite at the hotel.  And check out those socks!  The crew sported aqua blue and green argyle socks for the occasion (with Chris’ socks slightly different in blue and gray)!  They looked fantastic!  And Lauren’s bridal party was sensational in their long matching black gowns with a beautiful lace illusion bateau neckline design.  Before the final touches, Lauren and Chris’ separately read love notes that they wrote for each other.  These sentiments were so wonderfully written, expressing their love for each other and their excitement for this day to finally begin.

It was time now for Lauren to put on her wedding dress.  What an absolutely gorgeous bride she was!  She wore a strapless Romona Keveza gown that featured a beautiful mermaid silhouette, perfectly form fitting until it blossomed above the knee with tulle.  She accessorized with a sparkling rhinestone belt that tied in back and a mid-length veil fastened to the back of her hair.  She certainly looked like a princess for her special day!

Before the ceremony began, the couple shared a touching first look outside their venue.  There was lots of sweet kisses exchanged!  Then, their wedding ceremony commenced in the Atrium at the Curtis Center.  Their beautiful ceremony had many traditions, including the lighting of the unity candle.  They recited their personal vows and officially became husband and wife!

Following the ceremony, we had a great time with the wedding party during their amazing photo shoot along the streets of Philadelphia, with the iconic City Hall in the background.  We enjoyed watching the wedding party having a ton of fun (despite some sore feet!) while we filmed them during this sometimes formal, sometimes candid photo shoot with Mike Landis.

Flower petals rained down as Lauren and Chris made their grand entrance into their reception at the Atrium at the Curtis Center, aptly located in the Curtis Center’s amazing 12-story atrium.  This luxe, glamorous venue is owned and managed by Cescaphe Event Group.  The grand marble columns, beautiful stained glass windows, massive Tiffany mosaic mural and fabric draped walls altogether illustrate this regal, elegant wedding locale.  A perfect regal venue for a fairy tale wedding!

The wedding event’s fabulous decor was supplied by Beautiful Blooms.  This expert event design and planning company provided the beautiful white bridal bouquets and large, lush, white floral arrangements which had flanked the alter and filled the tables at the reception.  The main wedding theme colors were black and white, and we found platinum and soft rose and plum accents placed throughout the venue as well.

We were treated to touching first dances by Lauren and Chris, and then the two with their parents.  After dinner, the full partying began!  The Janis Nowlan Band brought their upbeat, high energy sounds to this celebration and we saw some awesome dance moves on that dance floor!

We couldn’t have said it better than their officiant, Pastor Christopher Franz, stated during his blessing, “May this day mark the beginning of a new life filled with joy and laughter and many wonderful memories.”  Congratulations to Lauren and Chris!

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Cinematographers:  Violet Elliott  //  Lisa Skala

Editor:  Lisa Skala

Photographer:  Mike Landis Photography – Philadelphia, PA

Floral Design:  Beautiful Blooms – Philadelphia, PA

Hair Stylist:  Danielle Costa

Makeup Artist:  Urban Allure Spa – Newtown, PA

Bridal Gown:  Romona Keveza

Bridal Gown Salon:  Exquisite Bride – Princeton, NJ

Entertainment:  Janis Nowlan Band – Philadelphia, PA

Cake:  Cescaphe Event Group – Philadelphia, PA

Officiant:  Pastor Christopher Franz

Venue:  Atrium at the Curtis Center – Philadelphia, PA

Accommodations:  Courtyard Marriott Downtown – Philadelphia, PA