A Gift of Love // Stephanie + Monty


In the summer of 2018, we had the pleasure of filming the wedding of Alexandra and Eitan… and now, we were thrilled to be filming Alexandra’s sister’s wedding as well!  Just a couple of months after Alexandra and Eitan’s Water Works wedding, Stephanie reached out to us through her wonderful wedding planner, Rachael Lassoff of Dream Day Events, and we were so happy that we were available for her September wedding date.  We couldn’t wait for Stephanie and Monty’s wedding at The Barnes Foundation to finally arrive.  And when it did, it was filled with elegance, love, joy… some tradition and a lot of personalization… and a few fun surprises too!

We began our day filming as Stephanie and her bridal party got ready at her parents’ home.  The ladies all wore matching light blue robes as they prepared for the day in the light-filled sunroom, and it was wonderful to see C.E. Facial Artistry again as they applied makeup and professionally styled everyone’s hair for the occasion.  And in another part of the house, Stephanie’s loving parents got dressed and ready for this very important day as well.  The bridal party, including Stephanie’s sisters Francesca and Alexandra attending as her maid and matron of honor, then changed into their beautiful periwinkle blue dresses.  And their lush and lovely bouquets from Long Stems were unbelievable!  We were in awe of Stephanie’s beautiful bouquet with its blue and white hydrangeas and thoughtful photos of beloved family members that remain close to her heart attached to the bouquet handle.

Stephanie’s mother then helped her dress into her gorgeous wedding gown, an amazing dress from Elizabeth Johns which featured a beautiful asymmetrical off-the-shoulder design and a slim and very subtle fit and flare silhouette.  She accessorized with classic pearls and her glamorous bobbed hair was swept to the side and adorned with a dazzling brooch for her reception.  Stephanie was absolutely stunning!  Her father received his first look at his beautiful daughter on the staircase of their family home and it was such a delightful moment for us.  Then, her bridal party had their turn too, as they waited in anticipation to see Stephanie descend the staircase in her elegant wedding gown.  After her sisters secured her veil, it was time to head to their venue for Stephanie and Monty’s magical first look before the ceremony.

Stephanie and Monty met outside at The Barnes Foundation, and when Monty was given the signal, he turned around to see his beautiful bride for the first time that day.  The two were all smiles for sure!  With the modern architecture and manicured grounds as the backdrop, the fantastic photo sessions of the couple, family and bridal party took place right afterwards, and it such a pleasure to work alongside the team at Asya Photography on this beautiful wedding day.

Stephanie and Monty’s wedding ceremony, which combined both Catholic and Muslim elements, took place outdoors on the terrace at The Barnes, with an amazing circular yellow, white and blue floral arch framing the couple as they spoke their vows.  It was so touching to see how emotional the two were (especially Stephanie!) as they recited their promises to each other.  Soon, they would be exchanging rings and saying their “I do’s”, officially becoming husband and wife.

The cocktail hour and reception then commenced in the Annenberg Court which was decorated so beautifully with floral arrangements in those lovely watercolor yellows and blues.  And their incredible hand-painted, five-tiered wedding cake from the Classic Cake Company was a work of art befitting the Barnes’ own art collection!  Tons of entertainment options were found at this wedding event, including a mime and an accordion player who delighted guests during cocktails and a live event painter who worked his magic during the reception.  Not to mention the fabulous band from EBE Talent, Monte Carlo, who rocked the house all evening long!  Everyone had such a ball!

During the evening, we heard such wonderful toasts from Stephanie’s parents, her sisters and from Monty’s best man.  Stephanie also gave a special speech that night, thanking their entire family and all their guests who were there to celebrate their love with them.  And those sweet parent dances captured everyone’s hearts.

We were on cloud nine as we celebrated another wedding with this fantastic, loving family.  We just knew all along that Stephanie and Monty were going to be such a joy to film and that their wedding day was going to be incredible.  And it absolutely was!  Congratulations and best wishes to Stephanie and Monty!

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Photographer:   Asya Photography – Philadelphia, PA   

Floral Design:   Long Stems – Merion Station, PA

Hair Stylist:  C.E. Facial Artistry – Philadelphia, PA

Makeup Artist:  C.E. Facial Artistry – Philadelphia, PA  

Wedding Dress:  Elizabeth Johns Bridal Boutique – Ardmore, PA

Entertainment:   EBE Talent – Monte Carlo – Philadelphia, PA; Dallas Vietty (accordion) – New Jersey; Elysium Quartet – Easton, PA; IGE Entertainment (mime) – New York, NY    

Cocktail Caterer:  The Pour Cart – West Berlin, NJ

Cake:  Classic Cake Company –  Cherry Hill, NJ; Philadelphia, PA  

Wedding Coordinator:   Dream Day Events – Rachael Lassoff – Haverford, PA   

Lettering & Signage:  Barely Blushink – Mt. Laurel, NJ

Event Rentals:  Shipley Enterprises – Philadelphia, PA

Live Event Painter:  Alexander Shanks – PA

Venue:  The Barnes Foundation – Philadelphia, PA