Happy Surprises // Alicia + Alex

We were blessed with another wedding for the family of a friend of ours and another gorgeous wedding at Cescaphe Ballroom! Our bride’s mother actually taught Violet’s English class when she was in middle school!  We were to thrilled to receive a call from her, asking if we could be a part of capturing her daughter, Alicia’s wedding day.  Alicia and Alex are such a wonderful couple and it was such a pleasure to be able to both film and photograph their wedding day.

Alicia and Alex met through Alicia’s sister when he worked with her at a bank, before he switched careers and became a police officer.  One day, he was working at an event at Alicia’s mother’s school and both noticed each other.  Neither knew it at the time, but as Alicia later asked her sister, Lexi, about Alex, he was asking Lexi about Alicia!  When Lexi gave Alex Alicia’s number, he arranged for two dates in one day!

Alex’s proposal was so awesome!  He arranged for Santa to stop by her parents’ house on a fire truck on Christmas Eve, a town tradition so not out of the ordinary.  He told her he was sending Santa over to visit with Alicia’s five year old niece who would be over at that time for a holiday dinner with all of Alicia’s family.  Santa arrived on schedule and provided gifts for her niece and cousin, then Santa brought out a present for Alicia, a pair of sneakers.  As she wondered what was going on, Alex came out from behind the fire truck, got down on one knee and proposed.  His family also came out from behind the truck and watched with all of Alicia’s family as she said ‘yes’!  We’re sure this was the best Christmas present!

Their wedding day arrived and even though it was a rainy, somewhat chilly day in March, the weather didn’t put a damper on anything at all.  Alicia got ready with her bridesmaids at her family’s home, with friends perfecting her hair and makeup for the big day.  We loved the pretty floral robes that the bridal party wore as they were getting ready… and those fun socks designating each’s important role for the day!  The bridesmaids wore long dark sequined gowns, Lexi’s dress in the color of champagne.  Alicia’s exquisite bouquet from Triple Oaks Florist was filled with lush, white flowers and her bridesmaids carried coordinating lovely bouquets with dusty rose accents.

Alex got ready at his family’s home with his groomsmen there to help out and enjoy the moment.  They dressed in matching classic black tuxedos while Alex stood apart in his white jacket with black satin lapels.  And all the guys wore stars and stripes socks for a fun and patriotic touch!  They all looked so sharp!

As they were getting ready, Alicia and Alex read from journals that they had exchanged earlier, journals that each has kept since the day of their engagement.  We loved having the opportunity to capture each reading their love’s words for the first time.  It was so touching to hear and such a meaningful keepsake for them both.

Then it was time for Alicia to put on her wedding gown.  Her dress was a gorgeous mermaid silhouetted gown with sparkling spaghetti straps and lots of full ruffles in the skirt.  She accented with a dazzling headband and earrings to match.  What an absolutely beautiful bride!

Alicia and Alex’s ceremony was held at the Church of the Nativity in Franklinville, NJ.  We loved seeing the cute little flower girl (Alicia’s niece) and ring bearer coming down the aisle!  And Alex was all smiles and excitement as he watched Alicia walk with her father to meet him at the altar.  It was a beautiful, traditional Catholic ceremony where their officiant, Father Jaromir Michalak reminded them that their marriage, their pledge of love on that day, is a new beginning.

When the ceremony concluded, we had the pleasure of photographing them and their families in the church, then followed along as Alicia and Alex had a police escort over the bridge to Monument Park and the Lightning Bolt statue. We also stopped at a studio in Philadelphia for more delightful photos with them and their bridal party.

Then, it was on to the luxurious Cescaphe Ballroom for their grand reception!  We all had so much fun that evening… their toasts were both heartfelt and funny and DJ George Passante from A and G Entertainment really kept the party hopping!  That dance floor was really packed all evening long!

In Alicia’s father’s welcome speech, his wish was for Alicia and Alex’s life together “to be filled with happy surprises, the simple life and a lifetime of love.”  We couldn’t agree more!  Congratulations to Alicia and Alex!

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Cinematographers:  Glen Elliott  //  Violet Elliott  //  Dan Sawyer

Editor:  Lisa Skala

Photographer:  Love Frame Photography – Wenonah, NJ

Floral Design:  Triple Oaks Florist – Franklinville, NJ

Entertainment:  A and G Entertainment – George Passante

Cake:  Cescaphe Event Group – Philadelphia, PA

Officiant:  Rev. Jaromir Michalak – Clayton, NJ

Church:  Church of the Nativity – Parish of St. Michael the Archangel – Franklinville, NJ

Venue:  Cescaphe Ballroom – Philadelphia, PA