Ann and Jason actually met on a dating app that Jason had only been on for one week! His co-residents at his hospital had noticed that Jason worked long shifts and didn’t get out there to date and encouraged him to sign up on one. On his profile under the section where it asked the user to complete the sentence: ‘I appreciate when my date…’, Jason wrote, ‘loves Jesus’. Ann was delighted to read that since she was looking for someone who shared her faith. They also both shared a love for international travel (Ann has been to 30 countries and Jason, 98!) and adventure, so they decided on a first date the following week. Jason drove from Philadelphia to Princeton to meet with Ann, and they hit it off immediately, talking for hours over dinner.
They each had a sense from their first date that they had found someone incredibly special and over the following months as they really got to know each other, they knew that they had found ‘the one’! Through trips to New York and then Ethiopia, they fell increasingly in love and more and more excited for their future together! Jason decided to propose at the place where they first met in person, the seminary library in Princeton, with a ring that he had bought in his hometown in Canada. True to form, they celebrated by driving to Boston and exploring the city for the weekend!
Ann and Jason were married as summer was coming to an end in the city of Philadelphia. Ann and her maid of honor and bridesmaids got ready for the day at The Westin Philadelphia where they took time out of their busy morning to pose for selfies! Her bridesmaids dressed into their matching navy blue dresses, coordinating beautifully with Jason in his navy tuxedo and with the groomsmen’s blue ties. Ann and Jason had also exchanged love letters and we were thrilled that Ann read hers aloud for us before dressing into her beautiful wedding gown.
Ann looked simply stunning! She wore a gorgeous strapless gown with a lovely sweetheart neckline that featured a touch of illusion in the bodice and a beautiful princess silhouette. In her updo, she fastened a long Paloma Blanca veil and carried a romantic bouquet in white blooms sprinkled with watercolor peach accents and lots of rich, leafy greenery. It was now time to meet Jason for the first time on this special day! The two shared an exciting first look outside at Rittenhouse Square where they simply couldn’t stop embracing and staring into each other’s eyes! We really enjoyed filming their photo shoot with their talented photographer, Alex Schon. And the couple and bridal party certainly did as well!
We traveled to Liberti Church for their wonderfully personalized ceremony where Jason’s sister, and his best woman for their event, played the piano during the prelude and processional. Bryan Stoudt delivered a beautiful message to the couple about God’s plan for them in their marriage and how all their loved ones are excited to have a ‘front row seat’ to see it unfold in their lives. They recited such perfect, heartfelt statements that they wrote for each other, followed by their vows, then were pronounced husband and wife. Then, as their officiant noted, it was the moment Jason had been waiting for, time to kiss the bride!
With Jason working in the medical field, the two aptly chose the College of Physicians of Philadelphia for their reception. This National Historic Landmark, home to the oldest medical society in the US, features a stately, columned marble rotunda, opulent period furnishings and a grand hall with 30-foot rococo ceilings. It was a perfect choice for their celebration! Along with navy blue linens in their wedding theme color and tasteful, lush white floral centerpieces by Garnish, the reception was filled with items that reflected their love for travel and adventure, such as a globe “guestbook” for their friends and family to sign.
The newlyweds mingled with their guests during the cocktail hour, then Ann’s father delivered a beautifully sincere welcome speech for the guests and toasted the couple, followed by their first formal introduction as Mr. and Mrs.! The two danced a wonderfully choreographed first dance before it was Ann’s father’s turn to dance with his daughter. Jason’s mother provided a lovely blessing for Ann and Jason, offered encouragement and support and reminded the couple that true love “is not asking what must I do, but rather what can I do.”
Before the dancing kicked off, Ann and Jason formally thanked their guests with a delightful speech. Then the team from Lovesick, Inc. entertained the crowd and kept everyone on the dance floor all evening! This grand wedding event was such a fantastic celebration of the love shared by Ann and Jason and the beginning of a beautiful marriage. We’re wishing them a wonderful journey as they continue to build their life together!
Photographer: Lauren Fair Photography – Alex Schon – Pennsburg, PA
Floral Design: Garnish – Philadelphia, PA
Hair Stylist: True Beauty Marks – Quakertown, PA
Makeup Artist: True Beauty Marks – Quakertown, PA
Wedding Gown: Rita Vinieris
Entertainment: Lovesick, Inc. – Philadelphia, PA
Wedding Coordinator: Catering by Design – Philadelphia, PA
Officiant: Bryan Stoudt – Philadelphia, PA
Church: Liberti Church – Philadelphia, PA
Venue: College of Physicians of Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
Accommodations: The Westin Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
December 27th, 2017
by Kristi Chapman
in Pennsylvania Philadelphia Wedding Film