Once again, we were blessed to be working with a terrific family that we had the honor of filming in the past! We captured Cecilia and Luigi’s wedding a few years ago, with Adrianna serving as Cecilia’s maid of honor, and now they were switching roles! This day was Adrianna’s special day and a day to celebrate the love she found in Gino. It was also wonderful to meet and work with Gino, who happens to be a professional football player! With the way Adrianna and Gino interacted with each other all throughout the day, we could see right away the amazing love they shared and that these two were simply made for each other.
The two met through a mutual friend years ago and clicked right away. Gino’s proposal came as a surprise to Adrianna because at the time, he lived in Pittsburgh and she didn’t know he traveled here to ask her the all-important question. Adrianna thought she was picking up her sister to go out, so she pulled into the driveway and honked her car’s horn. Slowly, the garage door opened and there was Gino, standing with two nieces who were holding balloons and a sign that read, ‘Marry Me’. Of course she said, ‘yes!’ and there inside the house were about 50 family members waiting to congratulate them!
When the wonderful wedding day came, Adrianna and Gino got ready in separate rooms at The Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia. Gino enjoyed spending time and preparing for the day with his groomsmen, while at the same time, we also filmed Adrianna’s final touches of makeup applied by the fantastic Your Day Your Way. Her beautiful matron of honor and bridesmaids were dressed in sparkling, beaded gowns and carried such gorgeous watercolor pink and plum bouquets from Twisted Willow Flowers. Adrianna then prepared to put on her wedding gown with the help of her bridal party.
Wow, Adrianna was such a gorgeous bride! And just look at those amazing layers in her full, flowing skirt. We loved the sweetheart neckline and lace up detail in the back as well. Simply beautiful!
Shortly afterward, it was time to head to their chosen venue, the exquisite Crystal Tea Room, for their lovely ceremony. You can’t deny the excitement in Gino’s face as he saw his true love coming up the aisle to meet him on this momentous day. Adrianna’s pastor Joseph Bordenga delivered a beautiful sermon just as he did on her sister’s wedding day, where he reminded them that on that day, together, they assume a new identity as one with each other and God. They recited traditional vows with broad smiles and were pronounced ‘husband and wife’!
Before their reception kicked off, we walked back to City Hall to film the newlyweds as they shared in their first photo shoot as a married couple! It was a pleasure to work alongside Twisted Oaks Studio as they continued to photograph the couple and the entire day’s events.
Back at the Crystal Tea Room, Adrianna and Gino entered the grand room and danced a lovely first dance together, again with smiles beaming. We adored the sentimental and beautifully written speeches delivered by Adrianna’s father, Gino’s brother and best man and Adrianna’s sister afterwards, then were amazed by the truly outstanding dance moves we saw that night (including a perfectly executed worm!)! As always, DiNardo Brothers kept the party rocking! And we enjoyed several wonderful, personalized touches that evening, including the replacement of the garter toss with a football toss!
Adrianna and Gino’s wedding day was absolutely perfect from start to finish and we were so honored to be a part of capturing their day. Their greatest adventure in life has just begun! We congratulate the newlyweds and wish them all the best!
Editor: Dan Sawyer
Photographer: Twisted Oaks Studio – Somerdale, NJ
Floral Design: Twisted Willow Flowers – Columbus, NJ
Hair Stylist: Your Day Your Way – Jessica Spina-Perez – Southern NJ
Makeup Artist: Your Day Your Way – Jessica Spina-Perez – Southern NJ
Entertainment: DiNardo Brothers – Sewell, NJ
Cake: Termini Bros. Bakery – Philadelphia, PA
Officiant: Pastor Joseph Bordenga – Paulsboro, NJ
Venue: Crystal Tea Room – Philadelphia, PA
Accommodations: The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
June 3rd, 2017
by Kristi Chapman
in Pennsylvania Philadelphia Wedding Film