We were so happy to receive an email one day last September from a mother of the bride that we’ve come to know in the last few years! We filmed the weddings of two of her daughters, Chrissy and Meghan, in the past and were ecstatic to be asked to film the wedding of her daughter, Katie! We knew working with Katie and Matt and with this family again was going to be fantastic and that it would be an absolutely wonderful day! And we sure were right!
Katie and Matt met ‘down the shore’ in Avalon when enjoying a night out with mutual friends. The weekend after they met, Katie was contemplating with her friends whether or not she should text him or wait… just then, she received a call from Matt! Her friends (two bridesmaids in her wedding) could tell by Katie’s face and the way she took the call outside that he was special and that this was different.
Matt’s proposal was so romantic! He waited for Katie to be out with a friend, then lit all of Katie’s candles and votives. She arrived to a room filled with candlelight and Matt dressed to the nines. When she asked what was going on, he pointed to blocks arranged on the hall table that spelled, ‘will you marry me?’!
Let’s flash forward now to their magical wedding day! Katie got ready with her bridesmaids and matrons of honor (her sisters) at her parents’ home while Matt and his groomsmen prepared for the wedding, dressing into modern blue suits at Wayne Hotel. We were so happy to capture the moment Katie read her love note from Matt before getting into her gown and the sweet words he wrote about his excitement at the thought of marrying her on this day. Katie’s bridesmaids, in their beautiful, matching bright coral dresses, helped her fasten her gown and add those final touches before walking out for her first look with her parents.
Katie was such a stunning bride! She wore a gorgeous strapless gown with a perfect A-line silhouette that was covered in lace appliqués. Her ensemble was complete with an amazing pair of Jimmy Choo shoes and a lovely long veil attached by a coordinating flower appliqué. We loved seeing the look on her parents’ faces as they watched their beautiful daughter descend the staircase! It was such an exciting moment!
Katie and Matt skipped the first look with each other and saved that special moment for the church. So we all headed to St. Thomas of Villanova Church for their beautiful, traditional ceremony. Both Katie and Matt were all smiles as she walked down the aisle to meet him. Father Joe Narog delivered the message that day, as he did for the weddings of Katie’s sister and cousin as well. During his homily, Father Joe read excerpts of Katie and Matt’s ‘Top 10 List’ of the reasons why they fell in love with each other. They recited their vows and were pronounced ‘husband and wife’!
It was a beautiful day for a photo shoot on the golf course! The couple and their bridal party had their professional photos taken at their venue with the talented team of Alison and Geoff at Alison Conklin Photography. It was such a pleasure to work with them again… and the bridal party had a great time posing for their photos as well!
The reception was held at the historic Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, PA. It was decorated so wonderfully by Stephanie Cayer of the golf club, with tables adorned with white candles in glass stemmed holders, eye-catching blooms in bright hot pinks, corals and peaches and blue and white vases with the bridesmaids’ glorious bouquets! The couple’s sumptuous three layer wedding cake by The Sweetest Baker was frosted all in white with lush white roses and ranunculus added onto each layer. And to add to that relaxed, free-spirited summer vibe, a cheerful steel drum played throughout the cocktail hour. Kudos to Lora Horst and her assistant, Samantha McCarthy of Laurel and Elm for coordinating such a wonderful wedding event!
Katie and Matt entered the clubhouse to the cheers of their family and friends, walked down the stairs together and danced their first beautiful dance to ‘Is This Love’. They chose the amazing twelve-piece band, the Sid Miller Dance Band from BVTLive!, to entertain the crowd with their energy and musical excellence and the guests certainly responded! Katie’s sisters and Matt’s brother toasted the couple, with the best man speaking for everyone as he wished the newlyweds a lifetime of love, health and happiness. Congratulations and best wishes to Katie and Matt!
Photographer: Alison Conklin Photography – Philadelphia, PA
Floral Design: Merion Golf Club – Stephanie Cayer – Ardmore, PA
Hair Stylist: Amanda D’Andrea Hair – Philadelphia, PA
Makeup Artist: Victoria Roggio – Philadelphia, PA
Entertainment: BVTLive! – Sid Miller Dance Band – Chadds Ford, PA
Cake: The Sweetest Baker – Philadelphia, PA
Wedding Coordinator: Laurel and Elm – Philadelphia, PA
Officiant: Rev. Joseph Narog, O.S.A. – Villanova, PA
Church: St. Thomas of Villanova Church – Villanova, PA
Venue: Merion Golf Club – Ardmore, PA
Accommodations: Wayne Hotel – Wayne, PA
October 20th, 2017
by Kristi Chapman
in Pennsylvania Wedding Film