Marissa & David had a luxurious fall wedding at the Ballroom at the Ben the weekend after Thanksgiving. Exquisite chandeliers, European ambiance, and turn-of-the-century elegance made for the perfect backdrop for their personal, modern Jewish Ceremony, and one of the most fun wedding receptions we’ve ever captured! Their day was nothing short of classic, modern and elegant!
Chic, Lovely Details for a Classic, Modern Bride
Marissa wore a gorgeous Danielle Caprese Bridal Gown from Kleinfeld Bridal, with a cathedral veil by Christie Lauren. The Maid of Honor rocked her Amsale Nouvelle dress, while the Bridesmaids looked gorgeous in their dressed designed by Watters, which were all purchased at The Bridal Garden. These stunning dresses that the Bridal and her bridesmaids wore were just the foundation to the classic, yet modern details and accessories that surrounded them! From Kendra Scott jewelry, to the breathtaking floral bouquets by Carl Alan Floral Design, to their flawless hair and makeup by Aleksandra Ambrozy, not a detail was missed!
Getting Ready with the Ladies at The Logan Hotel
Marissa and her ladies had a blast together getting ready in their huge suite at The Logan Hotel. There was so much room for everyone to spread out, yet have so much fun cuddled up on the couch, and experiencing this wonderful day with their beautiful bride to be!
Getting Ready with the Gents at The Logan Hotel
David was so stylish in his black tuxedo, with his white dinner jacket! Along with his groomsmen, wearing all black, these tuxedos came from Formal Expressions. The tuxedos fit the men so perfectly and really made their classic, elegant wedding that much more stylish!
How He Proposed
Dave proposed to Marissa at Longwood Gardens. He had it in the work for months. He even told Marissa months prior that they’d be going there for a corporate work party so that she wouldn’t suspect anything. So, she bought a new dress, had her hair and makeup done and it was no surprise that Dave was in a suit, looking his finest! They wandered around Longwood, got a little lost and then ended up at a pagoda. At this point, Marissa started hysterically crying because she realized what was happening! Once he got down on one knee, and she said YES, both of their families appeared from a distance cheering!
A Fabulous First Look at The Logan Hotel
Marissa and David chose the Courtyard at The Logan for their First Look. It was a chilly November day, but they wanted to brave the cold and do their first look outside! It was perfect and private and full of emotion! We took advantage of our time together and made sure to thoughtfully capture the two of them, their laughter, their love. They made it so easy for us.
Classic Bridal Party and Couple Portraits around The City of Philadelphia
Marissa and David allotted a little over two hours for photos of them, their family and their bridal party! So, we visited a few of Philadelphia’s most iconic landmarks and took advantage of the mild, beautiful November day! After finishing portraits in the courtyard, we ventured across the street to the Amor Sculpture, and then traveled over to Philadelphia City Hall. We had to capture the classic City Hall photo and I loved that Marissa put on her black leather jacket to add a little edge to her classic look! Afterwards, we hopped back on to the Cescaphe Trolley and ventured over to the Merchants Exchange Building before heading to the Ballroom at the Ben!
Ketubah Signing and Badeken in the Dessert Room at the Ballroom at the Ben
We absolutely love Jewish weddings and all of the traditions, celebrations and memorable moments throughout the day! First up was the Ketubah Signing. We were honored to be in the room as Marissa & David signed their traditional marriage contract, while surrounded with their closest family and friends. Next, was the Badeken, where the groom veils the bride before their wedding ceremony. It was so sweet as each of their parents were so emotional while reading blessings to the couple. (I may have also gotten a bit teary at this point)
Saying I Do in the Ballroom at the Benjamin
This exquisite, elegant ballroom was the perfect setting for Marissa & David to share their weddings vows with one another. They said their vows under a gorgeous chuppah designed by Carl Alan Floral Designs. The white flowers really highlighted the gold accents throughout the room. However, our absolute favorite part, was the candles and flowers that lined the staircase, emphasizing Marissa’s grand entrance into the ballroom. It may have been my favorite moment of the night. You could hear the room fall silent as she entered. It was breathtaking.
Fun with Family and Friends at the newlyweds Wedding at Finley Catering Ballroom at the Ben
Marissa & David danced and twirled the night away during their reception at the Ballroom at the Ben, just as Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence did in The Silver Linings Playbook. The cream table covers, plentiful floral designs and navy blue uplighting really set the scene for EBE Paris, their band, to rock the night away, keeping their guests on the dance floor all evening! Especially during our favorite part of a Jewish Wedding – the Hora, or chair dance! In this dance, a few guests hoist the bride and groom high above, as their family and friends dance in an ecstatic circle around them!
The Best Wedding Vendors in Philadelphia
- Bride Getting Ready: The Logan Hotel
- Groom Getting Ready: The Logan Hotel
- Hair: Aleksandra Ambrozy
- Makeup: Aleksandra Ambrozy
- Gown: Danielle Caprese for Kleinfeld Bridal
- Bridesmaids Attire: Amsale / Watters from Bridal Garden
- Groom Attire: Formal Expressions
- Florist: Carl Alan Floral Design
- Catering: Finley Catering
- Venue Coordinator: Michelle Finley at the Ballroom at the Ben
- Band: EBE Paris
- Jewelry: Rings from Billig Jewelers, Bride & Bridesmaid Jewelry from Kendra Scott
- Paper Suite: April Lynn Designs, Calligraphy by Veti
- Heart Pretzels: Philly Pretzel Factory in Voorhees, NJ
- Transportation: Cescaphe Trolley
- Cinematography: Pair of Hearts Films