A Fun, Elegant Blush and Navy Wedding at Aqimero, Inside the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia

A Fun, Elegant Blush and Navy Wedding at Aqimero, Inside the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia

Fun, Elegant Blush and Navy Wedding at Aqimero, Inside the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia

We first met Alayna, the Events Sale Manager at Aqimero, when we were attending a Bridal Show at the Philadelphia Convention Center this past January.  We immediately clicked, and started planning a Fun, Elegant Blush and Navy Wedding at Aqimero, Inside the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia. Aqimero is such a unique space for weddings. It attracts a fun couple that would like their event to be outside of the box!

From Aqimero:

“Situated in the lobby of The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, Aqimero offers the chance to unwind while savoring Wood-Burning Grill flavors. Expect nothing short of excellence from acclaimed chef and Aqimero restaurateur Richard Sandoval. Our kitchen features Latin inspired notes that enhance the tastes of an eclectic menu, while a stunning atmosphere encourages guest-to-guest connections over shareable plates and carefully crafted cocktails. It is our pleasure to serve residents and visitors alike in a relaxed setting where memorable dishes are expertly executed and stylishly served.”

There are so many options to host a wedding in their space!  From the intimate private dining room, to the main dining room, and you can even rent out the lounge! They also have a window into the wood fired grill. This allows your guests to see the kitchen in action!

With the help of some of the best vendors in Philadelphia, we created the most beautiful, elegant and fun Wedding Inspiration shoot for Aqimero! We took advantage of all of the amazing locations within Aqimero!

Our Couple : Alison & Jim

Alison and Jim had a Beautiful Summer Wedding at the Atlantic City Country Club.  We absolutely adore them as a couple, and we were super excited that they wanted to be a part of this shoot!  Now they have wedding photos down the shore, as well as in the city!  These two are SO in love.  So much so, that each of the vendors involved in our inspiration shoot made sure to point it out!  They are such a fun-loving, down to earth couple, which is just the type of couple that would choose Aqimero for their wedding!

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A Romantic Yacht Club of Sea Isle City Wedding | Julia & Nick

A Romantic Yacht Club of Sea Isle City Wedding | Julia & Nick

Like the words from one of my favorite songs by Jack Johnson, Julia and Nick surely are ‘Better Together.’ This lovely, down to earth, fun couple planned such a beautiful, romantic Yacht Club of Sea Isle City wedding! From all of the little details, to the flowers, to the band, you could tell that so much thought and so much love was put into making this a perfect day for the two of them to celebrate the beginning of their greatest adventure yet! Marriage!

Simple, Classic Details for a Sweet, Modern Bride

Julia’s details may have been simple, but they were so classic and elegant, and you could tell how much they all meant to her!  From the moment I saw her Maggie Sottero dress, I knew that Julia would look absolutely breathtaking in it! (Spoiler alert – she really did!!)

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Getting Ready with the Girls at a Private Residence in Sea Isle City, NJ

Julia and her girls arrived back at the house, after a morning of pampering at the Fusion Salon. Each girl looked so beautiful, and their hair and makeup was perfect with their burgundy bridesmaids dresses! Julia’s mom and sister helped her to get ready, while the rest of the bridesmaids and her future Mother in Law were waiting in the Family room for the reveal!  There were so many happy tears shed!

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Getting Ready with the Guys at a Private Residence in Sea Isle City, NJ

Meanwhile, the guys were on the other side of the island, just hanging out, drinking some Pellegrino, and waiting for the festivities to begin!

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The Story of Julia and Nick

Nick and Julia met while studying abroad in Beijing (which is where they are currently honeymooning!!).  He was at school in Cleveland and Julia was in Baltimore, and they both had chosen Beijing for their Junior Fall Semester abroad!  A few days after arriving, the group of students took a 3 week Silk Road trip across China. Two weeks into the trip, a group of them had gone to a Karaoke bar. Nick and Julia talked the entire way there, as well as all throughout the night.  There was a spark between them, as shortly after returning to Beijing, they were inseparable!

Over the next year and a half, they successfully endured a long distance relationship and visited one another as often as they could! After graduation, they both moved to Florida for their graduate programs!  It was in Florida, in 2017, that Nick proposed to Julia – at the China Pavilion in Epcot!

A Meaningful Ceremony at Sacred Heart Church in Avalon, NJ

Julia and Nick said their vows at a beautiful jersey shore church that turns 90 years old this year! Every moment was planned perfectly, and they were pronounced husband and wife!

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Bridal Party Photos at the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary

Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary is a 21.5-acre bird sanctuary and nature preserve in Stone Harbor, Cape May County, New Jersey.  When heading down the shore, you’d never expect to have such a beautiful, serene place right on the middle of the island!  We had a great time capturing the people that mean the most to Julia and Nick in this beautiful location!

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Bride & Groom Photos at the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary

Although, Julia and Nick were getting married down at the Jersey Shore, they didn’t want the typical beach photos.  So, when I recommended the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary, they were so excited! We walked through the Egret Espy Path, through whispering pine trees, over a beautiful footbridge, and through the intricate, artistic remnants of white spruce.  Julia and Nick were such a joy to capture, and truly made our job easy!  There is so much love between these two, and it is undeniable!

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A Fun Reception with their Family & Friends at the Yacht Club of Sea Isle City

The Yacht Club of Sea Isle City is located in the Bay.  The building overlooks the water and has absolutely breathtaking views of sunset! From the staff to the food, the YCSIC does not disappoint!  Julia and Nick chose to have the Big City Band Philadelphia as their entertainment for the evening, and gosh, it was a great choice!  We always LOVE bands at weddings, and they were phenomenal!  I think the dance floor was full all night!

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Sunrise Trash the Dress at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica

Sunrise Trash the Dress at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica

Sarah and Joe had the most amazing destination wedding weekend!  To read more about the first few days, including their wedding day, click HERE!  It was 5:30am the next  morning, and we were getting up, hoping and praying for a beautiful sunrise!  It rained the night before, but we absolutely lucked out with the most beautiful sunrise! We absolutely loved capturing Sarah & Joe’s sunrise trash the dress in Jamaica at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall!

The Story of Sarah & Joe

Since our last post was mostly about their wedding day, I figured I’d make this post more about the couple!

Joe and Sarah met when they were around 18.  They both worked at Friendly’s together, and were immediately inseparable.  Sarah and Joe have both always been family oriented, so it didnt take long for their families to get to know each other, and spend every holiday and special occasion together. It was perfect.

After about 3 years together, they found out they were having a baby boy! And once Joey was born, they weren’t really focused on the whole marriage thing, and weren’t really in a rush.  Their main focus was their beautiful baby boy! (Which made it easier for Joe to surprise her!)

It was November 2nd, 2016 – Sarah’s birthday.  They made plans to go to Riverwinds Restaurant with their best friends.  However, when they arrived, ALL of their family and friends were waiting there screaming SURPRISE!  Joe did a great job planning, especially because the entire night, Sarah was under the impression that it was just a surprise birthday party!

At the end of the evening, they brought out a cake, and everyone sang Happy Birthday!  Sarah was a little confused as to why everyone was still videotaping after they were done singing.  Joe then got down on one knee and proposed! Of course she said YES!

They started all of their wedding planning, and since they are untraditional, they planned for a destination wedding!  However, some of their family and friends would not be able to make it to their wedding.  SO, Sarah and Joe decided to have a legal ceremony here in the United States at Villari’s Lakeside, first for the family that couldn’t make it to Jamaica.  They officially became the Juliano’s on November 5th, 2017.  And exactly 6 months later, they had their dream Jamaican destination wedding! They now have an anniversary every 6 months!

A Sunrise Trash the Dress in Jamaica

On to the photos! Sarah and Joe got down to the water just in time to catch the perfect sunrise! From there, we played on the rocks and in the water, and then ended our morning jumping into the pool for some underwater romantic fun!

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A Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica Destination Wedding | Sarah & Joe

A Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica Destination Wedding | Sarah & Joe

Sarah and Joe are not a traditional couple, so having a traditional wedding at home never interested them. They wanted a wedding that was a lot more personal and romantic and included their closest family and friends.  So, having a Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica Destination Wedding was the absolute perfect choice for them!  Destination Weddings are our favorite weddings to capture, because its more than just one day.  We are able to spend so much time with our couple and get to know all of their family and friends before the big day arrives!

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Destination Wedding – Montego Bay, Jamaica

Upon arriving to the resort, we were greeted with a tropical drink, sunny skies, pristine beaches and sparkling swimming pools! We walked around the resort to get a feel for the property and to choose some amazing photo locations for our bride and groom!  We were also treated to a thoughtful welcome bag from the bride and groom! Thank you, Sarah and Joe, for making us feel like one of the family and for such an amazing location to photograph you both at! It was a blast!

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A Dreamer Catamaran Cruise Welcome Party around Montego Bay

Sarah and Joe opted out of having a rehearsal dinner. Instead, they decided to do a Catamaran Cruise Welcome Party for all of their guests! Dreamer Catamarans, is Montego Bay’s premier sailing operations, offering first-class scheduled tours, exclusive private charters with outstanding service for the ultimate sailing & snorkeling adventures.  For many of their guests, it was their first time snorkeling, and they all had a blast!  From the coral reef to the fish and eels, it was absolutely beautiful and such a fun time for all!  We definitely made sure to bring our underwater camera gear with us on the cruise!

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Chic, Beach Details for a Modern, Destination Bride

Sarah chose a beautiful Jewel Collection bridal gown from David’s Bridal. To say it fit her like a glove would be an understatement! Her beautiful blush bridesmaids dresses were also from David’s Bridal and was the perfect choice for an island wedding. Sarah’s pearl necklace and earrings from Zales were pure perfection. You can’t go wrong with pearls! She even found her bridesmaids the most unique bouquet’s on Etsy – completely made out of seashells!  They may have weighed a lot, but they were absolutely beautiful!

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Getting Ready with the Girls at the Zen Spa and their Ocean Front Suite

Sarah and her ladies started their day at the Zen Spa where they were pampered with hair and makeup services. While getting her hair and makeup done, Sarah’s wedding planner Denisha came by with some weather updates. Although Sarah chose to still have their ceremony outside, rain or shine, they decided to move their reception from the Ocean Gazebo and Deck, to the covered Grand Ballroom Terrace (which was actually their first choice anyway! haha!)  Spoiler alert:: It was such a great decision, because, after the ceremony, the sky opened up and it poured all night!

After the salon, the ladies headed over to Sarah & Joe’s ocean front suite for everyone to get dressed! Sarah’s Matron of Honor Joelle helped her to get into her dress and get ready to see Joe for the first time!  Their son Joey, walked her down to their first look and gave his mama one last kiss before we got there…

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Getting Ready with the Guys in an Ocean Front Suite

Joe and his guys kept their attire simple, yet beachy.  With their attire from Old Navy, everyone seemed comfortable and very dapper! Joe and his guys had an easy morning, just hanging out, waiting for the ladies to get ready.

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A Thrilling First Look for the Bride & Groom

Sarah and Joe’s son Joey was so excited for his mom and dad to see each other for the first time on their wedding day! Joe was so eager to see Sarah, and the way she looked in that dress, sure did not disappoint!

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Bride & Groom Portraits at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall

Sarah and Joe were such troopers in the rain!  It drizzled for almost all of our portrait time together, but it did not damper their mood or the day. They were too excited!  So, we walked around under umbrella’s and as soon as we got to our next location, they would suck it up and go out in the rain!  We could not be more thankful for their willingness to get a little wet to still have some amazing photos on their wedding day!!

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Bridal Party Photos at the Ocean Gazebo and Sun Deck

We ventured over to where Sarah and Joe would have had their reception with the Bridal Party, while the rain took a break for a bit of the afternoon! The people that Sarah and Joe chose to be in their bridal party, are so special to them, and they were SO much fun!  One that I’d like to point out specifically is Joe’s Best Man – Sarah’s Dad!  When I heard that Joe had chosen Sarah’s dad as his best man, I started to tear up! Joe and Sarah’s dad do everything together, including playing on a softball team together. It is so amazing to hear when a groom and a bride’s dad are that close and it just means that much more!

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Ceremony at the Wedding Gazebo

The Wedding Gazebo offered a gorgeous beach backdrop for Sarah & Joe’s ceremony! Their guests encircled the couple as they exchanged vows.  Sarah and Joe chose her Uncle Bob to officiate their ceremony, and he was able to add so many personal touches!  I love when couples choose meaningful family/friends to be their officiants on such special days! The best part was the Sand Ceremony, where they joined pink sand for Sarah, blue sand for Joe, and their son Joey used sand that was taken from the beach there in Jamaica!

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Reception at the Grand Ballroom Terrace

With a view of the ocean and palm trees, Sarah and Joe danced and partied the night away with their guests! Before dinner, Sarah & Joe lit a unity candle, a family tradition.  This candle was used at her Uncle Bob and Aunt Sue’s wedding, and will be used at every family wedding thereafter!

Sarah and Joe’s first dance song was Perfect by Ed Sheeran, but funny enough, it was originally something else.  One day, while driving in the car, this song came on, and their son Joey said that it is “Mommy and Daddy’s wedding song”.  He continued to tell everyone, and would make them listen to it once a day and dance with him to it.  So, it did become their wedding song!

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A Sunrise Trash the Dress Session at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica

I’ll save this for another blog post… You can read more about Sarah and Joe’s love story, as well as their beautiful sunrise photos HERE

 

Amazing Destination Wedding Vendors:

A Rustic Cecil Creek Farm Wedding | Alyssa & Gary

A Rustic Cecil Creek Farm Wedding | Alyssa & Gary

Alyssa and Gary lucked out and had a perfect Spring day for a Rustic Cecil Creek Farm Wedding that incorporated her unique style as well as little rustic details along the way!  We have been looking forward to this day since their engagement session at Cecil Creek Farm this past summer.  We loved getting to know Alyssa and Gary. Their love is so infectious and we loved having the honor to capture them, along with their closest family and friends. Alyssa and Gary’s perfect wedding day was a little rustic, a little classic but a whole lot filled with love!

Classic Bridal Details for a Modern, Rustic Bride

Alyssa’s bridal gown was purchased from David’s Bridal with beautiful lace as well as a little bit of bling. The bridesmaids dresses also came from David’s Bridal in all different colors to go with Alyssa’s rustic feel for her wedding day. They looked absolutely beautiful! She also had two charms made up in memory of her mom, who was definitely watching down on this amazing couple throughout their special day, and always.

 

Getting Ready with the Girls at The Courtyard by Marriott

Alyssa and her bridesmaids got their hair and makeup done in The Garden Room at The Courtyard by Marriott. There was a lot of room for the girls to hang out, enjoy each others company and relax before the festivities of the day began!  They proceeded to Alyssa’s room, where her sister, Jennifer helped her get in her wedding dress. It was such a sweet, sentimental moment.

 

Getting Ready with the Guys at the Couples Home

Meanwhile, Gary and his groomsmen were relaxing at the house that him and Alyssa bought together. Its amazing the long years of friendship that Gary has with each of these important guys in his life.  They all looked very dapper in their suits from Chadmoor Formal Wear.

 

How He Proposed

Alyssa’s birthday is one day before Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, she had to work, but she lucked out! They weren’t busy, so they decided to close early. Alyssa pushed up the time she was going meet with her coworkers, but when she arrived home, Gary had different plans. He invited her family and his parents over! As everyone was arriving, Alyssa was excited because she was thinking how thoughtful it was to have everyone over. Alyssa really didn’t think anything of it, just that she felt so loved and blessed. Alyssa thought Gary was helping to make her day, because she was sad it was another birthday that she was not celebrating with her mother.

After a little while, Gary’s brother arrived because he claimed he wanted cake, and so they sang to her. After Alyssa blew out the candles, everyone was still standing with their cameras in front of their faces. Alyssa looked confused and asked what was going on. As she turned to her right, there was Gary smiling down on one knee with an amazing wedding ring in a box. Alyssa broke down sobbing because she couldn’t believe he had FINALLY asked her. It was an amazing birthday to say the least!!

 

Saying, “I Do!” at St. Charles Borromeo Church

Alyssa and Gary said their I Do’s in the church that Alyssa grew up going to.  Father Michael Matveenko performed a beautiful, sentimental ceremony. Gary had clearly been anticipating this moment. The moment he saw his bride for the very first time. You could feel the anticipation from him and Alyssa, and there was nothing but joy beaming from them both.

 

Bridal Party Photos at Cecil Creek Farm

Cecil Creek Farm has no shortage of locations for Bridal Party photos.  We took the tractor to the back of the Farm, where we were greeted by their two horses, who absolutely loved being in the photos with everyone!  I absolutely adore the rustic, yet classic feel that the mis-matched bridesmaids dresses give next to the navy suits that each of the guys wore. Plus, each of their bouquets, had simple little burlap touches, which was the perfect addition.

 

Bride and Groom Portraits at Cecil Creek Farm

We could photograph Alyssa and Gary all day long. They are so comfortable and so in love with one another, which, in turn, results in such classic and romantic images. I think the horses loved this bride and groom as well, because they could not get enough of them! We took advantage of the friendly horses, the barn and the field, because you really can’t go wrong with any location you choose around Cecil Creek Farm. It might be our newest favorite venue! Besides the location being gorgeous, the barn being the perfect venue for all of those barn-loving brides, the staff was absolutely amazing, especially the coordinator, Lizzie.  She was a breathe of fresh air with how helpful she was and how much you could tell she loved being a part of her couples wedding day and making sure it was perfect!

 

A Reception with all of their Family & Friends in the Barn at Cecil Creek Farm, Which Ended with a Romantic Sparkler Exit

If there was ever a perfect venue for a rustic bride, Cecil Creek Farm is just that! From the full access to their farm, to the beautiful barn for your reception, to the rustic, wooden details inside, it is every rustic bride’s dream!  Cecil Creek Farm is a family owned, 42-acre farm located in Mickleton, New Jersey. Their talented chef’s that they have on staff, have custom menus that feature freshly harvested veggies and fruits from their fields and other local farms. This property has created a community where people could enjoy the beautiful and share the love and food that the owners hold so dear.  It is an absolutely special wedding venue.

 

Fabulous, Rustic South Jersey Wedding Vendors Included:

A Beautiful Spring Wedding at Lucien’s Manor | Larissa & Chris

A Beautiful Spring Wedding at Lucien’s Manor | Larissa & Chris

Larissa & Chris had A Beautiful Spring Wedding at Lucien’s Manor this past weekend! From the bright shining sun, to the warm, blush details, to all of the love and emotion that filled the air – this oculus not have been a more magical day for these two! After a chance meeting at the gym a few years ago, to a surprise proposal at Cape May Brewery early last summer, Larissa and Chris could not be more ready to become husband and wife!

To see some fun, laughter filled engagement photos of these two, click here: A Cape May Brewery & Sunset Beach Engagement

Sweet, Romantic Details for a Classic, Modern Bride

Larissa chose an A-line, Impressions Bridal Wedding Gown, which she found at Dress 2 Impress Bridal Boutique. While her Bridesmaids wore steel blue dresses by Morilee that they found at Rienzi’s Bridal Salon. Larissa’s jewelry was her traditional old and borrowed items! The perfect detail piece, though, for each lady, was the beautiful bouquet designed by Savannah’s Garden. The owner, Laura, is so creative and such a perfectionist when it comes to her gorgeous floral designs!

 

Getting Ready with the Ladies at The Hilton Garden Inn

Larissa had such a great time getting ready in her suite at The Hilton Garden Inn.  The girls were all pampered by Hair Creations by Anna, as well as Amanda Atoori Beauty Artistry!  They just accentuated the beauty of each lady!

Larissa and Chris decided to give each other special gifts for their wedding day.  They would each choose a perfume/cologne for the other person. This way, whenever they wear it in the future, the scent will bring them back to the day that they became a family, along with all the memories and feelings!

Chris gifted Larissa Gucci Bamboo, along with a Pandora charm that said Just Married.

 

Getting Ready with the Guys at The Hilton Garden Inn

Chris and his guys were so chill while getting ready for the day.  All of the guys attire was from Lifestyles Expressions, and they all looked so dapper in their formal wear!

When Chris opened his gift from Larissa, he received not only his cologne, Aqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani, but also a very special pin for inside of his suit jacket.  The pin contained a beautiful photo of Chris’s mom, so that she would be close to his heart and he could dance with her all night!

 

How He Proposed

Early last summer, Chris and Larissa visited the Cape May Brewery, and ordered a flight of beer like they always would.  Chris was taking a little longer than normal, and appeared with a custom wooden flight paddle with the words – Will You Marry Me? – inscribed on it! Instead of the normal YES!, Larissa said OF COURSE!

An Emotional First Look at Ramblewood Country Club

Butterflies formed, tears appeared and you could just feel the anticipation and love and romance as Larissa walked towards Chris on the beautifully manicured grass at Ramblewood Country Club. Chris turned to look at his beautiful wife and held her in such a passionate embrace. There was a feeling of awe, warmth and tenderness surrounding them.

 

Classic Bride & Groom Portraits and Bridal Party Portraits at Ramblewood Country Club

We absolutely love taking photos around Ramblewood Country Club.  From the beautiful green grass, to the abundance of trees, to the awesome tunnel, to the perfectly placed pergola, there is never a shortage of photo opportunities!

bride groom kiss shoulder golf course

 

Saying I Do in the Versailles Ballroom at Lucien’s Manor

While Larissa and Chris may have had their heart set on an outdoor ceremony at Luciens, unfortunately their outdoor space was not finished construction yet.  So, instead, they said their I do’s in the Versailles Ballroom. With cascading crystal chandeliers, marble fireplace, accented classic French wall colors and tasteful décor, it was the perfect location for such a memorable moment. After all, they had a beautiful spring wedding at lucien’s manor.

Larissa’s grandmom was probably the cutest flower girl we’ve ever seen!

 

A Fun Filled Reception in the Venetian Ballroom at Lucien’s Manor

Larissa and Chris danced the night away in the Venetian Ballroom at Lucien’s Manor. They prepared for their first dance by taking a few dance lessons, and happily twirled around to Die a Happy Man by Thomas Rhett. It was one of the first songs that Chris told Larissa that he liked, and they would dance around their dining room as it would play over their bluetooth speakers!

 

Romantic Night Portraits with the Bride & Groom at Lucien’s Manor

A wedding night can’t end without a bit of romance!  We took Larissa and Chris outside to take a few last portraits before we left for the evening.  We started at the waterfalls at Lucien’s and ended by the warm fire, while Chris held Larissa in a tight embrace.  We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect ending to their memorable day.

 

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