On November 13, 2011, 4 months of long distance planning, then 6 months of not-so-long-distance planning came to life for the beautiful wedding of Lauren & Jordan. Held at one of my favorite locations, The Franklin Institute, Lauren and Jordan missed no details in having a beautiful ceremony and reception.
I ‘met’ Lauren and Jordan over a phone call. They were living in Dallas at the time, but were planning on moving to the Philadelphia area in the summer, so had booked the Franklin Institute for their big day. They wanted someone to schedule planning days for the weekends that they would be in town prior to their move, so they could get things locked in. I was more than happy to do so!
It was so good to finally meet them their first weekend in – we had spoken so much over email and the phone that I felt like I was meeting old friends. And they were SUCH troopers! We met with photographers, bands, bakers and florists, one right after the other, but they kept their energy up and were engaged in each appointment. We did two walk throughs of the venue, making sure the lighting was perfect throughout the night and the ceremony set up was exactly as they wanted it. They wanted an elegant but still fun wedding, and that is exactly what we created.
When the day finally arrived, the excitement was palatable. Lauren’s bridesmaids were wonderful (one being her friend Jessica, who I had sent down the aisle just two weeks before!) and everybody was so helpful and cooperative. Lauren has the most flawless skin I have ever seen, and her make-up artist was wonderful – she slippedon her gown and looked absolutely breathtaking. When we arrived at the Franklin Institute for the first see moment, Jordan was there waiting for her, and was so excited to get this day under way. Looking dashing in his tux, we put him into place for their first see on the rooftop (thank you Mother Nature for the clear day you gave us…and it wasn’t even that cold!). Their first see was wonderful – emotional, excited, disbelief that the day was finally here. I’m tearing up just writing about it! Then their party joined them – the bridesmaids in their gorgeous and fun short black dresses, groomsmen in their formal but not stuff tuxes, and the energy started going! This crew was ready to get the vow said, and get the party going!
Their ceremony was gorgeous. It was held in the planetarium, which can worry me because it can be a bit dark (difficult for photos) but we fixed that by uplighting the gorgeous chuppah. Under candlelight and a gorgeous crystal chuppah Lauren’s dress sparkled, their moving ceremony brought many to tears, and after a kiss, broken glass, and Mazel Tov!, they walked back down the aisle husband and wife.
Their first dance was fantastic! They surprised their guests with a beautifully choreographed dance to “You’re Just Too Good To Be True” complete with twirls and dips. After dining on a fabulous meal, Lauren and Jordan had their honor dances with their parents to “Sweet Child of Mine” (sung by one of Philadelphia’s finest singers, Lauren Lark), and were then put into chairs for the traditional Hora! After cutting and enjoying their amazing cake, Lauren and Jordan made their exit to streamers, ready to take on the world as husband and wife (without a break! Jordan went back to work and Lauren headed back to her Masters program that Tuesday!). Thank you to all of the vendors who made the wedding day spectacular – BG Productions for the amazing photos and video, Bredenbeck’s for the DELICIOUS cake, Robertsons for the breathtaking chuppah and florals, and Rabbi Berris, for a beautiful ketubah and ceremony.
Lauren and Jordan, thank you for allowing me to be part of your wedding day. I loved our planning days and getting to be a part of so many details. I got to know you both so well that by the time of the wedding, it truly felt like I was watching two friends get married. It was amazing. Please take good care of each other, don’t work too hard, and keep in touch.