Janice and Tim are one of our couples who planned a Philadelphia wedding from out of town. They met and live in NYC, but since Tim grew up outside of Philadelphia, he loved the idea of getting married in Philly. So on June 28, 2014, Janice and Tim tied the knot at The Franklin Institute.
The wedding party got ready in robes by Silk & More at Le Meridien with makeup by Beke Beau and hair by Ariel Kerber of Amanda D’Andrea Hair. Janice wore a stunning Lazaro gown with a silver-beaded bodice, sweetheart necklace, and an A-line organza skirt. She wore amazing Jimmy Choo shoes, Dana Rebecca Designs earrings, and held a clutch by Bespoke Edie Parker. On Janice’s bridal bouquet, she pinned a locket containing a picture of her late mother on her own wedding day. Janice’s 7 bridesmaids wore beautiful blush-colored gowns by Vera Wang for David’s Bridal and chandelier earrings. Tim and his 16 groomsmen wore black tuxes from Brooks Brothers with suspenders, pink novelty socks by Happy Socks, and white shoelaces on black shoes.
Their ceremony was held under the stars in the museum’s Planetarium, where Robertson’s Flowers created a romantic sheer canopy and lined the aisles with LED pillar candles. One of their friends officiated the ceremony that included a reading from Your Personal Penguin, the popular children’s book by Sandra Boynton.
Janice and Tim paid homage to Ben Franklin’s famous key & kite experiment and incorporated keys in their letter-pressed invitations by Cheer Up Press, escort cards (skeleton keys hung on large wooden doors), BHLDN gift card box (with a key-shaped hole in the top), custom wedding program & menu chalkboards by Beth + Borrow, and bridesmaids gifts (delicate gold bracelets with key and lock charms). Instead of a traditional guest book, guests wrote their well wishes & best pieces of marriage advice on vintage Philly & NYC postcards, which will be mailed to the couple (by Janice’s maid of honor) throughout their first year of marriage.
The reception took place in Franklin Hall, and guests were wowed by the architecture, marble floors and walls, ocular dome, and statue of Ben Franklin. The flowers were white and blush-colored blooms with gray accents, using peonies, hydrangea, ranunculus, sweet peas, and garden roses. Robertson’s also added mercury glass vases and votives to the tables to add some sparkle and shine. Guests had a blast taking photos in the Photo Booth by We Love Photobooths.
Frog Commissary worked with Janice and Tim to create the perfect menu that included Beef Short Ribs “Korean-style” with Kecap Manis Beef Jus, Sesame Haricot Verts, and Gingered Sweet Potato Cake, as well as Sesame Seared Chilean Sea Bass with Ginger and Lime, Braised Baby Bok Choy with Julienne Carrots, and Jasmine Rice.
Janice and Tim are music lovers, so it was really important that their wedding was a big dance party. Their first dance started off with Stevie Wonder’s “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” but quickly transitioned into a surprise hip-hip routine to “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea. Their amazing band GoGoGadjet (a well-known area pop cover band) kept guests on their feet throughout the night. GoGoGadjet threw out glow sticks to the audience, sang an a cappella version of John Legend’s “All of Me,” had a 4-person drum performance, and ended the night with a huge sing along to “Piano Man.”
As a final surprise, Janice and Tim had a midnight snack waiting for everyone outside – a Philly cheesesteak truck by Spot Burgers! Ethan and Karis of Ethan Yang Photography perfectly captured every moment of this special day and even stayed late to get shots of guests enjoying their cheesesteaks on the steps of the Franklin Institute.
images via ethan yang photography