Despite the cold weather, Abby and Danny’s easy going personalities and tight bond brought warmth to their January 24, 2015 wedding at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. The color palette of jewel tones, including purples, blues, pinks, reds, and pops of yellows and greens, was the perfect complement to the artwork throughout the museum.
The day began at the bride’s home where she relaxed with her bridesmaids and immediate family. The BLO/OUT team arrived and helped Abby achieve a natural yet elegant look. Her makeup was simple, with gold tones and a nude lip. The bride’s hair was pulled half up with soft curls falling at her shoulders. Abby wore the breathtaking form fitting lace Margeaux gown with a scalloped v neckline and lightly flared silhouette by Tadashi Shoji for BHLDN. The veil was trimmed with lace from her Bubby’s wedding dress. The bridesmaids wore gowns in rich jewel tones and various styles. Danny wore a charcoal suit and a dark grey plaid tie with a burgundy accent that was perfectly complemented by his deep red orchid boutonniere. The groomsmen and Danny’s nephews wore grey suits accented by fuchsia, yellow, and green boutonnieres by Longstems. Abby’s bridal bouquet featured exotic blooms of thistle, craspedia, uhuli shoots, calla lilies, pods, coxcomb, and trumpets in saturated jewel tones.
The laid-back feeling continued as the couple and the bridal party got ready at Le Meridien Hotel. Danny relaxed with his family and young nephews while watching college basketball. Abby laughed off any pre-wedding jitters in the bridal suite with her family. Abby’s mother and sister helped her slip into her dress before Danny arrived for the couple’s first look. Ashley Bartoletti Photography was there to capture this beautiful and intimate moment, as well as the many other details of the day.
Longstems transformed the Annenberg Gallery at PAFA into a warm and inviting space for the ceremony and reception. A table at the entrance held programs and kippots. The aisle leading to the chuppah was lined with clusters of flickering LED candles in hurricane vases. The chuppah was covered in willow vines, cascading greenery, and vibrant flowers. The signed Ketubah sat adjacent. A duo from the band American Deluxe played “Dodi Li” into “Erev Shel Shoshanim” for the processional, followed by “Al Kol Aleh” for the bride’s entrance, and “Higher and Higher” by Jackie Wilson for the recessional. The bride’s cousin sang, “Mi Adir” to begin the ceremony, which was officiated by Abby’s close family friend Rabbi Jonny, whose father officiated Abby’s parents’ wedding.
Once the ceremony ended, guests were brought into the Tuttleman Gallery for cocktail hour. High and low cocktail tables with funky jewel toned floral arrangements were placed among the incredible sculptures featured in the gallery. The American Deluxe duo provided the entertainment as guests mingled, sipped libations, and noshed on hors d’oeuvres. Guests enjoyed tray passed butternut squash tortellini, spinach pot stickers, shitake mushroom spring rolls, ahi tuna, and grilled cheese with tomato soup by Stephen Starr Events. Also available was a Modern American Slider bar featuring a Tuna Burger with sprouts, crushed avocado, wasabi flakes, wasabi tartar, and sesame seeds, a Vegetable Burger with fava bean patty, house special sauce, lettuce, pickles, and onions, a Portobello Burger with grilled portobello mushroom, crushed avocado, chipotle chili, crispy Szechuan potatoes, and provolone cheese, and Seasoned Curly Fries with housemade ketchup, truffle aioli, and pickles.
Guests and the wedding party moved back into the Annenberg Gallery for the reception. Keeping with Abby and Danny’s laid-back personalities, there was no set seating for their station-style dinner. Ivory and gold linen tables of various shapes and sizes dotted the room. The reception began with the Horah, then the couple’s first dance to “Count on Me” by Jefferson Starship. The bride and groom’s parents each gave a beautiful toast to the new couple. Danny’s parents discussed his love for soccer and reminisced about his three sisters’ endless torture. And Abby’s mother gave a heartfelt speech, mentioning how much Abby’s late father loved Danny. Abby’s Bubby provided the blessing, with dinner stations opening immediately following. The Sunday Supper station, inspired by Jones Restaurant, included pecan crusted tilapia, charred broccoli, macaroni and cheese, and cobb salad. The Asian Spice Route, inspired by Buddakan, featured grilled salmon, Chinese eggplant, mushroom fried rice, and Asian Caesar salad. Guests enjoyed a variety of tray passed desserts including cheesecake pots with berries, graham cracker s’mores, hazelnut crème éclairs, chocolate caramel sea salt bars, and lemon meringue tarts. The couple tied in their NYC roots with Baked by Melissa mini cupcake displays. American Deluxe kept the guests on the dance floor the entire night, grooving to classics, as well as today’s hit songs.
Guests were encouraged to leave notes to the couple on the pages of a special art guestbook featured PAFA paintings and artist biographies. An adorable macaron illustration sign was the perfect backdrop to a candy and sweets table. Some of the couple’s favorite treats filled glass jars, including Gummy Bears, Peanut Butter Cups, Sunkist Fruit Gems, Starbursts, and Jellybeans. What made this favor extra special was that it was to honor the bride’s late father who was a dentist. The takeout boxes featured sweet and funny sayings such as “Cavities To Go.” It was a perfect sweet ending to this beautiful and heartfelt day!
images via ashley bartoletti photography