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Caitlin and Mac’s May wedding at the Manor at Prophecy Creek in Amber, PA was the perfect backdrop to celebrate the fun-loving couple. White, ivory, and various shades of green helped play up the Southern elegance and garden-inspiried theme.
The day began at the DoubleTree Hotel with the Beautiful Brides Philly hair and makeup team getting the bride and her bridesmaids ready for the day. Caitlin opted to have her long tresses curled and pinned to the side using a large white flower. The bride wore a white satin and tulle ball gown with a floor sweeping train and jeweled belt. Lace detailing trimmed the flowing veil originally worn by the bride’s mom. The top of the dress featured a sweetheart neckline with a tulle overlay that capped at Caitlin’s shoulders. Bouquets, by Sebesta Design, were soft and natural. The blooms included white ranunculus, silver dollar eucalyptus, tulips, lisianthus, and Italian ruscus tips. The flower girl’s golden tresses were accented by an ethereal halo consisting of white spray roses and garden greens. The bridesmaids wore sage green dresses in various styles. Mac and the groomsmen wore navy blue suits with grey ties. Their boutonnieres featured white ranunculus and green hellebore blossoms.
As the bridal party got ready, the easygoing vibes continued. Caitlin completed the finishing touches of her bridal look in the corner suite of the DoubleTree Hotel. The Asya Photography team was on hand to capture the preparations and special moments. Elsewhere in the hotel, Mac and his groomsmen relaxed and watched UFC matches.
The ceremony was held at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Ambler, PA. A table at the entrance held programs detailing members of the bridal party and immediate family. As guests arrived, they were greeted by groomsmen who helped escort them to their seats. Clusters of spirea, white ranunculus, and foliage accented the aisles, bringing warmth to the large church. Parish musicians played “Arioso” into “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the processional, followed by “Canon in D” for the bride’s entrance, and the “Traditional Wedding March” for the recessional. Caitlin’s adorable twin nephews played the roles of ring bearers. They stole the show with their attempt down the aisle.
Once the ceremony ended, guests boarded deluxe motor coaches from David Thomas Tours, which escorted them to the reception held at the Manor at Prophecy Creek. As the weather continued to hold up, cocktail hour was held outside. High top and low tables lined the grounds overlooking beautiful gardens and fountains on the property. Guests enjoyed tray passed hors d’oeuvres including grilled eggplant with Gorgonzola, crab cakes, bacon wrapped scallops, and sausage and mushroom cups. For added fun, guests were encouraged to play corn hole and bocce ball while mingling. If they weren’t up for some friendly competition, guests could stop by the photo booth and snap some photos with silly props.
As guests moved inside to the terrace for the reception, they were greeted by an escort table, which featured large vases of coordinating white flowers and greenery. The name cards hung from mini Sheppard hooks stuck in containers of moss. The reception began with bridal party introductions. Synergetic Sounds provided entertainment for the evening. The parents of the bride and groom came out to “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang. Keeping with the newlywed’s love for sports, the bridal party entered the reception to the Chicago Bulls Starting Line Up song. Bridal party members, as well as the bride and groom, donned sweatbands and carried mini basketballs while coming out to their personal stats. The couple’s first dance was to “When I Fall in Love” by Nat King Cole. The bride’s father provided a wonderful toast that incorporated everyone. He welcomed Mac’s family into his, and reminisced of Caitlin’s detailed wedding planning from when she was a young girl. In a tearful moment, he also shared with the bride a bottle of wine that he had purchased on the day she was born. The groom’s father also spoke of how happy he was to have Caitlin marrying his son. The groom’s cousin provided the blessing, with dinner beginning immediately following. The meal included a salad course, as well as choice of the following: prime rib, herbed encrusted chicken breast, tilapia stuffed with crab imperial, vegetable ravioli, and sautéed vegetables.
The bride and groom then welcomed all married couples to the dance floor for a special anniversary dance to “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me” by Gladys Knight & The Pips. Caitlin’s grandparents were the winners, having celebrated the most years of marriage. The newlyweds then cut their three-tiered cake accented by fresh garden roses and green blueberry branches. As the bride and groom shared a piece, Caitlin exclaimed, “This is really good!” Guests also enjoyed a myriad of mini desserts including: cheesecake, tiramisu, red velvet cake, puff pastries, and chocolate tarts. DJ Jim from Synergetic Sounds kept the dance floor alive, with the help of some fancy footed groomsmen. Guests were also encouraged to leave well wishes for the couple in the guestbook, which featured tiny envelopes with note cards.
images via asya photography