Real Wedding – A Philadelphia Fantasy

The Couple

Hope and Nick met on January 10, 2009 – with a rather unusual story. They first met in Iraq – Nick in the United States Marine Corps, and Hope working for the US Department of Defense.

Five and a half years later, the couple were still going strong and about to embark on their next great adventure – Nick enrolling at Wharton Business School and Hope leaving her work behind to start their new life together in Philadelphia.

Nick then proposed to Hope on June 15, 2014 on a romantic evening, in front of the Washington Monument, and they moved to Philadelphia shortly after their engagement – into their first home together after 6 years of dating.

Bride and Groom

The Dress (Etc)

When it came time to choose the perfect wedding dress, Hope enlisted the advice of her mother, a former Ford Model and stylist.

Brides Wedding Dress

Brides Wedding Dress

Luxury Wedding Shoes

Hope – a stylist herself – was certain that her gown would be a little different from the traditional white and ivory dresses, so staying true to her lifelong love for pink (and her flare for glamour), Hope found her perfect match in this beautiful Monique Lhuillier gown, with a light blush pink underlay and an intricate white tulle beaded overlay. The bride paired this with pink and gold pumps, a pearl necklace, and tumbling blonde curls.

Cream Rose Wedding Bouquet

Her bouquet was small and simple, with an assortment of ivory roses so as not to detract from her stunning dress.

Blush Pink Bridesmaids Dresses

Blush Pink Bridesmaids Dresses

Bridesmaids In Blush Pink


The bridesmaids’ dresses were a gorgeous blush pink, matching Hope’s choice of footwear.

Luxury Wedding Invitations

Wedding Rings

The Groom

The Groom looked particularly dashing in a bow tie from Boyds of Philadelphia, suit from the ever-stylish Hugo Boss, and cufflinks embossed with his new married initials.

Grooms Wedding Shoes

Wedding Finer Details

Grooms Black and Gold Cuff Links

Groom At Alter

The Ceremony

The beautiful ceremony was held in front of friends and family in the Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia. The Bride and Groom were not only surrounded by their loved ones on this special day, but also stunning stain-glass windows and floor-to-ceilings murals.

Wedding Ceremony Philadelphia


Wedding Ceremony Philadelphia

Wedding Ceremony Philadelphia

The ceremony itself was full of love and laughter, as Nick enthusiastically kissed his new bride as they were wed.

Bridal Pary With Balloons

The Reception

For Nick and Hope, the reception venue was an easy choice – The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia. Residing next door in the Residential Ritz-Carlton skyscraper, they already knew the Ritz-Carlton – the hotel’s exquisite Grand Ballroom in particular – would be their first choice for the perfect wedding venue.

Wedding Reception Ritz Cartlon Philadelphia

Wedding Reception Ritz Cartlon Philadelphia

Hope’s vintage glam inspired wedding slowly came to life, with a gorgeous combination of antique gold, blush pink, and ivory as her chosen colour palette. With gold chairs, candelabras, and table décor. Jamie Rothstein Floral Designs brought the bride’s floral vision to life with single-stalk arrangements in unique, bubble-like vases.

Wedding Reception Ritz Cartlon Philadelphia

The cake was magnificent – five ivory tiers with beaded patterns running the height of the cake, topped with pink roses and a small banner that simply read “hooray”. Nick and Hope wanted to do something a little different; they cut the cake, together… with a sword! Much to the amazement of their guests.

Five Ivory Tier Wedding Cake

Five Ivory Tier Wedding Cake

As the party continued into the evening, the happy couple proceeded to perform some very enthusiastic karaoke for their guests – with Hope donning a fringed leather jacket and heart-shaped sunglasses to get into the mood.

First Dance Bride and Groom




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