OMGosh the rooftop shots… =)
From Megan: Katie and I first met during our senior year in college at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. Despite attending the same school for 3 years, we had somehow managed to go nearly all of college without even knowing each other existed! After we were introduced by a mutual friend, we immediately hit it off – it was over a month before we spent a day apart. Just shy of our three-year anniversary, Katie proposed to me while on a picnic behind the Art Museum in Philadelphia (one of our favorite spots!). Even though we had already picked out the ring (and she had even bought it!) months before, she completely took me by surprise with the proposal, complete with our favorite cheeses and even a personalized wine bottle! I returned the favor several weeks later with a near-replica of the first meal we ever cooked together and ring for her.
We decided to tie the knot about a year and a half later, and quickly booked our venue for July. While we researched venues both in and outside of the city, we quickly fell in love with Top of the Tower, the 50th floor of a high-rise in Center City. Philadelphia is where our relationship began and blossomed, so a venue with breathtaking views of the city and surrounding areas could not have been more perfect. Even on top of that, both of us love to eat, so excellent food was a must-have – and Top of the Tower did not disappoint (we even got a tasting before we signed a contract!). After booking our venue, we rewarded all our hard work with almost two months off from wedding planning to just enjoy being engaged!
Once the planning kicked into high gear and the vendor search began, Katie and I realized how lucky we are to have some extremely talented friends who were able to contribute to our big day, which made this whole experience even more special. We had friends design all of our stationary, play music for our ceremony and reception, and even take our photographs! Tara, who is a good friend, is one of the most talented photographers we know. It meant so much to us, not only to have her there to celebrate this important time in our lives, but to capture all of the emotion perfectly! We also stumbled upon a wonderful cinematographer, James Knightly, to capture the day on film; while we didn’t know him prior to booking him to shoot our wedding, we certainly consider him a friend now!
Most of the small details of the day were purchased on Etsy or handmade from ideas on Pinterest (thank goodness for the internet!). It was these little things that helped make our day even more personal. One of my favorites was our cake toppers, purchased from an artist on Etsy, which were wood-painted replicas of Kaite and me in our dresses (and of our two cats!). Our friend who designed our stationary even made us a personal monogram, which we inevitably put on everything from the welcome bags (filled with Philadelphia-themed goodies) for guests staying at a local hotel to the photo strips from our photo booth. The photo booth ended up being a HUGE hit! Guests received two copies of their photos; one to keep as a memento and one to put in a guest book where they were able to record a message for us. We also filled baskets with over 40 pairs of flip-flops in our wedding colors for guests to change into during the reception. I think we only had one extra pair left over after the wedding! Guests were also able to enjoy some late-night Philly snacks from Philly Pretzel Factory and Rita’s Water Ice to help last them until the end of the party. Since our wedding was so close to the 4th of July, we were even treated to a fireworks display over the river, which looked even more spectacular from our 50th-story views. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.