Rebecca and Andrew’s wedding shows us that the old adage is true – you’ll meet someone when you least expect it. After meeting at a party where they were both guests-of-a-guest while Becca was studying abroad in London, followed by a few years of travel, then Andrew’s move across the pond, the couple honored their families and heritages in such a beautiful way at their wedding. Starting with the the deep greens of southern England – and captured by Grace of Asya Photography – their flowers, music, location, and attire highlighted who they are as individuals, and created a wonderful start to their life together.
From Becca, the bride:
We met at a house party in North London. I was studying in London for the year and Andrew was working in the financial district. Each of us was brought to the same house party by our respective friends – neither of us were invited directly. We started talking and Andrew was intrigued when I told him I wanted to save the world. Rather than laugh, Andrew asked me for my number and we had our first date the following week. After one year together in London and two years of long distance from London to Philadelphia where I was in medical school, Andrew moved to the USA to begin our new life together.
Our ceremony and reception were at the Moshulu, a historic boat in Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River in Philadelphia. We come from an array of religious backgrounds so we didn’t want to pick one specific church. Many of Andrew’s family have served in the British Royal Navy, and we love boats and being on the water, so we found this venue compelling and special to us. We love how this venue has strong historical character, particularly that it was built in Scotland where Andrew’s family is originally from, and loved feeling that we had something that set us apart from other weddings – a truly unique venue. Additionally, the many decks and dining hall on the Moshulu gave us all the spaces we wanted to use for different parts of the evening, and as a renowned restaurant, we knew the food would be fantastic!
The theme of the wedding was largely traditional and a bit rustic. It was fairly intimate with roughly 100 guests. Our color was forest green, reminiscent of the beautiful countryside where Andrew’s family comes from in Southern England. This was a great color for the fall and brought in hints of nature to this venue. One personal touch we added was customized wine bottle openers for each member of our bridal party. They say our names and the date of our wedding. I also had surprise t-shirts for the groom and groomsmen – “Team Boy” is how Andy referred to his usher party. We did not need to do too much DIY, since the boat already has so much character, but a unique addition to our wedding was the Scottish Ceilidh band teaching our guests Scottish folk dancing. It was a great way to get all generations out on the dance floor! We also celebrated Andrew’s Scottish heritage by inviting guests to wear kilts and fascinators, which many people did! We borrowed an old British sword from my grandparents to cut our wedding cake, which was also memorable for us. Lastly, my dad used his talents to do all the musical arrangements for the string quartet, which was a sweet personal touch.
What we remember most is simply that we had the best day of our lives. We have never felt more full of joy, and it was the best feeling in the world to have our favorite people with us. One particular memory is that about ten minutes before the ceremony, just as Andrew was feeling most nervous, one of my uncles who had never worn a kilt before burst into the room where the groomsmen were waiting and asked for help putting the kilt together. This quickly diffused all the tension! One thing that didn’t go quite according to plan was 3 members of our bridal party being in the hospital the week before the wedding – luckily everyone is healthy now but it gave us quite a scare! We love reliving our wedding through the photos and video, and will always cherish the special day our married life began!
Photography: Asya Photography // Wedding Dress: Bijou Bridal // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Macy’s Bridal // Groom’s Attire: Hawes & Curtis // Florals: Robertson’s Flowers & Events // Venue: Moshulu // DJ: East Coast Event Group