Golden Autumn Wedding by Asya Photography

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From Mary, the bride:

Chris and I took a politics seminar together at NYU when he was a senior and I was a junior. The class was terribly boring, and the professor paired up each of the twelve or so students to co-present an article, probably written by himself. I’m rather competitive, and reached out to Chris to make sure his portion of the presentation wouldn’t one-up mine. His response, albeit a bit delayed, was an invitation to dinner.

Believe it or not, I wore a ball gown skirt and top by J. Crew for the ceremony, and later changed into a short feathered skirt by Club Monaco for the reception!)

The theme of our wedding was “gold.” Chris and I both love autumn and the gold haze that seems to hang in the air in the late afternoon in early November.

Printed on our ceremony programs was the quote from the song “Gold” from the musical “Once”:

If a door be closed,

Then a row of homes start building.

And tear your curtains down,

For sunlight is like gold.

It was our ceremony – held on the outdoor grounds amidst the withering autumn leaves and officiated by a dear friend and mentor – that made it unique to us. Our parents, perhaps surprised at first that we decided not to be married in a Catholic church, later noted that the ceremony was by far the most personal they’d seen and hands-down their favorite part of the day.

Our dear friend Laina wrote and performed our very personal ceremony, sharing stories of our first dates, childhood memories and hopes for our lives together. A wise one indeed, she asked us to turn and look into the faces of our family and friends who had joined us for our special day. In so doing, she recognized several significant individuals from our lives who had passed on and were unable to be there. At the very moment she asked us to face the audience, a single white balloon floated silently over the tree line above our heads in the distance. My father relayed this story to me only after the wedding, and we knew instantly who had joined us in spirit.

The moody November skies, with brilliant autumn colors in the background, made for a peaceful, reflective celebration, full of gratitude – perfect for harvest time.  

We’re both very musical, as are many of our friends and family, and we surprised everyone with a performance by The Agnes Irwin School Bel Cantos (my high school a cappella group), and later Chris and I performed “Young and Beautiful” by Lana del Rey (ours a slightly more upbeat version!), while two of my bridesmaids sang “Fields of Gold” and “Songbird.”

Florist – Envy Floral Affairs, Havertown // Cake/Dessert – SophistiCakes Bakery, Drexel Hill // Ceremony, Reception, and Catering – Overbrook Golf Club // Music – Strings by Elysium Quartet, DJ – Schaffer Sound // Planner/Coordinator – Jimmy Bartorillo, Overbrook Golf Club // Stationary – Schank Printing, Conshohocken // Transportation – Philadelphia Trolley Works

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