*Posted by Theresa *
Melissa and Dave's wedding was definitely the perfect kickoff to our 2014 wedding season! Melissa looked stunning in her beautifully beaded wedding dress, and arrived to the ceremony in style, pulling up to the church in a classic white car. Dave, a die-hard Phillies fan, adorned his tux with Phillies cufflinks!
Their ceremony at Saint Monica's church in South Philadelphia was decorated with beautiful winter flowers and festive lights. The purple bridesmaids dresses looked great, complimented by pops of purple in the groomsmen's lily boutonnieres.
After the ceremony, the bridal party braved the freezing cold temperatures and gusty winds to venture into Center City to take a photo in the middle of Broad Street, right in front of City Hall. Despite the snowdrifts that had amassed from a storm just a few days before the wedding, the whole group managed to hop onto the median, and gave us some great shots between shivers and goosebumps!
As the bridal party headed over to the Ballroom at the Ben to thaw out, Melissa and Dave kept going strong, taking some Bride and Groom portraits around Old City. They stopped at the Union League first and then sneaked in another picture in the middle of Broad Street, this time with twilight hanging like a backdrop in the distance. We then went to join the rest of the bridal party for some more (warmer) bridal party pictures indoors.
Melissa and Dave had been so much fun up to this point, and their reception, held in the Ballroom at the Ben, did not disappoint, either. After the first dances, bouquet and garter tosses, the newlyweds cut into their gorgeous cake, and had a wedding-white themed candy bar for everyone who's sweet tooth needed a little extra kick!
To top things off, Melissa and Dave had an extra special guest show up! If you saw our post about Melissa and Dave's engagement session at Citizen's Bank Park, you'll remember that they are huge Phillies fans. So it should be no surprise that they had the Phillies mascot at their wedding! That's right, the Phanatic himself made an appearance. Everyone had a blast dancing with the Phanatic all night, and Melissa and Dave definitely had a great night to start off their new life together.