While studying at Syracuse University, Samantha and Michael crossed paths through mutual groups of friends. The real connection came after they graduated. Their friends had guests over to watch the Syracuse Basketball game…for the love of basketball! It took about five months after that for this duo to start officially dating. Samantha explains, “…and from that point on we knew that we would be watching a lot of Syracuse basketball games in our future.”
This couple knew from the beginning what they wanted out of their relationship. They spent time getting to know each other and after a weekend of laughs, food and wine they began to fall in love. As excitement took over, their planning turned to simple elegance as they finalized details for their “Fall Chic,” November 7th wedding. “It felt like we were planning something but it never felt real until we saw it all come together. So many different components go into planning and seeing everything come to life was so much fun,” said Samantha.
As the anticipation led up to their day, Samantha and Michael saw each other for the first time with a sparkle in their eye. Tears were replaced with joy and excitement. “I was surprised that we didn’t cry but I think it was because we were both just so excited and on cloud nine from that moment on.” – Samantha
Their love story unfolded at the Westin Hotel
in Philadelphia. Having ceremony and reception in one location made it easy and carefree for each guest in attendance.
This ‘Fall Chic’ wedding was accented with natural branches, purple and white floral and glowing candle light. Floating candles, votive’s and up-lights created the romantic ambience this couple dreamed for!
Samantha felt lucky to have her mother help her with planning details as planning from out-of-state can be challenging. Samantha and her mother have similar tastes so this made the planning smooth as could be! Samantha found her dress at Kleinfeld
in Manhattan. As she didn’t expect to find her dress on the first outing, third time’s a charm! She fell in love at first sight and knew that she found the perfect dress by designer Monique Lhuillier
Their decadent cake came from The Caketeria in Newtown, PA. Samantha explained, “We didn’t do a formal cake cutting because we didn’t want to stop the party, so we had it behind our sweetheart table and cut it while everyone was eating dinner. I think I ate more cake than anything else on our wedding night!”
They used Chris Hensel
for photography who captured the true details behind the lens. His stunning photos capture unique angles and lighting. The true essence of love shines through his ‘in-the-moment’ shots. Pat with TagVisual
created a stunning keepsake for this couple… it’s hard not to cry when watching their story unfold!
Endless amounts of wine and breathtaking mountain views was just the ticket for their honeymoon escape. Michael planned their trip and Samantha couldn’t have been happier as they explored South America together as newlyweds.
“My mom found out about Carl Alan Designs through a friend, and I’m so glad she did! That was one of the most fun days of planning we had throughout the process…. our flowers were absolutely stunning.” – Samantha
Thank you Samantha and Michael for choosing to work with us to bring your dream day to life!
Venue: Westin Hotel, Philadelphia
Dress Found at: Kleinfeld Bridal
Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier
Hair/Make Up: Dylan Michael Cosmetics
Photography: Chris Hensel
Videography: Pat with TagVisual
Bakery/Desserts: The Caketeria , Newtown, PA