The One with the Lovers, the Dreamers, and Me | Valley Forge National Park & Phoenixville Foundry | Phoenixville, PA
Kristin & Seth’s Wedding Day Highlights
Happiness. Pure happiness – that’s what you get when you marry your best friend. Especially at such a perfect venue as Phoenixville Foundry!
The day started for Seth, with him getting ready as his parents hours in Malvern, PA. Surrounded by a cadre of gentleman Seth put on his Men’s Wearhouse tuxedo. Seth’s tuxedo included many individual touches which Seth picked out himself. This included yellow “Chucks” and touches of yellow throughout his outfit. After putting on his tuxedo and few photos, Seth and his boys gathered in the kitchen with Seth’s mother. In Seth’s family it is a tradition for everyone to have a drink and say a toast to the groom. As they went around the kitchen everyone said a few words bringing both smiles and tears to the eyes of everyone in the room. With a drink in his system it was time for Seth to go to Valley Forge park to see his bride.
Kristin arrived to her parents house from the Salon Twenty Two with her hair and makeup done. She was so excited to see her husband-to-be, she quickly dressed in her custom Casablanca Bridal gown from Van Cleve Pavilion and slipped on her shoes. Kristin’s Mom helped her adjust her jewelry and her Badgley Mischka shoes and put her into the limo to send her off to the first look. It felt like an eternity to get to Valley Forge National Park – but Kristin would have driven anywhere to see her husband to be!
I love the moment when the bride and groom share a private first look together. When they lock eyes for the first time on their wedding day there is this magic moment when time stops and the magnitude of their day hits both of them. Usually it hits the groom first, as it did for Seth. Kristin caught his eye when he turned around and for a moment Seth was speechless (if you’ve met Seth, you know he always has a witty comment up his sleeve). He looked at Kristin from head to toe before pulling her in for a kiss. After a few minutes of gushing over each other, they completed their awesome first look with a high-five before we embarked around Valley Forge National Historical Park for portraits.
One of my favorite photos of these two from their wedding day was taken as Travis was setuping up lighting for a photo. The two stood in the warm April sunshine and forgot for a brief moment that there was a camera pointed at the two of them. Seth kissed Kristin on the temple and they both relaxed in each others arms. These moments are the ones we live for on the wedding day – a bit of calm before the hustle and bustle of the ceremony, guests, and reception.
Kristin and Seth’s wanted their ceremony at Phoenixville Foundry to be personal and they did so by asking two of their closet family friends to marry them. One friend of Kristin’s family and one friend of Seth’s. Working together, they talked about how they knew the couple and the joy they both experienced watching Kristin and Seth grow together. After a few more personal words, vows, and a kiss Kristin and Seth were married and ready to start their amazing party.
The reception started with introductions and heartfelt dances to continue with speeches and rousing toasts at the Phoenixville Foundry. However, the party really kicked into high gear with a little surprise. A surprise for the bride during the reception wasn’t only when Seth and his guys took over for the band, it was when Seth announced to their guests that he had written a song for her. He performed the song for Kristin for the first time in front of their family and friends. It was magical to watch Kristin smile and get taken away to her own special place with the words he sang to her. When the song ended, Kristin kissed him and danced along with the last song he performed.
The perfect weather from earlier in the day carried over into the evening hours. The outdoor sculpture garden where the ceremony took place was transformed into a nighttime lounge complete with cigar and bourbon bar and Philly Pretzel Factory food truck. Guests crowded together next to the multiple fire pits and propped the doors to the Phoenixville Foundry open so the music of the band, CTO Fifth Avenue, would drift outside to enjoy. Guests enjoyed a dessert bar and wedding cake by Cakes and Candies by MaryEllen. The party went on for hours, and the sound of laughter filled the air until the very last minute of the reception.
We would like to thank Kristin and Seth for having us as part of their big day and we wish them nothing but the best in the future.
I do, do you need more wedding in your life? – click here!!!