Jacquie and Rob @The Union League of Philadelphia ~mkPhotography, Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

From the Bride:
“I moved to Bloomington, Indiana in September of 2008 to work at Cook Medical, a medical device company, to be a product development engineer. Rob works at Cook also as an engineer. He says he saw me for the first time when I was introduced at the monthly engineering meeting. We shared lab space a spoke a few times but never really hung out outside of work. One of Rob’s friends tried to set us up a few times but things never worked out.

Around my birthday, we went to a party held by a mutual friend and spent the entire night talking! That next week was my birthday- Rob asked me out for our first date on my birthday and we have been dating ever since!

From the beginning of our relationship, we talked all the time and everything that happened in our lives was shared with the other. We’ve been best friends from the start!

I had read the first thing to do when planning a wedding was to find three adjectives, and only three, to define the feel and style of the wedding. If something doesn’t fit the adjectives you don’t use it! It was helpful to not overdo things and made everything cohesive.

The adjectives we chose were: timeless, elegant, and grand. The booking of the Union League was the first step in the right direction. The building is beautiful and we both loved the history and grandeur of it, and Lincoln Hall is amazing! It just fit everything we wanted. We booked a date and it seemed like after that everything just fell into place. On one of our tours of the Union League we found out the foundation was built on Indiana Limestone! It was meant to be!

It was difficult planning a wedding from Indiana but my mom was incredible. We went over all of the details and all of the wedding idea websites were very useful and made sharing ideas very easy. It was a great way to pick and choose what fit the adjectives and what took us in a different direction. Some of the details we found from other weddings and we were able to modify them to fit our wedding.

There were more than a few challenging instances, but Rob was amazing through it all. My favorite of his comforting moments was on a particularly stressful day. He asked me ‘What is the goal of the day?’ Confused, I asked what he meant. He responded ‘The day of the wedding, what is the objective? What is the point of the day?’ I responded with the obvious ‘To get married!’ To which he concluded and made me smile by saying ‘So regardless of what happens or what details aren’t perfect, the end result is we are married. So in the end no matter what happens the day will be a success!’

Rob and I are very different but share the same hobbies. Rob can fix and design anything! This was evident throughout the wedding. We designed our monogram and it was placed on almost everything, which I loved. We designed and made our invitations, which included gold foil pressing the borders and laser-cutting the ‘E’ from the monogram. Rob used the software program Adobe Photoshop to design our Save-the-Dates from a combination of a picture from a friends engagement party and our trip to Rome!

We also designed and made the menus as well as the Welcome bags and gift bags. Rob was amazing! His attention to detail and editing eye made all the little details perfect- right on down to setting up a light tree underneath the sweetheart table to distinguish it from the rest. I love that it is hardly noticeable and seems to look like a spotlight is on the table, elegant and grand. It’s just one of the little details of the wedding I love. And looking back the day was not only a success, it was perfect!”

Some Details:
Cordinator: Kaleidoscope Solutions
Venue: The Union League of Philadelphia
Video: Allure Films
Music: Steve & Company
Dress: Reem Acra, from Elizabeth Johns in Ardmore
Hair and Makeup: Taire Hair Salon
Flowers: Wegman’s
Wedding Bands: May Jewelers in Willow Grove
Rolls Royce: First Class Rolls Royce
Shoes: Kate Spade
Bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Angelo

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