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Ballroom at the Ben Wedding in Philadelphia | Sarah & Jared

Sarah and Jared’s Ballroom at the Ben wedding in Philadelphia represented 11 hours of pure joy for Lincoln and me. It’s quite rare for a bride and groom to show no signs of stress for an entire day, but these two pulled it off. Their faces reflected pure jubilance from start to finish, which as you can imagine makes our job SO much easier.

Sarah and Jared met at Villanova University, where they shared 5 of 7 engineering classes their sophomore year. Their friendship grew until they finally caved and began dating senior year. Upon graduation their jobs required a long distance relationship, but after 2.5 years of sad airport goodbyes Sarah’s company transferred her back to Philadelphia (and thus Jared!). Since they last graced our blog for their very popular Philadelphia engagement session involving Jared’s motorcycle, they worked their tails off to plan an undeniably epic Philadelphia wedding. One of our favorite details was how Sarah made all the bouquets and centerpieces by hand by crafting each flower petal from a mix of fabric types (organza, satin and chiffon). I mean look at those flowers! They look like they’re from the most extravagant florist and yet they will never wilt!

I (Jaime) began the wedding day with Sarah at the luxurious Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, where each bridesmaid finished their hair and makeup while wearing elegant flower robes. Lincoln started off at Jared’s house near Manayunk. Given their Villanova roots, the grandiose St Thomas of Villanova, where you have to reserve your wedding ceremony date years ahead of time! After the touching ceremony, we explored Villanova and the Philadelphia Museum of Art for portraits. This marked our first Ballroom at the Ben wedding reception (we’ll be there again later this year!), and the venue absolutely deserves all the attention it gets. You may recognize the ballroom from the big dance scene in the Silver Linings Playbook. The majestic architecture and lavish chandeliers set the stage for an epic night. Many of Sarah’s family members traveled all the way from India, and I’d say the trip was well worth it! We were unusually impressed by dance skills, and had to hold back tears of happiness during the heartfelt speeches. Lincoln and I had so much fun, and couldn’t stop laughing when Jared finished the night by snapping the cake knife in half (that’s a first!). We’ll miss spending so much time with these two, but are quite excited to see their adventure continue to unfold. Enjoy!

Dress: Allure Bridals /// Shoes: Badgley Mischka /// Make Up Artist: Daneene Jenson /// Ceremony: St Thomas of Villanova /// Reception Venue: Ballroom at the Ben /// Caterer: Finley Catering /// Coordinator: Ott from Ballroom at the Ben /// Band: Park Central /// Cake: Potitos /// Bouquets and also Table Centerpieces: Hand crafted by Sarah using organza, satin and chiffon.

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Lincoln and I couldn’t resist taking a selfie with the beautiful couple!!

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