Amy & Joseph’s Wedding
Sing and dance together, and be joyous!
Amy & Joe’s wedding was a most happy occasion. After weddings like the one I attended this weekend, I feel like my marriage is even stronger and my love for PhillyBoy is even deeper. Love makes me feel more love. Amy and Joe clearly love one another deeply, and I am so happy that in this big world they were able to find one another. I am excited for them to begin their lives together as husband and wife and I hope they share many years of memories as beautiful as their wedding.
The happy couple at their welcome dinner:
It all began with the welcome dinner on Friday night, which was held at The Gables at Chadds Ford. I loved the restaurant- it was elegant yet rustic, and perfect for a welcome dinner. The food was delicious too!
PB had a wedding to attend in upstate NY (Congratulations H & J!) so I was there solo. The evening was so warm and full of love, and I felt so happy to be able to share in the evening with Amy & Joe. I only wish PB could have been there to share that with me. Don’t they both look so happy and rested? Amy is always gorgeous, but this weekend she definitely had the wedding glow.
Joe’s family’s priest came from Africa for the wedding, and he presented the couple with a blanket to unit them, in following an African tradition.
I met Amy freshman year of college. We all lived in the same dorm (most of us on the same floor- 3rd floor of McVinney!) and we have all have remained friends since that year.
Amy & her college friends who were bridesmaids:
Amy’s & Joseph’s Wedding
The wedding. How do I even begin? The welcome dinner was full of joy and love, but the wedding was even more joyous. The ceremony was held at St. Joseph’s on the Brandywine, which is where Amy’s parents were married many years ago.
Amy’s gorgeous mom:
Amy was a stunning bride, and Joseph made a handsome groom. They looked so beautiful and happy, and of course I couldn’t help but tear up as Amy’s father walked her down the aisle to Joe. I love LOVE! (Side note: I am listening to my wedding song on repeat right now as I write this, stopping every now and again to dance around our condo singing along… I am a huge love dork!)
Lisa, Amy’s sister, who was the wonderful wedding coordinator for our wedding, was the maid of honor. If you are looking for a coordinator she is the woman to call! Both at my wedding and at Amy’s wedding she made sure everything was going according to plan. (Email me if you want her info)
I especially loved the sermon Father Patrick gave. He said that he knows a lot of people think that a (Catholic) priest should not give advice on marriage since they never marry, so he asked Amy & Joe’s parents to share what marriage means to them and he shared their comments in the sermon. Both Amy & Joe’s parents have been happily married for over 25 years, so it made those comments extra special. I actually videotaped most of the sermon to share with PB since it really touched me. I think it is wonderful to be reminded of the meaning of marriage and God’s role in it, as well as advice on how to continue loving one another fully for many years to come.
And they are married!!!!!
Some of my favorite things Father Patrick said in his sermon:
“Sing and dance together, and be joyous!”
“Amy, let Joe be Joe. And Joe, let Amy be Amy”
“It (Marriage) is about getting up and getting Amy a cup of tea, even though you had just sat down. Amy, you enjoy all that tea for years to come”
The ceremony was really just so beautiful and perfect, and I teared up more than one time.
After a short break in our hotel rooms (where all of us ladies of course took of our shoes to stretch our feet) we headed to the cocktail hour and reception. The whole evening was so fun with dancing, drinking, eating, and celebrating. I love that our group of friends has remained close and grown even closer. We are all there to celebrate the happy celebrations, and I look forward to sharing in these beautiful memories with them for years to come.
I can’t help but gush over the details too. Amy put a lot of thought into making the guests feel special and making her wedding beautiful.
Beautiful welcome bags at the hotel.
Place cards connected to gorgeous yellow rock candy- her color palette was yello, gray, gold and silver. Gorgeous.
Photo frames of all the married couples throughout the cocktail hour. This was such a nice touch, and seeing PB and my wedding picture made me miss him even more!
Signature cocktails named after all of our favorite bars at Providence College. My personal favorite was Prime Time, which no longer exists!
An incredible assortment of appetizers, including a raw bar, pasta station, and yummy passed appetizers.
The centerpieces! Oh the centerpieces! They were so stunning and the perfect match to the elegant Hotel DuPont ballroom.
The menus were such a nice touch and the food was delicious. The bride and groom gave guests a choice between chicken, beef, or vegetarian entrees. The vegetarian dish was incredible.
A 12 piece band. The band was incredible. They are called JellyRoll, and if you are looking for an American band for any celebration I highly recommend them. They played all of the old favorites plus a lot of new dance songs.
To Amy & Joe: Congratulations and best wishes to a future filled with happiness and laughter, and may every memory be as happy as this first one in your married life, your wedding day. Love you!