- 4 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
Despite leaving for the airport in the supershuttle and realizing I forgot my dress (& an expensive cab ride later), we made it to Philly! There were a few last-minute mishaps, such as missing a couple pages of escort cards & spending 2 hours in Office Max to get them aligned to match their printers and having my hair stylist have to pick me up for the trial while now-hubs waited for a tow truck with a flat tire on a rental car. And despite my telling my girls at least a hundred time to keep their flowers at hip level, I still managed to walk down the aisle with my flowers at chest level! We had a huge blast, though. The weather was perfect. Ben Franklin was there to greet people and mingle during the cocktail hour (we live in SF, wedding was in Philly where I grew up, most guests were from out of town). Our huge inflatable shark ring bearer (a la http://offbeatbride.com/2012/12/ring-shark) and the postwedding stop at Tony Lukes for cheesesteaks were huge hits. My vendors were awesome:
Venue: Valley Green Inn. We wanted something outside but that also had some history and some character. Since we were planning from across the country, we also wanted something all-inclusive where we just had to show up. Oh, and did I mention affordable (at least for the area). As a SF food snob, I was a bit disappointed that they don’t offer anything organic (so we stayed away from chicken), but the food was decent.
Photography: Diamond Street. We can’t say enough how amazing Miguel and Tracey are. My husband’s background is in television and he was very, very picky about photography. Diamond Street delivered and then some. All at a very reasonable cost and while having a lot of fun.
Flowers: GMK Florist. Our centerpieces were included with our package and we got our bouquets and bouts from Gina. She was great to work with and really flexible with our very small budget.
Transpo: Philly Trolly Works. We had a small shuttle for the bridal party to go around the city taking pictures before the wedding and then a white school bus for all of our OOT guests from the hotel to the venue and back. On the way back the shuttle stopped at Tony Lukes for cheesesteaks, which was a lot of fun. The drunk guy in front of us in line bought our cheesesteaks and gave us his ticket stub from that night’s Phillies game. 🙂
I will say that I got my dress from Jasmine’s and unless you have tons of time to go back and forth with them (I did not and ended up having to have the dress rushed because time ran out. Never even saw final production pictures), I would hesitate doing it again. The dress had to have pretty drastic alterations, and it wasn’t made quite right so the entire night I was pulling it up and down to try to get it to adjust correctly, which it never did. You can see in some pictures that my bra was showing on one side because of a weird dip under the arms that was supposed to be fixed. It was also stiched in a half-assed way (when I got it some of the stiching was missing completely) and on the morning of my wedding I had to get a needle and thread to sew one of the folds back up where the tacking came out.
Here’s the full preview of pics: http://diamondstreetfilms.com/amy-and-matt/. I can’t wait to see the rest!