Sean + Chrissy | Married | Lansdowne, PA

I met with Sean and Chrissy for our first in person consultation on a chilly Winter morning in February 2017. I remember Sean pulling out Chrissy's chair and her sipping the warm drink between her hands. I remember the way Sean held Chrissy's hand as she told me their love story. I remember Chrissy glancing over at Sean throughout our conversation with the eyes of a woman who felt 'at home'. After about an hour together I noted the respect, affection, and admiration they shared, as well as how much they made one another laugh.

 

Sean and Chrissy met in 2011 while studying abroad in Morocco. Weeks passed and after becoming inseparable while pursuing their degrees, it was time for Chrissy to return back to the United States.  When Chrissy left Morocco a piece of Sean's heart did, too.

 

 As I hugged them goodbye and headed towards my car, I went over their journey together in my head. How their time spent enjoying Moroccan cuisine, missing each other when an ocean was between them, and courting one another for several years led them to that very moment; hand in hand walking down a cobblestone Philadelphia street, departing from a meeting discussing their Wedding day.

Sean's best man gave a tear jerking speech during their reception and recalled a memory of how 'Sean seemed out of sorts, and as if something was missing from his life' once Chrissy left Morocco. Everyone in attendance sighed, smiled, or giggled because all who knew Sean and Chrissy knew from the beginning that their 'love in paradise' was never a fleeting romance...

Please enjoy a highlight video from Sean + Chrissy's Wedding below the photo gallery!

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Something old, something new... Watching Chrissy's Mother help her put on the very gown she wore over thirty years prior left me taking a deep breath and blinking the mini tear away...

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"When I look at Chrissy... I just... feel good". -Sean

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Chrissy and Sean invited my second shooter and I to ride with them from the Church to the reception venue. We took them up on their offer, but I wanted to give them space to have several moments alone after their fresh 'I Do's'. I highly recommend it to all of my couples and encourage it in our contract.

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The lingering autumn leaves were very appreciated.

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Fun fact: Vernon Wilkins, the man behind these carrot cakes, makes 144 daily from scratch in his small Mt. Airy kitchen. He then takes the 18 bus to Broad and Olney, the subway to City Hall, and then the El out to West Philly to sell them individually every day. His passion and smile are just two reasons Chrissy and Sean asked him to make some for their wedding.

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I love stepping back during cocktail hour to watch my Bride have conversations with her guests. Those organic moments are where I find some of the couples most treasured memories...

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"This isn't sometimes Yeah, it's for always If I'm gonna love you with all of my heart And if there is no more time, This always remains. Even as the world spins itself apart... Cause I remember them days I waited so patiently For God to bring someone who's gonna be good to me And then he blessed my soul Well, I traveled a long way And it took a long time to find you... But I finally found you..." -Alabama Shakes, I Found You.

Locations/Vendors:

Church

St. Philomena Catholic Church, Lansdowne, PA

Reception

Twentieth Century Club, Lansdowne, PA

Wedding gown alterations

Nilah and Company in Havertown.

Second Shooter

Samantha Morris of Sweet Bliss Photo

Boutineers, Corsages and Bouquets by

Amaranth Florist in Narberth

Reception flowers by

The Bride

Makeup

Macy's, Center City, Philadelphia

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