I've known Melissa for a very long time through family friends and JRA. Apperently, I've known Michael in college. While taking a photo at the wedding of his college fraturnity friends, it became clear that it was the same time I was there and my chapter helped formed his chapter and we used to hang with them very often, small world! We started the day in the bridal sweet at the Water Works, Philadelphia. It was a beautiful day and the sunlight we were getting in was amazing. Melissa's daughters were running around, fixing their makeup and helping getting the room ready. In the Jewish religion, women come to meet the bride and get a blessing before the ceremony happens. While this is happening, the men are praying and signing the Kittubah (marraige agreement). This is a very special and important time for both the bride and groom and their guests. Once this time period is over, the ceremony begins. It was a beautiful ceremony with so many friends and family helping with different parts of the ceremony.
After the ceremony ended, I took the Bride, Groom, their children, and immeditate family out to the Gazebo/Pier overlooking Boat House Row. The sun was shining bright but the city looked amazing in the background. The time we spent with just Michael, Melissa their kids was so much fun and the walk back was so full of laughter and joy.
Back at the reception, the party began and was a huge simcha! The energy was amazing and the live music fanatic. So amazing to see how much fun everyone was having dancing for hours! Near the end of the party, Michael had Melissa sit in the middle of the dance floor and sing to her. It was a beautiful moment and amazing that Michael put himself out here to do in front of everyone. The wedding ended with a fantastic coffee and dessert bar. This party was a beautiful simcha from start to finish and I wish Melissa, Michael and their entire family Mazel tov!