Estia Philadelphia wedding by J&J Studios

To end our summer wedding season, J&J Studios had the opportunity to photograph Liz and Victor’s amazing Estia Philadelphia wedding. Our team had a fantastic time at this wedding and are so excited to show our readers the photos that we took. In this article, I will share with you the beautiful images that we captured, tell you about the couple, mention the vendors used for the wedding, and give you the details on the location choices.Estia Philadelphia wedding by J&J Studios Estia Philadelphia wedding by J&J StudiosEstia Philadelphia wedding by J&J StudiosVictor getting ready by J&J StudiosGetting ready for wedding by J&J StudiosEstia Philadelphia wedding by J&J StudiosGroom posing by J&J StudiosDresses by J&J StudiosBride getting ready by J&J StudiosGetting ready for wedding by J&J StudiosBride looking in mirror by J&J StudiosPutting on shoes by J&J StudiosBeautiful bride by J&J StudiosBride looking out window by J&J StudiosGroom and groomsmen by J&J StudiosGrooms people by J&J StudiosGroomsmen in the city by J&J StudiosBridesmaids by J&J StudiosBride and her bridesmaids by J&J Studios

The Wedding Party Begins Getting Ready

Our photography crew arrived at The Notary Hotel which is located at 21 North Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. This is a beautiful hotel located in the middle of Center City, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding buildings. Liz and Victor chose this place for their wedding party to begin getting ready, and we believe that it was an awesome choice! Everyone spent a couple hours here doing their makeup, getting dressed, talking, and sharing memories. We could easily tell how important each one of these individuals in the wedding party were to each other because the bond they share is obvious. Estia Philadelphia wedding by J&J StudiosEstia Philadelphia wedding by J&J StudiosBride and Groom by J&J StudiosEstia Philadelphia wedding by J&J StudiosBride and Groom walking by J&J StudiosMoment between bride and groom by J&J StudiosBride and groom together by J&J Studios

Meet the Fabulous Couple: Liz and Victor

Liz and Victor were a joy to photograph! We immediately felt like we have known this couple forever. They were very easy going, photogenic, and extremely happy around each other. While capturing their photos, we learned so much about them and their relationship.

For starters, they met in August 2017 at the Stardust Ballroom in Bellmawr, New Jersey. Liz and Victor are both dancers and frequently visited this dance ballroom. When they first met, they were in the middle of practicing the foxtrot dance. They introduced themselves briefly to each other, which led to a date at the Black Horse Diner afterwards. Victor ordered himself a cheesecake to hold him over until his dinner arrived, and Liz watched him practically inhale the slice. He must have been starving! She mentions that she probably should have been appalled by this, but instead she found Victor to be very charming. In fact, she believes in love at first sight because of him. Wedding party by J&J StudiosEntire wedding party by J&J StudiosBridesmaids and groomsmen by J&J StudiosBridesmaids by J&J StudiosWedding party in the city by J&J StudiosBeautiful bride in Philadelphia by J&J StudiosPhiladelphia bride by J&J StudiosLiz and Victor by J&J Studios

The Proposal

On their two year anniversary of meeting, Victor took Liz back to the Stardust Ballroom to re-enact that special day in their lives. The couple began dancing just like the night that their worlds collided. He took her back to Black Horse Diner afterwards as expected, and Liz started realizing what was happening. She actually thought Victor would have her ring come out with the cheesecake, but instead things took a twist. Before Liz could even get out of the car, Victor was anxiously on his knee in the parking lot. He could not wait to ask her to marry him and spend the rest of their lives together. Liz could not contain her excitement and happiness, so the tears began to flow. In response, Victor highly recommends proposing to your significant others in the parking lot of New Jersey diners! Mother walking daughter down aisle by J&J StudiosMother and daughter by J&J StudiosOld St. Joseph's wedding by J&J StudiosWedding ceremony by J&J StudiosCouple sitting down by J&J StudiosLiz and Victor's wedding by J&J StudiosMarriage ceremony by J&J StudiosWedding at Old St. Joseph's Catholic Church by J&J StudiosHappy couple by J&J StudiosBride and Groom by J&J StudiosOld St. Joseph's Catholic Church wedding by J&J StudiosKissing by J&J StudiosKissing the bride by J&J StudiosOld St. Joseph's Catholic Church Philadelphia by J&J StudiosCouple with priest by J&J StudiosWedding party at Old St. Joseph's Catholic Church by J&J StudiosBride and Groom's family by J&J StudiosWalking down the aisle by J&J StudiosHusband and wife by J&J StudiosBride and groom leaving by J&J StudiosBride and groom outside by J&J Studios

The Wedding Ceremony at Old St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

We all made our way to Old St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for Liz and Victor’s wedding ceremony. This is the couple’s home church, so this location has a lot of meaning for them and will continue to be important to them in the future. It is a historic church that Liz and Victor describe as being as beautiful in spirit as it is in architecture. As soon as they began attending the church together, they felt very welcomed and are so happy to have been married there. Victor was recently baptized and confirmed in the church over the summer, which was a monumental moment for the couple.

Another amazing part about this church is that Liz used to live in an old apartment building close by, and she would catch herself daydreaming about the day that she would get married and be photographed standing inside. Therefore, the wedding ceremony became a dream come true for Liz, and she could not be more ecstatic that it happened with Victor.Wedding decorations by J&J StudiosWedding table decorations by J&J StudiosEstia Philadelphia wedding by J&J StudiosWedding details by J&J StudiosFood photography by J&J StudiosSweet treats by J&J StudiosWedding details by J&J StudiosEstia Philadelphia wedding by J&J StudiosWedding personalization by J&J StudiosEstia Philadelphia wedding by J&J StudiosEstia Philadelphia wedding by J&J StudiosEstia Philadelphia wedding by J&J StudiosEstia Philadelphia wedding by J&J StudiosWedding cake by J&J StudiosWedding cake toppers by J&J Studios

Decorations and Details at Estia Philadelphia Wedding

As you can see, Liz and Victor’s wedding decorations at their Estia Philadelphia wedding were gorgeous! They made sure to include a lot of personalization and unique objects that reflect their love and relationship. Their goal was to ensure that when their guests walked through the door, they would instantly realize they were at their wedding. It was also fun to watch the guests go around and look at all the cute decorations throughout the room.

The details and decorations were very charming and fit the couple wonderfully. It felt like walking into a magazine that was created specifically for Liz and Victor. To say the least, our team was very impressed and highly recommends other couples use this wedding as inspiration for their decorations and personalization. By including neat and quirky objects into your wedding day, it will become more memorable among your guests as well as be a day tailored perfectly to you and your significant other.

Vendors Used at the Estia Philadelphia Wedding

Victor and Liz were very happy with each of their vendors. As a matter of fact, they do not believe the wedding day would have gone as smoothly without their chosen vendors. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the couple had to amend and delay their plans a few times, and all the vendors were very understanding and accommodating.

These are a few of the comments and reviews from the couple about the vendors: “The staff at Old St. Joseph’s were flexible, helpful and even live-streamed our ceremony. My seamstress, florist and hair stylists accepted with late notice and delivered great results. The team at J&J Studios were responsive, did amazing work with all of our photos and handled the 100 degree heat on our wedding day.” We greatly appreciate the kind review Liz and Victor!

List of Vendors

Liz and Victor wanted to give their vendors a shout out for making this day a dream come true. Below, I will list each vendor for your convenience. If you see anything that you want to use on your wedding day, you can click on the vendor of your choice, and it will redirect you to their website or Instagram page.

Accommodations: The Notary Hotel, Autograph Collection – @thenotaryhotel

Hair and Make Up: Bella Angel – @bellaangelbrides

Floral Designer: Boutonnière, bouquets – Accents by Michele, @accentsbymichele:: Centerpieces – Ten Pennies Florist, @tenpenniesflowers

Bride’s Wedding Dress: Ceremony – BHLDN Elise Gown:: Reception – East Meets Dress Celeste Gown

Wedding Dress Store: Ceremony – The Sample Rack, @thesamplerack :: Reception – East Meets Dress @eastmeetsdress

Caterer: Estia Restaurant, @estiarestaurant

Cake Designer: Frosted Fox Cake Shop, @frostedfoxcakeshop

Invitations: Paper Source, @papersource

Favors and Gifts: Chocolate-dipped Fortune Cookies – Chocolates Unlimited by Denise (Etsy seller):: Engraved Chopsticks – YourHappyDay2016 (Etsy seller)

Groom’s Tuxedo: Dancewear and formal clothing cobbled together over years to form a preferred look

Officiant: Father Matthew Roche SJ

Rings: Wedding bands – D’Antonio and Klein Jewelers:: Bridal Engagement Ring – Brilliant Earth:: Groom Engagement Ring – James Allen

Other Jewelry: Bridal Reception Jewelery – Wang family Heirloom:: Bridal Ceremony Necklace – Gift from Bride’s Father 10 years ago:: Groom’s Cravat Rings – Engagement and wedding rings from Bride’s grandmother

Band / DJ: Johnny Gonzalez – Eclipse DJ Entertainers, @eclipsedjs

Bridesmaids’ Gowns, Wedding Party Face Masks, Bow Ties: Azazie, @azazieofficial

Groomsman Suits: The Black Tux, @theblacktux

Bridal Hair Pin: East Meets Dress, @eastmeetsdress

Escort Cards: Lauren Ludwig with CopperStemWeddingCo (Etsy Seller)

Bride and Groom Face Masks: Chickedoo (Etsy Seller)

Reception Scrabble Signage: HidingPlaceBoutique (Etsy Seller)

Card Box: NCYPGarden (Etsy Seller)

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The Estia Philadelphia Wedding Reception

Once the evening came, everyone traveled to The Estia, which is a Mediterranean restaurant in Philadelphia. This restaurant serves tasty food as well as provides a large open area for wedding receptions. Victor and Liz chose this incredible eatery for their reception as it gave them a lot of space to dance, host their guests, and provide food. As soon as the newly married couple entered the room, they started their ballroom dancing scene. Everyone clapped, cheered, and watched enthusiastically. It was one of the most entertaining moments of the night, and our crew could not keep our eyes off the performance.

Afterwards, food was served, the cake was cut, drinks were poured, and many stories were shared. The mother and bride danced together, while the mother and groom danced together. Then, everyone began joining in. To end the night, there was a dancing contest, and this was a blast! Liz and Victor’s Estia Philadelphia wedding will go down in the books as one of our all-time favorite weddings to photograph. Congratulations you two; we cannot wait to see what the future holds for you guys!

Book J&J Studios for Your Estia Philadelphia Wedding Today!

If you are recently engaged and planning a wedding, J&J Studios is excited to be a part of your special day! Our photographers promise to provide you with the best experience on your wedding day. Therefore, you will receive high-quality images, and we guarantee you will be more than satisfied with the results. To start the process, please fill out our contact form by clicking here. After doing so, a member of our staff will be in touch with you as soon as possible. Thank you for considering us, and we look forward to documenting your big day soon!

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