In all the world there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world there is no love for you like mine.Maya Angelou
We all know the saying “April showers bring May flowers”, and this year Mother Nature decided to take that very literally. In the midst of the last and rainiest week of the month, we got one gorgeous Saturday, and luckily it was Micah and Ali’s wedding day! I couldn’t have planned more perfect weather if I tried.
The morning began in a nearby hotel, and I didn’t have much trouble locating where the bridesmaids were getting staying – it was the room decked out in pink streamers and balloons. A few minutes away, Micah got ready at his parent’s house with the groomsmen.
The Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge holds special meaning for the couple. Micah’s great grandfather was the architect of the church’s bell tower, and it was the perfect place for Ali and Micah to get married. They met in the courtyard for their first look, and we took full advantage of the amazing weather and sun for bridal party photos.
As guests arrived they were seated in the historic chapel by the groomsmen while the girls excitedly helped Ali put on her veil and finishing touches. Micah took his place at the front of the church, and a few happy tears came from both as Ali appeared at the end of the aisle, arm in arm with her dad. After saying their vows and exchanging rings, they descended down the aisle, and moments later their guests gathered outside as the newlyweds were presented for the first time.
After enjoying refreshments in the chapel’s library, guests leisurely made their way to the reception space, where more food and drinks awaited them, along with yard games. The pavilion was completely transformed, with twinkling lights draping from the ceiling, and greens and bright fresh flowers accenting every table.
A traditional Middle Eastern dinner was prepared and served by Apricot Stone. Once everyone had finished a few full plates, the bride and groom chose to share their first dance with all the other couples in attendance, and the dance floor filled up quickly. Everyone was so enjoying their time dancing, that Ali and Micah didn’t even want to leave the floor to cut their cake. They carried it right to the middle of the room, but finally decided that the head table would be a sturdier place. The party didn’t seem to be slowing down whatsoever by the time we left, and I have no doubt that this crowd had the best time celebrating their dear friends.
Congrats Ali and Micah! We were honored to share your day!
Second Photographer: Vicki Calloway
Ceremony: Washington Memorial Chapel
Dress: Rebecca Schoneveld
Bridesmaid Dresses: Birdy Grey
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair Stylist: Mary Wills
Catering: Apricot Stone
Cake: Cake Life Philly
Rentals: The Party Center