Brooke and Scott
Event Planner | Porch & Pearls Event Planning
Brooke and Scott
Event Planner | Porch & Pearls Event Planning
Brooke and Scott’s sparkle themed wedding at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia, PA was one of the most emotional, fun-filled weddings of the season. Everything about the wedding had a traditional, classic romance feel to it and all the details of the day were perfectly executed. The couple stayed in the luxurious Rittenhouse Hotel, the bride and her ladies in a well-appointed Park Suite and the groom and his groomsmen in a beautiful Executive Suite on the Rittenhouse Floor (top floor). They began the day with a butlered breakfast as Alex Quici of The Rittenhouse Spa & Club – Hair by Paul Labreque began the bridal makeup and the groomsmen enjoyed some Brosé from @theaustinwinery.
Every detail of the day was perfect. Both the bride and groom wore Christian Louboutin. The groom had the classic Maison Christian Louboutin, ‘Greggo’ while the bride had ‘So Kate’, Christian Louboutin’s finest stiletto heel in a shimmering iridescent sparkle, keeping with her theme of “Sparkle Elegance.” Brooke’s theme of “Sparkle Elegance” is further shown by her choice of a 3.2 carat diamond designed by Verragio; it’s got a classical style and truly representative of the elegance of the day. Brooke and Scott gathered guests from far and wide (the pair live in Dallas, TX) with Georgia styled wedding invitations with the foil-pressed text appearing in both white and silver. The couple also had His and Hers embroidered handkerchiefs and gorgeous, shimmering earrings and garter. Especially sweet, the bride carried her grandmother’s gorgeous brooch on her bridal bouquet.
After breakfast and makeup, the girls had just enough time for a pillow fight in their matching embroidered outfits and while the bridesmaids were busy jumping on the bed, Scott was opening a very special gift from his bride-to-be along with a handwritten card. As Scott travels a lot for business, the Large London Check and Leather Briefcase by Burberry was a perfect wedding present. Not to be outdone, Scott had his own wedding gift for his bride-to-be. What could it be? How about prime seats to Elton John in New York City? I really hope he sings his famous ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’ for this newlywed couple.
We met at a slowly developing Philadelphia Eagles watch party in Austin, TX. I know it’s hard to imagine that one even exists, but back then, we had about 20 people attend. Now we have over 200 members that come out every week! And we officially run the Austin’s Eagles Nest. I like to think of us as the king and queen 🙂
The proposal was epic! We had a fabulous room at the Cliff House in Maine overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It was New Year’s Eve and we had the TV turned to ‘Rockin’ New Year’s Eve’ with a fire going in the fireplace. After the clock struck midnight, the resort shot off fireworks over the ocean. As I was watching the fireworks, Scott handed me a champagne glass and on the glass was etched “Will you marry me?” It was absolutely perfect!
The ceremony was officiated by a friend of the groom and there was not a dry eye in the house. Brooke’s father was not well enough to travel to Philadelphia from Dallas, TX but wore his Sunday best and attended the wedding through Facetime. When asked, “Who gives this woman to be married?” by the officiant, the bride’s father proudly exclaimed, “I do!”
Meanwhile, the guests enjoyed an indulgent cocktail hour in the Mary Cassatt Tea Room – Rittenhouse Hotel and adjoining outdoor atrium. Waiters in black tuxedos wearing white gloves served passed hors d’oeuvres and champagne. A full oyster and lobster bar awaited guests adjoining a well-stocked panini station. Giant shrimp with delicious scallions and cocktail sauce filled the table. Steamed dumplings were served by a maître d’hôtel.
Meanwhile, the event designers including Amelia Bray of Synergetic lighting, the florists from Carl Alan and Jessica Kerrigan, Catering Services Manager at the Rittenhouse hotel and her staff feverishly worked to turn the room around from wedding ceremony to wedding reception. The gleaming blue and purple uplighting perfectly complimented the shimmering golden chandeliers and glass centerpieces which allowed the entire room to sparkle. A gorgeous four-tiered wedding cake stood front and center crowning the room in a sort of regal glory. Beautiful white floral centerpieces in clear glass vases by Carl Alan Studio provided the coup de grâce. After a sentimental first dance and the best man and maid of honor speeches, the guests danced the night away to the sweet mixes provided by Jon Mulhern of EBE Talent.
Our venue was The Rittenhouse Hotel. We wanted to get married in Philadelphia because Philadelphia brought us together. My family is from Haddonfield, NJ and Scott’s family is from Orange, CT. The location seemed perfect to have both families attend and our out-of-town friends enjoy an awesome vacay in Philly. We toured many hotels in the city, but when we arrived at The Rittenhouse Hotel, we were swept away. I had always envisioned a ballroom wedding and the massive, luxurious chandeliers in the grand ballroom were just beyond compare. The venue, in a sense, picked us because it was an instant “yes” – the search was over!
I chose a color scheme of black, white and elegant sparkle and I think it came together even better than I had imagined. The pop of color with our lighting design as well as the bridesmaid’s bouquets gave the wow that pulled the whole idea together. Lighting evoked a purple hue and accented the sparkle in all of the silver table linens, as well as the crystal chandeliers. We used tall glass vases with white candles up the staircase leading to the ballroom. The same vases lined the aisle leading to our wedding ceremony. At the altar, we had a cascading floral and vine design with white string lights.
The floral decor was simple and elegant. White roses in clear glass vases with floating candles decorated some of the tables. On the others, were high opulent white hydrangea arrangements. The head table utilized the pop of color with the fuchsia and purple bridesmaid’s bouquets. Having an overall white floral design allowed the other aspects of decor to really be highlighted.
Absolutely! Food, for one, is very personal to us so we had a ton! I am obsessed with bananas foster so we had to have a station at the reception where guests could get this delectable dessert as well as the cake. Speaking of cake, I like to joke that my next job will be a pastry chef. I played around, as I have seen multiple times on the television food shows and sketched my own cake design. The chefs at Lacroix brought my vision to life and it was amazing! We also had my quirky love for scratch-off lottery tickets as our guest favors. Scott occasionally surprises me with a scratch-off and we only thought it fitting to have a fun, exciting and unique wedding favor that guests would truly enjoy.
Scott and I both wanted to look our very best. That being said, we both spent lots of time analyzing the perfect outfit for our wedding day. Scott went with a custom tux from Suit Supply. Black with tailored white dress shirt and black suspenders and matching bow tie. I chose an Allure couture gown. The top had all the sparkle and intricate beading that I was looking for. Additionally, there were so many layers of horse hair and english net at the bottom of this mermaid design that I got swept away in its beauty. I felt like a Barbie doll and what could be better than that? To top it all off, Scott and I both had to have our favorite red bottom Louboutins!
We met at a restaurant that was showing the Philadelphia Eagles game in Austin, Texas. At the time, there were only about twenty people who came to cheer on the Eagles, but Scott and I have taken that small group and turned it into the ‘Austin’s Eagles Nest’ where approximately 100-150 people come to watch the game each week. Scott proposed at The Cliff House in Maine. It was amazing! The resort overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and after dinner we headed back to our ocean front room, turned on the fireplace, and watched New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Right after the ball dropped, Scott proposed with an etched champagne glass that said, “Will you marry me?” It was epic!
My favorite memory was during the wedding ceremony. Due to a recent and unexpected medical diagnosis, my parents were unable to attend. But with it being 2019 and everyone having the ability to be connected all the time, my dad gave me away via facetime. I also loved having a first look with Scott in the Library Bar at The Rittenhouse Hotel. It was an intimate and sweet moment that I will never forget.
Just have fun! Whatever you like, your friends and family will like too! Remember a wedding is just the start of a lifelong party so make your wedding is the kick-off party to an amazing future!