GSS Featured Wedding :: Caitlyn & Steve’s Wedding at Philadelphia’s Ballroom at the Ben :: Michael Ash Imagery

You’re in for a treat today!  Today we have a fabulous submission from Michael of Michael Ash Imagery.  Michael Ash Imagery is one of our preferred wedding vendors and sponsors of GSS!  Michael Ash Imagery is based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Caitlyn and Steve were married in February 2011 in Philadephia, Pennsylvania at the Ballroom at the Ben.  Absolutely. GORGEOUS.  Caitlyn was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Steve meet? Steve and I met when our two groups of friends started hanging out shortly after high school. We had always known who the other was, but it wasn’t until later that we actually started dating. We did, however, go to Kindergarten together, too!

How long have you been together? We’ve been together for three and a half years.

How did Steve propose? Steve took me to my favorite restaurant, Arpeggio’s, in Springhouse. They don’t take reservations and it was packed as usual for a Friday night, but ‘somehow’ we got a table right away tucked in the corner. It’s a BYOB, so we brought a bottle of wine and the waitress brought out two wine glasses. I actually first noticed a wine charm on Steve’s glass because I’ve never seen them use wine charms before. Then, I quickly looked at my glass. The ring was attached to a wine charm hanging from my glass. It was perfect!

What sold you on your wedding venue? Steve and I both come from large families and so we were limited from the beginning as to which reception sites could hold as many guests as we would be having. We looked a few places and then we went to the Ben. We were blown away. The ballroom is beautiful and we loved how the balcony (where cocktail hour would be held) overlooked the entire room. It was elegant and exactly what we were looking for.

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”? My dress is SaBelle by Maggie Sottero and I got it from Arielle Bridal Salon in Ambler, where I would suggest everyone to go if you’re in the Philadelphia area! They were incredibly helpful and really just a pleasure to work with. I really didn’t try many dresses on and only went to one other store, but once I had tried this dress on I always went back to it in my mind. I loved the lace and flower details, how there was just a touch of sparkle at the top and how it was “puffy” enough to match the large ballroom we were having our reception at!

What song did you dance to for your first dance? Our first dance was “Broken Road” by Rascall Flatts.

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? For “something old” I had a piece of both my mom and her mom’s wedding dresses incorporated into my bouquet. A piece of my mom’s dress was wrapped around the stems of my bouquet and my grandmom’s was tied in a bow right above.  “Something new” was my dress and shoes.  I wore my other grandmom’s diamond earrings as my “something borrowed” and my garter was “something blue”, given to me by my maid of honor.

How did you choose your wedding color palette? I’d always wanted gray for my bridesmaids’ dresses, but never felt it would work with the time of the year I thought I’d get married in. When we chose February, I figured I could use the gray but needed a color to make it “pop.” My sister-in-law is an interior designer and suggested the pink and gray, which I loved right away!

Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process? I guess I would just say to enjoy it and don’t get caught up in every little detail. Decide what parts of the day are most important to you and focus on them. Keep it fun and remember, the most important part is you and your husband-to-be. Really, nothing else matters.

What was your favorite part of your big day? I can honestly say that every part of the day went perfectly from my perspective, but as I walked toward the end of the aisle with my son on one side and my father on the other, finally seeing Steve after what had seemed like forever, everything felt a little more perfect!


Venue: Ballroom at the Ben

Dress: SaBelle by Maggie Sottero

Cake: Termini Brothers Bakery

Floral: Kremp’s Florist

Catering: Finley Catering

DJ/Band: Masquerade

Photographer: Michael Ash Imagery (Michael Smith)

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Royal Doulton

Make-up: Jackie Damo

Thank you so much, Michael, for sharing this amazing wedding with us!  Please stop by his website and blog and show him some love!  And thank you, Caitlyn, for taking your time to answer our questions!  We wish you and Steve a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

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