Elegant Vie Wedding | Ali Goldberg & Zach Ellis

The Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, Ali and Zach got married in an elegant Vie wedding ceremony and reception. Their love sparked over morning beers at a bar in Dewey Beach, and quickly fanned into flames. 

Before the Elegant Vie Wedding

When Ali met Zach at the Starboard in Dewey Beach, they had no idea that just 4 short years later they’d be planning an elegant Vie wedding day. Ali knew one of the guys that was with Zach and so they connected, hitting it off right away. A few months later, Zach asked her to join him on business in San Diego and before they knew it, they were living together. Zach popped the question and the planning for their elegant Vie wedding began!

Getting Ready at The Notary Hotel

In the shadow of City Hall, the newly rebranded Notary Hotel was the scene for the first act of Ali and Zach’s elegant Vie wedding. Ali was having a wonderful time getting all dolled up for the wedding with her best gals and mom. Her stunning details were all perfectly coordinated, and her dress was beautifully suited to her. Chic and elegant, just like Ali. 

Meanwhile, Zach was hanging with his dad as well as his brothers and best friend. Zach’s dad actually was his best man, and it was very sweet to watch them interact while getting ready. Zach’s the oldest boy and there’s something unique about that relationship. He quickly got dressed and, despite some reservations, nailed his bow tie on the first try! A couple of groom portraits later, we ventured across the street to City Hall for his first look with Ali.

Wedding invitation with wedding bands next to bride and grooms names
Elegant bridal details, wedding gown hanging with bouquet, wedding rings, earrings, and shoes with bouquet
Mother of the bride helping bride into her gown, getting ready at the Notary Hotel
Window lit bridal portrait, bride putting on earrings and engagement ring, bride getting ready at Notary Hotel
Traditional bridal portrait, bride sitting with white bridal bouquet, bridal portraits at Notary Hotel
Groom getting ready details with watch, bowtie, and boutonniere
Groom prep at the Notary Hotel, father of groom helping him get ready
Window lit groom portrait, groom tying bowtie, getting ready at the Notary Hotel
Groom buttoning his shirt and father of the groom pinning on his boutonniere
Traditional window lit groom portrait getting ready at the Notary Hotel

The First Look at City Hall

In a nicely shaded, not densely populated area (thank you Made in America), Zach waited patiently. After a reminder not to turn around, he was ready to go. Ali crossed the street behind him, and drew ever nearer. When she touched his shoulder, he held her hand for a brief moment and turned to behold her. Their embrace was simple and sweet. They were together and ready for the day to begin.

First look at Philadelphia City Hall, Bride tapping groom on shoulder during first look
Bride and groom embracing after first look at Philadelphia City Hall
Wedding floral details of white bridal bouquet and grooms boutonniere

Portraits Around City Hall & Reading Terminal Market

Before we made our way to their elegant Vie wedding ceremony and reception, we lingered around City Hall to capture the almost married couple. There’s so many beautiful nooks and crannies to use at City Hall and we did our best to find them all. A couple of blocks over, we grabbed a few pictures outside Reading Terminal Market before heading over to Vie.

Traditional bride and groom portrait at Philadelphia City Hall
Bride and groom hugging and walking through Philadelphia City Hall
Philadelphia City Hall bride and groom wedding portraits with reflection in marble
Groom kissing bride on the cheek portrait in Philadelphia City Hall
Bride and groom laughing portrait in gardens of Philadelphia City Hall
Romantic bride and groom kissing and smiling portrait through leaves
Bride and groom city and laughing portrait at Philadelphia City Hall
Philadelphia City Hall bride and groom wedding portraits through rising water fountains
Bride and groom kissing portrait at Philadelphia City Hall with reflection in glass
Bride and groom kissing portrait at Philadelphia City Hall
Bride and groom laughing and kissing outside of Reading Terminal Market
Traditional bride and groom portrait outside Reading Terminal Market

The Elegant Vie Wedding Ceremony

After some bridal party and family formals, the stage was set for the main act: the wedding ceremony. In Jewish custom, there was first a private ceremony where Ali and Zach signed the ketubah. Then, in the beautiful courtyard at Vie, they met under the chuppah and exchanged their vows and rings in a traditional Jewish ceremony. The seven blessings were given and echoed by all in attendance, and as Zach stomped the glass, they kissed and it was official! The new Mr and Mrs gleefully recessed and joined their guests for the amazing Cescaphe cocktail hour. 

Wedding party portraits with bridesmaids and groomsman laughing
Jewish wedding ceremony with Ketubah signing
Jewish wedding ceremony with Ketubah, chuppah, and groom with his parents walking him down the aisle
Bride being walked down the aisle by both her parents in outdoor courtyard Vie Jewish wedding ceremony
Vie courtyard Jewish wedding ceremony under chuppah with white florals and greens
Vie courtyard Jewish wedding ceremony under chuppah with white florals and greens
Traditional Jewish wedding ceremony with Ketubah under chuppah
Jewish wedding ceremony smashing of the glass and bride and groom first kiss
Bride and groom first kiss during Vie Jewish wedding ceremony
Bride and groom walking up aisle, cheering and high-fiving guests

The Elegant Vie Wedding Reception 

Cocktail hour led into Ali and Zach being announced into their wedding reception to thunderous applause and cheers. They opened the dance floor with a beautiful and twirly first dance. They sang the entirety of their wedding song to each other and invited everyone to join them for a rousing hora. 

Once everyone had danced it out a bit, it was time to sit for toasts, parent dances, and a delicious kosher dinner. One of the best moments came when the band cracked open a ton of glow sticks and everyone became a sea of neon on the dance floor. The night wore on and, after cake was cut, we dashed outside for some night portraits. Traffic was kind to us and people were super excited for the newlyweds as they shouted and honked their congratulations. Then it was time for us to head out. 

Vie wedding reception details with welcome sign with couples photos, name place cards, and appetizer station
Vie wedding reception room setup with bride and grooms initials on the floor
Vie wedding reception table sign and floral details with large white centerpieces
Simple small wedding cake with white florals at Vie wedding reception
Bride and groom dance and dip alone in Vie reception space
Bride and groom dip, dance, and spin in Vie outdoor courtyard space
Bride and groom portraits with sweet smiles and kisses
Bride and groom make first entrance and first dance as husband and wife at Vie wedding reception
Bride and groom first dance surrounded by family and friends at Vie wedding ceremony
Jewish wedding reception with the Horah dance at Vie wedding reception
Parent toasts, maid of honor and best man speeches with bride and groom watching and laughing
Parent dances with mother of the groom and father of the bride at Vie Wedding reception
Bride and groom cut and feed each other cake and kiss during Vie wedding reception
Bride and groom hugging outside Vie courtyard space

Thanks Ali and Zach for such a beautiful day spent with you, documenting your love and elegant Vie wedding!

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