Marvelous Ballroom at the Ben Wedding | Moira Schanne & Ian Klinger

Moira & Ian’s marvelous Ballroom at the Ben wedding was another in a truly epic AGP family of friends. We met Moira at Katie & Brandon’s wedding in 2017, and we couldn’t wait to spend the day celebrating their love and capturing another epic St. Joe’s alumni dance floor!

Getting Ready for the Ballroom at the Ben Wedding

When we arrived in the bridal suite at the Hotel Monaco before Moira & Ian’s marvelous Ballroom at the Ben wedding, we weren’t first greeted by bridesmaids or parents, but by Moira’s dog of honor, Piper. She gave everyone lots of kisses, danced with the girls, and posed perfectly for some puppy portraits with her best friend. They even had a special cocktail named after Piper at the reception! 
The second thing we noticed upon arrival was how clean the room was (if you’ve been a bride or bridesmaid, you know how crazy that sounds)! HUGE thanks to Moira for taking time out of her day to make our job a tiny bit easier! Rachel captured some of Moira’s gorgeous details like her Liv for Designs stationary, simple and sweet Magnificent Floral Events bridal bouquet, and cool custom handbag with “Mrs. Klinger” printed on the pearlescent white surface. Meanwhile in the other room we were capturing Moira, Piper, and her bridesmaids as they giggled and danced, drank champagne, and prepped for the day ahead. Nobody had seen Moira’s sophisticated Anne Barge gown besides her and her mother, so we got her dressed and did a dramatic bridesmaid reveal that dropped jaws. Her Matron of Honor, Katie, had given Moira her veil to wear. When it went on, the result was stunning! Soon after, Moira’s father came in for a first look and we will never forget the way he said “oh my goodness Moira” and let out a few tears while telling her how beautiful she is and how proud he is of her. 

Navy blue and white wedding invitation suite with Philadelphia skyscrapers, wedding shoes, wedding bands, jewelry, and perfume
Gold wedding bands and engagement ring with custom mrs. purse
Black and white collage of silk wedding gown with long lace veil
"Dog of Honor" dog tag, custom cocktail napkin with bride and grooms name, date, and dog, bride dancing with her dog while getting ready
Bridesmaids dancing and drinking champagne while getting ready for wedding, matching navy blue wedding pajamas
Bride admiring and putting on her wedding dress with her mothers help
Bridesmaid attaching veil to hairpiece, big bow wedding gown
Window lit bridal portraits, bride putting on her earrings
Bridesmaid reveal of bride in her wedding gown
Father of the bride first look, emotional first look, emotional father of the bride, father of the bride crying and hugging bride
Traditional window lit bridal portraits in black and white
Traditional window lit bridal portraits with florals
Custom sports cufflinks, Philadelphia sports wedding, Philadelphia sports cufflinks, Philadelphia 76ers cufflinks
Groom tying his shoe during prep for wedding
Black and white, traditional window lit groom portraits with groom fixing his bowtie
Groom playing with and kissing his dog before wedding
Mother of the groom helping groom with boutonniere

First Look before the Ballroom at the Ben Wedding

It was then time for the true first look between Moira and her groom so we headed off to the Merchant Exchange building where Ian was tucked away into a corner awaiting his bride. She walked up to him, tapped him on the shoulder, and he slowly turned to admire his soon to be wife. While emotions ran high, we snuggled them together for a few couples portraits with Piper and then the rest of the family. The bridal party turned a corner and cheered from afar when they saw the two posing for their epic portraits. 

Groom waiting for bride and turning around to see bride for first time during first look at Merchant Exchange Building
Bride and groom hugging and crying during first look at the Merchant Exchange Building
Traditional bride and groom portrait at Merchant Exchange Building
Bride and groom walking with their dog at Merchant Exchange Building before wedding
Black and white traditional bride and groom portraits at the Merchant Exchange Building
Bridesmaids cheering on bride and groom during portraits from a far at Merchant Exchange Building
Bride and groom traditional veil shot with long veil at Merchant Exchange Building
Black and white veil shots with groom kissing bride on the cheek
Bride dancing and showing off her silk ballgown wedding dress at Merchant Exchange Building
Groom spinning bride with long veil and silk ballgown at Merchant Exchange Building

Wedding Ceremony at St Augustine Church

Ian and a few of his friends from school went to mass together often during their school days, and the Father who guided them in their younger years performed his wedding ceremony. To makes things even more meaningful, during the beautiful ceremony at St. Augustine’s Church in Old City, one of the groomsmen sang Ave Maria during the presentation of the gifts.

Groom waiting for bride at the Alter
Black and white wedding portraits, bride walking down the aisle with her father, bride and groom praying during wedding ceremony at St. Augustine Church Philadelphia
Bride walking down the aisle with her father with Birdseye view in St. Augustine. Church in Philadelphia
Bride and groom exchanging rings and kissing during Catholic Church ceremony at St. Augustine Philadelphia
Black and white portrait of bride and groom cheering as they walk up the aisle after St. Augustine wedding ceremony
Bride and groom outside church doors at St. Augustine Philadelphia after Catholic wedding ceremony
Traditional bride and groom wedding portrait inside St. Augustine Catholic Church in Philadelphia

After Moira and Ian said their “I Do’s” we took off on the trolley to Broad Street for some quick signature portraits in front of the Famous Philadelphia City Hall. Once everyone was on the bus, Moira’s dad started up the party lights and speaker he drove all the way to their shore house in Avalon to grab. The party had officially begun for the wedding party and there was no stopping them anytime soon. 

The Marvelous Ballroom at the Ben Wedding Reception

The Ballroom at the Ben provides an amazing balcony perfect for cocktail hour- and the perfect view for Moira and Ian’s first dance below on the dance floor. They were -literally- the only two in the room as they glided across the floor while their loved ones watched from above. Family and friends were introduced from the tunneling stairs and made quite the entrance. There were no shortages of speeches and toasts from Moira’s dad, the Fathers, the maids of honor “the Katies”, and the best man. Stories of their beginning, their love, and their quirks, including Ian’s obsession with his lawn, had the guests laughing and tearing at the same time. It is safe to say these two are loved by many, and it was incredibly obvious why. 
After a few songs by the amazing Jack Faulkner Orchestra, Ian and Moira cut their cake and headed out for some epic night shots on the balcony. We love getting to utilize the city’s legendary lights at night! When we got back, there was a special visitor shaking up the dance floor. He was red and furry, and a hawk! The mascot from St. Joe’s joined Ian and Moira for the fight song at their wedding and even posed for some pics with their classmates from school, how cool is that?? 

Elegant wedding cake with white florals and custom gold name cake topper
Floral centerpieces and reception setup at Ballroom at the Ben Wedding
Bride and groom coordinated first dance at Ballroom at the Ben with initials on the dancefloor
Black and white portraits, bride and groom first dance with Birdseye view at Ballroom at the Ben wedding reception
Bride and groom make grand entrance down staircase at Ballroom at the Ben wedding reception
Bride, groom, and guests party on the dance floor at Ballroom at the Ben wedding reception
Best man and co-maids of honor hug bride and groom while toasting during speeches at Ballroom at the Ben wedding reception
Bride and groom toasting to each other during their Ballroom at the Ben wedding reception
Groomsmen with custom sports cufflinks out hands together
Bride and groom cut and feed each other wedding cake during reception at Ballroom at the Ben
Bride cleans grooms face and kisses him after cake cutting at Ballroom at the Ben wedding reception
Father of the bride parent dance during Ballroom at the Ben wedding reception
Father of the bride parent dance during Ballroom at the Ben wedding reception
Groom hugs mother during dances at Ballroom at the Ben wedding reception
St. Joseph's University Hawk guest appearing on dance floor of alumni wedding at Ballroom at the Ben
Bride and groom night wedding portrait on balcony with pillars at Ballroom at the Ben wedding reception in Philadelphia

Moira and Ian, congratulations on your marriage and thank you for graciously letting us capture you’re charming day. Again, we have to say an extra thank you for the super clean hotel room and super sweet pup Piper!

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