Michelle and Adam had a long day in the sun getting ready for their Tendenza wedding part-ay! Starting off the day at the Hotel Monaco to get glammed up, then walking over to a few of our favorite portrait spots in Old City, staying cool at the Old St. Joseph’s Church ceremony, and finally ending the night (technically morning) at the stunning Cescaphe venue, Tendenza.
Getting Ready at the Hotel Monaco
From the moment we walked into the bright and colorful hotel room at the Hotel Monaco, we had so much to capture. Michelle’s posse did not leave one detail left unthought of. There were mini Hershey’s kisses with their names and wedding date on the bottom, painted champagne glasses with the brides new initials, and even custom koozies with their fur-baby on them. While Michelle finished up her hair and makeup, her bridesmaids popped some champagne and admired how beautiful she looked- even before the dress. Her mother assisted her into her elegant beaded back Pronovias gown and Michelle couldn’t help but start to get emotional. Meanwhile a couple floors up, the groom and his men were ahead of schedule. Adam put on some finishing touches, despite being shorted a cufflink, and we headed off to an Old City cobblestone street for their first look.
First Look and Portraits before Tendenza Wedding
Michelle decided to brave the heat and walk around the corner to their first look location where Adam had been very patiently waiting for his bride to arrive. We placed him along a secluded cobblestone walkway where they were hidden away from the chaos of the Old City weekend crowds. When Michelle walked up to Adam and placed her hand on his shoulder, he took a long pause before finally being able to see his bride on their day. They shared a lingering hug and kiss then whispered a few sweet words to each other before posing for a few photos and walking to meet their wedding party.
Just across the street at The Merchant Exchange Building, Michelle’s long veil flowing softly in the wind was the perfect contrast to the strong marble structure and curvy staircase. When the wedding party arrived we had some fun in the sun taking family portraits. The ring bearer little Lawson was ADORABLE in his little tuxedo, and great at listening to everyone’s directions. With so much extra time for pictures in our timeline, we went back across the street to the front steps of the First National Bank for some seriously gorgeous wedding party portraits. We love taking advantage of the different levels with a large wedding party like this one- and these guys killed it! When the weather started wearing down on everyone, we cooled off in the trolley and headed over to Old St. Joseph’s Church for the ceremony.
Old St Joe’s Ceremony before Tendenza Wedding Reception
Again, Adam is standing patiently waiting for his bride to walk towards him. When she turns the corner and walks down the aisle with her father by her side, Adam’s face says it all. During the traditional Catholic church ceremony, Michelle and Adam shared prayers, vows, and a few laughs during the readings. We were able to take advantage of the unique architecture and second floor balconies to capture them as they stood up, exchanged rings, and the Deacon said “you may now kiss the bride!”
The Tendenza Wedding Reception
Excited to be back at one of our favorite Cescaphe venues, we arrived for their Tendenza wedding reception. While Michelle and Adam chatted with their guests, we captured beautiful details like the crystal champagne flutes just for the bride and groom and the matching glass place cards at each seat. Michelle and Adam made their entrance for the first time as Mr. & Mrs. Hibbs and shared their first dance as husband and wife. After the first dance, The FM Band really kicks it up a notch! The fun and upbeat setlist paired with the lively musicians got everyone up on the dance floor. The band loved playing in the crowd- and Michelle loved getting down with the band. All the guests, even Michelle’s dad, were in a mosh pit like circle surrounding Michelle as she danced and sang with her loved ones and different members of the band. They took quick break to cut their extravagant cake crafted by Cescaphe’s bakers, then it was back to the stage for the rest of the night. Good thing Michelle wore a gorgeous pair of flats perfect for a long night of getting down on the dance floor!