Philly Wedding – Hotel Monaco + Down Town Club

When I took a short trip to Philadelphia for a wedding, I was treated to two very pleasant locations. Bridal prep took place at the Hotel Monaco and was just a short walk to the ceremony and reception at the Down Town Club.

Bridal prep can get pretty intense. Oftentimes, there’s this moment I witness that I refer to as the maternal touch. It is a series of mom jerking, twisting, and tugging the dress, any gentleness spared. Then there are dress emergencies. No, no staged or recreated moments with Stephen Tang.

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Should I ever choose to create one, my non-definitive guide to bridal prep would definitely include safety pins and a sewing kit. Wedding and bridesmaid dresses sometimes run long or loose even after tailoring. Leave it to me to turn this entry into an educational moment. Anyway, moms are pretty damn awesome.

One of the coolest details at this wedding was the custom cake and topper. There was so much detail and cuteness to admire. I’ve seen my fair share of weddings, and I’m not gonna play favorites (will give you bad puns though – wait for it), but this one might take the cake?

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Have you figured out by now that they love cats? Two different programs with illustrations for the wedding.

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Instead of a traditional first dance, the groom performed a piano piece. If a piano performance and all of the other custom details do not make this wedding really stand out, I haven’t a clue what will.

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